Vegan Bean Chilli with Soy Chorizo

This chilli is a bit different to what I normally make as I tend to avoid mock meats and favour whole foods. Saying that, I always really enjoyed Chorizo prior to becoming Vegan so I was eager to see what the plantbased alternative had to offer.

It is safe to say to that I really enjoyed it which led me to experiment with different ways in which to incorporate it into meals. The favourite addition of the Chorizo was in my homemade Bean Chilli. It added an exciting new flavour and really enhanced the taste. We love it and sure your going to love it too!

Bean Chilli has got to be one of my all time favourite meals. Me and my daughter never seem to get bored of it! I’m always trying to find new and interesting ways to mix it up and keep it exciting.

This recipe can be made without the Soy Chorizo and is still AMAZING! If not more, depending on your taste.

Black, Kidney, Pinto and aduza beans are all a great source of Iron. Combining these with tomatoes makes for a hearty meal that will nourishes you from the inside out.

Beans are well known for there high iron content and can be a staple for those who can tolerate them. The black bean provides the most Iron of all the beans providing 4.6–5.2 mg per cup cooked. Averaging about 28% of your daily intake!

This is a great mid week meal that is ideal for kids too! Just remember to go easy with the chilli powder otherwise you may get some water requests!

Homemade Vegan Bean Chilli with Soy Chorizo

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Homemade Vegan

Ingredients

  • 1 Red or white Onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 50 g Mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp Mild Chilli powder add more to preference as this is for a mild chilli
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 50 g Sweetcorn
  • 1 tin Kidney Beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 tin Mixed beans drained and rinsed
  • 75 g Soy Chorizo
  • 2 tins Chopped tomatoes
  • 1 handful Fresh Corriander
  • 1 tbsp Tamari Sauce opt
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Puree

Instructions

  1. Chop the onion, garlic and mushrooms finely.

  2. Fry the onions and garlic for 1-2 mins on a low to medium heat using preferred oil or water.

  3. Add the mushrooms, chorizo, cumin and chilli powder to the pan and fry for 2 mins.

  4. Add the chopped tomatoes, beans, sweetcorn, tomato puree and tamari sauce to the pan and bring to a boil.

  5. Once brought to boil reduce heat, add fresh coriander and simmer for 5-10 mins

  6. Season to your taste and serve with some rice, salad, baked sweet potato or even toast

Recipe Notes

Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Freeze for up to 6 months.

**For EXTRA heat add some fresh green chilli**

Creamy Tomato and Basil Pasta

This Tomato and Basil Pasta is incredibly creamy and delicious! It can be whipped up within 15 mins which means its ideal for a home cooked lunch or as part of a main meal.

Sometimes I find it a struggle to cook vegan meals that take less than 15 mins. Especially ones that are homemade, fresh and something that the toddler is likely to approve of.

With that in mind I have created this recipe and I’m really exited to share it with you all!It is so easy to make and family friendly. Getting great reviews from even the pickiest of toddlers.

Creamy Tomato & Basil Pasta

Course Main Course
Keyword Creamy, pasta, vegan
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Servings 4
Author Homemade Vegan

Ingredients

  • 1 Celery stick
  • 1 Red onion
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 1 handful Fresh Basil or 1 tsp dried
  • 1 tin Chopped tomatoes
  • 1-2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar opt
  • 150 ml Perferred plant milk (I use oat)
  • 300 g Dried Pasta of choice (Gluten Free)

Instructions

  1. Boil the water for the pasta and start chopping the onion, garlic and celery.

  2. Heat 1tbsp of Vegan butter, then add the chopped veg.

  3. Put the pasta in a saucepan and cover with boiling water. Bring up to heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes. Some pasta can take longer so refer to the packaging for cooking times.

  4. Sautee the veg for 2-3 mins on a medium heat.

  5. Add the chopped tomatoes, basil and plant milk.. Stir thoroughly and season to your taste. I like to add a pinch of Himalayan Pink salt to mine as well as a dash of black pepper.

  6. Bring the sauce to a boil and then reduce to a low heat and simmer for 7-8 mins. Blend the sauce with an electric hand mixer, food processor or blender until the sauce is smooth. Return to the stove and add tomato puree and balsamic vinegar. Simmer for another 2 mins.

  7. Combine the pasta and sauce together and serve up with some fresh salad etc.

Recipe Notes

Store in the fridge in an airtight container 2-3 days.

**For an EXTRA CREAMY SAUCE sub 50 ml of plant milk for Oat Cream**

BBQ Cauliflower Pizza

The best vegan pizza I have ever had! but don’t take my word for it. Try it for yourself!

Getting a good vegan pizza recipe is hard work. There are so many ways to make them that vary on the healthy scale. This one in particular would fall somewhere in between.

I have tried making healthy pizzas but I find myself being rather traditional and wanting to recreate the pizza I once had. Meaning this recipe is not gluten free as most of my other recipes are. That being said, I will be working on developing a gf base in the near future. So bare with me.

If your a fan of bbq, cauliflower and pizza then this is sure the pizza for you! I have always received great feedback from non vegans so a great way to please people from both sides. Making it perfect for parties and gatherings.

The toppings here are completely optional. So with my pizza base recipe and imagination you could create any pizza in the world. Let this recipe inspire you! and make sure to tag homemadevegan in any shots you get of your vegan pizza’s!

I would also recommend that you make sure to find a Vegan Cheese that you can melt to avoid disappointment. As my blog is international and I’m based in the UK any recommendations that I make wouldn’t benefit everyone so I won’t.

If your not sure on the best alternatives near you. Then there are lots of amazing vegan support groups on Facebook. Find a local one and i’m positive someone will be able to help out 🙂 

Vegan BBQ Cauliflower Pizza

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pizza, vegan
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Jenny Jaques of Homemade Vegan

Ingredients

Dough (makes 2 large or 4 small)

  • 3 cups Organic plain flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp Instant dried yeast
  • 1 tbs Organic Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Garlic granules opt

Base

  • 2 tbs Tomato Puree or BBQ sauce
  • 1 tbs Fresh Basil

Toppings

  • 2 tbs BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 Small Cauliflower
  • 1 Red or white onion
  • 50 g Mushrooms
  • 1 Red pepper
  • 50 g Sweetcorn
  • handful of Vegan mozzerella cheese

Instructions

Dough

  1. Add the yeast to 1 cup of warm water to activate it. Sit it aside for 5 mins. 

  2. In a mixing bowl add the flour with a pinch of salt. Make a well in the middle of the flour then add the olive oil.

  3. Slowly start adding the liquid to the flour, folding it in until all is mixed together. Knead the dough to ensure it has all combined properly. 

  4. Cover the dough in some olive oil (this will prevent it drying out) then put back into a bowl and cover with a tea towel. Leave for up to 1 hour in a warm area of your kitchen (This dough can be used straight away if you don’t have time, it just won’t raise as well).

  5. When the dough is ready, roll it out on a floured surface. This dough will produce 2 large pizza bases or 4 small ones. Ensure to roll it out really thin if your wanting a thinner crust. 

Pizza toppings

  1. In a small sauce pan add chopped cauliflower with a tbs water. Fry for 2 mins on medium heat. Add 2-3 tbs bbq sauce and simmer until sauce has thickened and cauliflower has cooked (3-4mins).

  2. Preheat oven to 190c 

  3. Spread 2-3 TBS tomato puree or bbq sauce over the pizza base. Add fresh herbs (basil). Then cover in your toppings of choice.

  4. cook for 15-20 minutes. 

Recipe Notes

Dough can be frozen up to 6 months.

Vegetable Noodle Soup (GF)

This is my favourite soup to have when I am feeling run down and want something easy to make. This vegetable noodle soup is loaded with vital nutrients that not only aid digestion but boost your immune system. Making it the ideal soup when you are recovering from illness.

The health benefits of garlic are well renowned, especially when it comes to dealing with colds and flu. Not only does garlic add an amazing flavour to your food it is also a natural antibiotic and has been used in medicine for thousands of years! For this reason I tend to load up on extra garlic if I am under the weather.

I prefer to slow cook the vegetables to get the most flavour out of them and to create a rich tasting broth. I generally slow cook them for up to one hour on a low heat then add the noodles in 5 minutes before serving.

Vegetable Noodle soup

Servings 4
Author Homemade Vegan

Ingredients

  • 4 Garlic cloves
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Leek
  • 1 stick Celery
  • 1/2 Small cauliflower
  • 4 Broccoli florets (chopped)
  • 1 Carrot
  • 50 g Mushrooms
  • 50g sweetcorn
  • 1 tbsp mixed dry herbs
  • 1 Bay leaf opt
  • 1 1/2 Litres Vegetable stock
  • 25 g Vermacelli Rice Noodles

Instructions

  1. Chop all the veg into chunky sizes that suit your preference.

  2. On a low heat add 1-2 tbs of Olive oil or vegan butter to a large saucepan. 

  3. Add Onion, garlic and leek and sauté for 2-3 mins. 

  4. Add the remaining veg and fry for a further 5 mins stirring frequently. 

  5. Add the vegetable stock, bay leaf, sweetcorn and mixed herbs. Cover and simmer for up to 1 hour. Alternatively you can increase the heat and cook the vegetables within 15 mins.

  6. When vegetables are cooked add the vermicelli rice noodles. Break them up if you want smaller noodles. Cook for a further 5 mins then its ready to serve. 

Recipe Notes

Keep stored in the fridge in an airtight container up to 3 days. 

Vegan Cream of Leek and Potato Soup

Soups have always been one of my favourite meals to have. Especially Leek and potato soup! This is just like winter in a bowl for me and takes me way back to my childhood. Most likely why, this has always been a comfort food of mine.

Safe to say that has not changed since becoming Vegan. Normally the recipe I would use would contain animal products but once you get into the swing of things its not hard to replace the ingredients you once used to use in your favourite foods.

Not only is this soup really comforting, it’s delicious too! This is the one soup I know I can always make and a second helping is always requested. So make sure you make enough!

Vegan Cream of Leek and Potato Soup

Course Soup
Keyword soup, vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Homemade Vegan

Ingredients

  • 1 medium Onion
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 medium Leeks
  • 1 tbsp Vegan Butter
  • 1 Litre Vegan stock
  • 3-4 medium White potatoes
  • 100 ml Plant based milk or cream
  • 1 tbs mixed herbs

Instructions

  1. Melt vegan butter in a large saucepan on a low heat.

  2. Chop onion, garlic, leeks and add to the saucepan. Sautee for 3 mins.

  3. Add the potatoes diced and peeled if you prefer. Add mixed herbs and sautee for further 3 minutes. 

  4. Add the vegetable stock and stir thoroughly. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.

  5. Cook on a low heat for around 15-20 mins until the potatoes are soft.

  6. When cooked blend the soup and return to the heat adding the plant milk. Heat for 2 mins and serve. 

Recipe Notes

Keep stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Store in the freezer for up to 6 months 

Very Berry Coconut Crumble (GF)

DSC_0594This aptly named very berry coconut crumble is bursting with plant-based amazingness! This light and fruity dessert is so easy to make and is the perfect vegan and gluten free alternative to traditional crumbles.

I use Coconut flour in place of wheat flour, meaning that if you do have in intolerance this will surely tick all of your boxes. Not only is coconut flour a healthier alternative, it works so well with these crumbles. It has a very fluffy and light texture with a slight hint of coconut which comes together really nicely with the sweetness of the fruit.

Really simple. This dessert is a guilt free, treat that everyone can enjoy!

Very Berry Coconut Crumble (GF)

Servings 2
Author Homemade Vegan

Ingredients

  • 3 cups mixed frozen berries
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 50 g Vegan butter or coconut oil
  • 60 g Demerera or Coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour

Instructions

  1. Defrost the berries in saucepan on a gentle heat. 

  2. Add lemon juice, maple syrup and cornflour. Cook for a further 5-10 mins until mixture has thickened. 

  3. preheat the oven to 190c (fan).

  4. Mix the coconut flour, sugar and butter together in a bowl until mixture is crumbly and fluffy.

  5. Transfer cooked berries to an oven dish and cover with the crumble mixture.

  6. Cook for 10-15 mins, until crumble is a golden brown. 

Recipe Notes

Serve with Vegan Custard or cream