48 Easy Winter Vegan Meals

48 easy winter vegan meals


Brrrrr! It's freezing out there. Every morning for the last week I've looked outside to a world coating white with a layer of frost and boy is it chilly. I think we have gotten used to mild winters the last few years, but this year is definitely going to be a cold one.

It's time to wrap up and it's time to change our kitchen habits too. While I'm the first to say that salads are great all year round, it's definitely time to start making soups, stews and savoury bakes.

With that in mind, I wanted to share 48 winter vegan meals that are easy to make and will take you through the winter without getting bored.

Recipes run from left to right.
48 easy winter vegan meals including chilli and tagine recipes

Easy Winter Vegan Meals

48 easy winter vegan meals including warming dal and curry recipes

Soup

Soups are easy to make and great for lunch and dinner through the winter. They are also the perfect way to top up your vitamins and minerals, as well as using any vegetables languishing at the bottom of your vegetable or salad drawer.


1. Tuscan Bean Veggie Soup - Amuse Your Bouche
2. Leek and Potato Soup - Contendedness Cooking
3. Fridge Vegetable Soup - Tinned Tomatoes
4. Yellow Split Pea Soup - Tinned Tomatoes
5. Carrot and Coriander Soup - Wallflower Kitchen
6. Maple Roasted Parsnip and Celeriac Soup - Wallflower Kitchen
7. Fat Free Pea and Lettuce Soup - Fuss Free Flavours
8. Spiced Carrot, Lentil and Spinach Soup - Tinned Tomatoes
9. Tuscan Bean and Veggie Soup - Amuse Your Bouche


Stew


There's nothing better than a comforting stew to warm up the cockles of your heart on a cold day. This collection of stews would be perfect served with mashed potatoes and extra vegetables.


10. Vegan Sausage Birra - Tinned Tomatoes
11. Butternut Squash Red Lentil Stew - Amuse Your Bouche
13. Bangers and Borlotti Bean Stew - The Veg Space
15. Chestnut Mushroom Bourguignon - The Veg Space
16. Rustic Greek Beans - Tinned Tomatoes
17. Cashew Spinach Cannellini Bean Stew - Contendedness Cooking
18. Kale and Ale Slow Cooker Stew - Veggie Desserts


Curry and Dal


Oh I love a bit of spice. Do you? It fair tingles the taste buds and it's just what you need if you have a cold. I have heard it said that spices are good for weight loss too. Apparently they speed up the metabolism. 




19. Aubergine and Red Pepper Curry - Wallflower Kitchen
21. Creamy Curried Kale and Chickpeas - Fat Free Vegan
23. Aubergine and Onion Masala - Tinned Tomatoes
24. Curried Rice and Red Lentils - Kalyns Kitchen
25. Mango Curry with Black Rice - Vegan Heaven


Chilli & Tagine


I love a bowl of chilli and we make it regularly. I am a bit of a wuss, so it's never burn your mouth hot, but it's always super tasty. I like it with rice but my husband and wee boy love it in a flour tortilla wrap with dairy free creme fraiche, salad leaves and grated vegan cheddar. I always think tagines are similar to chilli with there spicing, so I have included them in this category.



28. Three Bean Sweet Potato Chili - A Virtual Vegan
29. Sweet Potato and Kale Chili - Wallflower Kitchen
31. Mega Veggie Vegan Chili - Fat Free Vegan
32. Chipotle and Black Bean Chilli - The Veg Space
33. 3 Bean Chocolate Chilli - Tinned Tomatoes
35. Kidney Bean and Sweet Potato Chilli - Amuse Your Bouche


Pies


Pies come in lots of lovely shapes and sizes with a huge variety of fillings. Some come in shortcrust, filo or puff pastry, while others are more free-form and topped with mashed potato. Whichever shape or size they come in, they are truly the ultimate comfort food on cold winter nights.


37. Veg Box Red Lentil Shepherd's Pie - Tinned Tomatoes
38. Scottish Vegan Cottage Pie - Tinned Tomatoes
39. Cheesey Vegetable Puff Pie - Tinned Tomatoes


Savoury Bakes


I love this style of dinner, just throw all the ingredients in a roasting pan, casserole dish or tray and walk away. You soon have a meal good enough to feed to royalty. Yeah baby!


44. Easy Baked Beans with Turmeric - Veggie Desserts
46. Vegan Bolognese Pasta Bake - A Virtual Vegan

I hope that has given you plenty of inspiration for the months ahead. Thanks to everyone who contributed.


If you are planning a vegan Christmas check out my Veggie Christmas page.


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Indulgent Vegan Chocolate Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream

An indulgent chocolate cake filled with chocolate buttercream and topped with whipped coconut cream and raspberries. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.


Winter is the time for indulgence and this vegan chocolate cake definitely hits the mark. It is my go-to chocolate cake recipe you may have seen Cooper baking as his first day of school chocolate cake. The only difference is I've veganised it. It's about time, I hear my husband mutter.

It's vegan but you would never know it. This cake is rich with a heavy hit of chocolate helped out by a shot of coffee that really helps boost that chocolatey flavour. It's easy to make, anyone can make it and everyone loves it. I recently made if for a leaving do at work and it was a big hit. Two people told me it was the best chocolate cake they had ever tasted. Now that is high praise.

I made my vegan version with flax eggs (tips below) instead of eggs and dairy free spread, instead of butter. Apart from that it's my standard chocolate cake and tastes exactly the same.  It looks quite dark, but it's not burnt, it's just really dark and rich.

I filled it with chocolate buttercream and I have to admit to using Betty Crocker buttercream and icing, which are accidentally vegan and totally lush. I topped my cake with whipped coconut milk (tips below) and raspberries. I did mean to add a grating of good dark chocolate but totally forgot.

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So let's get this thing started!

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Spiced Chickpea and Carrot Sandwich Filler Recipe


Don't you just love tucking into a well endowed sandwich?

A sandwich on soft brown bread just layered up with lots of fillings like this one. Yes, I hear you cry, well me too.

Today I decided to make my own filling and as I have lots of tins of chickpeas in my store cupboard it seemed like a good place to start, but it needed some spice too. I wasn't planning on making hummus.

Although don't get me wrong I love hummus, but I wanted a more substantial filling for my sandwich, something I could really bite into.


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Best Ever Vegan Sloppy Joes Recipe

An easy recipe for vegan sloppy joes studded with red pepper and spiced up with paprika and cumin. Serve on a toasted bun with cream cheese and grated cheddar (vegan or veggie, it's up to you).

I've seen and heard people talking about sloppy joes for years. I've always planned to make them, but I never got around to it. I was stuck in that eternal loop. Don't those look good? I have to try them! Then nothing. I know, I know I should just get on with it.

I made them.

....and the crowd cheers!

And........ THEY. ARE. AWESOME!

They were easy to make and so tasty! It was such a treat.

I toasted my rolls and spread them generously with cream cheese (Violife of course darling!), filled them with lots of the savoury mince and topped it with some dairy-free cheddar. Mmmmmm! Of course if you are vegetarian feel free to use standard cream cheese and cheddar.


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Vegan Sausage Birra - a Crock-Pot recipe for slow cooking

Vegan Sausage Birra - a Crock-Pot recipe for slow cooking

What is a birra?


You may be asking what a birra is. I did. In fact I had to Google it to find out what a birra is and it turns out it's just a recipe containing beer. So it definitely sounds much fancier than it is.

What we have here is a sort of sausage stew. The sausages and onions are slow cooked in a spicy tomato beer sauce. It's actually really tasty.

I took a quick photo of it as you can see, before I lost the light. It gets dark so quickly at this time of year, doesn't it? It's the bane of food bloggers lives. Photos taken in artificial light are just awful (unless you have a properly equipped photography studio with expensive lights), so we always take our photos in daylight and there's just not enough of it in Scotland in November.

Once I'd finished taking my photos I popped the birra back in the slow cooker to keep warm while I cooked some potatoes and peas.

Well I say potatoes and peas, but I was too busy looking at my photos and left Graham to see to the potatoes. I totally forgot to remind him about the peas, so we just ate this sausage stew with mash. It was still comforting and very tasty, even without the veg.


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Vegan Beetroot and Vanilla Sorbet Recipe

Vegan Beetroot and Vanilla Sorbet Recipe

Looks good doesn't it?

I love sorbet, don't you? It's a great vegan option and usually lower in calories than ice cream while still giving you that velvety iced treat. I quite like to serve a scoop of fruity sorbet with a dark chocolate ice cream although I'm also happy to eat the sorbet solo and often order it in restaurants. It's a refreshing end to a meal.

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Veggie Haggis & Apple Bedfordshire Clangers

Veggie haggis & apple Bedfordshire clangers cut into to how the savoury and sweet fillings

Bedfordshire Clangers


Have you heard of them ? 

No? I'd never heard of them before last week. I've been following the Great British Bake Off  (did you see my roast vegetable, pasta and cream cheese pizza for Italian week and my dark chocolate magic pudding for pudding week?) and they tie in with this week's theme.

At the end of each week the next week's challenge is previewed. This week the theme is forgotten bakes or shall we say old fashioned bakes. like these Bedfordshire clangers.

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Vegan Roast Vegetable, Pesto and Cream Cheese Pizza Recipe


I usually make my own pizza dough when I'm making a pizza from scratch, but I noticed my local supermarket have a fresh ready rolled pizza dough in their chilled section beside the pastry and decided to give it a go. 

Now I'm not saying I only ever make pizza from scratch, do any of us? 

Maybe if I was a stay at home mum. Nope, probably not even then. Each time I make pizza dough I think I should always make it fresh, but then reality kicks in.

I mostly buy chilled or frozen pizza for quick midweek meals and just pile them high with extra vegetables before cooking them and actually they are pretty good. Not quite as good as this freshly roasted vegetable, pesto and cream cheese pizza, but pretty good for a quick meal.

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Aubergine and Onion Masala (a vegan eggplant crock-pot curry recipe)

Aubergine and Onion Masala (a vegan eggplant crock-pot curry recipe)


I don't make many curries. Well actually that's not true, I make dal nearly every week, but I don't often make any other curries or Indian side dishes. We used to eat a lot more Indian food, but Cooper isn't keen (although he loves dal) and Graham never seems to be in the mood for curry. Today I made this Aubergine and Onion Masala and it must have been the smell as Graham was tempted by it and thought it tasted great. Cooper had a snack before heading out to Boys Brigade so he hasn't tried it yet, but I have some dal at the ready just in case.

You can't win them all.

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Rich Mushroom and Lentil Ragu Recipe

Rich Mushroom and Lentil Ragu Recipe


I told you this was pasta week. 

Oh did you miss my last post? I realised I was posting three pasta recipes this week. A roasted vegetable pea pasta bake, a creamy spinach and basil pasta and this rich ragu which I served with tagliatelle.

Don't worry we have eaten other meals in between. We haven't just lived on pasta this week. We've had carrot, lentil and spinach soup, vegetable packed pizza and an aubergine dish with potatoes and asparagus. One night it all went to pot and we gave up and ate chips (fries my American friends) from the chip shop with quickly heated baked beans. Yes, even food bloggers have nights like that.


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Creamy Spinach and Basil Penne Recipe

Creamy Spinach and Basil Penne Recipe

It's pasta week!

Well actually that's not true, but it's going to feel like pasta week because this is my second pasta of the week and I still have another one planned. My first pasta dish this week was roasted vegetable pea pasta bake, but today I wanted something creamy. I wanted a creamy sauce but one that would be quick and easy too. Well you know how I am.

This time you may see a wee bit of orange shining throw the sauce. That's the colour of the pasta. For tonight's meal I used Napolina's Red Lentil Penne which like the green pea pasta is also gluten free.

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Roasted Vegetable Pea Pasta Bake - gluten-free & vegan

Roasted Vegetable Pea Pasta Bake - gluten-free & vegan


I love a good pasta bake, but this isn't like most of my pasta bakes. They're usually really rich with a thick sauce, but this one is lighter. It's more about the roast vegetables with just a hint of light tomato sauce. I also wanted the flavour of the pasta to shine through. Why? Because it's Green Pea Pasta.

Green pea pasta, I hear you say!

Why yes, green pea pasta.


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Dark Chocolate Magic Pudding (a self-saucing vegan dessert recipe)

Dark Chocolate Magic Pudding (a self-saucing vegan dessert recipe)


I've had self-saucing pudding at the back of my mind for years now. I always look them and think I have to make one of these magic puddings, but never get around to making one. The time has come! Trex has challenged me to bake to the theme of the bakes on The Great British Bake Off and this week is pudding week. There was no information beyond it being pudding week, so I took that as fate and just the nudge I needed to make a dark chocolate magic pudding.
Dark Chocolate Magic Pudding (a self-saucing vegan dessert recipe)

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Meat Free Mondays (week beginning 25 September 2017)


Happy Monday! 

How was the start to your week? I was off today and busy developing a dark chocolate magic pudding. All I can say is it's divine and coming soon, so watch this space. The last week has been a busy one for me, even though I had a couple of days off work. At the weekend we travelled down to the Scottish Borders and stayed in the Tinto Hotel. It was great to get away for a couple of days. To get out and explore, away from our phones and computers, just lots of fresh air and fun. 

It's Monday again, so I'm planning my meals for the week ahead and that's when Meat Free Mondays come in handy. Each week there are so many new tasty recipes to try. If you're veggie or trying to eat veggie once a week or more it's worth tuning in every Monday.

*update at end of post*


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Tortellini Minestrone Soup

Tortellini Minestrone Soup

It's soup time of year. The nights are drawing in and it's definitely getting colder. I've been fighting the temptation to put the heating on when it's only September, but I've had to give in a couple of times and put it on for a wee while, just to take the edge of the chill. So here we have a big pot of Tortellini Minestrone Soup to combat the cold nights and for a spot of comfort.

This is very similar to a simple minestrone I make, but this time I added tortellini for a more substantial meal rather than usual baby pasta or broken spaghetti strands I often add.
Tortellini Minestrone Recipe using #essentialWaitrose ingredients @waitrose

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Easy Cheesy Vegetable Potato Cakes

Easy Cheesy Vegetable Potato Cakes

These cheesy vegetable potato cakes were our dinner for tonight. I always cook simple food and share easy recipes, but these are definitely made with Cooper in mind. They are real nursery food or should I say comfort food? 

Not only are these potato cakes comfort food, but they're a sneaky way of getting more vegetables into Cooper's day. If you have children or a husband like mine who is reluctant to eat vegetables you will appreciate what I'm talking about.
Easy Cheesy Vegetable Potato Cakes with @waitrose #essentialWaitrose #ad


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Meat Free Mondays (week beginning 18 September 2017)

tomatoes and basil

Happy Monday my friends.

It's come around again hasn't it? It must be a sign of getting older that the week whizzes by, no make that the year!

I don't have any family tales to share with you this week. It was a pretty busy but average week. Cooper stayed with his grandparents at the weekend and I was working on Saturday. I did go out to the pub after work with friends for some dinner and a few drinks before heading home to watch a couple of DVDs (Graham was in Edinburgh at a gig so I was home alone). La La Land was one of the DVD's I rented and I knew within the first couple of minutes I was going to hate it. I do enjoy musicals, but this one just annoyed me. It was very beautiful and cinematic, but I couldn't stand any of the characters. Anyway enough of that, let's do some meal planning.

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Aubergine, Sweet Potato and Metis Tagine

Aubergine, Sweet Potato and Metis Tagine

Let's get fruity!


My tagine I mean, no funny business. Aubergine, sweet potato and Metis® are the base of this spiced Moroccan stew, which is served on a base of fluffy couscous.

A feast for a king or at least an everyday mum, dad and small boy. And talking about that small boy. He was hanging about while I took photos desperate to get stuck in. He loved it! This is a day to remember. He didn't flinch when I said it had aubergine in it and he didn't poke at it suspiciously as he often does when I present him with a new dish. He ate it and said it was yummy! He ate it all!

*dances round the room whooping*

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Meat Free Monday - 11 September 2017


Happy Monday!

How are you? Have you had a good week? Monday rolls round quickly doesn't it?

I'm not sure I have much to share with you this week. How about a Cooper update? His class are studying James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, so he is doing lots of peach related activities. His teacher misguidedly asked the children to draw a face on a peach and look after it. Unfortunately she seems to have forgotten how young children can get attached to things. Cooper gave it a name and personality and as it started to get squishy and past it's best he got really upset. Honestly you couldn't make this stuff up. Tears over a peach, or his wee friend Peachy as he named it. Sigh!

Apart from that we didn't get up to much. We had a lovely day in St Andrews on Saturday, well it would have been a more fun if we had realised it was the weekend when the students and their parents arrive. It was mobbed, still we had fun at the park in the morning and pizza before we headed home.

Enough of all that. It's time to think about the week ahead and plan some meals. So without further ado I give you this week's Meat Free Mondays and another seven gorgeous recipes for you to try.

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Vegan Sausage, Red Pepper and Brown Rice Casserole Recipe

Vegan Sausage, Red Pepper and Brown Rice Casserole Recipe

I'm drooling just thinking about this casserole and how good it was. I was planning on serving it with veg, but we ended up just serving it with crusty bread to mop up the juices. It was delicious and really filling. I'm looking forward to trying this again very soon.

I was inspired to make this rice dish after a trip to Milan and a visit to Riso Gallo, the rice people. Riso Gallo are a family name in Italy, with a reputation for superior quality rice. They are the brand that chefs and anyone who really enjoys cooking look for. They're famous for their risotto rice, but they actually have a huge range of products including mixed grain products such as spelt, barley and quinoa. They also sell a pronto range for quick midweek meals. A good selection of their range is available from Ocado. Other supermarkets stock their products, but you won't find such a big range. Try your favourite online supermarket, type Gallo into the search box and add some to your basket to try.

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Meat Free Mondays #108

olive oil

Happy Monday!


How has your week been? Mine has been a bit sucky as Graham was made redundant, so he's busy looking for a new job, but there's nothing great to apply for at the moment. We're trying to stay positive. I'm sure it will all work out. You may have noticed I now have ads on my blog after 10 years ad-free and you can probably guess why. So do stick with me. I'll be posting lots of recipe inspiration on Mondays and recipes during the week as usual.

Now we've got that out of the way lets drool over some new veggie recipes. I hope you get lots of inspiration this week.

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Back to School Gooey Chocolate Cake

Back to School Gooey Chocolate Cake

We have a tradition in our house. I started it when Cooper started school and we continue on with it each year. On Cooper's first day back at school we make chocolate cake together. Not not in the morning! You're having a laugh. Do you know how mad the first day of school is?

Of course English schools break up later and the children are starting back next week, so I'm hoping when I share Cooper's Gooey Chocolate Cake it might start a tradition in another home.

Last year we walked into town after school and spent way too long in Waterstones book shop, in the cafe and then looking at books so we didn't have time to make chocolate cake. We made Malteser Fudge Brownies instead and boy were they yummy, but more importantly they were quick. This year we came home so we have plenty of time for a full sized chocolate creation.

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Falafel and Apple Salad Sandwich Recipe

A delicious vegan sandwich. Sweet crunchy apple with lightly spiced falafel, creamy hummus and fresh salad on soft brown bread with a sweet bit of heat from some mango chutney. Plus 15 family sandwich ideas.

I don't share many sandwich recipes, but I seem to make plenty of them and I'm always looking for new ideas, so I figured you might enjoy some new sandwich recipes too.

I often add falafel to sandwiches and wraps and this falafel and apple salad recipe went down really well. Graham and I both really enjoyed it. Needless to say Cooper would never eat this. He's funny with it comes to sandwiches. He likes them plain. 

He will eat a sandwich with peanut butter and jam, peanut butter and Nutella, butter and jam, Oh and he will eat falafel on a wrap with some cream cheese, but that's as exciting as it gets. 

Salad on a sandwich? You have to be joking! It's so odd that he likes cheese and crunchy salad vegetables but won't accept them on a sandwich. I really hope his tastes change and develop as he gets older. Thank goodness he loves homemade soup!

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Cornish Cup Punch Recipe - Wot No Pimms?



We all love a glass of Pimms in the summer, but there's a new kid on the block. Curio Cornish Cup. It's inspired by a traditional punch drunk by the British Navy in the 17th Century and can be made up exactly like Pimms or served over ice with ginger beer.

The base is a Mullion Dry Gin blended with botanicals and Chai tea. The flavours include rich malty Assam tea, cardamom pods and cinnamon. 

It's absolutely delicious served both ways, as a punch or with ginger beer. The punch is definitely a great one to sip while sitting in the garden and mixing it with ginger beer is a great one to serve at BBQs. Try it both ways and see which you like best.


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Chip Shop Battered Tofu Recipe

Chip Shop Battered Tofu

There's nothing better in the summer than walking along a beach or sitting in a harbour watching the boats and eating a bag of hot fluffy chips with lashings of salt and vinegar.

Going to a chip shop as a vegetarian can be a bit like playing Russian roulette. First you have to do a bit of detective work and find out what oil they use (many use beef dripping) and then there's that moment when you optimistically or if you've done this before pessimistically look at the menu hoping there might be something exciting to order. That bag of chips is great when you are walking along the beach, but it's not a very filling or satisfying evening meal.

Chip shop battered tofu. Serve with chips, peas and a wedge of lemon. Suitable vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free diets.

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Honey Badger Cocktail Recipe



Looks good doesn't it? It's really refreshing. Honey Badger is a long cool cocktail made with Golden Champion Beer, honey, basil and bitters. 

Golden Champion Beer is a crisp and fruity floral summer beer, which is the perfect beer to serve ice cold at a BBQ or made into this cocktail.

If you are a strict vegan you could replace the honey with agave nectar in this recipe. Golden Champion Beer is vegan as are all the bottled beers from Hall & Woodhouse.

I just realised my cocktails this week are all very woodland creature. The last one was purple stag and this one is honey badger, maybe I need to start a series.

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Meat Free Monday Vegetarian Recipes

mushrooms


Well it's Monday again. Wasn't it just yesterday I was saying that to you?

Where does the time go?



This week Cooper is back at school. He was very eager to go back. All his friends are still in his class, but he has a new teacher.

On his first day back we (well I say we, but I just advised him and and dealt with the oven) made chocolate cake. It's become our family tradition to make a back-to-school chocolate cake on the first day of a new school year. The next day he took it into school to share with his friends. I'm sure his teacher was delighted to divide up and share such a gooey chocolate cake to lots of children in white shirts. Whoops!

Enough about cake and our week, let's have a look at another seven delicious recipes for this week's Meat Free Mondays. Hopefully it will inspire you to cook vegetarian more than one day this week, although one day is an excellent start.


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Purple Stag Cocktail Recipe

Purple Stag Cocktail Recipe

This is the second in my series of drinks posts. I realised I share very few drink recipes or recommendations apart from smoothies, so this week I am sharing some tasty summer drinks. 

In my last post I shared 7 refreshing soft and non-alcoholic drinks for summer. They are great if you are pregnant, it's your turn to drive or you are just trying to cut down on how many units you are drinking each week.

I this post I say to hell with that and share some alcohol. Well do have to cover both sides don't I?
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7 Refreshing Soft and Non-Alcoholic Drinks for Summer

7 Refreshing Soft and Non-Alcoholic Drinks for Summer

I share lots of recipes with you, but they're mostly recipes for meals. While summer lasts I thought it would be good to share a series of posts on summer drinks.

Now I've probably mentioned I like a glass of wine with dinner, but I also love refreshing summer drinks. I mean who doesn't love a glass or two of Pimms?

But what if you are the designated driver at a summer BBQ or party, pregnant or just trying to cut back on alcoholic drinks? Often all you can expect is to be offered some fizzy juice or a glass of water.

We can do better than that! I have seven refreshing and delicious summer drinks that you can enjoy and not feel like you are missing out.



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Meat Free Mondays - Summer 2017



Happy Monday!

How are you? How has your week been?

Our week has been full of fun for my wee boy and the last week of the summer holidays too.

He's been out on his scooter, playing in the park, eye bombing, playing board games, walking on the beach and today he went to a animal handling session. He's had a haircut in a hipster barbers and now he's tucked up snug in bed ready for an early start tomorrow for his first day of school.





Now we've caught up it's time for the recipes.

You may eat vegetarian every day or just once a week, whichever way you eat, enjoy this week's recipes and tune in next Monday for a new batch of recipes.


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Smashed Potato Salad with Pesto Dressing

Smashed Potato Salad with Dairy-Free Pesto Dressing

I eat a lot more salads in the summer, even when the weather is bleugh. 

Sometimes we have a salad like this smashed potato salad or a pasta salad for dinner (like we did last night), for lunch it might be a couscous salad and at other meals you will often find salad on the side. 

In fact I think we eat more salad vegetables than any other type at this time of year. Salads are so quick and easy and a lot less cooking too.


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Meat Free Mondays August 2017


Happy Monday!


How are you? How has your week been?

I've had a super busy week, yes I know, what's new?  Not much to share though.

I usually start the post with a photo of food, but I thought I'd share a photo of my kitchen instead to show you just how small it is. See the sink there. The draining board takes you right to the kitchen door, that leads into my conservatory which we use as a dining room, overlooking the garden.

Yes, it's that small. Now imagine it a bit more packed with gadgets.  I don't that microwave any more. My bread maker is now in place of the microwave and beside that is my toaster, kettle and blender, with a waffle maker squashed behind them. On the middle unit I now have a few big jars of spices and lentils. It's pretty packed. 

Oh yes and my cooker top is covered with my cast iron pots, that I leave on top instead of lugging them in and out of the cupboard. Yes this is a false representation of how my kitchen actually looks, but it gives you an idea of how small it is.

Is your kitchen teeny like mine or huge? Go on, make me jealous!

Anyway less of my kitchen and onto the recipes. There weren't as many recipes this week. I guess people are on holiday and enjoying the good weather instead of cooking and blogging, so I'm going to share a few recipes from my archives too. I hope you enjoy them.


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Roast Vegetable and Hummus Pizza (vegan and dairy-free)


I had you at pizza didn't I?

If you're anything like us you love pizza. Our standard choice is a Margherita pizza with added veggies, but today we decided to try something different and went for a blond pizza with roast vegetables and hummus.

The truth is we've had pizza twice this week. Cooper wanted to make pizza from scratch so he and I both worked on a dough and we ended up with too much pizza for one night.

The first night we had it our favourite way. Our homemade thin pizza base, topped with my whizz bang pizza (blender) sauce, then mozzarella (vegan for Graham) and lots of veg. Cooper had sweetcorn on his, he likes to keep it simple.

The second night I spread the pizza base with a thick layer of hummus, topped it with lots of freshly roasted vegetables, a sprinkle of oregano, paprika and black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. It was actually really good!

A homemade white pizza with hummus in instead of tomato sauce, roast vegetables, herbs and spices. Suitable for a vegetarian, vegan or dairy-free diet.

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