This vegan lunch is simply delicious. I enjoy it warm, straight out of the oven, or even cold. If you’re not vegan, you’ll still enjoy this taco with some cheese or bacon thrown in. This recipe makes enough for about 2-4 servings.
1 small butternut squash
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of Himalayan pink salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 tbsp coconut oil
Balsamic vinegar dressing
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
Peel butternut squash with a peeler. Then dice into 1 inch chunks, discarding the pulp and seeds. (If anyone has good uses for these, please let me know.)
Place squash, salt, cinnamon, pepper and coconut oil into a large shallow roasting pan and mix evenly.
Bake for about an hour. Keep an eye on your pan. Different ovens, sizes of chunks and type of pan can really vary the cooking time. Remove from oven to cool once the squash has started to brown.
Put a flour or corn tortilla on a naked flame to warm in. I like to use tongs to move it around so it toasts evenly. It should take less than a minute to toast.
Place roasted squash, spinach and avocado in tortilla and drizzle with balsamic dressing.
This chilli is vegan deliciousness! Spicy and filling. It’s great as is, or with dumplings or tortillas. Or if you are so inclined, pour it over chips or french fries to make a healthy version of Frito Chilli Pie. Whatever strikes your fancy! I just eat it as is. It has a full balanced meal in it already.
1 lb Eggplant (aubergine)
1/2 lb mushrooms
1 red or yellow pepper
1/2 bulb of garlic (about 6 pieces)
Chilli powder or Cayenne pepper
Half a block of firm tofu
1/2 cup jasmine rice
Dice all the vegetables.
Brown the garlic and onions in coconut on medium/high heat in a large saucepan.
Add the mushrooms gently browning.
Add chilli spice, salt and pepper to taste. I like hot spices, so I put 2 tsp in my mix. About 1/2 tsp should do if you’re not keen on extra spicy food.
Add the rest of the raw vegetables, gently stirring for a couple of minutes.
Pour about 3 cups of water into the saucepan and stir well. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low/medium. Cook for about 30-60 minutes. I usually turn mine down very low and leave it cooking for a couple of hours while I do something else. Keep it covered with an air vent to release the steam pressure. Check on it frequently, adding more water as it evaporates.
When all the vegetables are cooked through the mix should start looking like a chunky soup. You could indeed just eat it like this, as a chunky spicy soup. But to bulk it up and add some protein, add the tofu and rice. It should take about 10 mins for the rice to cook through, soaking up all the flavors of the vegetables. I like to use broken rice as it cooks faster and makes the mix thicker.
Serve. This recipe is great to store and eat next day too. You have to add more water to the mix though. The rice continues to soak up the liquid overnight and it gets very thick and goopy.
Eggplant can be quite difficult to prepare without soaking it in oil or some kind of sauce, which I don’t always want. I’ve developed this technique of cooking it quickly, without all the oil, but all the flavor of a stir-fry.
This is a quick and easy vegan meal that I like to cook myself when my boyfriend feels like a ham and cheese sandwich! He hates eggplant, so I always cook it when he fancies some dead animal for lunch.
Ingredients For Stir-fry:
1 lb of eggplant (aubergine)
A handful of bean sprouts
A handful of snow peas (mange tu)
Italian spice mix
Half a small onion finely chopped
Dried chilli peppers (optional for a spicier flavor)
Ghee or avocado oil
Ingredients For Vegan Pesto Hummus:
1 lb of garbanzo beans, preferably sprouted
1/2 cup of pine nuts
Large bunch of fresh basil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
To prepare the hummus in advance, you can either use raw sprouted garbanzo beans, cooked un-sprouted soaked beans, or sprouted cooked beans. To cook them, simply boil for 10-15 mins.
Put all the hummus ingredients in a blender and mix until it looks like hummus!
If you are not a vegan, add a couple of good spoonfuls of Parmesan cheese to make it a full on Pesto sauce.
To prepare the eggplant, chop into even slices.
Put a little avocado oil, onion and spices into a frying pan and brown the eggplant stirring frequently to avoid burning. Do this for about 5 mins.
When the oil has dried up, fill the pan with about 1cm of water, almost covering the eggplant. Allow to simmer uncovered until the water has evaporated, poaching the eggplant.
When all the water has dried up, add a little more avocado oil, along with the bean sprouts and snow peas. Stir-fry for about 3 mins, gently tossing the ingredients.
This recipe has a double dose of pea goodness, with sprouted peas and pea sprouts. Yes, they’re different things. I really enjoy this fresh and healthy twist on pea soup, mixed with an Asian porridge. It’s very filling, full of vitamins, antioxidants, protein and minerals.
If you’re not sure how to sprout your own peas, here’s a post I wrote about How To Sprout Peas. You can look up online how to do it from many online sources. But in short: Sprouted peas are dried peas that have been soaked and sprouted in darkness so that they have small roots sticking out of them. The process changes the nutritional value of the peas and makes them easier on your digestive system. Basically, if beans make you toot, you should be sprouting them.
Pea Sprouts are the larger shoots that start to produce leaves, opposed to the pea itself, like alfalfa sprouts or mustard cress.
Half a cup of broken jasmine rice
A cup of dried organic peas (sprouted in advance)
Fresh pea sprouts (If you can’t get these, you can use mustard cress, water cress or even alfalfa sprouts.)
Half a chopped onion or dried onion flakes
Small piece of finally chopped ginger
2 cloves of finally chopped garlic or garlic powder
In a large saucepan, gently saute the garlic, onions and ginger in avocado oil, adding salt and pepper to taste. When browned, fill the saucepan with water.
Add the rice to the pan and bring to a boil. Then simmer for an hour, topping up the water as needed to keep the porridge from drying out. You can cover the saucepan if you leave about an inch or so open to vent the pan, to prevent it from boiling over.
After the rice has turned into porridge, add the sprouted peas and continue to simmer. I like to keep the sprouted peas crunchy, so about 5-10 mins cook time for the peas works for me. If you’d prefer softer peas, add them earlier and cook them through for about 30-45 mins. It will also make your soup greener.
Continue to add water as needed to keep the mixture at a soup consistency.
Once you’ve cooked the peas to your preference, you’re ready to serve.
But before taking the soup off heat, add a few large handfuls of pea sprouts and mix in. I like to serve immediately like this, so that the pea sprouts heat up but haven’t lost their raw, fresh crunchiness too much.
Garnish with more raw pea sprouts and drizzle sesame oil and soy sauce to taste.
A non-vegan addition for vegetarians is to add a couple of organic eggs a couple of minutes before you take the soup off the heat. Stir the eggs into the soup for a creamy, thick consistency.
I like to make my own naughty treats because at least I know that all the ingredients are real and I can adapt them to suit my needs. This recipe is diary and wheat free. You can eliminate the nuts and substitute almond milk for coconut milk to make it nut free. (see my Vegan Seed Bites recipe). This recipe makes about 24 pieces, at around 2×2″. Keep in the fridge.
4 cups of oats
1 cup of sultanas or raisins
1/2 cup of slivered almonds
1/2 cup of hazelnut pieces
1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup flax seeds
4 tbsp golden syrup
3 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup of almond milk
2 large bars of dark dairy free cooking chocolate (or regular dark cooking chocolate / or carob chocolate)
Preheat oven to about 200c/400F.
Mash 2 bananas in a mixing bowl.
Add oats, all nuts, seeds and fruit to bowl.
Melt coconut oil and golden syrup in a pan slowly until both are runny.
Poor mixture in bowl along with almond milk and mix thoroughly.
Place mixture in a large tin, lined with grease proof paper, or parchment paper.
Bake for 25 mins.
Let stand to cool for 30 mins.
Prepare a bain marie. A bain marie is best for melting chocolate as it is easy to accidentally burn chocolate. To do this, boil some water in a saucepan. Put a heat safe bowl, like Pyrex over the top of the boiling water and place the pieces of chocolate into the bowl. It should take just a few minutes for the chocolate to melt completely.
Poor the melted chocolate over the cooled oat bites. Allow to chill in fridge for 30 mins, then cut into chunks and serve!
These bites are really rich. The dark chocolate is very powerful. If you prefer, substitute the dark chocolate with milk chocolate, if you’re okay with dairy. I’ve used Green & Black’s Organic 70% Dark Chocolate to make this treat before, which turned out rather well too.
This is a great, light meal that I often have for breakfast or lunch, sometimes dinner when I’m being lazy. It takes about 5 mins to make and is also pretty cheap to put together. You can easily make it vegan by removing the eggs from the recipe.
Yellow bean paste (available at most Asian markets)
Soy Sauce (for taste only)
1-2 free range organic eggs
Boil at least 1 inch of water in a saucepan. Amount can vary based on how much soup you want, but you need at least enough to cover the noodles.
Add between a teaspoon and tablespoon of yellow bean paste, to taste. I like a lot of liquid, so I put about 2 inches of water in the saucepan and a heaping tablespoon of paste.
Let the paste dissolve, then add rice noodles. The noodles double in thickness, so don’t over estimate how many you need.
Simmer for 1 minute. Then turn down heat until the water is hardly bubbling. Crack eggs straight into the mix and let them poach for 1-2 minutes. If you like your eggs soft, only cook for 1 min and remove from heat before the eggs are fully cooked, as the heat from the soup will continue to cook them for a few minutes, while the soup is too hot to consume.
Break up the watercress loosely and place in the bottom of your serving bowl.
Carefully pour your noodle and soup mix over the watercress. The heat from the soup will cook the watercress perfectly in the bowl.
This is a vegan recipe that you can adapt for vegetarians by adding dairy, and for meat eaters, by adding bacon off cuts. I’ll include notes in the description for these options, but the basic recipe is diary and meat free. This batch will serve about 6-8 servings.
4 medium onions
1 head of garlic
3 large leaks
4 large potatoes
2 tbsps Coconut Oil
Finely ground white pepper
(A splash of milk or cream, and 1/4 lbs butter for added vegetarian option.)
(1/2 lb of bacon off cuts for meat eaters.)
Bread for croutons
Heat coconut oil in large pot. Chop garlic and onions finely and sweat in oil for a couple of minutes.
If you are adding meat, chop it finely and add it to the mix now. Brown gently before moving to the next step.
Chop leeks finely and add to onions and garlic. Sweat leeks until they start to go soft.
Add boiling water to the mixture, covering all the ingredients in the pot.
Add salt and pepper.
Bring to the boil, then add finely chopped potatoes to the mix.
Bring to a boil again, then reduce heat and partially cover with a lid. Allow to simmer for about an hour. Stir occasionally. Make sure to add more water if it seems like the liquid is evaporating. I may add up to 4 pints of water while I’m cooking. Add less for a thicker soup.
You can cook this for more time if want. I like to leave it on low and cook it for a couple of hours usually. I go away and do other things while it is cooking. You can cook it in a slow cooker if you like too.
Your soup is now ready. For non vegans, you can now add a dash of dairy to the soup to make it creamier. Just pop in the extra dairy to taste and stir on low heat.
I prefer a chunky soup, but if you prefer a smooth soup, simply blend the soup now before serving.
Chop bread in to tiny cubes and gently shallow fry in oil to make croutons.
This is a fusion recipe inspired by my love of Singapore Rice Noodles, Pho, Miso and stir fried veggies. Add egg if you aren’t Vegan, and meat if you aren’t Vegetarian at all. Substitute the rice noodles for Ramen if you like too. Play with the soup stock based on your tastes. Enjoy!
Singapore Rice Noodles (fresh or dried)
Miso stock or vegetarian soup stock
Chili Sauce (optional)
Boil noodles for 1-2 minutes. They really don’t need long. So don’t walk away from them. Add Miso/vegetable stock to the water to taste.
Stir fry the chopped onion in oil, adding in broccoli and tofu. Splash with soy sauce and a little water to avoid burning without adding too much oil.
Serve noodles and stirfry in a large bowl. Add more soy sauce, pepper and chili sauce to taste.
Buy fried tofu in an Asian fresh market. If you can’t get hold of it, you can use regular tofu from the grocery store. It has a different flavor and texture, but still makes a wonderful soup.
If you aren’t likely to use a lot of Miso stock for all your cooking needs, a way to cheaply and quickly make a batch of this soup without wasting money, is to use a cup-of-soup single serving packet instead. Here’s an Organic Miso Soup in a cup from Tesco, UK.
This is a quick and easy leftovers recipe that you can also make from scratch. Whenever I eat out at places where I know there will be too much food, I order mashed potatoes and save them for the next day. This is what I make with them. The ratatouille I make from scratch most of the time, but you can throw leftovers into it too. It takes about 20 mins to prepare and cook from scratch.
One egg plant (aubergine)
1-2 small zucchinis (courgettes)
One large heirloom tomato
Salt & Pepper as seasoning
Instructions for Mashed Potatoes:
Bring water to a boil, add a pinch of salt. Boil potatoes for 10 mins, until you can easily stick a fork through them. I prefer to make my own potatoes with skins still on. They’re more nutritious this way. But peel them if you must. Drain. Mash with a fork.
Instructions for Rosti:
Form mashed potatoes into patties. Saute over medium heat with olive oil, salt and pepper. Turn once. Cook until brown. Serve.
Instructions for Ratatouille:
Dice egg plant, zucchini and tomato. Pan fry egg plant for a few minutes first, in coconut oil. When slightly browned, add in zucchini and tomato. The vegetables will start to cook into each other, with the tomato and zucchini providing plenty of juice to cook everything through. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about 10 mins. Sprinkle with hemp hearts, mix and serve.