Unique Mediterranean Vegan Roulade

A delicious vegan switch to the traditional European meat-based Roulade. Try this easy recipe out! Curated exclusively by Annalisa.

What I like about cooking is that it’s quite a calming, creative process where you have to stay focused but relaxed at the same time if you wish to approach it with lightheartedness and joy. And regardless of the end result, if you have cooked it with love, the food will always taste amazing!

Tried and tested strategy. *wink*

THE BACKSTORY OF THIS ROULADE RECIPE

For today’s recipe, I would like to introduce you to chickpea flour. Extremely versatile, it’s also naturally gluten free and high in protein. It’s great in sweet and savoury dishes and it is a powerhouse of nutrients!

This vegan roulade has a lovely smokey flavour given by the smoked tofu and a Mediterranean echo, infused by the Italian herbs and grilled veggies.

This dish is perfect as an entrée or as a main dish, enjoyed both hot or cold. The cheese sauce is also to die for! I have used the recipe from the lovely Rocco from Vegan Viking Kitchen.

He created this recipe for me knowing I have a nut allergy. And honestly, this cheese sauce will want to make you give up cheese for good; it’s savoury and intense, also works great as a tasty dip for nachos or toasted bread. Who thought vegan could be this easy and delicious, right?

All that being said, are we ready to take a culinary trip to Italy together? Let’s go!

chickpea vegan roulade recipe ingredients

For 2 people you will need the following ingredients:

Chickpea crepes:

  • 50 gr of chickpea flour
  • 100 ml water
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Oregano
  • Smoked paprika

For the cheese sauce:

  • 1 cup of full fat coconut milk
  • 4 tbsp of nutritional yeast
  • Salt 1/2 tsp
  • 2 tsp of arrowroot powder (can be substituted by cornflour or plain flour if you can’t find arrowroot)
  • 1 Tbsp of lemon juice
  • Smoked paprika
  • Black pepper optional

For the filling of the crepes:

  • 1 medium sized aubergine
  • 1 red pepper ( I have used mini peppers but any type will work)
  • 150gr smoked tofu
  • 4 slices of vegan cheese ( I have used Violife)
  • 10 leaves of fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

RECIPE PROCEDURE FOR VEGAN ROULADE

  • We will start by grilling the vegetables. Slice the aubergine and the peppers quite thinly. Place them on a griddle pan with a little bit of salt. Wait for them to create that lovely chargrilled look and slightly press them with a fork while grilling them to remove any excess water. Set aside and let cool down.
  • Now let’s prepare the crepes. In a bowl, place all your dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, add the tomato purée and the water. Whisk until completely blended. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones. Whisk until there are no lumps and it is completely smooth. The texture we want to achieve is quite runny. So if you feel the need, add more water.
  • Place a non stick pan on the stove on medium-low heat, pour the batter into a thin layer making sure it covers the entire surface of the pan. When you start seeing bubbles on the crepe flip it and cook it on the other side.

    NOTE : Don’t worry if it’s not perfectly shaped. We will be folding it later and nobody will notice. Let’s be honest, a bit of messiness makes food tastes better!
crepe in making
My imperfectly perfect crepe! Look at that colour, though.
  • This batter should yield 3 medium-sized crepes. Set them aside and let them cool down.
  • In the mean time, pre-heat the oven at 190 degree and lets start making the cheese sauce.
  • Place all the ingredients in a pan and whisk. Put on medium heat and once it starts boiling, wait until it thickens. You should have a rich, creamy texture, easy to pour but that hold a bit of shape. If it looks too thick, just add a dash of water or of plant milk.
creamy sauce prepared with chickpeas
Now time to assemble our vegan roulade!
assemble the vegan roulade
  • Place your crepe on a plate and start layering with the aubergine, peppers, smoked tofu, cheese and basil leaves. Add some salt and pepper if you think it’s needed.
  • Roll into a tight burrito, cut the edges with a knife if needed, and slice vertically into small, thick rolls.
  • Assemble them standing upright onto a baking sheet with parchment paper, making sure they stand next to each other, not only for support but also to make sure they won’t open during cooking.
  • Place them in the oven and let them cook until the cheese has melted. Once ready, switch the oven into the grill function, turn your rolls horizontally and let them crisp up.
  • Once ready and crunchy, put them on a plate and drizzle abundantly with the cheese sauce and a few scattered basil leaves.
  • And….Bon appetit!
vegan roulade

RECIPE NOTES

  • Vegan roulade will go perfectly with a side salad or even with some potato wedges!
  • The crepes can be made in advance and frozen.
  • They can also be used instead of tortilla wraps and used as an alternative to bread.

This dish is ideal for summer dinners in the garden. It’s filling and delicious, bursting with flavour but keeping you light and satisfied! I hope you will enjoy this new recipe and that it will make you savour the flavours of my beautiful country.

You may also be interested in my other chickpea-based, nut-free recipe, the Vegan Blondie.

Sending everyone love,

Annalisa x

Annalisa D’Agostino is a Reiki Master, also professionally pursuing holistic and spiritual counselling.

She enjoys cooking and making delicious vegan takes on everyday food.

So here you can find a little corner, TheVeganSense, where you will find recipes and Vegan insight to show love not only to your loved ones, but also the animals and the planet.

Follow her on Instagram @TheVeganSense

Epic Vegan Pasta with Cream of Asparagus

Small changes go a long way in creating a delicious, guilt-free vegan pasta. Try this easy recipe out today!

As my first recipe, I would like to make this really appetising vegan pasta, full of greens, high in protein and low fat. Packed with flavour and ready in 20 minutes.

When people think of vegan food or vegan cooking, I am pretty sure they think of complicated procedures and ingredients really hard to find. Truth is, you are already eating most food that is accidentally vegan.

What I would like to do with my dishes is to show you how simple and easy vegan food can be. But not only that, I would like to show you how delicious and healthy it is too by using simple ingredients and the closest to their natural taste! Because veganism doesn’t need to equal to restrictive.

Veganism simply means bringing consciousness into every day life through the food that we eat. And, kind eating means being bringing gentleness into our body with all the emotional, physical and spiritual benefits.

INGREDIENTS FOR VEGAN PASTA

To recreate this dish for 2 portions you will need:

  • 200gr of pasta
  • 200 gr of fresh asparagus
  • 150 gr of silken tofu
  • 100 gr of frozen peas
  • 30 gr of bread crumbs
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp of nutritional yeast
  • Sea Salt and black pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • OPTIONAL : Garlic clove and lemon zest
vegan pasta ingredients, pasta, cheese, peas, asparagus, yeast, italian, healthy

RECIPE PROCEDURE FOR VEGAN PASTA

  • Start by washing and peeling your asparagus. You need to peel the bottom part to avoid chewing on the stringy texture. But leave a few sprigs and tips on the side for decoration.
asparagus, peas, cooking, vegan pasta, recipe
  • In a pan, add a teaspoon of olive oil and start cooking your asparagus chopped in small pieces together with the frozen peas.
  • NOTE : You can avoid oil altogether by simply using a little bit of water instead. Garlic, if used, should be put now in the pan, whole and skin on, to be removed when the veggies are ready.
  • Then, cook your greens until al dente (just cooked), around 10 mins on low setting.
  • When almost ready, add the silken tofu, salt, nutritional yeast and black pepper. And cook until combined.
silken tofu, vegan recipe
  • Transfer the content of the pan in a food processor, add the basil leaves and blend until you have a thick and silky cream. Then, set aside.
aspargus sauce, peas, vegan recipe
  • Cook your pasta according to packet instructions.
  • While the pasta is boiling, cook the leftover veggies in a pan with a dash of olive oil. Leave them crunchy as they will create a nice texture once all the ingredients will be mixed together. Add salt and pepper and set aside.
  • In a small pan, add the breadcrumbs and let them become golden and crunchier. It should take only couple of minutes. And, keep an eye on them as they can burn quickly!
  • Now, time to assemble! Put the pasta in a pan, add the cream of asparagus and peas and let it coat all on a very low heat. If it needs a bit of water, add some pasta cooking water that you have set aside beforehand. This will help you create creaminess without needing to add any oil.
  • Add the peas and asparagus tips. Mix until combined.
vegan pasta
  • Serve in a plate with the crunchy bread crumbs sprinkled on top, scattered fresh basil leaves and a few little dollops of the cream.

    NOTE : If you want, you can also grate some unwaxed lemon zest. It will create a soft citrusy kick that will compliment the sweetness of the veggies really well. Optional a drizzle of olive oil and voilà!

RECIPE VARIATIONS

  • You can substitute the pasta with some gluten free options, or you can use a protein pasta made out of chickpeas or lentils.
  • The cream will also work amazingly well with courgette spaghetti.
vegan pasta ready to eat

Try vegan: for the animals, the planet and yourself. One small change, added to many small changes, can create a big, impactful, positive difference!

You may also be interested in my other recipes, like Vegan Roulade and Vegan Blondie.

Sending love to all beings,

Annalisa

Annalisa D’Agostino is a Reiki Master, also professionally pursuing holistic and spiritual counselling.

She enjoys cooking and making delicious vegan takes on everyday food.

So here you can find a little corner, TheVeganSense, where you will find recipes and Vegan insight to show love not only to your loved ones, but also the animals and the planet.

Follow her on Instagram @TheVeganSense