Main Meals

Chickpea Omelette (Soy, Gluten, Grain free)

It’s an omelette to me but I can see others would argue a pancake so let’s settle on pomelette…..more omelette than pancake though 😉 I love these kinds of recipes, super simple, tasty and obscenely healthy. These are a surefire way to get that lunchy brunchy savoury fix.

chickpea omelette

I love using chickpea flour in my recipes, and this chickpea omelette is further proof! In fact, I have a love affair with chickpea/gram/besan flour. It has magical versatility!!  Chickpea + water = magic! It all started with the socca which is that good I made this daily for a while there! This sweet potato omelette blows my mind still. It makes mean waffles and sweet pancakes too not to mention pasta and tofu (yes really!).

chickpea omelette

It’s just a complete bonus to me that chickpea flour happens to be an amazingly healthy ingredient. This gluten free flour is packed full of protein, iron + fibre and if that’s not reason enough to invest in a big pack of this good stuff then check out these stats on it’s amazingness in terms of health and adaptability.

chickpea omelette

Chickpea Omelette / Pancake

(makes 4/5)
2 cups chickpea flour
2 1/2 cups almond milk or water
1 tablespoon psyllium husk (optional)
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)
salt + pepper
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
favourite vegetables (onion/tomato/pepper works well)

  1. Mix all the ingredients excluding the vegetables + allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile heat a non stick frying pan over a medium heat + ladle the batter to cover the pan to desired thickness.
  3. Add your prepared veg + cook for 4-5 minutes. Bubbles will form + it will be obvious when to flip the omelette or fold over for a minute or so. Both options work well.
  4. If you are making a batch, keep them warm in a very low heat oven.

One Pot Veggie Pasta

vegan pasta pot

A great way to use leftover veggies or clear the fridge for a filling, healthy meal. This is pretty much a full meal in itself and can be on the table in less than 20 minutes. It’s super adaptable and really delicious.

vegan pasta pot

vegan pasta potThe end result is kinda soupy but definitely not soup! This recipe is an easy go-to recipe for when you’re short of time, have limited ingredients but still require a complete meal. A complete, healthy, delicious and quick as hell meal.

vegan pasta pot

One Pot Veggie Pasta

(serves 2)

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon rosemary/oregano/thyme
veggies (carrot, courgette, pepper, mushroom, spinach, brocoli, tomatoes, chili, olives)
200 grams pasta (I used spelt spaghetti, but GF brown rice pasta is great too)
750 ml vegan vegetable stock
1 can lentils/bean of choice

  1. Saute the garlic, onion + herbs until fragrant.
  2. Stir in your chosen veggies (I chose carrot, pepper, broccoli, mushroom).
  3. Add the remaining ingredients + bring to a gentle simmer until the pasta is cooked. You may need to add more stock/water to get the required soupy consistency.
  4. If using spaghetti, you may have to separate the strands at the beginning of cooking. Fusilli/penne are much easier options!

 

Plantain Chocolate Chip Cookies (Grain Free + Vegan)

Chocolate chip cookies…they’re a go-to comfort snack to match that cool refreshing glass of almond milk or your favourite hot drink during the day or evening. It’s a social snack, most people’s eyes light up when ‘cookie’ is mentioned as an offering. It’s a fact. As you may have guessed (from the way we do things on the blog here) it’s not any old cookie, it’s made with…plantain?!

Grain Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Err, why? Well you searched for grain-free vegan paleo cookie recipe. And you got plantain chocolate chip cookies as your answer.
These are as good as they look too.
The facts:
Plantains are high in fibre, vitamin A & C, rich source of B vitamins (B6) and loadsa minerals too just look for yourself here livestrong will tell you more than you need to know.

DSC_2841 Grain Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Personally, we love how these are healthy and yet you’d find it hard to find anything wrong with the taste and texture…they’re that good! Small, moreish, yet simple to make!

Grain Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Plantain Chocolate Chip Cookies

(makes 12)

1 ripe plantain
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
2 tablespoons coconut flour
2 tablespoons tapioca starch
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 175 ºC. Lightly grease baking tray.
2. Combine all the ingredients apart from the chocolate chips in a blender/food processor. Once processed fold through chocolate chips.
3. Spoon tablespoon sizes of cookie dough onto the baking pan + bake for 12-15 minutes.

Recipe minimally adapted from this recipe at Purelytwins.

Flourless Blondies (Grain + Dairy Free)

For completely grain free cooking, these look pretty darn good don’t they? Welcome flourless blondies….

flourless blondies vegan

Most people who are into cooking are likely to have a can of chickpeas in their cupboard, and as this is the bulk of this ingredient list, you’re doing well already!
This is a true floury brownie alternative with all the taste and texture of a small cakey snack (and the almond butter really does give this that extra satisfying bite).

flourless blondies vegan

One of the main purposes of this blog is to show people that delicious and healthy cooking/baking can be done with great results from just a few simple ingredients. So with very few exceptions, this is essentially an all natural recipe with an all-satisfying outcome. Once they’re out the oven start thinking about that cup or tea of coffee these are going to meet up with…

Grain free baking is becoming more and more popular with the explosion of paleo recipes everywhere as people shift their old ideas of using traditional all-purpose flours as their go-to baking staple. Oh yeah, we’ve got some great grain-free ideas for you too right here.
The great thing is these are also vegan of course (go team vegan! :-D).

flourless blondies vegan

Flourless Blondies (Grain + Dairy Free)

1 can chickpeas (drained)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup agave syrup
1/2 cup almond butter
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

  1. Line a 6″X8″ baking tin + preheat oven to 175C.
  2. Add all the ingredients apart from the chocolate chips to a food processor + process until smooth.
  3. Fold through the chocolate chips + transfer to the baking pan.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  5. Cool in the pan for 30 minutes, slice + really enjoy.

Wholegrain Pumpkin Vegan Sushi Rolls

Pumpkin Vegan Sushi
These pumpkin sushi rolls have been something we’ve been just dying to try, not for the pumpkin necessarily (although this time of year is all about the root veg) but because:
a). they’re vegan (and everything vegan rocks!)
b). there’s a first time for all experienced sushi rollers and this was that time in our household. Of course, this now means we’re going to become ‘experts’…

Pumpkin Vegan Sushi

The pumpkin idea is simple, Halloween has been and gone and there’s a few leftover edible pumpkins left in the supermarkets (although not many) and as pumpkin is an autumn/winter seasonal veggie, why not put some in the sushi?

But, this isn’t just any kind of sushi – your standard white rice kind, these pumpkin vegan sushi rolls are made with uber-healthy organic brown short grain sticky rice. That’s what makes this extra special, knowing you’re getting all that organic wholegrain into your sushi life. When you’ve got the choice, go brown over white every time.

Pumpkin Vegan Sushi

Brown sticky rice notes:
One rinsing will do before cooking,
Allow more cooking time (according to packet, around 40mins),
Brown rice does not have to be drained (unlike white),
Works best with a handing rolling mat (rice on the inside of the nori seaweed too).

Some nutritional bits for you about brown rice:
*Easier to digest as it’s much ‘lighter’
*Low GI, reducing insulin spikes (slow-release sugar)
*High in Manganese
*High fibre – good for weight loss
*A ‘whole grain’
*Rich in antioxidants
*Perfect baby ‘first food’ as it’s nutrient rich (ideal as we’re new parents!)

Pumpkin Vegan Sushi

Armed with the raw ingredients including avocado, red pepper & green onion as well as a brand new rolling mat, it was time to get stuck in. It’s quite calming really once you’ve got the hang of spreading the rice thinly and evenly, as it’s something to keep a busy mind distracted as you gotta concentrate. It’s a situation whereby once you commit, you have to go the whole way much like walking into the (cold English) ocean up to your waist: 3, 2, 1 under! I found the trick was once you start rolling don’t be afraid, just carry on – who cares if it’s not perfect, that’s what the other 4 sheets of nori in the packet are for…to make more delicious sushi.

Pumpkin Vegan Sushi

These sushi rolls are gluten, dairy, egg, nut, and soy-free (as long as you leave out any tofu and no tamari for dipping). However, we jazzed the serving up with a generous squeeze of wasabi and some organic tamari…just yummy. This made a great weekend lunch, and yes we’ll be making again and using some more of our 10kg stash of brown sticky rice!

Pumpkin Vegan Sushi

Choose your fillings and enjoy!

Wholegrain Pumpkin Vegan Sushi Rolls

(makes 5 rolls)

1 cup of uncooked short grain brown rice, cooked according to packet instructions
5 nori sheets
1 cup roasted pumpkin, mashed
1 tablespoon wasabi
1/3 cucumber, sliced into strips
1/2 red pepper, sliced into strips
2 spring green onions, sliced into strips
1 avocado, sliced into strips
(any other filling that takes your fancy)
serve with the usual wasabi, pickled ginger + tamari

  1. Mash the roasted pumpkin + wasabi to a smooth consistency.
  2. Arrange all your prepared vegetables including your pumpkin paste, rice + nori sheets on a chopping board.
  3. Lay out your nori, spread rice thinly + evenly (rolls better that way) and lay filling on the top of the rice not quite half way up the nori sheet. Using your sushi mat start rolling your sushi according to the package instructions. Most packets have instructions, but this video was pretty useful.
  4. Slice up each roll + devour with condiments.

Spanish Sweet Potato Omelette (Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free)

The magic of plants. Is it just me or is everyone else in love with chick pea flour, or besan, gram or whatever? I cannot get enough of this stuff and there’s so much more to this amazing flour than socca, although that really does rock my world 😉 Loaded with fibre, protein and a great source of iron this creamy flour needs a little more recognition. It’s great for anyone on a restrictive diet and is really easy to bake with. Oh and makes a great omelette base too……

Spanish Sweet Potato Omelette

This is super simple Spanish sweet potato omelette is free from most aggravating food stuffs. What I mean by that is, there’s absolutely:

NO SOY
NO DAIRY
NO GLUTEN

Spanish Sweet Potato Omelette

Anything is possible. You could probably say this one is an omelette for everyone. An omelette to please all.

This can easily be adjusted according to what you have in your cupboard. I mean potato starch is just something I have but corn starch would be great or at a push just leave it out. I just used potato starch to thicken the mixture slightly but this would be fine without as long as you add the liquid part conservatively.

Spanish Sweet Potato Omelette

This contains over 25 grams of protein, yep that is more than your average pork chop or even a 4 egg omelette. Plants are so cool. This is a complete meal and an ideal lunch, especially when served with wholegrain wraps and salad. Just an idea.

Spanish Sweet Potato Omelette

Spanish Sweet Potato Omelette with Paprika

(serves 1-2)

1 small sweet potato, peeled and chopped into small squares
1/2 red onion, chopped finely
1/2 green pepper, chopped finely
handful spinach, torn roughly

batter:
1 cup chickpea flour
1 tablespoon potato starch
1 tablespoon flaxmeal
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
sprinkle thyme, salt + pepper
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 cup almond milk + 1/4 cup water

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 175 º Celsius + place a greased 10 inch pan in the oven. Combine the batter ingredients, whisk thoroughly until no lumps remain. Set aside to thicken for a couple of minutes.
  2. Prepare all veggies + add to the batter. Fold through so the veggies are evenly distributed.
  3. Remove the pan from the oven + add the mixture. Top with tomato + bake for 45-50 minutes.
  4. Remove + serve warm but also great as a cold snack.

Artichoke Spinach Spelt Crust Pizza + 5 ways to make your Pizza Healthier

In my mind pizza is a full on hassle laden thing to make, hence I rarely make it but what’s up with me? This is quicker than most evening meals I make! Oh and delicious too, really delicious. Plus there’s something therapeutic about making your own dough from scratch and flinging it around like a pro. I’ll definitely be having homemade pizza more as it is EASY! Plus we all know pizza is good. So good that no one should ever have to do without, whether you’re gluten free, dairy free or full on raw, there’s a pizza for everyone!

vegan pizza

I never did buy into the thick doughy bases with more cheese than veggies but that’s just me.

Vegan pizza
The thing is pizza can be really quite a healthy meal depending on the crust and toppings so here’s a couple of suggestions on how to lighten up your favourite pizza:

– Use half the cheese you normally would or ditch it all together. With a focus on tasty quality ingredients and a well made dough, the cheese is secondary anyhow.
– Ditch white refined bases and swap to wholewheat, spelt or wholegrain gluten free varieties.
– Make a thinner crust for a less dense and calorific pizza.
– Load it with colourful veggies and lots of fresh greens.
– Or if you really wanna lighten up the load and ditch the carbs altogether use a cauliflower crust.

vegan pizza

Just make the pizza of your dreams 🙂 This is the pizza of my cravings. Artichokes, spinach, red onion, a little dairy free ‘parmesan’ + chili. That’s it.

vegan pizza

Artichoke + spinach spelt crust pizza

(makes 2 small pizzas or 1 big one- 2 people tops)

spelt crust:
2 cups spelt flour
1 1/2 teaspoons quick-rising yeast
1/2 teaspoon himalayan sea salt
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon xylitol or sugar
2/3 cup warm water

tomato sauce (shop bought or this one is nice)
toppings: cooked artichokes, spinach, red onion, olives, chili, dairy free cheese.

1. Preheat oven to 200 ºC (if using a pizza stone, preheat this too). Combine warm water + yeast + sit for 10 minutes. Add to the remaining ingredients, stir well, knead for 10 minutes + allow to sit for 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, prep your pizza topping ingredients, stretch the dough out onto a pizza stone or baking tray. I sprinkle a little cornmeal on the pizza stone to prevent sticking or if using a baking tray just a little oil.

3. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Enjoy your masterpiece!

Aduki Paprika Stew with Sweet Potato Apricot Dumplings (GF + Vegan)

Because food ruts happens to us all!

Russ and I can get a little stale with our vegan stews. You know how it is, if it aint broke don’t fix it and if it’s your favourite then of course you wanna eat that and not experiment with other stuff. But there’s only so much black bean squash stew and spanish chick peas you can eat before looking at each other and laugh. It’s like a food rut that you choose to be in!

Anyway, this recipe is the result of a Saturday late morning dabble, a rummage through the cupboards and fridge and this stew happened.

Vegan Aduki Bean Stew

Aduki beans, sweet potato, kale, gluten free, zero dairy. Let’s do this.

It is what it is. A healthful, superfood packed stew suitable for vegetarians, vegans, gluten free guys, lactose free kids and hell bent carnivores.

Food for EVERYONE.

aduki bean stew

The beans and mushrooms provide substance, the dumplings give good comfort and the smokey spice of the paprika and apricots give a sweet warmth. It is delicious! I still love my black bean squash stew and Spanish chick peas, I always will!

aduki bean stew

I have no more words. See you soon.

Aduki bean stew vegan

Aduki Paprika stew with sweet potato apricot dumplings

(serves me + Russ)

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 celery stalks, chopped finely
1 carrot, chopped into small pieces
10 mushrooms, chopped
2 handfuls kale, torn
1 can aduki beans, drained (240 grams)
1 can chopped tomatoes + 1 of water
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
seasoning

dumplings:
1/2 cup GF flour
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 apricots, chopped finely
1 small cooked sweet potato, flesh only
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon soya yoghurt
1 teaspoon chopped dill or parsley
seasoning

method:
1. Heat olive oil over a low heat + add the first 4 ingredients until softened.
2. Add the remaining ingredients + simmer on low for 15 minutes. Add more water if necessary.
3. Combine the dumpling ingredients to form a cookie dough consistency. Form 6 small dumplings or spoon the mixture straight into the pot. Cook, cover for a further 15 minutes.
4. Serve with a sprinkle of herb + crusty bread. Why not?

 

Christmas Stuffed Peppers

christmas stuffed peppers

Ha ha ha! Christmas stuffed peppers, I know, I know! I did this months ago (like in DECEMBER!) but then I kinda got pregnant and I felt sick. Really really sick. Like all the delicious food I lusted after I suddenly hated! I lost all my energy, I was tired and let the blog slip. I went to India in December (yes, I did go to India with horrific morning sickness and it was hardwork! This is another story) and came back in January with a nasty bug which was making good friends with pregnancy nausea. Man, I felt like shit. I let the blog go more and I found my fleece blanket, a good book, salty potato anything and turned the heating up for weeks.

But but but but…….I am FIVE months nearly and I don’t feel sick, or tired but full of energy and my love of food has returned to me! Hence, I can now look at these peppers again. God, in no way are these just for xmas but they seemed like an appropriate thing to eat on the day in place of bird and sauce.

christmas stuffed peppers

What the heck is a Christmas stuffed pepper anyway? I’m not sure either but these are damn tasty and do actually contain walnuts and cranberries which are pretty Christmassy! Oh and just red and green bell peppers too – true Crimbo colours! When you don’t eat meat you need to be a little more creative but it’s sure worth it cos these are tasty, satisfying and miles better than any sliced meat I ever had. Of course I’m going to say that, I don’t eat meat – but it’s true. Any vegetarian or vegan would be happy to be served these if you’re ever struggling to cater for these fussy fellows 😉

christmas stuffed vegan peppers

I love stuffed peppers for how easy they are and you can stuff them with absolutely anything!
Here’s to many more recipes to come!

vegan stuffed peppers

Christmas stuffed peppers

(serves many)

6 bell peppers, tops cut off + cleaned inside
3 garlic cloves
1 small onion, diced
2 cups chestnut mushrooms, chopped roughly
1 can chopped tomatoes
2 cups cooked lentils/rice
1 teaspoon each of thyme + cumin
salt + pepper
2 large handfuls kale
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup walnuts

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 375 ºC. Prepare peppers + cook rice/lentils if not already cooked.
2. Fry onions, garlic + mushrooms until fragrant + softened.  Add tomatoes, lentils, seasonings, kale, cranberries + walnuts + gently simmer for 5 more minutes.
3. Spoon the mixture into the hollow peppers and replace the lids. Bake for 40-50 minutes.
4. Remove from the oven + serve immediately on ANY day of the year, not just for Christmas.

Polenta Taco Pizza (Gluten Free + Vegan)

Who doesn’t like pizza?

polenta GF pizza

I really like it but rarely eat it these days seeing as it is so hard to find gluten free or even healthier alternatives. I just don’t have the stomach for doughy, heavy, stretchy glutenous pizza bases. Which is why I love (am loving!) polenta based pizzas! Not only does it allow for a gluten free base but it really is so much tastier than wheat pizza – really.

I’m not sure I’ll bother with regular pizza again after this. Polenta is pretty magical stuff, like instant pizza dough but way more delicious and gluten free. Why are we not seeing more polenta pizza out there, c’mon Zizzi and Pizza Express – get with the program!

polenta pizza

Seriously, this is so quick, no yeast, no rising, no kneading, no resting but rather instant dough that you can form into the pizza of your dreams whether that be thin, fat, round, square or mighty irregular! This is a vibrant, nutrient dense easy peasy pizza crust! The smoked chipotle sauce and a little avocado later and you have a Mexican polenta pizza for one. Just double the recipe if you care to share. I didn’t feel much in the mood for sharing mine.

polenta GF vegan pizza

Don’t buy pre-made pizza – make polenta pizza because it really is that easy and have a personal polenta pizza party.

polenta GF vegan pizza

Polenta taco pizza

for the crust:
1 cup polenta
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil

for the sauce:
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
2 teaspoons chipotle paste
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 garlic clove, crushed

toppings:
tomatoes, sliced
green bell pepper, sliced
sweetcorn
avocado
preferred vegan cheese

method:
1. Heat the water in a small pan until bubbling + slowly pour in the polenta, stirring continuously until smooth + thick. Turn off the heat + stir through seasoning + olive oil.
2. Preheat oven to 200º C. + line a baking pan with parchment paper (I used a round 8″ pan).  Pour the polenta mixture into the pan + flatten with the back of your spoon, allowing for a thicker crust. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
3. Bake for 30 minutes. Prepare sauce + toppings whilst base is in the oven. Remove pizza + top with all toppings apart from avocado + bake for a further 10 minutes.
4. Remove + serve with copious amounts of avocado + wedges of lime for a taco inspired pizza.

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