As an ardent lover of spice one of my all time favourites is chilli. Veganising the dish was unbelievably simple.
All I did was get some soya mince, available through all the supermarkets and health stores and steeped it in boiling water before frying it in lashings of coconut oil, garlic and onions and organic tinned tomatoes and black beans (or kidney). I then seasoned it with pink Himalayan sea salt, ground black pepper, fresh and dried chilli, organic vegetable stock, dry red wine and a handful of sundried tomatoes and here's my little twist of alchemy-a dollop of mustard and a square of vegan dark chocolate. It was already good to go, but I love a little bit of my favourite vegan mayonnaise on the side, 'veganaise' which is so dreamy it's unreal.
Part of the fun & creativity of cooking is adapting to your taste, so use as little or as much of the spice and seasoning as you like and remember that coconut oil is a super food, known to be anti-inflammatory, great for the heart, skin & cardiovascular system.
There we are, an insanely delicious, protein packed meal which nurtures from the inside out. Serve with any rice but my fave is black wild rice and seasonal veg. Enjoy :)
Total prep and cook time 30 mins. A great weekend dish!
Tandorri Seitan & Quinoa
This is a favourite weeknight staple. Here I used seitan cooked in coconut oil and lots of garlic. I added tandoori powder, flaked chilli, sea salt and quick cook quinoa. To add creaminess, I finished with a generous tablespoon of coconut yoghurt, a splash of lemon and sprig of coriander and organic baby tomatoes.
Total prep and cook time 10 minutes. Such a winner! A powerhouse of protein, nutrients, amino acids and insanely mouth-watering. It's great cold for brunch too :)
Crispy Baked Kale
Far from being boring Kale is a versatile & a ridiculously delicious hotbed of nutrients. Vitamin C, folic acid and fibre are just some of the bonuses of this little hero. It makes a great snack when coated with coconut and sesame oil, chilli and garlic, baked in the oven until crisp and snacked on #kalelove
Pan Fried Tofu
Another favourite quickie is smoked tofu. My favourite brands are Waitrose or Wholefoods, but it's all pretty accessible. I pan fried it in sesame oil and garlic and added shiitake mushrooms, soy sauce, baby aubergine and okra on a bed of edamame noodles (Sainsbury) Add plenty of Himalayan or rock salt and black pepper, and you're good to go. Delicious!
Prep time 10 minutes.
Paella - and Whispering Angel ;-)
Now here's my ultimate fave. Paella!! What you need for this is some good quality tofu-I always prefer smoked, Don't worry, you can layer over it with your own flavouring without it being too much.
I basically fry it in coconut oil with garlic and onion while I part boil the paella rice. I boil a pint of vegetable stock and prepare my peppers and fresh tomatoes. Once the rice is partly cooked I throw it in with the tofu, add the stock and vegetables along with turmeric, saffron, paprika, some sneaky chilli, sea salt/pink salt and two glasses of dry white wine and allow it to simmer for twenty minutes. Toward the end, I add some sundried tomatoes, and sometimes I'll add a few capers and voila a perfect Saturday night dish of #veganlove. Goes well with a dry rose!
Tumeric is a bit of a hero, known to be the number one medicinal spice to fight cancer and other nasties- it's always my go-to. I even put a spoon on my tea! Delicious.
Prep time 50 minutes
Classic Toasted Cheese
Who doesn't love Violife vegan cheese melted on rye toast, with a splash of tabasco? It is ridiculously delicious #ditchthedairy
Scrambled Eggs on Toast
Vegan Eggs (Wholefoods & health stores) scrambled in coconut oil with avocado on rye, and a large glass of carrot juice and organic coffee for some liquid ambition! #powerbreakfast! #veganlove #bossbreakfast
It's a Wrap!
Here we've got a medley of peppers, broccoli, black beans and cauliflower, sautéed in a sweet tomato curry and served on chia bread. All of your nutrients in one delicious dish #veganlove #nutrienthit #plantpowered
Prep time 5 minutes
The beginnings of my lasagna. I just used soya mince (vegan quorn is also great) and gluten free pasta sheets. I layered on Violife cheese slices and finished with Violife parmesan. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes, and it's an indulgent, guilt free piece of Sunday deliciousness #whoneedsdairy #veganlove
I made this for friends on a weekend away. It's malaysian curry using smoked tofu, coconut milk, lemongrass, cardamon, garam masala, paprika, curry powder, chilli, garlic, tumeric and coconut yogurt. Garnish with fresh coriander.
Packed full of antioxidants and amino acids it's a super tasty winter warmer #veganlove
Chilli Sin Carne
Chilli Love in progress!
Soya mince or vegan quorn, organic tinned tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, garlic, red onion, sea salt, red wine, stock and a dollop of mustard. Chocolate optional! #veganlove
Don't forget the Violife!! #stockpile
Bangers 'n' Mash
Here's another weekday favourite. Sausage and mash! Here I used tofu sausages which I lightly pan-fried and served with portobello mushrooms baked in chilli, sesame oil and sea salt. Serve with mash and seasonal organic veg. Yum! #veganlove
Prep time 1O minutes
This doesn't need much. Just boil some spirulina or edamame pasta, season with sea salt. Gently toss in coconut oil and melt on some Violife and throw in some baby tomatoes. The perfect weeknight quickie.
You can see how much I love my chilli, lol!. Just as good with spelt pasta for a change #veganlove