Japanese pumpkin and adzuki bean masala stew (GF)

Oh look, another curry recipe! What can I say apart from the fact that this chilly afternoon weather makes me crave comforting yet nourishing and grounding food. To be honest, I wasn’t actually intending on making another curry but I guess adding coconut milk to a savoury spicy dish kinda makes it one right?

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Sweet potato and lentil pie (GF)

I must admit that even pre-vegan, I was never a fan of shepherds pie (or potato-topped pie to some of you). I was never a fan of mashed potato- strange I know, or mince. However, my husband absolutely loved it and over the last couple of years I have created several different versions of this dish using chunky mashed potato/sweet potato and lentils.

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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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Hasselback potatoes and chilli chickpeas (GF)

Once again, I wasn’t really going to be posting this recipe on the blog as it is so ridiculously easy however many individuals have enquired for it anyway. So here it is… although I feel like I should change my blog name to include the words “lentil obsession” in the domain. Just a note, if you have an over-eager husband who is currently going through a hot sauce phase; do NOT allow him near this dish. My beautiful hot-sauce crazed husband added half a bottle of habanero hot sauce in the dish when he was “helping out”. Yeah, my head only just slowly glued itself together a few days later…

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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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Potato nachos with smokey beans and cashew mozzarella (GF)

Hands up who used to (or still does ☺) love a giant serve of nachos- the dense and heavy type loaded with salty crunchy corn chips, jarred salsa, greasy melted dairy cheese and then topped with sour cream…. me! But I wouldn’t touch that stuff with a ten foot pole if I had the chance now that I know the true values of the food and what they do to my body when I consume it. Fast forward a few wise years and here is a much more nourishing version that does not require a food coma afterwards!

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Warm miso barley, chickpea and roast vegetable salad (GFO)

Barley is an underestimated grain that is actually an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, fibre, protein as well as potassium and magnesium. I had a jar sitting in the pantry and thought I would utilise it in this warm, grounding salad with roast organic broccoli, heirloom squash and parsnips. Topped off with crunchy, roasted sunflower seeds, chickpeas and a lemon tahini salad, it was a delicious and satisfying meal for dinner with plenty of leftovers for the following days’ lunches.

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