Quinoa Tabbouleh with Pomegranate and Pistachios (gluten free, vegan)


People ask me all the time where I get inspiration for my recipes, and of course, that ends up requiring a bit of a lengthy reply. Cookbooks and food blogs of course inspire me, as do my own taste buds and whatever happens to be in the fridge when I decide to cook, but more often than not it’s a simple trip to the farmer’s market or grocery store. I sometimes ignore what’s in season to feed a craving, but it’s always much more rewarding to work in tandem with what nature has to offer. It forces you to get those creative juices flowing and perhaps cook with unfamiliar ingredients – I made a lasagna with celeriac noodles the other day and… mind blown! Plus, seasonal produce tastes WAY better and lets you feel good (and just a little smug) about doing your part to support local farmers.

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Harvest Salad with Tahini-Mustard Dressing (gluten free, vegan option)

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I’m just gonna go ahead and say it. This salad is pretty awesome. As I’m sure you know by now, I’m a huge fan of the meal salad, and this one definitely falls into that category. It’s inspired by the incredible salad I had at Avoca cafe in Belfast, which I mentioned in my first travel post last month. The base ingredients are almost the same, with the addition of some almonds for crunch and some goji berries for sweetness, but the dressing is all my own. This is an incredibly hearty, satisfying, and flavourful salad that will leave you feeling full but not overly stuffed – just perfect for this cool fall weather we’ve been having. And it’s pretty. Continue reading

Mediterranean Zucchini Pasta Salad (gluten free, raw, vegan)

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A lunch that’s super flavourful, won’t leave you feeling sluggish or bloated, and is ready in 5 minutes? Yup, that sounds pretty awesome to me. All you need to do to make your day run this smoothly is make the pesto ahead of time. It keeps in the fridge for about a week, so you can make this pasta multiple times or use the leftover pesto for something equally awesome. Your choice! Continue reading