Health

Hanna Sillitoe’s vegan basil pasta

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I’ve always had problems with my skin, be it eczema as a young child, adult acne in my twenties and more recently, psoriasis on my arms. And while these skin flare-ups are frustrating and unsightly, it always forces me to take a closer look at my diet and daily stressors which I might not have done so otherwise.

After unsuccessfully using various over-the-counter emollients on my arms, I went out and bought health blogger Hanna Sillitoe’s wonderful recipe book, Radiant: Recipes to heal your skin from within.

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In it, Hanna describes her 20-year battle with psoriasis and how, after being told she would need chemotherapy to finally clear her skin, she opted instead to clean up her diet. Her alkalising, vegan-inspired recipes worked – Hanna now boasts glowing skin and a legion of happy followers.

And in the five weeks of implementing fresh juices and Hanna’s delicious meals, my own skin has finally started to heal. Hoorah!

So I thought you might enjoy Hanna’s delicious Vegan Basil Pasta, which is now a firm family favourite around Chez Becca.

Ingredients (Serves 2)

150g spaghetti (rice or lentil pasta)
Handful of fresh basil
Juice of 1 lemon
150g cashews
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp olive oil
8 sprigs of asparagus
50g mushrooms
2 large handfuls of baby spinach

Method

Boil a pan and add the spaghetti, simmer for approx 8 mins until cooked. Drain and set aside

Add the cashews to a nutribullet cup, cover in boiling water, add the lemon juice, vinegar, salt and basil and blitz until smooth and creamy

Warm the olive oil very slightly in a frying pan, add the mushrooms and asparagus and warm for 5 minutes. Add the spaghetti and stir in the creamy sauce

Add the spinach and squeeze lemon juice over the pan along with a pinch of two of salt to season. Enjoy!

- Recipe courtesy of Hanna Sillitoe

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Radiant: Recipes to heal your skin from within by Hanna Sillitoe, €26.60

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