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.

 

Sweet Potato Massaman Curry (Vegan)

By September 25, 2016 Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
Sweet Potato Massaman Curry (Vegan)

I’ve been wanting to post a massaman curry recipe for a while now, in fact I have no idea why I haven’t as its one if my all time favourite curries. The first time I tasted this amazing curry was in Thailand many many years ago and I was just blown away by its delicious sweet peanuttiness. Easily my favourite Thai curry and that’s saying something. I made this one last weekend as my friend Lisa was over for the weekend, as she’s basically got the same taste in food and lover of spicy food so I thought that she’d love this. You can of course buy a massaman curry paste from the supermarket but I always think fresh tastes better and the bought ones usually contain fish sauce as its a classic Thai ingredient. Don’t worry it’s really not difficult to make your own and dispite a longer list of ingredients it’s just a matter of popping them all in your processor and blitzing! The amount below makes more than you need but you can keep it in the fridge and use it for stir fries, soups etc. I swapped the classic potatoes for sweet potatoes to make the …

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Beetroot Risotto with Ancient Grains (Vegan)

By September 22, 2016 Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
Beetroot Risotto with Ancient Grains (Vegan)

Beetroot beetroot oh how I love you! Your beautiful red juice and gorgeous earthy flavour, I’m such a fan, but you problably know that, right? Beetroot humus, beetroot pancakes, beetroot flapjacks, beetroot curry and now beetroot risotto – it was only a matter of time eh? This risotto is super special because I made it with a lovely mix of organic ancient grains (spelt, pearl barley, red lentils and green mung beans)  which adds a lovely variety of textures and flavours and also additional nutrition. You can of course make it with aborio rice but I do think this mix really enhances the flavour and definitely the texture. I decided to make this delicious beetroot risotto for two reasons firstly because I’m supporting #OrganicSeptember (you can read about this in my previous post), so the guys at Mr Organic kindly sent me some of their delicious range of products which included some gorgeous beetroot powder from Of The Earth. It’s such a vivid red colour it inspired me to make a beautiful richly red beetroot risotto, again can out tell I’m going for maximum beetroot here! And the other reason was that our lovely friend Ben was coming for dinner …

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Salted Peanut Butter Banana Cookies (Vegan & Gluten Free)

By September 18, 2016 Breakfast, Dessert, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
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Who doesn’t like a peanut butter cookie? Ok maybe just me, but you probably already know I’m complete peanut butter addict so these little soft and gooey peanut butter, banana and choc chip cookies are like yummy bites of heaven for me. The cookies are simply sweetened by the juicy dates and ripe banana’s so no added sugar at all but they’re no less sweet. In fact I always like add a little salt to counter the sweetness and give that gorgeous sweet and salty taste. These cookies make a delicious snack or I like to eat them for breakfast with some coconut yogurt, seeds and berries. And great on the go of course, or just because… In other news I’m just on the way back from London where I had a super exciting meeting with my agent! We’re going to be working on a proposal for a book – how exciting it that!  It’s always been my dream to have a cookbook guys, I hope you’d like it too? Speaking about recipes, working freelance and from home is very different to my previous more structured working day but I’m hoping it’s going to free up some more time of …

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Thriva Health Test Review & My Results

By September 14, 2016 Lifestyle, Product Reviews, Reviews
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I’m not sure about you guys but I’m always keen to know how healthy I am. I mean I think that I have a healthy diet and lifestyle but how do we really know what’s going on on the inside? Especially as we don’t usually get a health check from the doctors unless we’re ill or have symptoms which need further investigation so when the guys at Thriva offered me the chance to try out their DIY health test I was really keen to try it. I was particularly keen to see if following a plant based diet has had any impact good or bad on my health  – Their ‘Energy’ test tests for cholesterol, liver function, vitamin D and Iron so a great all over check. I’m pleased to say my test came back all good! Have a look at the results below for a detailed breakdown if you’re interested. You will notice that I theoretically have ‘high’ cholesterol but it’s the HDL ‘good’ cholesterol which actually protects against heart disease. By the way I suspected that this was the case as the last time I had it checked a few years ago my HDL levels were high and …

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Flourless Chocolate, Almond and Chestnut Brownie Cake (Vegan & Gluten Free)

By September 13, 2016 Dessert, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
Flourless Chocolate, Almond and Chestnut Brownie Cake (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Before I get onto my recipe (and oh my it’s a good one!!!) Just a quick word about the lovely evening I’ve just had as I’m writing this on the way back from an inspirational evening in London at Come Dine with Eve. A panel discussion with the most inspiring female chefs talking about their careers, inspiration and the experiences of women in the restaurant trade. The impressive line up included; Sophie Michell, Ana Morris, Anna Hansen, Chantelle Nicolson, Claire Clark and Lisa Allen – just wow! I’m not sure about you but nothing inspires me more than strong and courageous women following their foodie passion. I think there’s something a little magical about this recipe. I’m not exaggerating when I say I absolutely love this chocolate brownie cake. For me, it has just the right combination of dense chocolatey texture, sweetness from the dates and gorgeous almond flavour. Imagine a cross between a brownie, torte and the richest chocolate cake and you’re somewhere close to the texture of this amazing dessert. The secret ingredient is chestnuts, which keep the brownie really moist and work so well with the cacao and almonds. As ever my cake is dairy, gluten and …

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Organic September and a Warm Roast Veg Salad Recipe

By September 5, 2016 Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Reviews, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
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The other week I was invited to spend the day at Yeo Valley farm in Somerset with a number of other bloggers for the launch of #OrganicSeptember. We had a lovely day; yummy organic breakfast treats in the Yeo Valley Cafe followed by a presentation from the team at The Soil Association. Not only was it super informative, the team are so passionate it’s hard not to get excited about the fantastic work they’re doing. We then went on a farm tour in the glorious sunshine, then a cooking demo by the resident chef who created some super delicious dal (as you can imagine I was very happy) and braised cauliflower which we then ate for lunch with big plates of salad. We left with bulging goodie bags and lots more information about the great work the soil association are doing. So it’s a great opportunity to talk about why I think it’s important to try and eat organic produce and support organic farmers when you can, and I know it can be more expensive but I personally think it’s worth it – here’s a few reasons why; Essentially it means more of the good stuff, less of the bad…Food …

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Simple Aubergine and Chickpea Stew

By August 29, 2016 Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
Simple Aubergine and Chickpea Stew

One of the many things I love about Spain is the food – duh no surprise there! I’m sure you’ve heard me rave on about the burgeoning food scene in Barcelona with it’s cool little eateries on every corner and plethora of vegan and raw restaurants (you might like to check out my guild here) but when we’re at our place in the mountains the food is very different. Most cafes and restaurants offer a similar menu; bravas, tortilla, gambas, tomato bread, salad, platters of cured meat etc. All home cooked, fresh and delicious but this can be a little challenging if you’re plant based. However over the last few years I’ve noticed a change, the supermarkets are now stocking more and more organic produce and I even bought some tahini this time, plus there seems to be health food shops popping up all over the place. I wonder what’s happening and is it a good thing? I certainly appreciate being able to buy some of the core ingredients I usually use for my recipes (which I completely take for granted in the UK) but is a move, however subtle, away from traditional dishes a good thing? Would love to …

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Grilled Mushrooms with Spinach & Kale Pesto

By August 25, 2016 Lunch, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
Grilled Mushrooms with Spinach & Kale Pesto

I’m writing this post from our place in the mountains in Spain and it’s super hot, by that I mean a meltingly hot 40 degrees! So I’m feeling just a little bit sticky but really relaxed. It’s hard not to be surrounded but the Pyrenees in our sleepy little village. And it’s my second week of going freelance! So I’ve swapped the safety of my marketing job to follow my foodie passion and enter the completely new world of full time blogging and food consultancy (find out more here). So what does that mean? Well, I’ll be my own boss (hurray), get to work with some amazing brands, be creative, say yes projects which may seem crazy or out of my comfort zone and basically have to work unbelievably hard. But I cant wait and I’m totally up for the challenge! I will also be planning some more workshops really soon so just let me know if you’re interested in coming along? When I started my blog and Instagram 18 months ago I would not have dared to hope for this and it’s only been possible because of connecting with you guys.  So thank you so much for your support …

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Interview with the amazing Katie from Chocolate Covered Katie

By August 20, 2016 Dinner, Recipes, Vegan Recipes
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I’ve got a very special treat for you today – I was lucky enough to interview the amazing Katie – founder of the successful blog Chocolate Covered Katie and best selling cook book author. Katie creates the most deliciously tempting healthy desserts and treats, is an inspiring food blogger and just a super lovely lady. In my interview Katie tells us about how she stays healthy, her favourite recipes, styling tips and whats next for her!  But the burning question is – Does Katie really eat chocolate everyday?? Katie’s No Bake Peanut Butter Pie – YUM!! What does healthy eating mean to you? My daily diet is packed with veggies, fruits, and leafy greens… but I also eat chocolate at least twice a day. I don’t believe in deprivation diets. Aside from the multitude of studies that link deprivation with binge eating later on, nourishment is also so much more than calories and fat grams. Every time you eat, you are not just feeding your body but also your mind and soul. Really enjoying and paying attention to what we’re consuming can boost our happiness and thus our quality of life overall. There’s no medal for the person who eats the “cleanest” in this life, so we should really savor our …

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Black Bean Brownie Bites (Vegan, Gluten Free & Refined Sugar Free)

By August 14, 2016 Breakfast, Dessert, Recipes
Black Bean Brownie Bites (Vegan, Gluten Free & Refined Sugar Free)

We’re just back from a fab weekend at Wilderness Festival, it was gloriously hot which is no less than a miracle by our UK weather standards! If you don’t know it’s a foodie and wellbeing festival with amazing Michelin starred chefs, huge foodie feasts and incredible options for yoga, treatments etc. And some music of course –  it was amazing to see Robert Plant live (one of my all time music heros!) So we basically ate lots of amazing food (more later), sat in the sun and soaked up the atmosphere. As it’s my last week in my marketing job next week before going freelance we’re trying to be a bit more frugal and not spend as much money which was quite hard when there were so many temptations! The highlights on the food front were; delicious shiitake mushroom dumplings with pickles, healthy veggie thali, vegan ‘duck’ sushi wrap and very yummy massaman Buddha bowl. We also went to the Mae Deli (Deliciously Ella) tent and had a juice and obligatory avo smash on rye for breakfast with was not only healthy and tasty but good value too. Impressed. So, have you made black bean brownies before? If you have …

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Carrot and Red Lentil Curry with Broccoli Rice

By August 7, 2016 Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
Carrot and Lentil Curry with Broccoli Rice

You know how much I love curry right? The other week I met the most amazing lady called Lajina at my workshop who teaches Indian home cooked cookery classes. Since then she has kindly taken me shopping to some Indian shops to stock up on different types of pulses, I’ve been to her house to cook and to develop some recipes for a demo, we’ve done the demo at the foodie show together, and we’re now planning a pop up supper club for September! Isn’t it amazing how a chance meeting with a like mined foodie can lead to you learning so many new things and many more exciting things to come! As well as demo’s and teaching she also makes delicious home made spice blends (see more here!) with her secret recipe – I’m a total convert as it makes it so easy to create an authentic Indian meal at home – seriously good! My super delicious daal made with Lajina’s spice blend!  So back to my curry, which isn’t very traditional but vey delicious! Made from from red lentils and carrots because I had some gorgeous organic carrots then with coconut milk and topped with crunchy toasted cashews …

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Raw Cheese Tarts (Vegan & Gluten Free)

By July 31, 2016 Dessert, Raw Recipes, Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
Raw Cheeese Tarts (Vegan & Gluten Free)

The idea for these raw savoury cheesy tarts have been hanging around in my head for a little while now – do you ever have that? An idea for a recipe which you keep coming back to and eventually you’ve just got to make it…hmm might just be me! My theory was that I could make a delicious savoury tart base in the same way I make my usual raw cheesecake bases –  just swap the sweet dates for something savoury and moist to stick everything together. So I thought that sun dried tomatoes would do just the job. And it worked! The tomatoes bind everything together beautifully and is so satisfyingly savoury. My cheesy tart filling of cashew cheese is so good – really rich and cheesy, great served with a light salad to counter the richness. I’ll definitely be making these yummy little tarts again – I’m thinking that my vegan pesto, hummus or red pepper dip would also be super delicious fillings. I have some big news guys! A few weeks ago now I took the crazy/scary/exciting decision to hand my notice in at my marketing job to follow my passion and develop my blog (so recipe …

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5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Choc Chip Coconut Bark (Vegan, Raw)

By July 24, 2016 Breakfast, Dessert, Recipes, Vegan Recipes
5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Choc Chip Coconut Bark (Vegan, Raw)

I’ve had a lovely lazy Sunday for a change and spent the day relaxing, cooking and trying to do some studying, not so successful on the studying front but on the plus side I did make this super delicious and crazy easy peanut butter choc chip coconut bark. I mean this is seriously good guys – ice creamy nutty chocolatey deliciousness. I love raw chocolate bark but this actually beats it in my mind as it’s so amazingly creamy and anything peanut butter is always a winner for me. So all you need to do is mix coconut yogurt, peanut butter (or almond), a little maple syrup, vanilla,  and cinnamon, add any toppings, freeze and voila. And of course you can mix up the flavours by adding in fruit, nuts & seeds, matcha, raw cacao powder etc. I hope you like these as much as I do…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 me on Bloglovin!

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High Protein Carrot Cake Muffins (Vegan & Gluten Free)

By July 23, 2016 Breakfast, Dessert, Recipes
High Protein Carrot Cake Mufins (Vegan & Gluten Free)

I made these gorgeous little carrot cake muffins a few days ago and wow I’m in love with their moist carrot cakey goodness. They’re vegan, gluten free and packed full of nuts and seeds so perfect for breakfast or a healthy snack. As usual these have no refinded sugar – just sweetened with a little coconut  syrup – I literally used 1/4 cup of coconut syrup for the whole batch. I think one of the best things about this recipe is the creamy cashew topping which actually exactly the same recipe I used for my passion fruit pots. If you make the same quantities as I have you will have some left over so you can use the cashew cream for breakfast with some berries or oats stirred in – just loosed with some almond milk. Delicious. Don’t make the same mistake as I did though -I didn’t wait for the muffins to be completely cool before topping them with the cashew cream (I’ve got to the most impatient person ever!) so my topping wilted a little! No less tasty but you may want them to look more perfect wait a little….   I hope you like my recipe; if you …

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Avocado Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream (Vegan, Raw)

By July 20, 2016 Breakfast, Dessert, Recipes, Vegan Recipes
Avocado Choc Chip Ice Cream (Vegan, Raw)

Ok so I’m writing this recipe up super quickly as it’s boiling here in the UK (hurray) and this recipe is just perfect for cooling down. And as the weather may change any minute I wanted to share it before we return to our standard English summer weather! So have you tried avocado ice cream yet? Neither had I but as soon as I saw it popping up on my news feeds I knew I had to create my own version. I decided to try out one of Andy’s favourite flavour combos first – mint choc chip and it’s so good! The ice cream combines creamy avocados, coconut cream, almond milk, mint essense, fresh mint, a little maple syrup for sweetness and some raw cacao nibs for that chocolate hit. I’m really happy with the result and hope you like it too? I can’t wait to start experimenting with new flavour combinations… And the best thing is you just blend, pop in a container and freeze for a least 4 hours. Be warmed it’s very solid when you get it out so let it warm up for a good 15 minutes or so. Enjoy! Xx I hope you like my …

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