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Frozen Coriander

Frozen Coriander

This isn’t a meal you have to prepare in advance, but I do love to have coriander (cilantro) on hand in the freezer at all times. Whilst it’s available frozen in some big and speciality supermarkets, it’s very costly. You can grow your own coriander, […]

Tofu Molee

Tofu Molee

Keralan inspired tofu molee that’s perfect for vegans, vegetarians and anyone who loves their food spicy! Although not exactly a traditional meen molee, this South Indian inspired dish pays homage the fish molee with its superfecta of hot, sweet, salty and sour flavours. It hits […]

Tomato Vegetable Sauce

Tomato Vegetable Sauce

Tomato Vegetable Sauce

The versatility of this tomato sauce is phenomenal. You can use it as the base of any tomato based dish like curry, ratatouille, bolognese sauce or as a pizza or bruschetta topping. You can add whatever vegetables you like, the ones in the recipe are my favourites but just use what you have to hand. It’s a low carb, low GI sauce and fits in well with so many different diets.

Simply leave the sauce chunky or blitz with a cheap hand blender (like this one here) for something that may even fool children who “don’t like vegetables”. Just toss it through some pasta, add some protein like smoked tofu pieces or seitan, and some fresh herbs. Or make a delicious curry by adding a spoonful of garam masala and grated ginger and serving with steamed basmati and chopped coriander. See our Tofu Molee recipe here for an in-depth curry with this sauce and a few extras added.

Tomato Vegetable Sauce Recipe

I don’t tend to freeze this recipe because it’s just so quick to make and we get through it so quickly, but you can if you like. Just pop it into reusable freezer bags (be warned, it stains!) You can make a little extra and put it in the fridge in a jar once cooled, then use that the next day for mini pizzas or a quick lunchtime curry

Tomato Vegetable Sauce

April 6, 2020
: 4
: Easy

One of the most versatile recipe bases around, low carb, vegan and gluten-free

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Ingredients
  • olive oil (optional)
  • seasoning (optional)
  • onion (optional)
  • peppers (optional)
  • aubergine (optional)
  • carrot (optional)
  • courgette (optional)
  • mushrooms (optional)
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic (optional)
  • tablespoon tomato purée
  • tin chopped tomatoes or passata
Directions
  • Step 1 1. Chop all of your vegetables into fairly small pieces, then heat the oil in a heavy bottomed saucepan
  • Step 2 2. Add the vegetables and fry until starting to go golden. If you’re not using oil then keep a glass full of water next to your cooker and add a little at a time to stop them sticking
  • Step 3 3. Add the chopped garlic and tomato purée to the pan and cook until the oil starts to separate
  • Step 4 4. Add the chopped tomatoes or passata and cook through until hot. Simmer until the veggies are fully cooked then transfer to a bowl
  • Step 5 5. Use the stick blender to blend the sauce to the consistency you need. Don’t blend in the pan or the heat can warp the blender and overheat the motor. When it’s all blitzed up you can transfer it back to the saucepan



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Open Falafel Wrap

Open Falafel Wrap

Open Falafel Wrap During my student days in City of Bristol College my favourite treat for lunch was a trip to the falafel van outside the Hippodrome, by the fountains. It was so exotic to me and I’d have a hot styrofoam cup of strong […]

Low Carb Bolognese

Low Carb Bolognese

This low carb bolognese is the cornerstone of our family meals. Pasta has always been a staple of my diet, and as a family we eat it two to three nights a week. Since becoming vegan three years ago, I’ve kept our family’s diet very similar, […]

Vegan Pancetta Pizza

Vegan Pancetta Pizza

This vegan pancetta pizza is mouthwateringly delicious and would impress even meat-loving friends and family. It’s perfect for autumn/fall when the season conjures up romantic images of bonfires and smoky food, toffee apples and fireworks in crispy electric air. The “magic” ingredient is vegan pancetta, which is quite simply the new Waitrose vegan bacon! You could use any vegan bacon, and there are lots on the market, but I love this one for its smokiness, glossiness and lovely texture and lots of people on the vegan Facebook groups say it’s the best replacement they’ve ever tasted. They do have “smoky streaky pieces” but they weren’t available so I just chopped up their bacon.

Waitrose vegan bacon pancetta
Waitrose vegan bacon and pancetta [courtesy of Waitrose]
The Waitrose vegan bacon contains VWG (vital wheat gluten) and soy protein, so it’s a kind of seitan. You could use homemade seitan cubed for this recipe, especially if you’re living plastic-free or soy-free, and there will be a recipe coming soon. For convenience, however, I just chopped up the pre-packaged vegan bacon and added it along with the other toppings.

vegan pancetta pizza ingredients
vegan pancetta pizza ingredients

Vegan Pancetta Pizza Base

As a busy parent, I love to make things from scratch but sometimes it’s necessary to take a little short-cut especially as a business owner. Some days I buy ready-made pizza bases, garlic flatbreads, I use a frozen paratha, puff pastry sheet or even ready-rolled pizza dough (like tne ASDA own brand one). Today I was staying with my mum and shopping in Waitrose, and their dough was quite expensive. Instead, I picked up a pack of bread mix for about £1 and used half of it; this makes two pizzas so you’re looking at about 25p per base. To get the authentic crispy and crunchy base, I always use a bit of medium or rough cornmeal (polenta). I added some truffle infused olive oil for that umami flavour in the base but use regular olive or rapeseed oil if you’re allergic, or just don’t like mushrooms.
vegan pancetta pizza ingredients dough

Gluten-Free Vegan Pancetta Pizza Base

Gluten-free variation, use gluten-free ready rolled puff pastry as a base, which you can get on repeat delivery from Amazon Groceries. Smoked tofu, sliced and sprinkled with smoked salt, makes a lovely alternative to vegan bacon, as well as griddled aubergine (eggplant).

Vegan Pancetta Pizza Sauce

I always make my own pizza sauce. For myself, I’m happy with just chopped tomatoes but the kids and hubby like it really tomatoey so add a good squeeze of tomato purée if you like. I added some salt but regretted it so just put in a grind of black pepper if you like, and again you can add some crushed garlic but I chose not to. Spread it quite thinly on your pizza base so the taste isn’t overpowering.

Vegan Pancetta Pizza Toppings

You can use any vegan cheese such as mozzerella, Cheddar or red Leicester styles grated. You can even make your own vegan cheese (click here) and we have some recipes coming soon! Include any other toppings you’d like that fit in with your dietary requirements, such as pineapple, sliced red or white onions, mushrooms, sweetcorn, black olives, sliced peppers (bell peppers), jalapenos, asparagus, rocket, griddled aubergine (eggplant), marinaded artichoke hearts, vegan feta style cubes, extra herbs like oregano and basil or marjoram and thyme. If you’d like a seafood vibe, add some finely chopped seaweed (nori) to the tomato sauce and add seaweed pearls, which are available in IKEA next to the caviar.

Cooking Tips

To get the most incredible base you can use a pizza stone like this which helps give the authentic Italian flavour. My friend Mya in Tanzania cooks her pizzas on a charcoal cooking pot made out of a recycled paint can, piling coals around a saucepan and on the lid to create an oven… genius!

vegan pancetta pizza
vegan pancetta pizza

Vegan Pancetta Pizza

October 27, 2019
: 4
: 1 hr 30 min
: 20 min
: 1 hr 50 min
: medium

This gorgeous smokey pizza is mouth-wateringly delicious and a big hit with the whole family

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Ingredients
  • half a bag of bread mix
  • warm water
  • olive oil (truffle infused if you can eat mushrooms)
  • medium coarse cornmeal (polenta)
  • half a tin of chopped tinned tomatoes
  • squeeze of tomato purée
  • cracked black peppercorns
  • a little crushed garlic (if you can eat garlic)
  • vegan mozzerella
  • vegan bacon
  • a few leaves of fresh rosemary
Directions
  • Step 1 Pizza base: follow the instructions on the pack to make your bread dough, adding warm water and olive oil. Leave to rest for one hour somewhere warm with a damp tea towel over the top
  • Step 2 Divide the dough in two and roll into circles or ovals for pizza bases, with a little cornmeal on both sides. You can freeze one at this stage, or add the toppings then freeze for another day
  • Step 3 Preheat your oven as hot as it will go, preheat a pizza stone for the most amazing taste
  • Step 4 Tomato sauce: combine the chopped tomatoes, a little purée, pepper and garlic (if you like) and spread thinly on the pizza base
  • Step 5 Top with chopped vegan cheese and bacon, chopped rosemary, a good glug of olive oil and any other topping you’d like to add. Cook in the oven until the base is golden and crispy

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vegan pancetta pizza
Gluten-free vegan omelette

Gluten-free vegan omelette

Gluten-free vegan omelette which can eat to your heart’s content with this super easy recipe. I’ve been meaning to write out this recipe for ages now because it’s such a staple in my kitchen, it’s vegan, it’s budget friendly and it’s super quick to whip […]

Greek Style Cashew Yogurt

Greek Style Cashew Yogurt

This super thick greek style cashew yogurt has just two ingredients, is raw vegan, gluten-free, nut-free*, high in protein and low in carbohydrates and low GI. It’s thick and creamy without being super full of fat, plus you can rest assured the fat you’re getting […]

Basmati Rice Hack

Basmati Rice Hack

This literally couldn’t be easier and for the microwave-owning vegans out there this basmati rice hack will save you so much time and washing up. You simply get a microwavable glass dish like this Pyrex casserole dish, it doesn’t need a lid but they’re handy in the summer for salads etc. You can use plastic dishes or anything that will hold up, and car boot sales are your friend if you don’t have one.

Having fairly straight sides will really help with quantities and we always do it by eye, so no measuring at all. We buy rice in 10kg bags. It usually works out around £1 per kilo which is a third cheaper than buying it from the supermarket and instead of using twenty plastic bags, you’re using one. You can invest in a nice Kilner style jar (IKEA wins out here, for me) and there’s a simple trick to label them:

Your rice stays hot in the microwave for around half an hour or you can put it in a tiffin/insulated bowl to keep it hot for hours, depending on how long your main dish takes to cook. I like to get the rice out of the way before I cook other dishes and the grains become super fluffy and it’s easier to digest. So long as you keep it hot, bacteria won’t grow. As rice cools it can become dangerous because of the spores, and I think this is the most dangerous of vegan foods, the NHS says “Uncooked rice can contain spores of Bacillus cereus, a bacterium that can cause food poisoning. The spores can survive when rice is cooked.” So please be careful, especially when you’re cooking large amounts.

Ingredients
basmati rice
boiling water
salt (optional)
oil (optional)

Method
1. Put your dry rice in the glass dish and cover with boiling water. I look at the side of the dish and make the water twice as high up the sides as the rice. The whole lot will expand. A third rice, top up to two thirds with water and it will expand to fill the dish.
2. If you want, add salt and other seasonings and stir. To add a little luxury you can add a teaspoon of raw organic coconut oil or some good old veg oil or sustainable palm oil (not the orangutan-destroying palm kernel oil).
3. Microwave for 10 minutes and check. If it’s a bit crunchy, give it another few minutes. If it’s a bit chewy add a little more water and stir. Add a lid or pop a plate on it, you can keep it in the microwave, while you cook other dishes.

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Cooling
To refridgerate and freeze the rice you need to cool it straight away. The easiest way to do that is to pop it in a sieve and run it under cold water. Do this straight away so the bacteria don’t get a chance to grow, then drain it well. Put it in freezer bags and you can reuse these by taking the rice out when you’re ready to defrost it, put the rice in another container and cook immediately from frozen. Put the freezer bag back in the freezer straight away and use it next time for rice.

basmati rice hacks recipes without dairy
basmati rice hacks recipes without dairy

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Oat Milk

Oat Milk

Oat milk recipe that’s super easy and dairy-free. Vegan, gluten free, raw, paleo, low fat, low carb and full of yumminess. This no-cook recipe is super quick and gives you a plant milk that goes great on cereal and in cooking. It’s not ideal for […]