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.

 

Super-herby Green GOODMINZ no-meat balls with mint & coriander dressing, rainbow slaw & flatbread

By August 15, 2017 Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
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I’m super excited to have teamed up with Reroot Foods to work on their new product range GOODMINZ! GOODMINZ is plant based fresh mince made from vegetables and as soon as Richard the founder contacted me I was excited by the idea of healthy plant based mince and the recipes I could create with them. GOODMINZ is made purely from plants, has a lovely texture which is perfect for making into no-meat balls, veggie burgers, sausages as well as pizza toppings and with pasta. There are four varieties and they come in amazing rainbow colours – Green with peas, broccoli & spinach; Purple with beetroot, sweet potato & celeriac; Orange with sweetcorn, red pepper & butternut squash; and Brown with mushrooms, fennel & parsnips. GOODMINZ is designed to allow you to add flavourings to create your own favourite recipes and combinations. And to explore this, Richard asked me to create some recipes using complementary herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, fruits and other ingredients… So I’ve been happily experimenting over the past weeks and have come up with some wonderful ways to use GOODMINZ – I’ll be sharing them over the coming weeks and I can’t wait see what you think. So …

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Peanut Butter, Chickpea & Chocolate Blondies (Vegan & Gluten Free)

By August 1, 2017 Dessert, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
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Isn’t it amazing what you can do with chickpeas? They’ve got to be one of my all time favourite ingredients, just think of all the delicious things you can make; countless types of hummus, curries & strews, roasted with spices and even desserts. I can’t claim this delicious recipe as my original idea, as I spotted a few Chickpea blondie recipes on Pinterest and decided I had to give them a go – And I love the result. Super peanutty with chunks of delicious chocolate running through them. These blondies are incredibly easy to make, you literally just need to blend and bake. The hardest thing is not trying to cut them up or eat them before they’ve completely cooled. This is important as they can be quite crumbly. And of course they are not only vegan but gluten & refined sugar free. I find that’s it’s often the most simple of ingredients if given the proper care and attention that become the tastiest meals. The humble & versatile chickpea really shines here. 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 …

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Chocolate Ganache Tart (Vegan & Gluten free)

By July 16, 2017 Dessert, Recipes, Vegan Recipes
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The weekend is my favourite time for creating new recipes, especially if we have people coming over for dinner. I think it’s the perfect excuse for being a little bit more adventurous and indulgent. My friend Lisa was visiting last weekend so I decided to make some Ethiopian Lentils (recipe coming soon) and this delicious chocolate ganache tart. My thinking – She’s a lover of spicy dishes and definitely partial to a chocolate dessert. So I was pretty hopeful they would go down a treat. She loved them. I’m not exaggerating by saying that I think this is the best chocolate dessert I’ve ever made, the crispy nutty base combined with the rich and creamy ganache filling is just heavenly. I love that the tart has an intense chocolate flavour from the gorgeous vegan chocolate and raw cacao. Chocolate lovers this one’s for you – I really hope you love this one as much as me! Enjoy xx 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 …

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10 minute Chickpea Curry with Coriander Dressing

By July 11, 2017 Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
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Need a delicious and nutritious meal in minutes, then this ones for you. And we all have days like that right? All you need is some cooked chickpeas, I used organic tin chickpeas in water, some delicious spices and few tomatoes and voila a really delicious and satisfying meal. If you have a little more time and I mean a maximum of 5 minutes then you can whip up my favourite coriander, lemon & tahini dressing which completely elevates the meal. As you know I really think that crunch is important so I topped everything with some of my delicious toasted sunflower seeds. Quick, hearty and delicious! Enjoy x 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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Strawberry & Cream Popsicles with Ombar Chocolate

By July 7, 2017 Dessert, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
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Sometimes the most simple recipes are the best don’t you think? Some combinations of ingredients just work and thats what happened here with these super simple strawberry & cream popsicles. Lovely fresh and juicy strawberries with a little coconut syrup & vanilla combined with creamy coconut cream, then frozen and dipped with amazing Ombar  chocolate. The result? Cold & creamy strawberries & cream encased in crispy chocolate. Sound good? Once again I’ve team but with the wonderful chocolate brand Ombar to create this recipe and fun video. And I think that both kids & adults will love these and as they are so easy to make, taste great plus it’s a fun way to get your kids involved. And guess what – not only is it #worldchocolateday , Wimbledon has just started and it’s still super sunny – I think these would be absolutely perfect for making this weekend and enjoying in the sun! 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 …

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Quick Banana & Raspberry Crumble (Vegan)

By July 2, 2017 Dessert, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
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What do you do when you have lots of very ripe spotty bananas? Well,  firstly I made an unbelievably delicious breakfast – banana and peanut butter porridge with caramelised bananas. But then what? Of course the obvious things spring to mind; banana bread, muffins, my fav banana flapjacks. But then a fellow blogger suggested crumble and I immediately remembered my favourite primary school pudding – Banana & jam crumble. In fact I think it’s the only food I liked in primary school amongst the soggy veg and corned beef! I was a very fussy eater, disliked meat and traditional English food so it was a difficult period in terms of food! I survived on peanuts and french fancies for a few years I think, thank goodness I discovered my love of veggies! But that banana & jam crumble – oh I can almost still taste it. Warm, sweet, caramelised bananas, crunchy topping and I think the jam was either strawberry or raspberry. Just heaven. Never one to mess about I decided to try and recreate said crumble with ingredients I had to hand. No jam unfortunately but I had some raspberries so in they went and they worked really well …

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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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