Start the new year with a salad!! Here's one! A delicious Summer salad full of fiber and protein with quinoa, spinach, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, mandarin oranges in a homemade Balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Take is to a BBQ and you may even make some new friends out of it!
Cute little mini desserts. Bottom layer is chocolate and walnut. Middle layer is coconut. Top layer is orange and raspberry. Super easy to make - just chuck the ingredients into a blender, layer it up and freeze! I find the silicon mini muffin trays are perfect for frozen desserts. Makes 24 mini muffin size desserts.
This soup has a s*** load of antioxidants, protein, fiber and healthy carbs to leave you sat-is-fied. Zero gluten making it super easy to digest and wont leave you feeling bloated. You could serve it with crunched up nachos on top or some nice bread...but it makes a pretty solid meal on it's own. The recipe is from one of my fav food blogs: check it out at www.ohsheglows.com ... lots of good stuff on there.
Easy-peasy summer salad with a delicious dressing with just the right amount of kick. This makes quite a lot of dressing. Store it in a jar in the fridge and add it to the salad just before serving :)
Forget the can opener...save that store bought bollocks for the emergency kit. Since Summer is taking its sweet time, try this hearty, healthy, satisfying bowl of deliciousness.
On another note, I recently got my once yearly warrant of fitness from the doctor (cause apparently us vegans are more prone to getting sick....yea right). As usual, everything came back fine...my iron is actually on the higher side - probably due to the increase in green smoothies and spirulina tablets I've been taking to get me through exams. I want people to know that this isn't unusual for a vegan. There is a huge misconception out there that vegans are lacking in something as a matter of course. I keep a closer eye on my B12 levels but even so, I have had no indication of needing to supplement in this.
I don’t take any supplements or vitamins. I just eat really well. I used to take a lot of them and when I stopped, nothing bad happened so I just never started taking them again. I think it’s important for people to know they don’t "have" to take vitamins and supplements if they already have a good diet made up of whole, natural foods.
In a recent survey 89% of tomatoes claimed this pasta sauce is the way they'd like to go. And the avocado sauce is so creamy, that the word "creamy" isn't even creamy enough to describe it's creaminess.
I'm not sure exactly what constitutes a chowder, but for fear of being incorrest on a technicality, I decided against Googling it. This is a chowder dammit. A creamy, thick, chunky and hot chowder promising couch-snuggling time while watching your favourite movie.
I've been experimenting with raw desserts that don't use so much coconut oil and voila!...it is possible and they still taste delicious! This slice uses almond and coconut flour in the base, has a citrus avocado center and a smooth chocolate topping. Enjoy :)
A quick, easy recipe for some dairy free, creamy ice blocks (cause that's what we call them in New Zealand) :) If you want to get fancy, you could melt some chocolate and drizzle it around the inside of the ice block moulds before adding the mixture so you end up with chocolate coated ice blocks.
Another super filling, super easy spring salad with loads protein (15 grams-ish per cup!), nutrients and fiber...the olive dressing is a nice change :)
This one's a keeper...a tasty, light, soupy type dish. Soba noodles lose about 80% of their sodium when cooked in unsalted water. Rinse and drain the soba thoroughly after cooking to remove any lingering salt.
Mmmm...I had never though to add herbs to my cookies until now but it totally works! A bit of rosemary, cayenne and chocolate makes the most amazing spicy sweet cookie I think I've ever had. Golden on the outside, chewy on the inside. Mmmm....definitely keep it as a treat though ;)
Beans, beans, they're good for you heart. The more you eat, the more you .....live awesomely!! Haha! Lots of people are scared to eat beans and grains...I have no idea why. Beans are a phytonutrient rich food and an excellent addition to a , , healthy diet. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommended a shift towards a plant based diet (see here, here, here), and beans are a great source of plant protein (see also here, here). Eating just half a cup of beans a day for two months can result in a 20 point drop in serum cholesterol. Beans also help reduce blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and lower body weight. Bean consumption may also be protective against cancer (see here). Black beans appear to be slightly healthier than pinto beans and lentils (red lentils are the healthiest) come in second after black beans in terms of antioxidant content (see also here, here). Watch out though, The plastic linings in bean cans can contain BPA, though there are brands that don’t use it. Instead, I buy my beans lose then soak and cook them - cheaper and better for you.
It's hard to find a more perfect protein source than hemp! With a similar profile to egg, it contains all the Essential Amino Acids making hemp protein is the most complete source of protein in the plant kingdom. Plant-based food is alkaline-forming, and when you eat alkaline foods, it reduces inflammation, and when you reduce inflammation, you increase functionality. Hemp is also a nutritional powerhouse containing large amounts of omega 3, 6 & 9, 37% fibre, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium and detoxifying chlorophyll. Also, hemp proteins are similar to proteins found in the human body, which makes them easy to digest and assimilate quickly, so they’re a great alternative to whey and soy proteins, which are often heavily processed and hard to digest - no bloating!
Ram packed with healthy ingredients, crispy around the edges, thick and bite-sized, with dark chocolate sprinkled throughout.
A quick and easy, minimally sweetened frozen dessert slice.
Tried something different as far as a dressing goes - turned out yum! Nice to add a bit of fruity-ness to a salad. As always, loaded with micronutrients and fiber to keep you healthy and energy levels more constant.
Clean, plant based recipes for EVERYONE :) And some research thrown in for good measure.