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I’m really bad when it comes to using up all of the leftovers I have, trying to not throw out any food that could still be eaten. I don’t know why, but I have pretty much never been creative when it comes to using it up. I mentioned in my February Goals post that I want to get better at using them up so here’s one of my attempts. At first it didn’t sound like a good idea to combine these, but it had just the right taste for me to enjoy it. Here’s what I did;

1) I used two vegetable stock cubes in a liter or two of water to make a yummy base to boil the noodles in. I love making broths because they always enhance the taste of pasta.

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2) I found everything I wanted to use. Wok noodles, a mixture of brown rice and veggies, and a half full pack of Quorn ground ‘beef’. I don’t use a lot at a time, maybe a quarter of the bag or less, depending on how many I’m cooking for. I still have more of it left after this.

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3) I combined the rice & veggies and the Quorn in a frying pan with a lot of vegetable based ‘butter’ to make sure it didn’t burn. By now it kinda smelled like a wok dish, that’s why I thought of adding in wok noodles to make it more like a dinner and not just a lunch dish.

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4) After it was done I strained the noodles, I mixed some of the broth with a bit of ketchup and some spices because I didn’t have any sweet chili sauce left and poured it over everything. It didn’t taste bad. It wasn’t a proper wok dish, but it was close enough for me to enjoy it. I could see myself make this again, but with a proper sauce this time.

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Are you doing well when it comes to using up leftovers? And do you have a classic dish you go for to ensure you do so? Let me know!

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I think banana is my favorite flavor..

It has always been so ever since my youth. Sadly I haven’t found a lot of genuinely good (or healthy) banana flavored things, mostly sweets or gummies. I’m not too keen on sweet foods all the time, and I love making those kind of breakfast muffin things, where you add in veggies or pizza filling, so when I saw this recipe advertised as a ‘breakfast muffin’ I was really happy. The original recipe wasn’t vegan because it had milk in it, but I can’t have dairy so for me it is now vegan by replacing the milk with an oat based cream that pretty much has the same properties as regular dairy cream. You could probably just use any other milk replacement too like almond milk, soy milk or rice milk. I just prefer the oats because it doesn’t really add any flavor.

The best thing about these is that they’re so simple to make! The only thing that takes time is mashing the bananas, and the baking itself, honestly.

Here’s what you need:

This recipe should make at least 12 fairly large muffins. Bake at 200° Celsius for 16-19 minutes.

  • 210 grams of flour
  • 160 grams of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • Half a teaspoon of salt
  • 50 ml vegetable oil ( I used rapeseed oil, or canola oil as it’s also known as.)
  • 50 ml of cream or a milk replacement (milk if you don’t care if it’s vegan or not)
  • 3 medium bananas ( I used four because mine were on the smaller side)
  • (optional) Vanilla extract

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Here’s how to do it:

Start off by using a blender, hand mixer or stick mixer to turn your bananas into a puree of sorts. I cut mine into pieces and used a stick mixer to make it a smooth, lump-less mixture. Make sure to make it completely smooth as the lumps could make your muffin be all doughy after it finished baking.

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Add inn the 50 ml of oil and the 50 ml of cream, stir it all together. It might seem like a lot of oil but you won’t notice it at all after mixing in the dry ingredients.

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Add in the sugar, the baking powder, baking soda, salt and lastly the flour. Make sure to add it a little bit at a time to avoid having any lumps forming. I just used a spatula to gently stir it all together.

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Your batter should look something like this. It’s not too thick but not too thin. You can adjust it however you wish it to be by either adding more flour or more of the cream. I wouldn’t recommend adding water to it since we have used so much oil.

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Use either a muffin tin or paper muffin holder things like these. I’m not really sure what they are called in English.. Fill them up a little bit over half way, the batter should be enough for at least 12 muffins. I ended up with 17, so I guess my muffin paper thingies were a bit smaller than normal. Once you’re done, pop them in the oven and let them bake for around 16 to 19 minutes. Mine were in for 20 and was a bit burnt near the edges.

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Once they’re done, they should look somewhat like these. Leave them on a cooling rack, and then you can add toppings to it or just eat it clean like I did, it tastes so good and so savory!

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Have you baked anything lately? 

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Exploring more vegan options

Lise —  June 14, 2017 — 16 Comments

So lately there has been an influx of vegetarian and vegan products in the grocery stores here, something I’m happy about! There is a lot of vegan products that I can’t use because I’m allergic to Soy products, but recently there has been a lot of new products based on pea protein and other things that are completely soy free. A store chain here in Norway called Coop has released a whole lot of different things like beet burgers, mushroom burgers, corn sliders and what I had for dinner the other day, seasoned taco stuffing made from pea protein. They also have campaigns for meat free Mondays where they share recipes you could try and I really love this change. I’m not fully vegan but I go meat free as often as I can, gradually cutting down on my consumption when I find replacements that are soy free.

Here’s what I had, it totally looks meat, doesn’t it? My dad thought it was, stole a few pieces from the leftovers I brought them and was weirded out by the texture. It does taste great though and it worked well with tortillas, vegan cheese and iceberg lettuce. I usually have a lot more mixed in with my tacos but I couldn’t be bothered to go to the store to buy even more. Sometimes simple meals are the best meals. Do you ever choose vegan options over regular options? If you don’t then you should try it! You’ll feel better about choosing a more healthy lifestyle, just make sure to do it right.

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“Soy free” “0% meat or fish” “A source of protein, gluten free, sustainable”

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All you gotta do is fry it in some oil or butter for a few minutes.

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Vegan lunch sandwich

Lise —  July 26, 2016 — Leave a comment

I found a recipe for a vegan sandwich online quite some time ago, i cannot quite remember where but it has been a part of my life since. I have omitted it a slight bit but it is still true to its origins.

Here is what you will need to recreate my version of it:

  • Bread of your choice, anything goes. I use white bread because my digestive system cannot handle ‘heavy’ food.
  • Some tomato sauce or other condiment to ‘glue’ the spinach onto the bread.
  • Fresh and newly washed spinach.
  • Some paprika, or bell peppers as its called.
  • Squash, preferably slightly thick slices.
  • Half of an avocado
  • Some spices and vegan butter to cook the veggies in. You can use oil too if you prefer that.

Since squash pretty much adapts to whatever flavor you add to it, the sandwich can end up tasting totally different every time you use it. You can also choose different kind of sauces to use between the bread and the spinach, i tend to use a slightly spicy tomato sauce.

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All you need to do is put some spinach onto the bread, toss the squash and the bell pepper into the frying pan along with some salt and pepper and any other spice you would wish to add.

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Once they are done cooking you arrange them on top of the spinach, i like to put down the squash first, then the bell pepper and then i scoop some avocado on top of it. If you want it to look fancy you can slice up the avocado instead. I’m really just too lazy to make it look pretty.

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You can choose to eat it with just the bottom slices of bread or add a second to the top. Usually i let the bread fry a bit in the leftover juices from the veggies but i forgot this time. And since i only use half of the avocado, i like to sprinkle the other half with some salt and eat it with the sandwiches.

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So there you go! This doesn’t take long to make, it really just depends on how well cooked you want your veggies to be!

Do you have any sandwich recipes that you love? Feel free to share them with me. They don’t have to be vegan, i just try to eat vegan often to keep my body in balance.

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