Vegan

No meat, dairy, eggs, honey or other animal products. Just pure veggie goodness.

I’m not vegan but I have friends and family who are and I know some of you, my readers, are too so I try my best to give you a good range of yummy treats, both meals and desserts.

Soft quinoa hash browns

Posted on March 28, 2014

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I put the call out on facebook and you voted unanimously. You want the recipe for these soft quinoa hash browns. More than the recipe for my carrot and lentil picnic pie*. So here you are!

These hash browns are the perfect breakfast fare for vegans as they incorporate carbs (potato) and protein (quinoa), and when served with an array of delicious veggies like avocado, tomato and mushrooms make a complete and nutritious breakfast. (more…)

Chickpea & sweet potato burgers #meatfreeweek

Posted on March 25, 2014

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I’m just dropping in quickly today to support #meatfreeweek. I’ll be back again in a few days with another meat-free recipe.

I know burgers have a bad reputation for being too meat-heavy and full of fat, but this veggie-packed version will change all that! (more…)

Homemade fig, vanilla and lemon jam

Posted on March 8, 2014

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After yesterday’s heavy post, I thought I’d get back on your sweet side with some homemade jam. Did it work?

My very good friends Robyn and Rocco gifted me with about 3kg of figs from their tree last month. Tiny, sweet, gorgeous things. I was ecstatic until I realised I couldn’t actually eat that many figs before they were going to turn.

What was I to do? That’s right, make jam. But I also stuffed them into biscuits, brownies (so good! Use this recipe and just chuck in a cup of chopped fresh figs with the nuts in step 4), plus I ate them on muesli everyday.

And I STILL had about a kilo left over. Jam, was their destiny. (more…)

No-cook pasta salad sauce

Posted on February 16, 2014

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The weather is still hot here in the northern rivers, even though it’s almost Autumn, so cool dinners are a welcome respite at the end of the day. Even better when they are practically no-cook.

This sauce is designed to be quick and easy but still full of the best flavours of Summer. Stir it into cooked and cooled pasta for an instant salad or stir through hot pasta for dinner in a flash. Mums, it’s a winner. (more…)

Mediterranean smashed avocado on roasted flat mushroom

Posted on November 25, 2013

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Sometimes I feel like a really light breakfast that is carb-free and packed with veggies. Mind you, it’s usually after I’ve had a massive pizza feast the night before, but still – my mind is in the right healthy headspace.

I’m actually a big believer in getting at least one serve of veggies in at breakfast time, especially on the weekend, as that’s when I’m usually prone to ordering more cheekily than usual (um, hello battered barramundi and chips!).

Do you fall into the weekend naughty eating trap too? No? You’ve probably got more self control then.

Anyway, this recipe combines many of my favourite things – mediterranean flavours, mushrooms and buttery ripe avocado – and also happens to be vegan, paleo, gluten free and dairy free. Winning!  (more…)

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