Spicy cannelini beans

Here is the recipe I promised you all for my spicy cannelini beans, a nice twist on the classic baked beans on toast, and still cheap! It is really easy and quick and goes great with some eggs in the morning.

This recipe is for two servings, and it keeps in the fridge well for a few days.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tin drained cannellini beans (240g)
  • 150g cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 250g passata
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Method:

  • Place the olive oil in a frying pan and add the chopped garlic, fry for 1-2 mins on a medium heat
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, chilli flakes and cannellini beans, fry for another 5 minutes, until the tomatoes have softened
  • Add the passata, the amount I’ve given is just a guideline as I know some people may prefer their beans with more or less liquid than others!
  • Stir all the ingredients together for a further minute and then add salt and pepper to your liking
  • Pop it on some toast and enjoy!

 

Thank you for reading and I hope you like it! If you make it I would love to see so please tag me @whygowithout or use #whygowithout on your instagram post 🙂

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Chickpea, Sweet potato and Quinoa Salad

So in my previous blog post I spoke of how I have decided to start eating less meat. As a result I am experimenting with more vegan recipes and this is the first one I am happy enough to share! This is an easy recipe that is quickly becoming one of my favourite lunches to take into UNI with me. The Quinoa and Chickpeas giving you a nice bit of protein while giving you plenty of carbs to help you stay full for the afternoon lull.12748334_1670381486548890_807230742_n

Ingredients:

  • 1 small sweet potato (100-150g)
  • A handful of kale
  • 40g uncooked quinoa
  • 200g can of chickpeas
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • Sprinkling of onion salt
  • 1tsp coconut oil

Method: 

  • Cut up the sweet potato into small pieces, and spray with some cooking oil. Roast the pieces in the oven at 180 degrees for around 10-15 minutes (until softened and browning).
  • Cook the Quinoa on the hob, following instructions on the packet (should take around 10-15 minutes).
  • In the meantime, fry the chickpeas and kale with some coconut oil for a few minutes.
  • Then when the quinoa and sweet potato are finished cooking, add them to the pan and mix everything together.
  • Then add the paprika, turmeric and onion salt and mix again. Then you are finished!
  • Simply put it in an air-tight tupperware and take it into UNI or work!

Hope you like it! If you make it, make sure to tag me in your creations on instagram using @whygowithout and #whygowithout so I can see them. Happy cooking!

The Cheeseburger Footprint

 

Last year, one of my best friends went Vegan. At first I was worried, what was her intention? Was she trying to lose weight? Then I actually asked her, and was very interested by her answer.

It’s safe to say that until last year, I didn’t quite realise quite how bad meat consumption is for the environment. Nor, did I know that this was a lot of people’s motivations for going Vegan. My friend gave me a short lesson into why we should all be eating less meat, or preferably no meat and I was left with the information resonating in my mind for a while. Eating meat is a huge burden on the environment; the average cheeseburger consumption in America (1-3 a week) has the same carbon footprint as 6.5 to 19.6 million SUVs. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) also estimates that meat consumption is one of the two or three most significant contributors to local and global environmental issues. Is this cheeseburger footprint really worth it?

Last week I decided to limit my meat intake to three to four portions of meat per week (i.e. one packet of sainsbury chicken breast or beef mince). A lot of people may read this and think this is still a lot of meat, but when you think about how much impact each serving has on the environment, cutting down from seven to three is a good start.

Because I am already dairy-free I have started to experiment with a lot of vegan recipes that make great packed lunches. I will post some of my favourites over the next few weeks to help people who may be inspired to go meat free more often, make some delicious foods.

Also even though I did not choose to be dairy-free, the more I read about the dairy industry, the more I’m glad I can’t eat it. It’s worth taking a look online at some articles which explain how your milks and cheeses make it to your fridge and you may decide to opt for an alternative (almond milk is a winner).

So really, this post is just to get everyone thinking about what impact their diets may have on the world around them. By all means, eat what you want and enjoy iIMG_2570t but maybe just try to go meat free at least one or two days a week? It will also help save you a nice bit of
money!

Look out for some blog posts to come with some great Vegan recipes and make sure to visit my instagram @whygowithout for some inspiration! Also there is a nice selection of Vegan recipes (like the delicious Nutella cookies pictured here) in my Ebook which you can get by clicking here.

My Self Proclaimed Bake Off Challenge: Week 5

So I, along with many others I’m sure, was thrilled to hear that this week bake off are doing an ‘alternative ingredients’ week. So no dairy, sugar or gluten. YAY! Finally, a week where I can watch the contestants struggle as much as I do to create delicious baked goods which are dairy free with sugar alternatives and aIMG_2570 lot of the time which contain zero gluten. I’m so excited to see what they come up with.

Here’s what I came up with this week: Nutella Cookies – dairy free, gluten free and refined sugar free. And to top it all off they are also vegan friendly.

The recipe will be available in my Ebook which will be released in October. It was definitely a winner and the whole batch went as soon as I brought them to a friends house. I can’t wait for you all to try them.

Here are my top tips for baking with alternative ingredients:

  1. Apple sauce makes for a great replacement for butter, as well as adding sweetness meaning you can use less sugar in the recipe (however be careful to keep the same consistency).
  2. From my experience, self raising gluten free flour does not work! You are much better off using a normal gluten free flour (my favourite is buckwheat) and adding a teaspoon of baking powder per 100g to make it self raising.
  3. Bananas always do wonders in cakes where you are missing butter – they help make it moist and lovely. But be careful not to lose the flavour of the rest of your ingredients by adding in a banana as replacement. Banana bread is wonderful but not when it’s everything you bake!
  4. Maple syrup and agave syrup do make lovely cakes, cookies, cupcakes etc but you may need to add in some ground nuts or more flour so that the mixture is not too loose.
  5. Dates. They really help to naturally sweeten a bake (when well blended and mixed into the mix) – using dates however will take some trial and error as it changes the consistency a lot and you may have to change up a lot of quantities. Practice makes perfect!
  6. Try the batter. Even though some times I end up eating a bit too much, it really does help you get a feel for the recipe and if you need more sweetener or chocolate etc.

Good luck and get baking!!

My Self Proclaimed Bake Off Challenge: Week 3

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It’s basically good for you

So this week is Bread Week. In anticipation for this weeks episode I have already made our tried and tested banana bread. Maybe not the type of bread Mary and Paul would be expecting for this week, but my mum and I, and the rest of the family love it, so it was a must.

When I first tried this bread, I still remember how sceptical I was. My mum had just found out she was lactose intolerant and was finding it very hard to come to terms with the fact she couldn’t have her ordinary snacks anymore. So my first bite, like most would be when you hear a cake has no butter and no sugar, was taken with apprehension. But it was delicious! I promise you that if you make this you will not be disappointed. It is so moist and light, yet still really fills you up. I’m also currently working on a vegan version so keep your eyes open!

Ingredients:

  • 3 bananas (mashed) – works best when they are very ripe!
  • 100g wholemeal flour
  • 100g oatbran
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 whole sweet apple skinned, cored and grated
  • 4 tbsp truvia baking blend
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Method:

  • Mix all the dry ingredients.
  • Mash the banana’s with the egg whites and whisk until smooth.
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and combine.
  • Pour into a 9inch loaf tin and bake on 180 degrees celcius (fan assist) for 50-55 minutes until browned and springy to the touch.
  • Allow to cool and it should keep for a week in an air tight tin.

This is a real winner with my family and anyone who tries it, we love to have a slice with a nice cup of tea in the afternoon.