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Lunch + Dinner Recipes

Super Green Quinoa Nourishing and simple vegan lunch - gluten free and grain free

16th November 2016

Recently my friend Diaan arrived at my door eith a huge bag full if greens from her organic garden. For me, this the equivalent of a pair of  a pair of Jimmy Choo’s for a shoe addict. I used this fabulous gift to create a Superfood sauce, or pesto if you like, here goes:

  • 3 kale leaves
  • 4 spinach leaves
  • handful of chives
  • handful of flat leaf parsley
  • Hand ful of raw cashews
  • the juice of one lemon
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 100ml of cold pressed olive oil
  • Pink salt to taste

Simply whizz all the above together in your food processor and serve with well cooked quinoa and a lovely little avocado.

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There really is nothing to this quick lunch, and it’s nourishing, simple and delicious. you can also drizzle it over a hearty vegetable or tomato soup, or spread it on a few rice cakes, or some sourdough toast with fresh tomato and mashed avo…I can keep going…but I eon’t.

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Happy cooking,

Marlien ♡

Lunch + Dinner Recipes, Soup

Delicious Tomato & Pesto Detox Soup gluten free, grain free

26th April 2015

When you are focusing on eating clean food, and you want to reboot your metabolism with delicious plant-based, wholefoods, this soup should become to one of your staples.

serves 4 generous portions:

Soup Ingredients

  • 8 vine tomatoes, washes and halved
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 small sachet of tomato paste (one without too many additives)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 vegetable stock cube, or 1 heaped table spoon of veggie stock powder
  • 1 clove of fresh garlic, crushed
  • 1 sprig of fresh origanum
  • 3 table spoons of dried onion flakes
  • 1 table spoon of brown sugar to ‘neutralize’ the acidic taste of the tomatoes
  • pink salt and pepper to taste

Soup Instructions

  • roast the halved vine tomatoes in a oiled baking tray on high heat for approx. 30 min
  • while the tomatoes are roasting, combine all the other ingredients in a soup pot and let it come to the boil, once boiling, turn down the heat to medium and let it simmer for another 30min.
  • remove the roasted tomatoes from their peels with 2 x forks, and add the flesh to the soup, remove from the heat and blend it to a silky smooth consistence with a hand blender

Pesto

While the soup is simmering and tomatoes roasting, combine 2 handfuls of fresh basil leaves, 1/2 cup of raw cashews, 1/2 cup of cold pressed olive oil, juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1/2 teaspoon of salt in the food processor and blend until it is a course pesto, serve your soup with a generous dollop of this green yumminess.

Lunch + Dinner Recipes, Soup

Delicious Tomato & Pesto Soup gluten free, grain free

26th April 2015

When you are focusing on eating clean food, and you want to reboot your metabolism with delicious plant-based, wholefoods, this soup should become to one of your staples.

serves 4 generous portions:

Soup Ingredients

  • 8 vine tomatoes, washes and halved
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 small sachet of tomato paste (one without too many additives)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 vegetable stock cube, or 1 heaped table spoon of veggie stock powder
  • 1 clove of fresh garlic, crushed
  • 1 sprig of fresh origanum
  • 3 table spoons of dried onion flakes
  • 1 table spoon of brown sugar to ‘neutralize’ the acidic taste of the tomatoes
  • pink salt and pepper to taste

Soup Instructions

  • roast the halved vine tomatoes in a oiled baking tray on high heat for approx. 30 min
  • while the tomatoes are roasting, combine all the other ingredients in a soup pot and let it come to the boil, once boiling, turn down the heat to medium and let it simmer for another 30min.
  • remove the roasted tomatoes from their peels with 2 x forks, and add the flesh to the soup, remove from the heat and blend it to a silky smooth consistence with a hand blender

Pesto

While the soup is simmering and tomatoes roasting, combine 2 handfuls of fresh basil leaves, 1/2 cup of raw cashews, 1/2 cup of cold pressed olive oil, juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1/2 teaspoon of salt in the food processor and blend until it is a course pesto, serve your soup with a generous dollop of this green yumminess.