Main Dishes

Here you will find my collection of vegan and vegetarian main meals. If you’re looking for something quick and easy why not try my Tofu Fried Rice, if you’re after something comforting for a winter’s night my Red Dragon Pie is hard to beat and if you’re in a light, summery mood you could go for Barley Risotto with a Spring Zing

Lentil Loaf – An Easy Vegan Sunday Roast

Lentil Loaf – An Easy Vegan Sunday Roast

A simple recipe for lentil loaf. It is easy to slice, moist, textured and packed full of flavour. This vegan roast is just as at home on the Christmas dinner table as it is in the garden for a summer supper.

Baked Pumpkin Risotto with Crispy Fried Sage

Baked Pumpkin Risotto with Crispy Fried Sage

This simple recipe for oven baked pumpkin risotto is one I always turn to as Halloween passes and the days grow shorter. I am an unashamed pumpkin collector, filling the house with them as soon as they hit the shelves in late September. This oven baked risotto is a...

Vegan Tart With Roasted Vegetables and Smoked Garlic

Vegan Tart With Roasted Vegetables and Smoked Garlic

A simple vegan tart filled with creamy white beans, aromatic thyme and smoked garlic, topped with roasted Mediterranean vegetables.  Will you look at that beauty?! Glistening with vegetable jewels it is just as at home on the vegan Christmas table as it is in our...

Pumpkin Curry with Coconut and Cinnamon

Pumpkin Curry with Coconut and Cinnamon

An easy pumpkin curry recipe, full of rich and comforting autumnal flavours. While I am sorry to see the lazy days of summer retreating I am now ready to embrace the cooler days and longer nights of Autumn. Salads and tapas on the boat and picnics on the beach have...

Hummus and Carrot Tart With Caramelised Onions and Thyme

Hummus and Carrot Tart With Caramelised Onions and Thyme

Hummus and Carrot is one of those food pairings which just work and it has been a major flavour combination for my lot from the moment they could grab a carrot stick and dunk it into a bowl of creamy hummus; it always comes with us on our picnics and our sailing...

Easy Vegan Roast Potato Curry

Easy Vegan Roast Potato Curry

An easy recipe for vegan roast potato curry. Simple, wholesome and comforting this easy curry can be on your table in under an hour.  Curry in all its guises is my favourite fall back recipe when I'm hungry and tired but I want something filling and tasty. When...

Peanut Butter Tofu with Sweet Chilli and Soy

Peanut Butter Tofu with Sweet Chilli and Soy

Ahhh...peanut butter tofu...this is one of my weekly go to recipes. It packs a real flavour punch without the need for hours of marinating, only uses 4 ingredients and is perfect on top of a quick stir fry. If you are looking for easy tofu recipes this for you! ...

Vegan Alfredo Sauce with Tagliatelle

Vegan Alfredo Sauce with Tagliatelle

This simple vegan Alfredo sauce is super creamy and wraps thick ribbons of tagliatelle in a delicious savoury coat. Vegan Alfredo sauce is usually made with cashew cream but I've had a few requests via my Facebook page for more economical vegan food so, today, I am...

Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff with Mustard Mash

Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff with Mustard Mash

And so it begins, we dive into deepest, darkest January BUT...never fear! I am here to warm your cockles and fill your tummies with hearty, flavourful recipes guaranteed to see you through until Spring! Today's simple Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff is creamy, smoky, herby...

Cashew Nut Roast – Vegan Christmas Dinner

Cashew Nut Roast – Vegan Christmas Dinner

This simple cashew nut roast is savoury, moist and moreish and is the perfect centrepiece for a vegan Christmas dinner! I've gone all fancy pants with my presentation (I just can't help myself!) but you can just as easily make it in a regular roasting tin. I thought a...

Easy Vegan Falafels – Simple Vegan Comfort Food

Easy Vegan Falafels – Simple Vegan Comfort Food

You can make these easy vegan falafels and bake them in the oven if you want the healthy option but I am writing this post in deepest, darkest, coldest January and I want comfort food! My falafel were shallow fried in sunflower oil and drained on a clean tea towel to...

Easy Vegan Fried Rice

Easy Vegan Fried Rice

This easy vegan fried rice has become a firm favourite with both Bonus Boy and me and we can't wait to share it with his oldest brother when he returns from Tokyo next week! It's super simple to make because we used Cauldron's ready marinated tofu pieces which require...

Barley Risotto with a Spring Zing!

Barley Risotto with a Spring Zing!

I'm writing this really quickly as I'm desperate to get outside into the spring sunshine which is blazing through my attic windows! It's been four long weeks since I managed to sit here long enough to share a recipe with you, mainly due to work away from my blog,...

Green Lentil Burgers with Sweet Pepper Sauce (Vegan)

Green Lentil Burgers with Sweet Pepper Sauce (Vegan)

Lentils are such fabulous little things - I cook with one or other of them at least twice a week and they are perfect in these vegan Green Lentil Burgers. The burger buns are homemade too, as is that glorious sweet pepper sauce, I was on a roll that day šŸ˜‰ I'm...

Braised Lentils with Sausages, Tomatoes and Green Peppers (Vegan)

Braised Lentils with Sausages, Tomatoes and Green Peppers (Vegan)

Braised lentils seem to pop up in various forms globally, no doubt because people have known for a very long time how good they are for us! This recipe for braised lentils is my vegan version of one of the staple dishes of Lanzarote - full of herbs and tomatoes, it is...

Vegan Beetroot Falafel in Pitta Bread

Vegan Beetroot Falafel in Pitta Bread

I'm delighted to be partnering with the Organic Trade Board and the #OrganicUnboxed campaign during Veganuary to bring you my Vegan Beetroot Falafel in Homemade Pitta Breads with a Tahini and Coconut Yogurt Dressing - all organic and all vegan to Jump Start 2017!...

Creamy Vegan Curry with Cypriot New Potatoes

Creamy Vegan Curry with Cypriot New Potatoes

Tesco Cypriot New Potatoes are in store from now until the end of March and are perfect in this creamy vegan curry - a weeknight winter warmer to see you through these January days! It's a joy to have new potatoes to cook with so early in the new year. Tesco...

Easy Vegan Chilli with Baked Potatoes and Broccoli

Easy Vegan Chilli with Baked Potatoes and Broccoli

This week's simple recipe is an easy vegan chilli. This one pops up on rice, in tortillas and with polenta or cornbread, works well in summer with cold beer but really comes into its own as a winter warmer with a glass of red, with friends, in front of the fire. This...

Simple Roasted Vegetable Pasta Bake

Simple Roasted Vegetable Pasta Bake

It's Wednesday again so it must be time for the next in my series of the simplest vegetarian recipes for students, for people who are new to vegetarian cooking and for those of you who just want a simple meat free midweek meal. This week I am sharing another one of...

Pappardelle with Squash, Chestnuts, Mushrooms and Sage

Pappardelle with Squash, Chestnuts, Mushrooms and Sage

Pappardelle is my current favourite pasta and Pappardelle with Squash, Chestnuts, Mushrooms and Sage is currently my favourite thing to make with it. I love the thick ribbons wrapping themselves around roasted squash and herby, buttery mushrooms, I love the texture of...

Pumpkin Pancakes with Chilli Fried Tenderstem Broccoli

Pumpkin Pancakes with Chilli Fried Tenderstem Broccoli

Chilli fried Tenderstem broccoli, perched on top of pumpkin pancakes and drizzled with a Somerset goat's cheese sauce, are a perfect and utterly delicious way to make the most of Autumn's seasonal veg. I was delighted when Tenderstem asked me to develop a recipe...

5 Simple Weeknight Pasta Dishes

5 Simple Weeknight Pasta Dishes

5 Simple Weeknight Pasta Dishes for #PastaPlease in November November dawned all misty and murky here in Somerset after a glorious Samhain and Halloween weekend. We watched fireworks on Saturday, sailed on Sunday and climbed Glastonbury Tor on Monday. We shared the...

Easy Vegan Minestrone Soup – A Simple Vegan Recipe!

Easy Vegan Minestrone Soup – A Simple Vegan Recipe!

This easy Vegan MinestroneĀ Soup has been our family go to comfort food for as long as I've been a mum, so I have to share it here as part of my easy recipes series, don't I?! This marks the fourth of my super easy recipesĀ for students, people new to vegetarian cooking...

Baked Bean Curry – a Super Simple Vegan Recipe

Baked Bean Curry – a Super Simple Vegan Recipe

Time is whizzing by and this is already the fourth in my series of the Simplest Vegetarian Recipes! These recipes are aimed at people who are new to vegetarian cooking, vegetarian and vegan students and those who just want something simple which is on the table in a...

10 Delicious Vegetarian and Vegan Pasta Recipes

10 Delicious Vegetarian and Vegan Pasta Recipes

Goodness the months are whizzing by! It's time for my monthly round-up of pasta dishes from fabulous food bloggers! I must apologise for the late appearance of Pasta Please this month - it turns out that having children living away from home can be far more...

Roast Pumpkin and Fresh Fig Salad – Autumn on a Plate

Roast Pumpkin and Fresh Fig Salad – Autumn on a Plate

Heading into the second weekend of October it is definitely Autumn down here in the West Country! My obsession with all things pumpkin continues and today I am offering you a simple Roast Pumpkin and Fresh Fig Salad with Goat's Cheese or Smoked Tofu, Beluga Lentils...

Easy One Pot Pasta with Peas and Broccoli

Easy One Pot Pasta with Peas and Broccoli

This oh so creamy easy one pot pasta with peas recipe is the latest in my series of the simplest vegetarian recipes here on Thinly Spread. With two of my offspring now ensconced at University I am sharing the easiest recipes in my repertoire every Wednesday during...

Easy Vegan Mushroom Risotto

Easy Vegan Mushroom Risotto

An easy vegan mushroom risotto is hard to beat when you're tired and hungry. It takes 20 minutes in the pan and is rich, filling and tasty. Risottos can be made with any vegetables you have to hand and they are great for using up left over bits and bobs in the veg...

The Easiest Vegetarian Recipes – Pea and Potato Frittata

The Easiest Vegetarian Recipes – Pea and Potato Frittata

This week's easy vegetarian recipe is a really simple pea and potato frittata - a frittata is, basically, a fat omelette filled with vegetables. You don't flip it as you would an omelette, instead cooking the base on the hob and then finishing the top off under the...

Vegetarian Student Recipes

Vegetarian Student Recipes

Well, it's happened, we have two vegetarian students in the family. We have gone from a household of six to one of four as our second born has flown the nest and headed up North to Uni. Number one is in Berlin studying at Uni there on his year abroad so we are feeling...

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