Asian style broccoli

I love broccoli in most things, but this has to be one of the absolute best ways to eat it.

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Ingredients – serves 2-3
1 pkt broccoli, steamed, about 250g
Pinch garlic powder
2 tsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp hot Paprika
1tbsp toasted Sesame oil
Toasted Sesame seeds to top

1. Mix everything together
2. Serve immediately
Enjoy!

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Vegan kimchi

A spicy, salty fermented pickle that is the basis of many korean dishes. A couple of my past posts have used it so I thought it only right to post the recipe properly.  Adapted from maangchi’s easy kimchi recipe on her site.

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Ingredients – makes about 2 litres
3lb cabbage
1/3cup salt
2 cups pureed korean pear – aka  Asian pears, but I’ve also used ripe conference pears, about 2 largish ones (peeled & cored before blending with a lil water)
1/3 cup soy sauce plus some salt
2 cloves garlic (the original calls for wayy too much imo. Wayyy too much)
1tsp minced ginger
1 cup minced onion (1 large onion)
3 green onions
1 granny smith apple
2 medium carrots, peeled
1/2 cup hot pepper flakes, or if like us y can’t get a hold of that, 46g ancho chilli powder plus 1tsp hot paprika & 2 generous pinches chilli flakes

1. Cut the chinese leaf into small pieces and remove the stalk. Wash well 2/3 times and drain (pic 1)
2. Add the salt and toss well. Allow to sit for 30 mins then toss again, repeating this 3 times. The leaves will wilt, release water and shrink considerably in size (pic 2)
3. Wash and drain the chinese leaf well. Chop the green onions, carrot and apple into matchsticks and add (pic 3)
4. Put all remaining ingredients into a food processor with 1.5 cups of water and blend until smooth (pic 4)
5. Mix your paste into the veggies, then store in a plastic tub in the fridge until needed. You can eat it immediately or let it ferment a couple of days at room temp to get a bit more sour, before storing in the fridge.
Enjoy!

Incredible korean style crispy green pancakes – vegan, gluten free, low carb, paleo

You know when something tastes so good you can’t resist eating it while you cook, and when you finally get to the table you forget all about things like table manners and cutlery and start tearing bits off with your hands in excitement? This is one of those things. It took me a full 15 minutes of eating before I could muster enough sense to pick up the fork. I’m stuffed now but still find myself longingly staring at the uneaten half of my third helping. Oh yes. This is one to get the fat-pants out for.

Except, it isn’t… It’s almost all veggies, with gram flour, onions, vegan kimchi  (thank you miss Maangchi!) and seasonings – apart from the oil used to fry them in there aren’t that many calories in them at all, for the way they taste. It’s like an amazing, crispy, pakora-like pancake but a billion times better… No overabundance of powdery dough, just the sweet, cruncy green veggies coated in a light layer of delicious, crisp, spicy batter… If I don’t stop describing this thing soon I’ll cave in and finish my plate. Make this. Especially if you find – as we did – a beautiful bunch of beets with greens intact that it’d be a crime to waste. They’re like kale but softer, less grassy and more sweet tasting. Although I’m sure baby kale or de-veined regular kale would work just as well.

Adapted from Maangchi’s kale pancake and kimchi pancake recipe vids on YouTube.

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Here it is next to some stir-fried veggies… Yummm

Ingredients – serves 3-4
1 large bunch of beet greens with stalks, maybe 150g, chopped
1.5 pak choi, washed, sliced
1 medium onion, diced
1 green onion (scallion), chopped
1 medium chilli pepper, de-seeded and chopped finely
1/4 tsp smoked Paprika
1/2 cup kimchi of choice (we used vegan homemade – to Maangchi’s easy recipe with soy sauce instead of fish sauce & pear instead of rice flour slurry)
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp toasted Sesame oil
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp salt
About 3/4 cup water
Up to 1 cup gram flour, or as much as required to make a thin batter that coats everything.
Generous amount of oil to fry in (2tbsp per pancake)
Optional – toasted Sesame seeds as garnish

1. Put everything except frying oil and gram flour in a large bowl
2. Mix well then add half the gram flour, mixing and gradually adding more until a thin batter coats everything and there are a few tablespoons more of it at the bottom of the bowl
3. Heat your pan with 2tbsp oil on high, putting ladlefuls of the mixture into it when hot, then flattening them out to make a relatively thin pancake (thinner means crispier and tastier). Fry until crispy on the bottom (around 3 min) then flip using a spatula, or just using the pan if you want to show off. Cook the other side until that’s crispy too, a few more min.
4. Transfer to a plate then start the next pancake in the same way. Stack the pancakes to keep them warm as you cook. Try not to eat too many as you fry!
5. Serve immediately, topped with toasted Sesame seeds if you like.
Enjoy!

Vegan almond herb & onion crackers – Gluten-free, dairy free, paleo, low carb

These are great with nut cheese. You can dehydrate them if you want them raw instead of baked, too.  Like most recipes here, easy, fast, yum. A great staple/ alternative to crisp breads & crackers. Adapted from a recipe from the blog Olives for Dinner.

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Ingredients – makes about 20
1/3 cup ground linseed/flax seed
1/2 cup water
1 1/3 cup ground almonds
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tbsp Nutritional yeast (optional – gives a cheesy flavour)
2 tsp onion powder
1 pinch garlic powder
2 tbsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt (we used half sea salt & half smoked salt – nb these crackers are quite salty so reduce this to half if you want to eat them plain)
1 sweet, pointed red pepper, finely diced (optional, but very tasty)

Method:
1. Put everything in a bowl. Mix until it looks like a soft, sticky dough.
2. Turn onto a greased, lined baking tray (we foil line & spray with oil). Dump the dough in the middle, grease hands well with olive oil, and pat down to make a flat cracker, about 4mm thick. Re oil hands as necessary while working.
3. Score into cracker shapes using a pizza cutter. Bake in the oven at 200 degrees C for 15-20 mins or until crisp. (or dehydrate for 8h at 110 apparently, but I haven’t tried that). Allow to sit and cool a little before removing from tray, the steam will help them loosen (removing while hot makes them stick).
Enjoy!

Possibly the easiest, lightest, fluffiest paleo naan flatbread in the universe (Gluten-free)

Hands down the hardest thing for me about going grain free was losing bread. I searched through so many recipes but couldn’t find a go-to I was happy with: they either contained a ton of ingredients I never have/ can’t find, they have stupidly complex methods or perhaps worst of all, they don’t taste good.  I loathe arrowroot in bread, js. Even the microwave breakfast muffin I posted here couldn’t meet my requirements for a staple, for its relative complexity and the fact it’s quite loaded with oil for its size, making it not so easy to eat all the time (although if you’re feeling it, still makes a great treat).  This week I made up my own bread which is ridiculously fluffy, great tasting, naan like, and so simple even your cat could make it (though you might want to skip that last suggestion unless you don’t mind a cat-hair seasoning).

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IT’S SO FLUFFY I’M GOING TO DIE!

Ingredients: serves 2
300g ground almonds (about 1.5 cups)
2 whole, large eggs or 3 egg whites, or 7 tbsp carton egg whites
4 tbsp olive oil, or double if using egg whites without yolks
Generous pinch of salt
Seasoning to taste: we used 2 heaped tablespoons Sundried tomato & onion paste the first time, then dried thyme, sesame, onion powder, smoked paprika & Sundried tomato oil the second. Yum.

Method:
1. Put everything in a bowl and mix well
2. Spread resulting sticky paste on to oiled baking sheet (we lined it with foil for ease of removal), patting flat with oiled spatula or hands
3. Bake on high (we used 220 degrees C) for 10 mins, or until slightly browned. Serve immediately.
Enjoy!

Late night munchies – soy “chicken” omelet

This was a fast experiment at 2am that worked really well… We just threw a bunch of random ingredients we had in our cupboard and fridge together, the result I could swear tastes like chicken shish kebabs but softer, like a chicken version of the burger-omelet cross in the Arab world that is lahm w beidh (literally, minced meat and egg). Surprisingly delicious, especially given the seasoning we used… But I can’t pretend to get all sophisticated and tell you to use something seemingly of better quality because I know it just won’t work the same.  If you can get over your initial reaction to what I’m going to say, make this and you won’t regret it.

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It’s 2am, I really can’t be doing better photos right now (sorry)

Ingredients – serves 1-2
3/4 cup unflavoured dry soy mince (we used neal’s yard)
1 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp dark soy sauce (we used Chinese)
3 tbsp crispy onion pieces (we used Top Taste)
1-2 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped
1 packet chicken flavoured seasoning taken from instant noodles (don’t judge me, it works … We used koka brand which is actually vegetarian)
6 tbsp egg whites (3 egg whites) or 2 whole eggs, beaten

1. Put soy mince, soy sauce, onion, thyme and seasoning in a large bowl.
2. Slowly add a stream of boiling water to the mince mix and stir gently, until it’s all fluffy and the liquid is absorbed – should puff up to be about 2 cups. Add only as much water as you need to rehydrate, stop when you see more than a tablespoon or so of liquid at the bottom of the bowl which doesn’t get soaked up on stirring.
3. Heat oil in a pan, then add mince mix. Pour egg on top then fry on medium high until set, covering the pan to help the top cook with steam, flipping once the top is just set using a spatula, to allow both sides to brown a little.
4. Serve immediately, and marvel at how something so amazing could be made using a packet of instant noodle flavouring.
Enjoy!

The world’s best homemade baked beans – paleo, vegan, vegetarian, GF, low carb, low fat

This is one of my favourite recipes for a healthy version of baked beans. Without all the hidden nasties like excessive sugar and salt, these beans come in their own beautiful homemade tomato and herb sauce – perfect to use in any way you would use regular baked beans from a can. If you make this using pulses from a can or carton, the whole thing only takes about 15 minutes to cook. If choosing to make this recipe with dried pulses as we do, you’ll need to do a little pre-preparation before following the below method: pre-soak the dry beans in a large pot of water overnight, then boil them over a low heat for 2-3 hours – don’t worry about having to watch the pot in this time, as long as you’re in the general vicinity to make sure the pot doesn’t either go dry or boil over you can pretty much ignore it until its done. As long as the heat is set such that the beans keep on a low simmer, still bubbling and boiling gently, it’s happy on it’s own. I tend to make one huge batch of beans like this to portion into little bags and freeze until needed, which I can defrost in the microwave then use whenever.

But back to the beans…

You could have them as beans on toast…. or atop a baked potato… or with sweet potato chips…

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or pop a whole aubergine (eggplant) into the oven for an hour (200 degrees C)….

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… cut it in half, surround it with your favourite veggies…

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… top it with baked beans, parmesan and a few herbs, then bake again for 20 minutes…

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to make this delicious meal…  there are hundreds of possibilities.  and all of them delicious 🙂

You won’t regret making these… unless you really hate beans.  In which case feel free to order pizza or something.

Ingredients – serves 4

  • 4 cans or cartons of pulses of choice, drained – red kidney beans, chick peas, butter beans, whatever you prefer (if using dry pulses, use 1/4 cup of each and follow instructions in the blurb above to slow-cook before you follow the rest of the recipe.  NB: raw red kidney beans are actually poisonous! I would recommend using those from a can to avoid issues with undercooking)
  • 1 packet (300ml) passata
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced plus 1-2 tsp oil to fry, or 4 tbsp good quality crispy onion pieces (anything in the ingredients other than onion, flour, salt, oil then it’s no good)
  • 1/2 punnet cherry tomatoes (about 150g)
  • 2 tbsp dried thyme or oregano
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup (really enhances tomato flavour)
  • 1/2 tsp spice mix of choice, e.g. mild curry powder or cajun, whatever (just adds to background flavour so it’s fairly flexible, most indian or mexican blends also work well)
  • Salt to taste – start at 1/2 tsp.  Canned beans have salt added and so will need less than dry pulses boiled at home
  1. if using red onion, heat oil in a saucepan then fry until starting to brown at the edges.
  2. Put everything except the salt into the saucepan and stir well.
  3. Bring to the boil, turn down the heat then cover and simmer for 10 minutes or so, until the cherry tomatoes pop and the sauce is bubbling nicely.  Season with salt to taste, then serve.  Enjoy 🙂