Baked sweet potato with chilli, mozzarella and basil
Sweet potatoes are lovely roasted, as the juices caramelise slightly where you prick the skin. They won't look much from the outside, but when you split them open the flesh will be a vibrant orange and so tasty.
Broccoli sometimes gets a bad rap but, like anything, if you give it a bit of love and cook it just right, it's going to taste delicious.
Mini jackets with beetroot and cottage cheese
If you don-t fancy a big baked potato, then try baking some new potatoes instead - lovely as a veg dish to go with meat or fish and perfect for a barbecue.
With just a splash of oil and a pinch of salt and pepper, you can turn the humble potato into delicious home-made wedges.
Aubergine daal & handmade chapatis
If you cook this daal well and season it with love, it’ll be delicious, incredibly economical, and sociable, fun eating. Our tasty friend Mr Daal does have the tendency to be quite ugly, but I think, rolled up in these handmade chapatis with fluffy rice, roasted aubergine, crispy curry leaves and chilli, then presented to one’s gob – it’s a beautiful experience.
Baked French potatoes
This is my take on a classic French recipe. It's a great dish; once it's assembled you just leave it in the oven while you get on with other jobs.
Brussels sprouts with chilli & chestnuts
People tend to eat sprouts at Christmas, but they’re actually in season from early autumn until spring, so they’re a good vegetable to cook more often.
Roasted cauliflower with cumin, coriander & almonds
When most people think of ways to cook cauliflower they will come up with either boiling or gratinating – I’m sure this is the same for you. It may seem strange, but cauliflower is absolutely fantastic when lightly roasted, especially with herbs, spices, cheeses or breadcrumbs. It develops a really incredible flavour that I’m well impressed by. Here’s a recipe I made up that is Indian-ish in style. But, hey, it’s not about points for authenticity – it’s about whether it’s delicious or not and I think it is! Please try this one.
When you roast vegetables, something amazing happens; they become so sweet and delicious.
Sweet red cabbage with apple
Take the time to cook the onions right down until they’re really sticky and caramelised – it’ll make all the difference to the end result.
Thai green vegetable curry
This green curry recipe is one of the best I've ever made. It's also good made with chicken. If you're using chicken, just slice into finger-sized strips and stir-fry it with the paste for around 8 minutes before adding the other ingredients. The paste is easy to make up so you could blitz up a double batch and keep half for a meal later in the week
The best cauliflower & broccoli cheese
Cauliflower cheese has always been a big favourite in the Oliver household. I have to be honest, it’s such a staple I never thought I could do it better, but this version really has the edge, with broccoli mushed into the white sauce and the beautiful crunch of almonds and breadcrumbs on top – it’s epic! Good value frozen broccoli and cauliflower are perfect for this kind of cooking, and remember, the better the cheese, the better the dish.
Veggie korma & mock caulflower pilau
I always get very excited when I can create massive, delicious flavours in curries without using any meat, and as well as being good for you, it’s good for your wallet too. To mix things up a bit, instead of using rice I’ve cooked cauliflower in such a way here that it looks, feels and acts like rice – it’s really delicious.
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