Vegan Tenders with Kale and Apple Slaw and Homemade Fries

To make the Vegan Tenders: Ingredients: For the Tenders: ½  400g block (200g) firm tofu, drained 100g (3/4 cup) vital wheat gluten Juice of 1 lemon ½ small onion, finely diced 1 clove garlic, micro planed or chopped Dash black pepper 1 tsp salt 1 ½ tbsp nutritional yeast 2 tsp BBQ seasoning 1 tbsp…

Butternut Squash and Date Pilau

Pilau is a tantalising rice dish that is cooked in with stock and, in our case, vegetables. These days a lot of Indian food is easy to make vegan, and the pilau is no exception. This one has the earthiness of butternut squash, in combination with the sweetness of dried dates and cranberries (or raisins,…

Kale and Spinach Fritters with Mango Salad

This time of year brings a need for lighter meals and simpler eating. For the most part, big, hearty meals are out of the question as we feel cravings for cleaner food. These kale and spinach fritters with mango salad are something that can be prepared relatively quickly and with little fuss. They are also…

Sweet Potato, Kale and Mushroom Pasties

Shops are now starting to stock some pasties for the vegan, which is great news. Ginsters have produced a vegan one (haven’t seen it myself yet), and so have Morrison’s. Just in case you’re caught short, though, I thought I’d come up with a pasty recipe for you. You never know when you might need…

Easy Butternut Squash Curry

This is, as the name suggests, an easy butternut squash curry that you can knock up any night of the week, even when you’re feeling tired after work. All the ingredients are available in any large supermarket so, unless you’re not keen on spicy food, there’s nothing to stop you tucking straight into this one….

Roasted Aubergine, Fennel and Tomato Tart with Pea Pesto

This vegan tart has a real Mediterranean flavour and uses fennel and aubergine as its main vegetables, with the addition of tomatoes and a delicious pea pesto to finish it off. The recipe is not gluten-free, but it can easily be made so by switching to a gluten-free flour and adding a teaspoon of xanthan…

Vegan Sticky BBQ Seitan

I debated calling these Vegan BBQ Ribsbut, after some consideration, I opted against it. After all, these aren’t ribs. What they are is firm, chewy pieces of seitan (vital wheat gluten) cooked in a delicious barbeque sauce. Hence the name. Not the most imaginative, but there you go. The taste, however, is extraordinary. For the…

Stuffed Peppers with Aubergine and Rice

I’ve avoided stuffed peppers since turning vegan, thinking they were a bit of a cliché. Since trying these, however, I’ve realised that I’ve been missing out. The intense flavour and colour in these little gems is fantastic, and they’ve made me a convert. You’ve probably all already got your own stuffed pepper recipes, but please…

Shiitake Mushroom and Miso Soup with Pak Choi and Udon Noodles

This is a beautiful South East Asian-style soup, made with dried shiitake mushrooms and miso paste. It has a thin, lightly-flavoured stock, making it a perfect light evening meal, or even a starter to something more robust. You can get the dried mushrooms in any Chinese supermarket (you should be able to get the lemongrass…

Roast Portobello Mushrooms with Cannellini Beans

Roasting large, flat mushrooms in the oven captures their natural flavour in its entirety. A rub of olive oil, a little salt and pepper and twenty minutes on a medium-high heat is all it takes to achieve simplistic perfection. I created this dish around that desire for simplicity, with the addition of beans and leaks,…