Creamy Potato Bake

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4-6 When I announced on Instagram recently that I was going to start prepping Christmas recipes, I could almost hear the groans coming through the phone. While it does seem a tad early to start rolling our the festive fare, you gotta realise that I do it for you guys so that you can plan your holiday meals well in advance! My mum makes our vegan Christmas lunch so this is all 4 u, fam. Potato bake is one of those classic dishes that appears at just about every Aussie gathering. Usually it's full of cream and covered in cheese but my Creamy Potato Bake is nowhere near as bad for you but tastes hella fine. Don't wait til Christmas to...

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The BEST Creamy Mushroom Tagliatelle

Method: Easy-Medium Serves 4 Sometimes (AKA all the time) you've gotta give your body what it asks for and this weekend my body was begging me for pasta. Not just any kind of pasta, oh no, creamy mushroom tagliatelle; packed with flavour thanks to the roasted garlic and porcini powder, plus with the cashews and soy milk you've got maximum creamth (there I go with that word again). I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this is probs the best pasta sauce I've ever had. Note: Use GF pasta and you've got yourself one helluva gluten free pasta dish, my friends! Ingredients Creamy Sauce 2 cups raw cashews 3 cups button mushrooms, thinly sliced 5 large garlic cloves Spray olive oil 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1 teaspoon garlic...

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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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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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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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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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Creamy Potato & Garlic Soup

Difficulty: Easy Serves Two In all honesty, I'm not the biggest soup fan. However as far as soups go, this one is pretty dope. It's easy to make, creamy, tasty and extremely filling. The colder months in Australia are rapidly disappearing so get in quick to enjoy this one! Ingredients 1 brown onion, finely chopped 2 tablespoons of minced garlic 8 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped into small chunks 750 ml water 3 chicken style stock cubes 1/3 cup soy milk salt and pepper Method In a large saucepan, fry the onion and garlic in a little olive oil. Once browned, add the potato, stock cubes and water. Stir and cover. Once the potatoes have softened, remove from the heat and blend well with a stick mixer. Add the salt, pepper and soy milk and blend...

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Creamy Spinach and Facon Pasta

Difficulty: Easy Serves two Mention fake bacon (or 'facon' as it is affectionately known) to my friend Morgan and she will no doubt tell you a story about the time I may or may not have chased her around my kitchen, slapping her with a raw rasher. That was over ten years ago and now I choose to use facon as an ingredient, not a weapon. Ingredients 1/2 packet of bowtie pasta (or whatever kind you prefer) 4 rashers of facon, I use Redwood brand 1 small red onion, finely chopped 1 teaspoon of minced garlic (or 1 clove) 1/2 bunch of spinach, finely chopped 1/4 cup cooking soy milk (or normal soy milk if this isn't available) 227g container of Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese Handful of pine nuts Dried chives,...

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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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