Green Machine Vegan Pea Soup

Having made this soup a few times now I think it’s just one of those dishes that you can easily make in no time for a quick tasty fix!

When it comes to food I’ve learnt less can definitely be more. This recipe is so simple and can easily be tweaked to your own tastes. I must admit I’m not much of a measurer when it comes to cooking, I tend to just throw things in that I think will taste good. Hence a lot of my measurements can be quite vague but a little bit more or a little bit less of an ingredient won’t make this soup any less delicious! Just trust yourself on what you think smells/tastes good and it can go a long way!

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Ingredients:

–Peas:  petit pois works best because they tend to be the sweetest, I would say I used about 4 cups of this

–2 small/medium or 1 giant onion roughly chopped

–A generous shake of thyme

–Handful of fresh mint

–2 tsp chopped chives

–1 vegetable stock cube

–350ml approx. boiling water

–1tsp soya sauce to taste

Steps:

1.) Sauté the onion on a hot oiled pan. So cook until the onion starts to get clear. If you find the pans starting to get a bit dry and the onion is starting to burn just add a splash of water to the pan. This will also help steam the onions a bit and cook them quicker.

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2.) Once sautéd add the minced garlic. This will start to smell lovely as the garlic starts to cook! Be careful  not to burn the garlic because it will turn bitter, just keep stirring it to move it around.

3.) Around about now you can fill the kettle up and put it on to boil. Also add the thyme, chives, soya and crumble up the stock cube into the pan. Keep stirring to prevent anything from burning and once the kettle has boiled add the hot water to the mix.

4.) Throw in the mint and peas giving the whole mixture a good stir before whizzing it all up. If you used frozen peas you might find you’ll want to wait for them to thaw out a bit before whizzing it. Don’t forget you can add more of anything so you get the taste you like! You might even want to add a sprinkle of sugar if your peas weren’t very sweet.

5.) Once whizzed bring it to the boil (or however hot you like) and eat!!! I ate mine with some sliced bread on the side with some pesto spread. YUM!

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What’s your fav quick easy meal?

Lisa

 

8 VEGAN LIFE HACKS

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When you go vegan you become so much more aware of what you are eating. Especially as a new vegan when you find yourself having to look at the labels for absolutely everything until you become familiar with what you can and can’t consume. It not only raises your awareness of how ridiculously much animal products are used in everything but forces you to go out of your comfort zone (if you plan on being a healthly vegan) and discover amazing new foods, recipes and hacks that you wondered how you coped without before. Taking on this I have put together 8 of my favourite vegan life hacks that I have come across in so far in my time of being a vegan some of which I hope you will find useful!

  1. Okay so I have seen it every where, just recently tried it with a brownie mix and it amazes me how this even works but it does! If your in the mood for a bit of a sweet treat then if you have a dry cake mix (most of which are vegan but still don’t forget to check ) and instead of adding milk, egg or what ever the instructions say, you just add a can of fizzy drink, mix it up, bake it and voila!
  2. Coconut oil is not only a healthy cooking oil but it holds so many more positive properties, it acts as a great moisturiser for your skin and even hair – just use it like you’d use a conditioner! Some people even use it for whitening teeth!
  3. No ice-cream and you just have a yearning for it? Well keep some chopped up banana in your freezer then when you want some ice-cream just pop it in the blender and add any seasoning – I like a sprinkle of cinnamon! Then whizz it all up ’til smooth and silky and you’ve got a delicious ice cream.
  4. A recent find of mine is this brilliant app called ‘Is It Vegan?’ and it is so handy when you’re in store because it allows you to just scan the barcode of a product and it will tell you the ingredients and if it is vegan! It is so handy instead of trapsing through the ingredients list especially when animal product ingredients can sometimes be named some strange chemical sounding words haha.
  5. Olive oil can be used in so many ways and one of them is as a makeup remover! So if you want a cheap and easy cruelty free makeup remover then give olive oil a go – not to mention it’s highy moisturising. Just put a tiny drop on a damp cotton pad and wipe away! Since olive oil is close to the type of oil on your skin it also means it won’t clog your pores!
  6. Having a bad skin day? No problem just dab on a bit of tea tree oil to your blemish and that bad boy will be gone in no time. I absolutely love tea tree oil – it just smells amazing!
  7. If your hair is feeling a bit dry and lacklustre then rinse it out with some apple cider vinegar when washing it then whip out your fav sunnies ‘cos you best be prepared for that shine!
  8. Make your own salt spray by mixing 2 tablespoons or salt to 1 cup of water in a spray bottle, give it a good shake and then you can spray it on your damp hair and scrunch it a little as par usual. You can even add a couple of drops of essential oil to give it a luscious scent – vanilla is a classic!

Lisa x