A lot of people seem to think that vegetarianism means that you can’t eat anything but lettuce. In actual fact, choosing not to eat meat is no more limiting than choosing not to eat cake – there’s still a whole world of marvellous mealtime options that you can enjoy!

To prove that point, here are three of our favourite vegetarian dishes for you to try at home. They’re all meat-free, and even inveterate meat-eaters have admitted that these meals taste amazing!

Quorn Wraps with Nando's Sauce

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2-4
Suitable for Vegans? No - Quorn contains egg.

You will need:

  • Nando's Peri-Peri Marinade (the spicier the better!)
  • Quorn Chicken Style Pieces
  • Peppers (x2)
  • Flour tortillas
  • Cooking oil

Fry the Quorn pieces in a little oil.  Chop the peppers and add them to the frying pan, along with a generous helping of Nando’s marinade. Sizzle it all for a little longer, and once everything’s cooked, spoon the mixture into flour tortillas and serve as wraps.

Macaroni Cheese

Recipe taken from chefchloe.com

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4-6
Suitable for Vegans? Yes, as long as you buy vegan-friendly pasta, milk, and margarine.

You will need:

  • Egg-free macaroni (1lb/450g)
  • Alpro soy milk (680g/24oz)
  • Broccoli florets
  • Vegan margarine (55g/2oz)
  • Flour (43g/1.5oz)
  • Yeast (64g/2.25oz)
  • Tomato purée (2tbsp)
  • Sea salt (2tbsp)
  • Garlic powder (1tsp)
  • Lemon juice (1tbsp)

Cook the macaroni and broccoli in boiling water (bear in mind that the macaroni will take longer than the broccoli). Whisk the margarine and flour together in a saucepan on medium heat; then, add the soy milk, yeast, purée, salt, and garlic powder to the pan and boil this mixture while continuing to whisk frequently. Lower the heat and simmer so that the sauce has time to thicken. Stir in the lemon juice, and add this sauce to your macaroni and broccoli.

Rice Muck-Up

Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes
Serves: Depends on the amount of rice you make
Is it vegan? Yes, unless you add any non-vegan ingredients

You will need:

  • Rice (preferably saffron rice)
  • Curry powder
  • Whatever you've got in the fridge!

Rice muck-up is a great way of using up your leftovers. Simply cook the rice, add a bit of curry powder, and throw in anything you've got handy! Try it with peas, onion, egg, herbs, peppers, Quorn, nuts, mushrooms, aubergine...anything that comes to hand. This is a good Monday night dish if you've got lots left over from the weekend.

For more veggie inspiration, check out our Vegetarian Meals board on Pinterest!

Shrove Tuesday (a.k.a. Pancake Day) falls on the 4th of March this year - that's a week tomorrow! It's always good to make your Pancake Day preparations well in advance; if you leave it 'til the last minute, your local shops will be all out of lemon juice and pancake mix, and then where will you be?

Here's a checklist of everything you'll need for the perfect Pancake Day feast:

  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Lemon Juice
  • A Frying Pan

Of course, that list only covers the classic lemon 'n' sugar combo (as seen in this Delia Smith recipe). If you want to get a bit more adventurous - ice cream, strawberries, perhaps even savoury pancakes - you'll obviously need a few more ingredients!

You'll also need a working hob. Most people take their cooker for granted, assuming that it will be ready to spring into action whenever they need it, but they can break down and Pancake Day is a pretty disastrous time to discover that yours has packed up. Wouldn't it be dreadful to find, at dinnertime on the 4th of March, that your hob won't ignite and that you purchased all of those ingredients for nothing?

You've still got seven days left before the annual pancake banquet - plenty of time to repair your cooker if necessary. We'd strongly recommend that you pop into the kitchen now and check that your hobs are doing what they're supposed to do; if something's broken, you'll find the part you need in our hob spares section.

Products like Quorn allow vegetarians to enjoy a lot of dishes that would otherwise be off their menu. The Quorn range is pretty extensive, covering everything from ham and sausages to chicken breast and burgers; there are hardly any meat dishes that can't be convincingly veggified using some strategically-served mycoprotein!

One of Quorn's most popular products is their mince, which is ideal for meals like spaghetti bolognese and chilli con carne. Here's the recipe for another great veggie-friendly mince dish...

Giant pasta shells stuffed with Quorn mince

You will need:

  • Jumbo-sized pasta shells
  • A packet of Quorn mince
  • Tomato and basil pasta sauce
  • Grated cheese
  • Garlic (optional)
  • Rosemary (optional)

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees celsius.

  2. While the oven heats up, cook your pasta shells in a saucepan of boiling water. Don't cook them for too long - they'll finish cooking in the oven, so make sure they're still nicely al dente when you take them off the boil.

  3. Fry your mince in a pan until it's nice and brow. Then, add your pasta sauce (not too much, mind - you don't want the mince to be swimming in it!) You can also add a bit of garlic and rosemary to the mix if you so desire.

  4. Once your pasta is cooked and the sauce is ready to go, it's time to start stuffing! Arrange the pasta shells in a baking dish, and spoon a generous helping of mince mixture into each one.

  5. Sprinkle the grated cheese over the top of your stuffed pasta shells (use as much as you like!)

  6. Pop the dish in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. The shells should be nice and crispy by the time you take them out.

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After the monumental success of our 'Favourite Side Dishes: Part 1' blog we have been commissioned for our own TV series alongside none other than Jamie Oliver himself! Ok, so we're joking, however - you guys seemed to like it! We got some great feedback on two of our favourite quick and easy side dishes to whip up in the kitchen, so we thought that this week we'd bring you two more from our recipe book.

Now let us just clarify that in no way are we claiming to be great chefs or that our recipes are completed without needing a little work, we simply know that these choices are incredibly easy to make, taste great and go down well with a crowd. Chop and change them to suit your taste, just let us know - we love hearing new tips and tricks for cooking!  

Serve these up with anything - they're incredibly versatile and even more yummy. 

Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables

The beauty of this dish is you can include any vegetables you like, but here's our favourite combination. 

1 x Courgette

1 x Red Onion

1 x Red Pepper

1 x Green Pepper

1 x Butternut Squash

6 x Cloves of Garlic

1 x Sprinkling of Sea Salt

1 x Dash of Black Pepper

A large dollop of Olive Oil

A generous sprinkling of Rosemary and Basil 

Balsamic Vinegar


Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees. Chop all the vegetables into large chunks and lay them in a roasting tin. Cover with olive oil. Add your salt and pepper evenly across all veg and sprinkle in the rosemary and basil. Add in the cloves of garlic. Roast vegetables in the oven for 35 - 40 minutes, making sure to frequently turn the veg (just give the baking tray a good shake) and ensure everything is evenly cooked and just slightly crispy. When they're out of the oven, top with fresh basil and add a glug of balsamic vinegar for the most delicious veg anyone has ever tasted!

Chinese-Style Fried Rice 

Again, this dish can be added to include anything you like but here's how we like it. 

1 x Large cup of brown rice (any rice will do - we like the healthy option)

1 x Health serving of Spring Onions

1 x Large Serving of Peas

1 x Large Serving of Sweetcorn 

2 x Eggs

1 x Lashing of Oyster Sauce 

1 x Big Sprinkling of Chinese 5 Spice

Lots of Soy Sauce

Begin by cooking your rice. Finely chop your spring onions. In a wok, add the peas, sweetcorn and onions to cook. Here you can add mushrooms, peppers, whatever you fancy really, but for the purpose of this blog we're keeping the recipe simple. Add in your rice and stir, making sure there's an even distribution of veg. Now is the fairly tricky bit - crack your egg in the wok but quickly before it sets, mix the rice in so that the egg cooks in little bits around the rice. Do the same with the second egg. Add your oyster sauce and stir in, then add your 5 Spice and stir in. Add soy sauce to taste and serve piping hot with a splash of lime. You can turn this into a complete meal by having chunks of chicken and some bacon lardons.