50 Quick and Easy Vegan Snack Ideas

Many people think that vegan food is complicated, expensive or even boring. In fact nothing could be further from the truth.

This list of fifty vegan snack ideas shows that it is possible to eat a huge variety of meals and foods. This list of vegan snacks also shows that many everyday foods are already vegan. In other cases there is a large range of alternative vegan versions of foods. These include non-dairy milks, yoghurts, condiments such as mayonnaise and breads.

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1) Banana on toast
2) Granola bars
3) Stuffed mushrooms
4) Stuffed peppers
5) Potato hash
6) Sweet potato fries
7) Vegetable tempura
8) Stir fried veg
9) Rice with mixed veg
10) Trail mixes
11) Dried fruit and nuts
12) Tortilla chips and salsa
13) Peanut butter and banana sandwich
14) Fruit salad
15) Sliced apple sprinkled with cinnamon
16) Nachos
17) Pasta salad
18) Baked beans on toast
19) Avocado chocolate mousse
20) Pancakes
21) Popcorn
22) Roasted vegetables
23) Kale chips
24) Roasted chick peas or beans
25) Soya yoghurt
26) Fruit leathers
27) Pitta bread and hummus
28) Instant noodles
29) Rice crackers with peanut butter or jam
30) Vegan ice cream
31) Cereal
32) Oatmeal or porridge
33) Vegetable sticks and dips
34) Smoothies
35) Vegetable crisps
36) Mushrooms on toast
37) Baked bananas with toffee
38) Vegetable soups
39) Bean chilli
40) Falafel
41) Salad
42) Potato salad
43) Mushrooms fried with garlic and olive oil
44) Pasta with pesto
45) Lentil dhal
46) Carrot sticks and hummus
47) Bruschetta
48) Crackers with vegan cheese and salsa
49) Sweet pizza
50) Baked plantain chips

 

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Vegan Protein Banana and Berry Smoothie

Vegan Protein Smoothie

A delicious smoothie with a bit of a vegan protein kick that could be great for a quick vegan breakfast or snack. The smoothie is gluten/wheat/soya and nut free and lasts well for a day or two in the fridge. Be sure to place it in a sealed container or bottle as the berries mean that it can stain if spilt.

Makes approximately 500ml/2 servings

Ingredients

1 cup water
1 average sized banana1 cup summer fruits
1 tbsp. vegan protein powder
1/2 cup spinach

In order, place the ingredients into a blender jug. If your blender has a setting for smoothies select that and blend. If not simply blend the vegan protein smoothie until smooth.

Strain through a muslin, jelly bag or fine sieve to remove the seeds, if desired and serve.

 

Hints and Tips

If you do not have a high powdered blender you may need to remove the spinach stalks before adding them to the jug.

If you like your smoothies thicker you can reduce the water to 1/2 cup. Using a larger banana will also produce a thicker smoothie though will also give it a more banana taste.

For a thinner smoothie simply add more water at the start or after blending. If you unsure how much extra water to add then it is best done after blending as you can stir in small amounts at a time and monitor the thickness easier. Make a note of the total water used for an easier smoothie next time you make this vegan protein smoothie.

If you have a high powered blender capable of crushing ice you can also add 2-3 ice cups to the recipe to thin it or make an ice cold smoothie.

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Vegan Protein Powders

There are several different protein powders available that are suitable for vegans. These include pea protein, soya, hemp and rice proteins. It is also possible to buy a mixed protein that is made from a variety of ingredients including lentils, beans and seeds. Each powder has a different nutritional profile and the protein content can vary, along with the amount of carbohydrates, fat and calories in each serving. Price also vary depending on type and brand. Some of the powders, such as hemp have a distinct taste of their own whereas pea protein for example is more neutral. In some cases vegan protein powders can be bought ready flavoured. These can be great for making quick shakes just buy mixing with water or dairy free milk or can add additional flavour to smoothies and green shakes.

Although not entirely vegan, this men’s fitness site has some more detailed information on many vegan and vegetarian protein powders.

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One Pot Vegan Vegetable Biryani Recipe (Gluten Free)

one pot vegan biryani

This delicious one pot vegan biryani is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It is also free from many foods people are commonly allergic or intolerant too including wheat, gluten, soya and nuts. The recipe is completely dairy free and contains no animal products.

It is a great recipe for using up those little bits of veg leftover from other recipes. Feel free to use whichever vegetables you like best or happen to have that need using up. The recipe freeze well and this one pot vegan meal can also be eaten cold.

Prep time: 15 min     Cook time: 30 min     Ready in: 45 min     Yields: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups basmati rice, cooked (see note)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups water, hot
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 2 cups vegetables of your choice
  • 1/2 can chickpeas or other pulse

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add turmeric, salt, ginger, cumin, coriander, cinnamon and cayenne. Cook stirring for 1 minute.
  2. Pour in the hot water and add all of the vegetables and chickpeas. Stir well and cover.
  3. Simmer gently until all the vegetables are tender. Add more water during cooking if needed and salt to taste.
  4. If you feel there is too much liquid left once the vegetables are cooked, 1tbsp cornflour mixed with a little cold water can be used to thicken the sauce.
  5. Stir in the cooked rice and serve.

 

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A couple of My Favorite Vegan Blogs

So, it is Monday again already. I find the weeks go by so fast lately, though to be honest this year has flown by. To start the week I thought that I would share some of my favourite vegan blogs with you.

FatFree Vegan Kitchen has so many great recipes it is hard to know which to make first! In general the recipes on the site do not use any refined fats at all (oil, margarine, and shortening) which makes them great for anyone looking to avoid these or lose weight. Recipes that contain any unrefined fats such as coconut milk, nuts and avocados are marked as being ‘Higher Fat’.

Every recipe on the site has full ingredients lists and step by step instructions. Nutritional information is also supplied. FarFree Vegan Kitchen has a very useful feature in that you can store your favourite recipes in a recipe box and come back to them at a later date. Great for keeping favourite recipes to hand. There are even some gluten free options and the Oil-Free Waffle Iron Hash Browns are particularly yummy.

Nouveau Raw is always my first stop when I am looking for raw recipes. From artisan breads to cookies and gift ideas there are so many vegan recipes to chose from and some you would never believe could be made raw at all. I love the vegetable noodles and both my youngest son and daughter love the apple noodles. I get a lot of requests for those :) The Raw Chocolate and Strawberry Zebra Cheesecake is delicious and looks stunning. Perfect for a celebration cake whether you are a raw food enthusiast or not.

The recipes have detailed information regarding ingredients steps to follow so this is a good site for those that are new to raw foods too. There are also sections where raw food techniques and ingredients are explained along with general information on the raw food diet and how to get started or incorporate raw foods into your diet. For readers in America there is also an Amazon store where equipment and ingredients can be purchased.

Bunny Kitchen is stuffed full of vegetarian and vegan recipes and also includes so gluten free options. This blog has a great range of recipes including salads, cakes, sweet treats, burgers and sandwiches. If you scroll to the bottom of the recipe list or take a look in the DIY section you can also find great cruelty free and wholesome gift ideas for your friends and family. Or why not treat yourself?

The recipes on Bunny Kitchen feature step by step instructions and frankly delicious looking photographs. Where appropriate the recipes give various option for ingredient substitutions and note which are vegan options. The site also features reviews, give aways and information posts for a great and tasty all round resource. This morning we made the Five Ingredient Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies and I doubt they will last the day! Scrummy ;)

A plant based vegan diet is a healthy and nutritious choice.

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Byzantine Pendant Chain Maille Tutorial

This week I have been working on new tutorials for Jewelry Lessons. One I have created is this unusual pendant using byzantine weave.

Byzantine pendant tutorial

The tutorial fully explains how to create byzantine weave so no previous experience is needed. As well as being unusual and attractive in it’s own right, this pendant has a lot of options for customisation. The pendant can be made using the gemstone/s and pendant of your choice. The silver rings could also easily be swapped for another metal or colour if desired.

This tutorial is laid out in an easy to use format and can be downloaded as a PDF file. Each instructional step is accompanied with a  close up colour photograph in order to make the steps as easy as possible to follow. The tutorial also includes a full list of required materials and tools. The full ready to use tutorial can be downloaded here.

Byzantine Weave

Byzantine weave is a popular form of chain maille used in jewellery making. It is  a member of the European weave family and can be made with various ring sizes. This beautiful and intricate weave creates a solid rope like chain and is an ideal choice for bracelets and necklaces.

This weave is also known as Birdcage, Fool’s Dilemma, Bird’s Nest and Idiot’s Box.

 

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Crispy Onion Fritter Recipe (Vegan, wheat, nut and soya free)

Vegan Crispy Onion Fritter recipe

Over the last two years I have created many gluten free and vegan recipes. Some of these can be found on HubPages, including these easy to make delicious onion fritters. In order to make the recipes easy for any one to make I try to avoid using hard to find or expensive ingredients. Instead I stick to common items that can be bought in most supermarkets or that people are likely to already have at home.

These onion fritters are made using onions, rice flour and some common spices including turmeric and cumin. The full recipe can be found for free on HubPages.

 

Ten Onion Facts

  1. Onions are a good source of vitamin C, B6, chromium, calcium and fibre. They also contain good amounts of folic acid and vitamin B1 and K.
  2. Onions contain flavonoids. These compounds act as antioxidants in the body and enhance the immune system.
  3. Onions and other alliums are a rich source of organosulfur. Research has shown that this compound helps to prevent cancer in lab animals.
  4. Eating half a medium raw onion daily can help to lower LDL cholesterol and prevent heart attacks.
  5. Avoid keeping onions and potatoes together. The onions will absorb water and ethylene gas from potatoes and rot faster.
  6. Take care as consuming large quantities of onion can lead to stomach distress and gastrointestinal irritation.
  7. The Allyl propyl disulfide and diallyl disulfide in onion are believed to help lower blood sugar levels.
  8. Cut onion should be stored in a sealed container and used within two day. This is due to the fact that once cut they lose their nutrient content quickly.
  9. Onions are thought to have been cultivated for over five thousand years.
  10. A 100g serving of onions contains approximately 44 calories and 1.4g of fibre.
Sliced onions

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Macrame Basics eBook Now Avaliable for Kindle

Macrame Basics eBook

My brand new book, Macrame Basics is now available to buy. From the 18th September 2014 this eBook can be purchased worldwide through the Kindle store. This 98 page book is packed with information on macrame, cords and embellishments that can be used and also includes a glossary of commonly used terms and abbreviations.

Using Macrame Basics you can learn which cords can be used  and which are suited best to different types of projects. The A-Z glossary is helpful for those new or returning to the craft and are unfamiliar with many of the specific terms used as part of  projects and patterns. Terms such as sennet, picot, alternating and crook are explain in an easy to understand way. Various knot types an their variations are illustrated with step by step photographs so the book is ideal for beginners.

Macrame Basics eBook
Macrame basics also includes full instructions with colour photographs showing you how to create a simple and inexpensive macrame board. While not essential, a macrame board can be useful for working on projects. This is especially true if the project contains lots of cords. The board can also be used as a safe and convenient way to store and transport projects.

At the end of the book there are four step by step tutorials for creating bracelets using various techniques. Each tutorial features step by step instructions accompanied by colour photographs. Each photograph shows a close up view to make the steps easier to follow and complete. Each of the four tutorials use only techniques explained within Macrame Basics – no previous experience is needed at all.

Macrame Basics can be downloaded here

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Thirty Facts about Chillies – Uses, Health Benefits and History

Chilles

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  1. The chemical capsaicin is responsible for the heat of chillies.
  2. A study carried out by researchers at the University of Tasmania found that eating chillies as part of a meal can help to control insulin levels afterwards.
  3. Eating chillies help boost blood circulation.
  4. Capsaicin contains a neuropeptide associated with lessening inflammatory process in the body so may help ease the symptoms of diseases such as arthritis.
  5. Capsaicin can also be used as a pain reliever and unlike anaesthetics does not cause any numbness. It also does not affect alertness.
  6. Capsaicin has been found to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
  7. Chillies help burn fat as capsaicin raises your metabolic rate.
  8. Eating chillies has been found to lower cholesterol.
  9. Capsaicin acts as a pest deterrent for the chilli plant.
  10. Mix a handful of dried chillies in with your birdseed to stop squirrels eating it. The capsaicin deters mammals but will not put off or harm the birds.
  11. The best way to counteract the heat from chillies in your mouth is with milk or yoghurt. Drinking water may give temporary relief but in fact spreads the capsaicin oil around your mouth but cannot wash it away.
  12. The Guinness book of records has the Bhut Jolokia listed as the world’s hottest chilli pepper. It has a Scoville rating of 1,001,304.
  13. When capsaicin is ingested by mammals it causes the body to release endorphins. These produce a pleasurable sensation in the body.
  14. The world’s largest curry contained 187 pounds of chillies.
  15. The seeds and white pith are the hottest part of the chilli.
  16. Red chillies are generally hotter than green and dried varieties will be hotter than fresh.
  17. Chillies contain more vitamin C than oranges.
  18. Chillies contain a higher level of vitamin A than carrots.
  19. Chillies are high in vitamin D.
  20. Generally the smaller the chilli, the hotter it will be.
  21. The heat of a chilli is measured using Scoville units.
  22. Chillies are relatively easy to grow and make good house plants.
  23. Chillies are thought to of been first eaten as long ago as 7500 BC.
  24. Chillies are the fruit of the capsicum plant.
  25. Chillies are part of the nightshade family and are related to tomatoes.
  26. The scolville unit is names after Wilbur Scolville who developed the test to tell how hot chillies where.
  27. Chillies are high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, potassium, copper, manganese, dietary fibre, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, iron, magnesium and phosphorus
  28.  Capsaicin is easily absorbed by the skin and can cause pain, especially if it gets into eyes and other sensitive areas.
  29. Christopher Columbus gave the name chilli pepper as he believed they were related to the black and white pepper ground and used in Europe.
  30. Chillies are low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium.
Birds Eye Chillies

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