Chickpea, Apple and Cashew Cutlets

This is a lightly spiced patty that can be served with a variety of side dishes. I go for a quite simple rice and salad, but you can also put it in some pitta bread or even a burger bun if that’s what you have lying around. Preparation time 15 minutes plus cooling time. Cooking…

Vegan Christmas Stuffing Balls

This recipe uses ready-made stuffing mix as a base. I used sage and onion (and, of course, made sure it was vegan) but you can use whichever is your favourite. You can do your own breadcrumbs and flavourings if you want to. I personally think there’s enough to do on Christmas day already, so I…

Chestnuts with Cinnamon, Chilli & Maple Syrup

There’s nothing like hot, sweet chestnuts to give you that Christmas feeling. This recipe is a quick and easy version that can be done in about 8 minutes. It uses ready-to-eat whole chestnuts, which you can get from Tesco, and most other supermarkets. The chilli powder adds a slight warmth without being overpowering, and you…

Best Vegan Gravy

I first learned to do vegetarian gravy properly long before I gave up eating meat. It was a huge eye-opener for me. The knowledge that you could make really good gravy without using meat stock went against everything I’d been brought up to believe. At that point it was my job to make the gravy,…

Vegan Sausages with Kale and Beans

Frozen vegan sausages don’t always have to be cooked in the oven and then served with chips. Sometimes you might want to do something a little more adventurous with them. There’s also nothing wrong with using pre-made, frozen sausages in a whole variety of healthy vegan meals. Just remember, if you were eating meat, you…

Very ‘Meaty’ Vegan Mozzarella Burgers

I refer to the term ‘meaty’ quite loosely here. It’s intended meaning being something of substance, something that you can chew on. Once you’ve been vegan for a while you lose any taste you once had for meat, but it still is nice to get something with some real texture, especially when it comes to…

Butternut Squash & Walnut Wellington

Christmas is the perfect occasion to be inventive with your cooking. You’ve got people coming around for the holidays. The whole family’s going to be there, so it’s time to impress. At least that’s one scenario. The other is that you’re the one doing the visiting, and we both know that your host is just…

Quinoa, Beetroot and Date Burger

Despite the presence of chilli, this is by no means a spicy burger. What the chilli does here is balance the sweetness of the dates and the bulk of the quinoa. If your pallet is sensitive then you might notice it, otherwise you will not. This is a very earthy burger that is also vibrant…