Are you a Real Food Rebel?

Fancy joining the real food revolution? I’m a passionate foodie who’s always loved cooking and eating food that makes me feel great, which in my case is mainly light, natural, plant based and organic where possible.

My philosophy eating ‘real food’ which nourishes your body and mind. In my blog you can find delicious but easy plant based recipes and all my recipes are dairy, gluten and refined sugar free.

 

Fresh Asian Salad with Peanut Tofu & Rice Noodles

By June 24, 2017 Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
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All this crazy hot weather calls for something fresh and light. I don’t know about you but I always start thinking about citrus flavors and in particular asian salads with tons of crunchy raw veg, fresh herbs and zingy dressings. I know that for some people it feels wrong eating salad in winter or big bowls of comfort food in the summer – But if my body tells me I need raw food when it’s cold I’ll do it. And I always want big pots of warming curries and soups. That said – we’ve had such crazy amounts of sun this week that even for me who thrives in warm weather,  it’s taken its toll. So I decided to make this lovely light and fresh crunchy salad with delicious peanutty marinated tofu and silky rice noddles. It totally hit the spot! My delicious salad is made from crunchy carrots, cucumbers, spring onions and lots fresh herbs. Then served with rice noodles, crispy marinated peanut tofu with toasted peanuts & cashews. The combination of crunchy veg, gooey noodles and crispy nutty tofu is seriously good. Depending on how much time you have you can give the tofu a quick marinade – …

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Banana Peanut Butter and Chocolate Brownies (Vegan & Gluten Free)

By June 17, 2017 Dessert, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
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I’m spending a relaxing Sunday watching Netflix after a lovely birthday yesterday filled with fun, food and friends. I say relaxing but I always like to at least do a little bit of work at the same time ie planning, recipe writing, catching up on social media or research. So here I am writing up the recipe for my delicious banana & peanut butter brownies. The combination of banana, chocolate & peanut butter is one of my favourites. A classic right? These moist and rich brownies are just perfect in my opinion, not too heavy or too sweet, but just right. Plus they are easy to make, happy days. I really hope you like them guys. I hope you like my recipe; if you recreate it tag on instagram with #rebelrecipes @rebelrecipes for a chance to be featured. Love Niki x If you like the content that I’m sharing on this blog, please subscribe to my updates above and follow me on Bloglovin! 

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Chunky Muesli Breakfast Bars for #WakeUpToOrganic

By June 12, 2017 Breakfast, Dessert, Recipes
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Once again I’m really happy to be supporting the Wake Up to Organic Campaign and this year will bigger than ever with lots of events taking place all over the UK on Wednesday 14th June. So what is Wake Up To Organic? Independents across the UK will be offering free organic breakfasts so people can experience some of the taste, health & environmental benefits of organic food. To celebrate I’ve teamed up with the Organic Trade Board and Wholefoods to create a delicious organic breakfast – Super easy and tasty chunky breakfast bars jam packed with organic grains, seeds, nuts & fruit. For my breakfast bars I’ve used some of my favourite organic ingredients – lovely Alara muesli, malty Hodmedods barely flakes, sweet and juicy Crazy Jacks cranberries & blueberries (they add lots of natural sweetness) and delicious Whole Earth peanut butter (of course!). More about #WakeUptoOrganic This year’s event will see independent stores, delicatessens, farm shops and cafes across the UK offer passers-by a free organic breakfast, product or coffee, to celebrate all things organic and demonstrate how easy it is to make the swap at breakfast. Find your local event here get involved on the day by using the …

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Double Chocolate Donuts with Ombar Chocolate

By June 8, 2017 Dessert, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
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I have another delicious and fun recipe in collaboration with Ombar for you. Here’s my second recipe – Double Chocolate Donuts! And I’ve gone for a full on chocolate hit with these delicious little treats! Double chocolate mini donuts…Need I say more? And you guessed it, gluten & refined sugar free but no less tasty. Little chocolatey rings and as if they aren’t delicious enough already I then dipped them into gorgeous Ombar 72% chocolate for a rich chocolate glaze. Then quickly dipped into your favorite toppings – I used crushed pistachios & coconut, but you can use nuts, seeds – whatever you fancy. But remember to very gently heat the chocolate up to melt it or it will lose its antioxidants. Enjoy! If you haven’t tried Ombar’s amazing range of raw organic chocolate you’re definitely missing out. Their cacao is sourced from the best Ecuadorian cacao farms, plus all the chocolate is raw to preserve all the goodness. My favs are; Coconut & vanilla Centres and the buttons are totally addictive! And I made a little video to show you just how easy it is to make – I hope you enjoy! I hope you like my recipe; if you recreate …

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Caramelised Onion, Tomato & Tofu Feta Pizza

By June 2, 2017 Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
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What food makes you happy? For that matter should food even make you happy or sad? Food can be linked to comfort, happy occasions, self image, hunger, self control (or lack of it), feelings of guilt, nourishment, health, and much more. All very complex and completely individual. For me I think it’s been all of the above and continues to be a moveable feast. What’s amazing though is that documenting and taking pics of my food has actually helped me understand and demistify my relationship with food. Being part of a food community of bloggers and Instagramers has also helped enormously. Of course, this post is actually about a pizza recipe and I don’t usually ramble as it’s hard for me to convey my feelings in writing. I actually find it much easier to talk about or try and convey in images. But it just popped out today, must be feeling thoughtful. Anyway, this pizza makes me happy. Happy because I in no way feel guilty about eating it as I once would. Also that it’s quick, tasty, fun and that it’s packed with super delicious and healthy ingredients. The sauce for my pizza is sweet, savoury and slightly spicy …

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Warm Asparagus, Roast New Potato & Pea Salad

By May 28, 2017 Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
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This recipe couldn’t be easier but tastes absolutely amazing!! Super simple ingredients – fresh veg straight from the garden and with lovely spring like flavours this warm salad is really delicious. I’m so lucky that Andy is pretty obsessed with the garden right now which means we have six raised veggie beds, a greenhouse with lots of herbs and tomatoes soon I hope! What could be better? Last year Andy planted asparagus and but nothing much happens in the first year but now we have these delicious shoots sprouting. Fresh, crunchy and delicious. I decided to roast some organic new potatoes in oil, fresh rosemary from the garden & sea salt until they became crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside as the base for the salad. I then quickly charred the asparagus, cooked some peas (freezer staple) and finally whipped up a delicious wholegrain mustard dresssing. The result was fresh, comforting, wholesome, healthy & delicious, I was very happy! I hope you like this one. I hope you like my recipe; if you recreate it tag on instagram with #rebelrecipes @rebelrecipes for a chance to be featured. Love Niki x

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Sweet Potato Bars with a Sweet Tahini Drizzle

By May 26, 2017 Breakfast, Dessert, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
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I’ve been thinking about creating a sweet recipe using sweet potato for a little while now. My theory was that I could swap my usual banana which I use as a natural sweetener and use sweet potato instead. I’m very happy to say that it worked a treat! Here’s the result; soft and delicious sweet potato breakfast bars, super healthy and packed with lovely wholesome ingredients like seeds, oats, spices and then sweetened with sweet potatoes & dates. And finally topped with a sweet tahini drizzle which adds a little sweetness and nuttiness – so good! They may sound unusual but I really think you’re going to like these. 😊 I hope you like this my recipe; if you recreate it tag on instagram with #rebelrecipes @rebelrecipes for a chance to be featured. Love Niki x

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Interview with BOOM Ambassador Rosie Birkett & vote for the Nations Favourite!

By May 22, 2017 Lifestyle, Reviews
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Last year I was lucky enough to win a BOOM award (best food blog – I’m so honoured). I don’t think anything can beat the feeling of being recognised for all the hard work & passion you put into a project. So I’m really happy to spread the word about this years awards & encourage people get people involved by voting for the Nation’s Favourite Award. You can find out more about the awards below and I also gave a fantastic interview with this years ambassador Rosie Birkett, where I posed some questions about her food passions, latest trends and what organic means to her. The BOOM Awards The BOOMs are not just about what you can buy in the shops, more and more restaurants and cafes are also using organic and there are increasing ways to shop from box schemes to local independents, as well as growing ranges in the supermarkets and discounters alike. The awards recognise all of this innovation and development. SO HOW DO THE BOOM AWARDS WORK? The BOOMs celebrate the whole organic market including products, places and people. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner or even your favourite tipple. From apples to courgettes, Liverpool to …

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Matcha & Avocado Popsicles dipped in chocolate & crushed pistachios – With teapigs

By May 14, 2017 Dessert, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
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I’m super happy to have teamed up with one of my favourite tea brands teapigs to get creative with their fantastic premium organic matcha. The summer is coming so I decided to create some delicious matcha & avocado popsicles. They are super creamy and when dipped in raw dark chocolate and crushed pistachios it takes them to another level. You probably already know that I’m a big fan of matcha green tea and I love adding it to smoothie bowls, overnight oats and I even like to add into my vanilla protein drink for extra anti oxidants and a gentle caffeine hit. teapigs premium matcha is lovely and mild, perfect when using it in this sweet & creamy popsicle recipe. In fact for this recipe I’ve combined some of my all time favourite ingredients; matcha (of course), avocado and creamy blended cashews. The result is an incredibly soft & light popsicle with a fresh hint from the lime which lifts the flavour. They are also packed with healthy fats and protein, so a lovely healthy treat. teapigs are running a campaign encouraging us to get creative with matcha through their #MatchaMustHaves campaign – showing just how versatile and simple it is …

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Tomato Curry, Roast Veg and Turmeric Hummus

By May 8, 2017 Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
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It feels like an age since my last blog post so apologies! I’ve been super busy with work, studying and enjoying myself on a Caribbean cruise and then Barcelona for the weekend. All super exciting and it has inspired me to create some new dishes. I can’t wait to start playing around with some coconutty tropical flavours. I made this delicious tomato curry with roast veg and turmeric humms before I left for the Caribbean as a quick lunch. I basically wanted to use up everything I had in my fridge and as I had lots of veg I decided to roast everything and serve it with a quick tomato curry on a bed of spiced turmeric hummus. I used cauliflower (my favourite), fennel, beetroots and peppers but you could use whatever you have to hand. But I do think the peppery fennel combines really well with the other flavours. The tomato curry is super simple to make and can be whipped up in max 15 minutes and is really lovely with quinoa & salad. Or like here, on a bed of hummus with some crunchy veg which I scooped up with flatbreads.  Delicious tomatoey goodness. I hope you like …

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Squash tagine with cauliflower rice and herby tahini dressing

By April 27, 2017 Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
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I’m a big fan of North African cuisine but maybe you wouldn’t have guessed it from all the Indian curries on my blog! They are my first love of course, but the spicy and sweet flavours of North African dishes are beautifully complex and fragrant and not to be missed. So I thought it was about time I posted my squash & chickpea tagine recipe which is just bursting with lovely fresh & fragrant spices, sweet apricots, lots of veg and then topped with my super green and herby tahini dressing. It’s super simple to make, that’s the beauty if one pot cooking. My tagine can be made more spicy if you wish by adding more chilli flakes. I really like adding a big squeeze of lemon or lime to make all the flavours sing. I served my tagine with cauliflower rice but it’s great on its own, with rice, flatbreads or with a big crunchy slaw. I hope you like my recipe; if you recreate it tag on instagram with #rebelrecipes @rebelrecipes for a chance to be featured. Love Niki x If you like the content that I’m sharing on this blog, please subscribe to my updates above and follow me …

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Sweet Potato Mole with Ombar Chocolate

By April 8, 2017 Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
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I have a delicious and fun recipe for you and I’m super excited to be collaborating with Ombar to create some recipes and videos over the next few months. If you haven’t tried Ombar’s amazing range of raw organic chocolate you’re definitely missing out. Their cacao is sourced from the best Ecuadorian cacao farms, plus all the chocolate is raw to preserve all the goodness. My favs are; Coconut & vanilla Centres and the buttons are totally addictive! So here it is, my first recipe – a delicious sweet potato mole with quinoa. Have you tried mole before? It’s a incredible nutty, spicy Mexican sauce where the secret ingredients are peanut butter & yes you guessed it – chocolate! In my recipe you actually get a double chocolate hit here, some cooked into the sauce and then a raw 72% ombar grated on top at the end. It’s seriously good and made even better served with quinoa and creamy avocado. And I made a little video to show you just how easy it is to make – I hope you enjoy! and I hope you like my recipe; if you recreate it tag on instagram with #rebelrecipes @rebelrecipes for a chance …

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The Best Gluten Free Seeded Crackers

By March 27, 2017 Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
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This recipe has been inspired by some very delicious crackers I tried when I was in India – In fact the cookbook I styled for will contain a few variatons of these amazing seeded crackers. As soon as I tried them I knew I had to make my own version, and of course that’s the beauty of a recipe like this, once you’ve got the base recipe down you can mix it up with different flours, seeds, spices etc etc Today I used a combination of buckwheat and gram flour for added texture and flavour but you can use 100% buckwheat flour if you’d prefer and rice flour also works really well. I love adding turmeric so that the crackers become a gorgeous orange colour (and you get lots of anti oxidants of course). I combined a mix of seeds; pumpkin, sunflower, sesame & poppy seeds with lovely Indian spices (but you can omit these are use your favourites). These tasty little crackers are completely wheat and gluten free and also packed with protein from all those lovely seeds, they are seriously good dipped into hummus, pesto or served with curries on the side for crunch. They really benefit from …

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Nourishing Channa Dal with Kale

By March 18, 2017 Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
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There’s something incredibly comforting and nourishing about  dal, I have so many versions and honestly I think I could eat it everyday. I know, it does take a little while to cook the pulses (depending on which one you’re using) but it’s completely worth it so that they go super gooey and have a deliciously soft texture. As an aside – did you know I’ve been running a curry club on Instgram? It turns out that many of you are as passionate about curry as I am. It’s been so much fun sharing the delicious curries and getting lots more inspiration . Check it out here   The key to injecting lots of flavour into this dal is cooking the onions slowly with the spices then adding in the garlic, ginger and fresh tomatoes. I then added lots of gorgeous greens for extra goodness and colour. I used kale this time but spinach is great as is spring greens – Just mix it up with your favourite or whatever you have in your fridge. I absolutely love experimenting with spice mixes and combinations but I also love using authentic and floursome mixes so I thought I’d mention my friend Lajena’s …

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Tahini & Miso Cauliflower Steaks & A Cookbook Giveaway

By March 7, 2017 Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
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So I have a very special recipe today – Tahini & Miso Cauliflower Steaks from my lovely friend, blogger, food writer & stylist Natalie’s new cookbook – The Goodness of Nuts & Seeds – which she has kindly given me two copies of to run a little competition. I love new cookbooks and trying out the recipes, especially if they have been lovingly created like this one. I decided to make Natalie Tahini & Miso Cauliflower Steaks and loved it, really simple to make and I absolutely adore roast cauliflower so I’m always looking for new recipes! The dressing is delicious; miso, rice wine vinegar and tahini. And I love that Natalie has also roasted the other leaves of the cauliflower – a recent discovery and I’m hooked! You can see my version of Natalie’s lovely recipe below. About the book; The book contains so many delicious selection of recipes all centred about nuts and seeds. Natalie would love to change the way we look at the humble nut and seed smart, easy and flavour-packed recipes for everyday cooking for good…how to introduce these nutrient-rich heroes with minimum fuss. Natalie believes we need to reassess the way we consume nuts and …

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