Recipe: Exotic Mushroom & Cashew Sweet Chilli Noodles

Exotic Mushrooms & Sweet Chilli Noodles

20 Min Meals | Vegetarian & VeganThese noodles are incredibly quick and easy to make, and taste fantastic too. Just the sort of dinner we’ve been eating a lot of since baby #2 arrived six weeks ago. I’m quickly re-learning the art of one-handed cooking, and eating a meal whilst it is still hot with both a knife and fork seems a dim and distant memory!

Variety packs of fresh ‘exotic’ or ‘speciality’ mushrooms are now sold in most supermarkets, or you can use a mixture of shiitake, oyster, enoki and any other exotic varieties you can get hold of. They aren’t the cheapest mushrooms around, but the combination of textures and flavours are worth it.

Continue reading “Recipe: Exotic Mushroom & Cashew Sweet Chilli Noodles”

Recipe: Speedy & Spicy Chilli Bean Burritos

Speedy & Spicy Chilli Bean Burritos | Vegan & Vegetarian

20 Min Meals | Vegetarian & VeganThese vegan beany burritos are lip-smackingly good, with a filling that is somehow creamy, fresh and spicy, all at the same time.  A perfect weeknight supper for those signed up for ‘Veganuary‘ this year, (or anyone else for that matter!).

If you’re one of those people who can’t eat a fajita without most of it ending up in your lap, the burrito is your friend. ‘Toasting’ the outer wrap until crisp in a dry frying pan acts like a glue to stick it all together and keeps the fillings neatly tucked inside.

Continue reading “Recipe: Speedy & Spicy Chilli Bean Burritos”

Recipe: Roasted Tomato Arrabbiata Sauce

Hello again! Its been quite a while since my last post, apologies – but its for a very exciting reason that I can’t share with you just yet, (but will spill the beans soon, I promise).

What a lovely, sunny summer it has been, (though I type in the middle of a thunderstorm and torrential rain!).  All that sunshine has infused home-grown tomatoes with the sweetest of flavours this year, reminding us what tomatoes are supposed to taste like, (rather than the plastic-wrapped excuses for tomatoes we buy in supermarkets in December).

Continue reading “Recipe: Roasted Tomato Arrabbiata Sauce”

Recipe: Smoky Mexican Quinoa Soup

Smoky Mexican Quinoa Soup

This is a sponsored post

Here’s a quick weeknight supper which is smoky, spicy, packed with flavour and very filling.  (Oh and it’s really good for you too – bonus!).  Your taste buds will be transported to Mexico with every spoonful, thanks to the chipotle and smoked paprika, coriander, lime and spring onions.

The star of the show here is black quinoa, with its earthy, sweet flavour.  It is classed as a ‘complete protein’ containing 8 essential amino acids, and its delicious flavour and soft texture make it a perfect alternative to rice, pasta and cous-cous.  It really bulks out this soup into a meal in itself – perfect for a speedy and satisfying dinner.

Continue reading “Recipe: Smoky Mexican Quinoa Soup”

Recipe: Lemony Linguine Pangrattato

Lemony Linguine Pangrattato

This is a sponsored post

20 Min Meals | Vegetarian & Vegan‘Pangrattato’, (or ‘grated bread’ in Italian), is a crispy breadcrumb topping which adds a pop of flavour and crunch to the simplest of throw-together meals.  I’ve used it here on an easy peasy pasta dish, but it is just as good on vegetables, risotto or even soups and salads.

Oregano is one of the only dried herbs I keep in my cupboards, so I’m really pleased to be working with Schwartz on this recipe.  I always associate it with Italian-American dishes, (pizza, meatballs, spaghetti, etc), but it is also used often in Greek dishes.   Continue reading “Recipe: Lemony Linguine Pangrattato”

Recipe: Broccoli, Kale, Chilli & Hazelnut Pizza (Vegan)

Broccoli, Kale, Chilli & Hazelnut Vegan Pizza

Look carefully at the pictures… can you spot what’s ‘missing’ from the pizza?  That’s right – this is a cheese-less pizza, but an extremely tasty one!  I posted pictures on my Instagram feed of a couple of pizzas I made during Veganuary and had requests for recipes, so, (two months later), here you go.

The key to a perfect pizza without cheese is to pack it with flavour and texture.  I steer clear of soft toppings like mushrooms, grilled peppers, artichokes etc which melt in the mouth, (a mushy-topped pizza won’t cut the mustard), and instead go for crispy and crunchy toppings which will do the same job as a crispy cheese crust.

Continue reading “Recipe: Broccoli, Kale, Chilli & Hazelnut Pizza (Vegan)”

Recipe: Ultimate Vegetarian Pad Thai (& EZ Tofu Press Giveaway RRP £35)

Ultimate Vegetarian Pad Thai

This is a sponsored post

Confession time… I’m a vegetarian (almost vegan) food blogger who’s really not that into tofu.  I’ve never seen the appeal – it doesn’t taste of much, slightly odd texture, a faff to cook.  Why bother?  That is, until I tried tofu cooked ‘properly’ at Thai restaurants and then at Wagamama – suddenly the texture was beautiful, a really crispy coating with the spongy insides, literally soaking up all the flavours of the dish.

I needed to re-create this incredible tofu at home, and read that the way to achieve this amazing texture was to press all the liquid out of it.  But oh, what a faff – the common method seemed to be squashing the tofu Continue reading “Recipe: Ultimate Vegetarian Pad Thai (& EZ Tofu Press Giveaway RRP £35)”

Recipe: Mini Calzone Dough Balls

Mini Calzone Dough Balls

Here’s an idea for some crowd-pleasing party nibbles, which can be either vegetarian or vegan depending on your choice of fillings.  They are lovely served with a dip, either a spicy salsa or maybe a creamy avocado mayonnaise, but just as good served as they are straight from the oven.

They have a little surprise inside in the form of all your favourite pizza toppings – I used chilli, olive and caper, but you can use just about anything you like.  Just remember that your fillings won’t have much time to cook being buried inside the dough, so avoid raw veg which needs a good time to cook, or anything which will release water as it cooks and could make your dough ball sloppy. Continue reading “Recipe: Mini Calzone Dough Balls”

Recipe: Spicy Sesame & Edamame Noodles with Black Bean Tenderstem

30 Minute Takeaway Challenge

This is a sponsored post

Here’s a challenge for you…. I bet you can get these two gorgeous dishes on the table from scratch in less time than it takes to order a Chinese takeaway and have it delivered.

Yes, I know its not exactly the same as ordering a takeaway, in that you have to actually do some work in the kitchen.  But I can guarantee these two dishes will be piping hot, cooked from scratch with super-fresh ingredients, less greasy, less salty and significantly cheaper than most takeaways I’ve had recently.  (You can treat yourself to a very nice bottle of wine with the savings!).  So what’s on the menu?  Continue reading “Recipe: Spicy Sesame & Edamame Noodles with Black Bean Tenderstem”