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Easy avocado blender pesto

Pesto is one of those things that you either love or hate. Take my brother and me for example. Ever since I discovered pesto in my mid-teens, I’ve never been able to get enough of the stuff. In fact, mainly sustaining myself with white pasta and jars of pesto was probably the main cause of my fresher 5 (ok, 15) while living in a university dorm. My brother, on the other hand, hates the stuff. He even disliked being in the same room as me when I was eating anything that contained pesto. Too bad, I say. While pasta isn’t…

Easy meal prep: vegetarian Mexican-style stuffed zucchinis

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you’ll know I’m ALL about the sneaky veggies. Macronutrients, calories and kilojoules aside, I’m always most happy with my food creations when they feature as many servings of vegetables as possible. I’m not the biggest fan of vegetables – tastewise, at least. I mean, if there’s a burger or carrot sticks in front of me, I know which one I’d prefer to eat. Although, I know which one I’d feel better after eating… Sneaky veggies are the perfect way to get more nutrients if you don’t have an innate love for vegetables. …

Lunch meal prep: rainbow crunchy ginger slaw

Planning and preparing your lunch for the week is a great way to get started with meal prep. That’s because lunch meal prep can be as simple as a salad or toast, or as extravagant (and delicious) as a slow cooked curry or buddha bowl. The options are endless. While lunch meal prep is a great way to add more nutrients to your diet and to save a few bucks, it can be a tricky one. There are a few variables you have to consider, like: where will you be when you’re eating? can you reheat your meal prep lunch? do you need access…

17 healthy desserts that contain legumes

I’ve always been the type of person that has room for dessert, no matter how full and bursting I already am with food. Before I got interested in health and nutrition, I’d often have dessert instead of dinner. Because, you know, why waste room on vegetables…. These days I’m a little more health focused, but I’ve still got that same sweet tooth. That’s why I try my hardest to create dessert recipes with benefits. The more nutritious, the better! If you’ve come across Sarah in Shape before, you’re probably aware that we’re ALL about those healthy desserts and treats. Healthier desserts…

Black bean brownie balls

If you’re not an avid Pinterest user, the combination of black beans (a legume) and chocolate (usually a dessert) might seem kind of weird. Well, if you’re not overly experimental in the kitchen, the whole idea of legumes in desserts probably sounds like a strange one. But just trust me on this one. The whole dessert food category has had a bit of a makeover in recent times. Recipes filled with butter, sugar and/or flour were once the staple of an after-dinner meal. But that’s no longer the case. Desserts with benefits Thanks to the development of healthy ingredient swaps,…

Sweet potato crusted quiche

Were you under the impression that quiche is an “unhealthy” meal? Although I don’t like to label many things as strictly healthy or unhealthy, for a long time quiche was something I wouldn’t eat a lot of. If I was eating out and saw quiche on the menu, it would automatically fall into my mental list of foods to be eaten only in moderation. Quiche is a bit of a family affair for me. It was probably one of my first introductions to the idea of meal prep as a child. Both my parents made variations when I was growing up.…

Rainbow roast chickpea buddha bowl

Another beautiful (and delicious) meal idea that’s taken social media by storm is the buddha bowl. If you’re wondering what a buddha bowl is, you’ve probably seen them on your Instagram feed. They’re also known as “macro” or “nourish” bowls. But basically, it’s a fun title for a nutritious and filling vegetarian salad. The best part about buddha bowls is that they’re completely customisable. Therefore they really are the definition of “using up whatever is leftover in the fridge.” Buddha bowls are vegetarian or vegan, featuring meatless forms of protein, beneficial fats and complex carbohydrates. But most importantly, they’re jam-packed…

Vegan sesame roasted chickpeas

If you’ve been reading Sarah in Shape for a while, or are a member of the Shape University community, you’ve probably noticed that I often advocate for healthy eaters to incorporate more vegetarian meals into their diet. I’ve even been mistaken as a vegetarian by a number of people! Although I do love vegetarian options and often enjoy meatless meals, I still count meat as a pillar of my diet. I guess you could call me a flexitarian. That said, I’ve previously written about the way most modern societies eat far too much meat. I’ve also brought attention to the…

This is why you should have a Meatless Monday

What is Meatless Monday? I’m sure you’ve heard about Meatless Monday. But in case you haven’t, Meatless Monday is an international movement for people to go vegetarian on Mondays to help their health and the health of the planet. That’s just one day a week. That leaves six whole other days you CAN eat meat. It’s just that simple. Benefits of Meatless Monday This clever initiative can benefit your health by: reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke improving the nutritional quality of your diet limiting obesity risk and best of all, by saving money on the grocery bill. Meatless Monday…

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