Spicy Miso Soup with Tofu

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Spicy Miso Soup with Tofu
Miso soup is delicious and healthy and this version is really spicy - with the seared tofu it makes a great lunch. Miso is a protein-rich fermented soybean paste. It is rich in essential minerals and a good source of various B vitamins, vitamin E, K and folic acid. As a fermented food, miso provides the gut with beneficial bacteria that help us to stay healthy.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings
people
Ingredients
miso paste
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings
people
Ingredients
miso paste
Instructions
Paste
  1. Place all the paste ingredients into a food processor and blend. Set aside.
Tofu
  1. Press out as much moisture as possible. Cut into cubes. In a large pot, heat the oil and start frying the tofu until it has browned. Add 1/4 of the paste, stir and cook for a further 2 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Soup
  1. To the same pan add the shitake mushrooms and a tablespoon of the paste and stir fry until golden brown.
  2. Add the stock and milk and bring to the boil - reduce the heat and simmer. Put the remaining paste into the saucepan and stir to thoroughly combined.
  3. Place cooked noodles into the soup together with the cooked tofu, stir and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  4. Serve, garnished with chopped coriander.

Wild Garlic Soup

A rich and creamy vegan soup
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Wild Garlic Soup
Wild garlic has a short season - normally for a few months from the end of March. You can buy it in markets or you can also forage it. Wild garlic has tiny white flowers and bright green leaves and is commonplace in woods and forests. The leaves have a distinctive and subtle garlic flavour. Garlic is widely known for its antibacterial, antibiotic and possible antiviral properties. It is also anti-inflammatory and has many phytochemicals.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan heat the oil and fry the onion.
  2. Then add the coconut milk and water together with the stock. Bring to the boil and then simmer.
  3. Add the wild garlic leaves and cook for 5-10 minutes until the leaves are wilted.
  4. Puree the soup with a blender and then season. Serve,

Steamed Nut Loaf

This is a variation of a traditional nut roast – steaming rather than roasting this nut loaf means that it keeps moist, delicious and easy to cut and serve
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Steamed Nut Loaf
This is a more moist variation of the traditional nut roast - instead of roasting you steam for 1 hour instead. It's simple and quick to make - with cashew nuts, walnuts, some gluten free bread,, onions, garlic and herbs, It's vegan and gluten free, Have it with some roasted veg and gravy or instead slice it up with some pickles and salad - it's very versatile and easy to slice.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 60 mins
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 60 mins
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat a frying pan and lightly fry the onion in the olive oil until soft. add the garlic and cook for a further minute.
  2. In a small bowl add the flaxseed and water together - mix and leave to stand for 5 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl add all the remaining ingredients and mix together thoroughly. Add the onions, garlic and flax egg and mix. If the mixture is too dry add some more vegetable stock.
  4. Oil a pudding basin. Pour the mixture in and flatten down. Place a piece of baking paper over the top and secure with a rubber band or string. Place in a steamer and cook for 1 hour. Test that the loaf is cooked by placing a knife into the top - if it comes out clean then it is ready to serve.
  5. Leave the loaf to stand for 10-15 minutes before turning onto a plate to serve.

Mushroom Bourguignon

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Mushroom Bourguignon
If you like mushrooms then you will really enjoy this dish. It's a tasty vegan stew loaded with a variety of mushrooms, onions and carrots - with a tin of mixed beans to increase the level of protein. Served here with some mashed sweet potato and steamed broccoli.
Instructions
  1. Heat the 1 tablespoon of oil in a large saucepan and cook onions for 5 minutes. then add the carrot and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the garlic, and tomato paste - cook for a further minute. Add 2 tablespoons of water to the corn flour and add to the pan and stir.
  3. Pour over the wine and stir well. Leave to simmer for a couple of minutes until the wine has reduced by half. Then add the stock and thyme and cook for a further 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan and add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes stirring regularly. Season.
  5. Add to the pan, together with the juices and simmer for a further 5 minutes. serve.

Thai Butternut Squash Soup

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Thai Butternut Squash Soup
Butternut squash soup is one of my favourite soups and combined with Thai spices in this recipe means that it makes a really smooth, aromatic and spicy soup.
Instructions
  1. In a large pan, heat the oil and add the onion, garlic, cumin, coriander, curry paste and seasoning. Cook for 10 minutes to soften and then add the squash. Cook for a further few minutes.
  2. Add the vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 -20 minutes.
  3. Then add the coconut milk and cook for a further 5 minutes. Then remove from the heat.
  4. Place the soup in a blender. Blend until smooth. serve garnished with coriander.