Baked Brazil Nut & Fresh Herbs Falafel

I remember the first time I had falafels. It was love at first bite.

The taste, the texture, it was all just so so yummy!

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It’s a staple in a vegetarian diet, as it’s made from chickpeas and contains no meat or dairy. Unfortunately, these delicious babies are usually fried, which makes them go from hero to zero.

Not on my watch though! These are baked instead of fried, completely gluten free, and still achieve that delicious crunchy exterior while retaining all the flavour (and none of the grease). Continue reading

Maple & Cinnamon No Grain-ola Clusters (Paleo Granola)

Happy Sunday everyone! Since it’s Sunday, I figured we could all do with some brunch-y food, am I right?

I first made this granola for Matt due to his frustration at not being able to find a suitable paleo granola. I have since made and remade this recipe, cooked a batch for my grandmother, and passed on the recipe to several family members! Everyone loves it and can’t get enough – and I love being able to give it to them!

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Granola is such an awesome food option isn’t it? Continue reading

Heirloom Tomato and Hummus on a Cauliflower Crust Pizza

A few months ago it seemed cauliflower was taking over the internet.

Cauliflower rice, wraps, crusts. Everything, it seemed, could be made healthier and low-carb with cauliflower. These things always have me wondering though – will it taste as good as the original?

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That was what making this cauliflower pizza was all about. I wanted to know if it was possible to tame my love for pizza with a healthier version. One that wouldn’t plonk cheese into my tummy. Pretty, I know.  Continue reading

Simply Delicious Nachos (Vegan + GF)

Now, I love mexican food.

Throw burritos, tacos, or nachos my way and it is a guarantee they will get gobbled up. Maybe it’s the beans that keep me coming for more. Maybe it’s the spices. Probably both.

What I don’t like though is the feeling of feeling stuffed, bloated, and sluggish that comes after such an indulgence. Especially if the food in question comes laden in cheese AND  fried. Ooof. Definitely not gonna feel great after that, are we? Nope.

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So that, my friends, is where this delicious (and not at all greasy) nachos comes into play. Instead of leaving you feeling like you’re pregnant with Nacho Libre, you’ll just feel, well, like you could take on Mr. Nacho Libre! Continue reading

Getting Soaked at Iguazu Falls, Brazil

Never in my life have I seen so much water!

Now, before you point out the obvious to me, that I was at one of the worlds most famous falls, so duh there was so much water, I’ll have you know that it has rained so much the volume of the falls is very intense at the moment!

I first went to Iguazu when I was 16, and back then it looked like a meek little creek (or maybe not) compared to the force it has now. It’s impossible to go out into the platform and not get head-to-toe soaked! Even the colour of the water has changed there is so much of it! And the current? Scarily fierce!

None-the-less, this place is stunning!

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The Magic of Machu Picchu

I last left you when I was putting my feet up after our trek.

I woke up with sore muscles after a mere 5 hour sleep (hey, I need my 8 hours ok?!) but still jumped out of bed. I could barely contain myself with excitement, as this was the day we were going to finally reach Machu Picchu (which in Quechua means Old Peak)!

After all the trekking, this was it, our final destination. My expectations were high, and not only did this place not disappoint, it exceeded anything I could’ve imagined.

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Huchuy Qosco, The Alternative Inca Trail

Doing this trail was one of the most breathtaking experiences of my life (both figuratively and literally – You try walking uphill with the altitude change!). Seeing Machu Picchu is something I’ve wanted to do for so so long, so I wanted to make sure I got as much as I could out of it.

I’d heard a lot about the famous Inca Trail, but by the time I tried to get us in it was sold out. Luckily, there are many more other trails out there, and so the amazing Huchuy Qosco trail came to light! It’s like the younger (but cooler) sister of the Inca trail. Since it’s not so popular it doesn’t feel touristy at all. It was just me, Matt, and our guide the whole trek! Definitely beats the 20-plus groups of other treks!

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The Wonders of Cartagena de las Indias, Colombia

I fell in love with Cartagena.

The colours, the people, the food, the weather, the walled city.

All of it just transports you to a faraway land. This is one of the places where you go and you know you’re on holiday. The narrow streets, the flowers growing over the balconies, the fruit carts just waiting for you to devour all their mangoes (I definitely tried).

I stayed mostly inside the walled city, and trust me, that’s where you’ll want to be (and never want to leave!)

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Surfing the Waves in Montanita, Ecuador

After my brothers incredible wedding (I was a bridesmaid!) in Guayaquil, Matt and I headed to Montanita. It’s a small coastal town about 2 hours drive away from Guayaquil. We spent our days learning to surf (Matt was a natural) and lazing about the beach.

At night we’d walk along the beach into the town and soak in the whole festival vibe it had. We got massages, we read in hammocks, and saw the highest concentration of dreadlocks I have ever seen!

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