Food

Vegan cheese and tomato pasta bake recipe

When I’m at uni (and just generally, always), I’m a big fan of super quick and easy dinner recipes that are also packed full of nutrients. This cheesy pasta bake is one of those recipes; it is yummy, easy to cook, and a great way to get the majority of your 5-a-day! It goes amazingly with crispy buttered rolls but is also great on its own. I like to make a big batch and save some to have for a couple of lunch/dinners later on in the week, so this recipe would be enough to serve 3/4 people. I hope you all love it!

vegan cheese pasta bake

Ingredients

  • Handful of cherry tomatoes
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1 red onion
  • 4 mushrooms
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 cups spirali pasta
  • 1 cartoon of tomato passata
  • 2 spoonfuls sun dried tomato paste
  • 2 handfuls grated vegan cheese (I like to use vegusto)
  • Seasoning: black pepper, sea salt, paprika, mustard seeds, black and white sesame seeds

vegan cheese pasta bake

Instructions

  • Dice mushrooms, onions & garlic into small chunks
  • Cut cherry tomatoes in half
  • Slice spinach into strips
  • Boil spirali pasta for 8 minutes and then drain
  • Mix chopped vegetables, pasta, 1 handful of grated vegan cheese, tomato passata & sun dried tomato paste in a baking dish
  • Season with black pepper, sea salt, paprika & mustard seeds and stir
  • Cook in the oven at 180 degrees for 15 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and stir
  • Sprinkle sesame seeds and 1 handful of vegan cheese on top
  • Cook in the oven for a further 5 minutes
  • Enjoy!

vegan cheese pasta bake

What are your favourite easy and nutritious recipes?

Sunday Lunch at Bistro 1847

You guys know from my previous review how much I love Bistro 1847. It’s a really cool vegetarian/vegan restaurant in Birmingham city centre with a chilled vibe and incredible food. As it is one of mine and Matt’s favourite places to eat out, after a long weekend of packing (*cough* procrastinating packing by watching The US Office – seriously though, I’m addicted) we decided to treat ourselves to one last meal there (it’s actually so awesome that we ended up going back again on Tuesday but that’s besides the point ;)).

Bistro 1847

We normally order our favourite battered tofu and chips which is absolutely delicious, but this past Sunday we decided to mix things up and try out the new menu. The result? Oh. My. Gosh. This meal turned out to be one of the best Sunday lunches I have ever eaten, and what Matt later proclaimed to be his favourite vegan meal yet! This food was seriously good. Oh and btw, did I mention that their presentation is majorly on point? It’s basically art on a plate and a party in your mouth.

On to the details of the menu ▷▻▷▻▷

Vegan sunday lunch

For starter we had the polenta chips with oyster mushrooms and tomato relish. This combination is a match made in heaven and the only possible way it could be improved is by serving 5 plates full instead of one.

polenta chips bistro 1847

For main course, we had the spiced squash filo balotine with new potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and ale gravy. I absolutely loved this original twist on a traditional Sunday lunch, especially the veggies which were all cooked to perfection.

vegan roast dinner

The entire dining experience, from the service to the food, was amazing as always; and I couldn’t recommend Bistro 1847 highly enough.

Where are some of your favourite vegan restaurants? Have any of you been to Bistro 1847 before? Also, is anyone else obsessed with The US Office?! Seriously though, Dwight is life. Hope you’re all having a wonderful week!

Vegan Restaurants in Paris

Last Sunday Matt and I visited Paris for the day; we had so much fun hanging out in some of our favourite places in the city, as well as checking out two amazing vegan restaurants. I have always found it a little difficult to find a lot of veggie options in France, so was extremely excited when Matt did a little research and found not one but two vegan restaurants: 42 Degrés and Hank Burger. I’m so excited to share the details with you guys as they were both great in different ways and are definitely worth checking out if you find yourself in Paris.

42 Degrés

42 Degrees is a raw vegan restaurant within walking distance of Gare Du Nord, and one of my favourite places in the entire world – Mont Martre! The lunch buffet includes a green juice, a hot drink of your choice & an amazing variety of everyone’s favourite foods in raw vegan form.

42 degres paris

Both Matt and I loved everything we tried from the buffet and went back for a second (and third) serving! Matt’s favourite was the rocket and mushroom pizza (soooo good), and I was absolutely obsessed with the mini falafel burgers in a mushroom ‘bun’ – how cool are they ▽▼▽▼▽?!

raw vegan food in paris

There was also a great selection of deserts; however, I unfortunately did not have the self control to take a picture of my dessert plate before wolfing down the 3 slices of chocolate cake. Needless to say, they were delicious. The lunch buffet was awesome, and I would definitely love to go back to try out the evening menu.

Hank Vegan Burger

Okay wow. Hank burgers are seriously the bomb. I’m pretty sure even the most carnivorous people would find them hard to resist. The restaurant has a really cool vibe and the menu is so varied to cater for everyones’ burger tastes.

Hank vegan burger

Matt and I both decided to go for L’Allumé with chips and lots of vegan mayonnaise (which by the way was the best vegan mayonnaise I’ve tried yet) and finished off our meal with a cookie for dessert. It was all absolutely delicious; so delicious in fact that we bought six cookies to-go to eat as train snacks on the Euro Star home. That purchase definitely got us some strange looks but was so worth it! Next time I’m in Paris, I will definitely be eating at Hank Burger; whether you’re vegan or not, it is a must visit.

hank vegan burger paris

Have any of you had any great food in Paris? Do share, I’m always looking for great new places to check out!

Vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe

Hey everyone! Sorry it’s been a while, I have been insanely busy at work these past few weeks so haven’t had much time to do anything other than work, sleep or eat – oh what an envious life I lead! However, to make up for my lack of posting, I am coming at you with a delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe today. These little bites of yumminess have kept me going over the past couple of weeks – I ate seven on Friday, yes you read that right, seven – I know, I know I’m an animal, but they’re seriously that good, plus I’m a major comfort eater! TMI? ANYWAY, everyone who has tried them, vegan or not, have loved them so I thought it was only fair that I shared the recipe with you guys.

vegan chocolate chip cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup molasses sugar
  • 1 cup vegan margarine
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1 bar of dark vegan chocolate
  • icing sugar and a love heart stencil to decorate the cookies (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 250°c
  • Mix together the sugar and margarine until smooth
  • Add in the almond milk and stir until the milk has combined with the mixture
  • Add in the flour and baking soda and stir until well mixed
  • Chop the chocolate into small chunks
  • Add in the oatmeal, chocolate chunks and cacao and stir
  • Spoon small balls of the mixture onto a baking tray covered in baking paper and flatten
  • Bake in the oven for around 15 minutes or until done
  • Place the love heart stencil on top of each cookie and sprinkle icing sugar on top
  • Finally, leave them to cool for 10 minutes, then enjoy your yummy cookies!

vegan cookie recipe

Healthy Valentine’s day dessert recipe

If you’re looking for a healthy Valentine’s Day dessert that looks like you put lots of effort into it but that you can actually whip up in under 10 mins, I’ve got you covered! These fruity love heart kebabs with homemade chocolate dipping sauce are filled with healthy goodness and, of course, taste amazing! When I tested out the recipe this weekend, they went down an absolute treat in my house so I hope you and your valentine love them too!

heart fruit kebabs

fruit kebabs

Ingredients (makes 2 skewers)

Skewers: 3 large strawberries, 1 banana, 1 small love heart cutter, 2 bamboo skewers

Chocolate dip: leftover banana from skewers, 2 teaspoons raw organic cacao, 1 cup almond milk

strawberries

Instructions

Skewers

  • Remove the strawberry stalks and cut strawberries in half
  • Peel the banana and cut it in half, then cut each half down the middle length ways
  • Use the cutter the shape the strawberries and bananas into love heart
  • Place the hearts onto a skewer alternating between strawberries and bananas

Chocolate dip

  • Use a fork to mash the pieces of banana that are leftover after making love hearts
  • Place the mashed banana in a pan with the almond milk and raw organic cacao and simmer for one minute

 

love heart fruit

Crunchy chocolate caramel milkshake recipe

Following on from my vegan chocolate nicecream recipe last weekend, I have been obsessed with creating new healthy(ish) chocolate smoothie recipes. This crunchy chocolate caramel milkshake is the perfect mixture of creamy caramel chocolate-ness and crunchy biscuit bits (thanks to my favourite lotus biscuits), and I seriously can’t get enough! It’s so quick and easy to make so is the perfect breakfast treat, but also makes a great dessert. I hope you all love it as much as I do!

vegan oreo milkshake

Ingredients

  • 6 lotus biscuits
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 and a half cups almond milk
  • 8 ice cubes
  • 2 tablespoons raw organic cacao (I use this one)

crunchy chocolate caramel vegan milkshake

Instructions

  • Chop bananas into small chunks
  • Put bananas, almond milk, ice cubes and cacao into blender and blend for 30 seconds or until smooth
  • Add in 4 lotus biscuits and blend for a further 15 seconds
  • Crumble 2 lotus biscuits on top of the smoothie
  • Enjoy!

Raw Vegan Chocolate and Banana Nicecream Recipe

After drooling over countless vegan ice-cream jars on instagram, I finally created my own nicecream recipe tonight, and guys, it is seriously delicious! Chocolate nicecream, where have you been all my life?! This recipe only requires 3 simple ingredients and is so much healthier (and in my opinion yummier) than dairy ice-cream. I absolutely love raw vegan desserts, as you experience all the deliciousness of a traditional dessert whilst also benefitting from lots of goodness, such as the protein and antioxidants in raw cacao and the mood-lifting properties of bananas. What more could you want in a delicious treat? So here it is, my raw vegan chocolate and banana nicecream, I think you all are going to love it!

vegan icecream

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3 frozen bananas
  • 1 and a half tablespoons of raw organic cacao powder (I use this one)
  • Optional: berries to use as a topping

vegan icecream

Instructions

  • Peel bananas, chop into small chunks & freeze for at least 2 hours
  • Place bananas in the blender with the cacao and almond milk
  • Blend for about 30 seconds or until smooth
  • Serve either on its own or topped with berries & enjoy!

vegan icecream

Courgette Ravioli Recipe

Ever since mine & Matt’s trip to Mexico this summer, I have been dying to recreate one of the courses from a beautiful dinner that we had on the beach. This weekend I finally got my ass into gear and decided to make something similar, and boy did it turn out well! This meal is probably one of my favorite things I’ve ever made and the best part? It’s made entirely from fresh, natural plant based ingredients! Can I get a hell yeah?! I’m so excited to share this recipe with you all & I hope you love it as much as I do.

courgette ravioli recipe

Ingredients (serves two)

Courgette parcels

  • 4 mushrooms
  • 6 stalks of broccoli
  • 1 red onion
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 5 tomatoes
  • 4 courgettes
  • sea salt
  • ground black pepper
  • oil/cooking spray

Sauce

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 20 black olives
  • 3 tomatoes

Salad garnish

  • 1 grated carrot
  • 4 handfuls of rocket
  • 4 baby tomatoes

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Instructions

  1. Prepare the salad by grating the carrot, washing the rocket leaves & chopping the baby tomatoes into halves
  2. Slice the Courgette into long thin pieces as shown in the picture above and season with sea salt (this is probably easier with a vegetable cutter, luckily I had a mumma to help out with mine!)
  3. Cut all of the veg (broccoli, onions, mushrooms & garlic) into small pieces and the tomatoes into quarters, making sure to keep the ingredients for the parcels separate from those for the sauce
  4. Place the broccoli, onions, mushrooms & garlic that will be used to fill the courgette parcels in a pan with some oil/cooking spray, season with ground black pepper & simmer for around 10 minutes
  5. Place the courgettes in a steamer basket with boiling hot water underneath and steam for 10 minutes
  6. Place the tomatoes that will be used to fill the parcels in the blender & blend for about one minute or until smooth, then add the blended tomatoes to the simmering vegetables and leave to simmer for a further 5 minutes
  7. Blend the tomatoes that will be used for the sauce and put them in a pan with the with the garlic and olives and simmer for 5 minutes
  8. Once the courgettes have been steamed and the sauce and parcel filling have been cooked, it’s time to make the courgettioli parcels. Place the courgettes on a plate in a cross, spoon some of the parcel filling into the middle, fold the outside of the cross into the middle and turn the parcel over to serve
  9. Serve the parcels on a bed of rocket leaves, grated carrots & baby tomatoes, with sauce onto of each parcel and enjoy!

courgettioli parcels

Jade Green Energiser Smoothie

Now that the Christmas break feels like a distant memory and everyone is back in their regular routine, I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like they need a little extra boost in the morning to help them get out of the house and stay energised for the busy day ahead. Enter: the back to work energiser smoothie – aka my new go-to breakfast! Not only is this juice packed with nutrients and goodness to keep you fueled throughout the day, it also tastes AMAZING and even better takes less than 5 minutes to make, so is the perfect on-the-go breakfast.

Green smoothie ingredients

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas

1 apple

15 grapes

1 handful of spinach

1 cup almond milk (or any other non-dairy milk)

1 teaspoon spiralina powder

1 teaspoon maca powder

Green smoothie recipe

Instructions:

Chop the bananas into small chunks

Place all ingredients in the blender

Blend for approximately 2 minutes or until smooth

Enjoy!

Cruelty-free Christmas List

HAPPY 23 days until Christmas everyone! I absolutely love this time of year and as Christmas is right around the corner, I  thought it would be a fun idea to share some of the items at the top of my Christmas list with you all in case you’re in need of some inspiration.

Before we get into presents, I have 2 awesome advent calendars to share with you, because of course 1 is never enough! The first is a luxury dark chocolate calendar from Hotel Chocolat and is my all time favourite; you can buy that here. The second calendar by moo free is a more affordable option but is still super yummy and you can order that from Vegusto here.

vegan advent callendars

 

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My Christmas list is filled with some of my favourite vegan products by some awesomely compassionate companies. If you like the look of any of them, you can click on the names of the gifts below to check out the websites where you can purchase them.

kind christmas

The Tree Kisser clothing – beautiful slogan jumpers and tees promoting animal compassion

Tara Smith hair care products – vegan haircare tested on film stars, not animals (love it!)

Pana chocolate – delicious raw organic chocolate

Vego chocolate – my current obsession and one of the best chocolate bars I’ve eaten

A subscription to The Vegan Kind – a monthly lifestyle box filled with a variety of vegan treats

This year will be my first vegan Christmas and I am so excited to create a vegan christmas menu with my mum and share it with you all on the blog.

What are you all asking santa for this Christmas? Do you have any plant-based Christmas dinner ideas?