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Experimental: egg lasagne

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I thought I had created egg lasagne until the internet told me otherwise. But no one does it this way (probably)…

Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 45 mins Total time: 75 mins
Makes a big lasagne

I must admit I didn’t have a great egg lasagne plan, just thought it might be worth a crack…

Egg lasagne ingredients

  • Lasagne sheets (we went with freshies because we weren’t confident that dry lasagne sheets would soften)
  • 12 eggs
  • 2 cups of spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup of mushrooms, chopped
  • 3 regular tomatoes, diced
  • 10 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups of mozzarella cheese
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This is the greatest smoothie of all time

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It is impossible for something to be objectively the “best ever”, because it would need to be statically superior in every way to everything else in its class, and be able to be measured against different contexts, environments, and scenarios. But this smoothie is the best ever, without doubt.

For breakfast, a snack, a treat, or to celebrate being tops, this smoothie is the Swiss-army knife of smoothies – the Swiss-army smoothie if you will.

Prep time: 2 mins Cook time: 1 mins Total time: 3 mins
Makes about 600mls


For a change, we are actually going to suggest …

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Black bean and sun-dried tomato pasta bake

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Apart from the cheese (and the pasta if you are anti pasta), the black bean sun-dried tomato pasta bake is a ripping healthy robust performer, particularly with winter on its way.

Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 60 mins
Makes enough to feed six people who eat polite quantities, or four people who eat regular human quantities. 


  • 500g of pasta, your choice (long pasta probably won’t work very well though).
  • 500g of black beans. Note that a lot of the supermarket brand beans come in smart@ss sizes such as 437g and 525g. Anything between 400g
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Experimental – black bean cold brew


We at Project UNITED are massive on research and learning and knowledge and education. For trues. But occasionally things arise that you just have to shrug off and get stuck into and see what happens, and perhaps investigate the likely outcomes/consequences after the fact. Black bean cold brew was one such case.

How black bean cold brew came to pass

Simple: the wife (who I commonly refer to as “sorry, Honey”) and I discovered a top-shelf pasta recipe which involves the use of black beans (the recipe will be published on Monday). The other night, let’s call it Thursday, during …

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Lentil and veggie pie/stew

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We have spoken fondly of lentils previously mainly because they are extremely nutrient rich, and also very versatile. This lentil and veggie pie/stew is an absolute ripper anytime, but particularly as the evenings start to cool.

Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 60 mins
Makes an average pie size (?)


  • 400g of lentils
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 chili, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp sundried tomato pesto
  • 1 cup (250ml) crushed tomatoes, drained as much as possible
  • 1 cup (250ml) of  vegetable stock
  • Olive oil

The pie/stew

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Cauliflower-inspired imitation mashed-potato

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For those looking to reduce their use of white potatoes, cauliflower-inspired imitation mashed-potato is a healthy alternative and tastes the goods.

Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time: 50 mins
Makes about 4 cups of mash


  • 1 large cauliflower, chopped (but not too finely)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 100mls of extra virgin olive oil (or avocado oil)
  • 100mls of almond milk (or whichever milk you like)
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • Optional (but highly recommended): one red chili, chopped finely


  1. Add the cauliflower to an oven tray and place in
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Smashed crispy potatos with avo aioli

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Simple. Delicious. Potatoey.

Smashed crispy potatoes with avo aioli

Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 60 mins Total time: 80 mins
Makes about 8 tennis-ball sized potatoes + aioli


  • 8 washed potatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove of fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Cracked black pepper and salt

Do it

  1. Boil unpeeled potatoes for around 25 minutes until soft. Pre-heat oven to 180C.
  2. Add avocado, egg, garlic, lemon juice, and a tbsp of olive oil to a food processor, and blitz until smooth. Set aside in the refrigerator.
  3. Place potatoes on a
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Kinda cheesy nutritional yeasty kale pasta

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If you need a good solid bulk’n, are looking to reduce your meat intake, and want to try something new, add some kinda cheesy nutritional yeasty kale pasta to your menu.

Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 15 mins Total time: 35 mins
Makes about 4 typical servings but more likely 2 real-life servings 


  • 500g of whichever pasta you like (gluten free, sea shells, penne, spaghetti, the little ribbon-type ones – whichever you prefer)
  • 1 cup cold almond milk, unsweetened (any milk will do really, your choice)
  • 1-2 tbsp corn flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1
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Orange, strawberry, and mint green tea

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Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 0 mins Total time: 20 mins
Makes about 2 litres

When it’s a thousand degrees outside and you can’t possibly drink any more water, consider having a dash at our orange, strawberry, and mint green tea cocktail. It’s refreshing, different, and comes with all the benefits of green tea.


  • Green tea (enough to brew up just under 2 litres)
  • Two oranges
  • Two strawberries, halved
  • Three mint leaves
  • Ice cubes

Make it

  1. Using whichever green tea you fancy, brew up enough to almost fill a two litre jug.
  2. Cut one orange in half,
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Apricot and oat balls

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We post a lot of these types of recipes largely because it’s really damn hard to come up with quick and easy snacks. These fellas do the job wonderfully.

Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 0 mins Total time: 20 mins
Makes about 12 golf ball sized treats


  • 2 cups oats
  • 3/4 cup dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup  sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Add apricots, water, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a saucepan on medium heat. Bring to the boil and reduce heat.
  2. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes or until
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Zesty coconut balls

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Whilst it might sound like a suggestive high school nickname, zesty coconut balls are a top-shelf treat. These little babies are tasty, quick, and will take over your life.

Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 0 mins Total time: 20 mins
Makes about 12 golf ball sized treats


  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 30ml lime juice


  1. Add the almonds and cashews to a food processor.
  2. Pulse until all nuts are finely chopped without any large chunks.
  3. Add the dates and lime juice and continue pulsing until the mixture
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Guilt-free banana bread with vanilla cream

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We published this recipe because a) it’s delicious, b) it’s natural, and c) it’s delicious.

Prep time: 20 mins Cooking time: 25 mins Total time: 45 mins
Makes one crowd-pleasing loaf


The loaf part

  • 3 overripe bananas
  • 2 1/4 cups of flour (gluten free flour works well)
  • 1/4 cup of coconut sugar (or stevia if you are anti coconut sugar)
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds or ground flax
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract

The icing part

  • 1/2 cup of cashews
  • 1/4 cup
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Four minute mango smoothie

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The four minute mango smoothie is the perfect wake-up call on a hot day, or, any other time ever.

Prep time: 2 mins Blender time: 2 mins Total time: 4 mins
Makes one crowd-pleasing smoothie


  • 1/2 a mango
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 500ml almond milk (or whichever milk you prefer)
  • 6 – 8 ice cubes (too many will dilute the flavour)
  • Protein powder (optional)

Make it

  1. Given that it is tricky to buy half a mango, acquire a whole mango and cut it in half.
  2. Remove the skin (refer to this genius method for removing the skin with a
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Oaty, fruity granola

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We have written about the high level of kick-assery of oats in the past. Here is a granola recipe that puts these little weapons to good use.

Oaty, fruity granola

As usual, it’s a fairly user-friendly recipe so there’s more time to do other fun things, like burpees…

Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time: 35 mins
Makes about 10 serves


  • 3 cups rolled oats, preferably not “quick oats” as they may cook off too quickly
  • 1/2 cup dry fruit mix
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1
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Apple bagels with peanut butter

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We didn’t know what else to call them. Apple bagels with peanut butter aren’t so much a recipe as they are just a crazy genius idea. So simple, but so gadamn delicious and easy.

As the image suggests, all you need to do is take an apple, red or green, and cut it into slices. Cut the core out and spread some peanut butter on each slice. These can be eaten immediately or refrigerated for later. Basically you can’t lose either way.

We have seen these with maple syrup, oats, and dried fruit, but at Project …

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Flaming beetroot dip

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Given that two Queensland teams are in the NRL grand final this week, it makes sense to prepare a maroon coloured food item…

Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 90 mins Total time: 100 mins
Makes a medium bowl of dip


  • 2 medium beetroots, cleaned and cubed
  • 2 chillies, finely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch shallots, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • Olive oil


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
  2. Line a baking tray with foil, and place beetroot pieces on the tray. Place in the oven for approximately 90 minutes or until soft.
  3. Add olive oil shallots, garlic, and chilli to
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Baked eggs in avocado

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Somehow, it works (particularly at breakfast).

Prep time: 3 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time: 23 mins
Makes two serves


  • One ripe avocado
  • Two eggs
  • Spices of your choice (or Parmesan cheese for the hardcore’s)

How do ya?

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Cut avocados in half (top to bottom) and remove the pit. You may also need to scoop out some avo flesh so the eggs fit in neatly.
  3. Place avocados in a baking dish, perhaps on some paper-towel to prevent them from rolling around.
  4. Crack the eggs and place one in each half of
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Ridiculously easy home made mayonnaise

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This is one of those “C’mon bro, you’re not even trying” type recipes, it’s that easy. Mayonnaise is a bit of trap for those trying to eat healthy. Even the fat free stuff is pretty heavy on the calories. But this one gets the job done and takes about 8 minutes.

Prep time: 8 mins Cook time: 0 mins Total time: 8 mins
Makes about a cup of mayonnaise


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup oil (possibly up to one cup if required) – something heart healthy like an avocado oil or macadamia
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Accidental chickpea and veggie burgers

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This came about by accident: it was either go to the supermarket, or try to make something with what was already in the house. Genius happened…

Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 10 mins Total time: 20 mins
Makes six burgers


  • 2 cups of chickpeas (or a can of chickpeas if you have it)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of baby spinach, shredded
  • 1/2 a medium carrot, grated
  • 1/2 an onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
  • Spices to taste


  1. Add chickpeas to a food processor and blitz until they are finely diced. They don’t need to become a paste,
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The iced-coffee breakfast bomb

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This took a few goes at getting it right, but boy was it worth it:

Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 0 mins Total time: 10 mins
Makes one medium smoothie

The iced-coffee breakfast bomb ingredients

  • 250ml oat milk (or whichever milk you prefer – the more you use the runnier it will be)
  • 1/4 cup of raw oats
  • 1 or 2 shots of coffee (pending your caffeine need)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp cinnamon or vanilla
  • Vanilla or chocolate protein (optional)

The process

  1. In preparation, fill one ice tray with whichever milk you will be using and place in the
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