Vegan Shakshuka

Vegan Shakshuka

Shakshuka is a traditional breakfast dish common to a number of Middle Eastern and North African countries. Recently, it’s become a brunch favourite and café staple in many Western countries. It consists of a rich tomato-based sauce which is spiced and filled with any number of vegetables, pulses or meats and then topped with poached eggs. For this vegan alternative, I’ve taken out the eggs chosen to go with chickpeas to bulk out the base and add some protein. However, you could definitely substitute any kind of lentils or meat alternatives for an equally tasty dish.

Vegan Smoky Highland Stew

Vegan Smoky Highland Stew

A veganised version of a classic Scottish style stew. This dish brings together classic flavours into a thick hearty stew. The dish is extremely simple and can be prepared in under an hour, this makes it ideal as a filling weeknight dinner for your family, it also keeps well as leftovers either refrigerated or frozen meaning it works well as a meal prep option. My girlfriend and I have been eating this dish a lot lately as part of a new diet regime, its very low in calories while also being very filling.

Mushroom, Feta and Asparagus Omelette

Mushroom, Feta and Asparagus Omelette

My girlfriend and I have recently gone through a big change in our diet and as a result had to find new meal ideas. In particular, I’ve fallen in love with having omelettes for breakfast. Omelettes are great because they are low in calories and high in protein. Omelettes also offer the opportunity for variety; you can mix it up by adding different ingredients to spice it up. They are also a good option if you have limited time, you can whip one up in just 10-15 minutes. This mushroom, feta and asparagus version is my favourite, the ingredients complement each other well and give a nice balance, I like to add hot sauce as well for a touch of spice. Overall, it has about 350 calories and 32 grams of protein.

Nutella Overnight Oats

Nutella Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are one of the easiest meal-prep breakfasts that you can make, simply whisk together the ingredients and leave to soften in the fridge overnight. I often make a big batch on a Sunday and eat them throughout the week. I am always looking for new flavour combinations many of which you can find already on this site. Of the overnight oats recipes I have posted, this is the first that is not strictly vegan, nutella is not vegan as it is made with milk but there are plenty of brands such as Vego and Pana that make very good plant-based alternatives.

Vegan Curry Ramen

Vegan Curry Ramen

Ramen is one of the best comfort foods out there, a rich, flavourful broth filled with noodles and topped with your favourite fresh ingredients. There is no reason vegans should be missing out on this fun. Curry ramen is full-flavoured with a base of Japanese curry roux and miso thinned out by vegetable broth.

Smashed Chickpea and Charred Tomato Toast

Smashed Chickpea and Charred Tomato Toast

You could go out to a café for your weekend brunch, or you could stay in and make your own with this easy recipe. Smashed Chickpeas on toast is a winning combination, a simple alternative to avocado toast, chickpeas are lower in fat and higher in protein. Added to the chickpeas are lemon, for freshness, and harissa to add a spicy zing. Atop the smashed chickpeas, in order to give the dish balance, we have tomatoes which are charred and blistered in olive oil to give contrast to the chickpeas.

Fireball Apple Crumble with Butterscotch Sauce

Fireball Apple Crumble with Butterscotch Sauce

In my part of the world, march means the start of autumn which brings with it rain and colder weather. When it gets cold, I’ve been known to enjoy the occasional Fireball. For the uninitiated, Fireball is a sweet, cinnamon-infused Canadian Whiskey. Fireball is beautifully warming and complex which is why I thought that it was perfect to pair with tart apples.