Vegan Egg Salad Sandwiches

Difficulty: Easy Makes 4 sandwiches Everybody loves a good sammy and even though there are SO many vegan sandwich fillings out there, I was yearning for more. Enter my Vegan Boiled Egg recipe and a few other bits and pieces to recreate the classic egg salad without any animal cruelty - premo! Note: You don't necessarily need an egg mould for this recipe but you want to make sure you can fill the whites with the yolks and chop into pieces. Ingredients Vegan Boiled Eggs (get the recipe here) 1/2 cup vegan mayo 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon mustard 1 spring onion, finely chopped 8 slices bread 2 tablespoons vegan butter or margarine 1 small iceberg lettuce, shredded Salt...

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Nacho Sweet Potato Fries

Difficulty: Easy Serves 1-2 If there's one thing better than sweet potato fries, it's regular potato fries but sometimes that's just not possible so we'll settle for the slightly less better thing; loaded sweet potato fries. Stuff my Nacho Sweet Potato Fries in your gob and you'll want to make them whenever regular potato fries aren't an option. All jokes aside, they are bloody delicious. I promise. Ingredients Baked Sweet Potato Fries (recipe here) Mince Mixture 1/2 cup TVP 1/2 beef style stock cube 1/3 cup boiling water 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small onion, chopped 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 1 cup cooked red kidney beans, drained 1/4 cup passata Guacamole 1 avocado 1 tablespoon...

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Easy Pumpkin Curry

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4-6 Hey you! Do you love stuff that tastes crazy good, is hella healthy and super easy to make? My Easy Pumpkin Curry is here to make all of your dreams come true! You're gonna need to have my Easy Curry Paste on hand (don't worry it's easy to make too). This is a perf meal to make for freezing and the leftovers make for the dopest lunch. Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 brown onion, roughy chopped 1/4 cup Easy Curry Paste 6 cups chopped pumpkin 2 cans diced tomatoes 2 cups vegetable stock 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons soy milk 2 cups chopped greens Chilli and parsley to serve Method Add the olive oil to a stock pot...

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Lamington Mug Cake

Difficulty: Easy Serves One I've teamed up again with my friends at Nature's Charm to hit you with some more premo recipes! This series is going to featch the range of deliciously versatile Nature's Charm sauces and first up you gotta check out this hella easy Lamington Mug Cake! Don't be fooled by how easy this cake is to make - the richness of the Coconut Chocolate Fudge Sauce takes this simple dessert to an outta this world level. Ingredients 1/3 + 2 tablespoons Nature's Charm Evaporated Coconut Milk 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1/3 cup plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon cocoa powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons Nature's Charm Coconut Chocolate Fudge Sauce 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 teaspoon desiccated...

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Easy Curry Paste

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 1 cup If you're not making your own curry paste, I don't know what the hell you're doing with your life. Turn things around by keeping a jar of my Easy Curry Paste in your fridge and whip it out when it's time to make a bangin' curry dish! Ingredients 2 large red chillies, roughly chopped 2 shallots, roughly chopped 6cm x 6cm cube ginger, peeled and roughly chopped 5 cloves garlic Handful of continental parsley (you can also use coriander) 3 tablespoons peanut or olive oil Method Chuck the chillies, shallots, ginger, garlic and parsley in a food processor. Process on high, adding 1 tablespoon of oil at a time. Continue to process until smooth. Transfer to a jar...

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Cacao Oats

Difficulty: Easy Serves 2 The weekend means that you can spend a little extra time in the morning preparing something hella tasty for breakfast. These Cacao Oats won't take up too much of your chill time though, they'll be ready to take back to bed in under 15 minutes! Ingredients 1 1/2 cups rolled oats 2 tablespoons raw cacao 2 - 2 1/2 cups non-dairy milk 2-4 tablespoons agave syrup (or any sweetener you choose) 4 tablespoons tahini Raw chocolate and chocolate chips to serve Method Chuck the oats and raw cacao in a medium saucepan and pour in 2 cups of the non-dairy milk. Cook on medium-high heat for a few minutes while stirring, adding extra milk to achieve your desired consistency. Add...

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Miso Ramen w/ Vegan Egg + Fried Tempeh

Difficulty: Medium Serves 2 Hello, do you like making deceptively easy meals to impress your friends? Or even just to prove to yourself that you're a badass vegan cook? Well then, I think I have found your holy grail! My Miso Ramen w/ Vegan Egg + Fried Tempeh is really all you need to make for an impressive dinner party but simple enough to whip up during the week. Feel free to mix up the toppings as you wish - that's the funnest part! Ingredients Tempeh 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon miso paste 1 tablespoon brown sugar 300g tempeh 1 tablespoon olive oil Broth 1/4 cup soy sauce 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons miso paste 2L chicken-style or vegetable stock 3 cloves garlic,...

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Creamy Coconut Carbonara

Difficulty: Easy Makes 2 large serves The truth is that I'm not a massive pasta fan but when Nature's Charm asked me to develop a recipe using their Evaporated Coconut Milk I just couldn't take my mind off making a creamy pasta sauce! I'm so bloody glad I did because this pasta is off the effing chain. With a little help from my friend arrowroot powder, the sauce is wonderfully thick but hella creamy thanks to the amazing texture of the Evaporated Coconut Milk and who the hell needs pancetta when you've got my Smokey Tempeh Crumbles?! The milk itself has a hint of sweetness to it, a little coconutty in flavour and is a bit thicker than regular coconut milk which lends...

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Secret Green + Cacao Smoothie

Difficulty: Easy Serves: 2 There are greens in this smoothie. You wouldn't know it though because the sometimes unpleasant greeny taste is covered up by the much more pleasurable chocolatey taste of raw cacao. By doing this, you're nailing a serve of fruit and a serve of veggies before your day has even started. I love lookin' out for you guys! Ingredients 1 tablespoon chia seeds 1/4 cup water 2 small, ripe bananas 2 handfuls baby spinach leaves 1/4 cup raw cacao powder 1 tablespoon vegan sweetener (optional) 2 cups non-dairy milk Raw chocolate to serve (optional) Method In a small cup, whisk together the chia seeds and water. Set aside until it thickens. Chop up the bananas and chuck them in your blender...

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Gluten Free Oat + Choc Chip Cookies

Difficulty: Easy Makes 24 Choc chip cookies are indisputably the ultimate cookie you can get your greasy little mitts on but man, I love an oat cookie too. So I've done something bold, wild and crazy - I've combined oats and choc chips to create a super cookie that even my gluten free peeps can ram into their gobs. I'm sweet like that. Note: You gotta use GF oats if you're making these intentionally GF (otherwise plain ol' oats will do!) Its also worth noting that those with severe intolerance to gluten sometimes can't handle GF oats either - worth noting, I don't want your friends to hate ya! Ingredients 2 tablespoons chia seeds 1/3 cup water 1 cup vegan margarine 3/4 cup brown...

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2 Ingredient Choc Hazelnut Cups

Difficulty: Easy Makes 16 Have you ever been in the situation where you need to whip up some kind of chocolatey treat but only have hazelnuts and chocolate on hand? No? Oh. Well next time that sitch occurs (and it will) remember this recipe and also remember to thank me/apologise to me later. These babies have a little bit of a Nutella-y slash Ferrero Rocher vibe going on, minus the obvious grossness that comes along with drinkin' cow's milk. Ingredients 200 grams vegan chocolate, broken into pieces 1/3 cup hazelnuts Method Preheat your oven to 180°c and line a small baking tray with baking paper. Spread the hazelnuts over the tray and roast for 10 minutes until they start to brown. Remove and allow to cool. ...

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Nature’s Charm – Banoffee Tapioca Pudding

Difficulty: Easy - Medium Serves Four I'm a huge fan of coconut stuff and jackfruit stuff, so when Nature's Charm asked if I'd like to team up with them to create a series of recipes using their products I was like "hell yes!" Over the coming months I'm going to hit you with a few dope recipes to give you some #inspo for how to use your Nature's Charm products. I don't mess with tapioca pudding often, but when I was sent Nature's Charm Condensed Coconut Milk to try I just knew that's what I had to make with it! Creamy, sticky and sweet - this is everything you remember from classic condensed milk without the gross animal cruelty associated with dairy. You thought...

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Sweet 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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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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Sweet Potato + Brown Rice 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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7 Ingredient Cheesy Sauce

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 1 litre We all love a good cheesy sauce, right?! There are so many different ways to make a bangin' vegan cheese sauce but this one is my fave by far. It's lower in fat, carbs and calories than many others, it's nut free and gluten free plus it's super easy to make without compromising on taste because fam, you know I ain't given up taste for NOTHIN. Coat your fave pasta to make mac 'n' cheese (like I did below), make cheesy fries or fondue - do whatever you want with it, it's your life! My tip: add extra miso for a more tangy sauce! Ingredients 2 x 425g cans butter beans, drained 4 cloves garlic 2 tablespoons miso...

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3 Ingredient Pomegranate Froyo Pops

Difficulty: Easy Makes 6 What the actual heck is up with the weather in Australia rn, you guys?! I know it’s summer but your girl isn’t coping with these 30+ degree days. To help cool down, I’m pumping out loads of frosty treats like these Pomegranate Froyo Popsicles. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups plain vegan yoghurt (I prefer soy) 1/2 cup pomegranate juice 1/2 cup pomegranate arils Method Blend together the vegan yoghurt and pomegranate juice until well combined. Sprinkle some pomegranate arils into the bottom of each ice block mould. Fill each mould half way with the yoghurt mixture and sprinkle in the remaining arils before filling to the top with the yoghurt mixture. Add a couple more arils and then the sticks and/or...

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 24 Real talk: there is nothing pretzel-y about these cookies other than the shape but to be honest who cares because they’re cute AF, right? There is something chocolate-y and peanut butter-y about them though – and call me crazy but I think that might be because of the peanut butter and chocolate in them. P.S. You can get a similar cookie cutter here. Ingredients 1/2 cup vegan margarine 1/4 cup caster sugar 1/4 cup soy milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup peanut butter powder 2 1/2 cups plain flour 1 cup vegan chocolate 1/2 cup granulated nuts Method Cream together the vegan margarine and caster sugar until light and fluffy. Add the soy milk and vanilla extract and mix until...

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2016 Recipe Roundup

Time flies when you and everyone you know are having the worst year in memory, amirite?! For the most part 2016 has been a pretty big write-off IMHO but that doesn't mean there haven't been some truly excellent moments. I went on two overseas trips, completely redesigned the website and had my stuff shared in some hella cool places. Plus I made some delicious eats and discovered some dope vegan products so it ain't all bad. Let's try and focus on the positives and end the year on a good note, shall we? P.S. I'd love to hear what you think! Let me know if you had any fave Like A Vegan recipes posts of 2016 in the comments below. Basil Seed,...

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Crispy Pomegranate Waffles

Difficulty: Easy Makes 4 Waffles While waffles are all the rage in the US, it seems like they don't get their fair share of credit Down Under. I've been a major waffle fan for years but TBH I don't see them popping up on menus very often so I end up making my own. I'm always tryna better my waffle-making technique and these guys are definitely the best so far - loaded with golden syrup, pomegranate and vegan Greek yoghurt to sorta balance out the fact that this isn't the healthiest brekkie goin' round (really tho, it's not that bad either). Ingredients 1 cup soy milk (room temperature) 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1 cup plain flour 1 tablespoon cornflour 2 teaspoons baking...

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Festive Feast – Ginger Carrots

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 The rules of Christmas are that you simply must add at least  one vegetable to your plate for health reasons as these counteract the tonne of shit food you've eaten over the past couple of weeks. These Ginger Carrots are super tasty and kinda sweet so you can basically just pretend they're Christmas candy. Ingredients 500grams Dutch Carrots 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons agave syrup 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger Salt to taste Method Preheat your oven to 180°C and prepare a baking dish. Trim the tops off the carrots and set aside as garnish for later. Wash the carrots and place in the baking dish. Whisk together the olive oil, agave and freshly grated ginger. Coat the carrots...

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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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No-Rice 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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Banana Choc Chip Cashew Ice Cream

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 If you managed to wrap your head around that bitch of a recipe title, wait til you wrap your mouth around what the recipe makes! The cashew base makes it soy free and when you throw in that banana and choc chip combo, Craig David wouldn't be able to handle all that flavour. Now, I've been trying to chill a little on the sugar lately (dw fam, I'm not gonna go all IQS on your asses) so I sweetened this guy with stevia which you can tastea little bit, but feel free to use agave or maple syrup if it's more your jam. Hint: Make sure you leave plenty of time to cool the cashews! Ingredients 2 cups raw cashews 1 1/3 cups nut...

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Apple Pie Granola

Difficulty: Easy Makes 4 cups Crunchy granola is just about the only cereal-type thing you'll get me near. When you add all the bits and pieces to make the damned thing taste like apple pie, well dayaaamn you've got me hooked! Easy enough to quickly whip up on Sunday for the week ahead but let's be honest, it ain't going to last beyond Tuesday (if that). If you had signed up to my newsletter you could have been making this for months now, don't make the same mistake again by signing up here. Ingredients 1 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup raw almonds 1/2 cup raw cashews 1/2 cup raw macadamias 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 green apple 1/3 cup coconut oil 1/3 cup maple syrup 1/2 cup sultanas Method Preheat the oven to...

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Treat Yo’Self to Apple & Cinnamon Poptarts

Difficulty: Medium Makes 12 Growing up there were 3 ultimate breakfast scenarios; going out for breakfast, being allowed sugary cereal out of one of those tiny boxes, and Poptarts. You know, those little pastry things that were filled with delicious unhealthy stuff and covered in the most delicious frosting known to man-kind? Now you can make your very own vegan version that tastes like tiny little apple pies. Now that's an ultimate breakfast scenario. Ingredients Pastry 2 1/2 cups plain flour 1/2 cup caster sugar 2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 cups vegan margarine 1/3 cup chilled water Filling 2 tablespoons vegan margarine 4 green apples, peeled and diced into 1cm cubes 1/2 cup brown sugar 4 teaspoons cinnamon 2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 cup almond milk Frosting 1 cup icing sugar 1/2 tablespoon cornflour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 tablespoons...

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Loaded Chickpea Pita Pockets

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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Raspberry & White Chocolate Fudge

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 21 pieces Fudge is one thing that I had never really bothered with because replicating the condensed milk thing was so damned hard and the vegan ones on the market were so freaking difficult to get a hold of. Now that condensed coconut milk is pretty easy to pick up at your local supermarket (I get mine from Woolworths), both of those problems are solved and I can now make shitloads of fudge on the regular. This time around I went for a less intense but no less delicious combo of white chocolate and raspberry because the fruit cancels out the chocolate #fact. Ingredients 1 320ml can sweetened condensed coconut milk 1 tablespoon vegan margarine 2/3 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 250g...

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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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Lemon Thyme Potatoes

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 We all know that potatoes are dope AF so there's no real need to convince you to get on board with this recipe other than the face it also combines the freshness of lemon with the perfect wintery flavour of thyme. Chuck this winter warmer in the oven and serve it alongside your favourite veggie roast. Ingredients 10 baby potatoes, washed 1/4 cup olive oil Juice of 1/2 lemon 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 sprig of thyme Salt and pepper Method Preheat your oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Cut the potatoes into quarters and set aside in a large bowl. In a small jug, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Mix well. Pour the oil...

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Coconut Choc Chunk Cookies

Difficulty: Easy Makes: 18 When you've got nothing to do, a rainy day is the perfect excuse to chill hard, bake hard and just generally max relax in the comfort of your own home and/or PJs. Keep the ingredients for my coconut choc chip cookies on hand so next time it starts raining cats and dogs (I wish), you're ready to bake up a storm. Ingredients 3/4 cup vegan margarine 1/2 cup caster sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon water 1 tablespoon cornflour 3/4 cup desiccated coconut 1 1/4 cups plain flour 1 1/4 cups chocolate chunks Method Preheat your oven to 180°C and line two baking trays with grease-proof paper. In a large bowl, cream the vegan margarine, caster sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Whisk in the...

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Spinach & Chickpea 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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Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Summer is trying to sneak its unwelcome ass back into my Autumn (NNNNNO!) so I'm willing it away with a recipe for a side dish made for cooler weather. You've obviously continued reading after the title of this post, so I'm already assuming that you're somewhat down with the Brussels sprout. If you're not, maybe you just like looking at stuff you don't really like very much and I guess that's cool too, you do you. It's time to flip the script on what the sprout hatin' mofos in your life think about the B-sprout and dress 'em up with the help of Canada's gift to us all; maple syrup. Maybe you'll succeed, maybe you won't but if it's...

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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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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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Rosewater Marshmallow Hearts

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 12-18 The way to any vegan's heart is through their stomach and there's nothin' better than a homemade Valentine's Day gift, especially if it's edible. These bad boys will make babe swoon with their light marshmallowy centre dipped in dark chocolate. Really tho, where's my Valentine at? Ingredients 1/3 cup corn flour 3/4 cup water 1 tablespoon agar agar powder 1/2 cup glucose syrup 1 cup caster sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon rosewater 2-3 drops pink food colouring (make sure it's vegan) 300g dark chocolate Method In a medium sized saucepan, gently whisk together the water and agar agar powder over low heat until the powder dissolves. Crank the heat up to medium-high before adding the glucose syrup and caster sugar while continuing to stir constantly. Once the mixture starts to boil, immediately and...

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Birthday Cake Cupcakes

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 It may be hard to believe from my teen-like behaviour and overwhelmingly youthful appearance but today is in fact my 28th birthday and I thought as a special gift to myself I would bake cupcakes. I've been baking cupcakes for as long as I remember, sometimes with a recipe, more often just chucking a bunch of ingredients into the oven and hoping for the best but this time I decided to pay attention and write it down. I guess this is growing up. Ingredients 1 1/4 cups almond milk 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 cup caster sugar 1 1/2 cups plain flour 1 tablespoon arrowroot (tapioca) flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Pinch of...

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Little Christmas Pavlovas

Difficulty: Medium Serves 8-10 (depending on size) 2015 will forever be remembered as the year of aquafaba in the vegan community. Still haven't heard of it? Get the hell out from under that rock and grab yourself a can of chickpeas, cos that's what you're gonna need to make these bad boys. "Chickpeas?! Are you effing nuts?!" I hear your screaming at your laptop or smart phone and while it may be hard to believe, the juice from canned chickpeas act as egg whites to make this classic Aussie dessert (soz NZ, it's ours. We own it now). Knock the unwanted gifted socks off the family this Christmas with a plate of red, white and green courtesy of the meringue base, coconut cream and...

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Vegan BBQ: Tofu, Black Bean & Mushroom Patties

Difficulty: Easy Makes:  10 Leave the gazpacho at home, Lisa! My Tofu, Black Bean & Mushroom Patties are here to get you through your next BBQ. With the weather really heating up and the holiday season upon us, it's that time of year where BBQ invites are coming in thick and fast. Your typical Aussie grill-a-thon doesn't cater much to us old vegans, so the guys at Ziegler & Brown asked me to change that by devising an awesome animal-free recipe that vegans and non-vegans alike and can enjoy this BBQ season. These tasty guys can be made a couple of days in advance and whipped out just before cooking so you've got a juicy, flavoursome plate ready to take along to your next occasion. Ingredients 1/2 small...

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Vegan Eggnog

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Are you ready to nog?! Also, are you ready for all of the times I'm going to use 'nog' in this post? Ah well, too bad because I'm nog going to stop anytime soon. I'm going to be straight up and let you know that not once in my life have I tasted real eggnog but I get the gist and eggs are gross so it's better for all of us if we just straight up ditch them from this recipe. Who really needs eggs when you're making what is essentially a frothy, Christmassy, alcoholic milkshake?! Nobody, that's who. Let's celebrate our new arrangement with the adding of alcohol to milk. Ingredients 1 400mL can full fat coconut cream (placed upside down...

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Candy Cane Ice Cream & Chocolate Shell Topping

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 1 litre It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and I've teamed up with the epic team at Your Home Depot to create another recipe using my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker with Compressor. I've been shopping with these guys for years because they have great prices, an awesome range of products and a super easy checkout process. These guys even hooked me up with a bitchin' Global Ikasu Knife Set for helping out with this recipe, it doesn't get much sweeter than that! Candy canes are the official sweet of the festive season so I thought why not combine them with the guaranteed deliciousness of ice cream?! So I did and I know I say this all the...

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Raw Zucchini & Pomegranate Salad

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 I'm not the official Christmas cook in my household but if there's one thing I know about cooking a feast, it's that you need a combo of things you can prepare well in advance and stuff that you can throw together quickly on the day; this salad is the latter. With a glorious mix of Christmas coloured produce, this raw and simple salad is going to cancel out all that other crazy junk you're surely going to be eating on the big day, that's how it works, right? Ingredients 4 big-ass zucchinis 1 large pomegranate 1 bunch of red radishes 1/3 cup hazelnuts Salt and pepper to taste Dressing 1/2 cup tahini 2 tablespoons cold-pressed olive oil Juice of half lemon 1 teaspoon agave Method Use your spiraliser to create long, thin...

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Passionfruit Coconut Ice Cream

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 1 litre You may have noticed that I've been pumping out a fair bit of ice cream lately. That's because a while back I bought a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker from Your Home Depot and have been working on perfecting my recipe. This machine is wild, you guys! It creates ice cream in an hour thanks to its built in compressor, so you don't have to freeze any bowls beforehand. The guys at Your Home Depot cottoned on to how stoked I was with my new toy and asked if I would be keen to create some recipes using their products. Considering I've been shopping with them for a couple of years now, I said "hell yeah, let's...

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Watermelon, Lime & Mint Popsicles

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 10  Summer has been sprung on us a little early this year so I've gone into overdrive coming up with treats to bring a little coolness into your lives. These popsicles can be in your freezer within minutes and once set, you'll be thanking your past self for their forward thinking! Plus, turn these into a wicked cocktail popsicle by adding a shot of white rum or vodka (I may or may not have done that too). Ingredients 700g seedless watermelon Juice from one lime Handful of mint leaves 1/2 cup white rum or vodka (optional) Method Cut up the watermelon into reasonable sized chunks and throw into the blender. Add the lime juice and alcohol (if you're using it) and whizz together until blended. Pop a...

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Rosewater Ice Cream

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 6-8 If you didn't know already, ice cream is my number one dessert. If you share my passionate love for ice cream, then it's imperative that you get yourself a good ice cream maker (one with a built in compressor is best) so that you can create your own badass concoctions in the privacy of your own home and in no time at all. I recently discovered Pandaroo Sweet Condensed Coconut Milk at Woolworths and the warmer weather meant that ice cream was inevitable. The subtlety of rosewater seemed to be the perfect flavour this time around but trust me, there are plenty more to come. Let me know if there's a flavour you'd love for me to make...

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Goma-ae

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 (as a side dish)   Goma-ae is one of my absolute fave Japanese dishes, probs because it involves sesame paste and I absolutely LOVE sesame. Not to be confused with tahini, white sesame paste can be picked up from any good Asian grocer and has an intensely nutty sesame flavour. I made goma-ae quite a while ago but have given the recipe a little revamp so now is the perfect time to get stuck in. Note: That other stuff on the plate is for another recipe I'm working on, stay tuned for that one! Ingredients 350g green beans, ends removed 350g baby spinach leaves 1/2 cup white sesame paste 1/3 cup soy sauce 1 teaspoon mirin (or rice wine vinegar) 2 tablespoons brown sugar 3 tablespoons sesame seeds Method Wash...

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Vegan Iced VoVos

Difficulty: Medium Makes about 40 cookies I hear you non-Aussie folk asking "what the eff is an Iced VoVo and why do I want a vegan one?" and I'ma give you an answer! The Iced VoVo is a classic Australian biscuit; a vanilla cookie topped with marshmallowy fondant, jam and coconut. Obviously there are a couple of components of the Iced VoVo that means they're were no longer on the shopping list once I went vegan, so for my niece's 5th birthday tea party I whipped up a batch of vegan ones! I know it looks a little complicated and making your own marshmallow seems daunting but trust me, you got this, I believe in you. Ingredients Biscuit 1/2 cup vegan margarine (I used Nuttelex) 1...

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Oh My Chai – Chai Cake w/ Maple Walnut Glaze

Price: From $4.95 Where to Buy: www.ohmychai.com.au I don't drink a lot of hot drinks but this recent cool snap has me downing several cups a day. When the guys from Oh My Chai offered to chuck a bag of their organic masala chai my way, it was simply an offer I could not refuse. Oh My Chai Masala is a hand blended loose mix of 9 spices like cinnamon, fennel and ginger and is lightly sweetened thanks to our old friend dark agave. It's smooth, subtle and can be made on your favourite non-dairy milk in no time. This blend is available in 1kg or 250g bags but if you're not quite sure that Oh My Chai is the right tea for you,...

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Chunky Cashew and Basil Dip

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 1 cup   Sometimes you need to whip up a cool snack in a matter of minutes and a dope way to do this is via a dip. You got some bread or crackers nearby and you've got yourself the perfect afternoon treat! Ingredients 3/4 cup raw cashews 1 bunch basil 1 clove garlic 1 small chilli 1 tablespoon olive oil Juice of half a lemon Pinch of salt Method Chuck all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until ingredients are combined but still chunky. Serve with your favourite bread or crackers. ...

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Baked Caramel Cheesecake

Serves 10 Difficulty: Easy-Medium It's my first post of 2013 and believe it or not, I've never ever in my life made a baked cheesecake. Throwing a recipe together was pretty simple but the taste is far from it, pretty awesome actually. I've added a can of the Soymilke caramel to the mix but you're more than welcome to make your own caramel if you're not on a time crunch or can't get access to it. I've got the baked cheesecake bug now, look out! Ingredients 18 Digestive biscuits 1/3 cup vegan margarine 2 tubs Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese 1 300gram container of silken firm tofu 1/2 cup caster sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 3 teaspoons egg replacer 2/3 can Soymilke caramel Method Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a standard...

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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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