Event: Sydney Vegan Market

Frustrated about the lack of vegan food options in Sydney? Well, this might just be  your next favourite market.

The inaugural Sydney Vegan Market is coming to Marrickville next month, with consequent editions coming on the third Sunday of each month.

All kinds of cuisine will be available in the vegan form – from cupcakes, cakes, desserts and coffee to burgers, hot dogs, Asian, Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine.

Even better, the market’s not limited to ready-made food – it will also feature stalls selling fresh produce, home wares, fashion, and more, all vegan!

The market will also have music performances and kids’ area, making it a perfect day out for the whole family.

For more information, visit the Sydney Vegan Market website.

Sunday, November 19, 9am-4pm | Portuguese Community Club, 100 Marrickville Road, Marrickville

Healthy Kids Lunch Plans

The Healthy Kids Association (HKA), one of the main players in keeping kids healthy in Australia, has put together their Core 4 Plus 1 rule, which helps parents structure kids lunchboxes the healthy way and still keep them interesting.

The HKA Core Lunch plan suggests that lunches be nutritious and filling. So that is the first part of the “core”, or the basic lunch.

Then they suggest the “core snack” which would come from a variety of the five food groups. This is followed by the “core fruit” which is where it becomes interesting for us. They suggest that the fruit be low fructose, like fruit or mixed berries.

From there, there is the “core drink.”  The HKA suggests a water bottle.

So how about this for an idea: Investigate the value of watermelon juice, made from pressed watermelon. A superfood, it provides a lot of beneficial nutrition for children’s body. Or, pack two! It is filling and comes in its own organic portable bottles. And obviously, you could still add that water bottle.

This is finished off with the option of having an extra core snack for “active kids” in need of more energy.

Recipes: Best Watermelon Desserts

Who doesn’t love watermelon? This big fruit is not only juicy, sweet and refreshing, but it’s also full of health benefits: the high water content keeps you hydrated, the lycopene provides antioxidant to protect your body from free radicals, the vitamins and minerals boost your immunity system and keep your health in check.

Besides cutting it up, there are many different ways to serve watermelon as a dessert. Here are some of my favourite recipes:

Watermelon Bars by Right at Home

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Using watermelon juice, milk and gelatin, these bars are cool, creamy and perfect for the summer.

 

3-Ingredient Cherry Watermelon Sorbet by Emilie Eats

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As the name suggests, this simple, easy recipe only requires three ingredients to make: watermelon, cherry and water. There’s no excuse to skip this one!

 

Kiwi Watermelon Fruit Popsicles by B. Britnell

Tropical-themed cold treats? Yes please!

 

Creamy Watermelon Coconut Milkshake by Cook Nourish Bliss

Creamy and dairy-free – perfect for everyone in your party.

 

Watermelon Pizza by Choosing Chia

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For a feel-good, healthy yet festive treats, look no further than this – a fun fruit salad in the form of pizza.

Recipes: Best Tofu Dishes

Tofu has long been known as vegans’ ultimate protein source. However, it is also severely underappreciated as an ingredient on its own, despite its great taste and versatility. Tofu is not only nutritious, but it also can be used in every dish, from appetizer to (seriously) dessert. Here are a few recipes to get you started…

Crispy Baked Tofu by Cookie and Kate

This simple recipe requires only four ingredients. Perfect for party nibbles, or simply serve with rice.

 

Vegan Vietnamese Tofu Spring Rolls by Delish Knowledge

Paired with fresh chopped vegetables and peanut-lime sauce, these rolls are healthy without sacrificing the taste.

 

Tofu and Chickpea Sandwiches by She Likes Food

BBQ doesn’t have to be all meats and steaks. Sloppy but tasty!

 

Spicy Ramen with Tofu by Pinch of Yum

The firm tofu will absorb the flavours of the thick, spicy miso soup. Paired with the soft boiled egg and the sleek ramen noodles, this dish is heaven in a bowl.

 

Silken Tofu Panna Cotta in a Cherry Chocolate Sauce by Exceedingly Vegan

Silken tofu has been a substitute to cream in vegan recipes for a while now, but it’s definitely not inferior. The mixture of tofu and agar agar flakes creates the perfect wobbly texture that would please every panna cotta enthusiast.

 

Vegan Chocolate Pudding by Kathy Patalsky

Another dessert recipe using silken tofu. The recipe takes less than seven ingredients – simple and practical enough for even the absolute beginners to follow.

Recipes: Best Citrus Desserts

If you like your dessert a bit tart and not too sweet, citrus might be the right choice for you. From oranges to limes and lemons to pomelos, you can’t go wrong with these fresh fruits. Here are a few recipes to get you cooking…

Upside Down Winter Citrus Cake by Broma Bakery

Who says citrus is only good for summers? This beautiful cake will freshen you up and fulfil your daily vitamin C requirement.

 

Light Key Lime Cheesecake Shots by Sprinkle Bakes

The small size of the shots make this great for dinner parties.

 

Shortbread Lemon Tart by Taste and Tell Blog

It’s like lemon slice bars, but in a wheel that you can share… or eat on your own.

 

Orange Creamsicle Truffles by Homemade Hooplah

This sweet confectionery is not just fancy, but also easy to make!

 

Grapefruit French Macarons by La Fete de Emily

For those advanced in baking, try your hands at these delicate macarons.

Gingered Pomelo Sorbet by Gourmet Creative

End your dinner with a healthy, refreshing touch of pomelo!

News: Australia’s First Vegan Ice Cream Truck is Coming to Sydney

Australia’s first dairy free ice cream truck is hitting Sydney streets soon.

The coconut milk ice cream brand Over The Moo is set to launch their 1981 Ford Transit ice cream van on Thursday, March 2 at their Glebe headquarters – and they’re bringing some free ice cream to celebrate!

The launch party event features Prosecco, beer, cocktails, and vegan cheese boards, followed by all-vegan sweets including sundaes with brownie bits, cookie chips, gooey sauces, and sprinkles. Over The Moo’s nine signature flavors, such as Matcha Made in Heaven, mmMangooo, Pandan Pecan Party and Ginger Ninja Karate Choc, will also be available on cones.

If you’re interested in getting a scoop, RSVP to imthere@overthemoo.com.au.

March 2, 6.30 pm | 62 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

Recipes: 8 Best Sugar-Free Desserts

We know sugar is not all sweet – while it makes desserts taste more pleasurable, it also lacks nutrients and increases risks of diseases. But good news – you can have your cake and eat it, too! There are a lot of dessert options that don’t involve sugar as a sweetener. Here are a few recipes that you can try to get the sweetest, tastiest desserts with no added sugar.

  1. No-Bake Sugar Free Peanut Butter Pie
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Source: Glue Sticks & Gumdrops

The decadence of peanut butter, without the added carbs and sugars.

  1. Flourless Lemon Poppy Seed Cake
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Source: The Big Man’s World

Not only is this recipe sugar free, it is also gluten and dairy free!

  1. Sugar Free, Gluten Free Brownies
Source: Drop the Sugar

The sweetness comes from cocoa ingredients rather than sugar – fudgy and succulent without the guilt!

  1. Fig and Plum Crisp
Source: Spoonful of Sugar Free

Nothing healthier than fruits and nuts for dessert. With nutrition-packed ingredients, you can’t go wrong with this one!

  1. Twix Bars
Source: Vanillacrunnch

Move aside, Snickers – these homemade chocolate candy bar is a healthier, tastier alternative to your usual chocolate fix.

  1. Watermelon Strawberry Ice Pops
Source: HEN Family

Something cool, sweet and homemade for the kids – as the recipe maker, HEN Family’s Megan said, “perfect treat to beat the heat”.

  1. Peach Sorbet
Source: Sarah / Making Thyme for Health

No need for sugar or ice cream machine for this recipe – easy and healthy!

  1. Tiramisu
Source: Unconventional Baker

Classic recipe turned into a healthy dessert fix – no gluten, dairy, eggs and refined sugar needed.