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Bit of the Good Stuff’s Gourmet Goa Burger & Veganuary!

Happy New Year everyone! So here we are, in the year 2020. Wow! When I was little, 2020 seemed so futuristic. I imagined we would all be wearing shiny silver suits and flying around on hover boards 😂 Well, the reality hasn’t matched up with my predictions, but life on planet Earth sure feels a bit crazy right now.

And when things start to feel a bit too crazy in the big wide world, I find it helpful to focus on the things that I can personally do (however small) to help bring about positive change. This month, I am supporting people that are giving Veganuary a try, whether they have pledged to go full vegan for the month or are dipping their toes into the world of plant-based eating. It feels an absolute honour to be part of a person’s journey as they start to make the transition towards this more planet, animal and human health-friendly lifestyle 💚

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Easy Vegan Chocolate Torte [No Bake]

If you’re looking for a special occasion dessert that is super easy to make but has the ‘wow’ factor, then today’s recipe is for you! It’s a rich chocolate torte, consisting of a silky smooth ganache set on top of a biscuit base. There is no baking involved and it only takes around 20 minutes to prepare. The hardest part is waiting for it to set before you can dive in!

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Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese

I’m so excited to be sharing today’s recipe with you… it’s for a creamy vegan Mac and Cheese that’s really simple and quick to make. When I first made the sauce, I was amazed at how good it tasted, especially considering how basic the ingredients are. I had a hard time stopping myself from spooning the whole lot into my mouth straight from the blender!

And not only is it delicious, but it’s healthy too! 🌟 For me, this Mac and Cheese is comfort food at its finest. It’s been a winner with my family and I hope you enjoy it too!

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Family-Size Festive Mince Pie [Vegan]

* This recipe was first published in December 2017. The page was updated in December 2019

Hello everyone! I hope your preparations for the festive holiday are going well. Hopefully you’ve been a bit more organised than me. As usual, I’ve left a lot of shopping and food preparation to the last minute, so today – Christmas Eve – is going to be one very busy day for me! However, before I crack on with the preparations, I thought I would share one last recipe on the blog before 2017 comes to a close. The recipe is for a giant-sized mince pie, which is just perfect for sharing with friends and family this season. I’ve already made three of these pies in the past week, and no doubt I will making more in the lead up to the New Year.

During the festive season, my family loves to have home-made mince pies for dessert, drizzled in custard or cream. However, while they taste delicious, individual mince pies do tend to look a bit lost on dessert plates and aren’t what I would consider ‘special enough’ to serve to dinner guests. To resolve this, I’ve played around with my favourite mince pie recipe and created a family-sized pie instead, which can be sliced and served on a plate with a more appealing presentation.

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Creamy Broccoli Soup [Vegan / Dairy Free]

In today’s post, I’m sharing the recipe for a delicious broccoli soup that my family has been loving lately. This is the kind of soup that I crave in the winter months. It’s thick and creamy, and packed full of immune-boosting nutrients.

It’s quick to make from scratch, making it handy for those weeknights when you need dinner on the table in thirty minutes or less. It’s super cheap too. I calculated that it cost me £2.83 to make, which works out at just 94p per portion!

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Cranberry-Glazed Nut Loaf

When it comes to Christmas dinner, for me, nothing can beat a nut loaf served with a big pile of roasted veggies and onion gravy ♥ 

My mum made me my first nut roast for Christmas when I was 12 and it was by far the best Christmas dinner I’d ever had! In contrast to turkey (which I’d always found pretty bland), the nut roast was packed with beautiful flavours and textures. Since then, I’ve always chosen to have nut loaf as the centre piece of my Christmas dinner… and for many years now, my mum has chosen it over turkey too!!

In fact, pretty much everyone I know loves a nut roast, regardless of whether they’re vegetarian, vegan or not, so this is a great meal to serve to friends and family over the Christmas holidays, or as a special Sunday roast dinner.

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