Tomato Stuffed Aubergine

Time Preparing: 20 mins
Time Cooking: 45 mins
Serves: 2
Difficulty: 2/5
Season: Spring

Ingredients:
– 1 Large Aubergine
– 5 Plum Tomatoes
– 100g Wholegrain Rice and Lentils (pre-cooked)
– 1 Onion
– Salt and Pepper
– 3tbsp Olive Oil
– Handful of Breadcrumbs
– 50g Cheddar Cheese or Parmesan
– Harissa (optional)

Method:
1. Pre-heat oven to 200°C
2. Slice Aubergine in half, length ways
3. Use a knife to carve small square shapes, without removing any aubergine
4. Add a fine layer of olive oil to a baking tray, then add 2tbsp olive oil over the aubergine (and harissa if using)
5. Cook in the oven for 30mins
6. In the meantime, peal and chop the onion then add to a pan with the remaining olive oil for 5mins
7. Add plum tomatoes to the pan, along with cooked rice and lentils – leave for 5mins
8. Remove aubergine and try to remove insides, whilst keeping the skin and outer layer in tact
9. Add the aubergine insides to the onion/tomato mix and stir for 3mins
10. Add the mix back into the aubergine, topping with breadcrumbs and cheese
11. Cook for a further 15 mins

 

 

This recipe was created for Tower Green Hamlets by Pauline Cuisine

Beetroot, Fennel and Swiss Chard with Quinoa

Time Preparing: 20 mins
Time Cooking: 20 mins
Serves: 2
Difficulty: 2/5
Season: Winter

Ingredients
– 60g Bulgar
– 60g Quinoa
– 60g Swiss Chard
– 240g Fennel
– 1/2 Onion
– 1 small red beetroot
– 4tbsp Olive Oil
– Veg Stock
– Pepper for Seasoning

Method
1. Heat 2tbsp oil on a low heat, then add bulgar and quinoa for 5mins
2. Cut the fennel into small square chunks
3. Separate stems and leaves on swiss chard. Finely chop stem, and roughly cut leaves
4. Peel and chop the onion, and peel and grate beetroot
5. Heat the remaining oil in a separate pan on a medium heat, then add onion and swiss chard leaves for 3mins
6. Add fennel and continue to cook for a further 3mins, before adding swiss chard leaves for a further 3mins
7. Add bulgar, quinoa and grated beetroot along with 800ml boiling water and veg stock along with pepper for seasoning
8. Cook for 20mins on a medium-low heat

 

This recipe was created for Tower Green Hamlets by Pauline Cuisine

Tomato and Courgette Tart

Time Preparing: 15 mins
Time Cooking: 40 mins
Serves: 2
Difficulty: 1/5
Season: Spring / Summer

Ingredients
– 3 Tomatoes
– 1 Courgette
– 40g Grated Cheddar
– 2tbsp Mustard
– Pepper for seasoning
– Dry Mixed Herbs
– Puff Pastry

Method:
1. Start by rolling the puff pastry into a mould and bake for 10 mins at 180°C
2. Slice the courgette and tomatoes into uniform slices
3. Spread mustard on the pre-baked pastry, then sprinkle the cheddar
4. Arrange tomatoes and courgette slices on the top of the pastry
5. Add pepper and dried herbs, then bake in the oven for 40 mins

 

This recipe was created for Tower Green Hamlets by Pauline Cuisine

Potato and Turnip Mash with Wild Garlic

Time Preparing: 10 mins
Time Cooking: 20 mins
Serves: 2
Difficulty: 1/5
Season: Winter

Ingredients:
– 500g Potatoes
– 200g Turnips
– Salt and Pepper, for seasoning
– 3-4 Wild Garlic Leaves
– 2tbsp Cream or Soya alternative

Method:
1. Peel the turnips and potatoes, then cut into small chunks
2. Boil or steam for twenty mins – until tender
3. Finely chop wild garlic
4. Mash turnips and potatoes, add seasoning, cream and wild garlic

 

 

This recipe was created for Tower Green Hamlets by Pauline Cuisine

Swiss Chard, Tomato and Red Lentils with Pasta

Time Preparing: 20 mins
Time Cooking: 30 mins
Serves: 3
Difficulty: 1/5
Season: Spring / Winter

Ingredients
– 200g Swiss Chard
– 1/2 Onion
– 100g Red Lentils
– 1 Tin of Chopped Tomatoes / 3 Large Tomatoes
– 1 Veg Stock
– 120g Pasta
– Parmesan (or vegan alternative)
– Handful of Basil
– 2tbsp Olive Oil

Method:
1. Chop the swiss chard, separating the stems from the leaves
2. Peel and chop the onion
3. Heat the oil in a large pan on medium heat, then add the onion and swiss chard stems. Cook for 5 mins
4. Add swiss chard leaves and cook for a further 5 mins
5. Wash the lentils and add to the pan, along with tomatoes
6. Add boiling water – just enough to cover the ingredients – along with a veg stock
7. Simmer for 20 mins
8. In the meantime, cook the pasta as instructed
9. Serve with parmesan and basil

 

This recipe was created for Tower Green Hamlets by Pauline Cuisine

Vegan Kalette Quiche

Time Preparing: 20 mins
Time Cooking: 30 mins
Serves: 3/4
Difficulty: 3/5
Season: Winter

Ingredients
– 100g Kalettes
– 100g Firm Tofu
– 1/2 Onion
– 100ml Soya Milk
– 100ml Soya Cream
– 2tbsp Soya Sauce
– 2tbsp Olive Oil
– Handful of Parsley
– Handful of Chia Seeds
– Salt and Pepper for Seasoning

Ingredients for shortcrust dough:
– 75g Self Raising Flour
– 30g Corn Flour
– 45g Dairy Free Butter
– 20ml Water

Method
1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees
2. In a large bowl, mix corn flour, flour and butter
3. Knead the dough before adding water, then form into a ball. Wrap in cling film and chill for 30 mins
4. Wash the kalettes then slice in half
5. Peel and chop the onion
6. Heat 1tbsp oil in a pan, wait until hot then add the kalettes and soya sauce for 5 mins
7. In the meantime, heat the remaining oil in a separate pan, add the onions and stir until they turn slightly brown
8. Add tofu, seasoning, soya cream and milk and onion to a blender until a creamy but thick consistency is reached
9. Roll the dough into a mould, and precook for 10 mins
10. Add cooked kalette to the dough, then the parsley then tofu mixture
11. Sprinkle with chia seeds then bake for a further 20 mins

 

This recipe was created for Tower Green Hamlets by Pauline Cuisine

Have a Healthy New Year

With the New Year upon us and thoughts about making up for the obligatory Christmas overload on food and drink enter our minds, we’re refocusing and looking forward to a 2018 packed full of all the seasonal fruit and vegetables that the British country side can offer!

If you’re looking to make small but significant changes to your health and lifestyle in 2018, a weekly fruit and veg box is the ideal solution which will see you not only eating better, but transforming the way you eat with a whole host of ‘unusual’ and seasonal veg!

We’re offering customers 20% off all trial boxes, trial months or the first month of a repeat subscription. Simply enter code NEWYEAR for your Tower Green Hamlets veg box when checking out.

This offer is valid from 27.12.17 to 31.01.18 – one code per person, valid on trial boxes, trial months or the first month of a regular order.

Cheesy Broccoli and Tomato Bake

This cheesy little number is a great veggie dish which is quick and easy, and features veg that you’ll find in your boxes towards the end of Summer. For a vegan alternative, use vegan cheese or to bulk the meal out, add pasta and voilà – Cheesy Broccoli and Tomato Pasta Bake!

Time Preparing: 10 mins
Time Cooking: 0 mins
Serves: 2 (or 4 with pasta)
Difficulty: 2/5
Season: Summer

Ingredients
– 1 Large Broccoli or equivalent small Broccoli’s, chopped with stalks removed
– 200g Tomatoes, quartered
– 2 Onions, finely chopped
– 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
– 200g Cheddar Cheese, grated (or vegan alternative)
– 50g butter (or vegan alternative)
– 100ml Milk (Soya for vegan alternative)
– 50g Plain Flour
– 5og Breadcrumbs
– 1tbsp Oil

Method
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
2. Begin by heating the butter on a medium heat until melted, then quickly stir in the flour until you have a paste
3. Gradually whisk the milk, until you’ve got a creamy consistency
4. In a separate pan, heat onions on a medium heat with the oil until translucent (about 6 mins) then add garlic for the last two minuted
5. Cook broccoli in a pan of boiling, salted water for 3 mins then drain
6. Add 150g cheddar to the creamy sauce, and stir until fully melted
7. Place broccoli, onions and tomatoes into a bake tray, and pour the sauce over the top
8. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and breadcrumbs then bake in the oven for 15-20 mins