30 Minutes or Less, Vegan

Sweet & Spicy Hummus Bowl

Hummus is super versatile and you can make so many different options, I absolutely adore the roasted red pepper one you can get at Nando’s. My dip is spicy and sweet at the same time, a perfect balance. A great tang of lemon, but without the traditional tahini. Pair any crunchy spring vegetable with it, spread it on a wrap and add some halloumi. It is moreish and I couldn’t stop eating it. Super quick to make too.

Sweet and Spicy Homous Bowl | The Mother Cooker

30 Minutes or Less, Meals for One

Lemon, Pea & Pancetta Pasta

For a long time I have struggled with recipes for one, I find myself cooking alone a lot of the time. Being a busy, stay at home Mom I often turn to eating my daughters leftovers or reaching for eggs on toast. So I decided to start eating better and put more effort in to developing recipes for one. You could make these for lunch, solo dinners, or they might come in handy if you are a student. Either way, indulge yourself, feed yourself properly. I think that, especially Mom’s forget to eat well and it needs to change. I’ll try and keep the recipes quick, because who has the time really! I hope you enjoy them and the ingredients are easy to pick up on your weekly shop. I will also try and make as many with similar ingredients, so you don’t have to buy obscure things or spend a lot of money. Saving time and money is what we want.

Lemon, Pea and Pancetta Pasta | 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, Dinner, Recipes

Spicy Prawn Linguine

So pasta is the best thing in the universe right? It is my go to comfort food, if I feel ill I whip up a batch of macaroni cheese and the world is complete again. Add seafood to pasta and I am sold, I look for it on every new menu and will 99% of the time order it over anything else. But enough about me and my overwhelming desire to be pasta. This dish is quick and easy to make, in fact you can do the whole process in 30 minutes. Something you guys have told me is a key thing to you making a recipe. The garlic and chilli are a great base for the tomato sauce, and the samphire brings a lovely salty texture.

If you are a heat lover, simply add more chillies and of you are really, really short of time, simply whack all of the ingredients needed for the sauce in a blender. This will create a smoother sauce, but shouldn’t take away any flavour. Hope you love it, just off to go and lick the pan.

Spicy Prawn Linguine | 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