December 31, 2013

Vegan Basic Blueberry Overnight Oats Recipe

I would say that I am definitely the last one getting on the 'overnight oats train' as I am quite late in this craze... however, I urge you to try this easy peasy simple dimple recipe as it will blow your mind! All you have to do is just throw everything into a bowl, stir it and then refrigerate it! Then, in the morning when you are all crusty-eyed and foggy-brained, you just stumble to the fridge and start eating your oats! Oh my... I have now entered the world of no-prep breakfasts! There must be a secret society of people who have known about no-prep breakfasts and live their lives all energetic with spare morning time while I slave away in the kitchen making oats on the stove. Yes, I suppose I am being pretty dramatic but still! I am just so enthusiastic about this type of breakfast. Even Jerome loved it and he doesn't really like eating porridge, semolina or oats... so that is saying something! It really is tasty... it is cooling, refreshing, sweet and sooooo creamy! It is like a vegan yoghurt and cereal bowl. Now, I know that you can add lots of extra things to this recipe but I am just adding a nice simple basic recipe for those who have never tried overnight oats before. Check out our tips at the bottom of this page for ideas for extra yummies to add to your bowl or jar. Enjoy!

makes: 1 jar or bowl

2/3 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/3 cup blueberries

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl or jar and stir until combined.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours until thickened and the rolled oats have softened.
  3. Eat straight from the bowl/jar and be amazed by the ease and deliciousness of overnight oats. Enjoy!

  • This is a recipe for a basic blueberry overnight oats. Feel free to add any of the following to liven up your delicious breakfast: nuts, chia seeds, dried fruit, banana, vanilla extract or spices such as cinnamon. 

The nutrition information above is an approximate guideline. Each serving of our overnight oats contains 21% of your RDI of iron, 34% of your RDI of calcium and is high in manganese and protein. 

December 24, 2013

Speedy Vegan Dinners eBook

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'Speedy Vegan Dinners' is our third eBook containing 15 new recipes that have never been seen before on and I have to say, some of the best recipes I have EVER created! For only $2.95, our eBook will provide you with quick, easy and delicious dinner recipes that can all be prepared in 30 minutes or less. I guarantee that you will love them all! Jerome and I have focused on simple, yet amazingly filling and tasty recipes that will impress your guests and be easy to make on those tiring week nights. We have also included the nutritional information for each recipe. So, what are you waiting for? Download the eBook today by following the instructions below and sit back, relax and enjoy the amazing new recipes that will make dinner time so much easier. Once you go speedy, you will never go back! 

15 new recipes
Dinner recipes
Prep time: 30 minutes or less
Clickable contents page
New photography
Nutritional information
PDF format
Compatible with most devices
Automatic download
5 downloads to your devices

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December 17, 2013

Speedy Vegan Dinners eBook Competition

There are two things to be very excited about for the next 8 days. Number one: Our newest eBook 'Speedy Vegan Dinners' will be released on Christmas eve... and I just have to say, it contains some of the best recipes I have ever made! Number two: Christmas is in only 8 days! So, to bask in the Christmas spirit, Jerome and I are offering all of our lovely veggie-beans the chance to win one of three free eBooks! Weeeeeee! 

To enter: There are 6 possible ways to enter the competition... giving you a maximum of 6 entries. To do this, log in with your Facebook account or email address and follow the instructions in the widget below. 

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December 15, 2013

Vegan Gingerbread Men Cookies Recipe

These deliciously gingery gingerbread men cookies are so cute and are amazingly tasty. I really believe that this is the PERFECT vegan gingerbread man recipe. I love my gingerbread cookies extremely gingery and also with a nice crispiness... this recipe does both! They rise slightly and become nice and crisp. These would be a great little gift for Christmas, as Christmas tree decorations or just as a nice thing to do to get you in the Christmas spirit. But to be honest, these are delicious enough to make all year round. I can't help but eat more than one when I make these... I will creep over to the cookie jar and nibble the arms and legs off and put the limbless torsos back in the jar. Then I wait for Jerome to scold me and tell me that I cannot eat just the limbs hehe... but I always feel less guilty if I don't eat a whole cookie! Not that there is any logic in it. Anyway, I guarantee that you will love these and that you will keep going back for more! Check out the 'tips' below for icing ideas. Enjoy!

 makes approx. 15 regular-sized gingerbread men

   2 1/4 cups plain flour
   1 tablespoon ground ginger
   1 teaspoon cinnamon 
   3/4 cup brown sugar
   1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda 
   3/4 cup melted vegan margarine
   1/4 cup golden syrup

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and line a big baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Add all ingredients to a bowl and knead until combined into a ball of dough.
  3. Lightly flour a surface.
  4. Roll the dough out onto the floured surface and use cookie cutters to make your desired gingerbread men shapes. 
  5. Place the gingerbread men on to the baking trays and bake for 15 minutes until lightly browned.
  6. Allow to cool and ice/frost as desired. See the 'tips' below for icing ideas. Enjoy! 

  • Icing ideas:
    - Purchase vegan icing
    - Make your own vegan icing by mixing icing sugar, water and natural food colouring
    - Pipe melted white chocolate
    - Dip them in chocolate
    - Or simply dust with icing sugar 
  • For a non-Christmas occasion, just use different cookie cutters! 

The nutrition information above is an approximate guideline.

December 10, 2013

Vegan Mexican Layered Dip Recipe

I need you to promise me that the next time you host or attend a party, that you make this dip! Not only will people be bowing down to you due to your delicious and impressive dip but you will also be talked about for years to come as the person who makes amazing vegan food. But in all seriousness, this is one crazily tasty dip. I guarantee that if this was served at a party, you would quietly sneak it away and eat it all for yourself... it is that delicious!! When Jerome and I first made this, we photographed it and then sat at our table in silence and ate the whole thing between us. It was soooo filling and we didn't end up eating dinner because it was so delicious and wholesome. On that note, you could even make this as a dinner dish by making our tortilla chips (see the tips section at the bottom of this post) and covering them with the layers. It would be like a yummy vegan nachos recipe! Anywho, I hope you all love this as much as we do :)

makes 1 medium-sized dip

Bean Layer:
   1 cup canned refried beans
   1 garlic clove, crushed
   1/4 teaspoon cumin
   1/4 teaspoon 'smoked' paprika
   salt and pepper

Guacamole Layer:
   1 large avocado
   2 teaspoons lime juice
   salt and pepper

Sour Cream Layer:
   150g silken tofu
   1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
   1/2 teaspoon sweetener
   1/2 tablespoon Soy Milky Lite
   2 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
   good pinch of salt

Salsa Layer:
   1 cup diced tomato
   1 tablespoon finely diced purple onion
   1 teaspoon lime juice
   1 tablespoon finely chopped coriander leaves
   salt and pepper

Garnish Layer:
   green onions
   sliced olives
   coriander leaves

   tortilla chips, to serve (see tips)*

  1. Make the bean layer: Add all 'bean layer' ingredients to a small bowl and mix until combined. Spoon the mixture into a dip bowl and press down into an even layer. Set aside.
  2. Make the guacamole layer: Add all 'guacamole layer' ingredients to a small bowl and mash with a fork until combined. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed. Spoon the guacamole into the dip bowl and spread into an even layer over the bean layer. Set aside.
  3. Make the sour cream layer: Add all 'sour cream layer' ingredients to a processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and season with more salt if necessary. Add more apple cider vinegar or lemon/lime juice for more acidity if needed. Pour the sour cream evenly over the guacamole layer in the dip bowl. Set aside.
  4. Make the salsa layer: Add all 'salsa layer' ingredients to a bowl and toss until combined. Season with more salt and pepper if needed. Spoon the salsa over the sour cream layer in the dip bowl. Set aside.
  5. Garnish: Top the dip with your favourite garnishes such as sliced green onions, olives and coriander leaves. 
  6. Serve with tortilla chips! Enjoy!

  • *You could purchase chips or corn chips to serve with your dip or prepare 'tortilla chips' like we do. To do this: Slice 3 wholemeal tortillas into triangles and place them on a baking tray. Spray with oil and sprinkle with smoked paprika and salt and pepper. Place under the grill until lightly browned and crispy. They are amazing and look so rustic and home made! 
  • Feel free to purchase store-bought vegan sour cream.
  • Alternative to canned refried beans - blend up canned kidney or pinto beans and season accordingly. 
  • Use any desired sweeteners in your sour cream... or omit the sweetener completely. I used brown sugar!

The nutrition information above is an approximate guideline.

December 9, 2013

Vegan Christmas Guide

Christmas is a wonderful time of year for everyone and there is no reason for awkwardness when food is served. I have received quite a number of emails within the last couple of weeks from Veggieful viewers who are worried about Christmas time due to being vegan or vegetarian. I can completely understand how you can feel uncomfortable when having non-vegans over for Christmas or even scarier, going to a non-vegan household for Christmas!

The best advice I can give you all from past experience is that if YOU don't feel uncomfortable or worried about it, no one else will be! I really believe that people can catch-on to the feeling of awkwardness or insecurity which can result in others making jokes and teasing you about your lifestyle choices. But the fact is, people do this to break the tension and to try and get you out of your shell. So, if there is no awkwardness or insecurity to begin with, the jokes will quickly get old and not relevant. So, be happy about the holidays, follow the vegan holiday tips at the bottom of this page and be confident about your decision to avoid animal products.

Preparing a Christmas day meal plan is stressful enough, let alone if you need to cater for friends and family.  Whether you are vegan yourself or just need ideas to cater for someone else who is vegan you can get ideas from the following recipes. These are free from animal products and are also easy to prepare, taste amazing and will satisfy various age groups and lifestyles.  Check out our recipes page for more ideas. 

Desserts, Sweets & Drinks:






Scenario #1 - You are a vegan going to a non-vegan Christmas party.
  • Make sure you take your own food! This will allow others to see how delicious vegan cooking is and also allow you to feel comfortable in your surroundings with food that you know you can eat.
  • Take something savoury and something sweet! Then you are covered for each course.
  • Preparing a large salad for everyone to share is always a great way to incorporate a common meal in the middle of the table. ESPECIALLY pasta salads and potato salads which will definitely fill you and your plate up. 
  • I know it may be uncomfortable but you will need to let the party host be aware that you are vegan or vegetarian. This will allow them to prepare something for you as well! From a host's point of view, there is nothing worse that not accommodating for a guests needs! So do them the favour and let them know :) Then you can offer to prepare a couple of things to bring too!

Scenario #2 - You are a vegan hosting a Christmas party with non-vegans attending.
  • This can be stressful. You will probably be worried about the reaction you will receive from your guests and the opinions about your food. But don't be! The smartest way to make the best of your party is to cook things that are common to all diets. Such as: pastas, soups, breads, dips, anything with potatoes, salads, lots of vegetable sides, curries, pies, pastries, lasagnes etc... You will need to prepare wholesome and delicious meals that all will enjoy! 
  • Avoid food items that people may joke about or have not yet tried, including: tofu, soy bean products, vegan cheeses, vegan meat substitutes etc... This will prevent others asking about what these "new" ingredients are and joking about them.
  • Be open to others bringing non-vegan dishes if they desire. 
  • Make a scrumptious dessert that no one would EVER know was vegan... such as our: bounty ballsred velvet cupcakes or our DELICIOUS chocolate custard.

If you are not sure what to gift this Christmas, how about a biscuit mixture in a jar? It is not only creative and sentimental, but it shows that you really care. Just add the dry ingredients to a jar and add a cute gift tag that says what else needs to be added and instructions on how to bake the loveliness inside. See our Anzac Biscuits in a Jar recipe below for a cute little vegan gift!