Green Goddess Pasta

I don’t know about you but lately I have been putting pesto on everything! I have been giving the traditional basil sauce a bit of a twist by adding in different herbs such as parsley or coriander and whatever greenery I can get my hands on. This green goddess pesto is packed full of natural superfoods, from the brain boosting walnuts to the all round amazing extra virgin olive oil (the only oil you should be making pesto with!). …

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Green Felafel Burger

Who said burgers can’t be healthy? These green felafel burgers pack in plenty of veggie servings as well as some serious plant based protein and fibre (seriously, forget the wacky powders, chickpeas are so full of goodness, they should be called superfoods). Use a wholegrain/high fibre or sourdough buns for extra health benefits.

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Earth Bowl with Spicy Avocado Dressing

So lets talk about salad. Can you make friends with it? Absolutely. Gone are the days when salad meant a few limp lettuce leaves, slice of tomato and some grated cheese (if you wanted to be fancy) thrown on the side of the BBQ meat. These days salads are anything from fancy starters to full, nourishing meals that stand on their own. …

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7 Ways to make Spaghetti Bolognese Healthier (plus my favourite vego bolognese sauce recipe)

It’s a staple in most Australian households and it’s the one dish that most people know how to make. Recipes can range from a simple 3 ingredient (bottle of sauce + mince + pasta) rendition or include over 20 ingredients (fresh tomatoes, different proteins and heaps of top secret herbs). It’s the go-to weeknight family meal and for many people it would also be a food of comfort but is it good for you? Well yes and no. You can make this dish as healthy or as unhealthy as you like. A giant bowl of pasta with a meaty sauce made using budget mince and topped with cheese is not going to be a very balanced meal (unless you’re carbing up for a sports event!) and will likely make you feel a bit bloated and sluggish after. While a small bowl of whole meal pasta with sauce containing heaps of veg plus a good portion of salad will give you all you need to keep your body working well.

Here I give 7 ways to make everyone’s  favourite go-to dish better for you

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Roast summer vegetable, pesto and quinoa salad (My go-to make ahead lunch)

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This substantial salad is my go-to meal when I’m out of inspiration about what to make for lunch for the week. It doesn’t take too much effort to make up and you can make a big enough salad to last you the whole week or keep it small enough for only a few serves.

I’m not entirely sure you can call this a recipe, its one of those dishes that is always changing depending on what is available at the time. I love using roasted pumpkin (because really, what is better than roast pumpkin?) but you can also vary it up with sweet potato, eggplant or capsicum, anything really. I have also used roasted patty pan squash, we always have a glut of them in summer time and they turn deliciously sweet and golden when roasted with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt (seriously, you will never think of squash the same way again). The pesto dressing is a winner and makes the whole dish really flavour filled, it even has the boyfriend seal of approval.

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Pumpkin and quinoa cakes

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You might have noticed that pumpkin, chickpeas and quinoa are just a few of my favourite ingredients to use and I have combined all three here with some mediterranean style flavours to make these tasty little cakes. Full of flavour and not too difficult to make, these little pumpkin patties make the perfect portable lunch for all you food peppers out there.  This makes a big enough batch for a weeks worth of lunches (or more!). I like to serve these cakes with a simple tomato passata sauce and some greens but they would be just as at home with some hummus or yoghurt sauce in a wrap, burger or on top of a salad.

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Summer Vegetable Ratatouille

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASummer is my favourite season, it has a lot to do with the 3 months of warmth and sunshine but also because the veggie garden is so abundant during this season. Zucchini, patty pan squash, basil and tomatoes all thrive in our veggie patch and often we have so much we give it away. Even if you don’t have the room for a vegetable plot or a friendly neighbour you can still make the most of summer’s lovely seasonal produce with cheaper prices in the green grocers. This Summer veg hot pot is perfect for using the best produce summer has to offer and also is the perfect make ahead meal to take for lunch to uni/school or work. …

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