Luxury Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese (vegetarian & vegan recipe)



A luxury slow cooker macaroni cheese. The best mac and cheese I've made in years and the best part is this is a dump recipe. Dump in the ingredients, switch the slow cooker on and walk away.


Macaroni cheese. We all love it. It's like a comforting hug in a bowl.

When I was growing up my mum regularly made mac and cheese, although growing up in Scotland it was always called macaroni cheese. Whatever you call it, it's always a winner.

This recipe is one of the easiest. No longer do you need to stand stirring a sauce and have several pans to clean. Now you can just dump in all in your slow cooker, turn it on and walk away. Leaving it to get on with making the most heavenly mac n cheese.

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Scottish Mushroom and Chestnut Pâté



An easy mushroom and chestnut pâté made in minutes and blended until smooth. Serve with oatcakes, use as a sandwich filler or top veggie burgers with this delicious veggie pâté.

Easy Mushroom and Chestnut Pâté with oatcakes

When I'm shopping I often waste time looking in the pâté section of the chillers for a mushroom pâté or any veggie pâté really and yes it's a waste of time. Although I've found them in the past, the supermarkets don't seem to stock them anymore.

I used to like the original Tartex, which is a paste or pâté made with nutritional yeast and is sold in a tube in health food shops, but they changed the recipe and I really don't like it now. Plus the pâté in tubes is just too smooth for my liking. I like a bit of texture to a pâté.

It was time to make my own and as it's so easy to make there is no excuse really.

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27 Vegan Slow Cooker Recipes for Winter

Silver crock-pot slow cooker

A slow cooker is such a blessing in the winter when everyone is tired and just so busy. You can make so many dishes in it and the good news is you just load it up and walk away. 

That's right, just walk away. It's safe to leave cooking overnight or when you are at work and when it's finished cooking, this clever little piece of kit will keep your meal warm for you until you are ready to eat.

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Slow cooker's used to be seen as something that was great for meat-eaters to make stew in and if a vegan happened to have one, it was surely only to make soup. 

I would like to dispel that myth with 27 of the most delicious recipes that will bring you comfort and keep you warm this winter.

Plug in your slow cooker and get started.

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Butternut, Red Pepper & Potato Puff Pastry Plait

A golden puff pastry plait filled with sundried tomato pate, topped with roasted vegetables and vegan parmesan. The perfect dish for Sunday dinners or other special occasions like Christmas dinner. 

Butternut, Red Pepper & Potato Puff Pastry Plait

I'm trying out new recipes for Christmas. I already have a mushroom, lentil and nut wellington, which I love, but my brother-in-law will be having Christmas dinner with us and he hates mushrooms, so that's out.

I decided to stick with a puff pastry recipe and try a plait with very different flavours to my wellington.

I roasted butternut squash, red onion, red peppers and potatoes and sat them on a sundried tomato pate. I topped the whole lot off with vegan Parmesan before plaiting the pastry around the filling.

I served it with roast potatoes, a selection of vegetables and onion gravy. It was as good as it sounds and got a big thumbs up from everyone.

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Spiced Roasted Vegetables with Arugula Rocket

Spiced Mediterranean vegetables roasted in a sheet pan and topped with rocket is a basic dish that can be used as the base of so many dishes. Scroll down for the recipe and serving suggestions.

close-up of Spiced Roasted Vegetables with Arugula Rocket

When vegetables are roasted they take on a whole new flavour and can be used in so many dishes. For this recipes I concentrated on Mediterranean flavours, but of course you can roast just about any vegetable.

My choice for this bake was aubergine (eggplant), courgette (zucchini), red onions, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, garlic and rocket (arugula). The story doesn't stop there though.

Usually I roast veg tossed in a little olive oil with salt and pepper but today I decided to dial up the flavours and add some spice.

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Easy 3 Ingredient Chocolate Fudge



An easy recipe for chocolate fudge using just three ingredients. The prefect sweet treat to give as a gift this Christmas.

A stack of Easy 3 Ingredient Chocolate Fudge with chocolate sprinkles

Everyone loves chocolate. It's that little lift in your day that brings a moment of joy, that little boost in the afternoon when you are flagging or a little treat in the evening.

Chocolate fudge is a great homemade chocolate treat. It's easy to make, but you end up with something really special, which is perfect to share with guests on special occasions or as a fuss-free homemade Christmas gift.

Yes Christmas is coming, it'll be here before you know it and now is a good time to start trying out recipes.


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Slow Cooker Mulled Wine with Orange Liqueur

A simple recipe for mulled wine made in a the slow cooker and kept warm for your guests or warmed in a pot (if you don't have a slow cooker). The perfect winter warmer.

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine with Orange Liqueur

Mulled wine, the best you ever tasted!

I definitely have the Halloween picture book Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper going through my head. I read it to a nursery this week and it starts with "Pumpkin soup, the best you've ever tasted!" and I said it exactly the same way.

This is the time of year to cook squash and make hot spiced drinks. That's only thing I like about this time of year actually. I hate the dark and the damp, but I do love autumnal food and drink.

Hot spiced drinks like this slow cooked mulled wine can take you happily from Autumn and into Winter.


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