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Vegan Recipes for your Next Summer Picnic

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30.06.16

The summer season is here and we're all ready to kick back and relax, enjoying the weather with our friends and family. Pack your blanket and your basket because we have 5 fun new picnic recipes to share this summer! These great recipes are a great way to sneak your veggies in! 1.)Vegan Mushroom Rolls Who needs sausage rolls when you can have mushroom rolls! If Jamie Oliver can eat vegan so can you! Stuffed with a flavourful herby mushroom fulling these vegan mushroom rolls will be irresistible at your next picnic! Check out the recipe here! Vegan Mushroom Rolls 2.) Mexican Black Bean, Avocado, Corn and Quinoa Salad Packed full of flavour and topped with refreshing orange segments this Mexican inspired salad will be a hit at your summer picnic! Try topping with some broccoli and pumpkin Giving Tree crisps for added crunchy texture! Get the recipe here! HEALTHY-Vegan-Mexican-Quinoa-Salad-with-Black-Beans-Corn-Avocado-and-a-Creamy-Orange-Chili-Dressing-vegan- 3.) Easy Sesame Brussels Sprouts Slaw This recipe is so quick and easy you can make it in no time! Check out the full recipe here! Easy Brussels Sprouts slaw   4.) Sweet Potato Burger This sweet potato burger looks so delicious and so easy to take on the go! It's sure to be a favourite among children and adults alike! Check out the full recipe here! sweet-potato-burger   5.) Vegan Pumpkin Brownies These fudgey pumpkin brownies would be a delightful addition to any picnic regardless of the weather! Check out the recipe here!                          Pumpkin Brownies   With all these great dishes and desserts your picnic is sure to be a success! Also the great thing about these recipes is they all include a serving or more of fruits or vegetables. Smash in your fibre and your five a day at your next picnic! For more great picnic ideas click here! or here!

National Vegetarian Week – the best of the bites!

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17.05.16

National Vegetarian Week is upon us, so why not try one of these delicious meat-free meals?

These dishes are full of flavour, texture and colour so you won't feel like you're missing out on anything at all.

For the Pasta and Cheese lovers..

Mac and three cheeses recipe

SERVES 4

INGREDIENTS 1 x 410g tin of evaporated milk 200g cream cheese 2 tsp English mustard ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg 350g macaroni 3 tbsp chi coconut oil 1 small garlic clove, crushed 175g  Comté or cheddar, grated 75g stilton, crumbled 500g green beans 1 tbsp chopped chives 45g  sourdough breadcrumbs 45g  pecans 150g sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil

METHOD Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4.
Whisk the evaporated milk, cream cheese and mustard well. Add the nutmeg and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.
Bring 3.5 litres of salted water to a boil, and add the macaroni, slowly, making sure the water is always boiling. Stir for a minute to stop the macaroni sticking together. Test after about eight minutes – the macaroni should be very al dente. Drain well and add to the cream-cheese mixture.
 Mix a tablespoon of coconut oil and garlic and use this to grease a deep 20 x 20cm (8 x8 in) baking-dish. Spread half of the macaroni on the bottom of the dish. Scatter on half of the Comté and all of the stilton, cover with another layer of macaroni and finish with the rest of the Comté. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until bubbly and golden.
Boil or steam the green beans until tender with a slight crunch – about five minutes. Drain, place in a bowl and sprinkle with the chives. Heat the coconut oil in a frying-pan. When hot, add the breadcrumbs and pecans and cook for two to three minutes, until crisp and golden. Add the beans and toss to coat them well. Serve the macaroni with green beans and, if you wish, a few tomatoes on the side.   cheesemac

Mushroom, spinach, and blue-cheese lasagne

This creamy vegetarian lasagne full of chesnut mushrooms is perfect served with a big salad and some fresh crusty bread

SERVES 4
INGREDIENTS 3 tbsp olive oil 2 x 250g packs chestnut mushrooms, cleaned and sliced 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 large clove of garlic, crushed 2 x 240g packs pre-washed fresh spinach 1 large jar ready-made white sauce (710g) 12 sheets ready-to-bake lasagne 125g blue cheese, crumbled
METHOD Preheat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan, add half the mushrooms and fry until golden, about five minutes. Transfer them to kitchen paper, add another tablespoon of oil to the pan and fry the remaining mushrooms, also transferring them to kitchen paper after five minutes.
Add the final tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and cook the onion and garlic for about four minutes, until soft. Add the spinach to the pan, cover with a lid and allow it to wilt for one to two minutes. Return the mushrooms to the pan, mix together and season.
Use a rectangular dish about 24 x 18cm and spread a layer of white sauce on the base. Place three lasagne sheets on the sauce followed by a third of the mushroom mixture, another layer of white sauce and some crumbled cheese.
Add another three sheets of lasagne and continue layering, finishing with the final three sheets of lasagne, a good covering of white sauce and a sprinkling of crumbled cheese. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until it is cooked through and the topping is bubbling and golden. Serve with a side salad or garlic bread.

Aubergine, pepper and yogurt stacks with coriander pesto

Serves four
3 red peppers chi coconut oil for brushing 2 large aubergines ½ lemon 8 heaped tbsp Greek yogurt sprigs of coriander to serve
For the pesto: 60g (2oz) coriander leaves 40g (1½oz) blanched almonds, lightly toasted 2 garlic cloves, chopped juice of ½ lemon 125ml (4fl oz) extra-virgin olive oil (not too grassy) 60g (2oz) feta cheese, finely crumbled 1 red chilli, halved, deseeded and finely chopped 1 green chilli, halved, deseeded and finely chopped
Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas mark 5. Halve the peppers and remove the seeds and stalk. Put into a small roasting-tin and brush with olive oil. Season. Roast for 35 minutes, or until the peppers are tender and the edges of the flesh are slightly scorched.
Meanwhile make the pesto by putting everything, except the feta and chilli, into a food processor. Whizz to a purée. Season to taste, then scrape into a bowl and add the feta cheese and chilli.   stacks_2917851b
Bean chilli with chocolate and walnuts
SERVES 6-8
INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp chi coconut oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 tsp cumin seeds or 1 tsp ground cumin 1 fresh chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (more if you like it hot) 1 tsp ground paprika 1 tsp dried oregano 1 red and 1 yellow pepper, seeded and finely chopped 1 carrot, finely chopped 2 sweetcorn cobs (kernels cut off) or 150g thawed frozen sweetcorn 2 large celery sticks (use leaves too), finely sliced 150g  walnuts, very finely chopped 300g dried mixed beans, such as kidney, black-eye or borlotti, soaked and cooked (or 3 x 400g cans cooked mixed pulses, drained) 2 x 400g cans whole plum tomatoes 2 tsp sea salt 60g dark chocolate (minimum 80 per cent cocoa solids), broken into pieces
to serve 120ml  plain yogurt 1 large handful coriander leaves, coarsely chopped Giving Tree broccoli and pumpkin crisps to dip and use as toppings too
METHOD Heat the oil in a large heavy-based saucepan or casserole over a medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, spices and oregano and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring occasionally, until the spices smell fragrant and the onions are soft but not browned.
Add the peppers, carrot, sweetcorn and celery and cook for another couple of minutes. Add the walnuts, beans, tomatoes, 250ml (9fl oz) water and salt, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in the chocolate and cook for a couple of minutes. Taste and season. Serve in bowls, garnished with a dollop of yogurt and chopped coriander with toasted corn tortillas on the side. Any leftovers can be stored in the fridge for three to five days.

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Christmas cooking!

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30.11.15

The festive season is finally here, it's time to make some christmas sweets with your family or your friends. At Giving Tree, we want healthy sweets for Christmas. You wonder how freeze dried fruits can be used in baking? They can be baked in to the dough and batter or you can incorporated in to a biscuit filling. Sounds yummy?! See all the recipes below.  

Strawberry Banana Bread

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 cup coconut palm sugar 1 large egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup mashed banana (approx 2 large) 1/2 cup plain greek-style yogurt 1 cup  Giving Tree freeze dried strawberries

Method

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In a large bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, coconut palm sugar, egg and vanilla extract until well-combined. Stir in the mashed banana, followed by half of the dry ingredient mixture. Stir in yogurt, followed by remaining dry ingredient mixture. Mix just until no streaks of dry ingredients remain. Fold in strawberries and pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the batter comes out clean and the bread springs back when lightly pressed. Allow loaf to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Strawberry chocolate Chip cookies

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Ingredients

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 cup coconut palm sugar 1/2 cup butter, room temperature 2 large eggs 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 cups Giving Tree freeze dried strawberries or Mango or Apple or Peach 1 cup Raw chocolate chips

Method

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars. Add eggs in one at a time and beat until fully incorporated. Stir in vanilla. Gradually blend in dry ingredients, followed by freeze dried fruits and chocolate chips (don’t worry about breaking up freeze dried fruits; stir them vigorously!). Drop tablespoonfuls (1-inch balls) of dough onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 10-11 minutes, or until cookies begin to brown and are set. Bake an extra minute or two for a crisper cookie. Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Mango cupcakes

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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp CardamomPowder
Sift all the ingredients into a bowl and set aside. In another bowl, beat together until well-mixed:
  • 1½ cups Mango Pulp or Puree
  • ⅓ cup Canola Oil
  • ⅔ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
FROSTING:
  • 8 tbsp (1 stick) Vegan Butter like Earth Balance
  • 8 tbsp Vegetable Shortening
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • ¼ cup Mango Pulp or Puree
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Giving Tree Freeze dried mango
Method MAKE MANGO CUPCAKES:
  1. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix with a whisk just until you have a smooth batter. Do not overmix or overbeat.
  2. Divide the batter equally among 12 cups of a standard-sized muffin pan lined with cupcake liners. Smooth down the tops with the back of a spoon or spatula or you will have a lumpy top.
  3. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven about 27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
MAKE MANGO BUTTERCREAM FROSTING:
  1. Cream together the butter and shortening until they are fluffy, about 1 minute.
  2. Now add the mango puree and vanilla and half the sugar. Beat until mixed, then add the remaining sugar and beat until mixed. This should take no more than 2 minutes altogether.
  3. Frost the cupcakes after they’ve cooled completely.
  4. Sprinkle some Giving Tree mango crisps.

Low fat Ginger bread cookies

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Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup dark molasses
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

For the Icing

  • 1 1/2 tbsp egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • pinch of cream of tartar
Sprinkles Method  In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugar and applesauce until smooth. Add the egg and molasses, mix well. In another large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and spices. Add to sugar and molasses mixture, stirring well. Divide the dough into two flat balls; cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously dust the surface of your working area with flour before rolling out the dough. Work with one ball of dough at a time, keep the other refrigerated while you do so. Roll the dough out to 1/4 or 1/8-inch thickness, sprinkle a little flour on top of the dough if it's a little sticky. Cut the gingerbread with a cookie cutter shape of your choice. Place cookies 1 or 2 inches apart on a silpat-lined baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes. For the icing: Mix the egg whites with lemon juice. Combine with powdered sugar, mixing well. If the icing is too thin, add more powdered sugar, if it's too thick add a drop of lemon juice.Add to a piping bag to decorate cookies when cookies are cooled.And then add some freeze dried fruits instead of sugar. (Recipe from http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/12/low-fat-gingerbread-cookies.html)

Homemade Chocolate bars

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Ingredients

Method

In a microwave, double boiler, or chocolate melter, gently melt chocolate on the lowest possible heat setting. Stir regularly, removing from heat as needed. The goal here is to keep the temperature under 90 degrees, above which the chocolate will lose its temper. Be patient, keep stirring, and even with on and off low heat the chocolate will melt eventually. Once melted and smooth, pour chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread into an even layer (it will not cover the entire pan, just spread it until it's as thick as you want your final bark to be). Sprinkle evenly with  Giving tree freeze-dried fruits. Let dry, uncovered at room temperature, for 1 to 2 hours or until set. Break into serving size pieces.