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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kumara (sweet potato), ginger & lime soup with kimchi & chopped almonds (gf, df)

this is a unique soup… i first tried something like it at the beautiful Aro-ha wellness retreat.

i was so inspired by the depth of flavour – the sweetness of the kumara, with the tanginess of the citrus, balanced by the heat of the ginger.  it blew me away and i had to replicate it.

this is a bloody good effort – it satisfied all my cravings for a repeat.

a very easy recipe – throw it together, itll taste like you were in the kitchen for hours.

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dahl, with cashew aioli and toasted almonds

this dish is perfectly comforting on a cooler evening… choose the level of chilli kick you like… the intensity of flavour from everything else regardless will have you salivating.

the cashew aioli needs a little pre-thought (the nuts need soaking for at least 4 hrs) but everything else comes together in 30mins.

the depth of flavour that comes from the dahl, is beautifully complemented by the cooling aioli, the almonds bring texture – altogether a satisfying and nutritious meal.

if you or the family are not sure about lentils, or havent enjoyed them in the past, this may be the dish to change your mind!

give it a crack.

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roasted broccoli, fennel & aged cheddar soup with pork fillet, hazelnuts & kale chips

not much beats a hot satisfying soup on a cool wintry evening.  best consumed in front of a roaring fire (ours is a gas fire… does that count?)

this one is deliciously rich, with an added tastiness that comes from the aged cheddar. the kale chips creme fraiche and hazelnuts cut through the decadence of the soup providing a beautifully balanced meal.

cut the pork out of it if you want – this just appeases my husband and the inevitable question “wheres the meat?” haha.  with that said, the pork is awesome with this soup.

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