Quinoa and Bean Stuffed Sweet Red Peppers with Cream Cheese

Quinoa has become my staple grain, that and millet. It’s very rare now that I have rice, only the odd time if I’m out. I always cook quinoa with a couple of cloves of garlic or some stock as the natural flavour is not one that I’m too fond of. Once cooked in some stock it’s a whole new ball game.

These ….. red peppers are deliciously sweet and are at their best when roasted. They work great in salads or as toppings for pizza, stuffed with some quinoa and veggies and then you’ve got a meal in itself. I always make extra to have for lunch the next day and it’s so delicious cold.

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What you’ll need: (serves 4)

  • 200g quinoa
  • 4 … peppers
  • 1 small red onion, very finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 400g tin of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 large handfulls of baby leaf spinach, chopped
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of vegan basil pesto
  • Violife Hot Peppers Cream cheese (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to season

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Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Put the coconut oil in an oven tray and place inside the oven to heat through.
  2. Trim the top off the peppers and try to remove as much of the pith from the inside as possible without splitting the pepper (the pith is the white spine-like parts that run down the inside). Wash well.
  3. When heated through remove the tray with the oil from the oven. Place the peppers in the tray and spoon over with oil. Place the tray back in the oven and cook for 15mins, or until the peppers begin to soften.
  4. Meanwhile cook the quinoa in veg stock according to the packet instructions. Once cooked pour the quinoa into a bowl. Add the onion, kidney beans, spinach, pesto and lemon juice and mix well. Season to your taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Once the peppers have softened remove from the oven and place onto a cold plate to cool a little. Once they have cooled enough to handle begin stuffing them. The ends are quite narrow so you will need to push the quinoa stuffing down with the top of a spoon. Continue to fill the peppers until they are full. Return to the oven and continue to cook for another 20 minutes or until they start to blacken a little on the outside.
  6. Serve with some vegan cream cheese and some more spinach.

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Curried Pumpkin and Red Lentil Soup

This soup is a hug in a bowl, it’s packed with goodness and tastes incredible. The curry powder adds warmth and by keeping it chunky this soup is a meal in itself, perfect for bringing to work for lunch as it doesn’t spill easily. You could choose to add more stock and blend it fully to create a lighter soup that’s more of a snack or a starter, it will also serve more this way, but I love it chunky.

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What you’ll need: (serves 6)

  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil for frying and another 1 tablespoon for roasting
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of curry powder
  • 1 ltr of veg stock
  • 1/2 small pumpkin cut into 2cm x 2cm cubes (you can use the other half in a tagine, click here for the recipe)
  • 200g red lentil

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 Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Put 1 tablespoon of coconut oil into an oven tray and place in the oven. Once the oil has melted and is hot remove the tray and add the squash. Gently move the squash around the tray to evenly coat in the oil. Roast for 20 minutes, turning once.
  2. Rinse the lentils with cold water and set to the side. Heat the remaining oil in a large pan and add the onions. Cook until translucent and stir occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for a further five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the curry powder and the spices and stir for about 2 minutes until all of the aromas have been released. Add the lentils followed by 1litre of veg stock.
  4. Bring to the boil, cover and reduce to a simmer, cooking for about 30 minutes or until the lentils are cooked.
  5. Remove the pumpkin from the oven and add half of it to the lentil mix. Stir in and roughly blend, you don’t want a smooth texture. If you need to add a little more liquid at this point do so a little at a time.
  6. Serve in bowls and top with some more of the pumpkin cubes.

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Warming Broccoli and Bean Soup with a Lemon and Garlic Tahini Sauce

Wow the temperature has dropped here in Dublin but the problem is that one day it’ll be freezing cold and the next mild and pleasant. It’s this kind of fluctuation in temperatures that is spreading colds like wildfire so I’m dead set on not being afflicted by a dreaded winter cold. I’m a big fan of ginger and its flavours but ginger also offers medicinal properties to help fight off colds and flu. This soup is packed with healing and immune boosting ingredients, we’ve got garlic, onion, turmeric and of course the vitamin rich broccoli.

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Apart from this soup being super good for you it is also incredibly tasty. My favourite ways to eat broccoli are stir-fried in some sesame oil and garlic like my Chinese Garlic Broccoli  or in a soup. I remember the first time I tried it in a soup, all I added was onion and garlic, some salt and pepper and the flavours astounded me. This soup has a little more flavour from the spices and it tastes as good as it looks.

What you’ll need for the soup: Serves 4-6

  • 1 large head of broccoli including stems
  • 2 small onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • About 1cm x 3 cm piece of ginger, a little more if you’re a big ginger fan
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
  • 1 litre of veg stock
  • 1 x 400g can of butter beans (any white bean will do)
  • Salt to taste

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What you’ll need for the lemon tahini sauce:

  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 2 heaped tablespoons of good quality tahini
  • The juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons of water (a little more if your tahini paste is thick)
  • Black pepper and salt to taste

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Method for the soup:

  1. Melt the coconut oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent. Add the ginger and garlic and continue to cook on a low heat for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the spices and stir them in, cook through for a minute or two.
  3. Cut the broccoli into florets about 1 inch in size. Remove any rough parts from the stems and cut into 2cm cubes, add to the pan along with a cup full of stock. When the broccoli had turned bright green add the beans and the rest of the stock. Bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer for five minutes.
  4. Using a food processor or a hand-held blender blend into a soup.

Method for the Tahini sauce:

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and mix. Taste and add more salt, pepper or lemon as required. Add more water if needed, consistency should be like a thick cream.

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Weekend Breakfast Bap

I’m calling this a weekend breakfast bap because it’s a rare occasion when I’ll have time to prepare something like this for breakfast during the week, however I did keep an extra one in the fridge for my lunch today and its al I can think about right now. This makes a great lunch and you make make a day ahead and keep it in the fridge.

All of the elements of this giant sandwich come together perfectly for a real treat. The scrambled tofu with the crispy fried shrooms topped off with some vegan mayo, oh I wish every day was the weekend.

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What you’ll need: (makes 4)

  • 250g of firm tofu
  • 1 clove of garlic minced or grated
  • 3 to 4 pinches of ras al hanout (optional but gives great flavour)
  • a pinch of turmeric, just enough to colour the tofu
  • 250 oyster mushrooms
  • tamari (just a splash)
  • 4 multi seed baps
  • salt to taste
  • oil for cooking
  • 1 Avocado
  • Large beef tomato
  • Green leaves
  • Red onion
  • Follow Your Heart veganaise

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Method:

  1. To scramble the tofu place it in between two plates and place something heavy on the top plate. This will help drain out the excess liquid from the tofu. I never cook tofu without this process.
  2. Pace a wok or large pan over a high heat, add a little oil and crumble in the tofu. Add in the ras al hanout and toss to mix, sprinkle in a little turmeric just to give the tofu a yellowish colour. Reduce the heat and add the garlic and continue to toss to mix well and cook through. Add some salt to taste.
  3. Place another pan over high heat and add a little oil, mushrooms can soak up a lot of oil so it’s a good idea to try to lightly coat them so that you don’t have to keep adding oil. Cook on each side for about 3 minutes or until they are dark and crispy, add a splash of tamari for seasoning.
  4. Lightly toast the baps over an open flame if you have a gas hob, I swear by this method. If not you can use the grill.
  5. To build the bap I like to start with placing the bap on a piece of parchment paper or some foil, add a generous helping of veganaise on both the top and bottom bap half. I’ll then start layering up with some red onion, a thick slice of beef tomato, tofu scramble and then the oyster mushrooms. I’ll top it all off with some creamy avocado and leafy greens. It’s not easy to pile all off these ingredients onto the baps so having parchment paper of foil helps to wrap it up and makes eating it so much easier and well, less sloppy.

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Maple Glazed Peaches on Toast

Things on toast, there are endless possibilities and this sweet and savoury combo is one you’ll want more of. The peaches and maple glaze works great with vegan blue cheese to counteract that yummy sweetness and I’ve added some wild rocket leaves too for added texture and spice.

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What you’ll need: (serves 4)

  • 2 fully ripened peaches
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • Violife blue cheese
  • 1 handful of rocket leaves
  • Sourdough bread
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

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Method:

  1. If your peaches are nicely ripened removing the skin should be easy enough, if they are not fully ripe then blanch them for a couple of minutes in hot water, this will help loosen the skin. If fully ripe cut the peaches first in half, then half each piece again, and again. You will have 8 wedges and then remove the skin.
  2. Add the peaches to a bowl with the maple syrup and using your hands gently mix them making sure each wedge is nicely coated with the maple syrup.
  3. If you have a gas hob use a chef’s tongs and toast the bread over an open flame, this will add so much smokey flavour to the toast. If you don’t heat a griddle pan over a high heat and toast the bread on each side, set aside.
  4. Reduce the heat of the griddle pan to medium and carefully add the peach wedges. Be mindful of the marks the pan will make on each wedge. Placing them at an angle results in nice diagonal lines on the peaches. Cook for a couple of minutes on each side, being very careful when turning them.
  5. Brush the toast with some olive oil and add the peaches, blue cheese and a couple of rocket leaves to each slice.

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Courgette Fetttuccine with Garlic and Lemon

This is a five-minute meal, perfect for when you’re in a hurry. It’s more of a lunch or a snack than a dinner recipe and as it’s light and fresh it’s perfect for when you’re on the go.

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What you’ll need: (serves 2)

  • 2 large courgettes
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • The zest of one lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • pistachio nuts (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

Method: (cook in two batches to hold the shape of the fettuccine)

  1. Trim the ends off the courgettes and cut them in half, length ways. Using a potato peeler carefully peel each of the halves into ribbons.
  2. Add some oil to a large pan and place over a medium heat. Add the garlic to the pan and cook gently for 2 minutes. Add in the lemon zest and stir around the pan. Increase the heat a little and add the fettucine and lemon juice. Toss the ingredients in the pan gently making sure the fettuccine is coated in both the garlic and lemon flavours and is warmed through.
  3. Heat through and plate up. Sprinkle over some toasted pistachio nuts.

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Mushrooms with Garlic, Lemon and Thyme on Toast

If I had only one food to bring with me to a desert island I think it would have to be the mushroom. The umami-packed, meaty shroom comes in many varieties and a lot of them work really well as a meat replacer. All you need is a little salt and some oil and you’ve got yourself the perfect tasty treat. Luckily I did have a few other ingredients in the kitchen when making these shrooms on toast.

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What you’ll need: (serves 2-4)

  • 250g chestnut mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • About 2 teaspoons of thyme leaves plus extra sprigs for garnish
  • Salt
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Sour dough or bread of your choice

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Method:

  1. Grate the garlic into the oil, stir and leave to infuse for a couple of minutes.
  2. If you don’t have a large pan you can cook in batches. Add the garlic oil (with the garlic in it) to a pan and place over a medium heat. Add the mushrooms and thyme to the pan. Toss making sure they are all coated in the oil. When the mushrooms start to release moisture you can increase the heat a little. When they are almost cooked to your liking add a little salt and the lemon juice.
  3. Remove from the pan onto some toasted bread. Sprinkle over some thyme leaves.

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