Ultimate Vegan Chilli

Trying to think of a word to describe this chilli and luxurious comes to mind. Granted, there are quite a few ingredients, a couple that are optional, but it is still super easy to make and I guarantee everyone will enjoy it. I’ve used my Kenwood Multipro Sense food processor fitted with the thick grate blade to produce mushroom mince. This mince is a staple in a lot of my recipes and it adds flavour but also a real meatiness and bite. I’ve also added lentils for the same reason and I’ve added roasted red peppers that really set this dish off. You can of course keep it more traditional with just the beans but I think you’ll be glad of the extra punch created by these additional ingredients.

This recipe makes a large pot that serves 6 to 8 people but I like to let it cool and separate it into portions for the freezer.

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What you’ll need: (serves 6-8):

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 400g chestnut mushrooms
  • 2 roasted red peppers chopped, from a jar is fine or click here for how to roast yourself
  • 4 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 1 stick of celery, stringy bits removed and cut into 1cm pieces
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground corriander
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp chilli powder (depends on how hot you like it)
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 500g of passata
  • 2 tins of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tin of lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 500g of sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite sized chunks
  • a small bunch of fresh corriander
  • oil for roasted and frying

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Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, place just over 1 tablespoon of oil in a baking tray. Add the sweet potatoes to the tray and toss them in the oil. Place them in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes or until soft.
  2. Meanwhile add the thick cut grating blade to your Kenwood Multipro Sense food processor and grate the mushrooms to create the mushroom meat. Add a little oil to a pan and cook the mushrooms, stirring well.
  3. In a larger pan add about 1 tablespoon of oil and place over a medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent before adding the garlic and celery. Cook for a further 3 minutes.
  4. Add all of the dried spices to the onions and stir well. Cook them for about 2 minutes to release the oils and aromatics.
  5. Add the tinned tomatoes first and mix well with the spice mix, when you’re happy that everything has been evenly mixed add the passata and stir through before adding the beans, lentils and red peppers and mushroom mince.
  6. When the sweet potatoes are ready add them to the pot.
  7. Served with fragrant rice, some avocado, a wedge of lime and top with some fresh corriander.

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Tanya x

Oven Roasted Vegan Keto Risotto

This recipe is super easy to make, it’s a one pot wonder so very little cleaning up required. It is also vegan, keto, low cal and low carb and most of all it is packed with delicious flavours. Inspired by a Hugh Fearnley Whittingstal recipe, I’ve made it my own and have swapped out rice for cauliflower. Light as this meal may be it is wholesome so you’ll be left satisfied. The recipe serves 4 but it will last in the fridge for up to three days so it is just as tasty when reheated on a hot pan and have all to yourself.

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I used my Kenwood Food Processor to slice the mushrooms and create the cauliflower rice. My Kenwood machine makes light of these tasks and is the most used machine in my kitchen.

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What you’ll need: (serves 4)

  • 5 large banana shallots or 300g
  • 2Tbls sunflower oil
  • 3 to 4 sprigs of thyme, leaves only
  • 400g chestnut mushrooms
  • 600g cauliflower, cut into medium sized florets
  • 3 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 1Tbls balsamic vinegar
  • 350ml of veg stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Top and tail the shallots and cut into quarters, length ways. Then cut across the segments into halves, giving you 8 pieces. Add the oil to an oven tray followed by the shallot pieces and toss them well making sure they are coated in the oil. Season with salt and pepper and place the tray in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, turning once or twice.
  2. Attach the thick slice blade to your Kenwood food processor, the lid and place the mushrooms into the funnel on their side. Switch to number 1 to slice mushrooms. Repeat until all of the mushrooms have been sliced. Set aside.
  3. Once the mushrooms have been removed from the processor flip the blade to reveal the thick grater blade. Fill the funnel with cauliflower florets and turn to number 1 to grate the cauliflower. Repeat until all of the cauliflower has been grated. This creates a rice-like texture. Set aside.
  4. After 30 minutes remove the baking tray with the shallots from the oven, add the garlic, balsamic vinegar and mushrooms. Toss well making sure to coat the mushrooms in all of the juices from the tray. Return to the oven for 15 minutes, turning once.
  5. Once the mushrooms have cooked remove the tray from the oven again. Add the cauliflower rice to the tray and stir very well, coating it in all of the delicious flavours from the tray. At this stage the onions and mushrooms will have caramelised so the tray will be packed with flavour. Add the stock and stir again. Return to the oven and cook for about 15 minutes, until the cauliflower has softened and browned a little.

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Savoury Chickpea Sandwich

Sandwiches are the handiest thing sometimes to bring with you when you know you’ll be out for a while and there may not be too many vegan options for you. Coming up with vegan sandwich fillings is something that I struggle with a little. I want something that’s quick and easy and tastes good. Wraps are great but sometimes I just want to sink my teeth into an actual sandwich, great tasting filling inside two slices of delicious bread. This one is a winner and you can just double the ingredients for extra sandwiches.

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What you’ll need: (serves 2)

  • 1/2 can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 and avocado
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1/4 red onion, very finely diced
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1.  Simple mash all of the ingredients together in a bowl and build your sandwich with some greens and whatever other fillings you like. Simples!

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Marinated Tofu and Oyster Mushroom Burger

I’m getting a real taste for tofu these days. It wasn’t something that I enjoyed a lot before but with an amazing Asian market just a ten minute drive from my home there are endless options for me, tofu being one. I always only buy the organic firm stuff, its easier to cut and tastes great. It also holds it’s shape really well for recipes like this.

I wasn’t going to write-up a recipe for this as I thought it too simple but it’s BBQ season and lately I’ve had a lot of emails from people new to a plant based diet asking what I might suggest to them for a BBQ. Top of my list of ingredients will always be the mushroom, oyster mushrooms being my favourite. If you have an Asian market close to your home, pop in and have a look. There are far more options available plus you’ll save money as often, these exotic shrooms are pretty pricey in the regular super market.

Check out my recipe for Burnt Aubergine Burger Sauce, it’ll go really well with this!

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What you’ll need: (serves 2)

  • 1 packet of firm tofu, the packet I buy contains two square blocks.
  • 8 oyster mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • A small piece of ginger, about half a thumb
  • 4 tablespoons of tamari
  • red onion, greens and sauce to serve
  • 2 burger buns

Click HERE for the burger sauce recipe featured in the image below.

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Method:

  1. Carefully cut each tofu block into three pieces, about 1cm wide. Add the tamari to a bowl and grate in the clove of garlic and ginger and stir to mix. Place the tofu in the bowl and cover with the liquid. Set aside to marinate.
  2. Heat a little of the sesame oil in a hot wok. Once it is hot enough add in the oyster mushrooms. You’ll need to toss them regularly as to get a crispy texture they need to be cooked on a high heat. When they are almost done add in a splash of the marinade juices. Set aside.
  3. You can use the same wok or pan for the tofu to save cleaning up but I prefer to use a griddle pan to get nice markings of the tofu. Heat the pan on a high heat. Remove the tofu pieces from the bowl and shake off the excess liquid. Brush them lightly with some sesame oil and add to the pan. Cook for a couple of minutes on each side. Remove when tofu is warmed through and almost crispy on the outside.
  4. Layer up your burger buns with some sauce, tofu, onion and green and top it all off with the crispy oyster mushrooms.

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Pea and Pistachio Pesto

I’m a sucker for a big bowl of pasta pesto, but it’s been so long since I’ve had any that I was working up a serious appetite for it. I’m also a HUGE fan of petit pois peas, they’re so tiny and sweet and they make a great snack with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt. Combine the two, pesto and peas, with some pasta and you’ve got yourself a deliciously fresh and sweat plate of food that takes only a couple of minutes to prepare. Even better if you add in some toasted pistachios. A perfect dish for summer.

I shared this meal with my grandmother who’s a massive fan of my food. She’s 89 years of age and although she’s a country woman who grew up with a meat and two veg diet she’s a big fan of vegan food. A lot of the props that I use in my photos have been given to me by my grandmother. The fork and spoon in the featured image are the last few remaining from a cutlery set given to her as a wedding present. She had three of each left and gave me two of each, she’s been a huge influence on my life, especially inside the kitchen. This one’s for my Nan.

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What you’ll need: (serves 4-6 for pesto and 2 for pasta)

  • 1 cup of frozen petit pois peas (garden peas will do also)
  • Extra peas for serving
  • 1/2 cup of pistachio nuts
  • 1 handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 7-8 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • some salt for seasoning
  • 300g linguine
  • juice of half a lemon
  • sundried tomatoes, optional

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Method:

  1. Bring a kettle of water to the boil. Place nuts in a pan over a medium heat and toast for a couple of minutes, tossing every 30 seconds or so. Set to the side to cool. When the water has boiled pour over the peas to defrost. If using sundried tomatoes you can cover them with hot water too to soften them a little.
  2. Add the rest of the water to a large pan, add salt and pasta and cook pasta until a little less cooked than al dente. Strain the pasta keeping one cup of the cooking water to the side. This should be done every time you make a dish like this, as the pasta will continue to cook in the pesto and the cooking water is more starchy, giving more substance to the dish.
  3. Strain the peas and add to a food processor, keeping enough aside for serving. Add the basil, cooked nuts, chopped garlic clove, and a pinch of salt. Blend on medium power for a more corse pesto. Slowly add the oil to the mix until you’re happy with the consistency.
  4. Add a couple of tablespoons of the pesto to a large pan, followed by the pasta. Add a little of the cooking water and mix well. Continue to cook the pasta until it is ready; it should still be al dente, if your pasta is soft then it’s overcooked.
  5. Top with the extra peas and finish with a drizzle of fresh lemon juice.

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Cheesy Hassleback Potatoes

I love these little Swedish delights, especially at this time of the year when the potato is new. They make a super crunchy side dish but they also work great as a canapé and they look incredible. I like to use a waxy baby potato as they hold their shape more and they are easier to cut. The longer, or more oval the better. The trick is to use a very sharp knife and make very thin cuts to the potato. I’ve made wider incisions to my spuds here as I wanted to create some more space in between for a cheese filling. You can even enjoy these cold the next day or why not pop one into your lunch box for a midday snack.

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What you’ll need: (serves 4-6)

  • 16 oval baby potatoes, skin on and washed
  • 2 cloves of garlic (these will flavour the potatoes when boiling)
  • 1 cup of grated vegan cheese, I’ve used Violife cheddar
  • Bunch of chives, chopped
  • Sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons of oil for roasting

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Method:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add some salt and the two cloves of garlic.
  2. Take a sharp knife and cut into the skin of each of the potatoes, just one line. This will prevent the skin from bursting in the hot water. Add the spuds to the water and cook for about ten minutes.
  3. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 200°C. Pour the oil into an oven tray and place in the oven. Strain the potatoes and set aside to cool a little.
  4. When cooled enough to handle, place one of the potatoes onto a desert spoon. Using a very sharp knife cut down as far as the spoon laving 4mm space between each cut. Repeat the process for all of the potatoes.
  5. Remove the oven tray from the oven and place over a medium heat on the hob. Carefully place each potato into the tray and spoon over some of the hot oil, making sure each of the potatoes has been covered well with oil. Sprinkle over some sea salt and return to the oven for about 40 minutes.
  6. Once cooked, remove the potatoes from the oven, sprinkle over some grated cheese and return to the oven for about 3 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  7. Carefully remove the potatoes and sprinkle over some freshly chopped chives.

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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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