Delicious and healthy – vegetarian recipes everyone will love

Trying to eat a little more healthily this year? Eating more nutritiously does not mean you have to sacrifice on taste, and one easy way to make meal times more nourishing is to try out more meat-free recipes.

Cutting down on your meat intake can have a variety of benefits, from helping you to lose weight and reduce heart disease, as well as improving energy levels and overall wellbeing.

Whether you are trying meat-free Mondays or thinking of adopting a vegetarian lifestyle, try some of these delicious recipes to get you started!

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Jewelled Moroccan Quinoa Salad

Infused with subtle spiced flavour, packed with texture and visually tantalising – this easy salad is perfect for work lunches or an accompanying side.

Prepare quinoa grains following instructions. Meanwhile heat a little oil, sautéing sliced onions and cumin seeds until the onion has softened, before adding some turmeric and ras el hanout spice mix. Toss the cooked quinoa grains in the oil until well covered.

Combine the flavoured grains with a mixture of bright vegetables – shredded carrot, pomegranate seeds, cherry tomatoes, diced pepper and fresh coriander are all great additions. Sprinkle with toasted almond or cashew nuts for a satisfying crunch.

Slow Cooker Lentil and Sweet Potato Stew

A slow cooker can be a great tool in your quest to eat healthier, as it’s easy to put together a satisfying meal with one, without spending a lot of time cooking.

For a hearty and flavoursome stew, combine lentils, sweet potato chunks, and onion in a pan, with a little oil. Add curry powder, cumin seeds, ginger, garlic chilli and seasoning, and cook for a few minutes. Transfer into a slow cooker, covering with vegetable stock, and cook on a medium setting. Serve with warm crusty bread.

Mediterranean Halloumi Salad

Light and tasty, this Mediterranean inspired dish is packed full of fresh flavours, oozing with a bright and summery feel.

Slice a pack of fresh Halloumi cheese and cook lightly in a frying pan with a touch of oil, until browned on both sides. Leave aside to cool. Meanwhile slice ripe vine tomatoes, sweet red peppers, red onion and add a handful of capers and olives.  Combine and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and add fresh seasoning, before serving with Halloumi and toasted bread or pitta.

Roasted Vegetable Lasagne

Young and old alike will love this healthy veggie take on a classic lasagne dish, Swap out meat-based fillings for a mixture of roasted vegetables in a thick tomato and béchamel sauce.

Roasted aubergine, courgette and peppers make a colourful and flavoured filling, while minced mushroom or lentils can make a great substitute to add meaty texture to the base.

Try these recipes and let us know what you think. And what are your favourite vegetarian recipes? Share them with us!

7 healthy snacks to help you make the right choice on the go!

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Planning to move to a healthier lifestyle means making some changes to your diet – and while it can be helpful to plan out meals, having some healthy snacks can make the change much more easier.

Read on for 7 tasty, guilt-free and quick snack ideas that you can enjoy at work, on the go, or whenever you’re feeling peckish!

1. Homemade trail mix

Trail mixes are a great snack to have on hand, with an excellent mix of highly nutritious ingredients including nuts, seeds and dried fruit. While you can find many ready made trail mixes in stores, they will often contain hidden sweeteners and unhealthier ingredients. Instead, make your own mix combining your favourite nuts and seeds for crunch, a handful of dried fruits for natural sweetness, and a sprinkling of chocolate chips for an extra treat!

2. Dark chocolate

Contrary to what you might think, chocolate can be a healthy snack! Try dark chocolate versions – with at least 70% cocoa solids. These will often contain less sugar than regular chocolate bars, and also have a higher concentration of cocoa, giving you more of a feel-good buzz from a smaller serving.

3. Roasted chick peas

For a crunchy and savoury snack to enjoy at home, try making up a batch of roasted chickpeas. Toss drained tinned chickpeas with a little oil and your favourite flavourings – try Mediterranean herbs, chilli and lemon juice, or ground spices – and roast on a low heat in the oven, until golden and crisp. Chickpeas are also a great source of fibre and protein, making this a perfect post workout snack.

4. Popcorn

If you’re heading to the cinema, make your own popcorn for a healthier movie experience! Try lightly salted air-popped corn, or sprinkle cooked pop corn with your favourite sweetener.

5. Greek yoghurt

Packed with protein, Greek yoghurt is a fast and filling snack, perfect when you’re busy and need to stave off hunger. Try the creamy yoghurt on its own, or top with a drizzle of honey or fresh fruit.

6. Home made energy balls

Energy balls are a great snack to have on hand after a workout, or to give you an extra burst of energy during a busy day. Best of all, they’re easy to make. Simply combine dried fruits, nuts and seeds in a food processor, and shape into balls. Try experimenting with different combinations!

7. Kale crisps

Need to eat more greens in your diet but can’t quite stomach green smoothies? Kale crisps are a surprisingly tempting and moreish snack, and a great way of sneaking in extra fibre and nutrients into your diet. Toss fresh kale with olive oil and flavourings – try sea salt and ground pepper, or peanut, honey and chilli flakes for a sweet and spicy twist. Cook in a baking tray in a warm oven until crispy, and store in an air tight container.

What are your favourite healthy snacks to have on the go?

Healthy Living Recipies

Super Foods can help you lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, and, for an added bonus, put you in a better mood.

Every month Fresh N Funky’s Head Chef, Gos comes up with his own take on healthy and affordable recipes using ‘super food’ ingredients eaten by the international athletes from Team Ealing.

All receipes are featured in Around Ealing magazine

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Winter 2011