Puff Pastry Tomato, Onion & Feta Tart - Vegan Recipe

Puff Pastry Tomato, Onion & Feta Tart served with baby potatoes, carrots and tenderstem broccoli

I love a puff pastry tart. This tomato, onion and feta tart is my latest and it's definitely a keeper.

I call this a tart, but would you call this a pie? 

We wouldn't call this a pie here in the UK as a pie has pastry all round, a pastry lid or at least some depth to the filling. I have a feeling it might be a pie elsewhere in the world. 

What would you call it?

Puff Pastry Tomato, Onion & Feta Tart before it's baked

Ready Rolled Puff Pastry

I started this tart with ready rolled puff pastry, because life is too short to make your own puff pastry.

If you make your own, I tip my hat to you and marvel at all your free time. I personally don't have much free time at all, so shop bought puff pastry it is and for a sharp rectangle of pastry, make that ready rolled. Even easier.

My tip is to take it out of the fridge and out of the box for 20-30 minutes before you need it to let it come to room temperature and so it doesn't rip as you unfurl it.

Baked Puff Pastry Tomato, Onion & Feta Tart in a baking tray

Constructing a tart

I scored a border around the edge of the pastry with a knife, being careful not to cut all the way through. This will puff up as it cooks.

Tarts like this are usually brushed with milk or beaten egg to give it a golden finish, but I use olive oil and it does the same job.

I brushed the border with olive oil and spread the inside of the tart with free-from pesto. Tomato puree or sundried tomato puree also makes a good base flavour for your tart.

I topped the pesto base with slices of juicy ripe red slices of tomato, caramelised red onion, then I sprinkled on some dried oregano and crumbled over some vegan feta cheese.

Violife Greek White Vegan Feta Cheese

Violife Vegan Feta Cheese

Yep, I'm going to rave about Violife again. I'm currently working my way through some of their range I haven't tried yet. I made smoky red pepper and cheese bean burgers with their smoked cheese with a slice of their original cheddar slices melted over the burger. The next cheese on my list was their feta style Greek cheese.

It's creamy, crumbly with a touch of salt just like regular feta cheese and is great crumbled over salads, but also good on tarts and in pastry parcels.

As much as it crumbles like feta, it does melt on a tart, but I like that extra layer of flavour, so I crumble some over the tart before baking it and then crumble more over it when it comes out the oven before I serve it. Double whammy!

Oh and  this cheese is a good source of Vitamin B12. BOO YAH!

Vegan Puff Pastry Tomato, Onion & Feta Tart topped with crumbled vegan feta and fresh basil leaves

How to serve a puff pastry tart

I served my tomato, onion and feta tart warm with baby potatoes, tossed in a little olive oil and herbs, Tenderstem broccoli and carrot sticks. It was a really tasty and filling meal.

I also serve tarts like this warm with baby potatoes and a dressed salad or cold in my lunchbox with some crunch vegetable sticks on the side.

You could also serve a tart like this warm with corn on the cob and spicy sweet potato wedges as I did with my easy Mediterranean tarts.

Puff Pastry Tomato, Onion & Feta Tart

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Yield: 6 slices
Puff Pastry Tomato, Onion & Feta Tart

Puff Pastry Tomato, Onion & Feta Tart

A golden Greek style puff pastry tomato and red onion tart with vegan feta cheese.
prep time: 20 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 40 mins


  • 375g ready rolled puff pastry
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus a little extra for brushing the pastry
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 3-4 tbsp free-from pesto (or your regular pesto)
  • 3-4 ripe red salad tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 100g feta cheese or vegan feta cheese
  • a good grinding of black pepper
  • a few small basil leaves for serving


  1. Take your pastry out of the fridge 20 - 30 minutes before making your tart.
  2. Saute your onion until soft and starting to caramelise in the olive oil.
  3. Preheat your oven to 200c/180c fan/400f/gas mark 4.
  4. Unroll the pastry, if it is on baking paper, transfer it straight onto your baking tray.
  5. Score a border around the edge of your tart, not cutting all the way through, then brush the border with olive oil and fill the inside of the tart with pesto. Spreading it evenly.
  6. Slice your tomatoes and place them over your tart to fill it.
  7. Scatter the onion across the tart.
  8. Season with black pepper and a sprinkle of dried oregano.
  9. Crumble half the feta over the tart.
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.
  11. Cut into 6 slices and crumble the rest of the feta over the tarts and throw on some fresh basil leaves.
  12. Serve warm with salad or vegetables.
  13. Enjoy!
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Cheesey Vegetable Puff Pie

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Disclosure: I created this recipe to promote Violife vegan cheeses. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

Smoky Red Pepper & Cheese Bean Burgers (vegan recipe)

A smoky red pepper and cheese bean burger in hands

Looks good doesn't it?

Well I hope you said yes. Graham gave these homemade smoky red pepper and cheese bean burgers a big thumbs up. He thought they were really yummy and ate two stacked burgers. Cooper said they were good, but not his favourite of my homemade burgers. When he saw my face he backed that up with, much nicer than supermarket burgers though. I suppose I'll have to settle for that.

I thought they were excellent. Beany and cheesey with a good smoky flavour from the cheese and spices.


Easy One-Bowl Chocolate Banana Bread

A sliced chocolate banana bread

Yes, you guessed it, leftover bananas gone brown and a bit soft. 

I just couldn't throw them out. My first thought was smoothie or banana bread? I had to do something with them or Graham would have lobbed them in the bin. He has no patience with brown bananas. He feels they have no place in our kitchen or any kitchen.

Do you have a husband, wife or partner like that?

He is so short-sighted when it comes to bananas, but you can be sure he is always really happy to be offered a deliciously sweet green smoothie or a slice of banana bread which he loves to eat spread with a generous layer of dairy-free spread.

As I it's my day off, I decided to take the time to make banana bread. I say take the time, but it's really quick to make in one bowl, then once it's in the oven you can get on with other things.


Green Power Lunch Wrap

Green Power Lunch Wrap. A lush green lunchtime wrap featuring spinach and creamy avocado with a tangy dressing. Delicious! Includes calories, nutrition and a free printable recipe.

Yeah, I know. Yet another wrap. What can I say? I'm on a roll (excuse the pun). 

I just keep thinking up new ideas like these green power lunch wraps. 

We all like a bit of variety in our lunches, but we all too often eat the same lunch over and over. It seems to have become my mission to change that with lots of new sandwiches and wraps. I'll keep them coming as long as I have new ideas and until you say stop!


Blueberry and Lemon Oaty Breakfast Bars

A stack of blueberry and lemon oaty bars on a wooden board with blueberries and lemon halves.

You've probably heard me say this before. I'm not the person who eats breakfast every morning. I know I should but I'm just not ready for anything until mid morning. It's fine eating breakfast late on days off, but on mornings where I'm heading to work I'm just not ready to eat before I leave the house. That's where a portable snack like these blueberry and lemon oaty breakfast bars come in. 

I can enjoy these later in the morning with a cuppa and I'm content until lunchtime rolls around, even if it's a late lunch.

Now apart from the oats and the blueberries, these aren't claiming to be health bars. They have a fair amount of sugar and are more of an energy boost bar. If you have one slice, then you'll be fine. Everything in moderation. 


Hamlyns Great Big Oat Giveaway

Hamlyn's Great Big Oat Giveaway Bundle including oats, a woven shopping bad, a wooden spurtle and a few items by Scottish designer Gillian Kyle. Two cereal bowls, two mugs, a teatowel and an apron.

I have a fabulous oaty bundle to giveaway to one lucky reader from the purveyors of fine oats, Hamlyns of Scotland.

What's in the hamper?

The breakfast hamper includes oats, a porridge spurtle and the new range of oaty homeware by Scottish designer Gillian Kyle. There are two breakfast bowls, two mugs a teatowel and an apron. As you can expect from Gillian, the designs are fun with a retro vibe.


Carrot and Spinach Crunch Lunch Wrap

A Carrot and Spinach Crunch Lunch Wrap cut in half and served on a spotty napkin with an apple and crisps

Carrot and spinach crunch lunch wrap, it's a bit of a tongue twister isn't it?  A tongue twister but oh so tasty! In fact it's my husband's favourite lunchtime wrap.

He doesn't always love my experiments at lunch time. You can just tell. He'll eat the wrap or sandwich I've just set down before him, but when asked he'll shake his head from side to side and say well it's ok! That's means he really isn't keen at all, Thankfully that doesn't happen often and he loves this wrap.

I have to say I rather like it too. The flavours work so well together and I love the crunch from the nuts.

I really must try adding nuts to some other sandwiches and wraps, it works so well. Do you ever add nuts to your sandwich or wrap fillings? If you do leave me a comment and tell me what your crunch filling is.


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60 Awesome 4th of July Vegan Picnic Recipes

4th of July Vegan Picnic Recipe banner with pineapple in shade on American flag.

Nothing says summer like a picnic and as my American friends will be celebrating the 4th of July soon, I thought it might be nice to pull together some tasty picnic recipes. From sandwiches, wraps and pies, to salads, sweet treats and drinks.

We've had some beautiful weather here in Scotland this month, so I'm quietly optimistic that we will have some picnic weather in June too. Even though most of us don't celebrate the 4th of July hear in Scotland, we will be celebrating the sunshine and getting out and about as much as we can.

Our diets have changed with the sunshine and are much lighter with lots of salads, mezze, wraps and toasties, rather than the heavier food of the winter months. 

I hope you will find plenty of inspiration for your 4th of July picnic or just some new ideas for lighter summer meals. Thanks to all the wonderful bloggers who contributed recipes.


Mini Spinach & Cream Cheese Puff Parcels Recipe

Mini Spinach & Cream Cheese Puff Parcels in a green lunchbox.

How cute are these mini spinach and cream cheese parcels?

In honour of National Vegetarian Week, M&S (Marks and Spencer) asked me to create three new picnic recipes for their home and lifestyle page of their website. It's called inspire me and there is indeed lots of constantly updated inspiration for food, home and fashion.

I created sandwich and fruit skewers, mini no-bake strawberry cheesecakes and mini cheese and bean parcels. They are all easy to make and enjoyed by children and adults. The parcels were so good I made a second batch with a spinach and cream cheese version which I'm sharing here today.

The recipes I created for M&S are vegetarian, but scroll down for tips on making each of the recipes vegan.


National Vegetarian Week Recipes and Ideas for Beginners

Tomorrow marks the start of National Vegetarian Week. A week long celebration of exciting vegetarian food and the sharing of information about a vegetarian diet.

I've been a vegetarian for nearly 28 years now, but I still remember how daunting it was at first. It wasn't the food I found daunting,  just figuring out what to eat so I had plenty of choices. Of course back then, and I'm showing my age here, it was harder to find veggie options in the supermarkets, but now there is so much to choose from.

Vegetarian Ready Meals

Ready meals can be convenient, but not great for a healthy lifestyle. You need a basic set of recipes so you can make tasty vegetarian meals at home without all the additives or excess sugar and salt.  Buying a ready meal now and again is fine and don't beat yourself up over it, but home-cooked meals are much fresher, tastier and usually cheaper too.

Easy Ideas and Recipes

To make it easy for you to get started, I will share some recipes, meal ideas and tips for different times of day. Recipes that both adults and children will enjoy.


Veggie Sausage and White Bean Casserole

Veggie Sausage and White Bean Casserole

We've been eating a lot lighter, with more salads, baked potatoes, toasties and pasta salads in place of all the soup, dal and savoury bakes I was cooking over the winter. We're enjoying the new summery meals, but sometimes we still want something a bit more substantial so on Sunday I made us this veggie sausage and white bean casserole. 

I would normally call it a stew, but I read something recently that said if it's mostly cooked on the cooker top it is a stew and if it is cooked in the oven it's a casserole.

What would you call this type of dish? 

A stew, a casserole or a bake? 
Leave me a comment and let me know.


Summer Greek Pasta Salad (vegan recipe)

Summer Greek Pasta Salad

Greek pasta salad.

We've all enjoyed a really good Greek salad, especially if we've been on holiday in Greece or Cyprus. The flavours go so well together and just scream summer.  Ripe tomatoes, crunchy cucumber, thinly sliced red  onion, olives, salty feta and parsley.

I had the idea to change this into a pasta salad, as my family are big fans of pasta salad. We usually toss our cold pasta with pesto, sweetcorn, cherry tomatoes, sundried tomatoes and basil, so this was a nice change.


Spicy Bean Lunch Wrap (copycat vegan recipe)

a Spicy Bean Lunch Wrap on a spotty napkin with a bowl of salsa

Spicy bean wraps, mmmmmmm! Don't they look good? Believe me, you're going to love these.

I do like a wrap as a change from sandwiches. From falafel wraps to veggie sausage wraps

This wrap is a copycat recipe or fakeaway (homemade copy of takeaway food) as they are sometimes called. It's my version of a Tesco wrap that I'm rather addicted to.

You may know I've shared vegan recipes for the last few years, but my son and I are still vegetarian. My husband is vegan, so we mostly eat vegan. It's just easier isn't it and so delicious.


Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Vegan Pasta Sauce

Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Vegan Pasta Sauce

Pasta is the ultimate comfort food. There are so many types of pasta and so many different sauces, it never gets boring. Today I'm sharing a rich tomato and roasted red pepper pasta sauce which is vegan.

I have a favourite tomato sauce we eat regularly. It's easy to make and has a rich sweet tomato flavour. We all love it, but it was time to change it up.

This time I wanted to make a tomato sauce with roasted red peppers and roasted red onions, but I didn't want the sauce to be dominated by the roast vegetable flavour, so I decided to make my fresh tomato sauce first and then add the roast vegetables at the end, so you get a burst of that smoky roast vegetable flavour in pockets as you eat the pasta, but you still have that rich sweet tomato flavour.


Eat Your Veg (what's in season & cooking tips for April)

rhubarb growing in a garden

Some of you may know I had a monthly column in Vegan Life Magazine, which later became Cook Vegan for a couple of years. I gave the column up at the end of last year when the magazine changed to Plant Based. I felt I had been writing the column long enough.


My column was called Veg on Wheels and I talked about seasonal fruit and vegetables and what to do with them each month. 

I had the idea after many conversations about veg boxes and how you end up making the same recipes every month (often soup) or have no idea what to make at all. 

I had a veg box delivery myself so I knew what they meant. I really had to make an effort. Anyway, I pitched the idea to Vegan Life Magazine, they loved it and gave me a monthly column.


Living on the Veg: A kids' guide to life without meat - review and giveaway

Front cover of Living on the Veg: A kids' guide to life without meat

YAY! My book is finally out! 

I say my book, but it was co-authored with Clive Gifford, who shared all the interesting facts and tips, while I created the recipes. 

I'm really pleased with it. It's bright and colourful and really easy for children (and adults) to follow and understand a vegetarian diet in an interesting way and it's packed with facts.


Scottish Potato Scones and How to Cook a Full Vegan Breakfast

Scottish Potato Scones

Do you take the time to make a special breakfast on a Sunday morning? 

Perhaps you make a full cooked breakfast? 

We have a very relaxed start to the day on a Sunday. We wake up a little later than usual (if we 're lucky), then we take our time to get ready for the day. 

I like to cook us something a bit more special for breakfast on a Sunday as during the week it's a very rushed affair, with only Cooper eating a proper breakfast (usually porridge), while we rush around getting ready.

Sometimes Cooper and I will make pancakes at the weekend or we might just have (baked) beans on toast. However our favourite Sunday breakfast is a full cooked breakfast.

There are so many things you can include in a cooked breakfast, but one of our favourite parts of a cooked breakfast are potato scones or as we call them here in Scotland tattie scones. We sometimes just pick a packet up at the supermarket, but if we have potatoes in the fridge we  often make our own as they are so easy and quick to make..

Let me show you my step-by-step guide of how to make them, then I'll take you through some options for a full vegan cooked breakfast. The full recipe with measurements and printable recipe is further down.


Roasted Vegetable and Tofu Sandwiches

Roasted Vegetable and Tofu Sandwiches

One of my Facebook page readers recently called me the Queen of Sandwiches. I suppose she may be onto something. I have shared rather a lot of sandwiches and wraps on my blog.

There isn't a great deal of inspiration out there and it all seems rather similar. For vegetarians there's lots of cheese and pickle or egg mayo and for vegans there are endless recipes for salad sandwiches or sandwiches filled with chickpea spread. 

I hold my hands up, I've made a chickpea sandwich spread and it was rather good, but lets try something else.

It's so easy to become bored with our regular lunchtime sandwiches.


Buttery Scottish Teatime Scones - vegan recipe

Buttery Scottish Teatime Scones - vegan recipe

Don't you just love a fluffy, buttery scone?

They are so associated with afternoon tea here in Scotland (and in England too), that it just wouldn't be the same without them.

I just love them, especially when they're still warm from the oven.

Scottish High Tea

Light and fluffy Scottish scones with a good rise made to a vegan recipe. Perfect for a teatime treat with dairy free spread and jam. Free printable recipe. #scones #scottishscones #veganscones #veganbaking #scottish #vegan

Scottish High Tea

Scones are offered in Scotland as part of a high tea. Have you heard of high tea?

High tea is an early evening meal, where you're served a selection of small cakes, including scones after your main meal with a pot of tea. Toast is often served too. It's all included in the price of the meal.

Many hotels and pubs offer high teas in Scotland, but you better be prepared to dine early between 4:30pm and 6:00pm.

Oh and they are pronounced scone which rhymes with gone.


Very Veggie Easter at M&S

It's nearly Easter and time to buy some Easter goodies.

This year Marks and Spencer have a great range of veggie treats for Easter from adult and kids Easter eggs to Easter gifts for the little ones, eggs to set up your own Easter egg hunt and of course hot cross buns.

They are all vegetarian and two of the Easter eggs are dairy free, so they are suitable for vegans.

Lets get on and see what's new at M&S this Easter.


Creamy Garlic Mushroom & Fresh Herb Gnocchi (vegan recipe)

Creamy Garlic Mushroom & Herb Gnocchi

Gnocchi is a handy ingredient to have in your fridge. Yes you can make your own, but if like me you haven't managed to get that recipe quite right yet (yes it was a disaster), then shop bought gnocchi is the next best thing.

I usually use gnocchi to make a filling bake, you may have seen my Tomato and Aubergine Gnocchi Bake (vegetarian) , my Tomato and Basil Gnocchi Bake (vegetarian) or my Tomato Gnocchi Bake with Cheesy Oat Crumble (vegan). The two vegetarian gnocchi bakes can be easily adapted for a vegan diet, just use vegan mozzarella.

This time I decided to make gnocchi dish with a freshly made creamy garlic mushroom and herb sauce. I make a simpler version of this sauce to pour over pasta, so I thought it would be great poured over gnocchi too and boy was I right.
Golden gnocchi in a fresh and creamy garlic mushroom and fresh herb sauce. Finished off with more fresh herbs. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans. #gnocchi #mushrooms #creamsauce #freshherbs #vegan #essentialWaitrose #ad


GIVEAWAY - Hotel Chocolat Extra Thick Champagne Easter Egg

I have the perfect treat for an Easter Giveaway. An Extra Thick Champagne Easter Egg from Hotel Chocolat. Just one of their fabulous selection of Easter treats.

Hotel Chocolat are the home of superior quality chocolate here in the UK and they don't let us down with this egg. 


Green Edamame & Pea Falafel with a Yoghurt, Cucumber & Mint Dip (vegan recipe)

Green Edamame & Pea Falafel with a Yoghurt, Cucumber & Mint Dip (vegan recipe)

You're just like me aren't you? You eat lots of falafel. 

They're a great go-to snack, but they are also good on a BBQ kebab skewer, in salads or in a wrap or sandwich with lots of salad and hummus.  In fact they are the perfect quick bite for both vegetarian and vegans.

Sometimes I add them to my yumbox, which is a bento box with lots of little compartments. I load my lunchbox with falafel, some hummus (dips don't leak in a yumbox), crunchy veg and pickled baby beets. It's one of my favourite lunches and my wee boy loves the same lunch.
Crisp green falafel made with edamame beans, peas and coriander and served with a yoghurt, cucumber and mint dip. This recipe is easy to make at home and suitable for vegetarians or vegans. #essentialWaitrose #vegan #falafel #ad

Homemade falafel

I tend to buy ready-made falafel from the supermarket. I bet you do too. Falafel are just so quick and convenient to pick up when you're shopping aren't they?

Today that changes! I made my own crispy falafel. I pimped them and swapped the usual chickpeas for edamame beans and petit pois (you could use bog standard frozen peas).

Now don't get me wrong, let's be realistic here. When I go shopping next week I'll definitely pick up ready-made falafel to use in lunches during the week, but now and again I'm going to take them time to make fresh falafel.

These green edamame and pea falafel have a crisp exterior and soft tasty filling. Shop bought falafel never really have the same crisp bite. 


Dark Treacle Banana Gingerbread (vegan recipe)

Dark Treacle Banana Gingerbread

Hands up who loves a slice of moist sticky gingerbread?

Yes me too.

I haven't made any for ages, but I had some bananas which were, shall we say rather ripe and I had to do something with them quickly before Graham lobbed them in the bin.  Yep, I have to be quick, he has a thing about bananas once they start going brown. I see them as challenge to bake something, he sees rotten fruit that has no right being there.

I usually make some chocolate chip banana bread with them or if I have some silken tofu in the fridge I whip up some luxurious chocolate mousse, but this time I decided to make dark treacle gingerbread with bananas as a binder and for decoration.


Choc Chip and Banana Chocolate Mousse (secretly healthy & vegan)

Choc chip and banana chocolate mousse. A luxurious chocolate mousse that is made in seconds. It's low in fat and calories as well as full of good stuff. This will becomes your go-to quick dessert and there's no guilt attached.

Chocolate Mousse. That can't be healthy right?

It can the way I make it. Only three ingredients too. Bananas, silken tofu and cocoa powder. That's it!

A rich indulgent chocolate mousse that's good for you. Although I do admit I added some dark chocolate chips for a change this time, but you could leave those out if you like..

This luxurious mousse is made in minutes, then you just pour it into glasses and pop it in the fridge to chill until you're ready to serve it.


Beet Salad Lunch Wrap (vegan)

A salad wrap with a powerhouse of flavours and textures including pickled baby beets, sundried tomatoes and pesto.

Doesn't that look good? It's my favourite lunchtime wrap. And when I say favourite, you can fill in the blanks and figure out I eat this a lot. It is so darn tasty.

The beets are pickled, the tomatoes are sundried for that rich flavour, the peppers are sharp and crunchy as is the juicy cucumber. The salad leaves are the filler and the tortilla is spread with dairy free pesto before the toppings are pilled on. It's a flavour explosion in the mouth!


Creamy Blueberry, Banana and Coconut Porridge for the Perfect Breakfast

Creamy Blueberry, Banana and Coconut Porridge for the Perfect Breakfast

I have to hold my hands up and admit I'm the worst person at eating breakfast. When I head to work in the morning I never eat breakfast. It's just too early for me and I can't face it. Somewhere between 9 am and 10 am is my optimum time to eat and enjoy breakfast. Before that? Nope! Not going to happen. I have to say in my house it's do what I say and not what I do, so Cooper never leaves the house without a tummy full of breakfast, which is usually a hearty bowl of porridge.

I do eat breakfast on my days off, when I will quite often enjoy a bowl of porridge. I'm not a great fan of cereal. Now and again I will take a notion for it, but not very often. I quite like a toasted bagel with cream cheese or a toasted teacake, the occasional slice of toast or an blueberry oaty breakfast bar.

On a Sunday we eat breakfast late and we all enjoy baked beans on toast or a full cooked veggie breakfast.

Do you eat a special breakfast on Sundays?


Beet, Grape & Cream Cheese Salad with Herby Yogurt Dressing (vegan)

Beet, Grape & Cream Cheese Salad with Herby Yogurt Dressing (vegan)

This beet, grape and cream cheese salad is a big tasty salad for one. It's all singing and dancing. It has salad leaves and cucumber as the base and it given a ping with some tasty pickled baby beets, which have the tang of vinegar and a slight sweetness. There is sweetness from the grapes, salty crunch from the pistachios and a hit of fresh herbs and garlic in the creamy yogurt dressing.

Oh yes my friends this is a winner.

And it's all mine. 

Well actually it was all Graham's. I told him I'd make him a tasty lunch on Valentine's Day to enjoy after his dog walk (I shall not tell you I made him do housework and iron on his day off which just happened to be Valentine's Day, let's focus on the good stuff!).  I had already eaten a salad wrap, but I did taste all the ingredients as I was assembling the salad. I mean what's a girl to do?


Healthier Blender Chocolate Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce (vegan)

Healthier Blender Chocolate Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce (vegan)

Pancake day is nearly here and it's the perfect time to brush up your flipping skills and try out a new recipe. Today I'm sharing a recipe for healthier blender chocolate and banana pancakes. They are quick to make a super tasty!

Why are these pancakes healthier?

Generally pancakes are made with eggs, milk, sugar and flour and don't get me wrong, that makes a delicious pancake, but if you're looking for tasty pancakes that are healthier, lower in calories or suitable for a dairy free or vegan diet, then these are the pancakes for you.

These pancakes:

  1. Contain no egg
  2. Are sweetened with banana
  3. The milk is replaced with almond milk
  4. The chocolate flavour comes from good quality dark cocoa powder. 
  5. There is also an extra nutritional boost from chia seeds
  6. They are topped with berries for a second portion of fruit
  7. They can be cooked oil-free if you use a non-stick pan

The sauce has is made with cocoa powder and coconut milk with a little maple syrup to sweeten it.


Easy Vegan Chilli Mince Bean Wraps

Warm tortilla wraps filled with a rich flavourful spiced chilli made with soya veggie mince and beans, layered with salad, vegan cheddar and vegan creme fraiche in place of sour cream. A real family favourite with a printable recipe.

What can I say? These easy chilli bean mince wraps are well tested in our house and I mean well tested We've been eating them for years and they are Cooper's favourite dinner. When I asked him what he would like for dinner yesterday, of course he said chilli wraps and how could I refuse him?

I usually make a big pot as everyone loves them and always want them a second night too. I usually make enough chilli for two nights then enough leftover to pop in the freezer for another meal, but sometimes I just want to make enough for what we need.

This batch makes enough for 4-6 tasty wraps, depending how deep you fill them. Graham and I like wraps really well filled, but Cooper prefers then a bit thinner and to be honest if I fill his a bit more modestly there is less chance of him getting in a total mess eating them.


Spiced Tofu and Mushroom Tacos (5:2 diet)

Homemade soft, warm tacos filled with a roasted pepper tapenade, salad leaves, roast spiced tofu, roast red onions and roast mushrooms. A delicious vegetarian or vegan dinner that your family will love. Includes photos and a printable recipe.

Tacos aren't really something I tend to make and when I've made them in the past I've used the pre-curled crispy tacos, which is a whole other experience to the ones I made today. I am not converted to warm, soft tacos, which are just a little charred.

I actually saw a recipe for meat tacos in a cookbook I was browsing through. I can't remember what the cookbook was. I was browsing through a few at the library. Anyway it was the soft taco shells that caught my attention, so I had a read of how they tackled them and when I saw M&S had in their new chilled sesame, chilli and coriander tofu I knew just what I wanted to make with it.


Veggie Haggis and Onion Chutney Toasties

These veggie haggis and onion chutney toasties are my second recipe for Burns Night this year. They aren't part of a traditional Burns Supper, but would make a really satisfying lunch or a more casual dinner with some salad and crisps on the side.

There's just something so comforting about a toastie. I don't know why that is, but I would never say no to one.

This toastie is a layered masterpiece. It starts with a thick layer or cream cheese on thick wholemeal bread, next comes a layer or spinach leaves. On top of that there is a generous layer of warm spicy vegetarian haggis and it's finished off with the other slice of bread slathered thickly with sweet onion chutney and grilled until crisp, with those lovely charred grill lines. Mmmmmmm!


Instant Vegan Haggis, Neeps & Tatties Burgers for Burns Night

Instant vegan haggis, neeps and tatties burgers

That's Graham clutching his vegan haggis, neeps and tatties burger. 

I'd taken some shots of it on the table, but once I said I was finished taking photos (this is the plight of a food blogger's husband) he picked it up to walk off with it and I asked if I could take a shot while he held it. He told me not to be so daft, but I rather like it. I'm quite behind the trend of taking photos of food being held, but I do like the photo.

Husband approved instant veggie burger. Made in a flash, with added spices and a Scottish twist. Suitable for vegans

The burger is accidentally vegan and totally instant.


Roast Vegetable, Olive and Beetroot Salad

Close up of A substantial winter salad filled with roast vegetables on a bed of salad leaves, with sundried tomatoes, pickled beetroot, olives and a pesto balsamic dressing. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

A salad in winter? Hell yeah!

I admit I eat more soup in the winter and more salad in the summer, I'm sure everyone is the same. I'm eating lots of tasty homemade soup just now, but today I'm working from home, it's cold and dreich outside, but it's cosy inside and I was craving salad so I was kind to myself and made this roast vegetable, olive and beetroot salad. It was yum!

As much as I like a salad in the winter I do think it should be either a warm salad or one that's a bit more substantial like this one. What do you think?


Most Popular Vegan Recipes 2017

A roundup of the most popular vegan recipes in 2017 including lunch, dinner and dessert.

As one year closes and another begins I like to look back on the last year. I like to think about what was successful on my blog, what wasn't so popular, what my readers really want and what I can improve.

I've had a look back over the year to see which of the recipes I created in 2017 were the most viewed and would like to share them with you. From lunch and dinner to sweet treats for dessert. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family and readers have and that you'll try a few.
A roundup of the most popular vegan recipes in 2017 including lunch, dinner and dessert.

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