Seafood Paella

Hey all! So, when I was challenged by Don Carlos to come up with a traditional Spanish recipe using their gorgeous oil, of course I went for the traditional, delicious Seafood Paella. Olive oil is used widely in spain and is the foundation of many traditional sauces. As well as that, seafood and fresh herbs…

Mackerel Pâté Stuffed Sweet Potato

Did you know that eating a sweet potato gives you the majority of your daily vitamin A intake? It’s the vitamin we also know as retinol which helps keep skin and the lining of some parts of the body, healthy, and also helps the body’s immune system work properly; not to mention helps keep our vision healthy…

Cauliflower Teriyaki

Some of you may have seen during the week that I witnessed honey harvesting! My uncle had set up the equipment in our garden months ago, so seeing what nature had brought to life was pretty cool. Obviously, I was dying to try out the honey in a recipe, and this gorgeous Cauliflower Teriyaki was…

Homemade Lotus Biscuits

I remember first being introduced to lotus spread (the delicious caramelized biscuit spread) for the first time in Abu Dhabi by my friends who were ordering it as a frozen yogurt topping. I really don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but if I’m to have a craving, this spread would be one of them…

Aubergine Parmigiana

Did you know that Aubergines are high in nutrients such as Folate, Potassium, Vitamins C & K, as well as being high in antioxidants, and fibre, which may contribute to maintaining good blood-sugar control? (source) It’s also a very versatile vegetable (I’ve already added an Aubergine Lasagna recipe to my blog) which can be used…

Freshly Baked Beetroot Pizza

Beetroot pizza is something that combines my huge love of pizza (obviously) and my love of beetroot and ends with the best of both worlds – a gorgeous dough with sweeter undertones and a nice purple glow to the crust. Beetroot definitely doesn’t turn pizza into a superfood, but it does make the pizza a…

Georgian Khachapuri and Walnut Salad

After trying Georgian cuisine when I visited recently, I swore to myself that I would try to recreate the experience from home if I could because I enjoyed it so much! Khachapuri (the bread filled with cheese that looks like a boat) was the first on my list and I finally got around to making…

My Favourite Fresh Tacos

One of my favourite cuisines is definitely Mexican. I love how, even though the recipes are always delicious, they can be made pretty healthy too. I find that indulging in a meal of tacos leads to a lot less regret than indulging in a tray of nachos, as there’s a much less quantity of carbs…

Turkey and Veg Casserole

I don’t think there’s much more appealing, when it comes to cooking, than easy, tasty and healthy dishes. My original blog – Endorphin Stew – was influenced hugely by the fact that I love making stews and casseroles. When it comes to meal prep – extending beyond the standard chicken, veg and rice makes the…

Vegan Mac & Cheese

Insta polls are the way to go. Since I’ve become less active online (and feeling guilty) due to life getting in the way a bit more, it’s always so reassuring to get the engagement and direction from you guys as to what you’re more interested in seeing me cook on my instagram. Obviously, whatever task…

Cod and Prawn Tomato Cashew Pasta

Those of you who follow my blog probably know by now that I am a huge fan of cooking with cashews. This is my latest recipe to feature them and, as always, I like to keep it easy, quick and delicious. This can easily be made into a meat dish by substituting the fish for…

Cheesy Pasta Bake

For me, this recipe screams comfort meal and is a perfect, easy dish to throw together at the end of a long week, and still includes some healthier fats than a traditional pasta bake. Simple dishes like this are so appealing to me to make, and a safe option if cooking for a number of…

Easy Homemade Yoghurt Bread

Hey guys, I hope you are keeping well! Another day, another recipe to keep the time moving on smoothly and sanely. Baking bread is definitely one of those things to do just that. There has always been something very therapeutic about baking for me, as long as I stay within the uncomplicated threshold; because if…

Creamy Mushroom Soup

There’s no crowd-pleaser like a warming bowl of soup. The extent of the different styles and flavours of soups are endless and I think most of us have put our own unique twist on a soup recipe at some point before. I absolutely love the combination of garlic, mushrooms and butter which makes this a…

Smoothie Success Bags

When it comes to setting a healthy routine, careful planning is key to not cracking under the pressure and ending up disposing of good intentions. Since I began experimenting with smoothie bags – which consisted of putting aside some time to fill up five sandwich bags with smoothie ingredients for the week ahead and freezing…

Cáca Keto

Hey all! So… the keto recipes continue. I have to say, when you put yourself under slight restrictions with what you’re allowed to eat, you become a lot more creative. The keto diet, where sugar is forbidden, is definitely one that’s restrictive on the sweet tooth. Luckily there are some alternatives we can use in…

Keto Burrito Bowl

The trick to surviving any new diet, is to modify the recipes you love best to fit them, so that there’s a sense of similarity there to help keep you satisfied. Luckily the past few weeks of keto for me haven’t been too difficult at all, because I was already a big fan of the…

One Pot Butter Chicken with Broccoli Rice

Hey all, I hope all has been well with you and that you’re getting through the lockdown alright; I’m sure you have some great routines set up for yourselves. Speaking of lockdown routines, I have recently began something different with my diet – the keto diet! I had heard about this diet many times in…

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Hey guys, I hope everybody is keeping well! As promised, here is the written version of my Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie recipe. I really appreciate the nice reactions you’ve given to it so far on my social channels. It really does go to show that we all love to indulge in wholesome, hearty warm meals…

Post-Christmas Comfort Dish: Lamb or Aubergine Stew

Hey all, and a very welcome back to my blog! I want to begin by wishing you a belated Merry Christmas – I hope you have all been having a lovely, laid back, wholesome time with family and friends so far. Most of all… I hope you have been enjoying the food! I certainly have…

Chicken/Tofu Teriyaki Courgetti

Fan of the classic Chicken Teriyaki dish? Here it is and without so much of the Saturday-Night-Takeaway or Unhealthy-Convenience-Food guilt. Using spiralled courgette instead of rice, makes this lower in carbs and baked tofu can be used beautifully in place of chicken! This is a gorgeous lean, tasty and impressive dish to make! Note: this one requires a courgetti…

Dairy-free Veggie Alfredo

Chicken Alfredo, or Fettuccine Alfredo, has long been an Italian classic and household favourite. You can’t deny the delectable appeal of the butter-infused, parmesan-saturated dish, and the cosy food slumber a lot of us have fallen into after enjoying it in the past. For many though, the after-affects may not be so pleasant, or the…

The Veggie Vista

It’s the summer, which on paper means it’s time for picnics. Unfortunately we’re not getting the clearest skies this July, but there have been a few lucky days so far to dip out and relax under the sun. This is a recipe that really showcases the good foods you can bring along with you to…

Made in Minutes, Meatballs

Meatballs are a childhood favourite of mine and they always remind me of home. I grew up loving homemade beef meatballs, but then branched into other kinds such as turkey meatballs and various vegetarian versions, but I’m always dragged back to enjoying these ones. This was a very impromptu recipe, but it came out amazing;…

Sweet Potato & Quinoa Satay

Low in oils and sugar, high in slow release carbs and a substantial source of protein (which some wrongly think vegans don’t get enough off) 🌱 This is a dish to try on your meat free days. The traditional peanut butter sauce that we often associate with chicken, transforms a veggie dish into a hearty…

Maple and Oat Biscuits

I am, for sure, a sucker for biscuits and cookies, so having too many recipes for them is never a worry for me. Is it just me or does the combination of maple syrup and nuts just bring you back in time to long cycles or hill/cliff walks where you stopped to rest and take…

Prawn Pad Thai

I have always been a fan of prawns; I remember my favourite childhood starter being a fresh prawn salad topped with some tangy balsamic vinegar. The older I get, the more I seem to experiment with other prawn dishes. My last recipe, Prawn al Peperoncino, is definitely one of my favourite prawn dishes, and one…

Prawn al Peperoncino

Penne al Peperoncino is one of my favourite meals to date, and definitely a top go-to takeaway of mine. One problem I’ve always experienced (and admittedly sometimes ignored because of the sheer pleasure of enjoying the dish) is all of the dairy within it. I, without fail, have breakouts after a big dairy dish and…

Vegan Smoothie Bowl

Now more than ever, we have more time to get creative in the kitchen. Just like engaging in an adult’s colouring book, gardening or taking to a musical instrument, decorating your food can be an act of mindfulness. Below, I’m sharing just one of many of my smoothie recipes, along with some information about the…

Carrot & Meatball Pasta Salad

It’s sometimes hard to remember or even want to slip enough veggies into your daily meals, without the right planning. As adults it can be difficult, which means even more so for kids. I threw this together in an appealing way, so as to make introducing some healthy nutrients a little easier for the young…

Sweet Avocado Porridge

Sounds strange? Maybe. But if you think it tastes strange, I beg to differ. Avocado for me is  a smoothie staple and with the right amount of added sweetness, it also enhances their taste, and especially their texture. Since I like my avocado smoothies and usually include oats in them, I thought I’d reverse the…

Cashew Cream Spaghetti

By now, I have experienced the benefits of veganism first hand. When done right, a few weeks on a vegan diet can boost your mood, energy levels, and combined with a regular amount of exercise can have you shedding the pounds quicker than you realize. One run-in I’ve had with the diet, however, is how…

Blueberry and Cranberry Chia Bars

I’m a big fan of sweet treats that are easy to throw together, and even more so when they happen to be healthy. Dates are an extremely popular fruit in the Middle East, where I’m currently working because of the huge volume of date palm trees. They’re high in fiber and can be used as…

My Minestrone

Minestrone – a traditional, thick Italian soup – consists usually of many vegetables like beans, onions, celery, carrot sticks and tomato, with added rice or pasta, or sometimes both. There have been many different varieties of minestrone created down through the years, with every different twist as interesting as the other. Most people stick to…

Quick Pitta Pizza & Mild Curry Nachos

Most recipes on my blog are either vegan, vegetarian or dairy-free. Although my diet doesn’t exist as any of those, exclusively, I like to challenge myself to create as many recipes as I can under those categories, because I know that each carries their own benefits and the recipes I create are tasty and fulfilling…

Blueberry Oat Scones

Oats have long been a life-saver for me when it comes to cooking. From using them as an affordable way to start my day as a student with porridge, to blending them into a flour to bake a healthy loaf, to making a bulky and filling smoothie and making these decadent yet super easy scones….

Kale Turkey Burgers

Following on from my previous recipe post using kale, I’d like to share another way to sneak the power green into your meals without really noticing it. Homemade burgers were always a staple for me growing up at home – my mum always preferred to throw them together with fresh mince rather than bring home…

Chia Bolognese

Chia seeds are a great addition to any meal; a nice inclusion of omega-3 fats, antioxidants fibre iron and calcium. Looking back on some recipes I’ve made with chia seeds has reminded me about their versatility. They’re so adaptable that you don’t even realize they’re there sometimes, like for example in this following chia bolognese….

Three Ingredient Muffins

We all love an easy bake, and I was glad to see a nice response to my three recipe cookies. Turns out, coming up with another kind wasn’t so tough. Two out of three of the ingredients are the same as those in my cookies, but the outcome is a lot different. I’m a lover…

Vegan Cheese Nachos

Since there was such a nice response to my previous nacho recipe, I decided to go one step further and account for the vegan and dairy-free diets too. The vegan cheese is my main focus for this post, but dairy-free yogurt works very well in substituting the sour cream in the original recipe. This was…

Plant-Based Biryani

Biryani, another of the world’s most popular Indian dishes, is believed by some to have been created by Queen Mumtaz Mahal of India – the same lady the Taj Mahal was built for as a tomb – in an attempt to salvage the malnourished soldiers of the country centuries ago. Consisting traditionally of mixed rices…

Spicy Lentil Burgers

Red lentils have fast become one of my favorite pulses because of their high versatility. Not only do they make a delicious Moroccan soup or Dahl, as seen in my earlier posts, but they can even be molded into delicious pâtés or burgers. Once you soften the lentils, all it takes is draining them and…

Three Berry Ice Pops

Nothing gets me like the sweet summer nostalgia of childhood days in Ireland. Chasing after my neighbors with water guns, freezing in the garden whenever I’d hear the bees, making cardboard houses for worms and creepy crawlies, and running into my Mum’s dinners at sunset after an afternoon outside playing hide and seek (40:40 as…

Chicken/Tofu Marinades

If you find yourself with an hour or two to spare on a Sunday evening, meal prepping is one of the most beneficial things you could do. Firstly, you can plan exactly how you want your diet to pan out for the rest of the week without risking any impulse decisions in the work cafeteria,…

My Mo-Rockin’ Soup

In the past, I often integrated lentil soup into my college meal prep. In the Arab world, they have a lentil-based dish called Harira which originated from Morocco and is traditionally eaten as a starter or a snack. Although this Moroccan style soup is eaten excessively throughout Ramadan, it is popular all year round. I…

Goji Berry & Oat Clusters

Back on my previous Endorphin Stew blog, this recipe was one of the most popular. Not one person who tagged me in their recreations had any complaints, which I was delighted to see! These are a no fuss, satisfying sweet snack, that kills the cravings and doesn’t leave you regretting much (as long as you…

Roast Vegetable Soup

After a hectic day’s work, there’s little needed more than an effortless, cosy and comforting meal to help us decompress and unwind. For me, roasted vegetables are the embodiment of comforting, especially when blitzed into a tasty thick soup. The beauty of this recipe, is one, how easy it is to throw together and two,…

Creamy(less) Mushroom Spaghetti

One-pot dishes are never really something to complain about. There’s such merit in minimal washing up that we would sometimes sacrifice the quality of our dishes if it meant less washing up after the cooking. Well, there’s nothing poor about the quality of this delicious one pot dish! View this post on Instagram Creamy(less) Mushroom…

Chocolate Cashew Cookies

For anybody with a busy work/life schedule, it seems a million times easier to pick up the nicest looking cereal bar, with the healthiest looking wrapper, than to begin thinking about gathering ingredients and spending time baking your own home-made treats. Well snack out of that mindset, because there are a tonne of easy, healthy…

Chickpea and Sweet Potato Dahl

Lentils are no longer confined to the south Asian countries and Indian subcontinent, because of their capacity to be integrated into modern dishes and to be used in a variety of clever ways. One of my favorite pulses are red split lentils; not only are they delicious when used right, they are low in calories,…