Yummy Mummy

Only 4 more nights until Halloween! I’m not a huge fan of this celebration myself, but I do like to create recipes for it, haha! And I’m sure if you’re really into it, you want to eat something that adds to the theme. Especially with children it’s a nice thing to do. This recipe is not only fun to make and to look at, but I tested it on children and they love it. If your children are a little bit older, then they will be happy to help you too. The process is rather fun, especially wrapping it up in the end. You can serve this with several veggies or a salad. For some more Halloween recipe inspiration, go check out last years recipe: Creepy Tasty. Have fun!

YUMMY MUMMY

Serves: 4

filling
-1 cup veggie mince (I used Fry’s)
-1 cup chickpeas (from can)
-1 carrot (chopped)
-1 cup bread crumbs
-1/2 cup soy milk (unsweetened)
-1/2 onion (finely chopped)
-2 cloves of garlic (minced)
-2 tbs nutritional yeast
-1 tsp oregano
-1 tsp parsley
-salt/pepper (to taste)
-50 gr cheese (grated) (I used the VioLife original)
mummy coat
-1 pastry sheet (I used Jus Roll)
eyes
-cheese
-nori sheet

-food processor
-oven

-Preheat the oven at 200C + grease the inside of a cake tin.
-Put the veggie mince, the chickpeas, the carrot, the bread crumbs, the soy milk, the nutritional yeast, the oregano, the parsley and a bit of salt/pepper in the food processor and pulse until it’s a little sticky and mixed. Don’t make it too smooth.
-Fry the onions and the garlic for 2-3 minutes and then add everything from the food processor. Fry this all together for about 5 minutes. Let it cool down.
-In the meantime cut the pastry sheet: Cut off 10 cm of the pastry sheet for the base. Then cut the rest in strokes of 1 cm.
-Knead the filling into the shape of the base and start wrapping the little strokes around it. If you stretch the strokes a little bit, you will be able to use 1 stroke, 2 times.
-Put it in the oven for about 35-40 minutes (until golden brown).
-For the eyes I used a little piece of a nori sheet and extra cheese. Cut out 2 little circles of the nori sheet, stick it on a piece of cheese and cut out the cheese. It’s better to add the eyes when it’s finished, rather than putting them in the oven too.

Are you going to make this recipe for next Tuesday or maybe the Creepy Tasty instead? Please show me all your lovely creations, I really love seeing those! Send me a picture, tag me or use #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

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CocoNuts

If it’s with coconut.. yes please! I have a big coconut addiction I’m afraid. I love products and recipes with coconut. It doesn’t matter if it’s chocolate, ice lollies, curries.. if it has coconut, I’m in! Ok, it does have to be vegan too. But luckily a lot of things with coconuts are as it’s used instead of cow’s milk. I also really like cake with coconut, I mean, who doesn’t right? So I created a coconut cake. I can already say it’s not healthy, as I used an area bas. You can of course replace the base for a healthy base if you want to make something a little more guilt free. But I do think this cake does really go well with the Oreo’s. So do you have a celebration coming up soon? Or do you just want to celebrate another day in your life.. this cake is perfect!

CRAZY COCONUT

Serves: 6-8

base
-1 pack oreo’s
-3 tbs coconut oil (melted)
filling
-1 can coconut milk
-1/2 cup plant based milk
-1/4 cup desiccated coconut
-1/4 cup water
-2 tbs agave nectar
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-2 tbs corn flour + 1/4 cup water
-1 tbs agar agar
extra
-desiccated coconut
-palm sugar
-cacao powder

-Baking tin

-Soak the desiccated coconut for about 30 min in the milk.
-Put the oreo’s and the coconut oil in the food processor and blend until it’s sticky.
-Divide the base over the baking tin. Press with the back of a spoon to make it even. Put this in the fridge.
-Put the water and the agar agar in a sauce pan and let it boil.
-Mix the corn flour with the water (I always shake it).
-On a low fire pour in the coconut milk , the milk + the desiccated coconut, the cream, the agave nectar, the corn flour mixture and the vanilla extract. Let it simmer for 2 minutes.
-Pour this on the base and put it in the fridge overnight.
-Sprinkle the coconut , the coconut sugar and a little bit of cacao powder on top.

Party, party?!! Are you going to make this recipe? Please let me know when you’ve tried them. You can do this in a comment below. You can also tag me or use #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

Tofu / Pate

TOFU
There is/was this hype around these things called a tofu press. Everybody needed one. I never really bothered myself, but I did always wonder how restaurants and some recipes gotten these perfect cubes of tofu that do not turn into a scramble as soon as you put the in the pan. Especially in curries. It’s always so delicious. I know some people use books and all heavy things they have for hand to press the water out of the tofu, but that it’s just a little too much for me I guess, haha! Then a while ago I discovered the tofu from The Tofoo Co. This is the perfect tofu for curries, to use in a stir fry, to put in a sandwich and so many more recipes. They have a naked version and a smoked version. The smoked version is nice for salads, sandwiches and wraps, because in a stir fry everything will taste like this and I can tell you that, even though it’s yum, it’s a little too much to have a whole dish taste like it. I’m so happy to have discovered this brand and the good thing is they sell it at quite a lot of shops, even the smaller Tesco’s for example. Hooray!

PATE
So what do you put on your sandwich? This is a question I get asked quite a lot. It turns out, people have no inspiration, apart from cheese and meat, when it comes to sandwiches. There are so many things though, including this nice pate I found from Liberto. It’s not only vegan, but also organic, gluten-free and it’s super yum. It doesn’t have a very strong taste, but that makes it perfect to use it for a base in sandwiches or on some crackers in the evening, whilst watching a movie. It really is a perfect movie snack I must say! It is also a good snack before or after the gym, because it’s high in protein. So if you want to get some extra proteins in, you better get some crackers and spread away (I got some garlic pita bread sticks and this is a perfect combination). It’s also high in fibre and has absolutely no crap inside. Totally perfect! I got mine at Ocado and I think it’s definitely a good treat. Liberto has more things to offer than only this pate though. Check out their website to see what else they have.

Did you already know these products? I’d love to hear your experience or you can also show me on Instagram by using #PlanetManel. Would you like me to test and review your product(s) or do you have any suggestions? Please send me a message via CONTACT! It can be anything (food, drinks, beauty..) as long as it’s vegan. Thank you! X

Vegan Partying

You are vegan? That must mean you can never have a good time at parties.. you can’t go to barbecues, events, dinner parties.. This is what you get a lot as a vegan! People think you can only have a good time if you can eat dead animals or animal products. This is so not true! People associate having a good time with good food. I agree that good food makes things enjoyable, but apart from that eating a carcass of an animal is for me the opposite of having a good time, I also think that it’s more about the fun you have in general. The conversations you have and the people you meet. Or are you only going to the party to eat the food? If that is your main reason, you might have fun wrong.. haha! I do admit, that going to parties, eating out and all things around food was the last thing what kept me from being 100% vegan. Then I got over that, because I realised that it’s my body, my life and so it’s my choice. Then there was also the aspect of having vegan food available in situations as at other peoples parties. How do you handle that?

If I go to a birthday party and I’m not sure if there will be some plant-based food there, I bring some snacks myself and often I bring a lot more, so I can share. If I go to a wedding, a restaurant or even on a long flight, I always check if there is a possibility to have a vegan meal. If not, I bring my own. But in my experience it never happened that I had to bring my own, because there was always something. A good chef will always provide you with a suitable meal. It isn’t that hard, despite what people think. A little tricker is when you’re invited to a dinner party. In this case I offer to make something too and I bring it. Think of a fancy salad, sushi rolls, pastries, cakes, chocolate mousse.. things which are easy to bring and everybody will enjoy. This way you provide food for yourself and show others that it isn’t that hard to have good food. Try not too make too much different things as in some cases you might offend the host(ess). Depends a bit on who you go to though.

But what about a barbecue? Warmer days are coming and people get excited to throw barbecue parties. I used to really enjoy that, let’s say.. before I woke up! Now I can’t imagine how I ever enjoyed that, but you still get invited sometimes. It’s up to you though, but I do not enjoy barbecues at all!! I can not stand the smell, being around all these dead animals and worst: people who are being happy about it. It makes me sad, cross and very upset. So I don’t go. Though, if you are going you can always bring your own things and ask to cook your things first, before the meat touches the barbecue. A better idea is to throw your own barbecue party. Make sure you have lots of nice goodies, to show people it’s not necessary to kill animals to have a lovely time on long summer evenings. So what can you get for a good barbecue?

*Burgers/Hotdogs/Sausages or other good substitutes.
*Perfect bbq veggies: portobello mushrooms, bell pepper, corn on the cob, onion, fennel, courgette, aubergine, asparagus.
*Perfect bbq fruits: pineapple, peaches/nectarines, mango.
*Vegetable kebabs: bell pepper, onion, courgette.
*Cauliflower wings.
*Potatoes covered in a little oil and salt, wrapped in some foil.
*Pasta salads, potato salads, leafy salads.
*To make hotdogs and hamburgers: bread rolls, gherkins, tomatoes, lettuce, fried onions, mayonnaise, ketchup, barbecue sauce.
*Baguettes, garlic butter, houmous, guacamole, tortilla’s.
*Make sure you have some yummy dessert too: marshmallows, cake, nicecream, fruit salad, frozen grapes/blueberries/cherries on a skewer.
*To drink: lemonade, juices, smoothies with umbrella’s. Wine/Cocktails (if you’re into that).

Say again?! Yes exactly.. this (and I’m sure you can think of so much more) is how you enjoy a cruelty free bbq party! Put on some suitable music, decorate the garden with lanterns, little lights, candles, open fires, blankets, cushions, napkins, nice table cloths and make people ask you to do this more often. Maybe you could make it a tradition. If I had a garden, I would have! You can ask people to bring a vegan dish, to encourage them to think of a barbecue in a different way. I hope this will become a real thing instead of smelling the flesh of roasted animals everywhere on a hot summer day.

Were you always a bit anxious of how you get through parties? Did you ever have difficulties? Please share your experiences! Also, are you excited to throw a cruelty free bbq now? I am! In case you know other very good vegan bbq ideas, please comment below and share or show me by tagging me on Instagram! Thank you! X

Planet Manel’s 1 year Anniversary + GIVEAWAY!

Yay!! Today Planet Manel is 1 year old! Already for a whole year I’ve been writing about my passions. If you follow me for a while already, you know that this is mainly veganism. I love having my blog and I dare to say that I grew a lot in the past year. There were a lot of things that needed to improve and still there are things I work on and I try to improve every time I write something. I want to thank you all for following me, commenting and liking my posts. I really appreciate every one of you and I couldn’t do this if it wasn’t for my readers. Thank you so much!

As you can see, the website changed a little bit. A fresh start for a new year. I hope you like it and that this made it easier to find things. But to really celebrate the 1st anniversary, I created a little Giveaway with some of my personal favourites.

The giveaway:
-Avocado socks
-Peanut butter Nakd bar.
-Banana bread Nakd bar.
-Tony’s Chocolonely (almond/sea salt).
-Lenny & Larry’s cookie (snickerdoodle).
-Heath & Heather tea (green tea and coconut).
-‘Baa Bar’ bubble bar from Lush.

-I mean.. who doesn’t need avocado socks? Definitely great for the avocado-addicts over here! Like me.. I’ve got these sock myself! 
-Nakd bars for the win! These 2 are my favourite flavours, they even taste great together.. haha!
-Tony’s Chocolonely is hard to find here in the UK, but I brought this one especially from Holland. This is definitely the best flavour for sure! Just believe me..
-Just because after that huge work out, you need a treat!
-This green tea in combination with ‘Oatly Foamable’ is heaven! It’s like drinking green tea with coconut milk. Call it a ‘tea colada’!
-This is actually my second favourite bubble bar (Rose Jam is nmbr 1!!), but this one is lovely before you go to sleep. Soak yourself with this soy lavender goodness! Also.. it looks like a pig snout.. so it’s lovely! 

How do you win?!
-Follow my blog (you can enter your email address at the bottom of the website).
-Follow me on Instagram.
-Leave a comment below.

*** On the 1st of April the winner will be announced! (no joke.. haha!)

Thank you again and please enter the giveaway! If you have questions or if you want to send me a message about anything else, please do that via CONTACT. Thank you! X