Roasted Moroccan Vegetable Soup with Toasted Pine Nuts (v)

I had a glut of veggies that needed to be used so roasted a whole big batch of them and turned half into this soup and the other half into a yummy lunch of roasted veggies, cous cous and spinach. The soup is beyond easy to make but tastes like you’ve slaved over it for hours!

For 4 portions you need
1 sweet potato
2 beetroot
2 onions
2 parsnips
4 carrots
2 courgettes
1.5 litres of veg stock
Handful roughly chopped coriander
2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp each of baharat, ras el halour and berber spice mixes (or whatever moroccan spices you fancy)
salt and pepper
1 tin drained cannelini beans
150g spinach, washed

Begin by chopping sweet potato, carrot, onion and parsnips into small chunks. Toss in the oil and spices and roast in a hot oven for 20-30 mins until tender and starting to catch a little.

Prepare the beetroot and courgette in the same way and roast on a separate tin.

Once the tray with the root veg has done, place the roasted veggies in a pan and cover with the stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2-3 mins.

Add the spinach to the pan and blitz to a puree. Return to the pan and add the beans. Heat through.

Serve in warmed bowls topped with a couple of spoonfuls of the roasted beetroot and courgette, pine nuts and coriander. Serve with copious bread.

Thai Massaman Curry (v)

We had a Thai extravaganza at the weekend (can you guess from recent blog posts ;-)) and this was pronounced deeeeeelicious by both boyfriend and son. Result.

For four greedy portions you need
1 tub massaman curry paste (I like the Thai Taste one but it contains shrimp paste, use one without obviously if you want it to be vegan…)
1 can coconut milk
1 onion
2 courgettes, sliced
1/2 pack each mange tout and green beans
1 head pak choi
1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1-2 sweet potatoes (equal quantities to the squash), peeled and cubed
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp fish sauce or mushroom soya sauce if vegan

Begin by frying the curry paste and onion for a few minutes. Add the squash and sweet potato along with the coconut milk. Season with the sugar and fish sauce/mushroom soya sauce and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently, covered, for 10 mins. Add everything else and cook for 3 mins until the remaining veggies are al dente. Serve with sticky rice and sigh with pleasure as the fragrant, rich curry fills that hole in yer belly.

Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Mash (v)

I fancied this, so I made it…

For 3-4 portions you need:
1/2 cup puy lentils
1/2 cup green lentils
1 bay leaf
2 onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp vecon stock paste
salt and pepper
3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
250ml red wine
2 tbsp tomato puree
3-4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
2-3 tbsp soya milk
1 small knob vegan marge
Generous grating of whole nutmeg
Salt and pepper.

Wash the lentils, then place in a pan with the bay leaf. Cover with water and bring to the boil. Boil rapidly for 10 mins then reduce the heat and simmer for 15-30 mins till the lentils are soft but not mushy.

Meanwhile sautee the onion, garlic and carrot in the oil for 10 mins. Add the tomatoes, puree, wine, salt, pepper, oregano and stock. Cook for 10-15 mins till thickened. Once the lentils are done, drain and add to the tomato sauce. Mix well.

Cook the potatoes in a pan with a little water. Drain, mash with the milk and marge. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Place the filling in a dish and top with the mash. Bake in a hot oven for 15 mins or so till the mash has browned slightly. Serve with veg or as is…

Butterbean and Sweet Potato Bhuna (v)

Yes, more curry… what can I say. I like curry…

For 4 portions you need:
1/2 jar curry paste
2 jars water
2 sweet potatoes, diced
2 onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
3 tomatoes, chopped
1 tin butterbeans, drained and rinsed
1 tbsp oil

Fry the onions in the oil, covered, for 5-10 mins till softened. Add the curry paste and cook out. Add everything else and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15-20 mins till the potatoes are tender and the sauce has reduced. Serve with roti.

Aubergine, Spinach and Sweet Potato Rogan Josh (v)

Mmmmmmm. More curry. More curry that the boy will eat, OMG. To be fair he left the aubergines and asked me what the green stuff was but he ate around it and loved the tomatoes in the sauce. Massive step forward!

For 2-3 people you need:
1 sweet potato, cut into bite sized pieces
1 aubergine, ditto
1 onion, diced
2/3 packet baby leaf spinach
2 heaped tbsp minara rogan josh curry paste
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp vegetable oil
300ml water

Fry the onion in the oil for 5 mins or so till tender. Add the sweet potato and aubergine and fry for 15 mins, covered with a lid. Add the curry paste and cook out for a further 2-3 mins. Add the water and tomatoes and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for about 10 mins. Add the spinach and cook till wilted. Serve with chips and yellow rice.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Carrots and Onions with Chilli and Smoked Paprika (v)

This was a twist on my usual store cupboard standby of Moroccan spiced roasted vegetables. I fancied doing them with smoked paprika after buying some really nice powder from 8th day. It worked really well and Lex enjoyed them too. Bonus.

For 2-3 people you need
2 sweet potatoes, cut into wedges/fat chips
2 large carrots, cut in to fat batons
2 red onions, cut into 6ths
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp smoked paprika powder
salt and pepper

Toss the vegetables in the oil. Season and add the chilli and paprika. Turn out on to a baking sheet and roast in a hot oven for 20 mins or so till tender and slightly charred. Serve with sour cream and corriander dip.

Creamy Sweet Potato, Spinach and Chickpea Curry (v)

Yes another curry. I like curry…

For 3-4 portions you need:
4 sweet small potatoes
1 can chickpeas, drained
1 can coconut milk
1/2 jar curry paste
1 onion, chopped
1/2 bag baby leaf spinach
1 tbsp oil

Begin by frying the onion in the oil till soft. Add the sweet potatoes and curry paste and cook out for about 5 mins. Add the coconut milk and chickpeas and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 mins till the sweet potatoes are tender. Add the spinach and cover with a lid. Cook for 2-3 mins till the spinach is wilted. Serve with rice.

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.

Quick Lentil and Vegetable Curry (v)

This is very quick and makes good use of those veggies left languishing at the bottom of the fridge/cupboard…

For 4 portions you need:
100g red lentils
750ml stock
1/2 jar curry paste
2 onions, chopped
2 cups new potatoes, roughly chopped
2 sweet potatoes, cubed
2 carrots, thickly sliced
2 tbsp oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed

Fry the onion in the oil for 5 mins then add the curry paste. Cook out for 2-3 mins. Add everything else and bring to the boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15-20 mins till the veggies and lentils are done. Serve with Indian Salad and bread. Yum.

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.