mushroom mole, with guacamole and crispy corn tortillas (vegan, gf)

this dish is inspired by another meal i had at the beautiful aro-ha retreat… the mushroom mole i had one evening meal on the retreat blew my mind, and i had to give it a go!

this is full of flavour, the guacamole balances with the heat of the mole beautifully.  i decided to bake the tortillas in the oven in order to get a nice crispy corn chip… they gave texture to the dish and also added a bit of fun to eating the meal.

the kids will love it.  the whole family will love it. and they will NOT miss the meat.  (just dont tell them)….

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miso black bean spaghetti, with tuna, pickled daikon, bok choy and fresh coriander (gf, df)

so the star in this dish is the spaghetti sauce…. you could actually serve it with anything you fancy… (chicken, steak, white fish) or, even have it all on its own.  its full of flavour and satisfying.

black bean spaghetti is incredible… its texture is firm and chewy… its robust enough to stand strong against the punch of the miso.  the sauce is a little rich, so bok choy is the perfect pair.

give it a go, its easy to make.  and i know you will do it again!

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banana bread (gf, rsf)

this is delicious! i tried to have a small portion as a treat now and again, but that was blown out the window.

unless you are ok with this being made and gone on the same day, only the very self controlled should consider baking this dish.

its gluten free yes, but its better than the versions that include flour.  serve with melted butter, its an absolute banger.

while my current diet strictly doesnt allow bananas, the only carbs in this is from the banana so approx 4g of carb per slice… thats ok in moderation i reckon.

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cacao, peanut butter & raspberry brownie

this is my take on an easy peesy refined sugar free brownie – and it only uses bananas to sweeten – no other sugar substitutes! how GOOD is that!!!

its SO simple to make (5 mins plus cook time!),  its decadent, luxurious and delicious…  crispy on the outside, soft and gooey in the centre, its just like normal brownies!  i hope you never go back to sugar laden cafe made brownies ever again!

sometimes when i am sitting on the couch after dinner watching TV, hubby playfully asks “wheres the pudding?”…. i can pretend i had it planned all along and say “gimme 5 babe!”

replace the raspberries with whatever is in season – or leave it out all together! its good either way.

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smoked beef fillet, with asian style broth, kelp noodles and fresh veges

well, this is not only an absolutely delicious dish with heaps of flavour and textures, but its also heaps of fun.

i pre-prepared all the ingredients, and served them buffet style… it made the meal super interactive, promoting lots of conversations… and ultimately meant my guests could help themselves to what they wanted, and the quantity of each ingredient they wanted.

there is a bit of prep in the broth, but once its in the pot it just simmers happily for a couple of hours.

the beef is stunning – a quick sear of the whole eye fillet and set aside in the freezer for a couple of hours to slice later…  it does the rest of its cooking in the broth later on.  i smoked it which gave the whole dish an extra depth of flavor but you dont have to, OR use smoke essence and avoid the nuisance of going through the smoking process.

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vietnamese chicken salad, with crispy fried shallots

this is a go to favourite of mine.  its easy, and its a salad full of flavour and texture.

the dressing recipe is incredibly adaptable – use it for a thai beef salad, or make it vegetarian and chuck in some firm fried tofu …. its a real crowd pleaser.

fresh and crisp, your body will love you for it… and your tastebuds too.  thats what i call a win, win.

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wasabi & sesame crusted tuna, with avocado, corn, tomato and coriander salad served with a ginger, soy and lemon vinaigrette

the classic combination of sushi inspired this dish.  its been SO hot in christchurch lately, and that brings with it cravings for fresh and clean salads.

this dish brings with it a pop of hot from the wasabi, balanced beautifully with the salt from the soy and sour from the lemon.  the ginger will remind you of sushi garnishes – and altogether this is a match made in heaven.

im drooling writing about it.

this will take you 30min or so, so an easy and TASTY weekday meal.

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