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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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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Carrot Date Bites

Recipes (10)I think, of all the healthy sweet alternatives, dates have to be my number one favorite!

My heart is ever so happy when I can get my grubby little paws on delicious Medjool dates, but when not, the regular cheaper dates are just as good! They’re such a versatile ingredient, and can be used in savory and sweet dishes and desserts.

They’re also a great staple to have in the cupboard for when you feel like throwing something together to satisfy that sweet craving. These Carrot Date Bites are great to make for those such moments. 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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Buckwheat Banana Pancakes

Buckwheat Banana PancakesMy sweetpea, Nick, loves loves loves pancakes! So, these holidays he’s been spoilt with pancakes for breakfast. And while I haven’t yet managed to get him to try out my yummy healthy pancakes, it’s still great to treat us both to yummy pancakes! 

These scrumptious buckwheat banana pancakes are so easy to make (I mean, what pancake recipe isn’t easy to make 😉 ? ) and are incredibly good for you! So much flavor and definitely fill the fasting gap! I found them quite fulling too, and wasn’t hungry for ages after eating them! They really did fuel me for quite a while!  Continue reading

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Sticky Date and Orange Pudding

As we all wind down into the festive season, and get prepared for Christmas and family festivities, I know there are a fair few of you who are racking your brains for Christmas meals. With the majority of everyone having minimal time for error in the kitchen, this quick and easy Sticky Date and Orange pudding (with the most delicious vanilla cashew custard) is definitely one to keep in mind.  Continue reading

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Tahini Chocolate Biscuits

Recipes (4) There’s nothing more satisfying than a warm cup of freshly brewed tea and a crunchy delicious biscuit. Whether it’s dunked or bitten before or after a tasty sip, tea and biscuits are a perfect match. This Tahini Chocolate Biscuit recipe has quickly become one of my favorite biscuit recipes.

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