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I had the chance to make a couple of waffles this week that is straight out of the pancake mix alongside some maple syrup or dairy-free whipping cream if you like. I had a couple different type of waffles off the mini iron waffle maker and although some aren’t perfect but you would need to add up to one cup of pancake mix flour as well as one up of water or rice milk or a mix of both alongside some sugar/monk fruit sugar, a bit of salt, a bit of baking powder and one egg replacer from Orgran.

That way, you will have an even batter on both the dry and wet ingredient sides that is going to turn out well once it’s good to go throughout the cooking process. Again, it’s best to say that less is more including when you pour it onto the iron press with a bit of cooking oil spray beforehand (or will turn out sticky) and your waffles can turn out great with a bit of crisp on the oustide. Also, don’t overload it like putting too much wet ingredients over the dry ones that would look runny at worst unless you add some more pancake mix/flour as if a disaster is waiting to happen & your waffles will 100% collapse at cooking time.

Yes, I haven’t tried the waffles with the waffle mix in it that might be a bit more crispy as it will take a while to find the right product that is both egg and dairy free. Although the ones I tried with the pancake mix isn’t bad as just add some sugar/monkfruit sugar alongside some baking powder and it will be fine. There is still a long way to go for me to perfect these waffles that will hopefully emulate like the restaurant-quality version (we don’t have a lot of Waffle Houses in Australia unlike the USA) but still, gotta say less is more when you make these waffles when you really need them & sure you’ll love it on top of these maple syrup, fruit and dairy-free whipping cream toppings for your perfect breakfast meal to kickstart the day.

And the Prenetti’s Mini Waffle maker product I brought off is a local Harris Scarfe store at around $15-20 dollars at the time as not sure if they still sell these but you should be able to buy one where they got most of the stock online.

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Truly, breading chicken with breadcrumbs is an art in itself that opens up the door to so many more possibilities than one could imagine for diets. It opens the door to veganism, being allergic to eggs, dairy, or just wanting an improved way of breading for health reasons. In this guide, we are going to learn some of the diverse ways and techniques in which one can bread their chicken to be crispy and tasty, all while remaining totally plant-based and allergy-friendly.

Break Down the Ingredients:

Before we go into the recipes, let’s know the ingredients we’ll be using : 

● Chicken Alternatives: Choose plant-based chicken alternatives like seitan, tofu, or tempeh for a completely vegan recipe.

● Breadcrumbs: Just check the ingredient list of the store-bought or homemade variety to ensure they are egg and dairy-free.

● Binders: Eggs are substituted with a number of alternatives such as aquafaba (brine from chickpeas), flaxseed meal, or cornstarch mixed with water.

● Spices: Play around with the spices you could add, such as garlic powder,  powdered chives,  ground bell peppers, dried oregano, nutritional yeast. 

● Cooking Oil: Use high heat oil, like canola, vegetable, or peanut, for frying or baking.

Aquafaba Magic

Breading: Canned chickpeas make a great egg replacer and work really well in breading. Here’s how: 

● Drain a can of chickpeas and collect the aquafaba in a bowl.

● Soak the meat substitute in aquafaba, ensuring they are well coated.

● Pop the chicken into the bowl with seasoned breadcrumbs and toss.

● Repeat the previous steps to obtain the right thickness of.

● Deep fry or bake the coated chicken until golden brown.

Flax Power

Flaxseeds are very nutritious and serve as a good binder in breading recipes. To use flax as an egg replacer in breading mixtures: 

● Mix together ground flaxseed meal and water in the ratio of 1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal to 3 tablespoons of water for each egg being replaced.

● Leave for a few minutes until the mixture achieves gel-like consistency.

● Dip the chicken alternative into the flaxseed mix and coat well.

● Bread the chicken in seasoned crumbs.

● Fry, or bake to a delicate brown.

Cornflour Coating:

Cornstarch is another perfect egg substitute in that it adds to the crispy crust. Here is how to use it in your breadingprocedure. 

● Mix cornstarch and water to make a slurry.

● Dredge the chicken sub through the cornstarch slurry, dredging it.

● Move the chicken to the bowl with the breadcrumbs and coat thoroughly.

● Cook again if extra crispy is desired.

● Deep fry or oven-bake until the outside breading is golden brown and the chicken substitute is cooked.

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Type of Baking

For the healthier alternative to frying, bake your breaded chicken. Here’s how you do it. 

● Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

● Bread the chicken substitute with aquafaba, flaxseed, or cornstarch.

● Transfer the chicken to the prepared baking sheet.

● Spritz or paint it with some cooking oil to help get it to brown.

● Bake for 25-30 minutes and turn the pieces halfway through to ensure a uniformly crispy breading and full internal cooking.

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I’ve just thought it would be a great time to try out a plant-based or dairy-free version of the Cherry Ripe chocolate bar & fortunately, that wish has been realised today thanks to Muscle Nation after I bought one today at my local Coles store.

I might be a bit irked when the coconut flakes may have fallen everywhere but I understand that’s part of the presentation of the final piece. However, I do love how they made the a mix of the gooey cherry jam and the custard filling all on the inside together that makes this dairy-free/plant-based “cherry ripe” chocolate bar so great. I would have it most days of the week during my morning snack, even though it may be a bit pricey compared to the usual cherry ripe chocolate bar. 

Plus, it’s a protein bar even though it’s dairy-free and plant based, which is good for people like me and for those who are on a diet or need to use it to support their training/exercise program. So for kids, you can’t eat it until you’re 15 since it’s not your typical regular snack & for women who are currently pregnant, please consult your physician/doctor before trying this out. But again, I’ll see if there’s any way I can make a dairy free cherry ripe bar that is good to eat at home as a regular snack next time. For now, it’s on special only for a limited time at $3.60 & you can buy it at your local Coles store.

And finally, thanks to Muscle Nation for showcasing a dairy-free/plant-based/vegan “cherry ripe” chocolate. I do wish though that you can make a dairy-free/plant-based/vegan birthday cake bar too.

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Yesterday, I found out something interesting at my local Coles store where I fortunate to buy the last packet of the brand new Vegan Prawn Crackers Sea Salt flavour from Vege Chips. Unlike the prawn chips out there that has a bit of prawn meat & Crustacea, they are indeed dairy-free and egg free and it was so good to eat once I opened the packaging myself during my midday snack treat at home. I couldn’t believe they have these having last tasted prawn chips a long time ago but now I can enjoy tasting them again in a different way that suits one’s dietary requirements/limitations thanks to Vege Chips.

Although I’m aware that Vege also released their new fusions Asian crisps range (one in Corn & the other in Vege), but don’t think this is for me since it has onion and some chillies & spices on it. I can’t wait to buy them again next time whenever possible including the BBQ pack which also suits me well likewise with their usual chips range every now & then. Make sure you try it for yourself if you’re able to find one at your local Coles supermarket store at a special price right now of $3.15.

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Here’s a healthy dinner/lunch meal that you can eat in just a couple of minutes at home in none other than the instant mashed potatoes mix that is dairy free & gluten free from Plantasy Foods. All you have to do is add some water onto the saucepan, then turn the stove on low-medium heat for a few minutes. Once the water has been boiled, you can add 1/3 cup of mix as well as some salt, oil and rice milk by simmering it for a while you before you turn the heat off & here goes your dairy free mashed potatoes that is now ready to eat!! So easy!! You can also add rosemary or parsley seasoning on top if you like!!

For a better dairy-free or vegan roast dish, a Massel rich gravy style mix would be a great compliment to add the saucing in as they also tick all the boxes. Plus, you can add some steamed vegetables there too like peas and corn. When it comes to the meats, you can have pork, pork belly, turkey, ham or chicken in there or if you’re vegan then you can have plant-based meat or brisket too! But wait there’s more as this dairy-free mashed potatoes mix can also be a great side dish with the Massel gravy on it alongside chips as if I’m recreating one from KFC myself, which does contain milk from the restaurant itself.

So there you have it, the only way to buy these products is online which will take a few days for delivery such as eBay or if you’re lucky then some IGA supermarket stores should have them in stock.

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Here’s a delicious homemade recipe that you can make at home in none other than air-fryer doughnuts that can serve up to four people, dairy & egg free and also without the need of a cutter too.

First of all, put 3/4 teaspoon of active dry yeast along with 1 tablespoon of warm water onto a bowl before you mix it up and cover it up for a while like 30 mins-1 hour. Then add 1 cup of flour as well as a 1/4 cup of warm rice milk, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1 egg replacer, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or any type of oil you like & 3-4 teaspoons of sugar in order to form a dough that is coated by a few drops of oil. Repeat the same resting period of an hour to let the dough rise as you cut up into four pieces using a knife & roll it out after the 2nd resting process. From there, you can poke out a hole in the middle using your finger before you press it back onto the cutted dough while shaping out the perfect round circle shape of a doughnut. Once that is done, rest & cover these raw shaped doughnuts up one more time for 30 mins-1 hour before it’s cooking time.

You can fry it on a pan or put it in the oven but it’s best to place two doughnuts a time onto the air fryer and repeat the process same again for the last two at 180 degrees Celsius for 8-9 minutes. And once you cool these off for a while as long as you don’t eat it that hot, these homemade dairy-free doughnuts are ready to eat!! It’s so easy to make if these ready-made doughnuts off the supermarkets or the food courts aren’t for you and to make it extra yummy, you can top these up with chocolate spread or other coloured icing with sprinkles on it. Perfect snack to eat on an occasional day during the week!!

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Following up from my McChicken recipe a few weeks ago – mainly with the patty of course, I’ve spent some time making the same type of chicken breading variety but this time it’s something to do with the egg-free chicken nuggets.

Here are the following ingredients:

  • Ground chicken mince
  • Some Salt
  • Some Oil
  • Some Garlic Powder
  • Some mustard sauce instead of the egg to make the chicken stick
  • And of course, panko bread crumbs

All you have to do is mix these following ingredients first apart from the panko bread crumbs in which will come in shortly. 

Once the chicken, mustard and the seasoning has been mixed, divide the minced chicken to a few decent sized pieces (small rectangle size would be good) & stick the chicken on the breadcrumbs by adding a few at a time until each of the nuggets are fully coated. 

After that, you can put these coated nuggets onto the air fryer for about 15 minutes at 185-190 degrees by flipping it through the halfway cooking stage.

 And once the cooking process is done, cool it off for another minutes before it’s all ready to eat – too easy!! See it for yourself when you can go try make your own egg-free or McDonald’s style egg free chicken nuggets or even egg and dairy free popcorn chicken at home. You can also pair it up with these homemade air fryer chips as a side too!!

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If the McDonald’s style/rectangular apple and other sweet pies isn’t enough, why not make a savoury version when you can have your own chicken pie with dairy-free gravy at home! For the crust/pastry, you can add a cup of flour as well as a few drips of oil to cover onto a bowl, some salt and sugar and either a few tablespoons of rice milk or water will do as you would want to knead it until your hands are no longer sticky. Put that into the fridge for at least an hour while you go make your own filling by cutting a quarter of chicken of your choice (raw or already frozen) into many pieces, then mix a a tablespoon of dairy-free gravy mix with on a saucepan before you turn the heat up closer to medium and throw the shredded chicken in there also for a few minutes. Once it’s cooked leave the filling until it’s cold for a while, take the pastry out of the fridge after the resting phase and you want to cut the pastry in half to fit a serving of two and leave the other half to save it for next time.

You wanna roll the pastry out with a couple of drops of flour on your chopping board (not too thin) so it doesn’t keep on sticking before you take some chunks out of the pastry in order to make it a perfect rectangular shape for your McDonald’s rectangular style chicken pie. That’s when you can put a good amount of chicken gravy in there, cover the pie up nicely and mix it up with another few drops of flour to stop the pie from sticking out while cooking. Speaking of cooking, put two pies into the air fryer, add a bit of rice milk or oil as your eggwash alternative & fire it up at 185 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes while flipping it to the other side at the halfway mark. And done, cool these pies down for at least 30 minutes as they come out really hot before it’s all ready for you to eat. See it for yourself when you can make your own McDonald’s rectangular style chicken or savoury pies if you like at home as I’m sure you will love this homemade recipe at your own kitchen.

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I had the chance to try & get the best out of my pastry making skills over the weekend when it comes to these home made apple pies or any other savoury pie filling you like (e.g. chicken or potato pie).

Ingredients:

  • 2-4 cups of flour
  • A few tablespoons of rice milk/water
  • 1/3 cup of avocado oil
  • Some sprinkles of salt and sugar
  • And any filling you like to fill it inside & cover up the pastry dough before baking

All you have to do is pour 1/3 cup of avocado into a bowl followed by some pinches of salt & sugar before adding 2 cups of plain flour, as well as few tablespoons of rice milk or water for a start. Then mix it up using your hands or through a food processing machine for a few minutes while adding a few more tablespoons of rice/milk at a time, so they can end up sticking together (not too sticky!) & finish it off onto a rectangle or disk shape layout on your pastry dough.

After that, cover the dough with a medium to large freezer bag nice & tight with a bowl into the refrigerator for at least an hour. Once the dough has been rested, get your rolling pin out & roll it out to the desired thickness & shape you want, then leave it out onto the sausage roll maker machine nice & flat by adding your favourite filling before closing the pastry nice & tight ahead of the cooking process.

It will take 30 minutes to get the job done where you will have to flip one side at the halfway mark (15 min). Once it’s been cooked & also cooled down for a few minutes, the natural avocado oil pastry got there will be crispy & golden on the outside while you can see the awesome saucy filling on the inside – How good!!

Final Thoughts

For the best results of making such homemade pastry, I would make two pastry doughs to cover both sides well with the filling in between since there’s no puff pastry sheets that is margarine-free from the supermarket freezer shelves.

It can be tricky to find a dairy & egg free equivalent of these ready-made frozen pastry sheets that doesn’t require a lot of work, especially when some may contain milk as they’re all processed within the one equipment from the factory. 

However, making them at home is a better, cheaper & safer option – so you can eat it naturally & also healthier too! See it for yourself with the avocado oil pastry recipe that is egg & dairy free to make at home.

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Here’s an awesome McChicken burger that I re-created by myself lately but only egg and dairy free.

Here’s the following ingredients in order to make it into a patty:

  • Some ground chicken mince or dice into very small pieces if you have one full slice of free-range chicken breast
  • Some mustard
  • Some garlic powder
  • Some pinches of salt
  • A bit of ginger & oil

All you have to mix these ingredients first before you coat them up with dairy-free Panko Bread Crumbs. If that’s not enough then you can always add a bit more mustard so it can stick to the patty well which works great instead of egg.

Now that the patty has been coated by the bread crumbs, put it onto the air fryer for 14-15 minutes at 190 degrees Celsius while you flip one patty onto the other side halfway through the cooking process (7th minute). Once the cooking process is done, cool the patty first for a few mins.

Then make sure you wash some fresh lettuce first before you can cut them up into small pieces while you open & cut the middle on one of these round soft burger buns. After that, top up the chicken first on the base of the bun followed by dairy-free mayo at the top that is accompanied by the lettuce & voila…here’s my our McChicken burger that is now good to eat!

Not only it’s so delicious, but it’s also easy to make too where you can make a few of them as you like instead of one, which costs less than the usual $8 we buy at McDonald’s!! You can even compliment them with some fries and/or even make tea as your preferred cup of drink instead of soft drinks like Coca Cola or Sprite.

Check it out for yourself when you really don’t need to eat out at McDonald’s often by making your own McChicken burger at home!!

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