By now most of us got to know and love hummus a dip that has been gaining popularity all over the world. And for good reason because this dip is very delicious and versatile. You can make a roasted garlic hummus, or a spicy roasted pepper hummus, there is even beautiful pink beet hummus. So when I decided to make some black tahini this afternoon I couldn’t resist the urge to make some spicy black hummus, and so I did….
Whenever I’m watching a movie or series I like to have a snack on the side, and that’s not always a bad thing because there are snacks out there that are not bad for you, maybe even healthy!? Now of course I like to indulge myself with some junky snacks every now and then, but whenever possible I do try to keep it healthy and clean. Nothing beats snacking without the guilt, right!? Now all we need are some healthy snacks, the first one I’d like to share with you are these roasted chickpeas.
Roasted chickpeas are very versatile, and I’m sure I’ll be sharing more varieties in the future, but for now this one is just perfect, all you need are some spices, chickpeas and a bit of oil. I used ras el hanout as the main spice, because a spice blend called “head of the shop” in arabic, meaning the best spices of the store must be good! I also added some dried basil and gochugaru (dried korean red pepper flakes) for a little bit of heat.
You can experiment with different spices and herbs, use your wildest imagination to create something that will make your taste buds explode! Maybe use a little lime juice or add some curry powder, its your snack so you get to decided how you’ll make it!
Now its time to turn on a good (docu)movie or series and get our snack game on!
Some times you just need to indulge and this is the dish to do just that! We all need a loaded nacho plate every now and then, right? This is the perfect snack/dish for a lazy Sunday afternoon when all you want to do is watch Netflix and chill! Its basically just a plate of nacho chips topped delicious toppings. The only thing that might be considered a cheat food in the recipes must be the tortilla’s, so lets call it a meal shall we.
This dish is perfect to share with friend or devour by yourself, which is what I did. No regrets, ok maybe a little, but who cares right, we all need to life a little!
The main stars on this filled plate must be the avocado mash and spicy refried beans are like peanut butter and jelly! The freshness of the avocado and richness of the refried beans are not to be underestimated. And lets not forget about the tofu, honestly who needs ground beef when you can cook up some deliciously spiced cruelty free tofu.
Of course these are awesome but we need toppings to call these loaded nachos, so I went with very thinly sliced purple cabbage, cilantro (duh), corn, cherry tomatoes, spring onions, orange bell pepper and last but not least some pieces of tempeh bacon.
The tempeh bacon recipe can be found here. Its a recipe by Jenny Mustard’s boyfriend David. I promise you its absolutely delicious and be sure to check her out she has an awesome blog and Youtube channel where she shares awesome vegan recipes and lifestyle tips. They have an awesome minimalistic style, which is very soothing to the eye. Whenever I watch her videos I suddenly feel this sudden sense of calm, I highly recommend them!
Again as most recipes this is completely customisable to your own taste. You can choose to use a vegan nacho sauce, same vegan ground meat, jalapeños, nutritional yeast, or whatever else your heart desires. Besides all this you can also choose to warm your nachos in the oven or have them cold, its all up to you!
Now its time to indulge, shall we. Let’s dig in!
I’ve been on a mission of creating the perfect vegan burger for a while now. I thought I’d struck gold with my last burger recipe, but although they are really nice, this recipe takes the cake! There are a couple major problems when it comes to making vegan burgers, here are a couple of them:
- The mixture becomes to moist and the burger comes out to mushy.
- The mixture is to dry and the burger comes out like a weird savoury cookie.
- They actually could look like cookies. I’ve literally had someone ask me if I made cookies during some of my previous attempts.
- They fall apart.
And there are so much more!
Although my previous burger recipe was great, this one is perfection! And just in time for the summer/spring, I know what I’ll be having when my family and friends decide to turn on the barbecue. Even my non vegan family members loved this burger, I love showing people that being vegan doesn’t mean you have to give up you’re favourite junky foods. And can you even call a whole food burger like this junky!? Nope its basically a warm salad.
The burger pictured above was baked in the oven, which in the past left me with dry savoury cookies, but just a little coating of some good olive oil did the trick, and feel free to try it oil free as well! Although the baked burger was really nice and not dry at all, I do prefer the panfried one. Although I try to minimise my oil consumption wherever possible, with this burger its oh so worth it, and you don’t need a lot to lightly pan fry the patties.
When it comes to sauce you can use whatever you like, but for this specific burger I made my own sauce using:
- 2 tablespoons vegan mayo
- 1 tsp mustard
- 1 tsp gochujang
- a pinch of coconut sugar
The key component in this sauce definitely has to be the gochujang, which is a fermented Korean paste made from soy beans, glutinous rice, red chilli peppers and salt. At first I wasn’t a huge fan of this paste, but the past few weeks it has really grown on me, to the point I eat it with almost everything!
So next time your family and/or friends are having a barbecue, cook them up some of these burgers and show them how awesome vegan food can be and that its not a diet, but a lifestyle.
I’d love to know how you liked these and if you make them share a picture with me on instagram or leave a comment below!
Dumpling have always put a smile on my face, I simply love them. I just love how versatile they are, I mean you can literally fill them with anything. Naturally i had to find a delicious vegan recipe for awesome dumplings. I already knew and loved the mushroom dumpling, but i was looking for something a little different, something a bit special. This dumpling recipe is not traditional at all but even the most carnivorous tester was convinced by their delicious flavour. …
Edit: I’m updating all my old blog posts, to reflect my current photography and recipe development. Being someone who loves a good cringe-worthy moment, I left the original picture at the end of the post, enjoy!
Hi there! I am super excited to be writing my first blog post. A little over a year ago I would’ve laughed in your face if you’d tell me i would be starting a vegan blog. Oh, how the tides have turned (for the better). For a while now I have been waiting for the “perfect moment” to start a blog, but that moment never came. Now I’m just throwing myself in the deep, knowing there is no “perfect moment”. Now is all we’ve got….