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Chinese style Seitan or tofu strips

I haven’t eat meat for a really long time and I never crave meat. The only thing I usually crave are the sauces that some of the meat came in! I miss so many sauces! you just can’t get vegan alternatives off of a shelf and now being on a low fodmap diet (for IBS) even if they did I probably couldn’t have it because it would contain Garlic and onion (They’re in absolutely everything!)

The other day I was sat there and suddenly had a hankering for those chicken pieces you can get in supermarkets in a Chinese style sauce! I looked online for a recipe but if you type in Chinese sauce recipe…let me tell you there’s a whole bunch and none of them looked like the ones the sauce I had in mind. So I checked out the ingredients that they use on the original chicken and got to formulating the recipe myself.

You can use this recipe for anything, I used Seitan this time but it works on tofu too. Below i’m going to show you my recipe for the seitan however to adapt this to tofu you will need firm tofu and then press it for a couple of hours until all of the liquid is drained (if you don’t have a tofu press you can easily use kitchen roll and put it between two chopping boards with something heavy on top). Then marinade the tofu for a couple of hours (or over night) with the same flavourings that I use in the seitan to let them soak in. Then smother in the sauce and bake like the seitan (though please bare in mind tofu won’t take as long to bake)

The seitan recipe is one that I’ve adapted from a few different places and this is my most used recipe when using it!

** Also Seitan for those that do not know is another term for Vital wheat gluten. If you’re on low fodmap you may not be okay with this so just a disclaimer! I’m lucky that I am. However I’m not so lucky that I have a severe physical reaction to other gluten products such as spelt, pasta and noodles. So for those of you that aren’t okay with it you can follow the information above for tofu. **

Keep your eyes peeled as over the next few months I will have a whole host of tofu inspired recipes for you, to keep in line with healthy meal inspo!

Seitan recipe: 

  • 1 and a quarter cups seitan powder,
  • quarter of a cup of nutritional yeast,
  • 1 cup vegetable stock,
  • 1 table spoon tomato puree,
  • 2 tbsp olive oil,
  • half a tbsp soy sauce,
  • half a teaspoon 5 spice,
  • half a teaspoon mustard powder,
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika,
  • quarter of a teaspoon of coriander powder,
  • half a teaspoon of salt,
  • pepper to taste

(if you aren’t on a low fodmap diet you can add garlic and onion powder to taste)

Sauce recipe:

  • 1.5 teaspoons Chinese 5 spice,
  • 1 teaspoons smoked paprika,
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut sugar (or you can use brown sugar)
  • 4.5 teaspoons of nutritional yeast,
  • 4 tablespoons of beetroot juice (I juiced my own cooked beetroot, but you can also buy this in health food shops)
  • half a table spoon of tomato puree,
  • salt and pepper to taste.

(again if you are not on the Fodmap diet you can add garlic and onion to taste, I made a separate sauce for my partner and I used ground onion granules and I used 1 teaspoon, and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder)

 

Recipe.

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 Degrees and put some baking foil on a couple of baking trays. Grab a large mixing bowl and put in your seitan powder, nutritional yeast, spices and salt and pepper. Mix together well. In a separate bowl or Jug mix together your soy sauce, olive oil and vegetable stock.
  2. Make a well in the middle of seitan powder mix and add in your liquids. Using a wooden spoon start mixing the two together. It’ll start becoming sticky and eventually you won’t be able to mix with a spoon. Instead you will have to put your hands in and start kneading the mixture with the palm of your hands like you would a bread dough. Knead the mixture for about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Now time to create the sauce! In a different bowl add all of your spices and seasoning, nutritional yeast, coconut sugar, tomato puree and the beetroot juice. mix well together until it forms a paste.
  4. On a chopping board cut off pieces of seitan to what looks like small fillets or chunks (you could even create burger patties if you wanted) spoon a tiny bit of your sauce onto each of the pieces and spread the mix over each of your fillets, make sure to coat both sides!
  5. Once you have coated all of the pieces put a layer of kitchen foil over the top of them, then place your second baking tray on top. This is going to help your pieces crispen nicely on both sides. If you have pieces on both baking trays and you have a third baking tray (or even a cake pan that’s the same length) then put it on top and pop it in the oven like this. if you do not have more than two baking trays then pop them in stacked on top of one another with the top layer just covered in kitchen foil. You can always pop the top layer in for an other 4-5 minutes if you need to with the bottom layer on top once you’ve taken the pieces off it. I know this sounds complicated, but you’re just stacking them on top of the other to make them crispen and bake better. Put in the oven for 30-35 minutes and then enjoy!

If you are using tofu you do not need to stack the trays on top of one another and you do not need to add kitchen foil to the top. However bake for the same amount of time.

I hope you enjoy my Chinese style sauce you could of course add this to many things such as soy strips or anything you like.

 

Chocolate bourbon twists

 

There’s something really nostalgic for me about biscuits. They remind me of happy childhood memories and rainy autumn and winter days.
I’ve not eaten biscuits for years and as it’s the first day of autumn today it seemed like the perfect time to whip some up. Chocolate bourbons were some of my absolute favourites growing up and so I wanted to make some that were free from refined sugars and gluten free.

SUBSTITUTIONS:

Of course I always talk about substitutes before giving you my recipes as not all of you want or need to bake without regular sugar or gluten.So the sweeteners I’ve used are a mixture of stevia and maple syrup in my biscuits. The stevia makes the biscuits a little dryer in it’s dough form than a normal biscuit mix so don’t worry if it seems a little more crumbly than other biscuits that you’ve made. Alternatively you can use regular sugar however you’ll need to use double the amount of sugar as stevia is a lot sweeter than regular sugar. I like to pick up my stevia by a brand called Sukrin this can be found either online or some Holland and Barrett stores stock it,  however you can easily use this Whole earth stevia from Sainsbury’s.

For the ganache center I use the powdered stevia icing from Sukrin, again you can buy this in some Holland and Barrett stores or you can purchase this online. It’s always worth shopping around for as you can normally find it on a deal from sites such as dolphin fitness other wise you can use regular icing sugar. Do not use double the icing for the center. The rations need to be split evenly for the perfect ganache center.

I use gluten free plain flour (Sainsbury’s) however you can also substitute this for a normal plain white flour if you don’t need to eat gluten free.

Other info: 

I have now started adding my recipes onto fitness pal as foods. To search for them look for brand “miss bunny’s *insert recipe name* so for instance these are miss bunny’s chocolate bourbons. I have a lot of people asking me about calorie information so I have worked my biscuits out as an average. If you recreate these using the ingredients I have (and not substituting for regular sugar and flour) and using a large cookie cutter (like I did) rather than making small biscuits you’ll roughly have 34 single biscuits or 17 full biscuits with ganache center. The 17 biscuits with center is what I have worked out on fitness pal. I will slowly be adding more of my recipes to fitness pal over the next few months so if you are calorie counting and want to try out my recipes then you can add them easily.
For those of you not on fitness pal the large 17 complete biscuits equals 171 calories; 12 grams of carbs, 11 grams of fat, 1 gram of protein and only 1 gram of sugar.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 340 grams gluten free plain white flour,
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder,
  • 3 tablespoons of maple syrup,
  • 90 grams of stevia,
  • 3 heaped teaspoons of raw cacao (or alternatively 4 heaped teaspoons of cocoa powder)
  • pinch of salt,
  • 220 grams of room temperature vegan butter (I used soy pure)

For the Ganache center:

  • 40 grams of dark chocolate of your choice (My preference is always 72% dark ombar)
  • 40 grams of room temperature vegan butter (I used the soy pure brand)
  • 40 grams of powdered stevia or alternatively normal icing sugar.

*I iced some of my biscuits but you really don’t need to as they’re bourbons however they’re super fun to decorate with royal icing or flood icing* 

 

RECIPE:

  1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees. Grab a couple of baking trays and line them with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl put in your butter and stevia and mix with a spoon until blended. Next add in your maple syrup and stir. Add in your dry ingredients one by one and start mixing with a spoon, It will get to a point that you’ll need to start working the biscuit dough with your hands. The dough should be moist enough that you can roll it into a ball. Like I said in my notes earlier the mix may seem dryer and more crumbly than other biscuit doughs you’re used to as we’re using stevia instead of regular sugar. Don’t worry it doesn’t affect them when baked.
  3. Flour a clean surface and a rolling pin then grab half your mixture and put in in the middle of your flour surface. Roll the dough to roughly a few mm thick, then use your cookie cutter to cut out the shapes that you want. Alternatively you can roll your dough into the shape of a rectangle or square and cut lines vertically and horizontally to form normal bourbon shapes just make sure you have an even amount of shapes.
  4. Very carefully move your shapes onto your baking tray. I found the best way to do this was to slide a butter knife underneath the dough and then slide under a spatula and use the spatula to carefully pop them onto your baking tray. Pop your biscuits into the oven for 10-15 minutes. (usually less time for a gas oven. My oven is an electric fan assisted oven and they took 12 minutes)
  5. Take your biscuits out to cool and then grab a clean heat proof bowl. Next Melt your chocolate in the bowl. To do this I normally take a pan of hot water (just enough so the bottom of your bowl is in it) and pop on the stove top on a very low heat (to keep the water hot whilst melting the chocolate but not hot enough to boil.) Put your heat proof bowl into the pan (alternatively if your bowl is too big you can use the hot water as steam to keep it warm) and melt your chocolate. Next sieve in your powdered icing stevia and mix together, then add in your creamed butter and make sure the ingredients are completely mixed together.
  6. Using the ganache ice half of your biscuits and then add the other half on top.
  7. Enjoy your biscuits with a nice cup of tea or cup of hot chocolate.

 

 

J’adore Tu

So it’s the time of the year where the aesthetic is perfect and you can buy the cutest heart shaped foods from anywhere and everywhere! My favourite thing about valentines is how cute everything is in the shops, I absolutely adore all the red, pink and heart shaped goodies you can see in window displays. Everything is so pretty, I love grabbing bits for general decor and tea party opportunities and of course valentines presents the perfect opportunity for me to make something delicious and share a new recipe with you guys!

When I think of valentines desserts I think of all things sensual and indulgent to me the perfect food to sum this up is chocolate. If you hadn’t of gathered by now I love chocolate it’s my ultimate food guilty pleasure and it’s perfect for your valentines treat. This is one of my favourite recipes and it won’t leave your tummy feeling heavy after as it’s low carb and grain free, with roughly only 150 calories per co-nut it’s also the perfect guilt free treat.

I call these chocolate co-nuts, ultimately they’re doughnuts made from coconut flour instead of regular flour. Stevia icing makes the chocolate icing melt in your mouth and compliments the Jam center.  They’re deliciously moist, chocolatey and with a perfect balance of sweetness.

Get creative:

  • There’s a couple of different things you can change with these. I like to use Raw cacao so that I get the full benefits of the cacao bean however you can easily use cocoa instead. I also made my own fruit filling instead of using Jam, I simply simmered down frozen cherries and blueberries and used a teaspoon of coconut sugar. You can fill your co-nuts with anything you want, it doesn’t need to just be jam I’ve previously filled mine with a chocolate ganache too so get creative.
  • This recipe calls for Psyllium Husk as an egg replacement. The reason I use Psyllium husk in baking is simply because it helps add to the spongey texture making it perfect for cakes and other baked goods and not to mention it’s really good for you and has tonnes of health benefits. You can find it in health food stores, Tesco’s and on Amazon however if you’d rather use a different vegan egg replacement then pick your favourite and get experimenting, I’ve not tried my recipe with any others so bare in mind results may vary, but please let me know if you do try something new and how it turns out.
  • For the glaze I use a stevia alternative to icing sugar by a brand called Sukrin Uk you can buy this directly from their website or via dolphin fitness (which usually do deals) you can alternatively just use icing sugar. I use Sukrin stevia icing a lot in recipes, it’s the perfect alternative to icing and has zero calories, it doesn’t raise sugar levels and still has that super sweet flavour. Sukrin can be expensive so look out for deals on websites.

You will also need a doughtnut pan to make these perfect, I have this one from Amazon, but any will work (you could even make bags of small ones).

My recipe roughly makes 7-8 large double stacked doughnuts, you could just eat them in the halves however I think you should go big or go home 😉

 

Chocolate Co-nuts

Ingredients for the co-nuts: 

  • 160 grams of coconut flour,
  • 125 ml of maple syrup,
  • 4 heaped teaspoons of raw cacao of cocoa,
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder,
  • half a teaspoon of salt,
  • 8 teaspoons of powdered psyllium husk to 500ml of water,
  • 125 ml of melted coconut oil,
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract,
  • half a teaspoon of cinnamon,
  • 250ml dairy free milk (I used sugar free vanilla rice milk- which adds to the flavour)

Simple chocolate glaze: 

  • 70g of melted dark chocolate, (I used Ombar 72% dark)
  • 40g of powdered icing stevia (or sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract,
  • 350ml of dairy free milk (I used vanilla rice milk)

Extras:

  • Jam of choice- I made my own by simmering down frozen blueberries and cherries with a teaspoon of coconut sugar, however you can easily just buy a jam of your choice or add a chocolate ganache center.
  • I sprinkled desiccated coconut over the top of mine which I dyed with a pink vegan food colouring. This is totally optional. You could also add chopped nuts, or sprinkles.
  • butter for greasing your doughnut pan.

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 165 degrees or 160 for fan assisted and then grease up your doughnut pan, you’re going to have to grease your pan and bake about 3 time, so keep the oven on or you can do some and then pop the rest of the mix in the fridge for tomorrow. If you haven’t already in a cup or jug mix your psyllium husk powder with water, mix with a teaspoon and leave to set for 5-10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl add your coconut flour, cacao/cocoa, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and mix. Make a well in the center and add your maple syrup, melted coconut oil, milk, vanilla and psyllium husk mix and then combine all together, as you mix it together you’ll notice that it’s starting to get a bit spongy, it should be sticky but easily molded with your hands.
  3. picking up parts of your mixture push it into the doughnut pan, make sure to pack it in and evenly all the way round, these won’t rise in the pan. Bake for 25 minutes, then take out and leave to cool.
  4. Once your co-nuts are fully cool turn them out onto a plate and then if you’re baking more grease up your pan again and put more in. Add your filling to one half of the co-nut and then pop the other half on top, wait until all of your co-nuts are baked and cooled before proceeding to the next step. If you are only doing some co-nuts today and the rest another alter the glaze mix accordingly.
  5. Fill up a saucepan with 2-3 inches of hot water and put it on the stove on a low temperature, pop in a bowl and place in your chocolate then let the chocolate melt fully. Then add in your vanilla, milk and sift in your powdered stevia or sugar, mix well and then drizzle on top of all of your co-nuts. Sprinkle on any toppings and enjoy!

 

 

 

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Taco Thursday

 

I love Mexican food and Tacos are no exception, they’re a really great way of using up ingredients that are left in your cupboards and fridge making a really delicious meal. In my recipe I have changed a few ingredients up, I’ve used red and white quinoa (which was from ALDI) to add a really healthy twist to these tacos, there’s also an avocado and mango dip which combines my love for both mango salsa and guacamole with the addition of smoked tofu and vegetables as my filling.

You can pretty much use any vegetables you want to, but the ingredients that I have used are the ones I would recommend. You can also add re-fried beans or mexican salad beans (or any kind of bean that you like.) I kept mine fairly simple, but they were equally as delicious and went down really well with everyone I gave them to.

INGREDIENTS FOR THE FILLING: 

  • 125g diced smoked or normal tofu,
  • Oil for frying,
  • Half an orange pepper,
  • 1 sweet red pepper,
  • Half a courgette,
  • 4 chestnut mushrooms,
  • 2 handfuls of spinach,
  • 1 small red onion,
  • 2 heaped tablespoons of tomato concentrate mixed in with 220ml of cold water,
  • Half a teaspoon of dried coriander,
  • Half a teaspoon of mustard powder,
  • Half a teaspoon of salt,
  • Half a teaspoon of cumin,
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder,
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (this is optional depending if you like spice or not)

FOR THE AVOCADO SALSA/GUACAMOLE:

  • 1 ripe avocado,
  • 100 grams of mango,
  • 50 grams of grated carrot,
  • 4 cherry tomatoes,
  • Chopped fresh coriander (as much as you want to taste I usually use two tablespoons),
  • pinch of salt,
  • 1 bulb of crushed garlic.
  • red Jalapenos (optional)

EXTRAS:

  • Quinoa or rice, (optional)
  • Taco shells,
  • Salad to serve.

 

This meal roughly serves 4 people and roughly takes 30-40 minutes to make.

 

 

METHOD:

 

  1. Take a small bowl and set it aside. Now halve your avocado, remove the stone and scoop out the insides, using a sharp knife cut the avocado into pieces and then put it in the bowl, you want to half mash the avocado with a back of a fork whilst leaving some pieces in there so it’s slightly chunky but creamy too. Dice your mango and cherry tomatoes into really small cubes, then add it to your avocado bowl and then grate in your carrot mixing well. Next crush or very finely diced your garlic, coriander and if you’re adding red Jalapeno’s dice them up here too, add these into your bowl with a pinch of salt and pop in the fridge.
  2.  Chop your tofu up into small cubes and set aside in a small bowl, then cut up your sweet red pepper, orange pepper, red onion and courgette into small pieces (bare in mind they need to be small enough to fit into your tacos). In a small bowl spoon in all of your spices, garlic and salt then mix well.
  3. Grab your frying pan and start cooking your tofu on a medium heat. Saute your tofu until all sides are starting to go crispy, then pop in your diced onion and peppers and keep mixing for about 5 minutes so that none of the ingredients stick and burn, add in your courgette and take two teaspoons of your spice mix and sprinkle it over the top of your tofu and vegetables and fry for a further 3-4 minutes mixing in the seasoning.
  4. If you are using quinoa now would be the time to pop it in the microwave and cook it or pop your tacos in the oven for 5-10 minutes to warm up (follow the instructions on the back of the packet). Add your spinach then pour over your tomato and water mixture and then add in the rest of the seasoning. Mix and cook until all the water has simmered down and you’re left with a thick tomato sauce covering your veges and tofu.
  5. You’re now ready to create your tacos, at the bottom of each mine I placed the salsa-guacamole, then the quinoa, then my tofu and vegetable mix. I served mine with Salad too. Serve warm and enjoy! <3

 

 

 

 

Giving Tree Snacks review.

Hello everyone, today’s post is all about these giving tree snacks. I first discovered these snacks about a year ago, I was visiting Manchester and I became really hungry that I decided to go and venture for a well needed snack. Of course my stomach being ultra sensitive I couldn’t just pop to a shop and grab anything, so I headed to Holland And Barrett’s where I scoured the shelves looking for something delicious that accommodates my dietary needs. Even in a shop that sells health foods and free from foods my choices are always quite limited, so after checking the backs of multiple different packets I reached for a bag of giving tree broccoli “crisps”.  They sound really strange don’t they? and this was going to go either one of two ways, either they were going to be absolutely terrible and I was going to regret buying them or they were going to be the best thing i’d ever discovered.

 

I’ve tried various different types of root vegetable crisps in the past and I’ve always really liked them but I was questioning how they would be able to turn broccoli into crisps. Never the less I decided to try them. Now before I continue I’d like to state that they were pricey at £2 for a 18g bag, you don’t get a huge amount in there. However I definitely needed to eat and it seemed like the better option for me.

When I opened the bag I was presented with actual broccoli florets but they were small and crispy with a sort of crumbly layer that covered them. Definitely not like root vegetable crisps at all. They looked exactly as they describe on the packet dehydrated broccoli florets with rice bran covering them. I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting when I took my first bite, but my goodness they were absolutely delicious! packed with broccoli flavour and really crispy. They crunch in your mouth just like normal crisps would but they’re not greasy or oily. They have such a big blast of flavour which I found really surprising as there’s no added salt or flavourings other than the rice bran. This makes them the perfect healthy snack! I passed one to Ali my partner who is really dubious of a lot of the food I try and eat, but much to his surprise he also really liked them! I couldn’t help thinking how wonderful they would taste crumbled up on top of a pasta dish or salad to add a little crunch to the dishes. ( I have since tried this and can confirm they are absolutely wonderful on top of both,  but particularly favoured over pasta)

(they’re also perfect for a healthy snack)

I was really keen after I had tried these to see if there were any others and over the past year I was also able to pick up a few other flavours; Strawberry, mango and pumpkin.
Mango and strawberry were absolutely incredible. The strawberry feel like you’re eating sweeties, which means they’re perfect if you’re like me and like a sweet snack. They come in the perfect size too, they remind me of those strawberry squishy foam sweets that you get, only these are better because they’re the real thing. (and actually they’re not squishy at all, they just look a little like them, hehe) They’re packed full of flavour and really fruity and sweet.

The mango slices are also among my favourites. Imagine the texture of skips and how they melt in your mouth but with the flavour of Mango. I love biting into these and sucking until they’ve dissolved into a lovely fruity mango burst, or dipping them into my favourite coconut yogurt and enjoying them together.

I’m not sure about you guys but being a creepy cute kinda girl I always look forward to halloween for all the pumpkin related yummies. Pumpkin curry, pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, pumpkin my life up! so when I saw their pumpkin crisps I was really excited. With how high I regard the other flavours these fell slightly flat for me. Pumpkin isn’t the most flavour-some of vegetables despite being one of my favourite autumnal flavours and I felt that with the punch of flavour that you get from the others these didn’t quite hit my taste buds the same way. I would recommend trying these though, if you’re looking for a more subtle flavour or perhaps to add on top of your favourite autumn soup.

It had been quite awhile since I had last tried these wonderful snacks but this month I wanted to come up with some zesty flavoured cupcakes (be sure to check out the recipe which is coming next week!) I decided to check out their online store, at just £1.75 a bag it works out much cheaper than buying from Holland And Barrett’s (although they currently have an online sale for mango and peach flavour at £1.50 but normal price is £2 a bag) I decided to buy a box full with a new flavour that I hadn’t tried (peach). With lots of recipes in mind and lots of cupcake and cheese cake flavours whirling round my head I was super excited to receive them all.

In evaluation I absolutely love these products, Pumpkin fell short for me but every other flavour I’ve tried have been exquisite. I highly recommend trying these. You can buy them from various places such as Whole foods, Holland and Barrett’s or you can even do a cheeky order online to get the best price possible! and here’s hoping they bring out a cherry flavour! what flavours would you like to see? leave me a comment below and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to get updates on recipes, blog posts and much much more!

http://givingtreesnacks.com/online-store/

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