As January comes to an end, so do all the bullshit diets.
So long Dry-nuary, vegan-uary and the rest of them, and all they accompanying hashtags.
You won’t be missed.
You know what doesn’t come to an end though?
The possibility to cook a fantastic meal that just happen to be vegan.
Because accidental vegan food is actually the best, and that all year round.
Packed full of veggies and vitamins, budget, time and freezer friendly, light, tasty… the list of benefits never ends!
This colourful vegan moroccan tagine is all that and then some.
Warming, filling and just so cosy, it’s the ideal dish to meal-prep on a rainy Sunday to cheer you up for the whole week ahead!
More accidentally vegan recipes
Indian-spiced lentil soup
Spicy Xi’an-style noodles
Winter pistou soup
Tomato & coconut pasta
PB & J porridge
Forget about date night – it’s all about the date morning nowadays. The sticky date porridge mornings, that is!
My love for cake-inspired porridge is really no secret (see here, here and here).
But what can I say… If it tastes like pudding whilst actually having the nutritious values of the breakfast of champions, I just can’t resist it!
The perfect crossing between the traditional British pudding and the most comforting of all breakfasts, this sticky date porridge is the ultimate cold-weather breakfast.
Warm, comforting and utterly satisfying!
So what do you say? Breakfast date?
More seasonal recipes
The best squash soup (VE)
Apple & black pudding sausage rolls
Spicy pork dumplings
Polenta plum cobbler (V)
The days are getting shorter.
The nights are getting longer.
And every day, it’s becoming a little bit harder to gather the strength to get out of bed as soon as the alarm rings.
But worry not – I know just the trick.
Cake for breakfast with a healthy twist. That’s the trick.
Exibit A – my banana bread porridge.
Warming, comforting, stuffed with fruit, fibre and bags of potassium, banana bread porridge is the ultimate brekkie to peel awesome all autumn long!
Take that, SAD!
More cake-inspired breakfast recipes
Cranberry bakewell porridge (V, VG & GF options)
Lemon drizzle porridge (V, VG & GF options)
Sticky toffee porridge (VG, GF option)
Cranberry oatmeal cake (V)
For the longest time, I thought I didn’t like aubergines.
I blame it on my mum. Though she is an excellent cook, aubergines are really not her forte. Unless you like them spongy and bitter, in which case you’ll be just fine.
So I put aubergines on the (very short) list of vegetables that weren’t my thing and pretty much forgot about them altogether until the day we went to Ottolenghi for lunch and their famous aubergine salad made its way onto my plate.
Thanks to the magic of the internet, it didn’t take long to discover the secrets to the incredible, rich and silky texture that made Ottolenghi’s aubergine salad such a success.
Needless to say, it’s taken the aubergine right off the ‘no thanks’ list and there has been countless versions of the original salad on my table since.
They’re a winner for entertaining and meal prep alike. They’re big and bold and never fail to add a wow factor to a meal. And everything can be done in advance and then assembled right before serving.
The below version relies on contrasting flavours – the gentle heat from the chilli, the warmth of the curry and the fresh acidity of the yoghurt balancing the subtle sweet taste of the aubergine perfectly.
Colourful, refreshing and so satisfying – it’s absolute aubergenius, if I may say so myself!
More amazing salad recipes
Classic Panzanella Salad (Vegan)
Satay Chicken Salad (GF, dairy free)
Autumnal Quinoa Salad (V)
I am not a morning person.
No matter how early I go to bed, or how long I sleep, leaving my bed is always a challenge and I’m the kind to hit the snooze button several times in a row, every single morning.
Needless to say that, the ol’ ‘sleeping a few more minutes vs breakfast’ dilemna isn’t really a thing in my house.
It’s sleeping all the way.
Until the very last minute.
Then running around like a headless chicken trying to get showered/dressed/tooth-brushed.
And -if I’ve been organised enough- grabbing a jar of homemade bircher muesli from the fridge before running out of the door to make it to the office on time.
As far as I’m concerned, bircher muesli is a bit of a life (and growling belly come 10am) saver.
It takes minutes to make (and you can do it while watching TV and then there’s nothing left to do in the morning!).
Plus it’s super healthy (hello, protein, complex carb, good fat and vitamin powerhouse!) and SOOOO satisfying.
Quite honestly the berry best on-the-go breakfast around!
More make-ahead breakfast recipes
Paleo Granola (V, GF)
Lemon Drizzle Porridge (Vegan, dairy free, GF)
Cranberry Oatmeal Cake (V)
My obsession with everything peanut isn’t anything new.
To be honest, it sort of runs in the family. My parents are the kind of people buying roasted peanuts by the kilo and eating handfuls of the stuff as a snack.
Though I’m not that into roasted peanuts, one thing I definitely am VERY into is Satay chicken.
There rarely is a week without some sort of Satay-ish chicken concoction in my house.
In winter, it’s usually some variation on Rosie’s skinny Satay recipe, atop vegetable stir-fry or with some actual noodles added in if I’m especially peckish.
But in summer, I’m all about this Satay chicken salad.
High in protein, big on flavour, super fresh and just SO DAMN SATISFYING, it’s an absolute winner of a chicken dinner!
Or lunch, because once you try it, you won’t be able to satay away!
More super-satisfying salad recipes
Vegan Buddha bowl with Green Tahini (Vegan, GF)
Spring Potato Salad (Vegan, GF)
Kale & Rice Salad with Avocado & Salmon (GF)
Very few people make tartare -tuna or otherwise- at home, intimidated by the idea of it.
What exactly is intimidating, I’m not entirely sure, as tuna tartare is one of the easiest recipes ever to make at home!
It’s actually one of those super high effort-to-reward recipes. It looks fancy (perfect as a snack for any dinner party or date night) and yet, it’s absolutely foolproof.
It requires almost no cooking skills or equipment.
The real key to an amazing tuna tartare: use super fresh fish!
So skip the supermarket, ask your fishmonger for ‘sushi grade’ tuna for optimum results and you’re all set. Then it’s all down to a bit of manual labour.
But it needn’t be a chore – think of it as a new, improved version of your usual Nexflix-and-chill. One where you get dinner at the end of it!
Addictive shows + delicious, super easy tuna tartare? You’ll be hooked in no time!
More easier-than-it-looks recipes
The best, EASIEST Mac n Cheese recipe (Vegetarian)
Spicy Xi’An Style Noodles (Vegan, GF)
Poppy Seed & Parmesan Cheese Biscuits
Classic Chocolate Mousse (Vegetarian, GF)