Green Mango & Apple Smoothie
This month we’re going green. So if you are looking for some easy, light, nutritious recipes you’re in the right place.
First up a simple Green Mango & Apple Smoothie
Perfect for a light breakfast now that the mornings are (hopefully) getting warmer.
Serves 1. Double to serve 2 etc.
1 large handful spinach (or kale)
100 flesh of a fresh mango
100ml apple juice
100ml almond milk
Put all of the ingredients into your blender and blitz. If you need it a bit sweeter add some more apple juice or a couple of dates. If you want a more liquid consistency just add some more almond milk. And if you don’t like avocado, add a spoonful of nut butter instead (I like cashew butter in this one).
Nettle and sweet potato soup
First and foremost, please take care when foraging for stinging nettles. Wear thick gloves (I did not and have the stings to prove it!) and do pick clean nettles. (not covered in dirt from the road, and out of the reach of passing dogs) Pick half a carrier bag full if you can.
If all this seems like too much hassle, simply replace the nettles with spinach, or watercress.
550ml vegetable stock
250g peeled, chopped sweet potato
75g stinging nettles
100g white part of a leek
Salt and pepper to taste
- Place the sweet potato, nettles (still wearing your gloves) and veggie stock in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer until the sweet potatoes are soft and cooked.
- Chop up the leek and saute in a frying pan with 1 dessert spoon of water and 1 dessert spoon of cooking oil. When they are softened, set to one side.
- When the sweet potato is cooked, remove from the heat & leave to cool. Once cooled, place the contents in a blender with the leeks and blitz. Add some more stock if you prefer a thinner soup. Season to taste & serve.
By Ella Easton