Potato, carrot, chickpea + spinach peanut curry (slow cooked + vegan)

With the weather in Australia finally getting “a little” cooler (the summer was long + extremely hot this year!) … it’s time to start thinking about introducing slow cooked, warming foods – that nourish. Plant-based too.

I popped this on low early Sunday morning (as I knew I had a big working day ahead), and it’s just so good at the end of the day to tuck right in! Simply steam some rice – and you’re good to go! Well, perhaps with a glass of organic red too?

I love the heartiness of a good bowl of curry (we eat a lot of them) … + you can adjust the spice level simply with the addition/omission of chilli. For me, I like to load it up!

The addition of peanut butter really thickens up the curry sauce, giving it a creamy, rich texture.

Once you’ve done the initial prep, this meal really cooks itself.

 

ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil
1 brown onion, diced
cloves garlic finely diced
1 cm ginger grated

1 + 1/2 tbsp curry powder
1 heaped tsp cumin
chilli flakes *to taste 
3 large peeled potatoes, cut into bite sized chunks
2 carrots diced
400g organic chickpeas
2 cups vegetable stock
3 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
400g organic diced tomatoes

sea salt
black pepper
generous handful baby spinach

to serve

peanuts
fresh coriander leaves
cooked basmati rice 

 

method

Gently heat the olive oil in a frypan + sauté the onion over a medium heat. Add the garlic + ginger and continue to cook for a minute.

Add the spices + cook until fragrant.

Add the onion mixture to the slow cooker, followed by the rest of the ingredients (excluding spinach + garnishes). Gently stir through to combine.

Set on low + cook until the vegetables are soft (but not mushy!) I have a very old slow cooker which I can leave on for 8 or so hours + the result is perfect. Some of the newer varieties cook much faster – so continue to check how your veg are doing + give the curry a stir from time to time.

Just before serving, add the spinach + wilt through.

Serve in bowls with steaming basmati. Garnish with peanuts + coriander leaves. Oh, and extra chilli flakes if you wish.

 

With love,

Kristy xx


 

Eggplant + chickpea curry

Bowl food is so nourishing. Especially when it’s plant based, nutritious, spicy, and served with fluffy steamed rice!

This indian inspired dish shows up regularly in my kitchen, with slight variations – dependant on what fresh produce I have on offer. Chickpeas + cauliflower also work beautifully together! As does replacing the spinach with kale.

I’ve been feeling EXTRA grateful this past week … so many wonderful things coming together in my life + really feeling in the flow of my heart. I’ve been working on our travel plans for 2020, researching + booking some epic trips … we had our first abundant harvest of honey from our hive – plenty for us, enough to share with some special people + also sell within my business. I also promo’d my first cooking event “Asian Inspired Cooking Class” in my new studio space + it has almost sold out. If you’d like to join us, you can book a space HERE.

We have been working incredibly hard on our property to create an environment – not only for us to live happy, peacefully + abundantly in nature, but to also share with our clients.

I am thrilled to be able to offer a high vibrational space, that has so much love + positive energy infused into it.

2020, I see you. Age of Aquarius.

Some of you asked for this recipe, and here you have it beautiful humans. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

K x


ingredients

1 large eggplant
1/2 red onion diced
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 minced garlic cloves
1cm piece ginger finely chopped
1/2 tsp coriander roots finely chopped
400g organic diced tomatoes
1/2 cup filtered water
400g organic chickpeas
chilli flakes *to taste
3 tbsp organic plain coconut yoghurt *unsweetened
generous handful baby spinach leaves
1/2 tsp garam masala
fresh coriander leaves
sea salt
cracked black pepper


method

Preheat oven to 180c. Prick eggplant with a fork several times.

Bake the eggplant on a lined tray for 45 mins. When cool, remove the skin and dice into 1 cm cubes. Set aside.

Over a medium heat, add the onion to a frypan and cook until translucent. Sprinkle in the cumin seeds. Stir and toast, until fragrant. Next, add the ground coriander, turmeric, garlic, ginger, coriander roots + tomatoes. Continue to cook for a few minutes.

Add the water, chickpeas + chilli flakes. Stir well + bring to a slight bubble.

Cover, reduce heat + allow to cook on low for 15 mins. Stir occasionally.

Add the eggplant + mix through.

Add the coconut yoghurt + stir well. This gives the curry sauce a creamy, delicious finish + rounds out the flavours. Cook for a few minutes.

Just before serving, add spinach leaves + wilt through, add the garam masala, fresh coriander leaves and season to taste.

Serve with steamed basmati rice + a dollop of coconut yoghurt.

Raw chocolate fudge with green mandarin ganache

Gooey, rich + moorish. I CAN stop at one piece, as it is so satisfying!

This is definitely going to be served over the christmas festivites this year. A decadent, sweet treat that has some highly nutritional ingredients (cacao, coconut oil, cashews, walnuts) + is healthy-ish! 100% gluten free, dairy free + whole food based.

Can you believe that December is here on the weekend?! The actual official start of the festive season! I’ve  already started planning the christmas lunch menu, something that gives me so much pleasure! It is also my husband’s birthday on Christmas Day, so it’s always double the celebrations. I love, love this time of year!

ingredients

base:
2 cups raw cashews
2 cups organic shredded coconut *unsweetened
16 pitted dates
1 cup raw organic cacao powder
1/2 cup honey (can also use agave, or maple syrup – vegan)
1 tsp organic vanilla bean paste
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts

ganache:
1/4 cup organic extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup honey (can also use agave, or maple syrup – vegan)
1/2 cup raw organic cacao powder
8 drops doTERRA green mandarin essential oil *food grade (You can purchase here)

fudge:

Blitz the cashews + shredded coconut in a food processor until it resembles sand. Add the dates, cacao powder, sweetener, vanilla bean paste + salt. Process until a smooth, creamy texture is achieved.

Press the fudge into a lined loaf tin (I like nice, thick pieces) + press the walnuts pieces into the fudge all over. Place in the fridge.

ganache:

Wash out the food processor, then add the coconut oil, sweetener + cacao powder. Blitz until combined + silky. Add the green mandarin oil + pulse a couple of times.

Gently pour the ganache over the fudge, dust with a little cacao powder + place back in the fridge to set (a couple of hours). Cut into bite sized squares + store in an airtight container in the fridge for a week (if it lasts that long!)

As always, enjoy my loves.

In good health + pure happiness,

 

Kristy xx