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Homemade vegan dumplings/ Gyoza

Homemade vegan dumplings/ Gyoza

Hi, and today’s recipe is Homemade Vegan Dumplings/ Gyoza it is Chinese new year and with all the heartbreaking news regarding the recent virus., I feel a bit sad writing this. But I already had this recipe and blog post laid out before the outbreak. 

Homemade Char Siu- BBQ pork

Homemade Char Siu- BBQ pork

Making Homemade Char siu is incredibly easy! And it is ridiculously cost effective. The dish originates from south east china, specifically Guangdong. It is classified as Cantonese cuisine. This stems from Guangdong originally being known as Canton, and the local dialect being Cantonese. Translated Char 

Crispy Chilli Cups- Diet Friendly

Crispy Chilli Cups- Diet Friendly

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Crispy chilli cups- what are they? A layer of rice, stacked with chilli, a sprinkle of cheese. All sitting in a perfectly crispy cup!

Crispy chilli cups are an add on from my slow cooker healthy chilli.


And my


This is a brilliant way to incorporate them into little ones lunch boxes. Hitting all of the macro nutrients in just the right way.

Nutrition and Cost

What can I say, these things are pretty much perfect for me and my family.

  • 88 calories
  • 4g Fat
  • 9g Carbs
  • 5g Protein

All at a cost of 10 pence per cup!

How To use them

Personally, I use them for the whole family’s lunches. If you keep them in the fridge they may soften slightly. Fix this by popping them back into the oven for 10-15 minutes. The cup will crisp up, the cheese will melt, and it will be heaven in cute cup form!

Don’t throw any of the excess tortilla away, tear it up and crisp them up in the oven as well! They go perfectly with sneaky chilli nibbles out of the pot. “For testing purposes” obviously…

Video Guide


Nothing fills me with more apprehension then returning to youtube.

My last experience was, well, we will say. Interesting. But I was covering a subject I felt strongly about, but it was something I approached professionally.

I couldn’t say the things I wanted to say, because ultimately. I didn’t want to give the person I made the video about any room to have them removed (which she tried, twice). It wasn’t silly gossip to me, it was a Youtuber’s Young fan base being ripped off by their idol.

I have two children, and they worship their favourite Youtuber’s like gods. The idea of them being taken advantage of. Let’s just say it was personal to me.

I still have those videos up, purely because if this Youtuber tries anything similar in the future. People can look back and go into it knowing what to expect.

I never agreed with the amount of venom this person received. But things like that especially involving children, it needs to be called out.

Ultimately, I wasn’t myself in that video. I was speaking slower, trying to hide my accent. And Honestly, it wasn’t a video I enjoyed making.

Sitting through hours of painfully dull footage to grab pieces of information she was too stupid to hide. It really didn’t help that she had the personality as deep as a teaspoon either.

But now, I can finally be me.

For better, or the more likely, worse. I am who I am. And am going to have some fun with it. I want people to watch my video’s and smile, knowing things don’t always go right. That doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world.

And if you can laugh at the fails, you will never have a bad day in the kitchen again!

Wish me luck, I am going to need it!

Much Love

Crispy Chilli Cups Homemade

Crispy Chilli Cups- Diet Friendly

just nicole
This is an add on from my slow cooker chilli, but feel free to use your own. Tasty chilli served in a tortilla cup, with rice and cheese!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 10 Cups


  • Baking tray
  • cookie cutter (optional)


Per cup

  • 12.5 g Cooked rice I have used my wild thai lemon rice
  • 20 g Homemade Chilli I have a recipe linked in the blog, or make your own!
  • 6.5 g Tortilla That's the weight when cut, per cup
  • 3 g Cheese
  • Sauces Optional Guacamole, salsa, sour cream, whatever you fancy


  • Using the cookie cutter, make tortilla disks
  • take your muffin pan, lightly grease with 1 cal spray if yours is prone to sticking
  • place disk over each muffin hole
  • press firmly in the centre, until it fits in nicely
  • press down any loose overlaps
  • Bake in medium high oven for 5-10 minutes
  • once slightly brown around the edges remove from oven
  • Set aside to cool for a few minutes


  • Take your cooked rice and spoon a small amount into the tortilla cup
  • There should be enough to create a nice layer
  • Press down the rice to stabilise the base
  • Add 20g of chilli (1.5 tablespoons) Roughly
  • Top with grated cheese
  • Pop under the grill for 5-10 minutes. It is done when then cheese is melted and bubbling
  • Remove
  • Top with your choice of sauces
  • Enjoy!
Keyword beef, Bulk Cooking, chilli, Comfort food, Food prep, healthy, kidney beans, Nibbles, no cheat, Slow cooker add on, tortilla, winter warmer
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size varies
Servings Per Container you decide

Amount Per Serving
Calories 88 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 0g
Protein 5g 10%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Wild Thai Lemon Rice

Wild Thai Lemon Rice

Wild Thai Lemon Rice, manages to tick both earthy and fresh boxes.This blend of brown, black, red and white rice has nutty undertones. It is then lifted with the addition of lemon.

Smokey Bean and Mushroom Burger

Smokey Bean and Mushroom Burger

What is better then a burger? Add in the fact this smokey bean and mushroom burger comes in at 62p per serving. And is Healthy too, and I am in heaven!

Red lentil and mushroom curry

Red lentil and mushroom curry

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Red lentil and mushroom curry is a favourite in this house.

As you can probably tell, I have an obsession with Takeaways done healthy.

Because takeaways done healthy are normally Cheap food you can make at home….

This costs 38p per serving!

And Indian cuisine, am in love with that

Or food in general….

In Indian food, it focuses on 6 core elements salty, sweet, bitter, sour, astringent and last but not least spicy.

It’s why it ticks so many boxes for people.

Traditionally Indian cooking is heavily based on vegetarian dishes, which makes it ideal to alter for vegans.

In India, the ecosystem is so diverse, as are the dishes that vary from area to area.

Some of the fundamental ingredients in Indian food have been brought to the country from other lands.

Tomatoes and chillies from the Portuguese, even Potatoes!

Like all good cooking, the real flavours start with good honest ingredients.

It doesn’t need to be expensive, highly coveted and artisanal.

While it is nice to be able to splash out on more expensive ingredients from time to time. Every single recipe starts out from humble origins.

And all the best food I’ve ever eaten….

Mostly home cooked by people who know how to get the best out of an ingredient without the extra fuss.

Anyway I have rambled enough, let’s get into

The food

This recipe is outrageously healthy, filling and tastes gorgeous!

coming in at 285cals, 19.5 protein, 3g fat, 41.4 carbs for 300g portion It can’t be beaten.

Now with winter coming in having something warm and filling in your tummy is paramount, we are looking for comfort food here!

This freezes well and is really easy to make.

I hope you enjoy this red lentil and mushroom curry recipe

Have it as a main course or a side dish to the slow-cooked tandoor chicken (recipe below)

Marinated with yoghurt, lemon juice and spices. Family Favourite!

Click the picture or here to give it a try!


Don’t forget my dms are open and I’d love to hear from you. Tag me in your pictures on my social media so I can see what you’ve been up to!


Red lentil and mushroom curry. Gentle Warming curry, outrageously healthy, brilliant substitute to a oily curry. 300g portion 285cals, 19.5 protein, 3g fat, 41.4 carbs

Lentil and Mushroom Curry

just nicole
Gentle Warming curry, outrageously healthy, brilliant substitute to a oily curry. 300g portion 285cals, 19.5 protein, 3g fat, 41.4 carbs
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 285 kcal


  • one pot


  • 250 g red lentils
  • 200 g mushroom whatever is your favourite
  • 1 medium onion Finely diced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger peeled and sliced thinly or grated
  • 3 cloves Garlic Crushed
  • half tsp caraway seeds
  • half tbsp garam marsala
  • half tsp turmeric
  • half tbsp mustard seeds
  • half tbsp cumin seeds
  • half tbsp cumin powder
  • half tsp black pepper
  • 10 dried curry leaves optional
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 6 pods cardamom leave whole or crush with knife for more flavour
  • half tsp clove powder or 8-10 whole cloves
  • 1.5 tsp kishmiri chilli powder because this may only be available in certain areas, this can be substituted with half paprika half cayenne powder
  • half tsp tandoori marsala
  • 2 whole dreid chillis
  • 100g tomato passata or half tin tomatoes
  • 6 cups water


  • rinse lentils and allow to drain


  • heat pan on medium heat
  • add onion, mushrooms and all spices to the pan
  • allow become fragrant (add a drop of water to prevent burning)
  • add lentils and half of the water
  • mix through
  • cover with lid and allow to simmer
  • keep adding water as needed to prevent drying
  • half way through cooking time, add passata.
  • leave lid on and keep cooking for remainder of cooking time
  • you will know it is done when lentils are tender and it is nice and thick.

Serve and enjoy


    • thicker sauce- allow to reduce with lid off
    • thinner sauce add extra water or passata
    • acidic tomatoes- add half a tsp of sugar to counter
    • Freezes well
    Keyword chilli, curry, healthy, indian, Main course, no cheat, plant based, protein, side, spices, Vegan, Vegetarian, winter warmer
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 300g
    Servings Per Container 5

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 285 Calories from Fat 27
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 3g 5%
    Saturated Fat 0g 0%
    Trans Fat 0g
    Cholesterol 0mg 0%
    Sodium 171mg 7%
    Total Carbohydrate 41g 14%
    Dietary Fiber 15g 60%
    Sugars 4g
    Protein 19g 38%

    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Slow Cooker Tandoori Chicken

    Slow Cooker Tandoori Chicken

    Let’s talk about tandoori chicken! Well even though the title says Tandoori Chicken, this marinade will work with whatever meat you chose to use Tandoori gets the name from the bell-shaped tandoor oven, I could only dream of having one! But I am going to 

    Jamaican Me Hungry (Brown Chicken stew)

    Jamaican Me Hungry (Brown Chicken stew)

    jamaican-me-hungry A taste of the Caribbean! Perfect for bulk family cooking. Rich and hearty, slow cooker recipe. 232 Calories per portion!