Cashew Crispy Squares

 

So the other day I decided to treat us, and bought three huge 1kg tubs of Meridian nut butter.  I love it because it’s made from 100% roasted nuts, so is healthy and doesn’t have any added sugar, salt or palm oil.  Buying 1kg tubs is the best value too I think.  I’ve been using a lot of cashew butter the last couple of weeks to get more iron in our diets.  It’s more pricy than peanut butter but has more than twice as much iron!  So I came up with this recipe for healthy rice crispy squares, using cashew butter, but feel free to use peanut butter or any kind of nut butter that you have.  You could also make it nut-free by using sun butter.

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Coffee Banana Shake

This one is for the tired parents, not vegan kids (though I bet you could make a nice chocolate version instead of coffee).  Even though I feel like I have more energy than I should have, there are still times (a lot of the time) that I’m very, very, very tired.  Fresh fruit smoothies help to give me energy, but I also need coffee.  So for anyone looking after kids, waking up for night feeds, or who just likes/needs coffee, I’ve made this coffee banana shake.  Enjoy! Read More »

Keep it Vegan Cookbook Review

If I’m ever asked to recommend a vegan cookbook, I always recommend Keep it Vegan by Áine Carlin.  It’s one of my favourite vegan cookbooks and would be perfect for anyone who is just starting off being vegan (though would suit longterm vegans too).  It has such a good variety of recipes, that even if it was the only cookbook you bought, you’d have perfect recipes for any occasion.

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Veggie and Lentil Bolognese

Sorry that so many of my blog posts are for pasta sauces, but my kids would eat pasta every night if it was up to them!  I find that homemade sauces are a great way to get them to eat something healthy, and I always try to use wholegrain pasta too.  This bolognese sauce is not very traditional, but it has added veggies and green lentils, so is nice and healthy, and very quick and easy to make.

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Oil-Free Houmous

I’ve been trying to use less oil in my cooking lately, and it’s going really well.  I’m feeling great and feel like we’re eating better in general.  Something I make every week is a big bowl of homemade houmous, usually with lots of olive oil.  So I came up with an oil-free version, that still has plenty of fat from the tahini (sesame seed paste).  We still need healthy fats in our diets, and by adding a bit more tahini instead of oil, it can be more nutritious, and still taste really nice.  This also provides plenty of protein and iron, and the kids love it!

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