Brown Rice and Chickpea Lunchbox

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Brown Rice and Chickpea Lunchbox

I have a confession to make.

I used to be judge-y about brown rice.  In fact, the mere mention of brown rice was enough to make me cringe.   Everywhere I looked people were swapping white rice for brown. “What’s wrong with white rice?  The Japanese have been eating it for centuries,”  I would wonder. I thought it was just another trend and that people would eventually come to their senses.  Plus, I’d heard it tasted horrible.

How wrong I was.  About all of it.  Brown rice has a delicious nutty flavour that tastes great warm or cold. It is also easy to prepare and incredibly nourishing.  What’s not to love?

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Penne Pasta with Feta and Broccoli

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Penne with Feta and Broccoli

Anyone who knows me knows that pasta is my favorite food in the whole world.  I could eat pasta in one form or another for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Pasta is the first thing I will order when we go out to eat and is what I cook for myself when I’m home alone.

Pasta is comforting, nourishing and incredibly versatile.  Case in point, my Penne with Feta and Broccoli.  This dish is anything but traditional by Italian standards, but it’s yummy, super simple to throw together and a complete meal in one bowl.  Yes please! Continue reading “Penne Pasta with Feta and Broccoli”

Tacos with Black Bean Salsa and Chipotle Mayo

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Tacos with Black Bean Salsa and Ice Tea

I love tacos.  They’re fun to make and fun to eat.  Tacos are the perfect dinner for those nights you’d rather order takeaway.  You simply lay out a range of different fillings and let everyone help themselves.  My Tacos with Black Bean Salsa are no exception.  In fact, they’re so simple it’s almost like you did order takeaway!

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What’s Cooking?

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green pear

So many recipes, so little time…

Welcome to another post covering all the amazing veggie recipe ideas I’m finding from around the web.

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Quick and Easy Hummus Dip

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Hummus and Veggie Sticks

Browse through any veggie blog and you’re bound to find a recipe for Hummus.  There is a good reason for this. Hummus is really cheap and easy to make at home.  It’s also super tasty and incredibly versatile.  What’s more, Hummus is a nourishing addition to any diet – veggie or otherwise. Continue reading “Quick and Easy Hummus Dip”

Holiday Brunch Avo on Toast

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Avocado Toast with Rocket

We just got back from a short break in the sun.  Warm sunny mornings had us walking on the beach followed by a yummy brunch at one of the many cafes that line the main drag.

My Holiday Brunch Avo on Toast is a homage to the delicious dishes we ate while we were away.  It’s my way of keeping the holiday vibe alive a little longer. Continue reading “Holiday Brunch Avo on Toast”

Chickpea and Green Bean Lunch Bowl

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Chickpea and Green Bean Lunch Bowl

My journey as a vegetarian began organically.  I had started making salads for lunch and was looking for ways to mix things up.  I wanted more variety than I was able to create so I went online.

Searching the phrase ‘vegetarian salad ideas’ I came across a whole new world that I hadn’t realised existed.  Lunch bowls full of yummy, vibrantly coloured veggies jumped out at me.  Then something wonderful happened.  With each new recipe I tried I noticed how much better I felt.  After some careful research into how to be a ‘healthy’ vegetarian I decided to take the plunge and I haven’t looked back.  Continue reading “Chickpea and Green Bean Lunch Bowl”

What’s Cooking?

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Pepitas

The thing with food is, it’s not like exercise, “I could take it or leave it,” you might say.  With food, you have to eat.  Every day.  Several times a day.  So even if you love food, as I do, sometimes it can all feel a bit too hard.  Hand up if the divine dinner you were planning in your head on the way home from work via picking the kid up from school turns into boiled eggs, plain pasta and veggie sticks?

This is one of the reasons I love the internet.  Who would have thought there were so many ways to prepare the humble vegetable?  For every recipe, there are at least five different takes on it – and mouth-watering pictures to go with them!  Here’s what I’m digging from around the web this week.
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Lentil and Walnut Salad

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Lentil and Walnut Salad

It’s freezing cold in my part of the world at the moment.  While I have come to appreciate the contrast of the seasons, there are others in my crew who don’t. It is for this reason we are making our annual pilgrimage up north to escape the cold.

Whilst most people would be doing a happy dance at the prospect of a tropical holiday, I secretly feel anxious (don’t tell anyone).   Do you ever get that sinking feeling like you’re going to miss the plane?  Well I have this for a whole week leading up to the trip.  Even though we’re traveling domestically, I like to get to the airport 2 hours early just in case.  Just in case of what I’m not really sure…

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Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Tangy Dijon Dressing

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Roasted sweet potato salad

My favorite thing to eat for lunch is a salad.  I love how a salad can take so many different forms.   This Roasted Sweet Potato salad is super yummy and filling.  The combination of the crunchy lettuce, red onion and caramelised sweet potato is just delicious. What’s more, it’s easy to throw together first thing when you’re rushing to get out the door. Continue reading “Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Tangy Dijon Dressing”