Winter salad

Over the years of writing this blog I’ve written loads of variations of this salad. You just can’t fail if you roast root veggies in the oven. I love a salad but in the winter it can be a bit cold eating your veggies like that, which is why roasting your veg is a good way to get around the cold part.

For this salad I chopped up beetroot (raw), butternut squash and red onion. Then on a separate tray I cut sweet potato into wedges. I then just sprinkle pink himalayan salt and put them in the oven until they’re roasted through. I couldn’t tell you what temperature because our oven is weird and I always cook everything at the same temperature. I don’t even think it’s the temperature it says it to be.

A recent discovery has been sprinkling cinnamon on top of the butternut squash and sweet potato. It really enhances the flavours of the them. Sooo good. You guys need to try it!

For a bit of crunchy texture I roast some pecans in a frying pan. For greens I’ve been sautéing kale and in a bit of avocado oil and a sprinkle of salt. This time around I used some leftover spinach we had in the fridge. The final part of the dish is quinoa and of course hummus! Hummus is life and goes so well with the sweet flavours from the roasted vegetables. Enjoy this dish, it tastes so lovely and almost Chrsitmassy with the hints of cinnamon coming through.

By the way, I completely forgot to tell you guys how the concert was the other day! I didn’t really get a chance to listen to much of Liam’s songs before it was time to head down to the Hydro. On the way down there from where we live there is a tunnel leading over the train station by the venue. For some reason there was loads of smoke in the tunnel and I wasn’t sure if there was a fire or not. I was quite scared but saw loads of others walking through it and had no panic so it seemed okay. I can’t remember the last time I was so tense and it felt like the tunnel was never going to end, I could barely see anything! I got through in the end. I met Jamie at the Hydro and we went in and grabbed our seats. The concert was brilliant. Liam is a true rockstar and I recognised more songs than I thought I would.

People went wild for him and seeing how mental it was down where everyone was standing I was quite happy we were sitting! There were flares being thrown at people, fights and smoke things (very technical word there!) going off. It was mayhem. The venue was on fire! Not literally but could’ve maybe been if those people would’ve continued throwing those flares about. When Liam got on stage I’d never seen so many drinks flying around in my life. It was raining with booze. Tops were coming off. It was madness! All previous gigs I’ve been to in my life all of a sudden felt very tame haha. Liam didn’t even really say much in between the songs but the crowd went mad. It was incredible hearing some absolute classics live. I know it’s perhaps not what he likes to sing but when he sang “Wonderwall” I knew this was something I would always remember. Hearing that song live was a memory for life. It’s a song I’ve grown up with.

What else is happening? I was in G5 this morning for a heavy squat clean workout (will write about that in a different post) and then headed down to Fly for a meeting and chat with my friend David down there. I love speaking to him, such a down to earth person with his heart in the right place. A person who’s opinion I really value. He recently got engaged and has all kinds of things going on so it was really exciting to hear what’s going on in his life but also get his opinion on some things I’ve been thinking about doing. I’m so grateful to be surrounded by people like him. They inspire me.

Now I’m just waiting for Jamie to wake up. When I got up just before six this morning he came in through the door from an event he was invited to by a spirit brand. Talk about completely different schedules! He was worried he’d woken me up and when I said no he asked why I was up so early. I said it’s gym time, yes Jamie, it’s that late at night or early in the morning that it’s time for me to head to the gym, haha. We had a nice talk whilst he got ready for bed and I got ready for the gym and then he went to sleep and I had a snack before going to the G5. It’s so weird when you think about it but it works.

Have good day lovelies and we’ll speak very soon,

M xxx

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