Vegan tortilla pizza | 15 minute meal

When i was in the store the previous day i came across some pink tortilla breads – based off of beetroots. The colour caught my eye and the fact that they were made out of 45% vegetables intrigued me. After checking the ingredients i was happy to see that they were vegan. Though i did message the company to make sure that the E471 (mono and diglycerides av fatty acids) was vegan – as it can come from animal products. Though from my understanding, almost all bread that has e471 comes from plant based alternatives.

I don’t know so much about E numbers, i.e which are vegan and which aren’t. And most of the time you need to email the company to find out. Hence why i prefer buying items which have the vegan mark on them because then i don’t need to worry or think about if the E number is vegan or not!

Onto the actual recipe then?

I bought the tortilla breads and i thought… i could make tacos, tortillas or quesadillas… but that is a standard for me, and i wanted to make something different. And then the idea of tortilla pizza popped up into my head.

It would be quick and easy to make and that is exactly what i needed.

I have to say this was AMAZING. And i mean that 200%. Maybe it was just because i was super hungry, but the flavourcombo and the crunch of the tortilla base worked so well!

My meal prep is all eaten, and now it is about using the leftover veggies and foods i have at home before i get a food delivery this weekend. 

So i decided to roast some purple carrots, broccoli and chickpeas. C.a 25 minutes at 220 degrees celsius.

And i made a “cheese” sauce from potatoes, sweet potato and had two left over carrots which i added as well. The actual recipe is HERE

And in a frying pan i fried up 1 small red onion, half red paprika and half yellow paprika.

I heated the tortilla bread in the oven c.a 5 minutes

Then when everything was done i lowered the oven heat to about 190 degrees celsius.

I put some of the potato cheese sauce as well as the toppings and placed back into the oven and baked for about 10 minutes (didn’t time exactly). But until it was crunch but not burnt.

Took out of the oven, topped with some sweet corn, avocado, hummus and made a garlic tahini dressing.

And then done! Simple, delicious and filled with nutrients!

The lighting was NOT on my side today, hahah.It has been grey and dark all day, but i guess that is how it will be for the next few months…

Taste test: The vegan burger that bleeds (Juicy vegan burger)

When i was working i saw that  the store i work at had begun selling the “juicy vegan burgers” by Garant.

They are supposed to resemble the beyond meat burger which “bleeds” and is supposedly very similar to meat.

For 65kr (€6,50) you get 4 burgers ala 125g, i.e €1,60 per burger, and kind of expensive. Part of me was thinking… for the same price i could buy 3 blocks of tofu or 2 packages of other fake meat, or i could buy 8 vegan burgers for the same price from another brand. The economical part of my brain was saying, “can i really justify buying this?”. But i love testing new foods, there is something so exciting about it, so after work i treated myself to the burgers and some burger buns!

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I haven’t eaten red meat in years so i am not the best person to compare if this burger is meatlike or not. But also i personally like the taste of the fake meats that already exist, i like the taste and texture of them. Not to mention that i love tofu so don’t feel like i need to eat fake meats.

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So, after preparing and eating the burgers what do i think?

Well, when you cook them they do “bleed” unlike other fake meats. This is the beetroot juice… personally i did find it a little strange, and i don’t need my food to fake bleed, hahah.

I fried the burgers for several minutes on both sides until cooked all the way through.

Taste and texture?

It was the weirdest texture…. sort of mushy in a very weird way. There was no resistence or chew, and it hard a sort of gummy texture. Very weird and hard to describe. I also read a comment from another person who said that it was similar to medium rare burgers in consistency. As i have never had medium rare burgers i can’t compare… but i feel like that is how it might taste. It also kind of reminded me of failed (undercooked) seitan, which has a sort of gummy texture to it.

Taste wise? It was rather bland and next time i might add some seasoning or sauce when preparing it. Also i might try preparing the last burger in another way to see if maybe it tastes better then.

Nutrition?

Well each burger contains 15g protein which is quite alot, and the burgers are soya free which is great for those who can’t eat soya. They do however contain gluten, so are not gluten free. And c.a 200kcal for each burger which is similar to burgers in the same size. But i guess the pros to this burger is that it doesn’t have saturated fats, trans fats or cholesterol like red meat burgers do.

My final thoughts?

Personally i don’t think i will buy these burgers again as they weren’t to my liking. Instead if i want burgers i’ll use another brand or just make my own burgers! I do still want to try the beyond meat burger that can be bought from certain restaurants in Sweden… maybe it will taste better.

Everyone is different, so just because i don’t like it doesn’t mean that you won’t!

I just don’t feel the need to have my food taste or look like meat products. I don’t miss eating meat and feel no need for my vegan food to be similar to meat. However i do like the consistency and taste of certain fake meat alternatives, and they can be a good go-to when too tired to make my own food or when eating out/with friends!

 

Vegan ice cream delivery| 3vänner glass|Review

On Tuesday i got a delivery from the company, 3vänner, which is a Swedish Finnish (updated) Ice cream company.

They make both dairy and non dairy ice cream, and of course i am a huge fan of their non dairy ice cream based on coconut cream. I first tried their ice cream several months ago and i loved it! It quickly became my no.1 favourite vegan ice cream… or atleast in tied first place with peanut butter and cookies vegan ben and jerrys. Then i got to try 2 of their other vegan ice cream flavours when i was at the vegan fair in spring (read more HERE). And i realised that i loved all of the flavours, unlike vegan ben and jerrys where i only like 1 of the 3 available.

3vänner contacted me and asked if they could deliver some ice cream for me to try, and of course i said yes…. because well 1) i love their ice cream, 2) it’s a swedish brand which i love supporting, 3) i was feeling low after my hospital visit and needed a pick me up and 3) i wasn’t expecting so much ice cream hahaha. They delivered SO MUCH ice cream… and i can say, i have already eaten a bunch of it!!

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They haven’t asked me to post or do a review, but i thought i would do a review of their ice cream anyway as i have done other ice cream reviews in the past!

The four vegan flavours they have are: Peppermint and chocolate. Chocolate, nuts and fudge sauce. Coconut and pineapple. Licquirice and coconut.

I have to start off by saying that i LOVE the coconut based ice cream, it is so much more creamier than ice cream based off of cashews or oats… it has a different texture and doesn’t become “icy.”

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Second, i love the flavour combos. Because i must admit… i am a little tired of vegan ice cream only coming in the flours chocolate, vanilla or strawberry.

And third, i love that the chocolate and nuts and the licqourice and and coconut flavour have little aded extras which always make for an extra tasty ice cream experience!

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If i am honest, i can’t choose a favourite…. but i would say the peppermint and chocolate would be in 4th place (or maybe 2nd place and all the others are in tied first place)… just because i amn’t a huge fan of peppermint.

Review time:

Chocolate, nuts and fudge sauce: This flavour is super creamy and if you like chocolate ice cream you will love this flavour. Not to mention the fudge sauce which is actually on top/in the middle and not at the very bottom like other ice creams. Also has peanuts for crunch, which i love! This flavour gets 5/5. And note… it is FAR TOO EASY to eat the whole ice cream in one go.

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Licqourice and coconut: I am a huge fan of licqourice. Sometimes i can buy bags of licqourice and eat in one go, so not strange that i love this flavour. It has a liquourice sauce added as well which adds a little extra, it has a perfect balance of sweet and salty. Because it has such a balance of sweet and salty it satisfies both cravings – and once again, the coconut base makes it so creamy and delicious.

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Coconut and pineapple: This was the one flavour i hadn’t tried before. It is SO FRESH. The pineapple is almost like sorbet, and the coconut is creamy so it makes for the perfect taste. It reminds me of the candy which has the sort of white-foamy base, and the sweet jelly (if that makes sense.) Basically an amazing combo and i could gladly eat this ice cream for breakfast and call it a smoothie, hahahah. Infact, just writing this review makes me want to go to the freezer and eat a pot of this ice cream.

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Peppermint and chocolate: This ice cream has christmas feelings because of the peppermint. The two flavours work well together and it is incredibly creamy… but i just can’t get past the peppermint which i am not a huge fan of. The positive is that it does have small chocolate pieces in it, so adds a little crunch!

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All of these are best eaten after the ice cream has had time to defrost c.a 5-10 minutes, or you just put it in the microwave c.a 20-30seconds if you are impatient like me XD

For now these ice creams are just available in Finland and Sweden, but maybe they will be available in other nordic countries in the future and who knows maybe they will expand to other European countries as well. But you can see which stores sell the ice cream HERE

I highly recommend these ice creams, and this is not a biased opinion, this is an honest review and opinion. They are pretty much the same price of vegan ben and jerrys i.e not the cheapest ice cream, but that just makes them extra tasty!!

Vegan seaweed burger tacos & pulled VegMe tacos

My second recipe in collaboration with VegMe is a seaweed burger taco with a caviar-tartar sauce as well as pulled VegMe tacos with pickled onion! And of course sweet potato fries on the side to dip into the left over sauce.

Burger patties aren’t just for burger buns. Why not add burgers to your baguette or chop one up and add to your pasta or like in this case… crumble up a seaweed burger and add to your tacos! Get creative and know that just because it is called a burger patty, doesn’t mean it has to be eaten with burger buns!

Here comes a simple & quick vegan recipe, which you all know by now are my favourite!

I want quick and delicious food that isn’t complicated or time consuming to make, and this fits all of those criteria… not to mention, is a great meal to prepare when inviting friends, family or partner over for a meal!

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Recipe:

Ingredients: (Approximately 45-50 minutes** due to the cooking time of the fries)

Mini tortilla bread c.a 5-6 pieces
1-2 VegMe seaweed burgers
½ package pulled VegMe (alternatively, just have the seaweed burger!)
Lettuce
Tomatoes
Sweet potatoes (alternatively, frozen sweet potato fried)

Pickled onion:
2-3 red onions
300-400ml water
3tbs sugar
2tbs vinegar
0.5tsp salt

For the sauce:
c.a 80g VegMe mayonnaise
c.a 60g vegan quark (alternatively a thick yogurt * vegan)
½ teaspoon of lime juice
C.a 1 tbs sweet relish
c-a 1-2tbs vegan caviar (picture)
Dill
Salt and pepper

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How to:

Heat the oven to 220 ° C and place baking paper on a baking pan.
Start with the sweet potato fries – either pour frozen sweet potato fries on the baking sheet and bake according to the package.

Or make homemade by peeling the sweet potatoes and then cutting into thin fry-like form. Then place in a bowl of cold water, covering the whole sweet potato and leave for about 30 minutes. Afterwards pour away the water and sprinkle some corn starch, salt, oil and spices over the fries. Mix well before placing the sweet potatoes on the baking pan – make sure there is space between all the pieces.

Bake in the oven for about 25-30 minutes and turn the fries over after half the time (they are ready when they are golden brown. **Tips to increase the heat to 250 ° C for the last 5 minutes so they get extra crispy).

 

Begin preparing the pickled onion (you can prepare the day before for optimal taste):
Start by peeling and chop the onion and place in a glass jar or bowl. Then start by boiling the water. When the water starts boiling add sugar, vinegar and salt and mix until it is all combined.
Pour the mixture over the onion and cover with foil or close the jar. Leave for a minimum of 30 minutes, but preferably longer.

The sauce: Make the sauce by mixing all the ingredients together and tasting. Add more or less of certain ingredients according to preference. Place in the fridge until it is time to eat.

Begin by frying the seaweed burgers in a little oil for about 3-4 minutes on each side. In a separate frying pan (or after frying the burgers) start frying the pulled VegMe for a few minutes.

Last heat the tortilla bread in the oven for 1-2 minutes (it is fine to skip this and eat them cold!).
Chop lettuce, tomatoes, onion and avocado for your tortillas. (Adding mango to the pulled VegMe tacos is also a great combo!)

When all the food is prepared, it’s time to fill your tortillas! Tip, dip the sweet potato in the sauce that is over!

Eat warm and enjoy!!!

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And if you have left over tortilla bread, why not make your own nacho chips, recipe HERE.

 

*Paid collaboration with VegMe* 

 

Vegan seaweed burger with remoulad sauce and dill chips | Recipe

In collaboration with VegMe, I have created two recipes using one of their latest product releases, a seaweed burger which includes algae from the Swedish west coast!

VegMe is a Swedish company that produces different vegan products such as pulled VegMe, different burgers as well as minced meat and vegan meat balls. They even produce different sauces such as aioli, mayonnaise and béarnaise sauce, which are all 100% vegan.

 

Ever since I first tried their Pulled VegMe, I have loved their products. Infact the first time I tried VegMe – as a treat after a long day of work – I instantly wrote to my parents telling them that they had to buy and test the product because I thought it was so tasty, and believe it or not… I don’t usually do that!

Another thing I love is that they are a local company (outside of Stockholm) with focus on creating delicious and vegetarian food that everyone can enjoy!

This first recipe I created was my take on a fish/seafood burger, by using their seaweed burger and making a remoulade sauce which I served with roasted dill potato wedges!

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If you get the chance to try these burgers (or any other of VegMe assortment) I highly recommend them. Compared to other fake meat or meat-like products on the market, these ones have so much flavour and you don’t even need to add your own seasoning or salt to make it taste better!

Recipe: (2 burgers, c.a 45 minutes)
1 package VegMe seaweed burger (2 burgers)
4 burger buns
about 400 g of potatoes (choose large potatoes or ex baked potatoes)
& dill, salt and oil
& oil to fryFor the remoulade sauce:
200ml vegan creme fraiche
50ml VegMe mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3tbs sweet relish
1.5 tablespoons (20ml) of capers
Dill for taste
Sea salt and pepperFor the burger: Avocado, tomato, sprouts
On the side: Salad, tomato, cucumber

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How to:
Heat the oven to 200 ° C
Start by cutting the potatoes into desired size and then place the potatoes in a bowl. Pour some oil, salt and dill and mix well. Then place the wedges on a baking pan with baking paper – make sure the potatoes have a little space between them so that they all bake evenly and get crispy. Bake in the oven for about 35 minutes and rotate/turnover the potatoes after halfway.
Then start with the remoulade sauce. Pour all the sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Taste and add more dill or salt according to preference. Place in the fridge until the burgers are ready.
When there is about 10-15 minutes cooking time left for the potatoes, start by frying the burgers in a little cooking oil, about 3-4 minutes per side. **Tip is to brush each side of the burger with a little oil before you fry.
Last, toast the burger buns 2-3 minutes in the oven or in the toaster, and then it’s time to assemble the burger! (Example, veganmayonnaise, seaweedburger, avocado, remouladsauce and some lettuce for crunch!)
Use the extra remoulade sauce as a dip for your potato lifts and add a small side salad!

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This meal was extremely yummy, and if you like the taste of seafood or algae (which is also rich in vitamins and minerals); then this burger is for you! I also loved that it has the right texture, from having soya protein and not just beans as the base!

If you try this recipe, or any part of the recipe let me know!!

*Paid collaboration with VegMe*