Health

Wolfy’s Couscous… A Review!!

As someone who works 9am-5pm five days a week, with an hour round-commute, I like to spend my evenings and weekends relaxing. I try to do all of my essential chores in as little time, with as little effort as I can, so I can chill out and enjoy my free time. So one of the dreaded tasks for me is food prep. Whilst an essential part of my routine to keep my diet on track, it can be time consuming and not the most exciting of tasks.

However, there are those weekends where I’m simply too busy. Last weekend, I went away for a girly weekend and didn’t get back until late Sunday night – by then supermarkets were closed and realistically I didn’t want to be spending my Sunday evening slaving away in the kitchen. In situations like this, I want to pick something up out of the fridge or the cupboard, that’s quick, easy, tasty and still healthy and nutritious – and that’s where Wolfy’s Couscous come in. The team at Wolfy’s kindly sent me these Couscous pots to try – and boy are they a game changer.  These are perfect for those days when I haven’t been so on top of my food prep, or if I’m out and about and don’t want to sacrifice my clean eating.

The first thing to comment on is the packaging – it’s extremely colourful and vibrant, so straight away it stands out from the boring tinned stuff gathering dust in your cupboard, and makes for a far more attractive lunch option. Second of all, the packaging states that these are vegan and free from anything artificial  – I’m working really hard to try and be more conscious of what I’m putting in my body, so straight away, this makes me feel all warm inside knowing that I’m sticking to my clean living plan.

Here’s what I thought of each of the flavours, and also what I paired each pot with:

Garlic and Herb Couscous with Sundried Tomato and Chipotle Relish

The addition of the Sundried Tomato and Chipotle Relish really made this pot – I find that Couscous can be quite dry on its own, so this added so much more moisture to the dish, as well as a complementary combination of flavours. I absolutely adore spicy food, so the additional kick this relish gave to the meal, really was right up my street. I was slightly dubious about this keeping me full – I tend to stick to three meals a day with no snacking, so I was slightly worried I wouldn’t last until dinner – however, it really did do the trick, and kept my stomach from growling, and my energy in tip-top condition right through ‘til dinner time!!!

Root Veg Couscous with Sweet Onion Relish

I paired this pot with a delicious sweet and crunchy side salad, which worked so nicely with the Couscous – I also don’t really like onion so I swopped out this relish with some spicy tomato salsa I had in the fridge – it tasted just as yummy, and the combination of tastes worked so well together. I love having lots of veggies incorporated in my meals, and this enabled me to do this whilst having lunch on-the-go. By adding in some extra goodness, this also showed me that these pots are so versatile and you can mix it up a little!!

Curry Couscous with Mango Chutney Relish 

Curry isn’t something I personally associate with lunch – for me this is more of an evening meal, so I decided to try this pot with my dinner – so I cooked up some spicy chicken and veg, and instead of adding rice like I normally would, I added this couscous pot instead. The mango chutney relish was SO good – I absolutely love the stuff anyway, so this certainly did not disappoint!!! There were so many flavours in this pot which went so nicely with my chicken (which I’d also added some dry spices to!) so this is definitely something I would have again.

Overall – I absolutely loved these. I love to include lots of flavour and different herbs and spices in my meals, and I was so pleased with how much flavour these really exuded. Whilst I added some extra side dishes to these on some days, they were also perfectly tasty on their own, and definitely enough to fill you up until your next meal – I must say, my favourite actually had to be the Garlic and Herb Couscous pot with the sundried tomato and chipotle relish – there were so many flavours in this, it was just simply delicious!!

I was also impressed with how simple and easy the pots were to prepare – chuck in a measured amount of boiling water, place the lid back on, and by the time I’ve walked back to my desk at work, it’s ready to eat!!!

For someone who is trying to limit my intake of processed and artificial flavours and foods, as well as being conscious of my personal contribution to the environment, these are the perfect no-guilt lunch pot which left me feeling comfortably full, healthy and slightly smug. These are perfect for when I’m out and on the go and need to grab something which doesn’t sacrifice my clean lifestyle, and is extremely tasty at the same time. They’re also a fantastic addition to my weeknight dinners, so I’ll most definitely be heading down to my local Waitrose and incorporating these into my weekly shop!

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Beauty, Lifestyle

Creating your own ‘me’ space

This may seem trivial, but I absolutely love having a space, a personal sanctuary, which is just for me. Simply just a corner in a room and a space for me to sit at, whether that’s in the mornings/evenings to conduct my beauty routine, read my latest book, find inspiration for the next blog post, or simply just to reflect. A place filled with my personal belongings, hair and beauty products, books, notebooks; you name it. I think it’s really important to create this personal space, to allow yourself that invaluable time to reflect, relax and recharge.

When I first moved in with my fiancé, our house was quite small (but cosy!!), so I used to have random boxes stuffed in the wardrobe, under the bed, under the bedside table, (wherever I could fit them, essentially) filled with my things, nothing having its own individual place. I used to be squished on the floor between the bed and the mirror, trying to do my makeup as Marcus had to quickly learn advanced acrobatics to get past me without disruption, and also trying to get himself some airtime in the mirror to do his hair.

So when we finally moved into our lovely new home, I was really excited to be able to create this ‘me’ space. Straight away, I headed to my Pinterest board (which I’ve been adding inspirational ideas to for a while now!!) and picked out the key things I knew would fit the bill. First on the agenda – storage. For all of my products, whether that’s hair, makeup, skincare, notebooks, reading books, jewellery, keepsakes, I needed storage to house all of these items, and organise them exactly how I wanted to. So we stopped by IKEA, where I had seen a gorgeous desk/dressing table combo, with a set of drawers, which fit the profile perfectly! Once I’d got these home, the next item on the agenda was to build it and set it in the corner of our second bedroom, ready for me to fill with my things.

Then comes the exciting part (for me, anyway) – organisation! Now you may have got this from previous posts already, but I’m a very organised person. I like to know exactly where everything is at all times, follow a routine and this is where I am most comfortable. I picked up these great drawer organisers from IKEA and TK Maxx, which meant I could separate out my different products and various other items, so everything had its own little home.

Once I had filled the drawers, the final touches were to decorate the exterior to make it nice and cosy… so candles were an absolute essential! I love how the scent of candles can fill a room, the warmth making it feel so cosy, and how calm and relaxed they can make you feel. I received this beautiful set of Lily Flame candles for my birthday, so this was a perfect addition to my space. I’m also slowly but surely building up a lovely collection of perfumes, so I wanted a nice ‘home’ for these, and found this gorgeous copper tray at TK Maxx (you get the theme here!) which complements the colour palette perfectly.

So there you have it – the lovely space I have created just for me, and constantly adding to. I would love to see and hear about the spaces you have created for yourselves, and how you find these moments and spaces to be calm and have time solely for you.

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