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Nacho-coated spicy bean and sweet potato 🍔burgers


So it’s been almost a month of meat-free living now and I’m actually not at all missing it! I’ve had some time off so I’ve been able to experiment and enjoy all the recipes I’ve been putting together and there has been a few dodgy concoction fails but ALOT of good ones! I’m really not missing meat at home at all and I’ve not dined out as much this year as I want both dining out and meat itself to be more of a treat than a habit ( I obviously still frequent my coffee shops) I’ve been whipping up a lot of hot/cold salads and today I made something I’ve wanted to make for quite some time, an all time favourite of mine actually! As a child I loved Mexican spiced foods and spicy bean burgers were my favourite! I was actually a vegetarian for a couple of years in my early teens because as a family we all took the plunge together and I think this is where my love for these burgers stemmed from. That being said, I actually haven’t had them since childhood and I’m not sure why as they aren’t at all time consuming , a mere 20 mins tops and I was taken right back! I made mine with cornflour flat-bread as I can’t have bread at all due to a yeast allergy and I’m yet to find a suitable bread or a recipe which is both gluten and yeast free! Which is probably why I don’t make burgers often but none the less it was super tasty with the flatbread. You of course can make yours in gluten-free burger buns or normal if you’re just vegetarian. I can’t express how much these did not disappoint and I just wanted to eat all 6 to myself!


1 large sweet potato (peeled and diced)

1 can of berlotti beans (kidney beans also work)

2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)

1 tablespoon of tomato paste

1 handful of coriander (finely chopped)

Half a bag of lightly salted corn chips/nachos

Salt and pepper

1 Teaspoon of cayenne pepper

1 table spoon of cumin

Olive oil


Start by boiling the sweet potato, garlic, and beans until the sweet potato is soft enough to mash. Drain and put into a mixing bowl.

Add all the remaining ingredients apart from the nachos and mash together and mix well.

Make into patties and set aside.

Add the nachos into your blender and mill into fine breadcrumb like texture.

On a plate cover the burgers in the nacho flour and heat a frying pan with a teaspoon of olive oil. Fry on both sides until golden.

You can also oven bake these but having tried both methods myself, I found it quicker in the pan and the burger coating was a lot more crisp. You could also double cook and bake for 10 mins then finish cooking in the frying pan.

Serve with garnish, I used baby spinach leaves and some light mayo. They are also super tasty (especially appealing for children) with a little cheese and ketchup.

If you would like the corn flatbread recipe it’s simply

Half a cup of Cornflour

1 egg

Baking powder


Half a cup of water

Combine together into a batter and simply fry like a pancake in a pan until golden on each side.


Laura x

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Veggie new year!


Wow, how long have I been away!? Well I’m back now, I’m here to stay! I had quite a long break because last year was all over the place for personal reasons and house moving etc! I hope everybody had a marvellous Christmas and we are all rearing to go in this new year of 2018!

I find New Years resolutions so cliche but what with last year seeming like a fog of chaos, I’ve vowed this year to be super organised and mindful! I mean, I know half the world are likely vowing to do the same but really I am!

Other than being Uber productive this year I’ve also decided to turn veggie! Yes veggie! Not full veggie mind you. I am going to be meat-free (and this is an ongoing thing not just a January thing) for 6 out of 7 days a week but not when I’m eating out at restaurants because let’s face it I have so many preferential needs already that I don’t want to make eating out even harder for myself and I want to be able to enjoy it as hard as that already is being gluten-free and not by choice! Now, I don’t want to step on any committed vegetarians toes here by saying I’m not doing this “for the animals” it’s mainly for my own health and well-being but I guess there is the added bonus of going meat-free and every little does help both the animals and the environment right? ( please be kind to me 🙈) Anyway, I mainly set out to consciously make an effort to eat more veg,pulses, grains, legumes etc! have always eaten healthy because of my allergies but not had a particularly varied diet of the above and tended to stick to the same few things weekly and mainly on the side of meat.

So, thus far, I’ve been green for two weeks now (nearly)and it’s actually not as hard as I thought. Food shopping is so much more fun ( not to mention easier on the pocket) and i don’t know if it’s all the added nutrients I’m eating or just the new year placebo but I actually feel better in myself. Anyway, what are your New year commitments? Do share! And I will update you with my new veggie meal ideas and of course all the clever clean bites as always!

Much love


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Heavenly light mini cheesecake pot

Continuing the dessert theme, my all time favourite sweet food/dessert is the humble cheesecake! I couldn’t possibly narrow it down to a specific flavour as they are all so heavenly in their own way! There is just one thing about the cheesecake of the mortal world and that’s the fact it’s usually gluten-packed and full of fat! Fear not my darlings because once again I am here to save the day with this little pot of joy made from very few ingredients, gluten-free and heavenly light! 

Ingredients: (makes one serving)

Quark or extra light Philadelphia – one tablespoon 

Coconut oil – two teaspoons

Two rice cakes

Handful of walnuts 

Teaspoon of honey

Raspberry or Fruit purée of choice 

Pumpkin seeds


Blitz the rice cakes, walnuts, coconut oil in a blender to form crumbs. Press into a small pot and combine the honey with the cream cheese and layer on top. Top with fruit purée of choice and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds. 

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Clean and lean Brownies

Good morning all!

Last night whilst prepping my lunch for work and pondering what I could enjoy alongside by midday green tea at work, I tried my hand at some express-baking and I’m pleased to say it was most successful! Now being a coeliac I do get tired of the sight of the “gluten-free brownie” as in most coffee shops, mainly chains, it’s the only option available to me and most of the time they are quite the guilty treat! But what if there was a brownie you could make yourself in less than 20 mins, one that is not only gluten free but practically guilt free and full of macronutrients!? Well, there is and not only it’s it super tasty but it has only three main ingredients and can customise it with any extras you like, tailored to your own requirements! 


1/4 cocao powder (I used dark and fairy free) 

2 tablespoons of peanut butter 

2 large bananas (mashed)


Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, together with anything else you want to add, I added a tiny bit of vanilla essence and a dollop of coconut oil to mine. (You could top with nuts or dried fruit)Line a baking tray or tin with grease proof paper and spread out the ingredients evenly. Bake for about 10-15 mins at 180c.this will make about 6 brownie slices about 1cm thick.

Leave to cool on a wire rack and then remove from the grease proof paper and cut into desired sections. 

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Carribean curried turkey and brown rice with black eyed peas

Afternoon Foodies,

I just cannot believe September is upon us already!? Not that I’m complaining because it’s the start of my favourite time of year! Don’t get me wrong, I love the summertime as sporadic as it’s sunshine may be but there is something about autumn that I find so miraculously magical. The feeling of the first cool breeze and the smell of autumnal rain just fills me with delight – warm socks, knitted jumpers, hot drinks and mulled beverages  will slowly ease themselves so comfortably back into our days – then of course there are the warm hues of the harvest season produce and all those glorious tummy warming edible concoctions that go with it. So for now as we are still amidst the transition of summer and autumn, here is one of my favourite dishes that will warm your soul on those ever darkening evenings but still has the vibrant flavours of sunshine and far away warmer climes. 


Turkey breast – 400g

Red chilli – 2 chopped 

Onion – 1 diced 

Garlic – 3 cloves,chopped

Creamed coconut – half a block chopped finely 

Thyme – 1 tablespoon

Dunns river All purpose seasoning – 2 tablespoons

Jamaican curry powder – 2 tablespoons 

Tomato – 2 chopped into quarters

Olive oil 

Salt and pepper 

Brown rice – 1 cup

1 tin of black eyed peas 


Start by putting the All purpose seasoning,curry powder,creamed coconut,onions,garlic,chilli,tomatoes,rhyme,salt and pepper and a tablespoon of olive oil in a mixing bowl and combine all together until it makes a paste. Seal the turkey in a saucepan in a little coconut oil then add to the mixing bowl of paste and rub into the meat until covered in the paste. Add a little more coconut oil to the saucepan and add the ingredients,  on a medium heat, stirring frequently to cook the spices lightly. Add about 2/3 cup of water, bring to the boil then cover and simmer while you cook the rice. 

For the rice heat some oil in a saucepan, add the dry rice and the other half of the creamed coconut block and stir together. Drain a little of the water in the black eyed peas away then pour the entire contents of the tin on the rice. Boil until the water reaches surface of the rice level then cover and turn off the heat  (the rice will then steam until ready and makes perfect rice everytime) it will usually take around 20 mins and by this time the curry should also be ready.

This dish is perfect alternative for takeout food, it’s so quick and easy and oozing with flavour! It’s more traditionally made with on the bone meat – alternative, more fatty oils would be used and served with bread or fried dumplings but there is now no reason it cannot be enjoyed in all its flavour glory in this cleaner-leaner way.


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Cauliflower crust pizza! 

Back at it again with the Guilt-free delights! 

Hello all, so this week I tried my hand at the legendary cauliflower pizza base! I have been meaning to do so for quite a while but I never got around to it. It was so much easier and quicker than I imagined so it’s safe to say it will be happening more often now! You can literally top it with any pizzeria favourites of your own preference but I am a sucker for simplicity in all forms and I love a good old traditional margarita so good old mozzarella it was! 

Ingredients ( for the base) 

Two cups of raw cauliflower – blended into breadcrumb like form 

1 egg

Handful of parmasean cheese

Salt and pepper

Steam the cauliflower in the microwave (covered) for about 4 mins or until soft, put into teatowel or cloth to squeeze out any excess water. In a bowl combine all the ingredients. You can add some coconut floury I make it a little more dry if needs be. On a baking tray place some parchment paper and spoon the mixture into a heap in the middle, smooth out into desired pizza shape and bake at 180c until golden. Remove from the oven and   Leave to cool.

Next, top with your desired to pizza attributes (you can find my recipe for tomato sauce in earlier posts) and bake for a further 10-15 mins. 

And that is literally it guys! So easy and ever so tasty. And if like me you can’t stop at one slice, then it’s perfectly fine because it’s so much less naughty than the traditional version 😉 

I served mine with sweet potato fries, salad and balsamic dressing.

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Garlic and herb – Quark dip!

This awesome alternative to mayonnaise is a whole new level of deliciousness and fabulously guilt free – not to mention massively high in protein! I have always loved quark and just love to experiment with both sweet and savoury ways to use and improve it. As simple as this is, it’s going to rock your world! 


Quark – desired amount depending on serving 

Garlic – one clove

Salt and pepper 

Lemon juice – just a squeeze

Oregano – a pinch 

Finely chop the garlic and throw it along with the rest into the quark, mix well and season to taste.

And that’s it! To die for with some sweet potato fries or on salads! Dress  (whatever takes your fancy) to impress! The kids will love it too! 

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Lean turkey meatballs in tomato and herb sauce

Hey all, 

Here is one of my all time “go-to” recipes that is not only quick and easy but loved enormously by the little ones! Kids are always a fan spaghetti, because let’s face it, it’s messy and fun to eat! My son especially loves this dish and this recipe is definitely one for the whole family, fussy eaters included! 


Lean turkey breast mince – 500g

Fresh basil – a handful

Tomatoes – two

Tomato purée – two tablespoons

Balsamic vinegar – tablespoon

Salt and pepper 

Olive oil 

Egg – 1 yolk

Garlic – 4 cloves 

Parmasean cheese 

Start by getting a large mixing bowl and combine the turkey mince, chopped basil, salt, pepper, egg yolk, and a sprinkle of parmasean together. Roll the mixture well into meatballs (any size you like) 

In a non-stick frying pan out a little olive oil or coconut oil and brown the meatballs slightly on a medium heat after about 7 mins put the pan under the grill to finish of browning, I like to do this because it dries them out more and they are less likely to fall apart. Put the meatballs aside whilst you make the tomato sauce as follows …

In a saucepan heat about a table spoon of olive oil and add finely chopped garlic and tomatoes cut into quarters. Add chopped basil and sauté for 1 min. Splash on about a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and stir. Add about half a cup of water and three tablespoons of tomato purée, salt and pepper, bring to the boil then cover and cook on a low heat for about 15mins. Add the meatballs then cover and cook for a further 10 mins so they can absorb the flavours. 

Serve with gluten-free spaghetti and salad. Sprinkle with parmesan and let the spaghetti slurping commence!!  

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Gluten-free Cream Tea.

imageHello all!

So with the long awaited return of that joyful ball of fire in the sky, with it comes an abundance of seasonal goodness and glorious naughty treats! Now, I don’t know about you but when the sunshine first touches my skin at the start of a new summer solstice, I think crisp white shirts, sparkling riverbanks, salads, strawberries and cream and of course bubbly drinks in tall glasses! Gloriously British summers aren’t complete without a cream tea right!? And what can be more enjoyable than making your very own Gluten-free scones to take on a summer pic-nic escapade, so get the cool boxes and wicker hampers at the ready for these little beauties!


(makes 14 scones)


2 cups of gluten free plain flour

1 cup of almond meal or ground almond

3 table spoons of baking powder

250ml of milk

120ml of single cream

generous pinch of salt


start by combining the flour, almond meal,salt and baking soda. Make a well in the middle and pour in the cream and milk combined.mix well until it forms a dough. Lightly flour your work surface and roll out to a thickness of approx 3cm and use a scone/biscuit cutter to cut of desired rounds, brush with a little milk ( you may find the dough a little too wet,for so add more almond meal or flour until you can form a decent dough to roll out) Pre-heat the oven to 200c and bake for approx 10 mins or until risen and slightly golden on top.

You can enjoy warm or wait until cooled. Add a hefty dollop of the best Devon clotted cream! I used http://www.langagefarm.com cream and http://www.bonnemaman.co.uk rasberry conserve as its gluten-free and delicious! It’s up to you what goes first, the Jam or the cream…. Personally, I  prefer one of each!


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Gluten free carrot cake 



After much longing for carrot cake with my weekend coffee and failing to find any gluten free versions (like anywhere) I finally decided to make one myself! What is with every coffee shop only offering gluten free brownies for GFs like us! Anyway if like me you have zero self control around cake or anything sweet, you may want to give away slices to friends/neighbours/anybody – because I literally devoured 80% of mine! 


225g of gluten free flour 

125g soft brown sugar 

125ml sunflower oil

2 eggs

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 table spoon ground ginger 

125g grated carrot 

Handful of sultanas 

1 diced Apple (small)

1 orange – zest and juice of


200g cream cheese 

Zest of half and Orange

100g icing sugar 

75g unsalted butter 

Put all the cake ingredients into a bowl and mix – grease a cake tin and sprinkle a little brown sugar into the tin. Bake at 190 for 35 mins.

Meanwhile combine the cream cheese,butter and icing  sugar and place in the fridge until cake is baked and cooled.
 – leave to cool then top with the combined cheese frosting mixture and decorate with walnuts.

Personally I cut my cake in half long ways and placed frosting inbetween the two halves so there was a middle layer of cream cheese also as I found it made the cake more noise because gluten free cakes tend to dry out quicker. 



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