If you follow me on Instagram then you’ll already know that I’m a greedy vegetarian who feels the need to constantly update you on what I’m eating.
Sorry about that.
Because quite a few people have asked and Instagram is useless for sharing links, I’ve decided to start doing some more food posts here on the blog.
I’ll mostly just be linking to other people’s recipes (only ones that I’ve tried myself and devoured with great success, natch) but I might post some of my own recipes too.
Let’s start with 12 healthy vegetarian dinner ideas which are all superbly easy to whip up and guaranteed to be delicious 🙂
These pea falafels are wonderfully easy to whip up and I therefore seem to be making them all the time at the minute. The recipe tells you to fry them but I bake them in the oven (20-25 mins at 180 fan, watch them though) with a bit of low calorie spray to keep the fat content down.
They’re zesty and summery and whilst the recipe recommends serving with couscous, I think they’re best shoved into wholegrain pittas and drenched in jalapeno sauce, spicy yoghurt and marinaded cucumbers. BOOM BOOM BOOM. I like them with ‘healthy chips’ and a big salad.
2. Peanutty tofu quinoa bowls…
More dinners should have peanut butter in.
PROTEIN NEVER LOOKED SO INVITING.
3. Chickpea dumplings with spinach…
This is a clever dinner because it’s superbly healthy but still filling. I assumed I’d need rice with this but you really don’t as the dumplings fill you up nicely. Another super speedy and delish dinner from the goddess that is Natasha Corrett.
4. Poached eggs and smashed avocado on toast…
You don’t really need a recipe for something this simple, but I have to include it here as it’s one of my faves and feels like a lovely cuddle on a plate. I like to use giraffe bread for the toast (that’s tiger bread, for people who don’t shop at Sainsbos) and I smash up an entire avocado with the juice of half a lemon, a quarter of a finely chopped onion, some fresh red chilli if I have it and a few dashes of habanero sauce. Smother the toast in avo goodness, add two soft poached eggs, some black pepper, some more habanero sauce if that’s your thing and GO WILD.
You’ll want to use Burford Browns if you want orangey sexy yolk like the above, but why wouldn’t you use Burford Browns?
5. Carrot potage (best soup ever) and a mushroom sandwich…
I have ST to thank for getting us onto ‘soup and sandwich’ dinners. They’re brilliant. This soup recipe is an ancient one from the original Crank’s cookbook (pretty sure it’s from the 70s) and my wonderful dad made this for us every weekend when we were children. (For me and my sister, not me and ST. It would be weird if ST had been there when we were children).
The soup will change your world as it is, but instead of serving it with boring bread I like to have it with a great big seedy roll slathered in soft cheese (I use super low calorie Laughing Cow because it reminds me of happy days in France) and stuffed with mushrooms ‘fried’ in low cal spray and balsamic vinegar.
Soup recipe here.
6. Quorn bolognese on courgetti…
You bought a spiralizer in January right? When we all promised ourselves to spiralize EVERY VEGETABLE EVER? Well fetch it from the back of the cupboard then and whip up this bolognese. Use your fave bolognese recipe (substituting Quorn for beef, obvs) and serve on the courgetti. I like to warm the courgetti up first for two mins in a dry pan rather than serve it completely raw, but the sauce would warm it up even if you didn’t.
Don’t have a fave bolognese recipe? I find this easy and yummy:
– Fry half an onion (in spray) with a couple of cloves of garlic and chopped carrot
– Add Quorn mince and warm through if using frozen
– Add a tin of plum tomatoes (chop them roughly in the can first by wiggling a sharp knife about)
– Add a pinch of sugar, salt and pepper, dash of balsamic, a tablespoon of tomato puree, a generous slog of red wine (or lots if you’re me)
– Leave to simmer for half an hour
This freezes well too (the bolognese, not the courgetti itself).
7. Tarka dahl with spinach and wholemeal chapatti…
Tarka dahl is SO easy to make (although does take a bit of time to get it lovely and thick) and it’s as cheap as chips. Cheaper than chips, actually.
In the pic above I have stirred through a generous handful of spinach and served with my fave lazy chapattis which you cook straight from the freezer in a dry frying pan. Why would you not have these in your freezer at all times?!
8. Cucumber and tempeh salad…
A surprisingly filling dinner salad by Natasha Corrett (it’s in Honestly Healthy – Cleanse, a great great book FYI) which I would eat fifty times a week if I could be bothered to go to Whole Foods to buy tempeh that often.
9. Pea risotto with chilli & mint crumbs…
This is my current dinner party fave as it looks impressive but is LOLtasticly easy. Cheap to make too. AND SO FRIKKIN DELICIOUS.
10. Hazelnut and pomegranate quinoa salad…
At first I was just making this for dinner so I could keep bringing up how Novak Djokovic himself cooked this for me and taught me to make it (TRUE STORY) but now I just keep making it because it’s so damn delicious.
11. Crunchy panko coated tofu with noodles and veg…
I adore these crunchy tofu blocks of loveliness. The recipe is designed for them to be ‘dippers’ (ya know, street food styleey) but I like them just as much with noodles and veg. Be warned, they’re filling. AND ADDICTIVE.
12. Greek salad…
This is so easy to throw together but serve with some pitta and enough cheese and it will fill you up as a proper dinner. I like to use reduced fat feta so that I can have twice as much. Ahem.
There’s no recipe for this as such, just chop lettuce, toms, onion, olives and ALL THE FETA and enjoy. Dress to your own tastes, I like a lemony concoction with this.
YUM YUM YUM!
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