Level 5 Vegan: Make Your Own Almond Milk

Been wanting to take your veganism to the next level but didn't know how? You know I got you fam! This post is all about making your own goddamn almond milk - that's level 5 shit! You may be surprised to learn that almonds do not have nipples, so you cannot extract milk the traditional way. The best part about that is (other than the obvs lack of cruelty) is that you don't have to wake up at 4am to milk your cows or whatever. TBH making your own almond milk is actually super easy and you don't really need anything too spesh or weird to pull it all together. This guide will yield about 1L of almond milk but since it...

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Fresh AF – Rice Paper Rolls w/ Peanut Dipping Sauce

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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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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Banana Nut Choc Pops

Difficulty: Easy Makes 6 Looking for a fun treat that's a little bit naughty but a little bit nice? My Banana Nut Choc Pops are just what you need! They take about 5 minutes to prepare and after a couple of hours in the freezer, they're ready to eat. They make a wicked substitute for ice cream as a dessert and if you only want a smidgen of chocolate, just dip the tip in chocolate instead of the whole banana. Little dudes will love making these too, so get those junior vegans in the kitchen! Ingredients 6 paddle pop sticks 3 bananas 300 grams vegan chocolate 1/2 cup granulated peanuts Method Line a baking tray with baking paper. Peel and cut each banana in half. Gently pop the stick in the...

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Lemongrass Jackfruit Banh Mi

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 This summer, salad rolls have been my jam. Put a salad roll in front of me and I'll be a happy girl but put banh mi in front of me and I'll give you a bloody massive hug. I gave myself a big hug this week when I whipped up this delicious banh mi; stuffed full of lemongrass jackfruit, pickled carrot and herbs. this crusty Vietnamese bread roll is going to send your tastebuds into overdrive. Ingredients 4 crusty Vietnamese long rolls (or one large baguette) 1 large red chilli 2 spring onions 1 bunch of coriander 2 Lebanese cucumbers Pickled Carrots 1 large carrot 1/2 cup white vinegar 1/3 cup caster sugar Pinch of salt Lemongrass Jackfruit 2 cans young green jackfruit in brine 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1...

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Spaghetti Squash w/ Tomato & Cannellini Beans

Difficulty: Easy Serves 2-4 If you follow me on Twitter, you would know that I am a huge fan of spaghetti squash. It's subtle flavour lends itself perfectly to so many dishes while its spaghetti-like texture magic! For years it has been near impossible to track down, except for rare occasions at the farmer's market however this week I stumbled across a bunch in Coles (of all places!) Naturally I scooped one up and took it home and despite the warmer weather in Newcastle, thought I would bake my new squashy friend and fill it with delicious tomato and bean combo. Eat this as a low calorie meal or as an impressive side dish at your next dinner party. Ingredients 1 medium spaghetti squash Olive...

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Lentil & Kidney Bean Chilli

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Cool air and grey skies are making way for warmer weather and sunshine but I'm still hanging onto winter for dear life with this dish. It's  a great meal for a several reasons; it takes less than 30 minutes to make, you should have all of these ingredients already, it's a cheap meal to throw together, it's hearty and healthy all the while tasting bloody delicious. Team this up with my excellent cornbread recipe and you've got yourself a spot on meal, whether Mother Nature wants to accept it or not. Ingredients 1/4 cup olive oil 1 small brown onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon thyme leaves 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon sweet...

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Oat, Chia & Almond Cookies

Difficulty: Easy Makes 20 Let's face it - a cookie is never going to be guilt free but as far as cookies go, these guys aren't so bad. They have a macaroon-y vibe going on which makes them super light plus they're packed full of chia goodness so you know they're pretty special. They're gluten and soy free too, making them a great lunchbox snack for big and little kids alike. Ingredients 2 cups almond meal 1 cup gluten free oats 1/3 cup chia seeds 1/4 cup desiccated coconut 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 cup coconut oil, melted 1/3 cup agave syrup or coconut syrup Method Preheat the oven to 180°C  and line a baking tray with baking paper. In a...

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Raw Zucchini Pasta with Pesto

  Difficulty: Easy Makes two modest servings or one big ass serving I know I've been hittin' y'all with a buttload of crazy(delicious) dessert recipes lately so I decided to throw something out there for the raw, healthy dudes. This is probably one of the easiest things you'll make and if you manage to screw it up I would be very surprised. While it's legendary as a healthy meal in itself, it would also make a premo side dish to go along with whatever bitchin' spread you're planning. Righteous! Ingredients 1 large zucchini 1 bunch of basil 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon pine nuts 1 squeeze lemon juice 1 small clove garlic Salt and pepper to taste Method Using a vegetable peeler, peel ribbons of zucchini along the long edge until you...

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Yellow Split Pea Dhal

Difficulty: Easy Serves 2 Just like vegan food, healthy food doesn't have to be boring and I'm learning that every day on my health kick. This one is about 300 calories for a large serving and trust me, it's filling! You can serve it with rice and/or roti but I just have it solo, it doesn't need anything else. Plus it's gluten free, woo!   Ingredients 1 cup yellow split peas 2 1/2 cups water 1 vegetable stock cube 1/2 can diced tomatoes 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (omit if you're a bit of a chilli wimp) 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, finely chopped Salt Vegan yoghurt and parsley to serve (optional) Method In a saucepan, bring the split peas, water and stock...

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Healthy Caesar Salad

Difficulty: Easy Serves Two Typically Caesar salad is a non-vegan fat fest; full of cheese, chicken, bacon and smothered in a creamy, fishy sauce. This guy is full of tofu, veggies on a bed of kale with a tangy tahini dressing, so you know it's bloody good for ya! Ingredients 2 large kale leaves (you can use cos lettuce if you'd prefer) 1/4 small red onion 1/2 ripe avocado 1/2 300 gram block hard tofu 1/4 cup coconut bacon (recipe here) 1/4 cup tahini 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (I use Spring Gully) 3 pickles 2-4 tablespoons water Salt and pepper Method Shred the kale and throw into a serving bowl. You can massage it if that's how you like your kale but I prefer it as is. Cut the cucumber into slices and then quarter them....

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Sorta Healthy Carrot Cake

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 8-10 My brother is on the most gnarly health kick of all time and for his birthday he requested a healthy carrot cake. Let's be honest here - this cake is much healthier than other cakes but at the end of the day, a cake is a cake, and cake isn't all that healthy. In saying that, there's not a whole lot bad about this cake, the icing is probably the main offender so skimp on that if need be. It's also gluten-free which is a bitchin' bonus for you gleegans out there who are diggin' on my recipes. The main thing here is that it tastes good and that's one thing all cakes must always be. I don't say...

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Red Cabbage and Tofu Salad with Sesame Dressing

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Last year I decided that I was going to start a new family tradition of making Easter lunch. The family seemed to tolerate it last year so I thought I would take the tradition into its second year in 2013 and make an Asian themed feast. Since a few family members (including myself) are still on a health-kick, I thought a salad was a good place to start. My family liked it so I guess being related to each other is working out just fine. Ingredients 1/2 red cabbage 3/4 cup bean shoots Olive oil spray 1 block hard tofu or bean curd 3 tablespoons sesame paste (you can get this from Asian groceries) Splash of sesame oil 1 tablespoon soy sauce 2 tablespoons vegan fish sauce...

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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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Ceviche

Difficulty: Easy Serves 2 Looking for a light meal or a great party dish? My ceviche recipe has you covered. The key here is using a firm yet ripe avocado, a mushy one is not going to do this dish any favours. You can serve your ceviche with whatever edible dipping device you like but since my health kick, I'm a big of cutting Mountain Bread into chip-sized pieces and grilling until golden. Ingredients 1 firm ripe avocado 7 vegan prawns (I use Lamyong), defrosted 1/2 brown onion 2 cloves garlic Red chilli (as much as you can handle) Sprig of coriander or continental parsley Juice of one lime Salt and pepper to taste Method Deseed and peel the avocado before chopping into bite-sized cubes. Slice your "prawns" into 5mm pieces. Chop the brown onion...

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Healthy Jackfruit Nachos

Difficulty: Easy Serves 2 As you all know, I've been on a health-kick. I've been focussing on that pretty heavily for the last month so sorry for the lack of posts. I'm sure you'll forgive me once you try this recipe. It's surprising how inventive you get when you're cutting down on calories, I've been doing a lot of experimenting.  This tasty dish uses jackfruit as the "meat" with a bunch of other nutritious elements thrown in there too. Make sure you get the young jackfruit in brine, the ripened fruit will not work in this. Ew. Ingredients 1 can young green jackfruit 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon paprika 1 teaspoon cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 small brown onion, finely chopped 1/2 cup kidney...

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Rainbow Tofu Tagine

Difficulty: Easy Serves 2 This week I celebrated my 25th birthday and the beginning of a health kick. I aim to eat really healthy 90% of the time so I spent the days before planning what I would be eating and also stocking up on varying produce to keep things interesting. For my birthday I scored a tagine dish and wasted no time in putting it to good use. Different varying mini capsicums and carrots give this dish it's rainbow of colour and Moroccan spices give it a whole bunch of flavour. I'll be experimenting a little more with tagines in the future so it may be time to get one if you don't already. Ingredients 1 small red onion 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 block of...

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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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Healthy Bean Burritos

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 6 I tried the ol' healthy Mexican thing with my Healthy Summer Nachos and to be honest I think they went down a real treat! I know sequels can be dangerous but I whipped up some deliciously tasty healthy burritos and it's like one of those sequels that is as good or better than the original (has that ever actually happened?) You don't need guacamole, Cheezly or Sour Supreme to make these babies because I've concocted a delightful tofu and cashew cream to fill the void. Get stuck in! Ingredients 6 jumbo tortillas 1 red onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 can 5 bean mix 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon cumin 2 cups cooked brown rice Cashew Creme 1 x 350 gram packet silken tofu 1...

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Chilli and Basil Polenta Salad

Difficulty: Medium Serves 4 I've never made polenta before but by golly I don't know why, it's so dope! This is a great salad that you can serve as a meal or as a side dish if you want it to serve more people. All your usual flavoursome suspects are there; basil, chilli and garlic, so you know this dish really packs a punch! Ingredients 1 litre water 1 cup polenta 1 teaspoon garlic 1 tablespoon finely chopped chilli 1 tablespoon finely chopped basil 1 teaspoon salt 3 handfuls mixed leaves 1/2 cup unsalted cashews 1/4 chilli, finely sliced 1/2 red onion, finely sliced 1 lebanese cucumber, sliced Sweet chilli sauce Method Grease a square baking tray. Bring the water and polenta to the boil on medium heat, stirring constantly. After 15 minutes, lower the heat and continue to...

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Soy and Ginger Tofu Salad

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 4 This salad has been made in my family for a few years now, with a couple of alterations being made each time. I've made it for people who don't particularly like tofu before and have had them ask for the recipe! It's a great accompaniment to any meal or as a larger serving can be a meal of its own. The crunchy noodles and shallots compliment the softness of the tofu and make for a lovely summer or springtime treat! Ingredients 1 350gram block tofu 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup kecap manis 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon minced ginger 1 tablespoon sesame seeds 2 large handfuls baby spinach leaves 1 small green capsicum, sliced into strips 1 small red onion, very thinly sliced 3/4 cup crispy noodles 1/4...

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Healthy Summer Nachos

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 We all know nachos are great, it's a scientific fact. An unfortunate fact is that nachos can also be a calorie-fest. While the occasional Mexican fiesta pig out is definitely warranted, it's nice to know that you can still enjoy nachos without the guilty "I just ate way too much" feeling afterwards. Baking tortilla chips is such a good solution to the corn chip dilemma and fresh avocado in lieu of guacamole means cutting out the cream substitutes! Ingredients 10 tortillas 2 tablespoons paprika 2 teaspoons salt Olive oil spray 4 tomatoes, diced 1 small red onion, diced 1 1/2 cups of corn niblets 1 1/2 cup 5 bean mix Juice of 1 lime 2 cloves garlic, crushed Salt and pepper to taste 1 avocado, sliced 1 green chilli, finely sliced (optional) Method Preheat...

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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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