Lentil Spaghetti Bolognese

Another super cheap recipe using very basic ingredients. This recipe serves 2-3 and costs a bit over £1 to make.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword: bolognese, cheap vegan, lentils, spaghetti, vegan spaghetti
Cost: £1

Ingredients

  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes drain off a little of the liquid
  • 1 tin of lentils (or 240g coooked lentils) drain off liquid
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • generous pinch of sea/pink salt
  • season with black pepper
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 carrot sliced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • spaghetti

Instructions

  • Fry the onion, garlic, peas and carrot in a pan with a little oil on a medium heat for 3-4 minutes.
    Add the lentils and tomatoes, turn up the heat and stir together.
    Add the herbs, puree, salt and pepper and stir again.
    Bring to a simmer and turn down the heat. Simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
    While the sauce is simmering get your pasta cooking so it's ready at the same time.
    Serve with the pasta and top with nutritional yeast or vegan Parmesan. Enjoy!

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Notes

Tip: I drain off some of the liquid from the tomatoes. Why not add some chilli powder to spice it up a bit. My partner got me to add baked beans to his which weirdly was really nice.

Poached 'Eggs'

It took me almost 5 years of being vegan before I got the courage to make a poached egg. Turns out it's fairly easy and if made in bulk you can keep a few in the fridge. It's not 100% the same as a poached egg but it's very close and a delicious alternative. Although some of the ingredients are a bit obscure they're used a lot in vegan recipes and last ages. I bought the agar agar about 2 years ago and have only used half.
Course: Breakfast, lunch
Keyword: egg free, eggless, poached egg

Ingredients

Yolk

  • 130 ml plant milk I used soya-unsweetened
  • 1.5 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp black salt important for egg flavour
  • 1/2 tsp English mustard

White

  • 200 g silken tofu - firm drained off water
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp agar agar helps it set
  • 1/4 tsp black salt
  • 2 tsp plant milk

Instructions

  • Place all the yolk ingredients into a blender and blend briefly until combined. Pour into a saucepan with the heat on medium. Gently whisk the yolk and wait for it to simmer. Simmer for 1 minute until thickened and turn off the heat. Pour into a bowl to cool and set.
    Rinse your blender and place all the white ingredients into it and blend for a couple of minutes. This part takes a little effort as the tofu needs to liquidize. I shook my blender cup to get everything combined and carried on blending. You want to end up with a thick, creamy mixture.
    Using poaching moulds or an egg poacher oil the cups to stop the egg sticking. Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of the white into the cups then using the spoon make a little well in each egg. Make sure you leave a base of white or the yolk will leak out (see video).
    Give the yolk a good mix and spoon in 1 tablespoon of the mix into the well of the egg white. Cover with a little of the white so no yellow can be seen.
    Bring to a simmer a pan filled with about 2 inches of water (enough to come up halfway of the poaching cups). Place the egg cups into the water and turn down the heat to a very gentle simmer. Cover with lid and simmer for 10 minutes.
    While the egg is poaching you can prepare the toast and other bits for your breakfast.
    After 10 minutes gently remove the egg cups from the water and using a dessert spoon, spoon out the eggs onto your toast. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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Sausage & Beans on Toast

Although baked beans are very cheap I'm not keen on them because of the added sugar. This recipe is still cheap and serves 3-4 with no added sugar. The tomatoes were 28p and the beans 55p. So easy to make and more interesting than regular beans.
Course: lunch, Main Course
Keyword: beans, beans on toast, healthy, sugar free

Ingredients

  • 1 tin mixed beans drained
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes drain off a little liquid
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1-2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • generous pinch of pink/sea salt
  • season with black pepper
  • vegan sausages 2 per person
  • fresh bread

Instructions

  • Make sure your sausages are cooking and will be ready at the same time as your beans.
    Fry the onion and garlic in a little oil for a couple of minutes to soften.
    Pour in the tomatoes and turn up the heat, you want it to simmer. Add the salt, pepper, herbs and paprika. Add the drained beans and stir into the sauce.
    Simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.Serve with freshly toasted buttered bread and your sausages. Enjoy!

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Notes

Tip: I drained off some of the liquid from the tomatoes otherwise you get soggy toast. Why not add some chilli powder to spice it up a bit.

Baked Avocado Egg

This is a recipe I thought up and wasn't too sure how it would turn out. It turned out to be one of my most popular recipes. A warm, baked avocado wrapped in sausage meat and a crisp breadcrumb coating. Fill the centre with your favorite mayo.
Course: Appetizer, lunch, Main Course, Snack
Keyword: baked avocado, egg free, vegan egg

Ingredients

  • 1 large ripe avocado halved, destoned and peeled.
  • 200 g vegan mince I used Meatless Farm (or use Linda McCartney sausages)
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs make your own by putting two slices of bread in your food processor/blender
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp sage
  • generous pinch of sea/pink salt
  • black pepper (to season)
  • your favourite vegan mayo I used peri peri

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200oC/392oF
    To a large bowl add the mince, 1/2 the breadcrumbs, garlic, onion, sage, salt and pepper. Using your hands mix everything together. Be sure to use pressure so the breadcrumbs absorb the moisture from the mince to help it bind. Set aside.
    Cut the avocado in half and carefully remove the stone. Peel off the skin.
    Flatten the mince on a chopping board and wrap around the avocado (be careful not to squash the avocado).
    Remember where the centre cut is as you will want to cut through this when it is cooked.
    Mould around the avocado until you cannot see any of the green of the avocado. Using a wooded cocktail stick place though the avocado to show where the top and bottom is.
    Using the rest of the breadcrumbs cover the avocado and place on a baking tray. Drizzle/spray with a little oil and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
    Carefully remove from the oven and remove the stick. Using an oven glove to hold the avocado cut through the original cut to half the avocado again.
    Fill the centre with your favourite mayo. Serve with salad, chips or potato salad. Enjoy!

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Notes

Tip: Always be really careful when removing the stone from an avocado.
Make sure you're gentle covering the avocado in the sausage meat, it is delicate.
Remember where you cut the avocado in half. I used a wooden cocktail stick so once cooked I know I'll be cutting through the same cut not making a new one.

Caramel Tart

This is a gorgeous, rich and gooey tart that is great for a dinner party or to serve with an afternoon tea.
Course: Dessert
Keyword: dairy free, vegan tart
Servings: 6 people

Equipment

  • Loose base baking tin 9.5"

Ingredients

Pastry

  • 150 g plain flour
  • 70 g vegan spread/butter I used Flora
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp demeara sugar
  • 30 ml plant milk
  • pinch of sea/pink salt

Filling

  • 360 ml dairy free evaporated milk I used Nature's Charm
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 400 g demeara sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Pastry

  • In a large bowl mix the flour, salt and butter with wooden spoon until the mixture comes together.
    Add the sugar, milk and vanilla and using your hands rub the ingredients together and roll into a ball.
    Sprinkle a generous amount of flour onto a clean surface and roll out the pastry to about 1mm in thickness.
    Using a loose bottom baking tin (25cm/9.5") cut around the base and place in the tin. Using the leftover pastry press around the edge of the tin to form a crust.
    Fork the base then cover with parchment paper and baking beads (I used soya beans as don't have beads) bake for 25/30 minutes. Keep and eye on the pastry as you don't want it to burn.

Filling

  • While the pastry is baking empty the evaporated milk, sugar, cornflour, coconut cream and vanilla in bowl. Whisk on a high speed continuously for 20 minutes until thick and creamy.
    Remove the base from the oven (reduce the heat to 150oC) and take off the parchment paper and beads. Pour in the filling and place back in the oven for 35-45 minutes.
    Keep and eye on the tart while it caramelises. You want the filling to bubble and darken without the pastry burning.
    Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. Once the tart is cool pop in the fridge and chill for an hour or longer before serving. Enjoy!

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Notes

It's important to whisk the milk and sugar for at least 15-20 minutes so the sugar is liquefied and the filling is thickened. Keep an eye on the tart when the filling is caramelising and turn up/down the heat to avoid the pastry burning yet making sure the filling is simmering slightly.

Strawberry Trifle

This is a great summer/BBQ recipe. My Mum is a big fan of trifle and she absolutely loved this basic recipe.
Course: Dessert
Keyword: dairy free, trifle, vegan jelly, vegan trifle
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

Vanilla Sponge

  • 300 ml soya milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar/lemon juice
  • 200 g self raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp milled chia/flax seeds Mill in your bender
  • pinch of pink/sea salt
  • 100 ml vegetable oil
  • 70 g sugar I used coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Trifle

  • 500 ml vegan jelly
  • vanilla sponge see recipe above
  • 500 ml custard
  • 50 g white chocolate
  • fresh strawberries
  • 250 ml plant cream I used Elmlea double. You can use coconut cream.

Instructions

Sponge

  • Preheat oven to 180oC/356oF
    Mix the vinegar/juice with the soya milk and set aside for 10 minutes (the cider/juice curdles the milk creating buttermilk).
    To a large mixing bowl add the flour, seeds, salt, sugar & baking soda and mix together. Pour in the milk mix, oil and vanilla and mix together until the cake batter forms.
    Set aside for ten minutes for the ingredients to soak up the liquids. After ten minutes give the mix another few stirs and pour into a lined/oiled cake tin 7/8" .
    Pop in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Carefully remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 20 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from the tin and allow to fully cool before before cutting into fingers.

Trifle

  • Bake sponge first or use a shop bought one.
    Cut sponge into large fingers and layer in the base of a glass dish. Add some chopped strawberries.
    Prepare your jelly and pour over the sponge and fruit. Place in the fridge to set. Mine took around 3 hours.
    In a saucepan add the custard and white chocolate. Heat gently until the chocolate has melted. Pour over the set jelly and place back in the fridge for a further 3+ hours to set.
    Once the custard layer is set, whip your cream and spread over the top. Decorate with fresh strawberries. Enjoy!

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Notes

Tip: Allow the jelly and custard to cool for a few minutes before placing in the fridge. This is a very basic recipe using ready made custard and shop bought cream. If you wanted you can make your own custard and use coconut cream instead.

See-Food Salad (Fish free)

This is a great summer/BBQ/picnic recipe. With flavours and textures of seafood without the cruelty. Serve as a side dish, in a sandwich, baguette, wrap or taco.
Course: Appetizer, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: Sea food
Keyword: fish free, Sea food, see food, vegan fish

Ingredients

  • 1 tin chickpeas drained
  • 100 g firm tofu crumbled
  • 2 tbsp nori flakes buy or make from nori sheets
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 small gherkin finely chopped
  • 1 tsp capers
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tbsp miso
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 celery stick chopped
  • 1/4 cup sweetcorn
  • generous pinch of sea salt
  • black pepper
  • 2 spring onions chopped
  • 4-6 tbsp vegan mayo add depending on taste preference.

Instructions

  • Add the chickpeas to a large bowl and crumble in the tofu. Mash the chickpeas with a fork then add the nori, celery, sweetcorn, onion, garlic, 'tuna', gherkin, vinegar, miso, capers, mustard, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Mix together coating all the ingredients. now add the mayo then mix in. Pop in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes. Enjoy!

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Notes

Tip: Try not to over mash the chickpeas. The course texture adds to the overall enjoyment of the salad. To make nori flakes put a sheet of nori in your blender and blend until you have a course powder. You can buy nori flakes in specialist stores. Alternatively finely cut into very small strips with scissors.

'Chicken' Satay Skewers

This is a great summer/BBQ/Picnic recipe. You can cook these in the oven or on the BBQ. I used vegan chicken but you could use tofu, tempeh or your favourite meat substitute.
Course: Appetizer, lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Keyword: bbq, kebab, skewers, vegan bbq

Ingredients

  • 1 pack vegan chicken strips or use tofu, tempeh, mock meats
  • Various veggies Cut into thick pieces

Satay Sauce

  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp curry powder I used mild
  • 170 ml coconut milk or use your preference
  • 1/2 lime/lemon juiced

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200oC/392oF
    Soak the kebab sticks (if wooden) in water for an hour to stop them burning.
    Oil a baking tray and thread the veg and 'chicken' onto the skewers.
    Drizzle/spray with a little oil and a sprinkle of salt.Bake for 25-30 minutes.
    Satay sauce
    To a saucepan add the milk, soy sauce, curry powder, juice, peanut butter and maple syrup. Stir continually on a medium heat until the sauce simmers.
    Add a little water if sauce is too thick. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
    Remove the skewers from the oven and place on a plate. Pour over the satay sauce and serve while hot. Enjoy!

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Notes

Tip: If you're using wooden skewers soak them in water before making the kebabs. This will stop the sticks burning in the oven or on the BBQ.

'Cheese' & Tomato Frittatas (egg free)

This is a great summer/BBQ/Picnic recipe. Tastes like eggs and cheese but with none of the cruelty. Serve hot or cold and can be prepared in advance.
Course: Appetizer, lunch, Main Course, Snack
Keyword: dairy free, egg free, frittatas, vegan frittatas
Servings: 6 mini frittatas

Equipment

  • Non stick muffin tin

Ingredients

  • 1 pack silken tofu 350g (approx)
  • 1/2 tsp black salt gives egg flavour
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • 1/4 cup plant milk I used unsweetened soya
  • 1 tsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup vegan cheese grated
  • a few baby tomatoes sliced
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 1/2 onion chopped

Instructions

  • preheat oven to 180oC/356oF
    Fry the chopped onion and garlic in a little oil for 3-4 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave to one side.
    To your blender/food processor add the tofu, milk, salt, pepper, tahini, turmeric, corn flour & nutritional yeast. Blend until you have a lump free mix. You may have to add a little more milk if the mix is too thick.
    Pour into a large bowl & add the fried onion, garlic, sliced tomatoes & grated cheese. Stir together to combine everything.
    Using a lined/oiled muffin tin pour in the mix to the top. Add little cheese and decorate with a slice of tomato.
    Bake for 25-30 minutes. Frittatas will rise while cooking but shrink back down slightly when removed from the oven.
    Allow to cool for 20 minutes or longer before carefully removing from the tin. I found a plastic spatula around the sides to loosen the frittatas helps.
    Serve hot or cold with salad. Enjoy!

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Notes

Make sure you line/oil your muffin tin as the frittatas can stick. Use a plastic spatula to remove the frittatas from the tin after they've cooled for 20 minutes.

Creamy Mushroom Pasta

I was asked to create a recipe using mushrooms from Ireland/UK to show how versatile they are and they help protect the environment.
Course: lunch, Main Course
Keyword: mushroom pasta, mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 200 g white/chestnut mushrooms sliced
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • generous pinch of pink/sea salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup vegan cream I used Elmlea double plant
  • 1 tsp English mustard

Instructions

  • To a frying pan with a little oil (on a medium heat) add the chopped onion and garlic. Fry for 2-3 minutes.
    Add the sliced mushrooms and fry for another 4-5 minutes to soften and brown slightly.
    Pour in the cream, salt, pepper, mustard and nutritional yeast. Stir together and simmer for for 10 minutes.
    While the mushrooms simmer cook your pasta.
    Add the drained pasta and stir in covering in the sauce. Serve straight away topped with a little fresh parsley. Enjoy!

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Notes

Be sure to wash the mushrooms before slicing. This is a really basic recipe which you can personalize by adding chilli, herbs or even cheese.

Baked Falafels

Falafels are a vegans best friend plus so cheap and easy to make. Most recipes require you to soak the chickpeas and deep fat fry the falafels. I wanted to create an easier, healthy baked version using a tin of chickpeas.
Course: Appetizer, lunch, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Keyword: chickpeas, falafel

Ingredients

  • 1 tin chickpeas drained
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • handful of fresh parsley or 2 tbsp of dried
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp pink/sea salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder optional
  • 3-4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp plain flour I used wholemeal

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 190oC/374oF
    To your food processor add the chickpeas, spices, salt, pepper, parsley, flour, onion, garlic & lemon juice.
    Blend until all the ingredients are coarsely chopped. You may need to use a spatula to scrape off from the sides (see video).
    Line a baking tray with parchment paper and a little oil (helps the falafels to brown). Using a dessert spoon scoop out 2 spoonfuls and mould into a thick, small disc (see video).
    Place on the baking try and repeat. You should get 5-6 falafels.Spray/brush with a little oil and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Serve hot or cold.
    Great with houmous, plain yoghurt, sour cream or guacamole.

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Notes

Tip: I don't like my food too spicy but found adding a little chilli adds to the flavour. If you like spicy food add more chilli. Why not make into a larger burger patty, bake and have in a bun.

Bean Nuggets - Easy, Cheap & Healthy

This recipe is basic, cheap and great to make during lockdown. Ideal for kids to make when they're bored and it will get them eating more veg.
Course: Appetizer, lunch, Main Course, Snack
Keyword: bean nuggets, easy vegan chilli, nuggets, vegan nuggets

Ingredients

  • 1 can mixed beans drained
  • 2 slices bread (to make breadcrumbs) I used wholemeal
  • 1 medium carrot grated
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp pink/sea salt
  • season with black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180oC/356oF
    Place the bread in your blender/food processor and blend briefly until you have breadcrumbs. Set aside.
    To your clean, empty food processor add (save a handful for the end) the beans, curry powder, garlic, onion, carrot, peas, salt and pepper. Blend to chop and combine the ingredients. I like the nuggets chunky so left the mixture coarsely chopped.
    Transfer into a large bowl and add the breadcrumbs and the handful of ingredients you didn't blend. Mix together with a spoon then use your hands to bring the mixture together. The liquids from the veg will soak into the breadcrumbs and help the nuggets set.
    Shape into nuggets (6 large or 12 smaller) and place on an oiled baking tray. Bake for 20-25 (15-20 for smaller nuggets) minutes until golden brown.
    Remove from the oven and allow the nuggets to sit for a few minutes to set. If you remove too quickly they will fall apart.Serve with your favourite dip or sauce. Enjoy!

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Notes

Tip: Let the nuggets sit on the baking tray for a few minutes before serving. This helps them bind together. Don't worry, they'll still be very hot! I used wholemeal bread but feel free to use white or gluten free. If you like your food spicy add a teaspoon of chilli powder.

Beer Battered 'Fish' (Banana Blossom)

This recipe is very close to flavour and texture as real fish. Using banana blossom coated in a thick, crisp beer batter. This is one of my top 5 recipes that I'd serve to non vegan guests at a dinner party to convince them how amazing vegan food is.
Course: Main Course
Keyword: banana blossom, fish, vegan fish

Ingredients

  • 1 tin banana blossom drained (I used Nature's Charm)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp ground nori use sprinkles or put a sheet of nori in your blender
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar or use regular vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp pink/sea salt

Batter

  • 100 g flour use wholemeal or gluten free if you wish
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • generous pinch of pink/sea salt
  • 200 ml beer or sparkling water

Instructions

  • Open the tin of banana blossom and drain off the liquid.
    In a large bowl add the lemon juice, water, vinegar, salt & nori. Mix together then add the banana blossom. Coat in the liquid and let marinate for 1 hour or longer.
    In a clean bowl add the dry batter ingredients and mix together. Pour in the beer/water and whisk to a batter.
    Heat 500ml of vegetable oil in a pan on a high heat. Drop a small bit of batter into the oil and if it bubbles and crisps its ready (see video).
    Coat the banana blossom in batter and carefully drop into the oil. Repeat with the rest of the blossom. Cook for 3-4 minutes then turn and cook the other side for another 3-4 minutes until golden brown.
    Using tongs remove from the pan and let any excess oil drain off. Place on kitchen towel to soak up even more oil.
    Serve with chips and tartare sauce. Enjoy!

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Vegan KFC Dippers

Who needs KFC when you can have vegan KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken-less) at home. I have to say I was surprised at how similar the taste is to original KFC.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chickenless, vegan junk food, vegan kfc

Ingredients

  • 3-6 vegan dippers/pieces I used Vivera
  • 1/2 pint vegetable oil
  • 200 g self raising flour add 2 tsp baking powder if using plain flour
  • 1 tsp ginger `
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp pink/sea salt
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp allspice mix
  • 200 ml plant milk I used soya milk

Instructions

  • Method
    Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
    In a separate bowl pour in the milk and then add (approx) 80% of the dry mix.
    Whisk until you have a batter. Coat the 'chicken' in the batter then coat in the dry mix, repeat by dipping in the batter and then the dry mix. Set each piece aside ready to cook.
    On a high heat in a pan get the oil to a very hot temperature. Test the oil by dropping a little of the batter in the oil and it should bubble and cook very quickly.
    Carefully place each dipper into the oil and cook for 3-4 minutes until golden brown. Turn the dippers and cook the other side for another 2-3 minutes.
    Place a couple of sheets of kitchen towel on a plate and remove the dippers from the oil (allowing any excess oil to drain off). Place the dippers on the towel to soak up even more oil. Serve immediately with BBQ sauce. Be careful as they will be VERY hot! Enjoy

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Notes

Tip: Make with 'chicken' dippers, strips or pieces available from most supermarkets. You can make large dippers (like I did) or nuggets.

Easy Carrot Cake Pancakes

Pimp up you pancakes with a few extra ingredients to create these delicious and nutritious breakfast pancakes.
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: carrot cake, pancakes, vegan pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain flour I used oat flour
  • 1 cup plant milk I used unsweetened soya milk
  • 1 small carrot grated
  • 1 banana
  • pinch of sea/pink salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup sultanas

Instructions

  • To your blender/food processor add the banana, salt, spices, milk and flour.
    Blend for 30 seconds to make a thick batter. Stir in the carrot, walnuts and sultanas (do not blend).
    Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan on a medium heat and pour in the batter to make 3-4 pancakes. Cook for 1-2 minutes then flip and cook the other side.
    Serve with dairy free yoghurt, fruit, maple syrup and nuts. Enjoy!

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Notes

Tip: As we're in lockdown I can't get hold of wholemeal flour (my personal choice) but you can blend oats in your food processor to make you own flour. Alternatively you can use white or gluten free flour.

Mixed Bean Chilli

A cheap and easy chilli made with ingredients most of us have in the cupboards.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: bean chilli, easy vegan chilli, vegan chilli

Ingredients

  • 1 tin mixed beans drained
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 3 tsp gravy granules
  • 1 tsp chilli powder use more if you like it hot
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • Generous pinch of pink/sea salt
  • Season with black pepper I use lots

Instructions

  • Add 1 tbsp oil to a frying pan on a medium heat. Fry the onion, garlic and pepper for 3-4 minutes to soften.
    Add the tomatoes, beans, chilli, cumin, salt & pepper. Mix together and bring to a simmer. Add the gravy granules and stir in. Simmer for 10 minutes (stirring occasionally).
    Serve with rice, tortilla chips, guacamole & plain dairy free yoghurt.

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Notes

Tip: I Used up some grilled peppers in this recipe but normally I'd use a chopped fresh one. You can fry it with the onion & garlic or add it when you add the chopped tomatoes. I'm not a big fan of hot food so added 1 tsp of hot chilli powder. If you like your chilli with a kick then add more to suite your tastes. Why not make double the amount and freeze it for another day.

Chickpea & Lentil Curry

A cheap and easy curry made with ingredients most of us have in the cupboards.
Course: lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: curry, easy recipe, vegan curry
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tin chickpeas drained
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp mild curry powder use less for hotter powders
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 cup dairy free yoghurt
  • 200 ml water
  • 2 cups mixed veg I used frozen veg
  • 2 cups cooked lentils

Instructions

  • Add 2 tbsp of oil to a large pan and put on a low-medium heat.
    Add the onion and garlic and fry for a few minutes to soften.
    Add the curry powder and ginger and stir in. Let the spices fry with the onion and garlic to bring out the flavours.
    Add the chickpeas, lentils and chopped tomatoes. Stir in so everything is covered in the curry sauce. Pour in the water and simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
    Add the yoghurt and stir in, simmer for a few minutes and it's ready to serve.Serve with rice and a spoonful of yoghurt on top of the curry.

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Notes

Tip: I used a lot of curry powder but it was mild. If using a hotter powder you may want to use less. Adding the yoghurt gives the curry a creamy taste and adds to the flavours. I cooked the lentils before adding them to the curry.

Basic Wholemeal Bread

A basic loaf of bread that doesn't need much effort or loads of different ingredients. Home baked bread is so rewarding and delicious. I created this bread to go with my soup recipes.
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: baking, bread, wholemeal bread

Ingredients

  • 500 g plain flour I used wholemeal
  • 2 tsp pink/sea salt
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 7 g fast acting yeast
  • 300 ml warm water

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 200oC/400oF. Pop the oven on 20 minutes before the second hour of rising is up.
    Mix the yeast with the warm water and set aside for a few minutes.
    In a large bowl mix the flour and salt. Pour in the yeast and water mix and the oil. Bring the ingredients together with a spoon then using your hands work the dough into a ball. If the dough is too sticky add a little more flour (it should hardly stick to your hands).
    On a clean work surface sprinkle some flour and knead the dough for 10 minutes. Sprinkle more flour in the mixing bowl (no need to clean) and place the dough in the bowl. Cover with warm, damp tea towel. Leave for one hour in a warm place to rise.
    When the hour is up sprinkle a little flour on a clean work surface and knock out the air from the dough and shape back into a ball. Using a knife make a few cuts along the top and sprinkle with flour. Place on an oiled baking tray and pop back in the warm place (no need to cover) for another hour to rise.
    Place in a preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes. The loaf should be golden brown and if you tap it with a spoon it should sound hollow.Leave to cool on a wire rack and serve warm with vegan butter.
    The bread will keep for a couple of days wrapped in paper in cool dark area. Enjoy!

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Tip: You can use white flour but I prefer using wholemeal. I put my oven light on (not the heat) and it creates the perfect warm environment for the bread to rise. Why not add some mixed seeds to make it super healthy.
 
Preheat the oven to 200oC/400oF. Pop the oven on 20 minutes before the second hour of rising is up.

Bean & Vegetable Soup (Easy & Cheap)

Delicious and nutritious vegan food that's easy to make, cheap using ingredients most of us have in our cupboards.
Course: Appetizer, lunch, Main Course
Keyword: cheap vegan, soup, vegan soup
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

  • 2 cans mixed beans Or use dried beans - soak and cook first
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 sticks celery chopped
  • 1 cup mixed frozen veg or use a tin - drain first
  • 1 stock cube mixed with 500ml boiled water
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 tsp pink/sea salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • season with black pepper

Instructions

  • In a large pan heat 1 tbsp oil on a medium heat.
    Add the onion, garlic and celery. Fry for a few minutes to soften the veg.
    Add the frozen veg and stir in.
    Add the tomatoes, herbs, spices and stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
    Warning: Soup will be VERY hot!Serve with fresh bread. Check out my recipes for bread on youtube and my website.

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Tip: You can use your favourite beans, lentils or mixed beans like I did.

Vanilla Sponge Cake

I've perfected my sponge cake recipe and realized I don't have a video for a basic sponge on my platforms. So here it is and you can make a vanilla sponge or add different ingredients like chocolate drops, lemon or dried fruit.
Course: Dessert
Keyword: egg free, vanilla cake, vegan cake

Equipment

  • 2 7/8" cake tins

Ingredients

  • 600 ml soya milk
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar/lemon juice
  • 400 g self raising flour I like to use wholemeal
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp chia/flax seeds milled
  • generous pinch of pink/sea salt
  • 200 ml vegetable oil
  • 140 g sugar I used coconut
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting

  • strawberry jam
  • 450 g icing sugar
  • 100 g vegan butter/spread
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4-5 tbsp plant milk

Instructions

Sponge

  • Mix the vinegar/juice with the soya milk and set aside for 10 minutes (the cider/juice curdles the milk creating buttermilk).
    To a large mixing bowl add the flour, seeds, salt, sugar & baking soda and mix together. Pour in the milk mix, oil and vanilla and mix together until the cake batter forms. Set aside for ten minutes for the ingredients to soak up the liquids.
    After ten minutes give the mix another few stirs and pour half into 2 lined/oiled cake tins 7/8". Pop in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
    Carefully remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tins for 20 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from the tins and allow to fully cool before frosting.

Frosting

  • In a large bowl add the icing sugar, vanilla, butter and milk. Mix together then use an electric whisk to completely combine all the ingredients.Spread a layer of jam over the sponge and then a layer or frosting. Place the second sponge on top and add another layer of frosting. Keep in the fridge as the frosting can melt in warm temperatures. The cake will last a week if kept in the fridge.

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Tip: You can use milled chia or flax seeds. I grind them in my food processor. Make sure you line/oil your tin so the sponge falls out easily.

Heart Shortbread (wholemeal)

These are delicious, healthy shortbread biscuits made with wholemeal flour and coconut sugar. If you want a traditional biscuit use white flour and sugar. I've added red food colouring and shaped them into hearts for a Valentines treat.
Course: sweet treat
Keyword: shortbread, vegan biscuits

Ingredients

  • 135 g plain flour I used wholemeal
  • 60 g sugar I used coconut sugar
  • generous pinch of sea/pink salt
  • 110 g vegan butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • red/pink food colouring (a few drops) Optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 150oC/302oF
    Method
    Mix the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Add the butter, vanilla and food colouring and mix together. Once a dough starts to form use your hands to rub the butter into the flour. Add a little more flour if the dough is sticky. Roll into a ball and set to one side.
    On a clean work surface sprinkle a little flour and roll out the dough. Keep it about 1cm thick or a little thicker. Cut into fingers or use a biscuit cutter and place the biscuits on a baking tray covered with parchment paper.
    Bake for 35-40 minutes. Keep and eye on the shortbread after half an hour as they can burn very quickly.
    Remove from the oven and allow to cool for half an hour before removing from the baking sheet. Great served with a cup of tea or coffee.
    Enjoy.

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Tip: Once you've made the dough you can shape them any way you wish. As I've used wholemeal flour and coconut sugar the biscuits have come out darker and the red doesn't show up as well as it would using white ingredients.
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Meringue / Pavlova

To add to my many dessert recipes this one is great for Valentines (why not have after my pizza). After several unsuccessful attempts at meringue (opened the oven to find just liquid once) these came out perfectly and were still great stored in the fridge for a few hours.
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: aqua faba, egg free, meringue, pavlova, vegan meringue

Ingredients

Meringue

  • 1 tsp cream of tarter
  • 200 ml aqua faba (chickpea water) unsalted
  • 200 g caster sugar I used granulated but ground it in my blender

Topping

  • Vegan whipping cream I used Elmlea Plant double cream
  • Fresh fruits

Instructions

  • You can make one big meringue or smaller ones. I made 4 5" meringues with 1 can of chickpeas.

    Serves 4-8 people depending on fillings and size of the meringue.

    Preheat oven to 120oC/248oF (very important to preheat to the right temperature)

    Method
    Drain the liquid from a can of chickpeas. Pour into a large bowl and whisk on a high setting until it becomes thick and forms peaks. This can take 15-20 minutes (be patient, it's worth it).

    Gradually pour in the sugar and cream of tarter and keep whisking for a few minutes. You want a light, fluffy, glossy mix that forms peaks.
  • On parchment paper draw around a plate (I used 5" plates which made 7" meringues) Turn over paper (to stop the ink touching the meringue and place on a large baking tray. The meringues get bigger so be sure to keep a good 3-4" between the meringues.

    Place in the oven and leave for 90 minutes. DO NOT open the oven to look at them during this time. After the 90 minutes are up turn off the oven leaving the meringues inside. As the oven cools it takes any moisture out of the meringues and will keep them crisp. After an hour remove from the oven and remove from the paper.

    You can make a pavlova like I did (filling the meringue with whipped cream and topped with fruit) or get creative. I was originally going to make smaller ones and place one on top of the other with a cream center.

    My top tip is to eat the meringues on the day you bake them as they can go soft. I stored this one in the fridge for a few hours and it was fine when I served it. Enjoy!

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Tip: The success of this recipe is to whisk, whisk and whisk. Some recipes say to whisk for 6 minutes but I whisked for 15 minutes non stop to get the right consistency. Once the sugar and tarter is added I whisked again for another 5 minutes. You want the meringue to form stiff peaks and be glossy. See video for what to aim for. You can make one big meringue or smaller ones. I made 4 5" meringues with 1 can of chickpeas.

Pizza Base

This is a healthy, wholegrain, rustic pizza base. With a crisp crust and soft middle. Easy to make and dough can be made in bulk and frozen.
Course: lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pizza, pizza base, vegan pizza

Ingredients

  • 250 g plain flour wholemeal or white
  • 50 g semolina flour or rice, gram, quinoa
  • 1/2 tsp pink/sea salt
  • 7 g yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar I used coconut sugar
  • 200 ml plant milk warm
  • 2 tbsp oil I used avocado but olive oil is fine

Instructions

  • Serves 1-2


    Preheat oven to 220oC/428oF


    Warm the milk slightly in the microwave and stir in the yeast. Add the salt, oil and sugar and stir again. Set aside for a few minutes for the yeast to activate.

    Mix the flours in a large bowl then slowly add the milk mixing with a spoon. Once the dough comes together use your hands to shape into a ball.

    Sprinkle a little flour on a clean work surface. knead the dough for 4-5 minutes. Oil a bowl and place the ball of dough in the middle. Cover with a damp tea towel and set aside to rise for one hour.

    After an hour remove the dough and place onto a floured surface. Roll into a circle and place on a floured oven tray. Shape the pizza and fold/pinch the edges to make a crust.

    Stab the centre of the base with a fork several times to remove any air. This stops the middle rising while it cooks.

    Add the tomato sauce and spread thinly over the base. Add your favourite toppings then sprinkle with cheese.

    Bake for 15-20 minutes until the base is golden brown.

    Finish with black pepper and fresh herbs. Enjoy!

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Tip: Heat the milk in the microwave until warm. This helps activate the yeast. I used wholemeal flour but you can use white if you wish. If you can't find semolina flour use rice, quinoa or gram flour.

Tiramisu

I was asked to come up with some desserts for Valentines day & the first one that came to mind was tiramisu. This is a rich & creamy dessert that you can share, or eat to yourself.
Course: Dessert
Keyword: dairy free, tiramisu, vegan dessert
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 270 ml vegan double cream I used Elmlea
  • 255 g vegan cream cheese plain
  • 8 small sponges (I used OGG's ready made) to fit each glass. To make your own see tips below.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups espresso or strong coffee
  • 1 tsp brandy optional
  • 1/3 cup sugar I used coconut sugar
  • cocoa powder for dusting the top

Instructions

  • To a large bowl pour in the cream, vanilla and sugar. Whisk for a few minutes until it starts to thicken. Now add the cheese and whisk until combined.

    Making sure your coffee is cool add the brandy and give it a stir.

    Dip the sponge briefly in the coffee and then place in the base of each glass.*

    Add a layer of cream then repeat with another dipped sponge. Top with cream and dust with cocoa powder.

    I highly recommend setting the desserts in the fridge for at least two hours. This will make sure the dessert is cold and the flavours have been absorbed into the cream and sponge.
    *To make your own sponge use my Coffee & Walnut recipe but use half the mixture & substitute the coffee for 1 tsp vanilla extract.

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Tip: I used ready made sponges to make this recipe quick & easy. If you wanted to make your own sponge check out my recipe for Coffee & Walnut cake https://aaroncaldervegan.com/coffee-w... but leave out the coffee & add an extra teaspoon of vanilla. Dip the sponge briefly in the coffee or it will get too soggy.

Roast 'Beef' Joint

Intro: Inspired by the BOSH TV guys and their Christmas recipes I thought I'd make my own 'beef' joint. Using ideas from their 'pork' joint and my previous recipes I came up with this amazing roast alternative.
Course: Main Course
Keyword: seitan, vegan beef

Ingredients

The Joint

  • 1 tin chickpeas drained
  • 1 tbsp English mustard
  • 80 g cooked beetroot save the juice
  • 2 tsp gravy granules mixed with 3 tbsp hot water
  • 1 vegetable stock cube dissolve in gravy mix above
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 50 g tomato puree
  • 100 ml beetroot juice use the juice from the beetroot pack
  • 1 pinch pink/sea salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 250 g vital wheat gluten flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

Glaze

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp English mustard
  • rosemary & thyme sprinkle on top before roasting

Instructions

The Joint

  • Preheat oven to 180oC/356oF
    To a blender/food processor add the chickpeas, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, tomato puree, mustard, beetroot, juice, Marmite, soy sauce, gravy and stock.
    Blend until you have a lump free sauce (a few small lumps are fine). You might have to use a spatula to wipe the sides to make sure everything is combined and blended.
    Weigh out the vital wheat gluten flour in a large bowl and pour in the sauce. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon then use your hands to knead all the ingredients together.
    Turn out onto a clean surface and knead for a couple of minutes. Shape into a joint and wrap in tin foil.
    Steam for 45 minutes.
    Remove the foil and score with a knife a few times (see video).

Glaze

  • Mix all the glaze ingredients together and pour over the joint.
    roast for 40-45 minutes.
    Serve as a centerpiece for your roast dinner. Carve off slices as you would a regular joint. Enjoy!

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Tip: If you don't have a steamer then you can simmer in water for 40 minutes. Turning halfway. You can use leftovers in a sandwich, curry or stir-fry.

Coffee & Walnut Cake

Now I've perfected my sponge cakes I thought I'd make one of my favorites - coffee and walnut. The sponge is moist and light with a thick coffee frosting.
Course: Dessert, sweet treat
Keyword: cake,, coffee cake, dairy free, egg free, vegan cake
Servings: 8 large slices

Equipment

  • 2x 7"/8" cake tins

Ingredients

Sponge

  • 600 ml soya milk Only soya works with this recipe
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar or use lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds milled
  • generous pinch of sea/pink salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 350 g plain flour I used wholemeal. If using self raising flour leave out the 2 tsp baking powder.
  • 200 ml veg oil I used rapeseed
  • 130 g sugar I used coconut sugar - nice caramel flavour
  • 5 tsp instant coffee

Frosting

  • 100 g vegan butter/spread
  • 400 g icing sugar
  • 3 tsp instant coffee Mixed with 4 tbsp water/milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • walnuts

Instructions

Sponge

  • Preheat the oven to 180oC/356oF
    Mix the milk and vinegar/juice and set aside for 15 minutes (the acid in the vinegar/juice reacts to the proteins in the milk and sours it) Makes butter milk.
    Meanwhile mix the flour, salt, chia seeds, baking soda & powder in a large bowl.
    Add the instant coffee to the milk mix and stir until dissolved.
    Pour into the bowl with the flour and add the oil and vanilla. Mix until everything is combined.
    Add the sugar and fold into the cake batter.
    Pour equally into 2 lined cake tins (7") and bake for 25 minutes.
    Once the 25 minutes is up leave to cool on a wire rack for half an hour or more.
    Gently remove from the tins and remove any parchment paper. Leave to cool fully for a couple of hours.

Frosting

  • Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and carefully whisk until you have a thick frosting. If you find the mix too thick add a little more water, 1 tbsp.
    Decorate the cake with the frosting and walnuts. Enjoy!

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Notes

Tip: I used wholemeal flour but you could use white or gluten free. I love walnuts but I know a lot of people who don't. If you love them why not add a few crushed walnuts into the cake mix.
As you can see from the video whisking the icing sugar was a bit messy. Make sure you use a large bowl to contain the mess.

Roasted Pepper & Chickpea Pate

A super easy, healthy and tasty pate. Delicious spread on toasted sourdough bread with vegan butter.
Course: Appetizer, lunch
Keyword: pate, vegan pate

Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas drained
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp pink/sea salt
  • season with black pepper
  • 3 roasted peppers red, yellow or mixed
  • 2 tsp mixed herbs
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast optional

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients to a blender/food processor and blend briefly until you get a spreadable pate. You will probably have to wipe the sides with a spatula a couple of times to make sure all the ingredients are combined.

    Transfer to ramekins to serve individually or to a tub and store in the fridge. Best served with toasted sourdough or gluten free bread.

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Tip: I used a jar of roasted mixed peppers but you can make your own. Wash, halve, de-seed and coat in a little oil. Roast for 20-25 minutes 200oC/392oF. Allow to cool before blending. You can serve the pate straight away but the flavours develop while you refrigerate it for a few hours or overnight.

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Intro: This is an easy muffin recipe which gives you fluffy and delicious muffins. I made mine with wholemeal flour to keep them healthy-ish.
Course: sweet treat
Keyword: vegan muffins
Servings: 6 Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 banana ripe
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup plant milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or use date, agave syrup.
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • Pinch of pink/sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 120 g plain flour I used wholemeal

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180oC/356oF
    To a blender/food processor add the banana, milk, vanilla and syrup. Blend until you have a thick lump free cream. If you don't have a blender mash the banana then mix the rest of the ingredients by hand.
    Add the flour, salt, cinnamon, baking powder, soda and cacao. Blend again until combined.
    Grease/line a muffin tin and pour in the mixture to the top of each well.
    Bake for 20-25 minutes until firm.
    Leave to cool for 30 minutes before removing from the tin as they can fall apart.

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Tip: Best to use muffin cases in the tin as some of my muffins fell apart. Why not add nuts, dried fruit or white chocolate chips.

Blue Sheese, Spinach & Walnut Gnocchi

One of the excuses that people use not to go vegan is they'd miss cheese. There are really good dairy free cheeses available and if you like blue cheese you'll love this recipe. Creamy and a strong blue cheese taste. I guarantee you'd think it wasn't vegan. Using English Blue Sheese (highly recommended).
Course: Appetizer, lunch, Main Course
Keyword: dairy free, vegan blue cheese
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 250 g gnocchi cooked and drained
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced/chopped
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp English mustard
  • Pinch of sea/pink salt
  • 150 g baby spinach washed
  • 200 ml vegan cream I used Alpro soya cream
  • Season with black pepper
  • 25 g vegan blue cheese Grated (+ extra for the top)
  • Handful of chopped walnuts + extra to sprinkle on top.

Instructions

  • Bring a pan of water to the boil while you prepare the sauce.
    Fry the onion and garlic in a little oil until softened. Pour in the cream, mustard, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper. Simmer for a few minutes.
    Add the gnocchi to the boiling water and follow cooking instructions.
    Add the spinach, walnuts, Sheese and cooked gnocchi to the cream sauce. Stir until combined then pour into an oven proof dish, sprinkle with a little more Sheese and walnuts.
    Bake for 20-25 minutes. Serve with salad and garlic bread.

Notes

TIP: You can use cashew, soya, coconut, or any vegan cream (not a sweetened one) 

Tangy Vegan Koftas

A great summer recipe that you can pop on the BBQ.
Course: Appetizer, lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: bbq, kofta
Servings: 6 koftas

Equipment

  • Kebab skewers (if using wooden skewers soak in water to prevent burning)

Ingredients

  • 1 pack Meatless Farm mince or Naturli mince both available from Sainsburys. Or use Linda McCartney sausages.
  • 25 g chopped coriander
  • generous pinch of pink/sea salt
  • black pepper - to season
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium red onion chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (homemade or shop bought) I make my own by blending wholemeal bread in my food processor until I have crumbs.
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • juice from one squeezed lemon

Instructions

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Let the mince mix sit in the fridge (covered) overnight or at least one hour to soak up the flavours.
    Shape 6 koftas around the skewers. Press the mix firmly around the skewers to stop them crumbling when cooking.
    Cook on the BBQ for 15-20 minutes (turning occasionally) until golden brown.
    Alternatively fry in a little oil for ten minutes. Turning to cook eat side.
    Bake in the oven 180C for 20 minutes.
    Serve with vegan sour cream or dairy-free plain yoghurt.

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Carbonara

This is one of the first things I made when I went vegan. I remember thinking how creamy it was but obviously contains no dairy or egg. Using wholegrain spaghetti keeps it healthy with extra fibre and nutrients. This dish is packed with flavours and contains b12, protein and yet is low in saturated fat and no cholesterol. Ready in 15-20 minutes.
Course: lunch, Main Course
Keyword: dairy free, egg free, vegan carbonara

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced/chopped
  • 2-3 rashers of vegan bacon
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp English mustard
  • generous pinch of pink/sea salt
  • pinch of black salt optional
  • black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 30 g vegan cheese (mature) grated
  • 1 cup soya cream or use oat, coconut cashew cream
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • spaghetti enough for each person (see pack guidelines)

Instructions

  • Prepare the pasta in a saucepan and allow to cook while you're making the sauce.
    Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan on a medium heat. Add the chopped onion and fry for 3-4 minutes to soften.
    Add the garlic and stir in. Now add the sliced 'bacon' and cook for a couple of minutes. Stir in the frozen peas and cook for a couple more minutes.
    Pour in the cream, mustard, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper & paprika. Simmer for 2-3 minutes stirring occasionally.
    Add the cheese and give it a good stir. Add the black salt (optional) and one final mix.
    Drain the cooked pasta and add to the sauce. Coat the pasta in the sauce and it's ready to serve.
    I love to add a little grated Parmesan (Violife), fresh parley and a pinch of paprika. Serve as it comes or with garlic bread. Enjoy!

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Notes

TIP: Like most of my recipes this is a versatile dish and you can use any cream (oat, soya, cashew or coconut). I like to add a pinch of black salt at the end to add a little egg flavour. There are many vegan bacon products available but you can also use Quorn ham, tofu or tempeh.

Easy Chocolate Truffles

Many people believe when you go vegan you give up creamy chocolate treats like truffles. I thought I'd make my own and keep it simple so you can copy the recipe. Rich, creamy and VERY moorish!
Course: Dessert, sweet treat
Keyword: dairy free, vegan chocolate

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut cream see tips for getting cream from a can of coconut milk.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea/pink salt
  • 450 g dark chocolate
  • cocoa powder

Instructions

  • On a very low heat warm the cream, vanilla extract and add the salt. When the cream it hot add the chocolate (break into smaller pieces) and keep stirring until melted.
    Pour into a bowl and allow to cool for about 20 minutes. Pop in the fridge for around 4-5 hours (or overnight) until its set.
    using a tablespoon scoop out some of the chocolate and roll into a ball. Roll in cocoa powder and set aside. Repeat until you have no truffle mix left. Store in the fridge for up to a week. Enjoy!

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Notes

TIP: Be sure to heat the coconut cream and chocolate on a low heat. I used the lowest setting. The cheapest way to get coconut cream is to chill a can of coconut milk in the fridge for several hours. Open the tin a pour out the water. Just the cream will be left. Why not add orange or mint oil? A shot of coffee? Once set you can freeze then coat in melted chocolate for a crisp shell and soft truffle inside.

Chilli Non Carne with Dark Chocolate & Pear

This is a recipe from The Meatless Farm who kindly sent me the ingredients to make this meal using their mince. I've adjusted a few ingredients to match my tastes (not too much chilli) and I decided to add dark chocolate and a chopped pear to spice things up a bit. The sweetness of the chocolate complements the chilli and the pear gives a sweet cooling element to the spices in the chilli.
Course: Main Course
Keyword: chilli, chilli non carne, vegan chilli

Ingredients

  • 200 g vegan mince (I used Meatless Farm) Or use soya mince/lentils.
  • 2 tbsp olive oil to fry
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 sticks celery - sliced optional
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • season with salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp flour I used wholemeal
  • 150 ml vegetable stock
  • 200 g red kidney beans
  • 200g chopped tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pear - cored and chopped optional
  • 2-3 squares dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the onion for 3-4 minutes to soften. Add the mince and cook for a few minutes until it's brown.
    Add the garlic, chilli powder, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper. Stir together to coat the ingredients.
    Sprinkle over the flour then mix together.
    Pour in the stock stirring continuously to avoid lumps.
    Now add the chopped tomatoes, celery, pear, kidney beans, bay leaf & tomato puree. Stir everything together then add the oregano. Mix and cover on a low heat to simmer for ten minutes.
    After 10 minutes add the chocolate, mix in and cover for another ten minutes. One final stir and it's ready to serve.
    Best with rice, fresh bread and vegan sour cream. Enjoy!

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Notes

TIP: This dish serves 2-3 but just double the ingredients to serve more and you can freeze it for another time. Instead of pear just leave it out or try a cooking apple.

Fruit Cake (Christmas Cake)

This is a recipe taken from Animal Aids recipe page. It's a healthy, hearty wholegrain cake that can be eaten straight away or feed it alcohol/tea for a few weeks for the perfect Christmas cake.
Course: Dessert
Keyword: christmas cake, fruit cake, vegan cake
Servings: 12 slices

Ingredients

  • 450 g wholemeal flour
  • 5 tsp baking powder
  • 450 g mixed dried fruit
  • 100 g chopped mixed nuts
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp molasses Or coconut sugar
  • generous pinch of sea/pink salt
  • 425 ml vegan sweet sherry or use plant milk
  • 160 ml vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp ground mixed spice

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 150oC/302oF
    In a large mixing bowl add the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, spices, salt, nuts, dried fruit & sugar). Mix until all ingredients are combined.
    Pour in the sherry/milk, vanilla and oil into the dry mix and stir together until you have your cake mix.
    Line an 8" cake tin with parchment paper and oil the sides. Pour in the mix and press down so the mixture is divided equally.
    Pop into the oven and let it bake for 2 hours. After an hour and a half you might want to check the cake isn't burning. If the top is starting to burn cover with tin foil.
    Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for a few hours. If using a loose base tin you can remove the tin after an hour so it cools sooner.
    Best served with a cup of tea or glass of wine.

Notes

TIP: If you don't want to use alcohol why not use plant milk instead. The cake can dry out quickly if not stored correctly. Wrap in parchment paper and then in foil. Store it an air tight container. If you want to make a Christmas cake look up (google) tips on feeding the cake with alcohol or tea.

Orange & Pistachio Mini Cheesecakes

I'm well known for my cheesecakes and wanted to make something a little different than my usual chocolate based recipes. These are raw, gluten free and a cute little dessert to serve to your guests.
Course: Dessert
Keyword: cheesecake, dairy free, orange cheesecake, pistachio
Servings: 6 cheesecakes

Ingredients

Base

  • 100 g nuts I used mixed nuts
  • 2 tbsp syrup I used date nectar
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea/pink salt

Filling

  • 150 g cashews (raw unsalted) Soak overnight or for 30 minutes in just boiled water. Drain before use.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100 ml coconut oil melted
  • 1/4 cup syrup I used maple for the filling
  • 1 large orange juiced and the zest
  • 1/4 tsp spirulina Gives green colour. Optional
  • 2 tbsp chopped pistachios

Instructions

Base

  • To a food processor/blender add the nuts and salt. Blend until the nuts resemble large breadcrumbs. Now add the syrup, vanilla and oil. Blend again until all the ingredients are combined.
    Using mini loose bottom tins add about 2 tsp of the mixture and press down with a spoon or shot glass. Set aside while you make the topping.

Filling

  • Drain the cashews and them to a blender. Also add the orange juice, oil, syrup, vanilla and spirulina (do not use too much or the cheesecakes will be dark green).
    Blend until you have a thick, lump free cream. This may take a few minutes depending on your blender. Scrape the sides and blend again if you have any lumps.
    Stir in the zest and chopped nuts. Now pour equally into each tin over the base. Freeze for at least two hours to set.
    Remove from the tins while still frozen so they keep their shape. Store in the fridge.
    I decorated mine with dried orange, whole pistachios and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Enjoy!

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Notes

TIP: Let the cheesecakes freeze for 2 hours (minimum) and then remove from the tins. If you try and remove them when they're defrosted they don't come out as well. I made 6 mini cheesecakes but you can put the ingredients into a large 6/7" tin to make one. I always use a loose base tin to make it easier to remove the cheesecake.

Chocolate Mousse (aquafaba)

I already have a couple of chocolate mousse recipes on my channel but none using aquafaba (chickpea water). This recipe is light and fluffy, great for a dinner party.
Course: Dessert
Keyword: chocolate mousse, dairy free, egg free, vegan mousse

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup aquafaba (chickpea water) unsalted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tbsp plant milk
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar or sweetener of your choice
  • handful of cacao nibs/chocolate drops
  • pinch of pink/sea salt
  • 200 g dark chocolate

Instructions

  • Drain the liquid from the chickpeas. This should be about 3/4 - 1/2 cup of liquid. Add to a large bowl with the cream of tartar. Whisk for 5 minutes continuously until its thick and fluffy.
    Add the sugar. Whisk for another 5 minutes until the aquafaba forms stiff peaks.
    Malt the chocolate in a bain marie or slowly in a microwave (10-15 seconds then mix, repeat until melted).
    Pour into the aquafaba and add the milk. Fold them together to form a thick mousse. Its important to fold as mixing will knock the bubbles out of the mousse. Add a handful of cacao nibs or chocolate drops. Fold in then spoon into ramekins.
    Sprinkle the top with nibs/drops and refrigerate for 1 hour (minimum). Serve straight from the fridge. Enjoy!

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Notes

TIP: Use unsalted aquafaba. I served it into two lager bowls but this could easily serve 4 into smaller ramekins. Use dark chocolate as I found the milk chocolate version wasn't as rich.

Cream of Tomato Soup with Mixed Beans

This is an easy, cheap yet rewarding recipe that's great served as a starter or main course. Creamy and rich this soup is a winter warmer and goes perfectly with fresh bread.
Course: Appetizer, lunch, Main Course, Soup
Keyword: dairy free, tomato soup

Ingredients

  • 2 500g packs of passata 2 tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tin mixed beans drained
  • 2 medium onions finely chopped
  • 1 veg stock cube
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 250 ml soya cream or use Oatly or coconut cream
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar or sugar of your choice
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1/2 tsp pink/sea salt
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp basil
  • season with black pepper I like a lot.

Instructions

  • Serves 4-5.
    To a pan on a medium head add 2 tbsp of oil (I use olive) and fry the onions for 3-4 minutes until they are soft and translucent. Add the garlic and heat for a minute then pour in the passata, herbs, salt, pepper and add the stock cube. Keep mixing the soup to combine the ingredients (you want it hot enough to simmer).
    Pour in the cream (save a little to decorate the top) and add the drained mixed beans. Mix together then add the sugar and tomato puree.
    Turn down the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with a drizzle or cream and fresh basil. Enjoy!

Video

Notes

TIP: Chop the onion finely so it cooks faster and leaves the soup with a smoother texture. I used passata but you can use tomato juice or chopped tomatoes. If using chopped tomatoes you'll need to blend them first to a fine liquid. If you want a traditional cream of tomato soup leave out the beans.

Wholegrain Fruit Crumble

This is a great dessert to have after a roast dinner or in Autumn/Winter. My version uses wholegrains and no refined sugars. So healthy you can have it for breakfast (which I did). With added spices and dried mixed fruit it gives the crumble a Christmas/Winter taste.
Course: Dessert
Keyword: apple crumble, wholegrains

Ingredients

Filling

  • 2 Bramley apples (peel if you wish) cored & sliced thinly
  • 1 pear cored & thinly sliced
  • 50 g mixed dried fruit
  • 75 g raspberries
  • 1 tsp mixed spices 1/2 tsp on each of the two layers

Crumble

  • 80 g vegan spread or coconut oil
  • 100 g wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp mixed spices
  • 50 g coconut sugar (gives caramel taste) or sweetener of your choice
  • 70 g oats
  • pinch of pink/sea salt

Instructions

Filling

  • Preheat oven to 180oC/355oF.
    Brush an oven proof dish with a little of the vegan spread and set to one side.
    Core the apples and pear then cut into thin slices. I like to leave the skins on but you can remove them. Layer the dish with half the apple, pear, mixed fruit and raspberries. Sprinkle with 1 tbsp sugar (I used coconut) and 1/2 tsp mixed spices.
    Repeat with another layer then set to one side.

Crumble

  • In a mixing bowl add the flour, oats, sugar, salt, spices and spread. Mix together then use your hands to rub the spread into the dry mix. Pour over the fruit and press down gently.
    Bake for 40-45 minutes making sure the top doesn't burn. If it starts to burn cover with tin foil. I like to slow bake the crumble so the fruit steams to cook. To check if it's ready push a kebab/think knife into the centre and it should easily go through. If the fruit is too firm turn down the heat a little and bake for another 5-10 minutes.
    Enjoy with non dairy cream, custard or ice cream.

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Notes

TIP: I used ready mixed spices (nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, cassia, coriander seeds, caraway and clove) but normally I'd use a mix of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. You can use as much or as little as you'd like depending on your preference.

Cranberry, Cheese & Sausage Parcel

One time I was cooking a roast dinner & hadn't thought about what I'd serve with the veg. With the ingredients I had in the fridge I created this really simple & quick recipe. My guests loved it & thought I'd spent ages making it. This is great for when you don't have a lot of time but want something impressive to serve.
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Keyword: sausage parcel, vegan christmas
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 2 squares vegan puff pastry Buy the one made with oil not butter
  • 2 tbsp cranberry sauce
  • 2 sausages I used Linda McCartney
  • 2 cubes cheese

Instructions

  • Let the pastry sit at room temperature for 20 minutes so it's easier to mold.
    Cut out two (or more, depending on servings) squares of pastry (approx 14-15cm square). Put 1 tbsp of cranberry sauce in the centre. Roll a sausage into a ball & place on top of the cranberry. Cut a small piece of cheese and place on top of the sausage.
    Like a parcel bring the corners together (see video) and pinch to seal. It should end up looking a bit like a pyramid. Pop on a greased baking tray. Brush with plant milk and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
    I like to serve with gravy but they're great on their own. Enjoy!

Video

Notes

TIP: Let the sausages defrost or cook for 1 minute in the microwave. Make sure the edges of the pastry are pinched and sealed together or you'll find the sauce leaks out.

Chocolate Chilli & Brandy Pudding

With Christmas fast approaching this is a show stopping dessert to serve on Christmas day. Rich, creamy with a hit of brandy then a kick of chilli.
Course: Dessert
Keyword: chocolate pudding, christmas

Ingredients

Filling

  • 150 g cashews unsalted-soaked-drained (soak overnight or 30 minutes in just boiled water)
  • 200 g dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup plant milk
  • 40 ml brandy optional
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 cup agave/maple/fruit syrup
  • pinch of pink/sea salt

Base

  • 100 g vegan biscuits
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp maple/agave syrup

Instructions

Cream effect on top

  • The best way to get the look of cream on top is to melt white chocolate and let it sit for a minute to cool. Make sure the pudding is still slightly frozen as it will set the chocolate as it pours down the sides. Mix the chocolate and pour into the centre. Do this slowly or it can look messy. Using the back of a spoon move the chocolate to the sides so it runs down slowly.

Filling

  • Pour the drained cashews into a blender and add the milk, vanilla, lemon juice and syrup. Blend until you have no lumps. This can take a few minutes depending on your blender.

    Melt the chocolate in a bain marie or gently in the microwave and pour into the cashew cream. Add the brandy and blend for a minute. Give the blender cup a shake (or wipe down the sides) and add the chilli, ginger, salt and cinnamon. Blend again until all the ingredients are combined.

    Using a bowl (check the size and capacity) line it with clingfilm. Pour in the chocolate mix and gently shake/tap the sides to remove any air bubbles. Pop in the freezer for at least 3 hours. I left mine overnight. You need it to be semi frozen to add the base.

Base

  • Blend the biscuits to crumbs then add the oil, syrup and vanilla. Blend again until all ingredients are combined.

    Remove the pudding from the freezer and cover the bottom with the crumb mix and press down firmly to create a base. Pop back in the freezer for an hour to set.

    When you're ready to serve your pudding let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes to defrost slightly. This will help it come away from the bowl. Place a plate over the bowl and turn upside down. Tap the sides and shake until the pudding comes free from the bowl. Remove the clingfilm.

    To get the dripping cream look melt (50g) white chocolate and let it sit for a minute to cool. Make sure the pudding is still slightly frozen as it will set the chocolate as it pours down the sides. Mix the chocolate and pour into the centre. Do this slowly or it can look messy. Using the back of a spoon move the chocolate to the sides so it runs down slowly. Allow the chocolate to set and the pudding to fully defrost for 20 minutes at room temperature. Decorate with holly and red berries.

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Notes

TIP. Line a bowl with clingfilm to make it easier to remove. I let mine sit for 15 minutes before tipping upside down onto a plate.

Spiced Bread Pudding (Wholemeal Bread)

Bread pudding is a great dessert for the colder months as it's wholesome and filling. Traditionally you'd use white bread (which you still can) but I like to wholemeal as it's healthier. You get a malty taste using wholemeal. This is a great recipe for Christmas because of the mixed dried fruit and spices. Serve hot with non dairy cream.
Course: Dessert
Keyword: bread pudding, christmas, dairy free, egg free, winter

Ingredients

  • 400 ml coconut milk 1 tin - shake before opening
  • 150 ml plant milk I used soya for its creamy taste
  • vegan butter/spread
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 50 g mixed dried fruit
  • handful of flaked almonds
  • pinch of sea/pink salt
  • 4 tbsp agave/maple/fruit syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 slices bread remove crusts

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180oC/355oF. Serves 4-6
    In jug mix the milks, spices, salt, vanilla and syrup (it doesn't matter if it doesn't mix together fully). Set aside then spread each slice of bread with butter and cut in half.
    Using a medium sized oven proof dish coat with the spread (stops it sticking) then layer the dish with half the slices of bread. Sprinkle over half the almonds and dried fruit. Pour over half the milky mix and repeat with another layer.
    Using your hand or the back of a spoon gently press down the bread so it soaks up the liquid.
    Pop in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve straight away with custard, cream or ice cream.

Video

Notes

TIP: Don't worry too much about buttering the bread evenly. Why not soak the dried fruit in a little brandy overnight for a alcoholic kick. If you have black salt add a pinch to the milk mix for a traditional eggy taste.

Toad in the Hole (Spelt with Onion & Rosemary) & (Traditional)

I've not had toad in the hole (sausages in batter) since I went vegan. While looking for recipes I realised there aren't many and the ones that exist weren't very good. So, I created my own recipe. Originally I made the spelt recipe but it didn't look like a traditional toad in the hole. The taste and smell were incredible but I wanted it to rise and not look so dark. By experimenting with different ingredients I found out using white flour helps it rise. You can choose your favourite.
Course: Main Course
Keyword: egg free, toad in the hole, vegan toad in hole
Servings: 2 people

Equipment

  • Medium oven proof dish

Ingredients

Spelt with Onion & Rosemary

  • 3 sausages I used Meatless Farm (Sainsburys)
  • 100 g spelt flour
  • 30 g gram flour chickpea flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp rosemary
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1/2 tsp black salt gives egg taste
  • 100 ml aquafaba chickpea water
  • Veg oil

Traditional Version

  • 3 sausages
  • 100 g self raising white flour
  • 30 g gram flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp black salt
  • 100 ml aquafaba
  • 250 ml plant milk unsweetened

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 220oC/428oF. Serves 3-4

    Both versions use the same method.
    Make sure your oven is preheated to the temperature. In a medium sized oven dish pour in some oil just covering the bottom and place in the oven for ten minutes. It's very important the oil in the dish is smoking hot so that the batter cooks properly.

    While the oil is heating pour the milk and aquafaba into a large bowl and whisk for a couple of minutes until fluffy. Sift in the flours and baking powder. Add the salt (rosemary & pepper optional) and whisk until you have a batter.

    Take care removing the dish from the oven and work as fast as you can to get the ingredients back in the oven. Add the sausages (onion optional) and pour over the batter to just cover the sausages. Do not use too much batter or the sausages will be hidden under the batter when it rises.

    Pop back in the oven and bake for ten minutes. After ten minutes turn down the heat to 200oC/392oF and bake for a further 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Serve with your favourite veg and lots of gravy.

Video

Notes

TIP: Its important to get the oil smoking hot when you add the ingredients. The heat helps the batter rise. Be careful as it's VERY hot! My traditional recipe batter raised and covered the sausages. I got a spoon and moved the batter away from the sausages exposing them. When the dish comes out of the oven the batter will shrink slightly.

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake

This recipe has been extremely popular so it's only fair I share it. While the video may look complicated once you have soaked the cashews overnight and the bits where you leave the layers to set in the freezer its actually really easy. This cheesecake is not only stunning and you'd never guess it was dairy free but its absolutely delicious. Not as healthy as my other creations but miles healthier than a regular cheesecake that is full of saturated fat and sugar. My cruelty free version is full of plant goodness, protein, fiber and is gluten free.
Course: Dessert
Keyword: triple chocolate cheesecake, vegan cheesecake
Servings: 8 slices

Ingredients

Base

  • 150 g almonds raw - unsalted
  • 6 dates pitted & soaked in water - drained
  • 1/2 tsp pink/sea salt
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar or sugar or your choice

Dark chocolate layer

  • 100 g dark chocolate melted
  • 160 g pre-soaked cashews drained
  • 2 tbsp maple/date/agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup plant milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

White chocolate layer

  • 160 g pre soaked cashews - drained
  • 1/4 cup plant milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100 g vegan white chocolate

Milk chocolate later

  • 160 g pre soaked cashews - drained
  • 1/4 cup plant milk
  • 100 g vegan milk chocolate

Instructions

Prep

  • 300g of unsalted raw cashews. Soak overnight in water or for 1/2 hour in just boiled water. Drain before you use them. Divide into 3 equal portions (160g approx per layer)

Base

  • Blend all the ingredients in a food processor until you have a sticky crumb like mixture. Press firmly into a 6/7” loose base cake tin. Use a spoon to start and then the bottom of a glass to get an even finish. Set aside in the freezer to let it set quicker.

Method for all three layers

  • Add the cashews, milk, vanilla and syrup into a blender and blend for a few minutes until you have a lump free cream. If you have trouble with the mixture being too thick to blend add a little more milk. Melt the dark chocolate and add it to the cream. Blend again until combined. Pour over the base and tap the sides gently of the tin to get an even level layer. Make sure the sides of the tin above the dark chocolate are clear or it will effect the look of the finished cake. Pop in the freezer for 45 minutes to set.

White chocolate layer

  • Repeat as you did with the dark chocolate layer, adding the the melted white chocolate after you have blended the cashews and milk. Pour over the semi frozen dark chocolate layer and pop back in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.

Milk chocolate layer

  • Repeat as you did with the first 2 layers. Pop in the freezer for at least an hour to help everything set. Remove from the freezer 20-30 minutes before serving and let it defrost at room temperature. The cheesecake sets really well once removed from the freezer and can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. Decorate with grated chocolate and a drizzle of melted chocolate.

Video

Notes

TIP. I like my recipes to be quick and easy so often find short cuts but with this recipe you must let the cashews soak for a good few hours or overnight to get a really creamy texture.

Avocado & Chickpea Gratin

When I was in Spain a few years ago my favourite dish at a popular restaurant was avocado gratin. This was before I was vegan. I wanted to recreate the dish and this is incredibly similar and delicious. I added chickpeas for fiber and protein and by using wholemeal or gluten free flour it's far more healthier. This dish could serve two as part of a main course or starter but I decided to treat myself and eat the lot.
Course: Appetizer, lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Keyword: avocado gratin

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-large avocado - cut in half & de-stoned 1 per person
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tin chickpeas drained
  • generous pinch of pink/sea salt
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 30 g vegan cheese extra to grate on top
  • 50 g wholemeal flour or gluten free flour
  • black pepper to taste
  • 40 g vegan butter/spread
  • 435 ml plant milk unsweetened

Instructions

  • Preheat oven 200ºC/392ºF

    In a saucepan on a medium heat add the flour, butter, salt, pepper, milk and nutritional yeast. Whisk for a minute until combined. Now add the cheese and whisk again. Add the tomato puree and turn up the heat whisking continuously until you have a thick, creamy, lump free sauce. Turn off the heat and in an oven dish pour in the chickpeas, add the avocado and sprinkle with garlic. Pour over the sauce and top with a generous helping of grated cheese. I like a lot of black pepper so added more before popping in the middle of a preheated oven for 20 minutes.

    The dish and contents will be very hot so take care. Serve straight from the dish or with vegetables on the side like I did.

Video

Notes

TIP: If the sauce seems a little thick just add a dash of water or more milk and whisk in until you get the desired result.

Protein & Chocolate Waffles (Gluten Free)

Waffles seem like a naughty rare treat for breakfast but my versions are made with gluten free or wholemeal flour, protein and no added sugar (sweeten with maple syrup, fruit and yoghurt). They're easy to prepare and so filling. Why not make a large batch and freeze them. The great thing about this recipe is you can make 2 chocolate and 2 protein waffles or adjust the ingredients and have 4 of the same. Also add maple syrup if you have a sweet tooth or extra protein if you're a gym goer. You can use a waffle maker but I'm using a silicone mold from amazon. It was around £4 and is brilliant.
Course: Breakfast, lunch
Keyword: gluten free waffle, protein waffle, vegan waffle, waffle
Servings: 4 waffles

Ingredients

Protein Waffles

  • 1 cup gluten free flour I like brown rice flour
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup plant milk
  • pinch of sea/pink salt
  • 1 tbsp sultanas or dried fruit of your choice
  • 1 tbsp protein powder
  • 1 tsp oil I like avocado or coconut
  • generous pinch of cinnamon

Chocolate Waffles

  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • pinch of sea/pink salt
  • 1 tbsp cacao/cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup plant milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp oil

Instructions

Protein Waffles

  • Method
    Put all the dry ingredients and sultanas in a jug and whisk together. Add the oil, milk and vanilla and whisk until combined, if the batter is too thick add a little more milk. Pour into 2 molds and prepare the chocolate batter.

Chocolate Waffle

    Add all dry ingredients, add extra protein powder if you wish. Whisk together then add the wet ingredients and whisk again. Pour into other half of mold and bake in the centre of the oven for 15 minutes.

      Video

      Notes

      TIP: Grease mould before pouring in batter to stop waffles sticking.

      Chocolate Orange & Ginger Tart

      I've done lots of savory recipes for my roast dinner collection. So, Now this is the first one for desserts. Its an easy recipe to make and requires no baking. This is so smooth and rich and would be great for Thanksgiving/Christmas or anytime.

      I've done lots of savory recipes for my roast dinner collection. So, Now this is the first one for desserts. Its an easy recipe to make and requires no baking. This is so smooth and rich and would be great for Thanksgiving/Christmas or anytime.
      Course: Dessert
      Keyword: dairy free, vegan chocolate, vegan christmas, vegan tart

      Ingredients

      Crust

      • 300 g vegan ginger nut biscuits
      • 3 tbsp coconut oil
      • 2 tbsp cacao/cocoa powder

      Filling

      • 1 tbsp orange oil
      • 230 g vegan chocolate dark or milk
      • 220 ml coconut cream
      • pinch of sea/pink salt

      Instructions

      Crust

      • Place the biscuits and cacao in a blender and blend until you have crumbs. Add the (liquid) coconut oil and blend until combined.

        Pour into you tin and press down firmly with your fingers creating a crust with a dip in the centre for the filling. Pop in the fridge while you prepare the filling.

        Place the biscuits and cacao in a blender and blend until you have crumbs. Add the (liquid) coconut oil and blend until combined.

        Pour into you tin and press down firmly with your fingers creating a crust with a dip in the centre for the filling. Pop in the fridge while you prepare the filling.

      Filling

      • Pour the cream into a saucepan, add the salt and turn the heat on low. Stir until it starts to simmer. Add the orange oil and stir together. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or break into chunks and add to the cream. Keep stirring until you have a chocolate sauce.

        Get your crust from the fridge and gently pour in the chocolate. Give the tin a gentle shake/tap to remove any bubbles. Pop in the fridge for 4 hours to set.

        Enjoy!

        Pour the cream into a saucepan, add the salt and turn the heat on low. Stir until it starts to simmer. Add the orange oil and stir together. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or break into chunks and add to the cream. Keep stirring until you have a chocolate sauce.

        Get your crust from the fridge and gently pour in the chocolate. Give the tin a gentle shake/tap to remove any bubbles. Pop in the fridge for 4 hours to set.

        Enjoy!

      Video

      Notes

      TIP: I used a long tin 14"x5" but you can use a round flan tin if you wish. I always use a loose based tin to make it easier to remove the tart. When you press the crumbs into the tin use your fingers to create the crust so the filling has a well to pour into. I melted the chocolate before putting into the cream but you can add chopped chocolate directly into the cream and melt on a very low heat.

      Maple Syrup & Rosemary Glazed Parsnips

      I love a roast dinner so decided to put together a set of videos showing how I make each part. These parsnips are are slightly sweet and the rosemary brings out the flavours. The sightly caramelized taste means they'll stand out when served with your roast dinner. No need to use honey.
      Course: Main Course, Side Dish
      Keyword: maple parsnips, roast parsnips, vegan christmas

      Ingredients

      • 4 large parsnips peeled and cut in half
      • 2 tbsp maple syrup
      • pinch of pink/sea salt
      • 1 tbsp rosemary
      • vegetable oil

      Instructions

      • Preheat oven to 200oC/392oF. Serves 3-4

        Peel the parsnips and cut off the ends. Slice in half and boil with a pinch of salt for 2 minutes.

        While the parsnips boil pour vegetable oil into a roasting tin (just enough to coat the base of the tin) and add the syrup and rosemary. Stir so all the ingredients are combined.

        Drain the parsnips and place them in the tin with the oil. Make sure each parsnip is coated in the glaze.

        Roast for 40 minutes turning halfway through. After 40-45 minutes they will be golden brown. Enjoy!

      Video

      Notes

      TIP: By boiling for 2 minutes it keeps the parsnips soft inside as sometimes they can be dry. Do not boil for more than 2 minutes as they will be too soft.

      'Turkey' & Cranberry Slices

      A traditional roast has the meat as the centre piece. I always worried my roasts lacked the wow factor but now this is a great addition to your roast/Christmas dinner.
      Course: lunch, Main Course, Snack
      Keyword: vegan christmas, vegan roast, vegan turkey

      Ingredients

      • 130 g chickpeas drained
      • 70 g cashews soaked over night in water or 15 minutes in just boiled water. Drain before use.
      • 100 g oat flour I make my own by blending 100g oats in my blender to a fine flour.
      • 50 g dried cranberries
      • 150 ml plant milk unsweetened
      • 120 g vital wheat gluten amazon or health stores
      • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
      • 4 tbsp olive oil
      • 1 tsp onion powder
      • 1 tsp garlic powder
      • 1/2 tsp pink/sea salt
      • season with black pepper
      • 2 tbsp chicken seasoning available from most supermarkets.

      Instructions

      • To a blender/food processor add the milk, chickpeas, oil and cashews. Blend until you have a creamy liquid. A few small fine lumps are fine, these add to the texture. Add the vital wheat gluten, oat flour, onion & garlic powder, salt, pepper, seasoning and nutritional yeast.

        Blend until the mixture turns to dough. Keep blending for 2-3 minutes. If the mixture is too wet add a little more vital wheat gluten.

        In a large bowl add the cranberries and dough. Kneed the dough so that all the cranberries are combined into the dough. Shape into a small loaf/joint and wrap in parchment paper and then foil.

        Place in a steamer and steam for 1 hour and ten minutes. Serve immediately with lots of gravy.

        Enjoy!

      Video

      Notes

      TIP: Once the joint is steamed you can serve it straight away or cut into slices and shallow fry for a crispier texture. The leftovers will be great for salads or in sandwiches.

      Yorkshire Puddings

      Over the past 3 years as a vegan I've tried and failed to make a Yorkshire pudding that looks and tastes as good as a regular one. Using bits of recipes I've seen online I finally created a Yorkshire pudding that I think is better than the original. Crispy, eggy with a soft centre. I could eat these on their own.
      Course: Main Course
      Keyword: dairy free, egg free, vegan roast, vegan yorkshire puddings, yorkshire puddings

      Ingredients

      • 100 g self-rising flour
      • 30 g gram flour chickpea flour