Category Archives: Vegetarian Recipes

The Leaning Tower of Mushroom

Since yesterday’s post on my ‘Funky Fog’, I’ve been trying my damned hardest to get out of the funk and do something to get my mind off things – but that’s easier said than done!

Anyway I thought it’s about time I posted a recipe and today I decided to post my ‘Leaning Tower of Mushroom’ recipe for y’all.

 

Since going on a ‘strict-ish’ no bad carbs at dinner time diet, to shift a few pounds, I’ve been fathoming out interesting ways to have ‘non carbohydrate  food’ for dinner and lately I’ve been a little addicted to mushrooms! I’ve had them with every sitting and lo’ and behold, I needed to find new ways of having them, which is when I came up with the idea of having a ‘leaning tower of mushroom’ with spinach and mozzarella cheese sandwiched in the middle. So if you fancy making yourself your very own gluten free ‘leaning tower of mushroom’ then here’s the recipe!

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 3 Giant Mushrooms [take the stems off. I tried to take the ‘gills’ out but that nearly broke my mushrooms into pieces!]
  • A ‘glug’ of Olive Oil
  • A handful of Spinach
  • Cheese [use any variety, I used mozzarella]
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Add the ‘glug’ of Olive Oil to a non stick frying pan and over a medium flame, add the Mushrooms and season with Salt and Pepper 
  2. After 5 minutes of frying and when the Mushrooms start to turn brown, add the Spinach and cook until the Spinach begins to ‘wilt’ and turn a darker colour 
  3. On a plate, add a fried Mushroom and then add the Spinach with a slice of Cheese. Do this till you create a ‘leaning tower of mushroom’ 

 

 

Spicy Chickpea Burger

Since after my 25th birthday (and having my quarter life crisis meltdown) I’ve embarked on a healthy eating regime. Now before you accuse me of being an imposter or send out a search party to find the ‘real’ me, I can assure you guys and gals, it’s still me!

So my healthy eating regime consists of ‘no bad carbs’ in the evening. So I can still stuff my face with gluten free bread and pasta for either breakfast or lunch but then it’s brown rice, sweet potato and a  bucket load of vegetables, salads, meat for dinner. This probably won’t last long as I’m already craving gluten free pizza and the most ironic thing since being all healthy is that I’ve been struck down a cold which is only best described as the plague – did someone say ‘sods law’?

One of the things I’ve been eating loads since being all healthy is chickpeas! They’re cheap, pretty tasty and can be bashed and mashed into a whole manner of things such as gluten free falafel, chickpea curries, chickpea salads or spicy chickpea burgers!

Ingredients:

 

  • 1/2 Small Red Onion [finely chopped]
  • 2 Garlic Cloves [finely chopped]
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon  of Ground Coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • Small tin of Chickpeas [220g]
  • Small handful of Fresh Coriander [optional]
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of Gluten Free Plain flour
  • 1 Egg [beaten]
  • Vegetables to make a salad [optional]
  • Brown Rice  [optional]

Method:

 

  1. Add a little oil in a frying pan over medium heat and fry the Onion and Garlic 
  2. Once the Onion begins to soften, add the Spices [Ground Cumin, Ground Coriander and Cayenne Pepper] and mix it all together with the fried Onion and Garlic 
  3. In a bowl, mash the Chickpeas together with a fork 
  4. Add the Onion, Garlic and Spices with the Chickpeas and mix together 
  5.  With clean hands, mould the Chickpeas into a burger shape, dip into the beaten Egg and then coat in the Gluten Free Flour and put back on the frying pan for a couple of minutes to cook. 
  6. Meanwhile, assemble the Salad with Brown Rice or whatever side you want with you Spicy Chickpea Burger 
  7. Finished!  

Tasty Basic Pizza Sauce Recipe

Since making my first gluten free pizza from scratch, I’ve been on the look out for some tasty pizza sauce to go with it! Now there’s nothing wrong with using tomato purée as a pizza sauce but since having some home made gluten free pizza made by my friends Pete and Fiona, I just couldn’t go back to using ordinary tomato purée!  So here is my take on some easy yet delicious basic pizza sauce that will go lovely with your home made gluten free pizza!

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 box/tin/jar of Tomato Passata [which is a posh way of saying ‘sieved tomatoes’]
  • 1 small Onion [finely chopped]
  • 1 cube of Garlic [finely chopped]
  • Salt and Pepper to season
  • 1 teaspoon of Oregano

Method:

  1. Add a little oil in a frying pan over medium heat and add the chopped onion 
  2. When the onion has turned clear, add the chopped garlic 
  3. Now add the tomato passata, salt & pepper and the oregano and give it a good stir!