Quinoa & chickpea burgers

I make these burgers whenever I have leftover quinoa, they are so easy to make and a great meatless option that still contain a lot of protein within them. I love serving them with some homemade caramelised onion, sweet potato chips and a dollop of paleo mayo!

Makes 8 large patties


  • 1 can chickpeas, drainedQBIMG_0759
  • 1 cup Flahavan oats
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne powder (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon of Himalayan salt & black pepper
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 large carrot grated
  • ½ large zucchini, grated
  • 1 small onion, finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 free range egg
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon good quality balsamic vinegar
  • Zest of 1 lemon and juice of ½ lemon
  • A handful of parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • Olive oil to cook


  • Prepare all your ingredients before you begin.
  • In a food processor add the drained can of chickpeas with the ground cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper and oats and blitz until it is a smooth paste.
  • In a large mixing bowl, place the 2 cups of cooked quinoa, lemon zest and juice, carrots, zucchini, onion, garlic, mustard, balsamic vinegar, egg, parsley and coconut flour. Give it a big stir and then add in the chickpea mixture from the blender.
  • Make sure all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions and shape each portion into a patty.
  • Place the patties on a piece of baking paper, cover and allow to sit in the fridge for an hour before cooking. Chilling the patties will help them hold together during the cooking process.
  • Once refrigerated, remove from the fridge and place the patties in a hot saucepan with some good quality olive oil. Allow to cook on a medium to low heat for about 4 minutes each side!
  • Serve on a bed of rocket with your favourite chutney and mayo!

Perth’s fitness scene  

If you are heading to Perth for a holiday and want to keep in shape, then I have got you covered with the best fitness classes around Perth outlined below! If you live in Perth and haven’t yet tried these awesome classes then I’d get your bottom into gear and give these studios a go!

Bodies By Ryan  (@bodies_by_ryan)

Top of my list and for a good reason, it was the one place in Perth I found myself constantly returning to. Gyms can be very intimidating places for some – even for me – but Ryan and the team are so welcoming. You can tell Ryan is extremely passionate about what he does, not only does he know every single one of his members along with their likes and dislikes but he goes above and beyond in pushing them accordingly.

Ryan offers circuit based classes as well as strength and conditioning classes which are all really well thought out and planned in advance.  Just take one look at Ryan’s Instagram account (@bodies_by_ryan) and you will instantly see the hard work and dedication he puts into his clients, from their training to their nutrition.

There is a real sense of community at this gym and I met some very lovely people whilst attending the classes here.

If you want a challenging workout and to transform yourself then look no further – this is the place for you!

MVMT Society  (@mvmtsociety)

A ‘new’ style of mat pilates, one that is guaranteed to get your body hurting in places you didn’t know were physically possible. Each class is held with such professionalism. The classes always start and finish on time and are instructed with fluidity. Elise manages to give attention to everyone in the class, correcting their form along the way whilst cueing the next move in a very clear manner. Leave the class feeling like you have seriously worked your core and glutes, grown an inch taller and re-aligned your body.  Love it!

Bike Bar  (@bikebarfitness)

A cardio party on a bike. For those of you who don’t know, I really love my spinning classes so I was really looking forward to getting my behind on a bike again as it had been a while!

So, I decided to book myself into an early morning class at Bike Bar as I had only heard great things since they opened in November. I walked into the studio for my first class looking a bit lost and clearly had ‘first timer’ written across my forehead but not to worry as the lovely owners, Lauren and JD were quick to introduce themselves  and show me around their beautiful studio.

Zara was the instructor for the class, she had a killer playlist which made the class so much fun, she really knew how to motivate everyone whilst keeping the energy in the room really high. The class was such fun that it was over before I knew it – 45 minutes of cardio, the best way to start the day!

Fierce Fitness Australia  (@fierce_fitness_austalia)

If you want to get your sweat on then head to Fierce Fitness Australia for a boxing or a strength and conditioning class. The classes here are great and are targeted at all fitness levels. Starting the class off with some skipping, then onto boxing drills and combinations which are designed to build strength, get you sweating and de-stressed before finishing with some core strengthening exercises. I had an awesome class with Brad who I would highly recommend!

Cardea Pilates  (@cardeapilates)

Cardea pilates is a beautiful new reformer pilates studio which offer dynamic classes to help strengthen and elongate your body. Em was an amazing instructor, her classes focus on integrating more dynamic forms of exercise into the practice, meaning that they are more demanding than your usual reformer pilates classes. Improve your strength, balance and flexibility all in the one class! The studio is fresh, clean and is filled with beautifully scented candles.

Movement hub  (@movementhub_hilton)

The classes at Movement Hub are great if you want to improve your technique in strength based exercises and movements. The trainers have such great knowledge and will be able to help you improve or even help start your strength based journey. The classes here are for everyone, so don’t be intimidated by Olympic lifting or Crossfit style workouts, the team will help you reach your potential as an individual.

The great outdoors – (Jacobs ladder, Kings park, beach walk)

When in Australia, get active outdoors! You don’t need to spend your money to keep fit and healthy in Perth. With its breath-taking coastline and beautiful parks, Perth has something for everyone. Go for an early morning swim or jog along the beach, a walk through kings park and if you’re really up for a challenge (with a view I might add) then hit Jacobs ladder which is a set of steps on cliff street in Kings Park, 242 steps from the top to the bottom – work on your stamina and try and do as many rounds as possible.


Revolution sports

Revolution sports is an affordable gym with various locations around Perth – they even offer indoor cricket! They have a wide range of equipment suited to everyone’s different training styles and the staff are always so helpful and friendly.

Other studios in Perth that I really enjoy and haven’t mentioned here are 5th Element fitness, Core Focus Pilates, Pure Moves, Box and Bike, Power living yoga, LA Fit and Goodlife health clubs for another gym.  As you can see – spoilt for choice and no excuse not to get up and get moving!

(Pictured here is Tamara Yoga and 5th Element Fitness)


Bali’s best plant based cafes!

I am very lucky to be able to call the beautiful island of Bali home. My mum lives in Bali so every time I visit her, I am fortunate enough to dine at some of the best restaurants and cafes on the tropical island! Although I am a meat eater, I thoroughly enjoy eating plant based meals on a regular basis. I spend a lot of time in Bali each year and find I frequently have a lot of people asking me for my foodie tips. So here are my top 6 plant based cafes in Bali.

Peloton Supershop – Located in Berawa

Peloton is a trendy vegan café in Berawa (located between Seminyak and Canggu). It has a wide variety of food on the menu that would appeal to not only vegans but meat eaters too.  Peloton has a really great vibe, the staff are all so friendly and welcoming from the minute you walk in and the food is consistently good.  The portions are large and the menu is creative ranging from smoothie bowls, tacos, salads, burgers, lasagne and much more! There really is something about this place, the vegan food is absolutely delicious and the coffee with their homemade coconut milk is out of this world.  No wonder it is always so busy – clearly a very popular spot with expats, locals and of course tourists. Pictured is their green smoothie bowl with a mangosteen shot and coconut latte.

Kynd community – Located in Seminyak

This cute, trendy pink café in Seminyak is divine! Kynd Café will make anyone fall in love with vegan food, the smoothie bowls are out of this world and always beautifully presented as are the salad bowls. I have been to Kynd several times and almost every time I have been, people are clicking away on their phones taking pictures of the beautifully presented food  – it will put a smile on anyone’s face, as it doesn’t only look phenomenal but tastes great too!

The Shady Shack – Located in Canggu (vegetarian)

I love going to the Shady Shack for a nice, quiet, healthy lunch whilst sitting in their tropical garden. The menu provides a range of options which makes it really hard to choose from. One things for sure is that all the food is nutritious, beautifully presented and you can’t go wrong! The relaxed atmosphere and gorgeous setting makes for the perfect place to unwind in and enjoy some fresh tasting food. I have eaten numerous meals at The Shady Shack and I am yet to find something I don’t like – the wraps are very delicious as is the jack fruit burger!  Definitely worth checking out if you are in the area.

The Spicy Coconut – Located in Batubelig (between Seminyak and Berawa)

The Spicy Coconut is the perfect spot to refresh yourself and escape the heat for an hour. I have only ever enjoyed the smoothie bowls at The Spicy Coconut but each one I have had has been spot on, beautifully presented with great customer service! This eco-friendly café’s simple interiors and colourful food will make anyone feel at home.

Down to Earth – Located in Seminyak and Ubud

If you are looking for really healthy food in Bali, then Down to Earth is the place for you. The menu is extensive and the atmosphere chilled and inviting. The seitan burger is a win as is the roasted vegetables rosemary tofu wrap! I love their coconut kefir, smoothies and Kombuchas to quench my thirst on a hot day.  They also have a mini super market were you can pick up an array of supplements, beauty products, packaged superfoods and snacks as well as takeaway raw treats.


Alchemy – Located In Ubud & they have a small branch in Seminyak at Potato Head

The raw salad bar followed by a raw cake or two is the ultimate lunch combo! Nice sized portions, top quality, tasty food in a very relaxed atmosphere! I would have lunch over breakfast at Alchemy though as the menu is more varied at lunch time and the portions larger. There is even a shop inside the café where you can stock up on natural beauty products, supplements and health food products. This review is based in the Ubud location.