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Oh my oh my. Have you ever created something by accident that was just totally the best thing you have ever made?! Well this week that actually happened TWICE to me, aside from this amazing burger recipe I made a sweet treat which I will share with you in another post later this week. BUT FOR NOW HOLY COW … actually no cow, all plants ūüėČ

The most delicious at home burgers ever. A blend of whole foods such as rice, tofu and chickpeas, smashed together with paprika, onion and coriander, sprinkled with salt and pepper and just a touch of BBQ sauce. Yum. This recipe takes just 5 minutes to prepare and 25 to cook … perfect burgers in 30 minutes. Fast food much?

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 X 240G tin chickpeas in water
  • 1/2 block tofu (roughly 150-200g)
  • 4 chillies
  • 1/2 pack microwave rice (approx 125g cooked rice – I used mexican flavoured rice, see video below)
  • Good dash each of paprika, coriander, salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp bbq sauce
  • Burger buns
  • Salsa
  • Salad

METHOD:

  1. Blend together the first 6 ingredients until a chunky mixture forms, do not over blend to mush, keep some bite in it
  2. Form into burger patties and place on a tray to cook at 180 degrees fan oven for 15 minutes, flip halfway and cook another 10 minutes
  3. Remove from the oven, place in buns, layering with salsa and salad
  4. Feel free to get creative with different toppings such as hummus, guac, veg, etc etc!

 

Happy Valentines Day everyone! Ah love is in the air. To be fair I am newly engaged so love is technically always in the air for me right now! Butttt what better way to share the love than over this rich, indulgent but still healthy chocolate and raspberry banana loaf. An amazing rich chocolate cake topped with chocolate ganache, chocolate strawberries, raspberries and sprinkled with beetroot powder – trust me this makes it!

INGREDIENTS:

CAKE:

1 cup almond milk

1 teaspoon vinegar

1 cup flour of choice

1/3 cup cacao powder ( http://bit.do/VEGAN_SUPPS 20% discount use code STEFUK )

1/2 baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup coconut sugar ( http://bit.do/VEGAN_SUPPS 20% discount use code STEFUK )

1/2 cup mashed banana

GANACHE:

3/4 cup cacao powder ( http://bit.do/VEGAN_SUPPS 20% discount use code STEFUK )

1/4 cup melted coconut oil ( http://bit.do/VEGAN_SUPPS 20% discount use code STEFUK )

1/4 cup pure maple syrup ( http://bit.do/VEGAN_SUPPS 20% discount use code STEFUK )

TOPPINGS:

Dark chocolate

Strawberries

Raspberries

1 tips beetroot powder ( http://bit.do/VEGAN_SUPPS 20% discount use code STEFUK )

METHOD:

  1. MIX TOGETHER ALL THE WET CAKE INGREDIENTS IN A BOWL
  2. MIX TOGETHER ALL THE DRY CAKE INGREDIENTS IN A BOWL
  3. COMBINE THE WET AND DRY INGREDIENTS
  4. PRE HEAT OVEN TO 180 DEGREES FAN OVEN
  5. POUR CAKE MIX INTO A BAKING TIN AND PLACE IN THE OVEN FOR 30-40 MINUTES (CHECK WITH KNIFE TO MAKE SURE IT IS COOKED THROUGH)
  6. MEANWHILE, MELT YOUR DARK CHOCOLATE AND COAT YOUR STRAWBERRIES, PLACE IN FRIDGE TO SET
  7. MIX TOGETHER THE GANACHE INGREDIENTS UNTIL WELL COMBINED
  8. REMOVE CAKE FROM THE OVEN, LET TO COOL, POUR OVER THE GANACHE, THE CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRIES, RASPBERRIES
  9. USING A SIEVE, SPRINKLE THE BEETROOT POWDER OVER THE CAKE IN A DUSTING FASHION
  10. CUT AND SERVE!

Happy new week guys! I have a different kind of post coming at you today but it is super exciting so keep on reading! As many of you may or may not know I used to work in Costco in Glasgow and worked as a product demonstrator .. which is why this post is so cool to write! In Costco right now you can taste and try some awesome new energy drinks by Aspire.  Aspire is a 100% natural caffeine drink formulated from green tea extract and guarani to slowly release energy throughout your day or your workouts. As a result there are no crazy jitters or crashes afterwards! This makes Aspire great as a pre-workout drink.

  • ¬†zero sugar, zero carbs, zero fat and zero calories –¬†and we are just getting started.

Active and Beneficial ingredients in Aspire include:

Ultra-Premium Green Tea, which studies have shown to:

  • Stimulate metabolism and help burn calories and fat
  • Beneficial in lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol levels
  • Can reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.

Guarana Seed Extract, a plant-based source of natural, slow-release caffeine ‚Äď designed to:

  • Sustains energy and endurance.
  • Help raise the metabolism, burning more calories.
  • Aid in weight control by suppressing appetite.

L-carnitine, which studies have shown to:

  • Help to reduce fat mass and increase muscle mass.
  • Aid in reducing fatigue.
  • Often used to boost exercise performance.

Ginger Root Extract, which has been used for centuries in Asia as a remedy for nausea and motion sickness, along with studies that suggest it:

  • helps to lower cholesterol levels
  • Believed to boost circulation and aid in lowering high blood pressure.

Choline, which is similar to a B vitamin and is used to combat memory loss and depression, and is helpful in lowering cholesterol.

Nutritional Facts

Packed with up to 200% of the Recommended Daily Requirement (RDR) of Vitamins B & C, each provide individual benefits:

  • Vitamin C: 70% RDR – Improves skin conditions.
  • Vitamin B12: 70% RDR – Increases the body‚Äôs ability to produce energy and fight fatigue. Vitamin B6: 200% RDR – Helps maintain healthy brain functions and aids in focus and concentration.
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 70% RDR – Helps in lowering cholesterol and detoxifying the body and blood.
  • Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): 70% RDR – Aids in combating the negative effects of stress and anxiety.
  • Vitamin B7 (Biotin): 25% RDR – Plays an essential role in maintaining a healthy metabolism and processing foods, especially carbohydrates ‚Äď which many believe will speed up weight loss because of its effects on metabolism.

 

Aspire offers the energy but without all the chemicals and additives in your typical energy/fizzy drink e.g. red bull, monster, diet coke etc. These are absolutely loaded with ingredients that have been linked to numerous illnesses! – no thank you.

Aspire comes in 3 deliciously refreshing flavours; Cranberry, Mango Lemonade and Apple & Acai, all of which are available at Costco! Head on over to Costco, Glasgow this week and get your hands on Aspire whilst it is available for taste testing and stock up on the offer going on at this time !

Ah the ever lasting love I have for the Gymshark seamless range is undeniable. I have been obsessed with the Gymshark Women Seamless collection since the day I got my hands on it. No other legging on planet earth makes your butt look so damn good! Gymshark are restocking today at 3pm UK time after popular demand for this new range of seamless gym gear and you just HAVE to be one of the lucky humans that gets their hands on some of the product.

I personally wear size small in the seamless range, the leggings are snug and fit real close and personal to your bootay – in a good way to give those buns a super duper lift and sculpt. I can squeeze into the XS in the previous seamless collection but this one is definitely a size SMALL, there is not too much give in them for squeezing! ¬†(Bonus as they stay in good nick for so long and don’t sag or become loose!)¬†The contour lines and the detailing on the leggings make them so flattering to your body shape and they suit so many different shapes and sizes! Across the Gymshark athlete table, every single girl looks amazing in these leggings! My personal favourite is the purple wash colour – ugh talk about instagram perfection.

If you wish to shop the new Gymshark restock of the Energy Seamless collection you will have to be fast! You can shop via my affiliate link here!  

Check out some of my instagram shots to see how the range fits and looks on me:

Days like this are my absolute favourite. New vegan meals have arrived at Tesco stores across the nation and I am absolutely buzzing! Nothing beats new food choices, especially when you are vegan and especially when it is in your local supermarket (try driving 45 minutes to your nearest whole foods and paying ridiculous prices for something because it is labelled as vegan). Bonus feature .. these meals are ready meals! Need I say any more?

Wicked Kitchen was created exclusively for Tesco in collaboration with US Plant-Pushing Chef Derek Sarno and today I got to stock up and try some for myself in collaboration with Tesco! I made (i.e. heated!) up the Curried Cauli, Onion Bhaji curry, the BBQ Mushroom Sourdough Pizza and the Tofu Slaw Sandwich! Take a look below. As much as I love making my food myself from scratch, I love the convenience of vegan meals like this so I can grab and take them on the go – if you have a microwave at work it is absolutely ideal! I love the hassle free convenience of food that needs just a few minutes in the microwave or if you are after a flavour packed sandwich it is ready to eat right out the pack!

These meals were also super affordable at just £3-£4 per one! 

The pizza was by far my favourite, and I don’t even like mushrooms! In just 8 minutes this pizza came out of the oven crispy and pipping hot, perfect lunch time munch!

Whoever said vegan food is boring, definitely didn’t know what to eat. I am so happy that Tesco have expanded their meal selection to house this amazing range of vegan meals! Make sure you pop into your local Tesco or shop online to try them for yourself and be sure to comment what you think!

The boxed meals for the microwave are just as delicious as the oven cooked pizza, which was also just as delicious as the refrigerated sandwich!! If I had to pick just one for you to try I would say the pizza as it is a little different and it’t not everyday you get to have vegan pizza for lunch for ¬£4 from your local supermarket!

 

This post was sponsored by Tesco. #AD

I think this is just a British favourite when it comes to cooked breakfast, but beans on toast is literally the bomb. Nothing beats it. Pure carbs and protein, perfect pick me up snack or pre and post workout meal. Also the best hangover cure incase you are feeling fragile after a night out (lolz.)

INGREDIENTS:

1 pepper, 1 onion
2 garlic cloves
1 TBSP BBQ SAUCE
1 tin chickpeas
1 tin 3 bean salad
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 tsp each cumin, coriander, ginger, chilli powder,turmeric, black pepper and salt

2 slices toast

METHOD:

  1. ADD VEGETABLES TO PRE HEATED PAN.
  2. ONCE COOKED ADD SPICES AND COMBINE
  3. ADD CHOPPED TOMATOES, BEANS AND BBQ SAUCE
  4. BRING TO SIMMER AND COVER FOR 10-15 MINUTES
  5. POUR OVER TOAST!

Ah, nothing quite beats an icy drink post workout. Try this amazingly sweet and refreshing, yet protein packed and totally healthy vanilla protein frappe. A blend of coffee and protein powder to kickstart any day or recover from your daily workout. This drink has you sorted.

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup almond milk

2 cups ice

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 tbsp coffee

1 tbsp coconut sugar

METHOD:

  1. Blend until icy smooth!

What do some people say they can never give up and go vegan? Usually I hear the eggs and cheese excuse. Don’t get me wrong, I ate my fair share of both of these back in my day but as a vegan I have been “forced” to make healthier, cholesterol free options. And guess what … THEY TASTE SO DAMN GOOD!

INGREDIENTS:

2 -3 chillies (optional)

2 cloves garlic
1 x 400g package tofu,
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon fine black salt, plus extra for sprinkling
1/2 cup chickpea flour

1 pepper

1/2 onion

Kale to taste

Vegan cheese (optional)
1 tablespoon arrowroot or cornstarch

METHOD:

  1. Chop up the garlic and chillies, add the tofu, olive oil, turmeric and salt to a blender and puree until smooth. Add the chickpea flour and cornstarch and puree again for about 10 seconds, until combined. Make sure to scrape down the sides so that everything is well incorporated.
  2. Preheat a large, heavy bottomed, non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Make sure that you use a large pan, as you need room to spread out the omelet and to get your spatula under there to flip.
  3. Pour over stir fried onion, kale and pepper
  4. When browning at the sides add vegan cheese and then flip over carefully (this is tricky! – see video)
  5. Once cooked through, add to plate with breakfast salad or potatoes!

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