Welcome to Nifty number 19
burger patties
Welcome to Nifty number 19

There is something so refreshing about starting a new year. New ideas, new goals, new challenges, new adventures, new recipes. Here is my first 2019 recipe I created using ingredients I have at home. For this entire week, my personal challenge is to use up everything before doing a weekly shop the weekend. I love a good burger, and I'm sure you do too. Using ingredients you have lying around in your cupboards, you will find some gems that can be made into some delicious creations. Okay, so maybe that's just me who wants to be creative and think how…

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Hello holidays and Christmas Treats
peanut butter vegan bites
Hello holidays and Christmas Treats

Yesterday Sam and I drove to Cincinnati where we will be spending Christmas with some friends. I couldn't be happier that it's holidays and cold enough for hot Christmas feasts. South African is always so hot over Christmas! Every year I wonder about the massive debts that families get themselves into over the Christmas period. Keeping up with the Joneses is emotionally and financially draining. Who actually needs to do this? Well, unless someone has a gun to your head, then you definitely don't. My three tips to staying financially sane are: 1. Set boundaries/budgets for yourself if you are…

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Eggless Vegan Quiche

Before going vegan, one assumes that being vegan means restrictions. No meat (burgers), no cheese (pizza), no milk (ice-cream), no eggs (cakes/quiches)... how will I survive? This might have been a relevant question a decade ago but now it's pretty easy to transition. Because 'veganism' or a plant based lifestyle is growing rapidly, so is a whole industry focused on making vegan ingredients and products, and their availability is widespread. The internet has amazing recipes from super creative people out there who are all contributing to making this a lifestyle of abundance. Free to explore a range of ingredients you…

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Golden Spiced Granola

Granola I love making granola. Besides Sam having a bowl as a late night snack almost daily, it's a really simple thing to make. When I first moved to America, I couldn't believe how every brand was loaded with different sugars or honey and the only brand I did find made with coconut sugar was out of the budget $$$ especially when your husband is a granola muncher like mine. So I started experimenting with granolas more. Golden Granola Golden spiced granola There is something special about a homemade granola. You have control over all the textures and flavors and…

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20minute Vegan Curried Shepherds pie with Cauliflower mash

We all have at least an hour to cook a meal daily right? Wrong! And not everyone wants to cook an hour if you did have the time. I guess cooking is not for everyone and we all lead busy lives and would rather spend time with friends and family when we do have extra time. While I might have time on my side, I've never been one to spend hours and hours in a kitchen on a home meal, nor do I want to start. My goal is always to achieve a delicious meal in 30minutes or less. And…

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Kimchi fried rice

kimchi fried rice with maple glazed mushrooms Before I tell you more more about kimchi, I'm hoping you will be curious to give it a try and why not start with this kimchi fried rice recipe? I could eat this almost every day and it's so versatile. You can use all your leftover veggies and and vegan protein choice. This was my first time making this kimchi fried rice with mushrooms and I'll for sure be making this again. What the heck is kimchi? When it comes to food, I am constantly learning about new ingredients. We are lucky enough…

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