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Gnocchi with Oyster Mushrooms

I got an oyster mushroom growing kit as a gift (thanks mom!) and it was quite exciting to wake up each morning to see how much it had grown. It even attracted a little spider-friend to live in the village of gill-caps, so cute! Four days later, they were ready to be harvested. So I took some gnocchi I had …

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Whole-Roasted Cauliflower

This is my favourite way to have cauliflower: so full of flavour yet still light and fresh enough to include on an indulgent festive menu. This is adapted from Jamie Oliver’s recipe – I love the smashed garlic and paprika paste, with some cumin and turmeric thrown in for extra flavour and colour. If you make this recipe and decide …

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German Potato Soup

I’ve been looking forward to this for a couple of months, and now that the cold has set in here in Germany, it’s perfect timing. This soup is Marco’s – he made it the way he remembers his grandmother’s soup, but without peeling the potatoes (because who has time for that, and there’s so much fibre, vitamins and other good …

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Vegan Spaghetti Carbonara

If you love a good Italian pasta, try this vegan carbonara. It’s not my recipe: it’s all Marco’s doing – he almost outcompetes my Italian friends in his love of pasta, and he knows how to cook! Traditionally, a carbonara is made by tossing spaghetti al dente in a mixture of raw eggs, grated pecorino (a hard, salty cheese), black …

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Soba Noodles with Edamame & Shiitake Mushrooms

This is a new favourite of mine! Perfect for a weeknight dinner (because it’s quick & easy) or a dinner party (because it’s beautiful & tasty). Maybe a little tricky to find the ingredients, depending where you are, but check your local Asian grocer and other specialty shops. It’s worth it! Soba noodles, made from buckwheat, are naturally gluten-free (if …

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Meaty Marinated Mushrooms

While I love a good store-bought vegan meat burger patty or seitan sausage, nothing beats a marinated portobello mushroom. It’s so flavourful, and full of umami: pop it on a bun for a burger, or have it alongside veggies and whole grains. If you make this recipe and decide to share it on Facebook or Instagram, don’t forget to tag me @PlantifulCoach + #PlantifulCoach! …

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Mushroom Risotto

If you’re looking for a bit of wintery decadence, try this. For mushroom lovers only, though: I did not hold back on the mushrooms in this one! A traditional risotto typically uses butter, white wine and parmesan cheese for a rich flavour: this vegan version uses vegan butter (I use Flora Vegan), a good quality white wine, and a generous …

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Lentil Soup

I grew up eating lentils so often, they were a staple in our home. My mom’s Mauritian upbringing meant that lentils were always available to be served alongside a curry with rice, and my dad was always a big fan of a big bowl of lentil soup—and now, so am I. This soup is hearty, rich in flavours, so easy …

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Creamy Garlic Pasta

This is one for the garlic lovers, for a weeknight where you need something easy and quick, but delicious and a little decadent. If you want, you can stir in some baby spinach for extra greens. I used soy milk for the base, as I find it more creamy than other milks, but almond milk should work well too (I …

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Savoury Chickpea Pancakes

When I was thoroughly into my “veganising everything” phase, one of the holy grails of vegan cuisine that I was trying to crack, was a vegan ‘omelette’. As you can imagine, there are a bunch of recipes online and I tried a few: some were cool, some not so much, but all were a bit complex with a long list …

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Loaded Sweet Potatoes

When it comes to weeknight dinners, it doesn’t get much easier than this: just pop a sweet potato in the oven (or microwave), sauté some beans with onion and spices, and load up those spuds. You can pretty much use whatever you have on hand, but beans are great (for protein and iron), some spice for flavour, guac and vegan …

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Meaty Vegan Bolognese

Baby it’s cold outside! I want to curl up with a bowl of spaghetti bolognese and vino… If you’re the type who loves (or used to love) meat for its rich flavour and texture, this is for you. That’s the thing: usually, when people switch over to plant-based foods, the foods they miss the most have strong flavours and textures. …

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Falafel

If there’s one legume I could eat every single day, it’s chickpeas. They’re incredibly versatile: sprout them to eat in a salad; grind them into a flour to make savoury pancakes, cook them to make hummus, or soak them to make falafel. Amazing little things, and true superfoods (they’re high in protein, fibre, iron and other minerals). This recipe is …

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Roast Butternut Soup

I had a couple of butternut squash that I’d bought pre-lockdown and almost forgot about them: a couple of months later and they were still sitting there, waiting to be turned into something tasty. I can’t believe how long those things last! Talk about pandemic survival foods, squash is where it’s at. For a butternut soup, you can either peel …