Peanut butter African Soup

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Peanut butter African Soup
This is a fabulous vegan soup that can be prepared in advance and kept in the fridge for 3-4 days. It has a peanut and tomato base which is full of flavour, very comforting, smooth, and filling.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan add the oil and chopped onion and cook for 5 minutes until soft.
  2. Add all the ingredients for the sauce into a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Add the remaining vegetables to the pan with the cooked onion and then pour in the sauce - stir well .
  4. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 15 -20 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
  5. Serve garnished with fresh coriander.

Asian Tofu Spring Rolls

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Asian Tofu Spring Rolls
These are great for lunch - filled with fresh raw vegetables, coriander and crispy tofu. The sauce is full of flavour and great for dipping.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Servings
people
Ingredients
Tofu
Spring rolls
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Servings
people
Ingredients
Tofu
Spring rolls
Instructions
  1. Toss the tofu in the cornflour and then fry in the sesame oil. Stir to ensure that all sides are browned.
  2. Prepare the sauce by adding all the ingredients together and stirring to combine. Add water as necessary to make the sauce pourable.
  3. Then add 2 tablespoons of the sauce to the tofu and then the tamari sauce, and maple syrup - stir well.
  4. Add tofu back to the pan and cook for several minutes until glazed. Set aside.
  5. To assemble spring rolls, pour warm water into a shallow dish and immerse each rice paper for about 10-15 seconds.
  6. Then spread each rice paper out on a board. Add a small amount of vermicelli noodles and layer each vegetable (cucumber, red pepper and carrot) on top together with some coriander and 2-3 pieces of tofu on top.
  7. Gently fold over and tuck in the edges and continue rolling until sealed.
  8. Repeat with the remaining rice paper, vegetables and tofu until all of rice paper and veg has been used.
  9. Serve with the remaining peanut dipping sauce.

Warm Roasted Squash and Puy Lentil Salad

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Warm Roasted Squash and Puy Lentil Salad
This is a warm salad of puy lentils, roasted butternut squash, tomatoes, onion and spinach, in a vinegar and mustard dressing. It makes a delicious and healthy light lunch. The lentil provide good levels of plant based protein and fibre.
Instructions
  1. Place the cubed butternut squash in an ovenproof dish and toss in 1 tbsp of oil. Scatter the thyme onto the squash and season. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
  2. Mix together the balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp oil, mustard, garlic and 1 tbsp water.
  3. Drain the puy lentils and toss in the dressing together with the onion, and cherry tomatoes.
  4. Divide the spinach between 4 plates. Top with the lentils, followed by the squash. Sprinkle over the grated cheese and pumpkin seeds. Serve.

Vegan Chinese Fried Rice

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Vegan Chinese Fried Rice
This has a spicy sauce with rice, tofu, cashew nuts, peas, carrots, spring onions, coriander leaves and garlic - it is delicious. You could serve this as a light lunch or as an accompaniment.
Instructions
  1. Place the cubed tofu into a oiled baking dish and put into oven on 180C for 20 minutes or until starting to brown.
  2. Put the rice into a saucepan and add water. Place on heat and bring to the boil. Simmer for 25 mins or until soft. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the sauce ingredients. When the tofu is cooked, remove from the oven and then scoop it into the sauce bowl. Allow to marinate for 10 minutes
  4. Scoop the marinated tofu from the bowl and place in a large frying pan with 2 tablespoons of the sauce. Place on heat and cook for 10 minutes. Then add the onion and garlic and continue yo cook for another 5 minutes before pouring in the remaining sauce.
  5. Then add the carrots and peas, followed by the rice. Mix well and cook for a further 5 mins. Then serve. Garnish with some toasted cashew nuts and coriander.

Roasted Beetroot, Leek and Carrot Salad

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Roasted Beetroot, Leek and Carrot Salad
This makes a filling and delicious salad with the nuts providing good fats and protein. For extra protein add a can of mixed beans.
Instructions
  1. Line a large baking tray with foil and place beetroot, leeks, carrots and thyme on the foil. Drizzle over the oil and season. Toss and fold the foil to make a loose parcel.
  2. Place in oven and bake for 50 -60 mins or until all the veg is soft. Remove from the oven and cool.
  3. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together.
  4. Place the spinach, cucumber and tomatoe in a large bowl. Top with the roasted vegetables. Sprinkle over the crushed roasted nuts. Drizzle over the dressing and serve.