Courgette Soup

It’s the last weekend in November and let’s be honest, December is going to be one busy month. There’s always so much going on this time of the year, I can’t lie, I’m struggling to find the time to do anything at the moment there’s just so much going on. A lot of rich and tasty food is going to be enjoyed next month so this is a lighter option to balance out all the heavier or more decadent meals that we are about to consume. A delicious winter warmer that contains a mild but flavourful kick of a little summin summin that’s not quite a curry but brings those packets of warm hearty flavours.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 courgette, cut into chunks
  • 2 small chilli’s, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium potato, cut into small chunks
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp medium curry powder
  • 1 can (400g) coconut milk
  • 1 inch piece ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lime juice

Method:

  1. In a pan, start by frying the garlic and ginger together in the oil for 1-2 minutes on medium heat.
  2. Add the courgette and potato and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring ocassionally.
  3. Season with the curry powder, salt and add the chilli and continue frying for a couple more minutes.
  4. Pour in the coconut milk, stir, cover and leave to cook for 10 minutes (or until the potatoes are cooked through.)
  5. Remove from the heat and blitz using a food processor or hand blender. Drizzle over the lime juice, mix and serve.

Enjoy 🙂

Potato, Green Bean & Tomato Stew

It’s stew time!

We are already over half way through the month and let’s be honest… if you haven’t already put on your heating it’s only a matter of time before you do. The days are getting shorter and it’s getting darker a lot earlier which just screams that the winter and the cold are on the way. I’ve found that with those chillier evenings a warmer and more heartier meal is the way to go. An easy one for a weekday if you’re back from work late or if you’re feeling minimal time in the kitchen. Hope you all enjoy 🙂

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 160g fine green beans, halved
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 400g can of chopped tomatoes in tomato juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp onion granules
  • 1/2 tsp garlic granules
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt & Pepper

Method:

  1. In a pan, put the potato and oil and gradually fry for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add all the seasonings and mix well.
  3. Add the tomatoes and cook for a couple of minutes.
  4. Put the beans in the pan, mix and cover. Leave to cook for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through.

Best served hot.

Basa Soupy Stew

A delicious bowl of wonderful flavours, ready to awaken those tastebuds and transport you to a party on your palate. It’s refreshingly light, fantastic as an evening meal if you don’t fancy something heavy. You can also make the stew without the fish if you are feeling a fish free or vegan meal, this is just as yum without the basa.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (400ml) coconut milk
  • 1 can peeled plum tomatoes
  • 200g baby button mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 1 chilli, roughly chopped
  • 2 basa fillets
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • Zest of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Lime juice (optional)

Method:

  1. In a pan, start by frying the garlic in the olive oil for a couple of minutes.
  2. On medium heat, add the mushrooms and cook with the garlic for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the tomatoes, chilli, all seasonings and lime zest and cook together for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Place the fish fillets in the pan and pour in the coconut milk. Give it a thorough mix.
  5. Cover and leave to cook for 10-15 minutes. Upon serving squeeze a little fresh lime juice (optional) and grate a little more zest for added tanginess.

Best served hot.

Baked Sea Bass & Asparagus

Asparagus screams spring time to me. I love the preparations for spring time, seeing the new plants and flowers starting to bloom once again just gets me so excited for the warmer weather and the longer, sunnier days. Additionally we slowly start to move away from the heavier more richer foods and start having lighter meals. Starting with this: baked sea bass and asparagus is a deliciously light meal packed with such simple but tasty ingredients. I really enjoy baking fish in foil, it just keeps the meaty part so soft and moist. By tightening the foil it traps all the juices and the aromas inside so when you open it up after removing it from the oven it just awakens those tastebuds and other senses to the deliciousness you’re about to experience.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 sea bass fillets
  • 100g asparagus tips
  • 5 cloves of garlic, whole or chopped (depending on how intense you prefer the flavour to be)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C or gas mark 4.
  2. Place the sea bass in the centre of a large sheet of foil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Then add all remaining ingredients to the foil and seal it up tightly.
  4. Place the foil parcel onto a baking tray and put in the oven and leave to bake for 15-20 minutes.

Best served hot and with a side dish of boiled or roast potatoes.

Stewed Lentils and Cauliflower

Let’s be real now, the weather we are having is absolutely awful and I feel like I am cold, all the time! I’m constantly feeling hot food, something warm and hearty to keep me going during these dull grey days. This stewed lentil and cauliflower recipe is a vegan treat packed with lots of delicious spices and aromatic flavours.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 80g red split lentils, rinsed
  • 1/2 cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 600ml vegetable stock
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Ground coriander
  • Ground cumin
  • Ground mixed spice
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method:

  1. Start by frying the garlic in the olive oil on medium heat until lightly browned.
  2. Add the lentils, paprika and chilli flakes and season with the remaining spices and salt and pepper; cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Then add the fresh tomatoes, tomato puree and the cauliflower and fry for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Pour in the stock, mix well and leave to simmer for 25-30 minutes.

Best served hot.

Green Goodness

A combination of spinach, artichoke and leeks makes this simple, vegan main meal or side dish. Artichokes are one of my absolute favourite vegetables, there are so many things that you can do with it. Given the colder weather the hot food option consistently gets my vote. This also goes brilliantly with the Honey & Rum Glazed Gammon from last weeks recipe. An easy, one pan dish that takes a little amount of time to make, not too many ingredients and tastes delicious!

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

  • 1 can artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped
  • 250g baby spinach, thoroughly washed
  • 1 leek, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1tbsp white
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2tbsp olive oil

Method:

  1. On medium heat, fry the leeks and garlic in the olive oil for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Then season with nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  3. Add the artichokes and fry together for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Pour in the white wine and cook until it evaporates. 
  5. Add the spinach and cook down. Once wilted, season again with salt and pepper and serve. 

Best served hot.

Cauliflower Curry

Packed with powerful spices and vegetables, this vegan cauliflower curry is a hearty, filling dish ready to satisfy all your family.
A simple one pot dish that is so simple to make and is perfect for the wintery weather

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 3 fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 can (400ml) coconut milk
  • 2 medium sized potatoes, peeled and chopped into chunks
  • 1 courgette, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp medium curry powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Lime (optional)

Method:

  1. In a pan, on medium-low heat, fry the onion, garlic and ginger in the olive oil until soft and lightly browned.
  2. Then add all the spices, including salt and pepper.
  3. Add all the vegetables and fry together for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Pour in the coconut milk and stir.
  5. Drop the heat slightly, cover and leave to cook for 30-35 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through.
  6. Upon serving, squeeze some lime over the dish for added deliciousness.

Best served hot and with rice.

Vegan Chilli

One of the things I love about this recipe is that it is so versatile. You can mix up the bean and vegetable content; ideal if you have some leftover ingredients that need using up. A meat-free, hearty comfort food; perfect with rice.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 large carrot
  • 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 sweet pepper, chopped into small chunks
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 large cup mushrooms, slice into chunks
  • 100ml water
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2tsp ground allspice
  • 1tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1tsp smoked paprika
  • 1tsp dried oregano
  •  1/2 tsp cumin
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1tsp sugar (optional)

Method

  1. In a pan, put the olive oil, onion and garlic and fry on a medium heat until soft and lightly browned.
  2. Then add the carrot, sweet pepper, mushrooms and fry together for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the allspice, paprika, cayenne, oregano, a sprinkling of pepper and the beans and continue to cook and stir occasionally for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Pour in the chopped tomatoes and the juice and the water. Stir and leave to simmer for 20-25 minutes. If the chilli is quite dense in flavour then add the sugar to balance the flavour.

Best served hot.

 

 

 

Vegan Sweet Potato and Lentil Stew

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, spicy and creamy then this is the dish for you! A simple lunch meal that is perfect on it’s own if you fancy a lighter lunch, or enjoy it with a side salad or rice.

Serves 3

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and roughly chopped into chunks
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 cup/8oz red split lentils, rinsed
  • 1 chilli, chopped
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2tsp dried coriander
  • 1/4tsp turmeric
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1/4tsp ground cumin
  • 1 can (400ml) coconut milk
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1. In a frying pan, pour in the oil, add the ginger, onion and garlic and fry on medium heat until soft and lightly browned.
  2. Add the turmeric, dried coriander, paprika and cumin and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Then add the carrot, tomato and chilli and fry for 4 minutes.
  4. Put in the potato and lentils and give it a quick stir; season with a sprinkling of salt.
  5. Pour in the coconut milk, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the potato is soft. (If the mixture becomes dry add a splash of water).

Best served hot.