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Dinner Recipe

Massaman Curry with Sweet Potato & Lentil

Vegan Massaman Curry with Sweet Potato and Lentil

Comfort food at it's best! With this dish, you can either add all of the stock and spiced ingredients to a food processor to make a paste and simply fry then add the stock and coconut milk. This is a much quicker way, however I've written up the slightly longer process but just as delicious!

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4 portions with rice / naan

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

700ml veg stock

90g red lentils | ½ cup

1 tsp tamari

1 tbsp peanut butter

400ml tinned coconut  milk

 

Veg

1 red pepper, cut into large slices

1 medium sweet potato

70g 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

Method

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!

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

Lemon, Blueberry and Poppy Seed Muffins

lemon blueberry poppyseed muffins

Ingredients

Wet

200ml oat milk

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Juice of 2 lemons (around 2 ½ tbsp)

40ml olive oil

 

Dry

300g plain flour  | 2 cups

½ tsp salt

150g caster sugar | 3/4 cup

1 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tsp baking powder

3 tbsp poppy seeds

Zest of 2 lemons 

150g frozen blueberries

 

 

For the lemon drizzle icing:

 

30ml oat milk (1 tbsp)

60ml fresh lemon juice (2 tbsp)

120g icing sugar

 

Method

Preheat the oven to 180ºC (Fan)

 

Mix the oat milk and vinegar together and leave for around 5 minutes to create a ‘buttermilk’ like texture

 

Add all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix together

 

Pour the remaining wet ingredients in with the milk and vinegar and whisk together

 

Fold the wet ingredients into the dry (leaving out the blueberries) making sure no pockets of flour have been left

 

Add the blueberries into the mixed batter and turn gently (you just want to fold them in to prevent the colours mixing)

Pour the muffin mix into each case and top with a few additional frozen berries and push into the surface

 

Bake at 180ºC for around 5 extra minutes (26-30) minutes, prick with a knife and check it comes out clean

 

For the icing

Add fresh lemon zest to top each muffin

 

Mix the icing sugar with the oat milk and lemon juice in a bowl until runny enough to drizzle over the top of each muffin (simply add 1 tsp more of icing sugar at a time if it’s too runny)

 

Sprinkle fresh lemon zest over the top of each muffin

 

 

lemon blueberry poppy seed muffins vegan recipe
lemon blueberry poppy seed muffins vegan recipe
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
dessert Recipe

Chocolate Topped Cinnamon Drop Biscuits

cinnamon chocolate drop biscuits vegan

Ingredients

For the biscuit

60 g coconut flour | ½ cup

150g | 1 cup plain flour (gf plain flour will work too)

80g coconut sugar | ¼ cup (demerara sugar works too)

1 ½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

150g vegan butter or melted coconut oil

 

For the chocolate topping

70g Benefit Vitamins Chocolate

2 tbsp oat milk

1 tsp maple syrup

1 tbsp filtered water

Method

For the biscuits

Pour the dry ingredients into a bowl together and mix

Add the vegan butter or coconut oil and mix together with your hands until combined. (If you’ve used coconut oil, add a splash of oat milk to help loosen the texture)

Roll into small ball, then place on a lined baking tray

Squash the cookies using the back of a spatula 

Bake at 180ºC for 18 -20 minutes

 

Melt the Benefit Vitamins chocolate, oat milk, water and maple syrup together in a bowl until a thick ganache like texture has formed

*top tip if you curdle the chocolate, add a splash more of oat milk and whisk together quickly to loosen the texture

 

Spoon on 1 heaped tsp of the chocolate mix onto the cooled biscuits and enjoy with a cup of earl grey tea!

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)

 

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 tbsp 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)

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)

 

Breakfast Recipe

Banana Pancakes with Berry Compote

vegan banana pancakes recipe

Ingredients

3/4 Cup Rice Flour

1 Small Over Ripe Banana

1 Cup of Coconut Milk

2 tsp Baking Powder (gluten free)

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Coconut Oil (to heat in the pan)

Pinch of Salt

 

For the berry compote:

1/4 cup frozen or fresh berries, even better if they're in season!

1 tsp maple syrup / sugar

Splash of water

 

Method

In a large mixing bowl add the rice flour, baking powder, cinnamon and pinch of salt

In a medium bowl mash the small banana, whisk together with the coconut milk then pour into the dry ingredients and fold together until combined

Leave in the fridge for around 10 minutes (optional, this just creates a firmer batter to add to the pan)

Heat a large pan on a medium to high heat, with a tsp of coconut oil, then spoon on a portion of pancake batter

Once the pancakes have little air bubbles form it means they are ready to flip

Once they have cooked on both sides, stack them up and add the berry compote and a dollop of vg cream

Enjoy

 

For the berry compote

Add the frozen or fresh berries to a small pan with a dash of water and 1 tsp sugar, and heat until bubbling

Spoon on 2 tbsp dairy free yogurt and maybe a squeeze of maple syrup for good measure

vegan banana pancakes recipe
vegan banana pancake recipe
dessert Recipe

Easiest Vegan Banana Bread Recipes – 4 Ways

banana bread 4 ways

Banana bread has become an absolute staple in our home. Each week I find myself buying twice as many bananas so I'll have an excuse to bake. 

It's great to have some at the ready for any unexpected guests or to take in a pack up to work. I've popped together 4 ways to enjoy my banana bread, with a few changes to each recipe to hopefully cater for each of your cupboards. 

-the classic

-Gluten free option

-no added sugar option

-the holy grail of heavenly banana bread

 

peanut butter and chocolate banana bread

No. 1 The Classic

Dry ingredients

1 ½ cup plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ cup sugar

100g / ½ cup chocolate chips

Pinch salt

Wet ingredients

3 overripe bananas (+1 more for topping)

4 tbsp / 80ml coconut oil

3 tbsp runny peanut butter (pip n nut or aldi smooth)

*save a handful of chocolate chips and a tsp of peanut butter for the topping*

 

 

Method

Pour the flour, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips into a large bowl and mix together

Mash the bananas in a bowl then add the melted coconut oil and peanut butter and mix together

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until combined

Pour the banana mix into a greased loaf tin then sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top

Drizzle the last tsp of peanut butter and 1 chopped overripe banana on top and pop in the oven

Bake at 180ºC for 25 minutes

Take out of the oven and loosely in tin foil then bake for a further 30-35 minutes

 

gluten free banana bread

No. 2 Gluten Free Walnut & Chocolate 

Dry ingredients

1/2 cup GF plain flour

1 cup almond flour

2 tsp GF baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

¼ cup demerara sugar

50g / ½ cup chocolate chips

80g / 3/4 cup walnuts

Pinch salt

Wet ingredients

3 overripe bananas (+1 more for topping)

3 tbsp runny peanut butter 

*save a handful of chocolate chips and a tsp of peanut butter for the topping*

 

 

Method

Pour the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir together *leave a few chocolate chips and nuts for the topping*

In a shallow bowl, mash the bananas together to form a paste, then add the peanut butter and mix 

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until combined

Pour the banana mix into a greased loaf tin then sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips and nuts on top

Bake at 160ºC for 35 minutes *stick a knife in the centre and make sure it comes out clean, if not add a further 5-10 minutes 

*tip, to stop the chocolate chips or nuts burning on top, loosely place tin foil over the top for the final 10 minutes of baking

 

biscoff banana bread

No. 3. The ultimate indulgent banana bread

Dry ingredients

1 cup plain flour

1\2 cup almond flour / oat flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp mixed spice

1/2 tsp dried ginger 

¼ cup demerara sugar

50g / ½ cup chocolate chips

4 lotus biscuits

Pinch salt

Wet ingredients

3 overripe bananas (+1 more for topping)

3 tbsp biscoff spread

*save a handful of chocolate chips and a tsp of peanut butter for the topping*

 

 

Method

Pour the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir together *leave a few chocolate chips and the biscuits for the topping*

In a shallow bowl, mash the bananas together to form a paste, then mix together with the biscoff spread

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until combined

Pour the banana mix into a greased loaf tin then sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips and lotus biscuits on top

Bake at 160ºC for 35 minutes *stick a knife in the centre and make sure it comes out clean, if not add a further 5-10 minutes 

*tip, to stop the top from burning, loosely place tin foil over the top after 25 minutes of baking 

 

No. 4 Banana Bread Muffins (No Added Sugar)

Dry ingredients

1 cup plain flour

1\2 cup almond flour / oat flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla essence

½ cup low sugar chocolate chips

Pinch salt

*save a handful of chocolate chips and a tsp of peanut butter for the topping*

Wet ingredients

3 overripe bananas (+1 more for topping)

 

 

 

Method

preheat the oven to 180°C

mash the bananas in a bowl and add the vanilla essence

in a large bowl, add all of the dry ingredients and mix together

combine the wet and dry, then pour into a greased non-stock muffin tray

bake on the middle shelf of your oven for 20 minutes until you can pop a knife in and it comes out dry

enjoy with a delicious cup of coffee

 

Dinner Recipe

Quick & Easy Korma

lucy and lentils vegan curry

Cooking curries has become one of my go-to week night meals. Since I removed the pressure of having the expectation of marinading, cooking for hours and including more spices than I had in my cupboards, it's been such a fun way of using up all of the veggies in my fridge. 

 

The bare essentials I always have:

Coconut milk

Turmeric

Cumin

Coconut Cream 

Garlic

 

 

RECIPE:

1 tin chickpeas

leftover veg (I used half a yellow, green and red pepper)

1 brown onion

3 cloves garlic

handful of tomatoes

1 tin of coconut milk

1 tbsp cumin

1 packer of Schwartz gluten free curry mix (you can use 2 heaped tbsp curry powder)

METHOD:

Simply heat the cumin in a pan, add a glug of coconut oil and fry the chopped onion

Add the rest of the chopped veg and drained chickpeas, then add the minced garlic

Add 1 tin of coconut milk with the Schwartz / curry powder mix

Simmer for 15 minutes then serve with steam rice

vegan curry recipe easy
easy vegan curry recipe
Dinner Recipe

Lemongrass & Coconut Cambodian Curry

vegan lemongrass curry

fast, delicious, vegan curry in 20 minutes

I'm sharing one of my all time favourite curry recipes, perfect for those evenings where you're looking for something fast and delicious. The best thing is you can pop most of the ingredients in one pan and leave it to simmer whilst you catch up on your favourite podcast. 


here's the video tutorial for my lemongrass & coconut Cambodian  curry

 

Ingredients

1 heaped tsp ground cumin

1 heaped tsp turmeric powder

1 stalk of lemongrass

1 small orange pepper cubed

1 small courgette cubed

1 small green chilli

1 cup of long grain rice

 

If you whip up this curry, don't forget to tag me - I absolutely love seeing your recreations within your own kitchen!