Big Salad with Griddled Vegetables

Good for a glut of salad…

For two people.

Thinly slice:
1 aubergine
1 courgette
2 red or yellow peppers
1/2 head of broccoli the kids don’t fancy (optional)

And rub the aubergine with:
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon good smoked paprika
1 teaspoon sugar

Leave for a while while you make the Caesar Chavez Dressing from Appetite for Reduction. I like to throw in half a fresh chilli for a pretty pink and mildly spicy dressing.
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Mix up plenty of salad leaves (I used two bags of ‘crunchy’ salad mix with lots of cabbage and carrot) and get the griddle hot. Cook the vegetables until you have pretty stripes and serve the salad in huge bowls, dressed with the vegetables on top. I threw in some boiled broccoli the kids weren’t very interested in, which was tasty.
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If you don’t have enough salad then add some cooked cous cous, quinoa or beans to fill you up.

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Simple Roasted Vegetable Pasta Sauce

A simple sauce for pasta. Not exactly quick but taking very little active cooking.
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Ingredients
To serve 2-3
2 red peppers
1 medium onion
4 medium tomatoes
3 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
Big handful of pine nuts
Freshly ground black pepper
Fresh basil to garnish

Method
Preheat oven to 180c.
Cut the tomatoes in half, the peppers in little chunks and the onion in strips. Finely grate the garlic and toss all this in the olive oil.
Put everything on a baking tray, making sure the tomatoes all lie skin side up.
Roast for about 30 minutes, turning the peppers and onions every now and again, until the tomato skins have risen and blackened.
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While they are cooking, toast the pine nuts in a dry pan until browned on both sides. (This also be a good time to cook your pasta.)
Remove vegetables from the oven and take the tomato skins off – they should come easily.
For a chunky sauce you can transfer everything to a bowl and mash the tomatoes up a little. For a smooth sauce, use a blender.
Mix with your drained pasta and serve topped with pine nuts, black pepper and chopped basil.

You can freeze left over sauce for pasta or pizza.

Top tip: if you’re using frozen pasta sauce for pizza then allow it to defrost in a bowl. You should get some liquid and a more solid bit- pour off the liquid to thicken the sauce. If you’re having pasta then stir it in.

Crabby Cakes with Roasty Sauce

These were inspired by Fat Free Vegan’s Crab Cakes. Many thanks.
The Thai version is good too.
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These are so crabby/fishy that I honestly kept checking for bits of bone.

For the Crabby Cakes

Two serve two hungry vegans with salad as a main course, or four-six delicate appetites for a starter.

1 20oz, 500g tin of young green jackfruit in water, drained
100g dried haricot beans, soaked over night, boiled for 45 minutes and drained
1/4 red onion
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3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 pinch wakame flakes
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon mustard powder
And
2 tablespoons polenta
Oil to fry

Method
Put the haricot beans, onion, garlic and wakame into your food processor and whizz till it has the consistency of rather dry hummus.

Add the spices and jackfruit and whizz again until the jackfruit is shredded but not a paste. The mixture should look slightly disturbingly crab-like.

Remove from the blender and shape into about 6/7 cakes, coating the outsides with polenta.
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Refrigerate these until needed, then fry on both sides until nice and brown.

Roasty Sauce
Mix together:
1 small aubergine (cubed)
1 red pepper (cubed)
3 quartered tomatoes
3 tablespoons olive oil
In a baking tray and roast at 200c for 45 minutes.

Then fry:
1 small onion (finely chopped)
2 cloves of garlic (grated)
2 red chillies (finely chopped)
In a little olive oil.

Add the roasted vegetables and:
A splash of balsamic vinegar

Then blend it all up with an immersion blender if you have one.

Serve with salad, chips, griddled courgettes, or something else depending on how many people you are serving and how hungry you are.
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In this case it’s a rocket and sugarsnap pea salad, dressed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and walnuts.

Pitta Bread with Falafels and Tahini-Yoghurt Sauce

Vaguely Middle-Eastern. This can be prepared in advance and taken separately for a picnic, or served hot at home.

The components:
For two adults and three small children
Falafels (Tinned chickpeas) / Traditional Falafels (dried- more planning)
Tahini yoghurt sauce – 1 tablespoon tahini to 4 of home made vegan yoghurt
Salad- leaves, shredded onion, carrot and cucumber
Pitta Bread
Sirracha

Sourdough Pitta Bread Recipe

150g refreshed starter
200g strong white flour
75g water
Pinch of salt
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