30 Minutes or Less, Lunch, Recipes, Vegetarian

Halloumi Rainbow Salad

Happy new year everyone! Can’t quite believe we have reached 2017, last year went by so quickly it was all a bit of a blur. I for one am welcoming the fresh start with open arms, the decorations are down, the house is clean and I am focusing on new recipes for the year. Before I get in to this delicious salad, I just want to mention that I have added a new feature to the blog. In my top bar or top left if on mobile, you will find my ‘Food Calendar’. I have listed all food awareness days, weeks and months for the UK, US, Internationally and World. I will be updating it if new ones arise, so you will never again miss ‘National chocolate cake’ day. I hope you find it useful and I will be creating recipes to mark each event.

Now, let’s talk about this delicious salad. Packed full of rainbow vegetables, in season beets and radish. Salty halloumi and topped with a lemon, caper, chilli and garlic dressing. Simply delicious and so bright that it makes me smile. I ran a poll and the majority of you voted to see a lot more vegetarian recipes, turns out a lot of you are vegetarian. So I am ploughing my efforts in to researching and creating some delicious meat free alternatives. If you are doing #veganuary or are a vegan, simply remove the halloumi and replace it with something else you enjoy or eat the salad alone, it is very satisfying and packed full of nutrients. My Husband is currently eating it out of the serving dish with a serving spoon because ‘it is just so tasty!’

Once you get past all the chopping, the salad is easy to assemble and the dressing adds that extra bit of kick you need. Please know that this salad does not need any salt added, as the capers and halloumi add a decent amount of salt already. I hope you like it, I hope you decant it in to tubs and take it to work. Here’s to a tasty 2017.

Halloumi Rainbow Salad | The Mother Cooker

30 Minutes or Less, Breakfast, Recipes, Vegetarian

Simple Breakfast Tostadas

Morning! As breakfast is one of my most requested meals to feature, I thought I would share something that is amazingly simple to make. Helps that they are also packed full of flavour, with a base of red pesto, topped with fresh ingredients it means that you can easily make them before work. Or if like me, have a toddler running around your feet, all you have to ‘cook’ is the egg and toast the wrap.

Eggs are my main love for breakfast, you can create so many different combinations or cook them so many different ways. These tostadas would also work great with poached or boiled eggs. I totally cheated and bought red pesto from a jar, but if you have time you could easily whizz up your own in a blender. The rich base of sundried tomato pulls the whole breakfast together. I hope you like them as much as I do.

Simple Breakfast Tostadas | The Mother Cooker

30 Minutes or Less, Lunch, Recipes, Vegetarian

Vegan Green Goddess Wraps

I love getting requests from readers, you can get in touch with me via my hashtag which is #TMCimhungryfor and let me know what you would like to see on the blog. My good friend Michelle asked if I could feature some vegetarian recipes, so I thought I’d kick things off with these vegan green goddess wraps. Easy to make, super yummy and if you didn’t want them completely vegan they would work great with cheese. Herby wraps, avocado & basil sauce and all of the greens. They are lovely and fresh, super easy to make and virtually fat free. I hope you like them!

Vegan Green Goddess Wraps | The Mother Cooker

30 Minutes or Less, Lunch, Recipes, Salads

Vietnamese Noodle Salad

I wanted to include quick and tasty salads in my lunch options, this one is super simple but the dressing brings it all to life. You can either have this completely veggie or it would be cracking with prawns or chicken. I was inspired by one of my favourite dips that comes with the crispy squid at Pho, a Vietnamese street food restaurant. Punchy and tangy, the perfect balance of sweet and sour. You can even add a hotter chilli if you are brave enough. It would be the perfect accompaniment to dip crispy chicken in. If you aren’t a fan of udon noodles like my Husband, it would be lovely with vermicelli. The dressing is packed full of flavour, so you will only need about 2 teaspoons per serving. You also won’t need any added salt as you get enough from the fish sauce.

Vietnamese Noodle Salad