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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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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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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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World Vegan Month: Vegan Lasagne

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30 day vegan logoThis week’s recipe is by far my favourite variations of the classic lasagne. It has the most wonderful textures from the walnuts and lentils together and is beautiful with a simple side such as garlic green beans or a simple salad. As usual this dish can be adapted slightly to your personal tastes. You could even replace the pasta with leek strips if you’re on a low carb diet.

Speaking of which – the results of yet another study – picked up by all mainstream media yesterday – showed, a diet change alone can prevent and even reverse type 2 diabetes. Vegetarian diets have repeatedly and consistently showed the best results in terms of diabetes prevention and a vegan diet has been the most effective in the management and treatment of diabetes. Many people all around the world changed their lives for the better by following a plant based diet. (more…)



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World Vegan Day and Month: Mexican Mixed Bean Pie

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I’d like to introduce a new member of the Ecotricity Team – Jodie. She’s only been with us a couple of weeks as a Teleservices Assistant, but is already getting stuck in and has proposed to treat us all to some of her vegan recipes in support of Meat Free Mondays and World Vegan Month. It’s great to be in a team of people that are so passionate about making a difference. We’re giving Jodie a regular Monday slot on here for the month (and possibly beyond!), so without further ado, I’ll hand over to Jodie.


New Image 1My interest in food and cooking began at a young age. I grew up as a vegetarian for much of my life, and lived in a bus with my parents for the most part of my early childhood. My unconventional interest in food stemmed largely from my Mother who was an innovative, resourceful and talented cook. Her Jewish heritage and nomadic background gave us a wide ranging experience of different culinary traditions with a focus on fresh, unprocessed ingredients. It’s fair to say I have pretty much learnt everything I know about cooking from her. (more…)