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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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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Garlic and Onion Sunflower Seed Crackers

Copy of Recipes (5)There’s nothing quite like the crunch of a freshly homemade seed cracker. That first initial bite, has to be one of my favorite things when making a homemade batch. Seed crackers are so great and are a diabetic’s BEST friend. Being predominately seeds, that generally have little carbs, they won’t spike your blood sugars which is fantastic!

It’ can be quite difficult to find ‘me-friendly’ snacks when perusing the isles. Steering clear of high GI ingredients, sugars, animal products, … the list goes on! So that’s why I find it so comforting to know I can whip up a batch of these delicious crackers, enjoy them with either savory (hummus) or sweet (nut butter), and rest assured my blood sugars are in good control! Continue reading

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Turmeric Ginger Slices

Copy of Recipes (4)I don’t know where you are in the world right now, but it’s getting pretty chilly where I am! Winter is most certainly evident in Nelson, and the snow capped mountains in the distance, that greet me every morning, are a sure sign that the seasons have changed and colder times are on the way!

And along with the chilly mornings and darker afternoons, come the subtle effects or ‘symptoms’ of the changing seasons. May it be a snuffled nose, a sneeze, a cold or the flu, winter likes to let us know it’s here! So I’ve created these Turmeric Ginger Slices that will not only boost your immune system to harp you from getting these symptoms, but will make it super easy and quick to stopping them in their tracks! 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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Chocolate Walnut Brownies

Copy of Recipes (11)There’s nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a moist, rich and decadent chocolate brownie! With the subtle texture of crushed walnuts to add the explosion of your senses, this recipe for Chocolate Walnut Brownies is sure to inspire you to pull up your sleeves, get busy in the kitchen and create these squares of complete awesomeness as soon as possible!

They’re gluten free, so won’t be upsetting any tummy’s, and are loaded with nutritional goodness! And people say vegan/vegetarian food is boring/tasteless. Pft!?! They obviously haven’t tried these brownies, and many of the amazing vegan recipes you can find today.  Continue reading

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Grilled Aubergine with Lemon Basil Drizzle

Grilled Aubergine with Lemon Basil Drizzle

Whether it’s an accompanied dish to a dinner party, or a light veggie lunch, this Grilled Aubergine recipe with Lemon Basil drizzle will impress and satisfy. Sometimes we don’t feel like a whole lot of food, yet still need some sort of nourishment, and when I’m feeling that way, this is a great option to go for.

It’s light and doesn’t have any dense carbohydrates, so although it won’t pack a massive amount of energy, it will nourish and help one from skipping a meal when one is not feeling too hungry. The flavors are scrumptious, and the vibrant Lemon Basil drizzle really compliments the charred aubergine well.  Continue reading

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Grape and Apple Chia Jam

Grape and Apple Chia JamI’ll never forget our car journeys from our farm home in the Dargle, KZN South Africa to our schools in Howick, 45km away, and back again in the afternoons. Potting along the dusty dirt road in my mums cobalt blue little Ford Laser. I would always be ravenous by the time we got home after a long tiring day of school. My go to snack before dinner was predominantly peanut butter toast and jam. The highly processed florescent purple jam that came in a tin and was sweet as pure glucose! (*Insert yuk face here*) It was called Hugo’s if I remember correctly. Aaahhh adolescent bad food choices, how things have changed! Now this chia jam recipe is a totally different story!

Anyway, in my current nostalgic faze, I’ve been sifting through old childhood memories and finding inspiration in the foods that I used to eat. Finding ways in which I can replicate them by using wholesome nourishing and healthy ingredients. This Grape and Apple Chia Jam recipe is a product of that inspiration and I really am so happy with how it turned out.  Continue reading

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South African Mylk Tart

South Africa Mylk TartLately I’ve been feeling rather nostalgic. I’ve been reminiscing old memories and missing my family, friends and home country. It’s now been roughly 17 months since I opened my wings, flew out of Durban South Africa, and nestled into a new life with my love in this beautiful country, New Zealand. I have loved every single step of my journey and am incredibly grateful each and every day. Yet I do think of my ‘people’ back home ALL the time and miss them all so dearly! 

So to cheer my spirits I decided to get back to my roots, and create a healthy vegan version of a great South African traditional dessert. It’s wonderful how food is able to have an influence on our feelings, frame of mind and moods. And when it’s a healthy guilt free dessert, it’s even better.

Needless to say my weekend was full of nostalgic memories and mouthfuls of my Vegan Gluten & Sugar Free South African Mylk Tart! 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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