Savoury breakfast waffles {gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, dairy-free}

I was in Melbourne last week for work. The only thing getting me through said trip, was indulging in some amazing Melbourne food. First stop: Gingerboy for dinner. There, I had the mapo tofu with okra, water chestnut, heirloom tomatoes and pickled thai chili, as well as the stir fried bamboo and fungus with hor fun noodles and korean black bean dressing. To top it off, I also ordered the coconut creamed rice. Of course, it was delicious and of course, I ordered too much food, but when in Rome…

When breakfast came around, I headed to Higher Ground and ordered the kale and cauliflower salad. To say it was delicious was an understatement. I wanted more. The only fault in the dish was the lack of carbs.

A week on, and I’m still thinking about how that cafe dish eclipsed a night of pure Asian delight (at Gingerboy). Because it’s unlikely I’ll be going down to Melbourne again anytime soon (and who knows if that means another visit to Higher Ground… I’ve heard weekend queues are long), I decided to recreate some of the flavours atop some savoury breakfast waffles. Hello carbs, hello happiness!

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Savoury breakfast waffles {gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, dairy-free}
Serves 4

For the waffles
2 cups chickpea flour
2 cups water
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Small bunch of chives, finely chopped
Pinch of salt

For the toppings
1/2 head cauliflower, cut into small pieces
5 kale leaves, roughly chopped
1 punnet cherry tomatoes
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 avocado, skin removed and sliced
2 cups hummus (hold the sumac and add 2 tbsp chickpea miso powder)

Add all waffle ingredients into a large bowl and whisk until combined. Let stand at least 10 minutes.

Heat your waffle iron and add a little coconut oil to the pan (this helps prevent the batter from sticking). Pour a ladle of batter into the iron and close it for five minutes. Repeat for remaining batter.

While the waffles are cooking, heat a small amount of olive oil in a cast iron pan and add cauliflower, kale and whole cherry tomatoes. Keep it on a medium heat for around 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and transfer contents into a heatproof bowl.

Add pumpkin seeds to the same cast iron pan and toast over a low-to-medium heat. Once browned, remove from heat.

To assemble, place two waffles and a couple of large dessert spoons of hummus on a plate. Top with kale, cauliflower and tomatoes, as well as avocado and pumpkin seeds.

 

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Gluten-free vegan savoury breakfast muffins | Zucchini and tomato muffins

A couple of weeks ago I tried imitation Tim Tams that were gluten-free and vegan. Sadly, they were a disappointment. The real thing was always my weakness growing up. I wouldn’t be able to control myself around them; my sweet tooth took over.

Fast forward to now, my sweet tooth has been cured. Case in point when it comes to sweet muffins. I’m spending my days dreaming of savoury muffins, something the old me would have scoffed at.

These gluten-free, vegan, savoury breakfast muffins are the most moist I have ever come across. This is all thanks to almond meal, zucchini, tomatoes and – most importantly – caramelised French shallots.

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Gluten-free vegan savoury breakfast muffins | Zucchini and tomato muffins
Makes 6-8

3 large French shallots, finely sliced
1 1/2 cups almond meal
1 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup arrowroot flour
1 tsp bicarb soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flax + 6 tbsp water)
1 cup water
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
Juice of half a lemon
Zest of a whole lemon
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 zucchini, grated
1 handful basil, roughly cut
1 bunch of chives, roughly cut (optional)
1 tsp sumac
1 tsp beetroot powder

Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.

Heat oil in a wide pan and add French shallots. Let cook over a medium heat until shallots are starting to catch on the bottom of the pan. Add 1/2 tsp water and continue to cook until onions turn golden brown and caramelise. Set aside.

Mix almond meal, brown rice flour, arrowroot flour, bicarb soda, baking powder, flax eggs, water, coconut oil, and lemon zest and juice until lumps-free. Then add tomatoes, zucchini, basil, chives, sumac and beet powder and mix until combined. Make sure the zucchini is evenly mixed throughout the flour and not sticking together in clumps.

Evenly scoop mix into an oiled muffin tin. Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Knife should come out clean and top crust should be golden brown. Let cool slightly then carefully remove muffins from tins with a spoon and place on a cooling rack until ready to eat.

Gluten-free vegan dumplings (take two) | Rice paper pockets

Remember when I told you about my love of dumplings? Well, I’m back to profess my love once more. Life isn’t the same without them; I miss them terribly and think about them daily. That’s why I’m back with another batch – although these ones are very different from the last.

These bad boys are filled with what you might expect from a vegetarian dumpling but best of all, they are allergy and tummy friendly. Essentially, you’ll be transported to intolerance-friendly Chinatown at first bite. Closing your eyes might help if you’re anything like me and haven’t quite mastered the art of folding rice paper rounds to make dumplings look like dumplings.

You can steam these dumplings before eating them or skip that step completely. It’s been a hot summer so I’ve been choosing cold dumplings over piping hot ones.

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Rice paper pockets
Serves 4-6

1 packet frozen edamame beans, cooked and shelled
1 leek, halved and finely sliced
1/2 wombok, finely sliced
125g organic non-GMO tofu, crumbled
1 carrot, julienned
1 thumb size ginger, finely chopped
Small handful of coriander, chopped
Small handful sliced spring onion
100g fine bean vermicelli, cooked and cooled
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup gluten-free soy sauce or tamari
1/4 cup dry sherry
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp sesame oil
As many small rice paper rounds as you want dumplings (this mix will make about 20, but you can freeze what you don’t use for later)

Add the edamame beans, leek, wombok, tofu, carrot, ginger, coriander and spring onion to a bowl and mix to combine.

Put the cooked and cooled bean vermicelli onto a chopping board and slice into small pieces, then mix the vermicelli into the bowl of vegetables and tofu until combined.

Heat coconut oil in a large saucepan on the stove and add the vegetable mix. Cook until ingredients soften, then add soy sauce, sherry, garlic powder and sesame oil. Cook on a low-medium heat for 5-10 more minutes or until all the liquid is combined, then let cool.

Organise your workstation and get your first rice paper round ready by dipping it in some water and placing on a damp teatowel – just as you would if you were making rice paper rolls. Place a small spoonful of dumpling mix into the middle of each rice paper round, then fold in two opposite sides tightly around the filling, before bringing in the other opposite sides.

OPTIONAL: Steam dumplings for 2-4 minutes.

Serve about 5 dumplings in a bowl and drizzle with some gluten-free soy sauce or tamari and sesame oil.

Gluten-free vegan breakfast bake

Breakfast without gluten, dairy, eggs or meat just isn’t the same. The first meal of the day was once my favourite of all: eggs, bacon, english muffins, sausages, hash browns … I could go on but I probably shouldn’t. This is a safe place after all.

Enter my delicious gluten-free vegan breakfast bake, born when I was tired of smashed avo on GF toast (jokes! Like I would tire of that. More like I ran out of GF bread), wasn’t in the mood for pancakes (more on that later) and hungry for a meal that heroed the hash brown but was more nutritionally sound than a bowl of hash browns (not judging, I’ve done it, too). The other prerequisite? I didn’t want to stand in the kitchen for hours.

What makes it so good? Well, the golden hash browns for one, but I also think there’s something about Notzarella (vegan mozzarella) that gives this dish what it needs. It delivers a saltiness that can’t be replicated by adding salt during prep. Maybe I’m too far gone in this diet to remember what real cheese is like. I’m sure you could use real cheese and it would work just fine. Probably better, in fact. But if you can’t eat real cheese, don’t be to afraid of vegan versions, especially not this one. I’ve been there, and I’m here to tell you that life is a little better with Notzarella.

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Gluten-free vegan breakfast bake
Serves 6-8

1/2 cup chickpea flour
1/2 cup lukewarm water
Pinch salt and pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/3 cup water
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp garlic powder
2 cups black beans
1 packed cup baby spinach
4 tomatoes, quartered
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1/2 red capsicum, finely chopped
10 hash browns (or more!)*
1/2 cup shredded Notzarella
1/2 avocado flesh, to serve
Pinch sumac, to serve

Preheat oven to 220 degrees C.

Whisk chickpea flour, lukewarm water, salt and pepper and olive oil in a small bowl and set aside.

Mix tomato paste with water, dried oregano, thyme and garlic in a large bowl then add black beans, baby spinach, tomato quarters, red onion and capsicum, stirring through until all combined.

Pour contents of bowl into a stainless steel baking dish then pour the chickpea flour batter over evenly. This adds a bit of extra protein and helps further bind the bake.

Place your hash browns on top and push them into the bake a little, then sprinkle Notzarella over everything.

Cook in the oven for 30 mins. Let cool slightly before slicing and serving with avocado and a pinch of sumac.

* Not sure how to make hash browns? Boil 4-5 medium to large sized potatoes until soft all the way through. Let them cook slightly and mash them in a large mixing bowl. Then add salt, pepper, dried thyme and 1 tbsp gf all purpose flour. Mix and mould into shape then deep fry.