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Chilli, Peanut & Tofu Ramen

chilli peanut tofu ramen vegan

Ingredients:

For the stock

1 red onion, finely chopped

3 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped

3/4 red chilli, thinly sliced (save the other quarter to garnish with)

thumb sized piece of fresh ginger (half grated and half finely chopped)

juice squeezed from 1/2 lime

1 tsp tamari (or soy sauce)

1 tsp brown miso paste

700ml stock (feel free to add 1l of stock to make a bigger batch)

1 tsp brown sugar

1 tbsp peanut oil

200g udon noodles (if you're gluten free, soba noodles work really well too)

 

To Garnish:

1 tsp sesame seeds per bowl

1/4 chilli thinly sliced

 

 

For the tofu

2 tbsp peanut butter

juice squeezed from 1/2 lime

1 block firm tofu 280g, cut into 3cm

1 tsp tamari / soy sauce

 

 

 

Top with:

1 tsp sesame seeds

few slices of fresh chilli

fresh coriander (optional)

handful toasted peanuts

Method:

Drain the firm tofu then slice into 3cm cubes, add all of the marinade ingredients into a bowl, whisk then coat the sliced tofu and leave to marinade for around 15-30 minutes (overnight is even better)

Finely chop the red onion, the chopped half of the ginger and chilli then add to a pan with the peanut oil, fry for 5-6 minutes

Finely chop the garlic cloves then add to the pan to fry for a further 1-2 minutes

Add the vegetable stock, brown sugar, miso, tamari, squeeze of lime and grated ginger and bring to a simmer for around 10 minutes

Place a frying pan on a medium heat with a drizzle of peanut oil then add the marinated tofu and fry for around 4 minutes on each side until crispy then keep on a low heat until the ramen is ready

*If you want a silky smooth ramen, simply pour the liquid through a sieve to remove any chopped onion or chunks of ginger

Place the udon noodles in the miso soup and heat for around 5 minutes, then taste test adding a little more seasoning if needed

Serve up and garnish with a squeeze of lime, 1/2 tsp sesame seeds per bowl and thinly sliced red chilli along with the  fried tofu. Top with a few toasted peanuts and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

chilli peanut tofu ramen vegan
chilli peanut tofu ramen vegan
chilli peanut tofu ramen vegan
Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

10 Minute Garlic Mushroom Pasta

10 minute garlic paste recipe vegan

Ingredients:

•2 portions of dried or fresh pasta (you be the judge of your own portion😉)

•180g chestnut mushrooms

•2 large garlic cloves

•1/4 tsp cracked black pepper

•1/4 tsp sea salt

•50g spinach

•1/4 tsp chilli flakes

•125ml oatly cream (single cream)
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Method

1.Bring the pasta to boil in a pot of water with a generous pinch of salt ( boil for 10 minutes)

2. In a separate pan chop the mushrooms then add to a deep frying pay with a generous glug of olive oil, fry for around 4-5 minutes

3. Finely chop the garlic then add to the pan with the garlic and fry for a further 1-2 minutes until cooked

4. Add the single oat cream and stir in the black pepper, salt and chilli flakes

5. Drain the water from the pasta (leaving a little to stir in with the sauce) then pour the cooked pasta, spinach and water in with the garlic sauce

Taste test adding a little more seasoning if needed & enjoy!

*note, I love adding a little dash of smoked paprika too*

10 minute garlic paste recipe vegan
Dinner Recipe

Massaman Curry with Sweet Potato & Lentil

Vegan Massaman Curry with Sweet Potato and Lentil
Vegan Massaman Curry with Sweet Potato and Lentil

Massaman Inspired Sweet Potato & Lentil Curry

Inspired by the peanut based massaman curry, I've made a version based on what was in my cupboards. Luckily it turned out absolutely delicious I wanted to share the recipe with you.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 23 mins
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

For the curry

  • 1 white onion finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic finely diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger (½ grated and ½ chopped finely)
  • 2 stalks fresh lemongrass
  • 1 red chilli finely chopped
  • 700 ml veg stock
  • 90 g red lentils | ½ cup
  • 1 tsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 400 ml tinned coconut milk

Veg

  • 1 red pepper cut into large slices
  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 70 g fresh or frozen spinach

Spices & seasoning

  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground dried coriander
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 2 bay leaves

To garnish

  • 1 lime quartered
  • 2 spring onions finely chopped
  • 1 tsp black & white sesame seeds
  • Drizzle chilli olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan, when hot add the diced onion and chilli and fry for around 4-5 minutes
  • Add the chopped ginger and pepper chunks and fry for a further 3-4 minutes before adding the finely chopped garlic and allow to cook before tossing in the sweet potato chunks
  • Stir in the spices, lemongrass stalks and bay leaves and heat for a few minutes before adding the lentils and stock
  • Bring to a simmer for 10 minutes then turn the heat down to a medium temperature whilst adding the tamari, grated ginger, peanut butter with a generous pinch of salt and bubble for a further 15 minutes until the lentils have softened
  • Once the lentils have broken down add the spinach and coconut milk and stir together, giving a taste test after a few minutes - this is the perfect chance to add any more seasoning or spice to your preference
  • Serve up with basmati rice or naan (or both) with a fresh squeeze lime, sprinkle of sesame seeds and finely chopped spring onion
  • Enjoy!
Keyword curry recipes, massaman, peanut bassed curry, peanut recipes, vegan curry

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4 portions with rice / naan

Dinner Recipe

Creamy Pancetta & Crispy Sage Pasta (Vegan)

Pancetta butternut sage pasta vegan
Ready In 25 minutes
Cooking Time 15 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Serves 2

Ingredients

 

  • 1 red onion - finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 100g chargrilled red peppers antipasto
  • 50g vacon lardons (I used the brand Pioneer)
  • 200g Sainsbury's mezzi rigatoni
  • 1 lemon
  • 100g Oatly crème fraiche
  • 80g peas
  • 80g butternut squash - chopped into cubes
  • 2 sage leaves
  • 10ml olive oil

Method

 

Chop the squash into cubes then add to a pot of boiling water along with the pasta, allow to boil for 12-15 minutes

Finely chop the onion and gently fry in the olive oil with the sage leaves for around 5-6 minutes, then add the minced garlic cloves and continue to fry gently for a further 1 minute

Remove the sage leaves then add the vacon lardon pieces and the chargrilled peppers and gently fry for a further 3-4 minutes

Once the pasta is cooked and the squash is soft, drain and add to the pan with the fried peppers and onions then stir in the oatly crème fraiche and peas, add the salt to season

Serve into bowls and add a squeeze of fresh lemon and garnish with the chopped fried sage leaves

Pancetta butternut sage pasta vegan
Pancetta butternut sage pasta vegan
Dinner Recipe

Easy Pea(sy) & Lemon Arancini

vegan lemon and pea arancini recipe

Ingredients:

190g Cooks&Co Lemon & Pea risotto (cooked and cooled)

1/4 oat milk | 60ml

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs | approx. 60g mixed with 1 tsp garlic powder, large pinch of salt and pepper

1/4 cup dairy free mozzarella | 40g

To garnish
2 tbsp garlic infused olive oil mixed with 1/4 tsp chilli flakes

OR my delicious homemade harissa 

Method:

Follow the cooking instructions for the Cooks&Co risotto (I fried 4 cloves garlic before adding the
risotto mix to the pan)

Set aside and allow to cool completely

Roll 1 heaped tbsp of the risotto mix in the palm of your hand along with a pinch of the mozzarella -
it should be lovely and sticky

Roll each ball into the oat milk, followed by the panko breadcrumb mix, repeat until all the risotto is
used up

You can either fry the arancini balls in a frying pan filled with rapeseed oil (should be around 2cm
deep within the pan) for 5 minutes on each side until beautifully golden

OR you can drizzle the arancini balls in olive oil and bake at 180ºC for 25 minutes (they will be a
little less golden in colour if baked)

Drizzle in the garlic and chilli olive oil and enjoy with a salad or a delicious tomato and basil sauce

lemon and pea arancini easy recipe
lemon and pea arancini easy recipe
Dinner Recipe

15 Minute Chana Masala

vegan chana masala recipe tilda rice

15 Minute Recipe

This vegan chana masala is absolutely delicious, really easy and can be on your table in less than 30 minutes from prep to plating up. The recipe is made up of mainly tinned produce, this can be whipped together on a week night with minimal fresh ingredients. Using key ingredients of tomatoes, chickpeas, garlic and garam masala it’s a delicious hearty bowl full.


Ingredients Breakdown

Chickpeas- The main bulk of the recipe is using chickpeas. You can either use tinned or dried,  but remember if you’re using dried chickpeas you will need to boil for a few hours to soften and cook.

Tomatoes- Traditionally using fresh tomatoes, this can be easily adapted if you have a few punnets. Use around 650-800g fresh tomatoes and make sure they’ve broken down whilst cooking to avoid any large chunks.

Coconut Milk- This is not a typical ingredient for a traditional chana masala however I’ve added due to my boyfriend preferring a creamier curry base. However this is just as delicious without this ingredient, simply add an extra 300-400ml of water to help reduce the concentration of tomatoes.

Garam Masala- This is a blend of spices that is typically used within a chana masala. It consists of cardamom pods, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, pepper and cinnamon.


vegan chana masala recipe tilda rice


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15 Minute Chana Masala

Easiest vegan chana masala recipe taking only 15 minutes to cook (as long as it takes the rice) with the option to add cream or yogurt to make this a little lighter, or just as intended with tomatoes.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Servings 4 People

Ingredients
  

For the base

  • 2 x 400g tin chickpeas
  • 2 x 400g tinned tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 medium heat red chilli
  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger 1/2 grated and 1/2 finely chopped
  • 2 x 400ml coconut milk optional to make it creamy as traditionally it's just tomatoes
  • 200 ml water

Spices & Seasoning

  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt flakes

To top

  • 150 g fresh or frozen spinach
  • handful toasted hazelnuts pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • 1 x Tilda Wholegrain Basmati & Wild Rice pouch

Instructions
 

  • Drizzle 1 tsp coconut oil tsp a frying pan then add the finely chopped chilli and chopped ginger with the drained chickpeas and fry 5 minutes
  • Add the finely chopped garlic to the pan and fry for 1 minute before pouring in the tinned tomatoes and water along with the spices and bring to the boil for around 6-7 minutes
  • Lower to a medium heat then add the grated ginger spinach and the coconut milk if adding then stir together until combined
  • Add the opened pack of Tilda rice to the microwave and heat for 2 minutes
  • Taste test the curry, adding more seasoning if needed
  • Add the chana masala to a bowl along with the hot rice, top with toasted nuts and seeds, another generous pinch of salt and enjoy!

Notes

I used Tilda Wholegrain Basmati to accompany this dish. If you serve with around 90g rice per person this dish will feed 2 people, or 4 as a smaller side dish accompanying another curry. 
Keyword 15 minute meal, chana masala, quick curry, vegan curry

If you like this recipe why not try my massaman inspired sweet potato and lentil curry. 

Vegan Massaman Curry with Sweet Potato and Lentil

Dinner Recipe

Miso Aubergine Soba Soup

Miso Aubergine Soba Soup

Ingredients

1 tsp peanut oil / sesame oil

1 thumb sized piece of ginger

3 cloves garlic

4 stalks spring onion

1 lime

1 large aubergine cubed

2 tbsp tamari

1 tsp miso paste

700ml vegetable stock

85g soba noodles

 

To Top:

50g spinach

1 red pepper, finely sliced with a julienne peeler

1 carrot, finely sliced with a julienne peeler

2 spring onions

Method

Chop the aubergine into 3cm cubes and add to the frying pan with 1 tbsp of tamari and fry on a high heat for around 4 minutes on each side, then set aside in a bowl

 

Add the grated chilli ginger and spring onions to the wok and fry in the sesame oil for around 1 minute before adding the finely chopped garlic and fry for a further 1 minute

 

Add the vegetable stock along with the miso paste, juice of lime and bring to a simmer for around 7-8 minutes

 

Add the soba noodles and allow to simmer for a further 4-5 minutes, in the mean time slice the toppings ready to garnish the soup

 

Pour the soba soup into bowls then garnish with the freshly sliced pepper, spinach, sliced carrot and spring onions, add the fried aubergine and sprinkle with sesame seeds and fresh coriander

miso aubergine soba soup
miso aubergine soba soup
Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Bloody Mary Orzo Soup with Kale and Pesto

bloody mary orzo soup with kale and pesto

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp Cox’s Bloody Mary Spicer

1 red onion

4 cloves garlic

1 400g tin butter beans or black beans

80g kale

200 g passata

700ml veg stock

½ cup dried orzo

1 bay leaf

½ tsp salt

 

3 tbsp fresh pesto (recipe here)

Method

Finely chop the onion and add to a pot with a glug of olive oil and fry for around 5-6 minutes

Mince the garlic cloves and add to the pan and fry for a further 1 minute

Add the passata, veg stock, drained beans and bay leaf and bring to a simmer for around 5 minutes

Add the bloody mary spicer along with the chopped kale, orzo and a good pinch of salt to taste and continue to simmer for a further 10 minutes

Taste test adding a little more spicer or salt if needed

Serve into bowls and top with 1 tbsp fresh pesto on each bowl

Enjoy

orzo soup with pesto
bloody mary orzo soup with kale and pesto
Dinner Recipe

Peanut Butter Chickpea and Spinach Curry

vegan peanut butter chickpea spinach curry

Ingredients

Fresh

1 finely chopped white onion

1 small red chilli

4 cloves minced garlic

2 red peppers

100g spinach (frozen or fresh will work)

300-400ml boiled water + half a stock cube

 

From the pantry

400g tin full fat coconut milk

280g tinned tomatoes, or passata

400g tinned chickpeas

2-3 tbsp peanut butter

180g basmati or wholegrain rice

*optional* 50g coconut cream (if you don't have the block, simply buy another tin of coconut milk and only use the cream that collects at the top of the tin)

 Handful whole peanuts to top

 

 

Spices

1 tsp cumin (optional)

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp paprika

 

Method

Add 1 tbsp oil to a large pan then add the finely chopped onion and chilli and peppers and fry for around 5-6 minutes

Add the minced garlic and fry for around 1 minute before adding the tinned tomatoes, drained chickpeas and water then bring to a simmer 

Add the paprika, cumin and turmeric, a large pinch of salt and allow to continue to simmer on a high heat for around 6-7 minutes

Steam or boil the rice whilst the curry is simmering away, for around 10-15 minutes (follow cooking instructions on package but I usually add a 1:2 ratio of rice: water if using basmati)

Add the boiling water and stock cube to the curry, bring the curry to a low simmer and add in the coconut milk and coconut cream along with the peanut butter and spinach, give a good stir, and allow to heat for a further 4-5 minutes

Add a generous pinch of salt then taste test, adding more seasoning if needed

Drain the rice and serve up along with a big scoop of peanut curry, then top with peanuts and fresh coriander (unless you're like me and have the condition where coriander tastes like perfume)

 

Dinner Recipe

Ginger Miso Soba Soup

ginger miso soba curry

Ingredients

For the stock

1 tsp peanut oil / sesame oil

1 thumb sized piece of ginger

1 large aubergine cubed

3 cloves garlic

Juice of 1 lime

1 red chilli

2 stalks spring onion

2 tbsp tamari

1 tsp miso paste

85g soba noodles

500ml vegetable stock

400ml tin full fat coconut milk

 

For the topping

50g spinach

1 red pepper, finely sliced with a julienne peeler

1 carrot, finely sliced with a julienne peeler

2 stalks spring onion

1 tsp black sesame seeds

1 tsp white sesame seeds

 

Method

 

Chop the aubergine into 3cm cubes and add to the frying pan with 1 tbsp of tamari and fry on a high heat for around 4 minutes on each side, then set aside in a bowl

 

Add the grated chilli ginger and spring onions to the wok and fry in the sesame oil for around 1 minute before adding the finely chopped garlic and fry for a further 1 minute

 

Add the vegetable stock along with the miso paste, juice of lime and bring to a simmer for around 7-8 minutes

 

Add the coconut milk, dash of turmeric and leave to simmer on a medium heat for a further 5 minutes, adding the soba noodles to cook

 

Slice the toppings ready to garnish the soup

 

Pour the soba soup into bowls then garnish with the freshly sliced pepper, carrot and spring onions, add the fried aubergine and sprinkle with sesame seeds and fresh coriander

ginger miso soba soup
ginger miso soba soup curried ramen recipe