Springtime Leek and Chickpea Soup

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Leek and Chickpea Soup with Toast

Springtime in Melbourne means many things.  It’s the smell of jasmine in the air. The warm t-shirt days followed by the cold, rainy ones. It’s during springtime that Melbourne really lives up to it’s reputation of four seasons in one day.  Which is why some days, during springtime in Melbourne, only a comforting soup will do.

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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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The Best Veggie Cheese Spread

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Veggie Cheese Dip

During my time as an omnivore I loved cheese.  I would eat cheese every day, sometimes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  I couldn’t get enough.  The thing is, once I became a vegetarian I found all the cheese I was eating didn’t quite work for me anymore. That’s why I love this Veggie Cheese Spread so much.  I can have all the yumminess of cheese without any of the discomfort. Continue reading “The Best Veggie Cheese Spread”

Energizing Kale and Mix Bean Salad

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Kale and Mix Bean Salad

School’s back, so it’s back to my routine. At our house, it takes a good week to get back into the swing of things.  Which is why for me, it’s important to be prepared.  This includes making a lovely big, nourishing bowl of goodness that will last me several days in the fridge. Enter stage right – my Energizing Kale and Mix Bean Salad.

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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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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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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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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”

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”