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Edamame & Avo Mash

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Jazz up your regular avocado on toast with this super nutritious, plant protein-rich spread. A lot of people complain that avocado on toast isn't satisfying them, so why not up the protein, fibre and nutrient value by adding in this sneaky little legume to the party. The use of raw miso lends a bit of gut-loving probiotics to the equation too. It also tastes amazing and is great if not just for variety, without leaving out the avocado (because avocado should never be forgotten entirely!). 

Miso Pumpkin

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It's not everyday that you see miso pumpkin... usually it is used on eggplant. I actually have a dish here that I created if that is what you are after, but if you are looking for something else to miso, look no further! The perfect hearty addition to any Asian-style meal... simply baked pumpkin with a delicious Miso glaze.

No-Bake Fig & Pecan Protein Bars

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Protein and fibre packed, these spiced power bars are a nice alternative to bliss balls or muesli slices. I personally have one for morning tea or an after dinner snack. Not only loaded with protein, they contain some healthy carbs for energy from the dried fruit, and satiating, brain-healthy fats from the raw nuts. Anti-inflammatory, appetite-regulating, stamina-promoting and hormone-balancing superfood additions (turmeric, Maca, cinnamon, nutmeg) make it a sneaky source of abundant nutritional benefits! Enjoy 1 square/bar a day.

Red Lentil Pasta with Mushrooms, Silverbeet & Bechamel Sauce

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The main source of protein for this one is in the pasta! That's right, if you haven't gotten your hands on some legume-based pasta you are seriously missing out on an easy and delicious way to consume gut-loving beans/pulses. In fact, this whole meal is good for your gut rich in fibre, antioxidants, prebiotics and starch. The béchamel sauce is made creamy without dairy, but instead using pumpkin which is not just a filler ingredient, but rather offers its own nutritional benefits - vitamins A, C, E, potassium, and particularly good for eye and heart health. The coconut milk is a nice whole food source of fat that can help the body absorb some of these fat-soluble nutrients. Coupled with silverbeet, mushrooms, garlic, lemon, nutritional yeast and any other spices you desire - this is an extremely nutrient-dense meal that won't leave anybody hungry 😉

Apricot & Goji Iron-Rich Bites

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I’m all about food as medicine… Iron-rich bliss bites for you to boost those levels!
I’m finding low-iron (not necessarily deficiency) is quite common in clinic. Note: studies show that vegans and vegetarians are no more likely to have iron-deficiency anaemia than omnivores. As iron can be a pro-oxitant, I’m not too quick to over-prescribe it as a supplement. Our body has no specific mechanism to rid itself of excess meat-based and supplemental heme-iron (versus plant-based non-heme iron). Yet all we ever hear about is high-dose iron supps that can often lead to constipation! So, for a healthy booster, try working these bliss balls into your snacks, perfectly paired with goji berries (and optional lemon juice) for vit C, which enhances absorption 🙂

Veggie Paprika Brown Rice Paella

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Most people associate this classic Spanish dish with seafood or chorizo, but as usual, it can be enjoyed without compromising your health, in a delicious plant-based way. With the delightful spices saffron and paprika bringing colour, heat and of course, antioxidants, the richness of a slow cooked tomato and capsicum saucey broth, and the texture of perfectly sautéed veggies, beans and peas together with al dente rice, this is a dinner party sensation. No man will leave hungry!

SUPER CRUNCHY GLUTEN-FREE GRANOLA

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This is the best granola I’ve made. Better than store-bought! I am massive on chunks and good ingredients, and if you ask me this hits the nail on the head! Some of the ingredients might be a little tricky to find, such as rice bran versus bran and quinoa/teff flakes, so sub where necessary (I’ve provided suggestions). No oil required, simply enjoy the healthy fats from the delicious raw nuts, seeds and tahini. I also like to specify keeping the dried fruit out whilst you cook so it doesn’t burn, as I find it usually does, but you can alter this to your personal preference. Keep this large jar on hand to top your favourite smoothie or smoothie bowl, sprinkle atop porridge, enjoy with coconut yoghurt and berries, or even mix through a chia pudding. It’s full of fibre, antioxidants, healthy fats and even quite a bit of plant-based protein thanks to the complex grains and nuts! Healthy and delicious 🙂

Green Beauty Blend

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I’m shocked I haven’t shared this with you sooner! Although I constantly post about it on my Instagram and Insta-stories… but here is the full recipe to my new favourite green drink to start my day. It comes out a little darker than your typical green smoothie, but that is because it is full of the good stuff! Fibre, selenium, b vitamins, potassium, magnesium, plant-based omega 3 and protein to keep our cells healthy and happy and help us radiate from within 🙂

Choc PB Thickshake

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Choc peanut butter is a well-established delicious combo, but throw creamy frozen banana and caramel-like medjool dates into the mix and you might just have a taste sensation! No need for any guilt, I know some of you might think two bananas is excessive, but realistically the calorie content (not that I advocate counting cals!) is the perfect amount for a substantial meal that will keep you full and energised, and the sugar is perfectly packaged in fibre-rich fruit to slow the release of insulin into the bloodstream, coupled with vitamins and minerals you get from whole, plant-foods. Enjoy as a post workout breakfast or a decadent but not-so-naughty dessert. The less liquid you use the thicker and more ice-cream-like it will be 😉

Chocolatey Easter Nests

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No need for deprivation when these types of holiday’s come around, just adjustment. Healthy living is an around the clock commitment and should be enjoyable and flexible! These are a festive take on chocolate crackles for your Easter celebrations! The chocolate is as healthy as can be, dairy-free, using only unrefined sugar and just the right level of sweetness. I used what I had in the kitchen i.e. coconut flakes, millet puffs and raw almonds – but I think shredded coconut with macadamia eggs would work a treat! Definitely would look cute in an easter hunt for kids and big kids alike! Tag me if you make them, would love to see your healthy, happy, plant-based Easter!

Satay Chickpea Cauliflower Rice

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Cauliflower rice with a twist- A creamy, delicious, satiating topping to make this healthy, light dish even more nutritious!

Lentil & Mushroom Cottage Pie

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A hearty dish without being heavy. The ground flaxseeds not only help you reach your omega 3 intake for the day, but act as a bulking agent to make the lentil “mince” stay thick and stew-like. Cauliflower in place of potato mash keeps this dish weight-loss-friendly and light, whilst still tasting amazing!

Choc Cookie-Dough Pops

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These look and sound fancier than they are! A seriously delicious and simple dessert that kids and adults can both delight in. Cashews + dates + maca powder = serious cookie dough vibes, and the cacao nibs through give it that chocolate-chip texture. It’s a no-brainer, make ’em 😉

1, 2, 3 Curry!

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This is quick, it is easy, it is adaptable, it is nutritious – which is why it is a weekly staple for me. The combo of tomatoes and coconut milk plus the water thins it out so it is not too heavy/fatty per serving. The veggies can be swapped for your favourites, and added in accordingly to how long each takes to cook but not overcook! Lastly, curry powder and other spices are the perfect seasonings to give it flavour, no fancy or expensive pastes or methods required. A bay leaf or two can always be added, but are not crucial. Everyones a chef with this warming bowl of goodness! There is no need to cook a starch, as grains are also suggested – and for a lighter version stick to just legumes/tofu/tempeh and the veggies.

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