Pornstar Smoothie (v)

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Why should martinis get all the fun eh? Sadly no chaser of prosecco to follow, just a healthy dose of fruit and vitamins.

For one portion you need

  • 2 oranges, skinned and cut into quarters
  • 1 banana
  • 1 apple, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 150ml apple juice
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated giner
  • 1 passion fruit for garnish
  • A nutribullet or similar high speed blender

Place everything apart from the passion fruit in a nutribullet goblet and blitz until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour into a serving glass and garnish with the passion fruit. Drink. Pretend this has undone all the bad things you have eaten and drunk over the festive period and beyond.

 

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Quick Satay Sauce (v)

I am sure there will be many people rolling their eyes in horror at the recipe I am about to write but I don’t care. It tasted delicious and was quick and easy. WINNING!

For 4 portions you need:

  • 4 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1″ piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp light soya sauce
  • 1 tsp stock powder
  • About 100-150ml boiled water
  1. Place everything in a small pan and combine. Using boiling water helps to soften the peanut butter and make this more manageable.
  2. Heat gently until slightly thickened, adding more water if necessary. Check seasonings and serve. We like it with noodles or with griddled tofu ­čśÇ

Chickpea, sweet potato and carrot tagine (v)

I needed a quick tea for tonight, and one which made use of the few veggies in the house. Vegetable tagines are quick affairs if you use tinned pulses. This one combines fresh ginger with deeper flavours of cumin and paprika for a flavourful but speedy supper.

For four portions you need:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, cut into chunks
  • 1 sweet potato peeled and cut into bite sized chunks
  • 2 carrots, likewise peeled and chopped
  • 1 leek, cut into 2cms slices
  • About 250ml veg stock
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp each of ground cumin, paprika and tumeric
  • 1″ piece of ginger, grated
  • Fresh coriander, chopped
  • Cooked brown rice and quinoa to serve
  1. Add the oil to a large pan and saute the veggies, covered with a lid, for about 10 mins, stirring often.
  2. Add the spices and ginger and cook out for 2-3 mins.
  3. Add everything else apart from the coriander and cook, covered, for 10 mins until the veggies are tender.
  4. Serve with brown rice/quinoa and garnish with the coriander.

Thai Yellow Curry (v)

Quick. Easy. Delicious. Perfect after work fare on a cold and dark evening. Either find a vegan paste or make your own from ginger, garlic, chillies, lemongrass and tumeric blitzed together with an onion.

For a generous four portions you need:

  • 250g tofu, pressed over night. We prefer Cauldron. Cut into bite sized pieces.
  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp curry paste or make your own (see above)
  • Whatever veg you fancy. We used 1 leek, 1/4 cauliflower, 1/3 head broccoli, 2 carrots
  • 1 tbsp oil
  1. Begin by sauteing the tofu in the oil in a hot pan.
  2. Add the paste and cook with 2 tbsp coconut milk for 2-3 mins.
  3. Add the veggies and remaining coconut milk. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 mins until the veggies are cooked.
  4. Serve with rice and soya sauce to season.

Gnocchi (v)

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I have never made gnocchi from scratch before, only ever purchased those pre-made packages from the supermarket. I’d wrongly assumed that they would take forever and be messy and not worth the effort. How wrong I was. These took a few minutes to make, and cooked just like shop bought ones in a few mins in a pan of boiling water. The texture was lovely – really light and fluffy, not dense, heavy and disappointing like every other gnocchi I’ve eaten has been. Recipes online say use an egg, but I subbed that for 4 tbsp soya milk.

For 4-5 portions you need

  • 400g mashed potato (mine was a mix of potato and swede)
  • 200g plain flour
  • 2-3 tbsp soya milk or 1 egg if you eat them
  • salt and pepper
  • extra flour for dusting or some semolina/polenta
  1. Mix all the ingredients together to form a dough. Don’t over knead.
  2. Break into 4 tennis ball sized portions and roll each out into long sausages on a floured work surface.
  3. Cut into equal sized pieces and push the back of a fork lightly in to each piece (to help the sauce cling apparently). Dust with polenta to prevent them from sticking.
  4. I left mine to chill for 45 mins in the fridge because they took less time that I thought they would! They should be fine to cook straight away however.
  5. Bring a pan of water to the boil and then add the gnocchi one piece at a time to prevent them from sticking together. Allow to simmer and once they start to float to the surface, remove and scoff. We had ours with a quick and easy to make rich tomato and vegetable olive sauce. Really delicious!

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Cashew and Vegetable Stir Fry with Miso Sauce (v)

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We’ve been on holiday for a week and eaten out every night. Whilst that was lovely, my body was craving something not deep fried and actual vegetables now we are home. I have an open jar of miso paste in the fridge that needed using up so this stir fry was created. Savoury, filling and nutritious it certainly hit the spot.

For three portions you need

Vegetables

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Small handful cashews
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
  • Handful broccoli cut into small florets
  • Handful cauliflower cut into small florets
  • 1 leek, trimmed and sliced into 0.5cm slices
  • A little water
  • Rice/quinoa to serve with the stir fry

Sauce

  • 3 tsp miso paste
  • 3 tbsp soya sauce
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • A little water
  1. Heat the oil in a wok and toast the cashews, ensuring they don’t burn.
  2. Add the carrots, broccoli, cauli and a splash of water. Cover with a lid to help them steam. Cook for 2-3 mins.
  3. Meanwhile cook the rice/quinoa and make the sauce by combining all the sauce ingredients in a jar, stirring well to mix in the miso paste.
  4. Add the leeks and miso sauce. Keep covered and cook for a further 5 mins or so until the vegetables are done to your liking (I like mine quite al dente).
  5. Serve and feel super smug.

Thai Sweet Potato Soup (v)

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I like soup. We eat a lot of soup. The teen will still eat things as soup he wouldn’t eat as separate components, and this soup is a good example of that. He won’t eat Thai red curry or coconut milk. But he will eat this, go figure…

For 6 portions you need

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 onions, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1″ piece of ginger, roughly chopped
  • 3 tsp red curry paste (make sure it has no fish sauce in it if you’re veggie/vegan)
  • 750g peeled and diced sweet potatoes
  • If you want to increase the heat, then add a couple of extra thai chillies, roughly chopped
  • 750ml veg stock
  • 400ml can coconut milk
  • Juice of two limes
  • Small bunch of fresh coriander
  1. Begin by frying the onion in the oil for about 5 mins till softened.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger and curry paste. Stir for 2-3 mins.
  3. Add the potatoes and cover in the spice paste for 1-2 mins.
  4. Add the coconut milk, stock, chillies and bring to the boil. Reduce to a gentle simmer and cook for about 10 mins until the potatoes are soft.
  5. Add the coriander and the blitz the soup using a stick blender until smooth.
  6. Stir through the lime juice and adjust the seasoning to taste. Serve.

Tofu Noodle Tom Kha Soup (v)

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I’m sure this isn’t an authentic recipe but it was damn tasty and very quick to knock together. I had leftovers for my lunch today and it was just as delicious.

For six generous portions you need:

  • 3 wholewheat noodle nests
  • 1 courgette, cut into bite sized chunks
  • 2 carrots,┬ácut into bite sized chunks
  • 1 leek, finely sliced
  • Handful baby corn,┬ácut into bite sized chunks
  • Handful of mange tout,┬ácut into bite sized chunks
  • 1 pack of tofu, drained and┬ácut into bite sized chunks
  • Handful of tender stem broccoli,┬ácut into bite sized chunks
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1.5 litres of vegan stock
  • 3/4 packet of frozen thai herbs (I like the Waitrose one)
  • 1 pack fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • 3 thai chillies. finely sliced
  • Juice of 1-2 lemons
  1. Place everything in a large pan apart from the coriander and lemon juice. Bring to the boil.
  2. Simmer for 2-3 mins until the noodles are cooked and so are the veggies.
  3. Season with lemon juice, adding more to taste.
  4. Serve in bowls garnished with the coriander. Nomtastic.

Thai-style Tofu Noodle Salad (v)

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It’s my son’s birthday today and for his birthday meal he asked me to make this. How could I refuse?! He specifically asked for red cabbage and lots of tofu but you can use any vegetables you want really. The dressing needs to be zingy and fresh and bounce off your tastebuds.

For 5-6 portions you need

Salad

  • 1 pack tofu (I used Cauldron), pressed
  • 1 small red cabbage, finely shredded
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 bunch spring onions, sliced
  • 1 pack beansprouts
  • 1 pack fine rice noodles
  • 1 pack coriander
  • 1/2 pack mint
  • 1/2 pack thai basil

Dressing

  • Juice of three limes
  • 1″ piece of grated ginger
  • 3 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 3-4 tbsp each of mirin, rice vinegar and soya sauce
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • As much chilli as you fancy – I used 2 birds eye chillies and 2 fatter chillies
  1. Begin by rehydrating the rice noodles in boiling water for 3-4 mins. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop them sticking. Leave them to drain before squeezing out any excess water. Place in the bottom of your serving bowls.
  2. Make the dressing by placing all the ingredients into a bowl and mixing. Taste and adjust according to taste e.g. make it more spicy or sour or sweeter or more salty.
  3. Shred, grate and otherwise prepare all the veggies. Layer on top of the noodles.
  4. Drizzle over the dressing and scatter over the herbs. I like a lot of greenery. The teen prefers less…
  5. Thinly slice the tofu and fry in oil in a hot pan over a moderate heat. This will take about 5 mins per side. Turn once during cooking and once crispy and browned, remove and drain on kitchen paper.
  6. Serve and enjoy. I love this salad at any time of year but eating it now is giving me hope Spring is finally on it’s way. It is, isn’t it?!

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(M)any Vegetable Soup with Marmite Broth (v)

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Also known as ‘wtf-is-there-for-lunch’ soup and ‘try-and-make-the-teen-eat-something-healthy-today’ soup…

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Basically you can put any vegetables you want in this. Today’s soup is what was left in the fridge and a delicious looking savoy cabbage from the local farm shop. On that note, I got all these veggies for ┬ú9!! Love my farm shop!

 

For four portions you need

  • Mixed vegetables of your choice. I used 2 small leeks, 2 sticks celery, 3 small carrots, a small head of broccoli, 1/4 cauliflower, 2 savoy cabbage leaves.
  • 1.25 litres veg stock
  • 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 2 tsp marmite
  • freshly ground pepper
  1. Chop/dice the vegetables into roughly equal sized chunks.
  2. Add to a pan with the stock and chickpeas. Bring to the boil. Simmer for 3-4 mins until everything is tender but not over cooked.
  3. Season and add the marmite. Adjust to taste.
  4. Serve. I had mine with melted violife slices for vegan ‘cheese’ on toast and piri piri chutney. Yum.

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