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Recipe: Delicious Winter warmer

Now that we’re in the grips of winter, I’m sure you can all identify with the familiar 3pm chocolate cravings and the desire to curl up in bed with a bag of chips and Netflix. Of course, it can be harder to motivate yourself to cook your own meals and eat your veggies when it feels like Antarctica outside! But for real, it’s important to keep yourself well fed during these freezing days.

So, here is an awesome cheap and healthy plant-based recipe that will help to warm you up on cold winter days.

Hearty ginger and lentil soup (serves 4 – 5)

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Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh peeled ginger
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • Optional extra: 1/4 teaspoon of chilli flakes
  • 1.5 teaspoons curry powder
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup dried red or brown lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1x 400g can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional extra: coconut yogurt as garnish

Directions:

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat; add carrot and onion then cover and cook for 3 minutes or until softened. Stir in ginger, garlic, and chilli flakes (if using); cook for 1 minute. Add curry powder and cook for a further minute. Stir in stock and lentils; bring to the boil then reduce heat and simmer covered for 20 – 25 minutes or until lentils are tender. Stir in frozen peas and tomatoes; cover and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Divide soup evenly among bowls, garnish with coconut yogurt (if using), eat and enjoy!

This recipe was brought to you by VCUC (Veg Club of UC).

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Breakfast recipe: protein pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1Cup instant rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

Method:

1. Break the eggs into a bowl and beat well

2. Add the oats to the bowl and mix well

3. Heat the oil in a pan for 2 minutes

4. Pour the oat and egg mixture into the pan to make 2 pancakes

5. Cook on both sides for 2 minutes or until brown

You may be wondering why they’re called pancakes as they’re pretty much little omelettes, but who am I to question the power of alliteration?!

Serve with blueberries and/or strawberries and a spoon of yoghurt. Honey, maple syrup and whipped cream also go well, and don’t forget nutella!

Recipe: Home made muesli

I made my own muesli this week just as a bit of an experiment. This is what I came up with….

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 50gms of raw nuts (mixture)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbs chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • sugar free maple syrup (I used the Queen brand)

Method

  1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl
  2. Add the sugar free maple syrup (to taste) – I did a few good squeezes
  3. Mix together and pour onto a baking tray
  4. Bake till golden
  5. Divide into individual bags (I did 1/4 cup portions)

Makes 14 serves.

Enjoy!

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