Potato, Carrot & Onion Patties w Chilli & Coriander

Potato, Carrot & Onion Patties w Chilli & Coriander
This is my type of comfort food, and quite simple and quick to make. This recipe makes 3 to 4 patties, depending on the size. I used food rings to help me make them a bit tidier than I would do without, but if you want to go for squares, don't let the rings stop you! ;-)
Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: Patties!
Serves: 1-2
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You need
  • ½ cup grated potato (personally, I usually don't bother with peeling)
  • ½ cup grated carrot
  • ¼ cup grated onion
  • ~80ml organic white spelt flour (or any flour you prefer)
  • salt to taste
  • ⅛ tsp chilli powder (or more if you like)
  • a small hand fresh coriander, finely chopped and some extra to serve
  • ½ tsp baking powder (try to buy aluminium free)
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely grated (or use paste)
  • water (you won't need more than ¼ cup)
  • coconut oil to fry (about 1.5 tbsp)
To do
  1. mix the grated potato, onion, garlic, optional salt, baking powder, coriander and carrot together in a bowl
  2. add the flour, mix well - let sit for a few minutes so the flour can absorb some of the moisture
  3. start adding water bit by bit till you have a thick 'batter' that sticks together (if you add too much water, add more flour)
  4. heat the oil in a skillet (medium high) and scoop the batter in the hot oil, using a food ring or without, flatten out a bit so the patties are about ½ to ¾ cm thick
  5. after a minute, turn heat down a little bit, and flip patties over when bottom side is brown - the middle will have started to become a bit drier too by then (if they aren't dry enough to flip over, leave them a bit longer)
  6. bake until brown and you're done. I served them with more fresh coriander and Tofu Mayonaise :-)
Notes
If you make more and have left overs, they are fine to reheat the next day, or take them with you for lunch :-) Oh, and using the food processor to grate saves you some time :-)

 

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.

 

Capsicum Boats w Limey Avo & Sprouts

Capsicum Boats w Limey Avo & Sprouts
Low GI, low carb, vegan, no sugar, no nuts, no seeds, no oil, candida diet suitable. Gee, you'd think you're eating air, or dust, but these raw boats make lovely finger food, a light meal or even a side dish. Easy to make, no cooking involved, so hop in the kitchen and just throw these together :-)
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Cuisine: vegan, raw
Recipe type: snack, finger food, light meal
Serves: 8
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You need
  • 1 large capsicum
  • 1 smallish avocado
  • ¼ small onion
  • juice & zest of ½ lime
  • a little bit of alfalfa
  • about 5 or 6 leaves of chives
  • salt
  • pepper
To do
  1. slice the capsicum in 8 pieces, discard pips etc
  2. mash flesh of avocado with the lime juice, lime zest, and salt & pepper to taste
  3. fill the capsicum boats with the avo mixture
  4. chop your onion very finely, and sprinkle on avocado
  5. place a bit of alfalfa on each boat
  6. place all boats on a platter
  7. and finally, take your scissors and just cut the chives over the platter
  8. done!
Nutritional Information
Serving size: 1 boat Calories: 50 Fat: 3gr Saturated fat: no Trans fat: no Sugar: 3gr Sodium: 4mg Fiber: 3gr Protein: 1gr Cholesterol: no

 

Raw Carrot & Buckwheat Crackers (dehydrated)

Raw Carrot & Buckwheat Crackers (dehydrated)
Biccies and crackers are usually not the healthiest, but they are this way :-) I kept the spicing down this time, as to have a rather neutral cracker, but you can add spices and herbs as much as you like.
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Cuisine: vegan, raw
Recipe type: crackers
Serves: 14
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You need
  • 1 cup of unsprouted buckwheat (= 300gr sprouted)
  • 150gr carrot, grated
  • 50gr onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¾ tsp Himalayan rock salt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
To do
  1. soak the buckwheat grouts overnight, then drain and let sit till next day, rinse them half way. By then they will have small tails (so cute :-) )
  2. put the grated carrot and onion in your blender, together with the lemon juice and salt
  3. when this is all mushy, add the buckwheat and olive oil
  4. blend till you have a smooth thick porridge
  5. spread out on your dehydrator sheet, about 0.5cm thick, as evenly as possible
  6. dehydrate at 46C for 2 hours, then turn down to 42C and dehydrate for 3-4 hours
  7. test, and when you can peel the sheet off the mixture, put another sheet on top, flip over and peel bottom layer (now top layer) off completely.
  8. return to dehydrator and now let dry till you like the texture; pliable or crisp, in another 4 hours or longer.
Nutritional Information
Serving size: 1 cracker Calories: 56 Fat: 1.5gr Saturated fat: 0 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 10gr Sugar: 0.7 Sodium: 5mcg Protein: 1.7gr Cholesterol: 0

 

Limey Avocado Mousse w Onion & Toasted Pine Nuts

Limey Avocado Mousse w Onion & Toasted Pine Nuts
This small dish is so delicious, and yet so easy to make, love it! Great as a nibble!
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Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: Light meal/snack
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You need
  • 2 avocados
  • zest and juice of 1 small lime
  • ¼ tsp Himalayan rock salt
  • 3-3.5 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • ½ small onion, chopped
To do
  1. mash the flesh of the avocados together with the zest and juice of the lime (for extra smoothness and fluffiness, quickly blend mixture)
  2. toast the pine nuts (don't let them burn like I always do)
  3. scoop avocado in a bowl and top with nuts and onion
  4. done!
Notes
Serve with any biscuit, or cut up some wholemeal wraps and bake in oven till crisp :-)

 

Orzo w Onion, Mushrooms, Olives & Basil

Orzo w Onion, Mushrooms, Olives & Basil
A super quick dinner (especially if you have some plain left over pasta). Serves 1, so just multiply to make more.
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Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: main
Serves: 1
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You need
  • 1 cup of cooked Orzo
  • 2 large mushrooms
  • ½ medium onion, chopped or sliced
  • a few olives, sliced
  • fresh basil leaves, torn or roughly chopped
  • a few cloves of garlic
  • salt & pepper
  • olive oil
  • vegan grated Parmesan cheese
  • a dash of water
To do
  1. if you don't have cooked Orzo, cook it now
  2. in the meantime, slice your mushrooms and onion, and grate or press the garlic
  3. heat some olive oil in a pan, add the garlic, stir and add the onion & olive slices
  4. cook for a couple of minutes and add the mushrooms
  5. add in just a dash of water, just to help the mushrooms stay moist
  6. drain your pasta, add to the mushrooms
  7. heat through, then add the basil
  8. scoop in bowls and top with Parmesan cheese.

 

Brown Rice w Mushrooms, Spring Onion, Hemp & Avocado

Brown Rice w Mushrooms, Spring Onion, Hemp & Avocado
When I cook rice (or steam, actually) I like to cook some extra so it's at hand for a super quick meal the next day. With precooked rice, this meal takes 15 minutes to cook, not more :-)
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Recipe type: main
Serves: 1
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You need
  • ¾ cup cooked brown rice - or more if you wish
  • 2 large spring onions, sliced diagonally (looks nice :-) )
  • small hand of peanuts
  • 3-4 mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated or chopped finely
  • large dash of Tamari
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tbsp veggie stock powder
  • ½ small avocado, cubed or sliced
  • small hand of hemp seeds
  • oil for cooking
To do
  1. in a skillet, heat the oil, then add spring onion and garlic
  2. stir and add peanuts, stock powder and spices
  3. add mushrooms, and quickly stirfry till mushrooms have absorbed some of the juices
  4. stir through the rice, heat through
  5. scoop on plate or on bowl, top with seeds and avocado and you're done :-)

 

Lasagna Rolls w Walnuts in Tomato Sauce

Lasagna Rolls w Walnuts in Tomato Sauce
Just another - but fun - way of presenting lasagna; roll up the sheets with a filling you like. Mine are never the same :-)
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Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: main
Serves: 2-3
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You need
  • 5-6 wholemeal spelt lasagna sheets (or wheat, if you prefer)
  • ½ zucchini, sliced in long pieces
  • ½ large red capsicum, also sliced in long pieces
  • 2 slices of vegan cheese per roll
  • a few spinach leaves per roll
  • 1 small to medium onion, sliced
  • fresh basil leaves, a small bunch (or as much as you like, really)
  • 2 or 3 walnuts per roll, chopped
  • about 2 cups of tomato sauce (to make: chop 10 ripe tomatoes, place in a large pan with a dash of olive oil, and cook till all nice and soft, then blend quickly or look here), with a few cloves of minced garlic stirred through
  • grated vegan cheese to cover (about 1.5 cup, loose)
  • 2 tbsp of vegan mayo/aioli or 1 tbsp of oil to oil the oven dish
  • a good squirt of tofu mayo or aioli for topping
To do
  1. preheat oven to 200C
  2. cook your lasagna sheets in a large pot
  3. while they are cooking, slice the veggies and grate the cheese
  4. when done, rinse the lasagna sheets and one by one, on a plate or any non-sticky surface, place 2 slices of vegan cheese on the end away from you, and on the end close to you arrange the veggies and walnuts
  5. roll up and place in oven dish
  6. when all are done, pour tomato sauce over the top so all rolls are covered, then top with grated cheese
  7. place in oven and bake for 35 minutes
  8. place portions on plates, dress with some aioli and serve :-)

 

Cheeze & Dill Potato Bake

Cheeze & Dill Potato Bake
It's easy to make a potato bake, even a vegan one. And if you slice the potatoes by hand, layering goes pretty fast (food processors do a great job, but the slices are so thin, you're layering forever) :-)
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Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: potatoes, side
Serves: 4
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You need
  • 700 gr potatoes, sliced in 1-2mm slices
  • Dill, preferably fresh
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp of veggie stock powder
  • garlic powder, plenty (or fresh garlic, I was just lazy)
  • ½ cup plus 2-3 tbsp of hemp milk (or a similarly creamy milk)
  • 1 log of Cheezly cheese (I used Blue Cheese), grated
  • ½ large onion, sliced
  • (gluten free) bread crumbs, enough to cover the top layer liberally
To do
  1. preheat oven to 200C
  2. spray or brush your oven dish with oil
  3. arrange the slices, slightly overlapping, covering the bottom
  4. add slices of onion and grated cheeze
  5. tear dill leafs on top, then a good sprinkle of garlic powder, stock powder, pepper and a little salt
  6. then start again; potatoes, onion, etc...
  7. finish the last layer with cheeze, a generous sprinkle of garlic powder and some salt, and then a layer of bread crumbs
  8. cover with foil, bake for 45 min, check if cooked (should be), then take foil off and bake for another 15 minutes or till nice and brown

 

Beetroot, Celery & Orange Soup w Dill & Garlic Cream

Beetroot, Celery & Orange Soup w Dill & Garlic Cream
Perfectly balanced, you can taste the celery, and you can taste the beetroot without the celery being overbearing. But what finishes it is the orange zest and the dill & garlic cream, they are great flavour additions :-)
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Serves: 5-6
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You need
  • 2 medium beetroots, chopped
  • 1 large stalks of celery (I used 3 really thin ones from the garden), chopped
  • 1 medium potato, chopped
  • 2 tbsp of vegetable stock powder
  • 1.5 liters water (or omit stock powder and use vegetable stock)
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • a few cloves of garlic, chopped
  • ½ large onion, chopped or sliced
  • juice and pulp of 1 orange
  • zest of oranges, 1 tsp per serve
  • 1 tsp of Himalayan rock salt
  • a generous grind of pepper
  • a dash of oil
For the Dill & Garlic cream:
  • half a cup of Cashew Cream
  • 2 tsp of dried dill
  • juice of 1 small lemon
  • zest of ½ lemon
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste
To do
  1. heat the oil in a large pan, add chopped garlic and onion and stir fry for a minute
  2. add chopped vegetables, stir fry for a few minutes
  3. add water and stock powder
  4. add orange juice & pulp and coriander seeds
  5. boil till vegetables are soft
  6. blend the soup, taste and add salt & pepper as you like
  7. you could either serve the cream on the side for people to help themselves, or place a nice dollop in the middle (or draw a stickman)
  8. just before you serve, top with a teaspoon of orange zest per bowl