Sometimes it’s hard to be healthy and sometimes you just need a mate to say, “Why not try this?”. I spend a lot of time with my family and friends just asking what they’re having for tea. Even if they say they’re having beans on toast, I still ponder and think mmmm, so simple, let’s go for it, Anyway…. here are three very simple, delicious vegan ideas for your family table…


• 1 cauliflower
• 1 bulb garlic, chopped
• 1 tbsp caraway seeds
• 1 tbsp cumin seeds
• olive oil
• couscous
• juice of 1 lemon
• handful of chopped parsley
• handful of chopped coriander

Place the cauliflower, garlic, caraway and cumin seeds in a roasting dish and glug olive oil over them. Roast for about 20/30 mins, checking and moving them round, every so often. Prepare the couscous and stir in the lemon, parsley and coriander. Eat together, all piping hot. Simple and delicious.


•3 red peppers
• handful of walnuts
• 4 cloves of garlic
• salt and pepper

Grill the red peppers until their skins are blackening and the inside softens. Peel off their skins and place them in a food processor with the other ingredients. Whizz them into a tasty pasty.


Ingredients for dressing
• 1/4 cup extra-virgin
• olive oil or sunflower oil
• 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
• 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
• 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
• scant 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
• 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
•1 clove garlic, minced

Ingredients for salad
• 2 1/2 cups peeled and diced butternut squash
• 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
• sea salt
• black pepper
• 2 1/2 cups thinly sliced spinach
• 1/2 cup thinly sliced leeks, both white and green parts
• 1/2 cup dried cherries (or dried cranberries)
• 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
• 3 cups cooked wild rice, warmed

To make dressing, add all ingredients to a jar and whizz up in a blender. Or whisk thoroughly by hand. 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Toss squash with olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread onto a baking sheet and roast for about 25 minutes, stirring once, until fork tender.

In a large bowl, combine spinach, leeks, cherries and
basil. Stir in warm rice and squash so that spinach wilts slightly from the heat. 

Stir dressing into salad; taste and add salt as needed, I like it quite salty. Serve at room temperature.

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