What I Eat in Perth – Jackfruit Toasty, Easy Selfmade Sushi + Healthy Vegan Brownie Recipe

Once more I am impressed by how many great vegan options there are in Australia. Food shopping and eating out is so fun here because nearly everyone has vegan or at least vegetarian options on their menu.

As I had a very nice kitchen most of my time in Western Australia (I stayed at the City Perth Backpackers), I really enjoyed cooking something for dinner every day. I also got to enjoy some yummy food at the market in Fremantle and I am planning to go to ‚The Lord of the Fries‘ before I leave.

In my hostel, I also met two other veggie girls (one is completely vegan, the other mostly) and I had two lovely vegan picnics with Eugene from Korea which was so much fun!

My breakfast usually looked something like this. If you want to know how I make my healthy filling and delicious oats, head to this blog post!

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But some days I also can’t resist just getting the free breakfast from the hostel, even though it isn’t a very healthy option – it just tastes very good… Peanut butter and strawberry jam on warm toast with a cup of tea. It’s also super delicious to mash some banana on a peanut butter toast :P

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Right next to the market in Fremantle there is a vegan café called ‚Chick pea – vegan café‘ that sells some awesome vegan food. I think their menu changes, but when I was there they had lasagne, pumpkin gnocchi, different quiches, wraps and some sweets & treats and these amazing turmeric waffle toasts with tomato and cashew cheese. Super cheesy, flavourful and delicious!

I really try to get a lot of vitamins in each day, while still staying on a budget. But sometimes you just crave some freshly pressed juice and in comparison to fresh smoothie/juice prices in Germany, they are fairly cheap (around 7$ = 4,50€).

The left one is a green apple & celery juice and the right is carrot, beetroot, celery and kale.

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Every Friday evening there is a Food Market in the city centre with many food stalls to choose from. I got some vegan Marroccanean tajine with lots of veggies and rice underneath and it tasted so so good!

Healthy Vegan Protein-rich Brownie

I really miss baking and testing yummy healthy recipes, but one day me and some friends had nothing to do, so I decided to bake some healthy black bean brownies with them. They turned out super yummy and because there is a bulk food store in the city, we could only buy however much we needed which was great (otherwise it just doesn’t make sense to buy huge amounts that you will never need).

Ingredients

  • 1 can of black beans
  • a lot of soaked dates (we probably had about 25 because we only had the cheap ones that aren’t that sweet)
  • 3/4 cup of plant-based milk
  • 1/3 cup of flour (we used self-raising flour to skip the baking powder/soda, otherwise just add 1/2 tsp of each)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cacao powder
  • optional: 1/2 cup crushed almonds & 3/4 cup of dark choc chips

How to

  1. Soak the dates in hot water
  2. If you have a blender mix everything (besides the almonds and choc chips) very well and add the almonds and choc chips afterwards and stir them into the dough
  3. If you don’t have a blender (like us) mash the soaked dates & mash the beans very well with a fork and then add everything else and mix to a dough
  4. Bake at around 170 degrees for around 20 minutes, let it cool a bit and then cut and eat (they taste amazing when still warm)

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I found 3 packages of this gluten free cacao porridge in the free food shelve and had that mixed into my normal oats (as one package would never be enough for me :D ). Also, the oranges here taste amazing – so sweet and juicy! So I had one before my oats for a few days.

This jackfruit sandwich was heavenly! Toasted so perfectly (how is this even possible?!) and seasoned very well. Props to Milk Belly Café in Fremantle for this amazing vegan option!

When you have leftover rice and walk into an Asian store to find nori paper – you make sushi! Even though this was just normal rice and I didn’t have a bamboo mat to help me roll, they turned out so so good! I filled them with warm tofu in soy sauce, avocado (of course) and some fresh baby spinach for the greens.

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As I only had a little bit of rice and still some nori left, I just used couscous instead to make sushi and it was still pretty good.

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Eugene and I took our food to the Kings Park to have a lovely picnic with the best view you can have in Perth. Besides the couscous sushi, we also had some mango, naan bread with hummus and tomato and rice with veggies and tofu.

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In Perth, there is a vegetarian Indian all-you-can-eat restaurant called ‚Annalakshmi‘ which is located at Victoria Quay where you pay however much you want. I’ve been there twice and their food is super good. A little bit spicy, but healthy and so so filling.

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I found a fairly cheap pineapple at the Golden Choice Market in Subiaco and it was amazing with my porridge. Super sweet, juicy and delicious when it gets warm in your oats.

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Another evening, Eugene and I met at Monger Lake for another picnic. There was a summer festival going on that day as well, so we had our own food first and got some dessert afterwards at the food stalls (which also had a lot of vegan options).

We had an amazing fruit salad with cherries, mango, strawberries, orange and blackberries, some spring rolls, pasta with veggies and tomato sauce and fried rice with tofu sausage.

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And later I got a strawberry-passionfruit popsicle while we listened to Christmas music at the summer festival.


As this blog post is already super long, I am going to make another post sharing some healthy one-pot meals with you that are cheap, vegan and easy to make. Check out my first one here!

 

 

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Cheap, Healthy, Vegan – Dinner Recipes for Healthy Backpackers on a Budget

Back home it was my goal to stay healthy and fit while still enjoying myself on my travels. I also wanted to go completely vegan when I am solo travelling through Australia because I knew I would have to cook for myself anyway and there wouldn’t be cheese or any cooked meals by my mom that could disturb me from staying vegan…

In reality, it sometimes is a bit hard, because some hostels offer free breakfast like pancakes or you want to try something new, but I managed to be mostly vegan and cook only vegan myself.

In this blog post, I want to share a few recipes that I have been loving and re-cooking a lot in the past two months of travelling as they are healthy, nutritious, quick to make, vegan and still very cheap. I hope you like the inspiration of some yummy meals that are not just great for backpackers, but for everyone who wants to have some quick and easy wholesome meals!

Cheesy Vegan Pasta

What you need: pasta of your choice, classic hummus, garlic, onion, salt, broccoli (or other veggies of your liking), nutritional yeast (*optional, I was lucky to find that in the free food shelve of a hostel, I wouldn’t have bought it as it is pretty expensive)

How to: boil the pasta with added salt in the water, simmer your broccoli florets in lightly salted water, chop the onion and garlic into small pieces and let them boil in a bit of pasta water, then add two big scoops of hummus and make a creamy sauce, then add the pasta and broccoli and nutritional yeast to make it even more cheesy – but it also tastes great without it.

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I also made that sauce with spinach and chopped tomatoes instead of the broccoli and that’s delicious as well!

Wraps à la whatever you fancy

Wraps were the go-to meal for me and my travel buddy Meike that I met on the Great Ocean Road Tour. We literally had them every day when we didn’t eat out. Super healthy, quick, easy to prepare for several days and you can fill them with whatever you love.

We always bought the green spinach wraps (they have them everywhere here) and always added hummus and fresh spinach. Everything else varied from what we wanted / what was on sale in the stores: tofu fried with soy sauce, veggie pan with onion, zucchini, mushrooms, paprika, sweet corn, beans, chickpeas… sometimes we added fresh tomatoes or paprika, as well as avocado.

There are so many options! We always looked what we could get cheap and made a big batch of the filling and stored it in food boxes for several days to heat up every night and just add some of the fresh ingredients… eh voilà! Quick & easy dinner or lunch.

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Veggies & Beans in Tomato Sauce

Another dish that I frequently eat because it is super healthy, easy, quick and cheap is frozen veggies (I love the mix of carrot, broccoli, cauliflower and peas) with mixed beans, just kidney beans or even baked beans (they already have the tomato sauce which is handy), I chop up some onion and season everything with whatever I find in the hostel or just salt and I love adding nutritional yeast to it as well.

This is a yummy dish with fewer carbs which is great, but I oftentimes eat avocado toast/corn cakes with it or it also tastes amazing to add some baked potatoes (or rice) to keep you full for longer.

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A great snack that I love to have on hand is carrots with hummus. I snack on them all the time! Hummus is only 2$ for 200g and you get 1kg of carrots for around 1$ so it’s super cheap.

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Vegan Bolognese

Another great pasta dish is Bolognese but made with lots of onion, carrot and scrambled tofu. The cheapest way to get tofu is at the Asian market. You can either use already seasoned tomato sauce or spice it yourself if you have herbs like basil, oregano and paprika on hand.

Ingredients: pasta of your choice, onion and garlic, salt & pepper, carrot, tofu, soy sauce and tomato sauce, olive oil and other herbs (*optional)

Instruction: boil the pasta in salt water, chop up the onion and garlic and fry it with olive oil in a pan, add the carrots and a splash of water and let it simmer until slightly soft, cut the tofu into small pieces and drizzle soy sauce to give it taste, add the tofu and tomato sauce (+ a little more water if needed) and taste with salt, pepper and other herbs

Super delicious and great to prepare for several meals in advance. You can also add bell pepper, fresh tomatoes or spinach to make it even healthier!

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We also used leftover „pasta sauce“ as a wrap filling with capsicum, fresh spinach, hummus and tomato chutney.


What do you think about these kinds of blog posts? Do you prefer fancy food posts with pretty pictures or these easy going quick & easy recipes? Do you have ideas for me what to eat that is cheap and still healthy?

 

Healthy Vegan Treats – Quick & Easy

It’s quite a while ago since I posted a recipe on my blog. So today I decided it was time again and I want to show you healthy vegan trats that are made super quick and easy so you always have some good snacks on hand when you crave something sweet and/or chocolaty.

I really love snacks and I could always munch on something while working on my laptop. I try to be satisfied after every meal, but I just have such a sweet tooth and I always want dessert after having a savoury meal… I try to resist is sometimes, but I rather have some „healthy“ treats here and there to satisfy my desire.

I’m sure not everybody agrees with me when I say these recipes are healthy, but they definitely are better than regular stuff: free from industrial sugar, low in fat and without white flour, but they still taste amazing!

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Chocolate ’nana Muffin

– 1 tbsp shredded Flaxseeds + 3 tbsp warm water
– 3 ripe bananas
– 1,5 tbsp maple syrup
– 1,5 tbsp applesauce (without added sugar)
– 1 tbsp coconut oil
– pinch of vanilla extract
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1 tsp baking soda
– pinch of salt
– 1 tbsp unsweetened (raw) cacao powder ( I use this product*)
– 5 tbsp buckwheat flour
– 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips

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  • mix the flaxseeds with water and let it sit for 5-10 minutes
  • mash the bananas and mix all ingredients to a smooth dough
  • bake for around 15 minutes at 190°C

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Chocolate Cookie Dough made with Chickpeas

I eat this cookie dough for breakfast most of the times because it is the best post-workout meal! But I always end up having leftovers as a snack later.
I have to admit that it doesn’t taste like real cookie dough because you can’t taste the sugar crystals and the greasy butter, but it’s still super yummy – you just can’t expect it to taste the same.
I got this recipe idea from kichererb.se but I never followed her instructions completely and rather experiment myself.

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– 1 can of very well rinsed chickpeas (save the chickpea water to make other yummy recipes like my healthy crunchy muesli!)
– about 8 pitted dates (soak them in plant milk overnight if they aren’t smooth)
– 5 tsp unsweetened (raw) cacao ( I use this product*)
– a little bit of plant milk (depends on consistency)
– pinch of vanilla extract
– optional: 3 tsp chopped dark chocolate, cacao nibs, nut butter, cinnamon, chopped nuts, shredded coconut…

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  • mix everything with a high speed blender and add whatever extras you like/have on hand
  • I never make the same cookie dough and always add something else every time

I love dipping apple slices into it or eating it with fruit!


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Chocolate Bliss Balls

I always wanted to make my own bliss balls because you can literally see everyone making and eating them. I just mixed together everything I thought would fit and taste and they came out so so yum!
– 12 soaked dates (in just as much plant milk to cover them overnight)
– 3 tsp chia seeds
– 2 handful of nuts (I used a variety of different ones we had)
– 3 tsp unsweetened (raw) cacao (I use this product*)
– 3 tsp shredded dark chocolate
– cacao nibs
– 6 tbsp spelt flakes (or oats)
– optional: coconut flakes to coat your bliss balls

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  • soak the dates and chia seeds together in plant milk overnight
  • mix all ingredients in a high-speed blender and add the spelt/oat flakes in portions to vary depending on the consistency (it needs to be very creamy but not too sticky)
  • wet your hands with water, take small portions and roll your bliss balls
  • coat them in coconut flakes (sadly we didn’t have any…)

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Hemp-Apricot Bliss Balls

My grandma once made me these yummy bliss balls that have slightly different ingredients than usual bliss balls but they tasted amazing! I really love dried apricots anyways and hempseeds also are high in protein and very healthy!

– 150g dried apricots (not sulphurated! and try to find very creamy ones)
– 100g oat bran
– 100g hazelnuts
– 100g hempseeds
– plant milk depending on consistency
– optional: shredded coconut or more oat bran

  • mix the apricots in a high-speed blender with a little bit of plant milk and slowly add the dry ingredients, depending on the consistency add more milk
  • wet your hands with water, take small portions and roll your bliss balls
  • coat them in shredded coconut or oat bran

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Always keep in mind that it is better to have a proper snack or meal than to stuff yourself with „healthy treats“ because you are hungry. These treats are made for dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth but not to fill you up!

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You could, for example, have a piece of bread with avocado and tomato, a bowl of porridge with fruit or (vegan) yogurt with fruit and muesli. These things will fill you up more and won’t make you hungry for more (like treats tend to do!).
You should also think about what you could improve in your eating routine so that you stay full longer and don’t need to have snacks in between. But that also depends on yourself because everyone has different preferences with how they separate their meals. Some only have 2/3 big meals a day, others like to eat more frequently but smaller portions – for me it depends on my day and what I am up to.


More treats:

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This dessert doesn’t look healthy at all – but it is! Made of silken tofu it is the perfect creamy vegan chocolate mousse. Only takes 10 minutes and 5 main ingredients to make and it’s so good, while still being healthy and high in protein as well!

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Treats don’t always need chocolate to be super delicious! These fruity little muffins are prefect to use up ripe bananas and very handy to take with you wherever you go!

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Cakes can be „healthy“ too! If you use cane sugar instead of white industrial sugar, buckwheat or other wholegrain flour instead of white flour and plant butter/oil even your favorite cake can be made healthy (or at least healthier!). I collected my all time favourite vegan cake recipes here!

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I recently made my favourite raspberry banana bread with frozen blueberries instead and it tasted amazing – so creamy, moist and fruity!

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But if you prefer the combination of chocolate, banana and peanut butter, I got you covered as well!

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Ever tried brownies made with sweet potato? Super delicious! I can highly recommend trying it, especially when it’s still warm!

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Probably my favourite treat ever! So so creamy, fruity, crunchy, not too sweet and warm – I really need to remake it with different kinds of fruit: Baked Plum Crumble


What treats do you like to make when you crave something sweet but still want to stay healthy? Are you going to try one of my recipe? What are your favourite treats?


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