Scottish Baby Carrot & Chive Tart

A simple golden puff pastry tart with roasted baby carrots on a creamy herb base. Perfect for an easy dinner with baby potatoes and vegetables or salad. Also great cold in lunchboxes.

Close up of Scottish Baby Carrot & Chive Tart topped with veggie parmesan

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Quick Blackberry Chocolate Cake (vegan)

A super quick vegan chocolate cake filled with blackberries. Perfect for last minute guests or when you just want a quick but luxurious cake that doesn't require much effort..

Quick Blackberry Chocolate Cake topped with chocolate frosting, whipped cream and fresh blackberries

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Quick Red Pepper and Olive Spaghetti Sauce

A super quick spaghetti sauce which can be whipped up from store cupboard ingredients in a few minutes while the pasta cooks.

Red Pepper and Olive Spaghetti in a white bowl

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Chipotle Waffle Tofu

A new way to cook tofu in a waffle iron, with no lengthy pressing of the tofu. Includes a simple but tasty chipotle and tomato marinade and serving ideas.

Tofu grilled in a waffle maker on a wooden board


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Easy Filo Apple Crumble Pies

Easy mini apple pies in crispy filo pastry using jarred apple sauce with a touch of cinnamon.

Easy Filo Apple Crumble Pies on a cooling rack

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Grilled Aubergine, Asparagus & Chilli Spaghetti

A simple recipe for spaghetti in a pimped up tomato sauce with grilled aubergine (eggplant) and asparagus.

Grilled Aubergine, Asparagus & Chilli Spaghetti


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Traditional Scottish Strawberry Trifle

A simple recipe for a traditional Scottish trifle made with juicy Scottish strawberries. This recipe is alcohol free, but sherry or whisky can be added. The recipe gives vegetarian and vegan ingredients.

Large glass bowl of strawberry trifle

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Quick Vegan Lemonade Cake (store cupboard recipe)

An easy store cupboard, vegan lemon cake you can make in under 30 minutes for last minute guests or a quick treat.

Quick Vegan Lemonade Layer Cake topped with cream swirls and sprinkles

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Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes (vegan & vegetarian recipe)

A simple recipe for mini no-bake strawberry cheesecakes with vegan and vegetarian options.

Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes on a white plate

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Garlic Mushroom & Spinach Puff Pastry Tart

A simple puff pastry tart topped with thyme scented garlic mushrooms and spinach. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Garlic Mushroom & Spinach Puff Pastry Tart just out of the oven

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Perfect Vegan BBQ- Tips and Recipes

Having a vegan BBQ, attending someone else's BBQ as a vegan or having vegan friends at your BBQ? Then this is the article for you. Practical BBQ tips and easy but delicious recipes.

Corn grilling on a BBQ, both foil covered and naked corn cobs.


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Red Apple & Treacle Fruit Cake

A rich fruit cake full of apples, raisins, citrus, treacle and spices. No dairy and no eggs, just lots of flavour.

Sliced Red Apple & Treacle Fruit Cake on a Wooden Board

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Bolognese Potato Bake

A simple potato bake to use up leftover bolognese.

Bolognese Potato Bake with stretchy mozzarella topping pulled by a fork 
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Pinkster Raspberry Gin Giveaway

A pink gin giveaway to celebrate World Gin Day.




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Black Bean, Beet & Brazil Nut Burgers

An easy bean burger made with black beans, beetroot and brazil nuts with spices.


Black Bean, Beet & Brazil Nut Burger on a bun with mustard, salad leaves and sliced tomato

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BBQ Tex-Mex Coleslaw

A simple recipe for a BBQ coleslaw with a Mexican twist. Forget bland slaws, this is the one you need.


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20 Best Vegan Lunch Wrap Recipes

Filled tortilla wraps make a great change from sandwiches at lunchtime in a lunchbox. There are so many fillings you can add. Here are 20 of the best vegan lunch wraps on the web.


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Cowboy Beans with Herby Crushed New Potatoes

A simple dish of cowboy beans topped with crushed new potatoes, tossed in herbs and baked until golden.

Cowboy Beans with Herby Crushed New Potatoes in a blue baking dish

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25 Easy Vegetarian Recipes for Beginners

It's National Vegetarian Week and a great time to try some easy meat-free dishes. Below are 25 easy breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes to get you started.


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Light Rye Bloomer Bread

An easy recipe for a classic bloomers loaf in cob style.

Light Rye Bloomer Cob Bread

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Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup with Spinach

A simple root vegetable and spinach soup with sweetness from carrot and sweet potato and a warmth from spices.

Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup with Spinach

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Sheet Pan Aubergine (Eggplant) & Chickpea Bake

An easy aubergine, chickpea and spinach bake for a simple family dinner.


Sheet Pan Aubergine (Eggplant) & Chickpea Bake served with mini roast potatoes

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Watermelon and Strawberry Iced Smoothie

A blended smoothie with the summery flavours of watermelon and strawberry.

Overhead view of Watermelon and Strawberry Iced Smoothie in glass

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Summer Salad & Baby Beet Lunch Wrap

A colourful, fresh salad wrap with baby beets and pesto.

Close up of Summer Salad & Baby Beet Wrap

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Easy Paprika Kale Chips

A simple recipe for kale chips flavoured with paprika.

Crispy Kale Chips in white bowl

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20 Easy Vegan No-Bake Recipes

A selection of the best no-bake vegan recipes from bars and slices to fudge and cheesecake. 

4 no-bake cheesecakes

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Chocolate Caramel Tart (dairy-free, vegan pie recipe)

An easy recipe for a luxurious chocolate caramel tart topped with toasted almonds

Chocolate Caramel Tart on a blue plate

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Winter Minestrone Soup Recipe


An easy winter minestrone soup inspired by Ina Garten.

Close up of bowl of Winter Minestrone Soup

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No Bake Peanut Butter & Cornflake Chocolate Tiffin


An easy no bake chocolate tiffin made with peanut butter and cornflakes. 

Stack of No Bake Peanut Butter & Cornflake Chocolate Tiffin on blue and white patterned plate

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Vegan Coleslaw with Fresh Herbs


An easy homemade creamy coleslaw recipe with fresh dill.


Vegan Coleslaw with Fresh Herbs in a pale blue bowl on a pale blue napkin, with gold cutlery

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Leftover Bolognese Quesadillas Recipe


An easy idea for using up leftover bolognese.


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Easy Hummus Recipe


A super quick and easy recipe for classic hummus made in a blender.

Homemade hummus topped with olive oil and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper in a pale blue bowl on a yellow linen napkin, beside a side plate of mini pitta bread and a small bowl of red cherry tomatoes

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Easy Carrot & Mixed Vegetable Soup - 5:2 diet


An easy carrot and mixed vegetable soup to use up leftover vegetables in your fridge or frozen mixed vegetables. Perfect for lunch or dinner.

Easy Carrot & Mixed Vegetable Soup

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Slow Cooker Pizza Potatoes (vegan & vegetarian recipe)



Love pizza? If you do, you will love these simple slow cooker pizza potatoes. Minimum effort and maximum taste.

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Vegan Aubergine 'Meatballs' Recipe


A recipe for meat-free 'meatballs' made with aubergine (eggplant), black olives and puy lentils. 

Vegan Aubergine 'Meatballs'

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Homemade Salt & Balsamic Vinegar Kale Crisps



A simple recipe for homemade salt and vinegar kale crisps.

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Easy Peanut Butter Bars



An easy peanut butter and dark chocolate traybake bar which is dairy-free, but very indulgent.

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Vegan Chip Shop Sausage Supper

A simple recipe for chip shop style sausages in batter. The beer batter is flavoured with spices for a warm flavour, with a fabulous crunch.

Vegan Chip Shop Sausage Supper

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Slow Cooker Triple Tomato and Spinach Pasta



A simple slow cooker pasta dish where the sauce and pasta are cooked together. Three types of tomato and spinach are the base of this delicious saucy pasta.

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Birds Eye Veggie Bowls

Asian Sweet & Sour Noodles with Edamame Beans and Bamboo Shoots

Looks good doesn't it? That is one of the new frozen veggie bowls from Bird's Eye.

They are ready in a flash from freezer to Microwave to your bowl in a few minutes. A healthy plant-based meal that is healthy, balanced, free from artificial additives, preservatives or colours and most importantly really tasty.

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A Beginner's Guide to Veganuary with Simple Tips


A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO VEGANUARY


We were a vegetarian family for over two decades, starting back when Graham and I met as students and started going out. Long, long before Cooper was born.

Student living


During my student days I lived on homemade baked potatoes and macaroni cheese (my mum taught me how to make a cheese sauce before I left home), shop bought salads (does anyone remember the salad bar in Littlewoods?) and takeaway pizza.

Having your own kitchen


Once Graham and I moved in together and I had my own kitchen I decided it was about time I taught myself to cook properly and so I began experimenting in the kitchen and back in 2007 my blog was born.

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