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My partner has added a new recipe to his repetoire. He prepares baked potatoes (in the microwave, because it’s quicker) and whips up a batch of chilli from Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s recipe Ancho Lentil Tacos. On this occasion he also prepared some baked beans and salad.

The potatoes turned out really well, soft and creamy, though you don’t end up with the crispy skin that oven-baking gives. There’s some instructions on microwave potato baking here, though my partner says he just pricks the skin of the potatoes, then microwaves on high for 3 minutes, turns over, repeat until done. A very easy midweek meal. Thanks honey!


This soup comes from Angela Liddon’s Oh She Glows cookbook, and can be found on her website. In the book it is called On the mend spiced red lentil-kale soup. It was great for a cool evening and may even have helped child #1 get over her cold, maybe. Even though the soup was a bit spicy, with ingredients including chilli powder and a tiny bit of cayenne pepper, my kids seemed quite happy eating it. I had some leftover cooked quinoa, so I threw that in as well: with the quinoa and lentils together it was a really hearty meal. I’ll make this again.

Beany chili with amaranth polenta

My partner made a chili based on the Meaty Beany Chili recipe in Isa Does It, but with added lentils and leaving out a couple of herbs and spices. One night we ate the chili in burritos, then the next night I decided to prepare some polenta to eat with the leftovers.

I found a recipe called “Amaranth Polenta with Roasted Chiles” in Terry Hope Romero’s Viva Vegan. Sadly, since this meal was intended for the whole family, I left out the chilis from the polenta completely. But I did include some amaranth, which was my very first time cooking with amaranth (marketed as an “Aztec superfood”!). I thought the amaranth polenta was very tasty and paired well with the chili, especially with some guacamole on top.

Kerryann's chilli con veggie

For years, chilli was my husband’s signature dish. I guess he missed not making it for me since I became vegan, because last week he did some googling and found a recipe called Kerryann’s chilli con veggie (on Jamie Oliver’s website). Then he cooked it for me and it was delicious. Just as well, because it makes a huge amount so we ate it for 3 nights and we all enjoyed it.

This recipe has kidney beans, black beans, lentils and the surprise inclusion, leeks. We all enjoyed it. Mine is pictured here with My Life Biocheese grated on it. This is a “fasting cheese” from Greece which is vegan, looks like a softish cheddar, grates and melts well… and I like it. I do detect a mild coconutty after-taste, but that’s fine. I was very excited to see it in my local supermarket earlier this year, and will definitely buy it again.

Next time we have chilli I might try making vegan sour cream using this recipe from Oh She Glows.

Indian feast from Veganissimo

I made Baingan Bharta, Lemon and Garlic Dal and Cilantro and Garlic Naan: all recipes from Veganissimo. Baingan Bharta is an eggplant/aubergine curry, involving roasted and unroasted eggplant. I’d never made naan bread before and I was happy with how they turned out. The lemon and garlic dal (at the back of the plate) was really delicious. My partner, who is from the north-east of England (and hence knows his way around a curry) declared that he “would have paid good money” for this meal.

This is Dreena Burton’s No-Fu Love Loaf, from Let Them Eat Vegan. It’s made of lentils and bulgur wheat and yummy flavourings, held together by ingredients such as tomato sauce (ketchup) and ground chia seeds. We had it for dinner with salad, chips and gravy. It was a tasty, filling meal, enjoyed by all.

Party sausage rolls

These sausage rolls taste just like, well, sausage rolls, but they’re full of quinoa and lentils instead, and lots of yummy flavourings. This is another recipe from Wrapped in Pastry which you can also find on Leigh (aka Zuckerbaby)’s blog.

I took these to a bring-a-dish event at my son’s daycare, and lots of people tucked in… from happy omnis to relieved vegetarians who had been wandering around looking for something they could eat. In fact one woman was quite sceptical that they were vegetarian until I rattled off the ingredients list (-: Highly recommended.