#EssentialRecipe => Vegan Caesar Salad

Croutons ingredients:

-4 large slices of day-old bread, sourdough or rye cut in about 1/2 inch pieces

-3 cloves garlic chopped

-4 or 5 sprigs of fresh thyme

-Dash of sea salt


Roasted chickpeas ingredients:

-2 cups of dried chickpeas soaked overnight and cooked or 1 15 ounce can

-2 tablespoon avocado oil

-2 sprigs of fresh thyme

-1 teaspoon sea salt

-1 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper


Dressing ingredients:

-1 tablespoon Dijon
-1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
-1 tablespoon pine nuts
-1/3 cup champagne vinegar
-1 large...

#EssentialRecipe => Spinach Almond Ricotta Stuffed Shells

This is a total comfort recipe for me. On a cold and rainy day, I would start by making the marinara sauce and the almond ricotta. Taking my time and letting the aromas take over the kitchen. 


-500 gram jumbo pasta shells

-2 tablespoon olive oil

-3 garlic cloves minced

-5 ounces spinach leaves finely chopped

-2 cups almond ricotta

-1 chia egg

-2 tablespoon basil finely chopped + some to serve

-Pinch of sea salt and pepper

-1-1/2 cups marinara sauce


#EssentialRecipe => Castelvetrano Olives and Roasted Hazelnut Casarecce

This is one of my go-to meals. I always have most of the ingredients on hand and Jake seems to never get tired of it. Feel free to throw in whatever inspires you like shaved Brussel sprout leaves or red bell peppers to spin it your way. 



-1/2 cup hazelnuts

-1 cup fresh parsley loosely chopped

-2 cups Castelvetrano olives ripped into rough pieces

-2 lemons zested and juiced

-1/2 cup avocado or good quality olive oil

-1 pound casarecce pasta

-4 garlic cloves

-1/4 cup caper berries 

-1 tablespoon beet hot sauce

-Sea salt and pepper...

#EssentialRecipe => Plant-Based Bolognese

This recipe is a bit more time consuming than my usuals, but so worth it. Especially on a cold winter day. It will warm up your kitchen with heat and delicious aromas.



-2 pounds cremini mushrooms quartered

-1 large green pepper finely chopped

-1 large carrot peeled and finely chopped

-1 medium onion finely chopped

-1 28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes

-3 tablespoon avocado oil

-1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms, rinsed and minced

-4 to 5 garlic cloves minced

-1 teaspoon maple syrup

-4 tablespoon tomato paste

-1 cup dry red wine

-1/2 cup vegetable broth


#EssentialRecipe => Homemade Plant Based Mac and Cheese

This is a serious comfort food of mine and Jonny’s. Every time we are sick or not feeling all that great, it’s either a miso soup or a warm comfy bowl of mac and cheese. There’s something about the creaminess that makes you feel instantly “comfier”.

And since Miss J has started school, she has already caught two colds... Germs really spread fast with kids! So I had to work on a plant based version that would be as satisfying as the one I grew up with.

The key, is to make sure to...