Garlic + Chive Cashew Cheese | Your Party Companion

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 1 cup The cheese platter is a staple of every gathering and for non-vegan folk, they're pretty effing easy to throw together. For vegans, buying a selection of vegan cheeses can be a bit spenno and making them yourself can be a tad time consuming. I wasn't hella confident in making my own cheese recipes so mainly stuck to the recipes of others, however I've recently spent some time using what I've learned to branch out and create my own! This Garlic + Chive Cashew Cheese is your perf party companion because it's super inexpensive and easy to make, plus it looks and tastes bitchin' on any cheese platter. Do you want to see some more easy cheese recipes?...

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Jalapeño Falafel Waffles

Difficulty: Easy Makes 10 I've teamed up with my friends at Orgran to make a bunch of hella tasty recipes using their easy to find, super affordable products. The best thing about Orgran though? Their stuff is a-ok for just about anybody to eat because they're: Gluten free Wheat free Egg free Dairy free Yeast free Nut free GMO free and Vegan For my first recipe, I've decided to marry together Orgran's Falafel Mix with my waffle maker to create a mind blowing treat perfect for your next party, picnic or gathering. Thanks to this amazing mix, you can whip these babies up in no time and even make them in advance to reheat in the oven when your pals arrive. My Jalapeño...

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Table of Plenty + Dukkah Crusted Oyster Mushrooms Recipe

Price: From $3.50 Where to Buy: www.tableofplenty.com.au You guys know I have a close and personal relationship with snacks, so when Table of Plenty hit me up to review some of their stuff and create a little recipe, you know I jumped at that chance! I reckon you can always pick up the vibe that a business is doing good and when you learn the Table of Plenty story, it all starts to make sense. Owner Kate Weiss started the biz after the struggle of a challenging full-time job started to compromise the care of her Amy, who was born with a disability. Kate and her team have now grown Table of Plenty into a major national biz with a range of products including muesli, snacks,...

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Spring Green Vegetable Quiche

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4-6 You know, I wasn't really a massive fan of quiche in my non-vegan days but somehow since losing animal products I've gained the taste for it. Recreating this classic dish is really so simple and TBH you'll wonder why you ever made quiche with eggs in the first place! Feel free to use store bought pastry if you can't be effed with making your own, it'll be just as good. Ingredients Pastry 2 cups plain flour 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup vegan margarine 2 tablespoons chilled water Filling 300g silken tofu 1 cup raw cashews 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk 2 tablespoons arrowroot 1/3 cup nutritional yeast 1 teaspoon black salt (optional, but it does give that "eggy" taste) 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 spring onion, finely chopped 1/2 cup green peas (fresh or frozen) 1/2...

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Tofish Fingers – An Easy Weeknight Meal!

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Fish fingers are really a part of growing up for most kids but when you realise fish are cute as hell, they're very quickly taken off the menu! There are a few frozen fish finger substitutes out there and they're all fantastic but I wanted to try things a little differently with my homemade version. Simply using tofu and seaweed as a base, these guys can be whipped up super quickly and easily made gluten free with GF breadcrumbs. Ingredients 750g hi-protein firm tofu 4 sheets seaweed 1 1/4 cups non-dairy milk (I used soy) 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 2 cups dry breadcrumbs (make sure they're vegan) 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon mixed herbs 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 2 teaspoons garlic powder Olive oil spray Vegan tartare sauce and lemon...

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Crispy Bean Stuffed Potato Skins

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 If you tell me a potato skin is going to be crispy, you'd better damn deliver me a crispy potato skin. I don't take that responsibility lightly so believe me when I say these mofos are goddamned crispy. You really can fill them with whatever you want but this time around I added some beans to make them extra hearty. Ingredients 6 washed potatoes, go smaller on the size Olive oil spray Salt & pepper 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 cup mixed beans 1/2 cup vegan cheese (I used Daiya) 1 spring onion Method Preheat your oven to 200°C. Stab the potatoes all over with a fork before carefully placing in the oven (directly on the racks or a pan with a roasting rack). Cook...

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Baked Jalapeño Poppers

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 12 For a long time I had doubted the existence of fresh jalapeños because I sure as hell hadn't seen any. Last weekend I couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted a basket of glossy, green chilies in the distance at the supermarket so naturally I grabbed as many as I could and got to thinkin' about a recipe. Here is that recipe. Feel free to go ahead and fry these bad boys if you want to, I won't judge you. I may even try it one day myself when I can be bothered dealing with a deep-fryer situation. Today is not that day. Ingredients 12 fresh jalapeños 2/3 cup vegan cream cheese Handful of chives, finely chopped 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder Pinch of...

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Lentil & Walnut Rolls

Difficulty: Easy Makes 18  Party season is upon us which can sometimes mean a tricky time for us vegans. Will we be catered for? Should we eat before we go or take something along? I'm here to tell you that you should take something along, this thing! My lentil & walnut rolls are a taste sensation wrapped in pastry, plus you can have them cooked in under an hour. Ingredients 2 1/2 sheets puff pastry (or equivalent homemade pastry) 2 1/2 cups cooked brown lentils (or canned) 1 1/2 cups walnuts 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1/4 cup barbecue sauce 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional) Salt and pepper to taste Spray oil Sesame seeds Method Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. In a...

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Deviled Eggs

Difficulty: Medium Makes 12-16 (depending on mould size) Yep, you read that right, deviled freakin' eggs! They look just like the real thing and if my memory serves me correctly, they taste pretty similar too (but of course this all comes with none of the unpleasantness of real eggs). The eggy tastes comes to you courtesy of black salt; an ingredient you can easily pick up at your local Indian grocery. The size and quantity of your batch will be dependent on the moulds you use and you can easily pick these up online for a few bucks (I used chocolate egg moulds). Take thrse guys along to your next party or picnic and they're sure to be a real hit! Ingredients Whites 1 1/2...

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Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 12 Picking a sweet treat can be tough work; do you want something with a bit of crunch, like a cookie or do you want something with frosting, like a cupcake? My Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches are the obvious choice here because you get the best of both worlds! These chocolate cookies are fantastic on their own but are taken into another world of deliciousness when filled with vanilla cream and rolled in nuts or sprinkles. Stay tuned for more variations on this recipe, it's a keeper! Note: If you want this recipe to be soy free, make sure your vegan margarine and sprinkles are too! Ingredients Cookies 2/3 cup vegan margarine 1 1/2 cups caster sugar 1 1/4 cups plain flour 2/3...

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Blueberry, Basil & Lime Fizz

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes about 3L I haven't made a drink for a while and thought it was about time I quenched my thirst to do so. You might think I'm crazy for adding basil to a fruity concoction, but once you try it you'll be all "I'm so sorry I doubted you, Chelsey! Will you ever forgive me?" I probably will forgive you, but perhaps make it first and we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. If you're feeling party, you could add some vodka to this one for your next occasion and it would go down a real treat. Ingredients Syrup 2 1/2 cups blueberries (I used frozen but fresh are good too) 1 bunch basil 1 cup caster sugar Rind of one lime 2 cups...

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Vegemite and Cream Cheese Filled Pretzels

Difficulty: Medium   Makes 16   G'Day! Vegemite is one of our staples in Australia and in celebration of Australia Day, I've made a batch of Vegemite and cream cheese filled pretzels to take along to a barbecue this afternoon. If you're one of those people who don't like Vegemite, I don't understand you but you can always leave it out and have the cream cheese filling instead. Ingredients 7 grams dry yeast 2 tablespoons caster sugar Pinch of salt 1 1/2 cups warm water 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast 3 cups plain flour 2 cups bread flour 1/4 cup vegemite 1/4 cup vegan cream cheese 2 cups warm water 1 1/2 tablespoons bi-carb soda 2 tablespoons vegan margarine Rock salt             Method Combine the yeast, sugar, salt, nutritional yeast and the first lot of warm water. Mix until the yeast dissolves. Sift...

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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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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 12 Cupcakes are good food all year round but come Christmas time you can make 'em extra festive. Poppin' a teensy candy cane on top of these babies instantly gives them a festive feel and are wonderful as edible gifts or a Christmas gathering. Ingredients 1 cup soy milk 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1/3 cup canola oil 3/4 cup caster sugar 1 1/3 cups plain flour 1/4 cup cocoa 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 tablespoons red food colouring 3/4 tub Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese, make sure it's real cold 1/4 cup Nuttelex (or any vegan margarine), this has to be cold too 1 teaspoon peppermint essence 3 cups icing sugar Method Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a cupcake tray with liners. Whisk together the soy milk and apple...

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Cannellini, Fennel and Rosemary Pâté

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 2 ramekins Only recently have I delved into the world of fennel and so far I absolutely adore it. Cooked or raw, it's totally delicious and has so many bitchin' applications. I'm also a sucker for a good dip, so I decided to throw the fennel in with some cannellini beans, rosemary and a few other ingredients to make a dope pâté. The best thing about this is that you can prepare it the day before and it's going to taste even better than when you first make it. Perfect for the holiday season, it's sure to be a hit at any festive gathering. Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 small brown onion 1 bulb fennel 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 sprig rosemary 1 can...

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Pumpkin and Brown Rice Mini Burgers

Difficulty: Medium Makes 16 To celebrate Halloween, I decided to create a recipe that would be perfect for serving at a Halloween party or gathering, perhaps to even take to work as a treat for your colleagues. These Pumpkin and Brown Rice Mini Burgers are nested on a homemade bun but if you're not up to that challenge, you can always make larger burgers with store-bought buns or use mini ones if you can get them. As a special bonus Halloween treat, I've added my spooky topper template for you to use. So get cookin', if you dare...

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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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Cheesy Pepper Arancini

Difficulty: Medium-Hard Makes about 16 Never before have I attempted to make risotto, let alone arancini! To be honest I've never even eaten arancini as I've never seen a vegan-friendly one before. Well I was sick and tired of never being able to eat one of those little crispy morsels of ricey goodness, so I decided to confront my non-existent arancini fears and give it a red hot go. Now that I've made them, I'm going to make them again and again in different flavour combinations. Ingredients 3-4 cups water 2 tablespoons chicken style stock powder (I use Massel) 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 handful of parsley, finely chopped 1 cup arborio rice 1/3 cup nutritional yeast 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon...

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Kale and Smoked Tofu Dumplings

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 36 I've recently acquired some kale, which is a real victory in my town, so when I got ill this week I was bummed out that I couldn't use it. After a few days in bed I finally worked up the strength to make some real food and since I had dumpling wrappers, kale and smoked tofu I decided to attempt dumplings for the very first time. Mine are steamed but feel free to fry them if you want to. Either way, served with a little sweet soy sauce these babies are the bomb as either a light meal or party treat! Ingredients 36 gow gee dumpling wrappers 1 teaspoon grated ginger 1 clove garlic, crushed 1/2 brown onion, finely chopped 1 bunch kale,...

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Mexican Seven Layer Dip

Difficulty: Easy Makes 1 litre of dip I hadn't even heard of this dip until the other day but as soon as I did I set out to veganise it. It's such an wicked contribution to any party or gathering because you can prepare it in advance, it only takes a jiffy to put together plus it looks impressive and tastes even better. You may want to double the recipe if you're going to a larger gathering, it's going to run out mighty quick! Ingredients 1/2 can refried beans 2 tablespoons taco seasoning 1 ripe avocado 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 cup Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese 1 cup Tofutti Sour Supreme 1 cup salsa 1/2 cup shredded lettuce 1/2 cup grated vegan cheese 1/4 cup black sliced olives Method Layer One:...

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Southern Fried “Chicken”

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 4-6 When you think of soul food, you immediately think of fried chicken, which isn't something easily veganised. I think I've come pretty close to hitting the nail on the head with this one though; the skewers give each piece a little handle to hold, reminiscent of a drumstick and the combination of spices make this one tasty treat. Because of their size, these are great little morsels to serve at a party or gathering as well. Ingredients Oil for deep frying Wooden skewers 1 packet, Lamyong Soy Nuggets (or whatever mock chicken you prefer) 1 cup soy milk 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1 cup plain flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon white pepper 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder Method Leave out the soy nuggets...

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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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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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Satay ‘Chicken’ Skewers

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 14 skewers Some vegetarians and vegans are a bit freaked out by mock meat. I'm not. Some meat-eaters are freaked out by mock meat. My friends aren't. I had them around recently to enjoy a vegan feast and these magical sticks went down a real treat. They're great to serve with rice and/or salad for a meal or as finger food for a party. Ingredients 14 wooden skewers One bag soy nuggets or mock chicken, thawed 3/4 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup coconut milk 1/4 cup granulated nuts 1 tablespoon chilli flakes Method Soak the skewers in warm water for half an hour. Preheat oven to 200°C and grease a baking tray. Thread 4 to 5 pieces of mock chicken onto each skewer and lay on the baking tray. Spray...

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Cauliflower and Zucchini Koftas

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 We had about one thousand zucchinis in our fridge and they needed to be used very quickly. I also had a hankering for koftas because I hadn't made them since I lost my favourite recipe for them many moons ago. I decided to marry the surplus zucchinis with my craving and set out to crack the kofta code. They are delicious as a meal served with rice but you can also just make the balls smaller, put the sauce on the side and take them along to a party. Ingredients 2 cups grated zucchini 2 cups grated cauliflower 1 1/2 cups besan flower 1 teaspoon garam masala 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon salt Oil Sauce 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 tin diced...

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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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Chocolate Crackles – Light & Dark

Difficulty: Super Easy Makes 12 Recently it was my niece's first birthday party and I was in charge of catering, of course! I decided to veganise some classic party recipes and this one was obvious. Traditionally, chocolate crackles are made with cocoa and shortening but I decided to make them more delicious by using real chocolate, white and dark. If you would like to make the chocolate go a bit further, add some vegetable shortening. Needless to say, these went down a treat. A must to put on your radar for the next party! Ingredients 5 cups rice bubbles 1 250gram block dark chocolate (I use Whittaker's) 2 1/2 100gram blocks white chocolate (I use Sweet William) Method Place half of the rice bubbles in one large bowl...

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Hummus

Difficulty: Easy Makes one bowl There is a Lebanese joint near where I used to live that makes the most banging hummus. It's so creamy and tangy and perfect that since my first taste I have been trying to recreate it. Mum recently bought a food processor so I decided to use it for this recipe and I will never be making hummus without it again! This is the best I have ever made and it comes dangerously close in both taste and texture to the one I used to enjoy. Ingredients 1/2 cup tahini 1/2 cup lemon juice 2 cloves garlic, crushed 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 can chickpeas 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon water Method In a food processor, blitz the tahini, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil until well...

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Toffee Nut Popcorn

Difficulty: Easy- Medium Serves 4 It's a public holiday in Newcastle today because of the Newcastle Regional Show. To be honest, I don't know anybody who is going and I am unsure as to why I get the day of work for it. I'm not going to argue though, a 3 day weekend means I have plenty of time to finally unpack my boxes from moving and of course cook! As most carnival treats are laden with animal products, I decided to make my own Toffee Nut Popcorn. Popcorn is a fun snack that you can easy adapt to make new and exciting flavours, something I intend on doing and posting on here! Ingredients 5 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/2 cup popcorn kernels 1/2 cup Nuttelex 3/4 cup brown...

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Prawn and Tofu Moneybags

Difficulty: Medium Makes 24 Moneybags Coming up with finger food for a non-vegan occasion can be a tough one. Teamed with a tangy dipping sauce, these tasty  morsels are packed full of deliciousness and will ensure that your addition to the table is gobbled up in no time. You might want to eat a few beforehand though because after these babies are devoured, the vegan snack options will be gone! Ingredients 9 sheets of filo pastry, thawed One red onion, very finely chopped One carrot, very finely chopped 12 mock prawns, finely chopped 1/2 block of firm tofu, finely chopped 1 tablespoon of galangal 1 tablespoon of jarred lemongrass 1 handful of fresh mint, finely chopped 1/3 cup vegan fish sauce (or soy sauce) 1/4 cup Nuttelex, melted For the Dipping Sauce 1/4 cup soy...

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