November’s Family Foodies Vegetarian Round-Up

December 12, 2014

Family Foodies Nov Vegetarian

November’s Family Foodies went Veggie for our first time, and as ever we had a fabulous array of inventive and of course tasty looking family friendly recipes linked up. Do take the time to have a look through the entries, bookmark and comment on any that grab your fancy and of course do read down to the bottom to see which entry wins this month’s prize of the River Cottage Veg Every Day cookbook, one of my personal faves.

Family Foodies Nov 1 -5

Hot off the mark with our first veggie entry was Family-Friends-Food‘s yummylicious Quesadillas with holiday-inspired Vegetables & Feta (1), inspired her recent trip to Israel and a dinner in a Jerusalem Cafe. Originally with pasta Helen recreated the mix in tortillas to form a quesadilla.

Janie, aka The Hedge Comber, served up a pot of hearty vegan Aduki Bean Stew (2) made in a slow cooker, also tempted us with thoughts of aduki bean sweet steamed dumplings from her travels to China.

Linsy from Home Cooked Food linked up a spiced and delicious sounding Vermicelli Pulav (3) using frozen veggies, sure to tickle those taste buds!

Anne’s Kitchen tempted us with her Spicy Mushroom & Bean Sausage Rolls (4), and by heck do they sound good, and considerably tastier than most veggie sausage rolls I’ve tried in the past.

A recipe from France next, by way of a Roast Pumpkin Soup with Sage, Garlic & Chilli from De Tout Coeur Limousin, the perfect antidote to the nasty bugs and germs that seem to be so prevalent at this time of the year.

Family Foodies Nov 6 - 10

There followed another couple of tasty entries from De Tout Coeur Limousin. For starters, a taste of late summer with Baked Courgettes with Feta, Tomato, Mint & Marjoram (6). Followed by a vegetarian favourite, Iman Bayildi (7), a Middle Eastern inspired Aubergine and Tomato Stew, which is traditionally made swimming in olive oil but a considerably more restrained version here! 

Janet from The Taste Spice posted a recipe from The Complete Coconut Cookbook, a vegan Cauliflower ‘couscous’ and Date Salad (8). Move over cauliflower ‘rice’ a welcome cauli couscous folks! And an exceptionally zingy and flavour packed dish it sounds too, “a mosaic of tastes, textures and scents” indeedie.

Another entry from Home Cook Food, this time Linsy’s Corn on the Cob Curry (9), it sounds a bang on balance of delicious sweet and spicy, and the first time I’ve seen corn on the cob used in a curry.

Lancashire Food Linzi tickled my taste buds with a fabulous looking bowl of Roasted Red Pepper & Garlic Soup (10), with a stinking cold myself this is EXACTLY what I need to be eating right now. Two whole bulbs of garlic, that should sort it!

Family Foodies Nov 11 - 15

Utterly Scrummy also linked up a soup recipe, a Tomato & Basil Soup (11) made by her eleven year old daughter for a food technology class, complete with her own photos. Impressive stuff I’d say. And coming in at a mere 59p for four bowlfuls it’s exceptionally frugal too.

The Stuffed Butternut Squash (12) from Searching for Spice using leftover homemade soup looks a hearty tasty affair, and left me wondering why I’ve never stuffed and roasted butternut  myself even though it’s one of my fave ever veggies.

A rather delicious sounding Smoky Cheesy Pasta (13) was served up to woo Green Gourmet Giraffe’s five year old daughter. It would certainly work on me, and with lots of lovely veggies it’s a wholesome eat too.

After a handy recipe for using up leftover Halloween pumpkin, then bookmark this one for next year from Family Friends Food (14). The Cheesy Pumpkin Pasta looks ridiculously scrumptious and sure to be a big cheesy hit with the little peeps.

Choclette of the Chocolate Log Blog took delivery of an Italian feast from Ufuud (15) and reminded me of the joy that is a bowl of excellent pasta served with a simple sauce of equally excellent top notch ingredients, and the fewer the better. Delicious.

Family Foodies Nov 16 - 20

Fresh, Home Made and Gluten Free Pasta (16) from The Gluten Free Alchemist looks a bit of a revelation. A fabulously successful effort at gluten free pasta using a combination of five different flours, namely brown rice, gram, sorghum, tapioca and glutinous rice flours! If you’ve a gluten intolerance then I urge you to check it out.

If want a made in minutes soup recipe then do check out my own Pea & Coriander Soup in a Flash (17) recipe, surprisingly popular with The Monsters and handily made from store cupboard ingreds.

Laura from How to Cook Good Food served up a rather festive looking and I think you’ll agree most stunning Kale Roasted Cranberry & Smoked Almond Salad (18), which would certainly make a mighty fine accompaniment to any festive meal and particularly all those leftovers.

Brussel Sprout & Red Cabbage Slaw (19) from my Family Foodies co-host Vanesther of Bangers and Mash. Another great side to have up your sleeve for the imminent silly season and may just be a way to convince those doubting little folk that sprouts truly rock!

And finally a third entry from Family Friends Food, this time in yummy sounding Wild Mushroom Baked Risotto (20) form. I do love a labour-saving baked risotto, and this flavour packed dried and fresh mushroom one sounds no exception.

UnknownWhat a lovely bunch of recipes eh folks? Which always makes it all the more tricky a task to pick out a winner and recipient of a copy of the River Cottage Veg Everyday. I finally decided on the Tomato & Basil Soup with Cheese Toasts cleverly made and photographed by Michelle’s eleven year old daughter over at Utterly Scrummy. In the true spirit of Family Foodies I felt that this was a most appealing dish to kids, frugal and of course high on the yum factor. Tommie soup is certainly up there in my own two’s most requested….especially with cheesy toast! Thanks Michelle, do email me your address and I’ll get the book to you.

Vanesther’s hosting December’s event over at Bangers and Mash, and we’re going all suitably festive. Whether your festivity is Christmas, Eid, Diwali or Hanukkah. And there’s a lovely bookie prize up for grabs for the winning recipe blog.

So that’s it from me folks, big Happy Christmas Family Foodies and I’ll see you on the other side in January,

Eat Well,

Louisa x

2 thoughts on “November’s Family Foodies Vegetarian Round-Up

  1. Vanesther - Bangers & Mash

    What a brilliant round-up of delicious veggie family food – there are so many recipes here I’m bookmarking. I particularly like the look of those Spicy Mushroom & Bean Sausage Rolls from Anne’s Kitchen. They’d be great at Christmas gatherings. And Michelle from Utterly Scrummy is a very worthy winner – that tomato soup with cheesy toast would go down so well with my little ones. And well done to her daughter too!



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