Londons Best GLUTEN FREE Pizza, Burger and Bakery

Searching for London’s best gluten-free Pizza, Bread and Burger?
The below establishments are in my opinion the crème de la crème in our great city!

BAKERY: Beyond Bread
The round sourdough bread in the below picture is to die for!
I buy 2 every time and slice one up and pop it in the freezer.
I don’t like the taste or smell of almost all gluten-free breads, but this is on a completely different level. I could live on it!
They also make fantastic cinnamon rolls (or bulle as we say where I come from) croissants and cakes.
Stock up in Fitzrovia, Islington or Selfridges


Hamburger Place: Honest Burgers
Now, I have to admit that I’m not a huge hamburger fan but with a teen and a tween boy, this is where we spend a lof of family time. The gluten-free burger bread is really good, the fries are gluten-free and delicious and so are the union rings! With restaurants all over London you are always close to an Honest burger.

Pizzeria: Zia Lucia
I didn’t used to  eat a lot of pizza..
If I took the  boys to Pizza Express I always ordered the salad. But with a brand new Zia Lucia a minute from my front door I’ve turned into a Pizza Monster! I’m not exaggerating when I say they make the worlds best pizza. The gluten-free Focaccia is also incredibly tasty.
(The gluten-free pizzas are cooked in the same oven as the non- gluten-free, but the super friendly Italian staff were happy for us to bring foil to minimise contamination). Zia Lucia has 2 restaurants one in Brook Green and one on Holloway Road.

XX Lisa

Hello Monday!


Hello Monday! Time to re-set and start afresh. But first a quick glance of what happened last week.

I found myself close to Covent Garden just before lunch-time on Monday and I was starving and thirsty.I popped into vegan chain By Chloe.  You might remember I went a couple of months back and left feeling a bit unimpressed. I wanted to give them a second chance and ordered vegan Fish & Chips with mushy peas and a kombucha drink. The kombucha was GORGEOUS the fish and chips looked fantastic but was rather bland unfortunatly.

The salad-bar at newly opened Lebanese and Middle Eastern Foodhall Green Valley on Kensington High Street is so much more interesting! I’m  salivating as I’m thinking about all the mouth watering green choices! I normally pick and mix tabbouleh, broad bean dip, fattoush, artichoke salad and baba ghanoush. Yum. They also have a juice bar, butcher, patisserie, and a  roastery. Green Valley is not new it was established 1986, but it is new to my area in Kensington and I could not be happier about that!

I’m so tired in the mornings. School run and late nights have caught up with me, so I felt the need to get a concealer for under the eyes.. “Un” cover-up from RMS . Clean and green and easy to apply.

I had a positivity salad with kale and artichoke hearts with a harissa dressing from Yeotown I Marylebone. So good! Followed by a quick mediation in an egg downstairs.


Beyond Bread is the bakery for gluten-free breads in London! Simply the BEST!


I recorded a video of how to make these damn delicious Zucchini Fritters. Should be on YouTube tomorrow.


Lunch on Saturday with the boys was gluten-free pizzas from Zia Lucia. Can you spot which one was mine? 🙂

XX Lisa

Cooking with Kids: RAMEN (vegan & gluten free)


Vegan Gluten Free RAMEN

– Noodles (227 gram)

– Marinated Tofu 160 gram

– 2 carrots

– 2 pak choi

– 1 onion

– 5 garlic cloves

– fresh ginger (about an inch)

– 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoon stock powder

– 6 cups water

– 1 tablespoon tamari + 1 teaspoon

– 2 tablespoon miso paste

– 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

– 1 teaspoon dried daikon or other mushroom (optional)

– 1 tablespoon coconut oil

– spring onion (the green bits)

Directions:
prepare the broth: boil water, stock powder, chopped yellow onion, garlic,  chopped ginger, 1 tablespoon of miso, tamari. Let simmer for about an hour (or shorter if you are in a hurry)
Heat up the oil, soften chopped carrots and pak choi. add tamari and miso paste.
Prepare your noodles.
Sieve the broth but keep the onion garlic mix.
Assemble: Put broth in a bowl, add the noodles. On top place the tofu, glazed vegetables on top. Add a tablespoon of the onion mix and sprinkle over spring onion. Serve.

 

Easy Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese

An every-day easy Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese recipe that kids love! You should defiantly try this one.


Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese

1/2 cup of dried split red lentils or 1 1/ cup cooked

400 gram tinned chopped tomatoes (1 tin)

2 large carrots

1 onion

1 garlic clove

2 tablespoons tomato puree

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 tablespoon stock powder (bouillon)

1-2 tablespoon coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon oregano dried

1/2 basil dried

1/2 thyme dried

tamari and lots of black pepper to taste

A few tablespoons of water if needed

Vegan parmesan cheese for grating

Sprinkle of nutritial yeast

Spaghetti

 

Instruction:

Cut union and garlic, grate the carrots. Heat up pan and add coconut oil fry the union until soft. Add the garlic and carrots, fry until soft. Add everything else except the cheese and nutritional yeast. Lower the temperature and let simmer as you boil your pasta.
Serve on a bed of pasta. Grate the veggie cheese and nutritional yeast on top.
Serve with a small green salad.

Healthy Eats – London: 222 Veggie Vegan

I went to 222 Veggie Vegan for lunch today.
It’s a 25 minute walk from my house and it was so glorious and sunny I really enjoyed my walk, soaking up the rays.
For lunch 222 offers an eat-as-much-as-you-want buffet for £9.90 and a take away box for £7.50. (They are also open for dinner with a completely different a la carte menu).
This is vegan comfort food!
Mains like Quinoa Tofu Bake, Carrot Tart, and Mixed Bean Curry draw a completely different crowd from what I’m used to in healthy lunch places – MEN!
Male body builders, swimming teachers, personal trainers and local chaps, mixed in with female office workers. NOBODY left hungry!

Everything I cold see was gluten-free and other allergens like soya, sesame nuts etc. were clearly labelled.
I tried almost everything, it would be rude not to, right?
So yes, I had both plates in the photo above.

Oh, yes and as a bonus, there’s a new Vegan food shop next door.
I bought whipping cream, chocolate, meringues and vegan honey…
Not that I was especially hungry, but looking forward to try it all the same.
Had not even heard about vegan honey?!

(222 Veggie Vegan is at 222 North End Road, West Kensington, London W14 9NU)

Happy weekend!

 

 

Lime and Rose Dessert Raw and Vegan

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This Lime and Rose dessert is so good!
I love love love to use rose in puddings, well in actually  everything I can get away with.
This is also the perfect way to hide avocados for the kids as they think (well the little one does) that the green colour comes from the limes.

Lime and Rose Dessert:
RAW and VEGAN

Ingredients:

– 3 avocados

– 6 majool dates

– 2 lime zest and juice

– 1 tablespoon rose water

– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

– pinch of Himalayan crystal salt

– berries for decoration: strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate, blueberries

 

♥L

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Raw Orange, Beetroot and Ginger Soup

 

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This is a great little fresh nutritious-rich soup for one.
You actually only need the veg, the turmeric and cumin I add because they come with amazing health benefits and because it fits.
A lot of raw foods have oil or nuts in them making them quite calori-dense.
Not this one, so perfect if you need to prepare for the party season 🙂

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Serves 1

Ingredients:

– 1 orange

– 1 beetroot

– piece of ginger

– 1-2 spring onions

– 1/2 cup water or coconut water

– dash of cumin

– dash of turmeric

– salt & pepper

♥L

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Nutritious Zucchini Recipes

Raw pasta zuccini

 Zucchinis are in season!
Apart from being really tasty they are also packed full of nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Folate and Potassium and they are mega low in calories.

Zucchinis are super delicious both raw and cooked.
Below are 2 recipes that I’m using at the moment.

The first one is a Raw Pasta recipe from Natasha Corrett’s great cookbook Honestly Healthy and the other is my fave Zucchini Fritters recipe.
Enjoy!

Corrett’s Raw Courgette Spaghetti is beyond quick to make and  it’s really fresh and zingy. 

Ingredients
2 Courgettes slicked thinly on a Mandolin or a spiraliser
1 mango
20 Mint leaves
5 tbsp. Olive Oil
Lime juice
1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
Piece of fresh root ginger
Red Chilli (I sometimes skip this as the kids get traumatised :))
Salt and pepper

Directions
Slice the courgette thinly (I used my small handheld mandolin on the thinnest setting)
Mix the rest of the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Assemble and tuck in!

Zuccini fritters

These egg and gluten free Zucchini Fritters are yummy!

Ingredients
2 zucchinis
3 spring onions
1/2 cup of fresh Parsley and Mint mix
1/4 cup of  coconut flour or rice flour
raw coconut oil for frying
Salt and pepper

Directions
Grate the zucchinis, add 1 teaspoon of salt and let it sit for 10 minutes after which you squeeze out as much liquid as you can.

Finley chop the spring onion, parsley and mint and mix with the zucchini.

Add the flour and mix.

Heat up the coconut oil and roll spoonful’s of the mixture and flatten out as you put them in the frying pan.
Fry for about 3 minutes on each side.

Serve with a mix green leaves salad,

X Lisa

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Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Sugar Free Pancakes

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Banana Pancakes

3 Eggs, 2 Bananas 1 Cup of Rice Flower and a Teaspoon of Cinnamon is ALL you need to make these yummy pancakes.
I got the recipe from my sister in Stockholm and I’m beyond pleased with the result.
I especially like when there’s only a few ingredients involved.
And since pancakes taste especially good the ay after an extra fun night, I want to keep it simple 🙂

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