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Cheat’s vegan banh cuon chay | Quick Vietnamese steamed rice rolls {gluten-free}

I know my last recipe was for a Vietnamese dish but stick with me. This one is that good. I remember the day I begrudgingly tried banh cuon chay. I was at my usual Vietnamese haunt and they had sold out of what I usually ordered (I’m known to rave about a restaurant for the one and only meal I’ve tried there). I saw that these steamed rice rolls were gluten-free and vegan so thought I’d give it a shot. What a blessing.

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GF vegan crispy Vietnamese pancake (Bánh Xèo)

It took me a long time to realise that there is one pancake that is naturally gluten-free – and it could just be the best pancake that ever lived: the crispy Vietnamese pancake. I start salivating the minute I spot it on a menu. 

I recently bought a Lodge cast iron pan to start making the pancakes at home, and boy, was that a great decision. It is magic with these pancakes AND every other dish I’ve made using it. I don’t know how I’ve lived without it. 

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Vegan pulled ‘pork’ nachos

I managed to come across some tinned jackfruit in an Asian supermarket and thought I’d give vegan pulled pork a go, especially since my local supermarket had started stocking vegan Worcestershire sauce. With a bottle of that and some jackfruit in tow, I was ready.

I came across this fantastic hand-crafted Mexican spice mix from New Zealand a few years ago and have been addicted to it ever since. I stockpile packets of it because nothing I’ve come across comes close, and I have not been able to replicate it from a DIY spice mix. It definitely helps give the flavour a lot more dimension. 

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Gluten-free vegan savoury galette

Is your Instagram feed full of galettes right now? Every time I scroll through my feed I come across at least one. I knew that if I was going to join this party, I should at least bring something new to the table (pun intended). And indeed I did. This savoury galette is filled with butternut pumpkin ribbons and finely shaved brussels sprouts.

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Quick Thai cashew stir-fry {vegan, gluten-free}

I was saying to my sister-in-law (can I call her that yet? I’m just going to do it) today that I had no idea what to post this week, and this was with just half of Sunday left to go. I mentioned I had this cashew stir-fry as a back-up but felt it wasn’t substantial or exciting enough to share with you. She told me to go for it and I’m glad she did because I forgot just how much the flavours pack a punch. 

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6-ingredient green vegan balls with quick teriyaki sauce {gluten-free}

These green vegan balls have been doing the rounds in my household. They’re very simple to make and only require six ingredients – ingredients that are staples in all kitchens let alone vegan kitchens: chickpeas, brown rice, baby spinach, soy sauce, garlic and ginger. It’s also another vegan airfryer recipe! But don’t worry if you don’t have one – you can cook them in the oven or on the stove, as you would normally cook vegan meatballs or patties. 

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The best Buddha bowl | Chickpea scramble breakfast bowl

When I first made this chickpea scramble, it was good, but something was missing. It needed something fresh, but fresh herbs and lemon juice weren’t the answer. Sure, it made it better, but it was still lacking. Then I picked up some lovely fresh pomegranates at a great little greengrocer in the lower Blue Mountains of Sydney. 

Pomegranates were the answer indeed. And while I’ve called this a breakfast bowl, it’s also a lunch bowl, and even an any-time-of-the-day bowl.