Melissa’s 10 Spring Weekend Recipes

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    Hello, Melissa here, sharing 10 of my absolute favourite Springtime recipes to enjoy over the long weekend or whenever you please.  I’ve picked these out especially as they are all simple, cheerful and based on easy to get ingredients like seasonal veg, popular cupboard items and frozen produce too.     1. Chocolate Clusters Totally flexible chocolate bites – inspired by the rice krispie clusters that my Mum never let me have! Use whatever you have to hand in your cupboards; coconut flakes / seeds / chopped nuts work really well too. And look out for fairtrade chocolate. Get the recipe.     2. Asparagus Tray Bake This one pan tray bake makes use of frozen peas, broad beans or edamame if you have it in your freezer and if you can’t get asparagus yet, swap for broccoli of any kind or greens you already have. Get the recipe.     3. NEW: Broccoli & quinoa salad with pickled pink onions I love this with quinoa or len

Jasmine’s 5 Ways to Self-Isolate Mindfully

The situation we’re in is mixed across the board — some are finding it easier than others, but focusing on the silver linings and finding the opportunities (or even gifts!) is something we all need to focus on. Staying home is a wonderful opportunity for us to learn about ourselves and our communities — here are five ways to make your journey a little smoother.

1. Find Work-Life Balance

Where you used to have your commute, your afterwork plans, even picking up the kids from school to differentiate the work day from the rest of your life, you now have… well, not much to draw the line. Check out this article for my best tips for how to not let your working life take over your days and nights in lockdown.

2. Have Fun With It

Feeling antsy and wondering how to fill your time? There are so many options! I’ve loved finding new ways of connecting with my loved ones, and still having a laugh with friends via technology and… and knitting like nobody’s business!!! Here are loads more things you can do while hunkering down.

3. Make Your Home a Retreat

If you have a bit more time — say, a week when you were supposed to go on holiday — you could turn your attention to a bigger project. Take some time for yourself, do a spring clean, learn a new skill… and much more.

4. Support Local Producers

Many local businesses are losing money these days, including farmers and producers. If you’re looking for a way to help, ordering veg or meat boxes from farms and other ethical food delivery services is a win-win. You get wonderful food to feed your family, and you help your locals stay afloat.

5. Make Your Food Go Further

When you can’t go food shopping as often as you used to, you might have to make do with what you already have, whether that’s store cupboard essentials or the fresh stuff that lasts longer like root veg. If you’re out of ideas, here are 19 recipes for you!



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