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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

Baked Doughnuts

Doughnuts are so tasty but many of us stopped eating them once we started following a healthier lifestyle. But fortunately for us, some genius has come up with baked doughnuts! They turned out really delicious- no one will think about them being baked nor will they guess they are vegan and gluten free.

You’ve got to try this recipe. Perfect cheat day indulgence!!

doughnuts

Ingredients
1/4 cup aquafaba (the juice from a can of garbanzo beans/chick peas)
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup fine grain cane sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup beet puree
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cup gluten free baking flour
1 1/4 cup almond meal

Method
1. Preheat oven to 375F / 190C and spray a 12 whole doughnut tin with cooking oil.

2. Whisk aquafaba until soft peaks form, about 3-5 minutes. Set aside.

3. Add remaining ingredient to a large bowl. Stir well to ensure well combined.

4. Gently fold in aquafaba.

5. Carefully spoon batter into greased doughnut tin.

6. Bake doughnuts for 18-20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in to  a doughnut comes out clean.

7. Allow to cool for 1-2  minutes, then turn out onto a cake cooking tray.

Eat plain, dusted in powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar or with frosting and sprinkles!

Enjoy

Makes 12 doughnuts

Recipe inspired by Minimalist Baker 

 

 

Fudgy Walnut Brownies

How do you like your brownies? Crispy, chewy or fudgy? I like mine to crispy on the outside and fudgy on the inside! …. and if given the choice, I like my brownies to be healthy (but not necessarily taste healthy hehe).

These brownies are gluten free because no flour is used! Instead cacao powder and black beans are used to create super rich and fudgy brownies. Don’t worry about the black beans… I know it’s kinda weird…but I promise you won’t taste them!

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Ingredients
1 15oz / 425g can black beans, well rinsed and drained
2 tbsp ground chia seeds
5 tbsp coconut oil
3/4 cup cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup raw walnut pieces

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 350F/175C.

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

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

4. Put all remaining ingredients into a high powered blender (besides the walnuts) and blender until well mixed and beans are puréed. Scrap down the sides. Add a little bit of plant milk if you find the mixture is too thick (don’t add more than 1/4 cup of plant milk).

5. Add the walnut pieces to brownie batter and mix well.

6. Spoon brownie mixture into the prepared baking tin.

7. Bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the brownie comes out clean.

Allow to cool for a few minutes before eating. Dust with cacao powder, if desired.

Enjoy!

Cut into 9-12 brownie slices

Banana & Walnut Muffins

This is my mum’s banana and walnut muffin recipe!

My mum, who is a naturopath in Australia, has been baking a batch of these muffins every week for years. Sometimes she’ll go a little wild and use pecans, almonds, nutmeg or allspice… but banana, walnut and cinnamon is our favorite combination 😀

The muffins will keep in the refrigerator for a few day or you can pop them in the freezer. These muffins defrost really well, which means you’ll always have healthy sweet treat to accompany your morning coffee.

banana-muffins

Ingredients
3 spotty bananas, mashed
2 tbsp ground chia seeds
2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup vegan butter, melted
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp ground Dutch cinnamon
1 1/2 cups almond meal
1/2 cup gluten free flour
1/2 cup walnut pieces

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 350F/175C.

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

3. Combine baking soda and lemon juice, stir well. 

4. Into a large bowl add lemon mixture, mashed banana, chia eggs, sugar, vegan butter, almond milk and vanilla extract. Mix well.

5. Add remaining ingredients to wet mixture. Stir well.

6. Spoon muffin mixture into a greased muffin pan. Top muffins with banana slices.

7. Bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into a muffin comes out clean.

Allow to cool for a few minutes before eating. Enjoy!

Makes 12 muffins

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Mum & I hanging out in Byron Bay, Australia, December 2014

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

Spiced Almond Cookies

What’s your favorite cookie? I love mine chewy and spicy! These cookies pack a lot of punch with cinnamon, ginger and cardamon. Nommmm…

spiced-cookies
Ingredients
2 cups ground almond flour
1/2 cup almond slices
1/2 cup gluten free flour
1 1/2 cup coconut sugar
2 tbsp ground chia seeds
1 cup coconut oil
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
Pinch of salt.

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 350F/175C.

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

3. Mix all the ingredients together until well combined.

4. Form into small balls (about 30) and place onto two cookie sheets, then squash down with a fork. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes to harden.

5. Transfer to the oven and cook for 12-15 minutes.

YUM!

Strawberry & Rhubarb Breakfast Muffins

My kind of Six Pack! These muffins are made with almond meal, which makes these breakfast muffins so tasty no one would ever guess they’re gluten free!

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Ingredients
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 cup coconut sugar (or sub with raw or turbinado sugar)
2 tbsp ground chia seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped fresh rhubarb (reserve a few pieces of fruit)
3/4 cup chopped fresh strawberries (reserve a few pieces of fruit)
1 cup almond flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup gluten free flour
1 tsp xanthum gum
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 350F/
175C.

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

3. Into a large bowl add oil, coconut sugar, chia eggs, almond milk and vanilla extract. Whisk well.

4. Add remaining ingredients to wet mixture. Stir well.

5. Spoon muffin mixture into 12 muffin papers or greased muffin pan. Top mixture with a few small pieces of reserved strawberries and rhubarb.

6. Bake for 40 minutes or until a baking skewer inserted into a muffin comes out clean.

Allow to cool for a few minutes before eating as the fruit will be very hot. Enjoy!

Makes 12 muffins

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