02 May 2016

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (2 May 2016)

It's Monday again! How does it roll round so quickly? But don't despair because that means it's time for another seven awesome veggie and vegan recipes to help you plan your meals for the week ahead.

So what have we been up to this week? Not much. The last week has been all about the weather. We've had sunshine, snow, hail and rain. You name it we've had it. It's been a rather boring week of work, school and housework. Nothing more than that. Hopefully this next week will be more fun.

Meat Free Mondays


Easy Peasy Foodie




Tinned Tomatoes


The Taste Space


Sneaky Veg


Veggie and the Beast


Connoisseurus Veg


Vegetarian Moussaka - Family Friends Food
Buttery Cabbage with Dill - Wheat-Free Meat-Free
Puff Pizza Pie with Pesto - Tinned Tomatoes

01 May 2016

15 Veggie Soups and Salads to Try This Week

photo: The Garden Grazer

It's time for No Croutons Required and a roundup of delicious soup and salad recipes for you to try this week.

The weather in Scotland has been changeable. In the last week we've had hot sunny days, torrential rain and snow. It doesn't seem to know what to do from one day to the next and we've no idea what's going on. So a variety of weather and a variety of soups and salads that will match any weather.

Thanks to everyone who shared a recipe


Vegetarian & Vegan Soups & Salads

The Veg Space

From Plate to Pen

Feasting is Fun

Fattoush Salad - We Don't Eat Anything with a Face
Sweet Tooth Salad - Roast Chicken and a Country Walk

The Veg Hog

The Garden Grazer

Tinned Tomatoes

Last Minute French Onion Soup - Allotment 2 Kitchen
Quick Pasta Salad - Searching for Spice

Gluten Free Alchemist

Feeding Boys

The Taste Space

Which soup or salad will you try first?

Pop over to Lisa's Kitchen for the May edition of No Croutons Required and link up any veggie or vegan soups or salads you create this month.

27 April 2016

Mars Bar Slice Recipe

Mars Bar Slice. A retro treat that's no-bake and easy to make. Crisp chocolate (a layer or dark, then a layer of milk chocolate) on top of a chewy caramel crispy base.

Mars bar slice is a treat I remember making with my mum when I was little. We had such fun playing about in the kitchen making treats like these, truffles and chocolate krispie cakes. There was always chocolate involved.

It's funny, as a child I was offered chocolate and sweets regularly. but I didn't eat a lot and a quarter of sweets would last me a week.

I decided not to go down this route with Cooper. He has chocolate occasionally, but never sweets. We never give him a bar or packet of chocolate to work his way through either, it's more a sharing thing and the great thing is although he loves chocolate, especially dark chocolate, he'll often say no to it and isn't desperate for it like some children I see hounding their parents.

I know there's debate about this and some say it causes problems in later life, but I believe the best thing to do with food, any food, but especially unhealthy food, is let children try it but not make a big fuss about it. Making a fuss gives it too much importance and it can become an emotional issue or a power struggle. 

25 April 2016

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (25 April 2016)

Happy Monday everyone! Have you had a good week?

We had a busy week, but a really fun weekend. I took Cooper ice skating on Saturday morning, then we spent a few hours are our local country park. As you can see someone had great fun playing with sand. On Sunday is was time to do some housework and bake for Baking Club. The boys went out for a long dog walk while I got on in the house and now it's Monday again already and time for Meat Free Mondays. There are some great recipes to inspire you this week.

24 April 2016

Oreo Chia Shake (dairy Free)

I mostly make smoothies in my Optimum G2.1 blender, but occasionally I make shakes too. This is one I make as a treat for Cooper. It's made with Oreos so it's not the healthiest recipe, but I balance that out by adding lots of seeds, cacao powder and baobab powder.

I made this shake with almond milk, but you could make it with your favourite milk, either dairy or dairy free, it's your choice. You could even add a scoop of ice cream for a spot of luxury.

It's so quick to whip up a shake and there are so many flavour options. Here are a few ideas:

  • apple pie shake - apples, apple juice, milk, cinnamon, ginger, chia seeds and ice
  • chocolate orange shake - orange juice, orange peel, milk, cacao powder (or cocoa), baobab powder and ice
  • peach melba shake  - peaches, raspberries, milk, vanilla extract, flax seeds and ice
  • strawberry shortcake shake - strawberries, a finger of shortbread, milk, vanilla extract, sesame seeds and ice
    • note: if you don't have a power blender like mine, skip the ice. It will just burn out your blender's motor.

21 April 2016

Gennaro's Garlic Mushroom Tagliatelle Recipe

Garlicky mushrooms and fresh herbs tossed through freshly cooked tagliatelle. Recipe from Italian chef Gennaro Contaldo for Bertolli.

Pasta. It's a staple in our house. It's quick, filling and tasty.

Penne with a fresh tomato and basil sauce, spaghetti with a rich bolognaise sauce, farfalle with a creamy mushroom sauce and lots of fresh herbs, shell pasta with roasted vegetables or belly button pasta salad with pesto, sundried tomatoes, roast peppers and fresh basil.

Are you in the mood for pasta now?

This simple, but satisfying pasta dish comes from the Bertolli website. It's an authentic Italian dish from Gennaro Contaldo and made with Bertolli with Butter. Garlicky mushrooms and fresh herbs tossed through freshly cooked tagliatelle.