The courgette glut continues! It’s amazing how quickly they grow, seemingly able to transform from fledgling to enormous beast over night! They taste so good, fresh and grown without chemicals. We’re not bored of them – yet! Continue reading “Courgette, carrot and kohlrabi salad”
One of the most common questions I get asked by people trying to move to a more whole-food plant-based diet is “What do I have for lunch?”. It’s particularly challenging for people who are avoiding gluten due to an intolerance or chronic health problem. It’s not so easy to rely on a sandwich or other bread option. Continue reading “Wholesome rice salad”
When people discover that I eat a whole-food plant-based diet, there are a number of questions that I can almost guarantee will get asked. If you too are on a plant-based journey you will be familiar with them! Continue reading “Quick chickpea salad”
I’m a big fan of carrots. And of rainbow eating. So you can imagine how excited I get when I find rainbow carrots! I’m like a kid in a sweet shop, much to the embarrassment of whoever I’m with. Sometimes hard to find in mainstream supermarkets (although I have noticed them appearing more, along with a premium price), they seem to be easier to find at farmers markets and farm shops. Or even better, try and grow your own – they’ll taste so good! Continue reading “Rainbow roasted carrot and thyme salad”
Parsnips are an essential part of our family Christmas dinner. They’re sweet and creamy and just utterly delicious simply boiled or roasted. But sometimes you might want something a little more fancy. So for day 13 of my Sensitive Foodie Advent Calendar, here’s a warm roasted parsnip salad for you to try out. Continue reading “Roasted maple parsnip salad”
It is Gingerbread House Day today, so of course the recipe for day 12 of my Sensitive Foodie Advent Calendar is gingerbread.
This recipe ticks most of the boxes when it comes to ‘free from’ baking. It’s dairy-free, egg-free and works brilliantly with gluten-free flour. It does have added sugar though in the form of coconut sugar. Whilst this is the least refined type, it still may not suit you if you are sugar-free. The raw gingerbread balls from day 7 may be better for you. I have tried baking that mix too with mixed results! It makes a gingery biscuit, just not gingerbread.
Texture is important with gingerbread. You want a crunch crack when you break it with a softer inside. That comes from the fat and sugar combo. When it comes to eating a whole-food plant-based diet, getting an unrefined fat source is challenging. That is why for this recipe there are three options stated.
If you are ok eating refined fats, then dairy-free spread like Pure work just fine. But if not, then a neutral nut butter like cashew is an excellent alternative. And if you are nut-free, then tahini (sesame seed paste) is your option. They all work well. The flavour is slightly different, but I think the cashew nut butter creates a lovely deep rich flavour. Unfortunately cashew nut butter is also quite expensive to buy, but with these three options you can find something that works for you.
A word of warning when making up the mix – be very careful with how much water you add. You want to create a soft dough. It can however go from too dry to a wet soggy mess that you can’t do anything with in a very short period of time.
So on Gingerbread House Day, why not use this recipe to create your own house at home? Or you could just cut out Christmas cookie shaped ones and enjoy them as they are, no building required. Do let me know how you get on.
- 250g whole-wheat or gluten free flour (with ½ teaspoon xanthum gum if none in mix)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2-3 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 70g butter alternative – dairy-free spread, cashew butter, tahini etc
- 100g coconut sugar
- 80-100ml hot water
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC. Grab 2 baking trays and cover with greaseproof paper.
Place the flour, baking powder, spices and salt in a bowl and mix together well to combine. In another bowl, beat the butter alternative and 50g of coconut sugar and the maple syrup together until it’s well combined and creamy. Place the remaining coconut sugar in another bowl and pour in 80ml hot water. Stir together then pour into the ‘butter’ mixture. Stir well to combine.
Add the flour and mix in with a metal spoon. The mix should come together to form a soft dough. If it’s too wet, add a little more flour, if it’s too dry add some extra water. Don’t make too soft or it’s difficult to roll and cut.
Cut the dough in half. Cover the worktop well with flour and roll out one section to 1/2 cm thick. Cut out the shape you require with cutters or template and transfer to the prepared baking trays. Repeat with the second half of the dough. Place the trays the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove and leave to cool on a rack. Decorate as desired, or just eat plain as they are.
It’s Day 2 of the Sensitive Foodie Advent calendar. Today I have a simple vegetable dish that can be eaten hot as a side or cold as a salad, useful if you are going to a pot-luck and need to take a dish. Continue reading “Roasted squash, red onion and Brussel sprouts”
Summer is still hanging on in there just about. I’m still enjoying dining on big hearty salads packed full of fresh seasonal goodies and a big flavour hit. Continue reading “Warm beetroot salad with creamy tahini ginger dressing”
Here’s a super-quick and tasty dressing to liven up any salad or to drizzle over a spicy soup, curry or baked dish (like the Baked Spicy Stuffed Aubergine).
I prefer unsweetened soya yoghurt for this dressing. If you can find Sojade, I would highly recommend as I think it has the best flavour. Otherwise I use Tesco own brand soya yoghurt. If you are soya-free you could try a coconut based yoghurt but make sure there’s no added sugar. It would taste foul!
If you are not a fan of coriander (and I know there are a few people out there who have a passionate dislike) you could add fresh mint leaves instead; they would have a similar cooling effect.
As this is so easy to make, I usually make it in small amounts for a specific dish, but it will keep in the fridge for a couple of days so if you want to make a larger amount just double or quadruple the amounts.
I hope you enjoy making this super-quick but tasty dressing – let me know how you get on.
Dairy-free coriander yoghurt dressing
150ml dairy-free yoghurt of choice
1/2 bunch fresh coriander (or mint) leaves
2 tablespoons lime juice (optional but makes it zing)
salt and pepper to taste
Place all the ingredients in a small blender pot and whizz for 10 seconds or so to combine. Taste and add more seasoning, lime or coriander as needed and whizz again. Serve chilled.
With all the hot weather that’s been around, salad is definitely on the menu. If you find it hard to think up quick and tasty alternatives to satisfy the taste-buds, this crunchy red cabbage and walnut mix will hit the spot. Continue reading “Super crunchy red cabbage and walnut salad”