Little treats · Recipes

Chocolate Chickpea Cookies

Chocolate Chickpea Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 tin of chickpeas drained
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 160 g peanut butter
  • 80 ml male syrup
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pack of dark chocolate chips (several own brands are vegan)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 6/180c.
  • Put everything except the chocolate in to a blender and blend! You want it to be fairly smooth.
  • Add in the chocolate and stir through.
  • Scoop out small table spoon sized balls and place on a lined tray. Flatten slightly with a fork.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Eat warm!

Tips and Cheats

These little bites are so yummy warm from the oven. They go a bit stodgy when cold so I like to heat them back up before eating. They freeze really well but freeze the mix rather than the cookies! You can use crunchy or smooth peanut butter and if you can’t have peanuts then you can use almond butter or another nut butter as a substitute.

Recipes · Uncategorized · Week Night Winners

Cowboy Casserole

Cowboy Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 onions sliced
  • 1 tin baked beans
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tin butter beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 tin kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 tin cannellini beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 2 tbsp brown sauce
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 vegetable stock cube and 300ml water

Method

  • Saute the onions in a pan until they are soft (about 10 minutes).
  • Add in all the other ingredients and stir well.
  • Cook on a low heat for 1 hour stirring frequently so that nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan.
  • Serve with fluffy mash potato or crusty bread or even some shroomdogs!

Tips and Cheats

I made this in my food technology exam at 16, back then I finished it off with some grilled fresh tomatoes but it really doesn’t need them. If you don’t have Dijon you can use English or American mustard just alter the quantity to taste as it is often stronger. The dish does make quite a lot but it is easy to freeze.

Recipes · Soups and lunches

Leek and Potato Soup

Leak and potato soup with homemade soda bread

Ingredients

  • 2 leeks sliced
  • 2 potatoes in chopped in to chunks
  • 700 ml veg stock

Method

  • Put all the ingredients in to a large pan and bring to the boil.
  • Simmer on a low heat for 45 minutes until the potato is soft
  • Blend until smooth
  • Enjoy!

Tips and Cheats

Quite possibly the easiest meal I can cook. It is so lazy and easy but always tastes good. You don’t even have to peal the potatoes! If you have a little vegan cream you can drizzle some on at the end. You will need a good sprinkle of salt too again I do this to taste as I don’t add it to the children’s soup.

Recipes · Soups and lunches

‘Egg’ Sandwich

Delicious ‘egg’ sandwich

Ingredients

  • 1 tin of chickpeas drained
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp vegan mayonnaise
  • Bread of choice
  • Iceberg lettuce

Method

  • In a bowl mash the chickpeas, I like to leave a few chunky bits
  • Add in the mustard, mayonnaise and some salt to taste
  • Slice your bread (or use sliced) and layer up the chickpea mix and the lettuce
  • Enjoy!

Tips and Cheats

I could eat an entire tins worth of this although the mix should easily serve 2. You can spice it up with some spring onions or even use spinach, cucumber and tomato in the sandwich as well. I love the crunch of iceberg but you can use whatever you like.

Recipes · Soups and lunches · Waste Not Want Not

Carrot Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 onions sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 5 cups carrots sliced
  • Handful fresh parsley
  • Small handful of fresh thyme (or tablespoon of dried thyme)
  • 700ml vegetable stock

Method

  • Put the onion in a pan and saute it off for 5 minutes in a little oil.
  • Chuck in the rest of the ingredients and bring to the boil.
  • Simmer for an hour on a low heat.
  • Blend the soup and serve!

Tips and Cheats

This soup is so easy. It really is a chuck in the pan and cook one! If you haven’t got fresh herbs add in some dried. You can swap out the thyme and parsley for some coriander. If using dried coriander add it in with the pinions and cook it off a little. It is a lovely sweet soup so does need salt. I don’t add salt and pepper to my recipes as I loathe black pepper and don’t use much salt as I have children.

Sweets

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Ingredients

  • 250g self raising flour
  • 150g sugar
  • 70ml vegetable oil
  • 210ml dairy free milk
  • Rind of 2 lemons
  • 5 tsp lemon juice (I use the bottled stuff)
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 100g icing sugar

Method

  • Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 5/ 180c
  • Put the flour, sugar, oil, milk, lemon rind and 5 tsp of lemon juice into a mix bowl and beat to a smooth batter.
  • Pour in to a lined and greased round tin, I use a 7 inch loose bottomed tin but to be honest any tin will do!
  • Put the cake into the oven for 50 minutes. (If you use a bigger tin cook for less time) when you prick with a knife the knife should come out clean.
  • Whilst the cake cooks mix the juice of the two lemons with the icing sugar.
  • Once the cake comes out of the oven pour over half of the lemon and sugar mix. Wait five minutes then pour on the other half.
  • Allow it to cool in the tin.

Tips and Cheats

Don’t worry if you have no lemons and just a bottle of juice. You can omit the rind! I like the flavour and texture it gives but it works without it. You can make it as cupcakes (cook for 15 minutes) or you can cook as a tray bake (30 minutes). It is lovely warm with some plant based cream on top too!

Breakfasts · Recipes

Fluffy Pancakes

Fluffy Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 250g self raising flour
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • good pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 300ml dairy free milk

Method

  • Whisk all the ingredients together until they make a smooth batter
  • Heat some oil in a frying pan
  • Spoon a good dollop of the mixture in to the pan and watch it fluff up. It works best on a medium heat
  • Flip the pancake and brown off the other side.
  • Serve hot with your favourite toppings.
  • The mix makes about 16-20 depending on the size!

Tips and Cheats

You can go to town with these pancakes! Serve them with maple syrup and banana or with sugar and lemon juice or even chocolate spread! If you want them extra special throw in a cup of blueberries before you cook them. A perfect weekend breakfast.