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Here’s a simple meat-free pasta dish that will take you as little as 20 minutes to make. Enjoy it with a traditional Greek salad loaded with olives, creamy feta and onions. This dish is light enough to tuck into on one of these almost-but-not quite summer evenings we’ve been having lately. Enjoy!

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Here’s a meat-free recipe from www.self.com that’s low in saturated fat and high in protein. Polenta is a great source of fibre too and this particular dish meets almost a quarter of our daily fibre needs.

Polenta is a golden-yellow Italian cornmeal made from dried, ground maize and is a staple dish of northern Italy. Polenta makes a great gluten-free alternative to flour in cakes, biscuits and pastries.

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I found this pasta recipe on www.myrecipes.com that’s great for a main meal or served as a side salad at a Sunday lunch or braai. You can make the salad ahead of time and keep it in the fridge; just don’t add the dressing as the beans might get a bit soggy. Enjoy!

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Although making gnocchi can be quite time consuming, these fresh and fluffy dumplings on http://www.epicurious.com are well worth it. Using sweet potato instead of regular potato gives this dish a deliciously different texture to the usual gnocchi.

However, be advised to make extra, as this recipe is guaranteed to have everyone wanting seconds. Enjoy!

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Enjoy this dish with a rich and fruity Pinot Grigio. Click here to see the Wine-of-the-Month’s suggestions.

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Spring fever is finally in the air as we enter the last few days of August. Hearty winter soups and stews are behind us and light lunches and summer salads are the order of the day. I always find I tend to stick to making the ol’ faithful Greek salad but this summer I want to try different salad recipes to keep things interesting in veggie-ville. I came across this simple salad recipe from authenticsuburbangourmet which is sure to be a firm favourite this summer. Enjoy!

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Quinoa is quickly becoming a staple ingredient for vegetarians. It’s full of protein and contains nine essential amino acids. Even though it’s considered to be a grain, quinoa is actually a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard. Veggies, who want to up their protein intake, should look for ways to get creative and have fun with this versatile grain.  And here’s one such way; try these Greek-Style Quinoa Burgers from www.wholeliving.com, they’re relatively easy to make and will add a bit of spice to a meat-free diet. Enjoy!

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On Fri day night I was invited to a dinner at Roberto’s, Long Street’s latest culinary hot spot. Being the usual solitary veggie at the table, it was great to see a selection of vegetarian options on the menu. A pleasant surprise, especially since the venue was picked by a group of typical ‘meat–and–potato’ boys.

For starters I had a portion of eggplant fries with a spicy-creamy dip, which were crisp and full of flavour. In fact, these went down such a treat that I ended up having to smack away stray hands heading for my fries.

So, as I found myself day-dreaming about these veggie hot chips, instead of my date (who is ridiculously good looking) the next day, I went on a hunt to try and find a similar recipe to try at home. I came across this one on www.cookbookcherie.wordpress.com. This dish is quite simple and great as a meat-free starter or a light snack. Enjoy!

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