Festive Feast – Scalloped Baked Potatoes

Difficulty: Easy Serves 6 No festive feast is complete without a hefty serving of potatoes and this year is no different. By thinly slicing the potatoes into discs, not only do you get delicious crispy edges but you also get a hella tasty and good lookin' side dish that makes the perfect accompaniment to any Christmas meal. Ingredients 4 white potatoes, washed 4 red potatoes, washed 2 small red onions 1/3 cup olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced Salt and pepper to serve Method Preheat the oven to 200°C and prepare a shallow baking dish that is suitable for cooking and serving. Very thinly slice all of the potatoes as well as the red onions; you want all of them to be in discs...

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Festive Feast: Tomato + Parsley Salad

Difficulty: Easy Serves 6 It's kinda easy to go HAM on the treats over the festive season, which is why I've decided to throw a fresh and hella healthy recipe into the mix. This salad makes the perfect accompaniment to any Christmas meal and almost cancels out all that super carby, fatty sugary stuff you've been eating (kinda). Ingredients 500 grams mini heirloom tomatoes 1 bunch parsley Salt and pepper to taste Dressing 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon agave syrup Method Roughly chop the tomatoes into bite-sized pieces and chuck them into a small bowl. Follow that up by roughly chopping about 1/2 bunch of parsley and toss through with the tomatoes. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive...

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Festive Feast – Ginger Carrots

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 The rules of Christmas are that you simply must add at least  one vegetable to your plate for health reasons as these counteract the tonne of shit food you've eaten over the past couple of weeks. These Ginger Carrots are super tasty and kinda sweet so you can basically just pretend they're Christmas candy. Ingredients 500grams Dutch Carrots 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons agave syrup 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger Salt to taste Method Preheat your oven to 180°C and prepare a baking dish. Trim the tops off the carrots and set aside as garnish for later. Wash the carrots and place in the baking dish. Whisk together the olive oil, agave and freshly grated ginger. Coat the carrots...

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Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 If somebody tells you that they don't like roasted potatoes they're either lying or their tastebuds are broken because potatoes are one hundo percent the best thing on the planet. Chuck 'em together with garlic and you've got yourself the most ultimate side dish. Ingredients 1kg mini red potatoes 1/4 cup olive oil 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast Salt to taste Vegan sour cream and chives to serve Method Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Chop the potatoes in to bite-sized chunks and either par boil or microwave on high for 4 minutes. Throw the potatoes in a large bowl, drizzle with oil and then coat with the garlic. Pour...

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Lemon Thyme Potatoes

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 We all know that potatoes are dope AF so there's no real need to convince you to get on board with this recipe other than the face it also combines the freshness of lemon with the perfect wintery flavour of thyme. Chuck this winter warmer in the oven and serve it alongside your favourite veggie roast. Ingredients 10 baby potatoes, washed 1/4 cup olive oil Juice of 1/2 lemon 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 sprig of thyme Salt and pepper Method Preheat your oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Cut the potatoes into quarters and set aside in a large bowl. In a small jug, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Mix well. Pour the oil...

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Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Summer is trying to sneak its unwelcome ass back into my Autumn (NNNNNO!) so I'm willing it away with a recipe for a side dish made for cooler weather. You've obviously continued reading after the title of this post, so I'm already assuming that you're somewhat down with the Brussels sprout. If you're not, maybe you just like looking at stuff you don't really like very much and I guess that's cool too, you do you. It's time to flip the script on what the sprout hatin' mofos in your life think about the B-sprout and dress 'em up with the help of Canada's gift to us all; maple syrup. Maybe you'll succeed, maybe you won't but if it's...

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Cheesy Jalapeño Potatoes

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

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Crispy Cajun Potatoes w/ Tangy Tomato Mayo

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

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Cornbread

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 If there's one thing I know how to make, it's a mean cornbread. Speaking of mean, I'm surprised I haven't shared this recipe with you already, I'm such a fool but better late than never, huh? I like to make mine in Texas muffin tins to make individual serves however it'll work just as well in a loaf tin if that tickles your fancy. My cornbread is the perfect accompaniment to any meal but is particularly bitchin' with salads, soups and chilli. Ingredients 1 cup soy milk 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 1 cup polenta 1 cup plain flour 3 teaspoons baking powder Pinch of salt 1/3 cup canola oil 1/3 cup caster sugar Method Preheat the oven to 220°C and grease a Texas muffin tin with spray oil...

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Homemade Baked Beans

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 I bloody love a good baked bean so I don't know why I'd never made them before now. I guess it was probably the prep time required for the beans but when you taste these babies you'll realise why they're worth the wait! They taste damn fine on their lonesome but would make a great accompaniment to a big vegan weekend breakfast. Melt a little cheese on top too if you want to make them extra tasty. Ingredients 1 cup dried navy beans 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 large brown onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 can crushed tinned tomatoes 1 beef style stock cube 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1/4 cup molasses 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon dried mixed herbs Salt and pepper to taste Method Soak the navy beans in...

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Truffle Flavoured Roasted Kipflers

Difficulty: Easy Serves 6+ What's Christmas without some roasted taters, huh? Nothin'! Sure, you can serve up some regular potatoes with your festive feast but if you want to make them just a little bit special I totally recommend this recipe. You can get artificially flavoured black truffle olive oil from most specialty stores and you'll probably be able to pick up some black salt too. Ingredients 12 kipfler potatoes 1/4 cup black truffle flavoured olive oil 3 tablespoons black salt Method Preheat the oven to 200°C along with the baking tray inside. Wash the kipflers and cut them each in half lengthways. Chuck the potatoes in a large bowl and coat with the oil. Lay out evenly on the baking tray and bake for about 30 minutes or until golden...

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Herb Focaccia

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 6 I feel like focaccia has kind of dropped off the radar a bit since the nineties; when I was a kid, it was all the rage! It seems to have been replaced by turkish bread in recent years and I'm not entirely okay with that. While still tasty, turkish bread is a poor man's focaccia and still relatively difficult to track down at a store. I decided to try my hand at it and it's actually not too hard to make a really tasty, wonderfully textured loaf of focaccia! Ingredients 7 grams dry yeast 1 1/3 cups warm water 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 tablespoon mixed dried herbs 1 teaspoon salt 3 cups bread flour 1 cup plain flour 1 tablespoon olive oil Fresh chopped...

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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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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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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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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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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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