Mel – Simple Vegan Cooking

Tomato and Basil Polenta Tart

This fabulous polenta tart is packed with flavour. Beats quiche any day for a satisfying ‘light’ lunch. — serves 6  Ingredients 1½ cup dry polenta 2 cups water ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp black pepper ½ tsp dried chives 1½ cup grape tomatoes, halved 3 small shallots, cut into rings ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped …

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Vegan Whipped Cream

It is amazing how easy some ingredients are to make. The simple recipe for vegan whipped cream is everywhere on the web. Here are two slightly more effective versions for you. Option 1: Mel from ‘Simple Vegan Cooking’ Mel uses agave syrup instead of sugar and adds cornstarch to get a fluffier texture that is …

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Very Berry Smoothie

Sweet and tangy berry smoothie to start your day with a healthful dose of antioxidants. Ingredients 1 cup water 1 banana, chopped and semi frozen 2 apples, cored, chopped and frozen 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 1/2 cup frozen cherries 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp sweet molasses – optional Method Place everything in …

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Faux Chicken Mayonnaise Sandwich

This is a delicious sandwich, which will have even the most sceptical omnivore wondering how you did it! Great for the new vegan, who is missing their old favourite snacks. – makes 1 sandwich Ingredients 1 Fry’s Chicken-Style Burger patty 2 slices whole wheat bread ¼ cup vegan mayonnaise ½ tsp Dijon mustard ¼ tsp …

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Chickpea Omelette

Start your day with this stunning protein-rich chickpea omelette that will satisfy and energise you for hours. You can make the filling from any combination of your favourite veggies. With its nutty taste, you will find it even more appetizing than eggs, especially first thing in the morning! – serves 2 Ingredients ⅔ cups chickpea …

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Lentil Spaghetti Bolognese

This recipe is a perfect showcase for the delicious appeal of lentils. It is filling and great for kids and adults alike. – serves 4 Ingredients Spaghetti for 4 people 1 cup dry brown lentils 2 cups vegetable stock 2 tins diced tomatoes 1 large onion, chopped 2 carrots, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 …

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Roasted Eggplant and Basil Pesto Sandwich

If you’re looking for a tasty lunch treat be sure to try this sandwich. It is brimming with health, as well as being a great sandwich to have when you feel like a deliciously guilty pleasure! – serves 1 Ingredients 2-4 slices roasted eggplant 2 Tbsp vegan basil pesto 1 Tbsp butter bean dip 2 …

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Roasted Red Pepper Butter Bean Dip

Everybody loves a good bean dip. This recipe is great for dipping vegetables or turning a sandwich into a decadent delight. You might even like this delicious butter bean dip more than your favourite humus recipe. Ingredients 1 can butter beans, drained 1 small roasted red pepper 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp paprika 1 Tbsp …

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Sunflower Seed Basil Pesto

This is a great dairy free, nut free basil pesto that’s easy to make and great on sandwiches or pasta. Ingredients 2 cups fresh basil leaves ⅓ cup roasted sunflower seed ½ cup olive oil 1 tsp lemon juice 4 cloves garlic salt and pepper to taste Method Place everything in a food processor and blend …

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Bobotie For A New South Africa

Bobotie is a popular tradition in South Africa. The original recipe uses curried mincemeat with an egg and breadcrumb topping. Mel has veganised it by swapping the meat with lentils and using tofu instead of egg for the topping. – serves 4 Ingredients FILLING 2 Tbsp soy sauce 1 tsp tomato paste 1 cup vegetable …

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