Candied Yams

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 4 (as a side dish) Another soul food inspired dish coming right up! Candied yams are basically sweet potatoes baked in a sweet, sticky sauce. Not one for the diet conscious but definitely one for the taste conscious, these little babies are the perfect side dish to a delightful winter meal. Ingredients 1 very large sweet potato (the biggest you can find), peeled 1/2 cup Nuttelex 1 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla essence Method Cube the sweet potato before boiling in a saucepan until about three quarters of the way cooked. In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Melt the Nuttelex in a saucepan before adding the sugar mixture and vanilla. Drain the sweet potato and transfer to...

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Southern Fried “Chicken”

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 4-6 When you think of soul food, you immediately think of fried chicken, which isn't something easily veganised. I think I've come pretty close to hitting the nail on the head with this one though; the skewers give each piece a little handle to hold, reminiscent of a drumstick and the combination of spices make this one tasty treat. Because of their size, these are great little morsels to serve at a party or gathering as well. Ingredients Oil for deep frying Wooden skewers 1 packet, Lamyong Soy Nuggets (or whatever mock chicken you prefer) 1 cup soy milk 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1 cup plain flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon white pepper 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder Method Leave out the soy nuggets...

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Hoppin’ John

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Each year on my brother's birthday he requests a specifically themed meal for me to cook for him as part of his gift. This year he went for soul food, something I've little to no experience in cooking but to my delight was actually fun to do. Hoppin' John is a classic soul food 'beans and rice' dish which is traditionally made using black-eyed peas and a ham hock. Vegan cooking id often about substitution so for this one I've had to sub in facon and turtle beans as black-eyed peas are near impossible to source in Newcastle. Hoppin' John may look a little strange but the combination of different flavours and textures work perfectly, made even more...

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Peach Cobbler

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 6 Bringing my soul food series to a close is the delightfully comforting peach cobbler. Cobbler is one of those soul food desserts that just cannot be beat and I was surprised by not only the taste but the simplicity of putting it all together. Serve this one with a whipped or ice cream and you've got a bitchin' winter warmer on your hands. Ingredients 3 cups tinned peaches, drained 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon flour 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 cup flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 2 tablespoons brown sugar 3 tablespoons Nuttelex 1/3 cup soy milk Method Preheat oven to 180°C and grease a rectangular oven dish. Pour the peaches into the bottom of the dish evenly. Combine the first lot of brown sugar, flour cinnamon...

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Hush Puppies

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 12 Corn bread is an essential part of any soul food meal, so I decided to make these hush puppies. Hush puppies are deep fried corn balls, which can be served as an accompaniment to any dish and perfectly soak up any flavours floating around on your plate. Ingredients Oil for deep frying 1 teaspoon egg replacer 2 tablespoons water 1 1/2 cups polenta 2/3 cup plain flour 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 cup soy milk Method Heat the oil in a deep fryer or pan. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg replacer and water. Combine the polenta and flour in a large bowl before adding the baking soda, salt, onion powder and garlic powder. Mix in the egg replacer and...

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Healthy Bean Burritos

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 6 I tried the ol' healthy Mexican thing with my Healthy Summer Nachos and to be honest I think they went down a real treat! I know sequels can be dangerous but I whipped up some deliciously tasty healthy burritos and it's like one of those sequels that is as good or better than the original (has that ever actually happened?) You don't need guacamole, Cheezly or Sour Supreme to make these babies because I've concocted a delightful tofu and cashew cream to fill the void. Get stuck in! Ingredients 6 jumbo tortillas 1 red onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 can 5 bean mix 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon cumin 2 cups cooked brown rice Cashew Creme 1 x 350 gram packet silken tofu 1...

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Rhubarb Crumble

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 There are some weekly markets near where I work and they always have the most amazing looking produce. I noticed some rhubarb that was just begging to be baked into something so I decided to make a crumble because it's delicious and easy. To my delight it's getting kind of wintery in Newcastle, so I decided to make this heartwarming dessert to celebrate. Ingredients 1 bunch (about 6 sticks) rhubarb 1/3 cup caster sugar 2 cups rolled oats 1/2 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup Nuttelex, melted 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 tablespoon sultanas Method Preheat oven to 180°C. Rinse and chop the rhubarb before throwing in a saucepan with the caster sugar. Place on medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Pour evenly into 4 ramekins. In a bowl combine...

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The Vegg

Where to Buy: Visit The Vegg website for stockists How Much?: $9.75 When I first heard of The Vegg (vegan egg yolk),  I was super skeptical for several reasons and had quite a few questions. Firstly, what the hell does it look like? Do I get some kind of pouch with a yolk inside or does it come in some kind of sachet? Secondly, what does it taste like? Surely it can't taste like a real egg, or can it? Finally, what do I use this for? Is this a product I really need in my life? I want to throw some more reviews at you guys this year so I am going to try out a new format. I'm going to give you...

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Three Mushroom Dip in Cob Loaf

Difficulty: Easy Serves many as a party snack My family loves a good dip in a cob loaf and until recently I've exclusively made the spinach version. I thought I'd branch out and try something different, so I made a three mushroom version. YUM! The combination of mushrooms is delightfully tasty but you could really do it with whatever combination of mushrooms you have lying around. Ingredients 1/3 cup brown onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 2 cups shemeji mushrooms, roughly chopped 2 cups Swiss brown mushrooms, roughly chopped 1/2 bunch enoki mushroom, cut into thirds 3/4 tub Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese 1 chicken style stock cube 2 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise 1 small bunch parsley Salt and pepper to taste Method Preheat oven to 200°C. Remove the top from the cob loaf and pull...

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Chilli and Basil Polenta Salad

Difficulty: Medium Serves 4 I've never made polenta before but by golly I don't know why, it's so dope! This is a great salad that you can serve as a meal or as a side dish if you want it to serve more people. All your usual flavoursome suspects are there; basil, chilli and garlic, so you know this dish really packs a punch! Ingredients 1 litre water 1 cup polenta 1 teaspoon garlic 1 tablespoon finely chopped chilli 1 tablespoon finely chopped basil 1 teaspoon salt 3 handfuls mixed leaves 1/2 cup unsalted cashews 1/4 chilli, finely sliced 1/2 red onion, finely sliced 1 lebanese cucumber, sliced Sweet chilli sauce Method Grease a square baking tray. Bring the water and polenta to the boil on medium heat, stirring constantly. After 15 minutes, lower the heat and continue to...

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Brown Rice, Chia and Sesame Balls

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes about 16 balls I've been wanting to make some kind of rice ball for a while now and expected it to me much harder than it actually was. You can throw whatever you want into these babies, seeds, nuts, pebbles (probably not pebbles) but if you want more guidance, don't fret, I'll be making more variations on this theme very soon. If you want to make them flatter and pop them on a burger or smaller for finger food, that's a-okay with me too. Ingredients 3 cups cooked brown rice 1/3 cup black chia seeds 1/4 cup white sesame seeds 1 small brown onion, finely chopped. 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup peanut butter 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1/4 cup gluten flour 1/4 cup dry...

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“Beef” and Tofu Pho

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 4 I've been thinking of making pho for a while now, so I made a trip to my local Asian grocer and stocked up on delicious ingredients. If you've never heard of pho, it's a traditional Vietnamese soup served with rice noodles, vegetables, herbs and some kind of meat. Obviously I'm mixing this up with some mock meat but if that's not your thing just use the tofu. It's surprisingly easy to make, just a little time consuming to prepare all of your ingredients. In saying that though, you can probably have this baby made in about an hour. Another fun idea is to just serve the broth, noodles and prepared ingredients and everybody can build their own! Ingredients 2...

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Potato & Rosemary Pizza

Difficulty: Medium Serves 2 -4 depending on what you serve it with! We all love a good pizza and there's no better pizza than the one you make yourself, dough and all. This delightful number turns the traditional tomato base pizza on its head and instead relies on the simple yet tasty flavours of garlic and rosemary to tantalise the taste buds. You also can't go wrong with a stuffed crust, so we're going to chuck that in there as well for that extra burst of flavour. Ingredients 1/2 cup warm water 3.5 grams dry yeast (half a sachet) 1 1/2 cups fine Italian flour A pinch of salt 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 potato, semi par-boiled 1/4 brown onion, thinly sliced 1/2 bunch rosemary 1/2...

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Baby Pineapple and Coconut Tea Cakes

Difficulty: Medium Makes 4 I know how much you guys dig desserts so I decided to put my baking cap on and whip up a delightful tea cake. You can make one big one if you want to but these little ones definitely make a big impression. Serve as an afternoon or morning tea, this fluffy yet moist cake is sure to be a hit amongst your friends and family. Ingredients 2 teaspoons egg replacer 2 tablespoons water 1/3 cup canola oil 1 1/4 cups soy milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/3 cup desiccated coconut 2 cups self raising flour 1 can Soyatoo Soy Whip 1 cup pineapple pieces 1/4 cup icing sugar Method Preheat oven to 180°C and grease 4 individual springform tins. In a small bowl mix together the...

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Sweet Soy & Sesame ‘Beef’ Skewers

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 14 skewers Like the Satay 'Chicken' Skewers, these cheeky devils are great as a meal or entertainment option for vegans and non-vegans alike. Reminiscent of those honey soy skewers you may have had in your meat eating days, these are even better and of course made without the meat (or honey)! Ingredients 14 wooden skewers 1 bag beef-style chunks, thawed 1/2 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup kecap manis 1/3 cup rice malt syrup 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon minced ginger 2 tablespoons sesame seeds Method Mix together the soy sauce, kecap manis, rice malt syrup, garlic and ginger. Chuck the chunks into a container and pour the marinade over the top. Invert the container to cover the chunks. Place in the fridge for about 2 hours, inverting the container occasionally. Soak...

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S’mores

Difficulty: Medium Makes about 16 If you've never heard of s'mores it wouldn't surprise me. If you've never heard of graham crackers it wouldn't surprise me either. Now you've heard about both of them because you're going to need to make (or buy if you can find 'em) some graham crackers in order to make this delicious American treat. Ingredients 3/4 cup plain flour 1 1/2 cups wholemeal flour 1/4 cup caster sugar 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda Pinch of salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 cup Nuttelex 4 tablespoons agave syrup or golden syrup 1/4 cup soy milk 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 packet Dandies marshmallows 1 block Whittaker's dark chocolate Method Preheat oven to 180°C and line 2 baking trays with baking paper. In a large bowl, combine flours, sugars, baking powder,...

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Soy and Ginger Tofu Salad

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 4 This salad has been made in my family for a few years now, with a couple of alterations being made each time. I've made it for people who don't particularly like tofu before and have had them ask for the recipe! It's a great accompaniment to any meal or as a larger serving can be a meal of its own. The crunchy noodles and shallots compliment the softness of the tofu and make for a lovely summer or springtime treat! Ingredients 1 350gram block tofu 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup kecap manis 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon minced ginger 1 tablespoon sesame seeds 2 large handfuls baby spinach leaves 1 small green capsicum, sliced into strips 1 small red onion, very thinly sliced 3/4 cup crispy noodles 1/4...

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Satay ‘Chicken’ Skewers

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 14 skewers Some vegetarians and vegans are a bit freaked out by mock meat. I'm not. Some meat-eaters are freaked out by mock meat. My friends aren't. I had them around recently to enjoy a vegan feast and these magical sticks went down a real treat. They're great to serve with rice and/or salad for a meal or as finger food for a party. Ingredients 14 wooden skewers One bag soy nuggets or mock chicken, thawed 3/4 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup coconut milk 1/4 cup granulated nuts 1 tablespoon chilli flakes Method Soak the skewers in warm water for half an hour. Preheat oven to 200°C and grease a baking tray. Thread 4 to 5 pieces of mock chicken onto each skewer and lay on the baking tray. Spray...

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Semi-Dried Tomato & Olive Pizza

Difficulty: Medium Serves 2 (as a meal) Yet another pizza idea for you to dive into, this tasty food disc will be sure to please the masses. Combining the delicious and tangy flavours of olives, semi-dried tomato and capers you can't really go wrong (except if you don't like those things, in which case it can go very VERY wrong). Ingredients 1/2 cup warm water 3.5 grams dry yeast (half a sachet) 1 1/2 cups fine Italian flour A pinch of salt 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 tablespoon tomato sauce 1/2 cup semi-dried tomato 1/4 cup pitted black olives 1/4 cup pitted or stuffed green olives 1 tablespoon mini capers 1/4 brown onion, thinly sliced A few basil leaves 1/2 block mozzarella Cheezly Method Start your pizza dough by mixing together the warm water and...

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Simple Scones

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 When the weather somewhat starts to resemble summer in Newcastle, I escape to the kitchen for my own summer fun. Scones are literally one of the dopest treats ever. Lovely on their own with a cuppa for a morning or afternoon treat, or as part of a high tea, these scones will surely impress the vegans and non-vegans among you. Ingredients 3 cups plain flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup caster sugar 1/3 cup Nuttelex, chilled 3/4 cup soy milk (plus a little extra for brushing) Method Preheat oven to 180°C and line a tray with baking paper. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar into a large bowl. Rub the Nuttelex into the flours until the mixture is crumbly. Slowly pour in the...

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Lemon Melting Moments

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 14 cookies This week I've just had the urge to bake. I don't know if it's because I just got a new Mixmaster tattoo, or because I have about 1 million packets of icing sugar in my pantry. Instead of partying, at 10pm on Saturday night I had the urge to bake melting moments. I've never made them before but I had them finished within about 90 minutes. With a hint of lemony goodness, these tasty morsels were definitely worth the clean up. Plus I didn't wake up the next day with a hangover. Ingredients 2/3 cup Nuttelex 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 1/4 cup plain flour 1/4 cup custard powder 1/3 cup icing mixture Filling 3 tablespoons Nuttelex 2/3 cup icing sugar Juice of half a lemon Method Preheat oven...

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Pear and Pecan Side Salad

Difficulty: SUPER Easy Serves 2 I needed to make a side salad to accompany my Eggplant Parmigiana but didn't have many regular salad ingredients on hand. This salad is so simple but really fresh, light and a perfect accompaniment to a heavier meal. I've added my really simple Lime and Balsamic dressing, but feel free to add any dressing you like! Ingredients 2 large handfuls of mixed leaves. 1 pear, thinly sliced, 1/2 lebanese cucumber, thinly sliced 1/2 cup pecans Dressing Juice of 1 lime 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon seeded mustard Method Rinse the salad leaves and place evenly on a plate or platter. Carefully place the pear and cucumber on the leaves and sprinkle with the pecans. Whisk together the lime juice, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and mustard to...

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Eggplant Parmigiana

Serves 4 Difficulty: Medium You know those times when you just suddenly decide to make something and it fails horribly? This is not one of those times. I decided to make this eggplant parmigiana for my family on Friday night and let me just say it is one of the most darned delicious meals I've ever made. Pretty big call, I know, but there's only one way to find out if I'm lying...

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Cauliflower and Zucchini Koftas

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 We had about one thousand zucchinis in our fridge and they needed to be used very quickly. I also had a hankering for koftas because I hadn't made them since I lost my favourite recipe for them many moons ago. I decided to marry the surplus zucchinis with my craving and set out to crack the kofta code. They are delicious as a meal served with rice but you can also just make the balls smaller, put the sauce on the side and take them along to a party. Ingredients 2 cups grated zucchini 2 cups grated cauliflower 1 1/2 cups besan flower 1 teaspoon garam masala 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon salt Oil Sauce 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 tin diced...

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Pink Lemonade

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 If you've been following Like a Vegan for a while, you would already know that I don't like summer. At all. Because of this I constantly have to do things to make summer more bearable. For my birthday recently, a great friend of mine made me an extreme Italian vegan feast and did a fantastic job. The least I could do was take a beverage along for the crew to enjoy so I took this Pink Lemonade. You don't have to make it alcoholic but it is a premo cocktail if you're that way inclined. Ingredients 2 lemons, sliced 1 packet of sherbet Ice 4 tablespoons grenadine syrup 4 shots vodka 1 large bottle of lemonade Method Grab four tall glasses and run some of the lemon around...

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Healthy Summer Nachos

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 We all know nachos are great, it's a scientific fact. An unfortunate fact is that nachos can also be a calorie-fest. While the occasional Mexican fiesta pig out is definitely warranted, it's nice to know that you can still enjoy nachos without the guilty "I just ate way too much" feeling afterwards. Baking tortilla chips is such a good solution to the corn chip dilemma and fresh avocado in lieu of guacamole means cutting out the cream substitutes! Ingredients 10 tortillas 2 tablespoons paprika 2 teaspoons salt Olive oil spray 4 tomatoes, diced 1 small red onion, diced 1 1/2 cups of corn niblets 1 1/2 cup 5 bean mix Juice of 1 lime 2 cloves garlic, crushed Salt and pepper to taste 1 avocado, sliced 1 green chilli, finely sliced (optional) Method Preheat...

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Oven Baked “Parmesan” and Herb Crusted Tofu Salad

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 4 It looks like summer has finally hit, which means it's time for more salads! The salad is nice and simple to make way for the star of the show; the crusted tofu! With a slightly cheesy and herby twist, this crispy tofu really livens up any basic salad. I've included the recipe for my Wholegrain Mustard, Lemon and Agave dressing as well, that's just how nice I am. You don't necessarily have to use this tofu in a salad either, serve it wit vegetables or couscous or rice or with some sauce on its own, it's really that good! Ingredients 1 500gram block hi-protein firm tofu 3/4 cup soy milk 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 3/4 cup dry breadcrumbs 2 tablespoons dried mixed herbs 2...

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“Duck” in Shitake Gravy

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Don't let the picture fool you, this dish is DELICIOUS and one of my all-time favourites for Christmas lunch. Mum says it's so easy she couldn't believe anybody would even want a recipe but the easiest recipes can be the best! You can get the mock duck breast from Asian groceries or your local mock meat emporium. The grocer I go to has this brownish looking one and also a reddish looking one, go the brown one for this recipe. I know I've been saying I'd post a guide to mock meats, and I will, it's just taking a little longer to compile than I expected...

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Easy Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Difficulty: Easy Serves 6 First things first; CHEESY JUNK RULES! Secondly, this is barely a recipe. Despite this, I decided to share because it was darned delicious and sometimes it's nice to hear about super easy things to make when you can't be bothered with a huge dinner production. You can add whatever you want to this really, the options are endless. I served mine with a side of greens but you could easy make this a tasty component to any meal. Ingredients 1 litre water 4 cups dry macaroni 1 packet Angel Food - Vegan Cheesey Sauce Mix 3 cups soy milk 1 teaspoon olive oil 1/2 red onion, finely chopped 3/4 cup chopped facon bits 1/4 cup chopped parsley Salt and pepper to taste Method Boil the water and add the macaroni, cook...

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Gingerbread Christmas Cookies

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 125 small cookies Last Christmas I was living in Sydney and making trips back to Newcastle every weekend. I was also hating on Sydney so wasn't feeling particularly festive. This year I'm home and have plenty of time to make the Yuletide gay. Last weekend I whipped up a huuuuge batch of gingerbread cookies and went on a covert mission to secretly deliver them to my dearest friends. I was lucky enough to find that Queen cachous doesn't contain gelatine so this comes in handy for decorating. All the food colouring I use is from non-animal origin, this site is really helpful if you're unsure if what colours are suitable. Ingredients 2 teaspoons egg replacer 2 tablespoons water 1 cup Nuttelex 1 cup firmly packed...

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Hawaiian Pizza Pockets

Difficulty: Medium Serves 6 When I was a school-aged carnivore, I used to love getting "pizza roundas" from the canteen. They were always a delicious lunchtime treat but I hadn't really thought about them until my recent trip to Melbourne. While at Las Vegan Nirvana in Smith Street, I was taken back to my childhood with their Hawaiian calzone (I'll post more about that soon). When I returned I was eager to replicate the meal. So I did. Ingredients 1 cup warm water 7 grams dry yeast 3 cups fine Italian flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 block mozzarella Cheezly 1/2 cup pineapple pieces 1 cup Redwood facon bits 1/3 cup tomato sauce 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs Salt and pepper to taste Method Preheat oven to 200°C. In a large...

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Chinese Cabbage & Noodle Salad

Difficulty: Easy Serves Four Don't let the taste fool you, this salad is so unbelievably easy to make! Everything can be tossed together in advance but make sure you leave the noodles til the very last moment or they'll go soggy. Chinese Cabbage & Noodle Salad is the perfect accompaniment to any meal but especially a summer vegan barbecue. Ingredients 1/2 Chinese cabbage, shredded 3 spring onions, finely chopped 1/3 cup slivered almond and pine nut mix 1 packet fried noodles 1/3 cup white vinegar 1/4 cup caster sugar 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon olive oil Method Combine the cabbage, spring onion, and nuts together in a large bowl. Mix together the vinegar and caster sugar until sugar dissolves. Add the soy sauce, sesame oil and olive oil to the vinegar...

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Herb & Garlic Pretzels

Difficulty: Medium Makes 12 Lately I have been thinking about fun snacks to make for summer and I stumbled across some pretzel recipes that looked relatively easy to improve and veganise. Last night I went for it and the result was so dope that it could possibly be one of the best things I've ever made. No joke. Now these aren't too difficult to make, just a bit fiddly and time consuming because you have to knead the dough and let it rise. This is actually a really fun and wholesome thing to bake, especially with kids as they can make the pretzels into all kinds of whacky shapes. I'm hooked on these things now, so stay tuned for a million variations! I'm thinking...

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Tofu Cashew Nut

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 I love it when you get a good vegan Tofu Cashew Nut at a Thai place so I thought I'd give it a crack myself. I had some friends over for homemade Thai recently and made so much food that I had no need to make this, I still had all the ingredients so I made it the next night for my family and it was very well received! Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 gloves garlic, crushed 1 brown onion, chopped 1 750 gram block hi-protein firm tofu 1/2 red capsicum, cut into strips 1/2 green capsicum, cut into strips 3 tablespoons kecap manis 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce 3/4 cup cashew nuts Fresh basil and coriander to serve Method In a small bowl, combine the kecap...

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“Beef” Enchiladas

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 4 Mexican food is super tasty and although people seem to think it's tricky to make vegan, it really isn't. These mock beef enchiladas are delicious proof of that! As I've said before, I use store-bought Mexican stuff but please do make your own if you're that way inclined. Make sure you serve with a big dollop of Tofutti Sour Supreme and guacamole (I'll post my wicked recipe for that soon) for an extra tasty treat! Ingredients 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 small onion, finely chopped 3 cups (about half a packet) beef-style chunks, cut into strips 1 bag enchilada sauce 8 tortillas 1/3 block Cheezly Method Preheat oven to 180°C. In a frypan, toss the garlic and onion in some oil before adding the beef-style chunks. After stirring for...

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Bounty Burgers

Where to Buy: http://www.bountyburgers.com.au/where-to-buy.html Price: RRP $12.00 per pack of four Recently I'd heard a few murmurs about Bounty Burgers and how deliciously awesome they are so I decided I'd give them a try. Luckily there was a stall at the Cruelty Free Festival in Sydney so I tucked into one at the festival and also grabbed a box to take home. So what are the best things about these burgers? Well, the major drawcard is the fact each burger is only 95 calories! They're not tiny discs either, so whether you decide to throw these babies on a bun with a heckload of condiments or on a plate with some salad or vegetables, you're guaranteed a fully satisfying meal. They're also high protein,...

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Crispy “Chicken” Tacos

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 6 I remember making these yonks ago and thinking they were dope as! I don't even know why I hadn't made them again until the other night but I think the next time will be much sooner. For convenience, I tend to use packet seasoning and sauces for this dish but if you want to be a bit more fancy, I'm not adverse to you making your own. By using the taco seasoning as a coating for the mock chicken, you get a really crisp and smokey flavour that is incredibly tasty. Ingredients 6 taco shells 3 cups (about half a packet) soy nuggets, chopped in half 1 packet taco seasoning 1 tomato, chopped into cubes 1/4 head of iceburg lettuce, shredded 1 packet taco sauce 1/3...

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Gluten Steaks

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 8 Gluten steaks were one of my first experiences with different vegetarian cuisine. Not too far from where I live there is a large Seventh Day Adventist community and when I was about thirteen I gave a gluten burger a try. I'm not sure why I've never attempted to make them until now but recently a friend with similar fond feelings towards gluten steaks sparked my interest once again. I was completely blown away by the process and doubted it until I tried it for myself using my favourite elements of different recipes and then adding my own twist. Ingredients Gluten Steaks 1 cup gluten flour 1 teaspoon chicken-style stock powder (I use Massel) 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 cup...

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Custom Fries

Difficulty: Easy Makes one large bowl My brother used to make a dish he called "Custom Fries" and I always used to try and steal them. Since I've been on a health kick, I've really craved a good chip, so I thought I'd try my hand at a healthier, baked version of those Custom Fries. These are seriously crispy, flavoursome and most importantly they satisfy that chip craving! Ingredients 8 potatoes, skin on 1 tablespoon onion powder 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon dried basil 1 tablespoon salt Olive oil spray Method Preheat oven to 180°C. Stab the potatoes with a fork and cook in the microwave on high for 10 minutes. After allowing for the potatoes to cool slightly, remove from the microwave and cut into long strips. Place on a baking tray...

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Raspberry Empanadas

Difficulty: Medium Makes 12 Recently I decided to invite some non-vegan friends over for a Mexican feast. While researching Mexican desserts, I stumbled across a few recipes for empanadas that seemed relatively easy to modify. So I gave it a whirl and these little babies were the result; a cinnamon covered light pastry, filled with a hot fruity centre. Serve with vegan ice-cream for the perfect end to a great meal. Ingredients 1/2 cup Nuttelex 1/3 cup Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 1/4 cups plain flour 1 cup raspberry jam 1/3 cup caster sugar 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon Method The night before, cream the Nuttelex and Tofutti. Add the vanilla before slowly sifting in the flour to form a dough. Wrap the dough up in cling wrap to form...

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Chocolate Crackles – Light & Dark

Difficulty: Super Easy Makes 12 Recently it was my niece's first birthday party and I was in charge of catering, of course! I decided to veganise some classic party recipes and this one was obvious. Traditionally, chocolate crackles are made with cocoa and shortening but I decided to make them more delicious by using real chocolate, white and dark. If you would like to make the chocolate go a bit further, add some vegetable shortening. Needless to say, these went down a treat. A must to put on your radar for the next party! Ingredients 5 cups rice bubbles 1 250gram block dark chocolate (I use Whittaker's) 2 1/2 100gram blocks white chocolate (I use Sweet William) Method Place half of the rice bubbles in one large bowl...

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Red Lentil & Vegetable Soup

Difficulty: Easy Serves 6 The weather has been kind of nuts here lately. You think summer has hit and then the next second there's a cold chill and a thunderstorm! Since I'm not the summery type, I'm appreciating the small parts of winter that are still remaining and taking the chance to eat a heck load of soup. This is so so so so so easy and really delicious, while winter is still here you should give it a try! Ingredients 3 cups red lentils 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 large brown onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 chicken style stock cubes (I use Massel) 3 litres water 2 medium potatoes, chopped 2 carrots, chopped 1/4 cauliflower, chopped 1/2 broccoli, chopped 3 tablespoons tomato paste 1 tablespoon dried herbs Salt and pepper to taste Method Rinse...

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A Lunch with Wally Fry

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email inviting me to attend a lunch hosted by Wally Fry, creator of Fry's Vegetarian. I was promised the chance to meet Wally as well as a tantalising vegan taste-testing menu, an offer I simply could not refuse! I've been a fan of Fry's Vegetarian for ages so meeting the man behind the magic was an honour. The invitation also mentioned Wally would be presenting on some new findings about vegetarianism in Australia, information I was interested in hearing. So yesterday I hitched a ride to Sydney to attend this lunch, super-psyched to try some vegan eats and pumped to meet Mr. Fry. I walked into the Hunky Dory Social Club on Oxford Street...

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Angel Food – Vegan Cheesey Sauce Mix

Where to Buy: Check out www.angelfood.co.nz for stockists Price: Approximately $5.00 AUD You may have had Angel Food's products before, they're the ones who make the vegan meringue mix I used to make my Pavlova Berry Bites. Alice from Angel Food contacted me recently to give their new Vegan Cheesey Sauce Mix a try and of course I said yes! To be honest with you, I was excited but a little apprehensive because we all know how horribly wrong vegan cheese products can go! WHAT WAS I WORRIED ABOUT?! This sauce is supreme! I do like to make my own things from scratch however there are those times where you simply cannot be bothered. This mix is perfect for those times. It's so...

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Quinoa Stuffed Roasted Capsicum

Difficulty: Medium Serves 4 If you're like me, you get a little over excited when you discover a new vegan-friendly treat which can sometimes lead to going a little overboard on the junk food. To help combat this, I'm going on a diet. I'm also determined to put a lot of effort into coming up with some really healthy recipes, so none of us will be bored! Don't stress though, classic Like a Vegan recipes will still be coming your way! To health-kick it off, I've whipped up this delicious Quinoa Stuffed Roasted Capsicum with Tofu and Cashew Cream. Quinoa is bitchin' because it's gluten free, full of fibre and magnesium and generally tastes delicious. If you want some vitamin C, and beta...

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Iced Chocolate

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 This isn't exactly the most complicated of treats to make, but sometimes you just need a bit of inspiration to make something delicious. A wicked LAV reader got me onto CocoLuscious ice cream, which is conveniently stocked at a store around the corner from me, bonus! As I often do with new products, I thought about all the dope things I could make with it. As long as you have all the ingredients, you can whip this one up in a jiffy. Ingredients 1 carton Soyatoo Topping Cream Vegan friendly chocolate topping or melted chocolate 1 tub CocoLuscious ice cream in vanilla choc chip 1 carton soy milk Cocoa Method In a bowl, whip the topping cream until light and airy. In a soda glass, slowly squeeze...

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Apple & Blueberry Crumble

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 6 I'm not sure if I've mentioned this at all but I'm sure I'll be saying it a lot over the coming months; I HATE HOT WEATHER. Seriously, if the sun wasn't necessary for survival and stuff, I'd be all for kickin' it to the curb. Since summer is inevitable, I'm trying to remain positive but I'm clinging on to the season I hold dear by baking delicious Apple & Blueberry Crumble. It's been real, winter, see you next year. Ingredients 9 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into small cubes 1/3 cup caster sugar 3 teaspoons cinnamon 1 punnet fresh blueberries 1 cup plain flour 1 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup desiccated coconut 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 2/3 cup Nuttelex, melted Method Preheat...

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Natio Antioxidant Lip Shine

Price: $11.95 AUD Where to Buy: www.natio.com.au I don't know about y'all, but winter totally takes its toll on my lips. Luckily I recently picked up some of Natio's new Antioxidant Lip Shine and let me tell you, it has done the trick. Vitamins C and E team up with grapefruit oil to soften and protect while papaya, shea butter and jojoba nourish. Not only that, they have a touch of fragrance thanks to the addition of sweet orange oil. They come in five wicked colours but I tried out "Bliss", a peachy-nude tone and "Love", a fiery red tone. Both have a nice shimmer and shine to them and long lasting bursts of colour to make protecting your lips just that...

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Wafu

Address: 460 Cleveland street, Surry Hills NSW 2010 Website: www.wafu.com.au The best thing about Wafu is the food. The worst thing? You may never even get to try it! Wafu is a delightfully cosy eatery in Surry Hills but if it's a traditional dining experience you're after, you won't find it here. Not all the food is vegan but there is an extensive menu with plenty of vegan options and Monday is vegan night. Getting through the door is your first challenge, Yukako is the owner, chef, waitress and maitre d so she's a very busy lady! As a result,  the rule as it stands is that only members and their guests may dine there. So how do you become a member? You...

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Sukin Hair Care

Price: From $7.95 AUD Where to Buy: www.sukinorganics.com for stockists I know a lot of you aren't new to Sukin and neither am I, but they have so many products that there's always a new one to try! This time around I'm reviewing Sukin's range of hair care and in case you had forgotten, here are the fast facts on their products: Carbon Neutral Made in Australia No Animal Testing Free from Sodium Lauryl Sulphate Free from Sodium Laureth Sulphate Free from Animal Derivatives Free from Harsh Detergents Free from Petro-chemicals Free from Artificial Colours Free from Synthetic Fragrances Free from Triethanolamine Free from Mineral Oils Free from Parabens Protein Shampoo This shampoo creates a light lather to get the greasy and grimy build up out of your hair while also strengthening at the same time. A great start to...

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Caesar Salad

Difficulty: Medium Serves 4 I used to love a good Caesar Salad but boy, they're a vegan's worst nightmare; chicken, bacon, creamy dressing stuffed with anchovies and parmesan to top it all off. Luckily, with all of the wicked-dope substitutes flying around these days, this dreamy salad is back on the menu! Ingredients Dressing 4 sweet and sour pickles 1 tablespoon capers 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise (I use Praise Light) 1/3 cup olive oil Juice of half a lemon Salt and pepper to taste Croutons 1/3 of a breadstick Olive oil spray Mixed herbs Salt Salad 1 bunch cos lettuce 1/4 red onion, finely sliced 4 sweet and sour pickles, finely sliced 1/2 packet soy nuggets 1 packet soy bacon rashers 1/4 block Cheezly (use a hard one like cheddar) Method To make the dressing, blitz the pickles, capers and garlic...

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“Fish” Cakes

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 Even when I ate meat, seafood wasn't really my thing but when I started eating mock meats, I discovered a vegan tuna substitute that is so unbelievably versatile I can't live without it! You've seen me use it for "Tuna" Salad and "Tuna" Bake but now I'm using to make delicious "Fish" Cakes! They are a combination of traditional style and Thai style cakes and served with a fresh salad they make a delicious light meal! I buy my vegan tuna from Vegan's Choice in Newtown, Sydney but if anybody else knows where else to buy, feel free to post here! I am still working on a mock meat catalogue so you guys have a visual on what...

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The Nourishing Quarter

Address: 315 Cleveland Street, Redfern, NSW 2016 Website: www.bnourished.com.au The Nourishing Quarter is a cute little eatery comfortably nestled within the hustle and bustle of Redfern's busy Cleveland Street. The decor is eclectic; a mish mash of vintage furniture, quirky teaspoons and touches of  Queen Elizabeth throughout. The dining room itself is quite small and there is a courtyard however I would strongly recommend making a reservation to avoid disappointment (people were getting turned away and it was only a Wednesday!) When it comes to the staff, they are friendly, efficient and accommodating. Upon making a booking I was asked if anyone had special dietary requirements or allergies (as not all food is vegan) and this was followed up by a lovely conversation with...

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“Butter Chicken”

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 4 Butter and chicken are two words that are usually excluded from the vegan vernacular. I had a bag of Soy Nuggets lying around and wanted to make a curry so I thought "why can't I make butter chicken?!" Turns out I can, and between you and me, it is one of the most delicious things I have ever made. If you don't have a mock chicken available, I'm sure you could substitute with a firm tofu but I strongly recommend trying with the mock chicken if you can! Ingredients 1 bag mock chicken (I use Lamyong Soy Nuggets) 1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1 1/4 teaspoons garam masala 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 1/2 teaspoons...

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Sticky Date Pudding

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 10 It's funny how certain foods remind you of specific events. When I think of dates I am reminded of my old work pal, Zoe. When either of us would go to the supermarket during work hours, there was always an order for dates. She has also been a great taste tester when it comes to my recipes. This Sticky Date Pudding is the perfect end to any winter evening and served with caramel sauce and soy ice cream, you'll wish it was winter all year round! And Zoe, it's here waiting for you if you want to jump on a train (and Annie, I know you want some too). Ingredients 1 cup pitted dates, chopped 1 1/4 cup boiling water 1 teaspoon...

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Extreme Vegetable Lasagne

Difficulty: Medium Serves 6 All I could think about yesterday was attempting to make the best lasagne of all time, so last night I decided to do it. Some people make a meaty style lasagne with TVP, others prefer to pack it full of vegetables but being the kitchen maverick that I am, I chucked it all in. Just to let you know, I actually cooked this for two people but I knew I was going to want leftovers so I made stacks! Ingredients 3 medium potatoes, thinly sliced 1/4 large pumpkin, thinly sliced 1 eggplant, thinly sliced 1 1/2 cups mushroom, thinly sliced 1 red onion, thinly sliced 1 packet instant lasagne sheets 1/3 packet Cheezly (I used blue style) Tomato Sauce 1 cup TVP 1 cup boiling water 1 "beef style" stock...

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Natures Organics – Natural Skin Expert

Price: From $3.89 AUD Where to Buy: Independent stockists and Only Australian Groceries It's amazingly wonderful to know that these days you can go into a supermarket and pick up vegan-friendly skincare that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. While the Natural Skin Expert products aren't the best products I have tried, they do the job and they are more than affordable for the budget conscious vegan! Clear Skin Facial Scrub - $3.99 AUD A very thick yet gentle exfoliating scrub that cleanses deep into the pores. Walnut shell smooths out the skin while cucumber cools and glycerin softens. Clear Skin Face Wash - $3.99 AUD A face wash is an essential for anyone, no matter how basic your skincare routine may be. Like the...

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Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 4 Despite the fact I keep mentioning I'm not the biggest fan of soups, I keep making them. I'd never made a pumpkin soup before so decided to give it a whirl. Not too bad at all, I even had to hide the leftovers from my family so I could have it for lunch the next day! Ingredients 1 kg jap pumpkin, cubed 4 tablespoons olive oil 3 teaspoons salt 2 brown onions, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon turmeric 700mL boiling water 2 chicken style stock cubes 1 teaspoon cracked pepper Tofutti Soy Supreme sour cream to serve Method Preheat oven to 200°C. In a baking dish, evenly distribute the pumpkin in a single layer before drizzling with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 teaspoons of...

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Herb and Garlic Hash Browns

Difficulty: Easy Makes 4 Hash browns are a wicked-dope breakfast treat and when you add the magic of herbs and garlic you can't really go wrong! Unless you don't like herbs and/or garlic in which case you probably shouldn't make these. Ingredients 3 small potatoes, peeled 1/2 cup breadcrumbs 1 tablespoon mixed dried herbs 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast 1 teaspoon salt Egg replacer to replace one egg Oil for frying Method Grate the potatoes before squeezing to remove excess liquid. In a bowl, mix in breadcrumbs, herbs, garlic powder, onion powder, nutritional yeast and salt. Add egg replacer and mix until combined. Evenly split the mixture into four and mould into tight discs. Heat 1cm oil in a frypan. Add discs to the pan and press down gently to flatten. Once golden...

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Individual Caramelised Onion Tarts

Difficulty: Easy - Medium Makes 4 Caramelised onions are delicious and I'll use any opportunity to make them. Yesterday's reason was caramelised onion tart, in individual servings although you could make a large one if you'd prefer. I used store bought shortcrust pastry for convenience but if you'd prefer to go all out and make your own, who am I to stop you?! It works with puff pastry as well, just in case you were wondering. Ingredients 3 tablespoons of olive oil 3 large red onions, sliced 1 tablespoon sugar 3 teaspoons salt 1/2 cup pine nuts 1 300 gram tub silken tofu 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast 1 clove of garlic, crushed 3 sheets shortcrust pastry Method Preheat oven to 180°C and grease 4 individual tart cases. In a large pan, heat the olive oil...

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Murchison-Hume Cleaning Products

Price: From $12.50 AUD Where to Buy: Murchison-Hume Murchison-Hume are a Sydney-based company, who specialise in premium housecleaning products. They're organic, free of animal derivatives and the products are made using Colloidal Technology, which is the same technology used to clean the ocean in an oil spill (pretty radical, huh?!)  Something extra awesome about this stuff is that you can choose from a range of fragrances for some products: Fragrance-Free Juniperberry Australian White Grapefruit Coriander Original Fig I recently got my hands on some of the products to try and let me tell you, it's not just pretty packaging! "Superlative" Liquid Hand Soap - $21.00 AUD Now, I know I said these products were more than the packaging, but this stuff looks so lovely in a nice, fresh bathroom. This...

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Falafel

Difficulty: Easy - Medium Makes 14 balls Falafel is often hit and miss for me when dining out but I'd never actually made it. I thought I would put myself to the test and whipped up some deliciously crispy morsels of tastiness! Perfect for a Lebanese spread, on its own or on a wrap, I highly recommend giving this recipe a try. Ingredients 1 can chickpeas 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 small brown onion, chopped 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon paprika 1/4 cup parsley, chopped 1/2 cup besan flour 1 cup bread crumbs Olive oil for frying Method In a food processor, blitz the chickpeas, garlic, onion, salt, cumin, paprika and parsley until a paste is formed. Mix in the besan flour and breadcrumbs to create a thicker, mouldable paste. Using a tablespoon, measure...

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Hummus

Difficulty: Easy Makes one bowl There is a Lebanese joint near where I used to live that makes the most banging hummus. It's so creamy and tangy and perfect that since my first taste I have been trying to recreate it. Mum recently bought a food processor so I decided to use it for this recipe and I will never be making hummus without it again! This is the best I have ever made and it comes dangerously close in both taste and texture to the one I used to enjoy. Ingredients 1/2 cup tahini 1/2 cup lemon juice 2 cloves garlic, crushed 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 can chickpeas 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon water Method In a food processor, blitz the tahini, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil until well...

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Tasty Breakfast Mushrooms

Difficulty: Easy Serves: 2 As I write this, I am eating these mushrooms and they are so good! Mushrooms are a vegan's best friend because they are rich in calcium, potassium and iron but most importantly they're delicious. These Tasty Breakfast Mushrooms are easy to make, create very little mess and can be whipped up in a jiffy! Ingredients 4 cups mushrooms, cut into quarters 2 tablespoons Nuttelex 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon paprika 1 tablespoon mixed herbs Salt and pepper to taste Method Melt Nuttelex in a frypan until lightly bubbling. Throw in the mushrooms and shuffle around the pan so they get covered in the Nuttelex. After cooking for about 3 minutes, add the onion powder, garlic powder, herbs, paprika, salt and pepper. Continue to stir until...

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Party Pies

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 6 I make really good pies, there's no denying it. This was another of my brother's birthday dishes but it is perfect to add to the weekly dinner menu. Although they are party pies, they aren't tiny and served with a good side dish they make a great meal. The rich filling is complimented by the flaky pastry casing and I reckon you could fool a meat-eater with this baby. Ingredients 3 sheets of vegan puff pastry (feel free to make your own if you'd like), each sheet cut into 4 1 small brown onion, finely chopped 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1/2 packet beef style chunks, cut into smaller pieces 2 cups vegan gravy (some Gravox varieties are vegan) 1/4 cup barbecue sauce 2 beef style stock...

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Arbonne RE9, SeaSource & Cosmetics

Price: From $50.00 AUD Where to Buy: Arbonne I was recently contacted by an Arbonne consultant who kindly offered to send me some samples to try. Amongst some make up samples, I was sent a sample pack containing skincare products from the Arbonne RE9 Advanced and SeaSource ranges. I was firstly struck by the quality of the catalogue, I found myself reading it on a regular basis, picking out products that I might want to buy. To become a Preferred Client, you pay a $45 fee however from this point you get 20% off the RRP of all products! In addition to this, if you spend over $385 RRP in one order, you get to pick a further $145 worth of products for...

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Chilli Cheese Fries

Difficulty: Medium Serves 6 These Chilli Cheese Fries were another of my brother's birthday requests and being the awesome sister that I am, I prepared them lovingly for his dinner last weekend. The chilli itself could be served on its own and so could the fries but together with some Cheezly this dish is an explosion of junk food indulgence. If you don't have a deep fryer, you can get away with frying in a large pan, or for a healthier touch you could even use oven-baked fries. Ingredients Oil for deep frying 8 large potatoes, washed and cut into sticks 2 cups TVP 2 cups boiling water 1 beef style stock cube 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 teaspoon minced garlic Fresh chopped chilli (determine the amount depending on the...

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Trifle

Difficulty: Medium-Hard Serves 6 I had mentioned previously that for my brother's 30th birthday, he requested a vegan dinner. Naturally, I was the right person for the job and spent my whole Saturday cooking! This resulted in a few tasty dishes, the recipes of which will be posted over the next week. I thought it best to start with dessert, Rocky Road Cheesecake (you already have the recipe for this one) and a delicious new recipe I devised for trifle. Layered cake, jelly, berries, custard and cream make this one decadent dessert. It does take some time to prepare but it's well worth it! Ingredients Cake Layer 1 teaspoon of egg replacer 2 tablespoons water 1/3 cup canola oil 1 cup of soy milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup caster...

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Spinach & Potato Soup

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 With winter fast approaching it's time to get soups cranking again. You see, I used to hate soup. In fact, I used to hate anything that was exclusively served in a bowl. Yet the more I make it, the more I realise that it ain't so bad, just a matter of getting the right combination of flavours and textures. While this soup is light, it's also very filling, enjoy with some lightly toasted bread and settle down in front of the heater. Ingredients 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 brown onion, chopped 6 cups boiling water 4 chicken style stock cubes 5 potatoes, peeled and chopped 1 bunch of spinach, finely chopped Soyatoo Cooking Cream to serve Method In a pot, lightly fry the onion and garlic until the...

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Simple Pancakes

Difficulty: Easy Makes 4 I'm sorry I haven't posted a lot lately, I have been working, dog sitting, Eastering and redecorating my room. I hope you can forgive my neglectfulness and take this delightful recipe as a consolation, just in time to make breakfast in bed for Mother's Day (it's this Sunday guys, just a heads up). I've never really been a breakfast person, but nobody can turn down a good pancake, especially when it's topped with lemon and sugar. Mmmmm. Ingredients 1 cup plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon caster sugar 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1 cup soy milk 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence Method In a large bowl, sift the flour and baking soda. Add the caster sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Whisk in the soy milk,...

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Tom Yum Soup

Difficulty: Easy Serves 6 Recently, my mum brought home some Lamyong Vegetarian Tom Yum Paste and I was super psyched to try it. Since seafood is popular around Easter I decided to get in on the action, vegan style of course! Lamyong Vegetarian Prawns put the YUM in this super simple, super tasty Tom Yum Soup. This recipe will serve 6 people as a meal however just scale it down if you want to use it as an entree or accompaniment. People who know me will be terribly confused over why I have made something that involves an entire bunch of coriander. I coined it the "arrogant herb" as it tends to overpower any dish it comes into contact with. However, since people...

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Hot Cross Buns

Difficulty: Medium Serves 16 I thought I would try my hand at some Hot Cross Buns since it is the season and all. I've never made them before and was surprised at how simple it was, if not a little time consuming. With all cooking though, it's the thrill of making something from scratch that you don't get from buying it at the store (or often in a vegan's case, isn't available). These buns are quite small, which is good as I only like sweet things in small portions, make them bigger if that's your style! Ingredients Buns 1/3 cup caster sugar 14 grams (2 sachets) of dry yeast 1 1/2 cups warm soy milk 3 cups flour 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon mixed spice 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup vegan margarine. 1...

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Individual Caramel Tarts

Difficulty: Medium Serves 4 Caramel Tarts are a classic bakery treat that rarely touch the compassionate lips of a vegan. Textures of a shortcrust pastry base, thick, sweet caramel and light creamy top culminate in the mouth to create a few moments of heaven! I understand that sometimes we can get a little lazy, so if you want to skip the homemade pastry step and use store-bought stuff, go ahead, I won't judge you. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups plain flour 2 tablespoons caster sugar 2 tablespoons vegan margarine 5 tablespoons soy milk 1 can of Soymilke soy condensed milk 1/2 cup margarine 2 tablespoons golden syrup 1 tablespoon agar agar powder 1 carton Soyatoo Topping Cream 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1/4 cup icing sugar Method Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease 4 individual fluted pie tins. In a bowl,...

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Triple Chocolate Brownies

Difficulty: Easy Serves 12 One of the most common questions I get from people regarding my veganism is "don't you miss chocolate?" When you can eat these Triple Chocolate Brownies, missing chocolate is near impossible! I've tried many vegan brownies in my time but I until now I had only made them once myself from a recipe. They were delicious however I thought I would try my hand at making my own. This recipe is particularly awesome as you probably have most of these items in the pantry and if you don't, they're only a supermarket trip away! These brownies are so delicious, that somehow my brother's puppy managed to jump up on the kitchen counter and take several bites out of them...

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Al’chemy Shampoo & Conditioner

Where to Buy: Visit The Purist Company for stockists RRP: $14.50 per bottle Always looking for new wonderful vegan products, I thought I would give Al'chemy a try. More expensive than some vegan shampoo and conditioner on the market but certainly not the most expensive, I was thoroughly impressed with the results. Al'chemy products are made free from sulfates, parabens, ethoxylated and petrochemical cleansers, propylene glycol, silicones, phthalates, mineral oils, DEA and artificial colours. All of the products are also vegan and use 100% botanical aromatherapy. This is all well and good, but does it actually work? Rosemary Shampoo The shampoo itself is clear, which I like because sometimes I find the creamier ones don't lather as well. It foams up a treat and when...

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Crispy “Duck”, Fig & Blue Cheese Salad

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Out of the three items in the title, typically only one of these is vegan. With the advent of wonderful meat and dairy substitutes, a slightly more fancy salad is easy to make. We can spend all day coming up with a good title for fake duck but we all know the best one isn't really appropriate. I'm just going to censor myself and call it "duck". Ingredients 1/2 packet mock duck 4 large handfuls mixed salad leaves 4 figs, cut into quarters 1/4 cup pecans or walnuts 1/4 block Blue Style Cheezly 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon brown sugar 2 tablespoons seeded mustard Method Combine the oil, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar and mustard, mix well (you may want to adjust according to your taste). Cut...

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Cookies ‘n’ Cream Cheesecake

Difficulty: Easy Serves 10 I recently started a new temp job and as per usual, I went through the whole "what can you eat?!" conversation before showing my new colleagues Like A Vegan. Not surprisingly, they were suitably impressed with the array of food I can make/eat. I also found out last week that I work with another vegan, which is fantastic! I took in a slice of this Cookies 'n' Cream Cheesecake for her to try and she immediately asked for the recipe. I know I make a heckload of cheesecakes, but the fact is that they're amazing. I'm actually trying to crawl inside of your brain and drum into you with big sticks that you NEED TO MAKE ONE OF THESE...

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“Tuna” Salad Sandwich

Difficulty: Easy Serves 2 This isn't really a recipe, just a simple serving suggestion for a light lunch or dinner. In saying that, you'd be forgiven for thinking the ingredients and process are way more complex than they are. I used focaccia for mine but it really works with any type of bread you have lying around and of course you can add any other salad ingredients you see fit. Ingredients 1 packet of vegan tuna 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise (I use Praise 98% fat free mayonnaise) 1 spring onion, finely sliced Splash of lime juice Salt and pepper to taste 2 handfuls rocket leaves 1 tomato, sliced 2 bread rolls (I used focaccia but bagels would work nicely as well) Method Using a hand mixer or food processor, blend tuna and mayonnaise. Transfer...

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Pasta with Bolognese Sauce

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 This is a recipe I have given to new vegetarians and vegans for a long time now, simply because it's so easy to make. Not only is it delicious but with the exception of the Parmazano (which is optional), all of the ingredients can be found at your local supermarket. I know a lot of vegetarians and vegans who are afraid to use TVP, mainly because they're not sure what to do with it! There is no reason to fear TVP and I am going to show you this as much as possible, especially now that the weather is cooling down. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) 2 beef style stock cubes 1 cup boiling water 1 large packet pasta 1 teaspoon...

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Potato Bake

Difficulty: Medium Serves 6 Remember that thing you used to get at barbecues? You know, the thing with the potato and the bacon and it was all creamy and stuff? POTATO BAKE, THAT'S IT! This classic Australian dish is now veganised, thanks to some wonderful substitutes. Perfect to take along to a dinner party or barbecue but just as tasty to have as a meal at home. Ingredients 10 potatoes, thinly sliced 1 large red onion, thinly sliced. 1 1/2 cartons (450mL) Soyatoo Cooking Cream 1/2 cup soy milk 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1/2 block Cheezly (I used mozzarella), grated 1/2 cup facon bits Salt & pepper to taste Method Preheat oven to 180°C and grease a large oven-proof dish. On a medium heat, cook Soyatoo and soy milk until heated through. Spread out half of...

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Fig Jam Drop Cookies

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes about 15 cookies You would have seen my Fig Jam recipe that I posted yesterday. Since I have two jars of the stuff, I thought I would use some in my baking and make some Jam Drop Cookies. These are a little bigger than the ones you probably tried as a kid, but feel free to make them smaller if you'd like to. The jam works deliciously with the dough to make a childhood classic come back to life in your vegan adulthood! Ingredients 2/3 cup vegan margarine (I use Nuttelex) 1/3 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 1/4 cup plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoons soy milk 1/3 cup Fig Jam Method Preheat oven to 180°C. Cream the margarine, sugar and vanilla in a large...

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Fig Jam

Difficulty: Medium Makes 2 jars I had a very wholesome weekend, predominantly filled with cleaning and cooking. I recently bought a friend an awesome jam making set for her birthday and since I had a bunch of figs in the fridge, I decided to give it a try! I've never been a huge jam person but somehow when you make it yourself it is incredibly delicious! Ingredients 3 cups roughly chopped figs (size depends on how chunky you want the jam to be) 1 1/2 cups caster sugar 1 lemon 1 teaspoon all spice 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 tablespoons arrowroot flour Method In a bowl, combine figs and sugar. Juice the lemon then cut the rind up into large chunks. Add this to the fig mixture. Mix through the all spice and cinnamon. Cover...

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Toffee Nut Popcorn

Difficulty: Easy- Medium Serves 4 It's a public holiday in Newcastle today because of the Newcastle Regional Show. To be honest, I don't know anybody who is going and I am unsure as to why I get the day of work for it. I'm not going to argue though, a 3 day weekend means I have plenty of time to finally unpack my boxes from moving and of course cook! As most carnival treats are laden with animal products, I decided to make my own Toffee Nut Popcorn. Popcorn is a fun snack that you can easy adapt to make new and exciting flavours, something I intend on doing and posting on here! Ingredients 5 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/2 cup popcorn kernels 1/2 cup Nuttelex 3/4 cup brown...

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Warm Oriental ‘Beef’ Salad with Soy Dressing

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Often you'll find that the only menu option for vegans is a boring, tasteless salad with no dressing, not cool. Now this Oriental 'Beef' Salad isn't necessarily the healthiest salad you can make but it's definitely not the unhealthiest! Served with my delicious Soy Dressing, it makes the perfect light meal and can be enjoyed cold the next day too. Ingredients 1 bag of mixed salad leaves 1 small red capsicum, cut into thin strips 1 small yellow capsicum, cut into thin strips 1 small cucumber, cut into strips 1 cup bean shoots 1/4 red onion, cut finely 1/3 cup plain flour 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 packet beef style chunks 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/3 cup chopped peanuts Method Portion out leaves, capsicum, cucumber,...

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Creamy “Tuna” Bake

Difficulty: Medium Serves 6 You don't often heard the words 'creamy' and 'vegan' used in the same sentence but I find myself marrying the two quite often. Creamy stuff is dope and when it's done the vegan way it's at least a little bit healthier. Tuna Bake is a classic family dish and you probably thought that once you ditched fish it would be out of your life forever, right? WRONG. This is well and truly one of my favourite dishes and I have to give my mother props for the recipe (I have tweaked it just a little).  I can't wait to heat this bad boy up for lunch tomorrow! Ingredients 500grams penne pasta 1/2 cup Nuttlex 2/3 cup flour 2/3 soy milk 1 teaspoon onion powder 1...

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Natio Renew Radiance

Where to buy: www.natio.com.au I'm going to try and review more stuff so that you can come to Like A Vegan for more than just tasty recipes! Natio are a fabulous Australian company and they make a lot of great skincare and cosmetics, most of which are vegan friendly. I got my hands on some of Natio's Renew Radiance products so thought I'd give them a whirl and let you guys know what I think! Renew Radiance Foam Cleanser- $14.50AUD The Renew Radiance range contains pomegranate, which is not only a banging fruit but contains a heck load of antioxidants that help to rebuild the outer layer of the skin. The Foam Cleanser has a bit of a pearlescent sheen and creates a gentle...

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Popcorn Chicken with Creamy Herbecue Sauce

Difficulty: Medium Serves 10 as a snack or 4 as a meal Now, as a vegan there are two professions I despise; clowns and colonels. Admittedly, I still watch fast food ads and drool over a burger or piece of chicken but I love getting in the kitchen and satisfying those cravings vegan style! Recently I've been craving some KFC (Kruelty Free Cuisine) so I thought I'd take a stab at some Popcorn Chicken. I wanted to take a break from deep frying, so the fact that these are baked is just another reason to give them a try! Served with my Creamy Herbecue Sauce, this makes the perfect party snack or as a meal with some oven baked potato fries. Ingredients 1 1/4...

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Cookies

Difficulty: Easy Makes 25 cookies You know it, I know it, so we may as well come out and say it- COOKIES RULE! You know what else rules? Peanut butter, oh and while we're at it, how awesome is chocolate?! Cookie baking is a wonderfully wholesome past-time, so put on an apron and bake that weekend hangover into oblivion! Ingredients 1 teaspoon egg replacer 2 tablespoons water 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup vegan margarine (I use Nuttelex) 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1/2 cup caster sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour 1/2 cup crushed peanuts 3/4 cup Whittaker's dark chocolate, finely chopped Method Preheat the oven to 160°C and line two baking trays with baking paper. Add the egg replacer to the water and set aside. Mix together the peanut butter and Nuttelex...

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BBQ Chicken Pizza

Difficulty: Easy Serves 2 I've recently started working again, so during the week it can be difficult for me to post more complex recipes. However it's highly likely that you're working too, in which case you might be interested in saving time whilst maximising deliciousness. I'm going to be more adventurous soon and make my own pizza bases for my upcoming Italian themed dinner party and I'll definitely post the recipe but in the meantime, a store bought base will suffice. Veganism does not always mean you have to miss out on your favourite pizza toppings of  your non-vegan yesteryear and this becomes abundantly clear when you taste this sucker! Ingredients 1 large pizza base 1/4 cup barbecue sauce 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 cup mock chicken...

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Watermelon & Mint Daiquiris

Difficulty: Easy Serves 2 Watermelon is definitely one of my favourite summer fruits. It's perfect for juicing, so I thought I would combine some watermelon with mint to make some fresh daiquiris! I'm lucky enough to have a Magic Bullet, so whipping these babies up was a breeze. I'm sure that far out dude Berman from the infomercials would love to have a sip on one of these from a party mug (which I do have), but in the name of aesthetics I opted for traditional glassware. Ingredients 4 cups seedless watermelon, chopped (obviously remove the skin first) 4 shots white rum Juice of one lime 2 tablespoons sugar syrup (basically just sugar and water boiled) 8 ice cubes Handful of mint Method Depending on the size of your blender, you...

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Mystery Burgers

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 10 burgers What can you do with a near bare pantry when it's dinner time? Make Mystery Burgers! Luckily I had enough in my pantry and some salad items, all I needed to do was grab some bread rolls and I was good to go. The main ingredient is nutmeat, but whatever else you add is entirely up to you. Nobody will know or care about what's in it when they taste it! Ingredients 1 can nutmeat 1 can cannellini beans 1 onion, finely chopped 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon dried basil 2 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (plus extra for coating) Salt and pepper to taste Method Add all ingredients to a large bowl and use a potato masher to ensure everything is well combined. Roll...

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Creamy Roast Pumpkin & Spinach Pasta with Cashews

Difficulty: Medium Serves 4 There are a million possibilities when it comes to pasta. However when you're vegan, these options can be severely limited. With more and more new dairy alternatives popping up, the standard tomato pasta sauces a thing of the past and rich, creamy sauces are becoming easier to create! Ingredients Olive oil 1/2 kent pumpkin, deseeded, skinned and cut into small cubes 4 spinach leaves, rinsed and finely chopped 1 375g packet of spiral pasta (I use vegeroni) 1 red onion, chopped 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 carton Soyatoo Cooking Cream 1 tablespoon cornflour Salt and pepper to taste 1/2 cup cashews Cheezly (optional) Method Preheat oven to 200°C. Spread pumpkin cubes on a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil and bake for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a microwave vegetable steamer, cook the spinach...

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