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Here you will find a range of delicious Vegetarian recipes that anyone will enjoy whether they are vegetarian or not! 

Broccoli & Potato Hash

A delicious breakfast or brunch dish perfect for the weekend. This Broccoli & Potato Hash is packed full of vegetables and topped with a fried egg. 

Broccoli & Potato Hash 

Broccoli for breakfast?!

I can imagine this is the reaction a few of you may have when you see this Broccoli & Potato Hash. People all over the world eat lots of different vegetables for breakfast so why not broccoli? I love broccoli, specifically Tenderstem broccoli. I always have some in the fridge and eat it numerous times each week. One of my favourite ways to eat it is my Roasted Parmesan Tenderstem Broccoli

But one meal I hadn’t eaten it for was breakfast. I used my Chorizo & Cavolo Nero Hash recipe for inspiration and came up with this lighter, vegetarian recipe. This Broccoli & Potato Hash is more suited to breakfast and brunch in my opinion because I haven’t added garlic. 

Perfect for weekend brunch

I know a lot of people eat differently at the weekend from during the week. If you’re having a relaxing weekend and having a lie in, brunch may be you go-to meal. This Broccoli & Potato Hash is perfect for this. It is simple to make so you can continue the relaxed and half asleep feel while making this! 

I have suggested cutting the vegetables into quite a small dice as this speeds up the cooking time. You can absolutely cut them into larger pieces and just allow for a slightly longer cook time. I realise when you’re having a lazy weekend, you might not feel like dicing vegetables. 

Broccoli & Potato Hash makes great leftovers 

You could easily make a larger portion of this on a Sunday and keep it in the fridge ready to reheat on Monday morning. You could reheat it in the microwave if you’re tight for time, or in a pan to ensure you don’t loose the crispness of the potatoes. Then just top with a fresh fried egg and you have a delicious breakfast for a Monday morning that took minutes to assemble. Who wouldn’t want to start the working week with this Broccoli & Potato Hash?!

 

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Broccoli & Potato Hash

A delicious breakfast or brunch dish perfect for the weekend. This Broccoli & Potato Hash is packed full of vegetables and topped with a fried egg. 

Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine British
Keyword Potato, Breakfast Burrito, Broccoli
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 284 kcal

Ingredients

  • 400 g potatoes (waxy)
  • 1 pepper
  • ½ tbsp sunflower oil
  • 170 g tenderstem broccoli
  • ½ tsp sea salt

For the fried eggs

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. Cut the potatoes into roughly a 1cm dice. Put them in a pan of boiling water for 7-10 minutes until they are cooked through

  2. While the potatoes are boiling, cut the pepper into roughly the same size pieces. Separate the stems of the broccoli from the florets and cut the stems into similar size pieces as the other vegetables

  3. Add the oil to a pan over a medium high heat and add the peppers and the broccoli stalks. Cook for 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally

  4. When the potatoes are cooked, drain them and add them to the peppers and broccoli stalks. Cook for 2-3 minutes before adding the broccoli florets

  5. Add the broccoli florets and the salt. Turn the heat to medium and allow to cook for 5 minutes or until the broccoli is tender

  6. In a separate pan on a high heat, add the oil and crack in the eggs. Fry until they are to your liking

  7. Serve the hash with a fried egg on top

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only and my vary.

Nutrition Facts
Broccoli & Potato Hash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 284 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 164mg55%
Sodium 666mg29%
Potassium 991mg28%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 458IU9%
Vitamin C 71mg86%
Calcium 91mg9%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Potato & Thyme Stacks

Tasty little stacks of potato flavoured with thyme. These Potato & Thyme Stacks will add a special touch to any meal. 
   

Who doesn’t love a potato?

Potatoes are so versatile and absolutely delicious. But this isn’t news to you I am sure! For Christmas, I got a Microplane Slicer (not an affiliate link). I have always been a bit scared of mandolines so thought this was a better place to start! Since getting the slicer I knew I wanted to use it to make a potato stack dish. 

What if you don’t have a slicer or mandoline?

Don’t panic, if you don’t have a slicer of mandoline you can still make these Potato & Thyme Stacks! If you have a food processor, you may have a slicer attachment. Otherwise, you can just use a knife. This will obviously take some time but it can definitely be done. Try to slice the potatoes as evenly as you can. You can always cut the potatoes slightly thicker and cook them for a bit longer. Just make sure they are completely cooked before serving. 

A side dish that is a little bit special 

These Potato & Thyme Stacks do take a little bit more time than mash for example, but they are worth the extra effort. They are a really simple idea, but look a bit fancier which is always nice! 

What to serve these Potato & Thyme Stacks with

You can serve these with so many different meals. I like to have them with one of my all time favourite meals; pork loin, Brussel Sprouts with Bacon & Garlic and Roasted Parmesan Tenderstem Broccoli. But the combinations are endless. I think these would make a great alternative potato side for a roast. They would also be a great option if you were hosting a dinner party. 

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Potato & Thyme Stacks

Tasty little stacks of potato flavoured with thyme. These Potato & Thyme Stacks will add a special touch to any meal. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine British
Keyword Potato, Thyme, Side dish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 150 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 2 large potatoes (approx 600g)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • sprinkle garlic powder
  • spray oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (fan assisted or 200ºC non fan assisted)

  2. Using a mandolin or food processor, slice the potatoes into slices 2-3mm thick  

  3. Spray a muffin tin with oil. Cut the sliced potatoes into half or quarters so they fit into the muffin tin 

  4. Layer the potato slices into the muffin tin over lapping them to make sure there are no gaps. Every few layers, sprinkle some salt and thyme leaves 

  5. When you have reached the top of the muffin tin, spray with oil and sprinkle with a few more thyme leaves, salt and garlic powder 

  6. Bake in the middle shelf of the oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Check the potatoes are cooked through by poking a sharp knife into the middle 

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Potato & Thyme Stacks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150
% Daily Value*
Sodium 163mg7%
Potassium 761mg22%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 4g17%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 22.3mg27%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 6.1mg34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Easy Vegan Bolognese

Easy Vegan Bolognese is simple, healthy and really tasty! It is such an easy recipe to make and packed with nutrients it is definitely worth trying. 

If you are a regular to my blog, you’ll know that one of my aims this year was to eat less meat. So far I have made Vegan Lentil Chilli, Roasted Halloumi & Za’atar Tray Bake and Sweetcorn & Cavolo Nero Quesadillas. These have been popular which has lead me to come up with more veggie recipes.

Why not use Quorn?

Adapting a bolognese seemed like an obvious choice for me. As I have said previously, I’m not too keen on using meat replacements like Quorn. I know a lot of people use and love Quorn, but not using it lets me come up with more creative ways than swapping the mince for Quorn. Also I’m sure there are quite a few lovely recipes already out there using Quorn for bolognese. 

Using lentils instead of meat

As in my Vegan Lentil Chilli and Vegetarian Lentil Curry, I have used lentils in this Easy Vegan Bolognese. I am new to using lentils but have been really loving them! They help bulk out a dish and make it more filling. I think they also create a slightly meaty texture which helps if you are feeding non vegetarians!

In previous recipes I’ve used red split lentils which worked really well. This was my first recipe using green lentils. I wanted to use the green lentils for this Easy Vegan Bolognese because they hold their shape better than red lentils. 

Can I cook this in a slow cooker?

Yes this Easy Vegan Bolognese would work really well in a slow cooker. I haven’t tested it yet, but I would add all of the ingredients apart from the lentils. I’d cook it for 2 hours on high before adding the lentils and cooking for a further 2-3 hours. I would also reduce the amount of water to 200ml. 

Is this Easy Vegan Bolognese healthy?

The good news is yes! I didn’t set out to make this recipe, vegan or super healthy. But I am pleased that it ended up that way! Lentils contain lots of protein as well as fibre and other nutrients you can’t find in meat. On top of that, this Easy Vegan Bolognese is really low in calories too! 

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Easy Vegan Bolognese

Easy Vegan Bolognese is simple, healthy and really tasty! It is such an easy recipe to make and packed with nutrients it is definitely worth trying. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword Vegetarian, Vegan, Bolognaise
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 126 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • ½ tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 carrots diced
  • 2 sticks of celery diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • tbsp tomato puree
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • tsp Bouillon powder
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 390g tin green lentils
  • 300 ml water

Instructions

  1. Add the oil to a pan over medium heat. Add the diced onions, carrot, celery, garlic and tomato puree and allow to soften for 10 minutes 

  2. Add the tinned tomatoes, dried herbs, mustard powder, salt, pepper, Bouillon powder and bay leaves. Stir to mix through completely 

  3. Add 200ml of water and stir through. Leave to cook partially covered with a lid for 30 mins on a low heat, stirring occasionally 

  4. Drain and rinse the lentils in cold water before adding them to the pan

  5. Add another 100ml water before partially covering with a lid and leaving to cook on a low heat for another hour. Stir every so often and add a little more water if needed 

Recipe Notes

When using tinned tomatoes, I like to fill the empty tin with water to add to the recipe. It catches the last of the tomato juice. 

If at any point it starts looking too dry, add a splash more water.

If it looks too watery towards the end of the cooking time, remove the lid and turn up the heat slightly. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Vegan Bolognese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 126 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 770mg33%
Potassium 1332mg38%
Carbohydrates 71g24%
Fiber 32g133%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 7830IU157%
Vitamin C 19.5mg24%
Calcium 110mg11%
Iron 8.7mg48%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cavolo Nero & Sweetcorn Quesadillas

These Cavolo Nero & Sweetcorn Quesadillas a delicious vegetarian lunch or snack. Who could resist a cheesy quesadilla with a hint of spice?

Cavolo Nero is my go-to vegetable at the moment. You may have already seen me use it in my Chorizo & Cavolo Nero Hash and Easy Chicken & Rice Soup recipes. It has quite a subtle taste which lends itself to being added to recipes with lots of flavour. 

Cavolo Nero is packed full of vitamins and iron which makes it a great addition to lots of meals. I decided to use it this time to make vegetarian quesadillas. I’ve already got a recipe for Chorizo & Potato Quesadillas but I wanted to make a vegetarian version because as I’ve mentioned before we’re trying to eat less meat. 

Can I adapt these quesadillas?

These Cavolo Nero & Sweetcorn Quesadillas are really simple to make and can be easily adapted. For example I have used a red chilli and a pinch of chilli powder. The fresh chilli gives the quesadillas a lovely fleck of colour; but if you don’t have one you can just use chilli powder. You can also really easily adapt the heat by adding more or less chilli powder. If you are making these for children you can obviously completely leave the chilli out. Hopefully the cheese and potatoes will help disguise the veggies if your children aren’t keen!

Do the quesadillas make good leftovers?

The recipe below makes enough quesadillas for two people. You can easily double the recipe when you are catering for more people. I would also recommend doubling the recipe if you would like leftovers. These Cavolo Nero & Sweetcorn Quesadillas make a great lunch whether you eat them hot or cold. 

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Cavolo Nero & Sweetcorn Quesadillas

These Cavolo Nero & Sweetcorn Quesadillas a delicious vegetarian lunch or snack. Who could resist a cheesy quesadilla with a hint of spice?

Course Lunch
Cuisine Mexican, International
Keyword Sweetcorn, Cavolo Nero, Quesadillas
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 462 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 300 g potatoes
  • 1 tsp sunflower oil
  • 50 g cavolo nero washed and stems removed
  • 1 red chilli
  • 198g tin sweetcorn drained
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • pinch ancho chilli powder
  • 70 g cheddar cheese grated
  • 2 large flour tortillas
  • spray oil

Instructions

  1. Peel the potatoes and dice. Boil in salted water for 10 minutes or until just tender

  2. Add the oil to a frying pan over a medium heat and add the potatoes. Using a wooden spoon, smash the potatoes slightly before adding the cavolo nero, sweetcorn and red chilli 

  3. Cook for 5 minutes until the cavolo nero has wilted and the potatoes are broken down. Set to one side 

  4. Take one tortilla and scatter cover one half with a quarter of the grated cheese

  5. Add half of the potato filling on top of the cheese and spread out until it is even and right up to the edge 

  6. Sprinkle with some more cheese and fold the plain side of the tortilla over onto the filled side

  7. Heat a large frying pan on a medium/low heat. When hot spray with oil. Place the folded tortilla into the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes before it is golden brown

  8. Carefully flip the tortilla over and cook for a further 2-3 minutes until both sides are golden and the cheese is melted

  9. Repeat with the rest of the ingredients to make the second quesadilla 

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Cavolo Nero & Sweetcorn Quesadillas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 462 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 1036mg45%
Potassium 1039mg30%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 750IU15%
Vitamin C 56.2mg68%
Calcium 329mg33%
Iron 6.8mg38%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Roasted Halloumi & Za’atar Tray Bake

Delicious roasted vegetables subtly seasoned and topped with halloumi. This Roasted Halloumi & Za’atar Tray Bake is so easy to make and will soon become a family favourite! 

 
As I have mentioned previously, Mr Curly and I are trying to eat less meat this year. So far I have made a Vegan Lentil Chilli and revamped my Vegetable & Red Lentil Curry. Both of these went down really well which gave me the confidence to create more veggie recipes!

Just because a recipe is vegetarian does not mean it shouldn’t be exciting and full of flavour. I love tray bakes because of their simplicity and how easy they are to adapt. I already have a Sausage & Mustard Tray Bake recipe and when I thought of what I could replace the sausages with, halloumi instantly came to mind. Who doesn’t like halloumi?! It is a favourite cheese with so many people that it was a no brainer to use. 

The za’atar and smoked paprika drizzle provides a really subtle flavour to the tray bake. if you haven’t heard of it before, za’atar is a blend of Middle Eastern herbs and spices typically including oregano, thyme, sesame seeds and sumac. I didn’t want to over power the halloumi because it is quite a mild flavoured cheese. I also didn’t want to mask the flavours of the tasty veggies! 

You can use whatever vegetables you like in this Roasted Halloumi & Za’atar Tray Bake. It is also a great way to use up veggies that you might have lurking in your fridge. Roasting vegetables very forgiving and crisps them up nicely so you will never tell if they were slightly wrinkly! 

I like my halloumi to me quite well cooked. If I’m grilling it I like to get dark grill marks because I love the flavour and crispiness it gives to the cheese. If you prefer it paler and softer, cook it for less time. 

You can serve the Roasted Halloumi & Za’atar Tray Bake as it is or I like to serve it with some steamed broccoli. 

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Roasted Halloumi & Za'atar Tray Bake

Delicious roasted vegetables subtlyseasoned and topped with halloumi. This Roasted Halloumi & Za'atar Tray Bake is so easy to make and will soon become a family favourite! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean, British
Keyword Vegetarian, Roasted Vegetables, Halloumi, Za'atar
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 523 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 4 potatoes
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 3 carrots peeled
  • 2 parsnips peeled
  • 1 pepper
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 red onion
  • 225 g halloumi

For the drizzle

  • 1 tbsp za'atar
  • ½ tbsp smoked paprika
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • twist black pepper
  • tbsp water if needed

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (fan assisted, 200ºC non fan)

  2. Cut the vegetables into similar sized chunks and add them to a roasting tray

  3. Mix together all of the drizzle ingredients together in a bowl. Add the water if it needs loosening slightly to be pour able

  4. Pour the drizzle over all of the vegetables and thoroughly mix them until they are completely covered. Roast in the oven for 10 minutes before turning and cooking for a further 10 minutes 

  5. Slice the halloumi into roughly ½ cm slices. Lay them on top of the vegetables and roast for a further 15-20 minutes until the halloumi is cooked to your liking

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Halloumi & Za'atar Tray Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 523 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Sodium 1341mg58%
Potassium 1614mg46%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 12820IU256%
Vitamin C 52.2mg63%
Calcium 712mg71%
Iron 9.4mg52%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Vegan Lentil Chilli

Delicious and comforting with a touch of spice. This Vegan Lentil Chilli is such an easy slow cooker meal that is packed full of flavour. You definitely won’t miss the meat!

Over the past few months, I have been making a conscious effort to step up what I am doing to help the environment.  I’ve always been an enthusiastic re-cycler (that phrase might catch on!) but I’ve been finding ways to do that bit more. As well as recycling I am trying to reduce the amount of plastic I use; especially single use plastic. 

Aside from recycling, Mr Curly and I have also decided to try and eat less meat. This will be a pretty big change, especially for Mr Curly. Up until very recently he would consider a meal to be missing something without meat. This meant that for lunch and dinner each day, there would be some kind of meat involved. I wasn’t sure how long he would last with wanting to eat less meat but so far we’re doing really well! 

We’re not going too crazy, but trying to have vegetarian lunches and at least two vegetarian meals a week. So I had to come up with some really tasty vegetarian meals that wouldn’t make us miss the meat. I have never been a fan of Quorn so meat replacement products were not going to be my go-to.

One of the first dishes that come to mind was a chilli which is how my Vegan Lentil Chilli came about! My intention was to make a vegetarian dish, but once I was finished I realised it was vegan too which was an added bonus! I thought it wouldn’t be vegan because I was going to add dark chocolate. But when I was talking about this on Instagram, my sister and another blogger friend pointed out that dark chocolate is actually vegan. And if that wasn’t good enough, it is also gluten free too! 

I was slightly apprehensive about this Vegan Lentil Chilli because I’m not very experienced with vegetarian food. It passed my taste test which meant it was the onto Mr Curly. I served it up for him and when he’d eaten it I asked him what he thought. He told me he really liked it, but I confused him when I asked him if he missed the meat. His response of ‘there was no meat in that?’ gave the Vegan Lenil Chilli a big tick! If someone that was a massive meat fan can’t tell its meat free then that’s a huge plus. 

The final taste tester was my vegetarian friend Katie that I work with. Before the recipes had even finished cooking she was messaging me saying she thought she needed to taste test! So I took her some of this Vegan Lentil Chilli along with my tweaked Vegetarian Curry recipe. I am pleased to say she was a huge fan of both of them and has been hassling me to get the recipe written up ASAP. I think what she liked most about this was it has a bit of heat to it. 

If food is packed full of flavour, you definitely won’t miss the meat in my opinion.  I have used my favourite chilli powders for this Vegan Lentil Chilli as well as some chipotles in adobo sauce. You might have to look in a few of the bigger supermarkets to get these, but it really is worth seeking them out. And don’t worry you can use them in plenty of recipes already on my blog!

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Vegan Lentil Chilli

Delicious and comforting with a touch of spice. This Vegan Lentil Chilli is such an easy slow cooker meal that is packed full of flavour. You definitely won't miss the meat!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican, International
Keyword Chilli, Vegetarian, Vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 217 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 1 onion diced
  • 400g tin kidney beans in chilli sauce
  • 400g tin black beans (rinsed)
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 2 peppers diced
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 3 garlic cloves diced
  • 1 tsp chipotles in adobo sauce (optional)
  • ½ tsp chipotle chilli powder
  • ½ tsp ancho chilli powder
  • ½ tsp ancho chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp Mexican oregano
  • 1 red chilli sliced
  • 200 g red split lentils rinsed in cold water
  • 300 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 30 g dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients apart from the dark chocolate to the slow cooker. Stir thoroughly. 

  2. Cook on high for 6 hours. Break the dark chocolate into chunks and add it to the slow cooker. Stir through and allow to cook for another 30 minutes to 1 hour until the lentils are completely cooked

  3. Serve with boiled rice 

Recipe Notes

I use a 3.5L slow cooker. 

If the chilli starts looking dry, add a splash more water. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Lentil Chilli
Amount Per Serving
Calories 217 Calories from Fat 828
% Daily Value*
Fat 92g142%
Saturated Fat 24g150%
Sodium 757mg33%
Potassium 59271mg1693%
Carbohydrates 3957g1319%
Fiber 1451g6046%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1477g2954%
Vitamin A 1190IU24%
Vitamin C 12.9mg16%
Calcium 4511mg451%
Iron 350.8mg1949%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Beetroot, Red Pepper & Goat’s Cheese Salad

Salads aren’t just for the summer. This Beetroot, Red Pepper & Goat’s Cheese Salad is a comforting salad that adds colour to any Winter meal. 

Beetroot hasn’t always been a vegetable I was fond of. I don’t know why I used to not be keen on it, but in the last couple of years I have embraced beetroot! Up until recently I’d bought the precooked beetroot. But all that has changed now!

Last month Mr Curly and I took the dogs for a weekend away in the Cotswolds. We had a lovely time walking around the little towns and of course I had to go into every food shop there was! There were some fantastic delis that I would love to live close to because I’d be there all the time. One of the delis had a Beetroot, Red Pepper & Goat’s Cheese Salad that looked absolutely delicious so I had to get some. 

It was so tasty I knew I had to recreate the salad myself. This wasn’t very hard as it was so simple in the first place! I did make one small change to their original recipe. They had used chioggia beetroot as well as the standard type of beetroot. Although this looks pretty, I didn’t like the flavour as much as ordinary beetroot. 

I’ve recently started ordering an organic vegetable box which gets delivered each week. When beetroot came in my box I knew I had to recreate the recipe myself! It also gave me the prefect reason to roast my own beetroot which I am pleased to say was incredibly easy. 

This salad is so simple to make, it just takes some very easy prep work. Once you have roasted the beetroot and slow cooked the peppers you are practically there! 

This Beetroot, Red Pepper & Goat’s Cheese Salad makes a delicious light lunch, but it could also act as a tasty side dish to a number of main meals. It also adds some fantastic colour to a Winter’s day. 

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Beetroot, Red Pepper & Goat's Cheese Salad

Salads aren't just for the summer. This Beetroot, Red Pepper & Goat's Cheese Salad is a comforting salad that adds colour to any Winter meal. 

Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean, International
Keyword Salad, Beetroot, Goat's Cheese, Red Pepper
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 135 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 400 g red peppers (approx 4)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 150 g beetroot (2 large)
  • 40 g soft goat's cheese
  • parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 170170ºC (fan assisted, 190ºC non fan). Wrap your beetroot in foil and place directly on the oven shelf. Roast for 50 minutes until you can easily stick the point of a knife into it

  2. Leave the beetroot to cool 

  3. Thinly slice the peppers and fry them on a low heat for 20-25 minutes until they have softened 

  4. Once the beetroot is cool enough to handle, peel it. The skin should come away very easily now it has been roasted. Cut into chunks 

  5. Add the peppers and beetroot to your serving dish and then crumble the goats cheese over. Finish by scattering with some chopped parsley 

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Beetroot, Red Pepper & Goat's Cheese Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 135 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 33mg1%
Potassium 332mg9%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 3130IU63%
Vitamin C 129.5mg157%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Easy Cheese & Broccoli Pasta

This Easy Cheese & Broccoli Pasta is a perfect midweek dinner. It is quick, easy and delicious as well as being packed with cheesy goodness. 

The inspiration for this Easy Cheese & Broccoli Pasta came from my newly found appreciation of pasta and my obsession with Tenderstem broccoli. Together they have made a tasty but really simple dish which I think the whole family would enjoy. 

A new appreciation for pasta

I’m sure I have mentioned before that pasta wasn’t really a dish I enjoyed growing up. I found it a bit boring unless it was with spaghetti bolognese because we usually had it with the same shop bough tomato based sauce which had lumps of onion in it. Me and lumps of onion do not go well together. 

This did put me off pasta for quite a few years, but recently I can’t get enough of it! I have already shared my Skinny Creamy Chicken Sausage Pasta and Sausage, Mustard & Basil Pasta recipes with you. Although these are easy and relatively quick, you have to cook the meat so that adds some extra time. 

I wanted to come up with more vegetarian recipes because I don’t have that many as my friend Katie keeps telling me! Plus any excuse to eat tenderstem broccoli and I’m there! 

Who doesn’t love a delicious creamy sauce?!

The creamy sauce for this Easy Cheese & Broccoli Pasta couldn’t be easier to make and is a real time saving element. I used mascarpone because I love it’s rich, creamy flavour. I have also used full fat mascarpone, but you could definitely use reduced fat mascarpone or even cream cheese if you would prefer. I used Parmesan to add another level of cheesy goodness. It adds great flavour but is healthier than other types of cheese such as cheddar. 

Although it pains me to say this, you could also use regular broccoli instead of Tenderstem broccoli.  You would just need to cut the florets up slightly to make sure they steam quickly. 

  

This recipe doesn’t reheat particularly well as the sauce splits slightly. I don’t mind this and will still heat it up for lunch the next day. But if you don’t fancy the sauce splitting, you can always eat it cold like Mr Curly does. Talking about Mr Curly, you can use whatever pasta shape you like but just so you know, he doesn’t approve of the pasta shape you can see in the photos. He couldn’t tell me why exactly but it definitely troubled him!

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Easy Cheese & Broccoli Pasta

This Easy Cheese & Broccoli Pasta is a perfect midweek dinner. It is quick, easy and delicious as well as being packed with cheesy goodness. 

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Cream Cheese, Broccoli, Pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 605 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 150 g pasta
  • 1 tsp sunflower oil
  • 200 g tenderstem broccoli
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 100 g mascarpone
  • 30 ml semi skimmed milk
  • 20 g Parmesan grated
  • pinch black pepper
  • 50 ml pasta water

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta as per the packet's instructions 

  2. While the pasta is cooking, cut the tenderstem broccoli stalks into chunks leaving the florets as they are. 

  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium/high heat and add the broccoli stalks. Saute for a couple of minutes before adding the broccoli florets. Add approximately 50ml of the pasta water to the broccoli. Turn the heat down and put a lid on to allow the broccoli to steam. 

  4. Mix the mascarpone and milk together. This will take a minute or so to combine thoroughly. 

  5. After a couple of minutes, the water will have evaporated from the broccoli. Add the garlic, salt and pepper.

  6. Add the pasta to the broccoli when it is cooked al dente. Then add the mascarpone mix and stir before finally adding the grated Parmesan. 

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Cheese & Broccoli Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 605 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 1356mg59%
Potassium 167mg5%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 780IU16%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 210mg21%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Easy Greek Salad

Everyone has heard of a Greek Salad but each version is slightly different. My Easy Greek Salad is my version of this well known classic. 

Summer is all about salads for me. They’re light and fresh and just what I fancy when the weather is hot. I do frequently make the standard salads with lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes with other varying ingredients added in; but these aren’t always the most exciting. 

One important thing to remember is that salads don’t always involve lettuce. I know that sounds obvious, but something that is sometimes easily forgotten. Not by the Greeks however!I’d never made a Greek Salad until recently. It was on our recent holiday to the Seychelles (Greece would have made more sense I know!) that I remembered just how tasty Greek Salads are and realised I needed to make my own Easy Greek Salad. 

As the name suggests, this is a Easy Greek Salad. It doesn’t take much effort or time to make a tasty salad packed with flavour. It makes a delicious side salad for a number of dishes, especially a BBQ. I’ve also eaten if to lunch with some salami for a Mediterranean inspired meal. 

I quite like adding the dressing to the salad even if I don’t plan on eating it all at once. The seeds from the tomatoes mix with the dressing which is something I like. If you don’t like the sound of this, just remove the seeds from the tomatoes. 

As you can see, olives are missing from my Simple Greek Salad because I’m afraid they are not for me! Feel free to add these if you’re a fan. 

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Easy Greek Salad

Everyone has heard of a Greek Salad but each version is slightly different. My Easy Greek Salad is my version of this well known classic. 

Course Salad
Keyword Greek Salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 144 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 300 g large tomatoes
  • 300 g cucumber
  • ½ red onion
  • 100 g feta

Dressing

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ clove garlic minced
  • ½ tsp fresh oregano (¼ tsp dried)

Instructions

  1. Dice the tomatoes and cucumber into large chunks and add to a bowl 

  2. Dice the red onion slightly smaller and add to the same bowl

  3. In a jam jar, add the dressing ingredients and shake to combine 

  4. When ready to serve, pour the some of the dressing over the salad and gently stir. Add to your serving dish and crumble chunks of the feta over

Recipe Notes

I like to use tomatoes on the vine because I think they have a nicer flavour. 

If you are not planning to eat this salad straight away, or have some left over, the seeds from the tomatoes will combine with the dressing. I quite like this but you may want to remove the seeds.  

Add as much dressing as you like, you may not need all of it. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Greek Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 144 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 572mg25%
Potassium 137mg4%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 160IU3%
Vitamin C 3.4mg4%
Calcium 137mg14%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Sweet Potato & Feta Baked Taquitos

Sweet Potato & Feta Baked Taquitos are a delicious Mexican vegetarian dish. Subtle but delicious flavours in a healthier version of a well known classic. 

The inspiration for this recipe came after a recent trip to London. Mr Curly and I had a fantastic foodie weekend and tried so much delicious food. Before we went to see Sam Smith on concert, we went to Wahaca for dinner. We’d only been there once before where unfortunately pretty much everything I ordered for us was a bit too spicy for Mr Curly. 

This time far more successful and everything we ordered was really tasty. One of the dishes I was really pleasantly surprised with was the sweet potato & feta taquito. I knew I would like the flavours, but it didn’t have any meat in so surely it was just going to be nice? Oh I was wrong, it was so good. 

Obviously I then wanted to recreate it myself at home and add my own twist to it. Honestly, I don’t think you can beat the delicious crispness of a deep fried taquitos. But I try to avoid deep frying in a faint attempt to keep my recipes relatively healthy. So I decided to bake my taquitos instead which is healthier and easier too; win win. 

There are a few ways that you could cook your sweet potato. You could boil it in water or bake it in the oven, but I chose to bake it in the microwave. Boiling it risked it not being dried properly and it would have taken longer to bake in the oven. Feel free to use another method if you would prefer. 

I have deliberately made my Sweet Potato & Feta Baked Taquitos to have quite subtle flavours. I didn’t want any chile flavours to overpower the sweet potato or feta which is why I have showed restraint and only used a pinch. If you are a chile fiend, you can add some more.

These Sweet Potato & Feta Baked Taquitos are best served hot. They can be reheated but I would definitely recommend reheating them in the oven to keep them crisp. These are great for lunch or a starter. 

Makes 6 taquitos 

For the taquitos
600g sweet potato
100g feta 
½ tsp sea salt
¹⁄8 tsp ancho chile powder
Pinch of black pepper
6 mini tortillas 
Spray oil 

For the sauce
50g soured cream
1 ½ tsp lime juice
Pinch of sea salt 
Pinch of ancho chile powder

  1. Cook the sweet potatoes in the microwave for 7-10 minutes until they are soft
  2. Preheat the oven to 190ºC (fan assisted 210ºC non fan)
  3. Allow the sweet potatoes to cool before peeling the skin and adding the potato into a bowl
  4. Crumble in the feta and add the salt, pepper and ancho chile powder and mash together  

  1. Line your mini tortillas out and add a long sausage shape of the sweet potato filling slightly of centre of each tortilla

  1. Roll the tortillas up tightly and place them on a baking tray sprayed with oil 
  2. Bake them in the oven for 20 minutes, turning so they brown evenly 

  1. Make the sauce by stirring the ingredients together in a bowl until completely mixed
  2. Serve hot on a bed of shredded lettuce drizzled with the sauce 
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