Ash - Viva!'s talented database and fundraising person - is also a bit of a whizz in the kitchen! Being a keen athlete, he is always thinking about food too...
He's very particular about rice and swears on his auntie's recipe for the perfect method! The secret is to steam-cook it in a pan with a well-fitting lid.
White basmati - 11-20 minutes
Brown longraing rice or brown basmati - 25-35 minutes
Ash is Viva!'s data and fundraising expert as well as being a bit of an athlete. He is also an enthusiastic cook who is very particular about rice and swears his auntie taught him the perfect method for cooking it!
This recipe uses white Basmati - but for a healthier wholegrain feel, use brown long grain or brown Basmati.
White rice takes 11-20 minutes - check it is tender enough then remove from heat if ready.
Brown rice takes 20-30 minutes
Simple and lovely. Like all the best recipes, it's nicest when the tomatoes are in season, rather than imported. Go for the best you can find - this is where a good local greengrocer comes up trumps.Also, try for organic if you can stretch to it; tomatoes are one of the most heavily sprayed crops.
PIcture courtesy of the Vegan Version
A nice variant on the vegan veggie classic - from Waitrose. This would be a quick, tasty supper before or after the Christmas madness!
For a slightly more indulgent but still healthy version, use our vegan sour creme recipe instead of the yogurt. You teetotallers could also replace the cider with apple juice, if you prefer.
A lovely quick, nutritious meal using store cupboard ingredients. Chopping the veg into small pieces makes it more likely that young kids will eat them!
Picture courtesy of 7shadesofvegan.blogspot.com
A classic and tasty British dish, veggie/vegan style. This uses frozen veggie mince, which is available just about everywhere: Linda McCartney; Asda; Sainsbury;Tesco etc - just avoid Quorn which contains egg and dairy.
Good served with greens (eg broccoli; Brussels sprouts; sauteed shredded cabbage; curly kale) and lightly steamed carrots.
I had great fun making this lovely recipe. It is easy to make, very cheap and most importantly, it tastes really good. It is simple to prepare too.
Although there is a long list of ingredients, most of them are spices/herbs that you just need to measure into a small bowl. Other than that it only takes a few minutes to mix and roll out the pepperoni sausages. Baking takes an hour and it needs turning halfway through so you need to be around - but that time can be used to other things! Just make sure to set an oven timer, mobile phone or whatever.
The Gringas are made up of toasted tortillas filled with refried beans and melting vegan cheeze - roasted on a griddle or in the oven. They are then topped with a delicious butternut squash infused with coconut and other delicious ingredients!
Enjoy that lush pesto taste the low-fat and vegan way. The secret is using white beans, which become very creamy tasting when blended. (We use a similar technique in our delicious Artichoke & Filo Pie )
The pesto recipe is adapted for UK users with thanks from the lovely Oh She Glows food blog. Picture courtesy of them too!
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