Creamy Vegan Bolognese

Copy of Recipes (10)Slow cooked, aromatic bolognese is one of the ultimate comfort foods. When you’re craving something dense and wholesome, this is a favorite for many! However, for some it can leave the digestive system feeling burdened rather than nourished.

So, I decided to put my own twist of this Italian classic, substituting ground beef for lentils, and dense pasta (which is iconic for a bolognese dish) for butternut squash noodles.

With the addition of a creamy vegan white sauce, the result was a deeply flavored dish with a creamy twist, all elements complimenting each other perfectly!  Continue reading

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Buckwheat Broccoli Fritters

Copy of Recipes (5)Cruciferous vegetables boast a huge amount of anti-cancer properties, which include removing carcinogens from your body, inhibiting cancer cells from growing, and even forcing the cancer cells to die. These points alone are perfect reasons to include as many cruciferous vegetables in your diet as possible.

“But how, Taryn?” you ask. Well I’ll tell you! Forget about the sloppy, boiled, green mush our grandparents and parents used to make us. Let me introduce you to my special Buckwheat Broccoli Fritters. Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Fries

Copy of Recipes (12)These past few weeks have been so busy, I’m slowly settling back into my normal routine. These Sweet Potato Fries are one of the quick and easy meals/side dishes I’ve been making while being so occupied.

At the end of June I flew to Auckland for training and stayed in the most posh hotel. Truly felt like royalty and the view of the city skyline was incredible.

We then had a friend over from South Africa at the beginning of July and had an amazing three weeks exploring this beautiful country with him. From skiing at Mt Hutt in Christchurch to the incredibly scenic West Coast of the South Island hustle and bustle of Auckland City. We had an amazing time! Continue reading

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Wild Mushroom and Leek Risotto

Copy of Recipes (7)In the midst of Winter, one cannot resist complete comfort food! This urge for complete belly euphoria inspired me to create a vegan version of a rather popular dish – Risotto! I cannot believe how great this recipe turned out! As I write this it’s a cold and miserable day outside and all I can think about is having one more forkful of this truly scrumptious meal!

The flavors are wildly bold, enlightening each taste bud with every mouthful! This Wild Mushroom and Leek Risotto is most certainly an indulgent winter dish! Continue reading

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Rice Noodle Salad with Pineapple Thyme Dressing

Rice Noodle SaladAlthough Winter is inevitably on it’s way, and actually should be here already, I thought it a good idea to squeeze out one last salad recipe. A ‘farewell to Summer’ recipe as you may, and this one is yummy and experiments with different taste combinations.

The subtle, dry aroma and a slightly minty flavor of the Thyme, blends quite beautifully with the attractive sweet flavour of the pineapple. It’s an odd combination, but it works! and this Rice Noodle Salad with Pineapple Thyme dressing proves that! Continue reading

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Mixed Herb Lentil and Wild Rice Chunky Soup

 

Mixed Herb Lentil and Wilde Rice Chunky SoupAs the days get shorter and the mornings get darker, I can feel the changes in the weather. Although subtle, the crisp cooler air in the mornings is becoming more apparent, and I can feel the seasons shifting. In a way I am glad. I’m not particularly fond of the cold, but I am grateful for balance, even in nature. It allows me to appreciate the warmth of Summer and for that I am grateful. Life is all about balance, and so why not embrace the balance of nature.

With that said, I had been craving something nourishing, dense and filling. A dish of substance and bold flavors, one that would satisfy every taste bud. And so I stumbled upon a mixture of wild rice, and was instantly inspired. A warming, fueling bowl of hearty soup was born. Now I tend to enjoy my soup smooth, and blended to a fine puree, but in this instance I decided to step out of my comfort zone, and relish in a chunky flavorsome bowl of Mixed Herb Lentil and Wild Rice Soup, and my oh my! A goodie was created! 😉

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Roasted Red Capsicum, Tomato and Basil Pasta

Roasted Red Capsicum, tomato and basil pastaCan we just all stop for one second, and revel in the news that Plant-Based Food’ is named a top trend for 2016. Say What??? I mean, HELL YEAH!!!! It’s about time!!! This little snippet of information has got me super excited, and happy that more and more people are opting for a plant based lifestyle. This is amazing, and I’m so thrilled as I truly do believe it is the way forward! The fact that more awareness is being steered towards nourishing wholefoods, and lifestyles free from animal products is so inspiring! And this Roasted Red Capsicum, Tomato and Basil Pasta is an example of how delicious this lifestyle can be. Continue reading

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Cheesy Vegan Pasta

Recipes (13)An indulgent warm creamy bowl of flavorsome cheesy pasta, that’s completely vegan and dairy free. Are you salivating yet? I am! This Cheesy Vegan Pasta has steadily become a weeknight favourite of mine! This dishes simplicity and pure deliciousness makes it an easy option when I’m not feeling that energetic in the kitchen, but craving something warming and satisfying.

Now, pasta is a perfect dish to add to your diet if your looking for something fulling as well as fueling. The complex carbohydrates in pasta will boost your system into energy drive. Pasta provides beneficial carbohydrates and carbs serve as a primary source of fuel for your body. Continue reading

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Moroccan Chickpea Wraps

So, my slight obsession with Cajun spice overflows into this post. I had to create something to accompany my delicious Cajun spiced hummus, and that’s where this Moroccan Chickpea Wrap recipe was born.

Inspired by the spectacular Kris Carr and the Chickpea Crepe recipe from her mouth-watering Crazy Sexy Kitchen Cookbook (serious food porn for the eyes might I add), this simple chickpea wrap gives the traditional tortilla wrap a run for it’s money! Continue reading

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Marinated Tempeh Salad

Marinated Tempeh SaladPrior to moving to New Zealand, I had never tasted Tempeh before. I’d heard of it, but never really knew what it was. All I knew was that it was foreign and really hard to come by in KZN, South Africa. Well, to be honest, I hadn’t really ever searched for it before, so that previous sentence could possibly be inaccurate. Anyway, upon moving to a new exciting country, came along a lot of exciting new foods, and Tempeh has been one of them. 
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