All posts filed under: Vegetables

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

A deliciously smooth soup with a hint of spice and the creamy texture of coconut milk. I always think its amazing how few ingredients combined together can taste so amazing. All to often we add more and more thinking it will help the flavour when really a case of less is more often wins the day. I’m a big fan of recipes that don’t take too long to prepare and don’t have an ingredients list the length of your arm! I whizzed up a batch of this when some friends popped round and the temperature was still mild enough to stand in the garden with the help of a fire pit to gather around! Served in cups, everyone could sip the soup and keep warm inside and out! It went down so well that I made it for the family a few nights later and wrote the recipe up! Perfect for lunch or supper and if there’s any left it also freezes really well. This makes enough for 4-6 servings. 25g coconut oil 100g onion, finely chopped 350g carrots …

Herby Baked Mushrooms

If you’re looking for a quick lunch or supper recipe that takes about 30 minutes to make then try this! These Herby Baked Mushrooms are a real family favourite whether served as a meal or an accompanient. They tend to vary a little each time I make them, depending on what is in the fridge and store cupboard and, to be honest, I don’t really measure everything out accurately for this one, as it really doesn’t matter! So, take the quantities as a guide and don’t be afraid to take the basic recipe and run with whatever you find or fancy! I’ve given a few of our favourite variations at the end of the recipe. 4 large flat mushrooms 4tbsp houmous 1/2  red pepper 4tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander 4tsp finely chopped fresh chives handful baby spinach leaves, finely chopped juicer of 1/2 lemon 1tbsp balsamic vinegar freshly ground black pepper 4tbsp finely grated Parmesan cheese a generous pinch chilli flakes Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Wipe the mushrooms with a damp piece of kitchen paper …

Blueberry, Spinach & Chilli Smoothie

This is the Autumn version of my Feel Good Smoothie! It’s such a great way to start the day, grab a quick nutritious snack after some exercise or maybe even a quick lunch! I’ve packed it full of goodness with a warming hint of chilli to kick start my metabolism in the morning. Don’t worry this doesn’t make a spicy smoothie, the warmth kind of creeps up on you very slowly and gently!! I’ve tried to create a smoothie that contains a good amount of protein to keep me full, isn’t too sweet and is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals as well as some good fats to keep me healthy as the days get shorter and weather cooler. Having spinach for breakfast isn’t everyones cup of tea (sorry!!) but its a great way to increase your daily vegetable intake alongside the banana and blueberries. I also add a generous half teaspoon of broccoli powder for an extra boost but this is completely optional. Maca powder is a great to include in your diet …

Broad Bean & Radish Salad

This summery salad is so deliciously fresh, using broad beans and radishes which are in plentiful supply at this time of year. I love broad beans, although I do remember a time when the little shrivelled grey offerings on my school dinner plate quickly got pushed to the side!  When I discovered the transformation a broad bean takes on when popped out of its outer rubbery shell, it took on a whole new life. Firstly the colour is so amazing, a vibrant lime green, the texture, smooth and tender, and the taste is so good. I generally use them in salads rather than as a vegetable accompaniment. I love the process of popping them out of the pods, opening each one to discover the beans nestled inside the fur linings, but then I am a bit of a softy! Removing the outer skin once cooked is also a great family job, especially when they ping across the work surface! The only disappointment with broad beans is the yield. A 500g bag full of broad bean …

Chargrilled Vegetables with Tahini Dressing, Pomegranate & Coriander

This has been one of my favourite things to cook on the barbecue so far this year. I love simple chargrilled vegetables, the flavours are amazing. The smokiness of the vegetables with the fresh tahini dressing and pomegranate seeds are a great combination. You can enjoy this as a salad on its own or as part of a bigger feast! I’ve served it with chunks of seared beef or lamb accompanied by a green leafy salad and a big bowl of herby quinoa. I seem to be really drawn to pomegranate at the moment, I’m loving the little bursts of colour and flavour they give a meal, as well as the health benefits of being a good source of fibre, vitamins, iron and rich in antioxidants. This recipe is so easy , if you prepare a large bowl of quinoa, roast plenty of vegetables and make the dressing you can store all these in the fridge and assemble an easy lunch or supper in minutes…perfect! Don’t worry if you’re not into barbecuing or want to eat this when …

Thai Aubergine, Squash & Spinach Dal

Monday 15th June is World Meat Free Day, so I thought it would be great to post this recipe today! The idea is to encourage people to give up meat for just one day to raise awareness of the benefits of eating less meat for a healthier, balanced diet thats better for the planet and food systems. Naming this dish was tricky! It’s kind of like a soup but more so! Its kind of like a Thai curry but not!! This is another of my go to quick suppers, a complete meal in a bowl! Everytime I make this dish, which I’ve been doing for quite a long time now, its different! I see what I have in the fridge and if I think it will work, in it goes. Finally I’ve got around to writing down the recipe of my favourite version.  That is not to say a few mushrooms or chunks of courgette may still creep in from time to time! I absolutely love Thai food, the flavours are so exciting and the smell intoxicating. …

Asparagus with Parmesan, Chilli & Lemon Oil

In my last ingredients post about chilli flakes, I made some suggestions on how to use them which got me thinking about asparagus!  So tonight I served steamed asparagus with shavings of Parmesan cheese, a sprinkling of chilli flakes, toasted pinenuts and a good drizzle of lemon infused olive oil, seasoned with black pepper and a little sea salt. Simple and delicious. Great to try whilst asparagus is still in season! This is great on its own but would also make a great accompaniment to grilled meats and fish or try topping with a poached egg for a more substantial lunch. You could also barbecue your asparagus instead of steaming, just brush with a little oil before cooking.

Quinoa, Feta & Pomegranate Salad

This has quickly become my go to salad!!  I love it.  Although I have to admit that I wasn’t too keen the first time I  cooked quinoa, but with some experimenting I discovered a great way to cook it and how to pack lots of flavour into it!  This recipe really ticks every box, it’s packed with protein, bursting with flavour and with the sparkly red pomegranate seeds, is gorgeous to look at!  A healthy substantial meal, perfect all year round. I’ve always loved roasting vegetables, it brings out the natural sweetness and intensifies their flavour.  The ingredients list may look long but this is one of those recipes where you can play around with the flavours a little and substitute the vegetables you like, whats in season or what you have available in the fridge or garden. I really hope you enjoy it as much as I do! If you’re in a real hurry there are some ready cooked pouches of quinoa available in the supermarkets, but check the ingredients as they can have a lot …

Pea and Watercress Soup

 As the Spring temperature took a sudden dip I found myself wanting a warming bowl of soup. Not a thick, stand your spoon up in it, winter vegetable soup but a lighter, fresher one.  This Pea & Watercress soup is like Spring in a bowl! Not only is the colour amazing but the flavours are intense too.  It may seem like an awful lot of peas, but as well as giving the soup a great flavour they also act as a thickener.  The watercress then adds a lovely light peppery flavour on top. This really is so quick and easy to make and the soup only contains three ingredients! A bowl of this will make a huge boost to your daily vegetable intake, the peas adding a great source of protein and the watercress is packed full of amazing vitamins and minerals.  A perfect lunch, starter or pour into a flask for a healthy packed lunch.  If you have time then do make the seed topping as it gives a great crunchy contrast.  Sprinkle them on …

Thai Pesto

I fell in love with this the first time I made it and I’ve been experimenting with the flavours ever since!  I wanted to create something to pep up a piece of roasted salmon and vegetables and this does it perfectly.  It has a subtle warmth from the chilli balanced with the fragrance of the herbs, it not only tastes good but smells amazing too!  I’ve tried the Thai Pesto with steamed courgette noodles and sautéed prawns, stir fried courgette and carrot noodles with mushrooms and its also perfect with a piece of grilled chicken, simply stirred into some pasta or spooned on top of some rustic tomato soup.  The uses really are endless.  Adding spinach to the pesto also helps increase your vegetable intake and as its raw you really get all the goodness from it!  So simple I promise it only takes about 10mins to make!  This works really well in a food processor but if you’ve got a nutri bullet or similar you’ll have it whizzed together in a flash, just add the oil and lime juice …