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Recipe: Green Bean & Lentil Salad

Lentils come in and out of favour with me. Whilst I will throw chickpeas into just about anything I sometimes go weeks without going near lentils, and then all of a sudden will feel a urge to use them in something. That is what happened with this dish – I woke up and new I wanted to make a lentil salad for my work lunch and so whipped up this delicious dish. It’s quick, easy, healthy and full of flavour – what more could you want!

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Recipe: Beetroot and Walnut Salad

Despite it being the middle of a rather fresh Melbourne winter I can’t seem to stop eating salads. To make them more season appropriate I have been roasting various winter veggies to use as the star of the salad – and this time it was beetroots turn to shine. I never used to eat much beetroot but in recent years I have been finding myself ordering dishes with it more and more. It is so sweet and colourful when roasted and turns juices the most amazing colours!

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Recipe: Silverbeet & Ricotta Pasties

Silverbeet and I have had an interesting past – we ate a lot of it when I was growing up because it was always growing in my mum’s veggie patch, however I never really liked it all that much. I guess that’s not surprising as leafy greens aren’t normally kids favourite food! I had a bit of a sneaky habit of picking silverbeet from the garden and feeding it to our guinea pigs to try and avoid eating it again for dinner! Luckily those days are long behind me and I actually enjoy eating it now – no guinea pigs required!

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Recipe: Soba Noodle Salad

When I’m trying to decide what to make for my work lunches there are a few criteria that the food has to meet. It needs to be easily transportable, not go bad/strange after a couple of days and be healthy and filling. I realised I hadn’t done anything Japanese inspired for lunch for a while, so decided to have a play with soba noodles as they are hearty and delicious and make for a great hot or cold dish. This turned out really tasty – even if the purple carrots stained the noodles!

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Recipe: Carrot Cake

I love carrot cake – it has consistently been one of my favourite cakes for years now, possibly influenced by the fact I love carrots in anything! I particularly like it when the cake is heavy on the carrot and walnut, and the addition of some sultanas never goes astray. Topped with a lemony cream cheese icing and I’m a very happy camper. So when my housemates requested a carrot cake I was more than happy to oblige and happily set about making one that met all my criteria!

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