Browsing Category

Recipe

Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Vegan Banh Mi Sandwich

vegan banh mi sandwich

What is a Banh Mi?

A banh mi sandwich is a hybrid between Vietnam and France bringing together two beautiful things – bread and flavour!

Traditionally it’s made with pate’s and marinated meats but of course we’re making a vegan version! So I’ve used tofu as it carries flavour so well. Using a tofu press to make it perfect for a crispy edge, this is packed with flavour and texture.

What’s in a vegan banh mi?

Tofu- I find tofu carries flavour SO well. I used to hate it and viewed it as a bland white crumbly mess, however since learning how to prepare and cook it,  it’s now one of my favourite ingredients. You need to press / drain all the liquid, marinade in delicious ingredients like garlic and ginger and cook on a high heat!

Crunchy Baguette, You want something crunchy and delicious on the outside and beautifully and fluffy on the inside. The freshly baked bread aisle is the best place to find this in shops such as Lidl, Sainsbury’s, Tesco etc…

Vegan Mayo- What goes better with a crunchy baguette than delicious vegan mayo. I used Hellmans vegan mayo, trust me, it’s better than the original.

Sriracha – This is not a traditional ingredient as it doesn’t originate from Vietnam however it’ll add a lovely kick to this sandwich.


Find more recipes on Instagram & Pinterest

vegan banh mi sandwich

Vegan Banh Mi Sandwich

Vegan twist on the classic French- Vietnamese hybrid sandwich packed with tofu, pickled veg and sriracha. Full of flavour and perfect for making packed lunches.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Servings 2 People

Ingredients
  

  • 2 crunchy baguettes
  • 1 block firm tofu
  • 1 carrot
  • 4 radishes to pickle
  • 1/2 cucumber to pickle
  • 2 tbsp vegan mayo
  • 2 tbsp sriracha

To marinade the tofu:

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp tamari
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp sugar

Quick pickle for the radish & cucumber

  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar or apple cider
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Prep the tofu (can be done by hours in advance if preferred) by placing the block into a tofu press. If you don't have a press simply squeeze in kitchen roll to remove the moisture
  • Prep the pickles by slicing or using a julienne then add to a jar of the pickle mix (just vinegar, water, sugar and salt) and set aside for a few minutes
  • Mix the marinade in a large bowl, slice the tofu into squares, then in half to make a triangle shape and add to the marinade, toss to ensure it's all coated then fry for around 4 minutes on each side until crispy
  • Prep the baguettes by slicing in half, adding a thick layer of vegan mayo and a dash or sriracha mayo
  • Layer up with lettuce, the fried tofu, top with the pickled radish, cucumber and carrots, top with a little more sriracha and enjoy!

Notes

If pressing the tofu:
I used @tofutureltd press:
Remove the packaging from the firm tofu
Place the tofu on the middle tray, place the lid over the top
Using the bands on the side attach the lid to the base and set aside
You can set aside hours before, or if you're strapped for time, place the press on the tightest band and set aside for 10 minutes
Pickles - You can make the pickles 10 minutes in advance or a whole day in advance if you fancy! They work perfectly in salads too.
Cooking the tofu: Use a high heat and a good quality pan to prevent it sticking, fry in a drizzle of sesame oil if you don't have a non stick pan.
 

If you like this recipe, why not try my Kimchi Cheese Wrap Hack

kimchi cheese tortilla hack

Dinner Recipe

Curried Cauliflower Noodle Soup

curried cauliflower noodle soup

Cauliflower Curried Noodle Soup

This has to be one of my go to dinners if and when I’m cooking for friends (but not in 2020 clearly). It’s thick, comforting and packed with flavour taking the humble cauliflower and transforming it into a key ingredient for this curried soup.

For a thinner texture, or for more stock feel free to add a little more water to this dish.

Noodle Soup Breakdown

Which noodes? I used Amoy medium noodles as they’re delicious and thick, perfect for this recipe. You can swap for thicker udon noodles.

What coconut milk? I use full fat however you can use the ‘lighter’ tinned milk but the consistency might be a little thicker.

How much stock? I like to add around 700ml of stock (made with boiling water and a stock cube) however If you like a thinner soup add around 1l, or if you are looking for a thicker texture, keep to around 500ml of stock (you want enough for the noodles to soak up).

What Broccoli?I’ve used tenderstem as the stalks work perfectly for crunch in this dish. You can use normal florets but I definitely recommend tenderstem instead. A good swap would be fine green beans for texture.

What if I like spice?Go on! Get generous with the chilli flakes when serving up, or go one step further and drizzle on that sriracha for extra FLAMES!

Is the ginger essential?  Yes! The ginger, garlic, chilli and onion are what give this dish the flavour! The spices give depth too but the first ingredients are essential to making a delicious stock.


curried cauliflower noodle soup


Watch the recipe video just below!

Find my recipes on Instagram and Pinterest

curried cauliflower noodle soup

Cauliflower Curried Noodle Soup

This has to be one of my favourite dishes yet. Creamy, thick, comforting and full of flavour. I've taken the humble cauliflower and given it a transformation into an absolute key ingredient in this curried noodle soup. Pass the fork and spoon and let's dive in!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Servings 2 People

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large white onion finely diced
  • 1 red chilli
  • Thumb sized piece ginger finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 400 ml tinned coconut milk full fat works best
  • 700 ml veg stock made with boiling water and stock cube
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp tamari optional

For the filling:

  • 1 large cauliflower
  • 300 g noodles I used amoy medium noodle, swap for udon
  • 100 g Tenderstem around 6-7 stems

Spices:

  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes to garnish
  • 1/2 lime juice squeezed

Instructions
 

  • Method:
  • Add a drizzle of olive oil to a deep frying pan and add the finely chopped onion, ginger and chilli and fry for 4 minutes
  • Add the minced garlic and fry for a further minute
  • Toss in the chopped cauliflower florets, squeeze in the lime juice then add the spices and stir through for 3-4 minutes (add the tamari if using)
  • Pour in the stock and coconut milk and leave to simmer for around 10 minutes
  • Add the medium noodles (or udon depending on what you're using) and tenderstem, leave for heat for a further 4 minutes before serving up
  • Season generously, give a taste test adding any more spices if necessary (you might need a little more paprika for colour)
  • Sprinkle with chilli flakes and enjoy!

Notes

Which noodes? I used Amoy medium noodles as they're delicious and thick, perfect for this recipe. You can swap for thicker udon noodles.
What coconut milk? I use full fat however you can use the 'lighter' tinned milk but the consistency might be a little thicker
How much stock? Again I like to add around 700ml however you can add a little more to the dish if the noodles soak it all up, just remember to leave a few more minutes for the stock to absorb the flavours of the soup before serving
What Broccoli? I've used tenderstem as the stalks work perfectly for crunch in this dish. You can use normal florets but I definitely recommend tenderstem instead. A good swap would be fine green beans for texture.
What if I like spice? Go on! Get generous with the chilli flakes for serving, or go one step further and drizzle on that sriracha for FLAMES!

If you like this recipe why not try my Masoor Chickpea Dal

masoor chickpea dal vegan recipe

Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Kimchi Cheese Tortilla Wrap Hack

kimchi cheese tortilla hack

Tortilla Wrap Hack – Kimchi Cheese Edition

This tortilla hack seems to be storming the internet and for good reason. It’s simple, delicious and so easy to make for lunch or dinner. This time I’ve filled mine with kimchi, vegan cheese and sriracha with spinach and tomatoes.  This tortilla toasted wrap was made on a whim but ended up being one of my favourite lunch time recipes to date.

What will you need?

Tortilla wrap, this can be white, wholegrain, seeded, you name it.

Kimchi, the flavour maker in this recipe. Kimchi is a Korean food which consists of fermented cabbage.

Sriracha mayo, again bringing the heat, this is a delicious sauce to add.

Vegan Mayo, to add a creamy texture.

Vegan cheese, I used a smoked gouda but you can use whatever you have in the fridge!

Sesame seeds, for a little bit of texture

Spinach and tomatoes, to get a little fruit and veg into your meal of course.


Find my recipes on Instagram and Pinterest.

kimchi cheese tortilla hack

Kimchi Cheese Tortilla Wrap Hack

This tortilla wrap hack is taking over the social media world so I thought I would share one of my favourite ways to enjoy it! Filled with vegan cheese and kimchi this is packed with flavour.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Servings 1 Person

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tortilla wrap
  • baby spinach handful
  • 25 g vegan cheese I used Follow Your Heart Smoked Gouda
  • 3 vine tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 tbsp kimchi
  • 1 tbsp vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds white or black
  • 1 tbsp sriracha mayo

Instructions
 

  • Place your grill or toastie machine on to get nice and hot
  • Slice from the centre of the rap to one edge
  • Think of the tortilla as four quarters, piling the ingredients onto each side
  • I layered the spinach & sriracha on one quarter
  • Cheese & tomato on another
  • Kimchi on the third
  • Mayo and sesame seeds on the final quarter
  • Fold the tortilla in on itself on each quarter to create a layered quesadilla looking sandwich
  • Toast or grill for around 5 minutes until delicious and crispy
  • Top with more sriracha and enjoy!

If you like this, why not try my Kimchi, Pesto Grilled Cheese

kimchi grilled cheese vegan recipe

Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Roasted Pepper & Garlic Pasta

roasted pepper and garlic pasta

Easy Roasted Pepper Pasta Recipe

Perfect for batch cooking, this roasted pepper and garlic pasta dish can be doubled up in portions or frozen. The sauce can be whipped up and popped into freezer bags for evenings where you’re not sure what to cook. Simply heat until creamy and smooth and stir in with cooked pasta. Delicious!

Let’s Get Into The Recipe

Garlic- I’ve kept the skins on for this recipe as it helps prevent the garlic cloves from burning in the pan when roasting. You can peel them off before adding to the blender but it works just as well with the skin kept on.

Peppers- I’ve used bell peppers for this recipe however it will also work for romano peppers.

Dried Herbs- I’ve used a mix of dried basil, thyme, rosemary and sage as these work beautifully together. It can be adapted to what you have in your cupboards but just remember you want around 2 tbsp of herbs to make sure the flavour comes through.

Vegan Mozzarella- This isn’t an essential ingredient but if you want a cheesy pasta, add a good handful (around 80g) to make this the ultimate comfort food. If you’re a nutritional yeast lover, simply swap the mozzarella for around 1tbsp of nutritional yeast instead.

Vegan Creme Fraiche-  I used a vegan creme fraiche (oatly) however you can use vegan single cream. Note it’ll be a little thinner in texture. You can always thicken it by adding a handful of cashew nuts.

Salt & Pepper- Don’t forget to season generously with salt and pepper. Pasta loves nothing more than these two ingredients so don’t scrimp! I season the water to boil the pasta as well as the veg before roasting, and then another pinch to the sauce for good measure.

roasted pepper and garlic pasta

Find my recipes on Pinterest and Instagram

roasted pepper and garlic pasta

Roasted Pepper & Garlic Pasta

Easy and delicious roasted pepper and garlic pasta dish. Just a few key ingredients to make this, and perfect for batch cooking. The sauce can be made in advance and frozen for evenings where you can't be bothered to cook.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 red onion
  • 3 cloves garlic skin on
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 125 ml plant based milk
  • 150 ml vegan creme fraiche sub for vegan single cream *will be thinner in texture
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • Large pinch salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil to add to the blender
  • Handful of vegan mozzarella optional
  • 5-6 Tendetstem

Instructions
 

  • Roughly chop the peppers and quarter the onion, add to a tray with 1 tbsp olive oil, the dried herbs and garlic cloves to roast for 40-45 mins at 180°C
  • Add approx 200g dried pasta (enough to serve 4) to a pot of boiling water, and cook until al dente. Add the tenderstem to a steaming rack above the pasta, or simply add to the pot with the boiling pasta for the last 5 minutes of cooking
  • Once the veg is cooked, add to a blender along with the oat milk, creme fraiche, olive oil, salt and pepper and blitz until smooth
  • Drain the pasta (saving a bit of water) then mix together with the pasta sauce, on a low heat, adding in the mozzarella (optional ingredient). taste test adding a little more dried basil if needed
  • Add the tenderstem on top, sprinkle another pinch of salt and black pepper over the top and enjoy!

Notes

Swap vegan cheese for 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
If you want this extra thick, sub the plant based milk for 125ml of more vegan single cream
You can use fresh pasta, just follow the cooking instructions as it'll need less time boiling
 

If you like this recipe why not try my 15 Minute Tomato & Herb Pasta

15 minute tomato pasta vegan

dessert Recipe

Christmas Biscuit Box

home made christmas biscuit box

Home Made Festive Vegan Biscuit Box

This Christmas I’m going to make 2 big biscuit boxes to share out between my family and Lewi’s. Filled with florentines, cookies and hazelnut bark this is going to be a delicious treat for everyone to tuck into with a cup of tea by the fire.

What’s in the box?

Well, this is up to you, however I’ve laid out some of my easier recipes to keep your time in the kitchen to a minimum and allow you to make multiple products with similar ingredients.

Florentines- These are possibly my favourite biscuit of all. Best when served from chilled to keep them in tact, they literally melt in the mouth.

Hazelnut Bark- This is brilliant, it’s just 2-3 ingredients (chocolate, hazelnuts and sprinkles) to make a delicious crunchy chocolate treat.

Cookies- I’ll link the recipe to my ultimate vegan chocolate chip cookies as these are perfect for a delicious treat to enjoy with the family.

Flapjacks- Now these aren’t in this biscuit box photographed but will definitely be in my next one so I’ll link that recipe here. Using the same ingredients as the florentines, they’re really easy to make!


christmas biscuit box


Hazelnut Brittle Recipe

120g pack of hazelnuts
80g chocolate (mint or orange flavour works well)
1 tbsp festive sprinkles of choice
1/2 tsp sea salt

Method

Preheat the oven to 200ºC

Place the hazelnuts on a tray and roast for 10 minutes

Once baked, spread out on a large place or lined baking tray

Melt the chocolate and coat the hazelnuts, mix until all the hazelnuts are coated, add the sprinkles on top and leave to set for around 30 minutes in the fridge

Enjoy!


 

vegan florentines


Find my recipes on Instagram & Pinterest

home made christmas biscuit box

Home Made Festive Biscuit Box

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Servings 25 biscuits

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 80 g oats you can use porridge or steel cut for this
  • 1 tbsp raisins swap for dried cranberries
  • 50 g chocolate mint flavoured or orange is best!
  • 6 pretzels broken up for any Americans, these are the pretzel crisps not the bread.

Instructions
 

  • Simply mix all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl
  • Heat the coconut oil and peanut butter until melted then mix in with the dry ingredients then spoon a cookie size portion onto a baking tray, flatten then bake for 12 minutes at 180ºC
  • Cool, then melt the chocolate and top each florentine with a spoonful, add a few with the sprinkles on top then pop in the fridge to chill and set for 1 hour.

Notes

Add a pinch of sea salt to the top of each florentine for a delicious salty kick to balance out the sweetness.
Lunch & Light Bites Recipe Sides & Savoury Snacks

Vegan Caramelised Apple & Pork Sausage Rolls

vegan pork and apple sausage rolls

Vegan Friendly Apple, Red Onion & Pork Sausage Rolls

These vegan friendly caramelised apple and ‘pork’ sausage rolls are possibly my favourite yet. They’re so easy to make so don’t be fooled into thinking this is a tough recipe. Puff pastry, vegan sausages, a red onion and an apple is pretty much all you need!

Lets get into the recipe…

Puff Pastry- There’s no need to spend hours folding layers and layers to make puff pastry. I buy shop bought as pretty much most of the pre-made puff pastry is accidentally vegan friendly.

Bramley Apple- Again, you can use any apples you have in the house, I just find Bramley’s work well as they’re slightly larger and more crispy in flavour.

Vegan Sausages –I love using the Linda McCartney ones as they have the best texture for sausage rolls. There are a few options in the vegan range, so simply buy whichever you fancy giving a go.

Tamari- This is my secret ingredient in so many recipes. This time tamari works perfectly as a glaze for the pastry to give a beautiful and almost cheesy flavour on top. Tamari is just a gluten free soy sauce.

Sugar- This helps caramelise the apple and red onion perfectly. You can use 1 or 2 tbsp to make this a little sweeter if you have a particularly sharp bramley apple.


vegan apple and pork sausage rolls

 

Cooking Tips:

Caramelising- Cooking the red onion and bramley apple, along with the sugar is better on a lower heat. If you set aside around 10 minutes to slowly fry the two, it’ll help with the caramelisation of them. Be generous with the olive oil to fry too. You can make this in advance and pop in an airtight container in the fridge to come back to the next day.

Brush the pastry- Brushing the pre-cooked sausage rolls with tamari will help give a beautiful coating. You can swap tamari for soy sauce but definitely recommend investing in tamari as I use it in nearly all of my recipes.

Don’t add the hot filling to the pastry- If you’re not rushed for time, allow the filling to slightly cool before adding to the pastry as this will heat it up and make it a little more difficult to work with.


vegan pork and apple sausage rolls


Find my recipes on Instagram and Pinterest

Vegan Caramelised Apple and Pork Sausage Rolls

Prep Time 13 mins
Cook Time 23 mins
Servings 18 sausage rolls

Ingredients
  

  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1 1/2 large British Bramley apple's
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground fennel seeds optional
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 6 vegan sausages I used Linda Mccartney
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds

Instructions
 

  • Dice the onion and Bramley apples then fry on a low heat with the olive oil, ground fennel seeds and sugar for around 20 minutes until beautifully caramelised
  • Preheat the oven to 200ºC
  • Microwave the vegan sausages for 2 minutes to soften then crumble up in a bowl then mix with the apples and onion
  • Roll out the sheet of puff pastry, slice in half, then add the sausage mix to each half
  • Fold over the pastry then seal by prodding the edges with a fork
  • Brush over the tamari to get a beautiful glaze
  • Sprinkle on poppy seeds over the top
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes depending on your oven

If you like this recipe why not try my Cranberry Sausage Rolls

vegan sausage rolls recipe

Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Miso Nikomi Udon

miso soba noodle soup vegan

Miso Soba Noodle Soup Recipe

This Miso Nikomi Udon (which means cooked miso soup) is delicious, full of flavour and packed with umami from the miso, tamari and mushrooms. Ready in less than 20 minutes this has to be one of my favourite week night comfort foods.

Recipe Breakdown

Clearspring White Miso- I used the Clearspring white miso paste for this recipe as it’s a little sweeter and lighter in colour. Add 1 heaped tbsp to the soup just a few minutes before serving.

Mushrooms- You can use any mushrooms you like however I used a mix of mushrooms such as oyster, shiitake, chestnut and chantarelle for a delicious mix of texture and flavour.

Udon- This is a type of wheat based noodle. It’s thicker than ramen or soba and perfect for soups and broths. You can use any thickness of noodle for this really however I definitely recommend udon.

Tamari- Tamari is just a gluten free soy sauce but carries a slightly different flavour. It adds a delicious kick of umami and works perfectly with mushrooms.

Sesame oil- Using sesame oil to fry the mushrooms adds a delicious nutty flavour and also works better on a high heat.

miso soba noodle soup vegan


Cooking Tips

Finely chop 1/2 the ginger then grate in the other 1/2 to the stock

Fry the mushrooms with the garlic, ginger and chilli on a medium-high heat to get a delicious crisp edge, then set aside a good spoonful to place on top of your soup just before serving to keep them lovely and crispy

Add the miso towards the end of the recipe, this helps keep the delicious flavour

Squeeze ver 1/2 lime to get a zingy pop of flavour to accent the miso

Finely grate the carrot to top then blanch in the hot soup for a 1-2 minutes before serving to slightly soften

miso udon soup vegan


 

Find my recipes on Instagram or Pinterest

Miso Nikomi Udon

A delicious vegan friendly udon soup packed with flavours of ginger, garlic and most importantly white miso. The mushrooms are seared with tamari and sesame oil making them delicious and crispy, perfect for topping this soup.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 red chilli
  • 3 cm piece of ginger
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 200 g mixed mushrooms
  • 120 g udon noodles
  • 800 ml boiled water
  • 1 heaped tbsp white miso paste

To top:

  • Grated carrot
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 3 spring onions

Instructions
 

  • Start by adding the sesame oil and tamari to a deep pan, place on a medium heat then add the finely chopped ginger and chilli then fry for around 3 minutes
  • Fry the garlic off for a further 2 minutes
  • Add the mushrooms and fry on a high heat for 6 minutes
  • Add the water, noodles and miso paste and heat for a further 3 minutes
  • Serve up with grated carrot a squeeze of lime, finely chopped spring onions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds

Notes

*top tip, set some of the fried mushrooms aside to place on top at the end to keep them delicious and crispy

If you like this recipe, why not try my peanut tofu ramen.

chilli peanut tofu ramen vegan

Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

15 Minute Tomato & Herb Pasta

15 minute tomato pasta vegan

Easiest Vegan Tomato Pasta Recipe

This recipe is perfect for batch cooking for lunch time, made in less than 20 minutes and vegan friendly. It’s so simple, you can adapt it to fit whatever veggies you have in your fridge but the main ingredients are tinned tomatoes, pasta, garlic and oregano.

Ingredients Breakdown

Tinned Tomatoes – Using tinned tomatoes helps keep this recipe simple, cheap and easy to make all year round. You can swap for fresh tomatoes if you’re lucky enough to have around 500g and they’re in season.

Garlic- I’ve used 3-4 cloves in this recipe however depending on how strong you like it, feel free to add another for a really punchy dish.

Oregano, Basil & Thyme- These dried herbs are always knocking around in my cupboard, ready for soups and pasta dishes like this. I’ve used the same measurement of oregano to bail with a pinch of thyme.


vegan tomato pasta recipe


Follow me on Pinterest and Instagram

15 minute tomato pasta vegan

15 Minute Tomato Pasta

For those nights where you're in a hurry, don't have many ingredients in and just need some comfort food. Perfect for batch cooking for those lunch boxes too. You can swap the veggies to suit whatever you have in your cupboards / fridge.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • ⁣1 red onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 small broccoli head
  • 400 g tinned tomatoes
  • large portions of pasta to serve 2
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • Large pinch salt & pepper
  • 1 cup of pasta water added at the end
  • 100 g spinach

Instructions
 

  • Pop the kettle on, pour the boiling water into a pot then add the pasta to boil straight away
  • ⁣Fry off the chopped onion for a 3-4 minutes before adding the chopped garlic, courgette and broccoli
  • ⁣After another 3-4 minutes of frying add the tinned tomatoes and season with the basil, oregano and sage
  • ⁣Once it's bubbled for a further 2 minutes, add a cup full of the pasta water and add to the pan and keep on a high heat until the pasta is ready
  • ⁣Drain the rest of the pasta, throw it in the pan with the tomato sauce, add the spinach, give it a stir & season generously with salt and pepper
  • ⁣Top with breadcrumbs or vegan Parmesan if you’re feeling fancy!

If you like this recipe why not try my Cheesy Pasta Recipe

vegan cheesy pasta recipe

 

Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Tuscan Wild Mushroom Creamy Soup

tuscan mushroom soup recipe vegan

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup

This comforting mushroom soup recipe is vegan friendly and really easy to make. Using garlic, oregano, thyme and smoked paprika it picks up flavours from the Mediterranean but with a smokey kick. Perfect for autumn nights, lets take a look at the recipe below.

Recipe Breakdown

Wild Mushrooms – Choosing wild mushrooms for this dish will give a slight variation in flavour and texture just from the mushrooms alone. I used a mix of oyster, chestnut and shiitake within this soup.

Herbs-  Using mediterranean herbs such as oregano, basil, and thyme with a little touch of smoked paprika adds a really beautiful depth of flavour. When you’re frying the mushrooms, onion and garlic in the herbs and oil it smells INCREDIBLE.

Cream- Traditionally with this soup you need a heavy cream which is basically a cream that has a higher fat content. There are loads of ‘creams’ within the plant based market at the moment so whether you use a soy based cream,  or an oat based cream it will work. I used Oatly single cream in this. When I add the butter to the recipe is helps thicken this as though it were a ‘heavy’ cream.

Cornflour- This is a brilliant ingredient. Naturally gluten free and brilliant at thickening soups and stocks. I added around 1tbsp to thicken this up however you can add as little or as much as you like (within reason, I wouldn’t add more than 2tbsp)

Vegetable Stock-  I use boiling water mixed with a good quality vegetable stock cube. If you’re doubling up the recipe, don’t forget to double up the stock cubes too!


wild mushroom tuscan soup vegan

Cooking Tips

Fry off the vegetables first

Frying off the onion, garlic, herbs and mushrooms first allows the mushrooms to caramelise in the butter. If you fry in a good quality non stick pan for around 6-7 minutes it gives the mushrooms and peppers enough time to start to get a beautiful glaze before adding the stock and cream.

Add the stock before the cream

When you add the stock you want to get the temperature to a low simmer first which will give the water enough time to start to mix all of those beautiful flavours from the vegetables. Turn the temperature right down so it’s not simmering or bubbling then add the cream. You don’t want the temperature too hot as the cream can separate / spoil.

Add crusty fresh or toasted bread at the end

Adding buttered toast or bread, or even leftover breadcrumbs will make a really delicious crunch in contrast to the creamy soup.


vegan mushroom tuscan soup


Follow me on Instagram or Pinterest

tuscan mushroom soup recipe vegan

Tuscan Wild Mushroom Soup

Creamy wild mushroom soup inspired by the classic Tuscan soup. Flavours or thyme, oregano, garlic and smoked paprika brought together with a heavy (vegan) cream to make an indulgent comfort food.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Servings 2 People

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 white onion finely diced
  • 1 pepper chopped into 4cm squares
  • 2 tbsp Pure Dairy Free Sunflower Spread
  • 5-6 sun dried tomatoes chopped into small chunks
  • 200 g mixed mushrooms chopped
  • 400 ml veg stock made with boiling water and 1/2 stock cube
  • 200 ml plant based cream can also use oat based creme fraiche

Herbs

  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • Large pinch salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp cornflour to thicken, optional
  • 2 bay leaves not essential but works beautifully

Instructions
 

Method:

  • Add the Pure spread to a deep pan, place on a medium heat then add the onions and fry for around 5 minutes
  • Add the minced garlic cloves, sundried tomatoes, pepper and mushrooms to the pan along with all of the herbs and fry for a further 6-7 minutes
  • Once the mushrooms have browned add the vegetable stock, give a stir then reduce the heat right down
  • Add the cream and stir together, taste test adding more seasoning / herbs if needed
  • Serve with a slice of crusty bread & a generous slather of vegan butter

Notes

Try adding plant based chorizo to add a real smokey flavour

If you like this recipe why not try my harissa and potato soup.

Chickpea and potato stew vegan

Dinner Recipe

15 Minute Sesame & Garlic Glazed Tofu

sesame and ginger tofu

Sesame & garlic glaze for delicious 15 minute meal

I’ll tell you how to get a sticky sesame and garlic glaze on your tofu. By using sesame oil and crushed garlic as a simple dressing , it adds so much flavour to tofu which can be marinated for 10 minutes.

Recipe Breakdown

Tofu – I used extra firm tofu for this recipe as it holds together slightly better when frying on a high heat.

Garlic Cloves- It’s an essential ingredient, I use around 3-4 cloves however you can alter this depending on how strong you like the taste.

Sesame Oil- Using sesame oil will give a really lovely depth of flavour to this which is slightly nutty.

Tamari- I use tamari for any kind of marinade as it has a wonderful umami flavour. You can easily swap this ingredient for soy sauce, tamari is a gluten free option but has a slightly different taste.

Sugar – This is an optional ingredient and not necessary but does offer a lovely sweetness to the dish to work with the garlic which also helps get a sticky glaze


sesame garlic tofu vegan recipe


Tofu Tips:

Glaze- When trying to get a good glaze on the tofu, the light brown sugar will really help get a sticky coating.

Size- Cutting the tofu into smaller cubes will help get the surface area crispier quicker.

Heat- Using a high heat will help add lots of crispness to the marinade as it bubbles and caramelises.

Non Stick- Using a non stick pan is really key as it’ll help keep the glaze on the tofu and not stuck to the bottom of a pan. If you don’t have a non-stick pan try adding 1 tbsp sesame oil to the pan to help.

 


Follow me on Instagram or Pinterest.

Find my other recipe videos on Youtube.

sesame and ginger tofu

Sesame and Garlic Glazed Tofu Recipe

15 Minutes from start to finish to create this delicious sesame and garlic tofu noodle bowl. Plant based and simply - perfect for a mid week meal.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 2 People

Ingredients
  

For the tofu

  • 1 block firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar optional but helps with the glaze

Noodles

  • 120 g udon noodles sub for ramen or rice noodles
  • 1 pak choi
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 4 tenderstem
  • 4 spring onions
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

Instructions
 

For the tofu

  • Slice the tofu into 3cm cubes
  • Mince the garlic then whisk into all the other marinade ingredients in a bowl, add the tofu and leave to marinade for 5 minutes (or you can leave overnight if making it advance)
  • Fry off the tofu in a non-stick pan on a high and fry for around 5 minutes, tossing to get an even coat
  • Set the tofu aside and add the halved pak choi to the pan with a dash more tamari and fry until glazed
  • Meanwhile add the udon noodles to a pot of just boiled water and leave to simmer for around 3-4 minutes with the tenderstem
  • Drain then transfer into the pan with the tofu, toss in all of the flavours then serve with the chopped spring onions and sesame seeds

Video


If you like this recipe why not try my Gyoza Noodle Soup Recipe

gyoza noodle chilli soup recipe vegan


glazed tofu recipe vegan