Because cooking up a storm in the kitchen doesn’t have to cost the Earth…
Welcome to our awesome veggie cooking feature brought to you by the very cool Mike Huddart. Each month he’ll be showing you that vegetarian cooking is anything but boring with his delicious and easy-to-make recipes. Bon appetite!
By Mike Huddart
Halloween is over for another year, my inner child has been put in the cupboard along with my Thor costume, and my carved pumpkins seem to know their inevitable fate.
I’ve become attached to their little slightly inappropriate glowing faces, so I’ve given them a life better than landfill. Here is a great recipe to save some money and to stop Mr Jack O’Lantern being tossed aside. If you can’t get your hands on a pumpkin or its a little charred from hallows eve any other type of squash will be just as nice.
Medium pumpkin (1kg approx)
3 medium carrots
Bunch of fresh coriander
75g salted butter
Heat a large pan and add the butter. Whilst the butter is melting slice the onions and dice the carrots.
When the butter has melted, add the carrots and onions. Cover the pan and leave to sweat over a low heat for 5 minutes.
Peep and dice the pumpkin (the smaller the better), scooping out the seeds and innards.
Finely chop the coriander (including stalks). Add the diced pumpkin and coriander to the onions and carrots. Leave to sweat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add 500ml of vegetable stock, stir and cover. Leave to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring regularly.
Now it’s time to blend together. If the soup is thicker than you would like, add a little extra stock and allow to simmer for a few minutes. Voila!
BONUS: There’s only one way to service your pumpkin soup. Inside a smaller hollowed out pumpkin!
If you’re not ready to ditch meat completely from your diet then a good first step is incorporating Meat Free Mondays into your life! It really is a fantastic way to slim down that waistline too (healthy vegetarian meals tend to have a lower calorific content than meat alternatives). You can also save some money too as meat meals are on average more expensive than the veggie version. Check out loads more meat-free recipes now…
Here comes the science bit…
GC articles show you one of four ways (the one in bold) to live greener…
Images: Mike Huddart.