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.

Sunday breakfast


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.

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Roasted Vegetable and Tofu Sandwiches

A luxury sandwich of roasted vegetables and tofu for a satisfying lunch.

Roasted Vegetable and Tofu Sandwiches

Queen of 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.


Roasted Vegetable and Tofu Sandwiches. A recipe for luxurious veggie sandwiches. Soft wholemeal bread filled with mustard, salad leaves, roasted vegetables and tofu and cream cheese, plus a meal prep guide.

Roasted Vegetable and Tofu Sandwiches


The inspiration for these sandwiches came from some super tasty tacos I made recently. I filled freshly grilled tacos with roasted pepper tapenade, roasted vegetables and spiced tofu, then salad leaves. It was lush.

For these sandwiches I wanted to use the same combination of roast vegetables and spiced tofu as they worked so well together last time, but I wanted to change up the other flavours. 

I spread two slices of soft wholemeal bread with wholegrain mustard (bottom slice) and another two slices with cream cheese (top slice). I used Violife creamy (dairy free), but you can use your favourite cream cheese.

I topped the mustard slathered bread with salad leaves a good layer of my roast vegetable and tofu filling and finished it off with some crunchy red pepper before adding the cream cheese coated bread.  It was a really special sandwich and absolutely delicious.

I used prepared sesame, chilli and coriander tofu pieces from M&S for convenience, but you could press and marinade your own tofu.


Roasted Vegetable and Tofu Sandwiches. A recipe for luxurious veggie sandwiches. Soft wholemeal bread filled with mustard, salad leaves, roasted vegetables and tofu and cream cheese

Is it worth roasting vegetables for a sandwich?


Yes. I would say so, if you want a lunch you can look forward to.

If you aren't keen to heat the oven just to roast a few vegetables and some tofu for two sandwiches, my advice is to roast two or three trays of vegetables and some tofu at the weekend then add them to tubs to use during the week. Meal prep is a good thing to get into the habit of.

You can add the roasted vegetables and tofu to sandwiches, wraps and toasties. 

You could also add them to some cooked couscous, quinoa or bulgur wheat for a tasty lunch.  

For an evening meal top a pizza with the roasted vegetables and tofu or add them to a simple tomato sauce or pesto sauce for pasta.  Make it all from scratch or buy the pizza and sauce and just pimp them up with the mixture.


roasted vegetables and tofu


Weekly Meal Prep


I've spoken a bit about weekly meal prep. It can really save you time during the week and it a time and money saver if you're getting home late and need something fast. You're also more likely to take lunch with you to work or school if you have it all prepped and stacked in the fridge. 

Here are some food prep ideas. 

10 Veggie Meal Prep Ideas

Prep these at the weekend, fill takeaway tubs, label and stack in the fridge ready to use during the week.


  1. Roast vegetables
  2. Crunch salad vegetables chopped or sliced
  3. Salad leaves and fresh herbs
  4. Homemade (or shop bought) hummus and pesto
  5. Homemade (or shop bought) falafel
  6. Cooked (or tinned) chickpeas and lentils
  7. Cooked veggie sausages
  8. Cooked grains - couscous, bulgur wheat and or quinoa
  9. Pickles - think chutney and pickled vegetables
  10. A selection of nuts (keep in tubs on the counter top, not the fridge)


Use these items to throw together quick lunches and evening meals. Fill sandwiches and wraps with them. Make salads and add some of the ingredients to add to pasta, pizza and puff pastry tarts.



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Be more organised


Now I would love to say I'm organised enough to do this every week, but unfortunately I'm just not that organised.

On the occasions I have prepped, it's been fabulous and I've bought a lot less lunches and felt a lot more relaxed and in control of my week and my spending.

Yes, I really need to get more organised. I fear this time I'm saying do what I say, not what I do. *sigh*

Do you meal prep?


Roasted Vegetable and Tofu Sandwiches. A recipe for luxurious veggie sandwiches. Soft wholemeal bread filled with mustard, salad leaves, roasted vegetables and tofu and cream cheese, plus a meal prep guide.

potato scone nutrients and calories




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Yield: 2 sandwiches

Roasted Vegetable and Tofu Sandwiches

A recipe for luxurious veggie sandwiches. Soft wholemeal bread filled with mustard, salad leaves, roasted vegetables and tofu and cream cheese.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 30 mins

ingredients


  • 100g tofu pieces
  • 1 red onion, cut into small wedges
  • 100g chestnut mushrooms, sliced thickly
  • A spray of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 slices of wholemeal brown bread
  • 3 tbsp cream cheese (dairy or vegan)
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • A generous handful of salad leaves
  • ½ red bell pepper, sliced

instructions


  1. Preheat oven to 220 °C /200°C fan/ gas mark 7 and prepare the
    vegetables.
  2. Spread the vegetables and tofu onto an oven tray, season with salt and pepper and spray with olive oil. Roast in the oven for 20 - 25 minutes until the vegetables and tofu are golden and crispy at the edges. Leave to cool.
  3. Spread two slices of bread with mustard, top with salad leaves, half of the roasted mixture and add some pepper slices.
  4. Spread the last two slices of bread with cream cheese (veggie or vegan) and top the sandwiches. Cut in half and serve.
  5. Enjoy!
calories
318
fat (grams)
10
sat. fat (grams)
5.3
carbs (grams)
41
protein (grams)
13
sugar (grams)
7
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falafel and apple salad sandwiches


If you like this sandwich, you may like my falafel and apple salad sandwiches. Also check out my post The Ultimate Sandwich Guide - 50  Mouthwatering Veggie and Vegan Lunches and follow my Pinterest board Sandwiches - Make Lunch Special.


If you have a favourite sandwich filling share it by leaving a comment below.

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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.

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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.


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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

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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. 

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

Crispy green falfel made with edamame beans and peas in a blender (or food processor), served with a yoghurt, cucumber and mint dip.

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.

Green Edamame & Pea Falafel


These green edamame and pea falafel have a crisp exterior and soft tasty filling.  They are so, so good!

Shop bought falafel never really have the same crisp bite as these homemade falafel.

You really must try them.



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.

Blender falafel recipe


These falafel are quick to make if you have a power blender or food processor.

You just throw all the ingredients in.

Once you have a flavourful paste (you can whizz until really smooth or leave a bit of texture, which I like to do), you just roll into balls and then roll in panko breadcrumbs and fry until crisp.



Falafel made in a blender


Of course you could just go old school and mash with a fork, but they will be a much coarser finish.

These falafel are fried but you can bake falafel for a healthier snack. However if you want that really crisp coating of an authentic falafel you really have to fry them.

I'm personally not too worried as they are filled with a super healthy filling and will be served with a salad or on a wrap with salad, so a fried crispy coating isn't going to hurt. It's all about balance.


Five fascinating falafel facts


  1. Falafel were created a thousand years ago in Egypt and made from fava beans (broad beans). The Christian Copts were forbidden to eat meat during Lent and instead created the falafel to add to their diet.
  2. They were taken to Israel, where the base of the recipe was changed from fava beans to chickpeas and became a national dish served as street food in pitta (pita) bread with salad and a tehina (tahini) sauce.
  3. Falafel can be formed into flat patties or balls and either baked or fried.
  4. Falafel was so popular in Egypt that McDonalds used to serve a McFalafel on their breakfast menu there.
  5. There is an unwritten rule in Israel, if you still have some of your pitta bread left you can go back to the falafel stand for more (free) salad, but if you want more falafel you need to buy another portion.


essential Waitrose


essential Waitrose ingredients


I raided Waitrose for my ingredients for these homemade falafel. Waitrose is thought to be quite a pricey place to shop, but the essential Waitrose range contains more than 1500 high quality products you use every day at low prices. Waitrose also have a range called Waitrose Cooks' Ingredients with things like spices, fresh herbs and stocks which compliment all your every day items from the essential range.

I also used frozen edamame beans which are available in store. They are already shelled so perfect for adding to dishes like these crispy falafel, but also good in soups and stews. A great way to add nutrients to a dish.


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.

I served some of these falafel with a dip and some on flour tortilla wraps with salad. I know pitta bread is the more traditional pairing with falafel, but I love them in a tortilla wrap with lots of salad. 

Yoghurt, Cucumber and Mint Dip


A bowl of yoghurt, cucumber and mint dip

I usually spread a falafel wrap with a really generous layer of hummus, but this time I made a simple yoghurt, cucumber and mint dip, which I drizzled across the filling. I used Alpro plain yoghurt to make this dressing dairy-free, but you can use your favourite plain or Greek yoghurt.

You could also add a drizzle of chilli sauce if you wanted to pep up the wraps with a bit of heat.



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Green Edamame & Pea Falafel are perfect for lunchboxes or for a light dinner served with salad. They are also great on wraps and pitta bread with hummus and salad. #homemadefalafel #falafel #edamamefalafel #peafalafel #greenfalafel #easyfalafelrecipe  #falafelrecipe


I've included my dressing recipe along with my falafel recipe below. The dressing is also tasty drizzled over a salad and makes a great dip for sweet potato fries, crunchy vegetable crudités or nacho chips.

I do hope you try both the falafel and the dip!

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



Yield: 12 falafel (depending on size)
Green Edamame & Pea Falafel (vegan recipe)

Green Edamame & Pea Falafel with a Yoghurt, Cucumber & Mint Dip

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.
prep time: 15 MINScook time: 12 MINStotal time: 27 mins

ingredients

Falafel
  • 350g/2 1/3 cups frozen edamame beans
  • 150g/ 1 cup frozen petit pois (or peas)
  • ½ white onion. quartered
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 ½ tbsp plain flour
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 ½ tsp ground coriander (cilantro)
  • 14 g (a handful) fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • 14 g  (a handful) fresh flat leaf parsley 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • A good grinding of pepper
  • 50g/ ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil for frying
Dip
  • 250g/1 cup plain yogurt (I used Alpro)
  • 3 cm piece cucumber chopped finely
  • A few fresh mint leaves
  • A good grinding of salt

instructions


  1. Blanch the frozen peas and beans in boiling water for a
    minute, drain and pat dry.
  2. Add all the ingredients apart from the breadcrumbs and oil to a blender or food processor and whizz until you have a textured batter.
  3. Form the batter into balls and roll in the breadcrumbs.
  4. Heat enough oil in a wok to cover the falafel. Once the oil is really hot, carefully lower a few of the falafel in at a time and cook for a few minutes until the coating is brown and crunchy.
  5. Once cooked remove from the oil carefully (I used a metal slotted spoon) and place on kitchen paper to drain off the excess oil. Keep cooking in batches until they are all cooked.
  6. To make the dip, chop the cucumber and mint and mix with the yogurt. Season with salt.
  7. Serve the falafel with salad and dip or on a wrap with salad and hummus.
  8. Enjoy!
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Red Kidney Bean Falafel

If you like this recipe, why not try my red kidney bean falafel and follow my Pinterest board Falafel, Pakora and Savoury Bites.


Disclosure: This is a paid post for Waitrose. I created this recipe as part of their #essentialWaitrose promotion. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.


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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.

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