Feeling like your daily carb quota is spent?
Swap burger buns for steamy portobellos topped with sesame sprinkle. I layered up with green beans and a tomato-cauliflower pattie. No bonus points if you guessed I cooked the mushrooms in the sandwich press (the addiction is strong in this one.)
Works for paleo and gluten-free too. Go home bread, go home.
If you are after a light meal, lettuce wraps are spectacular. The crunch of the lettuce is brilliant alongside whatever you care to roll up. I went for roasted veges with a truckload of hummus for protein. I think I ate about five of these. So. Good. Never thought I’d be addicted to lettuce…
YELLOW BEETROOT. See it. Appreciate it. Join me in awe.
Zuk-spag-ling bowl - the quickest spaghetti + meatballs in the west. Spiralize (or julienne) 1 zucchini. Top with a blitzed sauce of 1 tomato, zest of 1/2 lemon, juice of 1 lemon, 1/4c walnuts, a pinch of smokey paprika, cracked black pepper + 1 TBs flaxseed oil (optional). Top with 5 dumplings cooked according to packet instructions or make your own! Mmmmmm.
A quick plug for Roasted Addiqtion Cafe in Kingsland. A very impressive vegetarian range alongside the omnivorous line up. The hash stack is a winner. Absolutely delicious and the décor is rad.
Score that front couch. Wrestle for it if you have to.
Dr Libby’s “The Real Food Chef: Plant Power” (curiously not vegetarian per se) was waiting for me at the library a few days back This was a HUGE victory given that I had been some two hundred places down the waitlist at last check.
So to celebrate I served up egg-free raw quiche topped with lentil pâté and cherry tomatoes to four meat lovers for family dinner…
Seconds and thirds were had! These recipes are clear winners even if you’re into traditional protein with your plants. Even Ja’mie would agree that the chef of this dish is quiche.
I present The Sandwich Press of Glory.
All other kitchen appliances cry at their inadequacy when up against this CULINARY LEGEND.
First layer: sliced vegetables. Second layer: whole bok choy leaves. Third layer: wrap with seaweed sheet. Triple decker it up!!!
Then compile, top with two poached eggs, give it a quick overall heat then dig into that crispy-as breakfast burrito. You’ve earned it.
M is for Monday… and MEXICAN!
Sweet potato + black bean enchiladas. No cheese so thunderbirds are go for the dairy-free among us. Go wild with the guacamole - we ain’t charging a dollar extra. ;)
Harry Potter Revival #8: Sorting cupcakes. A bit of a trial. Somehow we ended up with 5 people claiming to be in Gryffindor despite me having only made three red cupcakes… suspicious! You can either use coloured cake batter or fruit. I used blueberries for Ravenclaw but food colouring for Slytherin, Hufflepuff + Gryffindor. If you want to use cake batter, half a mix then colour + cook one half spread out on a baking tray. Then spoon 2 TBs of the other half of the batter into each space on a muffin tray, place a piece of coloured muffin on top + then cover with the rest of the batter. Bake as normal and suspend in a doorway or from the ceiling.
Harry Potter Revival #7: Legless spider skohnz. Stir black food colouring (or squid ink) into your favourite cheese scone mix and skewer with stuffed olive halves. Make sure to soak the skewers in water first to decrease risk of splinters.