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

11 Vegetarian Pasta Recipes for Pasta Please in May!

My first month hosting the Pasta Please blog link up went very well indeed! I was a little worried it would be just me looking all 'Billy No Mates' but food bloggers are a busy bunch and I had quite a few entries to tickle my tastebuds! So, without further ado, here...

Spring Vegetable Pizza with Asparagus and Jersey Royals

Sometimes only a slice of pizza really hits the spot and couscous salad or polenta baskets just won't cut it -  I need carbs! Asparagus and Jersey Royal potatoes along with the first of the peas and bunches of spring onions all called to me as I wandered around our...

Greek Salad Couscous

Day two of National Vegetarian Week and I'm sharing another really simple, quick as anything supper dish. Greek Salad Couscous is fresh and light, perfect for warm evenings with a glass of wine. This is another of my regular one pot boat dishes, I fry the almonds and...

Pea Pesto with Spaghetti

Today marks the beginning of this year's National Vegetarian Week and I am planning to share some of my easiest family vegetarian recipes with you. Whether you are trying vegetarianism for the first time, are meat reducing with Meat Free Monday or are a seasoned...

Vegan Picnic Pies with Crisp Hot Water Crust Pastry

Last week I told you my Vegetarian Story  and  promised that this week I would be sharing a brand new vegetarian Sunday Lunch Recipe to celebrate National Vegetarian Week. Today is my eldest's 20th Birthday so, yesterday, we all headed to Cardiff to scoop him up and...

One Pot Quinoa Chilli

I do love a one pot meal and this one pot quinoa chilli is one I make on the boat all the time where washing up is a tricky business and I really, REALLY don't want lots of dirty dishes hanging around! It's also quick which is a massive bonus when there are six hungry...

Wild Garlic Spelt Risotto with Black Garlic Sauce

The arrival of wild garlic season sent me rushing to the kitchen to brandish knives, stir stock, taste and fiddle and taste some more as I put together this aromatic spelt risotto topped with a drizzle of deeply flavoured black garlic sauce. I’ve used spelt here...

Polenta Baskets with Garlic Mushrooms and Tomatoes

I seem to be having a bit of a 'thing' with polenta at the moment - it's well on the way to being my new pasta. For quite a while I had an opened packet, shoved to the back of my store cupboard, pulled out only to make a polenta mash to go with veggie sausages or as a...

Goats Cheese Tart with Mint

This oh so simple Goats Cheese Tart is one of my staple dishes; it is delicious hot, cold or in between. It appears in the picnic basket in Summer, with the first of the new potatoes and asparagus in Spring and I particularly like it in Autumn with a baked potato and...

The Happy Pear Recipe Box from Riverford

I reviewed Riverford's regular vegetarian organic recipe boxes just before Christmas and waxed lyrical about how wonderful it was to know exactly what I was cooking, that I had all the ingredients to hand, ready measured and ready to go and that the recipes were clear...

Vegan Ravioli Two Ways

My pasta machine has been languishing at the back of a cupboard for far too long so I am very grateful to Alex Connell, chef and Principal Tutor at the Vegetarian Society's Cookery School in Cheshire, for inspiring me to get it out again! Vegan Ravioli was just...

Courgette, Leek and Herb Risotto Cake

There is something deeply comforting about this risotto cake and, as the winter finally seems to be making an appearance here in the UK, I am all about the comfort food! This is a dish which appears hot, straight from the oven, on my Winter menu and again in cold...

Chestnut and Cashew Nut Roast – Vegan Christmas Roast

When I met Mr TS back in 1988 I was delighted that he too was vegetarian and even more delighted to get my hands on his well thumbed copy of the original Cranks Recipe Book. Cranks brought the nut roast to the vegetarian Christmas table and it has never left mine -...

Riverford Vegetarian Recipe Box – A Review

We’ve been Riverford Veg Box regulars for many years now but I still get that little frisson of excitement when I open the back door to find a box brimming with organic fruit and veg waiting for me! Because I am a pretty confident cook it hadn’t occurred to me to try a Riverford vegetarian recipe box but then they offered me one to review and it would be rude not to, wouldn’t it?

Sweet Potato & Chestnut Pie Recipe- Vegetarian Christmas

This recipe ticks all my Vegetarian Christmas boxes. It is substantial enough to fill me up (who wants a tiny tower of rice or a goat’s cheese salad on Christmas day? Not I!) and happily sits alongside all the traditional trimmings…

Stuffed Munchkin Pumpkins with Stilton and Walnut Pàtê

These little munchkin pumpkins were crying out to be centre stage, no walk on part for them, they needed roasting and stuffing with something very special so they could show off their deliciousness – perfect for a vegetarian Christmas!

Polenta with Creamy Wild Mushrooms, Wine & Thyme

I love the versatility of polenta, whether it's served as a creamy mash, baked on top of a pie or pops up as cornbread with a substantial chilli but my favourite way to cook it is as a polenta bruschetta base. Polenta bruschetta has already appeared here on Thinly...

Baked Pasta with Spinach and Eggs

This easy little baked pasta dish is warming, filling comfort food at its best. Simple to make it can be on your table within half an hour if you’re organised, longer if you natter on and faff about a bit like I do.

Polenta Bruschetta with Borlotti Bean and Mushroom Stew

Polenta is a fabulous family friendly food and, now that I've found THE best way to grill it, it is popping up on my weekly meal planning menu A LOT! This polenta bruschetta recipe is a perfect foil for so many things; you can find my recipe for wild mushrooms and...

Red Dragon Pie – A Simple Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Red Dragon Pie was one of the first recipes I posted here on Thinly Spread back in 2011 and it is still one of the most popular amongst my readers so I've updated it with new photos and a printable recipe card to make it even more appealing - who could resist this...

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