Vegan Ultimate Chilli

Preparation Time 10 Minutes Cook Time 35 Minutes Serves 6 Come October, when the rain is beating against the windows and the temperatures drop, my thoughts turn to comfort food. The type of food that feels like a hug in a bowl and warms you from the inside out. Chilli con Carne is a perfect... Continue Reading →

Hot & smokey macaroni bake

Serves 4  Preparation Time 15 Minutes      Cooking Time 15 Minutes Macaroni cheese has always been one of my most favoured comfort foods. My earliest but not the most pleasant memory of this wonderful dish was from a tin of Heinz macaroni cheese. I can still remember the cloying texture and artificial flavour. Now, mac n... Continue Reading →

Spicy vegan pasta bake

Serves 4 Preparation Time 35 Minutes Cooking Time 35 Minutes Ingredients 2 small red onions finely chopped1 tbsp olive oil or spray oil1 red and 1 orange pepper finely chopped2 cloves of garlic crushed2 carrots diced1 small courgette diced300g meat-free substitute as in mince, fake beef or chicken strips2 tbsp chilli tomato pureeDash of chipotle... Continue Reading →

Vegetable cassoulet (stew)

Serves 6 Preparation Time 20 Minutes Cooking Time 1 hr 45 Minutes Cassoulet is a slow-cooked casserole originating from south of France which usually contains meat such as sausage and pork. Obviously, this is not the traditional version but a great vegan one. Hearty, warming and full of flavour, a comforting dish on a cold... Continue Reading →

Green Lentil Bolongese

Serves 4 Preparation 10 Minutes Cooking Time 45 Minutes I love a homemade ragu sauce for a bolognese and this is one of my favourite ones. The green lentils replace the meat part wonderfully. It is a real stick to your ribs hearty sauce which is what is needed for these cold months. It is... Continue Reading →

Vegetable Biryani

Serves 4 Preparation Time 20 Minutes Cooking Time 30 Minutes The weather is still decidedly chilly and will be for a few months yet. We need food to warm our bellies. Also after the splurge of the festive season, it is good to have a meal that is low in calories but also loaded with... Continue Reading →

Sundried Tomato Quinoa Burgers

Makes 5  Preparation     Time 15 Minutes     Cooking Time 8-10 Minutes I really struggle to buy a burger that is both vegan, gluten-free and a reasonable price. There are so many vegan burgers on the market now as there are gluten-free. This difficulty has sort of forced my hand a bit into making my own burgers.... Continue Reading →

Garlic Cauliflower Mac n Cheese

Serves 4      Prep time 20minutes         Cooking time 20-25 minutes Macaroni cheese is the ultimate comfort foods. I think it is the silky cheesy sauce for me. It is also one of the most popular searched for vegan recipes online. I wondered if it would still be as indulgently satisfying without the dairy overload that I... Continue Reading →

Lasagne my way

   Preparation Time  1 hour 15 Minutes    Cooking time 45-50 minutes Serves 4-6 From the time I first got married 33 years ago, I have been cooking lasagne in one form or another. I was neither coeliac or vegan back then, it was a dish that seemed to take every pan in the house... Continue Reading →

Vegan Kievs

I was having one of those weeks, feeling unwell, and definitely sorry for myself, we all have those days, when the world just seems too much to cope with and hibernation seems like a great idea. Well, I started hankering after childhood comfort food. I find it truly amazing how just the scent of a... Continue Reading →

Stuffed Potato Cakes

Makes: 8 medium cakes   Potato cakes are one of those things, I know I love, but do not cook very often, which is such a shame. Mashed potato, like rice or pasta, is something I always cook way too much of. I still cook these foods, like all of my boys still live at home.... Continue Reading →

Smokey Vegan Chilli

Serves 5    Cook time 1 hr 20mins     Freezes well   The colder weather is now heading our way, and the summer warmth quickly receding. Now when the temperature is dropping, a plate of salad is just not an option. We are thinking of hunkering down, thoughts turn to cosy nights in, while listening to the... Continue Reading →

Meatballs

As a child, I loved the traditional meatballs, piled high on spaghetti and covered with cheese. Once I became vegetarian many moons ago, like many foods they were condemned to the B.V (before vegetarianism) food repertoire. Up until three weeks ago, it had never occurred to me to try to make a version. It was... Continue Reading →

Smokey BBQ bean burger

When the sun comes out so do the trusty barbeques which can prove to be an absolute nightmare sometimes if you are vegan or gluten-free,  especially if invited to a summer party. I have tried so many vegan and gluten-free burgers which ranged from really gorgeous to pretty nasty. Some were dry or soggy and... Continue Reading →

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