Lunch

Miso Soup

Miso Soup. This soup is tasty, warming, nourishing and is perfect for those days when your body is crying out for something healthy but you are just not quite sure what. This is a very versatile soup. You could literally just make up the miso and water. You could throw in the veggies but not bother with the noodles and protein to keep it really light or you could go all in as I have and throw everything at it.

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Mushroom & Broccoli Pasta

This pasta dish works beautifully with my tomato and walnut pesto. Omnivores add smoked mackerel but this tastes delicious as a vegan pasta without.

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Braised Aubergine and Tamari Greens

I’m a huge fan of aubergine – a quick skip through the blog archives will probably reveal a bias towards this versatile vegetable. Even so, braising aubergine was a new one to me. In this recipe you griddle the aubergine first which gives it heaps of flavour in it’s own right. Then you braise it in the sticky, tamari dressing which takes the flavours up a notch and also makes sure the aubergine is a beautifully soft, buttery texture. I ate a double portion of this as a light lunch but if you are after something more substantial you could serve up with brown rice and add in some tempeh (fermented soy) to up the protein whilst keeping it vegan friendly.

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Sundried Tomato & Walnut Pesto

Tomato & Walnut Pesto. I sometimes refer to this as a pesto, at other times a pâté or spread. This probably reflects the versatility of it. Perfect in a sandwich or on toast or oatcakes, it also serves well as a coating for pasta. Vegan

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Pesto

I call this ‘salad bag’ pesto as it is essentially a blitzed up bag of salad with added herbs. A great way of getting leafy greens into small children. The black garlic adds in some sweetness that balances with the bitter rocket and watercress but you could miss this one out.

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Tomato & Black Bean Soup

This tomato and black bean soup is ridiculously easy to make. This morning I was wanting something warm for lunch so rustled up the soup whilst prepping breakfast and getting ready for work. I’m not suggesting you have to leave it until the last minute as I did, but I am telling you it is quick to do.

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