National Vegetarian Week - Readers Choice

We are coming to the end of National Vegetarian Week here in the UK and it is time to have a look at all the droolworthy recipes my readers have submitted.

I hope you all enjoyed a few vegetarian dishes this week. If you haven't, there is still time, so why not have a browse through this selection for some inspiration.

Leicestershire, UK

I hadn't heard of Shakshouka before, so I was quite intrigued by our first entry. At a guess I thought it might be a Russian dish, but it turns out it is from Israel.

Sarah learned to make this dish when she lived in Israel for a year. It sounds like she was really inspired by the cuisine while she was there.

This is a one-pot meal of red and yellow peppers and eggs in a thick and spicy paprika flavoured tomato sauce.

Madge The Vegetarian Casserole Queen

The Vegetarian Casserole Queen is mad about Mexican food, enchiladas, tostadas, bean burritos, cheese quesadillas, and refried beans and rice.

This is her version of Northern US tex-mex version of cheese enchiladas made into a casserole.

Now my mouth is watering!

Essex, England, UK

The lovely thing about this round-up, other than the yummy food, is discovering blogs I haven't had the pleasure to visit before.

Fran from Bonnie of Clyde is one of them. Fran and her husband are converting a barge and they plan to travel on it when they retire. The blog is Fran's diary.

Fran found this dish on a recipe card. The type you find in a supermarket. She was even able to impress her carnivore husband. Good show Fran!

London, Ontario, Canada

My good friend Lisa specialises in Indian cooking. She just loves a bit of spice and heat in her meals and her dishes always look so inviting. As a veteran vegetarian, she was spoilt for choice when choosing a dish for this round-up. She eventually settled on this spicy mung bean dish.

Lisa flavours her mung beans with turmeric, ginger, fresh chillies, cayenne pepper, ground fenugreek, tomatoes, amchoor (dried mango) powder, garam masala and parsley. Mmmmmmm!


Another Lisa and another expert in Vegetarian cooking.

Lisa always comes up with things I haven't even thought of. It would never occur to me to try and make a vegetarian chorizo, but I am glad that Lisa decided too. Doesn't it look yummy and I bet is is spicy too.

I think I will have a go at making these for Cooper. They would be great in a hot dog roll and a perfect size for his wee hands to hold.

Lisa combined vegetarian mince and breadcrumbs with garlic, onion, paprika chilli, oregano, black pepper, tomato puree and cider vinegar and bound it together with egg.

 You can bake or fry these tasty morsels.


Mmmmmmmm, I am liking the look of these!

This is a dish that has been made and enjoyed by Tango for over a decade. She first came across it in the New Covent Garden Co. Soup & Beyond cookbook.

Red lentils, bulgar wheat, red onion, red pepper, green pepper, spring onions, parsley, paprika, mint and black pepper.

Tango serves these bulgar cakes with  mango pico-de-gallo salsa and fried halloumi with chillies.

Right that's it! Tell us your address Tango. We are all coming over to dinner!


Jacqueline (Tinned Tomatoes)
Scotland, UK 

For my entry into the round-up, I decided to submit my stuffed mushrooms.

I first tasted these at my mother-in-laws house over 20 years ago. 

I was lucky enough to find a fellow veggie for my husband to be, although I found that out later.

My in-laws aren't veggie, but when Graham became vegetarian as a teenager, they stepped up to the mark and made him some really fabulous meals, I think in part helped by the fact that they were both well travelled and love food. Jean went on to share quite a few of her recipes with me and they are all family staples.

These mushrooms are one of my husband's favourite dishes. I urge you to try them, they are super tasty and so easy to make.

Scotland, UK

I was very impressed and also drooling when I saw this tart on Janice's blog. I just wanted to reach a fork into the screen and grab a piece. I does look good, doesn't it?

Janice very kindly made this tart to take to a friend who was just out of hospital. That is the kind of lovely person Janice is and I am sure her friend really appreciated it.

Cheesy pastry filled with leek, creme fraiche, cheese and egg filling. Yum!


Monica (Smarter Fitter)
Wiltshire, England, UK

Monica always makes very visually pleasing meals. The fact that they are packed with flavour and healthy too is an added bonus.

Monica had some cranberries in the freezer and some butternut squash to use and decided they might go well together.

Butternut squash, cranberries, crushed fennel, coriander seeds, red pepper, bulgar wheat, spring onions, coriander, lemon juice, chopped dates, pistachios, almonds or sunflower seeds.

The lunch of champions. Sweet, savoury and very satisfying. Why not give it a try?

HerbyCarny (Herbivorous Carnivore)

This looks like my kind of dish. I love comfort food like this.

Herby got to run wild, well actually just use her in-laws kitchen. I am sure they weren't expecting her to run wild. They were on holiday, so Herby and her husband had their own wee holiday and really enjoyed having a big kitchen to cook in.

Sweetcorn, peas, carrots, parsnips and garlic covered in a parsley sauce, topped with red potato mash and baked in the oven until golden brown. Who wouldn't love this?

Ruth (Makey-Cakey)

Would you look at that! I defy you not to want it. I am desperate to try a slice. You should see the whole pie, it looks pretty impressive. Unfortunately, I dont' have room to include another picture, so go over and have a look.

The filo pie is filled with garlic, leeks, carrots, green lentils, mint sauce, sundried tomatoes, red pepper, figs, cumin and dill. Slurp!

You have inspired me Ruth. I am definitely going to try one of these. I cannot believe how easy it was to make.

Simona (Briciole)

What gorgeous looking sweet chillies. So vibrant in colour, just screaming out to be cooked with. Simona obviously thought so too.

Simona bought these beauties at her local farmers market and the farmer who grew these told her they are sweet with just a hint of spice, perfect for what Simona had in mind.

A traditional Italian dish called peperonata, whose ingredients are bell peppers, onion (cipolla) and tomatoes (pomodori). Simona changed the flavours up a bit by adding curry powder and topped the dish with formaggio cheese.

Mmmmmmmmm! All this meal needs is some crusty bread and a chilled, crisp white wine. Heavenly on a summer's evening.

Hampshire, England, UK

I can vouch for how good these are as I made them myself earlier in the year.

Recipe Junkie found the recipe in River Cottage Everyday by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. I can also vouch for what a fabulous cookbook this is. I could quite happily just live of the recipes in it for the next year.

Red peppers filled with baby new potatoes, feta cheese and pesto, then baked until soft and starting to brown.

Simple, but delicious. 

Hertfordshire, England, UK

 Rancheros in case you haven't guessed already is the Spanish word for ranch, but it is also said to mean "a group of people who eat together" and this is a great sharing dish. One that Clare and her family enjoy together for breakfast or brunch.
Onion, green and yellow peppers, mushrooms, chilli powder, tomatoes and parsley, topped with eggs and cheese. Served with toasted mushrooms. My mouth is watering as I read this.  
Clare got carried away and entered a few dishes, but I have chosen this one as my favourite.

Melbourne, Australia

It isn't the first time that Johanna has made this tasty soup, but she wanted to show it off in her new bowls. Lovely aren't they, they have a real retro feel.
Onion, paprika, garlic, carrots, celery, potatoes, yellow split peas, bay leaves and thyme. All cooked up and whizzed smooth.

Johanna served her soup with a slice of Babka Vegetable Bread. Mmmmmmm!

North of England, UK 

This wasn't the photo that Caroline submitted with her dish, but I just loved this photo, so I sneakily took this one instead. Hope you don't mind Caroline.
I love butternut squash soup and roasting the squash really adds an extra element to the flavour. 
Butternut squash, red onion, sprigs of rosemary, vegetable stock, cinnamon and chilli. 
Caroline found this recipe in Hungry? by the people who sell the Innocent smoothies, veggie pots and juices. A book I love too!
Just gorgeous Caroline. 

Well that is it for the 2012 National Vegetarian Week round-up. I hope you take the time to tell us which recipes caught your attention and visit some of the bloggers who took part.

If you are on twitter, please tweet, so more people can have a chance to see all these truly droolworthy recipes.

Happy Vegetarian Week everyone!


  1. Lovely round up - love the banners too! I find it hard to believe people still need convincing of how good veg food is these days - but maybe that is just because I am so used to it. I didn't know your Graham was vegetarian (though I probably have seen you write it before).

    This post is a good display of the diversity of veg food - I think the stuffed peppers and stuff mushrooms really appeal to me here despite stuffed veg being one of the cliches of vegetarian food - if you do it right it doesn't matter how many times you have it!

    1. I was lucky that Graham turned out to be veggie when I met him, so much easier.

      It really is a great line-up of food, I was really impressed as I saw the entries come in.

  2. I have never understood how people feel that vegetarian food has to be bland and boring, not with so many delicious and tasty choices.

  3. Lovely round up, am blushing now.

    1. Awwww, I only said what I thought Janice. You are a sweetie and that is a bloody good tart!!

  4. This looks amazing, thank you very much for the link back to my site - very, very hungry now!! x

    1. That's ok Sarah, thanks for sending me in a dish. It was a great opener too :)

  5. What a brilliant roundup - some very scrummy ideas - particularly ones I want to try when I can eat cheese again! And thanks for your kind words Rx

  6. What a lovely round up of recipes, and some really interesting blogs too - I love finding new blogs that I've not visited before, especially when they're full of veggie recipes!

    I don't mind in the slightest that you've nabbed a different piccie - up to you! Great round up!

    1. It's great coming across new blogs, that is one of the things I like about doing challenges.

  7. What amazing collection of vegetarian recipes! I am not vegetarian, but I truly enjoy reading your blog, it inspires me to prepare more interesting green dinners. I agree vegetarian does not mean boring! Thanks

    1. I am so glad you are enjoying visiting Rita, that makes my day and if you go away with an idea or two then that is great.

  8. What a great round up, and thanks for much for featuring me - sorry, didn't realise I shouldn't enter more than one. There are some really wonderful posts here, and delicious food I will definitely be giving a go!

    1. That's ok Clare, I love that you are so enthusiastic about joining in.

  9. What a beautiful roundup, Jac! Very elegant, with the veggie banner and the personalized entry for each dish. And the array of dishes makes for a lively celebration. Thank you so much.

    1. That's ok Simona. I thought the banners would add a bit of interest and colour and they certainly did :)

  10. Great round up. Like the others have said, it really goes to show how tasty and diverse veggie food can be.

  11. What a lovely selection of meals - and perfect for the summer

  12. oh no bugger, I forgot to add my link... i'm so useless!... oh well, still, I enjoyed veggie week!

    1. That's ok Dom, I am just as bad for running out of time or forgetting :)

  13. An excellent round up with plenty of inspiration! I have to get cooking! :)

  14. Wow! Great vegetarian round-up, Jacqueline!

  15. Thank you so much for the lovely mention. There are some stunning recipes on here xxx

    1. That's ok Fran, hanks for entering a recipe :)


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