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”

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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Super Tasty Veggie Bolognese

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Veggie Bolognese

Every family has their own version of spaghetti bolognese.  Growing up, this dish was a once a week staple in our household.  When I moved out of home and was learning to cook for myself, spaghetti bolognese was one of the first dishes I mastered.  I have always loved how inexpensive and easy it is to make.

Vegetarians need not miss out on this family favorite.  In fact, my Super Tasty Veggie Bolognese ticks all the boxes.  Believe it or not, my dedicated meat eaters actually prefer this version to the traditional.

 

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Knock Your Socks Off Brazil Nut Mayo

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Brazil Nut Mayo

As much as I love veggies, sometimes you want a little extra.  The right condiment can really bring a vegetable to life.  My lemony, creamy, Brazil Nut Mayo works in so many ways.  In sandwiches, mixed through quinoa or dolloped onto a fresh salad.  Whether you like traditional egg-based mayo or not (I was never a fan) you have to give this Brazil Nut Mayo a try.  It’ll knock your socks off! Continue reading “Knock Your Socks Off Brazil Nut Mayo”

Easy Pumpkin Soup

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Pumpkin Soup

When it’s cold outside or I’m feeling a little under the weather, I always crave Pumpkin Soup. It’s warming and nourishing and incredibly easy to make.  What’s more, you can make a really big batch at once and store individual portions in the freezer for later.

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How to Make Simple Cashew Butter

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Cashew butter on banana bread

Let me tell you about the time Cashew Butter changed my life.  I know that sounds melodramatic but hear me out…

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