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.
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
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp olive oil
8 sprigs of asparagus
2 large handfuls of baby spinach
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
Radiant: Recipes to heal your skin from within by Hanna Sillitoe, €26.60