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Simple Homemade Seed Crackers

Simple Homemade Seed Crackers

Making homemade seed crackers reduces your plastic waste and these super easy crackers use any combination of seeds and flours.

There’s nothing like a good crunchy cracker for spreading your favourite dip on.

Ingredients

* 250 grams mixed base seeds – pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds

* 1-2 teaspoon flavour seeds – cumin, caraway or fennel seeds (optional)

* 1 cup flour of your choice – wheat, spelt, oat, rice

* 1/2 teaspoon salt

* 1/2 to 1 cup water

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and line an oven tray with baking paper or a silicone baking sheet

Combine all the ingredients except for the water in a bowl. Add in the water slowly, and only enough so that you have a thick spreadable mixture. The type of flour you use will determine how much water you need

Spread the mixture out on the baking tray as thin as you can without causing gaps in the paste. You can lay a second sheet on top and flatten them out further with a rolling pin if needed

Use a knife to cut the cracker shapes in the raw dough. This will help them break into nice squares once baked

Place the tray in the oven and bake until they are golden brown and crispy. The crackers around the edges will brown up first so you can remove these once they’re brown and then leave the middle crackers to bake further

Leave to cool and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks


Cooking Tips

Only flours without raising agents should be used. So don’t use self-raising flour as the finished product will be more like bread than crackers.

Use any combination of seeds you like.

These crackers freeze well and defrost quickly.

If you have a pizza wheel then this is a quick and easy way to cut the cracker shapes
   

Home made bread

Home made bread

The benefits of making your own bread

Yesterday a friend told me that she loved my 5 seed bread and that it didn’t make her bloated, like shop bought bread. She asked me why, so I thought my response would be great shared with you all.

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like bread! However, I do know plenty of people who don’t eat it for various reasons.

Making your own bread may seem like an arduous task, but when you think about what goes into the traditional shop bought loaves, you may just try making your own!

Here are some reasons why homemade bread is better:

Healthier Ingredients

You select all the ingredients that go into your homemade bread. You can choose the highest quality flours or grind your own. You control the sugar content and do not have to worry about the addition of high fructose corn syrup or dextrose, which offer empty calories. Commercially prepared breads often contain preservatives and artificial ingredients to extend their shelf life and boost flavour, while homemade breads don’t.

Lower Sodium

Many commercially prepared breads contain over 130 mg of sodium per slice. If you prepare your own at home, you can limit the amount of salt in the loaf.

Whole Grains

The USDA recommends consuming at least 3 oz. of whole grains daily. Labels on commercial breads can lead you to believe they contain more whole grains than they actually do. When you prepare bread at home, you can be sure of the amount of whole grains included in the recipe. You can make a heartier, healthier bread by using 100 percent whole wheat flour or other whole grain flours. Whole wheat flour has more fiber and nutrients than refined white flour. When you bake your own bread, you can also experiment by adding in other grains or ingredients to boost nutrition. I add ground flaxseed for omega-3 fatty acids, whole oats for soluble fiber or quinoa flour for protein.

Allergen-Free

If you have serious food allergies, you can tailor your bread recipes to leave out the offending ingredients. Even manufactured breads that do not contain the allergen may have been produced on equipment contaminated with it. Making your own bread prevents almost all possibility of cross-contamination.

Taste

Homemade bread just tastes better, especially the same day it’s made. Plus the ingredients are cheap, so per loaf you’re paying much less than you would in the shops.

Will you have a go at making your own bread?

Spelt flour bread rolls

Rubbish Free Pop Up Cafe!

Rubbish Free Pop Up Cafe!

Simone’s Plant Based Kitchen is popping up cafe style at the Wellness Fair in Inglewood on 15th June. It’ll be in the Town Hall, 34 Cutfield Street.

I am committed to reducing my own waste so I’m excited to announce that it will be a rubbish free event. Where possible please bring your own food container. If you can’t or you forget, I will have home compostable serve ware, which I will take home with me to compost. There won’t be any rubbish bins provided, so please take your general rubbish home.

Drop in for some delicious food to eat in or take away.
I’ll have a few favourites for you; vegan sausage rolls, chocolate truffles and chick pea smash wraps plus gluten free options and a hot option!

Eftpos available

Available for pre-order by 12th June and pick up on the day:
* Platter box for 1 – Sunflower cheese, herby pesto, crackers & veggies $25
* 5 seed bread – $13
* Kumera & Chick Pea Curry with brown rice for 1 $15
* Lasagne – for 1 $15

Email me to pre-order: simonesplantbasedkitchen@gmail.com

Crispy Hashbrowns

Crispy Hashbrowns

Potatoes are one of my favourite vegetables. They so versatile, but also very filling and contain vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, fibre, potassium, magnesium and folate (vitamin B9].

We love hashbrowns, especially the crunchy bits on the outside. They go with anything and you can eat them anytime!

In my quest to cook them without oil, I discovered that using my sandwich maker or grill produced a crispy result while still being fluffy inside.

Depending on how many people you’re feeding, you’ll need to either cook 2 batches or like me, use both the sandwhich maker and the George foreman grill. This recipe makes enough to feed 2 adults and 3 children. I use 2 potatoes per person, so you can adjust that number as you need to. You can also sub some potatoes for zucchini, kumera, onion and carrot.

I top ours with pan fried vegetables cooked in liquid seasoning and fresh garlic. You can add anything you like!

Ingredients:

10 medium potatoes (any variety)

1/4 cup chopped parsley (or any fresh herbs)

2 chopped garlic cloves

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

2 tsp onion powder

1 tsp mustard powder

Method:

Pre heat your sandwich maker and/or grill to toast or medium setting

Scrub the potatoes and grate them into a clean tea towel

Squeeze the water from the potatoes

Place all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix everything together, making sure the potatoes are well coated

Spread half of the mixture onto the grill, making sure it is even. Repeat with the other grill if using

Close the grill or sandwich maker ensuring the lid is flat. Cook for approximately 15 minutes (each machine is different so adjust cooking time as needed). Be careful not to lift the lid too early. If the hashbrowns haven’t crisped up enough you’ll pull it apart.

Carefully remove your hashbrowns and enjoy on its own with a dipping sauce or top with your favourite vegetables.

The best bit is that you only need to gently wipe you machine, as no oil is required!

Transitioning workshop

Transitioning workshop

Simone’s Plant Based Cooking Classes are your gateway to creating and eating vibrant, mostly organic and healthy vegan food.

I believe that food should serve your body and mind well. The plant based lifestyle is a way of fueling yourself that is enjoyable, simple and sustainable.

This 3 hour transition class will give you the information, tools, motivation and recipes to start your own journey into discovering plant based foods.

The topics we’ll cover are:

* The science

* What is a plant based diet?

* Discover your why & motivations

* What to eat?

* How to start

* How to include your family

* Recipes

* Shopping lists

* Goal setting & planning
The cost of the workshop is $100 per person and includes:

* A work book with all the information you need, including motivational tips, resources and useful websites.

* My ebook of family friendly recipes (worth $25)

* Nibbles & light dinner
Numbers are limited to 10, so book early as places will fill up fast. Come alone or bring a friend, but you’ll leave with a new community of friendship and support.

It will be held at @the open space in New Plymouth 3pm – 6pm.

Email or call me to book your space.

Lentil & Kumera Lasagne

Lentil & Kumera Lasagne

We love lasagne so I’ve been trying some new recipes and this one is our favourite.

There’s no story today, just the recipe because its amazing!

Ingredients:

For the filling

1 red onion, finely chopped

2 small carrots, grated

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 tsp dried mixed herbs

1 cup dried brown lentils, rinsed and drained

1 tbsp Braggs liquid seasoning

2 tbs balsamic vinegar

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 tbsp white miso paste

1 700 ml jar of passata + the empty jar filled with water

1 tin chopped tomatoes

1 medium orange kumera, sliced into 1 cm discs (any thicker and you’ll have to pre cook them)

3 dried wholemeal lasagne sheets, ready to cook

 

For the cheese sauce:

2 cups cauliflower, steamed

1.5 cups cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours (overnight is best)

1/2 cup Braggs nutritional yeast

2 cloves garlic

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

2 tsp Braggs liquid seasoning

3/4 cup of water

*Vegan Parmesan for the topping

 

Method:

Pre heat your oven to 200° and move the rack to the centre

Add all the filling ingredients to a large saucepan and stir

Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover

Cook for 25 minutes until the lentils are nearly cooked. Check the sauce every 10 minutes. You may need to add extra water, half a cup at a time to ensure the sauce doesn’t dry out and the lentils don’t become gluggy. Stir after every addition of water

Remove the lid and continue cooking until the liquid has reduced to a thick sauce. Taste and adjust the seasoning to your taste

Once cooked, remove from the heat and allow to cool

In a high powered blender, add all the cheese sauce ingredients, (except the vegan Parmesan) and pulse until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning to your taste. Add a little more water if needed to ensure the sauce is smooth

In a large rectangular oven proof dish, add 1/2 of the filling and shake the dish to ensure it is even

Layer the kumera on top of the lentil filling

Layer the remaining lentil filling on top of the kumera

Layer the lasagne sheets onto the lentil filling, breaking them to fit

Spoon the cheese sauce onto the lasagne sheets and ensure all of the sheets are covered

Sprinkle the sauce with vegan Parmesan

Cook in the middle of the oven for 45-50 minutes until the kumera is cooked (check with a fork)

Once cooked, allow to rest for 10 minutes before cutting

Serve with a salad and enjoy!

 

  • If your oven dish is small, adjust the amount of lentil filling you use. Otherwise it will drip all over your oven
  • Place a clean baking tray on the shelf below just in case of dripping
  • If you’re using tinned lentils, reduce the cooking time of the filling. It will only take 10-15 minutes for the veggies to cook. Also reduce the amount of water you add by half. You won’t need to add any extra water while cooking either
  • If you don’t use all of the cheese sauce, store it in the fridge for up to a week. It makes a lovely pasta sauce

 

 

 

 

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