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Lentil Tabbouleh with Quick Pickled Onions and Haloumi

I love having a well stocked pantry and adore soaking and cooking dry legumes. However it is incredibly satisfying when I rip into a can of something to simplify our midweek meals, which are often thrown together amongst total chaos. Last year Chantal Organics released BPA-NI (BPA = Bisphenol A + NI = non Intent) cans across its range of canned organic beans and tomatoes. The cans are made free of the hotly debated and potentially extremely risky chemical, BPA, however they are made in a factory that makes BPA cans - so they can not be deemed BPA-free, due to potential contamination. The same...

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A beautiful Christmas Salad

We've made this beautiful fresh salad for Christmas for the past few years. It looks absolutely stunning served on a large platter at the Christmas table and is the perfect match with any spread, celebrating the arrival of Summer with vibrant coloured tomatoes and the first stone fruit for the season.It's incredibly simple to piece together at the last minute. I recommend getting a good quality rich and sticky balsamic reduction for this special salad - Farro or Nosh would be a great place to dig for this. The recipe below will give four adults a generous taste, feel free to play with the...

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Apricot & Cashew Bars

Recently Ben has been requesting there be more baked and raw treats on rotation for his work lunches. As the days become longer and warmer, his lunches generally get lighter. It's not like there is never a-baked-something on hand, let's be honest, he doesn't always know where to look! These bars are delightful - beating any shop bought nut bar, hands-down! I defiantly recommend getting a good quality and preferably organic cashew, as it adds a wonderfully creamy texture - when Ben first tried these he thought they had white chocolate in them - although that's not a bad idea, there...

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Spiced Orange Banana Balls

Knowing I have a stash of bliss balls in the freezer is the perfect way to keep my sweet tooth at bay, and avoid ripping into a block of chocolate! These wholesome spiced orange banana balls are delicious and chewy straight from the freezer and they're perfect size to pop into a lunchbox. The simple recipe is best made with a high-speed blender, so you get a wonderful fudge like texture.  gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, refined sugar-free, nut-free  Ingredients: 10 dried bananas, chopped into quarters - approx. 1 cup once chopped 6 medium dates, stones removed - approx. 1/2 cup once chopped 1 cup desiccated coconut,...

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A Warm Butternut Salad

This wonderfully flavoursome warm salad is a simple way to lighten your Sunday roast or make that BBQ a little fancier. It will last several days in the fridge too, and it’s perfect for a wholesome and filling midweek lunch when you’re rushing out the door. It’s also vegetarian and gluten free.  You can find the recipe on the Ecostore blog, here.  

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