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Vegan Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Vegan Sweet Potato Pecan Pie This vegan dessert is the very best of pecan and pumpkin pie all in one - a soft, smooth filling of baked sweet potatoes topped with caramelised pecans in a crumbly pastry! This makes for a decadent guilt free dessert. For the pastry 6 tbsp of cold water1 cup of [...]

Beetroot and Heirloom Carrot Tart

Beetroot and Heirloom Carrot Tart A mouth-watering roasted vegetable tart, packed with tender beetroot and sweet heirloom carrots with a creamy chickpea filling. The pastry is grain-free and prepared from a ground nut base, baked until crisp and golden. Perfect as a main course for a vegan and gluten-free Christmas. For the vegetables1 large organic [...]

Maple Parsnip and Butternut Soup

Maple Roasted Parsnip and Butternut Soup This sweet, gently spiced soup is packed with maple roasted vegetables and warming ginger and cinnamon. For added texture, the soup is topped with crunchy toasted hazelnuts and crispy sage.This is a great starter for Christmas Day! For the soup1 medium butternut squash (peeled and diced into 1 inch [...]

Green Spirulina Smoothie

Green Spirulina Smoothie There’s a host of goodness in this green smoothie, including beneficial gut bacteria from the kefir, but one ingredient to shout about is spirulina, which is considered one of the most nutritionally whole superfoods. It’s a complete protein, packed with all the essential amino acids, and one of the richest sources of [...]

Immune-Boosting Tea

Immune-Boosting Tea Not only providing vitamin C to give your immune system a boost, these warming spices are packed full of antioxidants with powerful antihistamine and decongestant properties, perfect for easing flu-like symptoms this winter. 2 large navel orange1/2 unwaxed lemon1/2 inch fresh turmeric root1 cinnamon stick1 inch ginger root8 pink peppercorns Fill a saucepan [...]

Quinoa Mushroom Tabbouleh

Quinoa Mushroom Tabbouleh This mushroom tabbouleh proves that salads need not be boring! Both refreshing and hearty, this take on a classic tabbouleh utilises nutrient dense quinoa in place of bulgur wheat and is topped with tangy sun dried tomatoes and pan fried mushrooms. Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat. [...]

Banana & Sour Cherry Muffins

Banana & Sour Cherry Muffins Bananas, flaxseed and spelt are all sources of tryptophan. This essential amino acid provides the building block for serotonin, a ‘mood boosting’ chemical transmitter in the brain. Sour cherries contain melatonin, a hormone that plays an important role in sleep - a time when brain chemicals like serotonin are replenished. [...]

Raspberry & Coconut Flapjack

Raspberry & Coconut Flapjack Bites These homemade flapjack balls are great for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Dates are rich in natural sugars giving a quick hit of energy for those sluggish moments. Oats are full of soluble fibre, which encourages gradual release of energy from food and sustains your energy levels for longer. Walnuts, pecans, peanuts [...]

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Creamy Cauliflower Soup This visually delightful soup has a slightly sweet flavour as a result of gently sweating shallots and cauliflower. 40 ml neutral oil135 g shallots1 large or 2 small cloves garlic475 g cauliflower, white parts only (florets and stalk, only the very palest leaves)110 g celeriac (peeled weight)a squeeze of fresh lemon juice3 [...]

Warm Fig Salad

Warm Fig Salad This warm fig and hazelnut salad is rich with flavour and texture, from the sweet and tangy chutney dressing to the salty crunch of toasted hazelnuts. The grilled figs and the lightly toasted nuts bring a warmth to this light lunch.Figs are a great source of fibre which is essential for good [...]

Strawberry Overnight Oats

Strawberry & Almond Overnight Oats Oats are rich in a range of vitamins, minerals and fats and may play an important role in improving satiety (the feeling of fullness), diet quality, and digestive, cardiovascular, and general metabolic health. Almonds offer protein and healthy fats. This breakfast is simple to prepare the night before and is [...]

Spicy Mango Slaw

Spicy Mango Slaw This spicy mango slaw is loaded with antioxidants, healthy fats and an explosion of flavour and textures. This is a great summer side dish option or makes a hearty base for a vibrant and nutritious salad. For the slaw2 tbsp of fresh coriander, roughly chopped2 tbsp of fresh mint, roughly chopped2 tbsp [...]

Spinach & Quinoa Balls

Spinach & Quinoa Balls These spinach and quinoa balls are loaded with plant based protein, packed with fibre and are a rich source of magnesium. Served with a broccoli pesto dip, these tasty little morsels make for a great portable lunch or picnic option. For the spinach and quinoa balls2 tsp of olive oil1/5 heaped [...]

Vegan Walnut Meat Burritos

Vegan Walnut Meat Burritos These vegan burritos are packed with flavour and nutrition from heart-healthy fats and raw veggies to anti-inflammatory herbs and spices. They make a filling lunch option on their own, or for dinner served with a green salad. For the wraps2 tsp chia seeds2 tsp dried oregano2/3 cup ground almonds1/3 cup hot [...]

Sun-dried Tomato & Olive Tartlets

Sun-dried Tomato & Olive Tartlets A great snacking option, starter or dinner party nibble, these mini tartlets have a pastry of heart-healthy nuts and are filled with sweet sun-dried tomatoes, salty Kalamata olives and aromatic basil. For the pastry2 sun-dried tomatoes 1.5 tbsp coconut oil1 tsp ground flaxseed1 tsp dried oregano3/4 cup ground almonds1.5 tbsp [...]

Mango & Berry Mousse

Mango & Berry Mousse This decadent dessert is a rich source of thiamine (vitamin B1) thanks to the macadamias and cashew nuts which increase acid in the gut aiding digestion. Coconut is rich in the anti-inflammatory lauric acid and berries are packed with antioxidants, making this a health boosting way to end a meal. Base40 [...]

Walnut Meat Fatteh

Walnut Meat Fatteh This vegan take on a traditional Middle Eastern Fatteh has a ground almond and flax flatbread base, loaded with a raw walnut spiced ‘mince’, tahini yoghurt, tender chickpeas and sweet pomegranate seeds. The Fatteh is topped with aromatic fresh herbs and crunchy toasted pine nuts to serve.This makes for a great Summer [...]

Vegetable & Chickpea Curry

Vegetable & Chickpea Curry with Cauliflower Rice This warming recipe is packed with antioxidants, vitamins A, C and B, protein, soluble fibre, beta glucans and a variety of minerals including sulphur and magnesium. It offers nutritional support for digestion, liver function, blood sugar balance, energy metabolism, healthy immune response, skin, nails, hair and balanced cholesterol [...]

Turmeric Hummus

Turmeric Hummus Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are a legume.  They host a potent package of protein, vitamins and minerals, helping to increase satiety, boost digestion and keep blood levels stable whilst maintaining optimal cholesterol levels. Turmeric is well recognised for its highly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which support our body’s cells and immune [...]

Egyptian Fava Bean Dip

Ful Medames - Egyptian Fava Bean Dip This dish is considered the staple food of Egyptians, with Fava beans as its main constituent. Appreciated by all, you’ll find it in street food shops as well as in five star hotel restaurants.  It’s simple, affordable, filling, and nutritionally dense.Fava beans are a great source of vegetarian [...]

Dandelion Root Latte

Dandelion root latte Dandelion roots have a rich, coffee- and chocolate-like flavour without sending you on a caffeine-fuelled rollercoaster. Instead, you get a sustained shot of energy and a rich source of antioxidants. Dandelion root is particularly good for liver health, helping your body rid itself of toxins without depleting nutrients and minerals. 250 ml [...]

Banana, Blueberry & Almond Loaf

Banana Blueberry and Almond Loaf This recipe is one that we will definitely be trying out in the Natural Chef kitchens. It has been provided to us by one of our wonderful Natural Chef students, Christele Tai. With the combination of blueberries and the bananas, this is a dense, moist loaf. It is perfect as [...]

Cauliflower Pizza

Cauliflower Pizza These no-fuss cauliflower pizzas deliver all the flavour you'd expect, but are a much healthier alternative to satisfy fast food cravings! For the tomato sauce350 g cherry tomatoes1 onion (peeled and sliced)1 tbsp olive oil2 tsp Italian seasoning (basil, thyme, oregano)1 pinch pink Himalayan salt & black pepperFor the pizza1 small cauliflower (broken [...]

Root Vegetable Bake

Root Vegetable Bake This dish can be served as a main meal for two with a side of salad or green vegetables; but also makes a delicious accompaniment with a roast dinner! 50 g mild coconut oil50 g brown rice500 ml almond milk1 small swede (approx. 325g)2-3 parsnips2 tbsp nutritional yeast1 tsp dijon mustard1 tsp [...]

Very Berry Smoothie

Very Berry Smoothie Bowl We love smoothie bowls! They taste great, are easy to digest and can be a great way to eat fruit which forms part of a balanced diet.You may be thinking that fruit is a source of sugar and yes, this is true! Fructose is a simple sugar that you will find [...]

Superfood Smoothie

Superfood Smoothie Just looking at this drink makes you think of health! Absolutely full of colour and flavour, this superfood smoothie offers countless benefits for our bodies.Maca powder – maca is high in antioxidants and studies have shown that it has been able to improve libido and sexual function, as well as naturally balancing hormones.Turmeric [...]

Sunny Mango Chia Pudding

Sunny Mango Chia Pudding These chia puddings are the perfect way to start your day with a boost of good nutrition.Chia seeds are impressively rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals, omega 3 fatty acids and a complete source of protein. Make on an evening and put them in the fridge overnight. This gives them time [...]

Leafy Green Shakshuka

Leafy Green Shakshuka A wonderful savoury egg sensation. Shakshuka is a hugely popular Israeli dish initially brought about by Jewish immigrants and translates to ‘a mix up’. That is exactly what this lovely creation is; a mix up of some of my favourite healthy ingredients!Whilst shakshuka is typically a mix up of tomatoes, chilli peppers [...]

Lemon & Poppy Seed ‘Cheesecake’

Lemon & Poppy Seed ‘Cheesecake’ This light and delicious occasional sweet treat combines fruit and nuts to provide a healthy boost of anti-oxidants, vegan protein and essential fats.  For the base125 g raw almonds8-10 medjool dates, pitted (about 175g)1/4 tsp vanilla paste or 1 tsp vanilla extract2 tbsp ground flaxseeds2 tbsp raw coconut oil1 pinch [...]

Pecan Pie Pudding

Pecan Pie Pudding A date and coconut crumb base with a soft, gooey centre. Here are some of the nutritious benefits of these amazing ingredients:Pecans – a plant-based source of protein. 150g of pecans would give you about 14g plant protein, which is excellent if you are vegan and looking to ensure you are reaching [...]

Banana & Coconut Biscuits

Banana, Cardamom and Coconut Biscuits These delicious vegan biscuits are high in fibre, rich in potassium from the bananas and bolstered by heart-healthy omega 3s from the chia seeds. A stunning, energy-packed mid-morning or afternoon treat. 125 g dark rye flour150 g jumbo porridge oats1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda1/4 tsp sea salt1 tsp ground cinnamonground [...]

Blinis with Beetroot Hummus

Buckwheat Blinis with Asparagus & Beetroot Hummus These blinis make a great base for a canapé or starter. Despite the name, buckwheat flour is gluten-free, fibre-rich and full of minerals.Asparagus provide the prebiotic fibre inulin, beetroot support heart health and chickpea protein content helps contribute to stable blood sugar levels, making these the ideal all-rounder [...]

Olive Avocado and Artichoke Salad

Olive Avocado and Artichoke Salad Bowl Wanting to eat well and enjoy something delicious? This olive, avocado and artichoke salad bowl is the answer for you. High in fibre and low in sugars, this delicious dish contains:Olives – a great source of polyphenols, which feeds the friendly bacteria in your gut.Avocado – which boasts a high potassium [...]

Seed & Nut Soda Bread

Seed & Nut Soda Bread Spelt is an ancient grain high in manganese, protein and vitamin B3. Manganese is key in maintaining balanced blood sugar levels, warding off those post afternoon dips. Muscle-building protein provides us with strength, movement and heat to keep the body warm and energised. Vitamin B3 is essential for converting foods [...]

Mixed Berry Chia Jam

Mixed Berry Chia Jam This simple, homemade jam recipe contains no refined sugars, is bursting with real berry flavour and will make you question ever buying the pre-made stuff again.Chia seeds are a great source of high quality protein, full of fibre and rich in essential fats, making them a must have ingredient for those [...]

Wild Garlic Pesto

Wild Garlic Pesto Garlic has strong anti-viral properties and offers benefit for cardiovascular health. The health benefits of wild garlic are similar to regular garlic, just slightly weaker.The addition of nuts and seeds to this pesto means it is packed with minerals, healthy fats and antioxidants. This versatile pesto can be added to pastas or salads [...]

One Pot Masala Dhal

One Pot Masala Dhal This fragrant dhal is a real crowdpleaser.  Smooth and creamy in texture, the use of red lentils means this dhal can be ready and enjoyed much quicker than when using other varieties of lentils. You can even substitute with ready-cooked chickpeas for an even faster onthe- go meal. Extra paste can [...]

Muhammara

Muhammara This stuff is seriously addictive! Serve it with Za’atar Spiced Chickpea Crackers. 4 red bell peppers, washed90 ml extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling2 garlic cloves, peeled90 g raw walnuts100 g chickpeas (garbanzos), cooked and drainedhandful of fresh coriander (cilantro)2 tbsp pomegranate molassesjuice of 1 lemon1 tsp ground cumin1 tsp sumac1 tsp [...]

Soba Noodle Buddha Bowl

Soba Noodle Buddha Bowl – Vegan Natural Chef A buddha bowl has become a very popular yoga meal. Typically they are meal-sized bowls filled with simple, pure food. A buddha bowl is supposed to excite your mind with its rainbow-coloured ingredients which are full of energy. Enjoy the creation of this dish and be mindful [...]

Roasted Cauliflower & Satay Sauce

Cumin Roasted Cauliflower with Lentils & Nutty Satay Sauce Not only does this main course dish tick all the nutritionalboxes but roast a few cauliflowers and carve at the table to make a greatdinner party centre piece.Protein comes from the lentils and nuts, essential fattyacids are provided by the satay sauce, the cauliflower and lentils [...]

Chickpea ‘tofu’ with almond crumb

Chickpea ‘tofu’ with smoky almond crumb & lemon mayo – soy-free! A great soy-free protein boosting snack, providing ‘nutritional co-factors’ such as vitamin B6, zinc, manganese and folate needed to stimulate the reward and motivation pathways in the brain. Chickpea flour is also a source of selenium, a mineral found to elevate mood and decrease [...]

Raw Mushroom Pesto

Mushrooms, Chickpeas and Ground Walnuts make excellent meat substitutes and absorb flavour well.

Pea and Sesame Burger

Lemony Cashew Nut Mayonnaise

Watermelon Gazpacho

Vegan Watermelon Gazpacho Light, summery and refreshing, this chilled soup is perfect for long hot days.  A summer spin on the traditional tomato based gazpacho, this recipe uses watermelon to form the base of this delicious chilled soup. The recipe can be made with fresh watermelon and chilled in the fridge before serving, or can [...]

Quinoa Chickpea Tofu Sushi

Quinoa Chickpea Tofu Sushi Quinoa is a plant based protein powerhouse. Unlike most plant based foods, quinoa is a complete protein source containing all the essential protein building blocks (amino acids) required in the diet to make our cells, muscles, hormones and chemical messengers. With the encasing nori seaweed delivering a range of key dietary [...]

Roasted Beetroot Soup

Roasted Beetroot Soup with Rosemary Walnut Croutons This rich and creamy soup is sweet with roasted beets and velvety coconut milk. To add a little texture, the dish is finished with crunchy walnut and chia croutons, seasoned with a little rosemary and sea salt.This vibrant soup is a hearty and warming addition to your lunch. [...]

Almond-herb-crusted hake

Courgetti in basil pesto and slow roast balsamic tomatoes

Aubergine Cannelloni

Aubergine Cannelloni with Red Pepper Sauce & Cashew Cheeze Filling A colourful starter filled with antioxidants andanti-inflammatory ingredients. The cashew cheeze supplies fibre, protein andvitamin B12; a vitamin necessary for energy production and a healthy nervoussystem, the intake of which can sometimes fall short in a plant-based diet. Cashew Nut Cheeze240 g cashew<br />nuts (soaked [...]

Pomegranate Granita

Pomegranate Granita with Coconut Whipped Cream This refreshing granita is infused with sweet pomegranate juice, a twist of zesty lime and topped with a whipped coconut cream. For the Granita4 cups pomegranate juice2 tbsp maple syrupJuice of half a limeFor the Coconut Cream2 cans coconut milk2 tbsp maple syrup1 tsp lime zestTo serve1 tbsp pomegranate [...]

Forest mushroom ragu

Forest mushroom ragu This mushroom forest ragu packs a punch of earthy flavour and goodness for the palate and has an triggers an anti-inflammatoy effect within the immune system. 76 grams Portobello mushrooms300 grams seasonal wild British mushrooms60 grams dried porcini mushrooms10 tbsp olive oil2 large white onions1 tsp each of thyme and oregano2 sage [...]

Vegetable Kebabs with Pesto Sauce

Vegetable Kebabs with Pesto Sauce These vegan kebabs are loaded with Mediterranean vegetables and marinated in pesto before oven baking. The remaining pesto makes a great dipping sauce for serving.Although these kebabs are oven baked, they would also make a great addition to a summer BBQ! 1 small courgette (peeled and sliced into 12x 1cm [...]

Cucumber roll ups

Cucumber roll ups 1 small English cucumber (peeled into 8 wide strips)8 small sundried tomatoes (roughly chopped)8 Kalamata olives (finely sliced)3 tsp pine nutschopped fresh mint leaves1/2 small red onion (finely sliced)For the dressing1 1/2 tbsp coconut milk yoghurt1 tsp fresh dill (roughly chopped)1 tsp lemon juice1 tsp lemon zest1/2 tsp dried oreganopinch of sea [...]

Banana and Oat Pancakes

Banana and Oat Pancakes 1 small banana1 tbsp almond butter1 tbsp maple syrup1 tsp ground flaxseed1 tsp vanilla extract1 tsp lemon juice3/4 cup oats1/2 cup almond milk1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda1 tsp coconut oilTo Serve1 tbsp maple syrup1 tbsp coconut milk yoghurt1/2 cup raspberries Add the oats, banana, flaxseed and almond butter to a food [...]

Pear and Root Vegetable Carpaccio

Pear and Root Vegetable Carpaccio This simple but flavoursome vegan carpaccio combines finely sliced root vegetables with sweet pears and crunchy toasted walnuts, topped a sweet vinaigrette.This makes for a great side dish or spring lunch. 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil1 tbsp walnut oil1 medium beetroot1 medium carrot1 small fennel bulb1 small pear1 tbsp [...]

Moroccan Buddha Bowl

Moroccan Buddha Bowl This Moroccan Inspired Buddha bowl is loaded with flavour and texture from spicy hummus, aromatic roasted carrots, salty olives, tender quinoa and crunchy almonds.A great light dinner or lunch, perfect for sharing! For the spiced hummus3 1/2 tbsp olive oil1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed1 tbsp tahini1 clove of garlic1 tsp smoked [...]

Leek, Shallot & Thyme Tartlets

Leek, Shallot & Thyme Tartlets This recipe uses chickpea flour to create a velvety high protein centre. The herbs and vegetables can be chopped and changed to suit your taste and to keep it seasonal. Simply keep the chickpea flour:water ratio the same and add in whichever ingredients you want to experiment with. The toasted [...]

Butternut Squash & Pecan Scones

Butternut Squash, Cinnamon and Pecan Scones These deliciously sweet and fragrant scones are the perfect treat. The recipe is created from a base of ground almonds and ground flax seed, with roasted squash added for sweetness and to help bind the scones. Perfect to serve hot or cool with chia jam or a little coconut [...]

Vegan Hot Cross Buns

Vegan Hot Cross Buns 2 tsp dried active yeast1 tbsp maple syrup110 ml lukewarm water160 ml room lukewarm oat milk80 ml softened coconut oil1/2 tsp Himalayan rock salt2 tsp ground cinnamon1/2 tsp ground nutmeg50 ml maple syrup or brown rice malt syrup1 tbsp organic grated orange zest1 tbsp organic lemon zest500 grams spelt flour2 tsp [...]

Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed

Mother’s Day Simple Breakfast in Bed Breakfast in bed on Mother’s day? Absolutely! A delightfully simple smoothie bowl which is blood sugar friendly and loaded with antioxidants and good fats. It’s my favourite breakfast for a lazy start and perfect for a Mother’s Day “stay in bed till late” type of morning… maybe followed by [...]

Matcha and Coconut Energy Balls

Matcha and Coconut Energy Balls 2 tsp chia seeds1 tbsp maple syrup1/2 cup almond butter1/2 cup Ground almonds1/2 cup desiccated coconut1/2 tbsp matcha powder1/4 cup coconut oilFor Dusting1 tsp desiccated coconut1 tsp matcha powder To make the energy balls, add the coconut oil, almond butter, ground almonds, desiccated coconut, chia, maple syrup and matcha powder [...]

Cauliflower Tikka Masala

This cauliflower curry is rich with aromatic spices, sweet tomatoes and creamy coconut. Packed with flavour and nutrition, this is a great winter warmer, perfect served with rice or quinoa.

Butternut squash with walnuts

Butternut squash with walnut, apricots and cranberries 1 medium butternut squash1 small red onion finely diced1 large clove garlic minced2 tbsp coconut oil1/3 cup water or vegetable broth20 g dried cranberries20 g dried apricots chopped¼ cup walnuts broken into small chunks1 heaped tbsp chopped fresh sage1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemaryA generous pinch sea saltA generous [...]

Digestion-Enhancing Smoothie

Digestion-Enhancing Smoothie This juice can be used regularly and is also good to use during a detox. Cabbage is one of the most potent digestive aids and is great for juicing as its nutrients are highest when raw. It helps rid the colon of waste and prevents constipation and fluid retention. It is also high [...]

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Pumpkin Spice Granola 2 tbsp soft coconut oil135 grams gluten free oats190 grams roughly chopped pecans1 heaped teaspoon of ground cinnamon1 heaped teaspoon of ground ginger65 grams roughly chopped walnuts75 grams pumpkin seeds80 grams chia seeds75 grams baked and mashed/puréed sweet potato1/4 tsp ground mace80 grams maple syrup1/8 tsp ground clovesA pinch of sea salt [...]

Cauliflower Soup with Chickpeas

Cauliflower Soup with Cumin Toasted Cauliflower & Crispy Chickpeas Soup2 whole cauliflowers outer leaves trimmed30 grams coconut butter250 grams potato (suitable for mashing e.g. King Edward, Maris Piper peeled and diced.)1.2 ltrs vegetable stock400 ml full fat coconut milk100 ml coconut cream2 tbsp ground cuminJuice of 1 lemon2 onions finely sliced1 large bay leaf1 large [...]