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Tempeh & Garbanzo Bean Burgers

Tempeh Burger

Veggie burgers are one of favorite comfort foods, and this one has the added bonus of having around 30grams of protein from the tempeh and gabanzo beans!

Ingredients
1-2 tbsp canola oil
8oz (225 grams) tempeh, crumbled
1 can garbanzo beans (chick peas), drained and rinsed
1/2 cup green onions (shallots), sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp ground chia seeds
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
Salt and pepper
1 tomato, sliced
1/2 cup mixed lettuce
1/2 large onion, sliced
1 cup coleslaw made with vegan mayonnaise (optional)
4 burger buns
Condiments: tomato sauce, yellow mustard and/or vegan mayonnaise

Method
1. Spray a skillet with cooking oil. Over medium heat sauté green onions until soft, around 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.

2. Prepare chia eggs by mixing together ground chia with 5 tbsp water. Allow to thicken for five minutes.

3. Transfer garbanzo beans to a blender, pulse until smooth. Add cooked green onions and garlic mixture, chia eggs, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper. Pulse to mix.

4. Add crumbled tempeh and pulse a few times to mix (don’t over mix as you want some tempeh bits).

5. Using wet hands, form the veggie burger mixture into four burger patties.

6. Add canola oil to skillet and cook burgers over medium heat until brown, about 3-4 minutes per side. Transfers veggie burgers to a plate

7. Add the bread rolls to skillet and heat through on each side, about 1-2 minutes per side.

8. Top toasted burger buns with salad, burger patties and condiments of choice.

Makes 4 burgers. Serve with french fries

Spicy Tofu & Bean Tacos

I’m yet to find someone that doesn’t like tacos! They are so versatile and satisfying, and you can pretty much make a taco using whatever is in your fridge or cupboards!

I like my tacos with spicy tofu, beans, guacamole and lots of salad. Below you will find my favorite (and super easy!) recipes for my Mexican inspired Taco Tuesday feast (serves 4-6).

Tacos

You’ll need the following ingredients in addition to the Spicy Tofu, Beans and Guacamole recipes further down the page.

12-18 soft corn tortillas, warm before serving
3 cups lettuce
1 cup purple cabbage (optional)
2 large tomatoes, sliced
1/2 onion, finely sliced
1 cup cilantro leaves
3 Jalapeno or other chili peppers, finely sliced
3 limes, halved
Variety of Mexican hot sauces (chipotle, habanero etc)

Spicy Tofu

Ingredients
1 medium brown onion, diced
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp chili flakes
1 15oz (425g) block of firm tofu, cut into small cubes
1 28oz (795g) can of crushed tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste

Method
1. Spray a large pot with cooking oil. Over medium heat sauté onion until soft, around 5-10 minutes.
2. Add spices, and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
3. Add tofu cubes, stir well, while braking up the tofu a little as your stir.
4. Add canned tomatoes, salt and pepper. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes,  stirring occasionally.

Mexican Inspired Beans

Ingredients
1 medium brown onion, diced
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp chili flakes
1 15oz (425g) can pinto or black beans, drained and rinsed
Salt and pepper to taste

Method
1. Spray a large pot with cooking oil. Over medium heat sauté onion until soft, around 5-10 minutes.
2. Add spices, and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.

3. Add beans, salt and pepper. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes,  stirring occasionally.

Guacamole

Ingredients
1 ripe avocado, seed and skin removed
1/2 red onion, finely diced
Juice of one lime
2-3 splashes of hot sauce
Salt and pepper

Method
1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mash with a fork (you want the guacamole to be chunky).

Serve immediately to avoid the guacamole going brown.

 

I hope you enjoy my favorite Taco Tuesday recipes!
Much love, Rachel xo

Cheesy Tomato Soup

I love to devour bowls of soup with toast on cold rainy days or when I’m feeling sick. Soup somehow makes it all better!

I’ve added nutritional yeast to my tomato soup recipe, which gives it a delicious cheesy and creamy taste.
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Ingredients
Spray oil (or 1-2 tbs oil)
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 cups of vegetables, diced (such as a mixture of carrot, celery, potato, cauliflower)
1 large can (28oz/795gram) of crushed tomatoes
1 cup vegetable broth/stock
1 tbsp dried basil
3-4 tbsp nutritional yeast
Salt and pepper to taste

Optional toppings:
1 cup of fresh lentil sprouts
2 tbsp fresh garlic chives

Method
1. Spray a large pot with cooking oil (or add oil). Over medium heat saute onion until soft, around 5-10 minutes.

2. Add garlic and diced vegetables. Cook for 5 minutes, stir regularly.

3. Add canned tomatoes, broth, dried basil, salt and pepper. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Stir through nutritional yeast, then allow soup to cool.

5. Using a submersion blender (or transfer to a counter top blender), blend until soup is smooth and creamy.

6. Heat soup to desired temperature, then ladle into into bowls and top with lentil sprouts and garlic chives (or whatever you like!). Serve with plenty of toast!

Serves 4

Enjoy, Rachel xo

Thai Green Curry

I’ve been hooked on Thai food since I was a child! I love the fragrant curries, soups and noodle dishes so much that I’ve made several trips to Thailand to taste this delicious cuisine first hand… and of course I had to do some cooking lessons! This recipe for Thai Green Curry is the exact one I learned to cook while I was there. To make this recipe yourself at home, make sure you take a trip to your local Asian grocer to buy all the fresh ingredients. You really can’t beat the taste of fresh galangal, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass and Thai basil!

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Ingredients
2 tbsp Thai green curry paste (see recipe below)
4 Thai eggplants or 1 large japannese eggplant, chopped
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup clear vegetable broth*
4 kaffir lime leaves
3 tbsp vegetarian ‘fish’/umami sauce
1-2 tbsp palm sugar, finely sliced or grated
1 cup green beans, trimmed
1/2 cup lotus root slices**
1 cup tofu puffs, chopped

Method
1. Spray a large pot with cooking oil. Over low heat saute curry paste, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.

2. Add eggplant, cook until golden brown on both sides.

3. Add coconut milk, vegetable broth, kaffir lime leaves, vegetarian fish sauce and palm sugar. Increase heat and bring to the boil.

4. Add green beans, lotus root and tofu puffs, allow to cook for 2 minutes.

Serves 2 (serve with jasmine rice)

*this recipe requires a clear vegetable broth. I normally make  my own using celery, carrot and onion.

**I use the prepared lotus root slices that has been boiled, so they are soft but crunchy.

Thai Green curry paste

Ingredients
20 small Thai green chilies, stem removed
2 tbsp galangal,  peeled and chopped
3 tbsp lemon grass, white part only
3 kaffir lime leaves, finely sliced
2 tbsp garlic
3 tbsp Thai shallots (alternatively use green onion/shallots)
1/2 cup Thai sweet basil
2 tbsp vegetable or coconut oil
1 tsp salt

Method
1. Place all items into a mortar and pestle or food processor, work the ingredients until a fine paste is formed.

Freeze any remaining paste in desired serving size bags (1 tbsp per per serve/person).
Enjoy! 😀

Veggie Chili w/ Corn Bread

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Chili with all the fixings is a Super Bowl favorite… or really a favorite anytime of the year! This vegan chili has a fantastic texture and is super smoky! Accompany this with corn bread and all the fixings, and you’re got yourself a perfect vegan meal for your ball game … or whatever celebration 🙂

Veggie Chili

Ingredients
1 tbs canola oil
1 brown onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 large portabella mushrooms, chopped
1 large zucchini, chopped
2 ribs of celery, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
1 tbsp chili powder (add more or less to suit your desired level of spice)
1 tsp ground smoked sweet paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp fresh oregano leaves, chopped
3 bay leaves
1 large can (28oz/795gram) of crushed tomatoes
1 can (15oz/425grams) black beans, rinsed
2 cups vegetable broth/stock
1 – 2 tsp smoked salt
Fixings on the side: Cilantro, green onions, avocado slices, jalapeño slices, lime wedges, cashew cream, tortilla chips etc.

Method
1. Spray a large pot with cooking oil. Over medium heat saute onion until soft, around 5-10 minutes.

2. Add garlic, herbs and spices, and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.

3. Add mushrooms, zucchini, celery and carrots. Cook for 5 minutes, stir regularly.

4. Add canned tomatoes, beans, broth and smoked salt. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes,  stirring occasionally.

6. Transfer a quarter of the chili to a blender and blend until smooth. Return back to the chili (this will give the chili a lovely creamy texture).

Serve with fixings of choice (I choose all of the above!) and corn bread.

Serves 4-6

cornbread

Corn Bread

Ingredients
Spray oil
1 cup corn meal
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tbs ground chia seeds
1-2 tbsp turbinado sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tbs lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
1 cup plant milk
Bell pepper and jalapeño slices (optional)

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 400F/200C.

2. Line a 8 inch/20cm rectangle baking tin with parchment paper. Spray with cooking oil (this will help to form crispy edges).

3. Prepare chia eggs by mixing together ground chia with 5 tbsp water. Allow to thicken for five minutes. 

4. Combine baking powder and lemon juice, stir well.

5. Add corn meal, flour and sugar to a large bowl. Add chia eggs, baking powder mixture and plant milk. Stir well to ensure well combined.

6. Top with bell pepper and jalapeño slices.

7. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the corn bread comes out clean.Serve warm along side chili.

Make one loaf, cut into 9-12  pieces.

Cauliflower & Tumeric Curry

Curries are the best meal for those of us following a plant based diet! I add a ton of chunky veggies to my curries, which is really filling and satisfying, especially when partnered with fragrant basmati rice and spice!

curry

Ingredients
1 large onion, diced
1 tbsp fresh turmeric, very finely diced
1 tbsp fresh ginger, very finely diced
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp curry powder
3/4 cup of crushed canned tomatoes
1 cauliflower, cut into florets
1 zucchini, cut into chunks
1/2 cup canned garbanzo beans/chick peas, drained
1 fresh small green chili, sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste
Handful of cilantro/coriander.

Method
1. Spray a large pot with cooking oil. Over medium heat saute onion.

2. Add spices and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.

3. Stir in tomatoes and 1/2 cup water.

4. Add cauliflower florets, zucchini, chili and seasoning to taste.

5. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes,  stirring occasionally.

6. When the vegetables are cooked and the sauce has thicken, stir in garbanzo beans.

7. Serve with basmati rice and a sprinkle of cilantro! Enjoy

Serves 4

Cauliflower Sloppy Joes

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I am yet to meet someone that doesn’t like burgers. There is something about biting into a burger that is so satisfying. Don’t you think? Due to my burger addiction, I’m always on the look out for different veggie burgers to try. My latest is the Cauliflower Sloppy Joe. The riced cauliflower gives the burger a great texture and the tomato sauce makes it very sloppy. It’s messy  perfection.

Ingredients
Spray oil
1 medium onion, finely diced
1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
4 cups riced cauliflower
3/4 cup crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup vegetable brothsolo-sloppy-joe
1 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp mustard
Salt and pepper, to taste
Greens
4 bread rolls

Method
1. Spray a large pot with oil. Over medium heat saute onion and bell pepper until soft, about 5-10 minutes.

2. Add  cauliflower, stir well and allow to cook for a further 2-3 minutes.

3. Add remaining ingredients (besides greens and bread
rolls…). Stir well. Allow to cook for a further 15 minutes or until cauliflower is soft and the liquid has reduced (you want the mixture to be wet, but not too wet).

4. Toast bread rolls (I used gluten free bread rolls), then top with greens and sloppy joe mixture.

5. Make sure you have plenty of paper towel handy… then it’s time to DEVOUR 😋

Serves 4

 

Recipe adapted from foodfaithfitness.com

Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce

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Tomato pasta is my go-to lunch or dinner when I’m craving pasta or need something quick and tasty to eat.

Ingredients
Spray oil
1 lb/28oz (795 grams) can of crushed tomatoes
1 medium onion, finely diced
2-3 cloves fresh garlic, crushed
1 tbs dried basil or 1/2 cup fresh basil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tbsp olive oil

Method
1. Spray a skillet with cooking oil. Saute onions over medium heat until soft, about 10 minutes. Stir regularly.

2. Add crushed garlic to the onions and cook for another 2 minutes

3. Pour the can of crushed tomatoes into the onion mixture. Add basil and season with salt and pepper. Stir well.

4. Bring tomato and basil sauce to the boil, then reduce to a simmer. Stir well and allow to simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes.

5. Stir through olive oil.

6. Serve with cook pasta and a sprinkle of basil.

Serves 4

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