The best vegetarian lasagne

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Vegetarian Lasagne is something that is either amazing or really awful. Unfortunately the awful ones are almost always the ones you order in restaurants (and its usually the only vego dish on the menu too). Don’t worry, this one is one of the amazing ones, even meat loving lasagne eaters will love it.

I have used lentils and heaps of veg in a rich tomato sauce to still give the lasagne its lovely saucy texture and have added a layer of roasted pumpkin and spinach too to break it up. The usual heavy white sauce has been replaced with a sauce made from cauliflower and ricotta, you still get the creamy flavour but not so rich.

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Breakfast banana smoothie

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Smoothies make great easy breakfasts for on the go,  but sometimes they just don’t measure up. Like when its 10am and you’re hungry again and dreaming of lunch already or when its so full of fruit it would have been quicker to neck a juice.

This smoothie is different, it has enough protein to keep you satisfied for a long time, complex carbs in the form of banana and oats for energy and enough fibre from the flax to keep the blood sugar levels steady.  You can mix up the fruit a little too, add in some blueberries or a little mango to keep it interesting. My favourite addition to make this the complete breakfast is to add a shot of coffee. Amazing.

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The Best raw chocolate recipe

I always wanted to be able to make chocolate myself at home, imagine that, never running out of  chocolate again! These raw chocolates are almost as good as the real thing (if not possibly better) and are perfect if you are a Pana chocolate lover like myself. Its expensive to buy the cacao butter but definitely worth it if you can afford to splurge (and ends up cheaper in the end than always buying raw  Pana chocolate from the shops).

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High protein pancakes for one

Who doesn’t love pancakes in the morning? They are great when you have a little extra time on your hands to make something up, although with this recipe they take hardly anytime at all to make thanks to the use of a small bottle blender (the ultimate cheap appliance that you can use everyday, I love mine).

I served these with the first of the season’s apricots, banana, berries  and some tahini. The pancakes are quite sweet already so you don’t really need a syrup I find.

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Mango and coconut baked oats

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Another Baked oats recipe from the archives, this one is just a (pretty decent sized) serving for one. I love it when mangoes first come into season, not only do they become affordable and taste amazing (frozen just isnt the same) but it also signals that summer is not only coming but very nearly here. It gets even better when mangoes get really cheap and you can pick up a whole box for under $20. Thats when the fun begins.

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Cauliflower and Zucchini soup with chickpea croutons

In winter I love to make up a massive batch of soup to keep in the fridge to eat throughout the week. They are so easy to make, just put in a pot and let simmer away. I love soups to have heaps of veggies in them as well as a bit of spice with things like ginger for added immunity, this one doesn’t disappoint.

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Raspberry, lime and coconut cheesecake slice

 

 

If there is one combination I love its coconut and lime. Add summer raspberries into the mix and you have summer on a plate. This recipe is great because it looks a bit complicated and time consuming but really its super easy, all you need is a food processor or high speed blender.

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Chewy Muesli Bars

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My sister and I would always be given a muesli bar to have for morning tea at school, that was the healthy thing back in the day. Now we realise that most shop bought muesli bars are either really high in fat or sugar or both and some have as many kilojoules as a whole meal! (which is fine if you are climbing mountains, not so great if you are a sedentary uni student). I still love a good old muesli bar to take to Uni but these days choose to make my own healthier versions. These are quick and easy to make, I basically just throw in whatever I have in the cupboard at the time meaning no two batches are the same.

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Cauliflower Tabouli

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The old tabouli gets a summer makeover here by replacing the bulgar wheat with grated cauliflower or “cauliflower rice”. It sounds a bit strange to use raw cauliflower in a salad but it is actually delicious for something so simple. Serve this with felafel or your favourite veggie burgers and plenty of hummus. Also good wrapped up in a buckwheat wrap. …

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