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Dip Combo: Sweet Potato Hummus/Creamy Mint Avocado Dip
May18

Dip Combo: Sweet Potato Hummus/Creamy Mint Avocado Dip

Whatever the occasion – a birthday party, BBQ or a cosy gettogether at someone’s house, dips are always considered the party starters. These two dip-combos are not your average hummus or guac. These two recipes are guaranteed to make your tastebuds dance! Sweet Potato Hummus Ingredients:  200g Good Earth dried chickpeas one small sweet potato 80ml Pantaleo Extra Virgin Olive Oil 30ml Sunita Lemon Juice 25g Sunita Whole...

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Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta
May09

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

When it comes to weeknight dinner, pasta is the go-to dish for most of us. This recipe is so quick to make, there’s no need for any pre-made sauce, because there is some serious flavour into this dish with fresh produce and minimal effort. Ingredients:  400g pasta of your choice For the creamy sun-dried tomato sauce  1/2 cup raw cashews 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (drained if in oil) 3 tablespoons of vegan parmesan cheese 1/2 cup water...

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Mushroom and Pepper Stroganoff – Quick Healthy Meals
May03

Mushroom and Pepper Stroganoff – Quick Healthy Meals

It is not difficult to make sure we are eating healthily when I have plenty of time to prepare meals. However, this proves a bit more difficult when I get home in the evening after a day’s work and have to start preparing a meal from scratch. However, I have found a way around this,  I think. This is what helps me most. I shop for the vegetables we like in the beginning of the week and then make sure I incorporate them in the...

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Crunchy Quinoa Granola
Apr27

Crunchy Quinoa Granola

Everyone says that breakfast is “the most important meal of the day”. After waking up from a fasted night, we would need a well balanced meal to fuel ourselves to face whatever the day has in store for us. Granola is a popular breakfast staple. It may be marketed as a healthy option, but if you take a closer look at the ingredients, you will notice a string of unpronounceable ingredients, highly processed oils and sugars....

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Mixed Berry Chia Jam
Apr17

Mixed Berry Chia Jam

Store-bought fruit jams are very often than not, full of sugars and preservatives. On a quest to find a healthier alternative to a jar full of sugar, I am going to share with you a very simple recipe that requires minimal time and ingredients, and can be done on a stove top. What I like about this recipe is that you can control what kind of sweetener to use, and you’re totally free not to use any as well! Ingredients: 2 cups...

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Vegan Figolli
Apr13

Vegan Figolli

It has always been a tradition in our family to make home made figolli just before Easter. The kids loved to choose their shapes, and help decorate their own figolla when they were young. Last year, at Easter time, I had already been vegan for a few months , so I set about trying to alter my recipe to eliminate all animal products. It was not as difficult as some people may think. All you have to do is use a vegan margarine and...

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Broccoli and pasta bake with Valsoia CondiSoia da Cucina
Apr05

Broccoli and pasta bake with Valsoia CondiSoia da Cucina

Ingredients: Broccoli florets Pasta trecolori Valsoia CondiSoia da Cucina Vegan cheese Breadcrumbs Egg substitute Onion and mushrooms Preparation: Boil broccoli until tender. In a frying pan, fry the onions until transparent and add the mushrooms. When broccoli is tender add to frying pan. Prepare the vegan cheese sauce, with Valsoia CondiSoia da Cucina cream and different types of cheese. Warm cream in a pan. Grate the cheese and add...

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Still the right weather for soup.
Apr02

Still the right weather for soup.

I had already stated here that I love soup. All types and variations , and I never tire of eating soup. Except when the weather gets warm. Then, it’s not an option. I usually prefer eating my vegetables raw in Summer, mostly in salads. I also make an effort to add more vegetables to other dishes, like pasta, rice or noodles. Very easy to grill some vegetables and add to these or make up a stir fry. But since the warm weather...

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Time for Kwarezimal.
Mar16

Time for Kwarezimal.

I strive to eat as healthily as possible, however that doesn’t mean that I do not indulge in a treat occasionally. Since I became vegan, these are usually things I bake myself. This week I made some kwarezimal to enjoy with my afternoon cup of tea. Since this sweet was traditionally made during Lent, it does not contain any eggs or fats so it is practically vegan. All I do is replace the honey for the glaze. Try this, it is very...

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The ultimate Avocado Toast
Mar02

The ultimate Avocado Toast

Avocado: a remarkable fruit! Disclaimer: I am an avocado addict. I love avocados and have loved them for many many years. I will happily eat an avocado a day for breakfast or chopped up in my lunch, so I might be a little biased when I say: Avocados are the best!  There are, however, many reasons that everyone should share my same love for avocados. Flavour-wise avocados will not blow you away, their flavour is delicate and mild, but...

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Vegetable Fritters “pulpetti”
Feb27

Vegetable Fritters “pulpetti”

When I was a girl, my mum used to try to make me and my siblings eat vegetables as often as possible.  My favourite vegetables then were raw chickpeas and broad beans, when in season, straight from the pod. We peeled them, ate them and left a mess. Nowadays, I always say that if my mother had known I would become vegetarian, and later vegan, she wouldn’t have stressed so much.  One of my mum’s  vegetable meals I do...

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Another Winter Warmer
Feb14

Another Winter Warmer

Another one of my cold weather staples is chilli. If you love spicy, hearty food, this is a perfect meal for cold winter evenings. For vegetarians, vegans and people who are cutting down on their meat consumption, beans and pulses are an essential part of the diet. They provide protein and fibre. This dish provides plenty of these and vegetables too. It is easy and quick to put together. Just leave  enough time to simmer  to get a...

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Farmhouse Minestrone
Feb12

Farmhouse Minestrone

This farmhouse minestrone is filled with seasonal veggies. It is incredibly hearty and filling. Farmhouse title really suits because I grew all the veggies and herbs that I used myself! It’s wise that we use local vegetables while they are so tender as we have had abundant beneficial rainy winter. A personal word about the local vegetables. First of all nothing can beat its freshness. I cut these veg while they still had the morning...

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One Pot Wonder – Golden Lentil Daal (a quick one pot meal)
Feb05

One Pot Wonder – Golden Lentil Daal (a quick one pot meal)

Living life in the fast lane Let’s talk about the struggle of putting delicious, healthy meals on the table while also juggling everything else on your plate (pun intended). Most of us today live a packed, fast-paced life, and we have some much going on all the time. At some point, we start feeling the pressure of keeping up with our social lives, families, friends, and pets….getting the right amount of exercise, being...

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Hot meals for cold weather
Feb04

Hot meals for cold weather

This type of weather calls for warm, hearty, nourishing comfort foods. Stews, chillies and curries instantly come to mind. Pots of delicious vegetables, nicely spiced and served piping hot. I am very partial to Indian food, so recently started experimenting with curries. Vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, peas and broccoli are great in curries. As are dried varieties of beans, chickpeas and pulses such as lentils. It...

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