Kale and Smoked Paprika Stew with Butter Beans and Potatoes (v)

Yeah, another kale recipe! Again from the BBC Good Food website for initial inspiration… Tho, clearly this doesn’t have chorizo in it! But the echoes of the juicy flavours from chorizo are there in the sweet smoked paprika that is added. If you can get hold of Redwood Vegan Chorizo style chunks then add those to this for a delicious vegan alternative, but it works just as well without. Lex loved this as much as I did and it was the perfect dinner for a cold, dreary January evening.

For 3-4 portions you need
3-4 potatoes, cut into bite sized chunks, skin left on
2 leeks, sliced
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 can butter beans in water
1 tsp vegan stock
2 tsp smoked paprika
salt and pepper
pinch sugar
2-3 cups kale, stripped from the inner stalk and well washed
1 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 pepper, cut into bite sized chunks

Begin by sauteeing the leeks in the oil. After 2-3 mins add the garlic and smoked paprika powder. Add everything else apart from the kale and peppers and bring to the boil, adding a little more water if you want a thinner sauce. Simmer for 10 mins then add the kale and peppers. Continue to cook for a further 5 mins until the potatoes are done, then serve with crusty bread to soak up all the gorgeous juices. Delicious!

Kale, Mushroom and Peanut Stir Fry with Hoisin Sauce (v)

My veg box came overloaded with kale this week. And I am not that keen on kale… I usually lob it into a minestrone style soup or steam it and have it with mash but wanted some different inspiration this week. Google showed me this rather yummy idea from BBC Good Food so I adapted it to what I had in the fridge and cupboards and a delicious, healthy lunch was created.

For one person you need
1 tbsp unsalted, shelled peanuts
1 tbsp veg oil
4-5 mushrooms, thickly sliced
1 leek, thinly sliced
2-3 cups of kale, stripped off of the tough inner stalk and well washed
2-3 tbsp hoisin sauce

Heat the oil in a wok and add the peanuts to it. Toss about for 2-3 mins until lightly browned then add the leeks and mushrooms. Keep the veggies moving about and cook for 2-3 mins till lightly browned. Add the kale and cover with a lid. Keep the veggies moving so nothing burns and cook for a further 2-3 mins. Add the hoisin sauce, recover and heat through for a final 1-2 mins. Nom.

Probably The Most Awesome Vegan Pie Ever (v)

OK, OK, I am feeling rather smug after tonight’s dinner marvel, but it was delicious. Really, really delicious. And it was also very easy to make, and used up some of the veg that has been looking sadly up at me from the bottom of the fridge for the last week. Because it’s vegan, there’s no cream in the recipe, just some soya milk which makes a lovely creamy sauce. And this makes it a healthy choice too if you’re watching the calories, what more do you need to convince you to try it 😉

For 4-6 portions you need
1 sheet puff pastry, rolled out to .5cm thickness
1 leek, finely sliced
2-3 carrots, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
2-3 parsnips, ditto the carrots
4-5 mushrooms cut into chunky slices
2 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
1/2 pint soya milk plus a little extra for glazing the top of the pie
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp stock powder
2 tbsp finely chopped flat leaf parsely
salt and pepper

Begin by sauteeing the vegetables in the oil in a large pan. Cover with a lid and allow the veggies to steam fry for 5 mins or so. Remove the lid and increase the heat a little to evaporate off the mushroom juices.

Sprinkle over the flour and stock powder and allow to cook out. Add the mustard and slowly add the soya milk until it’s all absorbed and the sauce is nicely thickened. Season and add the parsley.

Place the vegetables and sauce in a pie dish. Put the puff pastry on the top and seal the edges. You don’t have to use a pie funnel but it will help to cook the inside out if you have one and prevent a soggy pastry lid. Crimp the edges of the pie and brush the top with a little extra soya milk.

Bake the pie in a hot (180 degree) oven for 30-40 mins until the pastry is golden, crispy and cooked through. Serve with baby jacket potatoes, steamed cauliflower and lashings of yummy gravy. Nomtastic.

Ginger and Garlic Teryaki with Sticky Rice (v)

This is stupidly healthy, very easy and delicious. What more could you ask for…

For 2-3 portions you need:
1 pack tofu
1/2 cup dark soya sauce
1/2 cup medium sweet sherry or mirin
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 inch piece of ginger, grated
2 carrots, thinly sliced
3 leave chinese leaf, shredded
1 leek, sliced

Cut the tofu into chunks and place in a bowl with the soya sauce, sherry/mirin, garlic and ginger. Leave to marinate for as long as you can, but at least 30 mins.

Place the tofu et al into a pan and heat to boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 mins, allowing the sauce to reduce by 1/3. After 5 mins add the carrots and cover. After 10-15 mins add the leek and chinese leaf and cook for a further 5 mins. Serve with sticky rice.

Hazlenut Tofu with Japanese Broth and Sticky Rice (v)

This was lush. Really lovely and stupidly healthy too. I am a culinary genius. Just, please, don’t try making this whilst intoxicated like I did. Muchos ouchos.

For 2-3 people you need:
1 packet hazlenut tofu (available from the rather marvellous 8th day in Manchester) cut into thin 1″ square slices
1 leek, finely sliced
2 carrots, sliced on the diagonal
1 packet pok choi, shredded
1/2 packet snow peas, cut in half
4 florets of cauliflower, cut into slices the same size as the tofu
1 cup sherry
1/2 cup soya sauce
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1″ piece ginger, grated
about 1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup sushi rice

Begin by cooking the rice – place in a pan with 1.5 cups boiling water. Bring to the boil, cover with a lid and simmer for 10 mins. Turn off the heat and allow to steam cook.

Meanwhile place the sherry and soya sauce into a pan. Add the garlic, ginger, leeks, carrots and tofu and bring to a gentle simmer. Add the water to taste to make sure the broth isn’t too overpowering with the soya sauce etc. Once the rice has finished cooking add the remaining veggies and heat through briefly. Serve with the rice and feel disgustingly healthy.

Marmite and Vegetable Stew (v)

Yes this is another variation on my favourite theme of the moment: slow cooker magic! But honestly, there’s nothing nicer than coming home after a bloody long day to a hot, filling meal. Bliiiiiiiiis…

For 4-6 portions you need:
2 medium onions, chopped
1 leek, sliced
4 carrots, chopped
1/2 swede, diced
1 turnip, diced
2 sweet potatoes, diced
1/2 cup each of red lentils, pearl barley and quinoa
1.5 litres boiling water
1 tbap marmite

Bung everything into the slow cooker and leave on low for 8-10 hours. Eat. Sigh. Feel happy.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Soup with Harissa (v)

This was my first ever attempt with a slow cooker. Who knew that 1 pumpkin + 2 leeks + 1 litre of stock left to burble for 10 hours would = yummy dinner.

For 6-8 servings you need:
1 pumpkin/squash, cut into a 1cm dice
2 leeks, sliced
1 litre vegetable stock
1/2 pot belazu harissa

Place the vegetables and stock in a slow cooker and leave on low for 8-10 hours. Blend to a smooth soup and add the harissa. Turn up to high for 15 mins to heat through and serve. Yum

Spiced Noodle Soup with Vegetables and Tofu (v)

This is based on a Wagamama recipe and it sooooooooooooo quick and sooooooooooooo tasty.

For 3-4 portions you need:
2-3 bundles ramen noodles
2 tbsp red curry paste
1 onion, sliced
1 leek sliced
1 carrot, thinly sliced
1/2 cup frozen sweetcorn
1.5l water
200ml soya milk
1 packet tofu, drained and cut in to cubes
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp each of mirin and soya sauce
Juice 1 lime

Begin by frying the tofu in the oil till crispy. Drain. Place the curry paste in the pan and fry for a few minutes then add everyone else. Cook for 5 mins or so till the noodles are done. Serve in ramen bowls and slurp your way to satisfaction.

Windy Beany Stew (v)

Yes, like the fart soup recipe I blogged earlier, expect this to have an, ahem, effect on your digestive system. Everyone needs a good clear out now and then, yes?! Please don’t be put off by the name. It’s delicious and will only adversely affect you if you’re not used to pulses.

For 4-6 portions you need:
2 leeks, shredded
2 carrots, peeled and sliced into half moons
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
about 750ml light veggie stock (e.g. marigold)
about 1 cup red lentils
1 tin chickpeas, drained
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tbsp veg oil

Herbed Dumplings
50g vegetable suet
100g self raising flour
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
salt and pepper
cold water to mix to a dough

Begin by sauteeing the onions, carrots, leeks and garlic in the oil for about 5 mins. Add the lentils, chickpeas and stock and bring to the boil. Toss in the dumplings and simmer for 15-20 mins till everything is cooked. Serve with mashed potatoes and marvel at how something so easy can taste so delicious. Have a fart lighting competition about 3 hours later, mwahh!