Vegan Nut Roast Christmas RecipeVegan Nut Roast Christmas Recipe by Eli Brecher

I’ve had lots of requests for Christmas Day recipes and this hearty Vegan Nut Roast is the perfect main course to serve for lunch. With crisp edges and a softer middle, this will soak up all the flavours on your plate, so I recommend serving alongside some roast potatoes, veggies and gravy!

This Vegan Nut Roast is an explosion of flavour, thanks to the parsley, oregano and thyme, as well as the garlic, mushrooms and soya sauce which enrich the flavour even further!

It’s surprisingly cheap to make too – I always buy lentils in bulk and have my cupboards stocked with herbs and nuts, so the only real shopping necessary is for the vegetables!

Don’t feel restricted to only making this at Christmas though! It’s delicious all year round, and you can play around with different nuts, seeds and vegetables, or even throw in some dried cranberries for a sweeter twist!

Vegan Nut Roast Christmas Recipe Eli Brecher

Vegan Nut Roast Recipe (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

This recipe was developed in collaboration with Indigo Herbs, using their products.

Ingredients

Serves 6

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1/3 cup chestnut mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 cup of mixed nuts (I used walnuts and cashews)
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup of raw puy lentils
  • 1 heaped tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup of gluten-free flour
  • 3/4 cup of vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp soya sauce (or tamari if gluten-free)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts to scatter on the top – add about 10 minutes before the end of baking time or else they will burn

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C and line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper (or plenty of oil).
  2. Sauté the onion, garlic, carrot and mushrooms in the olive oil on a medium heat for 3-5 minutes until the onion turns translucent.
  3. Add the nuts, pumpkin seeds, lentils, coriander and dried herbs to your food processor and pulse just until it’s all broken down into small pieces.
  4. Add this mixture to a large bowl, along with the flour, salt and pepper, and mix well.  
  5. Add in the soya sauce and sautéed vegetables, pour into the stock and mix very well. 
  6. Transfer the mixture into the loaf tin and roast for 45 minutes, until the top develops a crust and a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean. 10 minutes before the end, scatter over the pine nuts.
  7. Set it aside to cool for about 20 minutes before removing from the tin and slicing.
  8. Scatter pine nuts on the top about 10 minutes before the end of baking time.

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Greek Fava Bean Dip Hummus Eli Brecher cerealandpeanutbutter

I’ve experimented with different flavours of Homemade Hummus before, adding in extras such as roasted red peppers or beetroot, and switching up the base of chickpeas in favour of butter beans or other pulses. This time I’ve used Greek fava beans (yellow split peas) – a famous product of the island of Santorini – to form an ultra thick and creamy basis of this dip, alongside fresh lemon juice, garlic, spices such as cumin and paprika, and the highest quality olive oil to achieve a velvety smooth consistency.

The Mediterranean diet has long been hailed for it’s health benefits, thanks to the abundance of polyphenol-rich olive oil and the protein-packed fibre-rich pulses like fava beans – both of which form the core of this recipe for this Fava Bean Dip.

This fava bean dip is delicious for dunking crackers or cucumber sticks, and works so well spread on toast topped with a handful of pomegranate seeds (try it!) or as part of a sandwich filling. Alternatively, spoon it over a plate of Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables or add it on top of your Shakshuka!

Greek Fava Bean Dip Hummus Eli Brecher cerealandpeanutbutter

Greek Fava Bean Dip Hummus Eli Brecher cerealandpeanutbutter

Greek Fava Bean Dip Recipe

This recipe was developed in collaboration with Greek Flavours using their ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried fava beans 
  • 4 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juice
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Method

  1. Rinse the split dried fava beans in 4 and place in a saucepan with 4 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 25-30 minutes stirring consistently, until all the water has been absorbed.
  2. Meanwhile, add all other ingredients to the food processor and blend together.
  3. When the beans are cooked, add them to the food processor and blend again, scraping down the sides a few times to ensure a smooth finish.
  4. Drizzle a little olive oil on top and garnish with a sprinkle of paprika and a small handful of chopped parsley. The dip will thicken over time so each time you serve it, stir in a little extra olive oil.
I’d love to know if you try this recipe! Leave a comment and rate it, and don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @cerealandpeanutbutter!

Check out my other dips like this Classic Homemade Hummus and this Baba Ganoush (smoky aubergine dip), and for more Mediterranean-inspired recipes, try my Shakshuka (baked eggs in tomato sauce), Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables and Homemade Za’atar herbs!

Greek Fava Bean Dip Hummus Eli Brecher cerealandpeanutbutter

Greek Fava Bean Dip Hummus Eli Brecher cerealandpeanutbutter

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Peanut Tofu Stir-Fry Recipe, Vegan Gluten-Free

I’ll admit I don’t post many savoury recipes on here but I promise my diet consists of more than just Brownies, Cakes, Pancakes and Peanut Butter Cups!!!

Although I do have a major sweet tooth, I also love experimenting with hearty dinner recipes – my latest creation is this protein-packed bowl of stir-fried tofu with veggies in a zesty peanut sauce. The stir-fry is best served over a bed of wholegrain rice with fresh coriander and topped with crunchy cashew nuts! It’s packed with flavour, from lemon to ginger, and I made it using the Brazilian Xim Xim Peanut Sauce from Meridian Foods‘ new range.


It may sound complicated but trust me, this is actually incredibly easy to throw together. Tofu is an excellent source of vegetarian protein, and I find that a stir-fry makes the ideal lazy dinner when you get home from a long day.

Feel free to swap in whatever vegetables you want to use up from the fridge – if you’ve got mushrooms or courgette lying around, why not throw them into the mix? This will leave you feeling super satisfied, plus means tomorrow’s packed lunch is sorted. It’s also gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan!

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Peanut Tofu Stir-Fry Recipe

This recipe was developed in collaboration with Meridian Foods.

Ingredients

Serves 3 (save leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch!)

  • 1 large block firm tofu, cubed (I use organic & non-GMO)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 small onion, diced 
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 cm fresh ginger
  • Handful of fresh coriander, chopped (reserve a little for garnish)
  • 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 150g Xim Xim sauce (Meridian Foods) 
  • 1 cup wholegrain rice
  • Handful of roasted cashews, roughly chopped, to garnish

Method

  1. Cook the rice according to packet instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat coconut oil in a frying pan on a medium-high heat and sauté the onion and garlic until translucent.
  3. Add the ginger, chilli flakes, paprika, carrots and cherry tomatoes and sauté for 2 minutes. 
  4. Stir in the peanut butter, lemon juice, coconut milk and coriander.
  5. Add the tofu, pour over the Xim Xim sauce and reduce the heat to medium. Put the lid on the pan and cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring regularly.
  6. Divide the rice between two bowls, top with tofu and pour over the sauce. Garnish with cashews and coriander and serve.

If you make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @cerealandpeanutbutter – I LOVE seeing all your creations!

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Babaghanoush Aubergine Dip

This Middle-Eastern aubergine dip is irresistibly rich and tangy from the lemon, with a spicy kick from the garlic and cumin. The tahini makes it silky smooth (almost like Hummus) but my top tip is to pulse the mixture for no more than 10 seconds in order to retains some aubergine chunks for the best texture with a little bite in it! The smoky aubergines transport me back to holidays in Tel Aviv, dunking crudités and freshly baked pita bread into this.

I love sprinkling a big pinch of Homemade Za’atar on top – a blend of Middle-Eastern herbs made from thyme, sumac, sesame seeds and salt.

Makes 1 big bowl

Ingredients

  • 3 aubergines
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • Juice of 1 – 2 lemons (to taste)
  • Handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 C. Prick each aubergine with a fork, then rub the aubergines in half the olive oil and half the salt.
  2. Place on a roasting tray and bake in the oven for 40 minutes, until soft.
  3. Remove from the oven and place in a bowl. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave for 10 minutes to steam and to cool.
  4. Cut the aubergine in half lengthways and scoop out the soft flesh into a blender.
  5. Peel and crush the garlic.
  6. Separate the coriander leaves from their stalk. Roughly chop the stalk and add the the blender, then roughly chop the leaves and set aside for decoration. 
  7. Add all remaining ingredients to the blender and pulse for no more than 10 seconds.
  8. Transfer to a serving bowl and spread with the back of a spoon to form a shallow well. Decorate with a drizzle with olive oil, a pinch of za’atar and a sprinkle of chopped coriander.

Babaghanoush Aubergine Dip  Babaghanoush Aubergine Dip

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Greek Gemista Stuffed Peppers

If you’ve ever been to Greece, you’ve probably tried some variation of today’s recipe for ‘Yemista’ – a classic Greek dish, consisting of stuffed vegetables such as ripe tomatoes, courgette, aubergine, or bell peppers like in this recipe.

The stuffing includes quinoa, pine nuts, onions and chopped tomatoes, as well as fresh herbs: parsley and mint. Try eating it at room temperature the following day (rather than steaming hot) as the flavours will have enhanced and it tastes even better! Feel free to play around with the veggies, and don’t forget to serve with a side of crusty bread – I enjoyed this with some gluten-free seeded sourdough!

This variation on Yemista is a recipe by Marialena, a London-based food blogger. Being Greek, she loves Mediterranean/Greek cuisine with a nutritious twist. Marialena’s blog, ‘My Nutri Calendar’, expresses her love for healthy food by sharing her homemade recipes, with an emphasis on Greek food! Find her on Instagram @mynutricalendar or visit her blog online at mynutricalendar.com and get inspired!

Greek Gemista Stuffed Peppers

Serves 2

Ingredients 

  • 4 peppers (2 red & 2 yellow)
  • 70g quinoa
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 handfuls parsley, chopped
  • 1 handful mint, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts 
  • 200g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 250ml water + 1 more cup of water
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt, pepper
  • Optional: fresh bread to serve

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°.
  2. Wash and dry peppers, remove the top of the peppers making little “caps”. Remove any seeds and put them into a baking tray. Leave the tray aside while you prepare the stuffing.
  3. Preheat a non-stick frying pan, add some olive oil and stir-fry chopped onion. Reduce the heat to medium to low and put a lid to the pan. Cook the onion for 4-5 minutes until soft.
  4. Remove the lid, add pine nuts and stir-fry for 1 minute.
  5. Rinse and dry quinoa, add it to the pan and stir-fry for a few seconds (add more oil if needed).
  6. Add chopped tomatoes, water, salt and pepper and put the lid on the pan. Cook the stuffing for 20 minutes (low heat). Then remove the lid so most of the liquids (if any left) can evaporate.
  7. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the chopped parsley and mint.
  8. Add salt and 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to each pepper. Stuff the peppers about 3/4 full. Add another drizzle of olive oil to each pepper. Place the pepper “caps” on top.
  9. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of tomato puree in a cup of water and pour over the vegetables.
  10. Season the peppers with salt, pepper and another drizzle of olive oil.
  11. Bake for about 60-80 minutes or until the vegetables have become tender and cooked through.

 

Greek Gemista Stuffed Peppers

Greek Gemista Stuffed Peppers

Greek Gemista Stuffed Peppers

 

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