I love trying new recipes and since Hubby turned vegan last year we have been trying more and more new foods. I have collected together some of my favourite recipes that we have tried along with a few products that you simply MUST have in the kitchen to help you cook them! As Veganuary is upon us, I thought it would be good to share my favourite recipes. I would love to know if you have tried these and what you think?
One of our favourite breakfasts in sourdough and mushrooms. Now we fry our mushrooms in Olive Oil and some Rosemary from the garden. It smells amazing when it’s cooking but also tastes incredible. You could also swap that for butter and garlic. Delicious! Vegan butter of course, we use Vitalite. It’s perfect for baking, cooking and spreading on toast. Isn’t sourdough just the best? Or, swap the mushrooms for Avocado and use this fun Prepara Avocado cool tool to make sure you get the most out of your Avocado.
From simply using a Kilner Spiralizer jar you can make the vege look fun for the kids. Or you can create spaghetti shaped vege for a delicious meal. This Butternut Squash and Sage spaghetti with Courgette noodles recipe is a favourite in our house. It is fun to make and looks fun on the plate.
We always cook vegetables with every meal, whether it’s fresh Broccoli or pan fried corn on the cob. There is always something to make the plate look colourful. We use the Greenpan Featherweights Ceramic non-stick square grill pan to cook our vege. You can see it featured in the images above. It is perfect for cooking vegetables like corn on the cob, courgette, asparagus, Tenderstem Broccoli and Cavolo. Add a little oil or butter to the pain, add some garlic cloves (do not take the skins off the garlic) and then once hot add your vegetable and fry. Some vegetables we boil a little first to make sure it’s softer to eat. But this is a great way to get your 5 a day!
All of your favourite family recipes can be turned into vegan family recipes, cut out of the meat and dairy and that’s pretty much it. We always cook things like vegan Spaghetti Bolognese or Stew & Dumplings (my favourite). There are so many fabulous recipes online. We recently discovered a Vegan Mushroom Bourguignon and it is rich and delicious. Some of our favourite dishes from when we ate meat are easily replicated into a Vegan version. This is great if you are entertaining meat eaters too – as they are eating something familiar, with a twist!
Another favourite idea, that involves the kiddies is making your favourite pies. We love a pie and they make for good vegan family recipes! I love a Mushroom pie and this Vegan Pie with leeks and mushrooms is delicious. Isla had fun making this last year, using the right sized pie dish and a flexible and durable chopping board is essential. Like this Architec Polyflax chopping board! The letter cutter shapes came in very handy for decorating the pie too!
And finally for something sweet and this is our family favourite snack – Daddy’s vegan cookies. They are plain cookies, no extras, but they are soooooo delicious. You could add vegan chocolate drops, or grate some lemon rind into the mix to add a twist of zesty flavours. Don’t forget to get a good fine grater like this Cuisipro Grater, I saw it on MasterChef too so you know its a good one! Image below is from One Green Planet…
What do you like best? I would love to know if you have any favourite vegan family recipes in the comments below. Or do you have a favourite tool that you always use, that I could try! If you are doing Veganuary this January then I’d love to connect with you and share your recipe ideas and experiences. I worked out that I have been Vegetarian for nearly 6 years now, and I am slowly moving into a Vegan lifestyle. For example I no longer drink Cows milk and we always use dairy free butter. We have vegan cheese, custard and creams in the house too.