Mac ‘n’ Cheese Bites

Mac ‘n’ Cheese Bites

Some of you might remember one of the first recipes we shared was our vegan mac ‘n’ cheese. It’s amazing to think that was almost 16 months ago!

Well that original mac ‘n’ cheese recipe has been a staple in our household ever since, and we recently decided it was about time we gave it a fun new twist.

We’ve added more ingredients to the sauce to give it a tasty kick and we chose to bake the macaroni in muffin moulds to create these awesome ‘bites’, which are perfect for dinner parties or taking to work for a snack.

If you love to experiment, we recommended trying different types of pasta to see how the bites turn out. We’ve also tried with mini conchiglie pasta, which turned out great.

Also, don’t forget to always check the label when you buy mustard from supermarkets. You can also use Dijon mustard, but some will use cheap white wine which might not be vegan.

Enjoy!

Roxy & Ben

Mac 'N' Cheese Bites

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Mac ‘n’ Cheese Bites
Mac ‘n’ Cheese Bites
Servings
12 bites
Ingredients
For the ‘cheese’ sauce
  • 140 g cashews raw
  • 220 ml soya or almond milk
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 20 g nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika ground
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
For the bites
  • 250 g macaroni pasta dry
  • 80g g raw baby spinach leaves
  • small handful of breadcrumbs
  • small handful of chives chopped
Servings
12 bites
Ingredients
For the ‘cheese’ sauce
  • 140 g cashews raw
  • 220 ml soya or almond milk
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 20 g nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika ground
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
For the bites
  • 250 g macaroni pasta dry
  • 80g g raw baby spinach leaves
  • small handful of breadcrumbs
  • small handful of chives chopped
Mac ‘n’ Cheese Bites
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C and lightly grease the muffin tray.
  2. Soak the cashews in hot water for 30 minutes.
  3. Cook the macaroni as per packet instructions.
  4. Meanwhile, add the “cheese” ingredients to a blender and blend together until smooth, then transfer to a mixing bowl with the spinach.
  5. Drain the pasta and transfer the cooked macaroni to the mixing bowl. Mix the pasta with the cheese sauce and the spinach until evenly coated.
  6. Spoon the mac ‘n’ cheese mixture evenly into the muffin moulds. Once each mould is full, press down with the back of a spoon to compact the mixture. Then, sprinkle the breadcrumbs on the top of the bites.
  7. Transfer muffin tray to the oven and bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  8. Remove bites from the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes.
  9. To remove bites from the muffin moulds, run a tablespoon around the edges and use the spoon to lift the bites out from the moulds.
  10. Sprinkle with chopped chives to serve.
Recipe Notes

You will also need a 12-up muffin tray.

Say Aloe Margarita Ice Lollies

Margarita Ice Lollies

This recipe is supported by Say Aloe

Don’t panic, summer isn’t over just yet!

So some of you might remember last year we shared our tried-and-tested Pimm’s Ice Lollies recipe (make sure you check it out if you haven’t already).

Well to celebrate the new ‘Say Aloe’ aloe vera drink, we were challenged to reboot last year’s recipe and come up with a fun and exciting twist.

And here it is, our recipe for Say Aloe Margarita Ice Lollies. More sophisticated, more boozy and even more satisfying, these cocktail-inspired ice lollies are the perfect way to see summer out with a bang.

Top tip: it’s worth checking on the lollies when you freeze the margarita layer. You want the margarita layer to be ever-so-slightly under frozen so it blends with the raspberry layer.

Our recipe uses the new-look ‘Say Aloe’ aloe vera drink, along with traditional margarita ingredients and an extra raspberry layer to give the lollies a vibrant boost of colour.

Margarita Ice Lollies

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Say Aloe Margarita Ice Lollies
Margarita Ice Lollies
Servings
6 lollies
Ingredients
For the margarita layer
  • 80 ml tequila
  • 40 ml triple sec
  • juice of half a lime (roughly 20 ml)
  • 250 ml 'Say Aloe' aloe vera drink
  • 6 thin slices of lime
For the raspberry layer
  • 65 g raspberries
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup
  • juice of half a lime (roughly 20 ml)
Servings
6 lollies
Ingredients
For the margarita layer
  • 80 ml tequila
  • 40 ml triple sec
  • juice of half a lime (roughly 20 ml)
  • 250 ml 'Say Aloe' aloe vera drink
  • 6 thin slices of lime
For the raspberry layer
  • 65 g raspberries
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup
  • juice of half a lime (roughly 20 ml)
Margarita Ice Lollies
Instructions
  1. Combine the tequila, triple sec, juice of half a lime and the ‘Say Aloe’ aloe vera drink and stir. Then pour the liquid into the ice lolly moulds, leaving roughly a cm gap at the top of each mould.
  2. Place one slice of lime into each mould. Then place the lid on top of the moulds and insert the ice lolly sticks.
  3. Transfer the ice lollies to the freezer and freeze for a minimum of 4 hours.
  4. Just before the lollies are ready to be removed from the freezer, prepare the raspberry layer by blending all the ingredients until smooth.
  5. Next, remove the lollies from the freezer and fill the remaining gap in each mould with the raspberry liquid. Ideally, the margarita layer should be ever-so-slightly under-frozen, which should mean the raspberry layer will blend nicely with the liquid below.
  6. Place the lollies in the freezer again for a minimum of 4 hours, but ideally overnight. Don’t worry about placing the lid back on the moulds because the sticks should already be frozen in the lollies.
  7. Remove the lollies from the freezer and run a little warm water over the moulds for a few seconds to make them easier to remove from the moulds. The lollies should feel stiff and they should be quite difficult to remove from the moulds. If the lollies are loose, then return them for the freezer for another hour or two.

About Say Aloe

Grace Say Aloe isn’t your average drink. From an unusual flavour that you’ve never experienced before, to pieces of aloe vera which give the drink it’s unique texture, it’s a total reboot of the ordinary.

Drinking Grace Say Aloe creates a spot of spectacular in a very normal world, by changing regular life into something more exciting and fun, even if just for a few minutes #RebootNormal

Homemade Energy Bars

Homemade Energy Bars

This recipe is supported by Teami Blends

So what does it take to make the ultimate homemade energy bar?

They need to be packed with protein and contain tons of nutrition, but most of all…they should be delicious, right?

Well…we think we might have mastered just that! These bars are a real winner. The apricots and maple syrup help glue all the ingredients together, while bringing a lovely sweetness to the bars. And the combination of raisins, seeds, berries and nuts packs tons of interesting flavours into each bite.

Also, thank you to our friends over at Teami Blends for supporting this recipe! You can learn more about their products below.

Homemade Energy Bars

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Homemade Energy Bars
Homemade Energy Bars
Servings
10 bars
Ingredients
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw buckwheat groats
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup soft dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
Servings
10 bars
Ingredients
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw buckwheat groats
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup soft dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
Homemade Energy Bars
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper. Spread out the oats, pumpkin seeds and almonds evenly on the tray, then roast for 10 minutes in the preheated oven.
  3. Meanwhile, put the apricots, maple syrup and water in a blender and blend until completely smooth, then transfer to a mixing bowl. Next, add the buckwheat groats, raisins and cranberries.
  4. Remove the baking tray from the oven and leave to cool, but make sure the oven remains switched on. Once cool, transfer the roasted oats, pumpkin seeds, and almonds to the large mixing bowl.
  5. Line an 7” x 7” square cake tin with greaseproof paper before transferring the mixture into the tin. Smooth over the top using a piece of greaseproof paper, pushing down to make sure the mixture is compact. Make sure you push down as firmly as possible to prevent the bars from falling apart when you slice them into bars.
  6. Place the cake tin in the oven for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove the cake tin from the oven and leave the energy bars to cool completely. Note: the energy bars might crumble if you try to slice them before they have cooled completely.
  8. Take the energy mix out of the cake tin and slice into 10 energy bars.
Recipe Notes

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About Teami Blends

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If you are looking for an amazing detox tea that you can incorporate into your daily routine, this is the one for you! The Teami 30 Day Detox Tea will help you feel better from the inside out.

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Broccoli Tater Tots

This is a great recipe to have in your repertoire! The tots are simple, hearty and filling – we usually make them when friends are coming over, and leave them on the table for people to pick at before the main course.

The chili powder gives the tots a gentle kick, but you can avoid chili and go for something more subtle like paprika if you’re not a big fan of spicy food.

Enjoy!

Broccoli Tater Tots

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Broccoli Tater Tots
Broccoli Tater Tots
Servings
15 tots
Ingredients
  • 350 g potato
  • 1 broccoli head
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp chili pepper
  • half white onion finely diced
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
Servings
15 tots
Ingredients
  • 350 g potato
  • 1 broccoli head
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp chili pepper
  • half white onion finely diced
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
Broccoli Tater Tots
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 220°C and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Then fill a saucepan with boiling water and place on a medium heat.
  2. Peel the potato and roughly chop it into 2 inch chunks. Add the potato to the boiling water and boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, trim and discard the broccoli stem (save the stem for a soup) and separate the head into medium-sized florets.
  4. Place the broccoli florets in the saucepan with the potato and boil for a further 2 minutes.
  5. Drain the water from the pan and leave the potato and broccoli to cool.
  6. Once cool, grate the potato and finely chop the broccoli, then transfer both to a mixing bowl.
  7. Add the remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix well with your hands until thoroughly combined.
  8. Take a large tbsp of the mixture, squeeze it in your hands to form a ball, then shape it into a cylinder. Repeat and place each broccoli tater tot on the lined baking tray.
  9. Bake in pre-heated oven for 20 minutes.
  10. Leave to cool for 10 minutes before serving with ketchup.
Recipe Notes

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Easy Dips 3 Ways

Easy Dips 3 Ways

We couldn’t decide on our favourite dip, so we thought to ourselves…why not list our top three in one go?

And here they are! Easy dips 3 ways:

Lemon & coriander hummus, tomato salsa and baba ganoush. All super easy, deliciously fresh and the perfect party dips.

We’ve tried to make these recipes as simple as possible, using traditional and easy to find ingredients that will take no time at all to prepare.

We’ve also made the quantities quite small, in case you want to enjoy the dips all to yourself! And we wouldn’t blame you…

Lemon & Coriander Hummus

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Lemon & Coriander Hummus
Lemon & Coriander Hummus
Servings
Ingredients
  • 250 g chickpeas cooked
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • juice from 2 lemons
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • large pinch of salt
  • large pinch of pepper
  • small handful of clinatro roughly chopped
Servings
Ingredients
  • 250 g chickpeas cooked
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • juice from 2 lemons
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • large pinch of salt
  • large pinch of pepper
  • small handful of clinatro roughly chopped
Lemon & Coriander Hummus
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except the cilantro in a food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Remove the blade from the food processor and stir in the cilantro.
  3. Transfer hummus to a serving bowl and top with a drizzle of olive oil and cilantro.

Tomato Salsa

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Tomato Salsa
Tomato Salsa
Servings
Ingredients
  • 3 large vine tomatoes finely diced
  • 1/2 red onion finely diced
  • 1 green chili sliced
  • 1 garlic clove diced
  • small handful of clinatro roughly chopped
  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
Servings
Ingredients
  • 3 large vine tomatoes finely diced
  • 1/2 red onion finely diced
  • 1 green chili sliced
  • 1 garlic clove diced
  • small handful of clinatro roughly chopped
  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
Tomato Salsa
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Transfer to serving dish and top with cilantro.

Baba Ganoush

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Baba Ganoush
Baba Ganoush
Servings
Ingredients
  • 3 aubergines
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • small handful of parsley
Servings
Ingredients
  • 3 aubergines
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • small handful of parsley
Baba Ganoush
Instructions
  1. Place aubergines on a baking tray and grill for 35 minutes turning occasionally.
  2. Remove aubergines from under the grill and leave to cool. Then trim the tops and remove the skins.
  3. Transfer aubergines to a sieve resting over a bowl. Then, using a fork, mash the aubergine to squeeze out as much water as possible.
  4. Transfer aubergine, garlic, lemon juice, tahini, olive oil, salt and pepper to a food processor and blend until smooth.
  5. Remove the blade from the food processor and stir in the parsley.
  6. Transfer to serving bowl and top with a drizzle of olive oil and parsley.

Vegan Creme Eggs

Creme Eggs

These are a great treat for friends and family during Easter. Turmeric is a surefire way to add vibrant colour to the regal icing without having to find vegan-friendly food colouring. And don’t worry…it doesn’t leave a strange taste. These are really scrumptious!

This recipe makes extra icing to fill the eggs because it depends what mould you will be using and how much chocolate you remove from the middle. But you can always make more if you have any left over.

Makes 5 vegan creme eggs.

Creme Eggs

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Vegan Creme Eggs
Vegan Creme Eggs
Servings
5 creme eggs
Ingredients
  • 200 g dark chocolate (suitable for vegans)
  • 50 ml water
  • 50 g sugar
  • 250 g regal icing (suitable for vegans)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
Servings
5 creme eggs
Ingredients
  • 200 g dark chocolate (suitable for vegans)
  • 50 ml water
  • 50 g sugar
  • 250 g regal icing (suitable for vegans)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
Vegan Creme Eggs
Instructions
  1. Break chocolate into small pieces and place in a heatproof bowl. Place the bowl above a pan with simmering water and melt the chocolate completely.
  2. Transfer chocolate to a measuring jug and slowly pour into the mould so each compartment is full. Gently shake the mould to remove any air bubbles, then freeze for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, grate the regal icing and put 100g in a bowl. Set aside the remaining 150g in a separate bowl.
  4. Add the sugar and water to a pan over a low heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  5. Add the turmeric and vanilla extract to the 100g of regal icing, along with a few spoons of the sugary water. Mix until smooth. Add more of the liquid if required.
  6. Add the remaining sugary water to the 150g of regal icing and mix until smooth.
  7. Remove the mould from the freezer and spoon out the middle of each half using a teaspoon. Pipe the plain icing mix into two thirds of each egg half and pipe the turmeric icing mix into the remaining third.
  8. Freeze for at least a further 20 minutes (or longer depending on how soon you want to eat the eggs).
  9. Remove the mould from the freezer and push out egg halves.
  10. Dip the end of a chopstick in the remainder of the melted chocolate and brush the stick over the edges of each egg half. Stick two halves together to form an egg.
  11. Leave to soften until ready for eating!

Vegan Soft Cheese

Vegan Soft Cheese

We’re really excited to share this simple soft cheese recipe with you so you can make your own cheese at home…from scratch! It’s rich, creamy from the cashews, and it’s great for spreading over crackers.

I’m always keen to learn as much as I can about the ingredients in the food I eat. The more I can strip back recipes to their basic ingredients, the more I understand about recreating interesting meals at home. This cheese recipe is no exception, stripped back to it’s raw form, this is a really easy and impressive recipe for any dinner table.

We add a little turmeric to give the recipe a yellow colour, but this it up to you! The cheese will become firmer the longer you leave it in the refrigerator.

Ingredients

1 cup cashews
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 clove garlic
3/4 cup water
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 1/2 tbsp agar flakes (or substitute for agar powder but use half the amount)
Oil to coat container

Vegan Soft Cheese

Method

1. Soak the cashews in hot water for at least 30 minutes.

2. Add 1/2 cup water to a pan and pour the agar flakes on top. Heat the mixture until it starts to boil, stirring occasionally, and simmer for a further 2-3 minutes.

3. Add the cashews, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, garlic, 1/4 cup water, salt and turmeric to a blender. Then, add the agar mixture and blend for roughly 20 seconds or until the mixture is smooth.

4. Lightly grease a small ramekin and pour in the cheese mixture.

5. Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours before serving.

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Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed Mushrooms

Makes 8 stuffed mushrooms.

Ingredients

250g chestnut mushrooms
20g wild rice
1/4 cup walnuts roughly chopped
1/2 onion diced
1 clove garlic chopped
1/2 red pepper diced
1/4 tsp each salt & pepper
25g vegan parmesan cheese grated
3 tbsp olive oil

Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed Mushrooms
– Full recipe http://bit.ly/2eyRULD

Posted by So Vegan on Friday, 21 October 2016

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.

2. Cook rice as per package instructions.

3. Meanwhile, remove stalks from mushrooms and place mushrooms on a baking tray. Drizzle mushrooms with a little olive oil and bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

4. Toast walnuts in pan over a medium heat for 5 minutes.

5. Wipe the pan clean, drizzle with a little oil and fry the onion for a few minutes until soft. Next add the red pepper, garlic, salt & pepper, and continue to fry for a further 5 minutes.

6. Place cooked rice, toasted walnuts, the fried pepper mix and cheese (leave a little for topping) into a mixing bowl and combine.

7. Remove excess water from the mushroms. Then, using a teaspoon, gently fill each mushroom with the rice mix and sprinkle a little of the leftover cheese on top.

8. Place stuffed mushroom on baking tray and bake for a further 10 minutes.

Chickpea ‘Tuna’ Melt

Chickpea 'Tuna' Melt

Makes 2 sandwiches.

Ingredients

4 slices of bread
1 tin chickpeas
2 spring onions
1/2 cup sweetcorn
3 tbsp vegan mayonnaise
Pinch of salt & pepper
1 tbsp lemon juice
60g vegan cheese grated
1 tbsp vegan margarine

Chickpea ‘Tuna’ Melt

Chickpea ‘Tuna’ Melt
– Full recipe http://bit.ly/2ejvqlM

Posted by So Vegan on Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Method

1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas, transfer to a mixing bowl and mash until all the chickpeas are broken down.

2. Add the spring onion, sweetcorn, vegan mayonnaise, lemon juice and salt & pepper, and combine.

3. Next, take 2 slices of bread and spread 2 tbsp of the chickpea mixture on top of each slice.

4. Add 30g of vegan cheese to each slice of bread and top with a second slice.

5. Next, spread vegan margarine on the outside of the top slice of bread.

6. Place a pan on a medium heat. Wait until the pan is hot before frying the first sandwich (margarine side down) for 5 minutes or until golden brown.

7. While the sandwich is frying, carefully spread margarine on the top slice of bread.

8. Flip the sandwich over and fry for a further 5 minutes.

9. Remove from the pan and repeat for the remaining sandwich.

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