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Vegan cheesy spinach canneloni with tomato sauce

Hi. I made vegan canneloni for the first time. I’ve made heaps of pastries, tarts, pies, scrolls etc with a similar filling base  (varied) but never stuffed a pasta tube with it, smothered with sauce and baked it.

I must admit i didn’t really measure anything because i just threw it all together for dinner. It was so, so good that I’ll share the basics if you are interested.

Fry onion and crushed garlic until golden. 

Crumble in block of firm tofu and fry.

Add lots of finely diced mushrooms (or processed).

Add teaspoon stock powder and season with salt and pepper.

Add soy milk

Add onion powder and garlic powder

Add cornflour water mix

Stir to thicken

Turn off heat.

in stick mixer/processor, chop fresh spinach (more than you think you need so that when you stir through the tofu mixture turns really green)

Mix through spinach. 

Add generous amount of nutritional yeast and stir through. The mixture will still thicken on standing.

In a saucepan stir a jar of bolognese and a bottle of passata together until warmed through.

Spray a lasagne dish with spray oil.

Put a layer of sauce on bottom in nice layer.

Fill cannelloni tubes with mixture and lay in single layer.

Cover with remaining sauce so generously covered.

Grate biocheese on top.

Oven cook for about 40 minutes. Cover with foil at start then remove for last 15 mins or so.

I served this with baby kale dressed with fig balsamic glaze and olive oil. Very tasty! Everyone loved it 🙂


Wholemeal banana cake with chocolate chips

Delicious, fragrant and addictive.
Delicious, fragrant and addictive.

This delicious, generous sized cake is easy and quick to prepare. It is my usual adaptation of several recipes over time. My toddler loves to sit on the bench and help with mashing, pouring, mixing and sampling along the way! Yum. I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine.


Spray oil to grease tin
2 cups wholemeal self-raising flour
½ cup wholemeal plain flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ cup non-dairy milk
4 tbsp (more or less) dairy-free chocolate chips
2 free range eggs
80 g melted butter or dairy free spread or 4 tbsp rice bran oil
5 over ripe bananas, mashed


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (160 fan forced). Spray oil in 26 cm non-stick spring form pan to lightly grease. Line base with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Combine flours, cinnamon and chocolate chips in large bowl. In a medium bowl, stir well to combine milk, eggs, melted butter and banana. Add banana mixture to flour and stir until just combined. Spoon mixture into prepared pan and smooth the surface. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
  3. Bake in pre-heat oven for 45 or so minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean and cake springs back lightly to the touch. Remove from oven and rest for 5 minutes. Place onto wire rack to cool completely.
  4. If cooking with toddler, clean bench and toddler from head to toe!
Crystalised brown sugar is a nice texture contrast to the beautiful soft centre
Crystalised brown sugar is a nice texture contrast to the beautiful soft centre

Cook’s notes

This is my favourite version with chocolate chips but you can omit or substitute with nuts to suit your taste. For dairy free, substitute milk products with non dairy alternatives. For vegan, omit eggs. There is enough mashed banana in this recipe to not worry about substitution.  Coconut is nice too. Just substitute comparable amount of the plain flour.

I could have called this recipe banana bread, but really, we all know it’s a cake…

Baked Mushrooms

Unattractive, but delicious!
Unattractive, but delicious!

This recipe is another of my toddler friendly concoctions. My little miss loves to sit on the kitchen bench and help construct these. I chop and grate extra toppings because a fair amount goes into her mouth instead of on the mushrooms. I list the ingredients for these shown in the photos, but you can add anything you have on hand just as long as it’s diced and doesn’t release too much water during the cooking process.

Toddlers gnerally eat what they cook, so we may as well make it nutritious.
Toddlers gnerally eat what they cook, so we may as well make it nutritious.

As for quantities, aim for a nice rounded shape on the mushroom, kind of like a good bottom! This is not the best looking dish, but it always taste amazing and is a very nutritious addition to any meal. Last time we prepared these, I served them on the side of a tomato-based pasta dish.


Large, flat mushrooms, stalks removed (twist and pull)
Rice bran oil
Zucchini, diced
Grated tasty cheese
Leftover vegetarian sausage, diced
Cob of corn, kernels removed
spinach leaves, roughly torn
Pepper, seasoned to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius (160 degrees fan forced)
  2. Lightly grease oven tray with rice bran oil
  3. Lay mushrooms gill side up on tray
  4. Sprinkle diced ingredients over mushrooms and press down with fingertips, leaving the cheese and pepper until last
  5. Bake for 10 to 15 mins or until cheese is golden brown.

To serve toddler, cut into large pieces so each bit can be picked up with a fork.

These are popular with adults and children in our household.
These are popular with adults and children in our household.

Baked corn fritters

Fast as a flick of a lamb's tail! Delicious for everyone and great for little hands.
Fast as a flick of a lamb’s tail! Delicious for everyone and great for little hands.

Baked corn fritters

I made this recipe in response to my little baby being extremely needy one day and my subsequent inability to fry anything on the stove with said child attached to my hip. So I made my usual corn fritter recipe and piled it into a mini muffin tin. Well, they worked out superbly! These little treats are moist and loaded with extra goodness from the chick pea (besan) flour. My toddler exclaimed “cupcakes!”, then proceeded to eat two straight up. Enjoy!


1 cup chickpea flour
¾ cup wholemeal self-raising flour
2 tbsp sesame seeds + extra for sprinkling
1 425g can of creamed corn (low sugar variety if you can get one)
2 free range eggs
2 tsp minced coriander
2 tbsp rice bran oil
1 pinch salt + a grind of pepper


  1. Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees celcius fan-forced (180 regular temp)
  2. Combine dry ingredients in bowl
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry and fold through
  4. Coat 24 hole mini muffin tin with spray oil
  5. Fill holes with mixture and sprinkle on extra sesame seeds
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly golden.

Note: These are dairy free. To make this recipe egg free, add another tbsp of rice bran oil. These are really nice with vegan cream cheese.

Perfectly sized for little hands.
Perfectly sized for little hands.