Sweet Sesame Tofu

Sesame Tofu

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Anybody who says they don't like tofu has either never tried it cooked the right way or they're just plain wrong. This Sweet Sesame Tofu is so easy to make, tastes delicious and you can add it to just about anything your little heart desires; try it in your fave salad, stir fry or buddha bowl! Ingredients 250g high protein, firm tofu 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2cm cube ginger, grated 1/4 cup kecap manis 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon sesame seeds Method Preheat oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Cut the tofu into 3cm x 3cm cubes and pop in a shallow container. Mix together the garlic, ginger, kecap manis,...

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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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Spicy Jackfruit Tacos w/ Lime Slaw

Jackfruit Tacos

Difficulty: Easy Makes 8 Much to my dismay, the warmer weather is insisting on creeping in. In an effort to tolerate and accept the unwanted increase in temperature, I'm turning my attention to what's most important - food! Jackfruit is the most excellent taco filling because you can flavour it basically whatever you want plus it has the greatest meaty texture, the perfect pal to the crunchy lime slaw you're going to stuff into those bad boys. Ingredients Jackfruit Filling 2 560gram tins of young jackfruit in brine (you should know by now to NOT buy ripe jackfruit in syrup) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 cup vegan chicken or vegetable stock 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon garlic powder Up to 1 tablespoon of the sauce from...

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No-Rice Stuffed Capsicums

Stuffed Capsicums

Difficulty: Easy Makes 4 I love cooking as much as the next person but there comes a time when you simply cannot be effed to put in the hard yards to scrape together a decent meal. Stuffed capsicums are a perfect solution to that problemo because they take no time at all, look like you put in a bit of effort and they're dope for using up all the bits and pieces you have left in the fridge. What's your quick and easy weeknight meal? Let me know in the comments! Ingredients 2 capsicums (any colour you like) 1 teaspoon olive oil 1/2 brown onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 2 cups vegan mince (I used Gardein but you could also use finely chopped tofu, tempeh or beans) 1...

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Spinach & Chickpea Cannelloni

Cannelloni

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 4-6 I'm not a huge pasta person (I know, sue me) but sometimes I'm just fully down with it. This weekend I thought I'd have a crack at some cannelloni because apparently just pasta with sauce isn't good enough for me. This can get a little messy but if you take your time and do it carefully, you'll end up with delicious creamy tubes of goodness. Ingredients 4 cups chopped fresh spinach 1 large clove garlic, chopped 1 spring onion, chopped 1 227g tub of vegan cream cheese 1 can chickpeas, drained 2 tablespoons corn flour 1/2 cup non-dairy milk Salt and pepper to taste 21 instant cannelloni tubes 3/4 cup vegan cheese Sauce 1 tablespoon oil 1 large clove garlic, finely chopped 1 small red onion, finely chopped 2 cans crushed tomatoes 1 tablespoon brown...

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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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Baby Kale, Chickpea and Lemon Pasta

Kale, Chickpea and Lemon Pasta

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

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Sang Choy Bow

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

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Crispy Cajun Potatoes w/ Tangy Tomato Mayo

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

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Brown Fried Rice

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

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Tomato Pasta Bake with Quick White Sauce

pastabake

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

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Zucchini, Pea and Lemon Spaghetti

peaspaghetti

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

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Smith & Daughters

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Address:175 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065 Website: http://www.smithanddaughters.com/ If you haven't heard about Smith & Daughters, you must have been living under a rock because there's been a lot of buzz since these guys came on the Melbourne restaurant scene a few months ago. Shannon and Mo invited me along to the opening a while back and although I wasn't able to make it at the time, I vowed to get down to Melbourne this year to try them out. And try them out I did. Twice. The decor is fabulous; a huge wall covered in vintage posters and photographs plus the now famous "EAT VEGAN" neon sign lights up the room. There's plenty of indoor greenery as well but what S&D are now...

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Lentil Bolognese

Difficulty: Easy - Medium Serves 4 My brother was recently told not to eat soy so I've been trying to make tasty and satisfying meals without relying on tofu and soy-based mock meats. It can be tricky but I've managed to come up with a few bloody good recipes; this Lentil Bolognese is one of them and will be added to my rotation. Ingredients 3 cloves garlic, crushed 1 red onion, finely chopped 1 large carrot, peeled and finely chopped 3 cups cooked lentils 1 800gram can diced tomatoes 1/2 cup vegan beef style stock (or vegetable) 2 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce (make sure it's soy free too) 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon dried mixed herbs Salt and pepper to taste 1 500gram packet spaghetti Fresh basil to serve Method In a large pan, sauté the...

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Peri Peri Tofu Pizza

Difficulty: Medium Serves 4 Peri Peri sauce seems to be all the rage lately and since I have built up my chilli tolerance, I thought it was time I tried to make my own. The natural way to eat peri peri sauce seems to be atop a pizza with grilled tofu and vegetables so that's what I made and it was fan-freakin-tastic. So much so that my meat-loving guests scoffed it down almost instantly! Ingredients 1 pizza base 1/2 cup chillies, remove the stems (if you want a milder sauce, pick your chillies accordingly) 2 cloves garlic Handful of coriander 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise (optional, this just gives it a creamier texture and takes away some of the heat) 1 block high protein, firm tofu 1/4 cup...

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Satay Tofu and Broccoli Pizza

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 4 Pizza is probably one of the coolest foods to ever exist because there are limitless options for topping combos. I was feeling in a satay mood so tried to think of other flavours that would lend themselves to satay, tofu and broccolli of course! I also got a pizza stone for my birthday so it was good to try that out, I need a little more practice though. Ingredients 1 homemade pizza base (or storebought base, no judgement here) 1/3 head broccoli, broken up into bite sized pieces 1/2 block firm tofu (high protein works best for this one), sliced into three "steaks" 1 small red onion, finely chopped 1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter 1/4 cup coconut milk 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon vegan fish sauce...

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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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Vegetable and Mock Fish Panko Tempura with Wasabi Salt and Dipping Sauce

Difficulty: Medium Serves 4 For those members on the family who weren't on a health-kick this Easter, plus those who were looking to indulge a little, I whipped up this super crispy batch of panko tempura. I've done tempura before but this time I decided to add to the crunch by using both batter and panko bread crumbs which turned out to be a totally excellent and radical decision on my part. Team this up with my wasabi salt and dipping sauce and you've got a dish worth breaking your diet for. Ingredients 1/3 packet Lamyong Calamari (you can use tofu or another mock meat if this isn't available) Handful of snow peas, tails removed 1/2 red capsicum, cut into chunks 1/2 yellow capsicum, cut into chunks 1...

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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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Lemon Soy Curls

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 I'm yet to make it to Spoon's Vegetarian Butcher in Newtown however my brother did bring me home a few special treats from his recent visit. Amongst these treats was a bag of soy curls; think TVP but in big, chickeny pieces and lighter in colour. This was my first encounter with soy curls but they seem to be incredibly versatile. I decided to use them to make a dish based on lemon chicken and the result was sweet, tangy and delicious. The texture is reminiscent of chicken and absorbs flavour really well. This is a dish you can whip up in a flash on a weeknight, so keep the ingredients on hand. Ingredients 230 gram packet soy curls 1 chicken...

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BBQ Jackfruit Burgers

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 4 What would you say if I told you that you can make a pulled "pork" sandwich without any mock meat? I know, I would have said that too but you obviously haven't cooked with jackfruit. Yep, jackfruit. That big prickly Asian fruit that they put in desserts however instead of the ripened fruit, you use it in its young stage. When cooked, it has a really stringy and meaty texture that has to be tasted to be believed. You can find young green jackfruit at your local Asian grocer but make sure you're not getting the ripe one in syrup or you'll be sorely disappointed. Ingredients 2 x 280gram cans of young green jackfruit in water or brine 2 tablespoons canola...

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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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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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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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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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“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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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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“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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“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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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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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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Meaty Lasagne

Difficulty: Medium Serves Four I've never really been a lasagne person, but occasionally I'll taste one that blows my mind. This is one of those times and I'm quite proud that it's my own recipe that has impressed me! This recipe makes a double layered lasagne but if you're one of those all out, zany "I like a tower of lasagne" types, just double the recipe and she'll be apples. Ingredients 2 1/2 cups TVP 3 beef style stock cubes, I use Massel 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 small red onion, finely chopped 2/3 to 1 large jar of tomato pasta sauce 1/3 cup Nuttelex 1/4 cup plain flour 1/2 cup soy milk 3 large sheets of instant lasagne Salt and pepper to taste Handful of pine nuts Method Preheat oven to 180°C Prepare the TVP as per packaging and...

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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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Beefy Burgers

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 9 burger patties Everybody loves a boiger! The issue is that most of the vegan-friendly patties are full of vegetables, lentils and beans which leaves us with our meaty craving unsatisfied. Veggie patties definitely have their place, heck I love em, but sometimes you just want that classic beefy taste that a veggie burger cannot provide. Ingredients 2 teaspoons of egg replacer 4 tablespoons of water 2 cups of textured vegetable protein (TVP) 2 beef style stock cubes 2 cups of boiling water 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 tablespoon of mixed dried herbs Salt and pepper to taste 1/3 cup tomato sauce 1 1/3 cup bread crumbs Method Combine egg replacer and water in a small bowl and mix well. Set aside. In a large bowl, crumble the stock cubes over the...

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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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Meaty Mushroom Pie

Difficulty: Medium Serves Four I guess you could call this my "signature dish". I started making meat pies about a year and a half ago, making gradual improvements as I went along. The best thing about this pie is that you can make so many variations, don't like mushrooms? Leave them out or add some lentils or beans instead! If you can't get beef style chunks, substitute with TVP and add some beef style stock for a more meaty flavour. Ingredients 1/2 bag of beef style chunks (you can find these in a lot of Asian supermarkets), defrosted 2 sheets of thawed puff pastry (depending on the dish you're using you made need extra) 1 small brown onion, finely chopped 2 cups of button mushrooms, chopped A...

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Tempeh and Basil Mushrooms

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves Two Often cooking delicious means cooking unhealthy. Lately I've been experimenting with some healthier dishes so that every time I cook it doesn't also mean a calorie fest. I don't mean celery and carrot sticks kind of healthy, just wholesome and tasty dishes that are better for me. Tempeh is high in fibre and protein, mushrooms are also high in protein as well as potassium so why not combine the two and make a super meal? Ingredients 1/3 cup kecap bango 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon minced ginger 4 large mushrooms 1 small red onion, finely chopped 1 small red capsicum, chopped A handful of fresh basil, chopped 1 packet of tempeh, cut into cubes 4 teaspoons Sour Supreme Method Combine kecap bango, garlic and ginger in a bowl and...

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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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