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Wholesome Eats: Chickpea Pizza With Salsa Verde And Zucchini

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Not very often do you come across a pizza recipe that’s vegan, gluten-free and contains no refined sugar. However, thanks to the ladies over at @panaceas_pantry, this chickpea pizza with salse verde is just that – and more!

“I was inspired by the humble Indian dosa for this recipe­ – naturally gluten-free and vegan,­ made from a base of chickpea flour­ and packed with flavour,” said one half of the duo, Jade. “This version is thicker, heartier and transformed into a pizza base. Though really, you could use it as an vegan omelette or savoury pancake.”

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Ingredients

Pizza

1⁄2 cup + 2 tbsp garbanzo (chickpea) flour

1⁄2 cup + 3 tbsp water

1⁄4 tsp baking flour

1/8 tsp Cayenne pepper

1 tbsp nutritional yeast

1⁄4 red onion, diced

Salt and pepper

Salsa

2 cups spinach

Juice of 1⁄4 lemon

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1­ heaped tsp capers

1⁄2 cup mixed fresh herbs; we used mint, coriander and parsley

Toppings (optional)

Thinly sliced zucchini strips (we used a potato peeler for this)

Raw, grated beetroot

Thinly sliced red onion

Sliced tomato

Sliced avocado

Hummus, olive oil or hulled tahini

Wholesome Eats: Chickpea pizza With Salsa Verde And Zucchini Strips

Method

  1. Whisk all pizza ingredients in a medium ­sized mixing bowl until the mixture is completely uniform, set aside for at least 15 minutes to allow the mix to soak.
  2. To make the Salsa; pulse all ingredients in a high speed food processor until combined and still slightly chunky (about 12 times)
  3. Heat coconut oil in a heavy­ based fry pan over medium heat for 1 minute until hot, but not allowing the oil to smoke. While the oil is heating, quickly whisk the mixture to work air bubbles through.
  4. Once hot, pour the mix into the pan, tilting the pan to evenly spread the mix. Leave to cook for 6­7 minutes before flipping, (the pizza will bubble and begin to dry when ready). Once flipped, cook for roughly 5 minutes on the other side, or until golden brown.
  5. Top pizza with salsa, then layer on sliced tomato, red onion, zucchini strips and shredded beetroot. Warm under the grill for 2­3 minutes, or to your preference. Serve with avocado and hummus, tahini or olive oil.

Vegan Chocolate Pikelets With Chocolate Topping Recipe

Vegans, rejoice! This has to be by far one of most decadent and delicious vegan chocolate pikelets recipes EVER. Created by top food blogger, Veggieful, this breakfast dish is super tasty, easy to make and is the perfect Sunday morning treat to serve up on a chilly morning. Sweet tooth’s, eat your heart out!

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Serves: 2

Ingredients

Pikelets

1 cup soy milk

1/4 cup water

1 cup self-raising flour

1 tbsp corn flour

1 tbsp sugar

dash vanilla

2 tbsp cocoa

Topping

2 tbsp cocoa

2 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp maple syrup

Method

  1. For the topping: Melt the cocoa, coconut oil and maple syrup and stir until smooth. Set aside.
  2. For the pikelet: In a blender (or you can beat it all in a bowl) add all ‘pikelet’ ingredients and blend until smooth without lumps.
  3. In a frypan on high heat, spray with oil and drop 2 level tablespoonfuls of the batter mixture into the pan and cook until bubbles appear on the surface.
  4. Flip to the other side for another 30 seconds or so until just browned. Set aside.
  5. Continue frying until all of the batter is used.
  6. Stack the pikelets and add a light layer of chocolate topping between each layer.
  7. Serve with strawberries and enjoy!

Lemon And Roasted Garlic Pasta With Lentils

Lentils are such a versatile lunch or dinner option since they can be cooked in a variety of ways, but also bring lots of taste and texture to a meal. This special dinner recipe is on the healthier side, but still features filling flavours of lemon and garlic which will no-doubt have you going back for seconds!

Serves 3-4 and is a great option for those looking for a gluten-free and vegan alternative.

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Ingredients

3-4 cloves medium head garlic

1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil/ghee

Salt

1 medium head roasted garlic

1/2-2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

6 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1/2-1 tsp salt and pepper

1 box gluten-free spaghetti

12 cups loosely packed baby spinach

2/3 cup sliced sun-dried tomatoes

1 cup cooked black or green lentils

Topping options: sliced almonds, parsley or basil, lemon, salt and pepper, capers, fresh Parmesan cheese.

Method

For the roasted garlic:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF, and peel away the skin from the garlic until you can see the cloves.
  2. Drizzle with oil, sea salt and let it soak for 5-10 minutes before roasting it in the oven.
  3. Roast the garlic for 50 minutes in the oven until it is golden-brown in colour, and feels tender. Remove from the oven and leave it out to cool.

For the sauce:

  1. Mash the garlic heads in a medium bowl, then combine with 1/2 cup oil, teaspoon, salt, pepper into jar and shake well.
  2. Refrigerate the sauce until you’re ready to finally use it.

For the pasta:

  1. Cook pasta and lentils according to the directions, then sauté over medium heat with olive oil.
  2. Add the hot spinach and dried tomatoes before stirring the entire mixture for just 2-3 minutes.
  3. Now include the pasta and lemon sauce into the mixture, and season to your liking. Place 1/4 cup of lentils over each pasta dish, and serve with freshly chopped parsley, almonds and basil for a fresh pop of flavour.

Image and Recipe via Edible Perspective

Green Lentil and Walnut Taco Wraps

Next time you’re stuck on what to have for lunch, use the leftover vegetables from the pantry and try your hand at these delicious green lentil wraps. Packed with protein to keep you satisfied until dinnertime, this dish is easy to make and perfect if you’re constantly on-the-go!

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked green tentils

1 cup walnut pieces

1.5 tsp dried oregano

1.5 tsp ground cumin

1.5 tsp chilli powdera

1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt

1.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp water

For the toppings:

1-2 bell peppers, thinly sliced

1/2 large onion, thinly sliced

Cashew sour cream

Diced tomatoes or salsa

Green onion, sliced

Fresh lime juice

Lettuce draps (large romaine, iceberg or butter lettuce leaves are best)

1 avocado, sliced

Instructions

  1. Rinse the lentils in a mesh sieve, then empty them into a medium pot with 1-2 cups of water. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to medium heat and let it simmer for 20-25 minutes until tender, before draining the excess water.
  2. Preheat the oven to 150ºC, line a tray with baking paper, then spread walnuts evenly across the entire area. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Season a wok with 1/2 tablespoon of oil, then cook the onion and sliced peppers over medium heat for 15-20 minutes or as desired.
  4. Add 3/4 cups of the lentils over the toasted walnuts and pop into a food processor until evenly chopped. Stir in the oregano, cumin, chilli powder and salt before adding the olive oil towards the end.
  5. Tear a lettuce leaf and top off with taco meant, peppers and onion, with your choice of toppings. Wrap tightly then enjoy!

Recipe and image via Oh She Glows

Top 5 Tofu Recipes

Tofu is a staple edition to any vegetarian or vegan diet. A great substitute for meat, tofu is high in protein, calcium and iron, and is even thought to lower cholesterol. If you’re looking for something new to cook for dinner, try these healthy and delicious tofu recipes.

Tofu San Choy Bow
San Choy Bow is a traditional Chinese dish, usually served with pork mince. However, it’s so easy to turn this dish into a vegetarian dream with this recipe.

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Laksa
Tofu is a central part of this Malaysian favorite. Laksa is a spicy noodle dish with coconut milk, prawns, bean sprouts and vegetables.

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Sweet Potato and Tofu burger 
Some people think a burger has to be unhealthy to be tasty. This great recipe proves that’s simply not true. Sweet potato is high in vitamins B, C and D, and is rumored to fight stress and aging!

Recipe: Sweet potato and tofu burger

Paul McCartney’s Super Vegetable Salad
Who doesn’t want to know what a member of The Beatles eats for dinner? This gem is inspired by Meat Free Mondays, a movement that promotes healthier and more sustainable living through cutting meat from your diet, one day every week.

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Stir Fried Tofu and Asian Greens 
The great thing about a stir-fry, is that it can take less than 15 minutes to cook. It is also one of the best cooking methods, as it allows you to preserve all their healthy nutrients.

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