Sausage and bean casserole

Sausage and bean casserole

This is a really great dish if you want to follow a more plant based diet, you’re supporting the veganuary campaign, participating in meat free Monday, need a bit of a change to your current vegan diet or just fancy something that’s really simple tasty and comforting

Using sweet potatoes not only adds complex carbs to the dish (our primary energy source), but also great levels of fibre, protein and vitamin A.  The addition of tinned beans – here I used borlotti beans but cannellini, butter beans or haricot would all work, adds plenty of protein and fibre and of course will count as one of your five a day.

So here’s what you need for 2 – 3 people

4-6 vegan sausages.  At the moment I love Sainsburys Shroomdogs and Frys sausages, but feel free to use your own personal favourites

1 tsp olive or rapeseed oil

1 onion or half a leek – or a mix of the two

2 sweet potatoes – washed but not peeled

1 tin of borlotti beans and their liquid

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

1 garlic clove

2 tsp smoked paprika,

Large pinch (or more of) chilli flakes

and 1 – 3 handfuls of red lentils.

Small handful of chopped parsley

Fry the sausages in oil until golden, about 15 minutes (but read the packet). I

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In a large pan fry 1 sliced onion and/or half a leek until soft.

Add the cubed sweet potatoes cook until softening, you may need to add some water if the ingredients stick.  

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Add the beans and their liquid, chopped clove of garlic, tinned  tomatoes, smoked paprika, chilli flakes and the red lentils. cover and cook until the lentils and sweet potatoes are really soft, about 20 minutes.

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Half way through add the cooked sausages and check if you need to add more water.

 

Once cooked pour in to two or three bowls and scatter over chopped parsley 

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And why not serve it with some toasted garlicky sourdough bread.  Delicious

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Make your own chocolate mini Easter eggs

Make your own chocolate mini Easter eggs

Welcome to my mini Easter egg making class, where you will learn how to create your own bespoke raw chocolate mini Easter eggs for yourself or a loved one this April.

Join me Susan Hart, nutrition coach to learn how make raw chocolate from 3 simple ingredients.

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The Easter egg events will take place at my cooking school in West Bridgford, Nottingham week beginning 15th April and repeated at the following times and days

Monday 15th, 11.00 – 12.15pm

Tuesday 16th 12.30 – 1.45pm

Tuesday 16th 5.30- 6.45pm

Wednesday 17th 11.00- 12.15pm

Thursday 18th 1.30 – 2.45pm

Simply pick a date and time that suits and contact me to book your place

Susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk or 07946 301338

The workshop is open to both individuals and parents and supervised children

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You will experience

  • How to create your own raw chocolate from scratch at home with minimal equipment and experience
  • The differences and benefits of raw chocolate over commercial chocolate
  • Customise your chocolate eggs with a variety of freeze dried fruits, nuts or flavours
  • Take home Easter Eggs in your own customised packaging

Check out this short video of previous chocolate making guests

 

All this and lots of tasting too for £25.

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I welcome any questions you may have about the event or if you’d like to book a place or book as a group then please get in touch

susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk

07946 301338

 

 

Mother’s Day Special – Raw vegan chocolate

Mother’s Day Special – Raw vegan chocolate

Looking for some Mother’s Day ideas or inspiration; how about a unique gift for you to enjoy with your Mum?

Join me Susan Hart, nutrition coach to create your own raw vegan chocolates, all free from gluten, dairy, soy and egg.

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Learn how to make your own bespoke raw vegan chocolates from 3 simple ingredients and a bit of my nutritional knowhow.  The chocolate making workshop takes place at my West Bridgford cooking school

 

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You will take home the recipe from the session plus your personalised gift wrapped Mother’s Day chocolates.

All for the very reasonable price of £25.

The classes will take place week beginning 25th March and repeated at the following times and days

Monday 25th, 11.00 – 12.15pm

Tuesday 26th 12.30 – 1.45pm

Tuesday 26th 5.30- 6.45pm

Wednesday 27th 11.00- 12.15pm

Thursday 28th 12.30 – 1.45pm

Friday 29th 11.00 – 12.15pm

The workshop is open to both individuals and mothers and daughters/sons.

Simply pick a date and time that suits and contact me to book your place

Susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk or 07946 301338

Some previous guests show their creativity and flair

 

The classes will be held at my vegan cooking school in West Bridgford. This is a small group workshop (max 4 people) and you’ll be making your Mothers day chocolates from scratch.  And whilst they are setting you’ll personalise your gift bags with a selection of labels, stickers and ribbon

Check out this short video montage of previous guests enjoying themselves

 

I welcome any questions you may have about the evening or if you’d like to book then please contact me Susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk  07946 301338

I look forward to welcoming you in March

Valentine chocolate making class

Valentine chocolate making class

Learn how to create your own bespoke raw vegan chocolates from 3 simple ingredients and a bit of nutritional knowhow.  The chocolate making workshop takes place at my West Bridgford cooking school

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Previous guests getting stuck in.

And really enjoy making these luxurious chocolatey treats

 

The class will take place week beginning 11th February and repeated at the following times

Monday 11th, 11.00 – 12.15pm

Tuesday 12th 12.30 – 1.45pm

Tuesday 12th 5.30- 6.45pm

Wednesday 13th 11.00- 12.15pm

Thursday 14th 12.30 – 1.45pm

Simply pick a date and time that suits and contact me to book your place

Susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk or 07946 301338

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What’s included

  • How to create your own raw chocolate from scratch with minimal equipment and experience
  • All ingredients are included and you’ll receive a recipe card
  • The differences and benefits of raw chocolate over commercial chocolate
  • Customise your chocolates with a variety of freeze dried fruits, nuts and flavours, including heart shaped moulds
  • Take home your chocolates in your own customised packaging

All this and lots of tasting too for £25 per person: maximum 4 people

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Photo courtesy of Wilow and Dove

 

Take a virtual peak around my kitchen where you will be making your own chocolates

My WORKSHOPS ARE FREE FROM GLUTEN, DAIRY AND EGG

 

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If you’d like to come to any of the workshops please contact me

Susan Hart, nutrition coach

susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk

07946 301338

 

Mindfulness and healthy eating for Wellbeing

Mindfulness and healthy eating for Wellbeing

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We held our first workshop on Monday 21st January, and it was lovely to have such a wonderful group of people enjoying themselves

the feedback was so positive that we have decided to deliver another one, this time in the evening
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Thursday 28th February 2019, 6-8.15pm, West Bridgford, NottinghamPrice : £30

Join Yasmin and Susan for a wonderful workshop of mindfulness followed by a vegan dinner prepared by Susan.

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In the first hour or so Yasmin will guide you through mindfulness practices that help cultivate an increase in physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

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Photo by Tim Goedhart on Unsplash

 By directing our awareness to our experiences and working with the breath, the body and whatever is present in our experience we can develop skills that help us savour the good and respond with greater wisdom to what is difficult.
Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

Mindfulness is a skill we can all develop and when we do it brings greater peace, compassion and happiness to our every day lives.
Photo by Artem Bali on Unsplash

Photo by Artem Bali on Unsplash

When we bring the quality of mindfulness to our eating, we can enjoy our food even more and so we will also practice eating mindfully with Susan’s delicious and nutritious vegan lunch!
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Photo by Lesly Juarez on Unsplash

Yasmin’s classes are experiential and encourage a sense of exploration with a quality of playfulness to combine learning with enjoyment.

This session is suitable both for people who are new to mindfulness and want to experience the practices first hand and also those who have studied and/or practice mindfulness regularly and would like to enjoy practising in a small group setting.
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This session is all about healthy eating and enjoyment.  We’ll spend time relaxing around the table and as a trained nutrition coach and chef I will share some of my nutritional expertise, deliver tips for healthy eating and answer any questions.  All whilst you all enjoy a healthy balanced vegan lunch.  Yasmin will also be on hand to answer any specific questions about her mindfulness practice.
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Here’s a taste of the food that has tantalised previous tastebuds:
Wholesome soup, colourful quinoa salad, pea and mint pakoras, veggies with tahini lentils, apple cinnamon tarts, banana bread and fresh fruit.  All served with refreshments
Allergies or intolerances  No problem, I can make separate dishes that are suitable for you, just let me know in advance
This is a small workshop for a maximum of 8 -10 people so please book early to avoid disappointment
Contact Susan on 07946 301338 or susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk  or Yasmin info@mindfulnessmakessense.com Tel: 07714290127
for more information or to make a payment
About Susan Hart and Yasmin Holmes
me2Susan is a Nottingham-based nutrition coach, advising clients about the benefits and process of healthy eating. This is delivered on an individual, group or organisation basis. For clients wishing to stay healthy and possibly lose weight she offers vegan cooking classes.  As a vegan chef she also writes restaurant reviews for the Nottingham Post as well as regularly writing for the West Bridgford Wire, Nottingham Aspect, Happiful magazine and other local and national journals.  Visit her website www.nutrition-coach.co.uk to find out more.
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Yasmin has been teaching mindfulness for a number of years and is a Breathworks and .B qualified mindfulness teacher.  She works with individuals and organisations teaching mindfulness practices for a range of situations from stress and anxiety management to pain management, leadership development and improvement in wellbeing.  She is founder of Mindfulness Makes Sense  http://www.mindfulnessmakessense.com/, and is an Associate tutor for the University of Nottingham’s Professional Development mindfulness and well-being courses.
Detail about this event can also be found on Yasmin’s website http://www.mindfulnessmakessense.com/mindfulness-with-healthy-eating.html

Portello Lounge, West Bridgford

Veg out – Portello Lounge, West Bridgford

Restaurant review

There is one large retail space on Central Avenue in West Bridgford that, over the last few years has had more reinventions than Madonna.  It reopened just before Christmas as ‘Portello Lounge’, part of a chain of restaurants across the country, with one of its sister restaurants, Bendigo Lounge doing very nicely in Beeston

Portello Lounge, West Bridgford

It use to be Mudcrab; a large unit over two floors that I always found was half empty. What drew me in on this particular Sunday was their promotion on Facebook of a separate vegan and gluten free menu.

Portello Lounge, West Bridgford

 

The doors open at 9am for weekend breakfast so we got there at 9.30 and it was relatively quite; a few couples were there with their dogs enjoying the papers and a coffee whilst relaxing on the sofas.  A young family arrived and there was plenty of room for the buggy and the energetic children.  The restaurant has a reasonable supply of board games, crayons and paper to keep the young diners amused and relatively quiet

Portello Lounge, West Bridgford

We sat at a table at the back and asked for the vegan menu.  I’d already glanced at it on line but I wanted to see what else they did.  The vegan breakfast sprang out, but I was also tempted to try the ‘bacon’ roll or the avocado on ciabatta.  But no I’ll stick with my first choice along with an oaty cappuccino.  My other half wanted to try the halloumi and sweetcorn fritters so he ordered the veggie breakfast.  You have to order at the bar and remember your table number.  On the way back it’s a chance to pour yourself some iced water from the large Kilner jars

Portello Lounge, West Bridgford

The coffees arrived first and were nice and hot and strong; good start.

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About 10 minutes later the hot breakfasts were delivered and the server asked if we needed any sauces etc.

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My breakfast looked like a very satisfying plateful.  The beans are served in a separate enamel cup and my toast had some vegan spread on it (or at least I hope it was).  The lonely falafel was small but lovely and crunchy I could have eaten a few more of those. I’m not a big fan of vegan bacon as it tastes too salty but it provided a chewy texture.  The mushrooms looked and tasted like they came out of a tin and had been boiled, not a pleasant eating experience and quite a disappointment. The peppers on the other hand were delicious and sweet and again I could have eaten a heap of those. On the whole the £7.50, the same for the veggie breakfast, seemed a reasonable price.

My review is also online with Nottingham Live https://www.nottinghampost.com/whats-on/food-drink/its-very-difficult-spot-who-2444567

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The vegetarian breakfast also went down well.  The much anticipated halloumi and sweetcorn fritters were a bit of a disappointment, apparently the sweetcorn was the overriding flavoured, although he liked the crunchy texture.

 

We never felt rushed or crowded and the server was very diligent and asked how the food was and if we wanted anything else.  On the subject of the staff, without a badge, uniform or apron it is very difficult to spot who are workers and customers.  At busy times I can image this could be a frustration if you want to get someone’s attention.

 

We were very pleased with our food, drinks and service, but I also visited the Lounge the week in between Christmas and New Year and it was bedlam. Packed, noisy, uncleared tables, unavailable food items, over an hours wait for food, partially delivered orders etc. So my advice is choose your timings carefully

Portion control

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

Portion Control 

Over 60% of the UK adult population is currently overweight or obese, and we all have a responsibility to reduce that statistic including fast food outlets, schools, supermarkets, cafes and food manufacturers

The British Nutrition Foundation thinks one way to tackle this epidemic is to raise awareness about portion sizes and portion control

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Research has shown that when people are presented with larger portion sizes, they will eat more and most people underestimate how many calories they consume each day by as much as 25%.

 

 

Since the 1980s, typical servings have increased dramatically: a bag of crisps has grown from 25g to 40g. ‘Grab’ bags have 50% more than standard bags – a bag of Walker’s crisps, for example, now contains 55g – that’s 260 calories and 15g of fat, compared to 130 cals and 8g of fat in 25g.

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Soft drinks are still sold in 330ml cans (139 cals for a can of Coke), but 500ml bottles of are just as popular.  Thats 210 calories and 54g or 13½ teaspoons of sugar in a bottle of Coke.

 

 

 

King-size and pocket pack chocolate bars are up to twice the size of regular bars – a Mars Big One has 100 calories more than a regular bar, while a King-Sized Snickers has 200 extra calories than the regular version.  There are now even 1 and a half bars of chocolate and Bounty bars are available in triple packs!

 

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Double and triple burgers (with all the extras) are available from every burger chain. If you double-up your cheeseburger in McDonald’s, for example, you increase your calories from 300 to 440, and your fat intake from 11.5g to 23 g.  Pasta servings and nearly five times bigger than they were 20 years ago.

portion control 1 Ready meals have also ballooned over the past 15 years with products such as curry, cottage pies, pasta dishes and casseroles now weighing on average 400g nearly twice the size they were in the 1990’s.

You’re not even safe in the local coffee shop – Your morning caffeine fix in the 50s would be 45 calories. Nowadays, a 450ml takeout coffee with mocha syrup would be 350 calories.

 

And how many times are you asked if you want to ‘go large’?

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Modern main course bowl on the left. 1970s plate on the right

 

Even the standard dinner plate used in most restaurants and homes has increased from 10 to 12 inches!

Recent research has revealed that smaller plates, cups, glasses, bowls and cutlexycould reduce overall calorie intake by up to 16 per cent.

If its good enough for Lord Sugar!

Today I chatted to BBC radio Nottingham DJ Mark Dennison about portion control.  This is the 7 minute interview

I was also interviewed by Gem 106 radio for their hourly news slot, this is one of my 40 second snippets

 

This process of eating larger amounts is called portion distortion and it’s making us fat!
 The more we eat the more calories we consume

Are you shocked by this, did you have any idea that food portion sizes have been on the increase?

To put it in to context eating just 200 extra calories a day over a year can mean a weight gain of over a stone (6.3 Kg)

So what is a correct portion size?

  • A 75g serving of meat, poultry or fish is the same size as the palm of your hand
  • A medium potato is the same size as your computer mouse
  • pasta-portionKeep portions of cheese to 25g – around the same size as a matchbox
  • A medium piece of fruit is the same size as your fist
  • A serving of rice is half a teacup (75g uncooked weight)
  • A serving of vegetables is about 80g
  • A teaspoon of butter or margarine is the size of the tip of your thumb.

A useful guide is to use your hand as a visual template:

palmProtein like meat, fish, poultry, tofu lentils, eggs should be no bigger than the palm of your hand

 

 

 

Carbohydrates like bread rice pasta should fit into one cupped handcupped hand

 

 

 

cupped handsFruit and vegetables should fit in to two cupped hands

Simples!!

 

 

For more information about the increase in portion size please click on this link to the Food Standards Agency, where you can download useful guides. https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/find-your-balance/portionwise.html

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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.

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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

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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

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chocks away

 

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

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No 12 Hounds Gate

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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

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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!

Make your own Christmas Chocolates

Make your own Christmas Chocolates

Fancy making your own vegan Christmas chocolates? I have classes in West Bridgford on Tuesday 11th and 18th or Thursday 13th and 20th December at 12.30 and 5.30pm. The cost is £25 per person. If you’d like to come along please contact me 07946 301338

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Photo courtesy of Rebecca

Create your own bespoke vegan chocolates, perfect for sharing this Christmas.
My previous guests had a blast

Raw chocolate is the process of making chocolate from raw, unroasted cacao powder, which maintains nutrients lost in the roasting process; making it high in antioxidants, which help keep the body healthy and reduce cell damage.

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I will teach you a simple technique to create raw chocolate using natural sweeteners to give a deep, rich and satisfying flavour.
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You can then customise your chocolate using freeze dried fruits, nuts and natural flavourings, and gift wrap them for friends and family (or for yourself!)

 

I will also share my healthy eating tips and nutritional know how.
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Join me at my vegan cookery school in West Bridgford, for the very reasonable price of £25 – all ingredients, recipes, equipment and gift bags to take your chocolates home are provided.
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contact me to book your date and time
Tuesday 11th and 18th or Thursday 13th and 20th December at 12.30 and 5.30pm.

Check out my video of a previous chocolate cooking class