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Chunky Tomato soup

This soup is so tasty and comforting, you’ll be making it every week like I do.

You must know by now that I love 1 pot meals which require minimal effort. This is one of those meals. You can add whatever veggies you have on hand or that are in season.

We always have leftovers so I divide it up into small containers for the freezer.

This recipe was inspired by a jar of passata I had in the pantry and my husband’s love of tomato soup. A month or so ago, he was sick and only wanted tomato soup. I had a think and just grabbed the ingredients I thought would fill him up, provide essential nutrients and taste great.

This recipe makes 5 servings with lots of leftovers.

Ingredients:

1 700g jar passata

1 tin crushed tomatoes or whole and just roughly chop them

3 tsp crushed garlic

1 tsp dried mixed herbs

1 tsp onion powder

1 tbsp miso paste

1 small red onion, chopped

2 medium carrots, chopped

1 large celery stick, chopped

1 cup organic dried lentil, split peas & barley mix (not the packet soup mix as it has lots of salt and other things added to it)

1 tbsp tomato paste

1.5 litre homemade vegetable stock

2 cups quinoa penne pasta or whatever pasta you like

Method:

• Reserving the pasta and half of the stock, add all your ingredients into a large saucepan

• Bring to the boil, then turn down to a low heat

• Cover the saucepan with the lid and cook for 20 minutes

• Remove the lid, add the remaining vegetable stock, stir and cook uncovered for a further 20 minutes or until the dried pulses are cooked

• With 10 minutes cooking time left, add the pasta. You’ll need to stir the soup occasionally to ensure it doesn’t stick

• Taste the soup and add seasonings to your taste

• Add more stock if you prefer a thinner consistency

Serve with fresh basil & crusty bread or toast and enjoy x

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Banana & Buckwheat Pancakes

These pancakes are so quick and easy to make, my 11 yr old can make his own in no time!

Buckwheat flour is a great alternative if you’re gluten free or if you just want something different. The flour soaks up a lot of liquid and binds really well, so there is no need to use a flax egg. They also cook much quicker than when you use regular flour. I don’t add any sweetener to the batter, but feel free to add any sweetener that works for you.

I have added grated apple to the mixture and that worked really well. You could also make them savoury, by adding peas and sweet corn.

I have frozen these pancakes and used them for lunchbox fillers. They are also great for little hands.

This recipe makes about 11 medium pancakes.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup almond milk (or any other plant milk)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Method:

  •  Pre heat a non stick frying pan to a medium heat
  • Mash the banana in a large bowl
  • Add the vanilla essence and mix
  • Add the flour, baking powder and milk. Mix well
  • Add more milk if you want a thinner consistency
  • Spoon the batter into the hot pan, ensuring there is space between each one
  • Cook for around 2 minutes or until bubbles start forming
  • Flip and cook the other side until brown
  • Continue until you’ve used all the batter

Serve with pure maple syrup, coconut yoghurt,  fruit or all 3!

 

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Dark chocolate rice crispy slice with a twist!

I had been dreaming of rice crispy cakes for a few days before I finally made these. They’re so simple and fun to eat; perfect for a snack, party food or dessert for all ages!

I made a slice rather than cakes, but you can make cakes if you like.

These are an occasional treat in our house, but one I don’t mind my baby eating. They will keep in the fridge in an air tight container. Mine lasted 2 days before we ate them all!

Ingredients:

1. 125g Whittakers 70% dark Ghana chocolate (or any dairy free dark chocolate with a high cocoa content)

3. 2 tbsp of plant milk

2. 4 cups of rice crispies (puffed rice)

3. 2 tbsp chia seeds

Method:

1. Line a tray with baking paper. It needs to be at least 2 inches deep

2. Break up the chocolate roughly and place in a large non metallic bowl with the milk

3. Microwave in increments of 30 seconds, stirring until chocolate is melted

4. Add the rice crispies and chia seeds to the chocolate and mix well until all the rice crispies are coated

5. Press mixture into the lined tray and place in the fridge or freezer to chill (I put them in the freezer so they chill quicker, around 20 minutes)

6. Remove slice from the tray, cut into pieces and eat!

Enjoy xx

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Vegan mayonnaise or cashew cream?

Before we went plant based, we loved mayonnaise. I used to make my own, but it’s still not really a healthy food because of the amount of oil in it.

We are now in love with this recipe. Whether you want to call it mayo or cashew cream is up to you. Some people will say it’s a mayo because of the aquafaba, but it really doesn’t matter!

Aquafaba is the liquid that chick peas are cooked in. It doesn’t matter if you use dried chick peas or canned; just keep the liquid. It works as an emulsifier, but you can also use it in place of egg whites and make meringues and mousses!

The list of how you can use cashew cream is endless, but these are our favourite.

* on wraps or sandwiches

* on nachos, burritos, chilli

* on top of soups

* to dip polenta or potato chips in

* eating it straight from the jar!!

You’ll need a really powerful blender or nutri bullet to make this and to ensure the nuts are ground until they’re smooth. If you don’t have either of these, you could try a food processor and scrape down the sides after every pulse.

It’ll keep in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks, but it’s so good it won’t last that long!

Ingredients:

* 1 cup of raw cashew nuts or pieces, soaked in water for at least 2 hours

* 3/4 – 1 cup of aquafaba

* 1/4 cup nutritional yeast

* 1 tsp onion powder

* 2 cloves garlic (or 2 tsp of crushed garlic)

* lemon juice to taste (I like 2 tbsp)

* 1/4 tsp of miso paste

Method:

* Add all the ingredients and half of the water to your blender

* Pulse a few times, adding a little more aquqfaba as needed to get a smooth texture and a consistency that you’re happy with

* Taste the cream and add more of the above ingredients to suit your taste

Store in a glass jar in the fridge.

If you make this recipe, let me know how it goes.

Enjoy x