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Smashed Roast Potatoes with Pesto

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VeganCrispy Smashed Roast Potatoes with Pesto

Delicious and crispy smashed roasted potatoes with pesto and vegan cheese. Salty and crispy skin with a fluffy inside, this is a perfect side recipe or as part of a salad. It’s easy to make and full of flavour with just a few key ingredients needed.

What’s in the recipe?

Baby Potatoes – I found these were the perfect size, however let’s not discriminate against potatoes. Just use whatever you have at hand, but if you have large taters, make sure to cut them smaller to make them easier to roast / bake.

Pesto- If you want to use fresh pesto, I have a recipe HERE. However if you have a jar of good quality pesto that will also work really well.

Olive Oil- I used a mix of olive oil and the oil you get in those jars of roasted preserved peppers. I love the combination of flavour however olive oil, with work beautifully. Don’t be shy of oil in this recipe, it helps get a beautifully crisp coating on the potatoes.

Tomatoes- Optional ingredient but I love adding tomatoes to the roasting tray for the last 20 minutes or so. They add a lovely sweetness to the tray bake.

Vegan Mozzarella- I love using Violife or Follow Your Heart mozzarella to add to the tray for the final five minutes of baking. It just gives a beautiful texture on top of the pesto.


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Smashed Roast Potatoes with Pesto

Delicious and crispy smashed roasted potatoes with pesto and vegan cheese. Salty and crispy skin with a fluffy inside, this is a perfect side recipe or as part of a salad.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 kg baby potatoes
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 150 g fresh pesto
  • 200 g chopped tomatoes
  • 50 g vegan mozzarella
  • 1 tsp parsley

Instructions
 

  • Add the baby potatoes into a pot of salted water, boil for 15 mins
  • Pop the oven on at 200°C (Fan)
  • When you can easily pierce the potatoes with a fork, drain the water then add to a non stick baking tray with 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil, 1 heaped tsp salt, mix until coated then smash the potatoes with the back of your fork or the bottom of a glass
  • Place on the middle tray in the oven for 20 minutes
  • Take out, then cover in 150g fresh pesto (recipe here) and 200g chopped tomatoes and place back in the oven for 20 minutes
  • Take out and garnish with vegan mozzarella and cook for a final 5 minutes

Notes

Optional - Garnish with pine nuts and parsley, or just enjoy as is! I like drizzling mine in a little chilli oil to finish

If you like this recipe why not try my Tofu and Asparagus Stir Fry

asparagus and tofu stir fry

Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe Sides & Savoury Snacks

Asparagus and Tofu Stir Fry

asparagus and tofu stir fry vegan

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 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 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

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

Breakfast Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Cheesy Vegan Quesadillas with Corn Salsa

Cheese & Bean Quesadillas vegan recipe

Delicious and Easy Cheesy Vegan Quesadillas with a Creamy Corn Salsa

Whether you’re making these quesadillas for breakfast, lunch or dinner I feel like this recipe works at any time of the day. This vegan friendly recipe works in a hot pan or a George Foreman grill. This recipe was a sponsored post from Follow Your Heart over on my instagram.

Let’s get into the quesadilla recipe

Wraps– You want a good quality wrap for this recipe, you can use wholemeal, seeded or white wraps for this recipe. Whatever you can get your hands on will be fine!

Mixed Beans- I usually get a 300g tin of mixed beans which has chickpeas, kidney beans, black beans and borlotti beans. If you just have chickpeas, or one type of bean this will work of course!

Vegan Cheese- I’m a big fan of the smoked gouda from follow your heart too, it gives a delicious smokey flavour to this recipe.

Vegenaise- The product I was showcasing in the recipe is the Follow Your Heart Avocado Oil Vegenaise which works a treat! Creamy, silky smooth and works perfectly with the corn ‘salsa’ on top.


 

Cheese & Bean Quesadillas vegan recipe

Cheesy Vegan Quesadillas With Corn Salsa

Cheesy vegan loaded quesadillas topped with a corn and red onion mayo 'salsa' on top. Ready in 12 minutes, so easy to make and perfect for breakfast or lunch.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Servings 2 People

Ingredients
  

For the quesadillas:

  • 4 large tortillas 2 Per person
  • 6 slices Follow Your Heart Smoked Gouda
  • 400g tin mixed beans chickpeas, butter beans kidney beans, black beans
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp onion powder

For the corn mayo salsa:

  • 2 tbsp Follow Your Heart Avocado Oil Vegenaise
  • 50 g drained corn
  • ½ red onion finely diced
  • ½ red pepper finely diced
  • Squeeze 1/2 lime optional

Instructions
 

  • Start by dicing the pepper and onion and frying with a drizzle of olive oil for five minutes before adding all of the dried herbs and spices along with the mixed beans (drained)
  • Fry for a further 5 minutes then set aside
  • Load up one side of the tortilla wrap by layering on a few slices of the Smoked Gouda followed by the filling, top with more cheese then place the other tortilla on top, repeat with the other then fry or grill until the inside is melted
  • Make the salsa by simply mixing all of the ingredients together with the Follow Your Heart Avocado Oil Vegenaise then garnish on top of the quesadillas once toasted and beautifully melted on the inside

If you like this recipe why not try my easy Kimchi & Cheese Wrap

kimchi cheese tortilla hack

Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

One Pot Vegan Meatball Pasta Bake

vegan meatball pasta bake

Easy Vegan Meatball Pasta Bake, One Pot Meal

Keeping dinner time recipes quick and easy with this vegan friendly meatball pasta bake. Made in just one pot, this saves on the washing up and can be whipped up in no time, brilliant for popping in the oven and leaving, or to bubble away on the stove top. Lets get into this simple plant based recipe!

Whats in this meatball pasta bake?

Vegan Meatballs- You can use homemade meatballs, but this recipe is for those who want something delicious and fast! I’ve just shop bought ones for this recipe to save on time and fuss.

Tinned Tomatoes- cheap and easy to use, I chose chopped tomatoes as opposed to plum, but no worries if that’s all you have. Just give the tomatoes a chop while in the pot.

Red onion- Red onion or white onion will work for this recipe, I chose red as I just prefer that flavour whilst used in tomato based sauces.

Garlic- The key ingredient for a delicious tomato based sauce, I used 4 cloves but feel free to add one more for all you garlic lovers out there.

Dried herbs and spices- I’ve used a mixture of basil, oregano, smoked paprika and marjoram (if you don’t have this substitute for thyme and a sprinkle of chilli flakes).

Dried Pasta- Pretty much any pasta will work with this so feel free to use a spaghetti, tagliatelle or any shape!


vegan meatball pasta bake

Toppings

Vegan Cheese- I used a vegan mozzarella style cheese but you can easy swap for vegan nutritional yeast which will work like a parmesan topping. You can add the cheese right at the end or pop it back on the stove / in the oven for a further 5 minutes to help it melt.

Pine Nuts- These aren’t essential but I love adding them for texture for a bit of crunch.

Fresh Basil- This will always bring a pot of pasta to life, it’s fragrant, delicious and works a dream.

vegan meatball pasta bake

Vegan Meatball Pasta Bake

No fuss, easy one pot vegan meatball pasta bake on the table in 40 minutes. Perfect for week night meals and leftovers for lunch the next day. Plant based recipe with home made sauce.
Prep Time 7 mins
Cook Time 37 mins
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 red onion finely diced
  • 4 large cloves garlic finely diced
  • 8 vegan 'meat' balls shop bought or home made
  • 250 g dried pasta
  • 400 g tinned tomatoes
  • 500 ml water feel free to boil the water and add a stock cube for extra flavour
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp marjoram
  • 1 tsp brown sugar or caster sugar
  • Large pinch salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast optional ingredients to give 'parmesan' style topping
  • 50 g grated vegan cheese optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C
  • Sweat off the chopped onion and garlic with a glug of olive oil (in an oven proof pan)
  • Afer around 5 minutes, add in all of the other ingredients (apart from the cheese and nutritional yeas) stir together then pop in the oven for 35 minutes
  • Top with the vegan cheese and continue to bake for a further 5 minutes
  • Season again, sprinkle nutritional yeast & enjoy

If you like this recipe why not try my simple garlic & tomato pot.

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Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Leftover Lettuce – Vegan Grilled Lettuce Recipe Idea

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Leftover lettuce? I have a brilliant grilled recipe that will turn limp lettuce into a flavour sensation!

Leftover lettuce is one of the most wasted products in the U.K, usually ending up in the bin. However this grilled lettuce recipe is brilliant and will help prevent food waste. You can use whichever sauce you would like to use with this, to fit the style of dinner you’re having. Vegan friendly and served with grilled tofu and noodles, this is perfect for mid week meals.

This recipe was in partnership with Love Food Hate Waste and Panasonic over on my instagram page

Whats in the recipe?

Leftover Lettuce- You can use any leftovers, don’t worry if you don’t have the full head of lettuce, just use the leftovers. I quartered an iceberg lettuce and grilled each quarter.

Dressing – the dressing is the key to this recipe. It is packed with flavour and allows the tofu and lettuce to really take on the spice, oil and umami and transform it. It’s made up of sesame oil, soy sauce (or tamari) chilli, ginger and garlic. It’s a great dressing for tofu and veggies in other recipes too.

Noodles- You can use thick udon noodles or slightly thinner in texture noodles for this dish. If you are gluten free I find rice ribbon noodles will be best.


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Cooking Tips:

Double up the sauce- If you want to drench your noodles in the sauce, simply double it up.

More leftovers the better – you can use pretty much any veggie to accompany this dish, cauliflower leaves will also work for this recipe, follow exact instructions for the lettuce leaves.

Brush the dressing over – using a pastry brush (the kind you find to egg wash) to glaze the tofu, lettuce and radish will help get an even coating.


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Leftover Lettuce Recipe - Garlic & Chilli Glazed Grilled Lettuce

Leftover Lettuce? Romaine, iceberg or butterhead, you can use any leftover lettuce to make this delicious grilled vegan friendly recipe served with noodles and tofu. Delicious and packed with flavour, this turns limp lettuce into a delicious crunchy flavour carrier!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 romaine lettuce or 1 iceberg lettuce quartered Any kind of lettuce will work, don't worry if you don't have a full head of lettuce either, just use leftovers
  • 3-4 radishes you can use leftover carrot, courgette, or cabbage for this too
  • 250 g firm tofu
  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp white sesame seeds
  • 190 g noodles either medium wheat noodles or udon noodles

For the sauce / dressing

  • 4 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 3 cm piece ginger minced
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp brown sugar it 1 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions
 

  • Start by placing the Combi Steam Oven on Grill Setting 1, let it heat up (grill, temp 200ºC)
  • In the meantime chop the tofu, radish and quarter the head of lettuce, mix together the sauce ingredients and drizzle over the lettuce and tofu (leave 1 tbsp of the sauce to coat the noodles)
  • Place the tofu on the metal wire rack and grill for around 7 minutes, then flip onto the over side and add the quartered lettuce leaves and radish to the grill, pop back in for another 7 minutes
  • Pop the noodles into a microwave safe bowl submerged in water and microwave for around 2.5 minutes
  • Once hot, drain the water and add the remaining sauce and stir through
  • Serve with the tofu, radish and lettuce and drizzle a little chilli sauce or soy sauce over the top along with the sesame seeds

Notes

*Cooking tips, you can always double up the sauce if you want your noodles to be drenched in it too!
*You can use any leftover veggies to accompany this dish, cauliflower leaves will also work for this recipe, follow exact instructions for that too.
*Using a pastry / egg wash brush to glaze the tofu, lettuce and radish will help get an even coating 

If you like this recipe why not try my 20 minute peanut butter curry

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leftover lettuce recipe