My Top 3 Vegetarian Restaurants – Dublin

Cornucopia

This popular vegan restaurant in the heart of the city centre has a well-established reputation for quality foods. There is always a selection of mains with my favourite being, cannelloni versions or a delicious gratin packed with veg. All mains come with two salads and there is a good selection here too. It is great for a hearty lunch or dinner and the atmospheric lighting in the evening makes it the great date option. Cornucopia also serve organic wine and cold pressed juices as the perfect accompaniment to your dinner.

And of course, no dinner would be complete without something sweet. All Cornucopia’s desserts are vegan with most being gluten free or refined sugar free. But don’t be fooled these desserts are just vegan versions of your classic desserts so be mindful of overindulging. To round of the meal I would recommend choosing a pot of their lovely tea to sit and enjoy. My favourite is unicorn tears, you get about three cups from the pot, excellent for relaxing after a good meal.

Cornucopia
Cornucopia dinner

The Happy Pear

Having been to both cafe’s, Greystones and Clondalkin I can honestly say I prefer Clondalkin. OK to be fair to Greystones, it was Paddy’s Day and the weather was awful. I ordered the Buddha bowl and had to stand while my food was getting cold while waiting on my coffee. Now a more logical thing would have to eat dinner then choose coffee and cake but we felt we were in danger of flooding our table and waiting in the queue again. Again a hearty meal that will leave you feeling satisfied. I did enjoy walking around the shop and picked up a few things their cookies are so good. So last weekend I took a short detour on a long road trip to fill my belly with more deliciousness. Clondalkin was surprisingly easy to get to and there was free parking which is always a plus. I arrived right between breakfast and lunch so had the great option of choosing which to go for. Baked eggs was on the menu and I was sold! Although I could have easily gone for their famous free porridge! My coffee arrived promptly and the eggs weren’t far behind. The spicy bean sauce the perfectly runny egg was sitting in was heaven. The slice of bread generously mopped up the sauce and not a drop was left. My only problem I could easily put away two of them.  A trip to the shop and some fresh figs filled the gap and I will definitely be back!

The happy pear brunch (2)
The Happy Pear Brunch

Veginity

So my favourite venue on the list is a vegan food truck in Portobello because it serves the most amazing food! Unlike a traditional restaurant, Veginity change the menu every week so there is always something new to be discovered, a new culture to be explored. This week’s menu was inspired by Brick Lane in London and my friend and I popped in last night for our usual food and catch up. We choose a main each with Brick Lane plate being the absolute winner. The list of ingredients was impressive and was only out done by the flavour explosion as we tucked in and shared the plate. The curried sprouts were unlike any brussel sprouts we had tasted before and I loved the cardamom-coconut rice.

The brick lane dessert
The very pretty Brick Lane inspired dessert

We spoiled ourselves and went for dessert too, which was a South Asian inspired rice pudding. The rice pudding had a lovely coconut taste and this balanced the rhubarb perfectly.

Mark is passionate about bringing new experiences to both plant and meat eaters and it clearly shows in his diverse and interesting menus. I loved chatting Mark about the various menus he has put on during his short stay in Portobello. He remembers individual customers and can loves to hear your thoughts on the meal or menu. They have introduced a burger every week and he believes this helps non vegan diners to try the food. Veginity is open Thursday to Saturday from 5-10pm with plans to take up permanent residency soon. Don’t miss your opportunity to dine in this unique setting, like his menus it could all change next week.

The Picture of Health? – My Nutrition Journey

So this is another very personal post that has taken me a long time to write. If you have been following the blog you will know that I haven’t always been a clean eating sugar free foodie. It was a search for better health that lead me to first kicking my sugar habit and then turning vegetarian. But there is another side that I rarely discuss. This year it has gotten worse and I have explored a number of ways to become healthier. This is a work in process so bare with me while I get my sh1t together!Read More »

Mocha Overnight Oats

 

I have two great loves in life, coffee and oats. On my days off I love checking out new coffee shops or trying different blends. I have oats in some shape or form every morning, Bircher museli, overnight oats, porridge and granola. The options are endless. So to combine my two loves and add chocolate…….heaven!

This recipe came to me as I was researching the effect of cacao on serotonin and cravings. Research shows that consuming cacao early in the morning may help to curb cravings in the afternoon, handy if you are trying to lose weight or stay away from the 3pm slump vending machine. The best thing about this breakfast is that it is customisable. Vegan? Just use non dairy yogurt and maple syrup! Forgot to buy berries? Top with banana instead. Easy!

Ingredients

1-2 tsps of instant coffee

1 tsp cacao

1 tsp honey

Dash of vanilla essence

1/2 cup of oats

Yogurt toppings (you can choose whichever you prefer or have to hand)

Fresh berries (again your favourites or whatever is in season)

Cacao nibs

Dessicated coconut

Method

Using jar for the overnight oats, make instant coffee with 1 cup of water and add cacao, vanilla and honey. Allow this to cool slightly.

Add porridge oats and place in the fridge overnight.

In the morning top with yogurt of your choice and toppings. Dark choclate and raspberries are my favourite. What other flavour combinations would you try? Let me know in the comments!

Explore and stay healthy X

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