Meat free Monday – Canellini bean dip

Ingredients:

2 400g tins of canellini beans drained and rinsed

approx 20  kalamata olives

4 tbs liquid from the kalamata olive jar

3 handfuls of baby spinach

1/4 small brown onion.

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse on high until well combined but still chunky. An its done! Nice on toast, with chips, or my fave, on a plate of raw veggies.

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Meat free Monday – chili con carne

Yup, its a 2 for 1 meat free Monday this week. Now I am going to give you a recipe for vegan chilli con carne using the spice mix in the previous post.

Ingredients:

Corn chips to serve

1/2 cup of Mexican spice mix

350g block of firm organic tofu

1 cup of corn kernals

1 400g tin of diced tomatoes

1 400g tin red kidney beans.

In a fry pan on medium heat crumble your tofu and stir through the spice mix. Cook stirring frequently for about 2 mins, until the spices are very fragrant.

Add the rest of the ingredients except the corn chips and cook for 10 to 15 mins to reduce some of the liquid. Serve straight away in bowls, and provide a bowl of corn chips for scooping and eating the chilli.

 

Meat free monday – Mexican spice mix

This is a great spice mix that you can use for making tacos, burritos chili con carne etc.

I used a 1/8 cup measure as = to 1 part

In a clean dry jar mix:

1 part onion powder

1 part garlic powder

1 part oregano

1 part ground cumin seeds

1 part table salt

1 part course ground black pepper

1 part white sugar

1 1/2 part sweet paprika

1/2 part smoked paprika

And add extra hot cayenne pepper to suit your tastes. I used about a table spoon, this made the mix very hot, you could always leave the cayenne out all together for a milder spice mix suitable for kids.

Sweet Saturday – Strawberry almond and oat muffins

As my migraines have been so much worse lately we have decided to try cutting out all artificial additives. So no colourings, preservatives, artificial sweeteners etc. This is meant to help with migraines, and also might help with my sons behavioral issues so it’s win win.

Here is a recipe I came up with today to use up some of the strawberries we got cheap at the markets.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cup of cooked strawberries. (quarter approx 2 punnets of strawberries simmer in saucepan with 1/2 cup of water for 25 mins)

1 1/4 cup of applesauce

3/4 cup of chopped natural almonds

2 cups of wholemeal flour

1 cup of plain flour

1 cup of whole oats

4 tsp baking powder

2 tsp bicarb soda

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Pre heat oven to 150 degrees Celsius fan forced (130 Celsius non fan forced) ((300 Fahrenheit))

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. If the mix is too dry you can add more applesauce, strawberry sauce or a little milk (rice or soy is fine) if needed.

Spoon into muffin tins and bake. To be honest I forgot to check the time when I put them in, but I would check them after 20 mins and go from there. You can tell if they are ready by poking them with a skewer.

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They are very yummy, although they are pretty dense for someone who is used to eating store bought sugary muffins.