Fresh AF – Rice Paper Rolls w/ Peanut Dipping Sauce

Rice Paper Rolls

Difficulty: Easy Makes 10 You know that feeling when you're hella hungry but it's so hot and you can't be effed making a huge meal? Pretty sure rice paper rolls were invented for that very reason (no need to Google it, trust me). You really can stuff these babies with whatever you want but I've included my fave combo for maximum health and crunch. Once you try 'em with my super quick peanut dipping sauce, your summer fling will be locked in. Oh, they make an awesome picnic/pot luck contribution too! Ingredients 1 baby cos lettuce 1 small carrot 1 small red capsicum 1 small Lebanese cucumber Fresh basil 150g high protein, firm tofu 10 large rice papers Peanut Dipping Sauce 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter ...

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Treat Yo’Self to Apple & Cinnamon Poptarts

Apple Poptarts

Difficulty: Medium Makes 12 Growing up there were 3 ultimate breakfast scenarios; going out for breakfast, being allowed sugary cereal out of one of those tiny boxes, and Poptarts. You know, those little pastry things that were filled with delicious unhealthy stuff and covered in the most delicious frosting known to man-kind? Now you can make your very own vegan version that tastes like tiny little apple pies. Now that's an ultimate breakfast scenario. Ingredients Pastry 2 1/2 cups plain flour 1/2 cup caster sugar 2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 cups vegan margarine 1/3 cup chilled water Filling 2 tablespoons vegan margarine 4 green apples, peeled and diced into 1cm cubes 1/2 cup brown sugar 4 teaspoons cinnamon 2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 cup almond milk Frosting 1 cup icing sugar 1/2 tablespoon cornflour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 tablespoons...

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Raw Cross Buns

Raw Cross Buns

Difficulty: Easy Makes 10 If you're not really down with religion, Easter is pretty much an excuse to have a mega long weekend and stuff your face full of delicious things that you've probs been eating since they hit stores in January (admit it). I decided to flip the script on one of those delicious things, the hot cross bun, by harnessing the delicious spiced flavours and bundling them up in a bliss ball type situation. Because they're raw, gluten free and refined sugar free, it's the perfect excuse to eat even more of 'em! Ingredients 10 medjool dates (pitted) 1/4 cup raw almonds 1/4 cup raw cashews 1/4 cup Brazil nuts 1/2 cup almond meal 1/2 cup desiccated coconut 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon all spice 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 cup sultanas...

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Cranberry & Cacao Squares

Cranberry & Cacao Squares

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 You might have noticed that I'm not the biggest sweet breakfast fan however I do tend to start my days during the week with packaged raw bars and a piece of fruit because it's damned easy. This week I thought I would try my hand at making my own breakfast bars and the best thing about doing it is that I could add exactly what I wanted, using ingredients I just had lying around. Ingredients Cacao Base 1 cup chopped medjool dates 1/4 cup raw hazelnuts 1/4 cup raw almonds 1/2 cup vanilla protein power 1/4 cup cacao powder 3/4 cup desiccated coconut 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil Cranberry Top 2/3 cup dried cranberries (try to get unsweetened) 1/2 cup raw cashews 1 teaspoon beetroot powder (optional but provides great colour) 2/3...

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Crispy Bean Stuffed Potato Skins

Stuffed Potato Skins

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 If you tell me a potato skin is going to be crispy, you'd better damn deliver me a crispy potato skin. I don't take that responsibility lightly so believe me when I say these mofos are goddamned crispy. You really can fill them with whatever you want but this time around I added some beans to make them extra hearty. Ingredients 6 washed potatoes, go smaller on the size Olive oil spray Salt & pepper 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 cup mixed beans 1/2 cup vegan cheese (I used Daiya) 1 spring onion Method Preheat your oven to 200°C. Stab the potatoes all over with a fork before carefully placing in the oven (directly on the racks or a pan with a roasting rack). Cook...

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Baked Jalapeño Poppers

Jalapeno Poppers

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 12 For a long time I had doubted the existence of fresh jalapeños because I sure as hell hadn't seen any. Last weekend I couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted a basket of glossy, green chilies in the distance at the supermarket so naturally I grabbed as many as I could and got to thinkin' about a recipe. Here is that recipe. Feel free to go ahead and fry these bad boys if you want to, I won't judge you. I may even try it one day myself when I can be bothered dealing with a deep-fryer situation. Today is not that day. Ingredients 12 fresh jalapeños 2/3 cup vegan cream cheese Handful of chives, finely chopped 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder Pinch of...

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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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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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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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Mushroom & Asparagus Frittatas

Frittata

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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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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Deep Fried Pickles w/ Ranch Dipping Sauce

pickles

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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Lentil & Walnut Rolls

lentilroll

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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Deviled Eggs

deveggs

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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Mini Vegetable & Tofu Skewers

skewers

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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Apricot + Almond Logs

almondlogs

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 These little guys are quite possibly one of the easiest things you can make in a very small window of time. Great lunchbox fillers, my Apricot & Almond Logs remind me of the treats I used to buy from my school canteen as a kid. These ones are even better though because you can control what goes in them! I like to keep mine in the fridge until half an hour before serving but should last in an airtight container for a week or so (although I doubt they'll be around that long!) Ingredients 1 cup dried apricots 1/3 cup sultanas 2/3 cup blanched almonds 1 cup desiccated coconut Method Chuck the apricots, sultanas, almonds and half of the coconut...

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Nut & Seed Muesli Bars

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 Muesli bars were a pretty big part of my life growing up but I'd never really thought to make my own for a long time. The great thing about making your own  is that you can really add whatever you like and omit the stuff you don't. I'll be posting some variations in the near future but for now, seeds and nuts are where it's at. Ingredients 3/4 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup coconut oil 3 cups oats 1/4 cup flax seeds 1/4 cup chia seeds 1/4 cup sunflower seeds 1/4 cup crushed peanuts 1/4 cup almonds (I bash them so they're not entirely whole) Method Preheat oven to 180°C and grease a 19cm x 29cm pan. In a small saucepan, bring the maple syrup, brown sugar...

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Curry Spiced Popcorn

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 OK I admit it, I'm a popcorn fiend! But why wouldn't I be? It's light, crispy and oh so easy to make, plus you can make it sweet, salty or a mixture of the two! These little popped corns no longer have to be viewed as a just treat for movie time or a children's party snack, you can also create flavours that make them a classy and sophisticated delight. My Curry Spiced Popcorn recipe is flavoursome and packs a punch to spice up your next occasion. Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup popcorn kernels 2 teaspoons curry powder 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 1/4 teaspoon salt Spray olive oil Method Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan on high. To test it's...

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Rosemary and Garlic Crackers

Difficulty: Easy Makes: 36 If you're like me, you love a good vegan cheese and dip platter but until now I hadn't made my own crackers. These guys are kind of biscuity, like those oat cookies you can buy but they are so perfect with a lump of quince paste and a generous chunk of your favourite vegan cheese. They also taste great on their own if you're just looking for a bangin' savoury snack. Don't use cutters that are too big or you'll end up with giant crackers, unless you want giant crackers in which case it's an excellent idea. Ingredients 1/2 cup vegan margarine 1 1/4  cups plain flour 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1/4 cup rosemary leaves, finely chopped. 1/2 teaspoon salt Method Cream the margarine...

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Vegemite and Cream Cheese Filled Pretzels

Difficulty: Medium   Makes 16   G'Day! Vegemite is one of our staples in Australia and in celebration of Australia Day, I've made a batch of Vegemite and cream cheese filled pretzels to take along to a barbecue this afternoon. If you're one of those people who don't like Vegemite, I don't understand you but you can always leave it out and have the cream cheese filling instead. Ingredients 7 grams dry yeast 2 tablespoons caster sugar Pinch of salt 1 1/2 cups warm water 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast 3 cups plain flour 2 cups bread flour 1/4 cup vegemite 1/4 cup vegan cream cheese 2 cups warm water 1 1/2 tablespoons bi-carb soda 2 tablespoons vegan margarine Rock salt             Method Combine the yeast, sugar, salt, nutritional yeast and the first lot of warm water. Mix until the yeast dissolves. Sift...

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Black Bean Chili Stuffed Mushrooms

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 4 The weather is cooling down and my meal cravings have been leaning towards the more hearty side. The other day I kinda felt like chili but I also kinda felt like a mushroom so I thought I'd throw the two together. You could even do mini version of this with smaller mushrooms for a party platter! Yeah, that'd be super cute. Ingredients 4 large mushrooms, washed 1 brown onion, finely chopped 1 can black beans, drained 1/2 cup corn kernels 1 red capsicum, chopped 1 can diced tomatoes 1 tablespoon brown sugar 2 tablespoons paprika 2 tablespoons cayenne 4 tablespoons vegan sour cream (optional) Chives to garnish Method Remove the stalks from the mushrooms and set aside. In a fry pan, sautee the onion for a few minutes before adding the black beans...

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Crispy Tempeh and Brown Rice Sushi

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 2 rolls I'm trying to cut down on carbs as a part of my health kick but sometimes you just gotta have sushi. I prefer brown rice to white rice anyhow, so it's a much healthier decision for this dish. The tempeh is grilled to make it super crispy without the need for frying while the cucumber and avocado add different textures to the filling. I don't use a sushi mat for rolling but feel free to do so if that's your bag. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar 1/3 packet tempeh 2 nori sheets 1/2 avocado, sliced 1/2 small cucumber, julienned 1 tablespoon sesame seeds Soy sauce, wasabi and pickled ginger to serve Method Mix the rice wine vinegar with the brown rice...

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Stuffed Zucchini Flowers

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 12 Okay, so I obvs haven't started my health-kick yet but I assure you, it's coming! Before I launch myself into healthdom, I've decided to make a few decadent recipes and here's one of my favourites. These cheese filled, deep-fried vegetables of moreish goodness go nicely with a light summer salad and some lemon mayo. If you end up with leftover stuffing, roll it into balls and deep-fry as well, they're a treat of their own. Ingredients 12 zucchini flowers (with zucchini still attached) 1/3 block Blue Style Cheezly 1 tablespoon Tofutti Sour Supreme Dash of lemon juice 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs 8 fresh basil leaves 1 clove garlic, crush Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup self raising flour 1 1/4 cups chilled water Vegetable oil for deep frying Method In a...

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Cannellini, Fennel and Rosemary Pâté

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 2 ramekins Only recently have I delved into the world of fennel and so far I absolutely adore it. Cooked or raw, it's totally delicious and has so many bitchin' applications. I'm also a sucker for a good dip, so I decided to throw the fennel in with some cannellini beans, rosemary and a few other ingredients to make a dope pâté. The best thing about this is that you can prepare it the day before and it's going to taste even better than when you first make it. Perfect for the holiday season, it's sure to be a hit at any festive gathering. Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 small brown onion 1 bulb fennel 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 sprig rosemary 1 can...

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Dehydrated Cheesy Kale Chips

Difficulty: Easy Makes one large bowl We all know by now that kale is basically king of the veggie patch; it's high in iron, calcium, fibre, vitamins C, A and D plus it's good for a whole bunch of other stuff too! My brother got into dehydrating in the nineties but I'd never really thought about it again until recently when I saw a dehydrator on sale for $40 and decided to pick one up. Now I can't stop thinking of things to try and first cab on the rank were kale chips. These guys are deliciously crunch, light, flavoursome and totally good for you. Like I said, king of the veggie patch. Ingredients 10 stalks of kale 1/3 cup olive oil 1 teaspoon agave syrup 1/4...

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Mock Prawn and Ginger Steamed Dumplings

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 16 Oh look, some more dumplings that I've made! I've gotta say, I'm getting pretty darn good at making these little morsels of flavour explosion. This time I've gotten steamy again and banged out some mock prawn and ginger numbers. If steaming ain't your thing, you go right ahead and pan-fry the damn thangs, I believe in you. Ingredients 16 dumpling wrappers 8 mock prawns 1 teaspoon grated ginger 1 spring onion 1/4 red onion 1 tablespoon lime juice Method Finely chop the mock prawns, spring onion and red onion. Combine with the ginger and lime juice. Wet the edges of each dumpling wrapper with water before adding a tablespoon of mixture to the middle of the wrapper. Fold the wrapper over so the edges meet and pinch gently before making...

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Pumpkin and Brown Rice Mini Burgers

Difficulty: Medium Makes 16 To celebrate Halloween, I decided to create a recipe that would be perfect for serving at a Halloween party or gathering, perhaps to even take to work as a treat for your colleagues. These Pumpkin and Brown Rice Mini Burgers are nested on a homemade bun but if you're not up to that challenge, you can always make larger burgers with store-bought buns or use mini ones if you can get them. As a special bonus Halloween treat, I've added my spooky topper template for you to use. So get cookin', if you dare...

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Pan-Fried “Beef” and Enoki Mushroom Dumplings

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 16 Since making my first dumplings a month or so ago, I've been itching to make more. I decided to bung a mock meat in this batch as well as pan-frying instead of steaming. You're more than welcome to steam them if you'd like though and they're not going to be any less delish. Ingredients 16 dumpling wrappers 1/2 cup beef style chunks 1/4 bunch enoki mushrooms 1/4 red onion Handful of continental parsley Oil for frying 1/4 cup hoisin sauce 1/4 cup soy sauce Method Cut the beef style chunks, mushrooms, onion, and parsley into itty bitty pieces and place in a bowl. Lay out the dumpling wrappers on a flat surface. Wet the edges of each dumpling wrapper with water before adding a tablespoon of mixture to the middle of...

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Cheesy Pepper Arancini

Difficulty: Medium-Hard Makes about 16 Never before have I attempted to make risotto, let alone arancini! To be honest I've never even eaten arancini as I've never seen a vegan-friendly one before. Well I was sick and tired of never being able to eat one of those little crispy morsels of ricey goodness, so I decided to confront my non-existent arancini fears and give it a red hot go. Now that I've made them, I'm going to make them again and again in different flavour combinations. Ingredients 3-4 cups water 2 tablespoons chicken style stock powder (I use Massel) 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 handful of parsley, finely chopped 1 cup arborio rice 1/3 cup nutritional yeast 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon...

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Pizza Scrolls

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 8 It's been at least five years since I've eaten a scroll and I have thought about making them many times since becoming vegan. I finally bit the bullet and decided to make my first batch with delightful results. I'll be making many different variations in the future however I'm starting it off with the pizza scroll. A bakery favourite stuffed with tomato, facon and your favourite vegan cheese. Enjoy these warm or pop them in your lunch box as a awesome midday treat. Ingredients 2 1/2 cups plain flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup Nuttelex 1 cup soy milk 1/4 cup tomato pasta sauce 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 tomato, finely chopped 1/4 brown onion, finely chopped 1/2 cup facon bits 3/4 cup grated vegan cheese Method Preheat...

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Kale and Smoked Tofu Dumplings

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 36 I've recently acquired some kale, which is a real victory in my town, so when I got ill this week I was bummed out that I couldn't use it. After a few days in bed I finally worked up the strength to make some real food and since I had dumpling wrappers, kale and smoked tofu I decided to attempt dumplings for the very first time. Mine are steamed but feel free to fry them if you want to. Either way, served with a little sweet soy sauce these babies are the bomb as either a light meal or party treat! Ingredients 36 gow gee dumpling wrappers 1 teaspoon grated ginger 1 clove garlic, crushed 1/2 brown onion, finely chopped 1 bunch kale,...

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Mexican Seven Layer Dip

Difficulty: Easy Makes 1 litre of dip I hadn't even heard of this dip until the other day but as soon as I did I set out to veganise it. It's such an wicked contribution to any party or gathering because you can prepare it in advance, it only takes a jiffy to put together plus it looks impressive and tastes even better. You may want to double the recipe if you're going to a larger gathering, it's going to run out mighty quick! Ingredients 1/2 can refried beans 2 tablespoons taco seasoning 1 ripe avocado 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 cup Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese 1 cup Tofutti Sour Supreme 1 cup salsa 1/2 cup shredded lettuce 1/2 cup grated vegan cheese 1/4 cup black sliced olives Method Layer One:...

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Jalapeno Pretzels

Difficulty: Medium Makes 12 A while back I whipped up some herb and garlic pretzels that were some of the tastiest morsels in existence. I was feeling pretzy again so decided to spice things up this time around with some jalapenos and Cheezly. BOOM! Another delicious snack-treat was born. Now I don't want to make some outlandish remarks here saying I'm some kind of pretzel legend, no wait, I do. Make them, you'll understand. Ingredients 7 grams dry yeast 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups warm water 1/3 cup, roughly chopped jalapenos 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 3 cups plain flour 2 cups bread flour 1/3 cup roughly grated Cheezly 2 cups warm water 1 1/2 tablespoons bi-carb soda 2 tablespoons Nuttelex Coarse sea salt Method In a large...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Prawn and Tofu Moneybags

Difficulty: Medium Makes 24 Moneybags Coming up with finger food for a non-vegan occasion can be a tough one. Teamed with a tangy dipping sauce, these tasty  morsels are packed full of deliciousness and will ensure that your addition to the table is gobbled up in no time. You might want to eat a few beforehand though because after these babies are devoured, the vegan snack options will be gone! Ingredients 9 sheets of filo pastry, thawed One red onion, very finely chopped One carrot, very finely chopped 12 mock prawns, finely chopped 1/2 block of firm tofu, finely chopped 1 tablespoon of galangal 1 tablespoon of jarred lemongrass 1 handful of fresh mint, finely chopped 1/3 cup vegan fish sauce (or soy sauce) 1/4 cup Nuttelex, melted For the Dipping Sauce 1/4 cup soy...

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Spinach and Cheese Rolls

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 8 rolls Yet another delicious bakery-style treat to add to your repertoire! These light, crispy and delightfully cheesy treats make for the perfect snack or lunch on the run. Add some salad or vegetables to the side and you've got yourself a wholesome dinner. These things are incredibly addictive though, don't say I didn't warn you! Ingredients 1 bunch of spinach, finely chopped 1/2 brown onion, finely chopped 1 tub of Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 cup of plain flour Salt and pepper to taste 4 sheets of puff pastry, partially thawed (a lot of grocery store pastries are in fact vegan, just read the label) Method Preheat the oven to 200°C Cook the spinach in the microwave (or stove if you're that way inclined)....

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Creamy Spinach Dip in Cob Loaf

Difficulty: Easy If there's a gathering, you can almost guarantee there'll be a spinach dip. Possibly one of the easiest yet most delicious party snacks one can add to the table but is it ever vegan-friendly? Hell no, until now that is. Whipping this up takes no time at all but trust me, all the unassuming non-vegans will be wondering why you're smirking as you watch them enjoy your masterpiece. Ingredients 1 cob loaf 1 teaspoon of olive oil 4 spring onions, chopped 1 small red onion, finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic, crushed (or 2 teaspoons of minced garlic) 250g frozen spinach, thawed 30g packet of spring vegetable soup mix 225g tub of Tofutti Sour Supreme (vegan sour cream) 1 cup of Praise Light Mayonnaise (believe it!) Salt and pepper to...

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