Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Delicious Creamy Broccoli and Walnut Pasta

Need something that’s quick, healthy and delicious too this week? Then give this Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Delicious Creamy Broccoli and Walnut Pasta a try…great for kids too!

Serves: 2

Cook: 10mins
Prep: Less than 5 minutes

Ingredients: 120g of Pasta of your choice, (I used gluten free spaghetti), half a head of broccoli, handful of walnuts, squeeze of lemon juice, 3 tbps. of soya cream, 1 tbsps of olive oil, salt and pepper.

Method:

  1. Cook your pasta as per packet instructions
  2. While this is cooking cut your broccoli up into florets and boil for around 6mins
  3. Drain the broccoli and add to a food processor with the rest of the sauce ingredients and blend to a thick sauce like consistency, if you prefer more liquid add some more olive oil
  4. Drain your pasta and mix in the broccoli and walnut sauce
  5. Add more seasoning if you wish and enjoy!

Easy Baba Ganoush

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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.

Method: 

  1. Preheat your grill to high
  2. Prick the aubergine all over and place under the hot grill for 15 minutes each side, until the aubergine skin becomes sunken
  3. Allow to cool slightly and scoop out all the flesh and add to a blender or a bowl if using a hand blender
  4. 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
  5. Add this mix to the aubergine and add the lemon juice and tahini and mix until smooth
  6. Add a little more olive oil if the mixture needs loosening
  7. 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!
  8. Enjoy!

Click on the links below to see my other Aubergine, Dips and Mezze Ideas x

Store Cupboard Vegan Green Lentil Hummus…

Hummus…we have a problem!

Inspired by Iraq – Cucumber, Dill and Yogurt Soup

Vegan Oven Roasted Spicy Aubergines with Spicy Green Lentils

Grilled Aubergine, Courgette and Red Pepper Salad with a Tahini, Lemon and Herb Dressing

Inspired by Syria – Garlicky Roasted Courgette and Carrot, Honey, Cumin and Pine Nut Dips

Inspired by Egypt – Courgette and Chickpea Salad with DukkahGrilled Aubergine, Courgette and Red Pepper Salad with a Tahini, Lemon and Herb Dressing

Inspired by the Lebanon – Whole Roast Lebanese Chicken with A Cauliflower, Bulgar Wheat Tabbouleh

Gluten Free Lemon and Almond Summer Meatballs

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Love meatballs but looking for a lighter, healthier gluten free option? Then try this delicious lemony almond meatball recipe, with easy peasy tomato sauce!

Makes: 18 meatballs

Prep: 15mins
Cook: 40mins

Ingredients: For the Meatballs – 500g Pork Mince, 1 medium onion, 3 heaped tbsp. of ground almonds, 1 egg, zest of one lemon, 1 heaped tbsp. grated parmesan cheese, 1 heaped tsp. dried oregano, salt and pepper, drizzle of oil.

For the Tomato Sauce – Handful of cherry tomatoes, 400ml of passata, 3 cloves of garlic, 1 tbsp. of olive oil, 2 tsp. of balsamic vinegar.

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 220f
  2. Finely dice your onion and add to all of the other ingredients and work well to combine all of the ingredients together
  3. Once combined, make into walnut sized balls and pop into a baking dish, drizzle with oil and cook for 30 – 40 minutes until browned
  4. While the meatballs are cooking start on your sauce:
  5. Finely chopped the garlic cloves and add to a pan with the olive oil
  6. Cook for a few minutes on a medium heat then add roughly chopped cherry tomatoes and the balsamic vinegar
  7. Cook for 5 – 10 minutes until the tomatoes start to break down, you can break them down a little with a wooden spoon
  8. Add the passata and cook on a low simmer for 20mins
  9. Serve the meatballs on gluten free pasta and your choice and veg and drizzle over the sauce
  10. Enjoy!

Vegan Oven Roasted Spicy Aubergines with Spicy Green Lentils

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Friday night is a good excuse for a curry night right? Check out this delicious vegan recipe for some healthy inspiration.

Serves: 4

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.

Method: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 200F
  2. Chop your onion and garlic and fry in a pan with 1 tbsp of oil for a few minutes until softened
  3. Add all of your dried spices and chilli and coat the onions and garlic well
  4. Add the lentils with 2 cups of coconut milk and 3 cups of veggie stock and give it a good stir
  5. 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
  6. While the lentils are cooking, mix the masala paste with 3 tbsp. of oil
  7. Cut the aubergines in half lengthways, criss cross the flesh and place on a baking tray flesh side up
  8. Brush the masala oil all over the flesh and pop in the oven for 30 – 45 mins until soft
  9. Once the aubergines and lentils are cooked serve up on a fluffy bed of basmati rice, lentils first then the aubergines on top
  10. Enjoy!

Tip: I used the same cup to measure the lentils and liquids to make sure I get the right measurements.