Recipe Sunday – Vegan Vegetable Wellington

Hi kittens! How are you? It’s been a very cold week: snow and ice have covered where I live and I was really a Winter Wonderland! Just perfect for the pre-Christmas period. And it’s a great time to have some comfort food like this Vegan Vegetable Wellington by ConnoseurusVeg.

Vegan Vegetable Wellington by ConnoseurusVeg


  • ½ cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 cups diced (½-inch) butternut squash (Note 1)
  • 8 ounces diced ½-inch) cremini mushrooms (about 3 cups of mushrooms)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup whiskey (Note 2)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 sheet (about 9 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed (Note 3)
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter, melted


  1. Place the rice, broth, thyme, sage and rosemary into a small saucepan and set it over high heat.
  2. Bring the liquid to a boil, lower the heat and cover. Allow the rice to simmer for about 40 minutes, until the liquid is fully absorbed.
  3. Remove the pot from heat and allow it to sit with the lid on for at least 5 minutes before uncovering.
  4. While the rice cooks, preheat the oven to 400°.
  5. Toss the squash with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and and toss the mushrooms with 2 teaspoons of oil. Arrange them separately on the baking sheets.
  6. Place the baking sheets into the oven and bake until the squash and mushrooms are tender, about 20 minutes.
  7. Remove the baking sheets from the oven but leave the oven on.
  8. Coat the bottom of a large skillet with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and place it over medium heat.
  9. When the oil is hot, add the onion. Sweat the onion until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  10. Add the garlic and sauté another minute, until very fragrant.
  11. Lower the heat and carefully add the whiskey (Note 4). Raise the heat back to medium, bring the whiskey to a simmer it simmer for about 2 minutes, until most of the liquid has cooked off.
  12. Add 1 cup of the cooked rice (Note 5), squash, mushrooms and pecans to the skillet. Stir a few times to mix everything up.
  13. Taste-test the mixture at this point (careful, as it will be hot) and season it with salt and pepper to taste.
  14. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir to incorporate. Remove the skillet from the heat.
  15. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  16. Place the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface and roll it to about a 12-inch square. Transfer it to the baking sheet.
  17. Pile the filling on the puff pastry, forming a long rectangle extending down the center of the puff pastry sheet. Shape the filling with your hands and pack it in. It should seem like a lot, but you can remove some if it’s way too much.
  18. Option 1: Braid the dough. Use a knife to cut approximately 1-inch strips down either side of the rectangle, stopping about a half in from the strip of filling. Starting at the bottom, fold the strips inward at a slight diagonal, over the filling, pinching opposite strips together.
  19. Option 2: Simply fold the top and bottom ends of the puff pastry over the filling, then wrap the sides overtop to form a log shape, pinching tightly at the seams to form a seal. Poke a few holes in the dough to allow steam to escape.
  20. Brush the pastry with the melted butter.
  21. Bake the log until golden and puffy, 30-35 minutes.
  22. Allow the vegetable Wellington to cool just for a couple minutes, then slice and serve.

I hope you’ll enjoy it!



Vegan Christmas Menu Ideas

We’re so close to Christmas! Do you have everything ready for this holiday? If yes, I’m absolutely happy for you and kudos for your organisational skills. Here, we’re not 100% ready but. I know what I would like for my Christmas dinner! So, I’m sharing with you the recipes


My Vegan and Gluten-Free Bruschetta is always a hoot! It’s flavourful and you’ll find it very easy to make.

Plate of bruschettas.

Other appetisers can be the Air Fryer Vegan Spring Rolls by KiipFit and the Vegan Puff Pastries with Spinach and Ricotta by Tasty, Thrift, Timely (on BestOfVegan).


There are many Christmassy soups that are going to make for a very festive dinner! The Vegan Carrot Soup by LovingItVegan is one of these, as well as the Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup by TheStingyVegan.

Main Course

To me, lasagna is THE Christmas main course par excellence: there is just something about the whole mix of ingredients in the lasagna that screams “festivities”. And just to give a twist to the traditional recipe, the Vegan Lasagna Rolls with Tofu Ricotta by Shane&Simple is the perfect main course recipe for your Christmas dinner. Another delicious recipe for the occasion is the Wild Garlic and Asparagus Risotto by LovelyJubley.

Wild Garlic and Asparagus Risotto by LovelyJubley

Childhood memories of roasted dishes and savoury tarts won’t be disappointed with the Vegan Roast Beef by TheHiddenVeggies and the Vegan Asparagus Potato Tart by HolyCow.


Two side dishes by the LazyCatKitchen are the Maple Roasted Carrots with Cranberries and the Roasted Green Beans with Almond Bacon.


To finish, I propose to you a cake, Cookies and a traditional Christmas pudding. TheVegSpace has the recipe for a scrumptious Vegan Christmas Cake, while the Hazelnut Cookies by Elavegan will be perfect for those who want something sweet but don’t have space in the belly for the cake.
But we can’t end the dessert section of a Christmas dinner without a Traditional Vegan Christmas Pudding by the VeganFamilyHouse.


I hope you’ll have a great time during these holidays and you’ll manage to also get some rest. And I hope you’ll enjoy some of these delicious dishes! If you make any of these, let me know what you think 🙂



Recipe Sunday – Air Fryer Tofu

Hello beauties! Is everything okay with you? Here it has snowed and it is really Winter Wonderland! So beautiful. This morning I felt like pancakes and followed a recipe by the VietVegan that I shared last year for Pancake Day: it’s my favourite recipe for pancakes, so easy to make and has a delicious result! For dinner, I wanted something versatile to use for tomorrow’s lunch and this Air Fryer Tofu by LovingItVegan was exactly what I needed.

Air Fryer Tofu by LovingItVegan


  • 16 ounces Firm Tofu Pressed for 30 minutes
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
  • ½ teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic POwder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper Ground Black Pepper


  • Press the tofu for 30 minutes. It’s ideal if you use a tofu press. If you don’t have a tofu press you can place your tofu on a plate, with another plate on top and then stack something heavy on top of that, like a heavy pot.
  • When the tofu is pressed cut it into cubes.
  • Add sesame oil, soy sauce and maple syrup to a measuring jug and whisk together into a sauce.
  • Place the tofu cubes into a container with a tight sealing lid.
  • Pour the sesame oil, soy sauce, maple syrup mix over the top of the tofu.
  • Place the lid onto the container and rotate it a few times, gently tossing the tofu with the sauce.
  • Add cornstarch, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and ground black pepper to a small bowl and mix together.
  • Sprinkle half the spice mix over the tofu. Put the lid on the container and rotate it a few times to gently toss the tofu in the spices.
  • Then sprinkle the rest of the spice mix over the tofu, seal the container again and rotate it a few times again to toss the tofu in the spices.
  • Place the blocks of tofu into the air fryer in a single layer with space between each block. Make sure they don’t touch.
  • Depending on the size of your air fryer you may be able to do it in one batch.
  • Cook at 400°F (200°C) for 10 minutes until golden and crispy.

Let me know what you think!



How to Have a More Sustainable Christmas

Hello beauties! Christmas is approaching. This is a time of celebration, of visiting your family and friends and spending time together with loved ones. But it can also bring up some anxiety as we want to find the right presents for these people. In addition to this, there might be concerns about how all this shopping might have a negative environmental impact on our beloved planet. Also considering that during this period it seems that the big companies monopolise the holidays’ scene.

Despair no more! There are many solutions for a more ethical, sustainable Christmas shopping without sacrificing originality, affordability and personality.



Probably one of the best ways for more sustainable Christmas gifts, are those made by you: from knitting to potpourri and wreaths and much more! There are so many things that you can make yourself and gift to your family and friends and it’ll show how much you care for them because you spent time making these creations. If you want to start your journey in the Christmas DIY, APieceOfRainbow really got you covered! ThePioneerWoman is another brilliant place that you can visit to get some more ideas, as well as TheSpruce.

Support Local Artists

Second in the list, I put local artists: look around your area, artists are everywhere and with all sorts of skills! There are painters and illustrators, sculptors and jewellers, just look around you and you’ll find a different world.

For example, in the town where I live, there is a place that hosts creations by local artists on a regular basis. And in another couple of towns not far from where I live, there are similar places.

You can find many artists on Instagram, ArtFire and Folksy.

Small Businesses

Local artists have also small businesses where they sell their art. But there are other categories of small businesses that you can support: an example, artisanal food producers – jams, marmalades, chocolates, liqueurs etc. You can find small businesses that make vegan products and are handmade. True, they’re going to be more expensive compared to similar products by the bigger companies, but they usually also have smaller items for sale that would make for perfect gifts.

Last year, I got some sets of lovely handmade soaps for my relatives, while this year I got some handmade candles from a small business I follow on Instagram.

Many lovely small businesses put their stuff up on Etsy.

Sustainable Clothing

Good On You is a website that reviews clothing and accessories companies, rating them on a scale from 1 (“We avoid”) to 5 (“Great”) for “Planet”, “Animals” and “People”. While the obvious fast-fashion brands like H&M and Primark are rated “We avoid”, there are so many others that are rated “Great” and “Good” and are also affordable!

Adoption and Sponsor Packages

Probably one of the best gift ideas is adoption packages from animal charities. From the RSPCA/SSPCA, to the Cats Protection and all the different sanctuaries, you can find different adoption and sponsor packages: they usually provide a card with all the details of the adopted/sponsored animal, with a picture and sometimes a little gift such as a keychain or puppet.

Subscriptions to magazines

The Ethical Consumer is the perfect magazine for the person that wants to find out more about sustainable brands and ways to live a more ethical life.


Go Vegan!

If you are not vegan yet, this is the right time to try out some vegan dishes. If you don’t have time to make your own food, there are many brands that are making delicious vegan food that is also affordable.

Make your own food…and share it!

True, as said above, there are more and more brands making ready food for Christmas. But it’s so nice to make your own food. And yes, it takes time and effort, but there are many recipes that are easy and quick with great results. For example, this “50 Vegan Christmas Dinner Recipes That Impress” by Nutriciously article provides a number of easy, quick and delicious recipes for a brilliant Christmas!


Despite the fact that at Christmas you might find it difficult to be sustainable, I hope that this post

showed that this is easily achievable even during this stressful time. There are ideas for everyone!

Let me know what you think, and if you have other ways for more sustainable holidays.



Recipe Sunday – Easy Vegan Lasagna Rolls with Vegan Ricotta

Happy Sunday, kittens! Yesterday I went to a Christmas night out with some friends: it was the first time I went out with this crowd and I had a great time! Stepped out of my comfort zone and it was a very positive experience. Yay! But today is all about recharging, getting ready for the week ahead and dedicating some time to making delicious comfort food. And what better comfort food than lasagna…with a twist?! Here we have the recipe for the Easy Vegan Lasagna Rolls with Vegan Ricotta by Shane&Simple.

It is probably one of the easiest recipes, returning an amazing result!

Easy Vegan Lasagna Rolls with Vegan Ricotta by Shane&Simple


  • 1 x 14 oz. block firm or extra firm tofu (NOT Silken)
  • ¼ – ½ cup nutritional yeast (depending on how “cheesy” you want your ricotta)
  • 3 tbsp. Italian seasoning. Or (you can use 1 Tbsp. dried basil, 2 Tbsp. dried oregano)
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup fresh spinach (chopped or whole)
  • 2 x 28 oz. can of low-sodium crushed tomatoes. If you like your sauce a little chunky, use 1 can crushed tomatoes and 1 can diced tomatoes.
  • 2 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp. dried basil
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes (adjust according to spice preference)
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1 box whole grain lasagna noodles


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

To Make The Tofu Ricotta

  1. Break tofu apart and put in food processor. Add lemon juice, nutritional yeast, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and salt. Blend until fairly smooth and ingredients are well combined.
  2. Add spinach and pulse 8-10 times or until spinach is chopped well and incorporated into ricotta.

To Make The Sauce

  1. Place tomatoes and spices in a large pot and simmer over medium to medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes.

To Make The Lasagna

  1. Cook lasagna noodles according to package instructions
  2. In a 9×13 baking dish, pour ½ the sauce into the bottom of the pan. Strain noodles and prepare to make the lasagna rolls.
  3. Lay noodles out one at a time, place a spoonful of Easy Vegan Ricotta onto the noodle and spread until the noodle is covered. Once covered, start at one end of the noodle and roll it up like a sleeping bag. Place into the baking dish and repeat process until all rolls have been assembled.
  4. Pour remaining sauce on top of all noodles, cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 15 minutes.

Just trust me on this: you will thoroughly enjoy it!