Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Smokey chickpea bowl with oozey cheese sauce and mango salsa!!

So I cook dinner every night and I love it! I love vegaising recipes and love making 'something' from 'nothing' but...... I find it really difficult to share it with you all on a regular basis as its hard to take photos at night (when I'm eating dinner). I really need to get a lighting rig!
Any other bloggers have this same problem?? What do you do?

Anyway, I made this amazing recipe during the day so I was able to get some snaps!

Smokey chickpea bowls

1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cans chickpeas drained
1 can diced tomatoes
3 drops smoke essence
1 1/2 cups of TVP or any veggie mince (I used Tofurky)
1 onion
4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup bread crumbs
3 Tablespoons smoked paprika
2 teaspoons ground cummin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon vegetable stock
1 teaspoon soy sauce

Gooey cheese sauce:
2 Tablespoons vegan margarine (I used Nuttelex)
6 Tablespoons plain flour
Non dairy milk (about 2 cups)
2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
You are going to need a butt-load of good vegan cheese!!
I used 1/2 stick of 'Cheezly' nacho style cheese and  1/2  stick of Vegusto melty cheese.
*see note at bottom

Mango salsa:
1 large mango
2 tomatoes
2 Tablespoons diced spanish onions
A good hanful of coriander
 A small handful of mint
1 good squeeze of lime

In a large pan place olive oil, diced garlic and diced onion and sautee on a low heat until see through.
Add spices and bread crumbs and toast.
When the spices have become fragrant, Add the mince and break up well. Add the tomatoes, stock, water, nutritional yeast and stir.  Now, add the soy sauce and simmer on a low heat for about 20 minutes or until nice and thick.

Meanwhile, in a smaller pot place vegan margarine and melt. Once melted add the plain flour and mix well until a ball has formed. With a whisk, gradually add rice milk, making sure there are no lump and the flour is not sticking to the bottom. You want this sauce quite thick so just keep mixing and it will thicken!
Take the sauce off the heat and add grated cheese, a pinch of salt and yeast. Whisk well to get rid of any lumps. (Lick utensils thoroughly... Its too good to resist)

After you have made your cheese sauce, dice up your tomatoes mango and spanish onion. Place in a small bowl and cover in fresh chopped herbs. Before serving add a generous squeeze of lime.

Layer your bowl up with chickpeas and dream cheese sauce and top with salsa and have your fill!

Omg look at that cheese sauce oozing down! YUUUUUMM!

I promise I am going to try and blog a little more regularly. I miss it heaps when I don't so keep at me. If you haven't seen a post in a week or two send me a comment and tell me to get off my butt and stop watching weeds season 3. LOL

I honestly just ate this like an hour ago but going through these photos I wanna eat it again!

*You can get a hold of these cheesey beauties at

These cheezes are also available at these location all around Australia:

Cruelty Free Shop - Fitzroy
Prahran Convenience - Prahran
Apples & Sage - Balwyn
Mad Cowgirls - Preston
Sunnybrook - Ormond
Bendigo Wholefoods

Cruelty Free Shop - Glebe
Elim Health Store
Funky Pies (distirbutor)

Everything vegan - Adelaide city centre
Avo Trading (distributor)

The Greenway Organic - Greenway

Cruelty Free Shop - Auckland, New Zealand


  1. phwoarrrrrrr this is just full of brilliant stuff. Beautiful colours! I've been trying to cook dinner when it's still light outside, but we have no natural light in the kitchen part of the house, so I have to carefully take all the food to the back of the house just to put it by the big window.

    1. Yeah the light in my kitchen is only good at about 4pm for about half an hour so I have a very small window of time to get the shots done. I need a new house i think! lol

  2. That looks delicious!!! And the photos are gorgeous. I use a lightbox in the fall/winter. It's a pain to set up when I really just wanna stuff my face. But it works well. Or sometimes, if I'm feeling lazy, I'll just take pics of my leftovers at lunch the next day, using the light from our big office breakroom windows.

    1. Thanks love! What is a light box? Left overs is a good idea, never thought of that!

  3. I love making power bowls for dinner. Definitely need to make your smokey chickpea bowl it looks SO delicious - just need to get my hands on the ingredients now!!

    1. Power bowl are the best!! Thanks Thalia. x

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