Possibly my favourite dip ever…after hummus of course! Have a go at recreating this recipe at home and let me know what you think.
Serves: 4 as a side dip or more as part of a bigger Mezze Platter, (check out the links below for more ideas).
Cook: 40 mins Prep: 10 mins
Ingredients: 1 large aubergine, 4 tbsps. of olive oil, juice of one lemon, 2 tbsp. of tahini, 2 garlic cloves, 1/2 tsp. of powdered cumin, 1/2 tsp. of salt, your choice of nuts and a little more olive oil to serve.
Preheat your grill to high
Prick the aubergine all over and place under the hot grill for 15 minutes each side, until the aubergine skin becomes sunken
Allow to cool slightly and scoop out all the flesh and add to a blender or a bowl if using a hand blender
Chop the garlic and add to a pestle and mortar with the cumin and salt and pepper, mix to a smooth paste then add the olive oil
Add this mix to the aubergine and add the lemon juice and tahini and mix until smooth
Add a little more olive oil if the mixture needs loosening
Serve in a bowl with your choice of nuts for a garnish, (I used linseeds, walnuts, pine nuts and black sesame seeds), drizzle over some olive oil and serve with crudités or pitta or both!
Click on the links below to see my other Aubergine, Dips and Mezze Ideas x
Friday night is a good excuse for a curry night right? Check out this delicious vegan recipe for some healthy inspiration.
Prep: 10 mins Cook: 45 – 60 mins
Ingredients: 1 white or brown onion, 2 large aubergines or 4 baby aubergines, 1 cup of green lentils, 2 cups of coconut milk, 1 veggie stock cube, 1/2 tsp of cumin, 1/2 tsp of turmeric, 1 chopped red chilli and 1/2 tsp of dried ginger, 4 tbsp of oil, 1 tsp. of masala paste.
Preheat the oven to 200F
Chop your onion and garlic and fry in a pan with 1 tbsp of oil for a few minutes until softened
Add all of your dried spices and chilli and coat the onions and garlic well
Add the lentils with 2 cups of coconut milk and 3 cups of veggie stock and give it a good stir
Bring to the boil and then turn down to a simmer until the lentils are soft, you may need to add some more liquid and give it the occasional stir
While the lentils are cooking, mix the masala paste with 3 tbsp. of oil
Cut the aubergines in half lengthways, criss cross the flesh and place on a baking tray flesh side up
Brush the masala oil all over the flesh and pop in the oven for 30 – 45 mins until soft
Once the aubergines and lentils are cooked serve up on a fluffy bed of basmati rice, lentils first then the aubergines on top
Tip: I used the same cup to measure the lentils and liquids to make sure I get the right measurements.
Looking for a filling but healthy meat free lunch? Then try my super easy, super delicious vegan rice bowl, if you omit the chilli even kids will love it!
Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins
Ingredients: 1 cup of dried brown rice, 1 large avocado, 1 small can of sweetcorn, small bunch of spring onions, 2 tsp. brown miso paste, 1 tbsp. of sesame seeds (black, brown or white is fine), 1 tbsp. soy sauce, sprinkling of chilli flakes.
Pop the brown rice in a saucepan and add the miso paste, cook as per packet instructions
Once cooked, allow the rice to cool (this can be cooked the day before, or even in the morning if you have time)
Drain the sweetcorn and mix in with the rice along with the spring onions
Chop the avocado into slices and arrange on top
Sprinkle over the sesame seeds and chilli flakes and a little drizzle of the soy sauce
Looking for a healthy vegan BBQ side this weekend? Then try this…
Prep: 20mins Cook: 15 – 20
Ingredients: 4 small of 2 large aubergines cut into thin slices, 4 small or 2 large courgettes cut into thin slices, a jar of red peppers cut into thin strips, large handful of mixed herbs, (basil, mint and parsley all work well), 1 tbsp. of tahini, juice of 1/2 lemon 4 tbsp. of olive oil, 1 tbsp. of pine nuts, 1 tsp. of paprika and a little more olive oil for grilling the aubergine and courgette.
Brush the aubergine and courgettes with a little oil and grill on each side for around 6 – 8 minutes until they start to brown but not burn
Allow to cool
To make the dressing mix the tahini, oil and lemon juice together
Brown the pine nuts in a pan to bring out their flavour
Now construct your salad by placing layers of the aubergine, courgette and red peppers on a large plate, pour your dressing over the top and scatter the pine nuts and herbs over the salad and sprinkle over the paprika
Make sure you eat your greens this week with this super speedy vegan stir fry that you can add to anything, rice, pasta, noodles etc, the sprinkling of brown sugar right at the end really adds something to the greens!
Serves: 2 – 4 depending on what you are serving it with
Ingredients: A bag or bunch of greens such as chard, kale, spinach, watercress, pak choi, (some types of cabbage might work too), 1 garlic clove, 1 red chilli (you can used dried chilli and frozen or pureed garlic), tbsp of oil, sprinkling of brown sugar and sesame seeds.
1. Chop up your garlic and chilli and heat in the oil for a few minutes
2. Chop or tear your greens and add to the pan, stir well to coat in the oil
3. Stir fry for a minutes more then sprinkle with brown sugar and sesame seeds
Friday nights can still be curry night with a few store cupboard ingredients!
Prep: 10mins Cook: 20mins
Ingredients: 1 onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 large can of chickpeas (drained weight around 500g), 100ml of passata, can of coconut milk, 1 – 2 tsp of curry paste, depending on how hot you like it, a little oil for frying.
Looking for ways to stay healthy with ingredients you already have in your cupboards?Then lentils are your new best friend, cheap, filling and full of protein and fibre, have a go at whipping up this lentil style hummus…
Makes – As much as you want by adjusting quantities.
Cook – 5 -20mins if cooking lentils from dried.
Ingredients, (based on two cups of cooked green lentils), 2 cups of cooked green lentils, 1 tbsp. chilli oil, 2 tbsp of garlic infused oil, 2 tbsps of lemon juice, 1 tbsp of toasted sesame seeds, seasoning to taste.
1. Blend all your ingredients together, except the sesame seeds, using hand mixer or blender
2. Add more of the oils and lemon juice to suit your tastebuds and the consistency you want
4. Sprinkle over the sesame seeds
5. Enjoy served on toast, with wraps, crudites, tortilla chips and more!
Have a look below at some of my other recipes using lentils and pulses:
I absolutely love dahl, it is one of my favourite comfort foods and I like to mix it up sometimes so please see recipe below for my latest version, using chickpeas, bay leaf and fennel seeds.
Serves: 4 with rice or Indian style bread
Cook: 1 hour
Ingredients: 1 can of drained chickpeas, 400ml of coconut milk, 2 small cans of cooked lentils, (I used green), 1 onion finely chopped, 2 cloves of garlic finely sliced, 1 thumb sized piece of ginger peeled and finely sliced, 1 tbsp of oil, 1 tbsp. of tomato puree, 1 tsp of cumin, 1 tsp of tumeric, 1 tsp of mustard seeds, 1 cardamon pod, 4 dried chillies crushed, 1 tsp of fennel seeds, 1 bay leaf, salt to taste.
Start by frying your spices in the oil until they start to pop
Add your onion, ginger and garlic and allow to soften for a few minutes
Add your chickpeas and lentils to the pan and coat well in the mixture
Add your coconut milk, bay leaf and cardamon pod, bring to the boil
Allow to simmer for at least an hour, using a potato masher to break down the chickpeas, top up with a little water if it’s getting too sticky
Season with salt to your liking and serve with rice or indian style bread
If you are looking for some further inspiration then, check out my other spicy dishes below…
My daughter came home from school today feeling tired, a bit run down and in need of some comfort and asked ‘Mummy can you make me some cookies’, I raided the cupboards and these were the results – yummy!
Makes: 10 -15 Cookies
Prep: 10mins Cook: 10mins
Ingredients: 75g of flour, 75g of oats, 50g of caster sugar, 40g of dried apple rings, (broken into pieces), 25g of dark chocolate, 1 tsp. of baking powder, (broken into small pieces), 75g low fat spread or vegan substitute, 1 tbsp. of agave syrup, 2 tbsp. of milk or vegan substitute.
Preheat oven to 180′ degrees
Mix all of the dry ingredients together
Melt the wet ingredients
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well, until all combined
Make 10 – 15 dollops on a lined baking tray, making sure you leave plenty of space in between each cookie