Firstly let me just say, that I am really into Japanese style food at the moment. Secondly and I’m just going to put it out there, this is probably one of the best dishes I have ever made. The only thing that could have made this better was if I had used a pestle and mortar instead of a blender to make the broth paste. (Arthur our lovely ginger cat decided he didn’t like it anymore and smashed it on the floor.)
Also ASDA AKA Walmart is totally rubbish for all things Japanese, so I had to make substitutions left right and centre to make this work. It’s ok though because the bearded one absolutely loved it! \M/
We have six rescue cats by the way so whenever we are taking pictures that are not just purely of food, you’ll see a couple here and there. 😛
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 carrot, peeled and chopped.
- 4 large leaves of savoy cabbage, chopped.
- Lemon grass herbs or paste.
- 10 black pepper corns.
- 1 large red onion.
- 5 cloves of garlic.
- 1 red chilli pepper.
- A peeled slice of fresh ginger the length of your little finger.
- 250ml water.
- Sea salt to add for your taste.
- Half a head of fresh broccoli, chopped.
- A handful of fresh coriander, chopped.
- 1 tin of coconut milk.
- Sugar snap peas, de-podded.
- Get your wok out and place a small amount of oil in it. Turn up the heat and place the chopped red onion and peppercorns in the pan.
- Stir fry for about 3 minutes and then turn the heat off.
- In the meantime deseed your red chilli and place it in a food processor with the garlic and ginger. Now add about 100 ml of water and wizz it all up to form a paste. (You may need to pulse blend here depending on how good your blender is. I’m not like other food bloggers. Vitamix has yet to endorse me, but hey if you’re listening guys, I don’t mind. :P)
- Place your paste into your wok and crank up the heat again for another 3 or 4 minutes to reduce it down a bit.
- Now it’s time to start adding ingredients one by one, each time stirring and covering in the tasty mixture you just made. I started with the carrots and and worked my way through the rest ending in coconut milk.
- Make sure you have mixed everything in well.
- Turn down the heat and allow to simmer for another 5 minutes so that the vegetables aren’t entirely raw.
- Serve with some fresh coriander and chop sticks.
Things don’t always have to be complicated to be amazing. Sometimes the most simple of ingredients thrown together can create an explosion of flavour in your mouth that you thought you might never be able to create.
A lot of people think that as a vegan you always have to make everything from scratch too. Well that is a big fat lie! The stars of this dish are the pre-made ingredients you can see below:
The ingredients themselves are pretty simple too:
- A teaspoon of dried thyme.
- A good few twists of black pepper.
- 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.
- A whole pack of pre-diced and smoked beetroot.
- 3/4 pack of baby leaf spinach.
- 1 teaspoon of olive or rapeseed oil.
- 1 whole pack of VBites beef style roast chopped into slices.
- 2 tablespoons of your favourite sweet chutney.
This recipe will make enough for two hungry post-workout adults. 😉
- Get the oven on it’s top heat, whatever that is for you.
- Place the balsamic vinegar, oil and beef style pieces in a baking tray and mix together so that the flavours start to soak into the “meat.”
- Now mix in the chutney making sure every single slice is smothered in it. Use more that 2 tablespoons if need be.
- Place that deliciousness in the oven for 10 minutes. (Keep an eye on it because the chutney burns easily.)
- In the mean time mix the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and chop them down with a large pair of scissors to give it a shredded salad feel. (You won’t need any dressing. The “beef” will dress the entire thing.)
- When 10 minutes has passed, remove the roasting mix from the oven and combine with the salad you just made.
- Serve that baby hot and maybe with a pinch of dried chilli on top. 🙂
Quite often I sit at work bored out of my mind day dreaming about what I can have for dinner and that is often where my ideas for blog posts come from too. I wanted to make something Mexican inspired that wasn’t too heavy on the calories but still absolutely delicious. This is what I came up with! 🙂
- A small head of cauliflower. (I got mine in the reduced section at Tesco for 79p)
- A large handful of brown lentils.
- 5 cherry tomatoes.
- 2 red onions.
- Fajita spice packet. (Again Tesco have a cheaper own brand range that I used here.)
- 4 cloves garlic.
- Some alfalfa sprouts. (Optional but a nice nutritional hit.)
- Fresh baby leaf spinach, about two handfuls.
- A mild shop brought salsa or if you have time you can make your own.
- Wholemeal tortilla wraps.
Rinse your lentils in cold water and then place in a pan and simmer for about 25 minutes or until reasonably soft.
Heat a small amount of oil in a pan. Peel and finely chop your onion and garlic and place in the pan.
Peel the leaves from your head of cauliflower. Now you can either grate it or you can place the cauliflower in a blender with the grater attachment. Once complete place in the pan with the onion and garlic and mix thoroughly.
Now add the fajita spice, mix through and turn the heat down whilst you wait for then lentils to cook.
Once the lentils are down, drain and then mix in with the cauliflower rice. You may wish to add more spice here. I added some black pepper, mainly because I really like it! 😛
Chop up your spinach, sprouts and cherry tomatoes and place in a salad bowl. I also like to place the fajita mix in a bowl and the tortillas on a plate so everyone can just help themselves.
This recipe makes enough for four large wraps and it’s super healthy.