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Black Bean Spread

I was watching Tom Kerridge’s weight loss cooking show on TV last night, where he made a delicious-looking black bean burrito. This inspired me to create my black bean spread recipe. I love bean spreads! They’re so tasty! And I just happened to have a can of black beans in my cupboard! Rather peckish at lunchtime, I was inspired to blend the black beans into this delicious spread. It is very tasty spread on oatcakes or in a gluten free tortilla wrap with carrot sticks and Kalamata olives.

Nutritionally speaking, black beans are high in plant protein and make a great alternative to tuna if you are vegan. They are also delicious served in a bean and lentil curry. Black beans are commonly grown in Italy and you should be able to find them in your local supermarket.

  • Blender
  • Glass container
  • Spoons
Black Bean Spread Ingredients
  • 1 400g can of black beans
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • Half a lemon squeezed
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Firstly rinse the black beans and add to the blender. Now chop up the garlic and add in. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the mixture. Season with the thyme, rosemary, sea salt and black pepper. Finally pour in the olive oil.

Now blend on the lowest speed for 30 seconds. You may need to push down the mixture and blend again until all the beans are blended and you have a smooth spread.

Spoon the black bean spread into a glass container.

Store in the fridge and eat within 3-4 days.

Can be served as a dip with carrot and celery sticks, spread on oatcakes or added as a filling to a baked sweet potato! Enjoy!

Vegan Chicken Wrap Recipe

I was asked by Loving Hut Southgate to come up with some vegan grab-and-go lunch recipes. So I came up with this idea. This vegan chicken wrap recipe makes a tasty lunch! You can fill the wrap with your favourite nutritious vegetables such as lettuce, tomato, cucumber or avocado to get some of your 5 a day!

Vegan Chicken Wrap Recipe

Serves 1


1 Gluten free wrap

1/4 Vegan spicy tofu chicken

3tbsp Vegan mayonnaise

1 Lettuce leaf

1/4 Avocado

1 Medium tomato


Firstly make the vegan spicy tofu chicken and vegan mayonnaise.

Now place the wrap on a flat surface. Place a lettuce leaf In the middle of the wrap. Now put down a line of the vegan spicy tofu chicken. Add on the dollops of vegan mayonnaise. Next cut the avocado in half lengthways and cut one quarter into slices. Place the avocado slices on the wrap. Chop the tomato into slices and place on the wrap.

Finally roll up the wrap and cut in half. Enjoy!

Vegan Spicy Tofu Chicken

This vegan spicy tofu chicken recipe is inspired by a trip to Loving Hut Southgate where I was served tasty vegan chicken pieces in rice noodles with stir fried vegetables. Vegan spicy tofu chicken is easy to make and is delicious in a vegan chicken and lettuce wrap or with a meal for dinner.

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Serves 4


1 block tofu

3tbsp gluten free flour

1tbsp ground flaxseed or gram flour

1tbsp dijon mustard

2tsp cumin

1tsp coriander

1/2tsp sea salt

1/2tsp black pepper

100ml water

1tbsp coconut oil


Firstly drain the tofu and place it on a piece of kitchen roll. Place something heavy such as a chopping board on top of the tofu and press down.

Now prepare the batter. Add the flour, ground flaxseed, mustard, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper into a bowl. Mix it together, then create a well in the middle. Slowly add the water and mix in as you go, until the mixture forms a smooth batter.

Break up the pressed tofu into bite sized pieces and add into the batter. Cover the tofu in batter.

Add the oil into a large frying pan on a medium heat. Add in the tofu pieces and fry for 10-15 minutes until the tofu sides are golden brown. Turn over the tofu pieces half way through.

Serve warm and eat immediately.


Vegan Bread

It is wonderful to make homemade bread with the smell of bread filling the kitchen. And it is more tasty and satisfying knowing that you made it yourself! This yummy vegan bread has a crispy crust and is light and fluffy in the middle. it is delicious sliced and served with your favourite spread. It is gluten free, egg free and dairy free.

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500g Dove’s Farm Gluten Free White Bread Flour

2tsp Quick yeast

2tbsp Coconut sugar

1/2tsp Salt

1 Flax egg (1tbsp ground flaxseed in 200ml water)

6tbsp Rapeseed oil

1tsp Apple cyder vinegar

400ml Water


Put the dry ingredients including the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt into a large bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon. Make an indent in the middle of the flour. Now add the wet ingredients including the flax egg, half the rapeseed oil, the apple cyder vinegar and water. Mix until you have a smooth, thick batter. Pour the remaining oil over the dough.

Oil a 1kg bread tin and tip the dough into the tin. Cover loosely with a sheet of cling film. Leave in a warm place for 1-2 hours until the dough has risen to the top of the tin.

Preheat the oven to 200C or 180C fan. Bake for 55 minutes.

Store the vegan bread wrapped in baking paper in a cool, dry place. Eat within a week.


Vegan Christmas Dinner

The Christmas season is upon us, so I thought I would share my vegan christmas dinner recipe which I made last year. It’s so delicious I’m going to make it again this year! This tasty vegan christmas dinner consists of Quinoa Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms & Roasted Root Vegetables with my Raw Chocolate Brownie and Banana & Cashew Ice Cream for dessert!

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Serves 2


2 Carrots

2 Sweet potatoes

8 Brussels sprouts

1 Red onion

2 Garlic cloves

2tbsp Rapeseed oil

4 Portobello mushrooms

100g Quinoa

50g Walnuts

1tbsp Thyme

1/2tsp Himalayan pink crystal salt

1/2tsp Black pepper


Preheat the fan oven to 200C.

Wash the vegetables. Cut the ends off of the carrots and sweet potatoes and slice them lengthways, arranging them in layers in a baking dish. Cut the Brussels sprouts in half and add to the baking dish with the sliced red onion. Place in the peeled garlic cloves cut into quarters. Drizzle over the rapeseed oil.

Place the baking dish in the hot oven for 30 minutes.

While the vegetables are cooking, prepare the stuffed portobello mushrooms. Firstly weigh out the quinoa and and place in a pan of hot water. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 12 minutes. When the quinoa has absorbed most of the water, add in the chopped walnuts. Season with the thyme, salt and black pepper and mix in well.

Cut the stems out of the portobello mushrooms. Now spoon the quinoa mixture into the portobello mushrooms.

After the 30 minutes, remove the baking dish from the oven and carefully place the 4 stuffed portobello mushrooms on top of the roasted vegetables. Return to the oven for 15 minutes.

Serve 2 quinoa stuffed portobello mushrooms and half the roasted vegetables per person.

For dessert, make my Raw Chocolate Brownie and Banana & Cashew Ice Cream


Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese

If you are vegetarian or vegan you may miss this Italian inspired favourite, spaghetti bolognese. Now you can enjoy this delicious, protein rich, vegan spaghetti bolognese which is made without meat!

Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese

Serves 2


1tsp                            Olive oil

1                                 Red Onion

2                                 Garlic Cloves

150g                           White Button Mushrooms

¼ tsp                          Pink Crystal Salt

¼ tsp                          Black Pepper

½ tbsp                        Dried Oregano

1 500g can                 Passata

1tbsp                          Tomato Puree

1 small                        Carrot

1 400g can                 Red Kidney Beans

200ml                          Filtered Water

150g (75g/serving)     Gluten free spaghetti pasta


Put the olive oil into a large pan. Add the chopped onion and sliced mushrooms and stir. When the onion starts to brown, add in the chopped garlic. Next season with the oregano, salt and pepper and stir to mix in.

Now pour in the passata and add the tomato puree. Next add in the finely chopped carrot and red kidney beans. Bring to the boil. Simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes stirring regularly. Add in the extra water.

While the sauce is cooking, add the spaghetti pasta to a large pan of boiling, slightly salted water. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, then drain.

Serve the sauce in the middle of the spaghetti while still warm. Enjoy!


Pumpkin Curry

If you are wondering what to do with your pumpkin now Halloween is over, look no further! Dice it up to make a delicious pumpkin curry! This is my first attempt at carving a pumpkin face! He looks more friendly that scary! Looked pretty cool glowing in the dark with a tea light inside on Halloween!


Pumpkin Curry

Serves 2


1tsp                Coconut Oil

1/2                  Red Onion

1                     Garlic Clove

1cm cube        Fresh Ginger Root

80g                  Mushrooms

1tsp                 Ground Cumin

1tsp                 Ground Coriander

½ tsp               Ground Turmeric

1/4tsp              Sea Salt

1/4tsp              Black Pepper

1                      Carrot

1/2                   Medium Pumpkin

1/4 block          Coconut Cream dissolved in 200ml Hot Water

300ml               Passata

300ml               Filtered Water

65g                  Red Lentils

75g                  Basmati Rice (per portion)


Melt the coconut oil in a large saucepan on a medium heat. Chop up the red onion, mushrooms and root ginger and add to the pan. Fry until the onions start to look translucent. Now add in the chopped garlic. Season with the spices and stir to mix.

Very finely chop the carrot and add to the pan. Dice the pumpkin into cubes and add to the pan.

Now melt the coconut cream in hot water and add the resulting coconut milk to the pan. Pour in the passata and add in the extra water. Add the lentils. Now bring to the boil. Simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Next pour around 300ml of water into a small pan. Bring to the boil and add the basmati rice. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Scoop half the curry sauce onto a plate and serve warm with the rice. Enjoy!


Vegan Lasagne

This vegan lasagne reminds me of when I used to eat microwave ready meal lasagne as a student before I became ill. However this lasagne is much more delicious and more healthy for being gluten and dairy free! I used my vegan mozzarella recipe and tripled the amount to create the cheese sauce for the vegan lasagne. You can leave out the tofu mince if you want the lasagne to be soy free.

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Serves 4


Tomato Sauce

1tsp        olive oil

1/2          onion

3 cloves  garlic

1 can      passata

1             carrot

250g       mushrooms

2tsp        dried basil

1/4tsp     sea salt

1/4tsp     black pepper

Vegan Cheese Sauce

90g         cashew nuts

3tbsp      tapioca starch

600ml     almond milk

1tsp        pink himalayan crystal salt

1/2          lemon squeezed

2tsp        nutritional yeast (optional)

Tofu Mince

1 block    tofu

Other Ingredients

1tbsp      olive oil

12           gluten-free lasagne sheets

1L           water


Preheat the oven to 200C or 180C for a fan oven.

To prepare the tomato sauce, heat the olive oil in a pan over a medium heat. Fry the chopped onion and mushroom until the mushrooms begin to brown. Then add the chopped garlic, salt and pepper and cook for a few minutes. Next add the chopped carrot. Now pour in the passata and stir in the dried basil. Simmer on a low heat while you prepare the other ingredients.

To make the vegan cheese sauce, add all the ingredients into a blender and blend for 30 seconds. Now pour the mixture into a large pan on a medium heat. The mixture will start to thicken and lumps will appear. Stir continuously. Once the sauce has thickened, turn off the heat.

Now make the tofu mince. First drain the tofu block. Then place it into a bowl and mash it up with a fork.

Grease the base of a casserole dish with olive oil.

Next bring a wide pan of water to the boil. Drop 3 lasagne sheets into the water and spread them out. Boil the sheets for 5 minutes each ensuring all the edges have softened. Place the first 3 lasagne sheets onto the base of the casserole dish, layering the sheets over one and other to fill in the gaps. Repeat with the remaining lasagne sheets.

Now spoon over a third of the tomato sauce and smooth over using the back of a spoon. Now add a quarter of the vegan cheese sauce on top and smooth over with a spoon. Finally add a third of the tofu mince on top.

Layer 3 more of the boiled lasagne sheets on top. Add another layer of tomato sauce, vegan cheese sauce and vegan mince..

Again layer 3 more of the boiled lasagne sheets on top. Add the final layer of tomato sauce. Add another quarter of the vegan cheese sauce. And add the final layer of vegan mince.

Now layer the final 4 lasagne sheets on top. Pour on the remaining vegan cheese sauce and spread out with a spoon.

Finally place the dish in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven and slice into 4 portions. Indulge!


Mushy Peas Recipe

Mushy peas are delicious and easy to make once they have been soaked! They go perfectly with my vegan style fish ‘n’ chips or spicy sweet potato wedges! Peas are a great source of vegan protein!

Mushy Peas

Serves 2-4


250g                  Dried marrowfat peas

1tbsp                 Bicarbonate of soda

850ml + 600ml  Filtered water

1/4tsp                Sea salt

1tsp                   Sugar (Optional)


The day before you plan to eat the mushy peas, dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in 850ml of boiling water. Now put the peas into a large bowl and pour over the water. Leave to soak overnight.

The next day drain and rinse the mushy peas. Store in a container in the fridge until you plan to cook them.

Bring to the boil 600ml of water. Add the peas and add salt to taste. Simmer on a medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the peas are mushy.

Serve warm with vegan style fish ‘n’ chips! Store leftovers in a container in the fridge.


10 Warming Autumn Recipes

As the days get colder, it is comforting to have hot, spicy meals to warm us up. Here are 10 warming Autumn recipes to do just that! My favourite meal at the moment is the delicious sweet potato and tomato casserole.

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  5. Red Lentil & Kidney Bean CurryphpTil1mTAM
  6. Green Pea & Mung Bean SoupphpfGP311AM
  7. Carrot & Coriander Soupphpt7pw7HAM
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  9. Quinoa & Mushroom Risottophp3ePQwBAM
  10. Spicy Sweet Potato Wedgesphp4W3HbiAM