Healthy Kelsi Travel Kitchen

A summer feast

The festive season can be one of overindulgence, so these delicious plant-based recipes are the perfect antidote. Rich in flavour and taking inspiration from Healthy Kelsi Travel Kitchen, author Kelsi Boocock’s travels around the world; it’s a feast for your palate as well as a healthy kick-start to 2024.

Lemon pistachio loaf

Ready in 1 hour. Serves 8. GFO

This loaf was inspired by one of the loaves I had at the famous Marrakech coffee shop Bacha. It has such a subtle flavour but is also super satisfying. The nutty pistachio taste blends so well with the olive oil and lemon. It’s not super sweet so I recommend serving it with a little honey drizzled over the top.

  • 2¼ cups plain or gluten-free flour\
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup agave or brown rice syrup
  • 1 cup pistachios
  • 1 medium-sized avocado
  • ⅔ cup plant-based milk
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

To serve

  • Honey
  • Pistachios
  • Vegan butter


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl.
  • Combine the agave, pistachios, avocado, milk, olive oil, lemon juice, and vanilla in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Pour the mixture into the flour and fold to combine. Tip into the loaf tin and bake for 50 minutes until golden and cooked through.
  • Top with a drizzle of honey and extra pistachios.
  • Serve with vegan butter.

Smokey popcorn cauliflower

Healthy Kelsi Travel Kitchen

Ready in 50 minutes. Serves 4. NF, GFO

Cauliflower is such a popular vegetable in many different parts of the world but I think this way of preparing it takes the cake. I love the crunchy batter coating and perfectly tender middle. And it works perfectly with my Tofu Mayo.

  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 cup plant-based milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs, gluten-free optional
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
Spicy Lime Tequila

To serve

  • Tofu Mayo (see below)
  • Siracha sauce
  • Handful of parsley, finely chopped


  • Place the zucchini, capsicum, and onion in a bowl with the oil and the salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
  • Grill the vegetables on a hot barbecue until slightly charred and cooked through.
  • To make the Feta Whip, mix the ingredients until smooth.
  • To serve, spread the Feta Whip on the base of a platter. Top with the rocket or spinach and the grilled vegetables. Scatter with the pine nuts and drizzle with the balsamic glaze.

Tofu mayo

Ready in 10 minutes. Makes 1 cup. GF, NF

I make a batch of this Tofu Mayo almost every week. It’s perfect for dipping sauces and dressings and is super high in protein.

  • 150 g silken or firm tofu
  • 2 Tbsp plant-based milk
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt

Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.

Skin-glowing smoothie

Healthy Kelsi Travel Kitchen

Ready in 5 minutes. Serves 1. GF, NFO

Full of delicious healthy fats like chia seeds and almond butter as well as turmeric and cinnamon, which contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components, this smoothie makes my skin look and feel great.

  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple pieces
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp almond butter, tahini for nut-free
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 cup plant-based milk

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Healthy Kelsi Travel Kitchen: Plant-based recipes from around the globe by Kelsi Boocock, RRP $49.99, published by Bateman Books

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