Tofu frittata

I started back at uni this week and was already struggling with lunch ideas. A non-vegan friend mentioned to me that she takes frittatas which got me thinking. I was vegetarian for 20 years before becoming vegan around 8 months ago however I never liked eggs while I was a vegetarian. I hated anything that tasted eggy so obviously frittatas and quiches were out of the question. I’m pretty pleased with my first attempt of a frittata, ever!

Recipe is adapted from http://chefchloe.com/entrees/end-of-summer-frittata.html

Sorry for the poor quality of pictures, I wasn’t planning on blogging this!

Ingredients
2 x 300g blocks of silken tofu
5 tbsp cornstarch
3 tbsp vegan butter (I used nuttelex)
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp black salt (aka kala namak or you can sub regular salt)
1 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground pepper
Any vegetables you prefer. I used –
1 brown onion, diced
6-7 button mushrooms, thinly sliced
6-7 stalks of asparagus, lightly steamed and cut into small pieces
60g spinach
6 cherry tomatoes, halved
3 spring onions, thinly sliced
vegan pepperoni, diced (optional)

Method

Start by preheating your oven 180c.

Get a pot of water boiling with a steamer over the top and steam the asparagus until it is nearly done.

Start to sauté the onion in a frying pan until it is soft and lightly coloured. Add the mushrooms and begin sweating them off. Once the asparagus is done, cut into small pieces and add to the frying pan.

Add vegan pepperoni. Cook for a few minutes and then add the spinach until it just starts wilting. Set aside.

In a blender add the tofu, vegan butter, cornstarch, baking powder, black salt, pepper, turmeric powder and garlic. Blitz until smooth and combined.

Add the vegetable mixture to a wide pan/skillet which is oven safe and pour over the tofu mixture. Mix well to combine.

I garnished with cherry tomatoes and spring onions. You could also top it with vegan cheese.

Bake at 180c for 30-35 minutes. Remove from the oven and et it set until cold before slicing.

 

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“Chicken” noodle soup

Last week I woke up with a sore throat and a horrible headache so I decided to whip up some chicken noodle soup. I took pictures and promised myself that I would blog about it however that night I got extremely sick. Once I recovered I’ve been super busy/lazy whichever you’d like to use haha!

The chicken chunks I’ve used are from Vincent Vegetarian Food in Melbourne. There are quite a few Vietnamese stores around Melbourne that stock these products.

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Also, in my pictures the soup looks a bit oily, this is because in my sick state I accidentally added way too much oil to the pot. Ooops!

Anyway, here it is!

Ingredients
4 cups chicken style stock
2 small carrots
1 small onion
1 packet of 2 minute noodles
3 heaped tsp of garlic and ginger paste
Large handful of “chicken” chunks

Method

Chop the carrots and onion into small chunks.

In a large pot sauté the onion and when nearly golden, add the garlic and ginger paste. Add the carrots one minute later.

Add the chicken chunks and cover with the stock. Let it simmer for 10 approximately 10 minutes until the carrots are cooked. I like mine to still have a bit of bite to them.

Just before the carrots are done, add the noodles.

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“Beef” seitan loaf with aquafaba

If you haven’t heard, aquafaba is the latest craze in vegan cooking. It is the liquid that is found in a can of beans. I know it sounds disgusting, when I first heard about it I was super sceptical. Aquafaba can be whipped to stiff peaks just like egg whites, it can also be used unwhipped as an egg replacement in things like cakes and pancakes.

In the past I’ve used the liquid from chickpeas, cannellini and four bean mix.

The following recipe is adapted from a suggestion I received from the Vegan Meringue – Hits and Misses facebook page.

Ingredients

Dry
150g gluten flour
2 tsp cajun seasoning
2 tsp Massels beef style stock
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp kala namak (black salt)

Wet
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp oil
Liquid from one can of beans

Method

Preheat oven to 120c degrees

Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

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Mix the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl and mix into the dry ingredients. The mixture will look wet, within 30 seconds it will become dough like. I didn’t knead the dough at all, instead I mixed it with the spoon. Don’t overwork the dough too much or it will become chewy.

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Lay out a large sheet of aluminium foil and place the dough at one end and form into a log. Wrap tightly and twist the ends.

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Bake at 120c degrees for two hours

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I found it easier to slice thinner slices once the loaf is cool.

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Zucchini, olive and chickpea breakfast pancake

The other day while I was at the market, a bag of zucchini’s caught my eye. I was excited to see that it was only $1 for a large bag! I bought them with the intention of making zoodles however it is absolutely freezing in Melbourne and the idea didn’t excite me.

I created this recipe for breakfast however you could definitely have them as an entree or for lunch. They would be perfect served with some vegan sour cream or Greek yoghurt.

Ingredients
2 cups of grated zucchini (approx. 2 small zucchinis)
1/2 cup chickpea flour (see notes)
1/4 cup sliced black olives
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic flakes
1 tsp sriracha chilli sauce

Method

Grate the zucchini and add to a bowl. Mix in the remaining ingredients and combine well. The water from the zucchini should be enough to make it batter-like however if it is not, add a few drops of water.

Heat a small frying pan over a medium heat and add some olive oil. Place the batter into the centre of the frying pan and spread it into a circle.

Cook for about 5 minutes and then flip to cook the other sides for a further 5 minutes. See notes for flipping technique.

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*Note – Chickpea flour is also called besan or gram flour. I buy mine from the local Indian grocery store

I found the easiest way to flip the pancake was to slide it on to a plate and then turn the plate over the frying pan

Cheezy chunky vegetable soup

I know, I know! I’ve been lazy with posting again. This is one of my favourite soups. It has everything you need and love. It’s creamy and cheesy but it also is full of vegetable goodness! I usually have it with homemade bread or cheese toasties. It isn’t the prettiest soup but trust me, it’s delicious.

There are a few variations you can make to the below recipe. If you have access to vegan cheese which melts and soy cream, definitely use those instead of the potato carrot cheese.

Ingredients
5 celery stalks
4 medium carrots
2 heads of broccoli
2 garlic cloves
1 medium potato
1 medium onion
3 cups of chicken style stock
2 tbs margarine
1 tbs plain flour
Soy milk
Carrot potato cheese (see recipe https://tashstable.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/magical-mac-n-cheese/)

Method

Chop the celery into small chunk and the carrots into half rings. Roughly dice the onion. Add all three vegetables into a bowl.

Cut the broccoli into florets and the potato into medium cubes and set aside. Mince the garlic.

In a large pot, melt 1 tbs of margarine and add the three vegetables from the bowl. Sauté for a few minutes and then add the minced garlic. Add in the potato and stock, bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook with a lid on for 15 minutes.

Add in the broccoli and cook for a further 5 minutes.

In a seperate pot make a bechamel with the flour and margarine. Once the flour has cooked off, slowly add the soy milk and whisk out any lumps. I do this by eye, I used approximately 1 cup of milk. Once the sauce is thick and creamy, add in the potato carrot cheese. I also added this by eye, it depends how cheesy you want it. I added approximately 1 cup of this as well.

Add the cheesy sauce to the soup and bring back to the heat. If you’re using vegan cheese, add it now and let it melt.

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“Meaty” vegan pot pie

I love pies. Maybe it’s because I’m Australian. I’ve been vegetarian since I was 3 years old, so I’ve never had a meat pie. Most shops don’t have vegan pie options or if they do, they’re terrible. These pies are everything you love about pies, golden flaky pastry with a warm chunky yet healthy filling!

I made this recipe to freeze and store for a rainy day, you can however bake them straight away!

For the gravy, I adapted Jamie Oliver’s vegan gravy recipe (http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/vegan-gravy)

Ingredients
4 medium swiss mushrooms
2 small carrots
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup dry soy chunks
1 packet of frozen pastry (Borgs shortcrust is vegan or you can make your own)
Gravy –
1 large onion
2 tbs white flour
1 tbs tomato paste
1 tsp vegemite
1 tsp soy sauce
1 L vegetable stock (Massels beef style stock is what I used)
Rosemary sprigs

Method

Firstly start by soaking the soy chunks in hot water and set aside. Chop the mushrooms and carrots into chunks.

Peel and slice the onions into half rings. Heat some olive oil in a frying pan and sauté the onion with the rosemary for approximately 10 minutes or until soft and golden.

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Add the flour and let it cook off for a minute or two and then add the vegemite, soy sauce and tomato paste. Add the stock and bring it to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and let it bubble away for approximately 15 minutes until it is nice and thick.

Once the gravy is done, drain the soy chunks and add to the gravy. Soy chunks are like sponges and they’ll absorb some of that lovely gravy.

Use your mini pie tins to measure out how much pastry you will need (I forgot to do this, oops!) and then spray them with cooking oil. I didn’t put pastry on the bottom because I’m trying to be healthy but you can. Divide the vegetables equally between your pie tins and pour over the gravy and soy chunks.

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Top with the pastry and cover with foil to freeze. Alternatively heat up your oven to 200c before starting the gravy and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until the top is golden. If baking from frozen, it takes approximately 40 minutes.

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Burrito bowl

Mexican food is my absolute favourite! It’s fairly simple but oh so delicious. Lately I’ve found myself lacking variety at lunch time and just eating sandwiches due to laziness. This is a great little recipe, it’s super easy to put together but it’s very filling and it’s good for you!

You can’t find black beans at supermarkets in Australia and I searched high and low for them until I finally found them at my local Psarakos. Have a look in your local Mediterranean grocer otherwise you can sub in any other bean you like.

I’ve also used white rice, I would’ve preferred brown rice but I didn’t have any left at home.

Ingredients
1/2 cup cooked rice
1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
1/4 cup salsa (half tomato, 1/4 red onion, salt, pepper, lime juice, coriander)
1/2 avocado
1/2 can black beans
1/4 can corn
1 large mushroom
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon coriander seeds powder

Method

Start with preparing the salsa so the flavours have time to develop. Drain the beans and set aside

Dice the mushroom into small cubes and sauté with a bit of oil, once the mushrooms are golden add the beans and corn. Salt to taste and add the spices. Set aside

Place the rice in a bowl to one side and the spinach leaves to the other. Top with the salsa, bean mix and avocado.

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