Foodie Fridays: B’s Easy Beany & Cheesy Tacos

Hello all…!  Hope all of you are having a blissful Friday where you are eating merrily.  To celebrate the upcoming weekend of course 🙂

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Here’s a gorgeous, easy vegetarian meal for you all to whip up!  🙂  Hope you enjoy it! x

B’s Easy Beany & Cheesy Tacos

Makes: Enough for 2 people with a hearty appetite

Ingredients:

  • 1 can refried beans (El Paso Brand)
  • 6 Taco shells (El Paso Brand)
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, diced
  • Lots of cheese
  • Seasoning:  oregano, basil, turmeric powder (1.2 tsp), cumin powder (1/2 tsp) , black pepper, chilli powder (1/2 tsp), BBQ sauce, flaxseeds (1 tsp)

Method:

  1. Cook refried beans with some BBQ sauce, turmeric powder, cumin powder, black pepper, chilli powder, flaxseeds.  Cook for a few minutes. Keep aside.
  2. In a bowl mix tomatoes with oregano, basil and pepper.
  3. Fill tacos with bean mixture then tomatoes.
  4. Lastly top up with cheese.
  5. Bake till cheese melts!

Easy meal for a busy day – and I tried to sneak in flaxseeds and my husband didn’t know!  Yaey!  🙂

xx

B

B’s Oregano Cashew Spread

Hello everyone!  I’ve finally tried a cashew spread that I’ve become reading on vegan blogs forever…  Although, a Vitamix seems to do a much creamier job.  Maybe one day I’ll finally invest in on – or maybe I’ll win one! Haha!  There’s always a benefit to being optimistic.  Or maybe Vitamix will read this and want to give me one. OK SO MAYBE.

 

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It kind of resembled Ricotta Cheese but a lot healthier 🙂

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I’ve been using it as a dip for carrots 🙂

 

B’s Oregano Cashew Dip

Makes: Enough for 2-3 people as a side

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of soaked cashews overnight
  • 1-2 tbsp of lemon juice (depends on preference)
  • 1-2 tbsp of water
  • 1 tsp or more of oregano
  • Salt, Pepper and any other seasoning you like!

Method:

  1. Put everything in a food processor.  
  2. Taste and add anything else you might want 🙂
  3. Refrigerate a few hours and store in an air-tight container.

Hope you enjoy this vegan dish!  I absolutely loved it as a healthy alternative.  It’s very easy too 🙂

xx

B

B’s Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Mash Recipe

I’ve been MIA for a bit but am back in case I was missed 😉

Thought I’d make something different – so voila!  It was pretty tasty but not perfect.  So I will def be trying it again 🙂

First I steamed the sweet potato and butter squash cubes:

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Then I mashed em and added melted butter with seasonings…

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Voila!  It was a perfect side.

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B’s Sweet Potato and Butter Squash Mash Recipe

Makes: Enough for 2-3 people as a side

Ingredients:

  • 250g Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash (cut in cubes)
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • salt, pepper and chilli flakes

Method:

  1. Steam the Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash for 15-20 mins.  It’s ready when it’s very soft!
  2. Mash it with melted butter and season to taste.

SIMPLE & EASY!  Being vegetarian is not hard.  It’s easy when you use culinary skills – ok so not quite. 😉 It’s easy when you use different ingredients and have a variety of food on the table!

Enjoy!

xx

B

Foodie Fridays: B’s 2 Ingredient Granola-Banana Cookies

Hello 🙂  There are so many 2 ingredient recipes floating around that make you think how easy it can be to whip something up!  I came across this website a few days ago and wanted to try somethings out. The ice-cream bread looks like a fantastic idea, I will definitely try it out in B’s Kitchen 🙂

Today, I wanted a healthy but easy snack (I’m recovering from a flu) boo-hoo! Hate having a flu!  Yes, I’m all rhyming today 🙂

I used 1 banana and about 3/4 cup of granola.  EASY & VEGETARIAN!

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I used this granola as it had bits of chocolate.  I love the combination of chocolate and banana! 🙂

I mixed the banana and granola in a bowl.  Mashing up the banana is key!  Then mixing it all in is easy (I use disposable gloves to do this as I have long nails and it’s kind of gross otherwise!)

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I then made them into tiny cookie sizes.  I didn’t flatten them out much as I prefer it to be soft inside.

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I funnily enough forgot to take the end result.  It was hot out of the oven – the smell of banana filled the kitchen and I starting eating.. and eating.. Gave the husband his share.. and then I remembered… “MY BLOG…”

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The tiny remain before I ate my last bite! 🙂 YUMMY.

B’s 2 Ingredient Granola-Banana Cookies

Bakes: About 6-8 depending on size

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana (riped is better!)
  • 3/4 cup granola

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C.
  2. Line baking tray with cookie sheet.
  3. Mash the banana and mix in the granola.
  4. Make sure the mixture is not too dry or wet.  It should be moist like the picture above.
  5. Bake for 15 mins.

Enjoy this healthy vegetarian treat! Great for days when I hit the gym.  I can eat minus the guilt.

xx

B

B’s Easy Vegetarian Chow Mein (Chinese Noodles)

Hello everyone.  Hope everyones been very good 🙂 Here’s another one of B’s Recipes 🙂  I am really enjoying this platform for me to blog and share.  Comments and likes are really encouraging, so please do keep them coming! 🙂

Thought I’d share an easy Chinese recipe that I’ve made up quite a while ago.  We have this usually about once a month with variation of veggies (depending what’s in my pantry!)

Hubby’s Chow Mein (it just looked more colourful than mine.  I DO NOT EAT CHILLI. I am Japanese at heart. Mild food = good food):

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Here’s a pic of all the veggies while cooking:

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And a pic of my noodles, slightly less colourful in comparison but more delectable:

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B’s Easy Vegetarian Chow Mein (Chinese Noodles)

Makes: Enough for 3-4 people depending on appetite! haha!

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet Chow Mein Noodles
  • 4 carrots
  • 6 mushrooms
  • Handful of green beans
  • 3 Quorn Sausages
  • Seasoning: Light Soya Sauce, Dark Soya Sauce, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder, Sesame oil, mushroom seasoning

Method:

  1. Prepare noodles and drain.
  2. Put sausages in oven as instructions show and chop in bite size pieces.
  3. In a wok, put 1 tsp normal oil and 1 tbsp sesame oil.  When hot stir fry cut mushrooms till done.  Add grated carrots and cut green beans.  Add sausage pieces. Add seasoning to taste.
  4. Add noodles and adjust flavour.

It’s easy, healthy, vegetarian and yummy.  You really need to try this!

xx

B

Poha! – Flattened Rice

Poha – an unusual name that reminds me of Po  (The Teletubbies). Eh-oh! Oh God, I feel as though I have come from a completely different era, at the thought of the song.  Yes, it is playing in my head right now.  What a drag.

Anyways,  today I tried a new dish and wanted to blog about it 🙂  I made Poha, a south-indian lunchtime dish made from flattened rice.

It’s easily available in Asian Supermarkets in the Indian section.  My sister mentioned this dish to me after her trip to South India (Kerela) and said it was very easy to make.  In addition, it’s nutritious which led me to giving it a go.  The recipe below is a rough guide as I made it up as I went along (kind of like how indian fried rice is made).  Feel free to adjust the flavours and quantities as you like.

B’s Simple Poha

Makes: Enough for 4 people

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sized flakes Poha packet (300g or so)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1 cup of okra
  • 1 big potato
  • 1 heaped tsp Ghee/butter/oil
  • Indian Spices: Cumin seeds, Curry powder, Red Chilli Powder, Cumin Powder, Garam Masala Powder, Turmeric Powder
  • Peanuts

Method:

  1. Preparation: Put Okra in the oven for 20 mins.  And par-boil the potato.
  2. Heat ghee in pan then add 1 tsp of cumin seeds for 1 minute. Then add chopped onions.  Saute on low fire for about 8 mins until onions are cooked.
  3. Add chopped tomatoes to the onions and saute.  Add a bit of water to cook the tomatoes.  Add 1 chopped green chilli to the mixture.
  4. Cook for about 5 minutes till a mixture forms (Steps 1-3 are the same for any indian cuisine FYI).
  5. Now add all the indian spices to taste.  Stir it, allowing mixture to absorb all the flavours.
  6. Cut both the okra and potato in bite-size pieces.  Add this to the mixture.
  7. Lastly, rinse the poha and drain it slightly.  Add to the pan and mix.  If it is a bit dry and some water while mixing as it tends to absorb water like rice.  Adjust flavours according to taste.
  8. Serve hot with peanuts on top for the extra crunch.

Note:  We had this with a side portion of cucumbers and yoghurt.  Also, I made daal (indian lentil soup) to supplement the meal.

Here’s a picture of my POHA! (Yes, I’m very much entertained by the name.  As I typed it in caps it reminded me of my ALOHA! post. 🙂  hahaha POHA!)

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Cheers to Poha! Let me know if you try it out.

xx

B