Recipe: BBQ Black Bean & Jalepeño Burger (Vegan) + OXO Good Grips Giveaway

Vegan BBQ Black Bean & Jalapeno Burger

In collaboration with OXO Good Grips

If you’re dusting off your BBQ in readiness for the next Bank Holiday weekend, you might be looking for some easy veggie and vegan recipes to spice things up a bit.  Here’s a juicy and flavour-packed burger which won’t fall apart on the BBQ, and which you can make and freeze in advance.  What more could you ask for?

I’ve been testing out my new OXO Good Grips Burger Press this week, and this black bean and jalapeño combination has definitely been my favourite.  And it is all the better topped with creamy smashed avocado, alongside all your favourite burger toppings.

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Recipe: Skinny Beetroot Hummus

Skinny Beetroot Hummus

If you’ve read about the national hummus crisis you may be wondering quite how we will all cope with a shortage our favourite middle eastern dip…. but don’t panic!  Hummus is in fact ridiculously easy to make – if you can open a tin and turn on a blender there’s really no excuse.

This is a ‘skinnier’ version of the traditional recipe, for two reasons: firstly, I use much less olive oil than is authentic, (often none at all), and instead loosen the texture of the hummus with the chickpea soaking liquid (known as ‘aquafaba’).  Secondly, bulking out the hummus with a vegetable (beetroot in this case) makes the hummus go twice as far with very few extra calories.  Of course the beetroot also turns the hummus this very bright pink, which is fairly awesome if you ask me!

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Recipe: Chestnut Mushroom Bourguignon

Chestnut Mushroom Bourguignon (Vegan)

20 Min Meals | Vegetarian & VeganJuicy chestnut mushrooms cooked in a rich and glossy red wine gravy… this is a warm, comforting dinner which has the added bonus of leaving two thirds of a bottle of red wine going spare for a cosy night in.

This is the latest in my ‘20 Minute Meals‘ series, and is suitable (as always) for both vegetarians and vegans.  Make sure you cook the bourguignon over a fairly high heat, it should be bubbling vigorously throughout to ensure it reduces to its thick, glossy sauce before your 20 minutes are up.

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Recipe: Gingerbread Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream (Vegan)

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream (Vegan)

Two years ago I joined a lovely online community of 70 food bloggers from around the UK.  What began as a group to share ideas and discuss the latest developments in blogging and social media has developed into a close-knit group of friends who chat, share life’s ups and downs, laugh, banter, and dish out virtual hugs when necessary.

So it was with shock and great sadness that we learned last month that one of the gang, the lovely Isabella King of Coriander Queen had lost her battle with cancer at the age of 29.

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Recipe: Chipotle & Black Bean Chilli

Chipotle & Black Bean Chilli (Vegan)

20 Min Meals | Vegetarian & VeganA chipotle, (pronounced chi-POT-lee), is a smoke-dried jalapeño chilli, used in many Mexican recipes. Chipotle paste, (which is fairly easy to find in supermarkets these days), has a distinctive smoky flavour, and adds a lovely warm and deep spice to a simple chilli like this one.

This quick and easy chilli is incredibly versatile, I use it as a jacket potato filling, in fajitas or tacos, with rice and guacamole for a Mexican feast, or scooped up in a handful of tortilla chips for a speedy lunch.

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Recipe: Cranberry & Orange Florentines (Vegan) + Book Review

Cranberry & Orange Florentines | Vegan

One of the (many) great things about veganism’s recent surge in popularity is the huge range of new vegan cookbooks arriving on the shelves.  If you follow this blog you won’t have been allowed to miss the news of my book Vegan in 15 being published in January, (sorry!), and today I’m sharing with you a new book from fellow blogger Sharon from Bit of the Good Stuff.

Sharon’s book Bit of the Good Stuff is subtitled “over 100 plant-powered recipes for all the family to enjoy”, and it does exactly what it promises – Continue reading “Recipe: Cranberry & Orange Florentines (Vegan) + Book Review”

Recipe: Exotic Mushroom & Cashew Sweet Chilli Noodles

Exotic Mushrooms & Sweet Chilli Noodles

20 Min Meals | Vegetarian & VeganThese noodles are incredibly quick and easy to make, and taste fantastic too. Just the sort of dinner we’ve been eating a lot of since baby #2 arrived six weeks ago. I’m quickly re-learning the art of one-handed cooking, and eating a meal whilst it is still hot with both a knife and fork seems a dim and distant memory!

Variety packs of fresh ‘exotic’ or ‘speciality’ mushrooms are now sold in most supermarkets, or you can use a mixture of shiitake, oyster, enoki and any other exotic varieties you can get hold of. They aren’t the cheapest mushrooms around, but the combination of textures and flavours are worth it.

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Recipe: Blackberry & Apple Pancakes (Vegan)

Blackberry & Apple Pancakes (Vegan)

Shrove Tuesday is fast approaching, so here’s a stack of sweet and fluffy pancakes which make a lovely treat for breakfast or brunch, (though they are so quick and easy to make there’s no need to save them just for special occasions!).  The magic of these is the apple purée (or shop-bought apple sauce as I use for convenience) which makes a great egg replacer in all sorts of vegan recipes, as well as providing an apple-y sweetness to go with the blackberries here.

I know, blackberries aren’t in season any more, but as so many supermarkets are now selling frozen blackberries at very reasonable prices, (or you might have a freezer still stocked up from blackberry foraging in the autumn), thankfully we can enjoy these at any time of year.

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Recipe: Wholewheat Tagliatelle with Rocket & Hazelnut Pesto

Tagliatelle with Rocket & Hazelnut Pesto | Vegan & Vegetarian

20 Min Meals | Vegetarian & VeganThis simple pasta dish is a winner – bright, fresh, lemony pesto with a hazelnut crunch.  Pasta with pesto can be a little dry and cloying, but this one is thinned with water for a more sauce-y consistency, (rather than gallons of olive oil, which would taste amazing but take its toll on your arteries!).

Peppery rocket is available all year round in supermarkets, but you could substitute in any seasonal green leaves or fresh herbs – watercress, spinach, kale, basil or parsley or a combination of any of those would work really well too.   Continue reading “Recipe: Wholewheat Tagliatelle with Rocket & Hazelnut Pesto”