20 March 2017

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (20 March 2017)

Happy Monday everyone. 

I was about to wish you happy birthday. I have no idea why. Maybe because my dad's birthday is coming up swiftly followed by my own. I did of course mean to wish you a happy Monday as it's the start of a new week with all it's possibilities and seven tasty new recipes to try for Meat Free Mondays.

Of course the concept of  Meat Free Mondays is to encourage you to eat meat-free once a week, but I hope to share so many amazing recipes with you each week that you'll eat meat-free at least a few times a week.


Everyday Healthy Recipes




A Hedgehog in the Kitchen


Easy Peasy Foodie


Sneaky Veg


Tinned Tomatoes


The Veg Space

Bonus Recipes

Spinach and Parsley Green Houmous -Gluten Free Alchemist

Join in!

Thanks to everyone who created a recipe for us this week.

If you're a blogger and would like to be featured next time. Link your veggie or vegan (main course) recipe to this post mentioning you are submitting your recipe with a link back and add your post to the linky below (one per blog).

If you're a reader, tune in next Monday for another 7 awesome veggie recipes.

19 March 2017

Spinach and Lemon Pesto Recipe

Spinach and Lemon Pesto Recipe. Suitable for vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free diets. www.tinnedtomatoes.com

We eat rather a lot of pesto in this house. Well it's gorgeous stuff isn't it? 

I have to hold my hands up and admit that most of the pesto we eat is jarred. I do make my own pesto, but sods law means that when I want pesto to spread in a wrap or to stir through pasta, I don't have all the ingredients that I need to make it, so I end up using jarred pesto. 

Don't get me wrong jarred pesto can be very good and both Sacla and Mr Organic do really nice vegan pesto, which I always stock up on for emergencies.

Spinach and Lemon Pesto Recipe. Suitable for vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free diets. www.tinnedtomatoes.com

As good as jarred pesto is, nothing beats freshly made pesto. 

Today I'm sharing a pimped up pesto. Instead of the traditional basil and pine nuts, this pesto is made with spinach, lemon and almonds. Just look at that colour!

It tastes just as good as it looks and it takes only a few minutes to whizz up in a food processor or blender. I think a generous portion could easily knock two off your five (or ten as they now say) fruit and vegetables a day. Don't you agree?

I use a preserved lemon in my pesto, but you could use the finely grated rind and juice of a small lemon instead. The taste is a little different, but it still has a really great flavour.

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Spinach and Lemon Pesto Recipe
Spinach and Lemon Pesto Recipe
A rich green pesto made with lemon and spinach. This recipe be whizzed up quickly in a blender and served on pasta, in wraps or on bruschetta. Suitable for vegans.
  • 100g fresh spinach
  • 1 small preserved lemon (or juice and finely grated rind from a small lemon)
  • 150ml olive oil
  • 80g almonds
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 50g veggie or vegan parmesan
  • a handful fresh coriander
  • a good grinding black pepper
1. Slice the lemon.2. Grate the parmesan. 3. Add all the ingredients to a blender or food processor and whizz until smooth.4. Keep in a sealed jar or tub in the fridge topped up with olive oil until you need it. It will keep happily in the fridge for a few days.5. Enjoy!
Total time:
Yield: 1 jar of pesto

Best summer pasta salad (vegan)

Try the pesto in this tasty summer pasta salad.

Here are a few more pesto recipes for you to try:

Rose Petal and Roasted Tomato Pesto - Recipes from a Pantry
Basil and Pistachio Pesto - Greedy Gourmet
Wild Garlic and Baobab Bail Pesto - Tinned Tomatoes
Kale and Walnut Pesto - Supper in the Suburbs
Carrot Top Pesto - Fuss Free Flavours
Pea Pesto - Jo's Kitchen
Nasturtium Pesto - Thinly Spread

16 March 2017

Slow Cooker Veggie Sausage, Mushroom & Chickpea Stew (vegan crockpot recipe)

Yes, I've had my slow cooker bubbling away again.

This time I made a tomato based veggie sausage, mushrooms and chickpea stew. A wonderfully comforting dish that was easy to throw together.

I don't know what happened, it must have been the sunshine streaming in that made me feel full of energy and ready to think about making dinner first thing in the morning. I don't usually have a thought about it until much later in the day.

In fact Graham and I have a little dance each night. After work the first thing he asks me, either as he arrives home (on my day off) or on the way home in the car (if I've been at work) is "What's for dinner?". It drives me nuts. Often because I've already discussed it with him and he hasn't been paying attention or just because I haven't decided yet. Recently I've taken to saying "I'm not telling you!". I know it's childish, but I just can't resist and it's so funny as it makes him even more desperate to know.

Graham arrived home after lunch on Saturday and I probably still refused to tell him what dinner was, even though it was bubbling away in plain sight through the clear lid of the slow cooker. It's definitely a bit of a game now.

Slow Cooker Veggie Sausage, Mushroom & Chickpea Stew

13 March 2017

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (13 March 2017)

Happy Monday!

It's time for Meat Free Monday.

It's all about trying to eat meat-free at least once a week, but I hope to share so many delicious veggie and vegan recipes with you each week that you will be inspired to eat veggie more than once a week.

12 March 2017

Turkish Carrot & Beetroot Side Salad

A simple Turkish salad of shredded white cabbage, carrots and beetroot sitting on a bed of salad leaves, dressed with a fruity pomegranate and lemon dressing. Utterly delicious! Don't be fooled by how simple this recipe is. It's a great one to have in your repertoire.

It's British Pie Week and I've been enjoying one of my favourite pies, a Spinach, Feta and Roast Pepper Quiche from Higgidy with a rather higgidy Turkish carrot and beetroot side salad.

This salad is one I have fond memories of from our many trips to North Cyprus where my husband's parents live. The north of Cyprus is Turkish and this salad is one we always enjoy in a little cafe called Ibrahims (Halil Ibrahim Sofrasi) in Girne.

The cafe is hidden down a side street and specialises in kebabs. They make the most amazing flatbreads in their on site bakery which is right beside the cafe (if you want to stop and watch or to have a chat. They are a friendly bunch).

08 March 2017

Slow Cooker Potato and Haricot Bean Casserole (vegan crockpot recipe)

Last weekend, Cooper made us a delicious casserole in our slow cooker. I gathered the ingredients and he prepared them and popped them into the slow cooker with spices and stock to cook all day while we cleaned the house and then played board games. The smell was wonderful.

I really think it's important to take children into the kitchen at an early age to teach them to cook and bake and to give them a love of it. Not only do they learn important life skills that will be useful for them as adults, but they learn about ingredients and healthy eating. And the fussy eaters,,,,,,,, well they are more likely to try something they've made themselves.