Weekly Meal Plan: Vegetable Variety
After reading Anna Jones’ new book One: Pot, Pan, Planet (ad / gifted), I’ve been trying to switch up the variety of veggies we have at home. While I do want to get better at being seasonal (well I did plant out garden peas, sugar snap peas, parsnips, shallots, baby beetroot, cut and come again lettuce, pak choi and spring onions in my new kitchen garden this morning!) I though this week I’d put together a Weekly Meal Plan featuring as wide a selection of delicious vegetables as possible!
What a #MeatFreeMonday meal needs to really deal with the fact that it has been Monday is pasta. Here leeks are paired with a curious nutty topping and wholemeal spaghetti for a curious, comforting, vibrant bowlful. If you’ve still got a few end of season sprouts in the bottom of your vegetable drawer, shred them and add them at the same time as the leeks, too.
A golden oldie of a recipe (can you tell from the photograph?!) this sausage bake full of leeks and red onions is exactly what you need right now while we wait for all of the spring peas and asparagus spears to arrive.
Wednesday: Chorizo, Chickpea & Spinach Stew
I’m really into buying big bags of spinach at the moment. I started off wilting it into big breakfast and lunchtime plates of scrambled tofu, but now I want to return to a favourite healthy after class dinner I used to make as a student living in California, a hearty, punchy chickpea and chorizo stew with a tonne of spinach stirred through right at the end. If you’ve foraged some, adding a little wild garlic at the end would also be an excellent idea!
You can bet that I’m growing several different varieties of aubergine this year because they’re just so great like here smothered in different spices and pastes before being roasted. Feel free to mix up the grains in this delicious fusion-inspired bowlful.
Forget the radishes and avocados in this picture (though they are delicious), it is this zingy homemade lime coleslaw I want you to focus on, really making the most out of a humble head of white cabbage. I love a good slaw this time of year while there are not as many greens about. See also: Purple Cabbage Slaw with Cucumber & Dill, Red Cabbage Mango Slaw, Classic Coleslaw.
A few different ideas for Mothers Day this weekend, fingers crossed you’re either already with your mother, or you’re at least able to drop something off to her on the door step: Easy Smoked Salmon Bagel Platter, Raspberry, Pistachio & White Chocolate Roulade, Easy Rosewater Biscuits, Chocolate Cake with Fresh Passion Fruit Buttercream, Mummy’s Classic Victoria Sandwich Cake (or why not try my Duck Egg Victoria Sponge instead?), Spring Citrus Loaf Cake, Strawberry Buttercream & Pistachio Mini Cakes, Easy Lemon Biscuits.