Easy Mushroom Stroganoff

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Like most of my recipes, this is pretty simple to make and can be adapted to suit your own pallet.

This serves 2 adults

Ingredients

1 cup of cashews

2 cups of water

1tspn of nutmeg

1 green garlic bulb plus stalk (that’s right, I said ‘bulb’ not clove. Use in place of and like an onion. If you can’t get hold of green garlic, use 3 garlic gloves and one medium sized white onion)

200g of chestnut mushrooms, sliced.

Half a packet of vegan Quorn pieces (roughly 140g) or other meat substitute

Salt and pepper to taste.

Method

1) Place cashews, water and nutmeg in a blender and blitz until smooth. Place to one side.

2) Chop garlic and fry on a medium heat until it starts to colour.

3) Add mushrooms, don’t stir until mushrooms start to colour otherwise you’ll get slimy mushrooms and no one wants that!

4) Add Quorn/meat substitute and Cashew cream and simmer until Quorn is cooked through, about 10-15 mins (or cook meat substitute according to instructions) Add more water if you want a thinner sauce.

Serve with rice, quinoa, couscous or even pasta.

Banana, Chocolate and Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Banana, Chocolate and Peanut Butter Ice Cream

In my constant quest to find sweet treats that are guilt free and good for me, I came across a recipe for banana ice cream made from nothing other than bananas! I added cocoa powder and peanut butter and created something super tasty.

This recipe is dairy free, soya free and with no added sugar, is a great treat for the little ones.

These quantities make enough ice cream for two adult portions.

Ingredients

  • 2 Frozen bananas
  • 1 tablespoon of organic cocoa powder (I use Green and Blacks organic and Fairtrade cocoa powder)
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of peanut butter (I use Meridian smooth peanut butter. 100% peanuts, that’s it!)

Method

  1. Peel and chop the bananas and pop them in the freezer overnight (or at least 4 hrs if you want the ice cream that same day. As long as they’re properly frozen, you’re good to go!)
  2. Put all the ingredients in a food processor and on the fastest setting, blitz everything together.
  3. At first the mixture will resemble bread crumbs but keep mixing and it will transform into smooth ice cream in front of your very eyes!

Enjoy!

Totally Naked Bars

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Totally Naked Bars (or whatever shape you want to make them)

This recipe is really simple! All you need to make these delicious treats is a food processor and about 15 minutes.

I’ve made these into little balls, bars and discs – it all depends on my mood.

I use measuring cups, but if you don’t have them, there’s no reason you can’t use teacups, the ratios are more important than the weights.

You will need:

2 cups of pitted dates

1 cup of cashews

2 heaped tablespoons of Fairtrade cocoa powder

Method:

Blitz the cashews in your food processor until they are the consistency of breadcrumbs (this is important if you’re making the bars for children under 3)

Add the dates and cocoa powder and process until everything is thoroughly combined

Tip the mixture out and have fun moulding into whatever size and shape you desire!

That’s it!