Category: Breakfast

Tofu scramble with cavolo nero [vegan]

I’ve definitely become a breakfast convert. Don’t get me wrong, I never skipped it, I can’t miss meals….I mean, food, hello!! I just wasn’t ever that adventurous. Back in the day, I used to just eat very sugary cereal or a couple of slices of toast and jam. Pretty standard, pretty dull. Don’t get me wrong, I sometimes do just eat toast and jam, and have a pretty standard weekday breakfast of porridge, dang good porridge, but at the weekend I try to create a delicious more complex breakfast, after all it’s the most important meal of the day, right?

I used to really enjoy eggs for breakfast, so if you’re new to veganism or looking for alternative and are missing that eggy texture to go with your breakfast then you really need to try tofu scramble. Tofu is pretty bland on it’s own but once you’ve added some spices you’ve got yourself a flavoursome dish.

 

Tofu scramble with cavolo nero
Serves 2

1 block of firm tofu
4 stalks of cavolo nero
1 tbps coconut oil
1 small onion
1 tspn turmeric
1/2 tspn cumin
A pinch of ground coriander
A pinch of dried chilli flakes
Salt and pepper

  • Empty the tofu out of the pack and drain any liquid. Pop the tofu block on a plate, and place another plate and a heavy object on top of it and leave for half an hour to drain any excess liquid. 
  • Melt the coconut oil on a medium heat in a frying pan.
  • Finely chop the onion and add to the frying pan, fry for five minutes until softened.
  • Add the tofu and using a wooden spoon gently break it up.
  • Add the turmeric, cumin, coriander and chilli flakes and stir into the tofu.
  • De-stalk the cavolo nero and finely chop, add to the tofu. 
  • Leave to cook for ten minutes, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t stick to the pan.
  • Season with salt and pepper.

Enjoy!

Veronica x

Earl Grey Granola [vegan]

Happy 2017! I’ve been trying to perfect my granola game for a while now, and I think I’ve done it! This Earl Grey Granola is super tasty and also low in sugar, shop bought granolas definitely aren’t. Make a batch at the weekend and you’ll be sorted for the week. Sprinkle it on top of your porridge, or cook some apples and dollop some coconut yoghurt on top – breakfast game changer! 

1 cup oats
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 tspn cinnamon
1/2 cup hazelnuts
1/2 cup pecans
1 earl grey tea bag
1/4 cup of water
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tspn nut butter (I used cashew)
1 tbsp coconut oil

  • Mix the oats, coconut, pumpkin and sunflower seeds in a large mixing bowl along with the cinnamon. 
  • In a food processor, add the hazelnuts and pecans and blitz for a couple of seconds until roughly chopped or just use a sharp knife!
  • Add the nuts to the oat mix and stir through.
  • In a small saucepan, add the teabag, water, nut butter, maple syrup and coconut oil.
  • Melt on a medium heat and then add to the oat mixture and mix thoroughly.
  • On a lined baking tray pour the mixture and spread out evenly.
  • Bake in the oven for 25 minutes at 180C.
  • Once cooked, leave to cool and then store in an airtight container.

Veronica x

Cranberry Maple Pecan Pancakes [vegan and gluten free]

Pancakes have become one of my favourite things about weekends. As I’ve been making more I think I’ve perfected their density and fluffiness, and this flavour combo is definitely a winner. These are pretty thick american styleee and the batter makes about four but you could probably make six at a push. The maple syrup takes the edge off the sharpness of the cranberries, and you’ve basically got Christmas morning done and dusted. Thank me later. 😉

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Cranberry Maple Pecan Pancakes
Makes 4-6 pancakes

For the pancakes:
50g Rice flour
50g Buckwheat flour
1 tspn Xantham gum
1 tspn Baking Powder
1/2 tspn Ground cinnamon
250ml Oat milk
1 tbsp Coconut oil

For the topping:
100g Cranberries
50g Pecans (roughly chopped)
2 tbsp Maple syrup
1 tbsp Water

  • In a mixing bowl, add the flours, baking powder, xantham gum and cinnamon. Whisk in the milk, until a batter has formed.
  • In a frying pan, melt the coconut oil on a medium heat. 
  • Once melted, add spoonfuls of the batter and allow to cook for a few minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add the cranberries to a saucepan with a tablespoon of water. Bring to the boil, and then allow to gently soften. Add the pecans, along with the maple syrup. It will become quite sticky, add a little more water if desired.
  • Turn the pancakes over to allow them to cook on the other side. They will take about ten minutes in total.
  • Serve the pancakes along with the cranberries and pecans along with a little extra maple syrup. I often add some cashew butter or almond butter for some added yum.

Perfect for Christmas morning! x

Oat Flour, Apple Pancakes

Somehow January seems to have drifted into mid-February and it’s only just now, sitting down to write, that I’ve realised. Like the onset of that really fine rain that you don’t notice until you’ve been walking for twenty minutes and suddenly realise you’re soaked through.  

Pancake day has come and gone, along with Valentine’s Day. I feel like I’ve barely had time to even think about making pancakes or how a day of forced romance and red roses makes me queazy. 

The year has just jumped into full swing as if those quiet Christmas evenings sat around the tree never happened. I’m back at work, busy as ever, back commuting up to Manchester one day a week. Trying to keep on top of making packed lunches, daily stretches and exercises, mindfulness practice and getting to bed on time. Oh and I’ve missed out one thing, watching series two of Forbrydelsen aka The Killing. I’m managing (just about) although it always seems to be bedtime that slips. So now I blame myself for having a sore throat and a sniffily nose, after all there were only so many weeks elderberry tincture and echinacea tea could hold off a cold. Turns out its five. 

On the upside it gave me the chance to use a newly learned phrase from my Thursday visits up north. I explained to my Yorkshire boyfriend that “I’m full of cold” whilst feeling pleased but snotty. It got me out of the Saturday morning food shop and I stayed at home in the warm reading my new favourite book, Quiet

Truth be told, I did actually manage to whip up some pancakes on the appropriate day. However my lack of preparation and empty cupboards meant I had to make do without my favourite vegan pancake flour, buckwheat. Instead I made Oat Flour Griddle Cakes from Thug Kitchen. They make for a hefty, satisfying American pancake, not a crepe-type lemon and sugar number. So I thought I’d share my adapted recipe on the off chance your cupboard is also lacking in stoneground buckwheat flour : )

They’re the perfect answer to pancakes when the day springs itself upon you and all you have in the cupboard are oats.

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Oat Flour, Apple Pancakes

125g Porridge oats
2 tbsp Ground flax seeds + 6 tbsp water
40g Porridge oats
1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
1 tbsp Coconut Sugar
1 tsp Ground cinnamon
1/4 cup Unsweetened apple sauce (or 2 small apples)
1 cup Non-dairy milk
Coconut oil for frying

For topping:
Maple syrup
Apple sauce
Ground cinnamon

  • If making the apple sauce from scratch, peel and finely dice 2 small apples and place in a small saucepan with 3-4 tbsp water. Cook on a medium heat for around 15 minutes and stir regularly, adding a little extra water if necessary until the apple has broken down and you have a good consistency. 
  • Whisk the ground flax seed and water together with a fork in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Grind 125g oats in a food processor for a few minutes until you have a fine flour.
  • Mix together the ground oats and remaining dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Put a large frying pan on to a high heat so you’re ready to start frying straight away.
  • Make a well in the dry ingredients and add in the flax mixture, milk and 1/4 cup of apple sauce, leaving the remaining for topping. Mix together until just combined.
  • Add 1 tsp coconut oil to the pan, then spoon in just under 1/2 cup of the batter. You should be able to fit 3 pancakes the pan at a time. Fry for a few minutes until they start to brown and then flip using a spatula and fry for another couple of minutes until brown.
  • Keep warm under a grill whilst you fry the remaining pancakes.
  • Serve straight away with maple syrup, apple sauce and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.

Homemade Baked Beans & Hash Browns with Wilted Chard

I feel like I never get a chance to enjoy breakfast. I see all these pictures over on IG, mainly full of neatly stacked pancakes, perfectly positioned smoothie bowls and tasty looking porridge. I know this may sound slightly odd if you follow our account on Instagram, you’re likely to find images matching that description. Full disclosure, it is Amy who mainly takes the photos you see over on our feed, yep she lives an Instagrammable life, well she doesn’t really, I’ve seen her flat, do such lives actually exist? 

Let’s talk real. The reality of my breakfasts in the week are throwing some oats in a bowl with some water, (I don’t like my porridge with milk – non dairy obvs) chucking it in the microwave at work and hoping it will turn into some form of porridge that’s not too lumpy, and maybe I’ll chuck a banana on it or some granola, nothing worth taking a well lit photo of.

When it comes to the weekend that’s when the pancakes could be happening, but they don’t – I have to get out to walk the dog or I’ve got to get my porridge down me quickly so I can get out for my long training run so the whole day doesn’t disappear. But, this weekend I made time for breakfast. A proper breakfast. One to take my time over, to enjoy properly.

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Homemade Baked Beans & Hash Browns with Wilted Chard 

For the hash browns:
2 potatoes
1 onion
1 tspn turmeric
1 tspn cumin seeds
Salt and pepper
Coconut oil

For the baked beans:
1 tin of haricot beans
1 tins of borlotti beans
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 onion
1 clover of garlic
1 tspn cumin
1 tspn paprika
A couple of dashes of tabasco
1 tspn chilli powder 
Salt and pepper

  • Grate the potatoes and squeeze all the water out of them.
  • Thinly slice the onion and mix together with the grated potato.
  • Stir through the turmeric, cumin seeds and season with salt and pepper.
  • In a frying pan, melt the coconut oil on quite a high heat and place heaped spoonfuls of the potato mix into the pan (you can probably cook about 3 or 4 at a time). Flatten them out into patties using a spatula.
  • Once they have cooked on one side turn the hash browns over, the cooked side should stick together. Once they are done, put them on a dish and keep them warm under the grill as you cook the rest of the mixture.
  • Thinly slice the onion, melt the coconut oil in a saucepan and slowly cook the onions. Add the beans and spices to the pan along with the tomatoes.
  • Slowly bring them to the boil and then simmer gently for 15-20 minutes. Add the tabasco and some chilli powder.
  • In another pan, add the chard and cover with boiling water. Simmer for 5 minutes until wilted, then drain any excess water.

Weekends aren’t always those lazy, foodies filled ones we see. But, I’m definitely going to try and slow them down somewhat and make them more enjoyable.

Happy brunching!

Veronica x

On The Go Apple Recipes

Last Saturday we had an amazing day at the first ever Vegan Futures event. The one day lifestyle festival was packed full of inspiring talks and workshops. We were kindly asked by one of the organisers, Damien, to share our vegan journey and share some recipes in a food workshop. 

It was amazing getting the chance to share our story, why we went vegan and what has changed for us since that decision. We also spoke about the reactions we had from those around us and how that led us to set up the blog as a way to share our story and recipes with friends and family.

But the best part was getting to meet and talk to people about their experiences. Lots of people identified with our struggles with digestive issues and acne, and wanted to know more about going sugar, gluten and alcohol free. 

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So we made a little pledge straight away to share more sugar and gluten-free recipes here on the blog to help you (and us) keep focused on whole and healthy, vegan food that makes us feel good from the inside out!

On the day we shared two really quick autumnal, apple recipes perfect for busy people wanting integrate healthy vegan food into their diet. Whilst they both contain natural sugars from fruit, they are certainly a step in the right direction away from pre-made, shop bought, sugar-laden alternatives.

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Apple Overnight Oats

I make this recipe a few times a week, normally when I know I’m going to be pushed for time in the morning (which, yes is just most days!). Soaked overnight, the oats and apple become so delicious and creamy that you will actually want this for breakfast everyday, rush or no rush!

Serves 2

100g Porridge oats
1 tbsp Chia seeds
1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon
1 Apple, grated
250ml non-dairy milk such as almond or oat

  • Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
  • Peel and grate the apple and add to the dry mixture.
  • Pour over the milk and mix thoroughly. Add a little more milk or water until you have a nice wet consistency that isn’t too runny.
  • Leave covered in the fridge overnight or separate into two jars or containers that you can grab as you run out the door in the morning.

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Apple Energy Bites

These are great to make at the weekend and store in the fridge for the week ahead. If I know I’m heading to a long meeting or somewhere I’m unlikely to come across and healthy vegan snacks, I always take my own! It makes everything it a whole lot easier to turn down a Danish pastry when you have a delicious treat with you in your bag!

Makes 10

75g Dried apple
75g Dried dates
40g Hazelnuts
2 tsp Ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ground cloves
1/4 tsp Ground nutmeg

    • Roast the hazelnuts in a dry frying pan on a high heat until the skins start to blacken and crack. Put into a clean tea towel or some kitchen roll and rub the skins off. Set aside to cool.
    • In a food processor roughly blitz the hazelnuts into smallish chunks and set aside.
    • Put the remaining ingredients into the food processor and blend until it comes together into a ball.
    • Add in the hazelnuts and blitz until combined.
    • Taking 1 tbsp of mixture at a time, roll between the palm of your hands to form a ball.
    • Store in the fridge for up to week.

 

Both these recipes are quick and simple to make in advance when you know you are going to be short on time. The easiest time to lapse from a well intentioned vegan or sugar-free diet is when you’re in a rush and convenience wins.

But with recipes like these to hand and being just a little bit prepared you won’t be tempted to sway from your choice to go vegan and/ or refined sugar-free.

It really was awesome to be a part of Vegan Futures and share these recipes and our journey. It was such an inspiring day, hearing not only stories of people’s journeys to veganism but journeys to health and happiness through adopting a more compassionate lifestyle.  The Vegan Futures team did an amazing job organising the day and we hope to be part of it again next year.

Amy x

Spiced Apple Porridge with Grilled Pears

I don’t know about you but as soon as it’s cold enough to need to wear a coat outside I can’t be doing with a cold breakfast in the morning! I need something to warm me up before I’m even going to think about stepping out the front door.

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This porridge is the perfect, warming autumn breakfast. It brings together the bounty of autumn fruit with delicious spices for an awesome breakfast treat! I would definitely say it’s a weekend breakfast… my weekday porridge consists of throw oats and milk in a pan with some frozen berries and leave it to cook whilst I dry my hair. But maybe it’s just me who’s always rushing in the morning…

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Spiced Apple Porridge with Grilled Pears

For the grilled pears:
2 pears
Coconut sugar
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of ground nutmeg

For the porridge:
80g porridge oats
300ml your favourite non dairy milk
approx. 50ml water
1 apple
1/2tsp cinnamon
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of ground nutmeg

For topping:
1 tbsp hazelnuts
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds

  • Pre-heat the grill on a medium-high setting. Wash the pears, slice in half lengthways and scoop out the core. Place on a baking tray and sprinkle with the sugar and spices. Grill the pears for around 20-25 minutes whilst you prepare the porridge.
  • Place a saucepan on a low-medium heat and add the oats, spices and milk.
  • Wash the apple and grate it before adding it to the saucepan straight away before it browns. Stir the porridge well whilst it cooks to ensure you get a nice creamy porridge.
  • Whilst the porridge cooks, heat a frying pan on a high heat and add the hazelnuts. Shake occasionally to prevent burning until the skins start to peel away. Transfer onto some kitchen towel and leave to cool slightly before rubbing in the towel to remove the skins. Meanwhile toast the pumpkin seeds in the frying pan, shaking the pan until they start to pop then transfer into a bowl to cool.
  • When the porridge starts to thicken you may need to add some water, up to 50ml to get your preferred consistency. (I always find how much liquid you require can vary quite dramatically depending on what oats you use). After 15-20 minutes you should have perfect creamy porridge ready to serve.
  • Chop the toasted hazelnuts and sprinkle over along with the pumpkin seeds. Finally top with the grilled pears.

Get yourself ready for a crisp autumn morning with this warming spiced porridge.  

Enjoy!

A x

Cinnamon & Raisin, Gluten-free Pancakes

Just in case you hadn’t noticed last Tuesday was Shrove Tuesday, better known as Pancake Day! I have recently become pancake obsessed and love nothing more than having them at the weekend for breakfast or lunch, or dessert, or for a snack! Hah, told you, obsessed! So I certainly wasn’t going to miss out on having pancakes on their very own day just because I normally can’t summon the energy to make them mid-week.

I had a big old bag of buckwheat flour that had been sitting in my cupboard unused for a while so thought it was about time I put it to use and that’s when I threw together this batter and it just so happened to make the best pancakes I have ever made! I was so pleased with myself I have made them twice since, partly just to check it wasn’t a fluke… but it wasn’t! Who knew, vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free pancakes could be so awesome.

Now, no pancake set up would be complete without a delicious topping. Mine normally range from something as basic as lemon juice, to mashed banana and maple syrup or a fruit compôte. So I decided to use up the last of my frozen berry stash which I picked last summer and make this yummy compôte to drizzle over them. After all, Spring is on its way right…

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Cinnamon and raisin, vegan, gluten-free pancakes
Makes 6 large pancakes

1/2 cup raisins
2 tbsp flax seeds
90 ml water
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup brown rice flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup almond milk
Coconut oil for frying

Frozen summer berry compôte

1 cup frozen berries (I used red currants and raspberries)
1 tbsp maple syrup

  • Soak the raisins in a small bowl of warm water and set aside.
  • Finely grind the flax seeds in a spice grinder or high-speed food processor, whisk together with the water in a small bowl and set aside. The mixture should become gloopy and gelatinous.
  • Mix the remaining dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Before you mix in the wet ingredients, begin heating a frying pan on a medium-high heat and put the frozen berries in a small saucepan on a low heat. Stir occasionally and add in the maple syrup whilst you continue making the pancakes.
  • Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the flax mixture and half the almond milk. Using a fork mix together the flax and milk and slowly begin to incorporate the flour. Add the remaining milk a bit at a time until everything is combined.
  • Put 1/2 tsp or so of coconut oil in the hot frying pan and pour in just under half a cup of the pancake batter. Fry for about 2 minutes until the bottom has browned nicely then flip and further for a further minute or two.
  • Keep the pancakes warm under the grill until you have fried them all. Serve warm with the berry compôte.

Enjoy! A x

Maple Cinnamon Granola

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I know it’s a bit late to wish you all a happy new year but I’m a little late in publishing this post. I hope you all had a great break over Christmas and now we have got the worst week of the year out of the way things are seeming a little more promising. I hate that first week of January; the depression of going back to work after a long break, the fact we still have months of winter to go and no sign of a holiday anywhere on the horizon….sad times. But, now we’re about to begin a second week and i’m turning (forcing) my mood around, after all those days are getting a little longer…..

My main focus in life right now is the London Marathon and despite being struck down with a cold last week (to add to my low mood) training has begun in earnest. I’ve joined my local running club, i’ve started going to the local Parkrun, I’m strengthening my core with Yoga…..and I’ve given up the booze (eek!). With all this going on I need to ensure I’m feeding my body well and this delicious granola is perfect to top my porridge with and to stay away from sugar, that’s right I’m back to strictly no sugar except natural sugars.

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Maple cinnamon granola

3 cups of rolled oats
1/2 cup of almonds (roughly chopped)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 sunflower seeds
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp almond butter
3 tbsp maple syrup

1. In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (oats, chopped almonds, seeds and cinnamon.
2. In a saucepan, over a low heat, melt the maple syrup and almond butter.
3. Add the melted syrup and butter to the oat mix and stir through thoroughly.
4. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and pour in the mixture and pack roughly down.
5. Cook for 20 minutes at 180C. Leave to cool in the tray and then store in an airtight container.

Enjoy!

Veronica x