Move over bacon butties. Fried avocado can take it from here
Glorious smoothies, rainbow salads and epic barbecue feasts – vegetarian diets are the actual bomb during summer, thanks to the gang of fresh, healthy ingredients the season brings. Make the most of it veggies – like Martine McCutcheon once said; this is your moment. This is your perfect moment.
Here’s every summer recipe you’ll need this season, from indulgent comfort food for garden party hangovers to fritters, falafel and sweet potato fries, mini key lime pies and an egg dish to knock huevos rancheros right off it’s brunch throne.
Anyone know what the weather’s going to be like this weekend?
SPICED AND CARAMELISED SWEET POTATO FRIES
Let’s start with a veggie summer food classic – chips. These sweet potato fries
not only make use of the often overlooked but completely amazing PURPLE sweet potato, they’re also fluffy in the middle with gnarly, sticky edges. Take them to every barbecue you go to this summer, so when the host realises they forgot a veggie was coming and starts panic-preparing a meal out of cherry tomatoes and the stale ends of a french stick, you can just sling these in the oven for 20 minutes and you’ve got yourself a chip party.
VEGAN QUINOA AND GARLIC AIOLI FRITTERS
We’ve all been there; you’re in the midst of a big shop when you spot the in-season summer food ingredients you haven’t seen in ages (welcome back, corn on the cob) and end up going way overboard. Now the burden of responsibility for eating all the veg you’ve crammed inside the fridge before it goes off has become so intense you can hear the Countdown theme tune in your head every time you walk into the kitchen. The answer? Fritters. Use any veg you want – this recipe
is vegan and involves garlic and aioli. Ten points to you.
BLUEBERRY AND COCONUT SMOOTHIE WITH BAOBAB CARAMEL
Make the most of your summery optimism to the Nutri Bullet and whizz up this epic blueberry and coconut concoction. The vegetarian summer recipe
includes homemade baobab caramel – it’s made from coocnut oil, maple syrup and baobab powder, which is taken from the superfruit gown on African baobab trees. It also contains Vitamin C, Fibre, Calcium and Potassium.
BAKED TOFU WITH COCONUT KALE
One of those summer recipes you can customise to fit any meal
– have it with scrambled eggs for breakfast, a big crunchy salad for lunch, serve with jasmine rice for dinner – it’ll even taste great the next day for something a little different al-desko.
CHEESY ASPARAGUS GRATIN
We all know potato gratin, but have you ever made it using asparagus? It’s the perfect hangover dish. If you make sure the veg is firm, not floppy, it works so well with the gooey cheese topping. Add breadcrumbs or ready salted crisps (trust us) to the top for extra crunch. Here’s a really great recipe
FRIED AVOCADO WITH CHIPOTLE DIP
Foodies are going mad for asparagus fries as the moment – and if you consider how well the softness of the avo and crunchy coating work, not to mention the way that green tricks your brain into thinking it’s being super healthy, it’s easy to see why. The perfect summer food snack – here’s the recipe
OATMEAL AND CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIE STUFFED BANANA
Vegetarians have to get creative at barbecues, and what could be better than cooking your pudding on one? This BBQ banana recipe
is exactly the 11pm pick-me-up you’ll need after a sunny booze-hazed afternoon of human pyramids and making up the rules to croquet.
AVOCADO VEGGIE SPRING ROLLS WITH SWEET THAI MANGO SAUCE
If your home’s got even one plant pots worth of outdoor space then you’ll be hosting an al-fresco dinner party this season. You could serve a tried and tested pizza and prosecco combination or
you could amp up the holiday vibes and make fresh veggie spring rolls with sweet thai mango sauce
, from scratch. These guys are far from the tiny, too-much-batter take away offerings you think you know – instead, this recipe creates rolls so bursting with ingredients they’re more like thai burritos.
MEAN GREEN DETOX SALAD
Every summer your Instagram needs a photo of an outrageous salad dish, and here’s our pick for 2016
. The ingredients list is impressive; chickpeas, flaked coconut, Tuscan kale, chia seeds, hemp seeds, avo, fresh ginger, grapefruit – this summer vegetarian recipe even explains how to make vegan parmesan. You heard.
Who wants a plain old beef burger with a greasy bun when you can have this obnoxiously cheesy version
instead? Eat any leftovers gunless and dipped in ketchup. Perfect summer food.
FILO VEGGIE POCKETS
So much better than a sarnie you guys – these filo pockets
(most adorable packed lunch name ever) are crammed with roasted veggies, whatever greens you fancy and lovely salty feta. The dish that allows you to pretend you’re on Greek island, instead of your lunch break.
SWEET POTATO FALAFEL FLAT BREAD
Even the most seasoned foodies will buy falafel instead of making it, but why? It’s so easy and this way you can make your patties as giant or teeny as you like. These falafels are made with sweet potato
and you can both look and taste amazing. You can go right ahead and add a big drizzle of srircha before serving.
SRI LANKAN EGG HOPPERS
Sri Lankan egg hoppers
are little beauties, and we can’t believe they haven’t made their way on to every brunch menu in the UK yet. Hopefully, it’s only a matter of time, but for now whip these guys up at home for a ridiculously amazing – and fun, so fun to eat – dish. Never had one before? It’s essentially a gorgeous runny egg encased in a cup of batter, served with chilli chutney, fried onions, hot sauce, parmesan, hollandaise – whatever you fancy.