Gnocchi and Sautéed Veg in a Red Wine Sauce

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on Twitter.


Yet another plant powered recipe inspired by meal out…

That’s one of the bonuses of living in the city. Although it’s a little noisy and there’s not a whole load of green space, there’s plenty of good restaurants around that offer pretty affordable vegan meals for us to try now and again.

Last week we headed out to the Cosy Club in Cardiff, for Michaela’s birthday. We’re both getting old, so we went for the sophisticated option – some roasted gnocci in a red wine sauce. Sounds pretty fancy right? It was definitely a lot different to what we’d usually choose (we’re usually simple curry or scrambled tofu kindda people). But it was good!

So we thought we’d have a crack at recreating our own home made version. One that’s maybe a little healthier, and doesn’t cost as much to make…

So we did just that, and here’s what we came up with.


50 Things I’ve Learned Since Adopting a Vegan Diet 7

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on Twitter.


I’ve been eating a plant-based, vegan diet (or whatever you want to call it) for the best part of the last two years now.

No meat, dairy or eggs, and only small amounts of processed foods now and again. And in their place: lots of fresh fruits and veggies, legumes and whole grains, nuts and seeds.

A lot has changed since I embarked on this plant based journey, and I’ve learnt a thing or two on the way. So I thought I’d share a few of those lessons and ideas with you today.

Fifty of them, to be precise.


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Simple Vegan Berry Crumble Recipe 1

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on Twitter.

Simple Berry Crumble Recipe

Desserts typically get a bad rap. Probably because most of them are packed full of things that aren’t that great for you…

Since adopting the plant powered way, I’ve realised that not all treats have to be unhealthy to taste good. Sometimes you can have your cake and eat it too, so to speak. And I reckon our latest Berry Crumble Recipe is evidence enough for that.

It’s packed full of antioxidant rich berries, and topped with a simple mixture of oats and flour. No nonsense, no nasty disease promoting ingredients, and no faffing around in the kitchen for hours.

The crumble is pretty versatile too. You can serve it up as a dessert, or even eat it for breakfast. Go crazy. You make the rules.

As always, if you give it a try, let us know how it goes in the comments section below!


Simple Mediterranean Wholefood Bowl Recipe 2

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on Twitter.

Meditteranian Wholefood Bowl

It’s been a while, but we’re back on the recipe hype here at Health Room.

This week we’re keeping it simple with a bowl of rice and veggies, made interesting by the addition of two jarred friends: the artichoke and sun-dried tomato.

The dish is inspired by a combination of two different meals we tried recently.

The first is a superfood bowl we chowed down on at a local veggie/vegan restaurant called Milgi’s. (If for some reason you ever find yourself in the South Wales area of the UK, be sure to check it out).

The second is the tasty vegan pizza from Pizza express (the one topped with artichokes and a shed load of rocket).

We mashed those two sons of guns together, and came out with the following Mediterranean wholefood bowl.


How a Plant Based Diet Can Be the Catalyst for a Complete Lifestyle Change 5

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on Twitter.

make change, alan watts, health roomChange is a funny thing…

Even though it’s one of the few things on Earth that’s a given, our natural response is usually to resist against it. More often than not, it takes either an extreme low (like a health scare) or a particularly self motivated attitude for us to bring about change ourselves, rather than having it forced upon us by external factors.

When we do eventually get that itch to make changes, we often go to the extreme. One change is rarely enough, and we want to alter everything straight off. The usual pattern – we try a complete overhaul, it fails, and we’re back to square one.

Most of us realise that it’s better to make changes one at a time, starting slow, and building gradually. As boring as it sounds, it’s probably the most sustainable way of doing it.

But if you do choose the slow and steady route, which habit should you start with? When you want to eat healthily, meditate regularly, start your own business and run marathons, which one do you go for first?

The obvious answer is to start with the one that excites you the most, but if they all excite you equally, what should you do?

From my own experience, I advocate starting with the food on your plate.

As I’ve mentioned previously, I was going through some health struggles at university. Once I decided to start eating a whole food, plant based diet, a lot of those struggles went away.

But that wasn’t the only benefit I experienced. At the time I didn’t realise that this simple act of switching my diet would spark a whole load of other changes too. It had a knock on effect on the rest of my life, and opened up a whole load of pathways that were hidden before.

Hindsight is always 20-20. Looking back, it all makes sense now. But when you’re in the midst of the storm, surrounded by fog, it can be difficult to see a way out.

So here are a few ways that turning plant powered had an impact on my other habits. If you’re feeling a little stuck and you don’t know where to turn next, hopefully these ideas will reassure you that the path ahead can be one full of opportunity, even if you don’t know exactly where it’s heading…