Veganuary

Veganuary –  have you gone meat free this month?

Veganuary is an international campaign aimed at encouraging people to be vegan for the whole of January. https://veganuary.com.  Last year the campaign grew by 183%, with 168,542 people signing up to go vegan.  So far this year over 250,000 people from 193 countries have taken the month-long pledge to try veganism

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Concern for animals, taking better care of the earth’s resources and the environment, the health advantages of a plant-based diet or curiosity are just some of the reasons for people taking up the veganuary pledge, with many high profile vegan celebrities on board

 

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If being vegan for a whole 31 days seems too much of a challenge then why not try taking part in the ‘Meat Free Monday’ campaign, originally started by the late Linda McCartney.  If you need recipe ideas then have a look at the ones I have created for you. http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/blog/category/recipes/

Who can resist the ultimate comfort food – LM vegan sausage and onion sandwiches!

LM vegan sausage sandwich

If you’re not a diva in the kitchen then the supermarkets are on hand.  Many have seriously upped their vegan game.

Marks and Spencer.

Marks and Spencer’s new vegan range. Photo by Sally

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Aldi’s vegan aisle Photo by Sophie

 

Eating vegan food is now easier than ever, thanks to raised awareness, an increase in veganism and the availably of foods on the High Street, in restaurants and cafes.  For instance last year Pizza Hut announced that all of their restaurants will now stock vegan cheese, after it was successfully trailed; Zizzi and Pizza Express have been serving great vegan options for a while now, with more in the pipeline I’m sure

Zizzi's

Zizzi’s

Waggamamas has an ever expanding vegan and vegetarian range

Kare Burosu ramen

Kare Burosu ramen

Many coffee shops now serve vegan sweet treats, sandwich shops like Pret have even created a number of vegan only outlets and Greggs has just launched a vegan sausage roll, that is flying off the shelves

And small independents are also keen to attract new vegan customers; Chocks away https://www.facebook.com/Chocks-Away-Nottingham-City-Airport-379455688792762/  a cafe linked to Nottingham City airport has increased its range of vegan options

chocks away

chocks away

 

And No 12 Hounds Gate https://www.no12houndsgate.co.uk , Nottingham is a new vegan and vegetarian only cafe

pastrami

No 12 Hounds Gate

carrot salad

No 12 Hounds Gate

And pubs like the Angel microbrewery in Nottingham City centre http://www.angelmicrobrewery.com and the Horse and Plough http://www.castlerockbrewery.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/April-menu-Vegan-1.pdf at Bingham are really flying the vegan flag

Angel micro brewery

Angel micro brewery

Starbug burger, Horse and Plough

Starbug burger, Horse and Plough

If you are currently taking part in veganuary or going meat free every Monday and want to continue then consider coming to see me, either for a one to one nutrition consultation or one of my vegan cooking classes.

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Vegan food hacks

Vegan food hacks

The inspiration for this post can from a thread on the vegan food UK FaceBook group

Whoever said to fry quorn vegan ham slices as a bacon replacement is a genius , as is the person who said they heat up alpo soy chocolate milk to make a hot chocolate both these things I’ve tried this week and now I’m wondering if there are any other vegan food hacks I can try? I know about the can of pop in Betty crocker cake mix and adding black salt to tofu scramble but there must be loads more! Please let me know!

 

And thats just what happened.  So here’s some of the best, quickest or simplest hacks

Mix mint sauce (or chopped fresh mint and lemon juice) with alpro soy cream or alpro ‘Go on’ plain protein yoghurt. You get raita! Which you can dip poppadoms into

nutritional yeast

nutritional yeast

Mix vegan cheese with a tiny bit of plant milk, salt and Engevita nutritional yeast (also known as notch).   It melts well and makes yummy cheese on toast

Defrost Linda McCartney sausages, cut each sausage into 5 pieces, hand roll them into balls and then bake them on an oiled tray for about 15 mins (180oC) and they make great meatballs!

Linda McCartney sausages can be microwaved.  2 for two and a half minutes. Cooks them perfectly for a quick sausage sarni

Mix a bit of mellow white miso into your ‘cheese’ sauces as well as some nooch (also known as nutritional yeast) it makes it taste extra cheesy!

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Coat pieces of tofu in corn flour or gram flour before baking or frying and it will make it nice and crispy.  You can add some smoked paprika or curry powder to make it a bit spicy

 

 

 

 

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Add black pepper and a pinch cayenne pepper to this seasoning and coat sausages, burgers tofu or vegetables before roasting

 

 

 

 

 

sausageRoll sainsbury’ shroomdogs or other vegan sausages in ready roll puff pastry for tasty sausage rolls!  Skinless shroomdogs can also be squished into sausage patties and used to replace sausage meat in stuffing!

Remove the skin from Shroomdogs, mix with fried onions and minced mushrooms, soak dried cranberries in juice and zest of one orange, blitz vacuum pack of chestnuts, generous spoonful of miso or marmite, handful of toasted pine nuts. Mix all together, season and add tsp allspice. Then wrap in puff pastry. Delicious festive mains

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Baked beans and nutritional yeast for cheesy beans

 

Mint sauce, a tin of mushy peas and some extra water. Heat in a pan, hey presto pea and mint soup

Spread marmite onto puff pastry then grate any vegan cheese on. Roll up into a log sausage shape then slice into pin wheels. Bake in a hot oven (200oC). The marmite will bring out the taste of the cheese. They taste and look amazing.

vegan hamFry mushrooms add either diced vegan bacon or vegan ham. Add a carton of soya cream and a tub of vegan cream cheese. Herbs and spices to required taste. Boil spaghetti pasta. When pasta cooked mix into the sauce to coat it then serve….. vegan cabonara or if you don’t want pasta serve on jacket potatoes

Freeze tofu… It completely changes the texture, and it will soak up flavours like a sponge in stews, or can be deep fried, baked or sauted

Don’t throw away your peelings (potato, carrots, parsnips, sweet potato).  Make a dry rub (½ teaspoon coriander, cumin, smoked paprika and pinch chill flakes).  Mix the peelings in to the rub, spread out on to an oiled tray and bake (180oC) for 15-20 mins until crisp. Goes down well with mayo

Add lemon juice to soya milk and leave for ten minutes to curdle. Whisk into self raising flour for the best pancake batter.

Fry rice based spring roll wrappers to make prawn less crackers.  If you don’t want to go to that effort Tesco Thai crackers are similar to prawn crackers and they are vegan

If you used to like ham and cheese toasties with mature cheddar, use the Asda free from mature cheddar and Tofurkey slices. #Boom!

Silken tofu hacks:
Blend and add SR flour, roll out and griddle for a nan or use as a pizza base.
Blend, add sweetener and vanilla essence as a healthy topping for trifle
Silken tofu, dessert spoonful of French Mustard and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice – vegan mayo                                                                                                                              Silken tofu, ripe banana strawberries and oat milk whisked together – makes a really thick and nutritious shake
vegan choc drinkChoc shots come 3 flavours. Fatly & choc shot is like horlicks like.  iced with Coconut milk and its like bounty. Squirt some on plain biscuits/rice cakes, or over some fresh fruit, ice-cream

Big dollop of mayo ( vegan Hellman’s or vegenaise) mixed with equal amounts of ketchup and American mustard (to taste) then add finely chopped onion and gherkins and you’ve got yourself vegan Big Mac sauce

A quick dessert – Banana, crushed digestives or ginger biscuits and alpo caramel dessert mixed together.  Tastes like banoffee pie

 

runny eggWith a bit of effort you can make a ‘dippy’ egg – see the ‘How to’  video below

Blitzed mushrooms in a food processor for mushroom mince. Just add savoury flavourings.  an be added to cottage pie made with puy lentils and lots of veggies.  Add nutritional yeast to the mash for a cheesy taste and additional B12

Mix leftover betty crocker white icing with plant milk for White Hot Chocolate

Wholemeal tortilla wraps make a nice pizza base – tinned tomatoes, herbs and free from mozzarella style cheese then pop in the oven for 15 minutes

Agave nectar with pure cocoa or cacao powder makes a nice chocolate sauce

Mash chickpeas or soybeans roughly with a fork, or pulse in a food processor. Add garlic, mustard and plant based yoghurt. Can be used as a replacement for tuna in a sandwich, salad or on a baked potato

liquid smokeAdd Liquid smoke to everything; stir fry, carbonara, baked beans, chilli, sausages. it’s so good!

Co-ops ready rolled pizza dough is outstanding. One happy customer believes they are yet to find a better one, shop bought or restaurant. Add the sauce, cheese and most toppings first and bake together. let any fake meats thaw first just so everything cooks together. Then add spinach and basil close to the end

 

Rectangle of pastry, one slice of cheese, few spoons of beans, fold and freeze. You’ll have Greggs style cheesy bean pastries for a quick 10 min breakfast/ snack

This is just some of the vegan food hacks that my fellow vegans have up their sleeves.  More in the coming months!

November is world vegan month

November is World vegan month

Does Nottingham cater for vegans?

world vegan day

Today, 1st November is World Vegan Day and the start of World Vegan month.  This year sees a huge rise in the number people adopting a vegan lifestyle or regularly including vegan meals in to their diet; New data revealed the number of vegans in the UK now exceeds three-and-a-half million, or 7% of the population. These figures indicate that veganism has seen a 700% growth in just two years (data from

https://www.livekindly.co/number-of-vegans-in-the-uk-surges-by-700-in-just-two-years/).  Maybe the fact that a  number of high profile celebrities like Beyonce, Lewis Hamilton, Ellie Golding, David Haye and Peter Egan to name but a few all follow a vegan diet.
world vegan month

world vegan month

Concern for animals and their welfare, taking better care of the earth’s resources and the environment or the health advantages of a plant-based diet are just some of the reasons for becoming vegan.

For some people it’s none of the above but they have allergies to dairy products or are lactose intolerant, hence the increased popularity and availability of non-dairy alternatives

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But generally being a vegan is more of a lifestyle choice and a philosophy than a diet.

You can now buy ethical clothing, shoes, toiletries and makeup. But for ‘World vegan  ay and month’ I’d like to focus on the food aspect of being vegan.

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Tune in to drive time from 4pm today on Gem 106 radio to hear snippets of my interview about World vegan day and its impact

 

 

In Nottingham over the last couple of years I have seen more vegan options in shops, supermarkets and eateries, an increase in wheat/gluten/dairy free cakes and goodies and special vegan events to raise awareness.

vegan food Nottingham

Did you know there is a vegan market in Sneinton on the first  and third Saturday of every month?

vegan market

 

I regularly write veggie food reviews for the Nottingham Post and the West Bridgford Wire, sometimes it’s a 100% vegan/vegetarian eatery like cafe Roya in Beeston or No 12 Hounds gate, in Nottingham https://www.no12houndsgate.co.uk in Nottingham

 

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Or a regular restaurant that has a good selection of vegan options like la Storia, Chocks Away (at Nottingham City Airport),  Baresca, The Angel microbrewery, Pudding Pantry, Oscar and Rosies, Suda (Wollaton), Horse and Plough (Bingham), wagamama, Alchelmilla; the list just keeps on growing

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fav vegan restaurant?

 

 

courtesy of TeenVGN (Twitter)

courtesy of TeenVGN (Twitter)

Not to be outdone the main supermarkets have also increased their range of vegan options.  You can now buy vegan ready meals, Christmas selection boxes, non-dairy milk, yoghurt, ice-cream and cheese, pesto etc.  And the cheaper supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl also have some great choices too

In Nottingham we are also lucky to have a number of Asian and world food supermarkets and shops that have a plethora of vegan goodies like tofu, spices, noodles, lentils, nuts, Asian greens, sauerkraut, fresh herbs and pulses

 

 

For some the transition to being vegan is a staged process; they cut down on red meat and processed meat, then only eat fish, consider following the ‘Meat Free Monday’ campaign,  progress to becoming vegetarian then decide to take the plunge and go for a 100% plant-based diet.

vegan classes

If you are considering eating a more plant based diet but are concerned about nutrition then why not come to my vegan cookery classes.  More information can be obtained by following this link http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/blog/vegan-cooking-classes/ 

cookery feedbackYou can make sweet potato falafels, tofu rice rolls, beetroot risotto, lasagne, tacos and much much more. Contact me for more details 07946 301338

For more advice about adopting a vegan diet visit the vegan society website

My next vegan cooking class is all about the falafel

My next vegan cooking class is all about the falafel – 3rd October March 2018

11.00 – 12.15pm

In West Bridgford

I have a couple of places left on my next vegan cooking class, which is taking place on Wednesday 3rd October at 11 am in West Bridgford

I’m now on Trip advisor, so if you’ve been to my classes and enjoyed them could I please ask you to write a short review

Trip advisor

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g1749652-d13807709-Reviews-Nutrition_Coach-West_Bridgford_Nottinghamshire_England.html

 

 

The cost is £25 and includes all the ingredients, recipe and nutritional guidance, advice and tips about the ingredients you will be cooking with.

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The recipe is very versatile and can also be used to make burgers.  The tahini dressing is a great accompaniment for a salad, Moroccan tagine or drizzled over a filled jacket potato

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Contact me if you’d like to book a space, but please be quick as places are limited.

vegan cookery classes

If you can’t make this date I always have classes running on the following days and times Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 11 – 12.15pm, Tuesday from 12.15 – 1.30pm and Tuesday or Wednesday evening from 5.30 – 6.45pm

 

Its fine if you want to come to just this class or you could attend a series, in which case you can have 6 for the price of 5 i.e. £125, and they can be used within a year.

vegan cookery class

Out of the 6 sessions only one is sweet based, the other 5 are savoury.  Previous guests have made sweet potato falafels, Mexican tacos, cauliflower and chickpea curry, chocolate pots, beetroot pearl barley risotto, tofu rice paper rolls to name but a few delicious vegan dishes.

cookery review

 

Feel free to take a peak around my kitchen!

 

If you’d like to come along please contact me on

07946 301338 to book your place.

Japanese Style broth with baked tofu

Japanese Style broth with baked tofu and courgette noodles

tofu

This recipe uses one of my favourite gadgets – the spiralizer (you can also buy a smaller hand held version).  It turns fruit and vegetables into great shapes that will hopefully encourage the whole family to eat more veg and eat less pasta, bread, rice and potatoes.

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If you haven’t got one a sharp knife or a vegetable peeler will work just as well.

 

 

 

This recipe is really tasty and anyone watching their weight or eating as part of the 5:2 fast diet will enjoy the tastes and textures without the excessive calories.

Japanese Style broth with courgette ‘noodles’ – serves 2, 210 calories per serving

1 ltr of boiling water

1 tsp chopped fresh ginger or ginger paste or ½ tsp ground ginger

1 chilli, 2 cloves of garlic chopped

1 tbls miso paste (suitable for vegetarians and vegans)

IMG_13831 tsp each of soy sauce, agave and lemon juice

large pinch of black pepper

1 carrot (100g)  – finely sliced

150g of each – leek (or onion), red pepper, both finely sliced

50g mushrooms or broccoli florets, 2 spring onions – finely sliced

140g courgette turned into ‘noodles’ with a spirialiser

handful of fresh parsley or coriander chopped

tofu

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Baked tofu: ½ block extra-firm tofu (drained and pressed), small drizzle of  olive oil,  3 tsp light soy sauce, 1 – 1½ tsp gochugaru or sriracha sauce

 

 

 

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140g courgette turned into ‘noodles’ with a spirialiser

 

 

 

 

  • Preheat oven to 220C/ gas 7/425F.
  • Cut the tofu into slices. Place it in a mixing bowl and add the olive oil, chilli sauce/paste and soy sauce. You may need to add a splash of water if it’s too thick. Gently mix to combine. Spread evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes, remove your baking sheet from the oven and flip each piece of tofu. Drizzle any remaining marinade over the tofu and bake for another 10-12 minutes.
  • IMG_9330In a large pan add ginger, chilli, soy sauce, lemon juice, agave, black pepper, garlic and miso paste to the boiling water. Continue to boil for a minute.  Turn down the heat and add the carrots and leek and cook for 2 minutes, add the pepper and mushrooms or broccoli .
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prepared by my cooking guest

  • Cook for 3 minutes then add the ‘noodles’ until the vegetables are cooked.
  • Check the seasoning and adjust.

This is now a popular dish for my vegan cooking guests to make

Serve in two large bowls, top with the baked tofu and scatter over the chopped herbs and sliced spring onions

broth

 

Additions

Small handful of unsalted cashew nuts  (28g)- 160 calories

1 tbls sesame seeds – 52 calories

 

Vegan Fruity Flapjacks

Vegan Fruity Flapjacks

What makes these vegan fruity flapjacks more nutritious and healthy than the shop bought varieties is they contain far less sugar, more fruit and no saturated fat.  The texture is less dense and you can really taste al the ingredients rather than an homogenised golden syrup compacted bar. I hope you enjoy them and remember it is a very adaptable recipe, so if you prefer sultanas, nuts, dried fruits or fresh fruits that are in season then add them!

The oats are a great source of soluble fibre, meaning they keep you feeling fuller for longer.  Oats are also great for heart health

Makes 12 pieces 

flapjack

100-150g banana (small- medium) – the really ripe ones that you might otherwise throw away *

50g cooking apples

25g fresh or frozen blueberries

25g  golden syrup or light brown Muscovado cane sugar

150g porridge oats

3tbsp rapeseed, vegetable or melted coconut oil

large pinch cinnamon and nutmeg

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* If you have a few blackened and over ripe bananas, simply peel and chop, put in a bag and freeze until you need them.

Preheat the oven to 1800c (3500f or gas mark 4) and use a greased or lined 17cm square baking tin

Wash, core and chop the apple (don’t peel them), add to a pan with a splash of water and a large pinch of sugar/golden syrup. Cook for 5-8 minutes until soft but not mushy.  When cool you can use a hand blender to make a puree

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Place the banana in a mixing bowl and mash up with a fork. Add the syrup/sugar and the oil and stir well. Add in the porridge oats, cooled cooked apple, blueberries and spices and mix well.

Place the mixture in the tin ensuring it is evenly spread. Place in the oven for approx 15 – 20 mins until nice and golden

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Once cooked, cool in the tin slightly for approx 5-10 mins and then cut into squares and place on a cooling rack

flapjack

Leave to cool and enjoy or if you can’t wait enjoy whilst warm with some vegan yoghurt or ice-cream :0)

These were a big hit with the children at Bingham’s Sunday Funday.  They iced them in Tour of Britain yellow

 

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Tex Mex vegan salad

Sweet potato Tex-Mex salad – serves 2

This is a really great tasting and colourful salad.  You can make various substitutions for instance use butternut squash instead of sweet potato,  any tinned beans like butterbean or cannellini. Use fresh chills instead of dried, add some sun dried tomatoes, pomegranate seeds, chopped red or yellow peppers or some toasted pine nuts.

vegan salad

Tex Mex vegan salad

200g sweet potato washed and cut in to chunks,

2 tsp olive oil,

large pinch of chilli flakes, salt & pepper,

½ can black beans,  drained,

½ tin red kidney beans, drained

½ can (or 100g frozen) sweetcorn, drained,

1 avocado, chopped,

120g fresh tomatoes and ¼ cucumber chopped into chunks,

1 small red onion or 2 spring onions, thinly sliced,

large handful of fresh coriander and mint leaves and stalks, chopped,

juice of ½ (1 tbls) lime

Heat oven 200C/180C fan/gas 6.

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On a baking tray mix the oil, chilli flakes, salt & pepper and sweet potatoes.  Bake for 30 minutes until tender, and the edges are crispy. sweet potato

Combine all the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Taste and season.

Add the cooked sweet potato and serve

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It’s that simple, but oh so tasty

 

Overnight oats

Overnight oats, serves two,  202 calories per serving

overnight oatsThis really is a great way to enjoy fibre rich oats.  When they are soaked overnight they become soft and creamy, and with the addition of some fresh fruit they are also naturally sweet.  So there is no need to add extra sugar, agave or maple syrup.  The oats are low GI and will give you a slow release of energy until lunchtime.  The fruit and the oats will also give you a big burst of fibre; also great for keeping you fuller for longer and for improving your digestive health.  The chia seeds (pronounced chee- ah) not only make the dish firmer but add extra protein and calcium

And there is no reason why this dish has to be limited to just breakfast.  It makes a great dessert or afternoon treat.  The variations below will keep it interesting.

Go on pimp up your oats!!

Serves two,  202 calories per serving

IMG_184860g porridge oats

160 ml of non dairy milk (coconut, soya, oat, almond milk etc)

1 apple – grated

large pinch cinnamon

1 tbls sunflower/pumpkin seeds

1 tsp chia seeds

Put all the ingredients in a bowl and stir, then place in the fridge overnight or at least for 2 hours

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In the morning stir all the ingredients again and add more milk or water if its too thick and serve in a bowl

 

The ingredients can be increased to make more than one serving and can be kept in the fridge for up to three days

 

 

A transportable alternative is using an almost empty peanut butter jar.  Instead of frustrating yourself trying to get out the last bit of peanut butter why not use it as a container for your oats, especially if you are taking it to work

Fill your jar with oats, milk, fruit etc.  Stick on the lid and place in the fridge.  before you leave for work add some more ,ilk or yoghurt (if its too thick) and you’re good to go

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Additions to the basic recipe

1 tbls sultanas – 44 calories

7 (10g) cashew nuts chopped- 60 calories

1 tsp (5g) flaked almonds- 30 calories

2  (10g) apricots, chopped- 18 calories

2 (6g) brazil nuts chopped- 40 calories

1 tsp pumpkin seeds – 28 calories

1 pear, grated – 60 calories

1 tsp (15g) wholenut peanut butter – 96 calories

I’ve made these oats on numerous occasions, but the largest amount was for this years Taste of Rushcliffe food festival when I made over 200 portions. It proved to be a real winner with the visitors

Vegan lasagne

Vegan lasagne (no oil) – Serves 2

This recipe came about because one of my regular vegan cooking clients needs to be virtually fat free because of a health condition.  So making a tasty and nutritious lasagne  was a bit of a challenge, especially as the usual white sauce uses vegan marg/oil with flour and vegan cheese. Hmmmm!

But fear not I think I’ve cracked it!

vegan lasagne

How good does that look

 

And my cooking guest loved it

vegan lasagne

 

It makes the ideal meat free Monday recipe and the quantities can easily be doubled.

The tomato sauce

One small onion (75g), finely chopped

1 garlic glove or 1 teaspoon garlic puree

splash of water

1 medium sized carrot (75g) finely chopped

approx 75g of red lentils, thoroughly rinsed under cold water and checked for grit etc or 75g quorn or 37g of each

½ tsp vegetable Marigold vegetable bouillon powder or I stock cube or 1 tsp Marmite

¼ tsp of chilli flakes (more if you like heat) or 1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp dried mixed herbs

½ tin of chopped tomatoes , a big squirt of tomato puree – about 1 tsp

The ‘cheese’ sauce

1 medium (200g) sweet potato, ½ onion, ½ clove garlic, 1 tbsp/15g plain flour and ½ tsp vegetable powder,  ½ tsp mustard

up to 200ml unsweetened non dairy milk, 2 tbls of nutritional yeast (or 40g grated non dairy cheese if you don’t need to be virtually fat free)

Pasta – 3 sheets of dried wholemeal egg free lasagne

A foil takeaway container

vegan lasagne

before my vegan cheese version goes in the oven

before my vegan cheese version goes in the oven

To make the tomato sauce

Fry the chopped onion in water (or olive oil).  When softened, add the garlic. Fry a little, then add all the remaining ingredients and stir well.

  • carrot
  • red lentils
  • bouillon powder or marmite
  • chilli flakes or paprika
  • dried herbs
  • chopped tomatoes.
  • Plus ½ tin of water.

The mixture will be thin and wet, but it will thicken as the lentils cook. Bring to the boil, then leave to simmer for about 25 – 30 minutes, until the lentils and carrots are soft. Stirring every so often.

The sauce should still be quite wet when cooked.  Check the seasoning and add salt and black pepper if necessary.  Take off the heat and leave to cool

To make the ‘cheese’ sauce

Cook the sweet potato in the microwave for 4-5 minutes until soft.  In a pan cook the chopped onion in a splash of water (or oil). Peel the cooked sweet potato (Keep the skin and rip into pieces before adding to the tomato sauce) add to the onion along with the garlic and mustard.  Cook for a few minutes then add the flour and keep cooking, add the vegetable powder then slowly add the milk, and stir to make a thick sauce. Cook for about 2-3 minutes on a low heat.  Taste and season with lots of black pepper and some salt if necessary.  Add most of the nutritional yeast (or grated cheese, if using).  Leave about ¼ to scatter over the top.

Assembling.

Pre heat the oven to 180C

In a dish add a sheet or two of dried wholemeal pasta, then add a ½ of tomato sauce mixture.  Repeat the pasta/sauce layer, top with some more pasta and add the cheese sauce.

 made with vegan cheese

made with vegan cheese

Sprinkle the remaining nutritional yeast/cheese over the top and pop into the oven for 25 – 30 minutes until the top is bubbling and golden

serve with a large mixed salad or some steamed veggies

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Remember this serves two, so If you only want to eat one portion,  the other portion (once its gone cold) can be kept (covered) in the fridge for up to 3 days or frozen; then defrosted and thoroughly re-heated in the microwave or oven until the centre is piping hot

And if like Pete you’d like to learn how to make thesis nutritious and tasty recipes why not come to one of my cooking classes; either a group class or a private one to one

private Vegan cooking class

 

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Quick vegan chilli

Quick vegan chilli – Serves 2

This is a really quick and versatile recipe, don’t worry if you haven’t got all the ingredients or you decide to swap some.  It isn’t essential to have the cinnamon, chocolate or dried herbs.  You can substitute the sweet potatoes for butternut squash, change the red kidney beans and use borlotti or black beans instead.  Add some courgettes, spinach or kale. And swap tomato puree (with additional stock or water) if you haven’t got half a tin of tomatoes

Today my one to one private cooking guest has made this recipe.  So all the images are from that session

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Quick vegan chilli

1 tsp vegetable oil

½ onion, chopped

1 carrot, grated

100g sweet potato – chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

¼  each of green and red pepper, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

1 tsp chilli powder or  ¼ tsp chilli flakes

1 tsp smoked paprika

pinch of cinnamon

50g  mushrooms, wiped and chopped

½  (400g) tin peeled plum tomatoes, chopped

½  (400g) tin kidney beans, drained but keep the liquid

80g sweetcorn

½ tsp ground cumin

½ tsp dried oregano/marjoram

½ square dark chocolate

lemon juice

handful of fresh coriander or parsley leaves

 

  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook onions, carrots and sweet potatoes until tender. If the veggies start to stick add some water

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  • Stir in peppers, celery, garlic, chilli and paprika. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 6 minutes.
  • Stir in mushrooms, and cook 4 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, kidney beans and sweetcorn. Add the cumin, oregano, cinnamon and dark chocolate. Bring to the boil, and reduce heat to medium. Cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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  • If it thickens too much add some of the kidney bean water. Taste and add a splash of lemon juice and salt & pepper (if necessary) and scatter over chopped fresh herbs
  • serve with wholegrain rice, a tortilla wrap or a toasted pitta bread

dirty pots

 

And now I just have the washing up to do!