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Food Love Stories, brought to you by Tesco

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Tesco’s Food Love Stories Campaign

 

Food Love Stories, brought to you by Tesco When you think of Tesco adverts, it’s usually a promotion for seasonal snacks or a two-for-one offer to make you rush to the nearest store…. You may not instantly think of a plant based recipe that not only looks fantastic but is vegan friendly! The new Food Love Stories campaign is a great shoutout to vegan recipes showing that they aren’t boring.

 

I am all for celebrating seasonal vegetables and trying to get you eating more plants, and what better way to get the nation excited then by showing them how easy and more importantly tasty it can be!

 

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Whether you’re vegan or not, this recipe is a fab way to get the family feasting. The key is all down to flavouring! Chilli, coriander and rosemary are perfect for seasoning vegetables that take these mushrooms from a earthy taste to a spicy and smoky sensation.

 

Smoked paprika is fantastic spice to add and works perfectly with the BBQ sauce. It is so important to season the mushrooms to really take them to the next level. Allowing the mushrooms to infuse in the oil and spices, then bake in the oven to go crispy, transforms your ‘shrooms into a filling and delicious main.

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I love finger food, by that I mean food that you can share with friends and family and get in there with your hands. These mushroom buns look fantastic, which means you start tasting with your eyes before having taken a bite. I love food that gets you excited to try and these will hopefully have the same effect on the people you’re feeding!

 

Gone are the stigmas attached to vegan food, being branded as boring, bland and expensive and hello to a simple recipe that shows how fun it can be!

 

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As a full time worker I understand the need for a quick and simple meal when you get home. Kicking your shoes off at the end of a long day in the office, then faced with the prospect of cooking in the kitchen for the next hour can be extremely off putting. Have no fear - this recipe takes minutes to prepare, uses only a few pans and is completely fool proof!

 

So if you want to try to incorporate more vegan food into your diet, or you simply love the look of this recipe, why not give it a go! You can get the kids or the partner to prepare the buns and side salad whist you tend to the mushrooms - after all #EveryLittleHelps!

 

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Tomato & Basil Tortilla Twirls With Three Silver Spoons

To find the full recipe for my tortilla twirls please visit this exclusive recipe on Three Silver Spoons here

Introducing my Tomato & Basil Tortilla Twirls

With a rich tomato and basil sauce coating soft tortilla rolls stuffed with olives, finely chopped red onion, cherry tomatoes and chopped mushroom it has a very similar feel to pizza. Instead of using dough and replacing it with a thin whole meal tortilla this feels like a perfect dinner to feed those cravings for something fulfilling yet light on the stomach.

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This dish came about by simply experimenting in the kitchen one afternoon by procrastinating instead of doing university work. I love Italian style food especially with pizza but find I often feel bloated after all that dough, so by replacing a heavier base with something as simple as a tortilla it stays lovely and light on your stomach.

 

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This dish really is fool proof, and is a fantastic idea to have with a group of friends in a large casserole dish each with a fork in hand. It has a real tear and share feel with each roll stuffed with delicious veggies keeping this homemade meal wholesome and nutritious.

This simple recipe requires minimal ingredients which as a student a life saver at times, as well as being low in cost and easy to source. It can be varied to whatever you have in your fridge that day, for example if I have a load of courgette’s that need to be eaten I will simple chop them up finely and add them to the mix.

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Find the recipe here

 

 

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Oat & Banana Energy Granola Bars!

Delicious Energy Packed Vegan Snacks!

 

Stop the press...... these just happened!

I am currently fighting my way through the last few weeks of my degree which is not only terrifying as I will have to learn how to be an actual adult but is eating away into all MY eating time.

I have managed to stay healthy for the past two years whilst studying but even this final push is testing me, with serious chocolate cravings and finding myself justifying eating an entire weeks worth of food in one day is okay....

So after reaching for the biscuit barrel one to many times this week I decided enough is enough! So I set my alarm for 6am and made the time to make healthy snacks! Find the full recipe here

 

 

It's really easy to focus on calories and sugar intake and every other 100000 things we think about when trying to eat 'healthy' so even though these granola bars are full of nuts, dried berries and dates they are still packed with all the RIGHT kind of ingredients. 

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Breakdown of Ingredients

By using dried blueberries and goji berries instead of other dried fruits, you're getting an extra boost of superfood goodness! Foods such as oats, chia seeds, goji berries and blueberries are all packed with fabulous things such as omega oils, energy and antioxidants.

By adding small amounts of nuts, seeds and dates there is a good balance of natural sugar, and slow releasing energy to help keep you snacking for the rest of the afternoon. I find when I eat sugary snacks I crave more sugar just half an hour later, but by adding the wholesome slow energy releasing foods keeps those cravings at bay. 

Even though these have peanut butter in, don't panic yet! You can easily replace this with almond butter or cashew. However using an organic brand such as Meridian, that doesn't have any palm oil is a great option as it keeps the nasty additives out.

 

I add maple syrup however this is still full of sugar (even though it may be natural it still gives your blood sugars a spike, resulting in a crash a few hours later.) So if like me you are happy without it being oversewed simply leave the maple syrup out. If you are making these for kiddies and trying to lure them off all things sweet, these are a great stepping stone, which you can then reduce the amount of sugar you add!

 

 

Ingredients

Dry

  • 1 1/2 Cups Oats (For this recipe I used Mornflake's Jumbo Oats)
  • 1/3 Cup Dried Berries (I use a mix of blueberries and goji)
  • 1/4 Cup Raisins
  • 1/3 cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/4 Linseed
  • 1/4 Cup Walnuts (any other nuts will do!)
  • 3 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger

Wet

  • 2 Really Ripe Bananas (the softer the better)
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup 
  • 2 tbsp Peanut Butter (Try and find a nut butter that doesn't have palm oil if possible)
  • 3 Medjool Dates

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 160˚C and line a baking tray with either coconut oil or baking paper
  • Simply measure out the dry ingredients and add to a medium size mixing bowl
  • In a blender or food processor add the wet ingredients (basically everything that's sticky) until the dates break down and a gorgeous binding mix is formed
  • Combine the wet and dry ingredients and give a good stir. If you want to add anything else to get creative then feel free! This really is a 'throw anything in' kind of recipe. I sometimes mix it up with different dried berries or different nuts depending on what I have in my cupboards that week.
  • Fill the baking tray with the mix and spread out evenly then place in the oven for 12 minutes
  • After 12 minutes, take the tray out of the oven and score roughly to allow an easy break once fully cooked then place back in the oven for a further 10 minutes (be sure to keep an eye on them as these can catch easily) 
  • These will only last a few days due to using bananas however mine never last that long as once they come out the oven they smell amazing!
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Four Favourite Ways To Enjoy My Sweet Potato & Paprika Patties

I love quick and easy recipes, that don't require a lot of faffing! I'm all about simple ingredients and simple steps that combined make a delicious outcome!

These sweet potato and paprika patties are so versatile and can be enjoyed with different flavours depending on what you are combing them with. Instead of using paprika and spices, you could add basil, oregano and thyme to give an earthy Italian flavour. 

Here are four of my favourite ways to enjoy these patties all can be made vegan if you should wish.

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Ingredients For the Patty

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Makes: 2 Cakes (Vegan)

2 Medium Sweet Potatoes

¼ tsp Chilli Flakes

¼ tsp of Garlic Powder

1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika

1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper

Drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 tsp Tahini

A Squeeze of 1/2 a small lemon

4 Fresh Crushed Basil Leaves

Generous Pinch of Salt and Pepper

Pinch of Wholemeal Flour (I Use Brown Rice Flour ) 

To Make Potato Cake

Preheat your oven to 180˚ C

Peel and chop the sweet potatoes then boil in a pan for around 15 minutes

In a medium size bowl add all the spices, olive oil and tahini and the squeeze of half a lemon.

Drain the potatoes and add to the bowl with the spices and mash together.

Divide the mix into two, and mould into little cakes (around the size of the palm of your hand)

Dust a little flour over the top and edges to help crisp

Place on baking parchments and place in the oven on a low shelf for around 20 minutes.

Take out the oven, and enjoy! 

Sweet Potato Burger Open Sandwich With Crunchy Celery, Pomegranate Seeds, Topped With Peppery Rocket 

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The sweet potato & paprika is brought alive with the nomination of houmous. To be honest I don't think there is much that houmous doesn't go well with... but getting back to the recipe. With the patty being moist and soft in texture I wanted to add some crunch with finely chopped celery and really enhance the sweetness with the pomegranate seeds. The peppery cress and rocket make this whole stack a mixture of sweet and savoury!

 

Brunch Sweet Potato Stack With Spinach & A Perfectly Poached Egg  

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This is a great way to enjoy brunch! Whether you're meeting friends, waking up late or needing a post morning gym meal this is a great way to get healthy fats and proteins in all before midday! 

For this version I usually add a leave out the cayenne pepper and a little less paprika to really bring out the flavour of the poached egg. I toasted a wholewheat slice, added a handful of fresh spinach, added the sweet potato patty then finished it off with a perfectly poached egg. Sprinkle a little black pepper and cress and enjoy!

 

 

Sweet Potato Mini Patties With Fresh Basil, With Avocado, Pomegranate Seeds, Baby Spinach On a Kallø Rice Cake 

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After working on a collaboration with Kallø they sent me a batch of their fantastic products (mainly their rice and corn cakes.) For a lighter lunch idea I used a rice cake for the base, added half a small sliced avocado, some baby leaf spinach with a few pomegranate seeds and cress. I drizzled a tsp of tahini over the top to really compliment the sweet and savoury flavours.

In the Sweet Potato Patty I added four crushed fresh basil leaves, a 1/4 tsp of dried sage and 1/4 tsp dried thyme. I leave out the paprika and cayenne pepper to really bring out the Italian Herbs.

 

Chunky Sweet Potato Burger With Houmous, Greens & Crunchy Raddish 

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There is nothing more satisfying then the crunch of a jam packed burger, especially when you're craving something indulgent. The wonder of this stack is even though it hits the spot, feels indulgent and certainly fills you up, it's still incredibly healthy!

Swap white bread for wholemeal, if you're not making your houmous then buy a lower fat option and have a salad on the side instead of chips.

For the patty, I like them thick and chunky when adding to a burger so for these i add around 2 tbsp of tahini with 1 tbsp of flour added to the mix. This helps the burgers be a little fluffier and smoother in texture.

If you are cooking the patties a little fatter then usual, add an extra 10 minutes in the oven, careful not to burn the edges. 

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Two Minute Toast Ideas (Which Are All Vegan Friendly!)

Toast will always have a place in my heart.... During my first year of university I survived on carbs however after starting discovering how fantastic food could be, I realised that Nutella on toast probably wasn't the most nutritious meal.

However it is a love affair that cannot be parted with, so instead of banishing toast, I swapped white bread for wholemeal, discovering gorgeous new ways of getting my fix. 

So here are my favourite ways of using simple ingredients to celebrate the wonder that is.... toast!

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Sliced Avocado, Pomegranate Seeds, Moon Cut Cucumber & Sesame Seeds

IMG_0976What better way to start this off then the classic avocado on toast. It seems every health fanatic and food blogger is going mad for avocado but with good reason! Packed with healthy fats, this green bombshell is a great way to fill yourself up. By ditching sugary breakfasts, and replacing it for healthy fats, you will feel fuller longer and won't be craving a chocolate bar by 10am. I have ditched the cereals and try to make the most of nutritious food.

Baked Houmous On Rye Bread Topped With Asparagus & Tomatoes
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For this, I lightly toast the rye bread first, then layer the houmous, asparagus and tomatoes with a sprinkle or oregano then place in an oven (180˚C) for around 6 minutes to bake the houmous. The flavour becomes more intense when baked, so definitely worth giving a try!

Homemade Chia Jam On Seeded Batch, With Sliced Figs, Crushed Pistachios & Dairy Free Coconut Yogurt 
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I love using seasonal fruits, so around the end of summer/autumn figs are at their best! Paired with my homemade chia jam here and crunchy pistachios this is a perfect way to start your day. Full of natural sugars, it is bound to hit that sweet tooth and is far better then eating a bowl of coco pops (as addictive as they might be.)

Garlic Houmous On Wholemeal Slice, Topped With Fresh Rocket & Olives 
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If you haven't noticed, I have a slight obsession with houmous. It's so versatile and can be filled with all sorts of flavours such as lemon, garlic, pepper & onion. In this image I had simply added olives, rocket and sesame seeds, so a very Greek feel about this dish!

Spiralized Courgette Noodles, In a Pesto Sauce, With Peas & Spinach With Dairy Free Cheese Sprinkled On Top
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Every now and then I indulge in white bread, but only good quality, like ciabatta. So to stay with the Italian vibe of ciabatta, I spiralized 1 courgette, and sautéed in a pesto sauce, for around 3 minutes to heat, then adding fresh garden peas. 

It takes literally minutes to make, but gives you a plate of green goodness!

Homemade Chia Jam With Fresh Blueberries, Pomegranate Seeds, Chia Seeds & Dairy Free Yogurt
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Most mornings I have a sweet tooth, so to try and stay away from cereal, I turn to my chia jam and get sugar from fruit like blueberries (which are actually really low in sugar) so some of the best berries to have. Dairy free yogurt is great, and can be found in most supermarkets. I use the coconut collaborative company. 

Houmous on Rye Toast, With Pomegranate Seeds, Sesame Seeds & Rocket 
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I originally saw this idea on Jamie Oliver's Food Tube and at first thought, wondered what all the fuss was about. However after trying it, it is my favourite small lunch to go to when in a hurry. Houmous, pomegranate and rocket are always a staple in my kitchen as they taste so fantastic together.