Dhal has to be one of my favourite dishes ever. It has all those beautiful Indian spices and flavours, but is typically mild, making it a great family-friendly meal. It’s also really easy to prepare and low cost too. We often serve it as a mid-week meal, then I enjoy the leftovers for my lunches.
I never get tired of dhal as it can be made in so many ways, using different spice blends, lentils and liquids for a myriad of flavours and textures. My ‘go to’ dhal recipe is this Coconut Dhal with Butternut Squash, which we’ve been making for many years now, but I’m always on the look out for new recipes to try.
When I was browsing this month’s Vegan Life magazine, one recipe that instantly caught my eye was Kimberly Parson’s One Pot Masala Dhal. The principal spice in the curry paste is Smoked Paprika, which I absolutely adore. Combined with tomatoes, red lentils and creamy coconut milk, I could just imagine how amazing this dish was going to taste.
Fresh, cooling food has been the order of the day here in the hot South West UK. And zucchini noodles (aka ‘Zoodles’) fit the bill perfectly. Eaten raw, they taste surprisingly like regular noodles or spaghetti, but lighter and fresher.
Have you joined the spiralizing craze yet? I started spiralizing this time a year ago, when my sister bought me one of those ‘pencil sharpener’ style spiralizing gadgets for my birthday.
It works surprisingly well for such a simple little tool. It’s perfect if you’re only planning on spiralizing one or two vegetables, or you make single meals. Any more than this and I find my wrist starts to ache from all that twisting action.
If you really get into spiralizing and want to experiment with vegetables like sweet potatoes, butternut squashes and beetroots, then I definitely think it’s worth investing in a bigger spiralizer. Continue reading
I absolutely love this time of year, with the trees full of blossom and the wisteria out in flower. Not only does it look stunning, but it smells glorious too! Here in Bath, the weather is finally starting to warm up and we’ve actually managed a few meals in the garden this past week. Our dinners have definitely shifted to lighter dishes, and I’m looking forward to sharing some of our favourite summer-inspired recipes over the coming weeks.
Today’s post was inspired by the front cover of this month’s Vegan Life magazine, which featured these stunning summer rolls by Jessica in the Kitchen.
The rolls are a vegan twist on the classic Vietnamese Summer Roll. Instead of meat or prawns, the rolls are filled with a rainbow of fresh veggies, making them both visually beautiful and delicious. Continue reading
When I spotted the front cover of Issue 13 of Vegan Life magazine, it reminded me that I’ve yet to publish a single frittata recipe on the blog. This needed remedying at once!
In contrast to egg frittatas which I’ve never been able to bear (I can’t stand the ‘eggy’ flavour or texture), I absolutely adore their vegan counterpart. They’ve proven to be hugely popular with the rest of the family too. While they don’t share my egg aversion, the boys much prefer these egg-free frittatas to the original kind.
The recipe I’m sharing in today’s post is for a tasty Chive, Onion and Sun-Dried Tomato Frittata. The addition of chives was inspired by the recipe in Vegan Life. (I love how pretty they look sprinkled on top of the frittata!) Rather than using the recipe featured in Vegan Life (which calls for ingredients that I don’t have on hand, like lupin flour) I used my ole’ faithful vegan frittata recipe which always comes out perfect for me (and I hope it will for you too!)
Have you tried polenta? I absolutely love the stuff! I love its texture and versatility. Plus it’s super cheap, so perfect for budget-friendly meals.
Since I’m such a fan of polenta, I was really excited to see it featured in the January/February Issue of Vegan Life magazine ♥
In my experience, polenta is incredibly easy to make from scratch, providing you use the right kind of cornmeal. Continue reading