When I first moved out of home all those years ago, my greatest culinary accomplishment was having mastered the ability to not always burn toast and apply just the right amount of Vegemite (Aussies will understand this… there’s a reason non-locals turn their nose up at the delicious vitamin B12 rich spread and it’s due entirely to over application). Not to mention my famous incident of ‘but how do I prepare a cucumber??’
Since that time I progressively improved out of necessity and lamentation at the thought of another dinner consisting of steamed frozen broccoli. Now I wouldn’t consider myself a Masterchef contender by any stretch, but I fancy myself to be a very good and rather creative cook when it comes to vegetarian cuisine (not to mention baking, which is where my interest and strength has always been – indeed while my fridge was often empty, I had a dedicated pantry full of baking supplies and utensils).
That being said, I haven’t had much opportunity to cook lately what with renovations and mini-getaways and am now rather excited to try my hand at a whole array of delicious and healthy meals. This will be further enhanced by the fact that Sky Living is now airing repeats of My Kitchen Rules Australia (a much loved cooking show rife with poorly made risottos and endless bitchiness), which I love to have on in the background while I cook.
Paul will be of precisely zero assistance in this matter despite claims that once taught he’ll rival Gordon Ramsay because he still requires supervision when chopping tomatoes.
Given my current desire to whip up a veggie storm in the kitchen, I’ve been perusing many a food blog to uncover delicious ideas. Far be it for me to not share these with the universe (or the people reading my blog, in any case) so I’ve collated an A-Z list of recipes sourced from other, much more infinitely skilled cooks. Some of these are staples that I love to cook anyway, and I’ve sourced recipes for them (because I tend to make my quantities up as I go) and others are on my to-do list.
Avocado and Sweet Corn Wraps – This Rawsome Vegan Life
Buckwheat and Tomato Stuffed Zucchini – Naturally Ella
Cauliflower and Chickpea Coconut Curry – oh my veggies! (see below)
Deluxe Macaroni ‘N’ Tease – My New Roots
Everyday Pad Thai – Post Punk Kitchen
Funky Green Tacos – Earthy Feast
Green Lentil Soup with Curried Brown Butter – 101 Cookbooks
Halloumi Salad with Balsamic Tomatoes – Tinned Tomatoes
Indian Sweet Potato and Dhal Pies – BBC Good Food
Jamaican Red Beans and Rice – Skinny Taste
Kale salad with avocado tahini sauce – love & lemons
Lebanese Chickpea Falafels – Archana’s Kitchen
Moroccan Vegetable Tagine – green kitchen stories
Nacho Cheese Kale Chips – The Roasted Root
One Pan Penne and Broccoli – ifoodreal
Pesto Veggie Melts – Sprouted Kitchen
Quick Indian Pancakes with Spiced Potato Filling – The Veg Space
Roasted Pumpkin Quinoa Salad – veggie num num
Spicy Sweet Potato and Green Rice Burrito Bowls – COOKIE+kate (see below)
Teriyaki Eggplant with Herbed Cahew and Coconut Rice – The First Mess
Ultimate Veggie Burgers – Veggie Runners
Vegetarian Pho – Happyolks
Wholewheat Gnocchi with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce – Cookin’ Canuck
Yellow Tomato Gazpacho with Cilantro Oil and Avocado – bon appetit
Zucchini Noodles with Sesame Peanut Sauce – Fat Free Vegan