Daily recipe ideas – Cheaty potato and butterbean bake

Tuesday 3rd February 2015

Cheaty potato and butterbean bake

I wouldn’t exactly call this one cooking, more assembling… But I’m short of time this evening, so I put together a quick potato bake for lunch tomorrow. I had a pack of Lidl sauteed potatoes in the fridge, so layered some up with tinned butterbeans, defrosted broccoli from the freezer, and some Violife creamy, and baked it for half an hour or so. It smelled great while it was baking!


Daily recipe ideas – creamy soup and herby rice

Wednesday 21st January 2015

Creamy vegetable soup.

The creaminess in the soup came from a couple of spoonfuls of Violife Creamy. It doesn’t need much and it has a lovely flavour.

Vegetable fried rice with dill and veggie sausage.

I used brown basmati rice that I’d cooked last week and frozen, it works very well for stir frying straight from frozen. It was seasoned simply with tamari and dill.


Daily recipe ideas – marinated courgette slices

Friday 16th January 2015

Bagel with marinated courgette slices, hash brown, and vegan mayonnaise.

For me, the last day of the working week is for something more indulgent than the usual recipes, which I try to balance well nutritionally for the vegan diet… Fridays are for silly food! So I sliced a courgette lengthwise, marinated it in tamari, liquid smoke, fennel and celery salt and baked it for 20 minutes, turning half way through. Oh it did make a good sandwich!


Daily recipe ideas – walnuts and basil

Tuesday 13th January 2015

Green bean, potato and walnut cous cous with basil soy yoghurt dressing.

I dressed the cooked beans and potato with white balsamic, the cous cous was soaked in vegetable stock and caraway, and the dressing was just plain soy yoghurt with basil and salt. I toasted the walnuts in the oven before roughly chopping them, and goodness me it was difficult not to eat them all up before they made it into the cous cous…


Daily Recipe Ideas – yellow split peas and black beans

Monday 12th January 2015

Roast cauliflower and broccoli with yellow split peas slow cooked in a tomato and caraway sauce.

Served with mint soy yoghurt sauce and steamed greens.

Rice and black bean salad with roast sweet potato and courgette.

The salad has sweetcorn, celery, olives and coriander and is dressed with white balsamic vinegar. The vegetables were roasted with a little thyme and anardana powder. I’d never used anardana powder before, it was part of my Christmas present from my sisters. It’s powdered pomegranate powder and has a sharpness a little like sumac. Along with a flavour I can’t quite put my finger on yet…