The White Rabbit Pizza Co – Smokin Vegan GF

As a coeliac, vegan it’s not been often I’ve found ready made meals in the supermarket. Whilst I love cooking from scratch sometimes it is lovely to enjoy a dinner without any preparation.

Fortunately though as many more people are enjoying the benefits of a plant based lifestyle there are more vegan and gluten free brands emerging. One of those is The White Rabbit Pizza Co. I really enjoyed this pizza and wanted to share that enjoyment and recommendation with you all.

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Spicy Parsnip and Coriander Carrot Soup

Two of my favourite winter soups are spicy parsnip and carrot and coriander. This soup combines those flavours and is perfect and enjoyable.

This is another easy dish to cook. Add chopped parsnips, carrots and onions to a large pan. To serve 6 I used 4 large parsnips, 4 large carrots and a white onion.

Add chopped garlic, red chilli and coriander. Then cover with stock and bring to the boil. Using gluten free vegan stock cubes like the Kallo brand means this meal is perfect for my coeliac needs and vegan dietary choices.

Once boiling turn down the heat and cook on a low setting for about an hour so the soup simmers slowly.

Once cooked blend and enjoy the heat of the chilli with the aromatic coriander. Soups like this make me happy to be a coeliac vegan.

Tamari Tofu and Aubergine

Tofu is such a perfect food. Loved by vegans it brings protein and nutrients as well as a tasty staple and focus of a meal.

This meal is so easy cook. Start by marinating sliced aubergine and tofu in tamari sauce. I’m using the Kikkoman gluten free tamari.

Then heat a large griddle pan. To reduce fat I use Fry Light Coconut spray rather than a full oil. Cook chopped tofu and aubergine on the hot griddle turning half way through. It will only take a few minutes to cook the tofu and aubergine.

Just before cooking is completed add chopped spring onions to fry lightly.

Serve with steamed mange tout for a tasty vegan treat.

Butternut and Spinach GF Pasta

An excellent and tasty vegan and gluten free meal packed with tasty and complementary flavours; this is a true treat.

As a vegan coeliac I often do a weekend batch cook to keep me in lunches and ready to go meals. Today I’m cooking up some healthy meals ready for the week.

I’m starting by roasting a large butternut squash. Skin and chop, add to a roasting pan with sage and a little olive oil. Roast for approximately 45 – 60 minutes.

Whilst the butternut squash is roasting it’s time to cook the pasta. As a coeliac is use gluten free pasta. I like the fusili pasta made from maize flour but it is key to have the water boiling before you add the pasta – as well as throughout. Follow instructions as cooking varies dependant on the flour used to form the pasta.

Once the squash is roasted mix with spinach whilst warm until wilted.

Serve the spinach, squash and pasta with vegan feta and cracked black pepper.

Delicious.

McVegan, Helsinki (GF & Vegan)

I had to do it. I had to put aside my reservations and try it. The McVegan soya burger that has made an addition to the menus offered by McDonald’s in Finland and Sweden.

Available with a gluten free bun on request this burger really could allow coeliac, vegans to access fast food and I have to say it is refreshing to find something in the mainstream that’s suitable and not an afterthought.

The hype around this in vegan circles has been huge and it really has been hailed as the best food ever. From my perspective it’s not all that. It’s tasty but personally I found it a bit too “meaty” possibly due to decades of bean and chickpea burgers.

It has a high level of protein (19g) but definitely can’t be confused with a healthy dish (coming in at 462 calories per meal). I’d say worth a try if you are in a one off situation, and I’d love to see more vegan options in the mainstream, but overall I prefer home cooking.

Vegan Moussaka

This dish has been reimagined hundreds of times. I can see why. It is tasty, nutritional and warming in the cold weather. My gluten free, vegan interpretation has made me look forward to dinner time already.

Aubergine is key to any moussaka dish. Start by chopping 2 aubergines into slices approximately 1cm thick and cooking the slices on a griddle. I use a little Fry light olive oil, sea salt and chopped coriander to season the aubergine whilst it cooks.

I am going to substitute potato with sweet potato! Lower on carbohydrates and much higher in vitamins and fibre I really enjoy sweet potato and this moussaka is no exception. Peel and then slice 2 sweet potatoes similarly to the aubergine. Place in a saucepan, cover with water and then bring to the boil before simmering for 20 minutes. When the sweet potato slices are soft enough you could break them apart but firm enough to retain their shape you are all set.

Drain and leave to cool with the aubergine slices.

When cooled the fun begins – with layering. In addition to your sliced aubergine and sweet potato you will need tinned chopped tomatoes, chopped garlic and vegan cheese.

Start by pressing a layer of the griddled aubergine at the bottom of a baking dish. Cover with chopped tomatoes, then add chopped garlic followed by a layer of sweet potato and a topping of vegan cheese. I repeat this 3 times and then bake for approximately 30 minutes.

My moussaka is ideal winter comfort food. High in vitamins, vegan and gluten free. This makes a tasty meal anytime.

Spiced Kalette Soup

I love kale and was delighted to discover kalettes whilst shopping. Kalettes are a hybrid of kale and sprouts. They are high in vitamins C and K. In addition like all cruciferous vegetables they have high levels of folic acid and fibre. Perfect for a healthy diet.

Start this recipe with a roasting pan and a warm oven. Add 2 chopped red peppers and a chopped courgette to the roasting dish and spray with cooking oil. I’ve used Fry light sunflower as it reduces the fat content in the dish. Stir through paprika and cayenne pepper and pop into the oven to roast for about 45 minutes.

Whilst the vegetables roast chop white onion, and garlic and prepare stock. I’m a coeliac so I find Kallo reduced salt vegetable stock cubes are an ideal stock cheat as they are gluten free and vegan. At only 6 calories as well they are perfect for a healthy meal.

When the vegetables have roasted combine in a saucepan with the garlic, onion and kalettes. Cover with stock and bring to the boil.

Once the soup mix is boiling turn the heat down and simmer for about 30 mins. It is so hard to wait for this soup to cook because it smells beautiful. Use a hand blender to whizz the soup up and stir. My husband has topped his with a little parmesan but I don’t need it so I’m happy as it it. The paprika, cayenne pepper and garlic are so light it makes for a perfect lunch.