Recipe for a warming, nourishing and colourful lentil, carrot and roasted tomato soup, flavoured with herbs and spices. It takes a while to cook, but this allows the flavours to develop and become even more delicious.
Fast food the Italian way. There’s nothing wrong with a bag of dried pasta and a jar of tomato sauce for a quick and easy pasta dish for supper. But it’s probably a good thing to get a bit of fresh veg in too. Oh! And wham up the umami notes with a little dark chocolate.
If you haven’t tried miso in savoury muffins before, you’re missing a trick. It gives a wonderful umami hit and added depth of flavour. These miso muffins are made with wholemeal spelt flour and loaded with extra veg. We added kale, carrot and courgette, but other veg would work well too. They’re ideal lunch box fair, but would also give an excellent morning boost if you had one for breakfast.
Summer vegetables tossed in spices, sesame oil, tamari and chocolate balsamic, then roasted and combined with cooked grains and pulses. These spiced roasted summer vegetables with a pack of quick cook millet, peas and lentils make for a speedy meal. It’s ideal picnic and lunch box fare too.
Street food in the UK, I’m very glad to say, is on the up and up. Hot dogs and burgers made with cheap and often unhealthy ingredients are making way for fresher and more vibrant fare. With this in mind Cauldron Foods are challenging bloggers to create a street food recipe using one of their vegetarian products. Cauldron Cumberland sausages have long been a favourite of mine, but I am less familiar with their tofu. Sausages, I thought would be too easy, so I opted for the tofu.
A versatile and tasty veggie burger with a good grating of chocolate to give extra richness and flavour. Although quick and cheap to make, these chocolate bean burgers contain egg so are not suitable for vegans.
Caramelised onions, leeks and wet garlic give a lovely sweet taste to this delicious three allium courgette tart. The chilli paste gives a gently smokey flavour, the chocolate adds depth and the cheese adds a salty creaminess.
Yogurt mixed with caramelised onions, smoked paprika and a little chocolate for extra depth and flavour. This caramelised onion and yogurt dip is simple and quick to prepare. It also makes a perfect dip for any occasion or a dish to accompany a Middle Eastern mezze style meal.
Savoury muffins for brunch are a wonderful thing. They taste good and you can pack in whatever vegetables you happen to have to hand. They make an interesting and easy packed lunch too and they’re ideal for picnics. These beetroot, walnut, wild garlic and goat’s cheese brunch muffins are particularly fine ones.
Welsh Pancakes, aka crempogau, are delicious in their own right. Here they’re served with a savoury leek & mushroom chocolate sauce. But you can just as well drizzle them with maple syrup, a sweet chocolate sauce or fruit curd instead.