1st October is World Vegetarian Day, so what better way to celebrate the harvest season than by cooking up some delicious vegetable dishes? Here are 3 recipes that are not only super healthy, but super tasty too.
If you have a glut of courgettes in your vegetable beds or simply want a tasty change from your regular pesto sauce, here’s how to turn your courgettes into a delicious pasta sauce.
Grate 2 large courgettes and squeeze out as much liquid as you can. Place into a food processor along with 1 clove of garlic, 2 tablespoons of pine nuts, 50g grated parmesan cheese, a small handful of fresh basil leaves and salt/pepper to taste. Start blending in the food processor, gradually adding 4 tablespoons of olive oil until the desired consistency is reached. Check for seasoning again and keep in a container in the fridge for a few days, or freeze.
Sweet Potato Fries
A healthy replacement that’s lower in carbs and higher in vitamin C than regular potato chips or roast potatoes, Sweet Potato Fries are bound to be a hit for all the family.
Scrub the sweet potatoes (1 large potato per person) until clean, then cut them lengthways into thin wedges. You can peel them if you like but there’s really no need. Place them in a bowl with a tablespoon of olive oil, a pinch of sea salt, pepper and half a teaspoon of paprika (optional) and coat well. Distribute the fries evenly in a roasting dish and cook in a preheated oven (200C) for 30-50 minutes until golden brown.
Spicy Stir Fried Kale
Kale is a favourite in Oriental cooking and has a strong, distinctive taste. It is also one of the healthiest and most nutrient dense foods on the planet. Try kale as a replacement for spinach, cabbage or Chinese cabbage and give your diet a real boost.
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive or sesame oil in a large wok on your gas or induction hob. Add 200g of curly kale along with 2 tablespoons of water. Season with sea salt and black pepper to taste, then stir fry for 5-8 minutes. Add 1 red chilli (deseeded and finely sliced) and 2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped) for the last 2 minutes of cooking time. When the kale is tender and bright green, remove from heat and serve.
Kale chips are another popular and very tasty way to get all the goodness of kale into you. Simply place chopped kale leaves onto a baking tray, drizzle over some olive or avocado oil, sprinkle on some salt and bake in a hot oven until dry.