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Teva's Pumpkin and Ginger Soup

6 April 2021

Almost any vegetable can go in a soup, but at this time of year, pumpkins are in season, affordable and delicious! Our Head of Retail, Teva Stewart has shared his go-to pumpkin soup recipe below and he reckons that a good pumpkin soup can be made great with crumbled goat.....

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Peruvian Ancient Grain Soup

6 April 2021

This hearty soup is a nutrient dense meal packed with plant protein, fibre and phytonutrients from the blend of lentils, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat and vegetables...

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SEAWEED - A SEQUESTERING SUPERHERO

4 March 2021

In celebration of this year’s Sea Week (6th-14th March 2021), we decided to celebrate our favourite oceanic vegetable – seaweed. We’ve previously talked about the nutritional benefits and now we’re taking a look at seaweeds’ potential to drive environmental, social and economic impact...

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Lex's Buckwheat Pancakes

4 March 2021

Try this gluten-free and dairy-free pancakes recipe gifted to us by Lex who is behind the popular instagram account @allergyfreetummynz. Serve these pancakes topped with seasonal organic fruit (blueberries and plum compote perhaps!) or incorporate them into a savory brunch or dinner by filling with ham, cheese and veggies...

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Aubergine & Bulghur Salad

3 February 2021

If there is such as thing as a hearty, vegetarian summer salad then this is it! Made with warm, spiced bulghur, caramelised vegetables and the added freshness of mint, lemon and yoghurt this is comfort food without the heavy after effects. ..

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Commonsense Donations - Causes we loved in 2020

23 December 2020

Commonsense is founded on principles of organic farming, care for our environment and each other. Every year we support initiatives that share our values. Set out below are some of the organisations and groups we’ve supported this year. ..

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Shelly Bay Baker

22 December 2020

Sam Forbes started Shelly Bay Baker in 2018 with a simple bench-top flour mill and a dream to restore the availability of high quality, nutritionally beneficial baking to the local Wellington community. Today, he uses a large imported stone mill to grind fresh, organic flour for the bakery in larger.....

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Vegetarian Beetburgers and Chips

22 December 2020

If you're looking for ways to get your whole family on board with more vegetarian food, we have a great new recipe for you to try this summer! Jam packed full of protein, nutrients and flavour, this burger will satisfy the most die hard meat lover and is sure to.....

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Easy Chocolate Mousse

8 December 2020

Place the chocolate and cream into a small saucepan over low heat...

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Vegan Eaton Mess

8 December 2020

We have recently discovered the wonders of aquafaba – the leftover water from a humble can of chickpeas! For years we have been unwittingly draining this cloudy substance down the drain unaware of it’s magical qualities, primarily as a substitute for whipped egg whites in meringues, pavlova, mousse and many.....

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CaliWoods

2 November 2020

CaliWoods is a small company with a big mission to inspire people to create more sustainable lifestyles by creating alternatives to disposable, single use items and other plastic products. Founder, Shay Lawrence, set up CaliWoods in 2016 having returned to NZ after traveling to some of the most isolated parts.....

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Choosing the Right Sunscreen

29 October 2020

It has long been known that we need to protect ourselves from the sun and at Commonsense, we sell sunscreens to help keep yourself and your family safe from potentially harmful UV rays. But due to the complex nature of the ingredients found in most sunscreens, we can’t apply our.....

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