This vegan Italian tomato and basil sauce recipe is an absolute kitchen staple recipe in my house (well, apartment). I recommend making a big batch of it on the weekend, pop it in an air tight container and keep in the fridge for an easy go to sauce to add to pasta and spaghetti throughout the week. Try adding this sauce to wholegrain spaghetti with steamed tenderstem broccoli and cherry tomatoes.
Did you know that the classic pairing of spaghetti and meatballs ain’t so classic? Traditionally, in Italy, meatballs, or ‘polpettes’ are simply eaten with sauce, cheese and a mixed salad dressed with olive oil. The pairing of spaghetti and meatballs came to be in America in the 1920’s as spaghetti was one of the only Italian pasta’s available at the time. When my Italian mother told me this, I was as shocked as you are and once you pick you jaw up off the ground, I will share my healthy Italian giant meatballs recipe with you.
This Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Vegan Peanut Sauce recipe is so delicious that it leaves me wanting more every time I make it, so much so that I usually steal a little out of the other person’s bowl when serving up! The wild grain rice is filling and low fat, the sweet potatoes are lightly spiced on the outside but super soft on the inside and it’s all topped off with a moreish peanut sauce.
This easy wild rice salad is just what it says on the tin – super easy but the sneaky thing is, it doesn’t taste easy! It is the sort of salad you can enjoy at work, smiling smugly to your coworkers whilst saying something along the lines of ‘oh, this salad? Why yes it is delicious and I just threw it together in 10 mins…enjoy your supermarket sandwich’ *hair toss.* Okay, maybe you shouldn’t say that exactly but my point still stands that this salad is so delicious and good looking, everyone is going to want it!
One of the reasons why I love the colder months so much is because, like with that whole ‘with great power comes great responsibility’ spiel – with great coldness, comes great cosiness. Woolly sweaters, thick tights, giant scarves, I mean, I’m talking about gloves here people. What better meal to tuck into than this hearty warming vegan chilli recipe – just make sure you don’t spill any of it on your new winter white sweater.
Sunday is one of my favourite days of the week for many reasons, one of the main reasons is because for me, it’s about cooking a great big roast or stew to enjoy with my loved ones and get all charged up for the week ahead. This beef stew is hearty and comforting, perfect for the autumn and winter season. I enjoyed it with a glass of red wine and corn on the cob, a truly healthy winter comfort food recipe!
I’m going to make a big dramatic statement here – if you have not had golden beetroot, you simply have not lived. I don’t care how you want to have it, just have it. It is so versatile and have some great nutritional benefits like calcium and fibre. Most importantly though, they are literally golden, making them as pretty as they are healthy. My golden Beetroot Recipe with Fig Dressing is a great as a side salad to a big lunch or dinner or as a main. If you want to keep it vegan, make it exactly as it is in the recipe below. If you are a meat eater, try adding some prosciutto ham and goats cheese.
Now, don’t get me wrong, Summer is great for food, I’m talking frozen yogurt, enjoying the long summer nights while eating outside, picnics in the park, etc. yeah, yeah, that’s all very well and good. Well, bad news Summer, Autumn is coming and I couldn’t be happier! It’s cosy and there is cinnamon, red wine and apples EVERYWHERE. Yes, I know you can technically have all of those things in Summer too but in Autumn, it just feels so right.
This Healthy Blue Cheese and Roasted Walnut Salad with Apple Cider Dressing salad has roasted walnuts, Danish blue cheese and chopped red apples, topped with an apple cider vinegar dressing. It only takes 15 minutes to whip up and goes perfectly with a glass of red wine.