Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (29 February 2016)

Happy Monday everyone! Another busy week has been and gone. The weather has been glorious up here in Scotland. Sunny but bitterly cold, although as I write this it's pelting down with rain outside.

We had a lovely walk yesterday in our local country park and the dogs managed to get nearly all the way round without getting filthy, then they found a lake-sized puddle and jumped in, typical!

I had some lovely news today that Tinned Tomatoes has been shortlisted for the Good Housekeeping Award. I do realise I have little to no chance of winning as Deliciously Ella is on the list too, but it's rather wonderful being on the shortlist and I would like to thank all of you who took the time to vote for me.

Now it's time to plan for the week ahead.


Rustic Greek Beans (Fasolia Gigantes)

Rustic Greek Beans (Fasolia Gigantes).A rich bean stew high in protein, fibre and iron. Easy to make and very tasty. Serve with crusty bread and salad or steamed vegetables, Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Beans are a really important part of a vegetarian or vegan diet. They are a great source of protein, fibre and iron. They're really filling too and low in fat, so pretty darn perfect.

We love baked beans on toast, adding a variety of beans to our chilli, making them into pate, mixing beans through salads or in a simple dish like this fasolia gigantes, which is basically a simple Greek bean dish.

This is originally a peasant dish. As you travel the world you'll find many local veggie dishes started out this way. They were cheap and would feed a family easily. I'm not complaining. To me this is a feast.


Creamy Mushroom Potato Dauphinoise

Potatoes are comforting, filling and delicious. Mention potatoes and I'm in. Yes I'll happily have them baked, boiled, roasted or mashed. Any way you want to cook them, I'm happy to eat them.

Dauphinoise is originally a layered potato dish made with creme fraiche. It was created in the region of Dauphine in South-East France. These days we mostly make it with cream rather than creme fraiche and I've taken this a step beyond that by using a creamy mushroom soup as my sauce for a really mushroomy hit.


Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (22 February 2016)

Happy Monday everyone! I hope this turns out to be a wonderful week for you. The weather is glorious here in Scotland. It's so bright, with blue skies. It's still nippy but the sunshine makes me smile.

It's Monday, so it's time for me to share some fabulous recipes to inspire you this week. There are seven featured recipes and lots of bonus recipes too. Prepare to drool!


Wheat-Free Meat-Free


Easy Peasy Foodie


Tin and Thyme


The Veg Space


Mango Sriracha Potato Veggie Bowls
Toaster Oven Love


Foodie Quine


Food to Glow



Lunchtime Caprese Pizza Wraps

Lunchtime Caprese Pizza Wraps. Delicious and quick wraps with the flavours of a caprese salad. Suitable for vegetarians.

As you know I mostly eat a vegan diet at home, as my husband its vegan, but I'm still sometimes tempted by cheese. I don't eat as much as I used to, but I still have my moments.

These caprese pizza wraps are one of those moments. Don't get me wrong they would be good without the mozzarella balls and I use dairy free pesto anyway but I decided to include them this time. What can I say, they caught my eye when I was strolling around Lidl.

Lunchtime Caprese Pizza Wraps. Delicious and quick wraps with the flavours of a caprese salad. Suitable for vegetarians.

I started off with a Mediterranean soft tortilla wrap also picked up during my stroll around Lidl. They are actually really nice. They exceeded my expectations, they are lovely and soft and much nicer than Tesco's own brand tortillas (sorry Tesco).

I start with my tortilla and spread it with pesto. I used Sacla dairy free pesto. I always keep a few jars at the ready in my store cupboard. It's pretty good, but homemade pesto would be even better.

Why not try my Kale, Coriander and Hemp Pesto? It's seriously tasty!

So tortilla wrap, spread with pesto, then some crisp, shredded iceberg lettuce, next I added cherry tomatoes and sundried cherry tomatoes (I rather like these, they're from M&S), basil and mozzarella balls.

I quickly fold in the sides, roll the furthest away edge towards me, chop in half and it's ready.

Absolutely delicious!

   related - Leftover Bolognaise Quesadillas   

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Lunchtime Caprese Pizza Wraps
A delicious lunchtime wrap full of the flavours of Italy. This wrap uses shop-bought pesto, but homemade would be even better. It has the flavours of a caprese salad or a margherita pizza. Eat it fresh like this or why not grill it in a panini machine or George Foreman grill for a real pizza wrap?

  • 1 soft tortilla wrap
  • 1 tbsp pesto
  • a few leaves of iceberg lettuce
  • 5 cherry tomatoes
  • 6 - 10 sundried cherry tomatoes (or regular sundried tomatoes, use less of these)
  • a handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 7 small mozzarella balls

1. Prepare your ingredients. Wash, pat dry and shred your lettuce,wash, dry and cut your cherry tomatoes in half, pat your sundried tomatoes in kitchen paper. I forgot to do this, so my wrap dripped. It was tasty, but messy.
2. Lay your tortilla on a plate and spread with pesto.
3. Top with your shredded lettuce and two types of tomato, then scatter across the basil leaves and mozzarella balls.
4, Fold in the sides, then roll the part furthest away from you towards you firmly. Once rolled, cut in half and serve.
5. Enjoy!

Total time:
Yield: Makes 1 wrap

Here are a few pizza that's not pizza recipes for you to enjoy:


Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (15 February 2016)

Another week has come and gone. Cooper and I had some fun this week. It was half term, so he was off school from Thursday through to today. He's a simple soul who's easily pleased, so we spent a lot of time in the house building lego, playing games and reading the illustrated Harry Potter. We did get out for a walk in the snow yesterday.

The weather has been brighter here so we were rather surprised when we drove into the hills and saw so much snow. We had a good walk in the snow although it was boggy in places and the dogs had a great run, but it was all cut short when Cooper stepped into water which slopped inside his walking boot and splashed up his leg.

But enough about that, it's time to plan our meals for the week ahead.

Meat Free Monday


Scottish Vegan Cottage Pie

A traditional Scottish recipe for cottage pie but suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It can also be topped with mashed potato or looking further back in history, pastry. #vegan #veganrecipe #scottishrecipe  

Comfort food. That's where we're at. It's still cold here in Scotland and often dreich too. So grey and wet much of the time. Today is a bit brighter but it's still cold. We're hitting a high of  2°C.

Dishes like this Scottish Cottage Pie are perfect for cold days like this. They really get us through the winter with a smile.

I know the photo's not great (please remind me not to use this pie dish again if I'm taking photos. I couldn't get a good shot at all) but it tastes fabulous. It's Graham's favourite meal. 

I made this one such a long time ago, but never got around to blogging it.

What is Cottage Pie?

Cottage pie and shepherds pie are traditional Scottish dishes.

Cottage pie was made from beef and shepherd's pie from mutton or lamb. Both were peasant dishes using scraps of meat or lamb, teamed with onions and carrots (staple Scottish crops) in a rich gravy, topped with mashed potato. I say topped with mashed potato, but before potatoes arrived on the bonnie banks of Scotland, these pies were topped with pastry.

My pie is vegan, but just as rich and comforting. I make mine with veggie mince made from soya, but you could make it with quorn mince (did you know they have a vegan version now?). The veggie mince is high in protein and low in fat, so it's a good option for everyone.


Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (08 February 2016)

Another week whizzed by. I really don't know where time goes. What did I achieve in the last week?

Well I went to work and out to the pub for dinner after work on Monday night. I had a couple of days without my fitbit as I forgot to charge it and on Wednesday I created the most wonderful chocolate chip vegan pancakes. I can't believe I got them right first time. Cooper and Graham ate them in a flash and Cooper asked for more. Cooper spent the weekend with my parents, being spoiled rotten and I had baking club last night. So quite a full week.

It's Monday again and time for another 7 featured recipes and a few bonus recipes too. I hope you find some inspiration for the week ahead.


Quick Vegan Lunchtime Green Soup for One

Quick Vegan Lunchtime Green Soup for One. Made in a blender in minutes. So fresh and full of flavour. It tastes like spring is here.

I love that I can throw a lunchtime soup together quickly without the labour-intensive chopping that usually comes with making soup. I find it so boring, standing in the kitchen chopping for what seems like forever.

I didn't even have to chop an onion to make this soup! How good is that?


Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (01 February 2016)

Happy Monday! 
In fact Happy Meat Free Monday!

I hope you had a great week. My last week was hell as I was busy doing my tax return and giving away all my money, but I had a great weekend.
A visit to my parents and a meal out with them, then a surprise birthday trip to Copenhagen. Cooper and I did well not spilling the beans to Graham for over a month. Blooming heck it was difficult! 
The highlight of Copenhagen for Cooper was the Lego shop, the underground and a Nutella crepe from a street seller. For Graham it was the whole surprise trip and would have been a record shop we traipsed to, had it not shut early. For me it was the colours of the buildings and the sheer beauty of the architecture.

Now it's back to the workday week and time to plan menus again. Luckily some rather talented blogger have sent over some meals for us to try.

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