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15 Minute Crispy Tofu and Leek Stir Fry

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Easy 15 Minute Stir Fry with Leek and Crispy Tofu

A speedy 15 minute vegan stir fry using Leeks, Tofu and Radishes. Full of crunch and texture this is really quick to make and so delicious. A perfect stir fry to make in the autumn and winter to make the most of those veggies.

This recipe is made in partnership with the British Leek Growers’ Association

What’s in the recipe?

Leeks- This time slicing them lengthways and thinly, they create a vegetable like noodle. They keep their crunch with this recipe, only being added to the wok for the final 3-4 minutes of cooking. Don’t be scared to use the full leek for this recipe, the dark green end gives a slightly different texture in this stir fry.

Tofu- My favourite thing to use in stir fry as it can cope with the high heat perfectly. Just an easy sauce to coat and flavour and you have a delicious form of protein in this dish.

Chilli- I used Thai chillies for this recipe however you can use whatever you. have at hand, depending on how spicy you like it.

Noodles- For this recipe I’ve chosen udon noodles that just need to be heated in boiling water for a few minutes before they’re cooked. You can swap this out for the instant ramen noodles if preferred. If you’re gluten free try using rice noodles or soba noodles.

vegan leek stir fry

Tips and Tricks

Timing – to be time efficient, prepping things like the boiling of the kettle for the noodles, getting the wok on a high heat, using a grater for the ginger and garlic will help speed things along.

High heat- Getting the wok to a nice high heat will help with the cooking time, you want to keep the food moving by stirring and tossing to ensure it doesn’t burn. Once you add the sauce to the pan with the veggies it’ll sear everything beautifully.

Don’t add the leeks and radish until the end- Don’t be tempted to throw everything in at the same time. We want the leeks and radishes to remain nice and crunchy, so by adding them towards the end of cooking it’ll help them stay delicious and fresh.

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15 Minute Crispy Tofu & Leek Stir Fry

A speedy 15 minute vegan stir fry using Leeks, Tofu and Radishes. Full of crunch and texture this is really quick to make and so delicious. A perfect stir fry to make in the autumn and winter to make the most of those veggies.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 leek sliced thinly lengthways
  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 4 radishes thinly sliced
  • 1 red chilli thinly sliced
  • 1 green chilli thinly sliced
  • 1 lime
  • 200 g tofu 2cm cubed
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 80 g udon noodles or wheat noodles
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp tamari sub for soy sauce
  • 1 tsp mirin
  • 1 tsp brown sugar

Instructions
 

  • Add 1 tbsp sesame oil to a wok, place on a high heat
  • Once hot add the chilli and ginger and fry for a few minutes before adding the garlic and tofu
  • In a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, mirin, sugar, squeeze of 1/2 lime and remaining sesame oil then add to the wok
  • Add the udon noodles to a pot of boiling water and simmer for five minutes
  • Toss the wok allowing each side of the tofu to cook then add in the thinly sliced radish and leeks, 1/2 the sesame seeds then add in the cooked noodles with a splash of the water from the pot, and fry together on a high heat for the final 2-3 minutes
  • Garnish with 1/4 lime, a sprinkle of sesame seeds. We recommend serving with chilli crisp oil

If you like this recipe why not try my Leek Twist Bread

leek and garlic twist bread lucy nd lentils vegan

Dips Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Whipped Garlic and Herb Tofu Dip with Roasted Tomatoes

Whipped Garlic and Herb Tofu

Whipped Vegan Feta with Garlic and Herbs Topped with Roasted Tomatoes

My vegan take on the whipped feta trend using creamy tofu. This dip is delicious, full of flavour and will have your friends and family guessing as to what it’s made of. Perfect for sandwiches or dipping. You won’t know this is tofu is it transforms from a bland block of soy into a delicious creamy dip!

What’s in the recipe?

Tofu- To replace the feta trend, I’ve used tofu. Don’t worry, this isn’t a bland flavour, by adding all of the other ingredients this is a delicious dip.

Herbs- I’ve used oregano, thyme and dill (all dried) for the tofu dip then topped it with fresh oregano leaves to garnish.

Garlic- This is a brilliant ingredient and would definitely recommend. If you want to use garlic cloves, add 3-4 whole cloves to the tray with the tomatoes, then once roasted, squeeze out the middle into the food processor and blend.

Tomatoes- Perfect to top this dip as all of the delicious sweet and tangy juice from the middle melts into the tofu dip

Olive Oil- Really recommend using extra virgin olive oil as it won’t need to be heated. It’ll have a better more refined flavour within the tofu and to garnish.


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Whipped Garlic & Herb Tofu with Roasted Tomatoes

My vegan take on the whipped feta trend using creamy tofu. This dip is delicious, full of flavour and will have your friends and family guessing as to what it's made of. Perfect for sandwiches or dipping.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 26 mins
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 350 g tofu I use cauldron organic firm tofu block
  • 1/2 lemon, squeezed just the juice
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast optional
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cracked black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/ tsp thyme
  • 3 sprigs fresh dill
  • chopped pickled gherkin a smallish sized one

Top with

  • 200 g roasted cherry tomatoes with lots of salt
  • Toasted sourdough or crackers
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh herbs such as basil or oregano

Instructions
 

  • Start by whacking the oven up to 200ºC (fan) placing the tomatoes on a roasting tray, drizzle in olive oil and coat in a generous pinch of salt and roast for 25-30 minutes
  • In a food processor add all of the ingredients and blitz until creamy smooth, plate up then top with the roasted tomatoes, a generous glug of extra virgin olive oil, pepper, chilli flakes and fresh oregano or basil

Notes

This is perfect served with the tomatoes as the juicy sweet flavour combined with the zingy whipped tofu is perfect
If you want to be extra fancy add a tbsp of my Roasted Pepper and Chilli oil.

If you like this recipe why not try my Roasted Cauliflower Dip

roasted cauliflower garlic dip vegan

 

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Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Baked Cream Cheese & Tomato Gnocchi

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Cream Cheese & Tomato Gnocchi – Slowly Baked

This delicious vegan baked cream cheese and roasted tomato gnocchi is full of flavour, comforting and a delicious plant based dinner option. It’s an easy recipe to pop in the oven and let it do its magic whilst you wind down for the evening. It’s a similar process to the viral Tiktok baked feta pasta recipe, this time swapping the feta for vegan cream cheese and swapping pasta for gnocchi.

What’s in the recipe?

Gnocchi- I use dried gnocchi as you quite often find fresh gnocchi has milk powder in it. However either will work!

Cream Cheese- I use a delicious vegan version from Nush. You can find lots of brands have this as a vegan option now, such as Oatly or supermarket brands. Plain or herbed will work for this recipe, whatever you have at hand.

Tomatoes- I’ve used baby tomatoes for this recipe however a range of tomatoes will work. I find the smaller cherry sized tomatoes work better for a recipe like this. Slowly roasted they transform into beautiful pockets of flavour and texture to mix into the cream cheese.

Garlic- You can use 5 cloves or if you’re doubling up the recipe, whack a whole bulb of garlic in to roast. It’s a key ingredient in this recipe.


cream cheese gnocchi vegan recipe


Cooking Tips:

Peel the garlic- Before adding to the roasting dish, peel the garlic so it roasts easily, making it easy to mash with the back of a fork into the cream cheese.

Mash together- Once the tomatoes, cream cheese and onion have baked, mash together with a potato masher or the back of your fork until deliciously creamy. If you want the onion to be pulsed in, add the entire thing to a food processor before adding the gnocchi.

Gnocchi water- Add a ladle full of the water used to boil the gnocchi to make the sauce delicious and smooth. I’d take a mug full so around 250ml.


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Baked Cream Cheese & Tomato Gnocchi

Vegan baked cream cheese and roasted tomato gnocchi pot. Just a few key ingredients to make this delicious plant based recipe, and only two pots needed to bring this together. It's a similar concept to the viral baked feta pasta, this time with a vegan cream cheese and gnocchi.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 39 mins
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 250 g gnocchi
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 100 g vegan cream cheese I use nush
  • 1 red onion optional
  • 200 g tomatoes baby or cherry
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • Large pinch salt & pepper
  • Garnish with fresh oregano

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C fan
  • Add the tomatoes, quartered red onion, peeled garlic cloves and olive oil to a roasting dish
  • Add the dried herbs, create a space in the middle and add the cream cheese to the middle, pop in the oven and bake for 25 minutes
  • In a pot of boiling water, add a generous pinch of salt with the gnocchi and simmer for a few minutes, drain but leave a ladle full of the water in the pot
  • When the tomatoes have baked, mash the garlic and tomatoes into the cream cheese and mix until creamy then add in the cooked gnocchi and water
  • Mix together then add back to the oven for 5 minutes, garnish with fresh oregano or basil and enjoy

If you like this recipe why not try my Roasted Tomato Risotto

vegan tomato and garlic risotto

cream cheese vegan gnocchi

Dressings and Sauces Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Roasted Cauliflower and Garlic Dip

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Cauliflower and Garlic Dip

Beautifully roasted cauliflower with roasted garlic blitzed into a creamy dip. This vegan friendly and gluten free recipe is so easy to make and creates a huge batch perfect for dipping homemade croutons or adding into salads and sandwiches in the week. If you’re going to a bbq or dinner party, whip this up and serve with crunchy veg and crisps for a delicious side.

What’s in the recipe?

Cauliflower- Don’t underestimate the humble cauliflower, because when it’s roasted it tastes delicious. Full of flavour and seasoned with salt, it works perfectly in this dip.

Garlic- I’ve used 1/2 bulb of garlic which works out at about 6 cloves of garlic. Don’t be concerned with that many cloves as the roasting process takes away the harsh taste of it and instead creates a delicious rich and smokey flavour to the recipe.

Olive oil- I love using olive oil in dips and when roasting veg as it creates a beautiful golden and smooth flavour.

Tahini- Much like you use tahini in hummus, I love adding it to this dip to add a creamier texture. If you don’t have tahini you could swap it for hummus, or just simple leave this ingredient out. Add 1 ice cube to the processor to help create a fluffy texture.

Paprika and Cumin- These spices are delicious with the cauliflower, however I’ve only added a small amount so the flavour of the cauliflower comes through. Make it, taste test and feel free to add a little more to suit your preference.


roasted cauliflower and garlic dip

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Roasted Cauliflower and Garlic Dip

Easy cauliflower and garlic dip made by roasting the vegetables then blending with spices, olive oil and salt. Easy to make, makes a huge batch for the week. Just a few key ingredients to have this tasty dip.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp olive oil for the cauliflower
  • 1 large head of cauliflower chopped into florets
  • 6 cloves garlic around 1/2 bulb
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup ice cold water
  • 1/2 small lemon squeezed

Instructions
 

  • Start by preheating the oven to 200ºC (fan) and chop the cauliflower head into florets and place into a large baking dish / tray with 1 tbsp olive oil and a pinch of salt and the garlic cloves
  • Roast for 30 minutes, turning and tossing in the oil halfway through baking
  • Allow to cool a little before adding to a food processor along with the cold water, roasted garlic, tahini, lemon juice, paprika, cumin, salt and olive oil and blitz until smooth
  • Taste test adding a little more paprika or cumin if preferred

Notes

  1. Top with my delicious red pepper and garlic paste for an extra kick of flavour 
  2. Use my homemade zero waste croutons to dip into this
  3. Ice cold water helps create a fluffy texture, so allowing the cauliflower to cool before blending really helps
  4. You can add the roasted garlic skin, but if you would rather, squeeze the roasted garlic out of the skin when adding to the blender

If you like this recipe why not try my Roasted Pepper and Chilli Paste 

home made harissa paste

Lunch & Light Bites Recipe Sides & Savoury Snacks

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

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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

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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

 

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asparagus and shiitake risotto

Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

15 Minute Creamy Vegan Ravioli Soup

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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.

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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 and chickpea tray bake

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