Black Bean Soup



½ tbsp light olive oil
1 small red or brown onion, diced
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 small carrot, chopped
½ red bell pepper, diced
⅛ tsp ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeƱo pepper, seeded and diced
¼ tsp dried herb
½ tsp ground cumin
460g black beans drained from cans
600ml vegetable stock

1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat until the oil begins to shimmer. Add onion, celery, carrot, and bell pepper. Cook for 4 minutes.

2. Add ground black pepper, garlic and pepper, and continue to cook for another 4 minutes.

3. Add herb, cumin, rinsed and drained black beans, and vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, then cook covered on low heat for 20 minutes.

4. Puree the soup until smooth. Enjoy with crackers!


Zucchini & Carrot Noodles in Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce


The Veggies:
- 1.2kg zucchinis
- 450g carrots
- 260g, 3 bell peppers
- 60g, 3 green onions

Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce:
- 80g peanut butter
- 12g ginger
- 6 cloves garlic
- juice of 1 large lime
- 1tsp hot chilli powder
tbsp soy sauce
- 1tbsp honey
- water

(1) Spiralize zucchinis and carrots into noodles, thinly slice bell peppers and finely chop onions.

(2) In a jug, combine peanut butter, grated ginger, minced garlic, lime juice, chilli powder, soy sauce and honey. Mix well. Add water until mixture reaches a pourable consistency but still rich and creamy.

(3) Toss all veggies, except onions, with peanut sauce. Arrange noodles onto serving plates. Top with green onions and garnish with roasted peanuts if desired.


Sweet Potato Brownies

Yield: 16 brownies in a 20cm square pan


- 100g oat flour
- 100g almond flour
- 45g unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/8tsp salt
- 500g, 1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes ~yield 380g cooked
- 90g, 12 pitted dates
- 2tbsp melted coconut oil
- 4tbsp maple syrup

(1) Wash sweet potatoes. Poke holes evenly over potato skin using a fork. Cook in microwave oven for 8-14 minutes depending on the size, turn half way through. Cut cooked sweet potatoes into halves and leave to cool completely.

(2) Preheat oven to 180c. Line a 20cm square pan with baking paper.

(3) Combine all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Set aside.

(4) Scoop cooked sweet potatoes into a food processor. Add dates, coconut oil and maple syrup. Process until smooth.

(5) Combine the dry and the wet. Mix until well combined. Transfer batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Leave to cool before cutting into squares. Delicious both warm and cold!


Creamy Cauliflower Smoothies

Yield: 2x 500ml breakfast smoothie | INGREDIENTS:

Common ingredient for all flavors:
- 250g cauliflower florets
- water

Orange Strawberry
- 200g peeled orange / 1 medium orange
- 400g hulled strawberries

Orange Peach
- 200g peeled orange / 1 medium orange
- 240g peeled and chopped peaches

Mango Passion Fruit
- 255g chopped mango
- juicy flesh and seeds from 3 passion fruits

Possibilities of delicious flavors are endless, try:
= Watermelon Strawberry
= Apple Blueberry


Curried Chickpea Salad Wrap


- 480g chickpeas drained from can
- 120g fat free plain greek yoghurt
- 25g dried cranberries
- 45g chopped walnuts
- 40g / half a small red onion, finely diced
- 150g / 2 celery ribs
- 2tbsp capers
- 1/2tbsp curry powder
- 1/4tsp salt
- 1/8tsp ground black pepper
- 90g spinach
- 6 tortilla wraps

In a mixing bowl mash chickpeas using a fork. Add all remaining ingredients except spinach and tortilla. Mix very well. Onto each heated tortilla, place spinach followed by curried chickpea salad, wrap it up and cut into halves to serve. Also perfect as a picnic meal!


Mixed Beans & Wild Rice Salad



- 100g wild rice
- 100g brown rice
- 850g cauliflower rice made from 1 medium head
- 1 small red onion, finely diced
- 480g or 2 red bell peppers, deseeded and diced
- 30g fresh coriander, coarsely chopped
- 460g black beans drained from can
- 240g red kidney beans drained from can
- 160g sweetcorn drained from can
- zest and juice of 2 limes
- 1tbsp honey
- 1/2tsp hot chilli powder
- 1/4tsp salt

(1) Have the mix of wild rice and brown rice soaked overnight, then cooked and cooled.

(2) In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, honey, chilli powder and salt. Set aside.

(3) In a big bowl/pot, combine cooked rice, cauliflower rice, onion, peppers, coriander, rinsed and drained beans and sweet corn and lime zest. Mix well.

(4) Pour lime dressing over beans and rice salad, mix very well one last time. Chill for hours before serving.


Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Yield 6 sandwiches / 6 servings 


- 480g chickpeas drained from can
- 150g / 2 celery ribs
- 80g / half a red bell pepper
- 40g / half a small red onion, finely diced
- 2tbsp capers
- 4tbsp fat free plain greek yoghurt
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2tsp lemon juice
- 1/8tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4tsp salt
- 1/4tsp Italian herb seasoning
- spinach
- bread

Roughly mash chickpeas using a fork. Add finely chopped celery, bell pepper, and onion, followed by all remaining ingredients, except spinach and bread. Mix very well.

Assemble a sandwich by placing a layer of spinach on a slice of slightly toasted wholewheat bread, followed by chickpea salad, and then another slice of bread.