20 May 2017

Vegan BBQ 'Shroom Buns

Don't they look good?

These BBQ 'Shroom Buns are from Food Love Stories brought to you by Tesco. You must have seen the billboards, recipes in store or videos in your Facebook stream? I've rather enjoyed them. They're much more appealing than the run-of-the-mill supermarket campaigns and it's great they have recipe cards for their customers to try, which consider different dietary needs.

I have a Tesco in walking distance from my house, which is handy, although we've always bought our groceries there because they've always been a good supermarket for veggies to shop in. I can get everything I need in the one shop. Now I'm cooking vegan meals and they're helping me out with that too. I'm seeing more and more vegan products in-store every week.

Vegan BBQ 'Shroom Buns

There's a huge selection of dairy-free products including vegan milk, cheese, cream, yoghurt and creme fraiche and the freezer aisle is filling up with lots of savoury and sweet products, including a new chocolate ice cream from Alpro, which is blooming delicious!

Then there's all the fresh produce, the free-from section, the superfoods and lots of other vegan products dotted around the store. It's making life much easier for us, they're really supporting the vegan community. A vegan diet really can be quick, affordable and tasty.

Check out my post Best 60 Vegan & Dairy Free Products (UK) to see some of my favourite vegan products from Tesco.

These BBQ 'Shroom Buns were created by Chef Derek Sarno who is the co-founder of Wickedly Healthy and was formerly the Global Executive Chef for Whole Foods Market. This guy knows his stuff! 

His company promotes an 80/20 diet. He says we should "Shoot for 80% healthy, 20% wicked and you’ll be 100% sexy".  I'm wholeheartedly behind him there.

Vegan BBQ 'Shroom Buns

Now pay close attention to the recipe, you'll never hear me utter the words "add mushrooms to the pan, cover them in baking paper and put a pot half full of water to flatten them". Too cheffy for this self-taught cook, but I have to say they are utterly delicious.

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Vegan BBQ 'Shroom Buns
Vegan BBQ 'Shroom Buns
Smoky BBQ mushrooms in deli buns with lettuce leaves, red onion and chilli. A great vegan lunch or team them with sweet potato fries and a dressed green salad for dinner.
  • 250g chestnut mushrooms, stalks trimmed
  • 125g shiitake mushrooms, stalks discarded
  • 150g Portobello mushrooms, trimmed and underside removed
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chopped rosemary
  • 4 multiseed deli rolls, scored down the middle
  • 4 leaves Sweet Gem lettuce, shredded
  • 4 tbsp Tennessee BBQ inspired sauce, plus extra to serve
  • ½ red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 red chilli, seeded and sliced
  • a small handful coriander
1. Preheat the oven to gas 5, 190°C, fan 170°C. Reserve 6 chestnut mushrooms then thinly slice the rest and all of the shiitakes. Set aside.2. Scoop out and discard the inside of the Portobellos before use, as they can be bitter. Heat 1/2 tbsp oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the reserved chestnut mushrooms and the Portobellos to the pan. Cover with baking paper and put a saucepan half filled with water on top to flatten. Cook for 5 minutes each side, until juicy. Once cooked, thickly slice the Portobellos and transfer all the cooked mushrooms to a bowl. Toss in 2 tbsp BBQ sauce.3. In the same pan, add another ½ tbsp oil and the sliced shiitake and chestnut mushrooms. Leave for 1-2 minutes, then stir and cook for a further 2-3 minutes each side, until crispy. Add to the bowl with the other mushrooms; toss. Tip onto a baking sheet and cook in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Remove; set aside. 4. Fry the remaining oil, spices and rosemary for 30 seconds. Add the mushrooms to the oil, tossing to coat. Season.5. Microwave the rolls for 15 seconds to soften, if you like, then fill with the lettuce and mushrooms. Finish with the remaining BBQ sauce, red onion, chilli and coriander. Serve with extra BBQ sauce.
Total time:
Calories per serving: 373 calories
Yield: Serves 4

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Disclosure: I recreated this recipe for Tesco to support their Food Love Stories. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

18 May 2017

Roast Vegetable, Veggie Sausage & Halloumi Wraps - National Vegetarian Week

Hands up who loves halloumi?

It's rather moreish, isn't it? I love it in a salad, on a toastie, on top of a burger or in a wrap. Today I bring you a wrap that would be fabulous for lunch or add a salad and it would make a substantial dinner. A roast vegetable, veggie sausage and halloumi wrap to be precise.

That smokiness from the roast vegetables, some garlicky green pesto, peppery salad leaves, some cooked veggie sausages and freshly cooked halloumi, all crisp and golden on the outside and chewy in the middle. Yum!

17 May 2017

Three-Tin Tomato, Turmeric & Coconut Dahl - National Vegetarian Week

Three-Tin Tomato, Turmeric & Coconut Dahl - National Vegetarian Week

We love dahl in this house, although I usually spell it dal. It can also be spelled daal or dhal and it's really hard to find a definitive answer, but as this isn't my recipe, I shall stick to calling this tomato, turmeric and coconut dahl.

My favourite dal or dahl, is made with spinach and coconut and I love it so much I never try making variations of it, but this one looked so good. I was won over.

This recipe comes from The FODMAP Friendly Kitchen by Emma Hatcher.  

One Year's Subscription to Readly Giveaway - National Vegetarian Week

Imagine reading all these magazines each month. It would cost a fortune wouldn't it? 

Not with Readly. Readly is an online magazine reader service. Unlimited access to thousands of magazines for only £7.99 a month. You couldn't even buy two magazines for that. Even better you can share it with your family as you can load Readly on to 5 different devices and you can download the mags to read while you are offline.

Sounds amazing doesn't it?

I've been trying it out and I've found it really easy to use. It can be used on iOS or android, so you can load it on to phones, tablets and PCs. You just sign up, then download the app from your app store and start reading as soon as you're ready.

Here are my favourite magazines so far:

  • Jamie
  • Veggie
  • Olive
  • Thrive
  • Healthy
  • BBC Good Food
  • National Geographic Kids
  • Beano
  • Good Housekeeping (yes I've hit that age)
  • PC Advisor
  • Tech Advisor

Would you like to win one year's subscription to Readly worth nearly £100? 

16 May 2017

Quick Blender Broccoli and Stilton Soup - National Vegetarian Week

Cheese doesn't make an appearance in my soup very often. Most soups I make are vegan anyway, which suits everyone and means less cooking for me. This broccoli and Stilton soup is an exception.

I had a craving!!!

It was all Helen's fault. 

I work with Helen and she caught me at a hungry moment. She started telling me that she was going to make broccoli and Stilton soup that night. I could think of nothing else for days.

15 May 2017

Meat Free Mondays - National Vegetarian Week 2017

It's National Vegetarian Week and I'll be bringing you veggie news every day this week. Recipes, giveaways and cookbook reviews. Today I'll start with Meat Free Mondays.

For those of you unfamiliar with Meat Free Mondays, it's a social movement, where people promote a vegetarian diet and encouraging everyone to try and eat vegetarian at least once a week. Every Monday throughout the year I bring you seven new featured recipes for the week ahead and let you decided how many days you want to go veggie. There's always plenty of inspiration.

So without further ado and in line with veggie week, let's get stuck in!

14 May 2017

Best 60 Vegan & Dairy Free Products (UK)

When Graham first decided to become vegan we really struggled with it. A lot of the veggie dishes I cooked were vegan anyway, but there wasn't really any good alternatives for the things that make vegan living easier and no quick bites to grab on the go.

10 years on and Graham tried again, this time it was a lot easier. I was more aware of vegan options when I was cooking and there were more and more products available. He's now been vegan for 5 years and we mostly eat vegan now, although Cooper and I are still vegetarian. Graham of course always eats vegan and maybe one day Cooper and I will complete the move across too.

Today I'd like to share with you our favourite vegan products. Dairy alternatives, dairy free ingredients as well as treats such as crisps, sweets and chocolate. 

Just remember that a vegan diet should start with fresh fruit and vegetables, grains, seeds and pulses. These are the building blocks of a healthy diet. Other items should be a smaller part of your diet. Check out my recipe index for lots of easy and healthy vegan recipes.

I mostly shop at Tesco as it's close to me and I can find everything I need, but most supermarkets have a good range of vegan products or are starting to improve.

10 May 2017

Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Peanut butter and chocolate chip banana bread - vegan recipe from tinnedtomatoes.com

I've made another vegan banana bread. I don't know what it is, but there always seems to be leftover and rapidly browning bananas in my house. I add bananas to smoothies and I take them to work to snack on, yet there are always leftover bananas. Never mind, that means Graham gets some scrummy banana bread quite regularly.

I added chocolate chips as usual. Let's face it everything is improved with a spot of chocolate. I also added peanut butter this time and a swirl of caramel on top.

The caramel is completely optional. I know caramel isn't usually vegan, but this one is coconut based. Isn't everything these days? I got it in M&S. It's rather pricey, but it's actually lasted a while. I've added it to a few things and there's still plenty left.

08 May 2017

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (8 May 2017)

Happy Monday!

How are you?

Have you had a good week? Does it feel like the weeks go by quicker and quicker or is that just me?

My week went by in a flash. I was pretty tired after our weekend in London and then I was plunged straight back into the working week. At the weekend I caught up on housework, did a spot of baking and got out for a nice long dog walk on Sunday.

Here are the mutts in question, oh and the child. It was great to get some fresh air and to feel the sun on my face again.

Now it's Monday and I've had a long day at work. I'm struggling to stay awake to share this week's Meat Free Monday recipes with you, but I wouldn't let you down. I hope these recipes inspire you to eat vegetarian for some or all of this week.

05 May 2017

Rich Tomato & Roast Vegetable Pasta Bake

Rich Tomato & Roast Vegetable Pasta Bake

I've made this tomato and roast vegetable pasta bake a few times recently. I had no idea if it would work. I roasted the vegetables in a roasting pan, then added the tomatoes, tomato puree, stock and seasoning, then I mixed in the uncooked pasta and popped it in the oven?

The first time, I had major doubts while it was cooking. I was thinking "Oh shoot maybe I should have cooked the pasta first!". There are lots of one-pot pasta dishes online, but they are made in a pot. Would it really work in the oven?

A rich pasta bake that is so easy to make. The whole dish is made in a roasting pan.Only 336 calories per portion for the most delicious pasta bake that everyone will love. Suitable for vegans and great for the 5:2 diet.

It worked!

Soft, but firm pasta in a rich sauce with so much flavour and a great boost to our vegetable intake for the day.

Graham and I loved it. Cooper said he loved it, but examining his bowl, there was a suspicious amount of veg left. Still he'll have eaten some of the vegetables and spinach never seems to worry him in a pasta dish, so it's still a win.

03 May 2017

Soup or Salad Season? No Croutons Required

Soup or salad season? That's my question!

Just when the sunshine comes out and we bask in it's glow and think this is it, the weather changes and the temperature drops. I've never known a year like this. 

Scotland is notorious for changeable weather, but is ridiculous. It's been going on since March. 

Sunshine out, coats off, temperature drops, coats and gloves back on, sunshine back, no coats today, hey this is lasting a few days, spring is here, then you wake up in late April to snow. We don't know what we're getting from day to day. I start craving fresh salads, then the temperature drops again and I'm back to soups.

In the May editions of No Croutons Required I would normally expect to see a lot of salads, but the roundup is really reflecting the changeable weather.

01 May 2017

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (1 May 2017)

Happy Meat Free Monday!

How are you?

I had a fine long weekend in London. Well, it started out that way. I was heading down for a conference and set off a day early with Graham and Cooper so we could spend time together before the conference then they'd have boy time while I worked.

The first day we spent at the Science Museum having fun in the Wonder Lab which I completely recommend. Lots of hands-on science experiments that will keep you amused for hours. We then headed out to meet friends at The Diner where I had a rather fabulous veggie hot dog.

The second day I attended my conference, but by evening Graham was ill and had to go to A&E. Not quite how we expected to spend our weekend. It wasn't as bad as we feared and he was able to take it easy on Sunday and had today off for the public holiday. All being well, he'll be fine in a few days.

I'm home again and making my list for the week and deciding what we shall eat this week. Of course we eat meat-free every day, but not everyone does. I hope by sharing new inspiring veggie dishes every week that I will encourage more people to do so.

26 April 2017

Hearty Spiced Cauliflower and Carrot Soup

A simple but hearty soup rich with vegetables and lightly spiced for a warming bowl of deliciousness that will fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied at lunch or dinner. Cauliflower and carrots are the star of the show in this vegan and dairy free soup.

It's the end of April and I'd love to say we're enjoying some warm weather and lots of sunshine here in Scotland, but it's blooming freezing! The weather is up and down and all over the place. You don't know where you are or what to wear from day to day. We even had snow yesterday! It's definitely still soup weather, so today I bring you this hearty spiced cauliflower and carrot soup.

Doesn't it look good?

I was just going to make a carrot soup, but there was a head of cauliflower staring at me mournfully from the fridge so I had little choice and as we really enjoyed it, I thought I should share it with you. Hence hastily photographed shots of said hearty spiced cauliflower and carrot soup!

24 April 2017

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (24 April 2017)

Happy Monday my friends.

How has the last week treated you? 

I don't have much to share with you this week. I've still been suffering from a chest infection, although it's definitely clearing now. Cooper has been busy at school and Graham at work. No exciting meals or days out, just work, work work. Sigh.

Now I've thoroughly depressed myself thinking back on such a boring week I'll share with you the latest veggie recipes for this week's Meat Free Mondays. They are anything but boring and hopefully they'll cheer us all up and inspire you to eat meat free at least one day this week, if you don't do so already.

21 April 2017

Pa Amb Tomaquet - Traditional Catalan Tomato Tapa Recipe

My beautiful Spanish friend Populo has made us this simple pa amb tomaquet tapa a few times and we've always been wowed by how good it is.

What is Pa Amb Tomaquet?

Pa amb tomaquet is a traditional Catalan tapa dish. It's a bit like a Catalan bruschetta. The Spanish call it pan con tomate, but this is definitely Catalan rather than Spanish. You'll soon be offered this tapa if you spend any time in Barcelona and they are rightly proud of it.

Pa amb tomaquet is a really simple dish where the flavour of the fresh tomatoes sing. All you need is really nice bread and I'm talking a good sourdough, if you can get it, some ripe flavourful tomatoes, a clove of garlic, a good quality olive oil and salt and pepper. Populo also adds a sprinkle of oregano, so I shall too.

17 April 2017

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (17 April 2017)

Happy Easter my friends. I hope you had a fun and chocolate filled Easter Sunday.

I'm sorry to say my Sunday was spent indoors. I've been suffering from a chest infection this week and because I have asthma, I've been rather poorly, although I haven't given up and gone to bed. 

I've actually spent a lot of time cooking this week and today I made a big pot of chilli (Cooper's favourite) and a trifle. Did I tell you that Hartley's glitter jelly is veggie? It's really good and makes a firm jelly.

Cooper was at his grandparent;s house this weekend, where no doubt he was spoiled rotten and Graham has been a star, helping me with some housework, shopping and walking the dogs.

Now Monday is here, Cooper is back at school, I'm at work and lucky Graham is off today and hopefully doing some more housework for me, but as it's Monday I have another seven sensational veggie dishes for you to try (and a few bonus recipes) in honour of Meat Free Monday.

14 April 2017

A Beginners Guide to Juicing and the new Juisir

There's a lot of information out there about juicing, Some good and some bad, but as a lover of juices and smoothies I wanted to share a beginners guide to juicing. As I only use the Froothie Optimum juicers, which I think are rather fab, I will only talk about my experiences with them. I've had cheaper machines in the past and they were useless to use and useless to clean. 

I'll also be introducing you to a revolution in juicing called the Juisir, which is a new machine arriving on these shores soon which is a no-clean machine. I know, right! There's a lot of hype about the Juisir just now. It's a bit of a sensation. You can read what's being said about the Juisir on Forbes or Yahoo Finance.

12 April 2017

Deep Lemon Curd and Raspberry No-Bake Cheesecake

Deep Lemon Curd and Raspberry No-Bake Cheesecake


Deep Lemon Curd and Raspberry No-Bake Cheesecake! Booyah!

Don't you love a good no-bake cheesecake? They're easy to make, luxurious and utterly stunning when finished. Of course they taste great too. 

I think I can safely say I've mastered them now and I make them rather a lot, especially for my baking club meetings. I even developed a recipe for a vegan cheesecake that tastes just as good.

Why not make one this Easter Sunday for your family or friends? 

10 April 2017

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (10 April 2017)

Happy Monday my friends! It's Meat Free Monday again and time for seven delicious new recipes to help inspire you to make at least some of your week meat-free. You may find a few bonus recipes at the bottom too.

So this is where I usually tell you about the last week and what we got up to. It's school holidays here in Scotland, so Cooper has been sharing his time between home and his grandparents house. I think I can safely say he's been enjoying the free time. Lots of dog walks, games, some time coding and Cooper and I took a two day trip over to Edinburgh for the Science Festival. We stayed in a hotel, did some experiments and generally had a blast. Our highlight had to be Dr Bunhead and his eggcellent eggsplosions at the National Museum of Scotland. It was exciting, funny, loud and sit on the edge of your seat nerve-wracking.

Did you do anything fun in the last week?

Now it's time for the recipes.  

05 April 2017

Spiced Chickpea, Carrot and Coriander Burgers (vegan recipe)

An easy burger recipe that can be made in a power blender or food processor. From blender to table in 15 minutes and all made with fresh tasty ingredients. Cook from fresh or freeze for another day.These burgers are suitable for a vegetarian, vegan or dairy free diet.

Homemade veggie burgers? 

Why yes please!

You can't beat them and today I'm sharing my latest veggie burger recipe, for spiced chickpea, carrot and coriander burgers. I whizzed them up in my blender and they are totally dairy free and vegan.

A good veggie burger really doesn't need egg to bind it or any dairy. The vegetables and pulses with spices are tasty enough and the chickpeas in this burger are the binder.
An easy burger recipe that can be made in a power blender or food processor. From blender to table in 15 minutes and all made with fresh tasty ingredients. Cook from fresh or freeze for another day.These burgers are suitable for a vegetarian, vegan or dairy free diet.

No Croutons Required (Soup and Salad Blog Challenge) - April 2017

Whoops! I was so caught up in my birthday fun at the weekend and so busy at work, I totally forgot I am hosting No Croutons Required this month.

If you have a blog why not join in?

Simple post a veggie soup or salad recipe on your blog, linking to this post and mentioning No Croutons Required, then add your link to the linky below. At the end of the month I'll do a roundup of all the yummy recipes for my readers to enjoy.

Check out last month's soups and salad's over at Lisa's Kitchen.

I wonder if we will see more salads this month?

03 April 2017

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (3 April 2017)

Happy Monday!

How are you? Have you had a good week? I had an excellent week. The weather has been a bit mixed, but the sunny days have been wonderful and there is so much more light now and it gets dark much later. It really cheers me up.

Saturday was a gloriously sunny day and it was warm in the sun, so we headed to the beach with the boy and the dogs. We dragged my husband's brother along too and had a great time. We walked the beach, met a lot of dogs, lapped up the sun and watched our boy and dogs having fun.

On Sunday the sun shone again, so I was inspired to bake. I made a Vegan Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Banana Bread in the morning and a Deep Lemon Curd & Raspberry Cheesecake in the afternoon. Recipes coming soon!

Now the fun of the weekend is over, it's time to plan meals for the week ahead and I hope you will be inspired by this week's Meat Free Monday to include some veggie dishes this week.

31 March 2017

Vegan No-Bake Oreo and Caramel Cheesecake

Vegan No-Bake Oreo and Caramel Cheesecake


I promised I would!

I admit it took me a while to make this vegan no-bake oreo and caramel cheesecake, but I did it.

I made the original deep Oreo and Caramel Cheesecake last March and then I made another no-bake cheesecake for my last cake club and I was asked for a vegan version, so it's been on my mind since then.
Vegan No-Bake Oreo and Caramel Cheesecake. www.tinnedtomatoes.com

29 March 2017

Green Mango Curd Tart Recipe & Giveaway

Green Mango Curd Tart

Doesn't that look gorgeous? 

It's a fruity, but slightly tangy Indian twist on a French style tart from Anjum Anand. It's super simple to make, but looks and tastes spectacular.

This recipe comes from Anjum Anand, an award-winning TV chef and cookery writer who founded The Spice Tailor brand in 2011. The Spice Tailor is an authentic cook-at-home range of Indian sauces, chutney and breads (scroll down to the bottom of this post for my Spice Tailor giveaway).

This green mango curd tart isn't one for my vegan readers (don't worry I have a vegan caramel and Oreo cheesecake coming up this week), but the cookbook is an excellent choice for all my readers. There are lots of delicious veggie and vegan recipes to choose from.

27 March 2017

7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (27 March 2017)

Happy Monday everyone!

How has your week been?

We had another busy week. The weekend was busy too. Cooper got his own Raspberry Pi (a credit card sized computer that was originally designed for educational purposes). The kids' pack we bought was fabulous. It came with a Lego style instruction booklet, which meant he could set it up himself.  It came with an SD card loaded with an operating system, Minecraft and the Scratch coding system on it which is used in schools, albeit usually for older children, so he's had great fun coding.

On Sunday I made a Vegan Oreo and Caramel Cheesecake for Graham (recipe coming soon, it was awesome) and we visited my mum for mother's day laden with cake and gifts.

Now it's Monday and time to plan for the week ahead, so it's time for Meat Free Mondays and another delicious selection of recipes to share.

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.

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.

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.

06 March 2017

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (6 March 2017)

Happy Monday!

And ....... welcome to another edition of Meat Free Mondays.

The week past has been a busy one as ever, with work, school and play. Cooper had great fun at school on World Book Day. He decided he would dress up as the superhero squirrel from one of his favourite books Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. Needless to say I spent a fair few nights scratching my head as to how I could make a squirrel costume and then a few nights sewing (not my best skill). It worked out well and he had a really fun day.

Graham and I didn't have quite such a fun week, I had a family funeral, which was so sad and unexpected and poor Graham came down with gout (I know not what you'd expect from a vegan who doesn't drink, but there you go). We just have to carry on with a smile until we feel ourselves again.

I digress once more, so let's get back to the veggie recipes I'm delighted share with you this week. As usual it's a tasty selection and I hope the recipes inspire you as you plan your midweek meals.

02 March 2017

Fairtrade Fortnight - What to Buy

Fairtrade Fortnight started on Monday. This fortnight is all about highlighting the work farmers and workers do in developing countries and making sure they are paid a fair wage and that their products sell at a good price.
I have always been aware of Fairtrade and picked up products where I see them. In the past it was always in health food shops and specialist shops, but now supermarkets are realising how important Fairtrade is and they are selling more and more.

I've been trying some Fairtrade products and would like to share them with you. Try some of them yourself and have a look next time you are shopping to see if there is a Fairtrade brand you could buy instead of your regular brand

01 March 2017

11 Verily Veggie Soups and Salads for March

March has arrived and it's still freezing, but the days are brighter and longer so it all feels more hopeful and like we are moving further away from the winter.

While it's still cold, we are all still craving soup, but it's nice to include some salads and with that in mind I bring you No Croutons Required and the eleven delicious recipes bloggers have submitted for our eating pleasure during January and February.

27 February 2017

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (27 February 2017)

Happy Monday!

How are you? 

I'm fine. Last week we had an unexpected death in the family so it's been a really sad week and a reminder we should enjoy every minute with our loved once as you never know what's round the corner.

This weekend we have been tackling Cooper's bedroom. It's overflowing with clothes, toys and books, so it was time for a good clear out and time to re-organise. He went to bed really pleased with the new layout tonight.

The wee boy has been helping me in the kitchen this weekend too. Today he helped me make pancakes and he made us a slow cooked potato and haricot stew in a spicy tomato sauce for dinner. It was real comfort food. We enjoyed it with some buttered bread. I'll share the recipe later this week.