Braised Mushrooms with Cauliflower Rice

braised mushroomsI love the earthy flavour and meatiness of the mushrooms. Does anyone not like mushrooms on toast? It is such a simple dish, but the depth of the flavour is just beyond imagination. Mushrooms are also a nutrition power house. They are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, low-sodium – safe for everyone! They are rich in B vitamins, important for energy and the nervous system. Minerals rich in mushrooms are selenium, copper, potassium, iron, niacin, riboflavin and more. So it is great for weight management, anti-aging, controlling blood pressure and cholesterol, and strong immune system.

For this recipe, I left mushrooms whole when cooked which gives a nice meaty texture outside but still moist and juicy inside. I served on cauliflower “rice” which is crunchy, refreshing and cuts down the spiciness. Enjoy x

Ingredients (single serve)

300g button mushrooms
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup of grated cauliflower
1 tbsp of coconut amino sauce (or tamari)
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp sesame seeds
pepper to taste
coriander leaves for garnish

Put all ingredients except cauliflower in a pan, bring it up to a boil, simmer for 15-20 minutes on low heat until cooked. In the meantime, grate cauliflower to make a cauliflower rice. To serve, put braised mushrooms on the prepared cauliflower rice in a bowl and garnish with coriander leaves.

Raw Banana Cheesecake

raw banana cheesecakThere are so many health benefits of bananas. It is so hard to pick just a few >.< Feeling low? Have bananas. Apparently, they help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin – happy hormone. Do you suffer from muscle cramps? You can protect against muscle cramps during workouts and night time cramps by eating a banana. Want a healthy heart? Bananas are known for high potassium content, with over 400mg in a single medium-sized banana. Trouble with your bowel? High fiber in bananas can help your bowel movements. They are also soothing to the digestive tract and help restore lost electrolytes after diarrhoea. Bananas are very good for your digestion, the only raw fruit that can be consumed without distress to relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the stomach. Bananas are high in antioxidants, providing protection from free radicals and diseases. See there is no single reason not to love this yellow-skin baby. This raw frozen banana cheesecake is so yummy and full of goodness in it. Enjoy the sweetness x


200g raw cashew nuts, soaked at least 6 hours
3 large semi-dried figs
1 tsp cacao powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
a pinch of Himalayan salt
3 small ripe bananas + sliced bananas for garnish
1 tbsp thick Greek yogurt
1 tsp agar agar or gelatin powder, melted in a tbsp of warm water
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil
a pinch of turmeric powder

Wash and drain soaked cashew nuts. For the crust, take 1/3 of the nuts and place in your food processor along with figs, cacao, cinnamon and salt. Blend until combined. Pour the mixture into a container lined with a glad-wrap. Press evenly and firmly with a spatula. For the filling, put the rest of the nuts and other ingredients in your food processor and blend until thick and smooth. Pour onto the crust and spread evenly with a spatula. Garnish with sliced bananas and place in the freezer for a few hours or overnight to set. Take it out of the freezer and cut into a desired portion size (I had 8 squares). Have your knife in warm water to make it easy to cut if you need. It is best to keep the cheesecake in the freezer.
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Roasted Veggies With Quinoa

Roasted veggiesQuinoa is one of my pantry staples. Its delicate nutty flavour is so addictive! I serve with salads, curry, grilled vegetables, or braised meat. It is a perfect protein, containing all eight of the essential amino acids. It’s higher in unsaturated fats and lower in carbs than most grains and  has the highest protein content of any grain, 12 – 18%. Quinoa is also high in iron, magnesium, and fiber. Plus, as a vehicle for flavor and ingredients, like rice, quinoa is primo. For the perfect cooked quinoa, you need to wash really well in a sieve to get rid of the natural bitterness of the quinoa. Cook quinoa, 2:1 liquid to grain (water, vegetable or chicken broth), for about 20 minutes. You can jazz up with some aromatic spices during cooking as well like garlic, rosemary, lemon, etc.

There is no rule here to make this salad. Ingredients seem quite a lot, but use whatever you have in your fridge or in your garden. Always use seasonal vegetables which are great for nutrition and your wallet, too. Perfect salad for a family, dinner party, weekday lunch box or potluck party.

Ingredients (serving 4)

1 cup of cooked white quinoa
2 tomatoes
2 carrots
1/3 zucchini
1/2 baby fennel
1 baby beetroot
1/2 leek
1/2 cup pumpkin
a bunch of coriander
1 tbsp of coconut oil
1 tsp of honey or maple syrup
1 tsp of cumin
1 tsp of smoked paprika
1 tsp of fennel seeds
1 tsp of cayenne pepper
1 tsp of Himalayan salt

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Wash and chop all the vegetables and place on a lined baking sheet. Drizzle coconut oil and sprinkle spices. Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes, flipping half-way through. In the meantime, rinse quinoa thoroughly and simmer in a saucepan for 15-20 minutes until cooked. Turn off the heat and let it sit with a lid on for 5 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, combine roasted vegetables, cooked quinoa and roughly chopped coriander. Transfer to a serving bowl. Drizzle more olive oil and sprinkle some nuts or feta cheese on top if you like.
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Raw Cashew Cheese

raw cashew cheeseRaw cashews have a subtler flavor than their roasted counterparts, so they’re great for adding creamy texture to your dishes without overpowering other flavors. Raw cashews provide beneficial iron, important for oxygen transport in your body. They are also rich in other minerals like zinc, copper, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, manganese and selenium. These little cashew nuts actually look like a big smile. In fact, they are potentially good for boosting your mood, helping with depression and stabilising your thoughts. Raw cashews are so versatile in raw/ vegan recipes – great for raw desserts, cheese, soup, dips, smoothies, etc. They are a staple in my pantry. This raw cashew cheese is a wonderful non-dairy vegan substitute if you have trouble consuming dairy. It does taste like a real cheese, thanks to my friend, nutritional yeast. Great for dips, snacks and appetiser!

For people who have trouble consuming dairy, but really miss the taste of cheese, cashew “cheese” is a wonderful non-dairy vegan substitute.  Thanks to nutritional yeast, it really does taste like cheese, albeit a soft one, and is a very satisfying snack, dip or appetizer, without any of the allergenic properties of pasteurized cow dairy. – See more at:
the little cashew nut is shaped like a “smile.” Yes, cashew nuts are potentially good for for helping to boost your moods and stabilize your thoughts. – See more at:


1 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
1 cup almond milk or water
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
a pinch of salt
a squeeze of lemon

Drain the soaking water and place the cashews in a blender. Puree with just enough almond milk to help them puree. Scrape down the sides of the bowl frequently and puree until smooth. Add salt and lemon. Blend one more and transfer to a serving bowl. Serve with raw veggies or crackers. To make a raw lasagna, I sliced cucumber lengthways and layered with cashew cheese. You can also add vanilla, maple syrup and cinnamon to this cashew cheese for a sweet flavour – great for a healthy icing on cake or muffins.

Roasted Eggplant and Pine Nuts with Tahini Yogurt Dressing

Eggplant SaladI understand eggplant is not for everyone. I know some people don’t like the spongy texture and slightly bitter taste from the skin. But, when it’s cooked right with beautiful spices, you cannot say no to that, like this salad. I’m loving all the spices on the eggplant – sumac, smoked paprika, cumin, fennel seeds and thyme. I think eggplant marries well with marinades or dressings with Middle Eastern and Asian flavours.

Nutritionally, eggplant is low in calories and sodium, and is a great source of dietary fiber, potassium, and B vitamins. Do not peel off the skin because you have all the beautiful antioxidants in that dark purple shiny skin. It is a must you need to top with tahini yogurt dressing and roasted pine nuts. Tahini, made of sesame seeds, contains good amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which helps the health of your blood vessels and brain. It is also a good source of vitamin B1, iron, copper, magnesium, phosphorous and manganese. Turkish eats it for breakfast, mixed with honey or pomegranate molasses, and spread on bread. Doesn’t it sound delicious? I like making salad dressings, humus, soup, spreads and snacks with it. It is so versatile and you need only a small teaspoon for a punch of flavour. Enjoy x
Eggplant salad1Ingredients

1 eggplant cubed
1 tsp of cumin
1 tsp of fennel seeds
1/2 tsp of sumac
1/2 tsp of smoked paprika
1 tsp of thyme
1 tsp of Himalayan salt
1 tbsp of coconut oil
chopped parsley
a handful of pine nuts

For dressing
1 tsp of tahini paste
1 tbsp of non-dairy yogurt or thick Greek yogurt
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp of minced garlic
a squeeze of lemon
salt and pepper to taste

Wash and cut the eggplant. Mix all spices, herbs and coconut oil in a large bowl. Add the cubed eggplant into the bowl and gently toss. Place in the oven (180) for 20-30 minutes until golden outside and cooked inside. Take it out of the oven and transfer to a serving plate. Sprinkle chopped parsley and roasted pine nuts. Drizzle with tahini yogurt dressing before serve.