Vegan Sweet Potato Chili

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 2 sweet potatoes, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups drained and rinsed kidney beans

Roast Chicken with Balsamic Bell Peppers

Ingredients

  • 5/8 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup thinly sliced yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots (about 1 large)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Mac & Cheese on Toast

Ingredients

For the Toast
  • 1 Homemade White Loaf
For the Mac & Cheese
  • 50g Butter
  • 45g Plain White Flour
  • 1 litre Milk (Semi-Skimmed)
  • 500g Dried Macaroni Pasta
  • 150g Mature Cheddar Cheese
  • 100g Parmesan Cheese (grated)
  • 1 tsp Mustard

Directions

  1. Begin by boiling a large pan of salted water for your pasta.
  2. In a seperate saucepan heat your butter on a low temperature then gradually add your flour. Stir continuously slowly increasing the heat until you form a paste (roux)
  3. Preheat your oven to 220ºC/425ºF/Gas Mark 7.
  4. Add the macaroni to the boiling water and cook for the time specified on your pasta pack. Once the pasta is fully cooked, drain and add to the saucepan with your sauce in it.
  5. Turn the heat off of the saucepan and stir in the pasta and teaspoon of mustard so that it is fully coated in the sauce. Add the grated cheeses and continue to stir until the cheese begins to melt and become stringy. A wetter consistency is better for your sauce at this stage as it will thicken when baked so a splash of milk if needed can help loosen.
  6. Pour your pasta and sauce into a ceramic dish and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  7. When the pasta is almost baked, begin to slice and toast your bread under a grill. If you like you can butter then insides of the toast and once the pasta is done, spoon generous helpings on to your toast, sandwiching two slices together. For an extra cheesey indulgence you can also add some fresh chunks of mozzarella cheese on top for that gooey stringy effect when you slice and seperate the pieces of toast.
  8. For an added touch, why not experiment with other additions in your Mac n Cheese such as bacon or a pinch of chilli powder.

Easy Vegan Dal Tadka

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of Toor dal + 1 cup of chana dal, soaked overnight
  • 2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 4 large cloves of garlic, minced or finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp of fresh ginger, finely grated or chopped
  • ¼ cup of fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tbsp turmeric powder
  • Red chilli powder to taste
  • ½ tbsp dried coriander
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp garam masala spice
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • Dried red chilli flakes to taste
  • A couple of tablespoons of coconut cream, skimmed off of the top of a refrigerated coconut milk can (optional)

Spanish Rice

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. Saute rice, onion, and bell pepper until rice is browned and onions are tender.
  2. Stir in water and tomatoes. Season with chili powder and salt. Cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, or until rice is cooked and liquid is absorbed.