Easy Vegan Nut Roast Recipe.
Great Tasting Easy to Make Vegan nut Roast.
Nut Roast, a Healthy and Tasty Option.
Vegan nut roast is a wonderful, healthy and tasty alternative to roast meat, this easy to follow recipe is good enough for special occasions such as Christmas and Thanksgiving yet cheap enough for a mid-week roast. We are often told to cut down on our intake of red meat and to reduce the amount of highly processed meats we consume, switching a roast joint of meat for a nut roast occasionally is a great way to do this.
Vegan nut roast is wholesome, filling and even the most dedicated of meat eaters is sure to enjoy it. This vegan nut roast will also freeze really well, so why not make two, one for now and one for later. If you are intending to freeze the nut roast first let it cool completely and then wrap it in foil and freeze the day you make it. It will keep for several weeks in the freezer. Simply take it out at least four hours before you want to use it, it works best if defrosted overnight in the fridge.
To reheat safely simply cut thick slices of nut roast, put them in a shallow ovenproof dish and cover them in some nice homemade vegan gravy. This will take about twenty minutes to reheat in a moderate oven. Or you can use the microwave, in which case it will take about five minutes on full power.
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Ingredients for Vegan nut Roast.
- 1 large red onion, chopped
- 3 small carrots, grated
- 8 oz mixed nuts, roughly chopped
- 4 oz pumpkin seeds, whole
- 2-3oz brown breadcrumbs
- 2 tsp mixed herbs, dried or fresh
- 1 tsp vegetable oil, olive oil works well
- 4 oz red peppers, roughly chopped
- 2 sticks celery, chopped
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 tsp marmite
- 4 oz vegetable stock
- 1-2 tbs cornflour, as needed to thicken
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped. (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 360 c. Well grease the inside of a loaf tin with a little of the vegetable oil.
- Heat the remaining vegetable oil in a heavy-based pan and saute the onion and garlic if you are using it for a couple of minutes. Be careful not to let the onions burn as this will affect the taste of the finished dish.
- Add the carrot, celery and peppers and fry for a further five minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from the heat and add the chopped nuts, pumpkin seeds and breadcrumbs. Stir the mixture well to combine all the ingredients.
- Add the marmite and herbs to the vegetable stock and then add this to the nut roast mixture. Stir well. If the mixture seems a little sloppy at this stage then return the pan to the heat and add the cornflour mixed with a small amount of water to make a cream. Alternatively, reduce the mixture on the hob over a medium heat.
- Season to taste with the salt and pepper and give the mixture a final stir. Go easy on the salt as Marmite is quite a salty tasting ingredient.
- Pour the mixture into the greased loaf tin, use the back of a spoon to level the loaf and then place the tin in the oven. It should take around forty minutes to cook but check it after thirty as the top can burn a little. Place a piece of foil over the top for the final ten minutes if it does look like it is catching.
Careful With the Salt.
When making this nut roast be very careful not to add too much salt. The Marmite gives a lovely taste to the dish but it is salty, you might not need to add any extra salt.
Serving Your Vegan Nut Roast.
When the nut roast is cooked remove it from the oven, cover with foil and leave it to rest for ten minutes. Turn it out onto a plate and slice. Serve with vegan gravy or warm cranberry sauce and a selection of fresh vegetables. This dish looks and tastes delicious, you really won't miss meat at all.
To make the cranberry sauce - take half a jar of cranberries or a some cooked fresh cranberries, place in a medium saucepan add a small glass of vegan red wine and heat through. Add a little orange zest just before serving. Enjoy.
Health Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet.
Numerous recent studies have shown that there are a great many health benefits associated with a plant-based diet. Vegetarians and vegans typically have much lower rates of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes.They also have a lower risk of suffering heart disease. Plant foods are high in fibre and have more heart-healthy fats than animal products. Replacing animal-based fats with olive oil, avocado oil or nut/seed oil can have a dramatic effect on the body.
Eating a largely plant-based diet might even help to prevent certain types of cancer, specifically colon and prostate.
The high levels of fibre, soluble fibre, in particular, help you feel fuller for longer and so can help with weight loss too.
All of these health benefits add up and can help vegetarians and vegans live longer, healthier lives than their carnivorous friends.
Even having one or two meat-free days a week can give significant results. So why not give a plant-based diet a chance and see how it makes you feel.
Health Benefits of a Plant Based Diet.
Weight Loss, heart health, cancer prevention and an extended lifespan have all been associated with following a more plant-based diet.
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