The L-Plate Vegetarian
Potato and vegetable dishes
There are now lots of different curries in the freezer or
cabinets which you just heat up following the instructions
on the packets. Serve with rice and you can always add one
of the snacks like onion bhajia or vegetable samosas and
poppadoms (see packed
lunches section). Also try a spoonful
of natural yoghurt, mango chutney or if you like hot food,
lime pickle! As usual, there are a huge amount of different
curries available, mild, medium or hot. Here’s a selection for you to try:
- Sainsbury: Aloo Saag (Potato, Spinach & Coriander).
Vegetable Dhal or Mushroom & Spinach Bhaji.
- Marks & Spencers:
Chana Masala; Vegetable Curry.
- Co-op: Vegetable Curry or
Vegetable Tikka Masala.
- Pataks: Vegetable Tikka Masala
with Cumin Spiced Rice (you’ll find this with the
dried rice and noodles section; to prepare either boil
- Waitrose: Tamarind Dal, Vegetable Curry
or they even produce
an entire vegetarian Indian Meal for One!
- Safeway: Creamy
Korma with Pilau Rice – made with
Try rounding your meal off with a selection of Traditional
Indian Sweets from Waitrose. A delightful selection of almond
pistaccio based sweets including ‘royal halva’.
Jacket potatoes with different fillings are another easy,
healthy and quick meal. You can buy them ready stuffed (see
hot snacks section) but it’s much nicer and cheaper to stuff your
own! See the ‘How
to Cook the Basics’ section then try stuffing
- Baked beans – extra good if sprinkled with
Bacos Bacon Flavour
Soya Chips. Heat the beans
through, pile onto
the potato and sprinkle with the soya chips.
- Fried free-range
- Cottage cheese or Philadelphia cream cheese withCrispy
- Hummus and salad.
- Sweetcorn and mayonnaise.
- Stagg Vegetable Chilli.
There are loads of other ways to serve potatoes, and you can
easily make them yourself with the help of a good recipe book.
However most are available ready made – perfect as a
side dish for any veggie main course, or as a snack. Here are
- Marks & Spencer: Potato Gratin or Croquettes.
Potato Wedges with Olive Oil & Rock Salt or
Sour Cream & Chive dip; Italian Style Roasted Potatoes.
- Tesco: Battered Potato Slices; New York Potato Wedges
with Soured Cream; Sundried Tomato & Herb Potatoes;
Irish Cheddar Mash.
- Waitrose: Potato Dauphinoise – with
sliced onions and a creamy gruyere cheese sauce; Mushroom & Parsley
If you don’t mind slicing a few spuds try Homepride
Potato Bake Sauces. Just lay the potatoes in an oven-proof
dish, cover with the sauce and bake. There are three flavours:
Cheese & Onion or Creamy Tomato & Herb or Garlic & Herb.
You can also use these and Homepride Pasta Sauces for a pasta
bake (just pour it over cooked pasta and bake). For extra flavour
you could add a little garlic and some freshly chopped basil
or parsley. You can also get dried spuds, they come in a packet
with sauce, add milk and butter. Also there’s good old
Smash, which now comes in Cheese & Onions or Fried Onions
variations as well as original spud flavour!
Other Vegetable Dishes
All supermarkets have a good range of vegetable ready meals – you
can usually find vegetable bakes, cauliflower cheese or vegetable
chilli – but there are many other interesting and tasty
dishes available. Always try to serve your ready meal with
extra vegetables, baked beans or salad to boost the nutritional
content. Here are some ready meals you could try:
- Tesco: Mushroom Stroganoff; Tex Mex Style Vegetable
- Bird’s Eye Vegetable Cuisine range: Crispy
Vegetable Fingers; Crunchy Vegetable Quarter-pounders or
Original Vegetable Kievs.
- Sainsburys: Cheese, Spring Onion & chive
- Marks & Spencer: Moroccan Filo Pies; Boston
Baked Beans; Asparagus Lasagne; Vegetable Cumberland Pie;
Cheese & Onion
or Bubble & Squeak Crispbakes or Filled Red Peppers (peppers
stuffed with rice and vegetables – try spooning over
one of the tomato based pasta sauces ie Dolmio or Ragu and
- Dalepak: Vegetable or Cauliflower Cheese
Grills; Italian, Indian or Chinese Style Vegetable Escalopes.
Broccoli Mornay; Savoury Filo parcel Selection with Roasted
- Safeway: Vegetable Cumberland Pie; Vegetable
Crumble; Spicy Chickpea & Apricot Bake; Roasted Potato,
Pepper & Basil
Layer; Spinach & Mushroom Gratin.
- Asda: Vegetable
Casserole with Herb Dumplings; Vegetable Hotpot.
Root Vegetable Medley (seasonal vegetables roasted in a
honey and parsley glaze) or Breaded Garlic Mushroom.
| Just because you’ve given up the meat doesn’t
mean you have to give up the gravy! One of the most well
known brands, Bisto Original Powder For Gravy, is in fact
vegan. Here’s what you do: Mix three teaspoons of Bisto
powder with a little cold water until it becomes a paste.
Slowly add this to half a pint of water in a small pan on
a medium heat (you could use the water from boiling veg).
Bring to the boil, stirring all the time and when thick it’s
ready to serve with veggie sausages & mash or anything
else you fancy. If you want an even easier gravy, you can
buy gravy granules, such as Vegetable Oxo or Bisto Best,
which you simply pour boiling water over - instant gravy!
Pies and Quiches
Individual pies or quiches are an excellent substitute for
meat, again serve with plenty of fresh veg or salad and potatoes.
Most supermarkets stock basic individual vegetable pies, usually
found in the freezer compartment, and a wide range of pies,
tarts, pastries and quiches in the chiller cabinets.
- Sainsbury: Quiche Range includes Spinach & Gruyere;
Cheese & Chive; Mushroom; Cheese & Onion.
- Tesco: Finest Goats’ Cheese & Red Pepper Quiche;
Mushroom Quiche or Roasted Vegetable Tart.
- Waitrose: Individual Onion Tarte Tatin or Cherry Tomato,
Mozzarella & Basil Tartlets.
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