Aussie “Steak, Bacon and Cheese Pies”(Vegan).

Sadly in Australia we do not have many traditional dishes, however one of them is a pie!! This is my take on a vegan steak, bacon and cheese pie. I used to love getting these as a treat a a child, and now I share then to the world as a adult.

Ingredients 

(Mushroom Gravy)
2 tablespoons vegan butter
1 onion, finely sliced
100g mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 clove garlic, crushed
1 1/2 tablespoons plain flour
2 cups vegetable stock
2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
bunch fresh herbs(rosemary etc)

Filling
600g vegan mince(IVP or vegan mince)
6 slices vegan bacon, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon olive oil
300g vegan cheese, grated

Pastry
2 teaspoons vegan butter
12 sheets puff pastry

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

Mushroom Gravy
1. Heat butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and mushrooms. Cook, stirring for 4 minutes or until lightly browned. Add flour, Cook, stirring for 1 minute.

2. Slowing add stock, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly too prevent lumps for forming. Cooking for 3 minutes or until sauce boils and thickens. Season with salt and pepper, nutritional yeast and fresh herbs. Adjust liquid quantity to achieve consistency you require.

3. Leave to simmer on a low heat until filling is complete.

Filling

1. Heat oil in medium frying pan over. Add vegan mince, cook for 10 minutes. Add vegan bacon and stir until cooked. (Around 15 minutes in total).

2. Once cooked, add mince to mushroom gravy mixture and set aside.

Pie
1. While the mince is cooking, grease 2 muffins tray with vegan butter.
2. Cut 12 puff pastry sheets into quarters and put each quarter in a muffin tin, until you have 24 lined.
3. Add a tablespoon of the mince mixture into the middle of the puff pastry muffin tins. Then add a small amount of the vegan cheese. Fold over the extra pastry to close the top of the pies.
4. Coat the top of the pies with a small amount of vegan butter,cook in the oven for 20 minutes.  Allow to cool for 15 minutes. Serve with a desired salad.

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Warm Winter Protein Power Salad

This is a super yummy salad that can be served as a side or main dish. It’s super quick and easy to make and you will most likely already have most of the ingredients on hand. Super great in winter and a way to make sure you are getting protein.

Ingredients
1 can of butter beans(or bean of choice)
6 large leaves of kale
1 peeled onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 small chili
1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
small amount of fresh herbs(brazil, rosemary, chives etc)
1 teaspoon of vegan butter
1 teaspoon of vegetable oil
1 cup of quinoa
500g of fresh baby spinach
small amount of chopped cherry tomatoes
fresh olives if desired

Method
1. Heat stove and cook quinoa as stated on the packet of the particular quinoa you have – while the quinoa is cooking begin on the next step.

2. Drain and rinse beans, then add to food processor. Add all other ingredients to the food processor (bar the spinach, olives and lemon) and blend well.

3. Once everything is blended together(into a smooth texture), put this mixture on a frypan on a high heat with vegetable oil. Cook for approximately 5 minutes.

4. Reduce pan to medium heat and add spinach and tomatoes. Once the spinach has reduced in size stop cooking.

5. Add this mixture to the cooked quinoa and stir well.

6. Add in the olives and as much lemon juice as suits your taste and stir.


Enjoy.

Healthy Chocolate Banana and Strawberry Breakfast Cookies.

During the week on my way to work, I always am in a rush to get out the door. These cookies are super simple to make super healthy. I like to make large cookies as I will just eat one of the way out the door. They are also good are yummy snack without the day.

Ingredients

2 ripe bananas

1 cup macadamia spread(or almond or peanut butter)

¼ cup quinoa

¼ cup cocoa powder

¼ cup coconut sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup of sheared almond and sunflower spreads


Extra
1/2 cup fresh chopped strawberries
1/2 cup coconut flakes
small amount of sunflower seeds

Method
Preheat oven on 180 degrees.
Mash bananas, the add all the ingredients and mix together.
Line oven tray, shape cookies into desired size.
Cook for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and wait at least 10 minutes for them to cool.

In less then an hour you have you breakfast for the week, super healthy and a boost in the morning. 

Banana, Blueberry, Apricot and Oat Bread

This is a simple, delicious and different breakfast that is very easy to make.

Ingredients

3 rip bananas
1 and half of blueberries
2 cups of self raising flour
1 cup of soy milk
150 grams of vegan butter
1 and half of oats with dried apricot
3/4 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon


Method

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and leave for 20 mins
2. Peel and mash bananas in large bowl
3. Add flour, butter, milk, sugar and oats into bowl and stir. Followed by cinnamon.
4. Add blueberries, and combined in mixture.
5. Grease baking tray and add mixture to tray.
6. Bake in oven 45 minutes
7. Remove and left cool for 20 minutes
8. Cut into slices and toast if desired

 

Bella’s Beaut Chilli Tomato Jam

Growing up, I was lucky to have a amazing Nanna, that cooked a variety of foods from sweets to dinners. One of the things that I picked up from her was jam making. Sometimes making jam can be frustrating and hard work, however over the years I have come up with simple but delicious creation that everyone seems to love.  Anyone that comes across me knows how much I love chilli which is why I love the kick in this jam  But best of all it can be made as mild or as spicy as one would like. To start this tasty jam you will need the following: Utensils   Empty Jar jams with lids(approx 3) Oven Large Pot Wooden Spoon Knife Chopping board Measuring cup IMG_0668 Ingredients  3 fresh red chillies, seeds removed and finely sliced(add extra for more spice) 500g canned chopped Italian tomatoes 4 cloves of  garlic, peeled and chopped 2 thumbs fresh ginger root , peeled and chopped 300g of caster sugar 100ml of red wine Method  1. Sterilise jam jars in oven 2. Put all the ingredients into large pot and slowly bring to a boil, stirring all the time 3. After turn to a gentle simmer, skim off any foam that foams. 4. Continue to simmer for 40 to 45 mins until jam like consistency, stirring every 5 mins to release the solids that will settle on the bottom IMG_0669 5. Scrape the sides of the pot during cooking until the whole mass cooks evenly. 6. Pour jam a small amount of time into warmed glass jars and cover. Makes about 2 to 3 jars. Serve on whatever you like, cheese, bread, side sauce and many more. And must of all enjoy.

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