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Veggie Feasting

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This week we are encouraged to think about the benefits of a vegetarian diet. There is lots of info at the vegetarian society website

There has also been lots in the press about countless vegetarian celebs

Whether meatless meals are a total lifestyle choice for you, or you are part of the growing trend of meatless Monday, here are some of my favourite vegetarian recipes.


Meatless-MondayHere’s a great recipe that can be made ahead. The oven tray of made burgers can be kept in the fridge to whip into the oven twenty minutes before you want to eat.

Vege Burgers

1-2 red onion(s) chopped

2 carrots, grated

2 small leeks, finely chopped

100 g mushrooms, finely sliced

1 clove garlic, crushed

150g finely chopped peanuts/mixed nuts

150g wholemeal breadcrumbs

50g rolled oats

1 teasp. dried sage or 1 tbsp. fresh chopped sage


3 teasp. Yeast extract

250ml milk

2 eggs

100g grated cheese

vege burger

  • Dry roast the nuts, in the oven, keeping a keen eye that they lightly brown and don’t overcook.
  • Gently fry the onions, leek, mushrooms and garlic in a little oil until softened.
  • Mix dry ingredients in a bowl
  • Dissolve yeast extract in 3 teaspoons or hot water and add with milk and egg to mixture
  • Mix well and shape into burgers, with floured hands. Place on a baking tray
  • Rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes
  • Bake at 190 deg. Centigrade/ gas mark 5 for 15 minutes, or until golden
  • Serve with salad


If you want to boost the meal with more sides, then potato wedges and a tomato and avocado salsa are great with these vege burgers. Cut potatoes into wedges and coat in a spoon of olive oil and some black pepper, bake in the oven with the burgers.

Whilst these are baking, mix some chopped tomatoes and avocado with some lemon juice,  chopped fresh parsley and either spring or red onions.. Season to taste, adding chilli if you wish.

Veggie Sides

Last year I was asked to create some recipes for the Derbyshire County Council Portion Size campaign and spend a day filming with them in my kitchen.

This Frittata recipe is one of the favourites at my cookery workshops so I had to include this.


Please let me know what you make of these vege recipes and share your own favourites.