Quick n Easy Protein Bites
Chocolate & Berry Protein Muffins
Satay Tofu Burgers
Vegetarian "Chicken" Alfredo
Vegetarian Nasi Goreng
Berry Easy Sorbet
"Choc Chip" Pikelets
Salmon and Quinoa Patties
Chocolate Protein Brownies
"Cream Cheese" Frosting
"Carrot Cake" Quinoa Porridge
Vegetarian "Shepherds Pie"
"Sticky Date"Pudding with "Butterscotch" Sauce
Blueberry & "Choc Chip" Chia Breakfast Pudding
Pumpkin Seed Museli Bar
Peanut Butter Jam Drop Cookies
Parsley & Walnut Crumbed Tofu
Pumpkin, Asparagus and Pea Risotta
Apple, Date & Walnut Loaf
Red Velvet Slice
Quinoa Bircher Museli
Choc Mint Mousse
Gluten Free Tortillas
Chicken Lettuce Cups
Ginger Fruit & Nut Cake
Quick n Easy Protein BitesWhen I started running a business my eating was never consistent, therefore indulgences were made. Instead of opting for healthy options it was always processed, high sugar foods which backtracked all my gym time. These initially became my go to breakfast or weekend dessert but they are perfect for breakfast, snacks, after dinner or even lunch and dinner if you're really busy! They contain all the goodness from whole & super foods, slightly sweet and filling, can be eaten on the run and did I mention they taste amazing?
Chocolate & Berry Protein MuffinsOne day I just felt like a breakfast muffin, but as per usual everything convenient is high sugar, high fat and contains gluten, lactose etc etc etc. So I hit the kitchen and the pantry and this was the result. I like these slightly warmed and served with some rice syrup, natural peanut butter, or just straight up. Enjoy!
Satay Tofu BurgersWho doesn't love a good burger? and why should you miss out being a vegetarian? These burgers were something I thought up for dinner one night. They're light, tasty, filling and even better come in a lettuce leaf bun for those hot summer nights (you can use a normal one if you want) but you won't be disappointed!
Vegetarian "Chicken" AlfredoEveryone loves an alfredo, but when your dietary restrictions say otherwise, I improvise. This recipe literally came to me in my sleep and is perfect for lunch or dinner.
Vegetarian Nasi GorengThis dish is so full of nutrition you could eat it every meal. I created this recipe as I was sick of fried rice and also wanted something a littler lighter at night with the carbohydrate intake so this was the result. Super quick, nutritious and delicious.
Berry Easy SorbetI was stuck without an after dinner treat and the thought of getting in the car to go to the shops really wasn't appealing to me so to the kitchen to see what was laying around. The berry sorbet was born, it's quick, easy, no sugar and if you have a nutribullet or something similar it only required a cup and a spoon - who doesn't love minimal dishes.
"Choc Chip" PikeletsTrying to find something different for a "snack" can be a tiring process and any excuse to have pikelets is good enough for me. I also have a "jam" recipe that these go really well with however most sweet condiments work well, or if I can be modest they're pretty amazing by themselves. These will store for 5 days in an airtight container and I suggest eating them slightly warmed.
Strawberry "Jam"Everyone loves Jam, but not everyone loves high amounts of processed sugar. So I managed to test something out one day when I was getting creative in the kitchen and I was so happy I started having it on everything. A few of my recipes can use this as a condiment like my pikelets, chia puddings, muffins and it's such a quick and easy recipe you wouldn't do it any other way.
Salmon and Quinoa PattiesThis recipe came as a spin off from traditional salmon and veg dinner. Wanting to mix things up, as well as sticking to my dietary requirements I managed to create the holy grail of patties (well in my opinion anyway) perfect with a salad, wilted spinach or even as a burger patty if you're feeling adventurous. A great alternative for a bbq to. It's easy to make, easy to cook and ideally a filling meal. The quinoa crumbs can be brought packaged or alternatively you can put uncooked quinoa in a food processor and blend until a crumb consistency is formed. If you have no problem with egg or dairy you can do an egg/milk wash prior to crumbing, however the oiliness of the fish seems to be enough to get a good crumb coating. I also stored these for 5 days in a airtight container
Dill "Aioli"Originally I made this as a condiment for my "salmon and quinoa patties" but I figured it's special enough you can use it for anything from fish to chicken and even replace the dill with a preferred herb to compliment your cooking minus the calories.
Chocolate Protein BrowniesI found myself needing to get rid of some avocados and how I came up with brownies is beyond me. In saying that it was the best decision of my life. Rich, indulgent and GOOD FOR YOU! They store up to 7 days in an airtight container and can be eaten cold or hot with any condiment of choice, but alone they are amazing.
"Cream Cheese" FrostingFor some reason I couldn't get the thought of a carrot cake idea out of my head and what goes best with that? Cream cheese frosting. In relation to sticking with gluten, dairy and sugar free recipes I had to get creative so with a quick experiment this recipe came to me and was whipped up within 15 minutes. And it was exactly what I was hoping for. This recipe was created to match my "carrot cake porridge" however it would be delicious to add to pikelets, cupcakes, or straight off the spoon. If you add more chia seeds it will be more a consistency of a mousse so can be a solo dessert if you're feeling cheeky.
"Carrot Cake" Quinoa PorridgeNothing is more appealing than cake for breakfast, what's better? minus the calories and guilt to go with it. In one of my experimental hazes I managed to combine an old time favourite to a high fibre, high protein breakfast. This recipe is best served with a dollop of my "cream cheese" frosting, a drizzle of rice syrup or just by itself on a cool winter morning. Or any morning really cause it's just so delicious.
Vegetarian "Shepherds Pie"This was always a childhood favourite of mine, but following a 'type A' diet eliminated meat, potato and dairy so what's a girl to do? Experiment of course. Now I can relive my childhood and walk away with the satisfaction of a hearty meal (especially in winter) without the bloat or the carbs. It sits so much lighter on the gut and being so high in fibre passes through the digestive tract with a lot more ease, and no breaking my dietary guidelines. You can use any mix of vegetables that you like - these are my favourite but feel free to get creative. Also you can add quinoa crumbs or any type of topping and bake to get a bit of crunch or if you aren't restricted to dairy you can of course add cheese and bake.
"Sticky Date"Pudding with "Butterscotch" SauceSTICKY DATE PUDDING - a winter favourite for many, my mum being one of them, so she put me to the challenge with this one, loving everything I make she thought she'd throw it out there and of course it niggled at me until I thought right, how hard can it be. Safe to say I succeeded with a gluten, dairy and sugar free "sticky date" pudding. You won't believe it until you try it. I baked these in a muffin tray to get "serves" but it would be as effective in a lined tray of any sort. Obviously this is best served warm with the complimenting sauce, but if you're not avoiding any particular ingredients of course custard, icecream or cream can be used. For the ultimate indulgence try it with my "chocolate custard" recipe..
Blueberry & "Choc Chip" Chia Breakfast PuddingI've never been one for cereals and I do an awful big session at the gym most mornings, so I really needed something filling, but exciting to get me going in the mornings. I'd also fallen in love with dried blueberries so after thinking of a way to do something with those I managed to tick 2 boxes with this creation. It's the easiest most satisfying breakfast, full of nutrition and filling so you can atleast get through the morning with enough energy and not hit the biscuit box. Although this specifies "breakfast" it would make a great dessert, brunch or even a snack. Great with a drizzle of rice syrup or my "jam" recipe dolloped on top, some sliced banana or berries, but like all good things it tastes great straight out of the fridge to.
Vegan LaksaThis laksa isn't a traditional one, but still so full of flavour. I have made this vegetarian on many occasions but the recipe is just the standard base - you can feel free to add any variety of vegetables or protein that you wish: chicken, salmon, tofu, seafood the list is endless but you won't be disappointed. Obviously once you add a protein it won't be vegan! Like most people I love all things Asian, but being restricted against coconut milk and seeing all those prepackaged bases containing palm oil and other nasties, it was to the drawing board to see what I could do, and do it I did. I chose to use homemade macadamia milk for this recipe due to the subtle sweetness of the nuts, however soy or almond milk also will work and prepackaged nut milk is also a winner if you're short on time.
Pumpkin Seed Museli BarAs a kid I loved museli bars and as I've gotten older to only discover how much sugar and nasties they contain, it's a given Í haven't indulged in one for a long time. So with a bit of creative flair in the kitchen I managed to make my own version of what I would consider a "museli bar" of today. I know everything that's in it and it's good for me. A perfect pick me up snack any time of day, and feel free to mix it up, by adding any variations of dried fruit or nuts/seeds you may like. This one just hit home for me.
Peanut Butter Jam Drop CookiesThis recipe just screams delicious, I mean who doesn't LOVE a jam drop? I know I could sit and eat a whole packet but that is never good for the waistline so after a few adjustments I've found the perfect spin on an old time favourite. This recipe is just for the Peanut butter cookies, refer to my "jam recipe" as the filling or just enjoy the cookies by themselves.
Parsley & Walnut Crumbed TofuWhen you're a new vegetarian, there is only so many ways you can do tofu right? Well this way will never make you think of tofu as "boring" again. Having converted from chicken once upon a time, I couldn't say I would have noticed much difference with this recipe. With the quinoa crumbs you can buy prepackaged (which I did in this case) or blend uncooked quinoa in a processor until crumbs have formed. I simply served mine with a salad, however any type of vegetables or greens would work to make this a meal, or just enjoy it on its own :-)
Pumpkin, Asparagus and Pea RisottaI felt like I needed something more filling for my lunches as I was becoming so hungry with all my training, and it's advisable to have your biggest meal at lunch. This was a real treat and of course no nasties so it can be a family meal, or just for you, either way no one will ever know it's healthy and that's what I love about it.
Apple, Date & Walnut LoafEveryone loves cake, and for a snack it goes down well. So why not make it a healthy snack. This recipe got me through those sweet fixes all week long and would make a perfect side to catching up for coffee with friends. You can't even tell it's not naughty. And if you're not on restricted calories or ingredients, serve with cream custard or icecream. This recipe may not look like its cooked through due to the fruit content, which is great, it is meant to stay somewhat soft for the moistness of the cake
Red Velvet SliceI've always wanted to try make something sweet from beetroot, and I guess the fact beetroot turns everything that rich red/purple colour why not try something "red velvet" it always sounds appealing and this is probably my favourite creation. I hope you love it to
Quinoa Bircher MuseliI love museli, especially in Summer, but I found all the prepackaged ones contain a lot of sugar OR contain fruit/nuts I am not allowed due to my Type A diet. So let's just make it ourselves, fresh, healthy and so so easy. I usually prep this before bed time and wake up to it ready. If you aren't restricted to any particular nuts or fruits you can mix this one up as you please.
Power SmoothieI never found a "smoothie" that left me feeling full enough, so after some background research on some superfoods and what would actually blend well without breaking my blender :-) I came up with a perfect go-to smoothie that packs a punch of nutrition, tastes amazing and can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks or even dessert. This recipe is a bit of a "free pour" in the sense of making it to my liking so feel free to add less or more of things as you need. I also encourage you to add or remove things you may or may not like, such as other dried fruits or nuts
Nut MilkI don't know about you but paying $4-$5 for 1L of milk was becoming a bit outrageous, especially when I could nuts and make twice as much for nearly the same price. So if you want to get crafty and really make your meals that one step healthier this is a simple recipe to create your own nut milks. You want about 1L of water: 500g nut ratio, give or take. You want to use fresh water for the milk, but soaking can be done in tap water if needed, although filtered water is better.
Nut ButtersWhen I started doing research on alternative spreads, to have anything "healthy" you were paying a fortune, so I made my own. Again it's much better for you and you know exactly what you're eating. *Ensure you have a quality food processor for this recipe as it takes some time.
Choc Mint MousseOne night, I needed dessert and I would have done anything for it! Even made it :-) Within 5 minutes I was in chocolate heaven, and cravings were satisfied.
Mango SorbetI'm not a big mango person, but my dad delivered me these 2 perfect Bowen mangoes straight from the farm, so what to do? I enjoyed one plain (cause everyone loves a good mango) and then I decided to create a dessert as it was a hot afternoon but I was planning on a night in so it worked perfect.
Gluten Free TortillasI started a new meal plan and it called for a wheat tortilla. Now to revisit - my diet is gluten, dairy, sugar free and I stick to "what's right for my blood type" So I have been making my own and not only do they not interfere with my digestion, they taste pretty good.
Chicken Lettuce CupsI'm a big lover of Asian inspired cuisine and also just like to avoid breads and processed carbs for dinner, so here is my spin on a 'san choy bow' inspired dish. Light, easy and full of protein for feeling full. Please feel free to add whatever vegetables you enjoy.
Ginger Fruit & Nut CakeI wanted to keep up with my theme this Christmas, and I also had a lot of leftover ingredients in my cupboard I needed to clear out before holidays. I took the idea of a fruit cake - keeping within gluten, sugar, dairy free and keeping with blood type A guildelines. I was pretty amazed with how it turned out, and I served with a dollop of Chocolate Custard (see my mousse recipe and add extra almond milk to get custard consistency) End result, delicious, quick, full of fibre and still within Christmas tradition. Even though it lasted me well after :-)
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All recipes in this book are vegan friendly and cater for that sweet fix. I love nothing more than a special treat, and these have all be created by me out of pure creativity, so please enjoy. If you want more follow me on Instagram @gemmar89 for pictures and new creations as they come.
Here you can find anything from breakfast, lunch, dinner and sweet treats that are completely gluten, dairy and sugar free. Most recipes are also egg and nut free and have been designed to suit a Type A blood diet guide. I created the cookbook as a way for people to eat well while not cutting out all the goodness they enjoy but minimising all processed foods and using only natural, healthful ingredients. After never being able to find food to suit my needs (gluten free but not diary free or vice versa) I decided i'd do it myself and that I did. It has also been designed with time in mind, nothing takes longer than 5-10 minutes to prepare, as running a business takes alot of my time, my diet shouldn't suffer. Perfect for busy mums, business owners, or just people looking to live a healthier, easier life within time and budget. Enjoy.