Quick Tofu Pad Thai

Quick Tofu Pad Thai

Sometimes we get back home from a long day in the studio feeling exhausted, and we need a really quick, super easy recipe so we can spend the rest of the night relaxing on the sofa!

And this quick tofu pad thai recipe is exactly that.

It’s a really easy recipe to master and it’s bursting with fresh flavours and spices. It’ll take you no time at all, so you can spend the rest of your evenings relaxing content and full of glorious food.

Quick Tofu Pad Thai

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Quick Tofu Pad Thai
Quick Tofu Pad Thai
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 300 g extra-firm tofu
  • 200 g rice noodles
  • 1 head of broccoli cut into 1” florets
  • 2 carrots julienned
  • 1 red pepper julienned
  • 4 garlic cloves diced
  • oil for frying
For the sauce
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp sriracha sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • thumb of ginger grated
  • 1 lime juice only
  • 3 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
For serving
  • 2 spring onions sliced
  • crushed peanuts
  • wedges of lime
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 300 g extra-firm tofu
  • 200 g rice noodles
  • 1 head of broccoli cut into 1” florets
  • 2 carrots julienned
  • 1 red pepper julienned
  • 4 garlic cloves diced
  • oil for frying
For the sauce
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp sriracha sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • thumb of ginger grated
  • 1 lime juice only
  • 3 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
For serving
  • 2 spring onions sliced
  • crushed peanuts
  • wedges of lime
Quick Tofu Pad Thai
Instructions
  1. Prepare the tofu by removing as much moisture as possible by pressing down it, then drying with a tea towel or kitchen towel.
  2. Slice the tofu into 1” chunks and fry in a pan with a little oil on a medium heat for 6 minutes. Then turn over and fry the other side for 6 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the rice noodles as per packet instructions.
  4. While the noodles are cooking, combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  5. Remove the tofu from the pan and set aside. Add a little more oil to the pan and fry the broccoli for 2 minutes. Then add the carrots and pepper, and fry for a further 3 minutes. Finally stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Drain the noodles and transfer to the frying pan with the sauce. Stir well to combine.
  7. Add the tofu pieces to the frying pan, gently fold in and fry for another minute.
  8. Serve with slices of spring onion, crushed peanuts and a wedge of lime.
Recipe Notes

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Quinoa Curry Burger

Quinoa Curry Burger

You might have noticed we’ve shared quite a few spicy recipes recently. Guilty as charged! We both have a huge passion for the delicious, fragrant spices of south Asia, so we’re constantly testing new recipes inspired by the region.

This quinoa curry burger really hits the spot. The spices give the burger a lovely warmth, while the quinoa and black beans pack in lots of protein and fiber.

We also found a useful trick: if you refrigerate the burgers for half an hour before frying, it should help all the ingredients stick together so you’ll be left with a more stable burger.

We make the burger sauce by mixing vegan mayonnaise with tomato ketchup. The sweetness from the sauce is the perfect compliment to the spicy burger.

Enjoy!

Quinoa Curry Burger

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Quinoa Curry Burger
Quinoa Curry Burger
Servings
4 burgers
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup raw quinoa
  • 2 cups black beans
  • 1 red onion diced
  • Handful cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 red chilies finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 garlic cloves grated
  • large thumb of ginger grated
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
Servings
4 burgers
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup raw quinoa
  • 2 cups black beans
  • 1 red onion diced
  • Handful cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 red chilies finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 garlic cloves grated
  • large thumb of ginger grated
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
Quinoa Curry Burger
Instructions
  1. Add 1 cup of water to the quinoa and simmer in a small pan for 15 minutes, or until soft and no water remains.
  2. Meanwhile, drain, rinse, and dry the black beans. Then transfer to a mixing bowl and mash with a potato masher or fork until most of the beans have broken down, leaving some whole ones.
  3. Add the red onion, cilantro, chilies and salt to the mixing bowl.
  4. Heat a little oil in a frying pan and fry the ginger, garlic, paprika, cumin and curry powder for a couple of minutes. Then transfer to the mixing bowl.
  5. Use your hands to combine everything in the mixing bowl. Take a handful of the mixture and shape it into a burger. Repeat for the remaining 3 burgers.
  6. Chill the burgers in a fridge for 30 minutes.
  7. Heat a little oil in a frying pan and fry the burgers for 6 minutes on each side.
  8. Serve with layers of lettuce, tomato, vegan burger sauce, and slices of gherkin.
Recipe Notes

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Super Simple Dhal

Super Simple Dhal

Dhal, or is it daal, dal or dahl? Who really knows? However it’s spelt, this famous Indian dish is a real favourite in our household, and it’s about time we tried mastering it for ourselves.

Packed with protein and nutrients, this dhal recipe is simple, warming and a go-to for anyone who loves Indian cuisine as much as we do.

We serve our dhal with chutney and poppadoms, and sometimes rice if we’re feeling a bit peckish!

Enjoy.

Roxy & Ben

Super Simple Dhal

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Super Simple Dhal
Super Simple Dhal
Servings
6 people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups red lentils rinse before use
  • 1 onion diced
  • 6 garlic cloves grated
  • 4 green chilies sliced
  • large thumb of ginger grated
  • 4 large tomatoes diced
  • 3 tsp turmeric
  • 3 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • handful of cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • oil for frying
For serving
  • poppadoms
  • chutney
Servings
6 people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups red lentils rinse before use
  • 1 onion diced
  • 6 garlic cloves grated
  • 4 green chilies sliced
  • large thumb of ginger grated
  • 4 large tomatoes diced
  • 3 tsp turmeric
  • 3 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • handful of cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • oil for frying
For serving
  • poppadoms
  • chutney
Super Simple Dhal
Instructions
  1. Pour the lentils and 6 cups of water in a saucepan on a medium heat, and cook for 30 minutes. Skim off the foam as it gathers at the top.
  2. Meanwhile, add a little oil to a frying pan and cook the onion for a few minutes. Then stir in the garlic, chili, ginger, and spices, and fry for a further 2 minutes or until the cumin seeds begin to crackle. Then add the tomatoes and fry for another 2 minutes.
  3. Once the lentils are done, transfer the onion mixture to the saucepan with the lentils and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in the cilantro, salt and pepper.
  5. Serve with sprinkling of cilantro, poppadoms, and chutney.
Recipe Notes

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Taco Ring

Taco Ring

We have to say, we’re so chuffed with how this recipe has turned out. Who knew making an awesome taco ring could be so easy?

We decided to use a sheet of puff pastry, which is cut into 16 triangles, but you can use dough already shaped into triangles, if this is easy to find in your local supermarket. Just be sure to check it’s vegan-friendly!

The taco seasoning is packed with spicy flavours. Remember, we like our recipes ever-so-slightly on the hot side, so dial the chili up or down, depending on how you like it.

Enjoy!

Taco Ring

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Taco Ring
Taco Ring
Servings
4-6 people
Ingredients
  • 1 white onion
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 150 g cooked sweetcorn
  • 400 g tinned kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 250 g cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 300 g vegan puff pastry (or 16 crescent dough triangles)
  • 1 tbsp vegan milk
  • oil for frying
For the taco seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Servings
4-6 people
Ingredients
  • 1 white onion
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 150 g cooked sweetcorn
  • 400 g tinned kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 250 g cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 300 g vegan puff pastry (or 16 crescent dough triangles)
  • 1 tbsp vegan milk
  • oil for frying
For the taco seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Taco Ring
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 220°C and line baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Drizzle a little oil in a frying pan on a high heat and fry the onion for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and taco seasoning, and fry for a further 2 minutes.
  4. Next, add the kidney beans, sweetcorn and tomatoes, and cook on a medium heat for 10 minutes.
  5. If using a sheet of puff pastry, roll out the pastry horizontally and slice it in half vertically. Then, create 8 equal rectangles by making three horizontal slices, ensuring the spacing between each slice is equal.
  6. Create sixteen triangles of pastry by cutting each pastry rectangle in half diagonally.
  7. Arrange the pastry triangles in a circle alongside each other, ensuring the widest edges are at the centre and there is an overlap between the triangles. There should be a gap in the middle with a roughly 12cm diameter.
  8. Where the pastry triangles overlap, press down with your fingers to push the pastry into the middle, creating more surface area for the taco mix.
  9. Spoon the taco mixture on top of the pastry and build the mixture as high as possible.
  10. Bring the outer edges of each pastry triangle over the taco mix, tucking the pastry under itself.
  11. Brush the pastry with almond milk.
  12. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.
  13. Remove from oven, serve with cashew sour cream and decorate with your favourite salad.

Cashew Sour Cream Recipe

Ingredients:
1/2 cup cashews soaked
1/4 cup water
2 tsp vinegar
2 tbsp lemon juice

Method:
1. Soak cashews in hot water for 10 minutes, then drain.
2. Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Simple Sweet & Sour Veg

Simple Sweet & Sour

This classic Chinese dish is a hugely popular take-away, but have you ever considered making it from scratch at home?

The good news is it’s a lot easier than you might think!

Our recipe uses ingredients you probably already have tucked away in your kitchen cupboards. It’s packed with fresh sweetness and subtle sourness, the perfect combination.

Say no to take-aways, and have a go at this delicious homemade treat!

Sweet & Sour

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Simple Sweet & Sour
Simple Sweet & Sour
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 1 green pepper sliced
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves diced
  • large thumb of ginger grated
  • 1 tbsp soya sauce
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tbsp organic brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 250 g fresh pineapple chunks
  • 200 ml pineapple juice
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 spring onions julienned
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 1 green pepper sliced
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves diced
  • large thumb of ginger grated
  • 1 tbsp soya sauce
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tbsp organic brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 250 g fresh pineapple chunks
  • 200 ml pineapple juice
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 spring onions julienned
Simple Sweet & Sour
Instructions
  1. Rinse and drain the cauliflower. Then trim and discard the leaves and stems, and separate the cauliflower into small florets.
  2. Heat a little oil in a frying pan on a medium to high heat.
  3. Fry the garlic and ginger for one minute. Then add in the cauliflower and onion, and fry for a further 5 minutes.
  4. Add the red and green peppers and fry for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the soya sauce, vinegar, sugar, ketchup, pineapple chunks and pineapple juice, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in the cornstarch, making sure it is fully combined, and cook through for 2 minutes.
  7. Serve with rice and a sprinkle of spring onion.

Teriyaki Baby Aubergines and Edamame Quinoa by Mindful Chef

Aubergine Teriyaki by Mindful Chef

Have you heard about Mindful Chef?

When we first discovered their awesome vegan range, we were blown away. We decided we had to get in touch to find out if we could recreate one of their amazing recipes ourselves.

And voila!

They recommended we try this delicious teriyaki baby aubergines and edamame quinoa. Fresh, tasty and packed with goodness, this recipe is a real show stopper!

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Aubergine Teriyaki by Mindful Chef

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Teriyaki Baby Aubergines and Edamame Quinoa by Mindful Chef
Aubergine Teriyaki by Mindful Chef
Servings
2 people
Ingredients
  • 1 lime
  • 1 pak choi
  • 1 red chili
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 210 g edamame beans (drained)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 2 baby aubergines
  • 4 cm fresh ginger
  • 80 g kale
  • 80 g quiona
Servings
2 people
Ingredients
  • 1 lime
  • 1 pak choi
  • 1 red chili
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 210 g edamame beans (drained)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 2 baby aubergines
  • 4 cm fresh ginger
  • 80 g kale
  • 80 g quiona
Aubergine Teriyaki by Mindful Chef
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6 and boil a kettle. Roughly chop the kale and slice the end off the pak choi to separate the leaves. Slice the baby aubergines in half lengthways.
  2. To make the teriyaki sauce; peel and grate the ginger and garlic. Place in a bowl with the maple syrup, tamari and the juice from the lime.
  3. Drain and rinse the edamame beans. Rinse the quinoa and place in a saucepan with 400ml boiling water. Simmer for 10 mins, then add the edamame beans and simmer for a further 5 mins.
  4. Drizzle the pak choi leaves with 1/2 tbsp oil. Preheat a griddle pan to a medium heat and cook the pak choi for 2-3 mins until wilted. Remove and keep warm. Then drizzle 1 tbsp oil over the aubergine halves and add to the same pan on a medium heat for 10 mins, turning occasionally until softened and slightly charred. In the final 2 mins, brush the aubergines with half of the teriyaki sauce.
  5. Meanwhile, place the kale on a baking tray, drizzle over 1/2 tbsp oil and place in the oven for 5-10 mins, until turning golden and crispy.
  6. Finely slice the red chilli. Drain the quinoa and beans and mix in the crispy kale, pak choi and remaining teriyaki sauce.
  7. Spoon the edamame quinoa onto two warm plates, top with the chargrilled aubergines and sprinkle over the red chili slices..

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Mini Samosa Pies

Mini Samosa Pies

How amazing do these look? We had tons of fun testing these delicious mini samosa pies. They were a resounding success among all our friends!

You can also have fun experimenting with the filling, using different spices and vegetables. We settled on a spicy samosa mixture, which is packed with flavour and uses easy-to-find ingredients.

Mini Samosa Pies

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Mini Samosa Pies
Mini Samosa Pies
Servings
12 mini pies
Ingredients
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves thinly chopped
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds (crushed)
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 150 g potato diced
  • 2 medium carrots diced
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 300 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 600 g puff pastry pre-rolled
  • almond milk for coating
Servings
12 mini pies
Ingredients
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves thinly chopped
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds (crushed)
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 150 g potato diced
  • 2 medium carrots diced
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 300 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 600 g puff pastry pre-rolled
  • almond milk for coating
Mini Samosa Pies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 220°C.
  2. Add a little oil to a pan. Once hot, fry the onion for 5 minutes.
  3. Next add the garlic, curry powder, cumin, coriander and chili powder to the pan, and fry for a further 2 minutes.
  4. Then add the carrot, potato, peas and vegetable stock, and simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes with the lid on.
  5. Meanwhile, roll out the pastry and use the pastry cutters to cut 12 large circles and 12 small circles. The pastry should be 4-5mm thick (if you're making your own).
  6. Before taking the pan off the heat, add the corn flour and salt. Simmer again on a low heat for 2-3 mins with the lid on.
  7. Place the large pastry circles into each muffin tin, followed by 1-2 tablespoons of the samosa mixture. Then cover and seal each pie with a small circle of pastry.
  8. Brush the top of each pie with almond milk, then bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
Recipe Notes

You will also need a 12 hole muffin tray and two circle pastry cutters (10cm and 6cm)

Mango and Avocado Salad

Mango and Avocado Salad

Salads. They’re not exactly the trickiest of recipes to get right. But what can be a bit tricky is making a salad taste great. The sort of salad that makes you think “wow!”.

And I think we might have just done that!

We’ve fallen in love with this mango and avocado salad. It’s embarrassingly easy, yet bursting with sweet, fresh flavours… perfect as we build-up for the warm summer months.

Mango and Avocado Salad

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Mango and Avocado Salad
Mango and Avocado Salad
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
For the dressing
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
For the salad
  • 1 mango diced
  • 2 avocados diced
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup tinned black beans
  • 1/2 cup tinned sweetcorn
  • 3 leaves of iceburg lettuce
  • handful of coriander
Servings
4 people
Ingredients
For the dressing
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
For the salad
  • 1 mango diced
  • 2 avocados diced
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup tinned black beans
  • 1/2 cup tinned sweetcorn
  • 3 leaves of iceburg lettuce
  • handful of coriander
Mango and Avocado Salad
Instructions
  1. Add the dressing ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix together with a spoon.
  2. Next, add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix everything together with two wooden spoons, until all the ingredients are coated in the dressing.

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Sweet Potato Crust Pizza

Who would have thought it would be so easy to make a sweet potato pizza crust? We rarely have time to make pizza dough from scratch, so this simple, healthy alternative is a very worthy alternative when you have a craving for pizza!

And yep, it’s gluten free. Not bad, right?

We use tomato puree for the sauce because we love the intense, tomatoy-flavour. But you can use passata sauce instead if you prefer!

The vegan mozzarella we used is from Cheezly.

Sweet Potato Crust Pizza

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Sweet Potato Crust Pizza
Sweet Potato Crust Pizza
Servings
1 large pizza
Ingredients
For the base
  • 500 g sweet potato peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 cups oat flour
For the filling
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 3 chestnut mushrooms sliced
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves diced
  • pinch of salt & pepper
  • 2 tsp Italian herbs
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • a few basil leaves
  • 60 g vegan mozzarella sliced
Servings
1 large pizza
Ingredients
For the base
  • 500 g sweet potato peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 cups oat flour
For the filling
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 3 chestnut mushrooms sliced
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves diced
  • pinch of salt & pepper
  • 2 tsp Italian herbs
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • a few basil leaves
  • 60 g vegan mozzarella sliced
Sweet Potato Crust Pizza
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C and line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Cook the sweet potato in a steamer for 20 minutes or boil the potato until soft.
  3. Transfer the soft sweet potato to a mixing bowl and mash. Then add oat flour and mix with a wooden spoon until well combined.
  4. Prepare a little water in a small bowl and use it to wet your hands, then shape the sweet potato dough into a ball and place it on the lined baking tray. Dipping your hands in the water will make it easier to shape the dough without it sticking to your hands.
  5. Shape the dough into a circle roughly 0.5cm thick and smooth it out around the edges.
  6. Bake the dough in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, prepare the toppings by mixing together the onion, pepper, mushrooms, garlic, salt, pepper, italian herbs, chilli flakes and olive oil until the veggies are fully coated in the seasoning.
  8. Once the dough has finished baking, remove from the oven and spread the tomato puree on top followed by a layer of spinach. Then, start layering the veggies on the pizza.
  9. Finish with slices of vegan mozzarella, some basil leaves and a drizzle of olive oil.
  10. Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes.