The Best of the Basics: Ditch the Additive Filled Pantry Basics With These Easy Recipes



Super Fluffy Superfood Pancakes

For this recipe, you can simply prep all the dry ingredients to make a double or triple batch. Then when you’re ready to enjoy your pancakes just scoop three cups of the dry mixture out nd mix in 1.5-2 cups of your favourite plant-based milk until the mix is of the right consistency and add 1 tbsp of ACV & a tsp of vanilla.

Super Fluffy Superfood Pancakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • Blender


  • Process oats into a flour in a blender jug or thermomix.
  • Add dry ingredients and blend to combine.
  • Create well in blender jug, add liquid ingredients and blend on low to combine.
  • Scrape down sides as needed.
  • Add additional almond milk to thin mixture if you prefer thinner and quicker cooking pancakes.
  • Serve up with all your favourite toppings.
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Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert, School Lunches
Keyword Pancake, Superfood
Allergy Dairy Free, FODMAP Friendly, Lactose Free, Legume Free, Nightshade Free, Nut Free, Oil Free, Peanut Free, Refined Sugar Free, Sesame Free, Soy Free
Value Halal, Kosher, Vegan, Vegetarian
Author: Kate Parker

Want some more breakfast ideas? Try creating this baked oatmeal for a grab & go option. Steer clear of all the stove flipping with these baked apple pancakes. Want to go gluten-free? These blueberry and buckwheat pancakes are delicious and nutrient-rich. We’ve got a protein rich option for you too with these banana and quinoa flour pancakes. Prep your breakfasts ahead and try these three soaked porridges. Abandon the cans with this easy home-made baked beans recipe.


Cheezy Mac & Cheese Sauce

This veggie-loaded sauce is perfect for potato bakes, mac & cheese, veggie or pasta bakes! This sauce freezes well, so you can make a big batch and pop half in the freezer to defrost for an easy meal any day!

Pair it with a nutrient dense pasta like our rice & quinoa penne.

Cheezy Mac & Cheese Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


  • Blender



  • Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add onion & garlic and saute for a few minutes until softened.
  • Add in cauliflower and cook for a few minutes longer, stirring.
  • Add cashews and ¾ cup of water. Simmer covered until cauliflower is soft. This is a great recipe for people terrible at watching pots because overcooking isn’t too much of an issue here.
  • Add in nutritional yeast, miso, tamari, vinegar and turmeric and additional stock or water if your mix is too thick.
  • Using an immersion blender or blender jug blend until smooth. You may need to blend in two batches if using a blender jug.
  • Season to taste and add more water if needed.
  • Pour over hot pasta or vegetables for an oven bake and enjoy!
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Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, School Lunches
Keyword Cheese, Mac & Cheese
Allergy Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Legume Free, Nightshade Free, Peanut Free, Refined Sugar Free, Sesame Free
Value Halal, Kosher, Vegan, Vegetarian
Author: Kate Parker

Rich Tomato Pasta Sauce

Roasted Tomato Pasta Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes


  • Oven
  • Blender


  • 1 kg ripe tomatoes
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 1 medium onion quartered (optional)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pasta or zoodles to serve


  • Preheat your oven to 180°C while you prepare your tomatoes. Any tomato variety will work as long as it’s ripe.
  • Put 1 tbsp of olive oil in a roasting pan and add in your tomatoes and onion quarters, roll about to coat the tomatoes in the oil, then season with salt.
  • Roast in the oven for 40-90 minutes. The roasting time depends on the size of your tomatoes, if they’re cherry tomatoes they’ll break down much faster than large oxheart tomatoes.
  • Slice the bottom off the garlic blub so it’s easy to squeeze out the cloves once roasted. Place your garlic bulb (or bulbs if they’re small, or you’re a garlic fiend like me) into the pan to roast with about 20-30 minutes remaining. They will roast and stew in the juices and the sugars will naturally caramelize.
  • When the skin on your tomatoes starts to brown, and the tomatoes are broken down remove from the oven and sit to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove your garlic bulb from the pan and tip all the tomatoes and juices into a blender.
  • Squeeze the soft, roasted garlic from the bulbs into the blender as well.
  • Season with pepper and blend on low until all the tomatoes are chopped.
  • Add in any other ingredients you’d like such as freshly chopped basil, roasted eggplant or zucchini, roasted chillis, nutritional yeast and blend to combine.
  • Pour over hot pasta to serve.
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Course Baking - Savoury, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Special Occasion - Adult Party
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Tomato Pasta
Allergy Dairy Free, Lactose Free, Legume Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Refined Sugar Free, Sesame Free, Soy Free
Value Halal, Kosher, Vegetarian
Author: Kate Parker

Super Sauces

Clear out the jars and containers from your pantry with a few simple sauces that are much healthier and WAY more delicious if you make your own. These options are quick and easy to throw together while you’re preparing the rest of dinner and freeze well for you to portion out or make double batches.

Create a fresh and healthy dairy-free pesto sauce for pasta, salads, sandwiches and more with this recipe from Alexx of Low Tox Life.

Good gravy! How do we get it? Chuck some chopped onion & garlic in a pan and let the oven do most of the work for you while you prepare the rest of dinner with this gravy recipe. Do you love a good mushroom gravy? Try this one with your favourite mushroom varieties!

Homemade salsas are fresher, healthier and way more delicious than their jarred variants. If you’ve got a food processor or blender you can whip one up with hardly any effort! Try this fresh and simple recipe.

Simple Snacking

Seed Crackers
These seed crackers from Kate Levins of Nourishing Club are packed with nutrients, and their nutrient dense nature and healthy oils in the seeds will mean you eat less and enjoy more than your standard crackers!

Quinoa & Seed Crackers
These crackers are packed with protein from their quinoa, which contains all 11 amino acids which your body requires to create protein.

Chickpea Poppers
Chickpea Poppers are a healthy, protein-rich alternative to potato chips and keep well in an airtight container for up to a week. Flavour them with your favourite spice combinations. Start with this simple method from Food Matters or try a delicious chilli, sea salt and maple flavour combination.

Something Sweet

The New Muesli Bars
There are so many delicious, healthy and easy options to replace the supermarket aisle muesli bars. Ditch the fillers and use the best quality ingredients possible to create these fudgey protein power bars. This raspberry coconut slice is a great take on a classic treat, keep it in the freezer for a sweet after-school snack. Sick of baking? Try these super simple no-bake muesli bars. Love a fruity treat? These baked fruit-crumble muesli bars have a delicious fruit filling.

Bliss Out With Bliss Balls
When your sweet tooth hits bliss balls are the perfect treat to hit the spot. Whether you love chocolate fudgey treats, have an addiction to all things salted caramel or love fresh and fruity cherry ripe flavours – we’ve got a bliss ball recipe that you’ll love!

Pudding Time!
Packet pudding mixes are full of fillers. Make these self-saucing chocolate puddings for a beautiful winter treat.

Dairy Free Rocky RoadDairy-Free Nutrient Dense Rocky Road
We love delicious chocolate treats when they’re made with high quality, nourishing ingredients and this raw rocky road hits the mark entirely! Using some of our favourite pantry staples for sweets this recipe is sure to stun the most sceptical of eaters when it comes to raw desserts. Not only that but it is loaded with nourishment from all of the gorgeous coconut, seeds, and dried fruits.

Ditch the Latte Mixes
Make your own golden-milk latte mix for lattes, smoothies and more with this easy concoction using the highest quality ingredients.

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Milo!
Try this wholefoods option for getting out of the Milo habit in your house.

Check out Kate’s website, Hobart Green Guide to find the best vegan and eco parts of Southern Tasmania and some great vegan recipes.

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About the Author: Kate Parker

Kate Parker is a high school teacher, social media editor and passionate vegan foodie. Kate writes for her own blog Newcastle Vegan Guide as well as contributing to The Wholefood Collective. She loves showing how varied, creative and healthy, plant-based eating can be, and has taken every opportunity given to her in her 10 years of veganism to show off her cooking prowess. Kate has catered events large and small, ensuring that food provided is cruelty free and gentle on the planet.

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