Top 10 gluten-free vegan dishes in Sydney {part 1}

There are some standout meals in Sydney that I often crave. I reserve a spot in my mind for the memory of them. And when that memory starts to fade, that means it’s been too long.

So, here are Sydney’s best gluten-free vegan eats. The photos – where I’ve included them – are a bit of a case of when bad photos happen to good food (part 1587… amirite). You can’t win them all.

Easy weeknight pasta bake cake {gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, soy-free}

Pasta bake cake was my attempt at turning a simple bowl of pasta marinara into something a little more exciting. It needed a cheesy element, but trying not to overdo the soy, I pulled out my trusted recipe for cashew cheese – a recipe I first made about six years ago and tastes like a hybrid of runny cheese and what I imagine queso dip to taste like. 

You can add vegetables like spinach or kale to the pasta before you bake it, and you can make your own marinara sauce.

Vegan tuna salad

Tuna is another one of those foods that can make life easier. Adding it to a salad makes the salad worth eating and ups the ante on your protein intake (because a life without protein is a very sad one indeed).

This fishless tuna (funa) is really simple to make and tastes like canned tuna in brine. A lot of people like to make vegan tuna out of sunflower seeds or chickpeas, but I get the best result using a combination of the two. 

Vegan fried ‘eggs’ {soy-free, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free}

I dream about eggs. There are a few variations of the dream, but the key elements are always the same: I’m frying up some eggs, and I’m happy – truly happy.

To remedy this, I’ve come up with something that comes a little close. It has stopped the egg dreams, which is both good and bad depending on which way you look at it.

Tofu, mango + cashew sheet pan {gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free}

You know how I mentioned there would be more gluten-free and vegan sheet pan meals coming up? Well, here here’s your next one, and it’s best enjoyed with some basmati rice and a light drizzle of my mother-in-law’s (can I call her that?) homemade sweet chilli sauce – there’ll be more on that delightful sauce later.

Chickpea and kale soup {gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, dairy-free}

In the spirit of new beginnings, this chickpea and kale soup is the perfect way to kick start the year (AKA January, the Monday of the year). It has a surprising ingredient of rooibos tea, which has anti-inflammatory properties, is rich in calcium and has anti-aging cognitive powers. I’ve used the tea as a face toner (true story!) and I immediately noticed a reduction in inflammation around spots and patches. I highly recommend rooibos tea for anyone suffering from inflammation in the body.