Chunky Guacamole

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Simple and delicious, a couple of minutes and this delightful dip is ready to be enjoyed. Serve with your favourite vegetables, or enjoy as an accompaniment to a yummy Chilli.

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Preparation Time: 3 Minutes
Cooking Time: 0
Serves: 2
Calories Per Serving: 173 (Average)

Ingredients

  • 1 Avocado, flesh only
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, minced
  • 0.5 Red Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Sea Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper

Method

  • In a small dish mash the avocado with a fork
  • Add the garlic, onion, lemon juice and a pinch of sea salt and cracked black pepper, and mix together
  • Serve immediately or keep in the fridge for up to 3 days
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Spicy Mediterranean Vegetables

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A delicious healthy recipe that is packed full of flavour. This had a mild-medium taste, I didn’t want it too strong as my toddlers eat this too, but you can make this as strong or as mild as you like 🙂

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This dish is so versatile, from how you cook it to how you serve it. I cooked this on the hob in a large pan, but this can be cooked in a slow-cooker, in a casserole dish in the oven or even in a tagine. So long as you saute the onions, garlic and spices first, this can be cooked however you find easiest.

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I like to serve this with Cous Cous, but you can serve with Quinoa, Bulgar Wheat, Rice, Pasta, Spaghetti, Potato wedges. It can be served in a Jacket Potato or alternatively it can be eaten on its own. Enjoy! 🙂

Preparation Time: 30 Minutes
Cooking Time: 80 Minutes
Serves: 4
Calories Per Serving: 184 (Average)

Ingredients

  • 1 Aubergine/Eggplant, cut into small cubes about 1.5 cm
  • 1 Onions. diced
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 Courgettes/zucchini, cut into small cubes about 2 cm
  • 1 red or yellow pepper, cut into 3cm slices
  • 125 g/4.5 oz Mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tsp Cumin
  • 1 Tsp Dried Coriander
  • 2 Tsp Mild Chili Powder
  • 0.5 Tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1.5 Cups/375 ml Passata (Sieved Tomatoes)
  • 1 Tbsp Tomato Puree (Tomato Paste)
  • 0.5 Cup/125 ml Water
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper

Method

  • Place the Aubergine (eggplant) into a colander or bowl, sprinkle with salt and leave for about 30 mins
  • After the 30 minutes, rinse the aubergine thoroughly in cold water, then place on kitchen towel and pat dry
  • Heat up 1 tbsp of olive oil in frying pan over a medium heat
  • Add the aubergine to the frying pan and fry for about 10 minutes until the pieces are softened and are a golden brown colour
  • Heat up the other 1 tbsp of oil in a heavy bottomed pan over a low-medium heat
  • Add the onion to the pan and saute for about 5 minutes
  • To the onions add the garlic, cumin, coriander, chili powder and nutmeg and cook for a further 5 minutes
  • Keep stirring to make sure the spices don’t stick to the bottom of the pan
  • Add the cooked aubergine, courgette (zucchini), pepper, mushrooms, passata, tomato puree and water to the pan
  • Simmer over a low heat for about 60 minutes until the ingredients are soft and tender
  • If the pan becomes too dry you can add a little more water or passata
  • Best served immediately, but can be kept in the fridge for a day or two, or even frozen

Tahini Paste

Tahini Paste

Tahini Paste is a staple everyone should have in their fridge! It is used in so many recipes that it’s always handy to have.  It’s a common ingredient in Mediterranean cooking, which i find goes hand in hand with a lot of yummy Vegan recipes.  Mostly known for it’s use in Hummus, Tahini Paste can be used for so much more than that, which you will come to see from my cooking. This is so quick and easy to make too, you’ll never need to buy a jar again. Two ingredients and you’re ready to go!  I couldn’t find Tahini Paste in shops near me, but sesame seeds are available everywhere so making your own is the perfect solution.

I’ll be using this quite a bit in future recipes, so when I mention homemade Tahini paste, this is it!  Once made you can keep this in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.  If you get close to that point and still haven’t used this, no need to panic.  This paste can also be used as a scrummy dip with your favourite fruit or vegetable sticks, kind of like a runnier peanut butter 🙂

Various Servings

Ingredients

  • 1.5 Cups/225g Sesame Seeds
  • 1 Cup/ 200ml Olive Oil

Method

  • Pre-heat your oven to 160°C/ 325°F/ Gasmark 3
  • On a lined baking tray spread out the sesame seeds then put the tray on the middle shelf of the oven
  • Toast the seeds for about 6-8 minutes, shaking them about occasionally
  • Don’t let the seeds go brown, they just need to be lightly toasted
  • Transfer the seeds to a bowl and let them cool down fully
  • Once cooled pour the seeds into a food processor and pulse them for about 1 minute
  • Add half of the oil and blend them for another minute
  • Give this a good stir so you can check the consistency
  • You want this to be an almost smooth paste that is runny enough to pour, so turn the food processor on again and gradually add the remaining oil, a little at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
  • When this is done transfer the paste into an airtight container and keep refrigerated until needed