Soups, Starters and Lunches

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...

Easy Vegan Omelette with Fresh Herbs (Gluten Free)

A simple vegan omelette is welcome at any time of the day and this one is jammed full to bursting with tasty fresh herbs, red onion and dijon mustard. It is delicate yet savoury, filling enough to see you through until lunchtime and it only uses FIVE ingredients (plus...

Aubergine Involtini – Pretty Vegan Canapés.

Christmas is well under way chez Thinly Spread with the return to the family fold of our two grown men plus one girlfriend. All the Christmas trees are up, festooned with our ever growing collection of beautiful baubles and my oven is working overtime to keep all...

Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Soup with Chilli and Coconut

It's been an incredibly blustery September week down here in the West of England which means only one thing - soup season! I kicked things off with this Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Soup with Chilli, Ginger and Coconut to warm us up from the inside out. I get so...

Beetroot Soup with Coconut Hearts

Beetroot Soup decorated with Coconut Hearts -  too good not to share with your vegan valentine!  I don't really 'do' Valentine's Day - there is no card swapping or gift giving - but I do like an excuse to pretty up food and remind Mr TS just how much I love...

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 Sausage Rolls – Mini Chestnut Sausage Rolls

Right, after my last post where I cleared my head a bit (and so many of you were very lovely indeed, thank you!), it's time to roll my sleeves up and dive back in. Those of you who have been reading for a while will know that I have a bit of an addiction to all things...

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...

Vegan Tapas Dishes

Today I bring you the best of summer with a selection of Vegan Tapas dishes to serve with light, fragrant, softly sparkling cider - the holidays are finally here! Three of our brood are recharging in the nest while the fourth is due back from his distant travels in...

Marinated Mushrooms with Cumin Croutons and Watercress

Watercress season is in full swing here in the UK and I can't get enough of it! I love its peppery taste and its crispy crunch, it's a brilliant ingredient and a wonderful backdrop for so many dishes - it works particularly well with these marinated mushrooms topped...

Grilled Plums with Mint Couscous and Almonds

My plum tree looks like it is actually going to produce more than one little plum this year and I'm very excited about it - I will be able to make these Grilled Plums with Mint Couscous with my own, home produced fruit! We planted a mini orchard two years ago - a...

Avocado and Asparagus Salad with A Lemony Caper Dressing

Quick, QUICK! Grab the last of the English asparagus and make this avocado and asparagus salad! Doesn't it look pretty in these Portmeirion Crazy Daisy Tea Cups? With the crazy hot weather we've been having here in the UK this week I've been desperate to avoid too...

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,...

Sweet Chilli Beetroot Baba Ganoush

Today I bring you a fresh twist on an old favourite, Sweet Chilli Beetroot Baba Ganoush - feast your eyes on this ruby beauty! Trying to take a photograph with the smell of this wafting up at me just before lunchtime was torture! As soon as I'd got a couple...

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 😉 I'm...

Vegan Carrot Fritters – Little Rays of Sunshine

I love making these little vegan carrot fritters - every family member loves them which makes life much easier all round! They are suitable for vegans and are delicious hot or cold so they make fabulous packed lunch or picnic food.The sun came out while I was making...

Celeriac Soup with Apple and Chilli Oil (Vegan)

I'm writing this with a blanket on my knees, fingerless gloves on my hands and a poncho over my roll neck sweater, I NEED a bowl of this celeriac soup and I need it now! See that happy smiling soup face? Total accident but I rather like it! That is a swirl of spicy...

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

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!...

Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup

Happy New Year to you and yours from me and mine! Today's recipe for Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup celebrates Veganuary in style! It proves that creamy is still possible without dairy and that vegan food is substantial enough to fill even my hungriest boy! I had...

Vegan Canapés – Bruschetta Christmas Trees

These little Christmas trees make perfect vegan canapés and they couldn't be easier to make! I can never resist cutting things into Christmassy shapes at this time of year so when I was planning my vegan canapés selection I couldn't resist making my tiny bruschetta...

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, it 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....

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 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

These pumpkin pancakes, topped with chilli fried Tenderstem®  broccoli and drizzled with a Somerset goat's cheese sauce, are a perfect and utterly delicious way to make the most of November's seasonal veg. I was delighted when Tenderstem asked me to develop a...

Easy Vegan Minestrone Soup – A Simple Vegan Recipe!

This easy Vegan Minestrone 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 recipes for students, people new to vegetarian cooking...

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...

Easy One Pot Pasta with Broccoli and Peas

This oh so creamy easy one pot pasta 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 term time. It...

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...

Mushroom, Walnut and Tarragon Mousse

It's picnic season, barbecue season, hanging out with friends season. School finally finishes next week and it will be time to throw rugs on the lawn for lazy lunches and dinners which drift on into the early hours. These little mouthfuls of Mushroom, Walnut and...

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