Sweet Potato + Brown Rice Burgers

Sweet Potato Burgers

Difficulty: Easy Makes 4 Burgers are LIT but when I eat them, you'll usually find me chomping on some kind of mock meat variety. Every now and then I like to tuck in to a true "veggie burger" and this one is so freaking easy you'll find yourself doing the very same. Prep 'em in advance, pop 'em in the fridge and with a little salad and/or a bun you've got a quick lunch or dinner option ready to go. Ingredients 300g sweet potato 1 cup cooked brown rice (ain't no shame in using microwave rice - so quick!) 1 small red onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley stalks 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1 tablespoon soy sauce ...

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Kombucha Made Easy

Kombucha

Kombucha is one of those things that has really taken over the health industry and with good reason. It's full of antioxidants, probiotics which help keep your guts health AF but also help with immunity, energy and general wellbeing. Plus it tastes hella good - the only problem is that buying kombucha is kinda spenno, with a litre in Australia costing upwards of $8. If you drink as much booch as I do, that adds up pretty damn quick! If you’re like me, you love the booch but don’t love the freaking huge price tag that can come along with it. That’s why about a year ago I started making my own kombucha and I’ve never looked back. With a few basic...

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Loaded Chickpea Pita Pockets

Chickpea Pita

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 I really dig a pita pocket every once in a while but I effing hate making felafel and the store-bought ones ain't usually my jive. I decided to solve this problemo by filling the pockets with something else; chickpeas! Pan-fried and spiced to perfection with salad, homemade quick pickles* (quickles?!) and hummus make these guys a healthy, satisfying and bloody easy meal to whip up in no time. These guys make the perfect addition to a BBQ and how convenient that I've chucked them out into the bloggersphere just before the 4th of July?! * If you have time to pickle the cabbage properly please do, or feel free to use store-bought! Ingredients Quick Pickles 1/4 red cabbage, shredded 1 cup white vinegar 1/4 cup...

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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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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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Mediterranean Pasta

medpasta

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 If you're like me, you probably have olives, semi-dried tomatoes and capers in your fridge at all times so whipping this dish up is a pretty simple exercise. The pan-fried capers add a little punch and with a sprinkling of my vegan parmesan, you're good to go with this easy weeknight dinner. Ingredients 1 500gram packet pasta 1/4 cup olive oil (plus some extra for frying the capers) 1/3 cup baby capers, drained Squeeze of lemon 1 cup pitted kalamata olives 1 cup semi-dried tomatoes Vegan Parmesan to serve Salt and pepper to taste Method  Cook the pasta as per packet directions and drain. Add some olive oil to a frypan (about .5cm deep) and when hot add the baby capers. Cook until crisp and drain on paper towel. Toss the...

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Chickpea “Tuna” Salad

Difficulty: Easy Serves 2 There's nothing better than a lunch that's quick and easy to make with the added bonus of tasting wicked and that's what this Chickpea "Tuna" Salad is. You can chuck it on sandwiches, add it to a bigger salad, have it on its own or serve with crackers for a damn good light lunch. In the time it has taken you to read this little introduction, you could have already made this salad, unless you read it like super quickly, then maybe not. Ingredients 1 can chickpeas 1/2 small onion, finely chopped 2 celery stalks, finely chopped 1 tablespoon chopped chives 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/3 cup vegan mayonnaise Salt and pepper to taste Method Drain the chickpeas and pop into a medium sized bowl. Using a potato masher, mash...

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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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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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Rhubarb Crumble

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

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Simple Scones

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

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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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Easy Mac ‘n’ Cheese

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

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Chinese Cabbage & Noodle Salad

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

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Angel Food – Vegan Cheesey Sauce Mix

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

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Simple Pancakes

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

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Pasta with Bolognese Sauce

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

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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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Not-So-French Toast

Difficulty: Easy Serves four Yesterday a non vegan friend of mine mentioned he had French toast for breakfast. I thought to myself "why can't I have some French toast?!" It turns out I can and now so can you, all you need are some kitchen staples and a rumbling stomach in waiting. Ingredients 1 1/4 cups soy milk 1 cup plain flour 1 tablespoon caster sugar 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1 loaf of bread, thickly sliced (any kind you like, I used sourdough) Method Pour soy milk and flour into a mixing bowl and stir with a fork until only small lumps remain. Stir in sugar and cinnamon. Soak the bread in the batter for about 5 minutes, two slices at a time. In the meantime, heat a thin layer of olive...

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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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White Chocolate & Macadamia Cookies

Difficulty: Easy Makes 24 cookies Fresh out of the oven, these delicious cookies are the perfect with a cup of tea or a cold glass of soy milk before bed. Ingredients 2 teaspoons egg replacer 4 tablespoons water 1 cup vegan margarine, I use Nuttelex 2/3 cup brown sugar 1 1/3 cups caster sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla essence 3 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup unsalted macadamia nuts 2 blocks of King William white chocolate, broken into pieces Method Preheat oven to 150°C. Combine egg replacer and water in a small bowl and set aside. Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Next, beat in vanilla and egg replacer mixture. Sift in flour, salt and baking soda, combine well. Add white chocolate and macadamia nuts. Roll heaped tablespoons of mixture into balls and evenly...

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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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Choc-Mint Ice Cream Sandwiches

Difficulty: Easy The most memorable thing I "cooked" in high school were ice cream sandwiches. The thing that made it memorable? It was totally banging and delicious. I constantly attempt to recreate things I used to make when I wasn't vegan and magically transport them into the vegan realm. The advent of vegan condensed soy milk opened up many culinary doors (and windows) allowing these childhood recreations to emerge bigger and better than before. Feast your eyes...

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