Festive sides: Creamy cheesy kale gratin

Super excited to start conjuring up delicious festive dishes over the coming month. Ho ho ho…. One simple dish a day to get you prepared for your merry vegan Christmas. So here we go. Day 1: Creamy cheesy kale gratin. … Continue reading

Dee’s stuffed crust pizzatastic…

Three Halloween cheers for Friday night pizza night! Hip hip hooray… So many trick or treaters tonight delighted the weather cleared up for them and the style!? Amazing… Far cry from the black bin bags of yesteryear…
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For the cheats dough mix:
190g of self raising flour
1/2 a sachet of yeast
110 ml of water
1/2 tablespoon oil,
A pinch of salt and sugar
I added some garlic powder to this weeks batch.
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I had a craving for Dee’s sausages as I was driving home tonight but alas they were sold out in my local shop but I did pick up her omega burgers and I chopped them up into slices and used them as my stuffed crust. Perfect!

Roll out dough and place burgers slices/sausages around the perimeter of the dough. I splashed a tiny bit of sweet chill along the fold too and sealed!

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For the pizza toppings:
My yummy spinach pesto as the sauce base
Topped with beautiful mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and red onion from my organic republic veg box along with black olives and the one and only Art of Zen Foods Violife pizza cheese.
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Into the oven at 180c for 20+ min with 2 min under the grill and a drizzle of olive oil.
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Three slices in already! Tricker treater greeting is hungry work ha ha.

Happy Halloween

Louise

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The King of all pasta sauces…..

Quick and delicious pasta dish! My homemade ravioli plan went out the window when I spotted some leftover blackberry and beetroot tagliatelle in the press!

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For the yummy sauce: (my favourite and so easy)
Into a blender pop –
A carton of soy cream
A handful of artichoke and sun dried tomatoes
(Set two or three of each aside to have whole in the dish)
A generous splash of wine which of course is optional but mmm mmm mmm….
2 cloves of garlic
A bunch of scallions
Season to you liking with salt/ pep and a little lemon juice.

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For the pasta:
Boil a pot of water, add pasta pinch of salt and splash of oil and leave for 5-8 min.

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Drain and add pasta to your yummy sauce along with half a block of grated violife mozzarella cheese.
Pop back on a medium heat until the cheese melts and the sauce is to your liking.

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I topped it with some leaves, parsley and milled spicy pumpkin seeds (the seeds from the other night ground down, great for sprinkles)

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Veg on the side:

I steamed some of the delicious sprouting broccoli I picked up yesterday in kinsale and then topped it off with chilli flakes, salt, lemon juice and grated rind.

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Yay for quick and easy dishes!
❤️
Louise

A high kicking lasagne supreme (vegan style)…. with garlic/pea and tofu/cheese sauces…

A lasagne of sorts tonight. Colourful, nutritious and perfect raw or cooked. I opted for a baked version tonight as there was an ol’ Autumnal nip in the air.

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How to:

The veg-
I thinly sliced a huge courgette (took photo then deleted it by accident boo) with my mandolin and used it as the pasta sheets.

I had left over Asian slaw from the other day that was perfect for using up (shredded red and white cabbage, green onions, carrots, mangetout) with sliced mushrooms and broccoli.

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For the sauces:
The pretty green mix consists of peas, a splash of soy cream, clove of garlic and salt/pepper blended

The cheese mix is just as easy and delicious! Half a block of tofu, a quarter block of art of zen violife pizza cheese, garlic, nutmeg,
Cinnamon, splash of olive oil and salt/pepper blended.

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Now the fun bit! Get layering….. Anything works with this recipes so don’t feel you have to stick to my choices. It’s great for using up leftovers too. I added some mixed herbs and chilli flakes too.

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For the top layer use the rest of the violife cheese to grate over the top then into the oven at 180 for 35 min. Mmmm…

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I served it up with a salad of mixed leaves, chickpeas, sugar snap peas, chilli flakes, lime zest and juice, olive oil, salt and pep.

Night night everyone! Sleep well

Love Louise

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THE BEST french onion soup … I tell no lies… Its the perfect mix of cheese, onion and slurpablility

A few weeks back my boyfriend and I stopped off at a local restaurant and Dave slurped on the most delicious looking bowl of French onion soup! I won’t lie… I was jealous! it was just the sort of comfort food I was craving so I couldn’t resist making a vegan equivalent that evening.

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Now true french onion soup connoisseurs will be shuddering at the thought of me using the name “French onion soup” to describe this pot… No beef stock, no gruyere, no dairy butter.. What is she doing…. So I will simply call it the easiest yummiest cheesy drunken onion soup you will ever make.

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Here we go:

Melt 50g of dairy free butter and a glug or two of olive oil
Add a batch of onions (as many as you have or want in the soup) finely chopped (if you were to invest in one kitchen gadget let it be an mandolin it saves time, it’s fun and it makes you feel like you’re a kitchen pro ha ha)
Followed by 2 cloves of crushed garlic and then a generous squeeze of agave syrup.
Reduce heat and cook away until it caramelises.
Add a glass of white wine a veg stock cube crumbled and fill up with water.
Boil again and reduce to a simmer (ideally leave it do it’s thing for an hour or two but I was too
Hungry to wait)
Season to your liking with a generous amount of sea salt and pepper.
And serve up…. Mmm…

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While I was grilling the bread I grated a generous amount of violife pizza cheese (thank you Art of Zen Foods for my amazing cheeses once again) into the soup and let it get gooey and sink.
Cut up a few slices of crusty bread and use a potato peeler to slices a few pieces of violife pizza cheese to pop on top. Onto the grill they go until melted and yum.
Sit them into the soup and it’s time to eat.

You could add some fancy leaves and spices but I think simple is best when it comes to this soup.

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No it’s not on my top ten for healthy vegan dishes but it wins the top award for food hugs.

Love

Louise

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The best non meat meatball tacos…. Ooooh yumminess….

Oh my oh my oh my ! Introducing my favourite dish of the month… Mung bean and chick pea non meat meat ball tacos… These came about from a mixture of leftovers and an article I read today about mung beans and their endless benefits.

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Here we go:
Cook the mung beans (as you would rice)
While your mung beans are cooking blitz the following:

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A piece of seitan (I only had a little left so use a packet if you have it)
A handful of cashews
3 or 4 stalks of scallions
A cup of chick peas
Drain the mung beans when cooked and blend them also
Combine all ingredients and add-
Nutmeg
Salt
Pepper
Cinnamon
Splash of olive oil
Roll into balls and bake at 200 for 30 min or until toasty.

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Place your tortillas into a baking tin and shape like tacos. Bake for about 10 min. I popped them into the oven while the balls were baking.

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Remove and fill tacos with whatever takes your fancy. I used mixed leaves and placed the balls on top with my tomato sauce from yesterday and the last few scoops of my leftover pesto.

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I topped it with the amazing Art of Zen Foods violife pizza cheese and placed them under the grill for 5 more min.
Final touch was a dribble of soy cream and you are ready to dig in!

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My chief taster Dave (carnivore boyfriend) said this was his favourite dish to date. Oh goodness me! I may have to agree….

Love
Louise

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