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

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

Vegan Butternut Soup

As winter slowly creeps around the corner, the body calls for warmer dishes. Food that warms the tum! Leaving you feeling toasty and satisfied. What better dish to satisfy that craving than a healthy, delicious pot of soup.

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The great thing about soups, is that you can use up all your left over bits and bobs floating around in your veggie draw. It all comes together so wonderfully, despite what you may chuck in. You can never go wrong with soup! Continue reading

Grilled Aubergine Stack

I’ve decided to start a Throw-Back-Thursday section to my blog, where I’ll post some recipes and other content from ‘back-in-the-day’. I’ve decided to share this recipe with you, which is one of my earliest entries.

Grilled Aubergine Stack

I love love love aubergines, or as we call them back in South Africa ‘Bringals’. They are quite versatile and can be used to make vegetable lasagna, are the main ingredient in the middle eastern baba ganoush, and make perfect additions to any roast vegetable dish. 

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Quinoa and Kidney Bean Burger Patties

Who doesn’t love tucking into a huge, delicious and satisfying burger? Well these patties are vegan & vegetarian friendly, are super healthy and so so tasty!

Quinoa and Kidney Bean Burger Patties

With only a few ingredients, these patties are great for a tight budget. Surprisingly the ingredients bind really really well (even with no egg or egg substitute), so there’s no fuss of patties falling apart, which, let’s be honest, can sometimes be so annoying! Continue reading

Chickpea Quinoa Salad

This recipe is a Moroccan twist on a Quinoa salad. It is super easy, really quick, and perfect for lunch the next day! I often make a big batch of dinner, and have it for lunch the next day. It saves time in the morning, plus most meals taste amazing the next day.

Chickpea Quinoa Salad

I love quinoa, and adore how versatile it is. You can literally toss a couple of your favorite ingredients into a quinoa salad and I’m 99% certain each time it’ll turn out great! It definitely is a staple in my pantry, and forever on my shopping list.

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Macadamia Nut ‘Cheese’

Before my massive lifestyle changes, I was never a great fan of regular cheese. Yeah I used to eat it, but it wasn’t a necessity. Obviously my pizza’s back in the day used to be laced with the stuff, but other than that, I didn’t really consume much of the stuff. I did, however, love feta cheese. I think it’s something about the saltiness and the texture that really turned my taste buds on. Only recently have I made the decision to stop eating it, purely for the fact that it, like other cheese, is pretty much rot. Yup, no more feta for me please and thank you!

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Luckily, there is an alternative for all those feta loving health nuts out there. Macadamia nut ‘cheese’. Yes, a crumbly ‘cheese like textured’ creation, that flaunts an array of flavors, and is quite versatile too.

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Parsley Hummus

Chickpeas aka Garbanzo beans are an extremely versatile legume that are a healthy addition to any diet. They are one of the oldest cultivated vegetables in the Middle East, and are a noted ingredient in middle eastern dishes such as hummus, falafels and curries.

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Chickpeas are naturally low in fat, high in dietary fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals. They have a low glycemic index (keeping you fuller for longer) and are full of soluble fiber which helps to keep your blood sugar levels more stable and the metabolism of glucose more efficient. Continue reading