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Sweet potato and lentil curry

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sp-curry1Another classic from the Ecotricity design team for this week’s Meat Free Monday meal suggestion. This time it’s a child friendly curry from Angus.

Interesting fact – sweet potatoes have huge amounts of Vitamin A and also Beta Carotene (slightly more than carrots!).

Enjoy!

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Malaysian noodle soup

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Spicy Noodle AwesometimePicking up the Meat Free Mondays mantle this week is Sam from our design team. He’s sharing his recipe for an aromatic classic – Malaysian Noodle Soup. Here’s what he has to say about this recipe:

I freaking love this dish, it’s probably my favourite thing to eat and it’s relatively easy to make.

This recipe can probably serve four people, I’ve only ever made it for two and then we inevitably come back for seconds… Last time I checked, ingredients cost roughly £12.



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Creamy garlic and mushroom soup

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8074061602_265c80e46e_zAs the weather has taken a turn for the worse over the last few days, I’m sharing one of my favourite soup recipes. This is something I thought I would miss as a vegan; however the change from dairy cream to rice or soy makes no difference to cooking and tastes just as delicious. The fried mushroom garnish is optional; it’s also lovely topped with croutons and fresh parsley.



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Thai Green curry

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Photo cred: https://www.flickr.com/photos/veganheathen/Another great recipe from Jodie to celebrate Meat Free Monday.

“This recipe is for one of my favourites, Thai Green curry. It’s hard to find vegan Thai pastes as so many of them contain fish sauce, but its super quick to make a homemade paste yourself. I like this dish served with brown rice, but you can have it with white rice or even noodles. Just bear in mind cooking times when making them alongside the sauce. You can also make extra paste if you wish and freeze it in an ice cube tray, then you can just add the cubes to the dish from frozen. You can even use the paste for Thai soups.”



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Sweet Potato and Pear Soup

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Photo cred: https://www.flickr.com/photos/m4sh/This week we’ve got a Meat Free Monday recipe from another member of staff at Ecotricity – this time it’s from Pay as You Go Assistant Hannah.

I know what you are thinking – how can pear and sweet potato work together? But it just does…

Give it a go.



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Beetroot and mozzarella parcels with lemon and garlic greens

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parcels 2Who would have believed that the humble beetroot would be recognised as a super food?

Beetroot’s deep, overpoweringly red juice has earned it the reputation as the most bossy of vegetables.
Although the leaves have always been eaten, historically the beet root was generally used medicinally for a range of ailments, including fevers, constipation and skin problems.

Beetroot is a good source of iron and folate (naturally occuring folic acid). It also contains nitrates, betaine, magnesium and other antioxidants (notably betacyanin).
More info on the NHS Choices website.

This week’s recipe from Jodie is a classic filo parcel. Give it a go and enjoy a Meat Free Monday (or super food Sunday!)



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Smoked Tofu, Spinach and Pumpkin Seed Flan

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New Image 1This is a quick and super tasty recipe that is a firm favourite of my mothers. I’ve included a vegan ‘slaw too but you can serve this with any side of your choice. I also like it with simple herby new potatoes and a green salad.

Cheers
Jodie



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Vegan Paella with artichokes and almonds

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2014-12-30-veganuarylogonewPaella is without a doubt my favourite rice dish. It’s so versatile and goes with pretty much every vegetable out there.

This dish, like most of my recipes, is easily adaptable depending on your preferences. This is one of my favourite versions, it just looks so beautiful, and the almonds and artichokes are a delicious combination.

In other news – it’s still Veganuary! Lots of people took the plunge to give a vegan diet a go for a New Year’s resolution this year. If you’re stuck for recipes or motivation, head over to their site for even more delicious recipes and inspiration. That ‘Really Hungry Burger‘ is surely able to make anyone’s mouth water?



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Japanese Noodle Soup

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image1An article in the Guardian this week states that “curbing the world’s huge and increasing appetite for meat is essential to avoid devastating climate change, according to a new report. But governments and green campaigners are doing nothing to tackle the issue due to fears of a consumer backlash, warns the analysis from the thinktank Chatham House.”

Most people think that transport is the biggest greenhouse gas producing industry but the global livestock industry actually produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all cars, planes, trains and ships combined! Anyway, here’s a tasty Japanese dish you can try – no meat but oodles of flavour.

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Vegan Tagine

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meat-free-mondayHi – Jodie here with this week’s recipe, although World Vegan Month is over now, I’ll carry on sharing some recipes for a bit 🙂

As a family we have all collectively spent a lot of time in Morocco and are always bringing back authentic recipes and spices to recreate our favourite dishes at home. This recipe is my take on a vegan tagine.

With a tagine you do not necessarily need the authentic dish in order to cook this, a large saucepan and lid will work just as well, or an oven proof dish and lid, cook and prep time will not vary depending on chosen dish.

Perhaps we’ll start to see vegan tagine appearing on a high street near you soon? Apparently catering for the ‘plant curious’ is becoming big business.

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