Archive | August, 2015

Caramelised Peach and Balsamic Roasted Beetroot Vegan Salad

31 Aug

I love fruit in salad and I wanted to have a warm salad for lunch, so I decided to caramelise the peaches!

You will need:
1-2 ripe peaches
½ avocado
½ cucumber, sliced
3-4 radishes, sliced
50-100g of wild rocket / mixed salad leaves
1 packet of cooked beetroot
50ml olive oil
2-3 tsp white wine vinegar
60ml balsamic vinegar
Olive oil
2-3 tsp sugar

Method:
Preheat oven 220°C / 200°C Fan.
Pit the peaches to remove the stones. Cut the fruit into wedges and do the same with the beetroot.
Place the beetroot on a baking tray with some oil and the balsamic vinegar and bake in the oven for about 7-10 minutes until they’ve browned and the vinegar has cooked off. It may look a bit ‘burned’ but don’t be alarmed, this is the effect you’re looking for.
Next, heat a frying pan with a little oil. Add the peaches and brown on both sides, add the sugar and allow to gently caramelise. Leave them to the side.
Now it’s time to arrange the salad.
Place the cucumber slices into a circle on the plate (see pic).
Space out 5-6 pieces of beetroot on the plate as well.
In a bowl mix the salad leaves, peaches, avocado and radishes. Add some oil and white wine vinegar to taste and a little salt if you wish.

Place the salad on the plate and enjoy, Eoin 🙂

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Dee’s Spicy vegan Bean Burgers with Miso Peanut Butter Sauce and Stir Fried Veggies.

29 Aug

I was shopping the other day and spotted some really nice oyster and shitake mushrooms. I was craving a tasty miso stir fry, so I bought a few extra bits and hey presto, this little gem was created!

You will need:
1 Pack of Dee’s spicy bean burgers
For the sauce:
3-4 tablespoons of peanut butter
1 tbsp of miso paste
1 tsp chilli paste
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 inch of ginger, chopped
1 handful of fresh coriander, chopped
Coconut oil /olive oil
300-400g of green veggies, sliced (such as – pak choi, spring onion, sugar snaps)
100-150g of mixed mushrooms, sliced
Optional (toasted sesame seeds)

Method
First make the miso sauce. In a bowl add the miso paste, chilli paste, ginger, garlic, coriander, peanut butter and fresh coriander. Add in a little water if it’s too thick, or even some coconut milk if you prefer. Then leave it aside until needed.
Cook the burgers as per the pack instructions and add a few spoons of the miso sauce on top and let them sit for two minutes off the heat. Cut them into large pieces and leave aside until assembly.
In a big wok cook, off your mushrooms and veggies until they’ve browned. Do this in small batches or even each item separately so you don’t overcrowd the pan. Add a few tablespoons of your sauce and cook for one minute more.
Place the pieces of burger on top of the veggies and serve with some salad or a portion of stir fried rice or noodles.
Enjoy, Eoin!

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Dee’s Spicy Bean Burger Mini Sliders for National Burger Day. Yum!

27 Aug Close up of Dee's Mini Spicy Bean Sliders

1 pack of Dee’s Organic Spicy Bean Burgers
1(6) pack of mini slider buns

Topping
Sauces
BBQ sauce
Sweet chilli sauce
Red pepper and chilli relish
Sliced tomato
Lettuce/spinach
Onion
Avocado
Spring onion

Method
Cook Dee’s burgers according to instruction. I cooked mine in a frying pan and finished them in the oven.
When cooked I cut each one in 4.
You can assemble then how you wish but this is what I did:- (picture)

1) BBQ sauce, tomato and spinach
2) Red pepper and chili relish with blackened avocado.
3) Sweet chilli with spring onions

To fry the avocado. Heat a frying pan (no oil) on high, and put big slices or wedges on the pan and blacken slightly on both sides and season with a little salt.

Tip
If you can’t find mini slider (mini hamburger buns) you can always just cut buns to size or uses small bread rolls.

Other flavours/topping
– mushroom and onion
– vegan cheese burger
– Mexican salsa burger
– Batter ones etc

These are great for dinner specially if you have small kids. They can “build” their own tasty burger and it’s healthy too!

These sliders are also great as appetisers, finger food at a party or a snack for lunch.
You can make they as simple or as fancy as you wish.

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Violet Queen’ Superfood Vegan Salad

24 Aug

‘Violet Queen’ Superfood Salad in Apple Cider Vinegar and Maple Dressing, Served with Dee’s Spicy Bean Burger’s.

Violet queen’ aka purple cauliflower, is a stunningly vibrant ingredient and perfect in this tasty superfood salad, made with a delicious mild sweet dressing.

You will need:
¼ purple cauliflower
1 bulb of fennel
90g broccoli
1-2 packs of Dee’s Spicy Bean Burger’s
Horseradish sauce (1 tsp per burger)
Salt/pepper
Oil to cook with
For the dressing –
2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp olive oil
Pinch of sea salt
Some pepper

Method:
Thinly slice all the vegetables to the same thickness.
Mix all the dressing ingredients in a bowl and pour some over the vegetables with a dash of salt and pepper and leave aside for a few minutes.
Cook the burgers in a hot pan with some oil. Spread a little horseradish on the burger add a pinch of salt and pepper cook on both sides, as per packet instructions.
Serve with the crunchy salad and enjoy!
A superb healthy gluten free lunch or snack.

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Vegan Chickpea Flour Pancake stuffed with Dee’s Quinoa Pot hot Mexican Peppers

17 Aug

Chickpea Flour pancake stuffed with Dee’s Quinoa Pot with Mexican Peppers

serve with sauce and salad

serve with sauce and salad

You will need

1 Dee’s Quinoa Pot with Mexican Peppers
200g gram flour/chickpea flour
250ml cold water
Coconut oil / vegetable oil
Chilli flakes
Fresh mint (chopped)
100g Soya yogurt
5ml vinegar
25g diced cucumber
Salt/pepper

Method

Blend gram flour, water,chilli and half of the mint until smooth like a pancake batter add a little salt to taste.

Heat a small pancake with a little oil and put enough batter on the pan to make a thin layer on the bottom cook until light brown, turn and repeat until all the batter is used up

Sauce

Add the vinegar, the rest of the mint and cucumber and mix well. This should be runny. Add a little water if needed

Heat hot pot according to instruction

Divide between the pancakes, roll see picture. Drizzle some sauce on top and service with a side salad

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Vegan Pearl Barley Risotto with Dee’s vegan sausages. Yum!

14 Aug

Pearl Barley Risotto with Roasted Butternut Squash and Dee’s Leek and Onion Sausages.

I got the idea for this recipe after had a delicious spelt and butternut squash risotto in Dublin last year. It was wonderfully filling, yet slightly sweet. I added a touch of rocket to give it a pepper bite to cut through the sweetness and a little pinch of basil for a classic taste.

You will need:
1-2 packs of Dee’s Leek and Onion Sausages
2 tbs olive oil
1 small onion, diced
300g pearl barley
1 litre of veg stock
2 garlic cloves, chopped
10g Basil
1 small butternut squash, (cut into cubes and tossed in some oil and fresh herbs such as, thyme, rosemary and garlic.)
25-45g rocket

Method:
Preheat the oven to 190° C and roast the butternut squash with the herbs, garlic and oil for about 10-15 minutes, until browned.
In a pot, heat the olive oil, add in the diced onion and sauté until lightly browned. Next add in the barley and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute more. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil and let it simmer gently for 20-25 minutes until the water is gone and the barley is sticky.
Take the pot off the heat and mix in the chopped Basil (reserve some to garnish) and let sit for 2-3 minutes, then add in the rocket and stir.
When the butternut squash is done, leave aside and cook the sausages according to packet instructions (I baked them in the oven.)
Place a portion of the barley risotto in a bowl and scatter over some of the butternut squash and basil leaves on top. Place the sausages and give it a final drizzle of olive oil to finish.

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Raw Rainbow Ribbon Salad with a Maple, Thyme and Grapefruit Dressing

13 Aug

Bursting with colour and flavour, this is the ideal summer salad to impress your friends with! Fresh and tasty, this raw summer salad is also a cinch to make. Enjoy, Eoin!

You will need:
2 figs, cut into quarters
3-4 grape tomatoes cut (optional)
2 passion fruit
7g of Thyme leaves
Salt

For the dressing –
½ grapefruit, juiced
30mls maple syrup
30mls oil

For the veggies –
4-5 asparagus ribbons
1 carrot ribbon
1 courgette ribbon
1 Beetroot, thinly sliced

Method:
Using a veggie peeler or mandolin slicer, make your veggie ribbons as per the ingredients.

Leave aside and start on the dressing.

Using a whisk, mix the maple syrup and the grapefruit juice, slowly add the oil and one of the passion fruit seeds/flesh. Then add the thyme and salt to taste.

Mix all the veggie ribbons, minus the beetroot, with some of the dressing.

Place on a plate and then add the beetroot, figs and tomatoes around the plate. (see pic)

Add a little more dressing and add some of the passion fruit seeds on top for a garnish

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

  
  

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