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Asparagus and Tofu Stir Fry

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Asparagus and Tofu Stir Fry with Chilli and Sesame

Asparagus and crispy tofu stir fry made with ginger, garlic and chilli oil. Perfect as a side dish or as part of a main if served with noodles or rice. Made in less than 15 minutes this recipe is perfect for a week night meal or as a light lunch option. This easy stir fried recipe can be prepared the night before to make it really quick to make on the day.

What’s in the recipe?

Asparagus- When asparagus is in season it’s beautiful to cook with. I’ve bought locally grown asparagus, roughly chopped and added to the stir fry.

Tofu- I like using Cauldron Tofu which is soaked in a water bath, simple drain the water and press. If you don’t have a tofu press, just wrap in a bit of kitchen roll and allow to soak the excess water.

Cornflour- If you toss the tofu in cornflour and fry in sesame oil, it’ll create a lovely crispy coating before adding the marinade. It’s a good cooking hack to help absorb any excess moisture in your tofu.

Chilli oil- I love using Pippy Eats chilli oil, it’s perfect for garnishing tofu or stir fried vegetables such as this. If you don’t have chilli crisp oil, definitely look out for some next time you’re in the supermarket.


 

tofu and asparagus stir fry

Cooking tips:

Medium Heat- It’s tempting to whack the heat right up to get ‘crispy’ tofu however you run the risk or burning the marinade. I would suggest a good quality non stick pan, medium heat and allow the tofu to crisp on each side before turning.

Fry First then Coat- I prefer to fry the tofu in a bit of corn flour to crisp and turn golden before adding the marinade. It helps prevent the garlic and ginger from burning and give it just enough time to cook off the ingredients.

Don’t overcook the asparagus- By adding the asparagus to fry only for the last 3-4 minutes will allow it to cook until a little tender without burning.


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Asparagus and Tofu Stir Fry

Asparagus and crispy tofu stir fry made with ginger, garlic and chilli. Perfect as a side dish or as part of a main if served with noodles or rice. Made in less than 15 minutes this recipe is perfect for a week night meal.
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Servings 2 People

Ingredients
  

  • 350 g block of tofu
  • 1 heaped tbsp cornflour
  • 200 g asparagus locally grown if possible
  • 3 large cloves garlic
  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp chilli crisp oil if you don’t have this, add 1 tsp chilli flakes to the marinade

Instructions
 

  • Drain & cube the tofu block and toss in the cornflour, fry in a non stick pan with a drizzle of sesame oil
  • Prepare the marinade by mincing the garlic and ginger then add to a bowl with the oil and tamari and whisk together
  • Once the tofu has crisped, add the marinade to the pan and continue to fry on a medium heat
  • Chop the asparagus and add to the pan to fry for a further 2-3 minutes
  • Serve up and drizzle the chilli crisp oil over the top & enjoy

Notes

  • If you don’t have chilli oil, add 1 tsp chilli flakes to the marinade
  • I used Pippy Eats chill crisp oil
  • Serve as a side or add sticky rice or noodles with more chilli oil

If you like this recipe why not try my Easy Tofu Ramen

Tofu easy vegan ramen recipe

gluten free asparagus and tofu stir fry

tofu and asparagus stir fry vegan

Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Asparagus and Shiitake Risotto

asparagus and shiitake vegan risotto

Vegan Asparagus and Shiitake Mushroom Risotto

This asparagus and shiitake risotto is vegan and gluten free.  It’s easy to make and just takes 30 minutes of stirring to create a delicious hearty week-night meal. Asparagus season  is here so let’s celebrate with a recipe that works perfectly with the shiitake mushrooms.

What’s in the recipe?

Asparagus – Celebrating the season of asparagus, try and find locally grown asparagus to help cut down on air miles.

Shiitake Mushrooms- I’ve used shiitake as the texture is slightly meaty agains the fluffy rice, however you could easily swap this for whatever mushrooms you have available.

 Arborio Rice- This short grain rice is perfect for risottos and is readily available in most supermarkets. You can swap this for bulgar wheat, follow the same process but remember to soak the wheat for a few hours before.

Vegan Butter- I’ve used the flora salted butter because it is a really good vegan alternative to butter. You want at least 2 heaped tbsp in this recipe to make a delicious creamy risotto.

Stock- I use boiled water and vegetable stock cubes for this, it’s cheap and easy to make. You can use a home made stock if you prefer.

Lemon- To cut through the salty, herby, creamy risotto, you need a good squeeze of lemon juice for acidity to really help the risotto have a full and round flavour profile.

Seasoning- I can’t express how important salt and pepper is to this recipe – don’t be scared of seasoning! Get generous with the seasoning and enjoy.

vegan risotto asparagus and shiitake


Risotto Cooking Tips

Absorb- Letting the rice absorb each ladle of stock before adding the next is crucial. It’s important not to add it all at once, it may mean taking time to stir it through but it’s worth it.

Seasoning- Don’t be shy of the salt and pepper for this recipe.

White wine- I’m not fussy when it comes to what wine you use for risotto. I won’t pretend to be a connoisseur  so just choose a wine anywhere from £4-7 and it’ll do the job!

 


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Asparagus and Shiitake Risotto

Vegan and gluten free asparagus and shiitake risotto recipe perfect for batch cooking. Easy to make, just takes 30 minutes of stirring and you have a delicious hearty week night meal.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 250 g asparagus
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 120 g shiitake mushrooms chopped
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 150 g arborio rice risotto rice
  • 550 ml veg stock I used boiling water and a stock cube
  • 200 ml white wine
  • Squeeze 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil to top when serving

Instructions
 

  • Start by finely chopping the garlic and add to a large pot with the butter, place on a low- medium heat
  • After a few minutes add the chopped shiitake mushrooms and fry for a further five minutes
  • Add the seasoning and the dried herbs then add the risotto rice and toss in all of the flavours before adding the white wine, then leave to absorb
  • Add the vegetable stock a ladle at a time allowing it to absorb before adding the next bit, continue this process until all of the stock has been used
  • When add the last ladle of stock add the asparagus stalks so they can soften for the last few minutes of cooking
  • After 3 minutes squeeze in 1/2 lemon juice, season generously season with black pepper and salt before serving and enjoy. Add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil to the top of each bowl when serving (optional)

Notes

If you snap the ends off your asparagus, finely chop them up and add to the pot along with the mushrooms to prevent food waste

If you like this recipe why not try my easy tomato and garlic risotto recipe

vegan tomato and garlic risotto

 

vegan asparagus and shiitake risotto lucy and lentils

asparagus and shiitake risotto

Dinner Recipe

15 Minute Simple Garlic Pasta

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Simple 15 Minute Garlic Pasta Recipe

Vegan friendly and easy to make, this 15 minute garlic pasta recipe is perfect for mid week cooking. If you just have a few key ingredients you can create this at home. You will need garlic, tomatoes, pasta and tenderstem and seasoning to make this. 

What’s in the recipe?

Garlic- I’ve opted for about 3 large cloves, or if you’re using a much smaller garlic bulb go for around 4-5. The aim is to have a beautiful garlic flavour so don’t be afraid to go heavy!

Pasta- I chose rigatone pasta for this recipe as I love the way the filling seeps into the tube and gives a pop of flavour with every bite. You can use any pasta you have to hand, this will work!

Tomatoes- I find fresh tomatoes work a lot better with this recipe. It’s pretty versatile for whichever kind of tomatoes you have but I love using smaller tomatoes such as cherry, piccolino or roma.

Seasoning- I’ve used marjoram, parsley and thyme for this recipe. Marjoram has a gorgeous spice to it, perfect in recipes such as this. It’s not as strong as chilli but gives a slight punch. If you don’t have marjoram substitute for 1/2 tsp oregano.


cherry tomatoes and garlic pasta sauce

Tips and Tricks

Pasta Water- Save some of the pasta water, usually a good ladle full (between 100-200ml) to mix in with the tomatoes. It’ll help create a delicious silky smooth texture to coat all of the pasta.

Season heavily- The trick to good pasta is heavily seasoning the pot of boiling water, seasoning whilst cooking and just before serving. Pasta also loves cracked black pepper so be generous with that too!

Thicker sauce? If you like loads of sauce to your pasta, double up the tomatoes to 600g.


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15 Minute Easy Garlic Pasta

Vegan friendly and easy to make, this 15 minute garlic pasta recipe is perfect for mid week cooking. If you just have a few key ingredients in the house, give this plant based recipe a try. Full of flavour with 10 main ingredients, it's perfect for batch cooking
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 130 g pasta
  • 3 large cloves garlic
  • 7 Tenderstem
  • 300 g tomatoes
  • 2 tsp tomato purée
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp marjoram
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 100 ml pasta water
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast optional
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts optional

Instructions
 

  • Start by frying the chopped garlic cloves in olive oil for 2 mins
  • Add the roughly chopped tomatoes and seasoning and leave to fry
  • Meanwhile whack a seasoned pot of water on to boil and add the dried pasta, after about 8 mins add the roughly chopped Tenderstem
  • Mash the tomatoes into the garlic and add the tomato purée, mix together
  • Once the pasta is aldente, drain (leaving a good ladle full of pasta water) and add to the pan of tomatoes and garlic
  • Stir together, taste and season generously with salt & pepper again
  • Top with nutritional yeast and pine nuts if you’re feeling fancy, otherwise ENJOY!

If you like this recipe why not try my Garlic, Tomato & Veg 15 Minute Pasta

vegan tomato pasta recipe

 

15 minute garlic pasta vegan

15 minute garlic pasta recipe

Dinner Recipe

Creamy Vegan Meatball and Mushroom Tagliatelle

creamy vegan meatball pasta

Vegan Meatball and Mushroom Creamy Tagliatelle

Delicious creamy mushroom and vegan meatball tagliatelle recipe, plant based and easy to make. Just a few key ingredients to make this and ready in about 20 minutes from start to finish. You can swap out the meatballs and double up on the mushrooms if you want to make this purely plant focused.

What’s in the creamy pasta?

Vegan single cream- I use oatly vegan cream. I would recommend using a sinlge cream rather than a creme fraiche alternative.

Mushrooms- Chestnut mushrooms work really well in this recipe but if you have access to shiitake, oyster or chanterelle mushrooms give those a try.

Dijon Mustard- This really helps give a tang to the dish, a depth of colour and vinegar, don’t skip this ingredient!

Tamari- I love frying my mushrooms and meatballs in tamari (a gluten free soy sauce) as it has a much deeper flavour than soy in my opinion. It works really well with mushrooms and garlic with a sort of ‘meaty’ flavour profile.


vegan meatball tagliatelle recipeWhat meatballs did I use?

For this recipe I used the Future Farm vegan meatballs, however there are so many brands out there that offer delicious vegan alternatives. There’s The Curators, Linda McCartney, Birdseye and Plant Pioneers – all vegan.

What if I don’t have meatballs?

Simply double up the mushrooms instead. I would use two different types such as chestnut and oyster. Oyster mushrooms give a lovely meaty texture due to their thickness.


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Creamy Vegan Meatball and Mushroom Tagliatelle

Delicious creamy mushroom and vegan meatball tagliatelle recipe, plant based and easy to make. Just a few key ingredients to make this and ready in about 20 minutes from start to finish.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 250 g mushrooms
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter
  • 250 ml oatly cream substitute for single cream
  • 5 tagliatelle nests around 160g
  • 2 tbsp tamari sub for soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • Really generous pinch of salt and pepper
  • 100 ml pasta water

Instructions
 

  • Get a pot of water on to boil, season heavily with salt and add the tagliatelle
  • Slice the mushrooms then add to a deep frying pan with the vegan butter and garlic powder, fry for a few minutes before adding the vegan meatballs
  • Fry on a medium to high heat, adding the sage, parsley and 1 tbsp of tamari (gives a gorgeous umami flavour)
  • After a few mins, add the vegan single cream and turn the heat down to a low simmer, season generously with salt and pepper and stir in the Dijon mustard
  • Test the pasta, drain when al dente BUT SAVE a good ladle (approx 100-150ml) of the pasta water and stir with the creamy mushroom meatballs
  • Stir through until everything is covered then taste test, add the remaining 1 tbsp of tamari on top and a sprinkle of parsley before serving

Notes

There are loads of vegan meatball options out there in the supermarkets at the moment. I've tried the Curators, Birdseye, Future Farm, Meatless Farm and they all work really well! Be sure to fry them off first before adding the cream to help get the lovely texture.
Don't have meatballs? Simply double up on the mushrooms, why not add two types such as oyster and chestnut.

If you like this, why not try my 15 Minute Creamy Ravioli Soup

creamy vegan ravioli soup

creamy vegan meatball pasta

Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

15 Minute Creamy Vegan Ravioli Soup

vegan creamy ravioli soup

Easy 15 Vegan Ravioli Soup, Creamy and 15 Minutes To Make

If you only have 15 minutes to make dinner, give this creamy ravioli soup a try, it’s vegan friendly too. You can find vegan ravioli in the supermarkets now which makes for a perfect addition in this delicious creamy soup. Instead of making a thicker cream sauce, I’ve made it into a delicious soup flavoured with parsley and garlic.

Garlic- I love using 3 cloves of garlic for this, mince or mash the garlic before you add to the pan.

Sage Leaves- Sage leaves work perfectly with cream (vegan cream too) so I’d recommend frying them in olive oil with the garlic to release the flavour.

Ravioli- It’s really easy to find vegan ravioli in shops now! Wicked kitchen have a range in Tesco, there’s Ugo which is available at Sainsbury’s and White Rabbit Pizza also have a range out now. It’s brilliant to have in the fridge for a quick dinner.


creamy vegan ravioli soup


Seasonal Ingredients

Asparagus- I think asparagus works beautifully with pasta and creamy soups. If asparagus isn’t in season you can swap for tenderstem broccoli, or if it’s in the winter why not add cubed and roasted butternut squash.

Seasoning

Salt & Pepper- Salt and pepper are so essential when creating a delicious pasta recipe. Add a good tsp of salt to the pasta water when boiling and be sure to add lots of cracked black pepper and sea salt to the soup.

vegan creamy ravioli soup

Vegan Creamy Ravioli Soup

Vegan friendly creamy ravioli soup recipe, only takes 15 minutes to make. Perfect for quick dinner ideas and full of flavour. Brought together with sage leaves, dried parsley and thyme, this creamy stock works a dream with the vegan ravioli.
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 large cloves garlic
  • 5 sage leaves
  • 1 heaped tbsp vegan butter
  • 6 asparagus spears
  • 250 ml vegan single cream
  • 500 ml stock*
  • 250 g vegan ravioli*
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1/2 lemon optional

Instructions
 

  • Start by mincing the garlic and roughly chopping the sage leaves, then add to a frying pan with the olive oil and fry for 2-3 mins
  • Then add the vegan butter, asparagus and squeeze of 1/2 lemon, toss in the dried thyme and parsley and season with salt & pepper
  • After a few minute add the stock and vegan cream, then add the vegan ravioli (it usually only takes a few minutes to cook)
  • After a minute minutes of simmering taste test, adding a little more seasoning if needed, make sure the pasta is delicious and aldente
  • Feel free to add spinach or Tenderstem for more gorgeous greens or just enjoy as it!

Notes

I used boiling water and a stock cube for the stock
The vegan pasta I used used:
Ugo Thrive pumpkin & sage raviolini

If you like this recipe why not try my 12 Minute Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

roasted pepper pasta wild mushrooms

Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Tomato and Garlic Vegan Risotto

vegan tomato and garlic risotto

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Risotto

This risotto recipe is vegan friendly and gluten free, filled with garlic and roasted tomatoes. If you are looking for a recipe to make in the week or to batch cook, give this risotto a try. It’s so easy to make with just a few key ingredients.

What’s in this risotto?

Arborio rice- Perfect for risotto, this rice works best if you add a little stock at a time until it absorbs it and repeat until all stock has absorbed

White wine- You don’t have to have anything fancy for this recipe, just choose a cheap – mid range price and it will work beautifully to add flavour and creamyness.

Garlic- I’ve added 5 cloves into this recipe to give it tonnes of flavour. You can add a little less if you prefer.

Tomatoes- Using cherry and vine tomatoes for this recipe gives a delicious sweetness to work with the acidity. You can use which ever tomatoes you have at hand.


Why arborio rice?

This is traditionally used in risottos, but you can swap this for soaked bulgur wheat if you would rather that grain. As mentioned before, to get a delicious and creamy risotto, toast the rice in the pan with the butter, garlic and onion before adding the stock. When adding the risotto stock, add a little at a time as you want it to absorb it slowly.


Optional Ingredients

If you want to make this extra indulgent, add 70g of vegan cheese (I’d recommend either a cheddar style or even a smoked vegan cheese) to make this beautifully rich. For a cheesy like topping I added 1 tbsp nutritional yeast.

vegan tomato and garlic risotto


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Tomato & Garlic Risotto

Easy Vegan and Gluten Free Risotto. This is perfect for batch cooking, easy to make and so creamy and delicious. You wouldn't know it's vegan friendly so perfect to make for friends and family. Just a few key ingredients and simple steps to make it.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings 2 People

Ingredients
  

  • 1 celery stalk
  • 2 banana shallots
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 350 g tomatoes
  • 150 g risotto rice
  • 400 ml veg stock
  • 150 ml white wine
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Top with

  • salt & pepper
  • drizzle of olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Start by placing the tomatoes in a baking dish with a drizzle of olive oil and roast at 180ºC for 25 minutes
  • Finely chop the shallots and celery, add to a deep pot with the vegan butter and fry for around 5 minutes
  • Finely chop or mince the garlic cloves and add to the pot, fry for around 2 minutes before adding the risotto rice to the pot
  • Pour in the white wine and toss the rice until its covered and allow to absorb
  • After a minute slowly add the vegetable stock by just adding 1/2 cup at a time until it has absorbed, then pour in the next 1/2 cup until you've added all the stock
  • Generously season with salt and pepper and taste, adding a little more seasoning if needed
  • By this point the tomatoes should be baked, take out of the oven, de-stalk and add to the pot and gently mush with the back of a fork so they release their delicious tomato juice into the risotto
  • Optional toppings: watercress, chopped parsley and nutritional yeast

Notes

If your risotto is looking a little dry, add a little more boiling water at a time until to get that beautiful creamy texture.
You can add other veg such as asparagus or chargrilled peppers would also work
Season before serving and feel free to add fresh herbs such as parsley or top with watercress
Optional topping: 1 tbsp nutritional yeast

If you like this recipe why not try my easy roasted tomato gnocchi bake

gnocchi with slow roasted tomatoes & chilli

Dinner Recipe

Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

vegan wild rice and mushroom soup

Vegan Wild Rice & Shiitake and Oyster Mushroom Soup

This vegan friendly wild rice soup is really easy to make, slow cooker friendly and perfect for week nights. I’ve tried to combine simple but delicious flavours to bring you a soup that is comforting, hearty and filling.

What’s in the recipe?

Wild Rice- I’ve used a precooked wild rice to save on time, however if you’re cooking the rice from scratch please refer to the cooking notes.

Mixed Mushrooms- I’m a big fan of mixing mushrooms such as oyster, chanterelle and shiitake however you can use whichever mushrooms you can get your hands on.

Vegan Cream- Using a vegan single cream such as oatly or alpro will work a treat for this. It really works with the mushrooms and the smoked paprika.

Tamari- Using tamari with mushrooms helps give an extra kick of umami, as it has an almost ‘meaty’ flavour to it.

Stock- I’ve just used a Kallo stock cube (the post on Instagram was sponsored by Kallo) and boiling water however you can use home made or shop bought stock if that’s available to you.


vegan wild rice and mushroom soup


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Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup

Vegan wild rice and mushroom soup made using vegan cream, shiitake and oyster mushrooms and a simple stock. This can be made in a slow cooker or left to simmer slowly on a stove top for dinner. Either way, this recipe is utterly delicious, comforting and easy to make.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 21 mins
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp vegan butter or olive oil
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1 white onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 200 g mixed mushrooms (I used a mixture of shiitake chanterelle and oyster
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 Kallo Organic Garlic & Herb stock Cube + 750ml water
  • 250 ml plant based cream

Herbs & seasoning:

  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp marjoram sub for chilli flakes
  • 180 g cooked wild rice *refer to notes if cooking in the soup
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts optional to top

Instructions
 

  • Finely chop the carrot, onion, garlic cloves, stalk of celery and fry in the butter for 5 minutes
  • Add the roughly chopped mushrooms and add the tamari, smoked paprika and herbs *note* set aside a handful of the mushrooms to add on top at the end, so they stay crisp
  • Add the water & stock cube and stir together followed by adding the vegan cream and turn right down to a low heat
  • Stir in the cooked wild rice and season generously with salt and pepper

Notes

If cooking the rice within the soup, add an extra 250ml of water to allow the rice to soak up, keep an eye on the levels of water and add a little more if needed
Allow 20 minutes extra cooking time if cooking wild rice from raw

If you like this recipe why not try my Garlic & Tomato Pasta Dish

vegan tomato pasta recipe

Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Cumin Roasted Sweet Potato & Chickpea Tray Bake

cumin roasted sweet potato and chickpea tray bake

Slow Roasted Sweet Potato and Chickpeas

This tray bake of slow roasted sweet potato and chickpeas and spices is perfect to serve with a salad or as a side. Topped with a creamy avocado and garlic dressing, this is brilliant to accompany your dinner. It’s beautifully tender, full of flavour and a great combination of textures.

What’s in the recipe?

Sweet potato- Chopping the sweet potato into wedges helps keep the centre delicious and fluffy. For this recipe I’ve used a large sweet potato to yield a large portion.

Cumin, smoked paprika and garlic powder-  These three flavours work so well together, so coat the potatoes and chickpeas evenly to get a delicious flavour on each  potato wedge.

Salt- This is Such and important ingredient to help cook the potatoes and give flavour, be generous with the salt for this dish.

Harissa or chilli oil- I am obsessed with this oil as it’s packed with flavour and helps keep the veggies soft, tender and not burnt in the oven Find my home made harissa oil here.

Chickpeas- Remember to drain them and give them a rinse so they don’t carry the flavour of the aquafaba.


slow roasted sweet potato and chickpea tray bake


Cooking Tips:

Perfectly roasted sweet potato –Coating the sweet potatoes in olive oil will help them when roasting. You’ve probably had sweet potato in the oven where it hasn’t been coated very well and turned a sort of pale orange with burnt edges. Coating it with olive oil and salt will help create this delicious fluffy centre and soft skin.

Low and Slow- Roasting the veggies on a lower heat is always best to get this kind of result. You can even roast as low as 165ºC and roast for around 1hr 20.


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Cumin Roasted Sweet Potato & Chickpea Tray Bake

Slow roasted sweet potatoes and chickpeas in cumin, paprika, garlic and lots of salt to make the most delicious tray bake. Topped with a creamy avocado and garlic dressing, this is brilliant to accompany your dinner, or to bulk out a salad.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 400 g tin of chickpeas
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 6-7 tenderstem
  • 1 tbsp harissa optional

For the avocado dressing

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • squeeze lime
  • 1/2 tsp salt & pepper
  • 7-8 black olives

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC (fan)
  • Chop the sweet potato into large wedges then place on the roasting tray along with the chickpeas, cumin, paprika, garlic and olive oil and toss together
  • Pop in the oven for 35 minutes
  • Slice the peppers then add with the tenderstem to the roasting tray after the 40 minutes of baking, toss in the delicious spices and oil and roast for a further 20-25 minutes
  • Option to add the harissa or chilli oil to the tray bake to help keep the potato beautiful and soft
  • Prepare the avocado dressing by mixing the ingredients together, option to add chilli flakes too
  • Serve up with the chopped black olives, fresh herbs and the creamy avocado dressing as a salad, or as a side for a bbq or main dinner

Notes

Cooking tips
  • using olive oil to coat the sweet potatoes and chickpeas will help keep them delicious and soft rather then crisp on the edge
  • I use at LEAST 1 tbsp to mix with the spices and coat, but feel free to add a little more
  • I've also recommended adding 1 tbsp of harissa (find my home made one here) or a chilli oil to the sweet potato tray bake too

If you like this recipe why not try my gnocchi with slow roasted tomatoes 

gnocchi with slow roasted tomatoes & chilli

 


chickpea and sweet potato tray bake

Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Gnocchi with Slow Roasted Tomatoes

gnocchi with slow roasted tomatoes & chilli

Gnocchi with Slow Roasted Tomatoes, Chilli and Tenderstem

This recipe is so easy to make, just a few key ingredients and ideal for batch cooking for lunch and dinner. The gnocchi can be homemade or shop bought, a pack of tomatoes, some garlic, herbs and tenderstem and you’re winning! I’ve used chilli oil to give this a slight kick but you can swap for harissa paste, or just chilli flakes and olive oil.

Let’s get into the recipe

Gnocchi-Shop bought, home made, either will work. It only takes a few minutes to cook so don’t leave it in the pot for ages!

Vine Tomatoes- You can use vine tomatoes, cherry, plum, you name it, whatever you have in the fridge will work! I love the way vine tomatoes are a little sweeter and the way they roast in the oven.

Tenderstem- You can use tenderstem, broccoli, green beans or even massaged kale (just remember to only add to the oven for 2-3 minutes if using kale)

Chilli Oil- If you haven’t discovered chilli crisp oil, get some! I used Pippy Eats chilli crisp oil which is fantastic but you can either make your own or find it in most Asian supermarkets / online stores

Dried Herbs- you need to season the tinned tomatoes, I’ve used a mixture of sage, marjoram, oregano and garlic with fresh basil on top


slow roasted tomatoes and tenderstem

Cooking Tips and Swaps

Swap chilli oil-  If you don’t have chilli oil, swap for harissa (I have a simple homemade recipe here) or if you don’t have that, just add 1 tsp of chilli flakes and 1/2 tsp cumin to the tomato sauce with an extra kick of garlic, either add 1 extra clove or 1/2 tsp dried garlic

Swap gnocchi- If you don’t have gnocchi you can swap this for pasta, just add an extra 250ml water to the top, add the pasta, pop on a lid and leave to simmer for 15 minutes until soft


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gnocchi with slow roasted tomatoes & chilli

Gnocchi with Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Easy gnocchi recipe, less than 30 minutes, made with slow roasted tomatoes and tenderstem. Vegan recipe which is incredibly easy to make and perfect for after work.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 250 g vine tomatoes with a pinch of salt
  • 400 g tinned chopped tomatoes fill the empty tin 1/2 full with water and add
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic or 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Marjoram swap for thyme
  • 1 tbsp chilli oil I used Pippy Eats, swap for 1 tbsp harissa
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 250 g gnocchi
  • 5-6 tenderstem can use green beans, broccoli, kale or even spinach

Instructions
 

  • Whack the oven up to 200ºC, add the vine tomatoes with a bit of olive oil in a roasting dish, season with salt and pop in the oven for 20 minutes
  • Finely chop the red onion, add to a deep frying pan with a glug of olive oil and fry for around 4 minutes, add the tinned tomatoes along with all of the, garlic, herbs and fresh basil and chilli oil
  • Fill up the empty tin of tomatoes 1/2 full with water and add to the pot, stir and simmer for for 10 minutes, add in 1 tsp of chilli oil (or harissa) then add the gnocchi for the final 5 minutes of cooking
  • Once the tomatoes are bursting, add the tenderstem, coat in either 1tsp of olive oil or chilli oil and pop back in the oven for 5-6 minutes
  • Bring everything together by plating up, season with salt & pepper and enjoy

Notes

  • Pippy Eats chilli crisp oil is best for this, however if you don't have chilli oil, please swap for 1 tsp chilli flakes or even 1 tbsp harissa
  • I drizzled chilli oil (or harissa) over the tomatoes and tenderstem for the final 5 minutes of roasting in the oven

If you like this recipe why not try my vegan meatball pasta bake

vegan meatball pasta bake

Dinner Recipe

Smooth Chilli Noodle Soup with Leftover Lettuce

chilli noodle soup recipe leftover lettuce

Silky Smooth Chilli Noodle Soup using Leftover Lettuce

Leftover lettuce can be used in recipes such as this delicious noodle soup. It’s crunchy and delicious when grilled and added to ramens and phos offering a gorgeous texture against the noodles and soup. If you’ve made my gyoza noodle soup this is really similar, however to make it extra smooth I’ve put the soup through a sieve to separate the stock.

What’s in the vegan noodle soup?

Stock- I’ve made the stock by using onion, garlic and ginger, boiled water and a stock cube. To make it extra smooth, run this through a sieve before adding the noodles to get rid of the chunks of onion and garlic

Leftover Lettuce- Using lettuce in recipes other than salad shows how versatile it can be! If you marinade it in the sauce and add it to a grill or at  piping hot pan it’ll charr it and give a gorgeous crunch.

Noodles- I use soft wheat noodles bought from Sainsburys, Waitrose or Tesco. They usually have their own brand options but Amoy and Yutaka is also a good brand to go for. Udon or medium size noodles will work, or if you’re gluten free swap for ribbon sized rice noodles!

Sauce- I’ve used a mixture of sriracha, soy sauce, sesame oil and garlic. It makes a delicious marinade and if you fancy doubling this up, feel free. It works to coat the lettuce and to add to the stock.


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chilli noodle soup recipe leftover lettuce

Silky Smooth Noodle Soup with Leftover Lettuce

Silky smooth chilli noodle soup with grilled leftover lettuce. Perfect recipe to use leftover limp lettuce lying around your fridge. Perfect for using up old veggies. Vegan friendly recipe.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

For the stock:

  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger
  • 1 large shallot
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 stock cubes + 700ml water
  • 1/2 Lime

Serve with:

  • lettuce grilled
  • Carrot thinly sliced
  • 200 g wheat noodles can use udon or rice noodles

For the sauce:

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp chilli sauce such as sriracha
  • 1 tsp maple syrup

Instructions
 

  • Make the sauce by simply mixing all of the ingredients together in a bowl
  • Finely chop the garlic, shallot, ginger and fry in a little sesame oil for 5 minutes
  • Quarter the lettuce, drizzle over some of the sauce and grill for 5 minutes (or you can sear in a non stick pan on a high heat)
  • Thinly slice the carrots then add to the pan along with the stock cube, water, and the rest of the sauce and bring so a simmer for 3-4 minutes
  • To get a silky smooth stock, run through a sieve before serving, otherwise pour into a bowl, serve with the crunchy grilled lettuce, a squeeze of lime and sesame seeds.

Notes

Silky Smooth Option- To get the silkiest soup, make the stock by frying off the onion, garlic and ginger, add the stock cube and water then run through a fine sieve to remove the chunks of onion & garlic. Then follow the other instructions by adding the noodles & carrots & toppings.

If you like this recipe try my Leftover Lettuce Recipe I created with Panasonic and Love Food Hate Waste (one of my favourites)

leftover lettuce recipe ideas