No-Mato Marinara/Pizza Sauce (Nightshade-Free)

nomato sauce

I no longer eat tomatoes. This isn’t a new development, I stopped eating nightshades about 2-1/2 years ago. Considering I didn’t enjoy tomatoes until my mid-twenties, I wouldn’t have thought that this would be a big loss. However, in some ways it has been. I no longer can enjoy many Indian curries, tomato-based pasta sauces and more. However, where there’s a will, there’s always a way.

When I saw this recipe, I knew Continue reading

Hummus & Veggie Nori Wraps

nori wraps

These wraps are simple, fresh, light, healthy and extremely delicious. I made them for my birthday lunch. I was not disappointed! Since then, I’ve made them numerous times for dinner. I devour them. The nori sheets make a great alternative to flour tortilla wraps, minus the gluten and carbs.

I make my own hummus for these wraps, and why not? I think I’ve only purchased store-bought hummus once and that was when I was on a road trip and wanted something to eat with my vegetables. It wasn’t great. Homemade is best! My favorite hummus is not the traditional chickpea (garbanzo beans) with tahini variety, but a black bean hummus without the tahini (great for people with a sesame seed allergy/sensitivity). Continue reading

Black Bean Hummus (tahini-free)

black bean hummus

One day I ran out chickpeas (garbanzo beans) when I wanted to make hummus, so used black beans instead. I’ve not gone back since!

I’m normally a stickler when it comes to names of foods, that is, their name normally defines what they are made from, for example, hummus is traditionally made from chickpeas, and any other similar spread is not hummus. So, hummus SHOULD be made with chickpeas, carpaccio should be thinly sliced raw meat or fish, not vegetables, pesto should be made with basil not coriander (cilantro) etc etc. You get my gist… So, to be politically correct, I could call this black bean spread/dip, Continue reading

Creamy Coconut Curry and Lentil Soup (dairy-free)

coconut curry red lentil soup

This is one of those recipes that I bookmarked ages ago, but didn’t get around to making it until [insert date/special occasion]. I am assuming that we’ve all done it, bookmark something that looks incredibly awesome, forget about it, then revisit it many times before making it. We then kick ourselves because we should have made it earlier… much much earlier! Yes, this soup is one of them. I am obsessed with this soup. It’s dairy-free, vegan and packed of protein, flavor and nutrition. It’s thick, rich, satisfying, creamy, spicy, warming and you would never guess it is vegan. It might even be better than dhal, if possible! Continue reading

Banana and Chocolate Ice Cream (dairy- and refined-sugar free, vegan)

banana chocolate ice cream

An ice cream that is creamy, dreamy, and also free from dairy and added sweeteners? Yep! This delectable treat is made simply by blitzing together some frozen bananas, raw cacao, sea salt and vanilla powder (optional).

I know, I know, calling pureed frozen fruit isn’t really ice cream. I mean, it’s not laden with mammalian juice (aka milk/cream), refined sugar/other disgusting sweeteners or eggs. If you dairy eaters out there doubt the flavor and texture of this dessert, please give it a try, just the once, it might just pleasantly surprise you. Continue reading

Kabocha Squash, Green Beans, Spinach, Chickpeas and Quinoa

kabocha, green beans, spinach, chickpea, quinoa i

This dish gives you an insight of what I eat on a daily basis. It’s relatively simple to throw together, because I usually have all the odds and ends in my cupboard/freezer. It’s just a matter of warming things through in the microwave, tossing it altogether, seasoning it and then eating it.

It’s plant based, which makes me happy inside and out, and packed full of all the good stuff, including fruit, vegetables, beans and nuts. It’s wholesome and nourishing, what else do you want? Continue reading

Massaged Dinosaur Kale Salad

dino kale salad

Doesn’t this salad just look yummy? Dinosaur kale massaged with lemon/olive oil, tossed with red peppers, red onions, Roma tomatoes, herbs, roasted garlic flakes, salt, pepper and a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds. That’s it.

I won’t go into the depths of why kale is good for you, because I’m sure you already know how awesome this leafy green vegetable is. Continue reading