Black bean and tomato pasta

This is a quick and filling dish, perfect as a post-workout dinner as it packs protein, iron, and carbs. 200-250g rigatoni (or another type of short pasta) 15ml olive oil 1-2 cloves of garlic, chopped 1 small onion, chopped 1 tin whole peeled tomatoes 1 tin black beans, rinsed 1 teaspoon dried chilli (to taste)…

Shepherd’s Pie

This is a real treat – spicy tomato flavoured soy mince topped with creamy mashed potato and melted cheese … If served on it’s own it feeds 2-3 people, but with some side dishes you could stretch it to feed 4. I would rather make more though, as this is so tasty on its own you won’t…

Butternut Conchiglioni with Tomato Sauce

This makes for delicious comfort food – feel free to make lots extra, as it’s even better the next day 🙂 If you have a bottle of passata, add a little garlic and use it instead of this tomato sauce for a quicker version. Delicious either way! 12-16 conchiglioni (large shell-shaped pasta) 1 small butternut, chopped…

Moroccan Vegetable Stew

Serves 4 olive oil, for frying 1 small onion, roughly chopped 1 teaspoon chopped garlic 2.5 ml dried coriander 2.5ml dried ginger 5ml dried chilli 50 g Moroccan harissa paste (I used the Spice and all things nice brand, available at Dischem) 1 small butternut, chopped (about 200grams) 1 large potato, chopped 1 red pepper,…

Aubergine and Chickpea Stew

(serves 2) While they’re in season, and growing lusciously in my garden, I find myself looking for different ways to prepare aubergines. This recipe has been adapted from Lynn Bedford Hall’s that I copied from one of my mother’s cookbooks in 2007 (according to my notes), and is certainly one of the most delicious ways…

Mango and Tomato Rice Salad

serves 2 1-2 ripe mangoes, skinned and sliced 2-3 tomatoes, cut into chunks ½ onion, finely chopped 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon honey and mustard preserve salt and pepper 1 cup rice, cooked and cooled (works well with leftovers) a few lettuce leaves some fresh mint *grilled haloumi and sweet chilli sauce, to serve…

Vegetarian Paella

Vegetarian Paella (serves 2) Ingredients 30ml olive oil ½ onion, or 1 small onion, skinned and finely chopped 1 teaspoon chopped garlic 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 green/ red/ yellow pepper, sliced ½ cup rice (white, brown, wild or arborio, experiment with different types, just vary the cooking time) 500ml vegetable stock 4-5…

Green Bean Stew

Serves 2 Ingredients 1 onion, chopped olive oil for frying ± 200g green beans, chopped (width-wise) 1 teaspoon chopped garlic ½ teaspoon dried chilli 3 small potatoes, skinned and diced 1.5 cups vegetable stock (I prefer Ina Paarman’s delicious dried stock) ± 200g tomatoes, peeled and diced Black pepper (lots!) Salt Sugar Optional: Fry’s Vegetarian…