Mighty Vegan Meatballs

Mighty Meatballs

This recipe is supported by Tideford Organics

So where do we begin with these mighty vegan meatballs? Well for a start we’re really, really excited about sharing this recipe with you guys!

We kept testing and testing (and testing!) this recipe until we were absolutely certain we’d found the perfect blend of flavours and textures.

The meatballs are lovely and crisp on the outside but moist on the inside, and we’ve packed them with tons of herbs and seasoning so every bite is as satisfying as the last!

For the sauce, we decided to use red wine (ideally dry) to give the sauce lots of depth, which balances really well with the delicious Tideford Organics Tomato & Basil Sauce.

For serving, we recommend preparing a lovely, smooth mashed potato and garnishing with chopped basil. Oh, and what’s more is this recipe is entirely gluten-free!

You can find out where to buy the Tideford Organics range here.

Enjoy!

Roxy & Ben

Mighty Meatballs

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Mighty 'Meatballs'
Mighty Meatballs
Servings
3-4 people
Ingredients
For the 'meatballs'
  • 1 x 400 g tinned red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 red onion roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 35 g oats
  • 30 g walnuts
  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • small handful of fresh basil
For the sauce
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 120 ml vegan red wine
  • 120 ml vegetable stock
  • 300 g Tideford Organics Tomato & Basil Sauce
  • oil for frying
Servings
3-4 people
Ingredients
For the 'meatballs'
  • 1 x 400 g tinned red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 red onion roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 35 g oats
  • 30 g walnuts
  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • small handful of fresh basil
For the sauce
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 120 ml vegan red wine
  • 120 ml vegetable stock
  • 300 g Tideford Organics Tomato & Basil Sauce
  • oil for frying
Mighty Meatballs
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper unless you’re using a non stick tray.
  2. Add the meatball ingredients to a food processor and process the ingredients together until the mixture reaches a rough consistency, ensuring some larger pieces remain. It’s really important you avoid processing the ingredients for too long, otherwise the meatballs will turn into a mush!
  3. Take roughly a tbsp of the mixture in your hand and roll it into a ball, then place it on the baking tray. Repeat until all the mixture has been used up and you’re left with 12 balls.
  4. Transfer the baking tray to the oven and bake the balls for 20 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce by first adding a little oil to a frying pan on a medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the red onion and fry for 3 minutes. Then add the carrot and fry for a further 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Next, add the wine to the pan and simmer on a low heat for 5 minutes.
  7. Then add the vegetable stock, Tideford Organics Tomato & Basil Sauce, and finally add the meatballs to the pan. Simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until the sauce has started to thicken.
  8. Remove the pan from the hob and serve. We recommend serving with mashed potato and a sprinkle of basil. Enjoy!

About Tideford Organics

Since 1996, Tideford have been making delicious homemade-style soups and sauces in their Devon kitchen. Twenty years later, their love affair with vegetables has taken on a new level, with their exciting re-launch in September 2016 as the first dedicated organic vegan brand to launch on the UK market.

Learn more about the Tideford Organics range at tidefordorganics.com.

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.

Black Bean Brownies

Vegan Black Bean Brownies

‘Huh? Black beans and avocado in a brownie recipe?’ you might be asking. But don’t fret. One of the things we love about vegan food is experimenting with strange combinations, and this totally works! The black beans help bind all the ingredients together and the avocado is a great way to bolster the fatty content in the brownies.

Trust us! Give these scrumptious brownies a go and you won’t turn back. This recipe makes 12 delicious gluten-free brownies.

Black Bean Brownies

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Black Bean Brownies
Black Bean Brownies
Servings
12 brownies
Ingredients
  • 1 can black beans (240g drained weight)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup brown sugar (suitable for vegans)
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (plus more for greasing)
  • large pinch of salt
  • 150 g dark chocolate (suitable for vegans)
Servings
12 brownies
Ingredients
  • 1 can black beans (240g drained weight)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup brown sugar (suitable for vegans)
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (plus more for greasing)
  • large pinch of salt
  • 150 g dark chocolate (suitable for vegans)
Black Bean Brownies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C and grease a 12-slot muffin tray with coconut oil.
  2. Drain and rinse beans, then add beans, avocado, sugar, cocoa powder, half the walnuts (1/4 cup), baking powder, vanilla extract, coconut oil and the salt to a food processor.
  3. Melt 120g of the dark chocolate in a double boiler, then transfer to the food processor.
  4. Combine ingredients in the food processor for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Evenly distribute the mixture into the muffin tray (roughly one heaped tablespoon per slot).
  6. Cut remaining chocolate into 12 pieces and put one piece on top of each brownie, pushing down gently on each piece of chocolate so they become partly submerged in the mixture.
  7. Finely chop the remaining walnuts and sprinkle over brownies.
  8. Place muffin tray in oven for 20-25 minutes (we take them out after 22 minutes).
  9. Leave to cool completely before gently removing each brownie. The longer you leave them to cool, the easier they will be to remove them from the tin. Gently loosen the brownies out of the tin with the thin end of a fork.

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Gluten-Free Rainbow Cake #PRIDE

Gluten-Free Rainbow Cake

Ingredients

5 cups buckwheat flour
5 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups coconut palm sugar
1 3/4 cups almond milk
2 tbsp vanilla extract
4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 1/2 cups mashed banana
3/4 cup coconut oil

For the frosting…
8 cups icing sugar
2 tbsp vanilla extract
2 cups vegan margarine

You will also need, purple, blue green, yellow, orange, and red colour gel.

Gluten-Free Rainbow Cake #PRIDE

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Posted by So Vegan on Thursday, June 9, 2016

Method

1. Preheat oven to 350 °C and grease two 20cm cake tins with coconut oil.

2. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a big bowl.

3. Mix the sugar, almond milk, vanilla, apple cider vinegar, mashed banana and oil in another bowl.

4. Pour the wet mix into the dry mix and gently fold together with a metal spoon until the flour is completely combined.

5. Divide the cake mix into 6 (each sixth should weigh roughly 300g).

6. Add a small amount (roughly 1/4 tsp) of purple colour gel into one sixth of the mixture and combine until the entire mixture has changed to purple. Do the same for another sixth of the mixture using blue colour gel. Add more gel as needed.

7. Pour the first two cake colours into the two cake tins. Ease the mix around the tin with a metal spoon then lightly tap the tin to ensure an even distribution. Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated oven, then turn out and cool upside down on a wired rack.

8. Wash tins and grease. Repeat steps 6 and 7 for the other four cakes adding a different colour gel (green, yellow, orange and red) to each cake mix.

9. While the last two cakes are baking, make the frosting by combining the ingredients in a bowl, first with a spoon and, once crumbly, with a whisk until light and fluffy.

10. Place four strips of baking paper along the edges of the cake stand to create a square centre. If a cake stand is not available, turn a bowl upside down and place a plate on top. Place a spoonful of frosting in the middle of the cakestand or plate to keep the cake in place.

11. Place the first cake (purple) on the cake stand and cover with a thin layer of frosting. Repeat for each cake in the following order: blue, green, yellow, orange, red.

12. Apply a crumb layer by roughly covering the cake in frosting, making sure all the gaps are filled and crumbs held in place. Rotate the cake stand to make application of the frosting easier. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

13. Remove cake from fridge and apply a second layer of frosting. To create a smooth finish, dip the icing knife in warm water, wipe dry, then glide over the frosting.

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