Vegan food recipes

Lots of yummy vegan recipes with images

These delicious vegan recipes are sure to please vegans and non-vegans alike. Welcome to my vegan recipe and food images blog.
I gave up meat over 33 years ago, closely followed by fish and dairy. Although I ate dairy through my pregnancies as I was made to feel guilty! But, that was over 20 years ago and thankfully things have changed since, some doctors acknowledge that you can be vegan and healthier. As well as simple vegan recipes, I’ll cover the usual issues, myths and concerns. Today we’ll talk about protein.

Protein in plant-based foods

Lots of “natural” food contains protein, and by natural, I mean if it grows out of the ground then it’s natural. So, what about tofu? Tofu is derived from soya. It’s made by curdling fresh soya milk, a bit like making cow’s milk cheese. It’s derived from a natural food, the soya bean.
You can get protein from pulses, tofu, dark green leafy vegetables and salad leaves such as kale and broccoli, spinach, rocket salad, nuts and seeds.
A cup of green peas or quinoa (Quinoa is similar to grains but is in fact a seed) contain about the same protein as a cup of cow’s milk. Two cups of kidney beans, contain about 3 times more !

home made granola, vegan, seeds, breakfast, nuts

How much do we need?

According to Healthline and other websites the amount of protein we need is:

• 56 grams per day for the average sedentary man.
• 46 grams per day for the average sedentary woman.
As a quick guide
Tofu has 20g per cup
Spinach 5.3g
Green peas 8.6g
And lentils have 18g

So, you can see how easy it is to achieve this.
My aim is to provide vegan recipes that are simple but yummy, something that’s good for us shouldn’t feel like hard work, right?

So, for my first recipes I’ll part with two that are great first thing in the morning.
Multi seed granola is best made in advance and requires half an hour or so of your time, whilst avocado and tomato toast can be put together in under 10 minutes. They are both delicious, full of nutrients and are much better for you than most supermarket cereals that you purchase in a box. The cardboard box quite often has more nutrition than the cereal!

Granola for 2, for a week TAKES AROUND 35-40 MINUTES INCLUDES TIME FOR A FRESH COFFEE
I made this when my daughter’s boyfriend was visiting from New Zealand, she’s subtly trying to turn him vegan and I don’t think he was keen to try it at first, but when he did I wished he hadn’t, what normally lasts for 10 days was gone in 2!

Multi seed granola

300g oats
150g nuts (almonds, walnuts, peanuts, whichever you prefer)
150g maple syrup
50g mixed seeds
50g chia seeds
70g raisins or other dried fruit
2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
70g coconut flakes or unsweetened desiccated coconut
1 desert spoon of coconut or sunflower oil

Turn oven on to 150 degrees Celsius or gas mark 2

Pop all of the ingredients (apart from the dried fruit and coconut) in to a bowl giving it a good stir, make sure that everything is covered by the syrup and then tip on to a baking tray. Place in the oven for 15 minutes and have a coffee.

After 15 minutes you can bring the tray out of the oven and give the mixture a good stir again, making sure that the edge of the granola is brought in to the middle of the tray and vice versa (as the edges tend to go lovely and crunchy first). Then just pop the tray back in the oven for a further 15 minutes.

Then simply lift the tray out to cool and mix in the dried fruit, before transferring the granola to a sealed container placing it in the fridge, it should keep for 10 days.
To be traditional serve with a dairy free yogurt and fresh fruit. But I like to have mine with soya or almond milk.

Avocado and tomato toast

Half of a small ripe avocado
A chunk of toasted wholemeal bread
A good pinch of ground Black pepper
A tiny pinch of sea salt
10 ripe cherry tomatoes (room temperature) chopped in half
1 desert spoon of extra virgin olive oil

It’s so important to use a ripe avocado, you can tell by giving it a light squeeze, it should give a little if it’s ripe.

Simply mash the avocado in a bowl and add the black pepper and sea salt, then spread on to the toast. Mix the tomatoes with the olive oil and pour on top…simple and yummy.

Let us know what you think of these recipes and a photograph of your result!
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This was sent to me by Mary, you can find her comment below!…