Vegan Rocky Road

Definitely worth the calories

Recipe

200g dark chocolate

handful of crushed nuts

pk of vegan marshmallows

pk sour cherries

10 vegan biscuits

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

3 tablespoons of maple syrup

Melt chocolate, coconut oil and maple syrup

Add Crushed nuts and biscuits, sour cherries and marshmallows

Mix everything together and put into a dish.

Chill and cut into squares

 

 

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Vegan style mushroom quiche

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Recipe

1 Pack of vegan pastry

2 handfuls of mushrooms sliced and fried in olive oil

1 Packet of silken tofu

1 teaspoon of onion granules

1 teaspoon of turmeric

2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast

3 spring onions chopped

1 teaspoon of mixed herbs

salt and pepper

Line  pie dishes or dish with rolled out pastry and place in a medium oven for 10 minutes.

Cook mushrooms in olive oil and season.

Mix tofu, onion granules, turmeric, nutritional yeast, spring onions, herbs and seasoning.

Take pastry cases out of the oven. Divide the mushrooms up and lay on the bottom of the pastry case. Divide up the tofu mix and cover the mushrooms.

Place back into a medium oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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Served with paprika oven chips and salad.

 

Recycled paper jewellery pieces

imageI love using recycled items to create my jewellery. Here I used scrap pieces of art work that were going to be  thrown away. I mount the pieces onto recycled mount board or other strong card.

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The next stage is adding glitter, let’s face it you can never have enough glitter, and finish off with glazing the pieces with dimensional glue. Once these are dry I will punch holes into the ones to be necklaces, or add pins to brooches and mount the smaller pieces onto cufflinks or rings.

So for minimum expense and little effort Iwill have a lovely new range of jewellery to sell.

So excited to see the end results.

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Vegan pizza – well worth the effort

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vegan pizza

I sometime miss pizza especially from Pizza Express, so I decided to make my own. I did not have enough time to make a bread base using yeast so I used a scone base and it did not disappoint.

 

Pizza base

175g self raising flour

half teaspoon of baking powder

50g vegan spread

soya milk

herbs

onion powder (optional)

salt and pepper

sieve flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl, add the herbs and onion powder, salt and pepper, rub in the vegan spread until you have crumbs and add enough milk to make a dough.

Get a baking tray and line with parchment paper, spray with oil and add rolled out dough. pop in a medium oven for 15 minutes.

Tomato Sauce

1 can of tomatoes

1 chopped small onion

1 garlic clove

herbs

1 teaspoon of maple syrup

salt and pepper

1 teaspoon of oil

Add oil and onions to a saucepan and cook until soft, then add the tomatoes, garlic, herbs and maple syrup. Reduce the sauce over a medium heat the test the seasoning.

Topping

large cup of blanched broccoli sliced

small onion sliced

half a pepper sliced or chopped

Cup of mushrooms sliced

Some artichokes, olives and sundries tomatoes in oil

Violife Cheese or any other vegan cheese

Basil leaves

salt and pepper

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Make the pizza by spreading some tomato sauce onto the base then add the vegetables and top with the Violife cheese. Place in the middle shelf of the oven and cook for 2o minutes or until it is cooked to your liking.

Oh so yummy sweet potato hummus

So quick and easy to do, with lots of goodness. Why not give it a go.

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Hummus

1 can of chickpeas, reserve a quarter cup for later

1 sweet potato

half a garlic clove crushed

2 teaspoons of tahini paste

juice of 1 lemon

water or olive oil

salt and pepper

smoked paprika

sumac

Wash the sweet potato and prick the skin. Place into a microwave and cook for 5 – 7 minutes depending on the size. Allow to cool.

In a processor add the sweet potato flesh and the rest of the ingredients apart from the reserved chickpeas and process until you reach the consistency you like. Add water if the hummus is too thick (if you want a low fat version,) or drizzle some olive oil in until consistency is reached.

Check seasoning and add salt and pepper if required.

With the quarter cup of chickpeas add to a pan with smoked paprika and a dash of oil and cook for 1 minute.

Add hummus to a serving dish, top with chickpeas and sprinkle on sumac.

This can be served as a dip or sandwich filling. Either way you won’t be disappointed.!

Mexican style vegan black bean stew

imageWith all these ingredients it could only be vegan black bean stew with tacos. So easy to make but packed with loads of flavour and texture.

Black Bean Stew

1 can of black beans

1 onion chopped

1 carrot chopped

1 stick of celery chopped

large handful of mushrooms sliced

half a yellow pepper chopped

handful of mini sweetcorn sliced

3 garlic cloves crushed

1 red chilli chopped

1 teaspoon of smoked paprika

1 teaspoon of cumin

1 teaspoon of coriander

salt and pepper

spray of oil

taco shells

Violife cheese sliced

spray pan with oil and cooked onions, carrots and celery for 5 minutes then add mushrooms, peppers, sweetcorn, garlic, and spices. cook for a further five minutes then add tomatoes and 2 cups of water, cook slowly over a low heat for twenty minutes. Season to taste.

While the stew is cooking make the side dishes

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 Salad

Shred some lettuce

chop up 2 spring onions, 2 tomatoes and 3 inches of cucumber adding salt and pepper and a squeeze of lime.

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Avocado cream

Mash 1 avocado and add lemon and salt.

Cashew sour cream

1 cup of cashews

1 and a half cups of water

Half a lemon

Salt and pepper

Add the water to the cashews and place in the microwave for 4 minutes. Allow to cool then add lemon and salt and pepper, blitz with a hand blender.

Place the taco shells into the oven for 4 minutes on a medium heat.

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load the plate and enjoy.

Creamy Smoked paprika and tomato soup with beetroot and apple cheese toast

This is a delicious filling soup that is made creamy by adding cashew cream at the end of cooking. I use tinned, sundries, pureed and fresh tomatoes for maximum tomato flavour. It’s so easy to make

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Creamy smoked paprika and tomato soup

2 onions chopped

2 carrots chopped

1 stick of celery chopped

3 garlic cloves chopped

2 chopped fresh tomatoes

5 chopped sundried tomatoes

2 tins of tomatoes

1 litre of vegetable stock

2 teaspoons of smoked paprika

1 teaspoon of dried mixed herbs

splash of balsamic vinegar

splash of maple syrup

salt and pepper to taste

splash of olive oil

fresh basil

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Cashew Cream

1 cup of cashews

1 and a half cups of water

Method

Fry onions, carrots and celery until soft, add herbs, all the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes then add stock. Simmer for 10 minutes then add the rest of the ingredients, taste and season.

Cashew cream – place cashew nuts and water into a jug and microwave for 4 minutes. Allow to cool then use a hand blender to make the cream

Add most of the cashew cream to the soup saving some to decorate.

Warm through and serve adding the left over cream and some fresh basil

Oh I forgot to say that this is a vegan soup, but please don’t be put off because of it, it really is a lovely nutritious soup that all the family will love. It’s my favourite soup, I’m sure you will agree once you try it.

One more thing if you have any soup left over it makes a fabulous sauce for pasta!!

 

I served beetroot and apple bread vegan cheese toastie with the soup.

The cheese is made by Violife and is a good alternative to cheese, they seem to be adding to the range of cheeses which is great for vegans or anyone who wants to cut down on fat.

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Vegan Samosa Pie

Don’t be put off because it’s vegan

Vegan samosa pie, well I have to say this turned out better than I thought. I would say that the gluten free pastry was a little crisp but it tasted ok. The dahl complimented the pie and gave the dish some moisture.

Samosa pie

4 potatoes chopped into cubes

2 carrots chopped

2 onions sliced

1 bag of spinach

cup of peas

half cup of frozen sweetcorn

3 garlic cloves

2 table spoons of curry paste

lemon juice

salt and pepper

Fresh chopped coriander

olive oil

Pastry

Slice onions and saute in a glug of oil until brown, add chopped garlic and curry paste mix and cook for five minutes. Meantime cook the vegetables in salted water until soft. Drain and add to the pan, mix everything together and cook for 5 to 10 minutes mixing occasionally. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper and the chopped coriander. Transfer into an ovenproof dish and top with rolled out pastry.

Place into a medium oven and cook for 20 to 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.

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Vegetable Dahl

1 Onion

1 carrot

1 and a half cups Red Lentils washed

1 and a half tablespoons of curry paste

1 garlic clove

3 chopped tomatoes

1 tablespoon of tomato puree

1 litre of coconut water with stock powder

1 dessert spoon of vegan spread

splash of oil

salt and pepper

Fry onions and carrots until cooked, add garlic and washed lentils and curry paste. Stir, add coconut water and stock, cook until the lentils are soft. Add chopped tomatoes and tomato puree, cook for five minutes then add vegan spread and salt and pepper.

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Enjoy the pie and dahl with carrot salad and a tomato, onion and cucumber salad.

All vegan but well worth a try if you fancy a meat free Monday.

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Vegan Breakfast

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Well I do enjoy a lazy Saturday breakfast, normally my breakfast of choice is avocado on toast with either mushrooms, asparagus or tomatoes and on occasion all of the options.

Today though to celebrate breaking up from school for the holidays I thought I would push the boat out and do a vegan breakfast of scrambled tofu, tomatoes, avocado, mushrooms, asparagus and toast. All washed down with a cup of refreshing mint tea.

This easy to prepare meal is well worth the minimal effort. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!

Scrambled tofu

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Scrambled tofu – full of protein

1 block of smoked tofu chopped

1sp turmeric

4 spring onions

half teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

salt and pepper

squeeze of lemon juice

1 teaspoon of olive oil

throw everything into a large frying pan add oil and cook for about 10 minutes, stir from time to time.

Mean while steam some asparagus, fry mushrooms and tomatoes. Chop up an avocado adding a squeeze of lemon juice and salt and pepper.

Toast some bread and serve.

This will keep you going until mid afternoon.

 

 

Healthy salads

Salads, yawn, I here you say, but honestly there are so many combinations boring isn’t a word that springs to mind. Fresh, clean and tasty, no way boring.

Apple and pomegranate salad

2 Apples

half a pomegranate

3 spring onions

half a lemon

Sprig of mint

Salt and pepper

Sprinkle of sumac

Chop apples, add pomegranate seeds, chopped spring onions, juice of half a lemon, chopped mint, sprinkle of sumac and salt and pepper. DONE.  How quick was that?

 

Black bean and roasted vegetable salad

I drained and rinsed can of black beans

1 Onion chopped into large chunks

1 green, yellow and red pepper chopped

1 courgette

1 clove of garlic smashed

1 teaspoon of smoked paprika

quarter teaspoon of sumac

I teaspoon of mixed herbs

Drizzle of oil

Salt and pepper

Mix everything together apart from the beans and roast in a medium oven until cooked. Add beans and mix. Season to taste.

Garden Salad

Lettuce leave shredded

1 yellow pepper chopped

handful of cherry tomatoes chopped in half

Six inch piece of cucumber chopped

Handful of snow peas sliced

3 spring onions

Seasoning

Mix together season to taste. Add dressing

Dressing

1 lemon juice

1 teaspoon tahini

splash of soya sauce

teaspoon of maple syrup

splash of sesame oil

splash of water

Season to taste

mix together. It does look curdled at times but just keep mixing.