Easy Spinach & Corn Veggie Lasagne (step-by-step)


I don't make lasagne very often. I love it but it's always so much work, making the sauces and then assembling it. However the lasagne or lasagna (whichever you prefer) I'm sharing today is an easy cheats version of spinach and corn lasagne, which can be vegetarian or vegan. I used vegan cheese, but you can use veggie cheese, I've made this one both ways and it's been really good.

I've made this recipe even simpler for you by sharing step by step photos, which you may not need if you're a dab hand in the kitchen, but they are rather nice to scroll through and helpful too I hope. The recipe is at the bottom as usual. Feel free to scroll down to it.


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How to make classic homemade salsa

Bowl of classic homemade salsa

A classic salsa is a simple side or dip, but it may be something you've never made at home before.

It's hard to explain how much the flavours in a fresh tomato salsa zing compared to the ones you buy in a supermarket, which can be good but are often overwhelmed with a tomato sauce or a really sugary flavour.

Salsa should zing with the fresh flavours of tomatoes, red onion and garlic, a tang from the lime and a subtle hint or a real hit of heat from chilli, depending on how you like it.

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BBQ Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms

A close up of BBQ Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms

Don't they look gorgeous? These little beauties are grilled, stuffed mushrooms. You're going to love them. They're juicy and full of flavour, a little bit of heaven for mushroom-lovers.

Each mushroom is fully pizza stuffed and cooked on the BBQ (or in the oven) until succulent, a little smoky and ready to be eaten while warm and melty with groans of pleasure.

I don't exaggerate! They are totally lush.

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6 Piece Addis Lunchbox Giveaway


Children in Scotland head back to school this week and their friends down in England head back in a few weeks too, so it's time to think about packed lunches and what to put in your lunch box. It's time to plan!

Of course packed lunches aren't just for children and adults too need some inspiration too.


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Grilled Tandoori Tofu Skewers

Ready to grill rainbow tofu skewers, tofu and a rainbow of vegetables

These rainbow tandoori tofu skewers can be grilled or cooked on a BBQ and isn't it fabulous we've had such good weather for eating outdoors this year?

Summer in Scotland can often be a wet affair, with the occasional sunny day, but this year we've had nearly four months of sunshine with lots of heat too. We're all completely shocked. None of us can believe it. We've not had a summer like this in decades.

Sunny Scotland = BBQ





Grilled Tandoori Tofu Skewers served with wholemeal pitta bread, salad leaves, cherry tomatoes and hummus

Grilled tofu


I wanted to marinade and grill tofu for a change. 

I often cook veggie burgers, veggie sausages and vegetable kebabs on the BBQ and I've even cooked falafel on skewers, bit this time I wanted to cook tofu.

The marinade had to have lots of flavour, so I decided to make a tandoori paste, which I mixed with yogurt and a little water to make a bright yellow marinade.


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Tandoori paste



ingredients for tandoori paste


Tandoori paste is a traditional Indian cooking sauce sometimes known as Tikka. Tandoori is named after the clay cooking vessel people in India traditionally cook in, which is called a Tandoor.

The ingredients are generally very similar in each recipe, with small changes. 

I used ground turmeric, cumin and coriander for flavour, then chilli pepper and paprika for heat, fresh ginger and garlic for a bit of oomph, tomato puree and agave nectar (or sugar) for colour and sweetness, coconut oil in place of vegetable oil to bring the paste together and soy sauce instead of salt (salt can dry out the tofu) to season.

The turmeric and coconut oil are both organic and come from Indigo herbs.


Indigo Herbs


Organic turmeric, beetroot powder and coconut oil from Indigo Herbs

Indigo Herbs are healthy lifestyle company based in Glastonbury. They've been running since 2004 and are committed to supplying high quality natural health products at good prices.

I've been trying out their Organic Turmeric Powder, their Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, both of which are in this tandoori paste and their Beetroot Powder which I've been adding to smoothies and sauces for an extra nutritional boost. 

I have to say I'm really pleased with their products so far. I always like to buy good quality spices (did you see the documentary where they talked about spices including sweepings from the floor?) and these spices from Indigo herbs are not only organic, but 100% pure botanical, with nothing else added. That makes me happy and gives me piece of mind.


Marinating tofu


marinating tofu in tandoori homemade tandoori paste

Pressing tofu


First of all you need the right type of tofu. A firm tofu is what you're looking for when you are making skewers, never silken tofu, which has more of a creamy texture and is used for sauces and desserts.

The easiest way to press tofu is with a tofu press, or if you're short of time you can buy prepared tofu from Tofoo or M&S, both of which are pretty good.

If you don't have a tofu press, wrap the tofu in lots of kitchen paper, then in a kitchen towel, top it with a heavy book (a cookbook works well) and a couple of cans on top. Cooper shows you how to do it step-by-step in my tofu fingers post.


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The best way to marinate tofu


When you're ready to marinate the tofu, stir the plain yogurt into the paste and a little water until it's the right consistency.

Cut the tofu into cubes, pop them in a bowl and gently coat it in the marinade

Spoon the tofu into airtight containers and leave then in the fridge to marinate for a few hours or overnight.



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Related: How to Cook Tofu

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Rainbow skewers


Grilled Tandoori Tofu Skewers with a rainbow of vegetables

For these skewers, I combined the tandoori tofu with courgette; yellow, orange and red pepper; cherry tomatoes, red onion and cooked beetroot (vac packed beets).

Why the rainbow? Because it looks so pretty and the artist in me likes colours to lie in order.

You could add them to the skewers in any order, but believe me everyone will love being served them like this. We eat with our eyes first after all.


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Grilled Tandoori Tofu Skewers. skewers stacked with tandoori marinated tofu and a selection of colourful vegetables. Includes recipe for tandoori marinade. Only 94 calories per skewer. #skewers #tofu #tofuskewers #tofurecipes #veganBBQ #tofurecipes

Serving the skewers


Grilled Tandoori Tofu Skewers served with wholemeal pitta bread, salad leaves, cherry tomatoes and hummus


I served the skewers with toasted wholemeal pitta bread, hummus, salad leaves and cherry tomatoes. 

For a more traditional meal serve the with Indian flatbreads like naan bread or  homemade chapatis. Check out my post on how to make chapatis. They are super simple.

I don't mind mixing things up and I love serving these loaded into pitta bread. 

Fresh pitta (like the pitta you get in Cyprus) would be better of course, or you could make your own pitta. My friend Lucy over at Supergolden Bakes makes some awesome homemade pitta bread, just close your eyes to what she serves it with (if you're veggie).

Calories and Nutrients per skewer

Calories and Nutrients per tandoori tofu skewer

tofu skewers, rainbow skewers, tofu kebabs, rainbow kebabs, tandoori paste, tandoori tofu, tandoori marinade, vegetable kebabs, BBQ skewers, BBQ tofu, grilled tofu
dinner, BBQ
Indian, vegan
Yield: 12 skewers
Grilled Tandoori Tofu Skewers

Grilled Tandoori Tofu Skewers

Rainbow skewers stacked with tandoori marinated tofu and a selection of colourful vegetables. Includes recipe for tandoori marinade. Only 94 calories per skewer.
prep time: 25 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 35 mins

ingredients

Marinated tofu
  • 349g firm tofu
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 1/2 cm/1 inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp agave nectar (sugar or honey)
  • 1 tsp soy sauce (or salt)
  • a good grinding of black pepper
  • 200g/just under 1 cup yogurt
  • 2-3 tbsp water
Vegetables
  • 2 courgettes (zucchini), sliced
  • 3 bell peppers (red, yellow and orange), cut into chunks
  • 24 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 large red onions, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 4 large cooked beets, sliced thickly

instructions


  1. Make your marinade. Add all the ingredients to a bowl from the ground turmeric down to the black pepper and stir together into a paste.
  2. Add the yogurt and water to make a good consistency for coating tofu.
  3. Press your tofu for half an hour or so,  then cube it and gently coat the tofu in the marinade. Pop the tofu in an airtight container and pop in the fridge for a few hours.
  4. Soak wooden skewers in water for half an hour before you make the skewers, this will prevent them from burning.
  5. Heat your grill or BBQ and then thread the tofu and vegetables onto 12 skewers in a rainbow order.
  6. Cook for a few minutes on each side until cooked and starting to char and crisp at the edges.
  7. Serve with toasted pitta bread, salad leaves, cherry tomatoes and hummus.
  8. Enjoy!

NOTES:

The times are for preparations and cooking, pressing and marinating time is not included. This depends on how long you leave the tofu to press and marinate. Some people like to leave the tofu to marinate overnight.

Calories and nutrition are per skewer. This recipe is enough for 12 skewers.
calories
94
fat (grams)
3.5
sat. fat (grams)
1.5
carbs (grams)
12.1
protein (grams)
5.2
sugar (grams)
7.8
Created using The Recipes Generator

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Homemade Tandoori Paste Recipe

Bowl of Homemade Tandoori Paste Recipe

Tandoori paste is a really popular Indian marinade. It is mostly commonly used in a chicken dish, but of course it's the perfect marinade for veggie dishes too.

Vegetarians could coat halloumi in it before crisping it on the BBQ and vegans can use it to marinade tofu before grilling it. You could also use it to marinade onions wedges and cook those on the BBQ.

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Sassy Students Cooking Guide & Survival Kit Giveaway



It's that time again when students head back to University or set off for University for the first time.

I remember it well. The nerves and excitement of packing up all my things ready to start a new life away from home. My mum was great at getting me everything I needed and sharing what she could spare from the kitchen and linen cupboard.

Before I left home, she taught me how to make a cheese sauce from scratch using the roux method and how to make a fruit loaf cake, then set me off on my way to explore the world.

I have to admit like many students I had to learn everything as I went including how to cook, and what I needed to get me through the term.

Today I have a great Student Survival Kit from Kitcentric to give away and a student cooking kit guide to share with you, but first I'll give you a laugh and share a photo of my matriculation card with you.

I've covered up the year. Sharing a photo of me with all the curly hair (before hair straighteners were popular), is enough embarrassment for one day.


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45 Tips for Camping with Kids


We really enjoy holidays in the UK, especially holidays in Scotland. You're never far from hills, mountains, lochs, castles, parks or beaches. It's simply the best place to visit for spectacular views and spending time outdoors.

We usually have a couple of cottage breaks in Scotland, where we do a lot of exploring and lots of walking.

This year Cooper is talking about camping and as I've not been camping for years, it was time for me to do some planning before we venture out into the great outdoors.

I'd done my research and gathered some great advice, then Halfords (who love encouraging us to get outdoors and enjoy the world around us) got in touch about their camping guide and I thought this would be a good companion piece, so I'm sharing my top tips with you as well as theirs so you'll have the benefit of them all when you take your kids camping.

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