Avocado, Pea & Goats Cheese Bruschetta

Pea and avocado bruschetta

I've not been around much. Have you missed me?

My laptop has been AWOL. An update to Windows 8.1 wiped most of the contents of my computer, so my laptop has been on vacation at not one, but two repair shops. It came back to me working, but an empty shell, so I'm now playing catch up and trying not to think of all the work I've lost.

photo: Elizabeth's Kichen Diary
I'm back with a simple lunch idea. Avocado and pea bruschetta. It's a quick and healthy meal that you're bound to enjoy as much as I did.

Lightly toasted bread rubbed with a clove of garlic, then topped with peppery mashed avocado, lightly cooked peas, salty goats cheese and a drizzle of balsamic reduction.

I used a shop bought balsamic glaze I keep in the fridge, but If you would like to make your own, check out Elizabeth's tutorial.




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Avocado and Pea Bruschetta
A light and healthy lunch dish.
Ingredients
  • 2 thick slices of bloomers bread
  • a drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, cut in half
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • a squeeze of lemon juice
  • a good grinding of black pepper
  • 50g frozen peas
  • a few sprigs of fresh coriander
  • 30-50g goats cheese
  • a drizzle of balsamic glaze
Instructions
1. Lightly cook the peas. While they are cooking toast the bread.2. Mash the avocado, with the lemon juice and black pepper. The lemon juice will prevent the avocado from discolouring.3. Drizzle a little olive oil over the toast and rub with the clove of garlic.4. Once the peas are lightly cooked, drain and mix through some coriander.5. Spread the soft avocado over the toast, top with the peas, then crumble some goats cheese over the peas and finish with a drizzle of balsamic glaze.6. Enjoy!
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Yield: Serves 2


Here are a few more lunch ideas for you to try:

tasty lunch ideas
  1. Cheesey Bean Wraps
  2. Falafel, Beetroot and Goats Cheese Wraps
  3. Rocket and Mozzarella Farfalle Salad
  4. Carrot, Leek and Mustard Seed Soup

 I'm submitting my bruschetta to two challenges.

  1. Extra Veg - Hosted this month my Elizabeth from Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary. This challenge is the brain child of Helen from Fuss Free Flavours and Michelle from Utterly Scrummy.
  2. Credit Crunch Munch - Hosted this month by Sarah over at Maison Cupcake. This This challenge is the brain child of Helen from Fuss Free Flavours and Michelle from Utterly Scrummy Food for Families.
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Win an Optimum 9400 Blender worth £329


You'll have heard about my love affair? If you've been reading my blog you'll know what I'm talking about. 

It's my own personal sous chef. My Optimum 9400.

He's a powerful beast and he looks ever so handsome sitting on my worktop. He helps me out every day,  cleans himself and he's ever so quiet. 


Every morning I throw a selection of fruit, vegetables, some water or fruit juice and ice in my blender, hit the switch and a few seconds later we each have a slurpilious smoothie for breakfast or to take with us to work or school. Then a quick rinse at the tap, some hot water and a few drops of washing-up liquid and back on to whizz himself clean.. Smoothies made and a clean blender in a couple of minutes. Perfect for busy mornings.

There's so much more you can make in the Optimum 9400. Here are a few recipes:

 

You can also knead bread or pizza dough, make pizza sauce, pasta sauce, pesto, dips, milkshakes, slushies, nut flours, peanut butter, ice cream, sorbet, pancake batter, guacamole, nut milks, rice milk, jam, cheese sauce, salad dressings and mayonnaise.

So would you like one?

I thought so!

To enter leave me a comment telling me what you'll make first in your blender, if you win one, then enter via the rafflecopter below. This giveaway will run until 31 October 2014 to readers who live in the UK (although after the election today, we may be talking of Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales.



Disclosure: I have an Optimum 9400 which I was sent for review a few months ago. I love it and I am happy to promote the brand on my blog. 
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Roast Vegetable and Mozzarella Salad with a Creamy Pesto Salad


Roast Vegetable and Mozzarella Salad with Creamy Pesto Dressing

Roast vegetables are just so tasty. 

They really perk up a dish. Add them to wraps, pasta, risotto, as a topping for burgers in a bun or between the layers of a veggie lasagne.

This time I've used them to make an Autumnal salad. Lots of beautiful colours and textures tossed through salad leaves and topped with mozzarella pearls and a good drizzling of creamy pesto dressing.

salad

Of course I didn't add mozzarella to Graham's salad as he is vegan, but I personally love it in salads. I like adding fresh mozzarella to pasta too, just before serving. 

Cooper? Well no. He just doesn't want to try mozzarella. He's happy to add it when he's making a pizza, but will he taste it? NO! I don't know why, but he won't budge on it. The only acceptable cheese to him are smoked applewood or cheddar to eat on it's own, veggie style parmesan on pasta and mozzarella cooked on a pizza. Full stop! I couldn't even persuade him how wonderful a delight roasted cheese (cheese on toast) is. Children, sigh!

Roast Vegetable Salad

For the dressing I combined pesto, yoghurt, a squeeze of lemon juice and olive oil. Just the right flavour to compliment this salad.

Oh now, you may be admiring my salad bowl. I got it some time ago and mentioned it in one of my New in my Kitchen posts. Just in case you are wondering (I know I would be asking), it's a Spode salad bowl. I think it is a thing of beauty, but then I am sad that way. The small Turkish glass I picked up in a cheap shop for pennies years ago, but I think they are quite easy to pick up.

I hope you enjoy the salad.


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Roast Vegetable and Mozzarella Salad with Pesto Dressing
A colourful and statisfying salad of roast vegetables on a bed of salad leaves, topped with little mozzarella pearls and a drizzle of creamy pesto dressing.
Ingredients
  • 1 aubergine, sliced
  • 2 red onions, cut into wedges
  • 2-3 bell peppers, sliced
  • ½ butternut squash, cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • a large bag of salad leaves
  • 125g mozzarella pearls
  • 2 tsp pesto
  • 1 tsp Greek Yoghurt
  • a good squeeze of lemon juice
  • 4-5 tbsp olive oil
  • a good grinding of black pepper
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 220 °C /200°C fan/ gas mark 7.2. Toss all the cut veg in a bowl with the oil.3. Spread the veg out in a roasting pan and cook for 25-30 minutes until the vegetables are soft and charring at the edges.4. Whisk together the pesto, yoghurt, lemon juice and olive oil and season with black pepper.5. In a large salad bowl, start with a layer of salad leaves, top with the roast veg and then the mozzarella and finish with a drizzle of the dressing. Leave the rest on the table so your guests can add more if they like.6. Enjoy!
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Yield: Serves 4



Here are a few more ideas of what to do with roast veg:

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21 Quick Vegan Meals for Midweek Dinners

21 Quick Vegan Meals for Midweek Dinners


I don't know about you, but I live my life at top speed. I know it's not healthy, but that's just how it is. I have a day job, my blog to run as well as writing for various online and in print magazines and developing recipes for brands. On top of that I have a family to look after, a house to keep and meals to cook. Believe me I'm always in a rush.

Quick Meals


Meals often have to be a speedy affair too. We're home late a few times a week, with a small window of opportunity for dinner before our wee boy needs to go to bed. It's all very tiring and it can be stressful too.

Be Organised


As I try to organise myself for the week (this doesn't always happen), I need interesting meals I can get to the table quickly, but they still have to taste good and be relatively healthy. No huge lists of ingredients either or any weird ingredients. It has to be simple, healthy and filling.

I bet you feel the same too!

My midweek meals have to:


  1. Be quick
  2. Have a short list of ingredients
  3. Have no weird or hard to find ingredients
  4. Use what I have in the store cupboard and fridge
  5. Be something my family will enjoy (I am not cooking two meals)
  6. Not break the budget
  7. Taste great!

BEST Vegan Recipes


I've been searching the web for some of the best quick vegan recipes and I've found lots to share with you. 

I've also included some of my recipes too, which have been tested out and approved by my family before I share them.  

I hope you try some of these recipes and they inspire you to make your busy midweek dinners more varied.


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Meals often have to be a speedy affair midweek. Speed things up with 21 tasty and quick vegan midweek meals. #quickvegan #quickveganmeals #quickmeals #vegan #vegandinners #veganmeals #midweekmeals #bestvegan


21 QUICK VEGAN MEALS 

YOU'LL LOVE!

Chili Quinoa-Bean Bites are crisp on the outside and soft in the middle, with pops of sweet, juicy corn and a bit of a kick from the chilli (not too spicy though!).

1. Chili Quinoa-Bean Bites (with Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes)


Chili Quinoa-Bean Bites are crisp on the outside and soft in the middle, with pops of sweet, juicy corn and a bit of a kick from the chilli (not too spicy though!).

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Coconuts and Berries



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A tasty pasta with dairy free pesto, broccoli, spinach and peas. Super tasty and healthy, but filling too. This pasta dish is good hot or cold as a pasta salad.

2. Green Goddess Farfalle with Dairy Free Pesto



A tasty pasta with dairy free pesto, broccoli, spinach and peas. Super tasty and healthy, but filling too. This pasta dish is good hot or cold as a pasta salad.

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Tinned Tomatoes




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Creamy Curried Kale and Chickpeas    A favorite dish, a creamed spinach with chickpeas similar to Palak Paneer but without the cheese.


3. Creamy Curried Kale and Chickpeas


A favorite dish, a creamed spinach with chickpeas similar to Palak Paneer but without the cheese.


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Fat Free Vegan



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Garden Biryani  This is a perfect mid-week recipe that is easy to prepare- and the oven does all the hard work. It’s also cooked in one pot, so less washing up!


4. Garden Biryani


This is a perfect mid-week recipe that is easy to prepare- and the oven does all the hard work. It’s also cooked in one pot, so less washing up!


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Little Miss Meat Free

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Spicy vegan sausage rolls made with a selection of beans and spices all bound up in golden and flaky puff pastry. #veganpastry #vegan #vegansausagerolls #sausagerolls

5. Spicy Three Bean Sausage Rolls 




Spicy vegan sausage rolls made with a selection of beans and spices all bound up in golden and flaky puff pastry.


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Tinned Tomatoes


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These Maple-Orange Roasted Chickpeas & Carrots are a nice side-dish, or you could roast some potatoes at the same time and turn it into a one-pan meal.





These Maple-Orange Roasted Chickpeas & Carrots are a nice side-dish, or you could roast some potatoes at the same time and turn it into a one-pan meal.


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Coconut and Berries


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A fresh pasta salad with the flavours of Greece and a zingy dressing.

7. Greek Pasta Salad


A fresh pasta salad with the flavours of Greece, little balls of vegan cream cheese and a zingy dressing.


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Tinned Tomatoes


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Pea and Courgette Fritters with Smoky Tomato Chutney




Within ten minutes, you can also create a smokey, fiery pan-chutney with juicy ripe tomatoes, flavoursome harissa, Worcester sauce and fresh parsley.



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Little Miss Meat Free


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A creamy green sauce for spaghetti that's super silky and coats the pasta beautifully. The pesto is homemade from kale and cashews. It's suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

9. Kale and Cashew Pesto Spaghetti



A creamy green sauce for spaghetti that's super silky and coats the pasta beautifully. The pesto is homemade from kale and cashews. It's suitable for vegetarians and vegans.


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Tinned Tomatoes

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Black Bean and Red Lentil Chili


10. Black Bean and Red Lentil Chili


Black lentils hold their shapes while red lentils break down slightly to thicken the chili. This is one of those dishes that tastes best after the flavors have a chance to blend, so if possible, make it ahead of time and reheat before serving.


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Fat Free Vegan

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Spiced Carrot, Lentil and Chickpea Soup #soup #lentilsoup #spinachsoup #carrotsoup #vegansoup #easysoup


11. Spiced Carrot, Lentil and Spinach Soup


A gently spiced soup that has so much flavour. It's vegan and dairy-free and perfect if you are watching your weight. It's only 184 calories for a huge bowlful or 138 calories for a standard bowlful.


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Tinned Tomatoes


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Japchae is a classic Korean stir fry dish using deliciously chewy, gluten-free sweet potato vermicelli. Although mainly a party or celebratory dish in Korea, it is easy enough to make for the family as a midweek meal.



12. Korean Sweet Potato Noodle Stir Fry (Japchae) with Marinated and Baked Tofu


 This is a classic Korean stir fry dish using deliciously chewy, gluten-free sweet potato vermicelli. Although mainly a party or celebratory dish in Korea, it is easy enough to make for the family as a midweek meal.


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Food to Glow

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13. Zucchin (courgette) Bhaji and Tarka Dal



These zucchini bhaji have a great flavour and texture and best of all - they use up a LOT of zucchini! Tarka dal is made for dipping these bhaji.


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Maple Spice

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Smoky red pepper, cheese and bean burgers. These juicy, smoky burgers are easy to make and great served stacked high in buns with salad and some vegan cheddar melted over them.

14. Smoky Red Pepper & Cheese Bean Burgers


Smoky red pepper, cheese and bean burgers. These juicy, smoky burgers are easy to make and great served stacked high in buns with salad and some vegan cheddar melted over them.


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Tinned Tomatoes

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A creamy leek and mushroom risotto recipe, with tips on how to make the perfect risotto and a free printable recipe. #risotto #mushroomrisotto #mushrooms #creamyrisotto #howtomakerisotto

15. Creamy Mushroom and Leek Risotto


A creamy leek and mushroom risotto recipe, with tips on how to make the perfect risotto and a free printable recipe.


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Tinned Tomatoes

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Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

16. Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Pasta


A rich spaghetti sauce, sweet with the flavour of tomatoes, with some warmth from a little spice and the smoky flavour of roast red peppers and red onions


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Tinned Tomatoes


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Quick and Easy Five Vegetable Dal


17. Quick and Easy Five Vegetable Dal


Just add herbs or spices and vegetables to cooked grains and dinner is on the table in around 20 minutes. Serve with naan or flatbread.


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Utterly Scrummy Food For Families

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A warming lentil soup, made to use up salad drawer stragglers. Healthy, nutritious and very, very tasty. #lentilsoup #redlentilsoup #soup #easysoup #vegansoup #redlentils #lentils

18. Fridge Lentil Soup


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


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Tinned Tomatoes

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Black Bean Quinoa Chili

19. Black Bean Quinoa Chili


The thing we really like about this soup is the black velvety texture from pureeing about one-third of the cooked beans before they go into the soup, but you can forgo the blending and keep it chunky.


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Food to Glow

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Baked Sesame Tofu Sticks with Peanut Butter, Tahini, and Ginger Sauce


20. Baked Sesame Tofu Sticks with Peanut Butter, Tahini, and Ginger Sauce


Baked Sesame Tofu Sticks with Peanut Butter and Tahini Sauce are a great snack.


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Kalyn's Kitchen


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 Homemade soft, warm tacos filled with a roasted pepper tapenade, salad leaves, roast spiced tofu, roast red onions and roast mushrooms #tofutacos #tacos #tofu #tacotuesday #mushrooms #vegan #quickvegan


21. Spiced Tofu and Mushroom Tacos


Homemade soft, warm tacos filled with a roasted pepper tapenade, salad leaves, roast spiced tofu, roast red onions and roast mushrooms


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Tinned Tomatoes

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If you need more inspiration?






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RECIPE OF THE WEEK





This is the chip supper you would love to order from your local chip shop, but will be very lucky if it's on their menu.

It's a real winner but easy to make. Creamy tofu is coated in thick, crisp, spicy beer batter. Serve this chip shop battered tofu with chips, peas and tomato ketchup. I'm not keen on mushy peas but I know a lot of you out there love them, so you could serve them with those if you like or even baked beans.


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I hope these meals have inspired you to try some new recipes.  Thanks to everyone who contributed a recipe. Do share this post as a thank you to the contributors and save it for later.





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Meals often have to be a speedy affair midweek. Speed things up with 21 tasty and quick vegan midweek meals. #veganuary #vegan #veganrecipes #quickveganrecipes #easyveganrecipes



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