We thought we would have a treat and we were interested in what tescos new range of plant based ready meals were like, so we tried a couple:
I have to say, they were both totally delicious.
They aren’t huge, and R would need more food for the main meal of the day, although they were right for me.
Also at £4 each, they make an expensive meal, but they are cheaper than takeaway and really good quality, making them a valid treat in our opinion.
All in all we loved them and will be buying more.
Banana and raisin cake…
2 bananas mashed
3tbsp vegetable oil
3 tbsp soya or oat milk
150g self raising flour
3 tbsp of xylitol (or sugar)
1tsp mixed spice
Mix all the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately.
Then mix them together and bake in the oven at 200C until brown on top and you can stick a knife in it which comes out clean.
Home made chocolates…
The big ones are almond and date truffles covered I’m chocolate and the rest are either plain or have a cherry or crystallised ginger added.
The recipient I use is:
100g cocoa butter
100g cacao powder
100g agave syrup
Melt the cocoa butter, stir in the vanilla then the cacao. Add the agave syrup and stir 100 times.
Pur into silicone moulds.
The truffles are soaked dates blitzed to a creamy consistency and ground almonds added until you have a dough like texture.
Eat… Once set if you can wait 🙂
Big Mac n not cheese..
Ahh I love Mac n cheese, and as it happens you can still eat it as a Vegan:
The Big Mac I used was..
And the cheese on top…
So I cooked 200g of the pasta, and while that was on the go, I made the sauce with:
2 tbsp chickpea flour (you can use ordinary plain flour)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
10g nutritional yeast
2tsp English mustard powder
400ml soya milk (use oat milk if you can’t have soya)
Salt and pepper
This is the mild version, if you fancy it stronger add
1tsp extra mustard
10g more nutritional yeast
10g of the violife
Mix the cooked pasta with the sauce, grate some violife on top and bake in the oven till brown.
It makes about 700g cooked. Yum…
You know, that stuff in the freezer you forgot to label.
We needed a quick meal, and the mystery food turned out to be spicy vegetable stew.
I tend to make stuff in bulk and freeze it for moments just like this, where we want to jus get in and eat. It took ten minutes from freezer to plate.
It just shows that being vegan doesn’t have to be difficult and can still be healthy when you are in a hurry.
And today its stoup… Too thick to be called soup, too think to be called stew:
One butternut squash
A cup of red lentils
One tablespoon of vegan bullion
Two tablespoons of tandoori spices
All in the slow cooker and covered in boiling water.
Cook till soft and then mash. Serve with nice bread rolls.
Feeds about eight.
Today, pulled not pork with kimchi and cucumber:
The pulled not pork is really easy to make, as is the kimchi, although that is best made a few days before you want to start eating it.
Both taste lovely and are well worth a try.
We got the jack fruit online but apart from that the supermarket has it all.
A quick meal tonight, meat(less)balls, tomato and spinach sauce, spaghetti and peas:
The meatballs are from Asda, who, generally don’t have much vegan wise, but they are the only supermarket that I have found meatballs that are vegan… And naan bread as it happens.
So the sauce was:
2 cans of tinned tomatoes
6 balls of frozen spinach
Salt and pepper
Everything else was as is. It all took about half an hour to prepare and cook. A good week day meal in our books 😀
So today its:
Chava Eichner’s Stuffed Seitan Roast
You can get the recipe by clicking the link.
We really enjoyed this meal and had it with broccoli, chips and gravy.
If you weren’t feeling brave enough to have seitan (yes, it does sound like Satan and we have done all the jokes about boiling, frying and baking seitan) you could always use jus roll pastry instead.
You can buy both nutritional yeast and wheat gluten on Amazon for the seitan.
Seitan is a very good meat replacement nutritionally but it can be tricky to make and this recipe is one of the best I have found.
I hope you enjoy it.