Warm Salad of Haloumi, Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Onions and Balsamic Tomatoes (v)

If you omit the haloumi, this is a delicious vegan salad.

For 2 people you need:
1/2 bag watercress
1/4 bag baby spinach
1 tin chopped tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp vegetable oil
salt and pepper
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into thick slices
1 red onion, peeled and cut in to 8ths

Begin by roasting the sweet potatoes and onions. Toss them in a little olive oil and season then roast in a hot oven for 20-30 mins till tender and slightly caramalised.

Meanwhile put the tomatoes in a pan with salt, pepper, a pinch of sugar, the balsamic vinegar and the garlic. Heat till boiling then reduce the heat and simmer till thickened.

Cut the haloumi into thick slices and heat a frying pan with 1 tbsp oil. Fry the haloumi till crispy and golden on both sides.

Place the watercress and spinach on a plate. Toss through the sweet potatoes and onions. Top with the haloumi (if using) and serve with the sauce on the side.

The Best Vegan Sandwich Ever… (v)

This was described by someone as food a martian would eat. I disagree. It’s basically a satay in a sandwich. What’s not to like?

For one hungry person you need:
2 slices bread, preferably granary
smooth peanut butter
hot sweet chilli sauce
cucumber, sliced
1 carrot, grated or thinly sliced
handful fresh corriander, roughly chopped
large handful watercress/alfafa/other green stuff

Spread the both bits of bread with peanut butter (this prevents the sandwich from going soggy if making the night before). Top with sweet chilli sauce. Layer up sliced/grated carrot. cucumber slices, the corriander and top with the alfafa/watercress. Press shut. Eat.

Feta, Spinach, Olive and Tomato Muffins

This recipe is courtesy of @Goze01 who shared a pic of some amazing looking muffins on instagr.am and then sent me the recipe. I have tweaked it according to what I had available. And now I can’t stop eating them. Lush indeed.

For 12 muffins and a loaf tin of mix you need:
2 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
360g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp hot chilli powder pepper
125g grated cheddar cheese
220ml milk
1 egg
130g baby spinach leaves
1/2 tub semi dried tomatoes in olive oil
1 small tub chilli olives, cut into quarters
1 packet feta, crumbled into chunks.

Fry the onion in the oil till done. Meanwhile put everything else in a bowl. Add the onions and mix well.

Spoon the mixture into the paper cases/loaf tin. Bake in medium (170 degree) oven for 30-35 minutes. Leave the muffins to cool slightly before turning out on to a wire rack to cool completely. I topped the loaf tin with some quartered tomatoes that needed to be used up. A meal in a muffin!