Creamy Mushroom Pasta

Creamy Mushroom Pasta

Posted by on Sep 29, 2018 in Pasta, Vegan Recipes
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Creamy Mushroom Pasta
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I love creamy pasta, and I love mushrooms! This recipe is incredibly tasty and takes just 15 minutes from start to finish. I used brown rice pasta (available in Tesco) and plain flour as a thickener; the flour can be subbed for cornflour to make the recipe entirely gluten free if you're a coeliac.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 2-3 mins
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 2-3 mins
Cook Time
15 minutes
Creamy Mushroom Pasta
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I love creamy pasta, and I love mushrooms! This recipe is incredibly tasty and takes just 15 minutes from start to finish. I used brown rice pasta (available in Tesco) and plain flour as a thickener; the flour can be subbed for cornflour to make the recipe entirely gluten free if you're a coeliac.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 2-3 mins
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 2-3 mins
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions (usually 9-12 mins).
  2. While the pasta is cooking, fry the mushrooms and onions in 1 Tbsp olive oil for 8-10 minutes or until the mushrooms start excreting a lot of moisture. Add the garlic and stir well.
  3. Drain the pasta and set aside. Add the nutritional yeast to the mushrooms and scatter in the flour. Stir well for 30 seconds to 1 minute before adding the plant milk and soy cream.
  4. With a whisk, stir the mixture in the pan until it's smooth and thickened slightly. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Add the drained pasta and a handful of chopped parsley. Stir well and let sit for a few minutes off the heat. Serve & enjoy!

Slow-Cooked Caponata

Posted by on Aug 29, 2018 in Italian, Vegan Recipes
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Slow-Cooked Aubergine Caponata
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Caponata is a Sicilian dish with aubergines, onions, tomatoes and black olives in a sweet and sour sauce. This slow-cooked version is amazing, and does not take much work on your part. It's delicious!
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
3 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
3 1/2 hours
Slow-Cooked Aubergine Caponata
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Caponata is a Sicilian dish with aubergines, onions, tomatoes and black olives in a sweet and sour sauce. This slow-cooked version is amazing, and does not take much work on your part. It's delicious!
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
3 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
3 1/2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a pan add 1 Tbsp olive oil and fry the onions and aubergine until slightly browned, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add them into the slow cooker along with the garlic, stock, vinegar, chilli, olives, capers, pine nuts and chopped tomatoes. Use one of the empty cans to add a can of boiling water. Cook on high for 3 hours.
  3. Add the orzo and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
  4. At the end stir in a handful of fresh parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Vegan Tagliatelle Carbonara

Posted by on Aug 26, 2018 in Italian, Vegan Recipes
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Vegan Tagliatelle Carbonara
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This creamy carbonara goes well with any type of pasta and is quick, cheap and easy to make!
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Vegan Tagliatelle Carbonara
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This creamy carbonara goes well with any type of pasta and is quick, cheap and easy to make!
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Ingredients
Smoky Tofu Bits
Carbonara
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions - usually 8-10 minutes.
  2. In a bowl add the tofu, liquid smoke and soy sauce and mix well. Ideally you do this ahead of time to let it marinade.
  3. In a large pan, heat the olive oil and fry the tofu for 5-7 minutes until it starts to get crispy and the moisture in the soy sauce has disappeared.
  4. Add the onions and fry until soft, around 5 minutes.
  5. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  6. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture ensuring it's all coated well, and cook for another 30 seconds - 1 minute ensuring you do not let it stick and burn.
  7. Add the milk, cream, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper and mix together well. Simmer for 5-8 minutes or until the sauce thickens. If it's too thick, add a splash of milk. If it's not thickening well just let it simmer a little longer.
  8. Stir in the pasta and serve with fresh parsley, and vegan Parmesan if you like. Enjoy!

Creamy Mushroom & Black Garlic Pasta

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in Vegan Recipes
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Creamy Mushroom & Black Garlic Pasta
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A creamy mushroom pasta made with soy cream and black garlic. The black garlic gives it a distinct, sweet, balsamic-like flavour. I got some from Sainsbury's, but if you can't get hold of any, regular garlic works just as well.
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Creamy Mushroom & Black Garlic Pasta
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A creamy mushroom pasta made with soy cream and black garlic. The black garlic gives it a distinct, sweet, balsamic-like flavour. I got some from Sainsbury's, but if you can't get hold of any, regular garlic works just as well.
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Cook and drain the pasta according to the package instructions; usually 10-12 minutes. Heat 1 Tbsp dairy free butter in a pan and saute the mushrooms, onion, rosemary and thyme for 5 minutes or until softened.
  2. Transfer half the pan's contents to a high speed blender along with the black garlic, dijon mustard, salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon juice and soy cream. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add the mushroom mixture back into the pan and gently heat for 5 minutes. Add the cooked and drained pasta and heat for another few minutes.
  4. Serve with a sprinkle of fresh chives on top.

Vegan Pepperoni

Posted by on Aug 6, 2018 in Vegan Recipes
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Vegan Pepperoni
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This vegan pepperoni is made out of seitan, and is so easy and cheap to make. It's dense, spicy and very tasty! Great on pizza (of course!), in a sandwich or just on its own as a snack! I also have a Vegan Salami recipe which is slightly less dense and juicier, ideal for sandwiches.
Vegan Pepperoni
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This vegan pepperoni is made out of seitan, and is so easy and cheap to make. It's dense, spicy and very tasty! Great on pizza (of course!), in a sandwich or just on its own as a snack! I also have a Vegan Salami recipe which is slightly less dense and juicier, ideal for sandwiches.
Ingredients
Dry Ingredients
Wet Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C. Combine all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well with a fork.
  2. Add all the wet ingredients and mix in the water slowly. If you need to add more, go ahead. If you used too much water then sprinkle in a bit more gluten.
  3. Roll out into a sausage shape.
  4. Wrap in foil and bake for 90 minutes. It should be quite dense. Slice it up and enjoy!

Quick & Easy Pizza Dough

Posted by on Aug 2, 2018 in Vegan Recipes
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Quick & Easy Pizza Dough
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Homemade pizza needn't be difficult! Spend a mere 10 minutes making the dough and then load it with your favourite toppings. It easily beats any pre-made base you can buy in the shops! This recipe is for a large, deep-pan style pizza. If you'd prefer a thin base, either half the required ingredients or split the dough into two and make two pizzas!
Servings
1 large pizza
Servings
1 large pizza
Quick & Easy Pizza Dough
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Homemade pizza needn't be difficult! Spend a mere 10 minutes making the dough and then load it with your favourite toppings. It easily beats any pre-made base you can buy in the shops! This recipe is for a large, deep-pan style pizza. If you'd prefer a thin base, either half the required ingredients or split the dough into two and make two pizzas!
Servings
1 large pizza
Servings
1 large pizza
Ingredients
Optional
Servings: large pizza
Instructions
  1. Set the oven to 220-230°C.
  2. Add the sugar, yeast and warm water into a bowl and stir well. Let sit for 3-4 minutes or until the mixture looks creamy.
  3. Add the flour, salt, oil and yeast/sugar mixture into another bowl and mix together. Add more water if it's too dry. Likewise, add more flour if it becomes too wet.
  4. Form into a dough ball and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface.
  6. On a large oven tray lined with baking paper dusted with cornmeal (optional), transfer the base before topping with your favourite ingredients.
  7. Bake on the top shelf for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and golden.

Easy Houmous

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Vegan Recipes
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Houmous
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I make this recipe several times a week because I love it so much. It always goes down well at BBQs and when I take it to work with me! There's just a few ingredients involved that are cheap, meaning you can make this stuff all the time. I leave out the olive oil because it adds a lot of calories and I eat this stuff all the time, but you can use it if you want for a more traditional houmous. Use this recipe as a base and add whatever you want to flavour it. My personal favourite thing to do with this is to add about 75ml of Frank's Red Hot Original Cayenne Pepper sauce at the end. Amazing!
Servings Prep Time
2 350ml Jars 3 minutes
Passive Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 350ml Jars 3 minutes
Passive Time
10 minutes
Houmous
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I make this recipe several times a week because I love it so much. It always goes down well at BBQs and when I take it to work with me! There's just a few ingredients involved that are cheap, meaning you can make this stuff all the time. I leave out the olive oil because it adds a lot of calories and I eat this stuff all the time, but you can use it if you want for a more traditional houmous. Use this recipe as a base and add whatever you want to flavour it. My personal favourite thing to do with this is to add about 75ml of Frank's Red Hot Original Cayenne Pepper sauce at the end. Amazing!
Servings Prep Time
2 350ml Jars 3 minutes
Passive Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 350ml Jars 3 minutes
Passive Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
optional
Servings: 350ml Jars
Instructions
  1. For how to prepare your own chickpeas, click here! Put all the ingredients into a food processor on high.
  2. Add some of the liquid you've saved from cooking the chickpeas a bit at a time to help it come together. I use about 200ml. You could just use water instead. You'll need to keep stopping the processor to push the mixture back onto the blades until it's at a consistency you're happy with.
  3. Add more salt if required. At this stage you can add different ingredients to flavour it however you want, or you can just keep it plain. To make it creamier you could pour the mixture into a blender which usually requires a bit more liquid. Empty into containers. I use the 350ml Kilner Jars that I picked up from the supermarket. This recipe will fill 2 of these.
Recipe Notes

I use this houmous in burgers, wraps & bagels, but I mostly use it as a dip for raw veggies, breadsticks, pitta breads, or whatever I can find! It will keep in the fridge for several days, but it's so good that it doesn't last very long.