Vegan goodness

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So our latest culinary challenge, sorry, adventure has been delving into the world of veganism as our youngest has decided that he is now Vegan.  He has always been a bit of a picky eater around meat and is constantly worried about animal welfare so it really didn’t come as a huge shock when he announced a month ago that he was vegetarian and then followed up a week later with ‘ I think I’ll give being a vegan a try.’

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The last few pieces of our vegan shortbread.

It actually hasn’t been that bad and if anything it has been awesome not having him tempted by all the rubbishy chocolate treats that abound in every shop.  There are 2 main stumbling blocks I have hit so far though; 1) Eating out and 2) Baking.  Eating out is a bit of a mine field as it seems every thing is out on the children’s menu … have you noticed how every kid’s menu is deep fried meat of some description … and most things suitable on the adult menu are either too spicy or so expensive it makes us think twice. Thankfully we don’t eat out that much, the thought it takes is beyond my mental powers at the moment, and when we do venture out at least he is having a fairly healthy meal unlike before.

Which brings us to the second point ….. soooo many recipes rely on eggs (well the ones I currently make anyway) and even though we are pretty good at replacing the dairy it is taking me a while to get my head around using egg replacements (chia seeds and water is the main one I’m using at the moment).  I have been doing the research though to ensure that we get all the good bits into him and thanks to some great Vegan recipe books from the local library  I have found some great savoury and sweet baking ideas to keep everyone (well half of us to be honest) happy.  The one recipe that has been made the most so far is courtesy of Jennifer Katzinger’s Flying Apron Gluten Free and Vegan Baking Book.  This delicious ‘Vegan Shortbread’ (my name for it as I have returned the book and forgot the name sorry) is so easy and so delicious that I’m sure you’ll be whipping it up numerous times too.

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What I’m putting below is a half recipe of what is printed in the book as I found that was more than enough.  I also cut it into more squares than the recipe in the book indicates as we found it very rich and a little square of it was enough.  If you enjoy this recipe though I would recommend checking out the whole recipe book as has so many more delicious things to make. 😉

Vegan shortbread

  • 2 & 1/4 cups Rice Flour
  • a grind of salt
  • 1 Cup of coconut oil
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

– Preheat the oven to 190C (375F)

– Melt the coconut oil and then add the maple syrup

– Blend all the ingredients together.

– Pour and flatten the mixture into a baking paper lined baking dish

– Bake for 15 min or until the edges are slightly brown

– Remove from the oven and cut into squares while it is still warm in the tin

– Slide onto a cooling rack and break into separate peices when it is fully cooled.

– Enjoy!

Well that is it from me on a cold and snow predicted evening. I hope this finds you all warm, healthy and enjoying life at whatever temperature you have it at. 😉

Arohanui

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Time for another recipe!

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Well I thought I would share another recipe this week.  If you have been following me for a while, or know me, then you’ll also know that I just can’t seem to help myself when it comes to adapting and changing recipes to fit what is in my cupboards!  Sometimes things work just fine and other times they are a big disaster, anyway…… here is one that work 🙂 My ‘Not so paleo anymore’ Pizza

Our first attempt at ou 'not so paleo anymore' pizza.

Our first attempt at ou ‘not so paleo anymore’ pizza.

The other week the kids had a request of pizza and while I actually love pizza it doesn’t love me so much any more.  We have tried a few gluten-free bases and still done the dairy toppings. We have also done a few gluten bases and dairy-free toppings and, just for balance a few GF and DF options none of which have really hit the spot for me and every time I find a recipe that looks yum the ingredient list is so fancy or expensive that I never try making it.

So imagine my surprise when I stumbled across a paleo pizza base recipe which I had the all the ingredients for (well almost) in my cupboard. I did change a few bits but actually when I did go and out and get the correct ingredients for a second batch the taste wasn’t that different.  The main thing is my version is not paleo and maybe just a little cheaper.

Thanks fastPaleo for the yum recipe which you can find in its unadulterated form here.  For my ‘what’s in the cupboard’ version then look in my recipe page.   Now I’m not saying that mine is healthier or better just that if you haven’t got the ingredients and need to make do then the pizza is still YUUMMMY!

Here are my modifications and suggestions from the recipe.

  •  I replaced coconut flour for chickpea
  • I replaced pumpkin puree for some left over roast pumpkin which I mashed up. This was quite sweet which is why I left out the maple syrup.
  • I left out the maple syrup and garlic powder
  • I just used the dried herbs I had and the flavours we like.
  • I put in tapioca starch instead of cassava flour.
  • Recipe makes one pizza however I doubled the recipe so that I could make a meat one for them lot and a veggie dairy-free one for myself (with goat’s cheese on top) and because we are big pizza munchers.
  • The spreading out of the base was a little time consuming, not too bad with an oiled spatula though, and for the flipping I found that sandwiching the bases between baking paper (one of which it was baking on already) was the easiest, if not the most economical, way of getting the little blighter over.

Hope this finds you creating your own new wonders.

Arohanui

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