Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Sugar Scrub

Difficulty: Easy Makes 1 jar I can hear you saying "WTF dude, you can't eat this?!" and you're right but with Christmas just 3 sleeps away I thought I would share with you a little recipe I've been making for my good self lately! This sugar scrub costs practically nothing to make and you've probably already got the ingredients lying around the house, so whip up a few jars and keep 'em handy for unexpected guests over the Christmas period and to show of your creative prowess! Ingredients 1/4 cup pink Himalayan crystal salt 1 cup raw sugar 5-10 drops rose hip oil 5-8 drops peppermint oil 1/4 cup coconut oil Method Grind up the salt so that you've got small, but not powdery granules. Add to a bowl with the...

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Little Christmas Pavlovas

Christmas Pavlova

Difficulty: Medium Serves 8-10 (depending on size) 2015 will forever be remembered as the year of aquafaba in the vegan community. Still haven't heard of it? Get the hell out from under that rock and grab yourself a can of chickpeas, cos that's what you're gonna need to make these bad boys. "Chickpeas?! Are you effing nuts?!" I hear your screaming at your laptop or smart phone and while it may be hard to believe, the juice from canned chickpeas act as egg whites to make this classic Aussie dessert (soz NZ, it's ours. We own it now). Knock the unwanted gifted socks off the family this Christmas with a plate of red, white and green courtesy of the meringue base, coconut cream and...

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Vegan BBQ: Tofu, Black Bean & Mushroom Patties

Mushroom Patties

Difficulty: Easy Makes:  10 Leave the gazpacho at home, Lisa! My Tofu, Black Bean & Mushroom Patties are here to get you through your next BBQ. With the weather really heating up and the holiday season upon us, it's that time of year where BBQ invites are coming in thick and fast. Your typical Aussie grill-a-thon doesn't cater much to us old vegans, so the guys at Ziegler & Brown asked me to change that by devising an awesome animal-free recipe that vegans and non-vegans alike and can enjoy this BBQ season. These tasty guys can be made a couple of days in advance and whipped out just before cooking so you've got a juicy, flavoursome plate ready to take along to your next occasion. Ingredients 1/2 small...

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Vegan Eggnog

Eggnog

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Are you ready to nog?! Also, are you ready for all of the times I'm going to use 'nog' in this post? Ah well, too bad because I'm nog going to stop anytime soon. I'm going to be straight up and let you know that not once in my life have I tasted real eggnog but I get the gist and eggs are gross so it's better for all of us if we just straight up ditch them from this recipe. Who really needs eggs when you're making what is essentially a frothy, Christmassy, alcoholic milkshake?! Nobody, that's who. Let's celebrate our new arrangement with the adding of alcohol to milk. Ingredients 1 400mL can full fat coconut cream (placed upside down...

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Candy Cane Ice Cream & Chocolate Shell Topping

Candy Cane Ice Cream

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 1 litre It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and I've teamed up with the epic team at Your Home Depot to create another recipe using my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker with Compressor. I've been shopping with these guys for years because they have great prices, an awesome range of products and a super easy checkout process. These guys even hooked me up with a bitchin' Global Ikasu Knife Set for helping out with this recipe, it doesn't get much sweeter than that! Candy canes are the official sweet of the festive season so I thought why not combine them with the guaranteed deliciousness of ice cream?! So I did and I know I say this all the...

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Raw Zucchini & Pomegranate Salad

Zucchini Pomegranate Salad

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 I'm not the official Christmas cook in my household but if there's one thing I know about cooking a feast, it's that you need a combo of things you can prepare well in advance and stuff that you can throw together quickly on the day; this salad is the latter. With a glorious mix of Christmas coloured produce, this raw and simple salad is going to cancel out all that other crazy junk you're surely going to be eating on the big day, that's how it works, right? Ingredients 4 big-ass zucchinis 1 large pomegranate 1 bunch of red radishes 1/3 cup hazelnuts Salt and pepper to taste Dressing 1/2 cup tahini 2 tablespoons cold-pressed olive oil Juice of half lemon 1 teaspoon agave Method Use your spiraliser to create long, thin...

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2015 Vegan Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas 2015

Full disclosure: I bloody love Christmas and everything that comes along with it. The decorations, buying gifts, wrapping gifts (yep), baking and driving around for hours looking at Christmas lights. It's usually my aim to have my Christmas shopping completed by the end of November, so that I can spend my December baking, decorating and just being heaps festive. Oh and executing my thoroughly thought out wrapping theme (yeah, I do that too). I understand that many don't share my love of gift buying and sometimes through veganism into the mix can add an extra layer of "ohmygodwhatdoIdoChristmasisaweekawayI'mgoingtocry" I would love to act as your personal shopper and gift wrapper over the Christmas season but until I can teleport, my 2015 Vegan...

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Rum & Raisin Fudge

Rum and Raisin Fudge

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 20 pieces  When sweetened condensed coconut milk came on the scene recently, I knew my life would be changed forever. Why? Because fudge was back in my life and in a huge way. I've been playing around with a few fudge recipes this month and in a massive win for everyone involved, the easiest one turned out the best. Christmas is the perfect time for fudge because it's indulgent yet easy to make plus it's the perfect homemade gift! And what's a festive recipe without a little fruit and alcohol huh? Nothin', that's what! Ingredients 1 320mL can sweetened condensed coconut milk 1 tablespoon vegan margarine 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 shot of rum (a teaspoon of rum essence will...

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Kester Black x Beauty EDU – New Shades!

Kester Black

Price: $20.00 Where to Buy: www.kesterblack.com It's no secret that I'm always picking up what Kester Black is putting down, so when they let me in on a little secret collabo they were working on I was down to ride. In yet another epic team up, they've joined forces with leading beauty therapy school, Beauty EDU to release 3 new nail polish shades. So why is this happening, you ask. Well, it conveniently involves another sweet pairing between Beauty EDU and David Jones, who in a world first have created a state of the art campus in the middle of their Eastland store. With the opportunity to assist in expanding the use of cruelty-free cosmetics, KB got themselves all up in that and...

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Gingerbread Folk Vegan Gingerbread House Kit

Price: $39.95 Where to Buy: www.gingerbreadfolk.com.au Nothing says Christmas like food and craft and what better way to combine the two than by making a gingerbread house! The guys at Gingerbread Folk have just released a Vegan Gingerbread House Kit and sent one to me to try PLUS we're giving one reader of Like a Vegan to win one of their own (see more about that below). 4 walls, roof pieces and a chimney are all included in the kit plus instructions, baseboard, icing bag and vegan royal icing mix. The royal icing is incredibly easy to mix however I did need to add a little more water than the instructions suggested, I would recommend adding it very slowly until you get the desired...

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Passionfruit Coconut Ice Cream

Passionfruit Ice Cream

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 1 litre You may have noticed that I've been pumping out a fair bit of ice cream lately. That's because a while back I bought a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker from Your Home Depot and have been working on perfecting my recipe. This machine is wild, you guys! It creates ice cream in an hour thanks to its built in compressor, so you don't have to freeze any bowls beforehand. The guys at Your Home Depot cottoned on to how stoked I was with my new toy and asked if I would be keen to create some recipes using their products. Considering I've been shopping with them for a couple of years now, I said "hell yeah, let's...

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Kester Black Soap-Free Liquid Hand & Body Wash

Kester Black

Price: $32  Where to Buy: http://www.kesterblack.com/stockists Kester Black is my go-to nail polish for plenty of reasons but now these guys are adding even more wonderful items to their collection. First it was the adorably packaged Body Soaps and now Kester Black have done it again with new Liquid Hand & Body Wash in two scents! I've gotta admit, I've always been more of a liquid wash kinda gal, so when KB offered me a sneaky peek and chance to try the new gear before it hit shelves, I jumped at the chance. When the package arrived in the mail, the first thing I noticed was the packaging; simple and clean with adorable coloured typography. I also love the adorable names; Pardon! is a refreshing scent...

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Watermelon, Lime & Mint Popsicles

Watermelon Popsicle

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 10  Summer has been sprung on us a little early this year so I've gone into overdrive coming up with treats to bring a little coolness into your lives. These popsicles can be in your freezer within minutes and once set, you'll be thanking your past self for their forward thinking! Plus, turn these into a wicked cocktail popsicle by adding a shot of white rum or vodka (I may or may not have done that too). Ingredients 700g seedless watermelon Juice from one lime Handful of mint leaves 1/2 cup white rum or vodka (optional) Method Cut up the watermelon into reasonable sized chunks and throw into the blender. Add the lime juice and alcohol (if you're using it) and whizz together until blended. Pop a...

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Speculoos Ice Cream

Speculaas Ice Cream

Difficulty: Easy Makes 1L Speculoos cookies are little Dutch spiced caramel biscuits and more often than not, they're vegan but did you know you can also buy speculoos cookie spread? GASP! I picked mine up at ALDI a few months back but because I don't really do sweet toast spreads, I put them aside for something special - ICE CREAM! You can find speculoos cookies pretty easily (I got mine at Coles, they're Lotus brand) but you may have to look to the internet to find the spread. Ingredients 2 270mL cans full fat coconut cream 1 320g can condensed coconut milk 1 cup non-dairy milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup speculoos cookie spread 1/2 cup crushed speculoos cookies Method Chuck all of the ingredients, minus the cookies into a...

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Eggy Breakfast Muffin

Eggy Muffin

Difficulty: Easy - Medium Serves 4 How long has it been since you've had a breakfast muffin, huh? If your answer was "AGES!" you'll be super pumped for this recipe; if your answer was "I had one yesterday!" you'll probably still really enjoy this recipe. My Breakfast muffin has tempeh bacon and tomato plus a super fun eggy tofu element which I think you'll dig. Serve it up with a couple of hash browns and you've got yourself a winning start to the day. Ingredients Tempeh Bacon 150g tempeh 1/4 soy sauce 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon liquid smoke 2 tablespoons maple syrup Eggy Tofu 1 350g block of high protein, firm tofu 1/3 cup nutritional yeast 1-2 teaspoons black salt (get this from your local Indian grocer) 1 teaspoon garlic powder The...

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Rosewater Ice Cream

Rosewater Ice Cream

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 6-8 If you didn't know already, ice cream is my number one dessert. If you share my passionate love for ice cream, then it's imperative that you get yourself a good ice cream maker (one with a built in compressor is best) so that you can create your own badass concoctions in the privacy of your own home and in no time at all. I recently discovered Pandaroo Sweet Condensed Coconut Milk at Woolworths and the warmer weather meant that ice cream was inevitable. The subtlety of rosewater seemed to be the perfect flavour this time around but trust me, there are plenty more to come. Let me know if there's a flavour you'd love for me to make...

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Goma-ae

Goma Ae

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 (as a side dish)   Goma-ae is one of my absolute fave Japanese dishes, probs because it involves sesame paste and I absolutely LOVE sesame. Not to be confused with tahini, white sesame paste can be picked up from any good Asian grocer and has an intensely nutty sesame flavour. I made goma-ae quite a while ago but have given the recipe a little revamp so now is the perfect time to get stuck in. Note: That other stuff on the plate is for another recipe I'm working on, stay tuned for that one! Ingredients 350g green beans, ends removed 350g baby spinach leaves 1/2 cup white sesame paste 1/3 cup soy sauce 1 teaspoon mirin (or rice wine vinegar) 2 tablespoons brown sugar 3 tablespoons sesame seeds Method Wash...

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Vegan Iced VoVos

Iced Vovo

Difficulty: Medium Makes about 40 cookies I hear you non-Aussie folk asking "what the eff is an Iced VoVo and why do I want a vegan one?" and I'ma give you an answer! The Iced VoVo is a classic Australian biscuit; a vanilla cookie topped with marshmallowy fondant, jam and coconut. Obviously there are a couple of components of the Iced VoVo that means they're were no longer on the shopping list once I went vegan, so for my niece's 5th birthday tea party I whipped up a batch of vegan ones! I know it looks a little complicated and making your own marshmallow seems daunting but trust me, you got this, I believe in you. Ingredients Biscuit 1/2 cup vegan margarine (I used Nuttelex) 1...

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Mega Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast Burrito

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 4 I say this is a breakfast burrito but it's not like the breakfast police are going to come a knockin' if you eat it for any other meal (TBH I actually made this for dinner the other night). Smokey tempeh bacon, paprika potatoes, wilted spinach and a hectic scrambled tofu all come together in a homemade tortilla to make this one heck of a meal. And hey, if you can't be effed making your own burritos, make your own or chuck all this stuff on a big ol' plate with some toast and you've got yourself one hell of a big brekkie. Ingredients Tortillas 3 cups plain flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/3 cup canola oil 3/4 cup warm water Smokey...

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Kester Black – Summer Colours are Here!

Kester Black

Price: $20AUD each Where to Buy: www.kesterblack.com If you're a Kester Black fanatic like me, you'll be stoked to know that part 2 of their annual colour collection has dropped! Bursting with vibrant colours for summer, the latest shades will have you looking like the tropical babe that you are. Celebrate your inner Tobias Fünke and get the aptly titled royal blue shade Monarch onto your fingertips. Perfect for those of you who want to step out of the classic nail shades and try something a little different. If pink is your thing, you're going to love the intensity of Sorbet, which is sure to be a hit for the warmer weather. I know I'll be slapping it on with a white top and jeans...

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Kinda Maple Coconut Bacon

Kinda Bacon

Where to Buy: www.kindabacon.com for stockists Price: $12.75 The good folks at Kinda Bacon are now stocking shelves and pantries all over Australia with their new flavour; Kinda Maple and were kind enough to send a few bags my way (read more about that below). Kinda like the original, Kinda Maple has that intense crunch and awesome taste but also the additional sweetness of maple syrup, strawberries and cinnamon. Gluten free, soy free and of course vegan friendly, Kinda Maple is the perfect addition to sweet stuff like cereal, cakes, donuts and ice cream but if you're chasing that sweet and salty combo I reckon it would go a bit of alright on a salad or sanga too. If I'm being totally honest with you...

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Lemon Custard Filled Donuts

Lemon Custard Donuts

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 16 Donuts have been popping up on my Instagram feed all day, erryday for some time now and I thought it was about time I got back into making them. This recipe is epic because it's yeast free, which means it needs no time to rise and you don't need to roll out the dough. Fill these little balls of happiness with homemade lemon custard and you've got yourself quite the treat. Time to make the people in your feed jealous and make some of this bad boys. Ingredients Donuts 1L vegetable oil for frying 2 cups plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup caster sugar 1 cup soy milk 1/4 cup canola oil Lemon Custard Filling 1/2 cup caster sugar 1/4 cup plain...

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Sweet William Chocolate & Triple Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches

Sweet William

Where to Buy: www.sweetwilliam.com.au for stockists. Price: From $2.85 Since I went vegan, I've always had Sweet William products as a staple in my pantry so when they asked me to write a little something about them and create a recipe, I was stoked to do so. The best thing about Sweet William products is that they're easily accessible, which means you can pick it up at most supermarkets (like Coles, IGA, Woolworths and Big W) at any time of day or night and don't have to wait for your local specialty store to open when you need your chocolate fix. They also have an unbelievable selection of products to suit so many dietary requirements because they're: Gluten free Dairy free Nut free GMO free Free from...

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Peach, Basil & Custard Tart

Peach Basil Tart

Difficulty: Medium Serves 6-8 Even though it may not be evident on the blog, it's no secret that I favour the savoury over the sweet. In saying that, I am always trying super duper hard to come up with desserts that I actually want to eat myself, rather than just taking a bit to confirm it's good and then pushing it to the side. This is where my Peach, Basil & Custard Tart comes in. Peach and basil have long been a favourite in pies but I wanted to introduce them to my dear friend, custard. These three flavours work together like Destiny's Child in their glory years, each bringing something powerful to the table. Which one is the Beyoncé? You'll just have to...

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Jackfruit + Potato Curry

Jackfruit Curry

Difficulty: Easy Serves: 4-6 (depending on serving size) If you didn't already know it, jackfruit is the ultimate plant-based mock meat. In it's young/green form, it becomes tender and meaty when cooked and takes on flavours incredibly well which makes it perfect for substitute for pulled meats like beef and pork. You can pick it up from most good Asian grocers for less than $2.50 a can, which makes it a thrifty choice too! This curry sweet and tender curry, with a bit of tang, is served best with basmati rice and papadums for a weeknight Indian feast. Ingredients 2 x 565 gram cans green/young jackfruit in brine (DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT get jackfruit in syrup) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 red onion, cubed 2 cloves...

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Kester Black x Trophy Wife 2015 Collabo

Kester Black

Price: $20.00AUD Where to Buy: www.kesterblack.com for online store and stockists It's no secret that I think Kester Black are purveyors of some of the best nail polish in the biz and their collabs give Ja Rule and Ashanti a run for their money. KB love a collaboration so much that they even have a space dedicated to them on their website, with peeps like Beci Orpin, Architecture in Helsinki and O&M all climbing aboard the KB train. No stranger to such collaborations are legendary nail experts Trophy Wife, who collaborate with Kester Black once a year to bring fresh new shades to their ever expanding range of colours. Kester Black sent me through the new shades to check out and they each...

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July Vegan Box

The Vegan Box

Price: From $26.95  Where to Buy: www.theveganbox.com When the legends at The Vegan Box asked if I would like to get a load of the July box, I obviously accepted the offer and waited by the mailbox like Michelle Tanner waiting for her Action Rigby. Unlike the classic episode of Full House though, the July Vegan Box is far from disappointing. The first thing I love about this box is the pretty big (160g) bag of Tao Nutrition protein powder worth $14.95. This stuff has 23g of plant protein per serve and also contains stuff like maca, acai berry, cacao, chia, chlorella and rosehip. I'm not a huge protein shake lover so I'm really looking forward to sprinkling some of this stuff on my...

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Cheesy Popcorn

Cheesy Popcorn

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Popcorn is one of my favourite foods and while I usually enjoy the simpler things when it comes to popcorn, sometimes I want to kick it up a notch and get a little crazy on the kernels. This time around I opted for a delightful savoury concoction made from cashews and nutritional yeast, sprinkled over those little white clouds of heaven, you've got yourself a mad snack. Ingredients 3/4 cup popcorn kernels Spray oil Cheesy Sprinkle 1/2 cup cashews 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Method Make the cheese sprinkle by combining all ingredients in a blender or food processor until a fine powder is formed. Set aside. Using an air popper, pop your kernels (you can also pop in a pan if you...

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Oh Lordy! Lord of the Fries Hits Sydney Central

Lord of the Fries

Address: 10A Henry Deane Plaza, 18 Lee St, Haymarket, NSW Website: www.lordofthefries.com.au If you know me IRL or follow me on Twitter, you would know that a good portion of the time I am whinging about not having immediate access to Lord of the Fries. When LOTF hit Sydney you probably noticed that whinging decrease, well now it's about to decrease a little more because Lord of the Fries have opened another Sydney location. Just inside Henry Deane Plaza, on the Haymarket side of Central, you will find this little slice of fast food heaven. It has all of your LOTFF (Lord of the Fries Favourites) like burgers, munch boxes and fries (duh) plus now they're offering breakfast and shakes, yay! The Lord invited me to...

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S’mores Tart

Smores Tart

Difficulty: Medium Serves 8-10 It has taken me a little while to recover from my trip and get back into the kitchen but you guys know that when I take a break, I come back with something hella sweet for you, right? Now that it's winter, I wanted to make a dessert that suits the climate and nothing says winter like s'mores! I added a little sophistication to this classic treat by turning it into a tart that looks so good you can take it along to any winter function. Making your own marshmallow sounds extremely daunting but trust me, it's easy as pie...

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BBQ Jackfruit Buns

Jackfruit Buns

Difficulty: Medium Makes 12 large buns If you've ever hit up a yum cha restaurant, you would know that the BBQ pork bun is a menu staple. As a seasoned yum cha eater, I've sampled a few vegan versions in my time but thought it was about time to make my own. I've always been a fan of using jackfruit as a pulled pork substitute and thought I would use it as an ingredient in this dish. These buns are quite large but you could always adapt depending on the occasion. Ingredients Dough 1 tablespoon caster sugar 1 1/4 cups warm water 1 1/2 teaspoons dry instant yeast 1 teaspoon baking powder 3 cups plain flour 1/2 teaspoon salt Filling 2 x 550 gram cans young jackfruit in brine (do not get...

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Inika Face in a Box

Inika

Price: $99.00 Where to Buy: www.inika.com.au You guuuuys, Mother's Day is just around the corner (May 10th) and if you haven't sorted out a gift for the main lady in your life then I may just have you sorted. The guys at Inika sent me through their Face in a Box recently and due to my success with Inika products in the past, I was stoked to give some more products a try. The Face in a Box contains the essentials you'll need to create the perfect skin base for any make up look. At $99.00 it's the perfect introduction to Inika's range of cosmetics without buying the full size, individual products but if you or your mum are already an Inika lover, this...

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Choc Mint Macarons

Macarons

Difficulty: Medium Makes 12 You thought your macaron days were over, right? WRONG! Call in sick to work, cancel your lunch date and turn your phone off. It is mandatory that you drop everything right now and make some of these bitchin' choc mint macarons. Thanks to the magic of the humble chickpea, you add these little French treats to your all-vegan baking repertoire. BRB eating them all. Ingredients Macarons 1 cup almond meal (use the one without brown flecks) 1 cup icing sugar 1/3 cup liquid from canned chickpeas 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum 1/3 cup caster sugar 1/2 - 1 teaspoon peppermint essence 2-3 drops green food colouring Chocolate Ganache Filling 300 grams vegan dark chocolate 1/4 cup coconut cream Method In a medium bowl, sift together the almond meal and icing sugar. Set aside. Whisk...

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Oh My Chai – Chai Cake w/ Maple Walnut Glaze

Oh My Chai

Price: From $4.95 Where to Buy: www.ohmychai.com.au I don't drink a lot of hot drinks but this recent cool snap has me downing several cups a day. When the guys from Oh My Chai offered to chuck a bag of their organic masala chai my way, it was simply an offer I could not refuse. Oh My Chai Masala is a hand blended loose mix of 9 spices like cinnamon, fennel and ginger and is lightly sweetened thanks to our old friend dark agave. It's smooth, subtle and can be made on your favourite non-dairy milk in no time. This blend is available in 1kg or 250g bags but if you're not quite sure that Oh My Chai is the right tea for you,...

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AWE Cosmeceuticals

Awe

Price: From $39.00 Where to Buy: www.awecosmeceuticals.com.au I love hearing about wicked new vegan products on the market, so when I AWE Cosmeceuticals asked if I wanted to try some of their stuff I naturally jumped at the chance. Here's the 411 on AWE: Australian made Australian owned No nasty stuff like sodium lauryl sulphate, parabens, harsh chemicals or known irritants No artificial fragrance or colours Biodegradable formulations Minimal, recyclable packaging All but one product is vegan (the Hydrating Mask contains honey so avoid that one!) A focus on Ayurveda The first product I tried was the Skin Polish ($29), a combination of light exfoliants, antioxidants and micro jojoba beads and fragranced with rose and jasmine. I tend to go a little OTT with exfoliating and end up with super dry skin but...

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Vegan Pavlova

Pavlova

Difficulty: Medium Serves 8 Meringue is one of those things that vegans through the ages have been trying to nail. The current craze to hit the vegan community is the use of canned chickpea juice instead of egg white. While this may seem like a strange concept, I am here to tell you that it freaking works and it's bloody amazing and you should all give it a try RIGHT NOW! Naturally my first instinct was to make an epic pav but stay tuned because I'm nowhere near finished with this bean juice jive. Ingredients 2x 270mL cans of coconut cream (placed upside down in the fridge for at least 2 days) 2/3 cup canned chickpea liquid (less salt is best) 2/3 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon...

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Vegan Creme Eggs

Creme Eggs

Difficulty: Easy Makes 8 If you're like me, your childhood Easters were filled with all kinds of chocolate treats but none ever compared to the creme egg. That's something I thought I had left behind when I went vegan until recently when I saw a creme egg recipe online. With a few alterations, making this recipe vegan turned out to be bloody easy and now creme eggs are back in my life for good! Egg moulds are pretty easy to track down this time of year and can be found at most good baking stores. Ingredients 200 grams vegan chocolate 1/2 cup glucose syrup 1/4 cup vegan margarine 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 2 cups icing sugar 1-2 drops yellow food colouring Method In a microwave proof jug, melt the chocolate in...

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Kester Black 2015 Colours & Water Based Nail Polish Remover

Kester Black

Price: From $20.00 Where to Buy: www.kesterblack.com Finally! Kester Black have dropped the first of their annual colour collection for 2015. In perfect autumn/winter hues, there's got to be at least one of the four new colours to suit everyone. The legends at KB sent me some of the new colours to try along with their new Water Based Nail Polish Remover. I haven't seen a nail colour like Quartz before; a greyed purple polish that goes with just about any warm outfit. The colour itself reminds me of a super comfy jumper or blanket that you just want to snuggle up in.  If you're looking for a new pink shade, Petra is a sandy pale pink that takes your standard pink polish...

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February Vegan Box

The Vegan Box

Price: From $26.95  Where to Buy: www.theveganbox.com It's no secret that I absolutely love The Vegan Box. For even the most savvy vegans out there, the box introduces you to new products each month that you've never heard of and presents a whole new world of vegan options. The legends over at The Vegan Box chucked me their February Vegan Box to try, so safe to say I was very excited! The February Box contained: Iris Practice One Bath Wonder Herbal Soak (Value $9.95) - A delightful smelling little pouch for the bath handcrafted in Victoria from local and imported ingredients. Mine came in Detox. Manuko Superfood Truffles (Value $7.90) - Tasty little organic superfood cubes, much like a bliss ball and made in Melbourne. My flavour...

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Cheesy Jalapeño Potatoes

Jalapeno Cheese Fries

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Sometimes you just gotta treat yoself to a big ol' bowl of comfort food. The best thing about my cheesy jalapeño potatoes is that they're not even that bad as far as comfort food goes; the potatoes are baked and the cheesy sauce is nut-based, plus they've got jalapeños which are totally a vegetable. They're gluten and soy free too so just about anybody can tuck into this dish, which is great on its own or as a side (I had mine with hotdogs last night!) Ingredients 4 large potatoes, washed Olive oil 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight 1 cup non-dairy milk (soy works best but use whatever you want) 1/2 cup nutritional yeast 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup...

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Vegan Bounty Bars

Bounty

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 Despite the fact I never really ate a lot of Bounty's in my time as a non-vegan, I somehow felt desperate to make them over the weekend. Lucky I did though because these babies are outta sight! Your fave vegan chocolate provides the casing for the sweet, sweet, coconutty innards. Plus they're soy and gluten free to boot! Ingredients 1 cup coconut oil 3/4 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup almond milk 3 cups shredded coconut 250grams vegan chocolate (make sure it's soy and/or gluten free if necessary) Method In a saucepan, melt the coconut oil and caster sugar over a medium heat. Once melted, pour into a large bowl before adding the vanilla extract, almond milk and shredded coconut. Combine well. Pour the mixture into...

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Inika Cosmetics

Inika

Price: From $25.00 AUD Where to Buy: www.inika.com.au Inika Cosmetics have been on my radar for a while now as I reviewed their foundation over 4 years ago and loved it. Recently Inika sent through some more of their products to try and I'm stoked to report they've gotten even better! Foundation is arguably the most important part of your beauty regime and Inika's Mineral Foundation Powder (RRP $59.95 AUD) is friggin' awesome. I'm always a bit wary of powder foundations but I'm genuinely impressed with the results. Coverage-wise it's quite light but can be built up and while I would usually shy away from a powder with shimmer through it, I do really like it. Free of nasty fillers, this foundation also provides...

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Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Difficulty: Easy Makes approximately 40 cookies Valentine's Day is this Saturday, guys! Whether you choo choo choose to celebrate it or not, we can all agree that any opportunity to eat treats is a gooden. These heart-shaped cookies are pretty basic but with a drizzle of colourful icing, they're sure to make an impact on your crush. Anybody got Leonardo DiCaprio's address? No? Okay, I guess I'll eat them alone. Ingredients 1/2 cup vegan margarine (I used Nuttelex) 1 cup caster sugar 1 tablespoon almond milk 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 1/4 cups plain flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Pinch of salt Icing 2 cups icing sugar 2 tablespoons cornflour 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 tablespoons almond milk Pink and red vegan food colouring Method In an electric mixer, cream the vegan margarine and caster sugar before adding...

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Mushroom & Asparagus Frittatas

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Difficulty: Easy Serves 12 I've been making variations on these little guys for yonks but for the life of me can't figure out why I haven't shared the recipe until now, how rude! They're bitchin' for several reasons; you can eat them for any meal, you can eat them hot or cold, you can chuck whatever you want in them and they're gluten free. Now if those aren't enough reasons to get you to make one of my recipes then sheesh, I dunno what to do! Ingredients 12 stalks of asparagus, hard stalk removed and chopped, leaving the top aside 7 mushrooms, chopped 1 small red onion, finely chopped 2/3 cup of chopped vegan cheese (I used Vegusto for this one) 600grams silken tofu 1 cup raw cashews 1/3 cup...

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Banana Nut Choc Pops

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Difficulty: Easy Makes 6 Looking for a fun treat that's a little bit naughty but a little bit nice? My Banana Nut Choc Pops are just what you need! They take about 5 minutes to prepare and after a couple of hours in the freezer, they're ready to eat. They make a wicked substitute for ice cream as a dessert and if you only want a smidgen of chocolate, just dip the tip in chocolate instead of the whole banana. Little dudes will love making these too, so get those junior vegans in the kitchen! Ingredients 6 paddle pop sticks 3 bananas 300 grams vegan chocolate 1/2 cup granulated peanuts Method Line a baking tray with baking paper. Peel and cut each banana in half. Gently pop the stick in the...

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Watermelon Salad with Tofetta

Watermelon Salad

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 I had never tried a watermelon salad but had some lying around and threw caution to the wind. I made this salad half expecting that it would be friggin' gross. It was not gross, in fact it was one of the dopest salads I've made. If you like not-gross things then try this salad, because it's not gross. Note: You've gotta make the tofetta at least 24 hours in advance, preferably longer. Ingredients Tofetta 1 200 gram block of high protein firm tofu 1 cup water 1/2 cup white vinegar 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon salt 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs (optional) Other Ingredients 1/4 of a large watermelon 1 bunch fresh basil 1 small red onion 3/4 cup kalamata olives Olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Method Make the tofetta by cutting the tofu...

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Vegan Malteser Slice

Malteser Slice

Difficulty: Easy Serves 12 For a while now I've been craving Maltesers but short of a rumour I've heard about an elusive vegan version existing somewhere overseas (if you have access to them, please tell me!) I haven't heard of anything remotely similar. I decided to combat my craving head on by creating this Vegan Malteser Slice; a thick crispy malt layer, topped with a thin layer of smooth chocolate. This sweet treat is easy to whip up in a jiffy and perfect for last minute parties or bake sales. Ingredients 150grams vegan white chocolate 4 cups puffed rice cereal 1/2 cup liquid malt extract (I used Saunders) 200 grams vegan dark or milk chocolate Method Line a 26x16cm baking dish with baking paper. Melt the white chocolate before pouring...

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Lemongrass Jackfruit Banh Mi

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Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 This summer, salad rolls have been my jam. Put a salad roll in front of me and I'll be a happy girl but put banh mi in front of me and I'll give you a bloody massive hug. I gave myself a big hug this week when I whipped up this delicious banh mi; stuffed full of lemongrass jackfruit, pickled carrot and herbs. this crusty Vietnamese bread roll is going to send your tastebuds into overdrive. Ingredients 4 crusty Vietnamese long rolls (or one large baguette) 1 large red chilli 2 spring onions 1 bunch of coriander 2 Lebanese cucumbers Pickled Carrots 1 large carrot 1/2 cup white vinegar 1/3 cup caster sugar Pinch of salt Lemongrass Jackfruit 2 cans young green jackfruit in brine 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1...

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Sephora is Here! Cover FX and OCC

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US beauty giant Sephora hit our shores in December, bringing a whole new dimension to the Australian cosmetic market. Brands we've had to buy from international sellers are now available from the Pitt Street store and a few vegan friendly brands came along for the ride. I was given the opportunity to try a few of these vegan friendly, cruelty free products from Cover FX and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC). I had heard for quite a while that Cover FX was the brand to try when it came to vegan foundation but had never had the opportunity to take their stuff for a spin. I kicked things off with the Cover FX Anti-Aging Primer ($52 AUD). This feather-light gel glides onto...

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Baby Kale, Chickpea and Lemon Pasta

Kale, Chickpea and Lemon Pasta

Difficulty: Easy Serves 2 For most of us the holiday season has now ended and it's back to the daily grind, blergh! It also might be right about now that you're looking back at your food choices over the Yuletide and thinking it may be time to simplify and make more wholesome meals to kick off 2015. This baby kale, chickpea and lemon number should be added to your meal roster for several reasons; it's cheap, it's tasty and it's freakin' easy to make in a flash. If that ain't enough to impress you then don't worry, 2015 is going to be a year of monster recipes at Like a Vegan! Ingredients 250 grams pasta 1 can chickpeas 4 tablespoons olive oil (garlic infused works great...

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Miyoko’s Creamery Nut Cheeses

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Where to Buy: Follow Miyoko's Kitchen Australia for Australian stockists Price: From $16AUD More and more vegan cheeses are hitting the shelves in Australia and the newest kid on the block is Miyoko's Creamery! You may recognise the name, Miyoko Schinner is the genius behind Artisan Vegan Cheese, one of my favourite cookbooks EVER and now she has brought her cheeses to the masses with this new range. There are about 10 drool-worthy cheeses in the Miyoko's Creamery range including High Sierra Rustic Alpine and Mt. Vesuvius Black Ash however I've only been able to spot 3 of them in Australia so far and purchased 2 of them on a recent road trip to Cabramatta in Sydney, Classic Double Cream Chive and Double...

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Chocolate Covered Pretzels

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Difficulty: Easy Makes one large bowl There is no greater taste sensation than the combination of salty and sweet, these chocolate covered pretzels are proof of that. If you're still pondering over what to take along to that Christmas event, these guys look perfect in a cute little bag or box with some twine  plus an edible gift is always a winner! Ingredients 1 bag pretzels 1 block dark chocolate 1 block white chocolate Red and green sprinkles Method Line 2 baking trays with baking paper Melt the dark and white chocolate in separate dishes. Dip a pretzel into the dark chocolate and carefully place onto the baking paper. Repeat with the remaining dark and white chocolate. Distribute the sprinkles liberally over the chocolate dipped portion of each pretzel and place the...

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Pimms Popsicles

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Difficulty: Easy Makes 8 If summertime equals Pimms and summertime also equals popsicles then what's the perfect summertime treat? Pimms popsicles! Filled with fruit, cucumber and mint, and topped up with Pimms and ginger ale, you can't go wrong with this recipe for your next summer gathering. Ingredients 1 punnet strawberries 1 Lebanese cucumber 1 small orange 8 large mint leaves 1 cup Pimms 1 1/2 cups ginger ale Method Peel the orange and finely chop, along with the strawberries and cucumber. Fill your popsicle mould with the chopped up fruit, cucumber and mint. In a jug, combine the Pimms and ginger ale. Fill the moulds to the top with the Pimms mixture, insert the sticks and freeze overnight. Gently remove from the moulds and serve immediately. ...

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No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

Difficulty: Medium Serves 8-10 Pumpkin stuff is all the rage this time of year in the US but in Australia we tend to miss out on all the goodness. I decided to rectify this problem by the adding of pumpkin to a no-bake cheesecake, it's the best of both worlds! This is the perfect take-along to any Christmas event on your calendar and with some alterations to the base you can make it gluten-free too. Ingredients Base 18 Digestive Biscuits 1/2 cup pecans 2 tablespoons caster sugar 1/3 cup vegan margarine, melted Filling 1/2 of a kent pumpkin, peeled and chopped 2 270ml cans full fat coconut cream (placed upside down in the fridge for at least 24 hours) 1 tub vegan cream cheese 1/2 - 3/4 cup maple syrup (depending on your...

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Sang Choy Bow

Difficulty: Easy Serves 6 Quick and easy dinners are what I'm all about these days, especially during the week. My sang choy bow is the king of easy dinners, perfect for these hot summer nights and next-day lunches. Use this base recipe and use it as an excuse to use up and spare veg you've got hanging out in the fridge, your vegetable crisper is the limit! Ingredients 2 cups textured vegetable protein (TVP) 1 1/2 cups beef-style or vegetable stock 1 tablespoon peanut oil 1 small red onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon minced ginger 1 carrot, finely diced 1/2 cup green peas 1/2 cup corn kernels 1/3 cup soy sauce (make sure it's gluten free) 2 teaspoons sesame oil 1 teaspoon brown sugar 6 iceberg lettuce leaves Fresh chilli and spring onion...

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Vegan Christmas – Wrapped Up!

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It's the most wonderful time of the year and if you're like me, you had your Christmas shopping completed well before December. If you're still searching for that perfect gift for the vegan (or non vegan) legends in your life, here are a few of my favourite things to get you through the festive season. For the stylish guy or gal, I recommend Matt & Nat accessories. Made from a high-quality, vegan leather with linings made from recycled bottles, you can find items for most budgets including a selection of tech accessories, handbags and wallets. Check out the Matt & Nat website for stockists. Pamper the beauty and skincare lover with a gift from Sukin. Pick a selection of your own items...

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Creamy Basil Pasta Salad

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Difficulty: Easy Serves 6 Salads are the staple of any good Aussie Christmas meal and the ideal take-along dish. I've decided to add a twist to the classic pasta salad and add a creamy basil dressing plus a bunch of colourful veggies and a little pomegranate for an added summer touch. Don't be afraid to stuff this one full of your favourite veggies, the more the merrier I say! Ingredients Pasta Salad 500grams shell pasta 1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped in half 1 pomegranate, deseeded 1 yellow capsicum, chopped Salt and pepper to taste Creamy Pesto Dressing 1 cup vegan mayonnaise, store-bought or homemade 1/2 cup fresh basil, firmly packed Juice of half a lemon Method Cook your pasta according to the packet instructions and drain, set aside until slightly cooled. Prepare the dressing by blending...

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Holiday Roast w/ Apple Walnut Stuffing & Maple Glaze

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Difficulty: Medium Serves 4-6 I've had a few store-bought vegan roasts in my time but this year I decided it was time to make my own holiday roast. Glazed with sweet maple and stuffed with my apple walnut stuffing, this dish is sure to impress vegans and non-vegans alike at the Christmas table. The best thing about it is that you can prepare it up to a week in advance and all you're left to do is glaze and bake it on the day. I doubt you'll have any leftovers however if you do, chuck a couple of slices on a sambo and you've got yourself one heck of a lunch there too. Christmas rules! Ingredients Apple Walnut Stuffing 3 pieces wholemeal bread, toasted and...

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Kester Black Update

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Woohoo! Kester Black is the first all-Australian brand to receive the internationally recognised Cruelty Free Leaping Bunny Accreditation. You go, KB! If you're not already familiar with Kester Black, let me bring you up to speed. KB nail polish comes in a range of awesome colours ranging from more traditional colours to bold hues and metallics plus they have recently moved into divine smelling soaps. I have two fave colours ATM. The first is Acid, which is a fluorescent yellow perfect for summer and the second is Sugar Daddy, which is a metallic gold glitter from their collab with Trophy Wife. Together the two are the ultimate duo for the warmer months. Kester Black products make the perfect stocking stuffers for Christmas or...

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Chocolate Covered Peppermint Marshmallows

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Difficulty: Medium Makes 24 Christmas is just around the corner so I thought it was time I got cracking on some Christmas recipes. First cab off the rank is a treat so damned delicious that you'll want to eat it all year round! Light and fluffy peppermint marshmallow, dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy canes. Doesn't get any more freakin' festive than that, right? These guys are gluten and soy free if you choose the right chocolate and candy canes too! Ingredients Marshmallow 1/4 cup icing sugar 1 1/2 cups water 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon agar agar powder 1 cup glucose syrup 2 1/4 cups caster sugar 1 teaspoon peppermint essence Other ingredients 300grams vegan dark chocolate 1/4 cup crushed vegan candy canes (I used Coles brand) Method Prepare a standard loaf tin by sifting...

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Spaghetti Squash w/ Tomato & Cannellini Beans

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Difficulty: Easy Serves 2-4 If you follow me on Twitter, you would know that I am a huge fan of spaghetti squash. It's subtle flavour lends itself perfectly to so many dishes while its spaghetti-like texture magic! For years it has been near impossible to track down, except for rare occasions at the farmer's market however this week I stumbled across a bunch in Coles (of all places!) Naturally I scooped one up and took it home and despite the warmer weather in Newcastle, thought I would bake my new squashy friend and fill it with delicious tomato and bean combo. Eat this as a low calorie meal or as an impressive side dish at your next dinner party. Ingredients 1 medium spaghetti squash Olive...

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Crispy Cajun Potatoes w/ Tangy Tomato Mayo

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Difficulty: Easy Serves 2 Remember shaker fries? You'd get the fries and a little sachet of flavouring, chuck 'em in a bag and shake it like a polaroid picture, resulting in crispy, potato-y, spiced goodness. I set out to make a more sophisticated version that you could serve up with your weekly meal or make a big batch for a dinner party. Either way, these spicy spuds are sure to satisfy. The ingredients I used are all gluten free, however making sure yours are too if you want to ensure they are GF. Ingredients Potatoes 12 miniature white potatoes Spray olive oil 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon salt Tangy Tomato Mayo 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise 1/4 cup tomato sauce 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs Method Preheat the oven to 200°C and...

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Deep Fried Pickles w/ Ranch Dipping Sauce

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Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 10 You're either  a pickle person or not a pickle person so if you're the latter, close your browser now! When you grab the deliciousness that is pickles and chuck 'em in a deep fryer, magic is bound to happen. Add some refreshing ranch and now you've got yourself a party in your mouth. Ingredients Pickles Oil for a deep frying 10 large pickles 1 cup self raising flour 1 1/4 cup chilled water Salt Ranch 3/4 cup vegan mayonnaise 3 tablespoons soy milk 2 teaspoons celery salt 1/4 teaspoon cracked pepper 1 teaspoon garlic salt 1 teaspoon chopped dill Method Heat the oil in a pan or deep fryer. Allow the pickles to drain on some paper towel while you whisk together the flour and chilled water in a medium sized bowl. Dip the pickles in...

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Choc-Mint Ice Cream Popsicles

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Difficulty: Easy Makes 8 It feels like summer already in dear old Newy so some refreshing treats are in order. My favourite ice cream flavour is choc-mint so naturally when I got a popsicle mould my mind turned to how I was going to whip up a batch of choc-mint ice cream popsicles and by golly, I've done it! Harnessing the magic of whipped coconut cream and a few other ingredients, you too can enjoy these summer delight, even if you don't do soy and/or gluten! Ingredients 2 x 270mL cans full fat coconut cream (left in the fridge, upside down for 24 hours) 1 cup icing sugar 2 teaspoons peppermint essence 2-3 drops green food colouring 1/4 cup almond milk 1/3 cup finely chopped dark chocolate (soy free...

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Lentil & Walnut Rolls

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Difficulty: Easy Makes 18  Party season is upon us which can sometimes mean a tricky time for us vegans. Will we be catered for? Should we eat before we go or take something along? I'm here to tell you that you should take something along, this thing! My lentil & walnut rolls are a taste sensation wrapped in pastry, plus you can have them cooked in under an hour. Ingredients 2 1/2 sheets puff pastry (or equivalent homemade pastry) 2 1/2 cups cooked brown lentils (or canned) 1 1/2 cups walnuts 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1/4 cup barbecue sauce 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional) Salt and pepper to taste Spray oil Sesame seeds Method Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. In a...

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Double Choc Cookies

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Difficulty: Easy Makes 24 Cookies are an excellent treat to bake for occasions because they're easy to make, quick to bake and you usually have all the junk you need in your pantry already. These double choc legends are stuffed with delicious chunks of dark and white vegan chocolate for the ultimate cookie indulgence. Go on, make 'em. Ingredients 1 cup vegan margarine 1 cup caster sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar (lightly packed) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup vegan dark chocolate chunks 1/2 cup vegan white chocolate chunks Method Preheat oven to 180°C and line two baking trays with baking paper. In an electric mixer, combine the vegan margarine, sugars and vanilla on medium-high until light and fluffy. Sift in the flour, baking...

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October Vegan Box

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Price: From $26.95  Where to Buy: www.theveganbox.com You may have seen my previous post about The Vegan Box but if you're new to Like a Vegan then you're about to get excited! If you did see the previous post but needed some more convincing, this one may push you over the line. The guys at The Vegan Box sent me their October box to try and once again, I was impressed! This month's box contained: Naturalie-Boon Chocolate Square Treats - Delicious little chocolatey treats in the perfect snack size. Heaven's Pantry $15 Voucher - A website with a great selection of vegan food, supplements and lifestyle products. The Healthy Fix Taste Testers - raw, organic wholefood mixes to add to your smoothies, breakfasts and treats. Kaffe Organic Clay...

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The Muesli Man

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Price: $16.00AUD Where to Buy: www.themuesliman.com If you're looking for delicious and nutritious muesli with a twist, look no further than The Muesli Man! These guys are taking the market circuit by storm with their quirky flavour combinations and sent a sample pack of muesli my way to try. This week I decided to sample a different flavour of The Muesli Man muesli each day. I kicked things off with Chocolate - a blend of cocoa oat clusters, with toasted almonds and hazelnuts, dried strawberries, flaked coconut and a puffed mix of buckwheat, sorghum and rice. This is like some kind of delicious dessert but at breakfast time! The dried strawberries are a decadent touch. Next I tried Maple - a combo of maple oat...

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Raspberry Brownies

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Difficulty: Easy Serves 12 If you add fruit to brownies it makes them healthy, right? Well, maybe not but these raspberry brownies are a decadent little treat for your next party or picnic. A nice, dense, chocolatey square with chunks of chocolate and fresh raspberries that just about anybody will love. They're soy free too so that's also pretty ace. Ingredients 2 cups plain flour 1 1/2 cups caster sugar 1/2 cup cocoa 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 cups almond milk 1/2 cup canola oil 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1/2 cup chopped vegan chocolate (make sure it's soy free) 1 cup fresh raspberries Method Line a 20cm x 20cm baking tin with baking paper and preheat the oven to 180°C. Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder into a bowl and add the caster sugar. Slowly...

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Kester Black Body Soaps

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Price: $16.00AUD  Where to Buy: www.kesterblack.com.au Rub-a-dub-dub, it's time to take Kester Black into the tub! Australia's coolest vegan nail polish brand is branching out into luxury body soaps and asked me to take them for a test spin. I'm a hip hop fan so naturally I'm a fan of a good collab and KB are partnering up with a new Australian designer for each new collection of soap. Dope! This time around it's Melbourne artist Dawn Tan bringing her creativity to the mix with a couple of unique scents teamed with equally delicious packaging. White Fig is a refreshing scent perfect for spring and I don't want to freak you out but Gingerbread is the perfect flavour for Christmas (which is 11 weeks...

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Honeycomb Eton Mess

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Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves: 4-6 Eton Mess is traditionally made with meringue but making vegan meringue can be a bit fiddly and after all that hard work, sometimes it can be a real let down. Honeycomb is an awesome sub because it has a light airy texture, just like meringue, and works perfectly with a variety of flavours. Chuck it in a serving dish with some raspberries, coconut cream and chocolate and you've got yourself a humdinger of a dessert, my friends. Ingredients Coconut Cream 2 x 270mL cans full fat coconut cream (placed upside-down in the fridge for at least 24 hours) 1/2 cup icing sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Honeycomb 1 cup caster sugar 1/4 cup golden syrup 2 teaspoons bicarb soda Other Stuff 1 cup raspberries 1/4 cup grated chocolate Method Make the honeycomb...

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Berry Breakfast Smoothie

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Difficulty: Easy Makes one large smoothie or two small ones Now the warmer weather is kickin' in, I don't really feel like a lot for breakfast, especially if it takes a lot of time and effort to put it together. This berry breakfast smoothie is the perfect breakfast solution because it's quick, easy, filling and good for you while tasting bloody bitchin'. Ingredients 1 cup fresh berries (I used a combo of blueberries and strawberries) 1/2 cup rolled oats (use GF oats or quinoa flakes for a GF alternative) 2 teaspoons chia seeds 1/2 cup ice 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1 cup almond milk Method Wash and cut the stems off the berries. Chuck all ingredients into a blender and blend until well combined. Serve immediately and enjoy! ...

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Deviled Eggs

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Difficulty: Medium Makes 12-16 (depending on mould size) Yep, you read that right, deviled freakin' eggs! They look just like the real thing and if my memory serves me correctly, they taste pretty similar too (but of course this all comes with none of the unpleasantness of real eggs). The eggy tastes comes to you courtesy of black salt; an ingredient you can easily pick up at your local Indian grocery. The size and quantity of your batch will be dependent on the moulds you use and you can easily pick these up online for a few bucks (I used chocolate egg moulds). Take thrse guys along to your next party or picnic and they're sure to be a real hit! Ingredients Whites 1 1/2...

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Brown Fried Rice

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Difficulty: Easy Serves 4-6 Usually, I find rice a waste of valuable stomach real estate but one of the few exceptions is my brown fried rice. It's the perfect weeknight meal because it's quick and easy to make plus you can really just chuck in whatever veg you've got in the fridge. It stands alone as a solid meal but also makes a good sidekick to other dishes. Ingredients 1 tablespoon peanut oil 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 small red onion, finely chopped 1 block extra firm tofu, chopped into .5cm cubes 1 large carrot, finely chopped 12 baby corn, chopped 450 grams cooked brown rice 2/3 cup peas (frozen or fresh) 1/2 cup pineapple chunks 1/4 cup soy sauce (make sure it's GF) 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (make sure it's  GF and vegan!) 1...

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Salted Caramel Cookies

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Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 24 I remember the first time the concept of salty and sweet was introduced to me via popcorn. At first I was dead set against it but it soon become one of my favourite things. Salted caramel is all the rage these days, so I thought I would give it a good ol' vegan crack and see what I could come up with. The possibilities are endless with this stuff but drizzle it on top of a crunchy vanilla cookie and you've got yourself the ultimate indulgence. Ingredients Cookies 1 cup vegan margarine 1 cup caster sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar (lightly packed) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda Salted Caramel 1 cup caster sugar 1/3 cup vegan margarine 1/4 cup almond...

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Intensae Nail Lacquer

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Price: $21.00AUD Where To Buy: Be Naturallyou To stop myself from biting my nails, I usually keep them painted but it's hard to find good nail colour that keeps my nails strong, colourful and at the same time doesn't chip or peel off. Recently I was offered the chance to try Intensae nail lacquer and thought I would give it a go. The range of colours is pretty solid but there's nothing too outrageous - lots of neutrals, pinks and reds with some darker colours thrown in there too. My nails tend to get stronger with darker colours so 1966, a dark grey, is great because it's dark but also a little different plus I tend to get a lot of compliments when...

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Lentil & Kidney Bean Chilli

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Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Cool air and grey skies are making way for warmer weather and sunshine but I'm still hanging onto winter for dear life with this dish. It's  a great meal for a several reasons; it takes less than 30 minutes to make, you should have all of these ingredients already, it's a cheap meal to throw together, it's hearty and healthy all the while tasting bloody delicious. Team this up with my excellent cornbread recipe and you've got yourself a spot on meal, whether Mother Nature wants to accept it or not. Ingredients 1/4 cup olive oil 1 small brown onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon thyme leaves 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon sweet...

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Baby Spinach, Tomato Tofu Omelette

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Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 2 Small Omelettes I bet you thought your omelette days were over once you gave up eggs right? Wrong! With the magic of tofu, you can create an awesome breakfast to enjoy any day of the week. You can of course mix up the fillings you use for this recipe but for now I'm keeping it simple. Ingredients 2/3 cup silken tofu 1/4 cup GF corn flour 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk 1 teaspoon mixed dried herbs 1/2 teaspoons dried turmeric Pinch of salt Handful baby spinach leaves 6 cherry tomatoes, chopped 1/4 small red onion, finely chopped 1/3 cup shredded vegan cheese Method In a blender, combine the tofu, corn flour, nutritional yeast, non-dairy milk, herbs, turmeric...

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Tomato Pasta Bake with Quick White Sauce

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Difficulty: Easy Serves 4-6  I don't know why but there's something a little more satisfying about pasta bake over a regular bowl of pasta. It doesn't get more simple than this recipe, plus the addition of my quick white sauce adds that extra sum'n sum'n to take this dish from basic to bitchin' in no time. Ingredients 1 x 500 gram pack pasta (whatever kind you like!) Tomato Sauce 1 small brown onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2 x 400 gram cans crushed tomatoes 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce (optional) 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs Quick White Sauce 1/4 cup vegan margarine 1/4 cup plain flour 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 cup soy milk Method Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a large baking dish with spray oil. Cook the pasta according...

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Sprout & Kernel Tree Nut Cheeses

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Price: From $8.00AUD Where to Buy: www.sproutandkernel.com (coming soon) See below for more details. Go to the US and you'll see vegan nut cheeses coming out the yin yang but in Australia it's a very different story. Sprout & Kernel are looking to give this story a happy ending with their range of tree nut cheeses. While I do love to make my own nut cheeses, it can be time consuming and sometimes I just want to have some ready and waiting for me on demand. Recently I was given a Sprout & Kernel taster box so I could give their range a whirl and naturally I'm going to share my thoughts with you all. First cab off the rank was the Aged Cashew...

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Mediterranean Pasta

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Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 If you're like me, you probably have olives, semi-dried tomatoes and capers in your fridge at all times so whipping this dish up is a pretty simple exercise. The pan-fried capers add a little punch and with a sprinkling of my vegan parmesan, you're good to go with this easy weeknight dinner. Ingredients 1 500gram packet pasta 1/4 cup olive oil (plus some extra for frying the capers) 1/3 cup baby capers, drained Squeeze of lemon 1 cup pitted kalamata olives 1 cup semi-dried tomatoes Vegan Parmesan to serve Salt and pepper to taste Method  Cook the pasta as per packet directions and drain. Add some olive oil to a frypan (about .5cm deep) and when hot add the baby capers. Cook until crisp and drain on paper towel. Toss the...

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The Chia Co.

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Price: From $7.69AUD Where To Buy: www.thechiaco.com.au The first time I ever heard of chia was on that Chia Pet ad at the beginning of Wayne's World but then it kind of dropped of the radar. Over the past few years, chia has really grown in popularity as a superfood and why bloody shouldn't it?! It's the highest plant-based source of Omega-3, high in dietary fibre and contains all eight essential amino acids making it a 'complete' protein (which is rare for a plant-based protein). The Chia Co. range of products make getting your daily dose of chia easy peasy. Not only do they produce black and white chia seeds in different quantities but they also make chia oil, which is great in salad...

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Rice Crispy Treats

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Difficulty: Easy Makes 16 I've been wanting to come up with a vegan rice crispy treat recipe for a while now and last weekend seemed like the perfect time to give it a crack. There are so many variations you can do with this recipe but for now I've kept it simple, with an optional dark chocolate drizzle to add some extra oomph. Once you realise how quick and easy these guys are to make, you'll never by similar store-bought treats again! Ingredients 4 cups popped rice cereal 2/3 cup glucose syrup 1/2 cup caster sugar 3 tablespoons vegan margarine 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup melted vegan chocolate (optional) Method Line a 20cm square baking tin with baking paper and pour the rice cereal into a large bowl. In a medium...

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Vegan Card

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Price: $49.95AUD Where to Buy: www.myvegancard.com.au If you've not heard of Vegan Card then you're in for a real treat. What if I told you that a single card could score you discounts in store and online from 130 vegan-friendly businesses around Australia and overseas? Yep, that's Vegan Card and I was stoked to get my hands on one recently. You buy the card once a year (the 14/15 card was released in July) and throughout that year you can use the card at your favourite stores to receive a discount. Some of my favourite stores are on there and I'm sure yours are too; Vegan Perfection, The Vegan Box (check out my review here), Cruelty Free Shop and Lord of The Fries are...

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Aloo Baingan

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Difficulty: Easy Serves 4  This is my favourite dish at my favourite Indian joint in Newcastle so while I knew I was never going to achieve that kind of greatness, I thought I would give it a shot. Aloo Baingan is a wicked combo of potato and eggplant with just a few spices added, but the real zing comes from amchur, a dried mango powder which you can pick up from your local Indian grocery. Ingredients 2 eggplants (about 15cm-120cm in length) Salt 5 medium potatoes 1 small brown onion 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1-2 teaspoons chilli powder (adjust according to your tolerance) 1 teaspoon turmeric 2 1/2 teaspoons garam masala 2 teaspoons amchur Method Chop the eggplants into roughly 2cmx2cm cubes before chucking into a colander and covering in salt. Set aside for...

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Winter Bowl

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Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Sometimes a wholesome bowl of goodness is all you need to make everything perfect. My Winter Bowl makes the perfect weeknight meal and doesn't take long at all to whip up. You can really add whatever you want to this bowl but this is one combination I keep coming back to. Ingredients 4 cups cooked brown rice 1 block high protein, firm tofu 4 small potatoes 1 clove garlic, minced 1 bunch kale (I used purple but any kind will do) Sriracha Tahini Salt and pepper to taste Sesame seeds to serve Method Preheat the oven to 180°C.  Cut the tofu into 2cm x 2xm cubes and cut the potatoes to roughly the same size. Pop the potato on a baking tray, spray with oil and bake in the oven until golden...

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The Vegan Box

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Price: From $26.95  Where to Buy: www.theveganbox.com It seems like we've been waiting an eternity for a monthly vegan subscription box but the wait is finally over! The Vegan Box is here now, so we can all rest easy knowing that someone else is gathering all the best vegan products and sending them out for you to sample at a pretty reasonable price. The legends at The Vegan Box sent me out the July box to try out and I must say, for $26.95 a month you get a pretty solid box of stuff plus you get a discount if you sign up for a 3 or 6 month subscription. Each month, the box contains a combination of vegan snacks, healthfoods, natural skincare...

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Passionfruit & Lemon Tart

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Difficulty: Easy Serves 8 For me it's essential to have a few recipes in my arsenal that I can whip up with very little notice to take along to parties or dinners; this is one of those recipes. If you make a lot of my recipes, most of this stuff you should have lying around in your kitchen, plus you can get away with letting it set for only a few hours.Whip it up, pop it in the freezer and by the time you're ready to eat it, it should be ready to serve. Ingredients Crust 1 packet Digestive biscuits 1/4 cup caster sugar 1/3 cup vegan margarine Filling 2 270mL cans coconut cream (I use Woolworths Select) 1 tub vegan cream cheese (I use...

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Kester Black Nail Polish

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Price: From $20.00AUD Where to Buy: www.kesterblack.com You guys know as well as I do that a good nail polish can be hard to find. You find a colour you like but it's not vegan. You find a vegan brand but the colours are sucky. If you're feeling this pain as much as I am, you're going to bloody love Kester Black! Not only are their products vegan but they're Five Free. What does that mean? It means that these little polishes are  free from Toluene, DBP,  Camphor,  Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin; a bunch of nasty stuff that you don't want to be putting on your body. Kester Black create a world of colour with their range; pretty pastels, bold brights and mind melting metallic options to...

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Bean Ball Subs with Cheesy Sauce

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Difficulty: Medium Makes 4 Big Ass Subs Bet you thought your meatball sub days were behind you when you went vegan, huh? Well I hope you're sitting down because these bean ball subs are going to change your life. Plus we're kicking it up  a notch with a super creamy, cheesy sauce - yeah, that's right! The bean balls and sauces themselves are all soy and gluten free so pop these on some GF bread and there's another gluten free meal to add to your repertoire. Ingredients 1/2 recipe of my Bean Balls in Marinara Sauce 2 baguettes 2 cups baby spinach leaves Cheesy Sauce 1 cup cashews (soaked overnight) 1 cup non-dairy milk (not soy for soy free dudes, obvs) 1/3 cup nutritional...

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Mini Vegetable & Tofu Skewers

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Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 I recently got a cast iron grill pan and couldn't wait to cook with it. I decided to kick things off with these simple skewers in a tangy lemon, garlic and parsley marinade. If you don't have grill pan, that's ok, you can cook them in a regular pan or chuck them on the barbie. Ingredients 12 mini wooden skewers 1 small block of firm tofu 12 button mushrooms 12 mini heirloom tomatoes 3 button squash 1 small red onion Marinade Juice of one lemon 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 tablespoon brown sugar 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley Method Soak the skewers in warm water. Cut the tofu into 12 2cmx2cm cubes. Remove the stalks from the mushrooms, cut each button...

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Oat, Chia & Almond Cookies

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Difficulty: Easy Makes 20 Let's face it - a cookie is never going to be guilt free but as far as cookies go, these guys aren't so bad. They have a macaroon-y vibe going on which makes them super light plus they're packed full of chia goodness so you know they're pretty special. They're gluten and soy free too, making them a great lunchbox snack for big and little kids alike. Ingredients 2 cups almond meal 1 cup gluten free oats 1/3 cup chia seeds 1/4 cup desiccated coconut 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 cup coconut oil, melted 1/3 cup agave syrup or coconut syrup Method Preheat the oven to 180°C  and line a baking tray with baking paper. In a...

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Bean Balls in Marinara Sauce

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Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 24 Cold winter nights call for hot, tasty meals and these bean balls certainly fit the bill. Especially great for fussy ones, you can fill these guys with a bunch of secret veggies to pack some extra punch. Smother them in my fragrant marinara sauce and serve 'em up on top of spaghetti, with salad or vegetables. They're also soy and gluten free so they're the perfect meal for just about anybody! Ingredients Bean Balls 1 carrot 1 small red onion 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 can kidney beans 1 can cannellini beans 1/3 cup chopped basil 1/3 cup chopped parsley 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (make sure it's vegan and gluten/soy free) 2 tablespoons tomato paste 3/4...

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Apple Pie

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Difficulty: Medium-Difficult Serves 8-10 Ingredients Pastry 3 1/3 cups plain flour 1/3 cup caster sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup vegan margarine 1/4 cup almond milk Filling 8 large granny smith apples Juice of 1 lemon 1/4 cup vegan margarine 1/2 cup caster sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 2 tablespoons demerara sugar Coconut Cream 1 270mL can coconut cream 1/4 cup icing sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Method Pop the can of coconut cream in the fridge over night, upside down. Start with the pastry. In a food processor, process the flour, sugar, salt and vegan margarine until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the almond milk and process until a dough is formed. Tip the dough out onto...

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Zucchini, Pea and Lemon Spaghetti

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Difficulty: Easy Makes 4 Generous Serves Pasta doesn't always have to be smothered in sauce; sometimes simple, fresh flavours are all you need to create a bitchin' meal that's filling, simple and tasty. This little number has plenty of greenery due to the zucchini, pea and mint but also the fresh tang of fresh lemon to give this dish some extra zest. Ingredients 1 500gram packet spaghetti 1 small red onion, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 large zucchini, chopped 1 cup frozen or fresh peas 1 small lemon, juice and  grated rind 1/4 cup fresh mint, finely chopped 3 tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Vegan Parmesan to serve Method Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions and ...

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