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 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.

 

vegan mixed salad

As boring as it sounds I truly love salads, not for their health benefits, diet etc I just love making different combinations. I like beetroot, not the shrivelled up vinegar soaked ones you get in the supermarket but fresh. The texture and delicate flavour of fresh beetroot compliments the spicy chickpeas. Asparagus is always a winner in our house, especially locally grown. Pasta bulks up a salad but I try not to put too much on my plate. There are many vegan varieties of pesto, they seem to have appeared over the last year. Good for vegans.  Cherry tomatoes that are vine ripened taste so sweet and i usually mix them with chives or spring onions.

There are so many combinations of salads, they could never be boring!