Vegetarian

              

Beast free cooking from the everyday to true Dinner Party Pleasers.     

                 

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Asparagus, Orange and Walnut SaladAsparagus, Orange and Walnut Salad

This is a wonderful Spring Salad that capitalises on that brief period in time when asparagus is plentiful and sweet ...

 

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Asparagus SoupAsparagus Soup

This soup is worthy of sharing with friends and has a light almost sweet taste ...

                

       

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Baked Potato SoupBaked Potato Soup

Another hearty vegetarian soup, one that I occasionally make with the somewhat perverse inclusion of a ham hock ...

 

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Bean and Tomato TartBean and Tomato Tart

This dish proves that even the grimmest pantry supplies can yield up something delicious ...

 

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Beanie con CarneBeanie con Carne

This dish follows the basic Chilli con Carne model, just – ah – without the chilli. To fill that flavour-void I have made a combination of herbs and spices which I think is really rather successful  ...

 

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Beetroot and Feta TartBeetroot and Feta Tart

Even if you are not a beetroot junkie, try this one out – you may just like it ...

                

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Cauliflower FrittersCauliflower Fritters

This is a great vegetarian alternative to bread rolls with your next dinner or soup. This recipe can be made gluten free too ...

  

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Cauliflower SoupCauliflower Soup

Lovely beast-free soup.Because the texture is so light and velvety and the flavour so rich this makes a great vegetarian entrée ...

 

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Celery SoupCelery Soup

Again, this is a vegetarian recipe, but don't be ashamed of injecting a little bacon or even poaching some chicken breasts in the finished soup ...

 

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Chickpea and Sweet Potato PattiesChickpea and Sweet Potato Patties

 

These are rather tasty and quite healthy too - what's not to love about the sweet potato-chickpea combo ...

 

 

 

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Cheese and Chive SouffleCheese and Chive Souffle

Best served in individual ramekins as an entrée however can be served as a single soufflé in a high-sided ceramic pie dish as a light side dish ...

 

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Christmas SaladChristmas Salad

Ok technically not just for Christmas, but it makes me think of Christmas every time I make it – and for me Christmas is synonymous with cooking ...

 

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Cider Baked OnionsCider Baked Onions

These deeply flavoured and delightful baked onions are wonderful as a special side dish at a celebration dinner or just on their own ...

 

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Craig's DhalCraig's Dhal

This recipe is provided by my Dad ...

              

          

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Crispy Vegetable TrianglesCrispy Vegetable Triangles

Crispy and light, these vegetarian treats are fantastic for parties, lunches and for summer dinners.They can be eaten hot or cold and will last a few days in the fridge ...

 

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Easy Homemade ChipsEasy Homemade Chips

These are wonderful with sour cream, Aioli, Avocado Dip, or as an accompaniment to Mini Burgers, Vege Burgers and any casual meal ...

 

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Fettuccine with WalnutsFettuccine with Walnuts

This is a great relaxed dinner party meal – it is quick to prepare, elegant and tastes wonderful ...

 

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French Onion SoupFrench Onion Soup

Growing up, my Mum used to make this often, each time floating the amazing bready cheesy croutons on the top like a moulten lake of cheese over the soup ...

 

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Heritage Carrot SaladHeritage Carrot Salad

This is a sort of deconstructed coldslaw, only with more robust flavours. I must stress though, it does taste scrumptious with ordinary orange carrots.... I just have a fancy for the purple ones ...

 

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Lentil and Cauliflower SoupLentil and Cauliflower Soup

Hearty Winter fare, vegetarian and full of nutritious veges ...

             

        

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Mint and Asparagus SaladMint and Asparagus Salad

Refreshing and simply lovely with fresh poached fish or slices of cold roast lamb. This is a perfect spring salad – verdant green and very light ...

 

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Mushroom and Feta CalzoneMushroom and Feta Calzone

Made with an enriched pizza dough, these are delicious little lunch-box treats. 
You can add any filling you like
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Mushroom SoupMushroom Soup

If you like the odd mushie this is the soup for you. And it is vegetarian friendly ...

              

           

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Pear and Parmesan SaladPear and Parmesan Salad

Deliciously simple, this is a fabulous salad when you want something cool and tasty and light ...

            

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Pesto BreadPesto Bread

This is a great pull-apart style picnic loaf that is great for sharing...

  

 

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Pita Bread SaladPita Bread Salad

I was served this in a restaurant and loved the freshness of the flavours and was very pleasantly surprised how filling it was ...

 

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Potato DauphinoisePotato Dauphinoise

A very traditional French side dish, very rich, steeped in cream and all things naughty, yet delicious ...

 

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Potato and Pesto StrudelPotato and Pesto Strudel

This strudel only takes about 15 minutes to put together and is a great lady's lunch option if you have friends around on a Sunday afternoon – it is incredibly simple and tastes marvellous ...

 

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Pumpkin and Leek SoupPumpkin and Leek Soup

A true winter warmer, this soup is hearty and delicious and stores well. It can be frozen and reheated for lunches without losing any of the luscious flavour ...

 

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Pumpkin and Ricotta FrittataPumpkin and Ricotta Frittata

This looks beautifully colourful on the table, and is a light, fresh spring meal ...

        

         

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Paumpkin, Sage and Saffron RisottoPumpkin, Sage and Saffron Risotto

Golden and glistening, this is a beautiful dish. Lovely as is, or with added chicken, there is something about the saffron, rice and pumpkin combination that just works so well ...

 

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Puy Lentils with PinenutsPuy Lentils with Pinenuts

Puy lentils are a simple and delicious meal, the pinenuts add a bit of indulgence - this makes a great side dish with seafood, meat or just veges ...

 

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QuicheQuiche

Quiche is such a family staple for us, not only is it relatively quick and easy to make, but is can be amended to be vegetarian, luxurious or simple as well as being suitable to be mass produced for parties either in the mini form or as wonderful great slabs ...

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Ricotta and Mint Conchiglioni PastaRicotta and Mint Conchiglioni Pasta

This is a really delicious meal, great vegetarian offering, and packed with rich flavour without being heavy or overly fatty ...

 

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Roast Beetroot SaladRoast Beetroot Salad

Beautiful glistening domes of deep ruby beetroots are irresistible - especially when served with a fresh combination of salad greens, feta cheese and crunchy nuts ...

 

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Roast Butternut and Baby Fennel LasagneRoast Butternut and Baby Fennel Lasagne

I am a huge fan of traditional Lasagne, this is a very significant departure from traditional lasagne – it is vegetarian for a start and there is no tomato sugo in sight ...

 

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Roast Tomato SoupRoast Tomato Soup

There are few things more comforting than a bowl of piping hot tomato soup with a deliciously basic toasted cheese sandwich....

 

 

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Roma Tomato and Bocconcini SaladRoma Tomato and Bocconcini Salad

This is a simple salad that requires almost no preparation, yet it is incredibly tasty and worth having at least one this Summer ...

 

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Sesame CauliflowerSesame Cauliflower

This is a great vegetarian dish or accompaniment to a main meal, making a change to the traditional cauliflower cheese ...

 

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Spinach and Ricotta CrepesSpinach and Ricotta Crepes

Light and delicious vegetarian crêpes, easy to make and easy to eat ...

       

           

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Spinach and Ricotta PattiesSpinach and Ricotta Patties

Another vegetarian must ...

            

          

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Spinach PieSpinach Pie

As a vegetarian, spinach pie is constant.Mastering the art of making your own version, with your own special nuances is something of a right of passage ...

 

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Spinach, Spelt and Saffron FrittersSpinach, Spelt and Saffron Fritters

These are great vegetarian snacks that are perfect for refuelling if you have had a top night out and need to regenerate a little before indulging again ...

 

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Spring Pea SoupSpring Pea Soup

This is another recipe of the 'Vege garden overload' variety ...

               

         

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Stuffed MushroomsStuffed Mushrooms

Another from the vege-vault.This is a great dinner party entrée or if the mushrooms are enormous it also makes a great main course ...

 

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Summer Potato SaladSummer Potato Salad

My take on a classic summer staple ...

           

          

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VegeburgersVegeburgers

Now what sort of ex-vegetarian would I be if I didn't include a Vegeburger recipe ...

      

       

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Vegetable and Lentil PieVegetable and Lentil Pie

Great for cold wintery nights, this pie can be stuffed with as many veges as you want...

 

 

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Vegetable BakeVegetable Bake

This can be either a main meal or served as the vege accompaniment, either way it is delicious and colourful ...

 

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Vegetable PattiesVegetable Patties

Simple, healthy, vegetarian, good for freezing, good cold for lunch, one-pot-wonder – how can you go wrong ...

 

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Vegetable Ricotta FlanVegetable Ricotta Flan

Great eaten hot or cold, this is a very Summery vegetable tart that can be amended to suit whatever vegetables are in season – or whatever you fancy...

 

 

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Vegetable SoupVegetable Soup

Soothing, healthy and comforting ...

        

         

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Vegetable Soup JulienneVegetable Soup Julienne

This is a traditional, elegant, French soup which looks beautiful, has a light fresh flavour and makes a fabulous entree or vegetarian meal ...

 

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Zucchini SliceZucchini Slice

This is a dish that I grew up knowing as 'Zucchini Flatade' as it was meant to be a roulade.It is great served hot as a main meal and is equally delicious served cold as a light lunch with salad ...

 

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