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Thai Black Rice Salad

Black rice is a fantastic alternative to white rice. It has a chewy, nutty texture and is a great source of anthocyanin, a powerful antioxidant. You’ll be able to buy black rice from most supermarkets or health food stores.

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Spinach, Kale & Ricotta Rolls

Spinach and kale both offer many nutritional benefits. Kale is rich in vitamin C, vitamin K and calcium, while spinach is high in folate, vitamin A and vitamin K. Both green vegetables are beneficial for heart health, immune function and gut health.

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Feta Za’atar-Filled Flatbreads

Za’atar is a spice blend used in Middle Eastern cooking. The blend will vary from region to region. Most za’atar blends contain sesame seeds, thyme, marjoram, oregano, salt and sumac. For this recipe I have bought a good-quality store-bought za’atar. Serve with the Tunisian Mashed Carrot Salad.

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Tunisian Mashed Carrot Salad (Ummak Huriyya)

Ummak huriyya is a traditional Tunisian dish using boiled mashed carrots. I have been inspired by this dish
and added some of my own touches. I have roasted the carrots instead of boiling so the flavour of the carrots is
sweeter and more intense. I’ve also added toasted pine nuts to add some extra crunch and texture.

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Beef & Kale Sausage Rolls

Sausage rolls are a terrific meal for kids to get involved with and make. If you use the right kind of pastry, they can also be a nutrient-dense meal. In this recipe I’ve used a store-bought wholemeal spelt flour puff pastry. When you’re buying pastry, look for a puff pastry made with butter instead of those made with refined vegetable oils.

Quinoa & Chickpea Bake

Quinoa & Chickpea Bake

This is the perfect mid-week meal. The key to baking quinoa in the oven is to make sure the liquid is hot before you pour it into the baking dish. Feel free to add any combination of vegetables, such as corn or cherry tomatoes.

Belgium Speculaas

Belgian Speculaas Biscuits

Speculaas are traditional Belgian biscuits made with a delicious spice blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom and cloves. This is a version using more nutrient-dense flours; a mix of brown-rice flour, blanched almond meal and spelt flour. These biscuits are pressed into a decorative wooden mould in the shape of a windmill, boat or person before baking, but any biscuit shape will do.