Meatless Monday: Slow Cooker Seasonal Vegetable Soup W/ White Beans & Sausages

Healthy Recipes, Meatless Monday

Serves: 6
Prep: 40 mins (*Dependent upon skill and/or kitchen helpers!)
Cooking Time: 4-8 hrs (*Dependent on S.C. setting)

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamins C, carbohydrates, protein, fibre calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and per serving* is low in added sugar, salt and saturated fats. (*Dependent upon the type and/or quantity of stock and/or vegan sausages used). 

Happy New year everyone! We would like to take a moment again to thank everyone that has supported us during the last fourteen months; you have truly made it a very productive and rewarding time indeed! It’s been a pleasure sharing, interacting and seeing our posts receive visits from over 80 countries! Thanks everyone, we really appreciate the support and hope that we have helped make your culinary journey and healthy lifestyle easier, tastier and well informed! 🙂

Today we would like to share another great (mostly!) seasonal recipe that’s plant-based and easy to execute! A tasty and seasonal stew that will not only warm your heart and soul, but will help to kick off the year on a fantastic note! #5Aday

It’s a delicious soup that has a lovely natural sweetness from the carrot, swede and fennel and is wholly satisfying! We have suggested the use of plant-based ‘sausages’, but these are completely optional. The soup is tasty and satisfying without them, but those embarking on Veganuary might be keen to sample some processed/ plant-based goodies to help ease their transition. It’s important to note that these types of faux meats are not the gold standard to plant-based eating and/or healthy eating in general; a lot of these products can contain a lot of oil and/or high levels of salt. However, they can be quite tasty and useful in moderation, but we would always recommend trying to make these plant-based goodies yourself.

Here’s to a healthy and happy 2016 and happy cooking everyone! 😀

Quick Foodie Facts:

  • Per serving this soup contains about 5 servings of vegetables towards your 5-A-Day! Now that is truly #eating2health!
  • Butter beans are a great source of nutrients including: Vitamins A, B1, B3, B6, protein, fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc (just to name a few!), are naturally low in fat and count towards your 5-A-Day!

 

Tip: If preferred, use a mixture of  ½ volume water, ½ volume stock with some additional fresh or dried herbs instead of using loads of stock!

 

Ingredients

+++++++++12g           Garlic Clove (2 fat ones!)
+++++++++140g        Brown Onion
+++++++++200g       Yellow Bell Pepper
+++++++++400g       Fennel Bulb
+++++++++360g       Carrot
+++++++++1kg           Swede
+++++++++10g          Fresh Rosemary
+++++++++440g       Cooked Butter Beans (approx. 2 tins or 220g dried/cooked variety)
+++++++++1 tbsp      Rapeseed Oil
+++++++++                Salt & Ground Black pepper
+++++++++187ml      White Wine
+++++++++1               Bay Leaf
+++++++++1.4L          Vegetable Stock (low-salt/GF if required)
+++++++++240g       Frozen Green beans, defrosted
+++++++++6-9          Vegan Sausages (*optional)

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Directions

Peel and finely chop the garlic and onion. Wash, remove the stem and core and then finely chop the bell pepper. Wash the fennel, trim the ends, slice it (horizontally) into two halves and then finely chop. Wash, peel, trim the bottom and then chop the swede into cubes. Drain and wash the beans (if applicable). Wash the rosemary, remove the leaves from its stem and then finely chop them. Tip: Check out a previous recipe for some help on preparing your fennel. 

 

 

Wash, peel, trim the ends and then quarter the carrot(s).

 

 

  • Heat 1 tbsp of rapeseed oil in a large, non-stick a frying pan or pot. Tip: Looking for a lower-fat option? Swap the oil for some low-fat cooking oil instead.
  • Add the garlic and onion. Gently fry for 1-2 mins or until softened.
  • Add the bell pepper, fennel and carrot. Stir together. Gently fry for 3-4 mins or until slightly softened.
  • Add the swede.
  • Cover with a lid and gently fry/steam-fry for a final 3-4 mins. Season it with some salt and black pepper to taste. Remove from the heat.
  • Transfer the vegetable mixture into a slow cooker.

 

Add the rosemary, butter beans, wine, bay leaf and stock (and/or water). Stir together. Season it with some black pepper to taste. Cover with a lid. Cook on a low heat setting for 7-8 hrs or on a high setting for 3-4 hrs instead.

 

In the meantime…

Snap the beans into halves and defrost them. Add them to the slow cooker during the last 30mins of cooking. Alternatively, steam and then add them to the slow cooker just before serving.

 

Cook the sausages according to the packet instructions. Allow them to cool and ‘set’. Add them into your soup just before serving (if applicable). Tip: Due to the ingredients in these types of sausages, they will quickly dissolve into your soup’s broth if you add them whilst the soup is still cooking!

 

Ladle the soup into large serving bowls. Add the cooked sausages (if desired); serve with bread if preferred (a friendly warning: this soup is super filling without!). Garnish with some fresh rosemary, parsley or chives if preferred.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Refrigerate any leftover soup in an air-tight and resealable container; reheat and consume within 3-4 days. Alternatively freeze in one or several containers; defrost, reheat and consume within 2 months.

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Meatless Monday: Fennel Steaks, Artichoke and Savoury Rice [Vegan & Gluten Free]

Healthy Recipes, Meatless Monday

Serves: 4-5
Prep & Cooking Time: 60 mins (*Dependant upon skill and the number of kitchen helpers!)
Type: Main Meal
Tools: Chopping board, sharp knife, baking tray, parchment paper, measuring jug, spoon, pastry brush, kitchen foil, manual juicer, grater, frying pan, frying spatula

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamins C & K, protein, fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphate, potassium, zinc and (per serving) is low in added sugar, salt and saturated fats.

Hi everyone! We hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend?! Let’s start the week off with a great ‘Meatless Monday’ option: roasted fennel steaks and artichoke with a delicious/new Eat2health version of savoury rice. 

This version of savoury rice has a wonderful golden and earthy hue from some tasty turmeric, infused with a blend of delicious herbs, vegetables and sun-dried tomato puree. Our delicious and gently marinated, ‘aniseedy’ fennel bulbs and meaty artichokes are a great accompaniment and/or meat alternative to this rice dish. The only recommendation we’d suggest is covering your artichoke for part of the cooking duration; we didn’t and ours turned out a bit crispy!

We hope you have fun following along and enjoy this dish as much as we did!

Happy cooking everyone! 😀

Quick Foodie Tips:

  • To reduce the ‘aniseedy’ taste of the fennel, slice the bulb into thinner slices.
  • If you are short on time, you could you could gently fry the fennel steaks in a non-stick grill pan and/or boil or steam the artichoke instead whilst your rice is cooking. 

 

Ingredients

 

Directions

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F. Line two baking trays with a sheet of parchment paper.

 

Prepare The Fennel

  • Wash and then trim the bottoms off each bulb.
  • Carefully slice the bulbs into halves.
  • Once cut, separate the layers and thoroughly wash them. Tip: For a more caramelised and less ‘aniseedy’ taste, slice the fennel into thinner slices. 
  • Place the prepared pieces of fennel onto one of the prepared baking trays.

 

Prepare The Marinade

Mix 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 20g date syrup, 6g dried parsley and three minced garlic cloves in a large measuring jug. Whisk together. Season it to taste with some salt and a few grinds of black pepper.

 

Pour and brush the marinade over the fennel.

 

Prepare The Artichoke

  1. Wash the artichoke(s);  slice off the bottom end(s).
    2. Peel the stalk(s).
    3. Trim the top(s) off of the artichoke(s), about 1/2 inch (if preferred). Remove the tough outer layer(s) and discard (*we forgot to do this! oops).
    4. Slice the artichoke(s) into two halves.
    5. Place the artichoke halves cut-side down onto the chopping board (the opposite to our example!)
    6. Slice each half into halves again.

 

Place the prepared artichoke(s) onto the other baking tray. Marinade it with a little balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Season it with some salt and ground black pepper to taste. Cover the tray loosely with a piece of kitchen foil. NB: Remove the foil during the last 10 mins of cooking.

 

Place the fennel onto the middle oven shelf and the artichoke onto the shelf below. Roast for 30-40 mins or until tender and lightly browned. Remove.

 

Prepare The Rice

Peel and dice the garlic and red onion. Wash, remove the stem and core and then finely chop the bell pepper. Wash, trim the ends and slice the spring onion. Wash the lemon and then grate 1 tbsp of zest and juice half of the fruit. Wash the tomatoes and remove any stems.

 

  1. Heat a large, non-stick frying pan over a medium low heat. Add 1 tbsp of rapeseed oil or a few sprays of low-fat cooking oil. Add the garlic and onion. Gently fry for 1-2 mins or until softened.
    2. Add the bell pepper. Gently fry for 2 mins or until softened.
    3. Add the spring onion. Gently fry for 1 minute.
    4. Add 1.5g ground turmeric, 2g smoked paprika, 2g dried parsley, 1g dried tarragon and 1g dried thyme. Stir to coat.
    5. Add 250g rice and the 1 tbsp lemon zest. Stir to combine.
    6. Pour in 600ml hot vegetable stock and the lemon juice. Add 50g sun-dried tomato purée. Stir together,
    7. Add the cherry tomatoes.
    8. Cover with a lid or a sheet of aluminium foil. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cook for 25-35 mins or until the rice has absorbed all of the liquid.

 

Our cooked rice…

…and roasted veggies!

 

Ladle the rice into a large serving bowl. Place the fennel steaks and artichoke on top. Garnish with some black olives and fresh parsley (if desired).

 

Enjoy!

 

Refrigerate any leftovers in a resealable container (ideally within an hour after cooking); reheat and consume within 1-2 days. Alternatively freeze in one or more resealable containers; defrost, reheat and consume within 1-2 months.

NB: When reheating, always check to make sure the rice is steaming hot all the way through and do not reheat the rice more than once. 

Recipe updated: 19/02/16 

 

Fennel, Garlic & Lemon Pasta [Vegan & Gluten Free]

Healthy Recipes

Serves: 2
Prep & Cooking Time: 35-40 mins
Type: Main Meal
Tools: Roasting tin, silicone mat, chopping board, sharp knife, frying pan, mixing bowl, cheese grater, manual juicer, salad tongs

Notes: This recipe contains: Vitamin A, B-Vitamins, Vitamin C, carbohydrates, protein, fibre, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, zinc and (per serving) is low in salt, sugars and sat fats!

Fresh, simple and within forty minutes you’ll have a delicious pasta dish ready for the whole family to enjoy!

As we’ve mentioned before, we think that sometimes the best pasta dishes are the ones that contain only a few ingredients. This recipe comprises of some crisp, fresh and almost sweet and ‘licorice-y’, fennel (which is a cheap, tasty and nutritious addition to any meal!). We’ve also added some sweet and creamy roasted garlic, shallots, lemon and a little parsley for the perfect combination of flavours. Served on some hearty wholemeal pasta and topped with a tasty breadcrumb topping for some added crunch and additional depth of flavour! 

It’s good to note we have advised slightly more fennel and garlic than shown in our pictures! Also, if you’re someone who generally does not enjoy the taste of fennel, don’t be alarmed, we promise that you’ll love this one! Roasted fennel has a completely different taste to that of fennel tea or flavoured food items (if it didn’t, Alex would be the first one to leave the dinner table in protest!). 

Happy hump day and cooking everyone! 😀

 

Ingredients

++++++++++++++++++120g       Banana Shallots
++++++++++++++++++100g      Orange Bell Pepper
++++++++++++++++++400g      Fennel Bulb
++++++++++++++++++20g        Garlic Clove
++++++++++++++++++3 tbsp    Olive or Garlic Infused Oil
++++++++++++++++++               Salt & Ground Black Pepper
++++++++++++++++++20g        Panko Breadcrumbs (or GF version if required)
++++++++++++++++++220g      Wholemeal Spaghetti (or GF if required)
++++++++++++++++++20g        DF Cheese (or 1 tbsp of Nutritional Yeast)
++++++++++++++++++10g         Flat Leaf Parsley
++++++++++++++++++1              Lemon
++++++++++++++++++1/2 tsp    Asafoetida
++++++++++++++++++               Saffron

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Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F. Line a roasting tin with a silicone mat or some kitchen foil (if necessary).

2. Trim the ends off the shallots. Wash, remove the stem and core and then thinly slice the bell pepper. Wash, trim the ends and then slice the fennel (thin or slightly chunky!)

3. Place the shallots, bell pepper, fennel and garlic into the roasting tin. Drizzle over 2-3 tbsp of olive oil (or spray with some low-cal cooking oil instead). Toss to coat. Season it with a pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper (or to taste). Place the tin onto the middle oven shelf. Roast for about 20-25 mins or until softened and lightly crispy. Remove. Allow to cool. Tip: The garlic might be finished at 15 mins (just remove it and set it aside)!

4. In the meantime, heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat. Spray a little low-fat cooking oil. Add the breadcrumbs. Gently fry until lightly browned and toasted. Remove from the heat. Transfer into a bowl.

5. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain.

6. Grate the cheese (if using). Wash and remove the parsley leaves from its stem; roughly chop them. Wash the lemon; grate some zest and then juice it.

7. Place the cheese (or nutritional yeast), ½ tsp asafoetida and about 8-10 strands (or a pinch) of saffron into the bowl of breadcrumbs. Season it with a few grinds of black pepper. Mix until combined. Tip: Your breadcrumb topping is now complete!

8. Remove the skin from the garlic and shallots and discard. Finely chop the garlic and then slice the shallot into strips. Tip: Use some kitchen scissors to quickly cut away and remove the shallot skin!

9. Place the pasta into a large bowl. Add the roasted vegetables, parsley, lemon zest and juice (as much lemon juice and zest as desired) and some oil (we added garlic oil!). Season it a few grinds of  black pepper. Gently toss until thoroughly combined.

10. Transfer onto two serving plates. Top with the breadcrumb topping and garnish with additional parsley and/or lemon slices (if preferred).

Enjoy!

 

Tip: For some additional protein, calcium iron and zinc and crunch, add some toasted pine nuts!

 

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