Saturday 20 January 2018

Recipes: Megan Young's deliciously healthy comfort food

Megan Young

Vegetarians can enjoy comfort food just as much as our beef and Guinness stew-loving, shepherd's pie-devouring carnivorous diners.

As the weather turns colder outside there are just as many delicious, warming options for us non-meat eaters. This menu will heat up both your tummy and your kitchen.

For me, winter cooking revolves around warmth and nourishment -- to maintain our energy levels and keep colds and the flu away. This menu is packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, fibre, good fats and flavour.

Nut roasts have been on the classic vegetarian menu for years, but this time I have added some extra protein by including lentils.

Lentils, nuts and seeds are a huge part of a balanced vegetarian diet. These little morsels are jam-packed with energy, fibre, nutrients and good fats.

Sweet potato is an excellent alternative to the much-loved white potato. Try these beautifully sweet wedges with the harissa mayonnaise for a guaranteed kick to your meal.

I recommend buying an organic, free-range-egg mayonnaise. I promise you will taste the difference.

You can add the harissa gradually to the mayo to get the right amount of heat, depending on how adventurous you feel.

I believe it is always important to have something lush and green on your plate, as greens are a great source of calcium, iron and are rich in antioxidants.

Edamame beans are high in protein, dietary fibre, omega-3 fatty acids and micronutrients, such as folic acid, manganese and vitamin K. These special beans are a regular on Japanese menus, and we all know about the health benefits of their diet.

Whether you are vegetarian and looking for something new, having vegetarian guests for dinner or would like to reduce your meat intake, I recommend giving these recipes a try. Your tummy will thank you afterwards.

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