Kale and Quinoa Salad from Love Real Food

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Kale and Quinoa Salad

It’s no secret that I love books, and cookbooks are no exception.  I don’t think I have a cookbook problem (yet) but I do own a few.  Having something tangible, filled with beautiful photos and easy to follow recipes gives me confidence and comfort in the kitchen.  So when I finally got my hands on a copy of Love Real Food I couldn’t wait to get stuck in!

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Smashed Peas with Almonds and Chilli

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Smashed Peas with Almonds and Chilli

When people come to dinner at my place I like to have a home-made dip ready to serve with drinks.  It’s a great way to relax into the evening and allows you a little extra prep time for your main meal.  I have several dips I alternate between but I wanted to share this one with you today because of it’s festive vibe.  Unexpected, vibrant, and incredibly tasty, this Smashed Peas with Almonds and Chilli is a real show stopper.

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Rainbow Salad Bowl with Green Goddess Dressing

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Rainbow Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

It can be tricky sometimes as a vegetarian living with a couple of meat eaters.  The dilemma I often face is, how do I feed my family as well as myself without having to cook two completely different meals? I find the best way around this is by being prepared.  As long as I’ve got a variety of nuts in the pantry, a packet of leafy greens and a jar of previously made dressing in the fridge I’m good to go.  In fact, that’s exactly how my Rainbow Salad Bowl with Green Goddess Dressing came to be.

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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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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”