My Top 5 Vegan Snacks

Hi guys! I am going to share my top 5 vegan snacks (and sorry I don’t have photos of them) below. Let me know if theyre your favourite too!

  1. Hippeas. Cheese & love flavour. You can buy them in Holland & Barratt for £1.19 for a small snack size bag or get a large bag (my personal fave) from Asda for £1.99! They are actually really cheesey tasting and I find I do miss cheese flavoured things… (not necessarily cheese though! Weird).
  2. Dark Chocolate Coated Ginger. From Holland & Barratt you can buy little nuggets of dark chocolate crystallised ginger. We love them!! Good to settle your tummy too. They cost £2.69 for 250g bag. We snack on these a few nuggets at a time after dinner then fold the packet up and put them away! Theyre quite fiery so doubt you could eat the whole pack in one sitting.
  3. Smoothies. For a morning snack that is a bit healthier, I whizz up banana, spinach, almond butter, almond milk, oats, a squeeze of agave and chia seeds. I always feel like its a great start to my day and since being vegan we have had a lot more smoothies! Its a sure fire way to make sure you get raw goodness in your bodies quick! Delicious too.
  4. Oreo’s. These are always a good idea in a vegan’s world! Crush them to make a base for a sweet pie, crumble over nice cream or simply finish the whole pack in one! Oops! Asda are selling them for 50p. Can’t go wrong with that.
  5. Nuts. Our cupboard always has an endless supply of nuts and dried fruit so I tend to make granola out of it. See my Easy Granola recipe for more! I shop in Grapetree and H&B for big bags of nuts.

So I hope these inspire you a bit and even if you are not vegan… you never know you might accidentally be eating vegan more than you think.

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Easy Granola

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Toasted coconut flakes
  • 2 cups Oats
  • 1 cup Chopped pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1 cup Chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup Chopped pecans
  • 1 tbsp Ground almonds
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp veg oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Sprinkle of ground cinnamon
  • Sprinkle of ground nutmeg

 

Method:

  1. Pour the oil, syrup and extract into a mixing bowl.
  2. Tip in the dry ingredients except for the dates, coconut and spices and stir well.
  3. Pour mixture onto baking tray and spread evenly. Bake for 15 mins.
  4. Then add coconut, dates and spices and mix. Bake for another 10-15 mins.
  5. Your house will start to smell amazing by now, then take out and enjoy topped onto smoothie or yoghurt.

Coconut bacon!

Coconut bacon bits

What you need:

  • Coconut chips (I use Urban Fruit)
  • A good glug of liquid smoke (mine is from Waitrose)
  • Drizzle of maple syrup (optional)

Method:

  1. Turn oven to 180 degrees fan.
  2. Lay the coconut chips on a lined baking tray and spread evenly.
  3. Shake over the liquid smoke and maple and get your hands stuck in! Make sure every chip is covered.
  4. Bake for 15 mins or until golden and crunchy.
  5. Flake over any dish to make it truly luxurious! You won’t miss real bacon that’s for sure!

Easy as pie!

Top things to do with the mighty chickpea!

Aside from the fact that I am loving the word ‘aquafaba’ at the moment, which is the water or juice in canned chickpeas… the actual chickpea is extremely versatile, a part of a vegans staple diet and just all round good for you. See some ideas below for what you can do with a can of mighty chickpeas.

– Chickpea, carrot and courgette fritters: Great for a snack and really easy to whip up! I serve mine with a generous amount of houmous (which takes me to my next point). Check it out from my ‘recipes’ section.

Houmous: There are loads if varieties of houmous/hummus/houmus or however you want to spell it. Whip up a couple of cans of chickpeas in a blender with some tahini, garlic, olive oil and herbs and you have a simple houmous to have with literally everything and anything.

– Spicy chickpea korma: Chickpeas really bulk out a veggie or vegan curry and give max flavout too. Use 1 can of washed chickpeas to make this curry found in my ‘recipes’ section and let me know what you think!

I hope I have inspired you a bit to enjoy a veggie starter, accompaniment or meal one day. Leave a comment or let me know somehow what you think!

Vegan Breakfast Ideas

I have been having similar breakfasts during the working week since I went vegan in January, BUT I wanted to share a couple of other ideas (for work and on weekends) for those who are interested:

Peanut Overnight Oats (serves 1)

Ingredients:

1 cup oats

1 cup dairy free milk alternative

1 tsp crunchy peanut butter

1 tsp (homemade) jam

1 tsp chia seeds

Method:

Mix everything together in a jar and leave in the fridge overnight. Enjoy the next morning. If it looks too stodgy then add a bit more milk!

 

Vegan Cooked Brekkie (serves 4)

Ingredients:

250g white mushrooms, halved

1 massive avocado

200g cherry tomatoes, halved

bread of your choice, sliced

2 cans baked beans

200g falafel (enough for 3 or 4 each)

Method:

  1. Start roasting the cherry tomatoes in a fan assisted oven at 180C, then pop in the falafel to warm through too.
  2. Add the chopped mushrooms to a frying pan with spraying oil and keep frying until golden.
  3. Add the bread slices to the toaster (make sure you time everything well!)
  4. Empty baked beans into a microwaveable bowl and blitz for 3 or 4 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, slice the avocado and plate up.
  6. Plate everything up altogether and enjoy!

 

Blueberry French Toast (serves 2)

Ingredients:

2 slices of white bread

1.5 tbsp. maple syrup

75g blueberries

1/2 tsp cinnamon

50ml dairy free alternative milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp golden caster sugar

grapeseed oil for frying

Method:

  1. Slowly heat maple syrup and blueberries in a frying pan. This should start to thicken up.
  2. Mix the milk, cinnamon and vanilla in a small bowl.
  3. Dip a slice of bread into the milky mixture, shake off excess and fry the bread in a new frying pan with the grapeseed oil. Until both sides and golden.
  4. Spoon over the blueberry mixture and enjoy warm!

 

Banana & Peanut Butter Bagel (serves 1)

Ingredients:

Plain bagel/or bagel of your choice, halved

1 tbsp. crunchy peanut butter

1 tsp chia seeds

1 ripe banana, mashed

Method:

  1. Quite simply, toast both sides of the bagel and spoon over the peanut butter and sprinkle with chia seeds.
  2. Top with the mashed banana.

The BEST vegan dishes!

Vegan Pad Thai & Thai green curry

Not too long ago I bought and cooked with my first pack of tofu! Diced it up in this Thai green curry and cooked a Pad Thai alongside. Perfect! Thai flavours and smells feel like home to me, no idea why!

Pad Thai

Ingredients:

4 tbsp. Thai green paste

3 tbsp. vegetable oil

2 crushed garlic cloves

1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped

1 thinly slices red onion

2 tbsp. soy sauce

Juice of 1 lime

Handful of spring onions

Handful of chopped peanuts

100g cooked rice noodles

 

Method:

  1. Fry off the garlic, chilli and red onion (adding a little more oil if necessary) and fry for 3-4 minutes, or until the onion is tender.
  2. Pour over the soy sauce and the lime juice, then stir this for just a few seconds before adding the noodles, toss them around for 2-3 minutes, or until the noodles are heated through.
  3. Mix in half the peanuts and spring onions and serve the rest on top.IMG_20180121_180704_371

 

Thai green curry

Ingredients:

Tofu (enough for 2)

2 tbsp. soy sauce

a bunch of green beans (I used frozen)

1 red pepper

Handful of frozen peas

Handful of frozen sweetcorn

1-2 tbsp. vegetable oil

2 tbsp. thai paste

1 red onion, chopped

1 green chilli, deseeded and chopped

3 crushed garlic cloves

1 x 400ml coconut cream

1 courgette, in thin slices

Juice of 1 lime

2 chopped spring onions

 

Method:

  1. Drain the tofu, wrap in kitchen paper to remove excess water for 20 minutes, cut into 1 cm pieces and place in the soy sauce to marinate.

2. Bring a pan of water to the boil and add the green beans, peas and sweetcorn for a minute.

3. Heat the oil in a wok, add the green Thai curry paste and cook for 2 minutes stirring frequently. Add in onion, peppers, garlic and chilli.

4. Add the tofu, stir lightly until coated with the curry paste then cook for a further 2 minutes.

5. Pour in the coconut cream, bring to a simmer, then add the green beans, peas and sweetcorn. Cook over a medium heat for 4-5 minutes then add sone of the spring onion. Simmer once again for a minute then lastly tip in the fresh lime juice.

6. Serve with the rest of the spring onions.

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Day 7 of Veganuary

Cooked a yummy vegan (spicy) korma for tonight’s dinner full of nutrients, I know it will fill us up until breakfast tomorrow! Served with brown rice – recipe below.

After 7 days, both of us thought we would be feeling weak, starving hungry and need of some meat but this is definitely not the case! I feel more awake when I finish with work every day, weekends are more productive and mentally I feel so much better for it that we have done this all without ANY animal products!

I would say about 75% of people both Alex and I have told, are all negative (naive). You DON’T ‘just need meat to survive’ and animals are NOT ‘bred just to be eaten’. These are a couple of the comments we have received. We are getting more protein than when we were on a ‘meat’ diet and with supplements probably more B12 than before too! Brilliant!

I think we could give veganism a real go after #Veganuary?!.. thoughts?

Anyway keep your eyes peeled for more recipes and follow me on instagram for daily food updates.

Ingredients:

3 small sweet potatoes

2 lumps of frozen spinach

1 can of chickpeas (drained and washed)

400g can of chopped tomatoes

1 handful of frozen green beans

half a red onion, chopped

1 orange pepper

1 cup of brown rice to serve

Method:

  1. Boil the chopped and peeled sweet potatoes in with the green beans.
  2. Oil a frying pan, and throw in the diced onion and peppers. Once sweated down, pour in the chickpeas and chopped tomatoes. Bring to the boil then simmer in half a teaspoon of hot chilli powder, 2 teaspoons of mild curry powder and 2 teaspoons of nutritional yeast.
  3. Add in 2 minced garlic cloves and let simmer. Meanwhile the rice is on boil.
  4. Add in frozen spinach to the curry sauce.
  5. When sweet potatoes/green beans are nearly done, drain and put in with the curry sauce mixture altogether. Keep stirring and then add in Alpro coconut cream until it suits your taste.
  6. Serve with the rice and ENJOY! You won’t be hungry for aaaages!