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Dinner Recipe

Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

vegan wild rice and mushroom soup

Vegan Wild Rice & Shiitake and Oyster Mushroom Soup

This vegan friendly wild rice soup is really easy to make, slow cooker friendly and perfect for week nights. I’ve tried to combine simple but delicious flavours to bring you a soup that is comforting, hearty and filling.

What’s in the recipe?

Wild Rice- I’ve used a precooked wild rice to save on time, however if you’re cooking the rice from scratch please refer to the cooking notes.

Mixed Mushrooms- I’m a big fan of mixing mushrooms such as oyster, chanterelle and shiitake however you can use whichever mushrooms you can get your hands on.

Vegan Cream- Using a vegan single cream such as oatly or alpro will work a treat for this. It really works with the mushrooms and the smoked paprika.

Tamari- Using tamari with mushrooms helps give an extra kick of umami, as it has an almost ‘meaty’ flavour to it.

Stock- I’ve just used a Kallo stock cube (the post on Instagram was sponsored by Kallo) and boiling water however you can use home made or shop bought stock if that’s available to you.


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Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup

Vegan wild rice and mushroom soup made using vegan cream, shiitake and oyster mushrooms and a simple stock. This can be made in a slow cooker or left to simmer slowly on a stove top for dinner. Either way, this recipe is utterly delicious, comforting and easy to make.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 21 mins
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp vegan butter or olive oil
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1 white onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 200 g mixed mushrooms (I used a mixture of shiitake chanterelle and oyster
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 Kallo Organic Garlic & Herb stock Cube + 750ml water
  • 250 ml plant based cream

Herbs & seasoning:

  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp marjoram sub for chilli flakes
  • 180 g cooked wild rice *refer to notes if cooking in the soup
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts optional to top

Instructions
 

  • Finely chop the carrot, onion, garlic cloves, stalk of celery and fry in the butter for 5 minutes
  • Add the roughly chopped mushrooms and add the tamari, smoked paprika and herbs *note* set aside a handful of the mushrooms to add on top at the end, so they stay crisp
  • Add the water & stock cube and stir together followed by adding the vegan cream and turn right down to a low heat
  • Stir in the cooked wild rice and season generously with salt and pepper

Notes

If cooking the rice within the soup, add an extra 250ml of water to allow the rice to soak up, keep an eye on the levels of water and add a little more if needed
Allow 20 minutes extra cooking time if cooking wild rice from raw

If you like this recipe why not try my Garlic & Tomato Pasta Dish

vegan tomato pasta recipe

Dinner Recipe

Smooth Chilli Noodle Soup with Leftover Lettuce

chilli noodle soup recipe leftover lettuce

Silky Smooth Chilli Noodle Soup using Leftover Lettuce

Leftover lettuce can be used in recipes such as this delicious noodle soup. It’s crunchy and delicious when grilled and added to ramens and phos offering a gorgeous texture against the noodles and soup. If you’ve made my gyoza noodle soup this is really similar, however to make it extra smooth I’ve put the soup through a sieve to separate the stock.

What’s in the vegan noodle soup?

Stock- I’ve made the stock by using onion, garlic and ginger, boiled water and a stock cube. To make it extra smooth, run this through a sieve before adding the noodles to get rid of the chunks of onion and garlic

Leftover Lettuce- Using lettuce in recipes other than salad shows how versatile it can be! If you marinade it in the sauce and add it to a grill or at  piping hot pan it’ll charr it and give a gorgeous crunch.

Noodles- I use soft wheat noodles bought from Sainsburys, Waitrose or Tesco. They usually have their own brand options but Amoy and Yutaka is also a good brand to go for. Udon or medium size noodles will work, or if you’re gluten free swap for ribbon sized rice noodles!

Sauce- I’ve used a mixture of sriracha, soy sauce, sesame oil and garlic. It makes a delicious marinade and if you fancy doubling this up, feel free. It works to coat the lettuce and to add to the stock.


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Silky Smooth Noodle Soup with Leftover Lettuce

Silky smooth chilli noodle soup with grilled leftover lettuce. Perfect recipe to use leftover limp lettuce lying around your fridge. Perfect for using up old veggies. Vegan friendly recipe.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

For the stock:

  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger
  • 1 large shallot
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 stock cubes + 700ml water
  • 1/2 Lime

Serve with:

  • lettuce grilled
  • Carrot thinly sliced
  • 200 g wheat noodles can use udon or rice noodles

For the sauce:

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp chilli sauce such as sriracha
  • 1 tsp maple syrup

Instructions
 

  • Make the sauce by simply mixing all of the ingredients together in a bowl
  • Finely chop the garlic, shallot, ginger and fry in a little sesame oil for 5 minutes
  • Quarter the lettuce, drizzle over some of the sauce and grill for 5 minutes (or you can sear in a non stick pan on a high heat)
  • Thinly slice the carrots then add to the pan along with the stock cube, water, and the rest of the sauce and bring so a simmer for 3-4 minutes
  • To get a silky smooth stock, run through a sieve before serving, otherwise pour into a bowl, serve with the crunchy grilled lettuce, a squeeze of lime and sesame seeds.

Notes

Silky Smooth Option- To get the silkiest soup, make the stock by frying off the onion, garlic and ginger, add the stock cube and water then run through a fine sieve to remove the chunks of onion & garlic. Then follow the other instructions by adding the noodles & carrots & toppings.

If you like this recipe try my Leftover Lettuce Recipe I created with Panasonic and Love Food Hate Waste (one of my favourites)

leftover lettuce recipe ideas

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

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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

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.


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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

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 Recipe

Potato & Cauliflower Soup With Harissa

cauliflower and potato soup vegan recipe

Hearty Cauliflower and Potato Soup

Packed with flavour, this harissa cauliflower and potato soup is hearty, filling and perfect for the colder months of the year. Completely vegan and gluten free, it’s perfect to make for friends and family.


Ingredients Breakdown

Potato and Cauliflower- The main bulk of the soup comes from the potatoes and cauliflower which help make this soup / stew extra hearty. I find that if you dice the potatoes into bite size pieces it keeps the cooking time nice and low.

Harissa- I’ve used a homemade harissa as I prefer the flavour which I’ve linked here. If you buy shop bought, the flavour can be quite concentrated so make sure you use the 1tbsp instead of the recommended 3tbsp for homemade.

Chargrilled Peppers- Using the jarred chargrilled peppers marinated in olive oil usually adds a kick of flavour. They’re smokey and have a gorgeous texture that works really well in this stew.

Chickpeas- This is an optional ingredient but I find it helps bulk out the recipe, especially if cooking for a bunch of people.

Vegetable Stock- If doubling up this recipe, remember to double up the stock. I’ve used just boiling water and a stock cube (with an extra half for this recipe). Keep your eye out for reduced salt stock cubes too, that way you can add salt yourself when taste testing.


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Potato, Cauliflower & Harissa Soup

Packed with flavour, this harissa cauliflower and potato soup is hearty, filling and perfect for the colder months of the year. Completely vegan and gluten free, it's perfect to make for friends and family.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

For the stock

  • 3 cloves garlic finely diced / pressed
  • 1 red onion finely diced
  • 400 g passata can use tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 1.2 l vegetable stock I use boiling water and 1 1.5 stock cubes
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds give them a smush with the back of your spoon to help release the flavour
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 3 tbsp harissa paste if using shop bought harissa only add 1 level tbsp

For the Filling

  • 220 g drained chickpeas A 400g tin of chickpeas will drain to roughly 220g
  • 1 large cauliflower head chopped into bite size florets
  • baby potatoes, any white potato will work roughly around 500g of potato cut into bite sized pieces to help cook quicker
  • 100 g chargrilled peppers I use the preserved jarred ones, chopped up
  • 100 g spinach fresh or frozen

For the toasted seed topping

  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp white sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp dairy free yogurt with a drizzle of harissa on top too to each bowl if you like

Instructions
 

  • In a deep pot or frying pan add 1 tbsp of olive oil then throw in the fennel seeds along with the diced red onion and fry for around 4 minutes
  • Add the minced garlic and fry for a further 60 seconds before adding the drained chickpeas, chopped potatoes & cauliflower along with the dried cumin, paprika and coriander, toss so all the flavours mix together
  • Add the chopped preserved peppers, drained chickpeas, and chopped potatoes then add the passata and vegetable stock, pop a lid on top and allow to simmer for 15 minutes
  • In a small frying pan add the seeds and bring to a medium heat to toast for the last 5 minutes whilst the soup is bubbling
  • Once the potatoes and cauliflower are tender add the spinach to heat through just before serving
  • Most important part - taste test the soup, season with salt and pepper to taste until perfect
  • Serve up in a bowl and top with a spoonful of dairy free yogurt and an extra drizzle of harissa. Add the toasted seeds and enjoy!

Notes

 
  1. If using my home made harissa (recipe here) add around 3 tbsp to the soup, however if using a shop bought, this can have a much more concentrated flavour so only use 1 level tbsp.
  2. I find antipasti jars of red peppers really give this dish the smokey flavour so don't hold back! Add an entire 200g jar (just don't add the oil) to the pot, slice up those peppers and enjoy
  3. Highly recommend mixing harissa in with the yogurt before serving
  4. Cut the potatoes and cauliflower into bite sized pieces to help with the cooking time, and to make it easier to eat!
  5. Feel free to add more passata to the pot if you like, it'll make it a lot more concentrated in tomato flavour but will be delicious

 

 

If you like this recipe why not try my Tuscan Wild Mushroom Soup

vegan mushroom tuscan soup