Month: May 2017

Pumpkin & Coconut Dal

For those of you that have never tried dal before your in for a real treat. It’s an Indian soup made by simmering lentils in a spicy broth until deliciously thick and tender. Dal was my go-to meal when I first moved to Australia. It’s cheap and easy to make and the spices give it so much flavour you won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything. Back then I use to make a big bowl of plain dal and serve it over brown rice with some pita bread. Now I make a more decadent version stirring through cherry tomatoes and spinach once it’s cooked then top it with shredded apple and toasted coconut.  I love using the small red lentils for this dish because they cook quickly but you can really use any lentils you like. The pumpkin adds a deep sweetness and orange colour to the dish plus you get an extra veggie kick. This is a perfect meal by its self or you can serve it on the side of other curries …

Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Its that time of the year again where the nights are getting chilly and all you want to do is curl up on the couch with a comfy meal. These loaded Sweet potatoes are the perfect meal to make winter nights a bit easier. Sweet potatoes are my favourite food because you can literally make anything with them. Roasted as chips, Steamed for curry or even blended into brownies. For this recipe, they are baked whole. So simple.  I make them at least once a week mixing up the toppings with whatever I have in the fridge. These Mexican style ones with beans, cabbage, corn, avo & cashew cheese are a real winner. Perfect for a lazy dinner as they require minimal effort but taste amazing. You do have to plan ahead so you can put the potatoes on to bake but they’re defiantly worth the wait. The rest is just some slicing dicing & stirring. I love making cashew cheese as a replacement for yoghurt or sour cream but feel free to use dairy …

Peanut butter bliss balls

I’ve been sitting here at my computer trying to think of the best name for these treats. Protein bites? Raw balls? Energy balls? no no and no. They have to be bliss balls because each one is like a bite of pure heaven. I made this as an experiment one day with some ingredients I had in the cupboard not thinking it would be anything special and wow was I surprised. It’s now my favourite sweet snack recipe. The peanut butter and dates create the perfect combination of salty + sweet while the oats and pumpkin seeds bulk it out. You could even go a step further and dip them in melted dark chocolate. Pure bliss. I love taking these to work with me or out and about. When I have a healthier option on hand I’m not tempted to nibble on cake and chocolate bars. These are packed full of healthy fats fibre and protein. All the nutrients you need to fill you up until your next meal. PEANUT BUTTER BLISS BALLS Makes – …