Saturday, February 07, 2015

Vegan Pancakes with Peanut Butter Sauce

Since pancake day is coming up I thought I'd share with you all my delicious vegan pancake recipe! 

These were sooo good and the peanut butter sauce is heaven (it may only be melted peanut butter but trust me It's amazing), they're really easy to make and use minimal ingredients. Also if you're not a fan of peanut butter or want another topping for your pancake then you can easily adjust the recipe and leave out the sauce. 

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of rice milk
  • 2 Cups of plain flour
  • Half a cup of water
  • 2 Tablespoons of caster sugar
  • Plenty of olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter
  • Fruit of your choice - I used 1 pear, 2 kiwis and a good handful of blueberries
Method:
  • Get a large mixing bowl and add your milk, flour, water and sugar
  • Whisk together with a whisk until the lumps are gone and it isn't too thick but not to thin
  • Add enough olive oil to a frying pan to cover the pan and let it get nice and hot on a medium/high heat 
  • Pour in some of your mixture - it normally looks like a small circle, roughly the size of a crumpet, then you move the pan to spread it out and make it thinner. The thicker the pancake the doughier it will be
  • Cook each side for roughly half a minute - if the olive oil is hot enough it should cook that quick however if it hasn't just continue to cook until it's how you want it
  • Serve on a plate and repeat the process until all of your mixture is gone, you will usually need to add more oil between pancakes
  • Get your peanut butter (I use smooth) and pop it in the microwave for 30ish seconds or until it's melted
  • Pour it over your stack of pancakes and add your fruit 

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Crunchy Quinoa Salad

I've never made a quinoa salad before so this recipe was pretty much me winging it with my domestic goddess skills 

And it turned it lovely! Really nice after a long stressful day because it wasn't too heavy and it wasn't too light. This dish is really versatile so if you want more veggies you can add them or if you don't like one of the vegetables in this recipe you can easily change it to suit your taste. 

If you want the recipe for this delicious dish then carry on reading...

Serves 1 (hungry person)

Ingredients:
  • 10 or more slices of cucumber, halved and then halved again
  • 1 Tomato - cut up into chunks
  • A big handful of lettuce - sliced (use whatever type you prefer, I used butterhead)
  • 2 Handfuls of quinoa
  • Half a tin of flageolet beans
  • 1 Vegetable oxo cube
  • French dressing - optional
Method:
  • Put your quinoa in a saucepan and crumble in your oxo cube
  • Add boiling water (enough to atleast fill half the saucepan) and bring to the boil
  • After you've brought it to the boil leave it to simmer for 25 minutes
  • 5 minutes before the quinoa is done add your beans
  • Drain in a sieve, serve with your salad - adding French dressing if you want




Monday, February 02, 2015

Warm Quinoa Bowl

I've only recently starting eating Quinoa and I am loving it! If you're new to quinoa like me then this recipe is perfect for you, it only uses ingredients that I had in at home so it's perfect for those days when you can't be bothered to go shopping but don't want to skip on yummy & healthy food!

It's simple, nutritious and delicious!

Serves 2:

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of uncooked quinoa
  • 4 Closed cup mushrooms - sliced
  • 1 Large white onion - diced
  • 1/2 Handfuls of frozen peas
  • 1 Vegetable stock cube
  • A pinch of black pepper (optional)
  • A sprinkle of parsley or a pinch of fresh
Method:
  • Put your quinoa in a large saucepan and crumble in your stock cube
  • Fill the saucepan roughly half way full with boiling water
  • Bring the quinoa to boil and then simmer 
  • Once it's been cooking for 15 minutes put your mushrooms and onion in a steamer and place them on top of the saucepan
  • Cook for a further 15 minutes
  • Add the peas and cook for a further 5 minutes
  • Take your vegetables from the steamer and add to the pot cooking for another 5 minutes
  • Pour everything from the saucepan into a sieve to drain of the water
  • Serve and enjoy!