Sprouted Chickpea Peanut Butter Hummus

I rarely eat spouted legumes. I know they are really healthy, but they just don’t taste good to me. Marco really doesn’t like them. The first time I used them to make a salad for him to take to work he came home very upset that I would give him something so horrible. So since then I haven’t dared buy them again. However, I saw some chickpeas at the market yesterday and I thought why not give them another chance. I had only tried sprouted mung beans and lentils previously, but never chickpeas. Surely they couldn’t be that bad. We as it turns out they aren’t that bad, but also not that good either.

I was going to use them to make a salad. But I had second thoughts, after trying a few of these crunchy little guys. Instead I tried to make hummus. I used all my tahini earlier this week, so I thought if Nigella can make Peanut Butter hummus then so can I. It did take a while for the chickpeas to break down and all the ingredients to mix well in the processor, but once they did it came together really nicely. Unlike traditional hummus, this one had quite a bit of texture like any nutty dip.  I really liked the flavour. Its a lot different to a cooked chickpea hummus, but just as satisfying.

I paired the hummus with a salad, made from other fresh ingredients I bought from the Brisbane City Market and South Brisbane People’s Market. I usually visit the City Market every Wednesday before and after work. But this was my first visit to the South Brisbane market, during my lunch break today. Silly me didn’t realise that I left my wallet on my desk, so I had to run back up the hill to get my wallet and back down to pay and then back up again to log in my phone in 13 mins. I was determined though so I made it with 3 mins to spare.  I  just couldn’t believe how cheap the food was, especially since it was organic. I’m kicking myself I didn’t buy more. I only got a couple of bunches of kale, 3 zucchini, 4 cucumber and 5 red apples for $7.80. It was cost me triple to buy pesticide ridden week old food from the supermarket.

By the way, only one more sleep till I get the keys to my new house!

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Sprouted Chickpea Peanut Butter Hummus (vegan, raw, gluten free, soy free)

Ingredients:

1 cup sprouted chickpeas

2 garlic cloves (crushed)

3-4 tablespoons peanut butter

3 tablespoons lemon juice

4 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons filtered water

2 tablespoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon sweet hungarian paprika

1 teaspoon ground coriander

sea salt to taste

Method:

1. Place chickpeas into the processor. Blend until they break down a little.

2. Add the remaining ingredients. Continue to blend until smooth and creamy.

*Makes 1 cup

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Raw Chocolate Banana Pudding (gluten free and soy free)

Went dairy free or vegan and thought you would never again enjoy chocolate pudding? Well I did, until I discovered an abundance of vegan chocolate puddings using tofu or avocado. I decided to try it make it myself. I can’t remember where I saw adding banana to make a raw chocolate pudding. I was a bit worried how it would turn out. However it turned out really, really delicious! The banana, avocado, peanut butter and coconut oil really made it creamy and thick. The cacao, cinnamon and sweetener really helped give it that decadent chocolate taste. It had a mild taste of banana, but you would never know there was avocado in here. It was a bit hit with the family. Can’t wait to make it for the mini-Marcos.

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Raw Chocolate Banana Pudding (vegan, raw, gluten free, soy free)

Ingredients:

1 large ripe banana

2 small avocados

1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter

3 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons cacaco

2-3 tablespoons liquid sweetner (I used Sweet Freedom Natural Syrup)

2 tablespoons almond milk

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Method:

1. Combine all the ingredients in the Vitamix/high speed blender. Whiz until smooth.

2. Eat immediately or chill in the fridge till your ready for dessert.

*Serves 3

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Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with a Creamy Turmeric Dressing

Turmeric is so good for you. It’s anti-inflammatory and is packed full of manganese, iron, vitamin B6, fiber and potassium. Scientists believe that Turmeric wards of Alzheimer’s disease, prevents cancer, reduces risk of heart attacks and strokes, flights colds and flu, helps digestion and weight loss and can help people with diabetes. But unless you eat Indian food regularly, you probably don’t include this ingredient in many of your daily meals. This little salad dressing is creamy, raw and can be paired with almost anything. Hope you like it!

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Roasted Sweet potato, Purple Carrot, Red Cabbage, Kale and Spinach Salad with a Creamy Turmeric (vegan, gluten free, soy free, nut free)

Ingredients:

6 small sweet potatoes

olive oil

sea salt to taste

3-4 purple carrots

1/4 red cabbage

2 cups baby/other kale

2 cups baby spinach

1 cup Creamy Turmeric Dressing (below)

1-2 tablespoons roasted black sesame seeds.

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

2. Chop sweet potatoes in round pieces and toss in a mixing bowl with olive oil and sea salt. Then bake for 30 mins or until cooked. Turn once while cooking.

3. Grate the purple carrots and cabbage. Massage the kale with sea salt and chop the baby spinach.

4. Combine all the salad ingredients in a mixing bowl.

5. Serve salad topped with roasted sweet potato, drizzle Creamy Turmeric Dressing and top with some black sesame seeds

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Creamy Turmeric Dressing (vegan, raw, gluten free, soy free, nut free)

Ingredients:

1/2 medium avocado

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon crushed ginger

2 tablespoons turmeric

couple pinches ground cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon agave (more to taste)

4-5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

4 tablespoons filtered water

sea salt to taste

Method:

1. Add in the ingredients in to a processor/mixer. Mix until you have a delicious creamy dressing.

2. Serve topped with black roasted sesame seeds and top on a fresh salad or roasted vegetables.

*About 1 cup

Happy Blogiversary!

Today is Live Blissful’s 1 year Anniversary! I can’t believe my vegan journey has made it this far. A year ago I really didn’t know if I this was something that I could actually do. Although I’m not completely perfect, I have managed for the most part to completely change my diet as well as my reluctant fiance’s.  Now that I have made it a year I know that this is something that I can live by long term. I really want to thank all my fellow bloggers and readers for your encouragement that has kept me going.

Over the past year making the change to vegan has not been completely smooth. Although I have achieved more then I thought I would. I have discover new ingredients and different ways to cook without needing animal products. I have made a conscious effort to buy animal free products. I have also found and sampled many vegan/vegan friendly cafes and restaurants around Brisbane and other Australian cities.

The biggest challenges I  have faced over the past year seem a lot less insignificant now, then when I first began this journey. Unkind comments and awkwardness from family and friends were probably the hardest thing to swallow. But I learned to stop apologizing, because choosing to live a healthy life is not something to be ashamed of. The second biggest challenge was the feeling of despair every time I could not find something to eat in a restaurant. Now I try to make more informed choices when choosing a restaurant. When I have been invited out I try to organize something special with the chef and usually leave feeling happy and satisfied. As for cravings, these have been probably the easiest thing to over come. My tastes have really changed and I don’t really crave the same textures and flavors that I use to.

Another anniversary that I almost forgot about was Marco and my 6 year Anniversary. It actually fell on the 19th, but we both forgot. Now  we are engaged I’m not sure which anniversary we are meant to celebrate. Maybe we will just celebrate all of them. We had a pretty quite weekend. Poor Marco has had work at 4 am. So I wanted to make him some home cooked meals that I know he would like. I was going to also make a cake, but after he found a mysteries  jumbo muffin in my fridge (not sure where that came from), I thought we could both do without.

This breakfast was inspired  by the loads of apples in my fridge crisper. I only usually use green apples for juicing. But my mum keeps buying all these red apples that no one eats. This was surprisingly filling and very creamy. In fact I’m about to have it again for morning tea now.

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Raw Apple Breakfast Pudding (vegan, gluten free, soy free)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup raw cashews

1/2 cup water

1 teaspoon agave (or other natural sweetener)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 apples

1-2 teaspoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons flax seeds

2 teaspoons chia seeds

fresh fruit to garnish

Method:

1. In a high speed blender add the cashews. Once they are starting to break down, then add the water, agave and vanilla extract. Don’t worry if its not really smooth.

2. Roughly grate the apples with the skin on.

3. Add some lemon juice to the grated apples so they don’t go brown and taste fragrant.

4. Combine the apple with the cashew cream. Stir through some flax seeds and chia seeds

5. Serve raw apple pudding with fresh fruit to garnish

*Serves 2

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This stew was inspired by all the leftovers veggies that needed to be used. I cooked up so many organic split kidney beans a few days back and then nobody was there to eat them with me.

I have never done a dumpling topping before. I was just flicking through a Jamie Oliver cook book and saw different stew toppings. I added Cheezly White Cheddar Style, which gave it a really nice savoury flavor. This is something else that I needed to use up. One bad thing about vegan cheeses is that they don’t last many days after opening.

I really loved the dumpling topping. This is definitely something I will make again for my next stew. It tastes so lovely and savory and just as nice as having fresh bread with an oven hot stew.

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Kidney Bean and Vegetable Stew with Cheddar Dumplings Topping (vegan, nut free)

Ingredients for Kidney Bean and Vegetable Stew:

2 tablespoon olive oil

2 large brown onions, diced

2 garlic cloves, diced

1/2 bunch shallots, diced

2 sticks celery, diced

2 carrots, diced

4 baby or 1 red capsicum, diced

1/2 cup white wine

1 teaspoon sweet hungarian paprika

1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)

1 teaspoon lemon thyme leaves

2 bay leaves

2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced

1 can good quality tomato pulp

2 zucchini (diced)

2 cups cooked kidney beans

2 cups vegan chicken liquid stock

sea salt & black pepper to taste

Ingredients for Dumplings:

200 g self raising flour

100 g grated Cheezly White Cheddar Style/vegan cheddar

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced

6-7 tablespoons ice cold water

5 tablespoons Nutellex Lite/vegan butter)

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Method:

1. Heat a large oven proof pot with olive oil. Then add onion and garlic. Cook for 10 minutes and as it starts to brown, add celery and shallots and cook for a further 5 minutes.???????????????????????????????

2. Add carrots, capsicum and white wine. Continue to cook until the wine is absorbed.???????????????????????????????

3. Add the paprika, liquid smoke, lemon thyme, bay leaves and parsley.

4. Saute the vegetables for a couple of minutes, then add the tomato pulp. Continue to cook until the carrots start to soften

5. Add the zucchini, kidney beans, liquid stock, sea salt and black pepper. Bring to the boil, then leave on a simmer for 30 minutes. ???????????????????????????????

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7. Before placing the stew in the oven, prepare the dumplings. In a large mixing bowl add flour, cheddar and parsley. Then add the nutlex and mix it through with your hands. Then add cold water one tablespoon at a time, until it forms a dough.

8. Roll the dough into about 12 balls.

9. Top the stew with the dumplings on the outer edge.

10. Bake for 30 minutes, then serve.

*Serves 6

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Falafel, Tabouli, Pita Pockets…

I have been a bit lazy lately with cooking. I have been eating out a lot more on the weekends. So this weekend I wanted to make something healthy and special. I’ve had this bag of Fava beans for a while now, so I wanted to try making Falafel. I have never made it before, so thought I’d give it ago. The Fava beans took nearly 24 hours to soak, as they are very hard and need time for the skin detach from the skin. It took me nearly an hour to peel the skins off 500 g of them, but the results were worth it.

I decided to bake my Falafel so that they would be a bit more healthier. I also filled the mixture with heaps of fresh herbs from my local Asian market. To go with it I made Wholemeal Flax Seed Pita Pockets,  Lemon Cashew Yoghurt and Kale & Quinoa Tabouli. By the time I got our late lunch on the table it was dinner time, so the whole family got to eat with us. Everyone really liked and had seconds or thirds.

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Wholemeal Flax Seed Pita Bread (vegan, soy free, nut free)

Ingredients:

1.5 cup warm water

2 teaspoons instant yeast

1/2 teaspoon raw sugar

1 teaspoon sea salt

3.5 cups wholemeal flour (more for board)

2 teaspoons ground flax seeds

1 teaspoon olive oil

canola spray oil

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Method:

1. Take 1/4 of warm water and add yeast and sugar. Leave it for 10 mins.DSC06658

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4. Gradually add more the rest of the flour and warm water until you have a dough.

5. Knead the dough for 10-15 mins, until it is nice and elastic.

6. Brush a bowl with olive oil and leave the dough to rise for an hour or more (the longer the better).

7. Divide the dough into 10 balls. Then roll each ball out into a flat circle shape.

8. Heat a pan on high and spray with canola. Place the flat dough onto the pan and cook it till it puffs up. Make sure you turn it regularly so it doesn’t burn. It should only take 1-2 mins per pita.

9. While the pita is still hot, slice it in half.

*Makes 10 Pita Pockets

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Baked Fava bean Falafel (vegan, gluten free, soy free, nut free)

Ingredients:

500g fava beans (soaked 24 hrs, then peeled)

6 garlic cloves

1 brown onion

3 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

1/2 bunch coriander

1/2 bunch dill

1/2 bunch parsley

sea salt & black pepper

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1. After soaking the fava beans, peel off the skin and boil for 30 mins or until softened.

2. Finely chop the garlic, onion and all the herbs.

3. Place the fava beans in a process and make into a paste. Then add all the spices, onion, garlic, herbs and sea salt & pepper to taste.

4. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

5. Make the mixture into balls and place on a nonstick tray. Bake for 20 mins.

*Makes 25-30

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Lemon Cashew ‘Yoghurt’ (vegan, raw, gluten free, soy free)

Ingredients:

1 cup cashews (pre-soaked/raw)

1 cup water

2 garlic cloves

3 tablespoons lemon juice (more to taste)

1 tablespoon olive oil

sea salt to taste

Method:

1. If you haven’t soaked the cashews then boil them for 10 mins.

2. In a Vitamix or high speed blender the cashews. Break them down, then slowly add 1/2 a cup of water. Blend till it becomes creamy.

3. Add garlic, lemon juice and olive oil and blend. If you need add more water to break down into a cream, but not too much, it should be thick.

*Makes 1 cup

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Kale & Quinoa Tabouli (vegan, gluten free, soy free, nut free)

Ingredients:

1.5-2 cups kale, chopped

4 shallots or green onions, chopped

1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped

3 teaspoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 cup cooked quinoa

sea salt to taste

Method:

1. Cook quinoa according to packet instructions. Then strain and allow to cool.

2. Massage the chopped kale with sea salt to break down the fibers.

3. Combine the kale quinoa and all the remaining ingredients and serve.

*Serves 4 as side salad

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Over the weekend we ended up visiting The Green Edge on our way to visit hopefully our future house. I decided to try something different so I ordered the Noodle Bowl. It had soba noodles with twice-cooked pumpkin, served in a soy sauce-miso-shiitake broth. I doesn’t look like much but it was really nice. There was pumpkin all under the noodles as well. The rest of the family had their amazing vegan burgers, chips and salad. This was the first time my mums partner had been there. Of course his response was ‘I can believe its vegan’.

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My new favourite drink at the moment is this Frozen Peach Smoothie. I forgot about all the peaches that I froze a while ago. With the kiwi, banana and milk it tastes just like a peach ice cream.

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Frozen Peach Smoothie (vegan, raw, gluten free, nut free, soy free)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup frozen peaches

1 golden kiwi

1/2 banana

1/2 cup plant milk (coconut, rice or oat; almond or soy if you can tolerate)

Method:

1. Blend in a High speed blender and serve

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Over the weekend I finally tried something else that’s been in my cupboard for a while. Celebrate Health is a new brand that started appearing on supermarket shelves. Their range includes flavoured lentils, quinoa, recipe bases and stock. All their products are Gluten free, Wheat free, Dairy free, Tree nut free, Peanut free, 100% natural and Preservative free. Most are also vegan and Soy free. I had the Indian Marsala Lentil Packet. So I made this with some brown rice and Indian spiced greens. I just followed the packet directions, which were easy to understand. I ended up having to add alot more water, as it dried out quickly. They had more of a bite then I thought they would. Usually when I made red lentils they dissolve a little, but these ones didn’t.

So the verdict? Well they were quite salty and the spices weren’t that strong. They were definitely not as tasty as if I made them from scratch. However, they were quick, convenient and healthy side dish. I think I will definitely try some more of their products for those nights when I am too tired to cook anything fancy.

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Early birthday gift…

Hi all, hope you’ve had a lovely weekend. Mine has been nice and relaxing. I got my early birthday present this week from Mum and Marco. They both put in to get me a Vitamix! So I finally got to try it out last night and have been blending ever since.

Last night I made some cashew cream, which was so lovely and silky. It was much nicer then what my Kenwood blender usually produces, plus it didn’t leak, which was a bonus. I showed my mum, who is also dairy free, but not as strict as me that cashew cream can be used just like cream for pasta. She was amazed. Sorry no photos of the actually pasta, we were so hungry by the time it was ready.

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I’ve only had a week of early mornings but my body clock has already changed which is great. This morning we got up early and went to the Northey Street Organic Markets at Windsor. We haven’t been here since before I went to Europe, which is over a year ago. I was really big on organics back then and am trying to get back into buying organic.

Before we left I made a special morning smoothie, with my garden Tuscan Kale. This is a Chocolate Peanut butter Kale Smoothie. I was delicious! Mum and Marco weren’t keen on the kale for breakfast, but they agreed it was a good way to get the kale in firs thing.

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Chocolate Peanut butter Kale Smoothie (vegan, raw, gluten free, soy free)

Ingredients:

1/2 bunch tuscan kale

3 cups almond milk

2-3 tablespoon peanut butter

2 tablespoons cacao

2 tablespoons chia seeds

2 tablespoons agave or honey

Method:

1. Whiz all the ingredients in your blender until all the kale has broken down and the smoothie is nice and smooth. Then serve.

At the market I didn’t buy too much. Just two bunches of Red Russian Kale ($6 plus free bok choy), daikon, cherry tomatoes and sunflower sprouts. Unfortunately there was no more organic vegan brownies left, so we better be a bit earlier next time. I love these markets there are always so many interesting people and great food.

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I did get to see this in action and it looks like hard work to earn your smoothie.

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I have seen purple carrots but never these golden ones before. Regretting now that I didn’t get any.

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There are also a communal veggie patch here and the grounds are quite nice too.  This is mum and Marco as we are leaving.

For dinner I thought I would try out a few more meals with my new Vitamix. These patties are similar to my Red Lentil Patties with Kale Pesto, but I used cannellini beans and sweet potato puree. I also tried to make my delicious Kale Pesto. As beautiful as it looks, it came out really bitter. I think next time I won’t use the stems. On the side I made this a delicious mash to make use of my green cauliflower and a sunflower sprout salad. So in love with my new Vitamax! So expect to see it around a lot more.

Do any of you guys have one?

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Cannellini Bean & Sweet Potato Patties (vegan, gluten free, soy free, nut free)

Ingredients:

2 medium sweet potatoes

1 tin cannellini beans

1 tablespoons grapeseed/olive oil

1 medium red onion

1 tablespoon cajun spices/other spices you prefer

sea salt to taste

1/2 cup quinoa crumbs (or other gluten free breadcrumbs)

1/2 cup sesame seeds

Method:

1. First cut and steam the sweet potato, until soft. Transfer into a bowl and place to the side.

2. Meanwhile,  preheat oven to 180 degrees  and heat a pan with olive oil. Saute the red onion and garlic for 5 mins or until the onion has softened.

3. All the  sweet potato, cannellini beans, red onion, garlic, cajun spices (or other spices)  and sea salt into the processor. Blend until smooth.

4. Place the mixture into a bowl then add quinoa crumbs and stir through the mixture.

5. Form the mixture into 10 patties. Place the sesame seeds in a small bowl and dust the patties in the sesame seeds.

6. Place patties on a nonstick cookie tray, then bake for 20-25 mins. Turn once while they are cooking so that the seasame seeds on both sides get a little browned.

*Makes 10 patties

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Green Cauliflower, Potato & Leek Mash (vegan, gluten free, soy free, nut free)

Ingredients:

1 small green cauliflower

3 potatoes

1 tablespoon grapeseed or olive oil

2 garlic cloves

1 leek

Method:

1. Cut the cauliflower and potato into small pieces, then place them in a steamer until tender.

2. Dice the garlic and chop the leek.

3. Heat a pan with oil, then saute the garlic and leek for 5 mins or until lightly browned.

4. Place cauliflower, potato, leek and garlic in the processor and blend until smooth.

5. Transfer into a pot and add sea salt to taste (and water if too thick). Heat through then serve.

*Serves 5-6

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Sunflower Sprout Orange Salad (vegan, raw, gluten free, soy free)

Ingredients:

2 handfuls of sunflower sprouts

1 handful snow pea sprouts

segments of 1 orange

2 tablespoons orange juice

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon agave

sea salt to taste

1-2 tablespoons pepitas seeds

Method:

1. Wash all sprouts and roughly chop the snow pea sprouts. Place all in a bowl.

2. Juice orange for the orange juice and cut the segments from 1 orange.

3. Add the orange segments to the spouts.

4. In a small bowl, add the orange juice, sesame oil, agave and sea salt.

5. Drizzle the dressing on top of the salad.

6. Dry toast the pepitas seeds in a pan. Then top onto the salad and serve.

Working Girl

Hi all, I have been so busy with work this week, so I haven’t got a chance to post and read any other blogs. I’m still getting use to this early mornings and  trying to have enough motivation to cook. I am still determined that we will have health lunches and dinners everyday, but its not as fun anymore. So far we have only eaten out one night since Sunday, so we are doing well.

On Sunday I made this delicious Red Capsicum & Green Lentil Hummus, grilled eggplant, grilled zucchini and Chocolate Chia Powerballs (adapted from Cross Fit). I used the hummus in wraps with a the eggplant, zucchini, my garden tuscan kale and snow pea sprouts. We had that for a couple of days and snacked on these delicious power balls. They didn’t last long, I couldn’t’ stop eating them.

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Red Capsicum & Green Lentil Hummus (vegan, gluten free, soy free, nut free)

Ingredients:

2 capsicums

4 cloves garlic

1 cup green lentils (3 cups cooked)

2 tablespoons unhulled tahini

2/3 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

sea salt to taste

Method:

1. Place the lentils in a pot of water, bring to the boil then cook on a simmer till ready. Should take less then 30mins if presoaked.

2. Roast 2 capsicums and garlic in the oven until the skin of capsicum has blackened.

3, Peel skin from the capsicum and roughly chop.

4. In the processor add green lentils, roasted capsicum and garlic.

5. While the processor is on add the rest of the ingredients.

*Makes about 3.5 cups.

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Chocoate Chia Power balls (vegan, gluten free, soy free)

Ingredients:

1 cup hazelnuts

1 cup almonds

3 pitted medjool dates

1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)

1 tablespoon cacao

1 tablespoon maca

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons maple syrup

chia seeds to roll balls.

Method:

1. Grind hazelnuts and almonds into a fine flour.

2.Then in the processor add the nut flour, dates, cacao powder, maca. While its blending add coconut oil, vanilla extract and maple syrup.

3. With damp hands, roll the mixture into balls and roll in chia seeds.

4. Freeze for half and hour, then transfer into fridge till your ready to eat.

* Makes about 16-18

On Monday I tried another recipe from Energise Your Life. I made the Ratatouille with polenta cakes. Well I tried to make the polenta cakes. They were very unsuccessful. I think I should of let the polenta set a bit before trying to fry it. So I gave up and we just had polenta on the side. It was nearly 9.30pm by the time we ate, so I had enough. Loved the Ratatouille! Can you believe its the first time I have had it.

My attempt of Polenta cakes

My attempt of Polenta cakes

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Yesterday we had Taiwanese food for dinner. I had the most amazing Sweet and Sour Bean Curd and Fried Rice with Skiitake Mushroms. Sorry no pictures. After dinner we came home and I made more delicious raw balls, with all the nuts I had on hand. These ones were even better then the last batch. Marco liked these ones better. However they do lose those shape if not kept in the fridge. I think I put too much coconut oil.

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Cranberry Maca balls (vegan, gluten free, soy free)

Ingredients:

110g macadamia

4 tablespoons cashews

2 tablespoons maca

2 tablespoons flax

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

3 tablespoons chia seeds

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons maple syrup

Method:

1. Grind macadamia, cashews, flax seeds, sesame seeds into a fine powder. I did them one by one.

2.Then in the processor add the nut  and seed flour, cranberries, chia seeds and maca. While its blending add coconut oil, vanilla extract and maple syrup.

3. With damp hands, roll the mixture into balls.

4. Freeze for half and hour, then transfer into fridge till your ready to eat.

* Makes 26 balls

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Tonight I made these Soba Noodle Salad, with some raw and some lightly steamed vegetables, Teriyaki Tofu, picked ginger, marinated seaweed and a light dressing (soy sauce, lime, ginger, mirin and coconut oil). I also had this for dinner and it was great, can’t wait to have it tomorrow.

I am trying to stay healthy at work, since its a lot of sitting down. I have been drinking fresh vegetable juices for breakfast, green tea and miso soups in tea breaks and eating lots of power balls for morning tea and afternoon cravings. I am learning so much new stuff so I am constantly hungry. Hopefully I won’t put on any weight, because its far to cold to go walking the dogs at the moment.

Hopefully over the weekend I will have some more delicious dishes to bring you!

Loaded Sweet Potatoes with Spinach, Tempeh ‘Bacon’ and Cashew Sour Cream

I am so obsessed with Roasted Whole Sweet Potatoes right now. They are so sweet and delicious and taste great with almost anything. I stuff them tonight with silverbeet and red onions and topped them with tempeh ‘bacon’. I am also in love with Tempeh. Its so delicious and really nutritious! This is the first time I tried to use it to make bacon. I really wanted to make it to substitute a piece of chicken or beef, but I didn’t have enough. I would definitely make this bacon again thought. It was really like bacon, but it did have a meat like taste.

By the way, I finished watching another documentary today called Vegucated. If I needed some more incentive to keep on going vegan this definitely gave it to me. It also had a great important message in the end that eating no meat or even less meat is helping the planet. Even Marco was really touched by this documentary.  Its about 3 people who love meat and aren’t vegan, who agree to try going vegan for 6 weeks. After learning about the food industry and trial out a vegan diet, they are all changed forever. There is a trailer on the website and also some great recipes. I was really shocked by some of the images I saw. It wasn’t just about the terrible conditions and death of the animals, but what you did see really makes you sick. Another video I watched which is a little closer to home was a 60 Minutes segment ‘Roam Free‘. I still can’t get the images out of my head of Steggles  live chickens eating other dead chickens in their pen and their terrible conditions. The Coles representative was really crafty as well and didn’t wanting to take ownership of those kinds of practices. Anyway I recommend viewing these if you want to know more about whats really going on behind the scenes.

For more whole roasted sweet potato recipes check out my Black bean & Corn Chili with Whole Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Broad bean GuacamoleWhole Roasted Japanese Sweet Potatoes with Almond Cinnamon Butter and Whole Roasted Sweet Potato with Mixed Bean Chili.

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Loaded Sweet Potatoes with Spinach and Tempeh ‘Bacon’ (vegan, gluten free, nut free)

Ingredients for Sweet Potato & Spinach:

4 medium or 8 small sweet potatoes

canola oil

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 red onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, diced

1 head of silverbeet, roughly chopped (leaves only)

Ingredients: Tempeh ‘Bacon’:

100 g tempeh

1 teaspoon agave/maple syrup

1 teaspoon liquid smoke

1 teaspoon tamari/soy sauce

pinch of ground cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon coconut oil

Method:

1. Preheat the oven. Clean and scrub sweet potatoes.???????????????????????????????

2. Coat in oil and place in a baking tray. Piece a few times with a fork along the sweet potato, then bake for 45 mins or until soft inside.

3. Chop tempeh into small pieces and place into a small bowl.

4. Add agave, liquid smoke, tamari and cayenne, to the tempeh. Stir through and leave to marinate for 5-10 mins.???????????????????????????????

5. Heat coconut oil in a pan then add tempeh. Cook on medium heat for 7-10 mins or until golden. Leave to the side.

6. In another pan heat coconut oil. Saute red onion and garlic on medium heat for 5 mins.

7. Add silverbeet to the onion and garlic. Saute for 5 mins or until silverbeet is wilted.

8. Once sweet potatoes are ready, slice them down the center and stuff with silverbeet and onions. Sprinkle with Tempeh ‘bacon’ and serve with Cashew Cream and Guacamole.

*Serves 4

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Cashew Sour Cream (vegan, raw, gluten free, soy free)

Ingredients:

1 cup cashews (pre-soaked for 2 hours)

1/2 cup water

juice of 1 lemon

1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Method:

1. If you haven’t pre-soaked the cashews, then boil for 10 mins.

2. Place in a blender and grind until cashews break down.

3. Add water, lemon, apple cider and salt. Process until smooth.

*Makes about one cup.

Guacamole with Coriander & Lime (vegan, raw, gluten free, soy free, nut free)

Ingredients:

2 large avocado

juice from 1 lime

2 handfuls coriander, minced

sea salt & black pepper to taste

Method:

1. Mash avocodo flesh in a small bowl.

2. Add lemon juice, coriander, sea salt and black pepper.

*Serves 4

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Black bean & Corn Chili with Whole Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Broad bean Guacamole

I finally set up my veggie patch today. Its been empty for nearly a year since I went overseas. At Aldi they had a whole lot of starter plants in stock. So mum picked me up ???????????????????????????????some kale, lettuce, broccolini, cauliflower, cabbage, rainbow spinach and a whole lot of herbs. I also emptied out my compost, which I have been filling, but haven’t emptied for nearly two years. It was really smelly, but really healthy for my garden.

I had to Albie proof my veggie patch with some chicken wire and some steaks I found. Not sure its going to last a Queensland??????????????????????????????? storm, but anything to keep Mr Albie out. He likes to use my garden as a place to sleep or to attack possums on the fence. Bella also likes to use it as a toilet. So fingers crossed this will keep them out till I think of something else.

I have been really slack lately with preparing legumes. I was really craving black beans, so remembered to soak some today. I decided to make this Mexican inspired chili. I was really proud that I managed to make this entire dish with out any canned products. The beans, corn and tomatoes are all fresh.

For the Broad bean Guacamole I adapted the recipe from Daily unadventures in cooking. The taste was a lot different with the broad beans, so I added more avocado. It did have a nice fresh taste though with the lime juice.

I made a similar dish  last month, Whole Baked Sweet Potato with Mixed Bean Chili, Guacamole and Quinoa Salad. Tonight’s dish was just as delicious, but the flavors were a lot different.

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Black bean & Corn Chilli with Whole Roasted Sweet Potatoes (vegan, gluten free, soy free, nut free)

 

Black bean & Corn Chilli

Ingredients:

1.5 cups dried black beans (pre soaked for 8 hours/overnight)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large onion, diced

2-4 garlic cloves, diced

1 large green chilli, diced

1 small green capsicum, diced

1 small red capsicum, diced

1 carrot, diced

2 tablespoons cumin

1/2 tablespoons chilli powder or cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon ground smoked paprika

3 roma tomatoes,  chopped (or 1 can diced tomatoes)

corn kernels from 2 cobs of corn

2 cups of vegetable liquid stock

1.5 tablespoons hot chipotle sauce

2 tablespoons corn flour (or arrowroot or plain flour)

sea salt to taste

lime juice to serve (optional)

Method:

1. Bring a large pot with water and black beans to a boil, then cook for 40 mins or until tender.  Strain black beans then put to the side.

2. In the same pot heat oil then add onion, garlic and chili. Cook for 2-3 mins.???????????????????????????????

3. Add carrot, green & red capsicum and cook for 5 mins. Stir often.

4. Add cumin, chili powder, paprika and cook for 2 mins or until fragrant. Add some water or oil if the pot is too dry.???????????????????????????????

5. Add chopped tomatoes and 1/4 cup of water. If using can tomatoes then you don’t need the water. Cook for 5 mins.

6. Add black beans, corn kernels, liquid stock, hot chipotle sauce, flour and sea salt. Bring to the boil, then let it simmer for 40 mins to an hour.

* Serve on top of the whole sweet potatoes and/or basmati rice and with a squeeze of lime.

*Serves 8

Whole Roasted Sweet Potato  

Ingredients:

8 sweet potatoes

canola oil (optional)

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Clean and scrub sweet potatoes.

2. Coat in oil and place in a baking tray. Piece a few times with a fork along the sweet potato, then bake for 45 mins.

* Serve with Chili

* Serves 8

Broad Bean Guacamole 

Ingredients:

1 cup broad beans

1 avocado

juice 1/2 lime

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

hot chipotle sauce to taste (optional)

sea salt & black pepper to taste

Method:

1. Bring a pot of water to the boil. Then cook the broad beans for 2-3 mins.

2. Strain the broad beans, rinse in cold water, then remove the outer skin of the beans.

3. Combine broad beans and avocado in a bowl. Mash with a fork.

4. Add lime, evo, hot chipotle sauce, sea salt & black pepper.

* Serves about 1 cup

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Spiced Pear Overnight Oats

I whipped this up last night with some very ripe William Bartlett pears. It gave me a great start to my day. Also check out my Apple Pie Overnight OatsBanana Blueberry Overnight Oats and Peanut Butter & Raspberry Jam Overnight Oats.

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Spiced Pear Overnight Oats (vegan, gluten free, soy free, nut free)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup rolled or instant oats

1/2 cup plant milk (coconut, rice or oat; soy or almond if you can tolerate)

1 very ripe pear

squeeze of lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 tablespoon agave (optional)???????????????????????????????

Method:

1. Peel the pear and roughly chop. Place in processor and squeeze a bit of lemon (so it won’t brown). Puree the pear.

2. Combine all the ingredients in a container and stir through.

3. Cover and place in the fridge over night.

*Serves 2 or 1 big serve

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