Vegan Tagliatelle Carbonara

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!

Homemade Falafel Burgers

Posted by on Aug 12, 2018 in Burgers, Vegan Recipes
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Falafel Burgers
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These burgers taste great, are full of fibre, protein and classic falafel spices that make for an amazing lunch or dinner! Easy to make and cheap as chips.
Servings Prep Time
8 patties 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 patties 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Falafel Burgers
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These burgers taste great, are full of fibre, protein and classic falafel spices that make for an amazing lunch or dinner! Easy to make and cheap as chips.
Servings Prep Time
8 patties 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 patties 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: patties
Instructions
  1. Cook the lentils in boiling water in a pan until tender. About 10 minutes. Drain and add to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add half the chickpeas, the onion, garlic and lemon juice into a high powered blender and blend to a paste.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients along with the chickpea-paste into the bowl with the lentils. Time to get your hands dirty!
  4. With clean hands, combine the mixture well and form into approx. 8 patties.
  5. Fry the patties in a little oil in a frying pan until lightly browned, about 5 minutes each side.
  6. Serve on fresh burger buns with houmous, a slice of vegan cheese, lettuce and tomatoes and a little bit of vegan mayo.
Recipe Notes

Add some spice and use sriracha instead of mayo, or make sriracha mayo! Instead of the lettuce and tomato you could use fried onions.

Quick Vegetable Stir Fry with Noodles

Posted by on Jul 28, 2018 in Chinese, Vegan Recipes
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Quick Vegetable Stir Fry with Noodles
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When you're hungry and just want something really fast... look no further! This takes 10 minutes (if that) and is incredibly tasty. Just use what you have! This version uses mushrooms, aubergine and red pepper with green chilli for a bit of a kick. I also cheated and used 'straight to wok' medium noodles, which are just so convenient when you want food now.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 3 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 3 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Quick Vegetable Stir Fry with Noodles
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When you're hungry and just want something really fast... look no further! This takes 10 minutes (if that) and is incredibly tasty. Just use what you have! This version uses mushrooms, aubergine and red pepper with green chilli for a bit of a kick. I also cheated and used 'straight to wok' medium noodles, which are just so convenient when you want food now.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 3 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 3 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Chop all your veg and heat 1 Tbsp oil in a wok before throwing it all in. Saute for 2 minutes
  2. Add the dark soy sauce and mix well. This will season the veg nicely and add some colour. Add the chinese five spice and ensure everything is covered evenly. You only need about 1/2 tsp of this! Saute for another 2 minutes.
  3. Create a hole in the middle of the wok and add the noodles along with the light soy sauce and white rice vinegar, mix in well. The hotter the pan the better at this stage. Fry the noodles in the middle for 1-2 minutes before mixing with the veg and serving with fresh coriander sprinkled on top.
Recipe Notes

Other great veg options for this include beansprouts, green beans or mange tout, sliced water chestnuts and broccoli. You can make a great stir fry using almost any vegetables you have available!

Vegan Thai Red Curry and Coconut Rice

Posted by on Jul 26, 2018 in Vegan Recipes
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Vegan Thai Red Curry
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Few things beat a good Thai curry, and this one is no exception! Fresh tasting and quick to make, this recipe will serve 4 people, or 2 extremely hungry people.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Vegan Thai Red Curry
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Few things beat a good Thai curry, and this one is no exception! Fresh tasting and quick to make, this recipe will serve 4 people, or 2 extremely hungry people.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Curry
Coconut Rice
Servings: people
Instructions
Coconut Rice
  1. Add 1 can of coconut milk and 400ml of boiling water to a large saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  2. Add the jasmine rice, stir well and cover. Simmer on low for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally if necessary.
Curry
  1. Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a large pan and fry the onion and ginger for 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms, broccoli, mange tout and baby corn and fry for another 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the red curry paste, soy sauce and vinegar and continue frying for 2 minutes. Add the coconut milk and stir until it starts to boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn out the heat and add a large handful of spinach, mix in.
  3. Serve with the rice and sprinkle coriander, fresh chilli, red onion and sesame seeds on top.
Recipe Notes

I like mushrooms in this recipe, but it works equally well with fried tofu. Don't be afraid of subbing any of the vegetable ingredients the recipe calls for—use any type of veg you want!

Vegan Fried ‘Chicken’

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Vegan Recipes
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Vegan Fried 'Chicken'
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The demand for vegan junk food is on the rise, and for good reason! You may have experienced weirdly-similar mock chicken products available in vegan fast food joints all around the UK and wonder how the hell they do it. The answer is seitan! With this recipe you will learn how to prepare your own fried chicken-style bites, wings, burgers, or whatever else you want to shape it into. Don't be put off by the ingredients list—it's worth it! Besides, most are basic ingredients that you should have in your cupboard anyway.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 minutes total 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 minutes total 30 minutes
Vegan Fried 'Chicken'
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The demand for vegan junk food is on the rise, and for good reason! You may have experienced weirdly-similar mock chicken products available in vegan fast food joints all around the UK and wonder how the hell they do it. The answer is seitan! With this recipe you will learn how to prepare your own fried chicken-style bites, wings, burgers, or whatever else you want to shape it into. Don't be put off by the ingredients list—it's worth it! Besides, most are basic ingredients that you should have in your cupboard anyway.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 minutes total 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 minutes total 30 minutes
Ingredients
Seitan
Broth
  • 100 ml soy sauce It's cheaper to get the larger bottles of soy sauce found in the oriental section at the supermarket. I used light for this part.
  • 1 litre water
  • 1 onion Medium sized, or half of a large one, chopped into large segments
  • 1 clove garlic smashed
  • 3 sticks celery chopped into halves
  • 2 tsp salt
Crispy Coating
Servings: people
Instructions
Broth
  1. Start by boiling the kettle and placing all the ingredients for the broth into a large saucepan. It needs to be large!
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce to a simmer (just below boiling point, bubbling very slightly). Cover.
Seitan
  1. Into a large mixing bowl add the vital wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, smoked paprika, bouillon and oregano. Mix with a whisk or fork.
  2. Add the soy sauce and liquid smoke, and add the water in a little bit at a time. Use your hands to form a rough dough. Be careful not to use too much water, but if you do just add a bit more gluten. Knead the dough just a little bit until the ingredients are mixed together evenly - about 2-3 minutes. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! Don't overwork it—it only need kneading a little bit else it will go tough. The more you knead the tougher it will get, which is perfect for making seitan steak or beef-style burgers.
  3. With your dough in hand over the broth, rip it up into small pieces and drop them in. You should be able to rip off about 16 pieces. Don't worry if they seem a bit small... they will swell to double the size in the broth! Leave to simmer for 30 minutes.
Crispy Coating
  1. While the seitan is cooking in the broth, prepare your coating. Add the flour, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, cumin and chilli flakes to another bowl (you could use the same bowl you mixed the seitan dough in to save washing up!). Mix with a whisk or fork.
  2. After 30 minutes the seitan will be done, so turn out the heat. Ideally you want to wait for it to cool in the broth before coating the pieces with the flour mixture, but that seems like a lot of waiting around, so take the lid off and go do something for 20 minutes or until you can handle the seitan pieces with your hands.
  3. Heat a large wok or frying pan with about 250ml oil (a lot I know, but as long as it's hot enough it shouldn't absorb too much into the seitan).
  4. Gently squeeze each piece of seitan over the sink or broth before pressing them into the flour mixture and set aside. Don't squeeze too hard.. you want some moisture to stay in there so it stays succulent!
  5. With the pan really hot, fry the pieces in the oil for a couple minutes each side until golden brown. I did this in batches which took about 10 minutes because I have a small wok. Note: upon putting the pieces in the pan, it's supposed to be quite violent. If it's not hot enough it will sit there slowly bubbling away, absorbing all that oil. Gross!
  1. Either serve as-is, or do what I did and dip the pieces into buffalo sauce (Frank's & melted dairy-free spread) before flashing on a hot BBQ. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

You could use BBQ sauce instead of buffalo to make BBQ chicken if you'd prefer. I find that the texture is almost like boneless chicken thigh, it's pretty amazing! Be careful not to overheat it, because it can go quite tough if left on the BBQ for too long.

Creamy Vegan Chana Kurma (Korma)

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Vegan Recipes
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Creamy Vegan Chana Kurma (Korma)
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I've always loved a good korma, and since going meat & dairy free I thought I wouldn't be able to enjoy one again! This recipe uses zero animal products, is incredibly creamy and tastes great! Add some green chillies if you prefer it hot!
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 30 minutes
Creamy Vegan Chana Kurma (Korma)
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I've always loved a good korma, and since going meat & dairy free I thought I wouldn't be able to enjoy one again! This recipe uses zero animal products, is incredibly creamy and tastes great! Add some green chillies if you prefer it hot!
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
Rice
  1. The rice takes the longest, so put this on first. Add 1 tbsp oil into a saucepan along with 2 tsp of turmeric and 1 tsp cumin seeds. Fry for 1 minute before adding the rice and 450ml of boiling water.
  2. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for about 15-20 minutes until the water has been absorbed.
Curry
  1. Pour the milk into a jug and soak the cashews in it whilst you do the rest. Put the garlic, coconut, ginger, cumin, garam masala, 1tsp of turmeric and oil in a food processor along with a splash of water and blend until it becomes a paste.
  2. Fry the paste along with the onions in a pan until the onions are lightly browned.
  3. Add the carrots, chickpeas & green beans to the pan and mix.
  4. Pour the milk and cashews into a blender/the smoothie attachment of your processor and blend until smooth.
  5. Add the mixture into the pan, give it a stir and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Serve with rice, poppadoms & mango chutney. Delicious!
Recipe Notes

For a bit of heat add some red chilli flakes or fresh green chillies. As there's no meat or dairy involved this will keep for a good week in the fridge. Alternatively make into batches and freeze.

Spicy Rice

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Vegan Recipes
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Spicy Rice
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This is a great accompaniment to so many dishes, and it tastes so good! I like my food hot so I always either add more chilli flakes or sprinkle some fresh cayenne peppers over the top when it's done (when they're in season!). It's very easy to make and the ingredients are usually knocking about in the kitchen somewhere, so give it a go!
Servings Prep Time
2-4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 40 minutes
Spicy Rice
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This is a great accompaniment to so many dishes, and it tastes so good! I like my food hot so I always either add more chilli flakes or sprinkle some fresh cayenne peppers over the top when it's done (when they're in season!). It's very easy to make and the ingredients are usually knocking about in the kitchen somewhere, so give it a go!
Servings Prep Time
2-4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the garam masala, cayenne pepper and red chilli flakes. Cook the spices for 1-2 minutes before adding the onion and cooking until slightly browned.
  2. Add the garlic and mix for another minute.
  3. Add the stock (I used a Tesco Vegetable Stock Pot), carrots, celery, salt & pepper, rice and 450ml of boiling water (2 parts water to 1 part rice). Give it a good stir and bring to the boil.
  4. Reduce to a low simmer, cover with a lid and cook for about 30 minutes until the water has been absorbed. Try not to touch the rice at all at this stage however temping it may be to keep stirring!
  5. When it's cooked and the water has been absorbed, add the peas, green beans and bell pepper. Give it a mix and take off the heat. I add these bits right at the end so they aren't too soft and they maintain some crunch.
  6. Sprinkle some fresh red chilli over the top and serve!
Recipe Notes

This will be enough for 2-4 people as a side dish. I keep it chilled for up to 5 days and it's absolutely fine to heat in the microwave. Cook in batches and freeze for a quick meal!

Soy Bolognese with Lentils

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Vegan Recipes
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Soy Bolognese with Lentils
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I made this when I came across Soya Mince in Tesco. I figured there must be something I can make with this. I wanted to make something better than the bog-standard bolognese where you use beef mince. I found that this recipe not only tastes A LOT better, but it's also a lot healthier. Meat, Dairy & Oil free. Experiment with different spices; this recipe is just the base - I personally add chilli flakes, cumin & smoked paprika, around 1 tsp each. Just throw in whatever you can find, especially if there's half a can of beans in the fridge, or a courgette that's seen better days. Don't waste anything!
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 1 hour
Soy Bolognese with Lentils
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I made this when I came across Soya Mince in Tesco. I figured there must be something I can make with this. I wanted to make something better than the bog-standard bolognese where you use beef mince. I found that this recipe not only tastes A LOT better, but it's also a lot healthier. Meat, Dairy & Oil free. Experiment with different spices; this recipe is just the base - I personally add chilli flakes, cumin & smoked paprika, around 1 tsp each. Just throw in whatever you can find, especially if there's half a can of beans in the fridge, or a courgette that's seen better days. Don't waste anything!
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 1 hour
Ingredients
Base
Optional
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Dry-fry the onion in a large saucepan on medium-high for around 3 minutes until slightly brown. Add 1 tbsp water at a time if it starts to stick.
  2. Add the garlic and fry for a further 2 minutes.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and bring to the boil. Add spices at this stage if you want to.
  4. Reduce heat and add the soya mince, lentils and salt. Add a splash of water and mix thoroughly before simmering for 20 minutes with the lid on. Try not to let it stick to the pan!
  5. While the mince is simmering, cook and drain the pasta. Save some of the starchy liquid to add to your mince if it gets too thick.
  6. Add the basil to the mixture and taste to see if you need to add more salt or spices. I add black pepper and a handful of kale at this point. Put the lid on and cook for a further 1-2 minutes until the kale has cooked.
  7. Serve and sprinkle some nutritional yeast over the top like you would Parmesan cheese.
Recipe Notes

I like to save some in a box to chill in the fridge. I'll heat it up later and put it in a wrap, or have it on toast! It will keep for about 5 days in the fridge.