Banana, passionfruit and pecan cake (GFO)

So on this chilly, winter’s day I should be studying for my upcoming exam but to true Diana-style, it seems that I’d rather procrastinate or moreso, procrastibake. Fast forward an hour or so and here I have an amazing banana, passionfruit and pecan cake using wholemeal spelt flour and passionfruit yoghurt. So soft. So comforting. So delicious.

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Baked potatoes with curried borlotti bean and mint raita (GF)

Oh look, another potato recipe! Who doesn’t love the humble potato though. A powerhouse of nutrients despite the confusion in society where they are considered unhealthy due to their carbohydrate component. But what people do not realise is that potatoes are not unhealthy however it is the way that they are cooked that makes the difference. This recipe incorporates organic potatoes that are firstly boiled before being halved, stuffed and baked.

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“Buttermilk” buckwheat waffles with blueberry maple yoghurt (GF)

I am usually a creature of habit when it comes to my breakfasts, often sticking with peanut butter on sprouted toast, chia pudding of some sort or the occasional oats. This recipe uses buckwheat flour which I mill out of activated buckwheat groats as well as a plantbased version of buttermilk. Served with blueberry and maple syrup swirled coconut yoghurt, this dish was the perfect Sunday breakfast in front of the fireplace with a warm matcha latte.

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Creamy pumpkin, chestnut and sage pasta with roasted mushrooms (GFO)

Winter day often means comfort food and why not make it as nutritious when it is so easy? This creamy pasta dish contains no dairy products for the texture and consistency but instead it contains organic butternut pumpkin, garlic, onion and chestnuts roasted to perfection and blended with plant based milk and nutrition yeast for the optimal tasty yet nutritious sauce. I used organic khorasan (also known as kamut) pasta which is not technically gluten free (yet so easily adaptable) however if you can tolerate it, contains protein, complex carbohydrates, fibre as well as thiamine, niacin and magnesium.

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Lentil bolognese with wholemeal fusilli (GFO)

Lentil bolognese is probably one of my most go-to recipes for a healthy, satisfying dinner which often results in leftovers for future easy dinners. The meal is high in complete proteins, complex carbohydrates, fibre and micronutrients. The sauce is simple to prepare and the flavours and pasta can be easily altered to suit your preferences.

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Miso roasted cauliflower with quinoa and tahini hot sauce (GF)

So, many of you share my love for cauliflower- in particular, roasted cauliflower. One of my most favourite flavours to roast my cauliflower in is with organic, unpasteurised miso paste. This meal is abundant with healthy probiotics for a healthy gut including kimchi, miso (more ideal if it hasn’t been heated too much like in this recipe however the flavour is still delicious) as well as probiotics thanks to the chickpeas, quinoa and cauliflower.

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Passionfruit and banana muffins (GF)

Did you know that passionfruit grow in two seasons? Neither did I until recently. I was generously given some homegrown passionfruit from my parent-in-laws which made me so happy as they are easily one of my favourite fruits. They are loaded with vitamin C, vitamin A, flavonoids and antioxidants. Is anyone else a fan?

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