This delicious, gluten-free sundried tomato and garlic pasta is perfect for a speedy weeknight dinner

Are you looking for a quick and easy pasta recipe that’s both gluten-free and dairy-free? Then you’ve come to the right place!

This delicious sundried tomato and garlic pasta recipe I’m sharing takes little time to prep and cook, requires only a few simple ingredients, and contains no gluten or dairy. It’s all vegan-friendly!

Plus, this pasta is a great way to get your fibre and protein in for a super-speedy lunch or dinner! Be sure to try it out this winter – it’s the perfect guilt-free comfort food.

Enjoy!

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Gluten-free sundried tomato and garlic pasta recipe

Serves: 4-5

You’ll need:

  • 350 g gluten-free pasta of choice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 650 g fresh baby spinach, shredded
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup plain hummus
  • 1/4 tbsp sea salt
  • 1/4 freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp whole almonds
  • 10 sundried tomatoes, finely diced

What to do:

  1. Cook your pasta according to the directions on the packaging. Drain the pasta, then place it back into the empty pot.
  2. Add the garlic and olive oil to the pot and cook for two to three minutes.
  3. Add in the spinach, sea salt and black pepper, and cook for a further two to three minutes or until the spinach is wilted.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and mix in the hummus and sundried tomatoes.
  5. Transfer to pasta to a large serving bowl and top with almonds.

If you try out this tasty recipe, be sure to let me know your thoughts!

This alkalising cashew kiwi smoothie bowl is pure bliss

Allow me to let you in on a little secret: I love adding dark leafy greens to my morning fruit smoothie bowls. Done right, you can still get a great taste, plus all the benefits of alkalising vegetables!

 

Enjoy this tasty green smoothie bowl with crunchy cashews, fresh kiwi, raw protein and magical maca for breakfast. It’s ridiculously delicious!

 

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Cashew kiwi green smoothie bowl recipe

Ingredients to blend:

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup kale, fresh or frozen
  • 1 ripe kiwi
  • 1 banana, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tbsp chlorella powder
  • 1 tsp maca
  • 1 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1 scoop raw vegan protein

Ingredients for topping:

  • Fresh kiwi, diced
  • Goji berries
  • Mint leaves, shredded
  • Coconut chips

Method:

  1. Add the blending ingredients to your blender and blend on high-speed until smooth.
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with toppings.
  3. Serve with a spoon.

Six fresh and healthy eateries in Cape Town

I don’t know about you, but I’m awfully tired of today’s fast food culture! That’s why I’m always on the lookout for new eateries that are devoted to providing meals that are fresh and healthy. I’ve rounded up a list of my favourite restaurants in Cape Town that serve up tasty, nutritious drinks and foods. Most of them cater for all dietary constraints, including gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and Banting. If juices, smoothies, salads and wraps are your thing, you’ll want to know about these fabulous little healthy spots!

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#1: Plant

This trendy little spot is conveniently situated on the corner of Buiten and Loop Streets. They’re a 100% vegan eatery that serve up healthy and delicious plant-based grub. Their all-natural, flavourful smoothies (all R40) are irresistible! I especially love the Mint Choc-Chip smoothie, which is a blend of rice milk, mint, spinach, banana, cocoa chips, protein mix and ice. Yum! Their Quinoa Salad (R39) and Mushroom Burger (R55) are great, too. What’s more, is they even make their own vegan-friendly mayo, cheeses and tempeh bacon!

8 BUITEN STREET, CAPE TOWN CBD

#2: Crush

This informal yet very inviting little fresh food café in the heart of the city offers nutritious meals prepared with exclusively seasonal ingredients. They serve up raw, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian dishes as well as freshly-squeezed juices, herbal teas and organic coffees. Be sure to try the carb-free Poached Egg on Sautéed Kale and Spinach breakfast (R62) and the Superfood Salad (R75). I must also add that their Green Alkaliser juice (R32 for 500 ml) is the ultimate detox drink!

SHOP 8, ST GEORGE’S MALL, CAPE TOWN CBD

#3:

The lines out the door of every day speak volumes! They serve up a drool-worthy selection of smoothies, salads, wraps and sandwiches. I can’t get enough of their New-Me smoothie (large cup for R36), which is a fruity mix of blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, low-fat plain frozen yoghurt and purified water. Also, their sugar- and gluten-free Protein Flapjack breakfast (R49) is must-try! Because, I mean, what’s better than blueberry flapjacks topped with banana, walnuts, honey and cinnamon that are completely guilt-free?

PIAZZA ST JOHN, 341 MAIN ROAD, SEA POINT

#4: Pure Good

This lovely, colourful eatery was founded by passionate foodie and MasterChef SA finalist Shannon Smuts. They’re all about dishing up the finest, freshest eats at unbelievably affordable prices. The menu boasts items like soups, wraps, sarmies and fruit salads. On the drinks side, there’s Bootlegger coffee, organic herbal tea, raw juices and smoothies on offer. The Skinny Bitch Wrap (R30) is perfect for the calorie-conscious, as is the Clean Cleanse Smoothie (R32 for 500 ml).

21 ST JOHN’S STREET, GARDENS

#5: Wellness Café

Situated in the popular Wellness Warehouse on Kloof Street, this café offers delicious smoothies, salads, sandwiches and other healthy snacks. They cater for a wide range of food intolerances in their menu, such as wheat and dairy. Their Chia Coconut breakfast (R60), which is a bowl of coconut and cinnamon chia with berry compote, Greek yoghurt and almond butter, is enough reason to pop in! Furthermore, if you feel like taking some snacks back home, the food market stocks a huge selection of organic health foods.

LIFESTYLE CENTRE, 50 KLOOF STREET, GARDENS

#6: Raw and Roxy

If you’re a dedicated vegan or trying to rev up your metabolism by eliminating nonsense, this is just the place to visit. Though not much more than a hole-in-the-wall deli, the buzzing shop offers mouth-watering raw, wholesome and unprocessed eats. Tantalise your taste buds with the Raw Pasta (regular portion for R80), which is a bowl of zucchini pasta in a creamy cashew nut and rosemary sauce, and the Peppermint Oreo Cookie (R30), which you simply won’t believe is 100% vegan and super-healthy!

300 ALBERT ROAD, WOODSTOCK

A minty chocolate smoothie recipe all vegans will adore

Who doesn’t love something minty and chocolaty? I know I do! I’m a former mint thins addict. Our love affair sadly came to an end after I learned about all the artificial, potentially harmful ingredients in every delicious box.

 

The good news? I found a solution to cure my mint thins ails. While testing many combinations for my new protein powder, I created a recipe that tastes even better than a box of mint thins and is loaded with healthy, plant-powered, real-food ingredients! Enjoy!

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The benefits of this mint chocolate smoothie recipe

  • 100% vegan
  • Only 6 g of sugar
  • 4 g of protein
  • 5 g of fibre
  • Tons of antioxidants and polyphenols
  • Perfect post-workout smoothie

Vegan mint chocolate smoothie recipe

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic kale
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 1/2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup purple grapes
  • 2 cups almond, cashew or coconut milk (I find almond is the most delicious for this recipe)
  • 1 large handful ice

Method:

  1. Rinse the kale, mint leaves and grapes and remove the stems.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to your blender and blend on high-speed until completely smooth.
  3. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately.

Is flaxseed milk the best vegan milk alternative? I decided to find out for myself

Each year, a new ingredient steps up in the world of dairy alternatives. The most recent superstar was coconut, but I’m wondering if it’s now flaxseed’s turn to shine.

 

True, flaxseeds can’t rival the natural cream of coconut. But, the health food industry has come up with recipes to make flax-based milk alternatives taste pretty amazing.

 

A couple of months ago, I read an article from a mainstream publication where a group of dairy-consuming writers sampled various types of milk alternatives for a big taste test. I’m always curious when people who drink cow’s milk regularly, weigh in on milk alternatives.

 

Still, their findings surprised me. Of all the varieties, flaxseed milk won… Hands down! Flaxseeds made into milk beat out almonds, soy, rice and coconut milk? Seriously? Now this was something that I just had to taste for myself…

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I tried out three different flaxseed milks – here’s what I thought

As it turns out, there are a couple of flaxseed products on the local market. Anyway, I got my hands on three different flaxseed milks. After trying them out, I drew up these conclusions:

Plain flaxseed milk

Wow, this was, well, perfect! I could easily taste why this was the unanimous winner. It was fluid, smooth, lightly creamy, and yet refreshing. It has a hint of sweetness, but is relatively neutral in taste, with an overall seamless flavour. This variety seemed quite versatile, though I still wouldn’t use it in a purely savoury recipe, like mashed potatoes.

Vanilla flaxseed milk

This was way sweeter than I expected, almost dessert-like but oh-so yummy. The flavour is very vanilla, which I absolutely loved. It also had a semi-rich, 2% like texture that was incredibly smooth and easy to drink. I found it to be less thick than coconut milk beverage and smoother and more refreshing than the almond milk options. I think this one could be a big hit in almost any sweet recipe, and in everyday drinks like hot cocoa, coffee, and tea.

Unsweetened flaxseed milk

I typically purchase only unsweetened varieties of milk alternatives for their multi-purpose potential and the ability to make sugar-free recipes, so this was the flavour that I was most curious about. Truthfully, it wasn’t as scrumptious as the other two for the obvious reason: No sweetener. However, my interest in milk alternatives isn’t for sipping, it’s for smoothies and other recipes, from sweet to savoury. The unsweetened flaxseed milk added just the right amount of body to my breakfast smoothies, and the fairly neutral yet somewhat savoury flavour seemed like a perfect fit for most dishes. I would definitely consider purchasing this one again for further testing.

Some interesting details on flaxseed milks

And some additional details that I thought you might find interesting …

In addition to being vegan and dairy-free, they’re completely soy-free (no soy lecithin!), gluten-free, and free of the top eight allergens in terms of ingredients.

Each serving contains 1200 mg of omega-3’s from cold-pressed flax oil. In fact, fat is just about the only thing in this product beyond some sugars (from evaporated cane juice) in the plain and vanilla varieties. The unsweetened contains just 25 calories (and 2.5 g of fat) in a 250 ml glass!

Even though the plain and vanilla varieties are sweetened, they’re still relatively low in sugars.

Flaxseed milks are fortified with vitamin A (10%), vitamin D (25%), vitamin B12 (25%), and calcium (30%) to rival the vitamin and mineral content of dairy milk.

So is flaxseed milk the best vegan milk alternative?

I’d say definitely! Ditch the almond milk for a moment and try this stuff out. If you’re lactose intolerant or just enjoy dairy-free milks, I highly recommend you try flaxseed milk out.

These vegan chai-spiced pancakes are just the thing for a weekend breakfast!

I love waking up to a warm mug of chai tea, don’t you? The only thing that’s better than a cup of chai tea is a plate of chai-spiced pancakes! The aroma of chai spices is warming, comforting, yet stimulating – the perfect way to start your Saturday or Sunday!

 

These pancakes are totally guilt-free: No added sugar, no dairy, no eggs and no gluten. Serve them drizzled with honey or maple syrup. Enjoy!

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Vegan chai-spiced pancake recipe

Makes: 12

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp chai spice
  • 2 tsp chia seeds

Method:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Preheat a non-stick frying pan over low-medium heat.
  3. Pour about two tablespoons of batter onto the pan for each pancake.
  4. Fry for about three minutes or until the top has dried out. Flip the pancakes and fry for another two minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and serve immediately.

This rich and creamy chocolate hazelnut smoothie bowl is the perfect pick-me-up

Feeling down lately? Well, then, this chocolaty smoothie bowl is just what you need! This chocolate and hazelnut concoction is pretty much like eating a banana and Nutella crepe with a spoon… It’s simply divine! And, the best part is it’s super healthy, too. Enjoy!

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Chocolate hazelnut pick-me-up smoothie bowl recipe

Serves: 2

Ingredients to blend:

  • 2 tbsp chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao
  • 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Ingredients for topping:

  • Sliced frozen banana
  • Crushed hazelnuts
  • Cacao nibs
  • Cacao powder
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Hemp seeds

Method:

  1. Combine all the blending ingredients in a blender and whiz on high-speed until completely smooth.
  2. Pour the smoothie mixture into a bowl, then garnish with the topping ingredients.
  3. Serve with a spoon and enjoy immediately.