Creamy Cheddar Polenta with BBQ Seitan Stew

OK so I think I have found the ultimate comfort food… Creamy, cheesy polenta. How have I not had this before? We are going away in a couple of weeks and so I am trying to use up stuff in my cupboards. I have had a bag of polenta at the back of my cupboard for a while, and I thought today would be a great day to make a savoury dish with it! I have always used it in cakes and so this was my first venture into savoury territory. It was a good venture!

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Adventures in Poland!

So I have been a bit quiet on the old blog front recently – this is because I was gallivanting around in Poland, in a lovely town called Bydgoszcz. Some good friends of mine got married and so we headed over there for a fun-packed few days! After our shocking lack of summer here in the UK, I was really happy to arrive in Poland and find that it was gloriously sunny and warm!

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Healthy Fried Rice

There are some recipes in life that are simple, require little work or ingredients and are yet immensely rewarding. This fried rice recipe is one of them – at least for me! This is my go-to dish if I am cooking supper for one. It is a great way to use up left-over vegetables and left-over cooked rice.

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Feta and Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

Portobello mushrooms are actually one of my favourite things. Ever. They are so flavoursome and they make the perfect base for this recipe! I actually use three different mushrooms in this recipe. Some may call it overkill, I call it heaven. Before I became vegetarian I used to think of mushrooms as quite bland. I didn’t dislike them, but they weren’t my vegetable of choice. Now we always keep a massive punnet of mushrooms in our fridge at all times and our spice cupboard ALWAYS contains some form of dried mushrooms – normally porcini.

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Nourishing Noodle Soup

Before I became vegetarian, I used to cook a delicious chicken noodle soup. When I gave up meat, I didn’t want to lose out on this amazing soup. I figured that there were plenty of delicious ingredients that I could use to substitute the meaty flavour of chicken. So I set to work experimenting – and you know what, I actually prefer the veggie version of this soup! Seriously, you can taste the incredible network of flavours more without the chicken overpowering your palate. I think one of the key ingredients in this is the mushrooms. I love mushrooms, they are fantastic substitutions for meat. Especially the portobello mushrooms, they just have this incredible, savoury flavour that makes this dish come alive!

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Roasted Stuffed Red Peppers

Everyone knows that I am a bit obsessed with millet. I really think that it is an under-used little grain! It is packed with vitamins and nutrients. It is also an alkalising food, meaning it really nourishes our body and can be digested really easily. Millet makes a great substitute for cous cous and rice, but I wanted to see what other recipes it will work well in. Continue reading “Roasted Stuffed Red Peppers”

Courgette and Chickpea Falafels

Falafel are a Middle-Eastern snack made from chickpeas. They are normally fried and served in pitta bread, and man are they are delicious! They are absolutely perfect for this time of year, they taste great served with couscous or salad.

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Raw Chocolate Caramel Slices

I am under no illusion that this recipe is super healthy. But it is healthier than its traditional sister tray bake – Millionaires’ Shortbread. How I hear you say? Well, first of all, this is made from raw cacao, which is sweetened only with honey! The health benefits of raw cacao are vast and in my opinion, it tastes better than normal chocolate! There is basically less sugar in this, and the ingredients used maintain most of their original nutrients – unlike the really processed stuff you get in shop. Continue reading “Raw Chocolate Caramel Slices”

Overnight chocolate and raspberry oats 

So things have been pretty hectic around these here parts recently! I’ve just passed my driving test (yay!) and so have been pretty busy in the lead up to that! What has really saved me is recipes like this one. A great on-the-go breakfast recipe! The kind of recipe where you splodge a load of tasty ingredients in a pot and hope for the best!

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Speedy Summer Couscous Salad

My super speedy summer couscous salad requires no cooking and can be ready in less than 15 minutes. It is my go-to lunch when I need something healthy, quick and delicious. It’s ideal for those moments when you have over-binged on Netflix, it’s about 10pm and you need something prepped for lunch the next day! Continue reading “Speedy Summer Couscous Salad”