Monday, July 21, 2014

Banana Oat Slice

I love to mix up a quick & easy slice. 
They are great for sneaking into lunchboxes, for adults and kids! 
This is a really simple one that doesn't require many ingredients, most of them are just staples in our home so they are always on hand anyway. 
And.... it's easy enough for kids to make themselves!

You'll need:
2 Tablespoons ground flax mixed with 6 Tablespoons boiling water
1/2 cup motherless milk of choice
2 overripe bananas
1 teaspoon each baking powder, baking soda
1/4 cup coconut sugar  (*see below)
1 cup oats
1 cup oatbran

Whisk together the flax and water and set aside til thickened.
Combine all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir until well combined.
In a smaller bowl mash the bananas well.
Add the milk and flax seeds and stir. 
Make a well in the centre of the dry mixture and pour the wet ingredients in.
Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined. Do not overmix.

Pour mixture into a 18cm square baking dish either lined or silicone.
Bake in a preheated 180C oven for 30 minutes.

*For a sugar free version omit the sugar and replace with 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Noodles with Green Sauce

Noodles - my husband hates them.... I love them!
So on the occasions that he doesn't join us for dinner, then I get to indulge!
Here's my favourite way of indulging in them lately:

Serves 4
You'll need:
350g noodles
1 zucchini
1 bunch broccolini
1 cup snow peas
90g baby spinach leaves
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon minced garlic
juice of half a lemon
150g soft silken tofu
1/2 cup soymilk (or other motherless milk of choice)
1 teaspoon cornflour
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
2 teaspoons dried basil
1/4 teaspoon allspice

Chop the zucchini, broccolini and snow peas into pieces of desired size. 
Place vegetables and noodles into a large pot  with water & bring to the boil. Once boiling simmer for 3-5 minutes. 

Whilst the noodles & veggies are cooking prepare the sauce.
In a blender combine the spinach, nutritional yeast, garlic, lemon juice, tofu, soymilk, cornflour & herbs. Blend until smooth.

Drain the noodles & veggies and then return to the pot.
Pour the sauce over the noodles and stir over a medium heat for a few minutes until warmed through & slightly thickened.


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mexican Lunch Muffins

With Term 3 starting back this week, my daughter is missing her warm lunches that she got on holidays. She asked me to share this recipe.
Created by herself, it's a simple meal that she can easily make while Mummy is working from home.
So here you have it, Miss Vegans favourite school holiday lunch.


What you need:
Wholemeal English Muffin
Mild Salsa
Refried beans from a can
Tofutti "Cheese" Slices

Split the muffin in half and toast it in a toaster.
Spread the muffin with the salsa, avocado and refried beans.
Put a slice of tofutti on top and then bake it in the oven until the cheese is melted.
Serve warm.

Question of the day:
Are there any simple little meals that your school age children can make themselves without needing your help?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Warm Bean Salad

Winter is well and truly upon us now, so warmer salads are appealing to me more than cold ones! To be honest I'm not one who enjoys plain boring salads, I like salads with lots of flavours and substance! 

The aroma while this is cooking is just divine...
And is there anything so beautiful as the colours of plant foods?

You'll need:
1 small onion
2 cloves garlic
1 can each red kidney beans, butter beans
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
1/2 green capsicum
1/2 small celery stalk
6 cherry tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
small handful each fresh basil leaves, fresh parsley
fat free Italian dressing
salad leaves of choice

Chop the onion (I did half in slices and half in little pieces just to be a bit different for a salad!). In a large frying pan saute the onion with the crushed garlic in a little bit of veggie stock. When the onions start to brown add the drained legumes, the corn, the chopped capsicum & celery. 
Fry for approx 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently until the veggies are lightly cooked. Quarter the tomatoes and add them to the fry pan. Sprinkle over the chopped fresh herbs and drizzle the Italian dressing over. Continue to cook for as long til the veggies are as soft as you desire. 
Serve over salad leaves. I used a combination of cos, iceberg & a bag of mixed leaves.

Question of the day:
Do you eat salad in winter, or only in the warmer months?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

4th July Celebrations and Basic Vanilla Cake

For this month's In My Kitchen I decided to share with you our 4th of July celebrations.
We aren't American but my husband is a *tad* obsessed with all things American so I thought I'm make it a special night for him!

Here's how it turned out:
I had debating making veggie burgers but my husband isn't usually a fan, so I decided we would try carrot dogs instead! For those who haven't heard of this idea, it's where you use a carrot in place of a meat hot dog. I boiled the carrots first and then marinated them for a few hours before dry-frying them! They were quite tasty :-) 
The addition of liquid smoke meant that they definitely didn't taste like plain boiled carrots! I topped them with sauteed water and capsicum, along with sauerkraut and sauce. Served with corn cobs and baked home fries.
I was SO SO excited with the fries because I had purchased a new kitchen gadget to make crinkle cut chips! I was so pleased that it worked out so well for just a few dollars :-) 

All celebrations need a cake!!!
I made a basic vanilla cake (recipe to follow) and spread with jam and decorated with fruit to 'mimic' the US flag (yes I do realise there is not enough stripes or stars!).

 Now for the cake recipe!
1 1/2 cups wholemeal self-raising flour
1/2 cup coconut sugar (or other unrefined sweetner)
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup motherless milk (I used soymilk)
1 Tablespoon vanilla essense
1/2 cup applesauce

Whisk the apple cider vinegar into the milk and set aside to thicken.
In a mixing bowl combine the flour and sugar. Make a well in the centre and stir in the vanilla, applesauce & milk mixture. 
Stir until just combined.
Pour into a lined 18cm square baking dish and tap to even the surface.
Bake in a preheated 180C oven for 25 minutes or until cooked through.
 So moist and delicious!

Definitely worth celebrating - but then again, 
I don't need a special day to make cake ;-)
Question of the day:
Do you celebrate the 4th of July even if you aren't in America?

Monday, June 30, 2014

Meatless Monday A to Z

This is my final edition of Meatless Monday!
It's a wrap-up of all the weeks from A through to Z.
What fun I've had being creative with the alphabet. It's also been interesting to hear what various food items are called around the world.
Don't forget to check out "Better with Veggies" to see other wonderful recipes & great fitness tips! 

A - Avocado Avocado & Orange Salad

B - Blueberries Blueberry Lemon Muffins

C - Cabbage Cabbage Shiitake Stirfry

D - Dark Chocolate Dark Chocolate Date Cookies

E - Eggplant Eggplant & Sweet Potato Stack

F - Flax Flax seed & Coconut Cookies

G - Garlic Beat-the-flu Pasta

H - Heart of Palm Water Chestnut Falafels

I - Instant Coffee Mocha Mousse for One
J - Jelly Chewy Walnut Jam Cookies

K - Kabocha Baked Pumpkin Pudding

L - Lime Sweet & Sour Carrot Salad

M - Mustard Tofu Chippees

N - Nuts Fruit & Nut Muffins

O - Oats PB Carrot Crackers


P - Potato Layered 2 Potato Bake

Q - Queso Cheesey-Salsa Sauce

R - Raisins Rum & Raisin Rice Porridge

S - Squash Simple Squash Stir-fry

T - Tofu Gnocchi with Basil


U - Unbleached Flour Walnut Blondies

V - Vanilla Vanilla Banana Custard

W - Watercress Kale Attacked Minestrone Stew
X - Xocolato Melting Mocha Pudding 

Y - Yams Orange Soup
Z - Zest Choc-orange Pancakes

Have you tried any of these recipes? 
Do you have a favourite?
Moreover, do you follow Meatless Monday? 
I think it's a FANTASTIC movement to encourage people to forgo meat from their plates at least once a week to promote health for themselves and our planet! If you don't already do this, then why not give a go??!!! :-)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Choc-Orange Pancakes

Welcome to the final edition of Meatless Monday A-Z.
Today's ingredient is Zest.

Although I have been eyeing off our neighbours overflowing lemon tree for the past couple of weeks, I decided not to pinch any without seeing them & asking them first!!!
So today, although I had high hopes of bringing you a lemon zest recipe, you instead have an orange zest recipe. But don't worry, I'm sure it won't disappoint!

Choc-Orange Pancakes
You'll need:
1 cup wholemeal flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon ground flax mixed with 3 Tablespoons boiling water
1/2 cup motherless milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup orange juice (freshly squeezed)
1 Tablespoon orange zest
1 Tablespoon dairy-free chocolate chips

Make a "flax egg" by combing the ground flax with the boiling water & whisking together with a fork. Set aside to thicken.
In a measuring jug combine the milk and apple cider vinegar and whisk til milk starts to separate and thicken slightly.
In a mixing bowl combine the flour & baking powder. 
Add the zest & choc chips. Stir through til evenly distributed. 
Make a well in the centre and combine all the wet ingredients. Mix well.
Pour spoonfuls of mixture onto a preheated frying pan & turn when bubbling. Give the final side a minute or so before removing and serving. Repeat until all the batter is used.

This will make about 12 small or 6 large pancakes and "should" serve 2.
Though they are reallllllllllllly good, so perhaps you're not willing to share ;-)

Question of the day?
What's your favourite chocolate combination flavour? 
I'm sure it will come as no surprise to you that mine is choc-orange, though I do also really like choc-mint!