Instant Vegan Gooey Chocolate Cake

Type of meal: Dessert

It’s winter, and we were looking for something warm and gooey, like a chocolate lava cake, that we could make with readily available ingredients and isn’t too bad for you. Wifey found this recipe on Veggieful for a 2-minute microwave chocolate muffin which we had most of the ingredients to make. I decided to give it a go and make a few adaptations based on what we had to see if it worked.

It came out pretty awesome. It’s soft, warm, gooey, chocolate goodness that comes together in no time at all from pantry staples. Continue reading Instant Vegan Gooey Chocolate Cake

Refreshing Green Super Smoothie

Type of meal: BreakfastDrink

We got silver beet this week to try in smoothies because it was the cheapest green, and it often is. From what I understand it’s actually just as good for you as things like Kale. I’ve never used silver beet in a smoothie before, so I wasn’t sure how it would come out. After a little bit of experimentation I came up with this combination that I was really impressed with. It tastes great with the silver beet being a very subtle flavour.

Depending on how much water you use it’s more like a juice than a smoothie, and each of the flavours comes through to make for a green juice or smoothie that is filling, subtly sweet, and very refreshing. I found one glass (around 250ml) kept me full all morning.

Enjoy!

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Soyless Kung Pao Noodles

Type of meal: Main Meal

Normally you would use a lot of soy sauce in Kung Pao noodles, unfortunately we ran out so I thought I’d experiment with something different. The taste is a little different to your typical kung pao, but it’s pretty good in my opinion and wifey loves it, so that’s a big plus!

Bonus number two is that it is really quick and easy to throw together using pantry items and a few fresh ingredients. Some of the pantry items are uncommon, but once you have them they last for a while and then you can just throw it together anytime. Continue reading Soyless Kung Pao Noodles

Is my shopping Aussie or not?

In light of everything going on with our Aussie dairy farmers, I thought when I went shopping for some pantry items on Friday I’d have a look at what is actually Australian made, grown or owned, and what isn’t. At the end of the day everything Australian contributes to supporting continued Australian production of food. Continue reading Is my shopping Aussie or not?

Roasted Peanut Butter

Type of meal: Condiment

We had some shelled peanuts in the cupboards that have been there for quite a while. We don’t use peanuts in a lot of cooking, which doesn’t make sense since they are one of the cheapest nuts, and they are quite nice. I decided though since these ones have been there so long to have a go at turning them into peanut butter.

I’ve noted previously that most nuts you can just process into a buttery form, but after doing some reading it sounded like roasting peanuts gives them a stronger flavour as well as helping to release the oils to make the butter.

So here it is, roast peanut butter, and it is very cheap and easy to make. I think I’ll be making it in the future instead of buying it.
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Roasted Pumpkin and Coconut Soup

Type of meal: Main Meal

I really like pumpkin soup, really like it. I wanted to have a go at making it without cream. Turns out, it is really, really good. If you like pumpkin soup, I highly recommend trying it based on coconut like this, it is amazing.

Of note though, even though it is fairly healthy, the coconut content does mean it is high in saturated fat, so eat responsibly and enjoy. Continue reading Roasted Pumpkin and Coconut Soup

Brown Lentil Rolls

Type of meal: Main MealSnack
Suitable for: Dairy FreeVegetarian

These brown lentil rolls are a quick and easy to make finger food that is light on and keeps you coming back for more!

Even people I’ve given them to who aren’t big on lentils seems to enjoy them.

I’d like to find an egg alternative so they are cholesterol free, but even so, they are high in fibre and iron which is great! I find personally I only really need 1 in a meal, perhaps with a salad or vegetables, if I have a second though I’ve well and truly had enough as they are very filling.

On another note, because they don’t use pastry, you can just replace the rye bread with your choice of gluten-free bread and in order to make them gluten-free. Continue reading Brown Lentil Rolls

Coconut Apricot Bread and Butter Pudding

Type of meal: Dessert
Suitable for: Dairy FreeVegetarian

Wifey absolutely loves bread and butter pudding, so I’ve been trying to find a way to make it a bit healthier for us.

A standard bread and butter pudding contains a lot of cholesterol, a lot of butter, milk and cream. There has to be a better way to make it though.

I’ve been doing some hunting around and I found a Thermomix recipe here that I really liked the sound of called a Coconut Caramel Bread and Butter Pudding. I don’t have a Thermomix so that’s a no go, but I thought I’d try adapting it.

The result?

Amazing. Continue reading Coconut Apricot Bread and Butter Pudding

Lemon and Thyme Roast Potatoes

Type of meal: Main Meal

This makes a great side dish to go with some other veggies or another savoury dish such as these mushroom risotto balls. The lemon and thyme do come through quite strong though so if you aren’t a big lemon fan you could try half a lemon instead of a whole one. Continue reading Lemon and Thyme Roast Potatoes

Hearty Mushroom Risotto Balls

Type of meal: Main Meal

I first made this for Christmas to serve as an accompaniment to the roast vegetables. They were an absolute hit. The mushroom flavour comes through so strong, with contrasting textures where the outside is crispy and almost crunchy followed by a soft risotto centre.

Definitely one to remember. One thing to note though is that it does take a while because you have to let the rice slowly absorb the stock. So probably best to plan this one in advance but well worth it. Continue reading Hearty Mushroom Risotto Balls