Easy Vegan Dinner Recipe- Sweet Potato Boats!

IMG_8628If you live in the States or have ever visited you will know of the restaurant Texas Roadhouse. They have amazing bread rolls with cinnamon and butter as well as amazing sweet potato sides! One of my favourites is the sweet potato, cut open and slathered with cinnamon butter.

Greg has been doing the Daniel Fast this week so I’ve been looking for recipes that are vegan friendly- dairy free, meat free etc

A really simple recipe that we love and is super filling are sweet potato boats!

Here’s the recipe!

Sweet Potato Boats


  • Sweet Potatoes (one for each person)
  • Vegetable Oil
  • a few Tbsp of Almond Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg

How to

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Wash and dry the sweet potatoes.
  3. Cover each sweet potato with Vegetable Oil in a thin layer and poke with a fork numerous times all over
  4. Wrap each sweet potato individually in aluminium foil,  and place on a baking tray in the oven. Depending on the size of the potatoes they will take approx 45min-1 1/2 hour to soften. To check if the potato is done insert a knife or fork through it- if it glides smoothly you are ready to rock and roll.
  5. Take the potatoes out of the oven and allow to cool for approx 5 min.
  6. Open the potato parcels up and slice open the sweet potatoes to have two halves. Using a fork or knife disrupt the smooth flesh to make ridges and divots.
  7. Place Almond Butter on each side of the potato flesh, sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.


Easy Cauliflower Pizza Crust!

I hands down love pizza. I would eat pizza once a day if it was low calorie and socially acceptable. I have tried an almond flour pizza crust, I’ve tried a thin crust and thick crust, I’ve tried Chicago style deep dish and New York Pizza. I’m eaten pizza out of a little whole in the wall downtown San Francisco and I’ve bought take away from Little Caesars.. I really don’t discriminate!

In an effort to try and have my cake and eat it too I wanted to try the Cauliflower Pizza Crust I’ve seen floating around on the internet. I am not a fan of Cauliflower but it actually looked like it may taste okay.

I waited and waited some more for Cauliflower to not be $5 for a head because I was not going to pay $5 to just chuck something in the bin (you never know…) I tried the below recipe out on Monday night and was really surprised! The “dough” is kind of like pizzaish mashed potato and it definitely has a Cauliflower taste and smell, but when you add oregano and cheese and pizza sauce it actually tastes pretty good!


IMG_4041Give it a try and let me know what you think!!

The Best Low-Carb Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe

Recipe from Gimme Delicious


  • 1 small to medium sized head of cauliflower – should yield 2 to 3 cups once processed
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon basil or rosemary, minced (or dry)
  • ½ teaspoon oregano, minced (or dry)
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1-2 cups mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F (260 Celsius)
  2. Remove the stems from the cauliflower and cut into chunks, Place the cauliflower into a food processor and pulse it until it resembles the texture of rice. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a cheese grater or chop it very finely.
  3. Microwave the processed cauliflower uncovered in a microwave safe bowl for approximately 4-5 minutes on high. Remove it from the microwave and allow it to cool for at least 4-5 minutes. After the cauliflower is slightly cooled, place it in a kitchen towel and squeeze all the liquid out of it. Be sure to squeeze as much liquid as humanly possible.
  4. Combine the cooked cauliflower, egg, garlic, cheese, and seasonings. Stir until a dough texture forms. Spread the cauliflower mixture out onto lightly greased parchment paper or a pizza pan in the shape of a pizza crust.
  5. Bake the crust for approximately 10-15 minutes (depending on your oven), or until the crust is golden and crispy. I cooked mine for approximately 15 minutes. After the crust is golden remove it from the oven and add your toppings, I used marinara sauce and cheese for a simple margarita pizza.
  6. Place the pizza back in the oven but this time turn on the broiler, bake for about 2-5 minutes until the cheese melts. be sure to keep an eye on it because the broiler can burn the cheese quickly.
  7. Slice and serve warm , enjoy!
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Low Calorie Falafel

You may or may not know that I am half Assyrian. My mother was born in Baghdad, Iraq. She migrated to Australia when she was 2 years old so most of her memories are from here in Australia rather than back home. My grandma was 27 years old when they migrated so “grew up” in Baghdad. I love hearing her stories of Iraq and her parents. She laughs and smiles so much when talking about her friends and family before Saddam Hussein and war.

Nan as we call her has cooked us a meal almost every week since the day I was born. She has a rotation of 5 Assyrian meals- you think I’m kidding, but I am 100% serious- every week I can name you 5 meals and she will, without a doubt, cook one of those. As much as we make jokes about it there is something so familiar and nostalgic in the thought of her cooking the same meals my whole life.

Falafel is more so a Lebanese dish but every once in a while for special occasions we will all go to Frank’s in Fairfield (little Iraq) and share an amazing Lebanese meal- Falafel featuring in all of its glory.


When I came across this recipe I knew I had to try it- wanting to start eating a bit less meat and a lot more healthier I decided to give it a try. My onion hating husband did not like these (It slipped my mind to make a few without onion- sorry babe!) but next time I will definitely tweak the recipe to appeal to everyone.

Healthy Oven Baked Falafel Balls- the original recipe comes from Bake Play Smile

DSC_0191.JPGTotal Time- 35min

Makes- Roughly 12 (small)

  • 425 g can chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 red onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup panko crumbs or any breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbs ground cumin
  • 3 tbs finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to season

How To

  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees celsius (fan-forced) and line a baking tray with greaseproof baking paper.
  2. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and mix together well. I just mashed everything with a fork in a bowl instead of using a food processor.
  3. Spoon the mixture into a bowl.
  4. If there are any large chunks, mash them with a fork (you still want the mixture to be a little lumpy though).
  5. Roll tablespoonfuls of the mixture into balls and place on the tray.
  6. Lightly spray with olive oil cooking spray.
  7. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
  8. Take the tray out of the oven, turn the balls over and bake for another 15 minutes or until golden and crispy.
  9. Serve

I served these along Yumi’s Hommus and Babaganoush which you can buy from any Woolworths or Coles.