Vegan Meatball Marinara Sub

Vegan Meatball Marinara Sub

Posted by on Sep 13, 2018 in Sandwiches, Vegan Recipes
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Vegan Meatball Marinara Sub
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A healthy version of the popular "meatball sub" using soy protein. Leaps and bounds better than a traditional meatball sub!
Servings Prep Time
4 sandwiches 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 mins
Servings Prep Time
4 sandwiches 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 mins
Vegan Meatball Marinara Sub
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A healthy version of the popular "meatball sub" using soy protein. Leaps and bounds better than a traditional meatball sub!
Servings Prep Time
4 sandwiches 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 mins
Servings Prep Time
4 sandwiches 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 mins
Ingredients
Vegan Meatballs
Marinara
Servings: sandwiches
Instructions
Vegan Meatballs
  1. Add the soy protein to a bowl and pour over the stock. Allow to soak in for about 5 minutes. Add the tomato puree, soy sauce, breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder and herbs and mix well by hand. Form into balls.
  2. Fry in a little olive oil for 10 minutes until browned and crispy.
Marinara
  1. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, onion, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, oregano and red chilli flake into a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
The Sandwich
  1. Slice a sub roll in half and lay down 2 slices of vegan cheese (like they do in Subway!). The cheese acts as a shield preventing the bread going soggy! Add the meatballs and a tablespoon of marinara per ball. Bake for 5-10 minutes until the bread starts to go crispy. Sprinkle over nutritional yeast and fresh parsley.

Pasta Arrabiata

Posted by on Aug 21, 2018 in Italian, Vegan Recipes
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Pasta Arrabiata
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Pasta Arrabiata is one of my favourite Italian pasta dishes because it's just tomatoes, garlic and chilli cooked in olive oil—simple, amazingly flavourful and ready in under 15 minutes!
Servings Prep Time
2 people 3 minutes
Cook Time
10-12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 3 minutes
Cook Time
10-12 minutes
Pasta Arrabiata
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Pasta Arrabiata is one of my favourite Italian pasta dishes because it's just tomatoes, garlic and chilli cooked in olive oil—simple, amazingly flavourful and ready in under 15 minutes!
Servings Prep Time
2 people 3 minutes
Cook Time
10-12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 3 minutes
Cook Time
10-12 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Boil a pan of water with a pinch of salt and cook the pasta for 10-12 minutes until slightly under-done (al dente). Whilst that's cooking make the sauce.
  2. Heat 2 Tbsp of the olive oil in a pan and add the chillies. Cook for 1 minute and then add the garlic. Cook for another minute until the garlic just starts to go light brown, and add the canned chopped tomatoes. Stir well and slightly mash with a fork. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the cherry tomatoes and drain the pasta. Add the pasta and stir well.
  4. Serve with a handful of fresh basil and drizzle over the remaining olive oil. Perfect!

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!

Vegan Chilli Cheese

Posted by on Aug 5, 2018 in Vegan Recipes
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Vegan Chilli Cheese
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This vegan "cheese" is made with cashews, almond milk and a couple of different starches. Agar Agar powder holds it all together. This type is fairly soft, but it can be sliced, spread and it melts! Not really ideal for grating, although it does work on a pizza and cheese on toast! Next time I'll make a harder cheese that's better for grating and sandwiches.
Vegan Chilli Cheese
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This vegan "cheese" is made with cashews, almond milk and a couple of different starches. Agar Agar powder holds it all together. This type is fairly soft, but it can be sliced, spread and it melts! Not really ideal for grating, although it does work on a pizza and cheese on toast! Next time I'll make a harder cheese that's better for grating and sandwiches.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Mix the agar agar powder and almond milk in a pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer.
  2. Add cashews, oil, salt, vinegar, turmeric, garlic, nutritional yeast, chilli, both starches, gram flour, lemon juice and 150ml water to a blender. Blend until the mixture is very smooth.
  3. Add the blended mixture to the pan with the agar agar and almond milk and turn up the heat so it's simmering. Cook for about 10 minutes until it becomes thick, like very thick pancake batter. If it's thick before it's had a chance to cook then add a splash of almond milk; you don't want to under cook it or you'll taste the raw gram flour and starches. Quickly transfer to a greased glass dish or ramekins before the agar agar sets.
  4. Set aside to cool for an hour before transferring to the fridge. Come back a few hours later and it would have set. It should just fall out of the container fairly easily.
Recipe Notes

When the mixture is boiling away, you could add some sweet jalapenos, habaneros, more garlic and rosemary to make more of a Pepper Jack style cheese. Or you could leave out the chilli altogether to make a mild cheese. To make it harder and grateable, reduce the amount of almond milk and water you use.

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.

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.