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This Shiitake-Ginger Broth is light and deeply-nutritious, floating a whisper of thinly-cut vegetables and a few juicy gyozas. The perfect antidote to heavy winter food. Sip this wholesome, healing Japanese-inspired soup piping hot for best cold-blasting effect. #soup #vegan #shiitake #japanesefood #ginger #broth #healthyrecipe #nutrition

This Shiitake-Ginger Broth is light and deeply-nutritious, floating a whisper of thinly-cut vegetables and a few juicy gyozas. The perfect antidote to heavy winter food. Sip this wholesome, healing Japanese-inspired soup piping hot for best cold-blasting effect.This Shiitake-Ginger Broth is light and deeply-nutritious, floating a whisper of thinly-cut vegetables and a few juicy gyozas. The perfect antidote to heavy winter food. Sip this wholesome, healing Japanese-inspired soup piping hot for best cold-blasting effect. #soup #vegan #shiitake #japanesefood #ginger #broth #healthyrecipe #nutrition

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Roasted Parmigiano Reggiano Sweet Potatoes and Shallots are a super-simple sweet, savoury, crunchy, and soft nutritious side dish that will have your family asking for seconds. These would be great for any dinner - festive or everyday. #sidedish #sweetpotatoes #parmesan #easyrecipe #family #food

Roasted Parmigiano Reggiano Sweet Potatoes and Shallots are a super-simple sweet, savoury, crunchy, and soft nutritious side dish that will have your family asking for seconds. These would be great for any dinner – festive or everyday.

Roasted Parmigiano Reggiano Sweet Potatoes and Shallots are a super-simple sweet, savoury, crunchy, and soft and nutritious side dish that will have your family asking for seconds. These would be great for any dinner - festive or everyday. #sidedish #sweetpotatoes #parmesan #easyrecipe #family #food

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Most of us in the UK and US think roasted white potatoes when we think roasted potatoes. And they are good. But have you ever considered roasting cubes of sweet potatoes instead? With waaaay less added fat than traditional roasted spuds, my savoury-sweet sweet potato roasties make a nutritious side dish for almost any dinner. Including Christmas.Roasted Parmigiano Reggiano Sweet Potatoes and Shallots are a super-simple sweet, savoury, crunchy, and soft nutritious side dish that will have your family asking for seconds. These would be great for any dinner - festive or everyday. #sidedish #sweetpotatoes #parmesan #easyrecipe #family #food

Whether you are having my Cauliflower and Porcini Wellington, Chris’s awesome looking festive cashew nut roast, or your own special recipe at the festive table, try and make space for these beta-carotene-tastic little pops of flavour and texture.

What makes these extra special, going beyond “just” tossing the sweet potatoes in a little oil and into a hot oven? The seasoning. Continue reading

Pasta shells stuffed with herb-roasted winter squash and Parmigiano Reggiano, over a layer of rich marinara tomato sauce and blanketed in a cheesy, no-cook white sauce. #parmesan #pasta #vegetables #cheese #familyfood #winter #recipe

Pasta shells stuffed with herb-roasted winter squash and Parmigiano Reggiano, over a layer of rich marinara tomato sauce and blanketed in a cheesy, no-cook white sauce.

Pasta shells stuffed with herb-roasted winter squash and Parmigiana Reggiano, over a layer of rich marinara tomato sauce and blanketed in a cheesy, no-cook white sauce. #parmesan #pasta #vegetables #cheese #familyfood #winter #recipe

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Winter is calling, and this family-friendly baked pasta recipe is the answer.

Pottering in the kitchen, with the drizzle steadily falling on already soggy ground, is an especial delight at this time of year. I love cooking and experimenting with whole foods at any time, but these damp, low-lit days are when home cooking really comes into its own. Without the attractive distractions of sipping wine at a pavement cafe, or merrily pulling weeds in the veg plot, orchestrating several simmering pots into dinner is such a tonic.

As a Floridian at heart I have never gotten used to the low light and damp of a British winter. Despite the thickest wool socks and all lights and candles blazing, a British winter is not my cup of tea. So I am very fortunate that cooking is my cure for the winter blues. And nothing cures like pasta.Pasta shells stuffed with herb-roasted winter squash and Parmigiano Reggiano, over a layer of rich marinara tomato sauce and blanketed in a cheesy, no-cook white sauce. #parmesan #pasta #vegetables #cheese #familyfood #winter #recipe Continue reading

Cauliflower and Porcini Mushroom Wellington is the ultimate vegetarian centrepiece dinner recipe. Easy to prepare, and goes with all of the usual roast dinner trimmings. #Christmasfood #recipe #cauliflower #vegetarian #easilyvegan #pastry #dinner #familyfood

Cauliflower and Porcini Mushroom Wellington is the ultimate vegetarian centrepiece dinner recipe. Easy to prepare, and goes with all of the usual Christmas dinner trimmings. 

Cauliflower and Porcini Mushroom Wellington is the ultimate vegetarian centrepiece dinner recipe. Easy to prepare, and goes with all of the usual roast dinner trimmings. #Christmasfood #recipe #cauliflower #vegetarian #easilyvegan #pastry #dinner #familyfood

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Holidays are special times. Often with our wider family and friends, these are occasions where we gather together to break bread and strengthen bonds.

In our family we often get out a battered black leather suitcase filled with embarrassing old family photos, going through it and recounting past stories and cherished memories of family present and absent. While this takes place I will be nipping in and out of the room, refilling glasses and checking on my various timers. I’m not great with emotional stuff. But I’m okay with food, and making lots of it.

Cauliflower and Porcini Mushroom Wellington is the ultimate vegetarian centrepiece dinner recipe. Easy to prepare, and goes with all of the usual roast dinner trimmings. #Christmasfood #recipe #cauliflower #vegetarian #easilyvegan #pastry #dinner #familyfoodRegardless of the minutiae of holiday gatherings, and whether it is 2 or 20 at the table, one thing that most holiday get-togethers have in common is food.

When someone enters my home at Christmas I want them to be welcomed not only with a bit of Michael Bublé in the background (I’m that cheesy), but the entrancing aromas of an oven transforming food into a feast. I think this is one of the most welcoming things any of us can do. Guests instantly feel in the holiday spirit if a home is cosy (candles, fire, greenery and more candles in my house) and filled with the aroma of food cooking in the oven.

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Marmalade Carrot Cake with tangy swirls of bursting cranberries is the perfect "just-in-case" cake to have on standby during the festive season. #winter #cake #baking #marmalade #carrotcake #christmas

Marmalade Carrot Cake with tangy swirls of burst cranberries is the perfect “just-in-case” cake to have on standby during the festive season. A cut-up and keep kind of cake for family and friends. Not much effort for a whole lot of reward.

Merry Cakemas to you.

Marmalade Carrot Cake with tangy swirls of bursting cranberries is the perfect "just-in-case" cake to have on standby during the festive season. #winter #cake #baking #marmalade #carrotcake #christmas

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Having well-loved recipes that I can tweak to my heart’s content is a real time and energy saver. Usually they are savoury, but sometimes it is cake. Just as everyone needs a go-to lasagne, bread and soup recipe, so to do we need a basic cake. You know, just in case.

I’ve been making riffs of this polenta cake for over 25 years and it has never let me down. I’ve folded in – on separate occasions – figs, blood oranges, berries, rhubarb, turmeric and chocolate. Below is a Christmassy version from 2015. But today’s cake is a true family favourite.

I recently posted this cranberry marmalade carrot cake recipe on Instagram and my daughter messaged me to let me know that this is her favourite cake. As you can see, there is nothing fancy about it. But I pretty much guarantee that once made you won’t miss the fancy.

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This weekday #vegan #Thai green #curry #recipe takes advantage of the goodness and convenience of frozen #vegetables and pulses. Fibre-rich, nutritious and utterly delicious.

This flavourful chickpea and spinach Thai green curry, inspired by the UK’s love of curries, is quick, nutritious and easy to make thanks to the addition of frozen Birds Eye Chickpea and Spinach Mix with lentils and cauliflower. This is a sponsored post.

This weekday #vegan #Thai green #curry #recipe takes advantage of the goodness and convenience of frozen #vegetables and pulses. Fibre-rich, nutritious and utterly delicious.

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Like many of you, I love a curry. The weekend is not complete without either going to our favourite curry house or having my resident curry king get all fancy in the kitchen.

Malaysian and Thai curries are our current crushes. A rich bowl of saucy, spicy vegetables soaked up by a flaky roti or fluffy rice is my idea of bliss. Utterly irresistible. Perfect autumn comfort food, too.

However, now that it is full-on dark by 5 pm, I am increasingly reluctant to leave the house for dinner. As a certified morning person, once darkness falls so does any ambition to leave my candle-lit cave. So, homemade curry it is.

At the weekend, Andrew needs little convincing to haul out the blender, gather a counter’s worth of vegetables, and simmer some pulses to make a restaurant-worthy feast. It can take him all day, and all the pans, knives and cutting boards. But it is worth it. Not only for using just what we want, but to enjoy the result in our pyjamas. Continue reading

Swirls of roasted butternut squash mash topped with crunchy sweet-savory rosemary pecans. An easy and incredibly delicious side dish for holidays or any autumn-winter dinner. #butternutsquash #sidedish #thanksgivingday #christmas #easyrecipe #vegetarian

Swirls of roasted butternut squash mash topped with crunchy sweet-savory rosemary pecans. An easy and incredibly delicious side dish for holidays or any autumn-winter dinner.

Swirls of roasted butternut squash mash topped with crunchy sweet-savory rosemary pecans. An easy and incredibly delicious side dish for holidays or any autumn-winter dinner.  #vegetarian #sidedish #butternutsquash #Thanksgiving #Christmas #easyrecipe #makeahead

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With Thanksgiving tantalisingly close I thought I would share a very easy but practically perfect mashed butternut squash side dish for your Thanksgiving Day menu. With the tiniest nod to the sweet potato soufflé trope, this recipe is for you if you want something a little sweet, but not full-on marshmallow-sweet. This comforting and nutritious dish is also savoury, a bit salty, buttery and clean-tasting, too. And if that’s not ticking enough boxes for you, it is at once sublimely creamy-textured and crunchy. In fact, I don’t need a full dinner to enjoy it. Just a spoon and a bowl is fine with me. Bear this in mind when deciding who gets what leftovers to take home. If there are leftovers, of course. Continue reading

Korean Bulgogi loaded with vegetables and completely vegan. #Koreanfood #vegan #recipe #vegetables #bulgogi #koreanbbq

Korean Bulgogi loaded with vegetables and completely vegan. A sweetly spicy main course made for topping rice – with a side of healthy kimchi.

Korean Bulgogi loaded with vegetables and completely vegan. #Koreanfood #vegan #recipe #vegetables #bulgogi #koreanbbq

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Perhaps Korean food is not the first thing you think of when you crave a bowl of comfort food. This recipe, for a vegetable-packed vegan version of the classic Bulgogi Korean barbecue, might just change your mind. With its savoury-sweet and only gently spicy kick (or no kick if you wish), this is a one-pan dish perfect for spooning over hand-held bowls of hot, steaming rice. Continue reading

This quick, #Mexican-inspired #breakfast #vegetable #quesadilla is loaded with fibre and colour. An easy way to eat towards your 10-a-day.

This quick, Mexican-inspired breakfast vegetable quesadilla is loaded with fibre and colour. An easy way to eat towards your 10-a-day.

This quick, Mexican-inspired breakfast vegetable quesadilla is loaded with fibre and colour. An easy way to eat towards your 10-a-day.

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Do you want an easy way to eat veg in the morning, before you’re even out the door? With no juicing, smoothie-ing, or heating up leftover dinner?

Let me introduce you to the breakfast vegetable quesadilla. Ready in about ten minutes, it really is so simple and so filling. And, of course, mighty scrumptious. Grated sweet vegetables, shredded leafies, a scrape of refried beans, and optional gooey cheese and vegan bacon – what’s not to love?

This is something that I have been enjoying for breakfast and brunch over the years, but thought it was too damn simple to write up. And then I posted it on Facebook and Instagram and got such a great reaction that I thought, well maybe you might like it too. I hope that you do. Continue reading

Sheet Pan #Korean #BBQ Tofu - so easy for a weekday #vegan #dinner

Sheet Pan Korean BBQ Tofu – so easy for a weekday vegan dinner! Serve in a bun or with baked sweet potatoes, rice or even a variety of simple salads, including my easy sesame-lime slaw.

Sheet Pan #Korean #BBQ Tofu - so easy for a weekday #vegan #dinner

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Halloween is sneaking up fast, and I’m afraid that I have very few Halloween specific recipes to point you to. But, with its blood-red sauce, I do think my easy Korean BBQ Tofu might just about pass muster as scary food – certainly if you are as messy as me. I plan on eating this on All Hallow’s Eve, answering the door to unsuspecting trick or treaters with the sticky vermillion remnants on my face. Instant zombie costume!

I make no claims that this is in any way authentic. It is not intended to be. Hence the (ish) in the title. But this vegan weekday kind of recipe is delicious, using Korean-style ingredients easily available to most of us. Continue reading

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