Creamy Vegan Mushrooms with Spaghetti

 

A couple of days ago I shared this post on Instagram and Facebook and asked if you’d guys would like the recipe. I got such a great response, so this week I tweaked and created this delicious Creamy Vegan Mushroom recipe that I paired with some delicious Chickpea Spaghetti. Nick and I rarely eat out, which means that we make 99% of our meals at home. This is usually (depending on how I’m feeling) where my creativity tends shines through.

I always strive to create something delicious, nutritious and relatively easy. The problem is that lighting at this time of day is not at it’s peak, so unfortunately the majority of these meals are not ‘Blog worthy’. Although a fair few sneak into my Instagram feed, like this one that I’m sharing today.  Continue reading

How I’ve Stayed Refined Sugar Free for 6 Years

This year will mark the 6th year of being refined sugar free. After being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes I radically changed my diet and lifestyle, and eliminated refined sugar, highly processed foods, along with gluten, dairy and animal products (in the last couple of years). I went cold turkey initially, and I can say that this option is probably not the best for most, but it worked for me at the time. 

I implemented rigid ‘rules’ concerning my diet and deciphered what I could and would not eat. I did my research (extensively) and made personal decisions according to how I felt and what effect certain foods had on me and my body. These days, however, I am not as ‘strict’ as I used to be and have tilted towards a more kinder approach to my diet and the foods I eat. Continue reading

Sweet Potato Waffle Rostis

Moving to a new country can come with many new things to learn and get used to. New places, new mannerisms and new names. For me, one of those new names is Kumara aka. Sweet Potato. Here in New Zealand, the Kumara is a staple in many diets. Now I also know that sweet potatoes/kumara make up a large portion of most plant based eaters diets too, and there is a number of reasons why.

Firstly they are so delicious! They are sweet and when steamed they have that ‘melt in your mouth’ sensation. Sweet potatoes have a lower GI than regular potatoes, which means they won’t spike your sugar levels, but rather gradually elevate and sustain them over a period of time. This is great for keeping that ‘satisfied’ feeling we get after eating, meaning you’ll have sustained energy levels which is great!  Continue reading

Sunflower Seed Cookies

Love is not only an amazing feeling that brings such joy and warmth, it is also an vital tool in well being. Living your life from the perspective of love can seriously have a positive ripple effect on every aspect of your life.

Learning to love, feeling love and seeing the world through love are some of the topics I’ll be delving into this post, including all the goodness of these Sunflower Seed Cookies. Quite fitting as it is the month of love, but let’s not forget about ourselves and the practice of self-love. Self respect.  Continue reading

What I Eat in a Day + VIDEO

I’ve seen loads of blog posts on this topic and have watched a few Youtube videos too, and they always tend to inspire me and spark ideas, so I thought it’s definitely time for me to share what my nourishment looks like in a day. 

It’s always so interesting to see what other people eat, when they eat, and how much they eat. Interesting to me that is! And I also find inspiration in the creativity of the food that people eat.

Food is so personal. It can tell a story. It can tell you about a persons culture, what they were craving, what they enjoy. So intimate! Food sustains us and nourishes not only our bodies, but our minds. It reminds us of people, places and spaces in time, shaping our memories and our cultural heritage. It’s a form of personal expression, and helps bring people together.  Continue reading

Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie

Copy of Recipes (1)Hope you’re all easing into the New Year well. It’s been beautiful weather here in Nelson. The sun’s been shining brightly these last couple days and the cool, refreshing breeze has been a breath of fresh air. I love this time of year, so much! I love getting out on the weekends, going on unknown adventures, and being immersed in nature. The sun kissed glow to the skin is always welcomed. 

We met up with a gorgeous friend at the Nelson Saturday Market on the weekend (which was fab), and I stumbled across some deliciously fresh hazelnuts which I just had to have. Now, I must admit, I may have a mild obsession with this particular nut. From hazelnut butter to toasted hazelnuts, to hazelnuts staring in delicious recipes – like this Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie, I love love love them! Continue reading

Gingerbread Men Cookies (Vegan)

I love this time of year! Holidays, summer sunshine and lots of creative juices flowing in the kitchen. There’s always so many awesome Christmas recipes flying around the net this time of year, and I could just burst with all the inspiration everywhere

This year, my Christmas recipe is for these delicious Gingerbread Men Cookies, which just so happens to be refined sugar free and 100% vegan!

Not that that dampens any of the delicious flavor these cookies have. The texture! It’s that perfect crunchy and incredibly addictive texture that keeps us coming back for “just one more”. Continue reading

Beetroot Coconut Ice

Copy of Recipes (4)I set myself a challenge with this recipe. That challenge was to create something delicious out of the ingredients I already had. No additional purchases. Just make do with what I had in the kitchen.

So, with inspiration and creativity flowing, this Beetroot Coconut Ice Recipe was created. My hope is that you also have similar ingredients in your kitchen to create this recipe, and if not, then to use your imagination and have fun creating something with what you have already.

My mentality and drive behind this recipe, was being so grateful that I actually have all the ingredients I need to create something nutritious and delicious. Being grateful that I just need to turn to my kitchen to find what I need to use my imagination and creative juices to make something yum.  Continue reading

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

Vegan Cinnamon Waffles

Copy of Recipes (8)I have been dying to get a waffle maker for ages now, and it finally happened! So you can guess who’s recently been having waffles galore! It’s so nice to experiment and try foods that you wouldn’t normally eat. Though of course these still fall between the lines of being gluten free, refined sugar free, healthy and vegan.

Experimenting and creating different dishes, trying new ingredients, and really just having fun with your food can be so rewarding, especially if you know that the food you’re eating is doing your body a whole lot of good (as well as your mind 😉 ) Continue reading

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