Vegan Tuna Wrap

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Vegan Tuna Wrap

This whole vegetarian thing I’ve been doing lately has been a real trip.  No, not because I’m discovering new and obscure super expensive foods to cook with, but because it’s helped me use everyday ordinary foods in ways I never would have imagined.  Take my Vegan Tuna Wrap for example.  If you had told me 12 months ago I’d be making myself vegan tuna for lunch I would have laughed in your face.

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Caponata Plate with Rocket and Roasted Cauliflower

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Caponata Plate with Rocket and Roasted Cauliflower

I came across Caponata when I was going through my Italian cooking phase.  And let me tell you, I still love to cook with Italian flavours but I. Was. Obsessed.  Here’s me, borrowing every Italian cook book from  the library I could find.  Watching endless YouTube videos of Italian mammas cooking authentic dishes (in Italian I might add).  I just couldn’t get enough.

One of the reasons I really love Italian cooking, aside from the taste, is how forgiving the recipes are.  You really can’t go wrong.  This was music to my ears, novice home cook that I was.

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What’s Cooking?

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Four Beans

Whether you call yourself a vegetarian or not, everybody can benefit from a couple of meat free meals per week. Veggies are gentle on our systems, easier for our bodies to break down.  Not to mention easier on the wallet.

Often people think they would like to try say, ‘Meatless Monday’ but they just don’t know where to start. Well fear not my friends!  The great thing about veggie blogs is they’re not just for vegetarians.  At a new green leaf not only do you get all my favorites that I cook at home but some great inspiration from around the web too.

The following are some of the super yummy recipes that I want to try this week. Continue reading “What’s Cooking?”

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”