Besan Dosa

This is Besan Dosa–a gram flour pancake–with a difference: sun-dried tomatoes and spinach. Multiply the quantities of the dry mix and store in a lidded container in the fridge for easy and quick breakfasts. This takes about 10 minutes to prepare from start to finish, and serves 2.


For the dry mix

1/2 cup gram flour or besan
1 tbsp ground flaxseeds or linseeds
1/2 tsp onion granules
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cumin
Pinch turmeric
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp salt
Pinch black pepper
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp nutritional yeast

For cooking

Small handful of spinach, shredded
1 green onion, finely sliced (1 tbsp reserved for garnish)
3-4 sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped with a kitchen scissors (1 tbsp reserved for garnish)


1. Preheat a lidded frying pan over a medium heat (we don’t have a lid for our frying pan, so we use the lid of our soup pot, which fits just inside the rim of the pan).
2. Mix all dry ingredients.
3. Stir the spinach, green onion, and sun-dried tomatoes into the dry ingredients.
4. Add 1/2 cup water to the mix and stir well to combine. Now, a little at a time add more water until the mix becomes a pouring consistency.
5. Spray the frying pan with a little oil (if it is not a nonstick pan), or wipe over with a piece of kitchen towel dipped in oil.
6. Pour half of the mix into the frying pan and tilt the pan to allow the mix to form a circle.
7. Cover the pan and allow the dosa to cook for 2-3 minutes until little bubbles appear on the surface and the underside is slightly browned. Turn, and cook on the other side 1-2 minutes more. It must be fully cooked, because raw gram flour doesn’t taste good at all.
8. Keep warm in an oven on a low heat until the other dosa is cooked. Serve, if desired, on some of your favourite toasted bread with more spinach, and garnished with the reserved tomatoes and green onions. We spread our toast with a little of the cream from the top of a can of coconut milk for the interesting flavour.

Sneaky Macaroni

This dish takes under 20 minutes, serves 4-6, and is a hearty budget recipe. It’s called Sneaky Macaroni because the sauce is rich in phytonutrients, but you’d never know it from the taste!


75g pasta per person
2 heads broccoli, cut into the smallest florets you can manage

For the sauce

400g sweet potato, peeled and diced
200g carrots, peeled and chopped
1 can white beans (e.g. butter beans)
4 cloves garlic
2 tbsp yellow miso paste
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp suitable-for-vegans Dijon mustard
3/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp turmeric
2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce, or more to taste
4 garlic cloves
1 tsp onion granules
1 cup soy milk
1-2 cups vegetable broth, or as much as needed to thin the sauce to the desired consistency
Salt and pepper, to taste


1. Make the sauce by placing the carrots and sweet potato in a large pot of cold water and bring to the boil. Simmer until fork tender–about 7 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions, adding the broccoli in the last 3-5 minutes of boiling time, depending on your preferred doneness.
3. When the sweet potatoes and carrots are cooked, drain, and add to the blender with the rest of the sauce ingredients. Blend to the desired thickness, adding enough vegetable broth to reach a smooth consistency.
4. Add the desired amount of sauce to the pasta, and stir through to warm. If the sauce has been sitting for a while and has thickened, stir through some more water or vegetable broth.