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Smashed Chickpea Sandwich Spread

Smashed Chickpea Sandwich Spread
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Tasty filling for a sandwich. Keeps for a week in the fridge.
Recipe type: Sandwich
Serves: 4
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • ½ cup finely diced celery
  • ½ cup grated or diced carrot
  • ¼ cup finely sliced spring onion
  • ½ red capsicum, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 heaped tablespoon creamy style hummus
  • pinch of kala namak or black salt (gives an egg flavour)
  • 1 tablespoon of commercial fat free mayo (there are a few egg-free varieties on market)
  • salt & pepper
  • squeeze of lemon - to taste
  • Optional: finely chopped parsley
  1. Rinse and drain chickpeas, put in a shallow bowl and roughly mash with a fork or potato masher
  2. Prepare the vegetables and add to the bowl
  3. Mix the dressing ingredients together and stir into the chickpeas and vegetables. Season well with salt and pepper and add lemon juice to taste. Add parsley if desired. Some people might add a dash of chilli sauce too 🙂
Quick food processor method:
Pulse the chickpeas in the processor with S blade 2 or 3 times.
Add the capsicum and pulse again until chickpeas are broken and the capsicum is finely chopped.
Remove blade, insert the grating attachment and grate the carrot over the chickpeas.
Replace grating with slicing attachment, and add the celery and spring onions.
Mix the dressing in a large bowl
Tip the contents of the processor into the bowl and mix well.


Cauliflower, Coriander & Orange Pilaf


Cauliflower Coriander and Orange Pilaf

Cauliflower Coriander and Orange Pilaf

Cauliflower, Coriander & Orange Pilaf
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Recipe type: Rice dish
Serves: 4
  • 1.5 cups rice & lentil mix
  • ¼ cup quinoa
  • 1 tsp "Chicken Style" stock powder
  • 7 spring onions, sliced
  • 1 green (or other colour) capsicum, diced
  • 1 medium cauliflower, separated into florets
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • zest and juice of a large orange
  • 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce / tamari
  • 1 bunch of coriander, chopped
  • Dessicated coconut - garnish
  1. Put your rice, lentils and quinoa on to cook (same pot). I use a rice cooker and added 3 cups of water and 1 tsp of chicken style stock powder. You may need a little more water if you're using a lidded saucepan.
  2. Meanwhile, toast your pine nuts and chop / prepare all the other ingredients
  3. Once your grains and lentils are cooked, in a large frying pan or wok which has a lid, stir "fry" the onion and capsicum for a couple of minutes. Add the ground coriander and move it around until you can smell it toasting.
  4. Add the cauliflower florets, half a cup of water and cover for 5 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender.
  5. In a large bowl, tip your cooked grains & lentils, the cauliflower mixture, the orange zest and juice, soy sauce and toasted pine nuts and stir well to combine.
  6. Dish up and top with the chopped coriander, and coconut if desired.


Oooh this is exciting…

.. but I haven’t a clue what I’m doing!  Have already had 2 support chats with Bluehost as I’d no idea what to do next!  And I thought I was fairly technical (jobs in IT and all that..!). Rather a steep learning curve!

Anyway, very soon I will be posting our first recipe.  I’ve been trawling through my old recipes trying to find a family favourite which has stood the test of (vegetarian and now vegan) time and I think I’ve got the one.   It’s been on the repertoire for around 13 years so it’s a goodie!  I need to make it this week so I can take a reasonable photo to accompany it.  Watch this space, it’s coming soon.. 🙂