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Raspberry & Chocolate Kisses

Vegan chocolate raspberry kisses valentines

Ingredients:

200g 70% chocolate

70g vegan cream cheese (I used Violife Creamy Original)

4 tbsp icing sugar (confectioners sugar)

50g raspberries (frozen or fresh)

Pinch sea salt

Method:

Melt 120g of the dark chocolate then pour into the base of muffin cases (or lined / silicone muffin tin)

Prepare the raspberry cream cheese filling by heating the raspberries in a pan until bubbling

Whisk the vegan cream cheese with the icing sugar until smooth, then add the raspberries and fold gently fold together

Spoon 1 tbsp onto the top of each chocolate base within the muffin tin *optional to place a fresh whole raspberry on top

Melt the remaining 80g of chocolate with a good pinch of sea salt and pour over the top of the raspberry cups and leave to set in the fridge

Vegan chocolate raspberry kisses valentines
Vegan chocolate raspberry kisses valentines
Vegan chocolate raspberry kisses valentines
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Simple Week Night Soup Recipe

Ingredients

Dried Spices:
2 tsp smoked paprika 
1 tsp chipotle flakes 
1 tsp chilli flakes 
1:2 tsp cinnamon 
1 bay leaf 
1 tsp sage 
Large pinch salt
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2 cloves garlic minced 
1 white onion diced 
Red pepper diced 
Yellow pepper diced 
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1 tin tomatoes, 400g
Fill the tin with water x 2
450g cooked pulses & beans 
1 tin coconut milk 

chunky soup recipe

Method

-Using a deep pot add 1tbsp olive oil to a pan and gently fry the chopped onion for around 5 minutes, followed by the chopped peppers for a further 3, then add the minced garlic and allow to cook

-Add the tinned tomatoes, filling the empty tin with water (twice) and add to the pot  followed by all the dried spices and salt and allow to simmer for around 15 minutes

-Add the cooked beans and pulses* (I used a frozen bag of chickpeas and beans which only require 5 minutes of cooking) 

-In the final few minutes, add the tin of coconut milk and heat through, giving the soup a taste test, adding a little more  seasoning if needed 

-Serve up with freshly chopped tomatoes on top, a drizzle of olive oil and a final sprinkling of salt on each bowl

 

*If not already cooked, add the beans and pulses in with the tinned tomatoes and allow to simmer for around 30-40 minutes until cooked through 

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3 Easy Pesto Recipes

3 easy pesto recipes

Making my own pesto was always something I thought of a task, especially when I could buy a range of options in jars cutting cost and time... however I have since come to realise this is all incorrect!

Nothing beats the taste or smell of fresh pesto whipped up in your kitchen. In terms of time and cost, it takes minutes to prepare and can be far cheaper when making in batches. 

I've popped together some of my absolute favourite and no-fuss recipes for you to try at home. Whether you're dipping your carrots, coating your veggies or twirling it in your tagliatelle, you need to give these a go. 

Method of cooking:

All these pestos can be eaten raw, slow roasted or added to your pasta dish in the last 5 minutes. It all depends how you like it.

avocado pesto recipe

Avocado & Pine Nut Pesto 

Ingredients:

1 Avocado (I used a gem avocado)
2 cloves garlic
1 cup basil
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4, cup olive oil
Pinch of olive oil

 

spinach pesto vegan recipe

Creamy Spinach Pesto

Ingredients:

1 cup baby spinach 

1 cup fresh basil 

1 clove garlic

1/4 cup cashew nuts (soaked or raw)

1/2 lemon squeezed 

1/4 cup olive oil

large pinch salt

1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)

 

easy pine nut pesto recipe

Classic Pine Nut

Ingredients:

1/4 cup pine nuts

1 cup fresh basil 

1/4 cup good quality olive oil

1/2 squeezed fresh lemon 

1 large clove smoked garlic

Large pinch salt

2 tbsp nutritional yeast 

 

 


As always, I love seeing your recreations on social media, so please be sure to tag me in any photos to take of your food! 

Maybe you have a favourite pesto recipe, or a top tip to share... let me know in the comments! 

 

 

 

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Everyone’s Welcome This Christmas

tesco everyones welcome

Everyone’s Welcome

This is a paid advertorial with Tesco

Celebration with abundance

Christmas platters are such a great way to celebrate lots of different food at once. From pates to dips paired with crackers and crunchy veg - they're my favourite thing to put together. There’s something about everyone’s hands dashing over the table to grab a cracker or to scoop up the last mince pie.

Tesco gave the challenge to recreate one of their Christmas recipes (you can find a range on their website) to share a gorgeous abundance of festive food for the #EveryonesWelcome campaign! The star of the show (yet very humbly sat in the middle) is a mushroom pate made with porcini and shiitake paired with fresh thyme.

On the platter

I've surrounded it with Tesco rosemary crackers, fresh grapes, crunchy veg as well as panettone and mince pies from their free from section. I should also touch on the Free From Christmas range which this year seems to be bigger than ever. It’s always a good idea to have gluten free or dairy free options on the table to make sure everyone is catered for.

tesco everyones welcome christmas

I like to have a selection of sweet, savoury, healthy and indulgent on my table at Christmas to make sure there is a little something for everyone, really tying into the Everyone’s Welcome idea surrounding this season.

tesco free from mince pies

As mentioned before, you can find all of their festive recipes just here, *https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=7052&awinaffid=258711&clickref=Lucy+Frances+Parker+Mushroom+Pate&p=https%3A%2F%2Frealfood.tesco.com%2Fgallery%2F10-vegan-christmas-recipes.html%3Fid%3D8eb440cc-b723-4111-b0d7-2ccda9130ee8*

You can find the free from selection here, Mince Pies - https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/285863982.

Panettone - https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/301856310

 

 

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Do Good Quality Pans Make a Difference?

vegan sticky bao buns

Sticky Sesame & Black Bean Tofu with Bao Buns

This is a paid collaboration with Circulon

sticky vegan bao bun


Sticky and crispy -  two of my favourite textures for an asian inspired dish of tofu stuffed bao buns. Before we get to the recipe let’s talk about the importance of GOOD pots and pans!

 

I’ve teamed up with Circulon to share the importance of investing in a few good pots and pans, especially non stick and oven proof to make use of all your recipes.

 

I wanted to make the stickiest dish I’ve created that needs to be fried and then finished off in the oven….. Queue this delicious recipe!

 

How many of you have had to add a gallon of oil just to stop your onions sticking to the bottom of a pan, or had to scrape off slightly burnt sauce at the bottom of your pasta pot?

vegan recipe ingredients

The Right Tools

I’m a real advocate for having a few essential kitchen tools such as sharp knives and good pans. You don’t need to buy loads, which is why this pan works a treat.

I’ve got the Circulon Momentum Frying Pan to be exact and whether you’re frying or toasting in the oven / grille it can work for every scenario as the handles can handle the heat - up to 220ºC without any heat spots-  I know as I stupidly grabbed the handle with my bare hands (ouch).

Ingredients:

250g firm tofu cubed into 4cm thick blocks

3 cloves garlic peeled & minced

1 red onion finely chopped

1 red chilli

150g shitaake mushrooms chopped

 

4 tbsp black bean sauce

2 tbsp tamari

1 tbsp tamarind paste

1 tbsp honey or maple syrup

Generous pinch salt

 

4 bao buns

2 pak choi

1 tbsp sesame seeds

Coriander to garnish

Sriracha sauce (optional)

 

Method:

 

Preheat the oven to 200ºC

 

In your Circulon pan add ½ tsp oil and gently fry off the red onion until softened, then add the chilli and  minced garlic cloves and fry for an additional 1 minute

 

Add the mushrooms and cubed tofu then the black bean, tamarind, honey and tamari and fry for around 10 minutes

 

Top with ½ tbsp sesame seeds and pop in the oven for 8 minutes to crisp

 

In a bamboo steamer bring a flat pan of shallow water to simmer then steam the bao buns and pak choi for around 5-8 minutes

 

Using and oven glove (don’t forget like I did) and take the pan out of the oven and give a stir

 

Assemble the bao buns with the sticky filling, steamed pak choi and top with sesame seeds, fresh coriander and additional chilli if you like it spicy!

 

I served mine with a hot sriracha sauce too!

vegan sticky bao bun

A few more details

Better yet it’s dishwasher safe, and going from handwashing everything in my tiny flat, to owning a dishwasher this is pure heaven. I’m quite a lazy cook and even lazier when it comes to the dishes so having pots and pans that you can bung in the dishwasher is amazing.

Circulon offer a pretty impressive lifetime guarantee, showing their confidence in the product.

If you fancy getting yourself one of these, you can find them here, https://circulon.uk.com/momentum-83797-30cm-hard-anodised-frying-pan.html

bao bun recipe vegan

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Food Love Stories, brought to you by Tesco

tesco food love stories

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!

 

Food Love Stories

 

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.

roasted mushrooms for tesco food love stories

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!

 

food love stories

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!

 

food love stories

Be sure to check out the full recipe on: https://www.tesco.com/food-love-stories/?sc_cmp=aff*awin*ghs*fls*lucyandlentils&utm_medium=ghs&utm_source=affiliate_window&utm_campaign=aff*lucyandlentils 

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