Recipes

Review: Cafe Thrive

Review by Samantha

Yes, it’s vegan!

Walking into Cafe Thrive, in Southampton, was a great experience. Almost every table was full of people. As a matter of fact, there were only two free tables and each taken table had 2-4 people sat at it.

As I walked up to the counter lined with delicious looking treats, I was greeted by friendly staff. In accordance with my usual character when I enter a new eatery, I could not decide what to order. I had seen the menu online, but they had a full specials menu that just looked so delicious. After a few minutes of someone explaining the dishes to me and making me want to go broke by ordering a portion of everything, I finally ordered a Wholefood Burger and strawberry milkshake off the regular menu. Continue reading “Review: Cafe Thrive”

Holiday Specials: Festive Potatoes

‘Tis the season or delicious foods!

December brings about a lot of celebrations! There’s the Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Kwanzaa, Omisoka, and we most definitely cannot forget Christmas. Seriously, there are lights and Christmas trees everywhere so there’s actually no way you can’t remember Christmas.

Today, at LickYourPlates, we are bringing a holiday recipe to you. In our LickYourPlates Holiday Specials. Our Festive Potatoes are a delicious way to zhuzh up your regular roast potatoes by adding more flavours to it creating a tasty crispy outer layer complemented by a fluffy delicious centre. We are going to equip you with two recipes. The first is the one pictures and the second created a paler coloured roast.

Hope you have a happy and extremely delicious month!

Bon Appetit!

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Holidays Specials: Jollof Rice

Christmas Day in Nigeria is not normal without Jollof Rice. Jollof rice is the traditional celebration food of Nigeria. There’s party jollof, funeral jollof, thanksgiving jollof, I-woke-up-this-morning jollof, the-sun-is-shining jollof. Okay, we’re getting carried away now!

Nigerian love celebrating with jollof, fried rice, plantain and so on. So, if you’re not Nigerian and you’ll like a little switch up on your Christmas dinner, why you try our simple jollof recipe. Serve with a side of fried plantains, a salad and tofu or seitan.

Bon Appétit!

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Potato and Leek Soup

It’s officially soup season!

Colder months bring about warmer meals. Today. we are going to share our delicious potato and leek soup with you. It is delicious, warming, nutritious and a hug in a bowl, especially when paired with our delicious garlic flatbread.

This dish contains, vitamin A, thiamin (vitamin B-1), niacin (vitamin B-3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxamine (vitamin B-6), folate (vitamin B-9), vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, copper, calcium, fibre, iron, magnesium, manganese, omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus and potassium, to name of its nutrients. The benefits of these nutrients can be found in our Nutrient Index.

We hope you enjoy this quick and easy recipe we have developed for you.

Bon Appetit!

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Review: Veg’n Out

Third time’s a charm, aye?
Well, that was the case with trying Veg’n Out’s food. I had stood in front of their food truck in the heart of Canterbury for quite a long time, thrice actually, before I ever took the plunge to purchase something

Their menu was full of imitation meals which included a cheeseburger, bacun burger, egg burger, vish ‘n’ chips, chickun sandwiches and beef sandwiches. To most, this might not be a problem, but to me, it was as I did not want to write a bad review or eat something very disappointing. I hate the taste of meats so if any of their items tasted very close to the real thing, that would have been a problem for me.

Third time’s the charm. I went back to Veg’n Out and spoke to one of the people working there (who had just stepped out of the truck). I told her that I would like to try their food, but I can’t decide what to get so I would like her to help me pick something off their menu. The lady was rather wonderful and friendly. She told me what their bestseller was and talked me through the items on the menu and how they’re made. We even gushed over a particular ingredient she used that I had recently purchased for the first time and was rather astonished by.

Although I hadn’t gotten on the queue, the lady took my order and went back into the truck. Within a few seconds, I could smell the caramelised onion salad for my cheeseburger cooking and within 5mins, I had my food in biodegradable packaging and all the people in the queue had been served.

I walked over to a little garden with a friend to try the burger and once I took a bite, my first reaction was, “this cheese tastes real!” Vegan cheese has never tasted as real as that. The closest thing I can describe that burger to is a McDonald’s burger as it brought up childhood memories. My friend (who is an omni) tried a bite and said she won’t compare it to McDonald’s, but she still thinks it tastes good.

The burger comprised of tomatoes, pickles, a texturised soy protein patty, caramelised onion salad, lettuce and a bit of ketchup in a really nice bun. It was rather simple, but it tastes better than expected and I think it would be a great replacement for the conventional cheeseburgers omnis purchase. I think everything on their menu will be a good replacement just by judging through their most simple meal item.

I don’t think I’ve ever had a food truck experience like the one I had at Veg’n Out. One where everyone feels like a valued customer and there is a wide range of foods and desserts to order. If you are ever in the Canterbury area, give Veg’n Out a try.

LickYourPlate worthy? Well, I didn’t even have a crumb left uneaten.

Yam and Plantain Pottage

In honour of Nigeria’s independence day, we have decided to bring to you a vegan version of a popular and flavourful Nigerian dish.

We also chose to make this dish healthier by eliminating one of the main ingredients – palm oil. Instead, we replaced it with a tomato blend full of flavour that we cooked in a way that it provides the same colour and consistency to the final dish that the palm oil traditionally used does. By substituting the palm oil with this blend, we are not only creating a healthier version of this dish but also doing away with the struggle to find West African palm oil or certified sustainable palm oil as we know that most of you would prefer not to contribute to the negative effects, to both animals and the environment, of palm oil production.

Lastly, we incorporated dried seaweed into this dish to replace the dried fish and crayfish traditionally used. Seaweed does not only provide a bit of an “ocean flavour,” but also, iodine which is an essential nutrient needed for the production and management of thyroid hormones responsible for growth, cognitive development, the brain development both in vivo and during the early stages of life, and metabolism regulation.

Without further ado, get your pots, pans and kitchen equipment out for this delicious recipe!

Bon Appétit!

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Coconut Rice (New Recipe)

Coconut rice! A very delightful dish to eat, full of flavour, full of nutrients and full of goodness!

Today, we are going to share our second version of coconut rice with you. This version is more like the West African coconut rice dishes as the final result is not creamy and the final dish looks quite simple, although it does not taste plain. The dish is a bit on the spicier side, but you can control the level of heat from the peppers by taking out the seeds or not using a green chilli pepper as those are actually spicier than red peppers.

Coconuts are one of our favourite things to add to dishes here at LickYourPlates. They always take dishes to a whole new level so, if you’re ready for a delicious meal, try out our coconut rice recipes.

Bon Appetit!

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Penne Béchamel

Penne Béchamel is a delicious dish to unwind at dinner time with. This dish was inspired by the Egyptian Macaroni Béchamel. It consists of a seitan mince, a cheesy flavoursome béchamel sauce and penne pasta!

Seitan is a great protein source for vegans packed with protein, iron and a range of other nutrients. We will give a more in-depth description of it in the near future, with recipes included, as it is an ingredient we have been experimenting with for a few weeks.

We purchased our Vital Wheat Gluten (to make the seitan) from BuyWholefoodsOnline. The quality of their vital wheat gluten is great. However, their prices are lower than all other brands we’ve seen (even on Amazon). We will suggest purchasing it directly from them (using the link above) than from their Amazon store as, for some reason, it’s £2-3 more expensive on there. From their website, the price starts at £2.38 for a 500g bag and goes all the way up to a 25kg bag (we don’t think you’ll ever need that much). We purchased a 1kg bag costing £4.28. For a single person, this bag should last for about a month.*

Without further ado, here’s the recipe to our Penne Béchamel!

Guten Appetit!

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Vegan Groups

By: Samantha

The vegan community is one that you either love or hate whether you are vegan or not, as vegans have a bad rep of being overly-judgemental and lacking compassion for fellow humans. Militant veganism turns so many people away from veganism and makes others uncomfortable publicly identifying as ‘vegan.’ It’s sad.

This impression of vegans is one I know to be true. However, it’s not true for every vegan and I have come to realise that by not just seeing that I am not a disrespectful, judgemental, hateful and inconsiderate vegan, but a loving one and one willing to hold a peaceful discussion or debate instead of yelling or preaching someone down just like many other vegans out there. Continue reading “Vegan Groups”

Kiwi Jam

It is true that here at LickYourPlates, we can make almost any fruit into a sugar-free jam.

Recently, we had a lot of kiwis which would have otherwise have gone off if they weren’t all used up or cooked quickly so, we took it upon ourselves to develop a recipe using them and that’s how this recipe was formed.

This furry fruit is a great source of folate (vitamin B-9) vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, copper, fibre, manganese, potassium. It also contains calcium, iron, and omega-3 from the chia seeds making it, not just a delicious jam to have on toast or desserts, but a very healthy one too.

Without further ado, here’s our delicious green kiwi jam recipe!

Bon Appétit!

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