It might technically be spring but seeing as Melbourne likes to play fast and loose with sticking to the seasons, so will I. My first week back on pasta and here I am with this flavour bomb of a bowl of deliciousness.
Yum yum yum! This salad is warm, and comforting and full of flavour. It’s also loaded with vegetables and totally winter appropriate. The crunchy toasted coconut, crispy bits of roast cauliflower and caramelised pumpkin are a killer combo. Especially with miso and sesame paste coating it all. Yes, yes, yes.
Is there anything more cosy or comforting than a pasta bake? It’s also a super easy way to make a filling vegetarian meal! All you need is some sort of green salad on the side and dinner is sorted.
Pearl barley makes a great change from using rice, it isn’t gluten free or anything it just gives a different flavour and a great texture. Plus it’s a great source of dietary fibre and a range of vitamins and minerals. It’s nutty flavour works so well with the sweet pumpkin and salty feta.
This pasta is sort of like a healthy pumpkiny version of mac n cheese. The pumpkin pasta sauce has that silky quality and coats every mouthful with savoury sweet goodness. But there’s a secret ingredient in here that makes this so good.
This red curry pumpkin soup is all kinds of yum and combines two of my favourite things to eat in winter: curry and soup! What could be better? Oh I know, getting a little naughty and topping it with crispy shallots and coconut cream.
This salad is relatively simple to make so is the perfect thing to prep at the start of the week for a few lunches. With the pesto, mozzarella and caramelised pumpkin the flavours pack a punch and make for a satisfying meal.
The creamy caramelised pumpkin that tops this bruschetta can easily be prepared the night before for an indulgent week day breakfast or just add a poached egg and you’ve got a delicious weekend brunch. Sweet pumpkin, fragrant thyme and salty feta is a pretty classic combination, but perhaps you’re yet to eat it for breakfast?
These are my 3 hacks (+3 delicious quick and easy recipes) for making sure lunch is always brilliant and you don’t get bored or stuck in a lunch rut. They are aimed at those who aren’t going to do a huge amount of lunch prep on the weekend and want something that can be thrown together in 15 minutes or less.