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People often think that being healthy involves excessive amounts of salads.

Rabbit food, if you will.

Now, I will never knock a salad – they can be freakin’ great, but he misconception that by committing to a clean lifestyle you have to omit the warmth and indulgence of comfort food is just, well, bullshit. (Sorry mum). Some of my most favourite paleo/clean/generally very good for you dishes are cosy, and the perfect accompaniment to a winters evening.

If your healthy eating routine is lacking a little something for your next “watching New Girl re-runs in my bunny onesie” evening, try this creamy (yet also deliciously crunchy) bake.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cauliflower (broken into small florets)
  • 2 leeks (chopped)
  • 3 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 1 handful of thyme
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 100g hazel nuts (roughly chopped)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 Tbs nutritionalist yeast
  • 2 Tbs coconut oil (melted)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 180.

Get all those chopped leeks, and lay them out in an oven tray (I used an old Falcon enamel one, that’s 30x24cm), throw in you cauliflower florets and crushed garlic.

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In a separate bowl, mix up your lemon juice, thyme, almond milk, nutritionalist yeast and coconut oil. Once combined, poor over your leeks, cauliflower and garlic.

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Finish by sprinkling over those chopped hazelnuts (whilst trying not to scoff too many as you do) and pop in the oven for 30 minutes (or until the top starts going golden).

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This dish is not only really easy to make, but it’s a seriously fantastic side to pretty much anything you can think of. I had mine with minted peas, salmon and a side of Gogglebox.

Could there be a better way to spend an Autumn evening?

(No. No is the answer you are looking for.)

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