Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian

Butternut Squash & Lentil Curry

As March is vegetarian month and I know a lot of you who read the blog are, I decided to do a hearty meal. For all of you meat lovers, this is simply delicious and you won’t miss the meat at all. It has mild heat, but if you want to make it a little hotter, just add another tsp of chilli powder or more fresh chillies. It is my first time experimenting with pulses, I’ve realised they are simple to cook, cheap to buy and go a long way. I will most certainly be using more of them in my cooking. Roasting the butternut squash, adds a great depth of flavour and a lovely texture. A great treat to take to work, freezable for up to a month. I hope you like it, don’t forget that if you make any of my recipes, to forget to let me know over on Twitter or Instagram.

Vegan Roasted Butterut Squash and Red Lentil Curry | The Mother Cooker

Vegetarian

Bruschetta

Tomatoes are one of my favourite things to eat and this bruschetta is one of my all time favourite snacks or starters to a meal. Plump, juicy tomatoes, with garlic, basil and buttery baguette. I would genuinely eat an entire baguette of this stuff. Super straight forward to make, packed full of flavour. I really hope you enjoy it as much as me.

Bruschetta | The Mother Cooker

30 Minutes or Less, Lunch, Recipes, Vegetarian

Loaded Parsnip Fries

Happy Friday everyone, thought I would pop up a recipe that is not only quick for the weekend, but super tasty too. If you are anything like me, loaded cheesy fries are an absolute must of a side dish. Along with lobster mac & cheese. But we are just sticking with the fries today, I’ve swapped out normal potato for some parsnips. Now please stick with me, it’s a great way to get some veg and I totally thinks parsnips are a little underrated. You can totally use them in more ways than on a Sunday roast. They are inexpensive, loaded with flavour and a heap of vitamins and iron.

Ok, so I’ve cut out the carbs, but loaded fries are supposed to be an indulgence right? Don’t you worry, my magic cheese sauce will have you wanting to lick the plate. In fact, I’d go as far to say that you will LOVE this cheese sauce. Add in a rainbow salsa and well, you’ve got something to impress at the dinner table. Who needs restaurant sides when you can make epic ones at home, now only if you had a burger to go with them….stay tuned.

Loaded Parsnip Fries | The Mother Cooker

30 Minutes or Less, Breakfast, Vegetarian

Mexican Breakfast Pancakes

Would you believe it if I told you that this recipe came to me in a dream? Maybe I was dreaming about pancakes, maybe I was in Mexico. Either way, I woke up and knew I had to make this combination. I think a lot of people always assume pancakes must be sweet, but savoury are just as nice for breakfast, brunch, lunch…dinner. Pancakes any time are lovely right?

This recipe would be great if you have leftovers of half of things, half an onion, half a lime etc. You can also keep the salsa and stir it in to some pasta. These pancakes are vegetarian, but you could totally add some bacon in between, prosciutto, chorizo? Basically, you could make them your own creation. I hope you love them.

Mexican Breakfast Pancakes | The Mother Cooker

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