Coconut Miso Soup (v)

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TASTY GOODNESS.

I put all the things I like in a bowl and ended up in Japan and I like Japan so it was a good evening.

This was quick and easy and delicious and I’m still in a good mood from it.

This is also the debut of a cute bowl my parents gave me to feature soup on my blog.

You can (as always) mix and match the vegetables to what you have, this worked well but miso is always delicious with mushrooms for a different option.

[Serves 2/3 as a Main Dish, 4/5 as a Starter]

Ingredients:

  • 500ml Miso Stock
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 Chunk Ginger, maybe 1 Tbsp
  • 1 Can Coconut Milk
  • 1 tsp Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 3 Carrots, thinly sliced
  • LOTS of Cabbage! (2/3 Cups, chopped)
  • Optional: chopped spring onion

Blend up the Miso Stock, Garlic, Ginger, Coconut Milk and Toasted Sesame Oil until it’s all smooth. Pour it out through a sieve to eradicate any foam and take it to the hob adding the carrot and cabbage (and optional spring onion).

I then left this on the hob on low, cleaned all my dishes and took it off so I suppose leaving it on low for 10 minutes does the job.

Serve and Enjoy!

Yumyum miso.

Gina

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Sweet Potato Burgers (v)

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IMG_7468These past few days I’ve been visiting my family in Somerset and showing them my vegan ways and that we eat tasty things too, hence the “burger” recipe. The pictures look really nice because I was in my sister’s kitchen in her new lovely house, also my parents have given me a pretty bowl I’ll be using for my next recipe (does that excite you? because I literally can’t wait)

The sweet potato is always a crowd pleaser. This recipe is really simple, and you can pre-prep the burgers and keep them in the fridge until you want to use them.

EXTRA NOTE: I ended up having left over patties which I refrigerated and the next day on a whim I got some puff pastry and moulded a patty inside it and baked for around 40 minutes and it was SO GOOD! These babies are pretty versatile.

[Makes 8 medium sized burgers]

Ingredients:

  • 750g Sweet Potatoes
  • 1/2 Medium Onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Coriander, chopped
  • 1 tsp Chili Paste (Can use 1 tsp chopped chilli)
  • 75g Flour (and a bit extra for dusting)
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp salt

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Steam the sweet potatoes until soft and then leave them for a little while until they are cool enough to handle.

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Mix all the ingredients (with the sweet potatoes when they’re ready) and mash it all together (I used a wooden spoon at first but you don’t want it too smooth so I then used my hands). Squash them into sizable burger patties that you are happy with, you can now refrigerate them (between sheets of baking paper) or cook them straight away. You could fry them, I put mine under the grill for around 15/20 minutes.

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Can be served in a bun with a side salad, and topping them with avocado tastes absolutely wonderful.

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Enjoy!

Gina

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Delicious Gnocchi (v)

GnocchiI wish you all could have been in my kitchen to try this. It was the most delicious consistency you could ever wish for in a gnocchi. So soft, so superior to any pasta or rice, it was honestly the perfect companion to my new healthy pesto.

Nobody should be denied something this delicious, especially when it has so few ingredients.

[Serves 2]

Ingredients:

  • 5 Medium Potatoes (was 430g when weighed, raw and peeled)
  • Flour (I used Spelt)
  • Salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp Xanthan Gum (Can use starch)
  • Homemade Pesto

Cook the potatoes (I steamed, cutting them in small pieces to make it quicker) and mash them.

Mix with salt and Xantham Gum (or starch) add flour until it becomes a dough, roll-able consistency (for me this was around 170g).

Gnocchi Dough

Flour your surface, roll out the dough into a long snake as thin as you would like the gnocchi to be, then cut off your gnocchi from the end. Roll them into little balls and press a fork down on them to create a good gnocchi shape.

Gnocchi Balls

In a big saucepan bring some water (with a pinch of salt) to the boil, gradually add the gnocchi (don’t rush this part, I staggered the gnocchi in parts), the gnocchi will sink and after a few minutes rise to the top to tell you that they are ready. With a slotted utensil, scoop them out (you can get a bit of a conveyor belt system going as you take ready ones out and sink new ones in).

Your gnocchi are done, add some sauce (in photos shown with my pesto, which I recommend trying, can also use a tomato sauce).

Serve, be mind blown, enjoy.

GG

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Pesto (v)

PestoI’ve been avoiding pesto for a few weeks now. It used to be an absolute culinary staple for me and my recipe was so so tasty, but after I started being really meticulous about what I was consuming I realised I was putting a LOT of olive oil in it. Now, olive oil isn’t bad but you don’t want to be having more than a few tablespoons in a day (this was more). I was faced with the task of making a recipe I loved healthier and still maintaining delicious-ness. If you haven’t guessed yet by this post being in existence I did it, see below.

Makes the total amount in photo, one heaped ramequin.

Ingredients:

  • 10ml Olive Oil
  • 60g Sundried Tomatoes
  • 10g Pine Nuts
  • 1 Big Handful of Fresh Basil
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast (or “cheese” alternative)
  • 1/2 Cup Water

Roast the pine nuts on the hob until they turn golden.

Place all ingredients in the blender and blend to your desired consistency.

Not that you are likely to eat all of this yourself but in case you did it all totals to 300 calories, and a hell of a lot less fat than my last batch.

Can be served with pasta, rice or maybe THE UNBELIEVABLY DELICIOUS GNOCCI I JUST MADE. Hopefully by the time you read this I’ve already put it up, so see above 🙂

Love and Light,

GG

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Healthy Snack Ideas!

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Hello there!

If like me you often find yourself reaching for a tasty snack, this can be PRECISELY the moment your day unravels and I think this comes down to what you have in the house, but when you feel like having a snack – that’s allowed! Even a cookie is allowed! But to avoid the bitter disappointment of finding yourself face down in a bucket of chocolate (as I said – don’t have it in the house!) here are some healthy snack ideas that will leave you guilt free. They also can be served as a starter too!

Tasty Snacks:

  • Beetroot Crisps! Using a mandolin slicer, slice the beetroot thinly and lay out on the grill, you can add a touch of oil/salt but I leave them plain, take them out when they are crispy enough for you (for me this is around 15-20 minutes). These are really tasty and the smell of them roasting is wonderful.
  • Cabbage in a Mug This one is probably the one I do most often and may be my favourite, steamed cabbage is delicious and sweet and often exactly what I need, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it, I don’t know why I got into the habit of serving these in mugs it just felt most appropriate.
  • Roasted Broccoli Broccoli has this lovely way of going crispy when you put it in the oven, I place it on a baking tray and cover with nutritional yeast (or the “cheese” of your choice)
  • [As per one of my earlier posts] Roasted Chickpeas are an amazing snack, just chickpeas laid out on a baking tray, add some olive oil, salt, maybe a dash of cayenne pepper and leave to roast for 35 minutes.

Yummy!

G

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Leek and Lentil Soup (v)

Leek and Lentil Soup

Happy Easter! Here’s a light (but very filling) lunch to make up for the chocolate.

I’m really into lentils at the moment and this soup is probably my favourite soup that I’ve made so far it was simple to make, extremely filling and tasty.

I am at this very moment looking into getting some new crockery to mix up the images a bit, I love the look of thai bowls or even some wooden just to really give your eyes their worth. I’m sorry the picture isn’t more exciting, it’s always difficult when you’re taking pictures in a state of hunger (this bowl was empty approx 35 seconds later).

Serves 2 [technically speaking it came to around two bowl-fuls but I did eat both]

Feel free to mix around the ingredients I imagine this would be delicious with kale or cabbage, also an important note if you like a thicker soup, it would be delicious with added potato, I added hemp protein powder (workin’ on my abs) so it was thickened considerably and would be great without it but a potato would be perfect for extra thickness.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Medium Leeks
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 500ml Vegetable Stock (Marigold Swiss you know me)
  • 60g Red Lentils
  • Optional: 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast, ground pepper

Start the lentils off by covering them in cold water in a saucepan and bringing them to the boil. Then reduce heat (I like to add 1/4 tsp vegetable stock) and cover for 15 minutes.

Chop onions, leek and garlic and fry them in a bigger pot (if you wanted to add the nutritional yeast, this is where that goes in for an added cheesy flavour). Stir vegetables until they have softened and pour in the vegetable stock. Leave to simmer for around 7-10 minutes then pour half to three quarters of the mixture into a blender and blend until smooth (this all depends on how chunky you would like it). Reunite the blended and unblended vegetables and serve with the lentils on top, perhaps adding some ground pepper.

Enjoy.

GG

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Cashew Nut Cream “Cheese”

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Good Evening,

This one is tasty and a bit of a classic.

Cashews are your go to Vegan/Raw Foodist ingredient for instant creaminess (usually soaked overnight to make them soft). My all time favourite ice cream by Booja Booja (Vanilla) state it as one of their THREE ingredients (along with water and agave) and every non-vegan I’ve fed it to instantly knows it is up there amongst the Ice Cream Greats of our time.

The great thing about this is that it can be adapted for whatever you want, how do you like your cream cheese? I’m definitely going to be experimenting with adding avocado, maybe sweet potato, maybe some chill! If you try any let me know how it goes. You may want to halve this recipe as it makes quite a lot, about twice the size of your average cream cheese pot you’d find in a supermarket.

Love and Light,

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Cashews (soaked overnight in water)
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast Flakes (or other powdered “cheese”)
  • Herbs of choice (I went with parsley)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground Black Pepper to taste

[Can you guess what the instructions are?]

Blend, Serve, Enjoy

This evening I’ve been dipping pieces of falafel in this and it has been heavenly, it also goes well with cool cucumber or carrot (as a note: dipping celery in things always feels a bit depressing and very “hey I’m doing a healthy thing” so I tend not to, even though I’m doing a healthy thing) the other day I found myself having pieces of spinach dipped in it which was surprisingly good.

Gina

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