I really like cooking and wished to extend the variety of vegetarian dishes for on a regular basis household meals. So listed here are my new favourites: fast, straightforward and really tasty, whether or not you’re a confirmed vegetarian or a curious carnivore!

Black Bean Burger and Buffalo Cauliflower Wings


Saturday night time is Burger and wings night time on the Laing residence, with common experiments in recipes and mixtures. My favorite vegetarian burger recipe up to now is Jamie Oliver’s Roasted Black Bean burger, right here tailored to the elements I can discover and really fast to rustle-up. Overlook fries although, the most effective accompaniment in my opinion are buffalo cauliflower wings, tailored from the Tasty web site recipe. Cauliflower continues to be a revelation to me in texture and flavour – don’t neglect to incorporate the primary stalk too; I at all times maintain this half when cooking different recipes and add it to the combo when it’s wings night time!

Prep: 15 minutes, cooking time 30 to 45 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 200 C.


200g wild mushrooms (comparable to Oyster and Shitake)

100g rye bread – I exploit Aldi’s

1 crimson onion, roughly chopped

1 tin / 400g black beans (already cooked if not tinned)

2tbps freshly floor coriander

1 Cauliflower, damaged into massive florets and with stalk lower into strips

Half a cup of self-raising flour

Half a cup of milk

1tbsp garlic powder

1tbsp floor turmeric

1tbsp paprika

Brioche rolls and garnishes to serve


Brush any dust from the mushrooms, then pop them, the rye bread, onion and half the coriander right into a meals processor and mix for a couple of seconds. It’s doable to make use of a pack of brown mushrooms rather than wild mushrooms, however beware the extra liquid in them may end up in a barely soggy burger. Subsequent drain and wash the black beans, taking care to shake away as a lot liquid as doable, then add to the processor and mix to a thick paste – attempt to go away some texture in there. Then form into eight burgers about 8cm in diameter and 15mm thick, place on an oiled baking tray, sprinkle over the remaining coriander and a splash of olive oil, then bake / roast for 30-40minutes. 5 minutes earlier than serving, you’ll be able to pop on some slices of cheese.

For the wings, merely whisk the flour, milk and flavourings right into a batter in a big bowl, then add all of the cauliflower items together with the chopped stalk (plus any additional chopped cauliflower stalks and even broccoli stalks you’ve been saving), then unfold out onto an oiled baking tray and roast for 30-40minutes, turning as soon as midway. Through the ultimate 10 minutes, brush with a mixture of olive oil and both scorching or barbeque sauce for additional color and flavour.

Courgette Pie


Tailored from the incredible Veg: River Cottage On a regular basis cookery ebook, the courgette pie has shortly grow to be a household favorite. This Greek-influenced dish is harking back to the basic spinach and feta pie, however with a twist the place the spinach is changed by grated courgette, and the surplus liquid from the veg used to prepare dinner the rice throughout the pie. It’s extremely fast and straightforward. Because the oven’s already on, I usually throw in some potatoes and carrots on one other tray to have with it.

Prep: 10 minutes, cooking time 45 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 200 C.


750g courgettes, grated

130g rice (I exploit Basmati)

130g grated cheese (I exploit Cheddar)

three eggs, whisked

1 crimson onion, finely chopped

1 pack puff pastry, I exploit shop-bought


You’re making a big pastry roll right here, so drape the puff pastry over a medium baking dish, with the spare pastry hanging over the perimeters. Then merely combine the remainder of the elements completely in a big bowl, add some salt and pepper, then spoon onto the pastry earlier than folding over the ends. In case you’re utilizing a roll of purchased puff pastry, it’ll be a decent match, however the ends ought to simply meet with sufficient to pinch them collectively. Then bake in a pre-heated oven at 200 C for about 40-45 minutes or till the pastry is golden brown. I lower the whole pie in half for 2 meals, with every half providing you with 4 good parts when served with greens.

Paneer Curry

Everybody wants a good curry recipe of their repertoire and by far the most effective I’ve discovered is courtesy as soon as once more of The River Cottage, albeit with numerous tweaks. Mine relies on their baked hen curry recipe, however with the hen switched for paneer cheese, the baking swapped for the hob, and the general quantity-doubled to stretch into three meals for 4 because it tastes higher the following day and even higher the day after that. Paneer is an Indian cheese that’s accessible in ethnic shops or bigger supermarkets and is an excellent substitute for the hen within the authentic recipe – in truth I a lot choose it. No matter your preferences although, the important thing, as with all currys, is to freshly grind entire spices as you want them for the utmost flavour. This recipe creates a gentle curry, like a Tikka, and you’ll add chillis for warmth as desired.

Prep time: 20 minutes, cooking time: one to 3 hours on a mild warmth.


three medium onions, peeled and roughly chopped

6 garlic cloves, or a complete small bulb, peeled

1 massive thumb of ginger, peeled and finely grated

2 teaspoons of entire fennel seeds

four teaspoons of entire cumin seeds

four teaspoons of entire coriander seeds

four teaspoons of entire fenugreek seeds

four teaspoons of floor turmeric

2 tins of chopped tomatoes

2 tins of coconut milk


Put all the entire spices right into a small pan with none oil and dry-fry them till they tackle some color, however be very cautious to not burn them. Then pour them right into a grinder and grind them right into a powder.

Place all of the onion, garlic and ginger right into a meals processor and blitz right into a clean paste.

Take a casserole or a big pan (I exploit my classic Le Creuset Casserole) and begin heating a number of tablespoons of floor nut / peanut oil or sunflower oil – a mixture can also be okay, however don’t use olive oil on this dish.

When the oil is scorching, briefly fry the bottom spices, including the turmeric into the combo too. They are going to take in a number of the oil, so if crucial, add some extra as you’ll be frying the onion combine with it quickly. Once more watch out to not burn the spice combination.

After a minute or so, add the onion combine (however don’t clear the meals processor but). Fry the onion combine at a medium to excessive warmth for a couple of minutes, stirring typically – bear in mind you’re attempting to fry this combine for flavour, to not boil it.

Add the chopped tomatoes to the meals processor and blitz till clean, then add them to the pan. Then do the identical for the tinned coconut milk, blitzing right into a clean liquid within the meals processor earlier than including to the pan. Add a beneficiant quantity of salt and pepper to the combination, give it a very good stir, and convey it to a mild simmer with the lid half-off. You now want to softly prepare dinner it for no less than an hour to scale back the liquid and permit the flavours to develop; I intention for about two hours to scale back by no less than one third, however the exhausting work is completed. Remember to give the combination a very good stir each 15minutes or so, and regulate the lid to minimise curry eruptions.

In direction of the tip of the cooking course of you’ll be able to put together and add the paneer cheese. I purchase mine in blocks and roughly lower it into small sq. tiles round 15x15x5mm in measurement, however you possibly can go for bigger shapes if desired, and a few paneer is already offered in cubes. Fry these in a separate pan in batches till all sides are browned, then add to the curry combine – the cheese is fairly sturdy and can survive a number of reheatings.

I serve the curry on basmati rice with poppadoms on the aspect (strive the packs you fry your self relatively than the pre-fried ones to save lots of on packaging and cash). I additionally prepare dinner some veg, comparable to broccoli, fried aubergines or easy frozen peas and corn -indeed on the final day of the curry, I simply add peas and corn on to the combination and heat them up collectively.

Kale Pasta


A fast and wholesome favorite that will get a bunch of darkish inexperienced veg into you! Like most of my meals, it began as an official recipe – on this case Farfalle with Savoy Cabbage by Jamie Oliver from his second Bare Chef ebook – however over time I’ve made a number of substitutions. The core idea stays the identical – steam some darkish inexperienced veg and blend with pasta shapes – however whereas I’ve saved the pine nuts for crunch and mozzarella for stretch, I’ve switched the pancetta for sun-dried tomatoes, the Farfalle for Penne, and the savoy cabbage for curly kale or cavalo nero.

Prep: about ten minutes. Cooking time, about 20 minutes


2 baggage of Kale or Cavalo Nero, thickest stems eliminated

400g pasta shapes – I exploit penne, however farfalle or others work effectively

1 bag mozzarella chopped roughly into massive cubes

1 massive thumb’s price of exhausting cheese, chopped finely

Handful of pine nuts

Half a jar of solar dried tomatoes, roughly chopped

2 massive cloves of garlic, finely chopped


Boil your pasta in a big pan, whereas cleansing the kale or cavolo nero and eradicating any powerful stalks; should you choose savoy cabbage, simply clear, then shred it, leaving the primary stalk. When the pasta is prepared, drain it and re-use the nice and cozy pan on a medium warmth to warm-up some olive oil.

Gently fry the garlic, pine nuts and sundried tomatoes for a minute or so, then add the kale or cavalo nero, give it a very good stir, then add a few knobs of butter and a splash of water earlier than becoming a decent lid to steam the inexperienced veg. Examine after a minute or two and provides it one other stir, including somewhat extra water if it’s grow to be dry.

As soon as the veg is cooked to your choice – I’d solely give it a few minutes – combine within the cooked pasta, mozzarella and parmesan, together with a beneficiant quantity of salt and pepper. Stir completely, exchange the lid and switch off the warmth. The heat of the veg and pasta will soften the cheese and after a minute or two, it will likely be able to serve.



Who doesn’t love pesto? Whether or not it’s stirred into pasta (pictured above topped with grilled Halloumi cheese) or used as a ramification on toast or in wraps, it’s extraordinarily versatile, universally in style, and a doddle to make your self. So neglect the ready-made jars and whizz-up your individual in simply a few minutes. Conventional Pesto Genovese makes use of basil leaves and pine nuts, pounded in a pestle and mortar with grated Parmesan and or Pecorino cheese, and combined with olive oil. Scrumptious, however Basil doesn’t develop that simply the place I stay and pine nuts are prohibitively costly, so many thanks once more to The River Cottage for some extra inexpensive and equally tasty substitutions! As a substitute of Basil, strive a bunch of flat leaf or curly parsley, stalks and all, swap pine nuts for a pack of walnuts, and swap parmesan for a less expensive exhausting cheese like Grana Padano. For added zing, I additionally embody a clove of garlic and half a freshly-squeezed lemon.

Prep time – 5 minutes. ‘Cooking’ time 5 minutes


Bunch of parsley – flat leaf or curly – together with stalks

Pack of shelled walnuts

Good handful of grated exhausting cheese like Parmesan or Grana Padano

One clove of garlic

Half a freshly squeezed lemon

Olive oil – begin with round 100ml, however be prepared so as to add extra


Place all of the elements right into a meals processor and blitz into the consistency you want. Whereas shop-bought pesto may be very clean, you could have the chance to go away yours somewhat chunkier if most popular, so after every pulse on the processor, strive it for consistency. Additionally, you will invariably want so as to add extra oil as you blitz and whereas it might at first look like so much, consider me it is going to nonetheless symbolize much less of the overall than the shop-bought pestos. The recent pesto will maintain within the fridge for a number of days,  though I usually stir most of it into freshly cooked pasta shapes for a primary meal, leaving a small amount to jazz-up wraps for lunches later within the week. When including to pasta, I additionally like to incorporate broccoli and top-off with slices of fried Halloumi cheese.



Bibimbap is a Korean dish that actually means combined rice. It usually consists of a bowl of white rice, topped with quite a lot of cooked or uncooked veg, pickles, Kimchi and proteins like strips of meat, marinated tofu or a fried egg. I usually use no matter’s left within the fridge to shortly assemble a scrumptious lunch, and though it’s not as conventional, typically swap the rice base for noodles. In case you’re utilizing tofu, first drain the water from the pack, wrap the block in a tea towel and place a heavy weight on high – like a forged iron saucepan – to press-out extra liquid. After an hour or so, slice the tofu into sq. chunks and place it in a bowl with the marinade – I exploit a mixture of oil, tamari / soy sauce, paprika and balsamic vinegar. After an hour or so of marinating, you’ll be able to bake / roast the tofu items in a 200 C oven for 30 minutes and also you’ll find yourself with scrumptious savoury chunks to sprinkle in your bibimbap. Apologies to any locals or purists for the fusion nature of my recipe.

Prep: A couple of minutes to longer should you’re marinating tofu. Cooking: 20 minutes


As a lot boiled or steamed white rice as you want

Some darkish inexperienced veg like spinach, kale, cauliflower leaves

1 carrot

Half a cucumber


Whereas I prepare dinner the rice, I stir fry no matter inexperienced veg I’ve within the fridge, together with outdated cauliflower leaves with the stalks eliminated. I then assemble the dish by first placing the rice – or noodles – in a big bowl, the cooked veg on high, adopted by a mixture of uncooked carrot and cucumber, sliced into ribbons utilizing a grater. Atop this place your alternative of protein, pickles and condiments – I’m keen on pickled crimson cabbage and a sprinkling of crispy onions from a packet, together with both cubes of marinated tofu or a easy fried egg. I additionally get pleasure from a splash of soy sauce / tamari and a few chilli jam to complete it off.

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