27 June 2016

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (27 June 2016)


I think it's safe to say here in Britain we;re reeling from the EU Referendum. It seems there was absolutely no plan as to what would happen if we voted leave. Heaven help us.

On a more positive note, here in Scotland we have Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP and First Minister of Scotland, who does have a plan and is setting it in action. Thank goodness there is some sanity in evidence. I'm glad we have her looking out for us.

On the home front, we've been enjoying the sunshine and getting out for lots of dog walks. It really blows the cobwebs away.

On the meal front I've only been organised with lunches. Roast vegetables and grains cooked ahead and stacked in the fridge as a base of some tasty lunches. I'm about to head into the kitchen and sort our lunches for tomorrow.

For BabyCentre UK this week I put together a piece on 19 foods you can freeze so you always have essentials.


So are you ready for some inspiration for the week ahead?





MONDAY


VNutirtion





TUESDAY


Thinly Spread





WEDNESDAY


Searching for Spice





THURSDAY


Tinned Tomatoes





FRIDAY


Allotment 2 Kitchen




SATURDAY


Green Gourmet Giraffe




SUNDAY


Food to Glow





BONUS RECIPES

Creamy Vegan Tomato Basil Pasta - Connoisseurus Veg



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

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

If you're a reader, tune in next Monday for another seven delicious veggie and vegan recipes to help you plan your week.




23 June 2016

Yellow Split Pea Soup (vegan)

A simple creamy and lightly spiced soup made with split peas that is full of flavour and super healthy. A great meal to take you through the year that's kind to your bank balance and your waistline. Vegan & dairy free. www.tinnedtomatoes.com


Am I mad to be craving soup in the summer?

I've been eating a lot of salad. I gave up on soup in favour of salad at the start of spring.

It happens every year. I eat so much soup over the winter, that I start to get a bit fed up with it, so when the sun starts to make an appearance and the temperatures rise all I want is salad. They seem new, fresh and exciting to me after a dark, cold winter and all the heavy food I've craved.


It's time to give soup a chance!

This one is a simple split pea soup with a hint of spice.


A simple creamy and lightly spiced soup made with split peas that is full of flavour and super healthy. A great meal to take you through the year that's kind to your bank balance and your waistline. Vegan & dairy free. www.tinnedtomatoes.com


I never make split pea soup

I have no explanation for you, it just never pops into my head. That is until a visit to the pub we frequent every Monday after work for dinner with friends. It's a wee traditional pub called The Bank Bar. All wood and cozy corners.

We're creatures of habit and always eat in the snug at the same big round table which seats six of us easily. We have Gav behind the bar who serves us with a bit of chat and Susan in the kitchen who sometimes offers us an off-menu meal (she does great chilli). They have a good selection of veggie dishes that are homemade, tasty and cheap.

I love lentil soup

I love Susan's lentil soup (which she serves with toasted crusty homemade bread) and check the blackboard as soon as we walk through the doors hoping it will be the Soup of the Day. After arriving, seeing it wasn't lentil, sighing and voicing my disappointment, I was persuaded to try the Split Pea Soup. It was super tasty. So of course split pea soup floated around in my head the rest of the week until I gave in and made some. Spot on first try!


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A simple creamy and lightly spiced soup made with split peas that is full of flavour and super healthy. A great meal to take you through the year that's kind to your bank balance and your waistline. Vegan & dairy free. www.tinnedtomatoes.com
Vegan Split Pea Soup
A simple creamy and lightly spiced soup made with split peas that is full of flavour and super healthy. A great meal to take you through the year that's kind to your bank balance and your waistline.
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • 4 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 3 tsp dried cumin
  • 300g yellow split peas
  • 2 litres vegetable stock (4 stock cubes), add more water if required
  • a good grinding salt and black pepper
Instructions
1. Saute the onion and garlic in a large pot with the olive oil until soft.2. Add the celery and carrots and cook gently for another few minutes.3, Add the cumin and split peas, then pour in the stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer and leave to cook for 50 mins to an hour until creamy, stirring occasionally and adding more water if you need to. Whizz until smooth with a stick blender.4. Season with salt and pepper, then serve with crusty bread.5. Enjoy!
Details
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Yield: Serves 4-6 generously



If you enjoyed this soup, try my Fridge Lentil Soup

A warming lentil soup, made to use up salad drawer stragglers. Healthy, nutritious and very, very tasty.

20 June 2016

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (20 June 2016)



Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a good weekend. 


Cooper and I went to see Secret Life of Pets at the cinema on Saturday and visited my parents on Sunday as it was Father's Day. In the evening we headed over to Edinburgh and enjoyed dinner at a rather fabulous little Italian called Sambuca in Edinburgh. The food was tasty and well cooked and such good service.  I love little family restaurants like this.

Anyway it's time to share some recipes for the week ahead. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

18 June 2016

Best Summer Stuffed Picnic Loaf (veggie and vegan options)

A bright and colourful picnic loaf, layered with delicious sandwich fillings and wrapped overnight for a self-contained picnic lunch that will bring a smile to everyone's face (with veggie and vegan options). Why not use this technique and try your own filling. It's perfect for summer lunches.

After a week of rain, the sun is shining and I have to say it really cheers me up. 

Cooper and I went to the pictures this morning to see The Secret Life of Pets, which we both enjoyed and we had a really fun walk home along the nature trail.  It's so good to get some fresh air and not be wrapped up in waterproofs.


As I type this up the boys are out in the front garden washing the car inside and out with hindrance help from the dogs. It really needed it. Graham isn't the best at keeping a clean car and lets face it I have enough to do. 

Cooper has his new booster seat fitted and chair tidy in place and the dogs have new waterproof bedding in the boot. The car is lovely and clean again. A job well done.

14 June 2016

A family holiday in the Scottish Borders



I usually post recipes and food ideas, but now and again I like to invite you along on my family holidays. As well as getting to know us all a bit better, I always hope these travel posts will be helpful to other families planning a holiday.

During half term (which was just a long weekend here in Scotland), we headed down to Chirnside, a hillside village near Duns in the Scottish Borders, quite near to Berwick-upon-Tweed. We booked a cottage from cottages.com. When I say cottage, it was actually a 4 storey converted mill and rather gorgeous.


13 June 2016

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (13 June 2016)


Happy Monday everyone and welcome to another round of recipes for this week's Meat Free Mondays.  I started with a photo of mushrooms as I've been using them a lot in my cooking this week. I LOVE mushrooms!

This is the part where I share my week with you, but I don't have any exciting family news to share with you this time. We went out for dinner as usual to our regular pub on Monday after work and the week just whizzed by after that. It rained all weekend, so we had a lazy time and watched DVDs, that's it. However I do have quite a lot of exciting recipes to share with you.