Heck have brought out quite a range of new gluten-free, vegan sausages and I have so much time (and tummy space) for this.
So far I have tried the Super Greens, Beetroot and the Sweet Fusion flavours. The sweet Fusion sausages contain a mix of gentle Thai flavours, rice and vegetables.
Today I’ve made a simple and yummy sesame stir fry to accompany the tasty sausages. With crunchy carrot, mange tout and cashew nuts fried in sesame oil this stir fry is lovely with some toasted sesame seeds.
I hope you try and enjoy the Heck sausages as well as the stir fry.
Having discovered I am not allergic to cashew nuts I’ve been including them in as many recipes as I can.
Start by making a yellow curry paste by blending chilli, garlic, ginger, coriander and turmeric into a paste using a vegetable mincer. Warm the paste through with some coconut oil and saute to create the base of the curry.
Add dried yellow split peas, chickpeas and cashew nuts and then cover with coconut milk and boiling water. I use Alpro coconut milk instead of tinned milk as it’s less heavy and less fatty.
Bring to the boil then turn down and cook on a medium heat for 1 – 2 hours, stir regularly and keep an eye on how the chickpeas and yellow split peas are cooking. The pulses will have softened and expanded as they cook.
If needed continue to cook the curry for longer. This is a great recipe to make in a slow cooker for an easy workday tea.
I serve with coconut rice for a really tasty meal.
I love finding new places to eat out and when I visited Cutlery Works Sheffield I found quite a few! Cutlery Works is a food court with shared eating space and a number of independent small food kitchens. For once it was lovely to be a coeliac vegan who was actually spoilt for choice as a number of the kitchens offered suitable food and allergy signage was great.
In the end I opted to order from SHED, a plant based kitchen on the first floor towards the far end bar. SHED had quite a few options I could choose from and were really helpful when I spoke to them in person about allergies and dietary requirements. I had an antipasto board to start (the homemade lemon and sesame seed humous is delicious).
For my main I tucked into this delicious green Buddha bowl curry. I really liked the inclusion of wild rice and the fresh vegetables were lovely in the curry and had enough crunch to feel nutritious.
As well as a choice of places to eat there are a few bars, smoothie and coffee options available. Much too full for a smoothie it was definitely a gin day and the Boseden Rose is a lush floral accompaniment to a beautiful veggie meal.
I have a new (not so secret) favourite food in the Salty and Smoky flavoured Oumph available at Tesco in the UK.
Fod those of you who haven’t come across Oumph! before it a high protein soya alternative that you can cook in next to know time. I’ve tried different flavours including chunky and kebab but the Salty and Smoky is a firm winner in my eyes.
Cooking from frozen with a little oil in a wok or frying pan this is a really swift and easy food to cook. It’s been forming a good central point for much of my “quick tea” meals recently.
In the dish pictured above I’ve added kale and some leftover braised red cabbage to the Oumph! as it cooks in a wok and served it up.
Be on the look out for more recipes featuring Oumph! as I’m quite a fan.
I really like the combination of sweet flavours with the smoky taste of paprika. This dish serves up both and is a really tasty, as well as cheap vegan and gluten free meal in the long months after Christmas.
I think swede is really underrated and often we forget how versatile it is and only think of it as an addition to mash or stew. This roasted vegetable and bean dish makes the most of the swede’s sweet flavour and soft texture. And as large British swede was on offer in the supermarket the swede I used for 4 servings was only 59p!
Start by preparing the vegetables. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the hard green and purple skin from the swede and then chop into batons. Similar sizes to carrot sticks. Pop into a roasting dish and into the oven at 200° with some oil. Personally I’ve used a little of the Fry Light Avocado oil for this roast but you can amend to your taste. Roast for 20 minutes before turning the swede and adding slice red pepper, yellow pepper and red onion. Stir through so the vegetables are even coates in oil and season with a generous sprinkle of paprika and a little cayenne pepper before returning to roast again for a further 25 minutes.
At this point you can add your beans for the last 15 minutes of the hour long roast. I’ve used black eyed beans as they have a hearty flavour and work really well in smoky dishes. I’ve also used ready to eat black eyed beans from a tin for bonus lazy weekend points! Add the beans and stir through the vegetables before finishing the roasting.
This meal is so tasty and so simple to make. A great way to use swede in vegan and coeliac diets.
These are amazing. I’m going to admit straight up here that these are a packet mix and not from scratch. But what a brilliant, tasty and easy packet mix it is and easy to add flavours to.
Made by Sweetpea Bakery this gluten free pancake mix has vegan instructions for cooking. I’ve use Alpro Coconut Milk and added to the mix with egg replacement and dried cherries. This gives the pancakes a fruity, coconutty taste. Whisk all the ingredients together well before adding to a pre heated pan with oil. Cook until bubbles appear on the top and then flip over for an even cook.
I like that even with the coconut and cherries the pancakes are not too sweet.
I’m going to be trying these pancakes again with different flavours and thoroughly recommend you do too!
January is a time when many of us embrace a healthy detox. Miso soup is a great way to do this. This tasty staple of Japanese foods is becoming more widely available and I love using the Yutaka Miso Paste in cooking.
Yutaka Miso Paste is vegan, gluten free and high in protein so it’s ideal for detox times. Also it’s really easy to use.
For this soup I finely chop vegetables, I’ve used celery, carrot, spring onion and broccoli florets. Add the vegetables to a large wok and saute with a small amount of sesame oil. I only cook for a few minutes as I love this with crunchy vegetables. Then add a large tablespoon of Miso paste and some boiling water. Turn down the heat and continue to cook for a further few minutes.
Serve up and enjoy. A great low calorie as healthy soup for January detox.