10 Most Popular Veggie Recipes 2016

Ahhh that break was lovely!

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas, be that surrounded by family and friends or just some time to relax.

I've had a hectic time and after weeks of planning Christmas Day and Boxing Day, they were over in a flash.

At this time of the year I like to look back on which of this year's recipes have been popular. Of course there are older recipes that continue to pull in a lot more visitors, but I like to look at my more current recipes. As well as an interesting exercise it lets me see what kind of recipes people are enjoying this. Do leave me a comment if you've particularly enjoyed some of my recipes this year. I know some of you just pop by and don't like to leave a comment, but don't be shy, you can use the anonymous option in the comment box if you don't want to use your name.

So here we go, the most popular recipes of 2016 on Tinned Tomatoes.


Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (19 December 2016)

Ahhhhhhhhhh! Only a few days until Christmas and I have so, so much to do. I've just about finished my Christmas shopping. I have a few bits and pieces still to get and some stockings to fill, but then there's the gargantuan task of wrapping presents and I have still to get the house in order and think about food shopping. May I have an extra couple of days this week please?

So this week has to be simple on the food front and this week's recipes are just perfect for that, with a couple of Christmas day recipes included too.


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Engraved Oak iPad Recipe Stand Giveaway worth £44.99

Do you take your phone or iPad into the kitchen to follow a recipe, leaving it lying on the worktop and occasionally picking it up with wet or dirty hands?

That's why this oak iPad stand from I Just Love It is so great. It doesn't take up much room, but will hold your iPad, tablet or phone at just the right angle and away from any mess.

Fortunately I have one of these stands to giveaway to one lucky reader, who can have it engraved with their name or a special message.

The wood is really nice quality and the stand is a well designed product which doesn't take up too much room on the worktop. It can be easily wiped down and it's also a handy stand for playing music on your phone while you cook!

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Would you like to win one?

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Good luck!

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Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (12 December 2016)

Happy Monday everyone! 

How are you? 

Are you in the mood for Christmas and are you busy Christmas shopping? I wonder if you've thought about what you are making for Christmas dinner this year?

I haven't made up my mind yet although I was thinking about my Cheesey Vegetable Pie (veggie and vegan recipes) just for a bit of comfort food. I'd serve it with roast potatoes and extra vegetables. I usually make some sort of tart which I serve with the above and gravy, but I'm not sure this year. Do leave a comment with your ideas.

The weather is definitely cold this week and it reflects in this week's recipes. Have a look through and click on the links for the full recipes. I do hope you leave inspired!


Homemade Cheeseboard Chutney

When Davidstow, the cheddar people, challenged me to create something that would compliment their mature cheddar on a cheeseboard, I knew just what to make. I have a recipe for red onion and apple chutney that's a family favourite and I'd been thinking of tinkering with it.

It's a really simple recipe, but so, so tasty. It always gets lots of lovely comments. I decided to add red pepper to the chutney this time and tweak the spicing.  It worked really well.

Chutney is an easy preserve to make, just whack it all in a pan and cook it down. A lot of the vinegar liquid is cooked off and you are left with a spicy chutney that teams beautifully with cheese.


Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (5 December 2016)

Happy Monday! How are you? I'm tired after a busy day at work, but I'm sitting down now and gazing through some gorgeous recipes this week.

So what have I been doing since last week? Well apart from the usual work and housework, I've been Christmas shopping and last night we put our Christmas tree up and decorated it while listening to Christmas crooners. The boys have been out for walks with the dogs, but my knee isn't quite right yet, so I've been missing out on all the fresh air and beautiful views.

So back to today and another 7 stunning veggie and vegan dishes to tempt you for the week ahead as well as a few bonus recipes. I hope you leave inspired!


20 Minute Thai Green Tofu Bowl

I don't cook with tofu often enough. It's all the pressing and marinating. It takes too long and when I come home from work at night I just don't have time for all that business. However there's a new tofu brand on the block who've done all the work for me.


Tofoo is made to a traditional Japanese recipe in small batches by hand in Yorkshire. It's organic, non-GM, gluten, wheat, yeast and dairy free and it's certified by the Soil Association.

It comes in naked, smoked, oriental spiced and Indian spiced. I used the Indian spiced for my tofu or should I say tofoo bowl.

I know, I know I used Indian spiced for a Thai dish. It all just developed that way from the flavours I wanted to include. Lets call it a world tofu bowl and not think about it too closely!

It was just so easy to toss it in the pan and cook it at the same time as the mushrooms and you know how much I like easy.


Christmas Gift Guide for Vegetarians

Christmas shopping.

Love it or hate it, it has to be done. I usually know what I'm getting my friends and family pretty early on. Not this year. I have a few presents, but need to get my thinking hat on quickly. I find men the hardest to buy for.

My gift guide is for everyone, not just men, although there will be some gifts that will suit them. Some of the things in my gift guide I have tried or own and others I'm just lusting after. Everything of course is veggie friendly.


Estelle Stemless Wine Glass - Anthropologie  £10
These are definitely on my wish list. They are just gorgeous!

Pastroral Napkin Set - Anthropologie  £26 (set of 4)
Cotton napkins with a watercolour design on them will perk up the dinner table. They'd look particularly good on a white tablecloth.

Moonlit Forest Dessert Plate - Anthropology  £16
Choose from owl, dear or bunny illustrations on these original dessert plates.


Perez Cruz - Virgin Wines was £19.99 now  £12.99
A full bodied Chilean red wine that's very easy to drink and works well with heavy winter meals.

Hope Springs - Virgin Wines  £8.99
This viognier is a dry white wine but it has a fresh citrussy flavour. Perfect to serve while chatting to friends.

Ca'Marina Prosecco -Virgin Wines was £12.99 now  £10.99
I couldn't leave out a Prosecco. I much prefer it to Champagne. This one is light and fruity and perfect to serve on Christmas day.

Small Gadgets

Spiralizing has been such a big trend, but most spiralizers are huge things that take up a lot of counter room, this one is small and hand-held.

Garlic Grater Set - Ginger & Garlic Grater Ltd  £12
Still one of my favourite bits of kitchen kit and this is where I bought mine after breaking the first one which was a gift. You wet the plate, rub the clove over it and it literally dissolves into a paste, which you brush into the pot with the brush, then pop everything in the dishwasher.

Diablo Toasted Snack Maker - Amazon  £16.95
I saw a picture of one of these which reminded me we had one somewhere. We use it to make little pizza pockets, like little toasties on top of the cooker, but you can use it on the BBQ too. It makes fun little snacks for kids and big kids.


These gorgeous condiment pots could be used for mayo, mustard or jam, but they would actually be great for individual desserts and bircher muesli. You will see these appearing on my blog!

Fox Pot Stand - Baking Time Club  £12
A lot more fun than your average trivet. A wooden fox that will look great beside the cooker.

Millie Marotta Dipping Bowls - MeldHome  £22
I love the designs on this set of three china bowls. They are very retro with a modern twist.  They are 11 cm in diameter and are dishwasher friendly.

Large Gadgets

No-Mess Waffle Maker - Sage £99.95
Waffles are great for breakfast, but the whole process can be messy, this one has a channel around the edge to catch any drips or excess batter. You can waffle so many different things. Go on google it!

Optimum 9400 Power Blender - Froothie  £299 (was £399)
This is the one thing I couldn't live without. I use it nearly every day to make smoothies, soups, pesto, hummus, burger mix, dips, curd, crushing ice and cocktails. 

Froothie have given me a good to use for free delivery on their products, just add AMBASSADOR FREE DELIVERY 1405 to the comment box. The amount will be credited back to your card.

Custom Loaf Pro - Sage  £249.95
I love this bread maker. It releases goodies into the dough as it is worked and the paddle withdraws during the process so you don't have a huge hole in the bottom. It's easy to use with the digital panel too. This is one I haven't packed away and forgotten about.


British Cassis - White Heron Drinks 500ml  £20 (200ml £12.50 & 50ml £5)
This stuff is glorious. It's a liqueur made from blackcurrants. Serve it over ice, in vodka, in prosecco or champagne. I'll be serving it with prosecco at Christmas.

Rhubarb Vodka - Craved 375ml  £16
Over ice, that's all it needs. Yes you can add it to a cocktail or serve it with lemonade, but I say over ice! Oh how I love rhubarb.

Edinburgh Raspberry Gin - Amazon 50cl  £18
I'm not keen on normal gin, the flavoured ones are more to my liking served plain with soda. This one is made from Scottish juniper berries and raspberries. Possibly the best raspberries in the world.


Advent Calendar for Two - Hotel Chocolat  £26
I love this idea. Cooper and I are sharing this one, it will be fun once we've established a side. Go on there's still time & if you buy it a few days late, all the more chocolate each.

Ronnie Reindeer - Thorntons  £6
Thorntons always do good Christmas figures for kids and this year they have Ronnie.

A Dozen Portly Penguins - Hotel Chocolat  £7.50
I may have already opened these and tucked in. Whoops! ps very nice!

I hope you leave inspired with some fresh ideas. Happy Shopping!

Check out my Ultimate Veggie Christmas Guide with all the recipes and tips you could need for a vegetarian or vegan Christmas.

Disclosure: I was sent some of these items to try. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (28 November 2016)

Happy Monday everyone!

I'm sure you are wondering where I was last week? Well don't hate me but I was in Provence visiting olive groves and watching olive oil being made with French co-operative Olivence. I know, lucky me.

Provence was beautiful and our hosts were fun to spend time with. I'm now completely won over by French olives. What a difference when olives are cared for and left to ripen naturally on the tree. I'll tell you about that another day.......

So I forgot I wasn't going to get back until really, really late Monday night, so MMM had to have a wee break.

Thanks for coming back, I think you'll be impressed by the recipes this week and hopefully you'll leave inspired. Do click on the links for the recipes and say hi to the bloggers who are kind enough to take part each week.


Vegan Gingerbread Cupcakes with Pineapple Frosting

Stir up Sunday has passed but it's not to late to do some festive baking. I wanted to make something Graham could enjoy this year, so it had to be egg and dairy free. I decided on gingerbread as that says Christmas to me with all the warming spices and deep flavours. I could have made a gingerbread loaf, but cupcakes just seemed so much more appealing.

They had to have frosting and as I'd just taken delivery of a box of Emily Fruit Crisps, I was eyeing up the pineapple and thinking they would go well with gingerbread.

The crisps aren't traditional crisps but pieces of fruit dried in a vacuum. There are no added preservatives, additives or sugar, just fruit. Just in case you thought I was adding oil laden crisps to my cupcakes.

I was glad there were a few bags of pineapple, as once I had started nibbling ..............

This was my trial recipe but they came out well. I sat with some paper and wrote down a few vegan and standard cupcake recipes, had a look at my gingerbread recipe and worked out a recipe that I thought would work. I was fully prepared to have to tweak it a few times, but they were pretty good first try. A fact reinforced when the boys came home and started eating them with big smiles on their faces.


Creamy Rice Pudding with Toffee Bananas

Winter is all about comfort food. I know November is supposed to be autumn but it really feels like winter and all I want is filling shepherds pie, homemade soups, stews, bakes and puddings. It's funny how our body wants food like this when it starts to get chilly outside. It's warm indoors, but it doesn't stop those cravings.

One of my favourite puddings (apart from anything with custard) is rice pudding. My mum always made rice pudding when I was growing up and there's nothing like homemade rice pudding. 

It has to be made in a pot or in the microwave and not baked. Skin on a rice pudding is a big no-no. Rice pudding should always be rich and creamy and never have a skin.

I usually make it quite simply with a bit of sugar and lots of freshly ground nutmeg, but today I'm bringing you something altogether more luxurious. I made the rice the same way as usual, but added some ginger instead of nutmeg and topped the rice with soft slices of banana in a hot toffee sauce. Just glorious.

I made this dish with whole milk for Cooper as he really needs the calories (he is growing so quickly and runs everywhere), but I use coconut or nut milk for Graham's. It's rather fab too, just not as rich.


Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (14 November 2016)

Happy Monday everyone! I'm so happy to be back. My knee is slowly improving and I'm back in the kitchen again.

I'm mainly making soups at the moment, which I'm craving and you'll see that reflected below, as we're having lots of midweek soup suggestions. Saying that, Cooper has requested Chilli Wraps for dinner tomorrow night and his wish is my command. That boy loves chilli on a wrap with sour cream and grated cheddar. I've yet to convince him that they're great filled with lots of salad leaves, but I'm sure that day will come.

In the meantime, I'm sharing with you lots of inspiration for the week ahead, starting with our featured photo from Kate over at The Veg Space.


Spiced Carrot, Lentil & Kale Soup

Time for a spot of soup!

You may be wondering where I've been? It's unusual for me to be away for my blog for more than a few days. 

I twisted my knee and it's been rather painful, so I've had to rest it a lot. There's not been much time spent online or in the kitchen. Graham, bless him has done his best, but now my knee is a bit better it's time for me to get back to the cooker and cook us something a bit more nutritious.

It's definitely cooler here in Scotland. Winter is making itself known and the temperatures are dropping and I'm craving soup.


Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (31 October 2016)

Happy Halloween!

It may be Halloween and time for all sorts of spooky fun and I hope you have some planned, but we still need to plan our meals for the week ahead and with that in mind I bring you this week's Meat Free Mondays.

This recipes this week are all perfect for cold autumnal days. They are comforting, filling, easy to make and oh so tasty. Lets start with a recipe for using that pumpkin once you've carved it.


Eat Your Greens One-Pot Pasta

Eat Your Greens One-Pot Pasta

Less dishes to wash? Heck yes!

You know me. I like easy dishes mid-week. I especially like dishes that involve less work and less washing up. Add in extra veg and it's a winner.

This pasta dish is all about the greens. Edamame beans, peas and spinach.

I used frozen vegetables in this dish for quickness and let's face it the vegetables are picked and frozen so quickly, they're going to be much fresher than you are going to be able to buy unless you get your vegetables straight from the farm. Too many of the vegetables arriving on supermarket shelves spend large amounts of time travelling and in storage.


Craved Hibiscus Negroni Kit Giveaway

Ready for another giveaway?

I thought so. This one is purely for adults. Yes, it's cocktail time.

This extravagant cocktail kit is from Craved and is worth £65. In each gift bag there is a 500ml bottle of hibiscus cordial, 50cl bottle of Amaro London and a 70cl bottle of Old Tom Gin.

Hibiscus Cordial

Ruby red with a deep flavour and a touch of spice. This hibiscus cordial has a clean sharp flavour with some sweetness from agave.

As well as using this in the Hibiscus Negroni cocktail, also try it in hot cider. Perfect for these chilly nights.

Amaro London

A spiced syrupy liqueur that is citrussy, tangy and full of bitter herbs and warm spices. 

You can add this to our cocktail or serve it on it's own over ice as a tasty wee dram before dinner.

Old Tom Gin

This is a really old, traditional gin made from a handwritten recipe from 1840. As with many gins of the time it is quite botanical, like some traditional soft drinks of the time. If you've tried Fentimans soft drinks, you'll know what I mean.

Serve it in our cocktail or over ice with tonic. You'll notice a bit more flavour than a lot of gins.

Hibiscus Negroni Cocktail

1 part Old Tom Gin
1 part Amaro London
1 part Hibiscus Cordial
Stir and serve on the rocks

So would you like to win this kit?
Simply leave me a comment telling me what your favourite cocktail is and enter via the Rafflecopter box. This giveaway will run until 28 November 2016. It is open to adults over 18 living in the UK.
Good Luck!

Craved are kindly offering my readers 20% off a purchases on their website with the code TINNEDTOMATOES16. This offer runs until 15th November 2016 and would be great for buying really unusual and high quality Christmas gifts.

Disclosure; Craved sent me a kit to try ahead of the giveaway. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

Layered Veggie Burger Pies

A simple layered puff pastry pie filled with well cooked veggie burgers, cream cheese (veggie or vegan), mustard and herbs. A real family pleaser.

I've made these layered veggie burger pies before and they were so good I couldn't resist making them again and sharing them with you this time. Believe me you are going to thank me for it.

As with all my recipes these are super simple to make a real family pleaser. They will suit the vegetarians and vegans in your family.

Is puff pastry suitable for vegans?

Quite a few brands of shop-bought puff pastry are suitable for vegans. Avoid the ones that say all butter and check the ingredient list on the back. Jus Roll pastry is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

How thick should you roll puff pastry?

You generally should roll puff pastry to about 6 mm (1/4 inch thick), but most of the time I buy ready rolled puff pastry as it's much quicker to use and no rolling.

Ready Rolled Puff Pastry

I used ready-rolled puff pastry for these golden parcels. Take ready rolled pastry out of the fridge 15-20 minutes before you need to use it for best results.

Pie Fillings

These puff pastry pies are filled with a layer of wholegrain mustard, well-cooked veggie burgers and a layer of cream cheese mixed with finely chopped chives and seasoned with black pepper.

You can go dairy or dairy free with the cream cheese. I think the best dairy cream cheese is Phiadelphia and the best vegan cream cheese is from Violife.

Check out some of my favourite puff pastry pies in my post 25 Awesome Puff Pastry Recipes for Vegans and my Butternut, Red Pepper and Potato Puff Pastry Plait, which is perfect for Sunday dinner.

A simple layered puff pastry pie filled with well cooked veggie burgers, cream cheese (veggie or vegan), mustard and herbs. A real family pleaser.

I topped these pies with little leaves, which is my go-to pastry topper. Yes I'm a creature of habit, although I do seem to remember once adding little pastry people to the top of my cheesey vegetable pie and they were rather cute. I can only think I must have used a cutter. 

I prefer serving the pies just warm or cold. The cream cheese filling works better this way. Serve them with potato salad and apple and red onion chutney or with potato wedges, carrots, mangetout and fine beans. Any vegetables you fancy. Or you could serve them with roast potatoes, vegetables and gravy the way I serve my Mushroom, Lentil and Nut Wellington.

Shop bought veggie burgers or homemade veggie burgers?

I used bought veggie burgers for this recipe, but you can make your own burgers. Bought ones seem to work well in these pastry as the flavours and textures don't overwhelm the other layers in these fabulous pies and they are quick time wise.

When you make these pies, use your veggie favourite burgers.

Then bite through golden crispy pastry into a layer of herby cream cheese, into a well cooked burger and hit the mustard before you get to that last layer or pastry. Mmmmmm!  Oh they are good. 

Yield: 4

Layered Veggie Burger Pies

A simple layered puff pastry pie filled with well-cooked veggie burgers, cream cheese (veggie or vegan), mustard and herbs.
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 40 mins


  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 4 veggie burgers
  • 500g ready rolled puff pastry
  • 6 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 120g cream cheese (dairy or vegan)
  • a handful of fresh chives, finely chopped
  • a grinding of black pepper
  •      2 tbsp milk (dairy or nut), for brushing the pastry


  1. Preheat the oven to
    220 c/200 c fan/425 f/gas mark 7.
  2. Gently fry the burgers in the oil for a few minutes on each side until well cooked.
  3. Mix the cream cheese with the herbs and season with black pepper.
  4. Cut eight circles of puff pastry. Use a saucer or small bowl. It needs to be a bit bigger than the burgers, a bit more than 1 cm all round so the filling will fit in.
  5. Put the pastry circles on a baking sheet and spread four of the circles with mustard (leaving a border) and rest with a thick layer of soft cheese (leaving a border again).
  6. Top the mustard with a burger then dampen around the edge of the pastry with a little water to help it bind. Add a pastry lid, cheese side down and seal the pastry using the prongs of a fork. Cut a couple of slits in the top to let out steam.
  7. Cut shapes from the leftover pastry to decorate the top of the pies and stick on with a little water (optional).
  8. Brush each pie with a little milk and bake for 15-20 minutes until the pastry is golden.
  9.      Serve and enjoy!
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Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (17 October 2016)

Happy Monday everyone! How have you been?

It's been two weeks. You may have noticed. You see I was on holiday last week. Up near Lochgilphead in Argyll & Bute. The west coast of Scotland is truly a beautiful place and we saw lots of it. Luckily the weather was glorious for October. We climbed hills, walked around lochs, along beaches and through woods. We visited castles. museums, went on a boat trip to see seals and even did a spot of Bronze Age pottery.

I came home happy but rather tired.

Now I'm trying to get back into a routine. Believe me, it's not easy. However it has to be done and a good place to start is with meal planning and so with that I give you this week's seven featured recipes and a few bonus recipes too. Enjoy!


10 Veggie Red Onion Topping Hacks & Recipe Ideas

I've been playing about with Baxter's Deli Toppers a lot lately. 

There are four flavours in the range, Red Slaw, Spicy Slaw, Red Onions and Jalapenos. They're all in vinegar with spices and are a really convenient way to perk up dishes with a bit of zing. I've been adding them to sandwiches, wraps, baked potatoes and as a topping for burgers. Today I thought I would share some ideas for the Red Onion Deli Topper and some recipes.


Hotel Chocolat Giveaway - Cocoa Gin & The All Dark Collection

Did you know it's National Chocolate Week?

I know, I know every week is all about the chocolate, well for me anyway, but this week it's time to officially celebrate it and what better way than to team up with luxury chocolate company Hotel Chocolat?

In honour of this special week I have a rather fabulous giveaway for you. The lucky winner will receive an all dark gift collection and a 500ml bottle of cocoa gin.

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