Chinese peanut sauce

Deliciously intense peanut sauce. Perfect with egg-free chinese noodles and vegan quorn stir fried in sesame oil and soy sauce. I also love to use it as a dip for raw vegetables or rice paper rolls.

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Chinese peanut sauce

Adapted from Mollie Katzen and Madhur Jaffrey
Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 125g (1/2 cup) peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) hot water
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce (or equivalent)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 2 tsp Chinese shaoshing wine, dry sherry, or cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro/coriander, minced
  • Ground cayenne, to taste
  • Salt, to taste

Directions

  1. Place peanut butter in a small bowl, add the hot water, and stir until it forms a homogeneous consistency. This may take a couple minutes.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Cover, then refrigerate for an hour or two to allow the flavours to meld and mature. You can also make it a day in advance and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Let it come to room temperature, then serve!

How many EA Tasty Spoons does it get?

  1. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 No animal products.
  2. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 As far as I know, the ingredients aren’t particularly harmful to the environment. Please comment if I’m wrong about that. Watch out for added palm oil in peanut butter.
  3. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 Pretty inexpensive. Peanut butter can be very cheap. Cilantro/coriander is probably the most expensive ingredient, but it only calls for 2 tbsp, so you can chop up and freeze the rest for future recipes.
  4. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32I’d say this recipe is healthy. Peanut butter is full of healthy fats and protein, but it’s very calorific, so be aware if you’re trying to reduce your calorie intake.
  5. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32So delicious. My friends love it when I make this for them.

Total EA Tasty Spoons: 5


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Crispy fries

These fries are unbelievably crisp and moreish, especially considering they contain no added fat. They’re also extremely easy and quick to prepare.


Crispy fries

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 large or 3 medium potatoes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 C or 425 F
  2. Wash the potatoes, cut into 1 cm thick fries, and place in a medium bowl.
  3. Add garlic powder, salt, and paprika if using, then toss to cover the fries evenly.
  4. Place fries on a baking tray or two. Ideally fries should not touch each other so that they crisp on all sides.
  5. Put the trays in the oven for about 25 minutes. Open the oven occasionally to let the moisture out, so that the fries brown. After about 15 minutes in the oven, it’s a good idea to toss the fries, as they usually brown most on the side that touches the tray.
  6. Remove from the oven and enjoy with ketchup, garlic mayo, and a veggie burger!

How many EA Tasty Spoons does it get?

  1. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 No animal products.
  2. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 As far as I’m aware potatoes and potato farming are not harmful to the environment.
  3. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 Potatoes are very cheap.
  4. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Surprisingly, pretty healthy! Potatoes are very nutritious, and with no added fat, there’s nothing holding them back.
  5. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Super tasty. My family and I can eat trays and trays of these!

Total EA Tasty Spoons: 5


BBQ seitan

Meaty seitan chunks covered in deliciously sticky BBQ sauce.


BBQ seitan

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 120 g (1 cup) vital wheat gluten
  • 15g (1/4 cup) nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 700 ml (3 cups) vegetable stock
  • 200 ml (3/4 cup) ketchup
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce or maggi
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed or chopped
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes (optional)

Directions

  1. Mix together the wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, and garlic powder.
  2. Stir in 120 ml of stock, and knead dough for a minute or two until elastic, adding more stock if necessary.
  3. Form dough into a loaf.
  4. Place in a pan and cover with remaining stock.
  5. Cover pan and simmer for 40 minutes.
  6. In the mean time, put ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, and chilli in small saucepan.
  7. Heat the sauce, stirring, until it begins to bubble around the edges.
  8. When the 40 minutes are up, remove the seitan from the pan, and then cut into chunks (I prefer about 0.5cm thick by 2cm square).
  9. Cover in the BBQ sauce and then serve warm in a crusty roll or with fries.

How many EA Tasty Spoons does it get?

  1. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 No animal products.
  2. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 As far as I’m aware, none of the ingredients are particularly harmful for the environment.
  3. Vital wheat gluten is not yet widely available and can be expensive in some areas where it is hard to get hold of.
  4. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Pretty healthy, because the seitan is very high in protein (75g per 100g), with almost no fat. But, the BBQ sauce is sugary. It just about gets a EA Tasty spoon.
  5. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Delicious, especially if you’re craving meaty foods.

Total EA Tasty Spoons: 4


 

Banana breakfast cookies

These aren’t exactly cookies. But they’re practical, healthy, and perfect for an on-the-go breakfast or snack.Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 15.14.33


Banana breakfast cookies

Serves: 2 (makes nine small cookies)

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 70 g (3/4 cup) rolled oats
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence (optional)
  • 50 g (1/4 cup) dark chocolate chips (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C or 350 F
  2. Mix together all of the ingredients.
  3. Drop large spoonfuls of batter onto a baking tray and flatten.
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes, until firm.
  5. Cool, then store in an air tight container or freeze.

How many EA Tasty Spoons does it get?

  1. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 No animal products.
  2. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 As far as I’m aware, none of the ingredients are particularly harmful for the environment.
  3. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Oats and bananas are very cheap.
  4. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Healthy! No added sugar or fat, and oats give long lasting energy and are good for the cardiovascular system. Adding chocolate chips makes it less healthy, but dark chocolate supposedly has some health benefits.
  5. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Very tasty, and perfect for sharing.

Total EA Tasty Spoons: 5!


 

Quick pancakes

One of the simplest and most reliable pancake recipes you will find.


Quick pancakes

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 130 g (1 cup) plain flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 235 ml (1 cup) almond milk
  • 2 tbsp flavourless oil
  • Frozen blueberries (defrosted) or dark chocolate chips (optional)

Directions

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Heat a frying pan.
  3. Add the milk and oil to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. A few lumps are fine.
  4. Spoon enough mixture into the pan for one pancake, and then drop a few blueberries or chocolate chips onto the wet batter in the pan.
  5. Flip the pancake once the bottom is firm and light brown.
  6. Cook until the other side is also browning.
  7. Repeat spooning the batter into the pan until it’s gone.
  8. If the pancakes begin to turn out flatter, try adding some more baking powder.
  9. Serve hot with maple syrup.

How many EA Tasty Spoons does it get?

  1. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 No animal products.
  2. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 As far as I’m aware none of the ingredients are particularly harmful for the environment. If you’re worried about almond milk, you can use soy milk or any other non-dairy milk instead.
  3. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 It’s all fairly cheap. More on the pricey side is almond milk (£1 per litre in the UK), and the optional frozen blueberries (£2 for 350g in the UK). Pretty good overall so deserves a spoon.
  4. Not so healthy. Almost entirely made of refined carbohydrate.
  5. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Tastes great. Family and friends are always very happy to wake up to fresh pancakes!

Total EA Tasty Spoons: 4


Oatmeal/Porridge ideas

Oatmeal is my favourite food. It’s also probably the most satisfying and healthy breakfast in the world. But, in case you find it a little boring, here are five quick and easy ideas to make the morning more exciting.

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1. Apple cinnamon oatmeal

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 40 g (1/2 cup) rolled oats (or quick oats)
  • 200 ml (1 cup) almond milk
  • 1 apple, chopped into 1 cm chunks
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or more to taste)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (optional)

Directions

  1. Add ingredients to a small saucepan and heat, while stirring to prevent sticking, until oatmeal is thick.

2. Chocolate oatmeal

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Ingredients

  • 40 g (1/2 cup) rolled oats (or quick oats)
  • 200 ml (1 cup) almond milk
  • 3 tsp drinking chocolate powder (most are vegan)

Directions

  1. Add ingredients to a small saucepan and heat, while stirring to prevent sticking, until oatmeal is thick.

3. Custard oatmeal

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 40 g (1/2 cup) rolled oats (or quick oats)
  • 200 ml (1 cup) almond milk
  • 1 tbsp vegan custard powder (e.g. Bird’s)
  • 2 tsp sugar

Directions

  1. Add custard powder and a drop of almond milk to a small saucepan, and, with the heat off, make a smooth paste.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the pan and heat, while stirring to prevent sticking, until oatmeal is thick.

4. Blueberry oatmealScreen Shot 2016-04-08 at 14.33.09

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 40 g (1/2 cup) rolled oats (or quick oats)
  • 200 ml (1 cup) almond milk
  • 50 g frozen blueberries
  • 2 tsp sugar

Directions

  1. Add ingredients to a small saucepan and heat, while stirring to prevent sticking, until oatmeal is thick.

 5. Banana oatmeal

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 40 g (1/2 cup) rolled oats (or quick oats)
  • 200 ml (1 cup) almond milk
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Directions

  1. Add ingredients to a small saucepan and heat, while stirring to prevent sticking, until oatmeal is thick.

How many EA Tasty Spoons does it get?

  1. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 No animal products.
  2. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 As far as I’m aware, oats are not harmful to the environment. I’m not sure about almond milk, but it’s definitely got a much lower carbon footprint than dairy milk.
  3. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 Oats are very cheap, especially considering how nutritious they are. More on the pricey side is almond milk (£1 per litre in the UK), and frozen blueberries (£2 for 350g in the UK). Pretty good overall so deserves a spoon.
  4. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Definitely healthy. With a low glycemic index, oatmeal gives long lasting energy. Also, the soluble fibre in oats is supposed to be good for the heart. I always feel my best after a bowl of oatmeal.
  5. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32I think it’s delicious. No breakfast makes me happier!

Total EA Tasty Spoons: 5!


 

Please share your favourite oatmeal recipes!