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Walnut Lasagne

I discovered two things while making this lasagne. 1. Lasagne is really hard to take an appetising photo of. I got there in the end 🙂 2. You can make dairy-free gluten-free, vegan lasagne taste deliciously close to the real thing. Recreating a healthier vegetarian version of Italian dishes is one of my favourite things to do. Basically so I can eat them all the time. I’ve had a few wins and a couple of disaster pasta but this walnut lasagne is one of my best experiments. The ground walnuts cook down in a delicious savoury tomato sauce amplified by the sundried tomatoes and dried herbs. The texture is very similar to beef mice so perfect for any veggie sceptic or transitioning vegetarian. Walnuts are also packed with omega 3 fatty acids, protein, fibre and are great for boosting brain health. The fats in walnuts will also help your body absorb and convert the antioxidant found in the tomatoes. The cauliflower bechamel is another hit for me. I’ve tried making a vegan cheesy pasta sauce …

Bangin Beetroot Falafel

  Beetroots are one of my favourite vegetables to eat this time of year. Their earthy and sweet flavour makes them a perfect choice for winter meals. Beets are also remarkably versatile, you can serve them simply roasted with cumin and black pepper, grated raw and added to a slaw with a lemony dressing or blended into a thick chickpea hummus. For this recipe, I’ve created a bit of a beetroot love triangle combining all 3 of my favourite cooking techniques into one delicious magenta falafel. Raw beets are blended with chickpeas, fresh coriander and cumin, formed into patties, coated in sesame seeds and baked until crispy. Wrapped up in a warm flatbread and drizzled with a turmeric, tahini and yoghurt sauce. The earthy spicy flavours of the sauce taste amazing with the falafel and the colours look incredible together as well. These are great to make when you have friends coming round for dinner. You can lay them out mezze style and everyone can make their own veggie kebab. They are also a great …

Chocolate & Hemp Protein Smoothie

Have you tried hemp yet? You’ve probably seen these happy little seeds popping up on your Instagram feed recently as they have just been given the green light for human consumption in Australia ie we can buy them at the shops and add them to all of our delicious treats like muffins, raw balls, avocado toast ….. the list is endless. Now,  to answer your burning question no you won’t get high. Although hemp is from the same family as smokable hemp it only contains a teeny tiny amount (0.3%) of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) the psychoactive compound that gives you the high. They are, however, packed full of body-loving nutrients that will leave you feeling full and nourished. Hemp is available in many edible forms all derived from the seeds of the plant commonly referred to as “hemp hearts”. The dried ground seeds are sold as hemp protein and you can also buy hemp oil or butter and even hemp milk. Hemp is a great allrounder to add to your diet, especially if your vegan or vegetarian. …