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

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

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

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

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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Vegan Sushi Rolls

Vegan Sushi RollsThe ‘Sushi train’ has been an undeniable ‘hit’ in mainstream modern society for quite some time now. Over the last decade is has exploded globally, with Sushi restaurants and takes outs popping up all over the place, with local supermarkets jumping on board and stocking the prepacked containers for our ease.

Such a delightful finger food (as I still have not mastered the art of chop sticks), and so appealing to the eye, I set out to recreate a healthier vegan version, based along similar principles of the traditional Japanese sushi.

I succeeded, with these delicious Vegan Sushi Rolls, which are so easy and are such fun and incredibly tasty to say the least!  Continue reading

Fennel and Brown Rice Salad

RecipesThis fennel salad is so easy to throw together and would be a great idea to use up brown rice from the night before. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m ALWAYS cooking too much rice. Can never get the quantity spot on, not that I’m complaining of course, or else I wouldn’t have come up with this tasty recipe! The fennel really gives a great, strong flavor to the dish, and compliments the surrounding flavors. With so many nutritional benefits, this is a pretty complete dish, and one that’ll tick all the boxes. Nutrition – Check! Flavor – Check! Quick & Easy – Check! If you’re a lover of fennel and all things licorice, you’ll love this interesting salad. Continue reading

Chickpea Masala Curry

If there’s one way to warm the body (and belly), it’s with a bowl of delicious, comforting curry. Depending on the blend of spices you buy, your options for flavor are pretty limitless. Curries and warming stews tend to become rather frequent in the colder winter months, and I like to try a variety of spice blends, to mix things up and find new favorites. This recipe quickly became one of those favorites, so I’d love to share it with you.

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Vegan Lentil Stew

If there’s one thing that I absolutely love about Winter it would be warming nourishing evening meals. I find it so comforting to have a belly full of good, nutritious, warm food in the midst of a Winter’s eve. It’s such a good way to get the body temperature up 🙂 It’s kinda like cardio for your gut (lol). Get’s it all nice and warm, without the crunches. This Vegan Lentil Stew most certainly will warm you up.

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Along with being incredibly nutritious, this dish is also super satisfying, leaving you feeling somewhat complete. It’s the kind of dish that leaves your palette on a high of flavor. Knowing that you really want just a tiny bit more, but knowing that you probably shouldn’t!  Continue reading

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