Garlic, Chilli + Lemon Mushroom Scallops

Mushroom Scallops

Difficulty: Easy Makes 24 (approx.) Before I went vegetarian, I wasn't a huge fan of seafood unless it had the heck fried out of it and that has somewhat carried onto my feelings around mock seafood. If it's too fishy tasting, I ain't gonna go near it, fam. Despite that I have always wanted to do a scallop recipe with king oyster mushrooms ever since I knew it was a thing, however I could never bloody track some down. Luckily for me, on a recent trip to Sydney I found a stack of king oyster mushrooms at an Asian grocery and was pumped to finally realise my scallopy dream! My fave thing about this recipe is that not only is it quick and easy but it makes...

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Nature’s Charm – Banoffee Tapioca Pudding

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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Easy Immunity Soup

Immunity Soup

Difficulty: Easy Serves 8-10 Y'all know that if I'm making a soup like this, it's because I feel like I'm getting sick or it's too bloody late! Packed with the healing powers of garlic, ginger, turmeric, chilli and lemon plus filling and nutrient rich beans, lentils and vegetables - this soup is just want you need as the weather starts to cool down. Quick! Make it before it's too late! P.S. Summer is over and I'm really happy about it. Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large red onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 5cm x 5cm piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped 1 piece fresh turmeric, finely chopped 1 large fresh red chilli, finely chopped Juice and grated rind of one lemon ...

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Level 5 Vegan: Make Your Own Almond Milk

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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Kombucha Made Easy


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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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies

Choc PB 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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Festive Feast – Scalloped Baked Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

Difficulty: Easy Serves 6 No festive feast is complete without a hefty serving of potatoes and this year is no different. By thinly slicing the potatoes into discs, not only do you get delicious crispy edges but you also get a hella tasty and good lookin' side dish that makes the perfect accompaniment to any Christmas meal. Ingredients 4 white potatoes, washed 4 red potatoes, washed 2 small red onions 1/3 cup olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced Salt and pepper to serve Method Preheat the oven to 200°C and prepare a shallow baking dish that is suitable for cooking and serving. Very thinly slice all of the potatoes as well as the red onions; you want all of them to be in discs...

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Grapefruit Gin + Tonic

Grapefruit G+T

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Well, we've somehow survived 2016 (nearly) and that means we have bloody earned a drink or two (or ten). My Grapefruit Gin + Tonic is such a fun drink to whip out over the festive season cos it's fresh, fruity and bright. Plus you can whip up a batch in a few minutes, meaning you can spend more time drinking and less time prepping. Bonus. Ingredients 200mL gin 120mL Cointreau 1 1/2 cups red grapefruit juice 4 cups cubed ice 1 cup tonic water Red grapefruit and red currants to decorate Method Mix together the gin, Cointreau and grapefruit juice together. Fill 4 short glasses nearly to the top with cubed ice. Chuck a slice of red grapefruit on top...

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Festive Feast: Whole Cauliflower with Cranberry Stuffing + Mushroom Gravy

Cauliflower Roast

Difficulty: Easy Serves 6 You wouldn't think cauliflower could be a holiday showstopper but try your hand at this recipe and you'll understand why 2016 seems to be the year of the cauliflower roast. Taste aside, the best thing about this dish is that it's so easy to make, meaning you've got more time on your hands to unwrap gifts or hide from your family. While the cauliflower itself is pretty good, it is still a cauliflower so I must insist that you make my cranberry stuffing and mushroom gravy to have with it, ok? Ingredients Cauliflower Whole head of cauliflower 1/2 cup olive oil 1 cup vegetable stock 1 tablespoon onion powder 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1/4 cup almond meal 1/2 teaspoon...

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Festive Feast: Tomato + Parsley Salad

Tomato Salad

Difficulty: Easy Serves 6 It's kinda easy to go HAM on the treats over the festive season, which is why I've decided to throw a fresh and hella healthy recipe into the mix. This salad makes the perfect accompaniment to any Christmas meal and almost cancels out all that super carby, fatty sugary stuff you've been eating (kinda). Ingredients 500 grams mini heirloom tomatoes 1 bunch parsley Salt and pepper to taste Dressing 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon agave syrup Method Roughly chop the tomatoes into bite-sized pieces and chuck them into a small bowl. Follow that up by roughly chopping about 1/2 bunch of parsley and toss through with the tomatoes. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive...

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Festive Feast – Ginger Carrots

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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Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 If somebody tells you that they don't like roasted potatoes they're either lying or their tastebuds are broken because potatoes are one hundo percent the best thing on the planet. Chuck 'em together with garlic and you've got yourself the most ultimate side dish. Ingredients 1kg mini red potatoes 1/4 cup olive oil 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast Salt to taste Vegan sour cream and chives to serve Method Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Chop the potatoes in to bite-sized chunks and either par boil or microwave on high for 4 minutes. Throw the potatoes in a large bowl, drizzle with oil and then coat with the garlic. Pour...

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Blueberry + Lemon Polenta Muffins

Blueberry Polenta Muffins

Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 I know how bloody hard it can be to avoid pre-packaged snacks while wanting to stay stocked up on delicious treats throughout the work week. That's why my Blueberry + Lemon Polenta Muffins are the perfect work or school companion with their slightly sweet, lemony berry goodness! Not only are they damned tasty but you can have them ready to go in less than an hour with very minimal clean up. Note: these are intentionally not as sweet as your usual muffin but feel free to add more agave if that's what your little heart desires. Ingredients 2 cups almond milk 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 2 cups plain flour 2 cups polenta 4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup canola oil Rind and juice of one lemon 2/3...

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Banana Choc Chip Cashew Ice Cream

Banana 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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Raw Cross Buns

Raw Cross Buns

Difficulty: Easy Makes 10 If you're not really down with religion, Easter is pretty much an excuse to have a mega long weekend and stuff your face full of delicious things that you've probs been eating since they hit stores in January (admit it). I decided to flip the script on one of those delicious things, the hot cross bun, by harnessing the delicious spiced flavours and bundling them up in a bliss ball type situation. Because they're raw, gluten free and refined sugar free, it's the perfect excuse to eat even more of 'em! Ingredients 10 medjool dates (pitted) 1/4 cup raw almonds 1/4 cup raw cashews 1/4 cup Brazil nuts 1/2 cup almond meal 1/2 cup desiccated coconut 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon all spice 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 cup sultanas...

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Birthday Cake Cupcakes

Birthday 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

Christmas Pavlova

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 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

Candy Cane Ice Cream

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

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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Rum & Raisin Fudge

Rum and Raisin Fudge

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 20 pieces  When sweetened condensed coconut milk came on the scene recently, I knew my life would be changed forever. Why? Because fudge was back in my life and in a huge way. I've been playing around with a few fudge recipes this month and in a massive win for everyone involved, the easiest one turned out the best. Christmas is the perfect time for fudge because it's indulgent yet easy to make plus it's the perfect homemade gift! And what's a festive recipe without a little fruit and alcohol huh? Nothin', that's what! Ingredients 1 320mL can sweetened condensed coconut milk 1 tablespoon vegan margarine 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 shot of rum (a teaspoon of rum essence will...

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Watermelon, Lime & Mint Popsicles

Watermelon Popsicle

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

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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Jackfruit + Potato Curry

Jackfruit Curry

Difficulty: Easy Serves: 4-6 (depending on serving size) If you didn't already know it, jackfruit is the ultimate plant-based mock meat. In it's young/green form, it becomes tender and meaty when cooked and takes on flavours incredibly well which makes it perfect for substitute for pulled meats like beef and pork. You can pick it up from most good Asian grocers for less than $2.50 a can, which makes it a thrifty choice too! This curry sweet and tender curry, with a bit of tang, is served best with basmati rice and papadums for a weeknight Indian feast. Ingredients 2 x 565 gram cans green/young jackfruit in brine (DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT get jackfruit in syrup) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 red onion, cubed 2 cloves...

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Cheesy Popcorn

Cheesy Popcorn

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Popcorn is one of my favourite foods and while I usually enjoy the simpler things when it comes to popcorn, sometimes I want to kick it up a notch and get a little crazy on the kernels. This time around I opted for a delightful savoury concoction made from cashews and nutritional yeast, sprinkled over those little white clouds of heaven, you've got yourself a mad snack. Ingredients 3/4 cup popcorn kernels Spray oil Cheesy Sprinkle 1/2 cup cashews 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Method Make the cheese sprinkle by combining all ingredients in a blender or food processor until a fine powder is formed. Set aside. Using an air popper, pop your kernels (you can also pop in a pan if you...

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S’mores Tart

Smores Tart

Difficulty: Medium Serves 8-10 It has taken me a little while to recover from my trip and get back into the kitchen but you guys know that when I take a break, I come back with something hella sweet for you, right? Now that it's winter, I wanted to make a dessert that suits the climate and nothing says winter like s'mores! I added a little sophistication to this classic treat by turning it into a tart that looks so good you can take it along to any winter function. Making your own marshmallow sounds extremely daunting but trust me, it's easy as pie...

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Choc Mint Macarons


Difficulty: Medium Makes 12 You thought your macaron days were over, right? WRONG! Call in sick to work, cancel your lunch date and turn your phone off. It is mandatory that you drop everything right now and make some of these bitchin' choc mint macarons. Thanks to the magic of the humble chickpea, you add these little French treats to your all-vegan baking repertoire. BRB eating them all. Ingredients Macarons 1 cup almond meal (use the one without brown flecks) 1 cup icing sugar 1/3 cup liquid from canned chickpeas 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum 1/3 cup caster sugar 1/2 - 1 teaspoon peppermint essence 2-3 drops green food colouring Chocolate Ganache Filling 300 grams vegan dark chocolate 1/4 cup coconut cream Method In a medium bowl, sift together the almond meal and icing sugar. Set aside. Whisk...

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Oh My Chai – Chai Cake w/ Maple Walnut Glaze

Oh My Chai

Price: From $4.95 Where to Buy: 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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Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Difficulty: Easy Makes approximately 40 cookies Valentine's Day is this Saturday, guys! Whether you choo choo choose to celebrate it or not, we can all agree that any opportunity to eat treats is a gooden. These heart-shaped cookies are pretty basic but with a drizzle of colourful icing, they're sure to make an impact on your crush. Anybody got Leonardo DiCaprio's address? No? Okay, I guess I'll eat them alone. Ingredients 1/2 cup vegan margarine (I used Nuttelex) 1 cup caster sugar 1 tablespoon almond milk 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 1/4 cups plain flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Pinch of salt Icing 2 cups icing sugar 2 tablespoons cornflour 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 tablespoons almond milk Pink and red vegan food colouring Method In an electric mixer, cream the vegan margarine and caster sugar before adding...

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Chocolate Covered Peppermint Marshmallows


Difficulty: Medium Makes 24 Christmas is just around the corner so I thought it was time I got cracking on some Christmas recipes. First cab off the rank is a treat so damned delicious that you'll want to eat it all year round! Light and fluffy peppermint marshmallow, dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy canes. Doesn't get any more freakin' festive than that, right? These guys are gluten and soy free if you choose the right chocolate and candy canes too! Ingredients Marshmallow 1/4 cup icing sugar 1 1/2 cups water 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon agar agar powder 1 cup glucose syrup 2 1/4 cups caster sugar 1 teaspoon peppermint essence Other ingredients 300grams vegan dark chocolate 1/4 cup crushed vegan candy canes (I used Coles brand) Method Prepare a standard loaf tin by sifting...

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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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Raspberry Brownies


Difficulty: Easy Serves 12 If you add fruit to brownies it makes them healthy, right? Well, maybe not but these raspberry brownies are a decadent little treat for your next party or picnic. A nice, dense, chocolatey square with chunks of chocolate and fresh raspberries that just about anybody will love. They're soy free too so that's also pretty ace. Ingredients 2 cups plain flour 1 1/2 cups caster sugar 1/2 cup cocoa 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 cups almond milk 1/2 cup canola oil 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1/2 cup chopped vegan chocolate (make sure it's soy free) 1 cup fresh raspberries Method Line a 20cm x 20cm baking tin with baking paper and preheat the oven to 180°C. Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder into a bowl and add the caster sugar. Slowly...

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Berry Breakfast Smoothie


Difficulty: Easy Makes one large smoothie or two small ones Now the warmer weather is kickin' in, I don't really feel like a lot for breakfast, especially if it takes a lot of time and effort to put it together. This berry breakfast smoothie is the perfect breakfast solution because it's quick, easy, filling and good for you while tasting bloody bitchin'. Ingredients 1 cup fresh berries (I used a combo of blueberries and strawberries) 1/2 cup rolled oats (use GF oats or quinoa flakes for a GF alternative) 2 teaspoons chia seeds 1/2 cup ice 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1 cup almond milk Method Wash and cut the stems off the berries. Chuck all ingredients into a blender and blend until well combined. Serve immediately and enjoy! ...

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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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Mediterranean Pasta


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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Bean Ball Subs with Cheesy Sauce


Difficulty: Medium Makes 4 Big Ass Subs Bet you thought your meatball sub days were behind you when you went vegan, huh? Well I hope you're sitting down because these bean ball subs are going to change your life. Plus we're kicking it up  a notch with a super creamy, cheesy sauce - yeah, that's right! The bean balls and sauces themselves are all soy and gluten free so pop these on some GF bread and there's another gluten free meal to add to your repertoire. Ingredients 1/2 recipe of my Bean Balls in Marinara Sauce 2 baguettes 2 cups baby spinach leaves Cheesy Sauce 1 cup cashews (soaked overnight) 1 cup non-dairy milk (not soy for soy free dudes, obvs) 1/3 cup nutritional...

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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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Bean Balls in Marinara Sauce


Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 24 Cold winter nights call for hot, tasty meals and these bean balls certainly fit the bill. Especially great for fussy ones, you can fill these guys with a bunch of secret veggies to pack some extra punch. Smother them in my fragrant marinara sauce and serve 'em up on top of spaghetti, with salad or vegetables. They're also soy and gluten free so they're the perfect meal for just about anybody! Ingredients Bean Balls 1 carrot 1 small red onion 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 can kidney beans 1 can cannellini beans 1/3 cup chopped basil 1/3 cup chopped parsley 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (make sure it's vegan and gluten/soy free) 2 tablespoons tomato paste 3/4...

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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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Smokey Vegan Chorizo


Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 6 Sausages  After much procrastination, I thought it was time to try my hand at my own vegan chorizo recipe. Gluten flour (or vital wheat gluten as it's sometimes known) is the key ingredient here that gives this chorizo its meaty texture and you can adjust the amount of chilli and cayenne to suit the amount of bite you're after. The final product has a great texture and can be used in a wide variety of recipes so stay tuned for plenty of ways to use these bitchin' snags. Note: Make sure your stock, tomato sauce and liquid smoke are soy free if you want soy free chorizo. Ingredients 1/2 cup cooked kidney beans 1/3 cup vegetable stock 1/3 cup tomato...

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Apricot + Almond Logs


Difficulty: Easy Makes 12 These little guys are quite possibly one of the easiest things you can make in a very small window of time. Great lunchbox fillers, my Apricot & Almond Logs remind me of the treats I used to buy from my school canteen as a kid. These ones are even better though because you can control what goes in them! I like to keep mine in the fridge until half an hour before serving but should last in an airtight container for a week or so (although I doubt they'll be around that long!) Ingredients 1 cup dried apricots 1/3 cup sultanas 2/3 cup blanched almonds 1 cup desiccated coconut Method Chuck the apricots, sultanas, almonds and half of the coconut...

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Vegan Parmesan


Difficulty: Easy Makes about 2 cups Miss those days of sprinkling a healthy dose of parmesan cheese over your favourite pasta dish? Miss no more, my super easy and super quick recipe has you covered. It takes less that 3 minutes to make so it can be made on a whim, tastes great and lasts for yonks if kept in an airtight container. Ingredients 1 cup raw cashews 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon garlic powder Method Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and process until fine. Sprinkle over your favourite dish and enjoy! ...

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Lentil Bolognese

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

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Iced Nono Tart

Difficulty: Medium-Difficult Serves 8-10 If you're not Australian, you may not be familiar with the humble yet non-vegan Iced Vovo biscuit. If you are Australian, and vegan, you probably thought you'd never enjoy a treat of its kind again but you were wrong! I've been experimenting with vegan marshmallow recently and as long as you've got a good electric mixer, you should be able to recreate this classic Australian inspired tart at home; a biscuit base topped with strawberry marshmallow, jam and coconut. Ingredients Base 3/4 packet Digestive biscuits 1/4 cup vegan margarine, melted 1/4 cup desiccated coconut 1 tablespoon caster sugar Filling 1 cup water 2 tablespoons agar agar powder 3/4 cup glucose syrup 1 3/4 cup caster sugar 2 teaspoons strawberry essence (make sure it's vegan) 1-3 drops pink food colouring (again, make...

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Butterfly Cakes

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 12 Recreating treats from my childhood is something I love to do so thought it was about time I veganised the classic Butterfly Cakes! A lovely vanilla cake topped with cream and jam, perfect for a birthday party or afternoon tea. I reckon these ones taste even better than the ones I had as a kid, what do you reckon? Ingredients 1 x 270mL cans coconut cream (Woolworths Select works great for this recipe) 2 cups almond milk 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 2/3 cup canola oil 1 cup caster sugar 3 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups plain flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2/3 cup icing sugar Raspberry or strawberry jam to serve  Method You'll need to pop the coconut cream upside down in the fridge...

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Rocket and Pear Salad with Candied Walnuts

Difficulty: Easy Serves 6+ Salads are a staple of the Australian Christmas so this year I decided to make two. If you've been paying attention you would know that this is the second festive salad on the menu for this year and if you haven't, check out my bitchin' Jewel Salad. Back to this dish, I have decided to keep it super simple; a bit of rocket, a bit of pear and topped off with some fancy candied walnuts. You can prepare the walnuts in advance and then just throw the rest together moments before your guests arrive. Ingredients 1/2 cup caster sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 1/4 cups walnuts 2-3 large handfuls rocket 2-3 pears Lemon infused olive oil Method Preheat your oven to 180°C and line a baking...

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