A Selection of Vegetable Recipes Inspired from the Summer & FIVE
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a review on FIVE by Rachel de Thample, you can read it here if you missed it first time round. As I said in the original post, I absolutely love this book and although I was pretty good at eating vegetables before, I have still increased the amount I am eating on a weekly basis with a little bit of creativity and these vegetable recipes.
You may have also noticed around the shops in the UK just now (Mid-late April to Mid-late June) that there is a big push on asparagus as currently it is within the short British asparagus season window which only last for around 8 weeks. From looking in some of the shops I do wonder if the season may have started a little earlier this year due to the milder weather we have had – the stalks are mahooooosive and to be totally honest a bit woody, so pick your asparagus carefully looking for thinner stalks.
I have two recipes that I am posting that are inspired from FIVE and then a quick and easy asparagus, pesto and mozzarella omelette for you to make use of the leftover pesto you will have from the second recipe.
The first of the vegetable recipes is for Japanese Latkes – the original recipe was made using white flour which as you know I wouldn’t really ever use so I have substituted coconut flour, with a swap of the soy sauce to tamari you could also make this glutenfree.
The second recipe is an unbelievably easy summery lemon baked vegetables with a creamy pesto dip which is just perfect served in the garden as a healthy nibble to go along with a large chilled glass of wine.
Recipe Adapted from FIVE by Rachel de Thample
Makes 6 Latkes
– 1/4 Savoy Cabbage (Shredded finely)
– 4 Spring Onions (White Only, Thinly Sliced)
– 1/3 Large Carrot (Grated)
– 1 Tbsp Grated Ginger
– 1 Large Egg (Whisk)
– 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce (or Tamari if Gluten Free)
– 1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
– 1 Tsp Coconut Flour
– Pepper for Seasoning
– Sriarcha for Serving
1. Prep your veg
2. Add to bowl and mix with egg, sesame seeds, soy sauce and coconut flour
3. Heat a tbsp of oil in a fryng pan over a low-medium heat. Mix around and add golf-ball size handfuls to the pan, cooking in batches. As you put the mix into the pan you want to gently pat it out. Don’t touch it for the first couple of minutes – you want the egg to set the mixture together before flipping. You are targeting a crispy golden cook.
4. Serve with a sriarcha dipping sauce – YUM!
Lemon Baked Vegetables with Pesto Cream Cheese Dip
Recipe adapted from FIVE by Rachel de Thample
– Handful Asparagus
– Handful Purple Sprouting Broccoli
– Half Lemon (Juice)
– Drizzle of Oil
– Salt & Pepper
– Shop Bought Pesto, 2 tbsp (I used M&S)
– Cream Cheese, 3 tbsp
1. Put asparagus and broccoli in oven dish. Drizzle with oil, lemon juice and season. Oven at 180C for 5-10 mins
2. Whilst the vegetables are roasting mix pesto with cream cheese in a little serving bowl
3. Enjoy with a glass of white wine spritzer – delicious and healthy
Asparagus, Pesto and Mozzarella Omelette
Serves 1 for a main meal
Turn grill on to high when you start cooking
– Handful of Asparagus (Cut in Half)
– Knob of Butter
– Salt & Pepper
– 3 Eggs
– 2 tbsp Pesto
– Handful Grated Mozzarella
1. Gently cook the asparagus in the butter for a few minutes in a small frying pan.
2. Mix all other ingredients together in a bowl and then pour over the asparagus. Mix around briefly and then leave cooking for a couple of minutes.
3. Check that the underneath is cooked by pulling away one edge with a spatula and checking, you are looking for a golden brown colour.
4. Pop the pan under the grill for a few minutes checking regularly until golden brown. Serve & enjoy
So there you go, a selection of recipes to help you increase your vegetable intake and enjoy the british asparagus season whilst it is here.