Herbed Buckwheat with Crunchy Sugar Snap Peas and Crispy Roasted Lentils

Holy Cow, I have just made the most amazing, refreshing salad from buckwheat !  Who loves buckwheat ? I am not going to lie, but buckwheat and me have a little thing going.  I love the nuttiness of it.  I love the slight rawness of it as I do not cook it to a pulp.  I have been neglecting buckwheat a bit, so decided today was buckwheat day and man, I am so happy I did.  This salad does have a slightly addictive snack attack as an additive, but it is so worth it.  I will take full responsibility if you get to the point of…obsession and addiction (like me).  In the meantime, this is a must make salad guys.  Have it as a whole salad meal or a side, trust me both work.  It is packed with good, simple, nutritious ingredients….and it is pretty much green !

And, do yourselves a favour….The addictive, obsession snack…make it! Make it and love it as much as I do, but do yourselves another favour, and store some in a sealed container and freeze it, for easy usage on salads or whatever for next time.  You will Thank me !

Herbed Buckwheat with Crunchy Sugar Snap Peas and Crispy Roasted Lentils

Preparation and Total time:  10 minutes (this will alter if buckwheat is not cooked and lentils are not roasted)

Serves 2


1 cup cooked buckwheat

1 cup baby spinach, uncooked and slightly chopped

1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves (or more), finely chopped

1/2 cup packed fresh parsley, stalks included, finely chopped

a handful (approx 60 grams or more) raw sugar snap peas, chopped

1 avocado (I used Hass Avocado, very creamy and buttery) Depending on the size of your avocado, you may want more…

1 fresh lemon, cut into quarters for lemon juice

salt and pepper

To garnish:

Roasted lentils *


Cook buckwheat as per packet instructions.  Let cool.

Chop up your herbs really small and  mix through the buckwheat.

Add the sugar snap peas to the buckwheat.

On a serving plate, place spinach, top with the herbed buckwheat and sugar snap peas.

Add the avocado pear, squeeze some fresh lemon juice over and top with the crunchy roasted lentils.

To Roast Lentils:

Cook lentils as per packet instructions.  I don’t cook mine too much as I like a bit of texture.  Drain and dry them thoroughly with the help of kitchen towels and the lentils spread out individually.  Once completely dry, place them on a baking tray with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and roast until crispy in a preheated oven at about 180 degrees Celsius / 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  They pretty much go black and shrink…it is a good sign 🙂 . Once done, let them cool and then go crazy and add them to EVERYTHING !!!

Enjoy 🙂




Sweetcorn, Nectarine, and Turmeric Oats Smoothie

How about a bit of bright yellow to lighten up your day!  This smoothie is definitely a bit different to my usual (you know…the green ones, I so love).  I am so used to concocting green smoothies but really wanted the challenge of this one.  It started off with me having some extra cooked corn, and then wanting other yellow fruits or vegetables but not banana…but seriously if you are into banana, banana would be great to add.  Anyway, cut a long story short, there was not a pineapple in sight at the grocery store, so I opted for some yellow fleshed nectarines and from there this nutritious, fibre packed smoothie was born.  It actually is quite versatile and has a few options which are really nice.  We had it one morning with plain lactose free yoghurt, topped it with almonds and a little maple syrup (honey would have been nice as well).  It immediately became a stunning breakfast smoothie.  Also, just to have it plain was equally as tasty.  The hubby added a dash of maple syrup, so that too, was an option … I guess with a bit of creativity, this smoothie has endless possibilities. 🙂

Sweetcorn, Nectarine and Turmeric Oats Smoothie

Total time:  10 minutes

Makes 2 cups


1 cup cooked or raw sweetcorn

5 – 6 Tablespoons of cold water

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/4 cup of oats (I used Gluten-Free Oats)

1 cup of yellow fleshed nectarines


Place all the above ingredients into a blender and blend to the consistency you want.

Once done, either have plain or

Option 1 :  Top with a little honey or maple syrup

Option 2 :  Top with plain yoghurt and nuts

Option 3 :  Add both option 1 and 2


Enjoy 🙂

Gluten and Wheat Free Savoury Spiced Bread

To all the bread lovers out there, this one is for you.  But… this is a relatively healthy bread made from Gluten Free Chickpea and Rice Flours.  Both these flours are high in fibre, so that is a huge plus! Personally I think Chickpea flour is the bomb! Apart from being high in fibre, it is high in protein and iron. Just a heads up, I have been using this flour more and more lately, so expect more chickpea flour adventures 🙂  In all seriousness, I just love the subtle nuttiness of it.

This Gluten and Wheat Free Savoury Spiced Bread is just a great. It is ridiculously easy to do and can be prepared and done in no time at all !!! I don’t often find  a Gluten-Free bread recipe that really makes me excited, let alone end up being totally successful.  This recipe is one of my old time finds dating back to the late 90’s. It has proven to me time after time, and has yet to disappoint. Having made this recipe many times, I have always slightly altered it one way or the other, either by changing the actual flours, depending on what I actually have on hand, herbs and spices and then just adding a bit of texture here and there.  The flavours here are superb….almost earthy….I think 🙂 . I love adding the additional sunflower seeds sprinkled on the top…just for that extra crunch 🙂 . Generally, I just eat this bread plain, without any butter as I don’t really think it needs anything added to it. Oh… also, this bread is ideal for slicing up, wrapping up and freezing. This way it makes the perfect additive for lunches or that quick snack.

Gluten and Wheat Free Savoury Spiced Bread

Preparation time:  12 minutes

Cooking time:  30 – 35 minutes

Total time:  42 – 47 minutes


152 grams (360 milliliters) white or brown rice flour

36 grams (85 milliliters) chickpea flour

1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5 milliliters) bicarbonate of soda

1 teaspoon (5 milliliters) ground coriander

1 teaspoon (5 milliliters) dried origanum

1/2 teaspoon (2.5 milliliters) ground cumin

1 large onion, chopped

1 cup (250 milliliters / 250 grams) unsweetened apple juice

4 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon (65 milliliters / 65 grams) sunflower oil

3 Tablespoons (45 milliliters / 45 grams) lemon juice

1 Tablespoon (15 milliliters) honey

2 Tablespoons Tahini paste

2 jumbo-sized free range eggs

Topping:  Dry toasted sunflower and sesame seeds


Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius / 320 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large sized bowl, add the flours, bicarb, herbs and spices together.  Using a hand whisk, whisk together to combine all the ingredients and set aside.

Using a food processor, add the remaining ingredients being, the onion, apple juice, oil, lemon juice, paste, honey and eggs.  Process until blended to a smooth consistency.

Then, add the processed ingredients to the flour mixture and stir.  Do not over stir.  Do not use a mixer.  This needs to be stirred gently.

Pour into a greased and lined baking tin. (I used a square baking tin approximately 7 x 7 inches / 18 x 18 centimeters in size).

Bake for about 30 – 35 minutes.  Test with a skewer, if it comes out clean then the bread is done.  Allow to cool, before slicing.

Enjoy 🙂

Green Salad Smoothie

Now we are talking……

For as long as I can remember, the thought of a salad smoothie has always intrigued me.  I mean, I love all salads…..so why not blend it all together just for a change?  My typical salad generally involves an array of colours, and colours that if blended together probably would not be the most appetizing site.  Probably would taste amazing, but definitely would not be too appealing to the human eye!

Hence, this gorgeous all Green Salad Smoothie !!! It really could not be easier. I totally used all green salad ingredients (from my fridge, in fact that is how I generally throw together a quick smoothie)…….  I even added in some green grapes!  I just had to!  They are green !!! I really have been enjoying fruit in my salads lately, especially lovely fresh summer fruits. Don’t laugh, but I added spring onions too!  There really is not much more to say about this simple quick healthy green yumminess of a smoothie.

Green Salad Smoothie

Total time:  10 – 12 minutes

Makes 2 cups


3 Tablespoons cold water

1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 cup chopped packed lettuce

1 cup packed baby spinach

1 cup chopped packed cucumber

1/2 cup chopped spring onion, green parts included

1/2 cup chopped packed celery

1/2 cup green grapes

1/2 avocado pear


Add all the above ingredients into a blender and blend until it reaches the consistency you are wanting.

Enjoy 🙂



Coriander, Wasabi, Macadamia Farfalloni Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

Look at this pretty meal guys!  Can you stand it?

This is the simplest meal ever ! and it is under 30 minutes !!! It seriously is a matter of pasta and pesto, tossed together….meal done.  Eat hot or cold.  I had some of this fancy bow tie (or butterfly) pasta, which I could just not resist in my cupboard. (Probably the last of my gluten pasta, but that is fine.) If you are Gluten Free, use a Gluten Free Pasta, even if you cannot get the fancy bow tie (or butterfly) one, any pasta will do. It all is great !!!

Now, for the people who aren’t keen on the hot stuff….. brace yourself…this is not a hot meal unless you get over enthusiastic with the wasabi, and then your nasal passages will be going crazy with this cold, airy feeling (actually weird feeling). Your eyes may start to water and your sinus’s will be utterly cleared.  So, note to yourself:  Keep it simple and enjoy the slight flavour….

Coriander, Wasabi, Macadamia Farfalloni Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

Preparation time:  15 minutes

Cooking time:  8 – 10 minutes

Total time:  23 – 25 minutes

Serves 2


Farfalloni Pasta

For the Pesto

1/3 cup plus 1 Tablespoon (approximately 100 milliliters) Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon (20 milliliters) freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 Tablespoon (15 milliliters) white wine vinegar

1/3 cup plus 1 Tablespoon (approximately 100 milliliters) chopped onion

1 large fat garlic clove, chopped

1 cup (250 milliliters) packed coriander, chopped

1 cup (250 milliliters) macadamia nuts (I dry toasted mine)

2 teaspoons (10 milliliters) wasabi

For the topping:

cherry tomatoes, cut in half


Cook the pasta as per packet instructions, and use the quantity you want.

Whilst the pasta is cooking, place all the pesto ingredients into a food processor and process until the pesto sauce is nice and creamy.  If you want the sauce a smoother consistency add a little extra olive oil or a dash of water.

Once the pesto is done, serve with the cooked pasta and top with cherry tomatoes.

Enjoy 🙂


Brown Lentil and Vegetable Potato Bake

Now this is iresistable comfort food at its finest !!! It is simple, not too bad on the timing thing, so I am on board with this.  Just make sure the lentils are cooked, and you are good to go. The mashed potato is a huge plus and then the added cheese on the top….OMW……..there are no words. You definitely can make this more healthy by doing a sweet potato mash and no cheese, but nah…this is good enough for me.  In fact, this is like Christmas for my family….not to sure when we last had good ol’ mashed starchy unhealthy potatoes, loaded with butter and milk…you really did not read those last few words, did you?.

Anyway, so you will notice (if you scroll down to the recipe) that I did not tell you how to make the mash or how much mash to make.  Mashed potato does seem to be a thing with people, and often I have found that people certainly do not make it like me….If I really told you how I make mine, some people out there would probably stone me, yes, even in this 21st century !!! so…..knock yourself out and make your mash, however you like to make your mash. And, make as much of it as you want, there are no rules here!  But, whatever you do….don’t forget the CHEESE !!!!!

Brown Lentil and Vegetable Potato Bake

Preparation time:  15 minutes

Cooking time:  30 minutes

Total time:  45 minutes


A little oil or ghee

1 cup chopped onion

2 large fat garlic cloves

1 cup chopped carrot

4 fresh bay leaves

4 – 5 Tablespoons Tomato Paste

1 x 410 gram tin of whole tomatoes

3 fresh tomatoes, chopped

1 Tablespoon dried oregano

1 Tablespoon dried parsley

1 Tablespoon dried thyme

1 cup vegetable stock

1 cup cooked lentils

Salt and Pepper to taste


Potatoes and Cheese for the mashed potatoes


Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius / 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Time to multi-task guys 🙂 Get two pots on the stove.  One for the potato mash and the other for the lentil and vegetable mixture. You can easily make these at the same time.

On medium heat, saute’ the onion in a little oil or ghee.

Add the garlic and cook for a few minutes.

Add the carrots, bay leaves, tomato paste, tin of tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, herbs and vegetable stock.  Once everything reaches boiling point, turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Add the cooked lentils and taste, and season. The mixture should be slightly thick.  If you feel the mixture is too watery, thicken slightly with a little cornflour and water made up into a paste.

Place the lentil mixture into an oven proof baking dish.

Make your mashed potato. Spoon on the top of the lentil mixture and top with cheese.

Place in the oven and let it bake for about 20 minutes and until the cheese is nicely melted.

Enjoy 🙂


Mixed Green Vegetable Smoothie

Now, who would have thought that this combination of green veggies would have been so awesome.  I gave it to the hubby and he was like ‘Wow, this is awesome! What is this ? …. I told him….. and his response was, Nooooo!!!! Seriously??? My response, Ummmmm yip…seriously, that is it.  Hubby:…total disbelief…. I rest my case.

So, let’s chat about this incredible smoothie.  The combination of the vegetables and EVERYTHING just works.  I used snap peas, beans and celery as the main vegetables with cucumber. I could not resist using mint to add to all the pretty Green! Not only that but, the mint leaves allows this smoothie to have this amazing fresh taste, intertwined with the coolness of the sweet grapes and the forever nutritious vitamins oozing from the vegetables.  I swear I could have this smoothie everyday !!!

Mixed Green Vegetable Smoothie

Total time:  10 minutes

Makes 2 cups


1/2 cup iced water

1/2 cup chopped cucumber

1/2 cup grapes

1/2 – 1 cup mint leaves

1 cup chopped mixed fresh uncooked vegetables (I used a combined mixture of snap peas, celery and green beans)


Place all the above ingredients into a blender.  Blend until smooth and the consistency you want.

Enjoy 🙂

Coriander Egg Chilli Corn and Snap Pea Fried Rice

So, I did it again… A mouthful of a title.

Yes, I know, everyone knows how to do a fried rice dish, but really they all can be so different ! This is so scrumptious, it can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  I added a couple eggs, but of course if you want this to be totally vegan, leave the eggs out. It is still so delicious, and you probably will want to stuff your face like I did…..straight from the pan!  I kid you not !!!. In fact, if you are on your own, go for it, grab a spoon and just eat…no one will see you….. and trust me, there is no judgement my side.  I have done this !!! Seriously, this kind of throw together thingy works like a dream.  Basically it is just a nice array of leftovers, so each time I have done it, it differs from the last time.  I don’t do a lot of flavours as then I find, I don’t know what I am tasting, so I just keep it simple.  That way for me, is the tastiest….and if you are wanting a bit of oomph, add some chilli flakes, fresh coriander and you are good to go. !

Coriander Egg Chilli Corn Sugar Snap Pea Fried Rice

Preparation time:  5 minutes

Cooking time:  3 – 4 minutes

Total time:  8 – 9 minutes

Serves 1


a little oil for frying

1/4 cup (approximately 60 milliliters) uncooked chopped onion

1 garlic clove, chopped (I used a large fat clove)

1 fresh corn on the cob, corn (kernels) cut off

60 grams uncooked sugar snap peas, roughly chopped,

1 cup cooked rice

2 free range eggs

Salt and Pepper

Chilli Flakes – optional

Fresh Coriander to garnish


Using a small pan on medium heat add the onion and saute’ for a couple minutes.  Then add the garlic, corn, and snap peas.  Fry, stirring constantly to prevent sticking.  Then, scoop all the cooked ingredients to the side of the pan and on the opposite side of the pan break the eggs, and stir around, cooking the eggs. Once done, mix the eggs and veggies all together.  Season to taste.

Enjoy 🙂


Millet Vegetarian Fruit and Nut Loaf

Aren’t I slack !  This is the first post for 2018 ! And look at the date, it’s nearly half way through the month !!!  Happy 2018, to all who I have not wished already.

I have decided that I get top marks today for this 🙂 .  Seriously guys, this Millet Vegetarian Fruit and Nut Loaf totally overwhelms me every time I make it, but in such a good way.  I now regret not making a bigger one.  I now regret not having enough millet in my grocery cupboard !!!! Why? why? why?  Guess what I will be buying tomorrow…like a massive amount of millet !  I think millet is underrated !!!  This is such a great grain, and I am even at fault for not cooking more of it…  Today I switched this meatless meatloaf up a bit and added cranberries, just because I can.  This is such an awesome additive loaf !!!

I don’t usually do a sauce with this loaf, but today I did …I  threw together a quick cranberry sauce, to go with the whole cranberry vibe. No sugar added guys !!! I often have had cranberry sauce with other meals and just found it over the top too sweet and it kind of ruins the taste for me.  This one is all healthy…. Yay 🙂 and it is great, but honestly for me, I am not convinced it is totally necessary for this particular loaf…but then again, there is nothing wrong with a little on the side… I served this vegetarian loaf with a bunch of roasted vegetables and it was A-ma-zing !!! 🙂

Millet Vegetarian Fruit and Nut Loaf

Preparation time:  40 minutes (including roasting the butternut)

Cooking time:  30 – 40 minutes

Total time:  1 hour 10 minutes – 1 hour 20 minutes


Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 large fat onion, diced

1 large fat garlic clove, minced

300 – 350 grams cubed butternut, roasted

1/2 cup finely chopped mushroom

Salt and Pepper to taste

A good helping of origanum – don’t be shy! (I used dried, but fresh is great! )

100 grams cooked millet

150 grams mixture of dried fruit, chopped (I used pear, apricots, prunes, apples and cranberries)

100 grams dry toasted almonds, chopped

The zest of 1 large orange (alternatively 1 Tablespoon of fresh fruit juice if oranges are not available)

50 grams rolled oats (I used Gluten-Free)

1 jumbo-sized egg


Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius / 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Grease a loaf tin.

In a medium-sized pan on medium heat, saute’ the onion with a little oil.  Add the garlic and cook for a couple minutes.  Add a little more oil if needed, or water so it does not stick to the pan and add the roasted butternut (feel free to mash it up a bit if you want, I did) and mushrooms to the pan.  Stir around. (I felt I needed to add a bit more water at this point to avoid sticking) Season well.

Remove from the stove top and add the millet, fruit, nuts, zest, oats and egg.

Stir well until all the ingredients are combined.

Place in a greased loaf tin and bake for about 30 – 40 minutes or until golden and set.

Cranberry Sauce (Makes 1/2 cup)

100 grams dried cranberries

zest and juice from 1 large orange

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Place all the sauce ingredients into a small pot, on a low heat on top of the stove and let it gently cook for approximately 10 minutes.  The sauce will be thick.


Enjoy 🙂

Roasted Butternut Sage Spiral Noodles with Toasted Pecans and Cranberries

Okay, so …Roasted Butternut Sage Spiral Noodles with Toasted Pecans and Cranberries is a bit of a mouthful of a title to say the least….but guys….it is sooooo worth it.  At least you know what it really is, with no surprises!

This is beyond super easy…. and for me if a meal can be thrown together is less than half an hour, I am THERE !!!  Hello lazy days…and I have a lot of them. Especially this time of year…I mean, really where does the time go ?…. I cannot believe that we are literally a few days away from Christmas.

When I started this meal initially I thought it would be quite a heavy meal with the butternut and noodles together. I generally find pasta heavy, and am not really a fan …yes, I know I am an odd one, but that is me. I must say though since doing the whole gluten free thing and having gluten free pasta, I honestly have found pasta not so heavy and actually tolerable! That doesn’t mean I am going to eat it all day, everyday..no no no, but in all honestly, this meal is not heavy at all ! The roasted butternut and noodles actually compliment eachother, but then again the roasted butternut is more of a creamy sauce, ah, so good !!! and then there is that sage…  I couldn’t resist the sage.  Sage is awesome !!!  I just wish I had some fresh sage at the time, but the dried sage served its purpose. The pecans and cranberries is a no brainer….. I just had to ! Load them onto your plate, you will not be sorry. 🙂

So, I now present to you………

Roasted Butternut, Sage Spiral Noodles with Toasted Pecans and Cranberries

Preparation time:  15 minutes

Cooking time:  10 minutes

Total time:  25 minutes


Gluten-Free Pasta Spirals

For the Butternut Sauce (Makes 3 cups)

A little Olive oil for sautee’ing

1 cup chopped onion

1 Tablespoon chopped garlic clove

2 teaspoons dried sage

2 cups Roasted Butternut

Salt and Pepper

Garnish:  Toasted Pecans and Dried Cranberries (the more the merrier)


Cook pasta as per packet instructions.

In a pan with a little oil, saute’ the onion and garlic for a few minutes.  Then add in the roasted butternut cubes, sage and let it cook for a couple minutes until all is combined.  Add to a blender and blend.  Taste. Season with salt and pepper and a little more sage if necessary.

Place over pasta and mix through.  Garnish with dry toasted pecans and dried cranberries.

Enjoy 🙂