Saturday, 14 January 2012

Vegetarian Week Part 2

So far we've had Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni and a Beetroot Risotto with dill dressing and you can read the blog here. Now three more vegetarian recipes for you!

Day 3: Peppers filled with Corn, Chilli and Cheese

These peppers were packed with flavour and even tasted 'healthy'. I really enjoyed these and would definitely do them again. They'd be a great side dish for a BBQ. We served them with some long grain rice. You can find the recipe on the BBC good food site here.

Day 4: 4 Bean Chilli with Baked Sweet Potatoes and Sour Cream

I love chilli and was slightly concerned that lacking the meat, this might not live up to expectations. I was wrong and it was actually really good. The following recipe served 4. To make the 4 bean chilli I sautéed a chopped onion, 2 cloves of chopped garlic, 2 chopped peppers, and a large chopped, deseeded red chilli in oil. I then added 2 tablespoons of tomato purée and the spices. I don't usually follow a strict recipe so you can adjust all the spicing to taste. 2 teaspoons of chilli powder, 1 tsp of ground cumin, 1 tsp of ground coriander, 1 tsp of paprika and a cinnamon stick. Stir to coat the onions in the tomato and spices. I then added a tin of 3 beans and 1 tin of kidney beans. Finally, add a glass of red wine and two tins of chopped tomatoes. It's then a case of simmering for half an hour to allow the sauce to reduce. I served with baked sweet potatoes. Just sprinkle with salt and drizzle with oil and bake in an oven at 200 for an hour to an hour and a half depending on the size of the potatoes. Plate up by halving the baked sweet potato, adding a generous helping of the chilli, a dollop of sour cream and a handful of grated cheddar. An easy, tasty and healthy supper.

Day 5: Fig, Artichoke and Ricotta Pizza

I was a little wary of this as my favourite pizza usually contains tomato and pepperoni and this had neither, but it was actually delicious. A really interesting combination and balance of flavours. My girlfriend used the recipe for the pizza base found here. She substituted the flour for doves farm gluten free bread flour. It didn't really double in size like the recipe states but it still worked and there was enough for a large pizza and a pizza garlic bread. The topping was a layer of fig jam, sautéed onions, artichoke, dollops of ricotta and a sprinkling of cheddar. Once cooked, then add the rocket. You really need to try this one to believe it works!

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