Recipes

Apple Baked Beans

Fun Fact: Baked beans are seldom ever baked.

Do you hate baked beans? If yes, so does Samantha, our founder. She can’t stand a tin of baked beans and blames it all on the cornstarch-laden weird tomato sauce (her words). However, her heart has been won over by baked beans before – at her cousin’s wedding. She says the only reason she tried the baked beans was that the tomato sauce looked fresh and authentic, unlike what you get in a can and her special menu described them as “apple baked beans”. About a year and a half after her cousin’s wedding, she still couldn’t get these baked beans out of her mind so she set out on a mission to create something as similar as possible and today, we are going to share her finalised recipe with you.

These baked beans are a source of protein, fiber, vitamin A, thiamin (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxamine (vitamin B6), folate (vitamin B9), vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium and a bit of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. You can find more information on the roles of these nutrients in the body in our Nutrient Index.

Without further ado, here’s the recipe to the second baked beans Samantha has ever loved.

Bon Appétit!

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Vegan In Nigeria: Experience and Reviews

Author: Samantha

“Vegan” is a word that is seldom ever heard in Nigeria. As a matter of fact, it is often nightmarish to think of going to Nigeria as a vegan, but that’s not the case anymore.

The last time I was in Nigeria, a little over half a decade ago, I was a vegetarian and that was already hard on its own. I remember going to a restaurant, asking if there was a vegetarian option and the waitress asked me, and I quote, “what’s wrong with you?” Not eating meat was seen as a problem because the majority of the population loved eating meat. You could even say that meat-eating was part of the culture. Continue reading “Vegan In Nigeria: Experience and Reviews”

Seitan Recipe

Seitan is a vegan meat substitute that has been growing in popularity over the years. It is so versatile that nowadays, it is used to make vegan beef, fried chicken, ham slices, sausage, minced meat and so on. Apart from its versatility, seitan is also a great source of protein and various minerals, such as iron, selenium, calcium, phosphorus and copper.

What is seitan made from? Seitan is a product of the vital wheat gluten, which is the pure protein found in wheat flour. However, unlike wheat flour, seitan is low in carbohydrates and mostly does not contain starch. Seitan is made by hydrating this protein with a range of seasonings then cooking in a way specific to the final product desired. In our opinion, this meat substitute is more similar to both the appearance and texture of meat.

Without further ado, here’s one of our delicious seitan recipes!

Bon Appetit!
Sponsored by: At His Feet Devotionals, who funded the making of this recipe.
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Coconut Dhal with Flatbread

Dhal is the perfect comfort food for any time of the day. It is flavoursome, nutritious and, as we love to describe it, a hug in a bowl. It can be eaten with rice, but we prefer to eat it with freshly made flatbread.

The main ingredient in a bowl of dhal is lentils or split peas, those are basically what the term, “dhal” means. Split peas and lentils both contain good amounts of  protein, vitamin A, thiamin (vitamin B-1), riboflavin (vitamin B-2), niacin (vitamin B-4), pantothenic acid (vitamin-B-5), pyridoxamine (vitamin B-6), folate (vitamin B-9), cobalamin (vitamin B-12), choline, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, iron, magnesium, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, dietary fibre and omega fatty acids. These are only a few of the nutrients our coconut dhal contains. Their descriptions and benefits can be found in our Nutrient Index.

We hope you enjoy our dhal recipe.

Bon Appétit!

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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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