Side dishes

Courgette Tofu Fritters (High Protein)

These courgette tofu fritters make a great speedy dinner option, lunch or high protein snack. I usually serve them with roasted vegetables and a side of hummus (for even more protein and plant goodness!). I'm always looking for new, tasty and fun ways to use tofu. It's such a great plant-based protein option and can easily be flavoured with anything you like. It usually gets a bad rep for being boring, but when using the right flavourings (things like spices, garlic, fresh herbs, etc.) and enough of them, you can turn it into so many tasty and nutritious dishes.  Tofu is a complete protein source, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids that the body cannot produce on its [...]

Smashed Chilli Garlic Broccoli

A delicious way to enjoy broccoli. You'll never be bored of broccoli again once you try this smashed chilli garlic broccoli. It's so delicious and you can change it around with different flavours and toppings.  Anything smashed seems to be all the rage at the moment. It started with potatoes, then moved on to sprouts, now there seems to be a smashed version of every veggie!  The trend has spread for good reason - smashing your vegetables and roasting them just seems to make them 10x more tasty and moreish! Especially when flavoured with things like butter, garlic and in the case of this recipe chilli and crunchy seaweed. I don't think I'll ever want to eat broccoli any other [...]

Vegan Cabbage Pancakes with a Chutney Chickpea Dip

Delicious vegan cabbage pancakes lightly spiced and served with a creamy chutney chickpea dip. You're definitely going to want to try this recipe!  I'm very much into savoury vegetable pancakes/fritters at the moment. A couple of weeks ago I made these simple vegetable fritters, which went down a storm, so I thought I would make another version  I find fritters an easy way to prepare vegetables that's a lot more fun, tasty and exciting compared to plain boiled or even roasted vegetables. Don't get me wrong, I love my roasted veggies, but every now and then I like to change things up a little. This recipe is an easy, tasty way to level up your veggie game!  Cabbage is one [...]

Tofu Rice Dumplings (Vegan & Gluten-free)

Delicious parcels that are so quick and easy to make. These tofu rice dumplings make a great main meal or a protein packed snack/side dish. Tofu is one of my favourite ingredients to use in main meals. Even though I'm not fully vegan, I do follow a mainly plant-based diet. I find tofu one of the best and easiest ways to add protein to meals without resorting to using ultra processed fake meats. Tofu can also be high in calcium, especially if it's set in a calcium solution. Calcium is another nutrient that can be lacking in a poorly planed plant-based diet or if you don't eat things like dairy and boney fish. Tofu is a great way to make [...]

Easy Vegan Vegetable Fritters

These easy vegan vegetable fritters are a delicious and easy way to get your daily dose of vegetables. They are an excellent source of fibre, nutrients and antioxidants. You can enjoy them as an appetiser, side dish or snack.  Eating vegetables can be a challenge for many, especially when it comes to making it exciting. However, there are so many ways to make eating your veggies an enjoyable experience. With the right approach, and a handful of good recipes, you can make eating vegetables something that you look forward to every day! We all know that eating your '5-a-day' and 'including the rainbow' is something we all should be doing for our health and wellbeing. I think what most people [...]

2023-08-14T16:26:47+01:00January 29, 2023|Breakfasts, Dairy Free, Side dishes, snack, Vegan, Vegetarian|8 Comments

Cauliflower & Chestnut Soup (Vegan & Gluten-free)

This cauliflower & chestnut soup is delicious & warming. Perfect to enjoy during the festive season or even as a starter on Christmas day. There's nothing more comforting than a warming bowl of soup on a freezing cold day. The past week has been so cold that I'm finding myself craving nothing but soup, tea and hot chocolate.  I don't know about you, but we still have another week before Christmas Day and I've already overindulged way too much. It's just too tempting not to want to try all the Christmas foods and treats that pop up in supermarkets shelves around this time of year. The cold weather isn't helping with my insatiable appetite either. I definitely notice I feel [...]

2022-12-17T20:22:17+01:00December 17, 2022|Christmas, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Side dishes, Vegan, Vegetarian|4 Comments

Middle Eastern Chickpea Aubergine Flatbreads

These Middle Eastern chickpea aubergine flatbreads are prefect for a healthier 'fakeaway'. They taste amazing, packed with flavour and are so easy to make! I grew up eating something called 'Lahm Bi Ajeen', which literally translates to 'meat in dough'. It consisted of a basic flatbread dough, topped with a tomato minced meat mixture. Like a Middle Eastern pizza, if you will, flavoured with Middle Eastern spices.  I've been making a vegan/vegetarian version for years, the toppings of which vary depending on my mood and what I had available at the time. However, chickpeas and aubergine are probably my favourite toppings for this recipe, so that's exactly what I'm using today. A Middle Eastern and Indian flavour fusion - I'm [...]

Iraqi Lentil Soup (Vegan)

Super easy and nourishing soup that's ready in 30 minutes. This Iraqi lentil soup only calls for a handful of ingredients and there's no blending required (less washing up!). It's also fairly high in protein and fibre.   I feel like Iraqi food (and Middle Eastern food in general) doesn't get anywhere near the attention it deserves. I know I'm biased when saying this (because I grew up eating it), but Middle Eastern food is the tastiest, most delicious cuisine ever! It can also be fairly healthy with lots of colourful veggies, protein, spices and fresh herbs.  As you can imagine for a hot country like Iraq, soups weren't the most popular thing to eat. This is the one and only [...]

Vegan Quorn Crunchy Strips Nachos

*This post is sponsored by Quorn* Mouth-watering nachos layered with Quorn Crunchy Strips, salsa, guacamole and vegan cheese. Super easy to make and perfect for a speedy healthier ‘fakeaway’. I’m not going to lie, I am partial to a takeaway. My partner and I sometimes order in on a Friday evening and it’s something we both look forward to from time to time, particularly if it’s been a stressful week. I’m the one who usually prepares meals and as a food blogger who spends most of my days thinking about recipes, testing recipes and creating recipes for content, I like to give myself the day off cooking on Friday nights. It’s always nice to have someone cook for me for [...]

Vegan Gluten-free Kimchi Pancake

If you're a fan of kimchi you NEED to try this recipe! This vegan gluten-free kimchi pancake is perfect for a speedy lunch or as a yummy side dish. I've been meaning to share this recipe for a while, but I really wanted to film a video showing you just how easy they are to make! I LOVE kimchi and making it from scratch has been on my to-do list for a while now too, but I haven't mustered up the courage to take on the challenge yet. Hoping I'll be brave enough to attempt it soon though! I'll have to keep you updated on how I get on. Until then, I always make sure I have a can/jar of [...]

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