Beat The January Blues With Great Value, Plant

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Beat The January Blues With Great Value, Plant-Based Family Recipes. Happy Thursday.

January is the perfect time to introduce a wider variety of vegetables into our diets and experiment with serving up more plant-based dishes.

Not only are they packed full of healthy vitamins and minerals, enjoying more plant-based mealtimes need not be a hassle or expensive.

Beat The January Blues With Great Value, Plant-Based Family Recipes.

Table Of Contents:

  • Firstly, Mexican Bean & Spinach Nacho Crumble Ingredients And Method.
  • Secondly, Kale & Carrot Spelt Pilaf Ingredients And Method.
  • Thirdly, Spinach Pasta Bake Ingredients And Method.
  • Fourthly, Spicy Spinach Fried Rice Ingredients And Method.

Beat The January Blues With Great Value, Plant-Based Family Recipes:

Discover Great Veg has created four simple family recipes with kale and spinach that make it easy and cost-effective to cook plant-based meals that are suitable for all the family to enjoy. And all cost less than £1.50 per portion to make!

For those families looking bring an injection of leafy green vegetables to dinner tables, these tasty, fuss-free recipe ideas are a great way to beat the January blues and provide a welcome health boost. Crucially, all four dishes contain beneficial sources of protein in every serving – key for maintaining a healthy diet when eating plant-based.

For a warming mid-week Mexican meal with a twist, the Mexican Bean & Spinach Nacho Crumble (£1.25 pp) is not only guaranteed to impress young tastebuds, but is also low in fat, a source of fibre and folate, high in Vitamin K, and contains three of your five a day,  A dish that truly offers a lot of value!

For those looking to get dinner on the table in under half an hour, the Kale & Carrot Spelt Pilaf is the perfect choice. Costing just £1.05pp, it is high in vitamins A and K, a source of vitamin C and fibre, plus a good source of protein. Meanwhile the Spinach Pasta Bake (£1.50pp) is a comforting classic that is a good source of protein and folate, and offers 3 of your five a day per serving.

The Spicy Spinach Fried Rice is a plant-based twist on the classic egg-fried rice, and makes a tasty side dish that costs just 70p pp. It is also gluten free and low in fat

The recipes follow.

Mexican Bean & Spinach Nacho Crumble:

Firstly, Mexican Bean & Spinach Nacho Crumble:

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 25 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 400g can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 400g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 corn on the cob, kerels removed
  • 250g frozen diced butternut squash
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 260g bag spinach
  • 100g tortilla chips, roughly crushed

Mexican Bean & Spinach Nacho Crumble Method:

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the onion for 3-4 minutes, add the spices and then add the beans, corn kernels and squash and fry for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes, with half a can of water and the ketchup. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the spinach and stir until wilted. Transfer to a heatproof serving dish, sprinkle with crushed tortilla chips and grill for 1-2 minutes.
Kale & Carrot Spelt Pilaf

Secondly, Kale & Carrot Spelt Pilaf:

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 250g spelt
  • 800ml vegetable stock
  • 50g sultanas
  • 250g bag kale
  • Coriander to garnish

Method:

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the onion and carrots for 5 minutes. Stir in the curry powder and cook for 1 minute.  Add the spelt and then the stock and sultanas.
  2. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the kale and cook for a further 5 minutes. Season to taste.
  3. Serve sprinkled with chopped coriander.
Spinach Pasta Bake

Beat The January Blues With Great Value, Plant-Based Family Recipes:

Thirdly, Spinach Pasta Bake:

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 100g cashews
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 sweet potato, diced
  • 300ml almond milk
  • 50g vegan hard cheese, grated
  • 300g macaroni pasta
  • 260g bag spinach
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 100g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 50g homemade breadcrumbs

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200oC, gas mark 6.
  2. Cook the cashews, carrot, and sweet potato in boiling water for 10 minutes, drain and puree in a food processor with the almond milk until smooth, season and add half the cheese alternative.
  3. Cook the macaroni in boiling salted water for 10 minutes, add the spinach until wilted, drain well and return to the pan.
  4. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the leek for 3-4 minutes, add the tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes more until softened.
  5. Mix the sauce and leek mixture into the pasta and stir to combine. Transfer to an ovenproof serving dish, sprinkle with remaining cheese alternative and breadcrumbs and bake for 20 minutes until golden.
Spicy Spinach Fried Rice

Fourthly, Spicy Spinach Fried Rice:

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 20-25 minutes

Serves 4 as an accompaniment

Ingredients:

  • 200g long grain rice
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 leek, chopped
  • 1 corn on the cob, kernels removed
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp chilli flakes
  • 260g bag spinach

Method:

  • Cook the rice in boiling salted water for 15-18 minutes until tender. Drian well.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the leek and corn kernels for 5 minutes.
  • Add the cumin, chilli flakes and cooked rice and fry for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the spinach and stir until just wilted, season to taste.
Beat The January Blues With Great Value, Plant-Based Family Recipes.

Beat The January Blues With Great Value, Plant-Based Family Recipes:

So what do you think about these Beat The January Blues With Great Value, Plant-Based Family Recipes? Do you also fancy trying any? Guest Post: For more information and more inspirational recipes visit: Discover Great Veg.

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