JACKFRUIT as a meat substitute

Have you tried Jackfruit yet? My first Jackfruit experience was at Farm Girl, I had the Blue Jack Tacos with BBQ flavoured pulled jackfruit. So delicious!
It is used as a meat substitute because of its texture – firm and flakey. Reminds me of tuna in its texture but also chicken breasts because it’s fairly tasteless. You need a strong sauce or spices and the jackfruit will soak it all up.
Jackfruit is only a meat substitute in terms of texture, it is not rich in protein. It is low in calories with only 95 kcal per 100g, and it comes with fiber, vitamins and minerals like, A, C and the B’s and is a good source of potassium.
But where Jackfruit really shines is when used as a meat substitute in Tacos, a curry or stew with a lots of flavours.
A tin of jackfruit is a bout £3 and you’ll find it in most health store shops.
It is the young green fruit that is used and it comes in salted water.
Jackfruits are enormous, it’s actually the largest tree-borne fruit in the world and can weigh between 3 and 30kg. It travels from far away places like India, Thailand and Brazil.
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ZUCCHINI FRITTERS – Vegan & Delicious

I got a new FAMILY FRIENDLY recipe for you!
I’m getting lots of zucchini in my weekly veg box and since the kids are not super keen on grilled or fried zucchini, I make fritters instead!

Zucchini Fritters
you need:

– 500 grams zucchini (about 3)

-2 cup flour (I use gluten-free mix flour)

-2 tablespoons gluten-free breadcrumbs

-1 vegan egg (or 1 ordinary egg)

-2 spring unions

-small piece of grated ginger

-1 garlic clove grated

-1 tablespoon of chia seeds

-1/2 balsamic vinegar

-1/2 tablespoon of stock powder (bouillon)

-1/2 tablespoon nutritional yeast

-1 teaspoon of salt

-1/2 teaspoon of chili flakes

-1/2 teaspoon of dried basil

-black pepper to taste

-coconut oil for frying

Lisa

Cooking With Kids: VEGAN BOWL

Time for the third video in our Cooking With Kids series. Today we are making a super delicious, nutritious and easy to make VEGAN BOWL!
It’s been super fun to record these videos with my 10-year-old.
Being the master negotiator from birth he managed to get a really good fee out of it! It’s going to be spent on extra RAM for the laptop and digital outfits and silly dances on Fortnite.


VEGAN BOWL
Ingredients

– rice for 4 people we use organic short grain brown rice

– 225 gram smoked tofu

– 2 large carrots

– 1 1/2 cup of sweetcorn

– watercress a handful per person

– tamari to taste

– the greens from the spring onions

 shoyu sauce:

– 1/4 cup tamari

– 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

– 1 teaspoon grated ginger

– pinch of chilli flakes

Instructions: Boil the rice. Make the shoyu marinade. Add the cubed tofu. Assemble in a bowl: Rice, carrots, sweetcorn, watercress, tofu and spring onion. Add tamari to taste. Serve


Cooking with Kids: RAMEN (vegan & gluten free)


Vegan Gluten Free RAMEN

– Noodles (227 gram)

– Marinated Tofu 160 gram

– 2 carrots

– 2 pak choi

– 1 onion

– 5 garlic cloves

– fresh ginger (about an inch)

– 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoon stock powder

– 6 cups water

– 1 tablespoon tamari + 1 teaspoon

– 2 tablespoon miso paste

– 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

– 1 teaspoon dried daikon or other mushroom (optional)

– 1 tablespoon coconut oil

– spring onion (the green bits)

Directions:
prepare the broth: boil water, stock powder, chopped yellow onion, garlic,  chopped ginger, 1 tablespoon of miso, tamari. Let simmer for about an hour (or shorter if you are in a hurry)
Heat up the oil, soften chopped carrots and pak choi. add tamari and miso paste.
Prepare your noodles.
Sieve the broth but keep the onion garlic mix.
Assemble: Put broth in a bowl, add the noodles. On top place the tofu, glazed vegetables on top. Add a tablespoon of the onion mix and sprinkle over spring onion. Serve.

 

Cooking with Kids: Taco Rice – Vegan

Hi! The kids were off for half-term last week and me and my 10 year old made a couple of delicious, quick and easy-to-make dinners.
We recorded a few new recipes and this is the first one in this new series.
Let me know what you think in the comments!
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TACO RICE
Ingredients:

– rice for 4 people

– 1 tin of pinto beans about 235 gram

– 1 celery stick

– 1 red bell pepper

– 1 onion

1 garlic clove

– handful of Kalamata olives

– 1 cup of tomatoes

– salad (romaine)

– 3 tablespoons tomato pure

– 1 tablespoon coconut oil

– 1 1/2 tablespoon mixed taco spice

– 1 tablespoon stock powder + 1/3 cup water

– tamari to taste

– black pepper

Directions:
Cook the rice. Fry the chopped union in coconut oil. Add the chopped red pepper, celery and garlic. Add stock powder + water, tomato pure, taco spice and pinto beans then tamari and black pepper. Let it simmer for a few minutes while you place chopped romaine lettuce in serving bowls. Chop up tomatos and olives. Combine the rice with the sauce and place on top of the salad. Add chopped tomatoes on top of the taco rice and then olives on top of tomatoes. Serve.

 

Easy Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese

An every-day easy Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese recipe that kids love! You should defiantly try this one.


Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese

1/2 cup of dried split red lentils or 1 1/ cup cooked

400 gram tinned chopped tomatoes (1 tin)

2 large carrots

1 onion

1 garlic clove

2 tablespoons tomato puree

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 tablespoon stock powder (bouillon)

1-2 tablespoon coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon oregano dried

1/2 basil dried

1/2 thyme dried

tamari and lots of black pepper to taste

A few tablespoons of water if needed

Vegan parmesan cheese for grating

Sprinkle of nutritial yeast

Spaghetti

 

Instruction:

Cut union and garlic, grate the carrots. Heat up pan and add coconut oil fry the union until soft. Add the garlic and carrots, fry until soft. Add everything else except the cheese and nutritional yeast. Lower the temperature and let simmer as you boil your pasta.
Serve on a bed of pasta. Grate the veggie cheese and nutritional yeast on top.
Serve with a small green salad.

Super Quick Vegan Dinner

When I’m in Stockholm I always pop in to Renee Voltaire’s health food store/cafe to pick up some interesting food stuff. If you are not familiar with Renee Voltaire she is the Queen of Clean Eating in Sweden. Her shop Pep-Stop in Östermalm is a must for me  (along with Svenskt Tenn, Acne and Eytys). There’s always something new, innovative and tasty in her beautiful shop. Last time I was there I picked up a Veggie Burger Mix with Beet and Chia, put it at the back of my cupboard and totally forgot about it.
This week I had a spring clean-out of said cupboard, found the bag and decided to mix and cook even though I was confident the kids would turn up there nones as per usual. Not so!! The loved it and said they would have it again. I’m amazed. It contains, buckwheat, quinoa, linseed, chia seeds, ginger and beetroot. You mix it with water. Let it soak. Make  little patties and fry. Very quick.

Here in the UK you can order online and  Totally Swedish on 32 Crawford Street in London and in Barnes stock a few of her products. Sadly not this mix.


Mushroom Toast with Sage and Cashew Cream

Do you love the whole egg benedict thing as a weekend hungover cure but want a veggie/vegan alternative? Then I can really recommend this recipe. Mushrooms on toasted bread with a fabulous cashew cream with sage.
Yum yum yum!


Mushroom with Sage and Cashew Cream
Ingredients:

– 250g mushroom

– bread

–  fresh sage

– garlic 1 clove

– squeeze of lemon juice

– 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

– salt and pepper

Cashew Cream
-1 cup of cashew pieces soaked  for a few hours

– 1/2 cup water

– 1 tablespoon of vinegar

– 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast

– 1 teaspoon of miso paste

– 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Direction:
Fry the sliced mushroom in coconut oil, add the garlic, salt pepper, sage, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Toast the bread. Blend all the ingredients for the cashew cream in a high speed blender.
Assemble: the mushroom on the toast, add a large dollop of cream on top of the mushroom and sprinkle some chopped sage on top. 

 

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Beauty Food: Mushrooms Recipe


Mushrooms are a beauty food! But I’m normally not a big fan, and the kids hate them. I only like Marinated Mushroom recipe HERE and the above recipe. If you are old enough to remember the number one bestseller Fit for Life you might be familiar with this recipe 🙂

So what is so beautifying about mushrooms?
Mushrooms comes with anti-inflammatory action which has been linked to aging and most disease. They help boost immunity which in turn help fight off inflammation. They are also low in calories and at the same time very nutrient dense. Containing 15 vitamins minerals and phytonutrients, including folate and hard to come by Vitamin D and Selenium.  Mushrooms can be a good substitute for meat as it has that denser texture that you might miss if you are used to eating meat.  It’s really important to only eat organic mushrooms as they absorb and concentrate whatever they grow in.

Mushrooms with Garlic and Lemon
 – 300 gram Mushrooms
– 2-3 Garlic Cloves
– 1 Tablespoon Coconut oil
– 2-3 Tablespoons of Fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon of dried
– Fresh Lemon Juice about 1 Tablespoon
– Salt & Black pepper to taste

Directions:
Wash and slice the mushrooms. Saute the garlic and mushrooms in the coconut oil until soft. Add salt and pepper to taste. Squeeze some lemon juice in. Add the chopped parsley. Serve.

It literally takes two minutes!
I either serve it as a side dish or on top of pasta made of lentils.

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Roasted Cauliflower

I’ve yet to meet a child who does not like Roasted Cauliflower!
It’s worth a try if you struggle to feed your family vegetables.
Cheap as chips, minimum prep and maximum flavours.
Hope you like it!

Roasted Cauliflower
– 1 cauliflower head
– 1/3 cup coconut oil
– 1/2 – 1 teaspoon sea salt
– black pepper
– chili flakes

Directions
1. Pre heat the oven to 200C
2. Cut the cauliflower into 1cm slices.
3. Warm up the coconut oil. Mix with salt pepper and chili flakes and work into the cauliflower.
4. Spread the on an oven dish. Save the very small pieces.
5. Roast for 15min. Turn the large pieces over and add all the small pieces and roast for another 25 min.
6. They are ready when soft and slightly browned.
7. Enjoy!

 

TRANSKRIPT

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all well today. I’m going to make a cauliflower dish that everybody loves, kids, adults, everyone. I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like this. It’s super easy, and cauliflower is so cheap now. It’s only, you can get it for a pound. It’s a really good thing to make.

                              You might think, “Okay. She does a lot of vegetables. Her kids are used to it. They might even love it.” No. I’ve got very, very fussy kids, very fussy eaters, but they love this. Every time I serve it, they want more. If I make this whole thing for the whole family, for four people, they always want more. This is a fail-safe vegetable dish to make.

                              First, you preheat the oven to 200 degrees. For this dish, you need a cauliflower head, a whole one, and some coconut oil, salt, pepper. I’m also putting in a few chilli flakes, and that’s optional, but if I put a little bit in, the kids don’t mind it at all. You cut off all the leaves. You end up with just the head, and then we’re going to slice it. We want it maybe that thick. Can you see? Sort of a centimetre, I suppose that is. If it can sort of stay together then that’s really good. This one I’m not sure. Some of it might, but we’re going to use all of it, even the small parts.

                              In this I’m going to add between a half and one teaspoon of salt, and I always use Himalayan crystal salt, or sea salt, in between there, depending on how salty you like things. My kids are quite into their salt, so I used almost one teaspoon. Also, a little bit of black pepper, just a tiny bit, and I’m going to use a bit of chilli flakes, a quarter of a teaspoon. They normally don’t mind it, but if you’ve got kids who are quite sensitive to spicy foods, then maybe you don’t have to have that. I think it adds an extra little flavour to it.

                              The last thing you add is the coconut oil. I’m going to heat that up a little bit just to get it completely liquid. Pour it on, it’s between a third of a cup and a fourth of a cup, probably more like a third of a cup. Then just mix it all up, so all the pieces are covered in the oil, so all this lovely stuff gets going in. After 15, 16 minutes this is what they look like.

                              Basically, now it’s the time. They become a little bit brownish. I don’t know if it shows up on the camera. Then, just turn over. Is that turned over? Then, you add all your little pieces. Put that all in there, and it’s ready. Almost 40 minutes in the oven, completely soft and a little bit of colour. This is when you want to take it out of the oven. I love this stuff. It’s so yummy. Very hot, but very, very good.

                              I hope you get to make this, and this is a great way of getting the kids to eat Cauliflower, or adults that are a little bit not super happy with vegetables. It’s so good. It’s so easy, as well, so few ingredients. I hope you like this video and that you will come back next week for another one. Please like and subscribe, if you want to, and have a fabulous week. See you next time. Bye.

 

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