Carrot, hemp seed and cashew pesto with buckwheat pasta (GF)

Goodafternoon sweet souls, wherever you are in this magnificent world. I’m sorry that I have been a little M.I.A due to the joys of work and our latest IVF adventure (pop over to IG as I save it all under my “IVF” highlights). We recently popped into Farmer’s Markets on Manning on the weekend whilst we were in Perth- probably my most favourite farmer’s market to visit when we have a free Saturday morning. As usual, we stocked on a lovely range of locally-grown, organic and farm-fresh fruit and vegetables. We found a fresh kohlrabi which I have never eaten in my life and I am still trying to figure out what to do with it. I also picked up a bunch of beautiful baby carrots and decided to recreate a pasta dish I made awhile ago.

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Creamy garlic pasta (without the cashews!) (GFO)

It’s hard to believe that I used to literally fear the thought of having a mouthful of pasta let alone a plate of it and boy, am I glad I snapped myself out of it! Carbohydrates… any food in general, should not be feared however in this current day and age where there is always a [food] trend to partake, it’s hard to know what is worthwhile.

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Creamy pumpkin, chestnut and sage pasta (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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Lentil and roast vegetable lasagna bake (GF)

I wasn’t going to write a blog post for this recipe however I had a few individuals on Instagram message me for it… so here it is! I must admit that lasagna was not one of my favourite foods even in my pre-vegan days however I recently found some good quality, gluten-free lasagna sheets made out of lentils! I decided to create a dish using beluga lentils and leftover roast vegetables. This is a simple yet delicious meal that takes minimal effort and time.

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Lemon, roast cauliflower, pumpkin & chickpea fettuccine (VG, GF)

The misconception that carbs are “bad” and should be avoided is rather disheartening in an era where eating disorders are abundant amongst many individuals in society. I am not going to deny the fact that I once too, feared the consumption of carbohydrates. Carbs are essential in a balanced diet as it is required not only as an energy source but it is also required in many metabolic pathways within the body. It is essential as an energy source for the brain in particular.

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