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!

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!

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.

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.