Lightly Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

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Lightly Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

 

Lightly Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

With the arrival of Autumn, all the foodies are raving about butternut squash, blackberries and of course pumpkins. Likewise, I'm about to gush about how great butternut squash is. Great source of fibre, low in fat and high in taste quality! Anyways, I'm blessing you guys with this pretty awesome recipe, invented by the one and only Gordon Ramsay. Enjoy!

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Keyword autumn, butternut, cooking, easy, fall, flavour, recipe, recipes, seasonal, simple, soup, squash, tasty
Servings 6
Calories 66 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • few knobs butter
  • 2 onions peeled, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 liter hot chicken stock
  • 1 tsp mild curry powder
  • 1 large butternut squash peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 2 apples cored and sliced with skin on
  • 1 small handful coriander leaves chopped
  • 4 rashers pancetta (up to 6), halved

Instructions

  1. Heat a heavy-based pan with the olive oil and butter, then add the onions, bay leaves and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Stir well, then cover the pan with a lid and cook over a low heat for 5-7 minutes until the onions begin to soften.
  2. Meanwhile, bring the stock to a simmer in another saucepan. Add the curry powder to the onions and stir for another minute. Tip in the squash and add a little more oil to prevent the squash from scorching too quickly. When you add the butternut squash, add the apples at the same time with a pinch of castor sugar to bring out the fragrance and extra flavours hidden in the soup. (It will also give the finished soup a velvety texture.) Cook for about 10-12 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the squash is tender and lightly caramelised.

  3. Pour in just enough hot stock to cover the vegetables and gently simmer for another 5-10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, lay the pancetta in a single layer in a hot nonstick frying pan. Fry over medium heat until golden-brown and crisp. Turn over to cook the other side. Drain on kitchen paper and allow to cool slightly.
  5. Fish out and discard the bay leaves. In batches, puree the soup in a food processor or liquidiser until smooth. Return the soup to the pan to reheat. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Ladle the soup into warm bowls and garnish with some chopped coriander and a slice of crispy pancetta on top.
  6. Enjoy!

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original source: here


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Vegan Mexican Inspired Rice

Mexican Inspired Rice (Vegan!)

"What do vegans even eat? Grass or something?" I'm not even a vegan, but I have heard many people say this before. Irony is, there are millions of vegan recipes out there (that DON'T include lawn clippings). Take this Mexican Inspired Rice for example.Simple,packed with tons of flavour, and extremely delicious. Take THAT vegan-teasers!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword cuisine, dish, easy, free, inspired, leftovers, meal, mexican, mexico, recipe, recipes, vegan, veganism, vegetables, vegetarian, vegetarianism
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 200-300 g brown rice
  • olive oil
  • 1 red pepper
  • a handful of mushrooms
  • tin of black beans
  • tin of sweet corn
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chilli
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast (substitute for cheese)
  • lime
  • avocado
  • handful of coriander

Instructions

  1. Cook the rice according to packet instructions, or use some leftover rice (Left over rice actually tends to taste a little better!)

  2. Chop up your vegetables and add to a pan over medium heat with a drizzle of oil. Fry until softened.
  3. Add in the cooked rice, black beans, sweetcorn, tomato puree, spices and nutritional yeast and mix together.
  4. Add in a splash of water, stir and cook until heated through.

  5. Serve with more nutritional yeast, lime juice, avocado and coriander.
  6. Bon appetit!

Recipe Notes

  • I used red peppers and mushrooms as an example in this recipe, but use whatever vegetables you have leftover in the fridge, as well as the beans you have sitting in your cupboard.
  • Works best with leftover rice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vegan Brownies!

 

Vegan Brownies!

These vegan brownies are easy and fun to make! Me and my friend tried this recipe out at her house, and it was a huge success. So ditch that pre-made brownie batter and try this out yourself ,you might just be a professional brownie maker without even knowing it.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownie, brownies, chocolate, cocoa, coconut, dessert, flavor, healthy, recipe, recipes, vegan, vegetarian
Cook Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 110 g plain flour
  • 20 g cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 10 g desiccated coconut
  • 80 g brown sugar
  • 50 g golden syrup
  • 120 g soy milk
  • 15 drops vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. To begin with, preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F).
  2. Sift the flour, the cocoa powder, and the baking powder into a bowl.

  3. Add the coconut, the sugar, the syrup, the milk and the vanilla into the bowl, and whisk the ingredients to combine them, and complete the batter.
  4. Pour the batter into a greased 20 centimetres (8 inches) round pan, and bake the brownies for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, remembering to rotate the pan halfway through the cooking time.
  5. Before removing the brownies from the oven, pierce them with a toothpick to ensure that they are cooked. If they are, the pick will come out dry and with no mixture on it.

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Original source= Vegan Society


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Blackberry Bakewell squares

 

Blackberry Bakewell squares

At tasty vegetarian dessert

Course Dessert
Keyword dessert, vegetarian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 16 squares
Calories 390 kcal

Ingredients

  • 80 g butter
  • 150 g digestive biscuits
  • 200 g blackberry jam warmed
  • 200 g blackberries
  • clotted cream to serve

For the filling

  • 250 g butter softened
  • 100 g golden caster sugar plus extra for sprinkling
  • 5 eggs beaten
  • 250 g ground almonds
  • 2 tbsp self-raising flour

Instructions

  1. To make the base, melt the butter, then sizzle until it turns a nutty brown if you want some extra flavour. Blitz the biscuits into crumbs using a food processor, then add the melted butter and blend to mix. Press the crumbs into a lined 20cm square tin, then chill until set. 
  2. Make the filling by beating the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, tip in the flour and almonds and continue beating, then spoon into a piping bag.
  3. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Remove the tin from the fridge, then spread over the jam, leaving a gap around the edge. Pipe the filling mixture on top, making sure you start with the edge around the jam. Press in the blackberries, sprinkle over the caster sugar and bake for 45-50 mins. The frangipane should be cooked all the way through with a sugary crust on the top. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Can be made the day before and kept, wrapped, at room temperature. Bring to the picnic in the tin, then cut into squares and serve with a large spoonful of clotted cream.

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Berry Smoothie Bowl Recipe

 

Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 214 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Organic frozen mixed berries
  • 1 small ripe banana sliced and frozen
  • 2-3 tbsp light coconut or almond milk
  • 1 scoop plain or vanilla protein powder optional*

Toppings

  • 1 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut desiccated
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • granola (optional)
  • fruit (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add frozen berries and banana to a blender and blend on low until small bits remain - see photo.
  2. Add a bit of coconut or almond milk and protein powder (optional), and blend on low again, scraping down sides as needed, until the mixture reaches a soft serve consistency 
  3. Scoop into 1-2 serving bowls (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) and top with desired toppings (optional). I prefer chia seeds, hemp seeds, and coconut, but strawberries, granola, and a nut or seed butter would be great here, too!

  4. Best when fresh, though leftovers keep in the freezer for 1-2 weeks. Let thaw before enjoying.

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Source :https://minimalistbaker.com/favorite-smoothie-bowl-5-minutes/


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Vegan Philly Cheese Sandwich

 

Vegan Philly Cheese Sandwich

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cheese, food, healthy, lunch, philly, recipe, sandwich, tasty, vegan, vegetarian
Servings 2 people

Ingredients

  • 1 large red bell pepper thinly sliced into strips
  • 1 medium sweet onion sliced
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • chipotle or cayenne powder for heat salt to taste
  • 1-2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp hatch chillies diced (canned)
  • optional: 1 small Anaheim chili, sliced (or any spicy chili - jalapeno works too)
  • 2-5 tbsp vegan cheddar cheese
  • 3/4-1 cups seitan strips
  • fresh cilantro, chopped, fresh tomato, sliced fresh chilies or jalapeno (garnish)

Instructions

  1. Prep your rolls and warm in the oven to toast. Tip: brush inside and/or outside of bread with olive oil if you'd like.

  2. Prep your veggies

  3. Add oil to skillet and heat over high heat.

  4. Add peppers, onions and optional chilies. Cook until the edges begin to blacken and the onions begin to caramelise. Add in the spices, pepper and salt during cooking process.

  5.  When veggies are just about done, add in the cheese and watch it melt over top the veggies. Transfer this veggie / cheese mixture carefully to a sheet of foil or plate.

  6. While pan is still hot, add another small splash of oil and add the seitan strips. Saute until the edges blacken. If your seitan is already seasoned (As mine was) you can just add in some extra spices to taste if desired. Pepper, spicy cayenne, nutritional yeast - whatever you'd like.

  7. Add the veggies + cheese back to the hot skillet and toss with the cooked seitan. Remove from heat.

  8. Add the filling to the rolls. Garnish with the fresh cilantro, tomato and green chilies. Pepper too. Serve hot!

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Source: http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2012/09/vegan-philly-cheese-sandwich.html

 


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Strawberry Colada Smoothie

 

Strawberry Colada Smoothie

Effortless non-alcoholic recipe thats perfect for the summer : )

Course Breakfast, Drinks
Keyword chilled, coconut, colada, drinks, fresh, healthy, recipe, strawberry, summer, tasty
Servings 2 people

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Fresh strawberries chilled,hulled
  • 1 ripe banana peeled,frozen
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple
  • 5.3 oz coconut Greek yoghurt
  • 1 /12 cups Unsweetened coconut milk beverage

Instructions

  1. Pulse strawberries in a food processor until well pureed.
  2. To a blender add banana, pineapple, coconut Greek yogurt and 1 1/4 cups coconut milk. Pulse until well blended, adding an additional 1/4 cup coconut milk as needed.
  3. Spoon pineapple mixture into glasses filling about 1/3 full then add a spoonful or two of the strawberry mixture, swirl lightly with a butter knife then repeat twice more. Serve immediately.
  4. Alternately, all ingredients can be blended together in a blender versus processing strawberries separately.
  5. *Light canned coconut milk can also be substitute just blend 1:1 with water.

Recipe Notes

Such a simple yet delicious drink, and its a great way to stay cool in the summer sun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: https://www.cookingclassy.com/strawberry-colada-smoothie/


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Sizzling Steak Fajitas

 

Sizzling Steak Fajitas

Quick and easy steak fajitas that everyone will surely love!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword dinner, fajita, lunch, recipe, steak, tasty
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 300 g lean beef steak cut into thin strips
  • tbsp extra virgin or sunflower oil
  • 2 yellow peppers sliced and deseeded
  • 2 red peppers sliced and deseeded
  • 2 red onions cut into thin wedges
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 400 g kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 200 g cherry tomatoes halved
  • ½ red chilli flakes
  • 25 g fresh coriander
  • lime wedges for squeezing
  • 4x40 g white or wholemeal flour tortillas warmed, to serve
  • 2 little gem lettuces trimmed and shredded, to seve
  • 6 tbsp natural yoghurt to serve
  • sea salt and ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Season the beef with pepper. Heat half a tablespoon of the oil in large, non-stick frying pan and stir-fry the beef for 1½ minutes, or until lightly browned but not quite cooked through. Tip onto a plate, set aside and return the pan to the heat.
  2. Add the remaining oil, peppers and red onions to the pan and stir-fry for 5–6 minutes, or until only just softened. Add the cumin, coriander and paprika. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 30 seconds, then stir in the beans, cherry tomatoes and cooked beef. Cook for 2–3 minutes, or until the beans and beef are hot.
  3. Stir in the chilli and season with salt and pepper. Cook for a few seconds more. Remove from the heat, scatter over the coriander and add a squeeze of lime. Toss lightly.

  4. Divide the tortillas between four warmed plates. Top with shredded lettuce then pile the beef mixture on top. Spoon the yoghurt over each tortilla and garnish with the coriander. Serve immediately, with extra lime wedges for squeezing.

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https://www.bbc.com/food/recipes/sizzling_steak_fajitas_04117

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.bbc.com/food/recipes/sizzling_steak_fajitas_04117