All posts tagged: Dairy-Free

How to food plan like a rock star

Before I started my health kick I used to open the fridge door at work at look at the shelves of homemade lunches with envy. There they stood, packed lovingly the night before full of healthy looking goodness. I wanted to be like those who made at work food look so easy. The owners of this food also didn’t have to spend 20 minutes of precious lunchtime hunting for something reasonably healthy to eat. And then pay $15 for the privilege of enjoying said meal. Fortunately, like all those who had come before me, after some investigation I realised that I too could do the food from home thing. All it would take is a little planning, some consideration and confidence and of course, lots of experimentation! You see, bringing healthy, delicious food from home isn’t actually that hard (I know – shock horror!) you just have to prioritise it and apply some savvy organisation tips to the process. Two years later and I’m now a food prep queen (if I don’t say so myself) …

Quinoa Crust Pumpkin Pie + learning to cook

On Sunday I made pie and it was delicious. That sounds kind of old school doesn’t… but I loved every minute of it. Of course, true to my ‘The Whole Life’ approach this wasn’t your ordinary pie. There was no sugar coating or stewed apples. This one was made from quinoa and cinnamon pumpkin. The incredibly simple and delicious feast was from Donna Hay’s Cookbook Fresh and Easy. While her books don’t usually scream sugar free, gluten free or dairy free recipes, this one offers a seriously good bevy of mostly clean options that’s are pretty easy to adapt to your specific food preferences. Before embarking on my health journey, I couldn’t have given two clicks about cooking. To me, food prep wasn’t a pleasure it was a pain so convenience in the kitchen was always key. When I started to take an interest in what I was putting in my body, I had to learn from scratch what it meant to actually make something that wasn’t toast or packet pasta with sauce. At first …

Winter warmers: the humble berry nut crumble

Winter is in full force. So much so, even the thought of leaving the house without a big scarf and warm boots is enough to send shivers down my spine. Fortunately, with the frost also comes the excuse to eat hot, scrumptious desserts whenever a little warmth is needed (ahem, all the time). Our freezer is currently stocked full of organic frozen berries and as a result the humble berry nut crumble is quickly becoming a winter staple. The recipe for this warmer is incredibly simple. The below deconstructed version also keeps all week (crumble in an air-tight container, berries in the freezer) so if you can resist eating it all at once, it’s a handy one to have ready for lunchboxes. Other than being delicious, berries are also antioxidant powerhouses. Their superpowers include the ability to improve mental dexterity and heart health all while reducing the risk of cancer. Which is amazing! They’re also low in fructose and calories (if that’s your thing) so there’s no need to stress about eating too many. The …

Getting healthy on the shimmery, shiny Gold Coast

Love it or hate it, I think almost every Aussie has visited the Gold Coast’s beautiful beaches and tourism hub, Surfers Paradise, at least once. Well known for its white sand, warm weather and friendly people, the area is a playground for tourists, schoolies, holiday makers, young families and now it appears, health and wellness enthusiasts. For me, the Golide has never really been my destination of choice (stay with me GC readers). I’ve always been more a fan of it’s neighbours Byron, Yamba and Noosa; most probably because I find the high-rise buildings, strip clubs and theme parks that crowd Surfers Paradise a little overwhelming. But despite this, this past Easter long weekend my man and I found our ourselves back near the strip seeking some sun, good food and a bit of R&R. And I’m super glad we did. Our holiday started as any good trip does – making the most of free flights! Aaron was working from Brisbane for the following week, so we thought we’d make the most of his journey …

For the love of pasta; sweet potato gnocchi

Pasta has got to be a staple in every Aussie home, right? As a child I used to love twirling spaghetti around my fork and stuffing it in my mouth. When I first moved out my diet consisted almost entirely of the cheapest packet pasta I could find, and in recent years the fresh stuff has seen my love affair grow even stronger. I will happily put my hand up and say that pasta is one of the most delicious foods on this planet. So imagine breaking up with the stuff. For those of us who avoid gluten, pasta is almost permanently off the menu (and because of its soy content, so to are most of the gluten-free versions). For me, this Easter marks one year since my last rendezvous with the Italian delicacy. In terms of substitutes, I’ve always known that fresh gnocchi was an option, but speaking honestly it’s always been one of those recipes that’s just been a little too complicated to attempt. So when my boyfriend requested sweet potato gnocchi for …

Clean Blueberry, Coconut and Cacao Cookies

I’m not afraid to admit that the cookie jar in my work kitchen haunts me. It sits so innocently next to the herbal tea, often filled to the brim with all types of delicious goodness. When I think about sweet treats they become almost irresistible, and yes, I do give in on occasion. Unfortunately when I do, I often pay for it a day later with horrible stomach pains. No matter how delightful at the time, the Butterscotch Fingers are never worth it (not even the chocolate covered ones). 😉 I’ve blogged previously about the benefits of having your own healthier treats ready-to-go and today I’m here to share another one of my favourite recipes for such an occasion. I’ve spoken to several people over the course of my journey, and many advocate removing all sweets (and subsequently a lot of the joy) from your diet. Personally, I just can’t imagine a world without a little indulgence, so I figure if you’re going to do it – do it right! While these are definitely a treat food, they’re also clean, vegan, sugar and gluten-free and …

The summer dip that everyone will love: Beetroot Hummus

‘Tis the season for fruity cocktails, sunscreen and prawns with avocado. Yes, the Aussie summer is in full-swing which means long lunches, picnics and BBQs are aplenty. For those who have food hurdles to overcome the joys of entertaining or attending a friend’s do are often squished by embarrassment and starvation. Ensuring there is food you can eat, with out feeling like a royal pain or rude guest, can be a difficult task. Fortunately today it seems that food vices are no longer as taboo as they once were. My social gatherings are often a spectacular collection of no-nos including vegan, dairy-free, pescetarian, paleo and sugar-free eaters. The solution? A list of handy summer dishes that are easy to make, fuss-friendly and so delicious that even your normal friends will love them too. Here’s one to start your collection: Beetroot Hummus You’ll need: 500g beetroot 3 tablespoons unhulled tahini 1 garlic clove 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 2 teaspoons ground cumin ½ teaspoon sea salt What …