Spelt Triangles w Psyllium Husks

Spelt Triangles w Psyllium Husks
These buns turned out really nice and light. Super easy to make!
Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: bread
Serves: 6-8
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You need
  • 2 cups of white organic spelt flour
  • ½ cup of psyllium husks
  • 3 tsp yeast
  • 1¼ tsp Himalayan Rock salt
  • 1 tbsp raw or brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp guar gum (or xanthan gum)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of warm water (add slowly)
To do
  1. add all dry ingredients to your kitchen machine, blend
  2. then slowly add oil and vinegar, and then water. Do add the water very slowly, so you can get the consistency exactly right. You want the dough almost dry to the touch
  3. transfer to a place where it can sit and rise, preferably in a warm spot under a tea towel, shape it roughly into a roundish shape
  4. let rise for about 20 minutes, depending on the temperature in the room it will rise faster or slower, so take that into account
  5. when risen, cut in 6 wedges, or 8 if it rose really well and put on oven tray
  6. preheat the oven on time to 200C
  7. let rise another half hour, then place in oven and bake till they sound hollow (tap with a knife) and are golden brown, about 20 minutes
Notes
Always let your bread cool down a bit before you slice it, otherwise it will clump together. If you slice them in two and fold open, the two halves will most likely form a nice heart - well, mine did 😉

 

Lemony Eggplant w Artichoke & Kale Sauce on Adzuki Bean Spaghetti

Lemony Eggplant w Artichoke & Kale Sauce on Adzuki Bean Spaghetti
I love eggplant, but at times I have a problem with it absorbing oil like crazy; while that tastes really nice, it doesn't make for the healthiest food. So in this recipe I use lemon juice and smoked paprika to flavour the eggplant and the only oil I use is spray oil, to keep the eggplant (with a thin batter) from sticking to the pan. The sauce has a mild tartness due to the artichokes, but blends lovely with the pasta. I used Adzuki bean pasta in this case, which provides us with proteins and carbs nicely, plus is gluten free 🙂
Cuisine: vegan, cooked
Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 2
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You need
  • 60gr of Adzuki bean pasta (or more, if this is too modest for you)
  • 2 eggplants of abt 200g (1 per person)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup non dairy milk
  • 4 tbsp (gluten free or spelt) flour
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • a generous grind of pepper
  • spray oil
  • fresh coriander
for the sauce:
  • 2 stalks of curly kale (about 60grams without stem)
  • 160gr of marinated artichoke (about 8 pieces, and mine were store bought)
  • ½ avocado (about 50gr)
  • ½ cup of non dairy milk (I used homemade almond & hazelnut milk)
  • ¼ tsp Himalayan rock salt
To do
  1. rip leaves of the kale and mix with the artichoke, salt, avocado and the milk in a blender or with a stick blender. Add more milk if you like. Pour into a small pot and set aside.
  2. mix the lemon juice, non dairy milk, paprika powder, salt and pepper - keep the flour on the side for now
  3. slice the eggplant (slices of about ⅓cm thick), and dip them in the lemon mixture
  4. when done, whisk in the flour in to the lemon juice, bit by bit
  5. heat a skillet (medium to hot), spray with oil
  6. now dip the eggplant slices in the batter, cover both sides, and place in the skillet
  7. bake for a couple of minutes before turning them over (try not to check too early if they are brown, as then the batter may stick to the pan despite the oil. If you do, spray some more oil and place the slice back)
  8. turn over and repeat with all slices (you could use a small skillet to keep the finished eggplant slices warm)
  9. during this process, cook the pasta
  10. when you're almost finished with the eggplant, heat the sauce
  11. serve eggplant with a few coriander sprigs or leaves, spaghetti plus sauce on the side
Notes
2 Skillets will make a nice difference in prep time 🙂
Nutritional Information
Serving size: (with 30gr of pasta) Calories: 415 Fat: 17gr Saturated fat: 2gr Unsaturated fat: 2gr Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 49gr Sugar: 16gr Sodium: 306mg Fiber: 17gr Protein: 20gr Cholesterol: 0mg

 

Baked Banana, Grape & Peanut Stuffed Pita

Baked Banana, Grape & Peanut Stuffed Pita
OK, here's for a quick warm breakfast, made in about 6 minutes. I used 1 large pita bread for 2, but if you're hungry, just have it all yourself! 🙂 So here goes:
Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: Breakfast or lunch
Serves: 1-2
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  • 1 large banana
  • 5 large grapes
  • 3 tbsp peanuts
  • 12 medium size mint leaves
  • 1 large (or 2 small) pita bread
  • ½ tbsp coconut oil
To do
  1. heat the oil in a (medium sized) skillet
  2. add peanuts, bake for a minute, stir halfway
  3. when peanuts have started to brown, add slices of banana, making sure they all lie flat
  4. (in the meantime, now heat your pita bread in your toaster, low heat, you want to keep it soft)
  5. toss in grapes
  6. turn over the banana slices, stir through peanuts and grapes
  7. when banana slices are done, cut the pita bread in halves (or slice of the top, if you have small pita bread)
  8. switch of heat, mix in mint leaves, and scoop filling into pita bread
  9. enjoy!
Nutritional Information
Serving size: ½ filled pita Calories: 225 Fat: 13gr Saturated fat: 5gr Unsaturated fat: 4gr Trans fat: 0gr Carbohydrates: 40gr Sugar: 12gr Sodium: 300mg Fiber: 6gr Protein: 8gr Cholesterol: 0mg

 

Stir Fried Watermelon & Fennel Salad w Avo Apple Dressing

Stirfried Watermelon & Fennel Salad w Avo Apple Dressing
This is a delicious half warm, half cold salad with a hint of sweetness. Stir fried watermelon tastes amazing. The teaspoon of coconut oil I would not omit, as it gives a subtle creamy flavour to the melon. You can have this as a main (one bowl per person) or make smaller portions for entrée 🙂
Cuisine: Vegan
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 1-2
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You need
  • about 375gr watermelon (weight with skin on)
  • about 125 gr fennel
  • a few coriander sprigs
  • ¼ avocado
  • 1 tbsp apple cordial
  • pepper & Himalayan rock salt
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 calendula flower (optional - we have them in the garden)
To do
  1. cube watermelon, melt coconut oil, place watermelon in skillet, grind some pepper on top and add a small sprinkle of salt
  2. stir fry watermelon for about 6-7 minutes, the colours will become more orange and intense, gorgeous!
  3. slice the fennel thinly, discard bottom end, mix with the leaves of the coriander
  4. cut the avocado very finely, then mash together with the apple cordial, add a bit of pepper and a smidge of salt. Add a tbsp of water if needed to make thinner
  5. mix half of the dressing through the fennel
  6. serve next to each other or with watermelon on top, pour the rest of the dressing on the salad, and top with the optional flower (or pull the leaves off and sprinkle on top)

 

Stirfried Watermelon & Fennel Salad w Avo Apple dressing

Stirfried Watermelon & Fennel Salad w Avo Apple dressing

Roasted Vegetable Terrine

Roasted Vegetable Terrine
Basically, this recipe is a dip (or purée) first, then a jelly. A terrine shows you've just gone that little step further for presentation. Same flavours, but lighter texture. Serve a slice or cubes as a side dish (or cut them out with a cookie cutter), or just eat with crackers. No added oils in this recipe.
Recipe type: side dish, dip replacement
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  • 1 eggplant, medium size
  • 1 large capsicum (bell pepper)
  • 1¼ cup semi dried tomatoes, slightly rehydrated
  • 1 tsp Chipotle sauce
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 30gr red onion, roughly chopped
  • ¼ tsp Himalayan rock salt
  • 25 drops of liquid smoke (optional, the difference in flavour is very subtle, but if you want a really smokey flavour, then add more to taste)
  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 5.5 tsp agar agar powder
To do
  1. heat oven to 190C
  2. prick holes in eggplant, cut capsicum in two, deseed and place both in your oven
  3. roast till eggplant is collapsing, and it's OK if the capsicum starts to blacken (but take capsicum out if it's done but eggplant isn't ready yet)
  4. in the meantime, rehydrate the tomatoes - unless they are already on the soft side
  5. scrape the flesh out of the eggplant, and place all ingredients, except for the oat milk and agar agar, in your food processor
  6. blend till smooth
  7. place milk in a small saucepan and sprinkle agar agar on top
  8. heat the milk, while whisking in the agar agar and just when it starts to boil, it will become thick
  9. immediately take of heat and add straight away to the vegetable purée, while the machine is running, mix well
  10. take out a container (16oz/450gr), or two smaller ones, and pour the mixture in the container
  11. tap the container a few times on your work bench, then place in fridge
  12. it's ready when it's solid (give it around 1.5 to 2 hours)

 

Roasted Vegetable Terrine

Roasted Vegetable Terrine

Roasted Vegetable Terrine

Roasted Vegetable Terrine

Coco Coffee Cocktail

Coco Coffee Cocktail

CocoQuench Coffee Cocktail
This stuff is dangerous. That's all I say 😉
Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: Alcoholic drink
Serves: 1.3 liters
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  • 1 liter of CocoQuench or coconut based milk replacement (unless you're not going to refrigerate the end result, you technically could use canned coconut milk, but do be aware that it will coagulate when you do put it in the fridge))
  • 1 cup of espresso shots, plus 2 extra shots (decaf is fine too)
  • 1 cup of whiskey
  • 1 tsp of vanilla stevia (or to taste)
To do
  1. Mix everything together in a jug or large bottle, and drink refrigerated or on ice. Uh oh.
Notes
If you are concerned about how vegan a whiskey is (apparently malt whiskey is often kept in barrels that have been used for sherry, which may have been made with isinglass, check here

Raw Aniseed Cookies

Raw Aniseed Cookies
4 Ingredients, made in 20 minutes and they're delicious (and healthy!). As a matter of fact, the flavours keep developing and as you can easily keep them for days, they taste nicer and nicer every day! You don't have to make cookies out of this recipe, you can just roll balls, but I felt like giving these a nice shape, and to make them slightly firmer I dehydrated them 🙂 Makes about 14 cookies, depending on their size, of course.
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Cuisine: raw, vegan
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 14
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You need
  • 1 cup of activated hazelnuts
  • 4 pitted dates, chopped
  • 4 star aniseeds
  • a pinch of Himalyan rock salt
To do
  1. grind the star aniseeds to powder in a coffee grinder
  2. in the small bowl of your food processor, grind the hazelnuts to small crumbs
  3. add the chopped dates, salt and star aniseed powder, and run again till it start to stick slightly
  4. pour the crumbs on your work surface, flatten and compact with your hands, and cut out cookies
  5. place on dehydrator rack and dehydrate for about 12 hours (optional)
Nutritional Information
Serving size: 1 cookie Calories: 62 Fat: 4.4gr Saturated fat: < 0.5gr Unsaturated fat: 3.9gr Trans fat: 0gr Carbohydrates: 5.6gr Sodium: 3.5mcg Fiber: 1gr Protein: 1.2gr Cholesterol: 0mcg
Raw Aniseed Cookies

Raw Aniseed Cookies

 

 

Raw Buckwheat, Flax & Chia Seed Crackers

Raw Buckwheat, Flax & Chia Seed Crackers
Whenever I feel I've been eating bread while my body says 'Please don't', I like to eat raw crackers. Best to make them yourself as they tend to be quite pricey. These are pretty neutral, so you can have them with sweet or savoury toppings.
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Cuisine: raw vegan
Recipe type: crackers, food processor, dehydrator
Serves: 2 trays
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  • 1 cup of raw buckwheat groats, soak for 15 minutes, sprout for a day
  • ½ cup of golden flax seeds, top up with water to 1 cup level
  • ½ cup of chia seeds, top up with water to 1 cup level
  • ½ cup dried tomatoes
  • 1 small zucchini
  • ½ tsp lemon pepper
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • ½ tsp Himalayan rock salt
  • about ½ cup of water
To do
  1. add all the ingredients except for the water to your food processor
  2. blend thoroughly, and add water as needed; you should end up with a doughy mass
  3. spread out over 2 dehydrator sheets, at about ½ cm thick
  4. dehydrate at 46C for about 12-14 hours, or until you like their texture. This batch I dehydrated till hard but they do retain a little bit of chew. You can score them half way, when you turn the lot over, or just cut or break them afterwards like I did.
Notes
You do need a powerful blender for this. If you don't have one, you could make the 'dough' in two batches.

 

 

Raw Buckwheat, Flax & Chia Seed Crackers

Raw Buckwheat, Flax & Chia Seed Crackers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garlic & Chives Almond Cheeze

Garlic & Chives Almond Cheeze
This cheeze is fantastic with fruit, especially when you let it ripen for a bit and let the tartness of the culture come through. Stuff lychees with this cheeze and top with a small piece of olive, mmmmm….. Recipe makes about 200grams
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Cuisine: vegan, vegan 101
Recipe type: cheese
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You need
  • 1.5 cup peeled almonds (blanched almonds come peeled already, raw ones don't)
  • 3 capsules of probiotics
  • ½ tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ½ tbsp raw coconut nectar (or agave, or maple)
  • 20 grams chopped chives
  • 4 smallish cloves of garlic
  • pepper, a good grind
  • Himalayan rock salt, about ¼ tsp, or more to taste
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • poppy seeds, about ¾ tbsp
  • water
To do
  1. soak the nuts for a few hours till plump (if they are raw, soak overnight and then rinse and peel)
  2. rinse and put in your blender, with about ½ cup of water to start with
  3. add contents of the probiotic capsules
  4. run machine till you have a nice smooth paste. Do add water if needed, but not more than strictly necessary to obtain a homogenous paste
  5. scoop nut paste into a folded nut bag (or use 2 bags) and place in sieve or colander, on top of a bowl
  6. now place weight on top. I put a small plate on it first, and then a pan with water; you want the fluid to be pressed out, but not so hard that the cheeze pushes through the cloth
  7. let sit for up to 72 hours. Criteria: taste and texture that you like.
  8. increase weight now and then, especially if you want to go for more solid cheese. Creamier cheeze needs more moisture.
  9. when the texture is to your liking, mix with all the other ingredients (hold on to the lemon juice if you want a creamier cheeze, until you've mixed the lot and then add if it can handle the extra fluids)
  10. place a piece of plastic wrap in a bowl, scoop the cheeze in it, press down nicely and place in fridge
  11. when firm, take out of plastic and sprinkle with poppy seeds
  12. keep in fridge

 

Garlic & Chives Almond Cheeze

Garlic & Chives Almond Cheeze

Chickpea & Walnut Oven Baked Bites

Chickpea & Walnut Oven Baked Bites
These little balls are perfect to replace those finger food meat balls that are served at functions. One recipe makes about 40 balls, depending on their size.
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Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: snacks
Serves: 40
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You need
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup bread crumbs (gluten free, if you like)
  • 55gr (more or less) Vegusto, piquant, grated - or another spicy cheeze
  • 60gr red onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup non dairy milk, optional
  • about 2-3 tbsp spelt or wheat flour, depending how moist the mixture is - optional
To do
  1. preheat oven to 200C (392F)
  2. place chickpeas and walnuts in your food processor and mix
  3. add curry powder, salt, bread crumbs and run machine
  4. slowly add oil
  5. you want to end up with a mixture that is firm enough to make balls of; if too thick, add some non dairy milk, if a tad too moist, add the flour
  6. now roll the balls and place on an oven rack with baking paper
  7. bake for about 25 minutes or until the outside is crisp - then they're done!
  8. serve with any sauce you like 🙂
Notes
If you want to make them spicy, add chilli powder to the mixture.