Day 2 of our Veganuary meal plan. Today is all about lunches.
I love to lunch, it's probably my favourite meal of the day, it needs to be delicious and full of nutrients but not to heavy as it would make you feel sluggish.
So here are some of my favourite vegan lunches for you to try.
Pasta with aubergine ragu
1 medium aubergine
1 white onion
1 stick of celery
10 ripe tomatoes
1 clove of garlic
5/6 basil leaves
1 Tbsp tomato pure
3 Tbsp tomato passata
salt and pepper to taste
- Put the tomatoes in a bowl of boiling water, enough to cover them and let them sit for a little while.
- Finely chop the onion, celery and carrot. Add 3 tbsp of olive oil to the pan and sauté onions, celery, carrot and garlic until soft.
- In the meanwhile cut the aubergines in small chunks and add them to the pan.
- Now peel the tomatoes and remove the seeds. Roughly chop them and add to the pan.
- Add the tomato sauce and tomato pure, basil leaves, salt and pepper to taste and let cook on low for 10-15 minutes.
- In a separate pot add water and salt and wait for it to boil. When boiling add the pasta and cook for the indicated time.
- When the pasta is ready drain it and then add to the pan. Stir the pasta and sauce until everything comes together nicely.
- Serve hot
1 medium courgette, sliced
1/2 cauliflower cut into florets
1 big bunch of spinach
1 red onion
1tsp ground ginger
2 tsp cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
- Steam the courgette slices and cauliflower florets for 10-15 minutes.
- In the meanwhile sauté the finely chopped onion in a little rapeseed oil until soft and set aside.
- Boil the spinach for a couple of minutes and once ready drained them and squeeze them of excess liquid and set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
- Mash the chickpeas with a fork.
- Once the cauliflower florets and courgette slices are ready add them to a mixer together with the chickpeas, red onion, spinach, all the spices, salt, pepper and egg. Mix together until you have a soft paste. If the paste is too wet, add some flour to dry out some of the moisture.
- Shape the mixture into small balls and bake for 10-15 minutes.
- You could fry them, if you prefer, if you do please remember to coat them in flour, then fry in vegetable oil until golden.
- Serve with some pitta bread, coconut yogurt, guacamole or fresh tomatoes.
Roasted cauliflower rice
1 cauliflower head cut into florets
2 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic clove
Salt, lemon and pepper to taste
- Add the cauliflower florets into a food processor an blitz until the cauliflower resemble rice. Do this by pulsing a little at the time and keep on checking the cauliflower so you don't take it too far.
- In the meanwhile heath the oven 180C.
- When the cauliflower is ready, mix with with the oil, salt and pepper.
- Prepare a oven tray by laying some oven paper on it.
- Spread the cauliflower on the paper and roast for 20-25 minutes. Make sure to check it occasionally and give it a good stir.
- Once it's ready add some lemon juice to taste and serve.