Is your New Year’s resolution to eat more vegetables? Then get started with these 4 Unusual Vegetable Recipes. Plus find the linky for week 2 of #CookBlogShare!
Wow! How is it 2018 already? What happened to the end of 2017? It feels like that just disappeared in a puff of blue smoke! I guess that’s what happens when you attempt to create 20 Christmas recipes and blog posts in 1 month. Note to self – DON’T EVER DO THAT AGAIN! (Please someone remind me next November when I get all overexcited about Christmas again!!)
Are you the kind of person who gets excited about the new year? Or are you experiencing the January Blues already? I am very firmly in the ‘excited’ camp. I get stupidly excited about the new year every year – for me it is like a clean new exercise book – full of clean pages…acres of time stretching ahead of me, full of endless possibilities…and no mistakes and crossings out yet!!
For me it’s a time to set goals and think about what I want to achieve in this new year. And I can tell you I have some exciting things planned this year…I just can’t wait to get started on them all! If you want to read more about what I have planned for 2018 (as well as an honest account of how I did against the goals I set myself at the beginning of 2017) then do check out my Easy Peasy Foodie 2017 Roundup Post.
The beginning of the year is also a time for looking back over the previous year…it is no secret that I am stats obsessed when it comes to my blog…I love looking to see which of my recipes have done well and which have done ‘not so well’ (AKA bombed!)…I have really enjoyed reading all the ‘best recipes of 2017’ posts other bloggers have written and of course I have done my own – you can check it out here: The 10 Most Popular Recipes of 2017.
4 Unusual Vegetable Recipes
And of course the start of the year is a great way to try and get back into healthy habits after the excesses of the previous month. This year I have set myself the challenge of eating more fruit and vegetables – I figure if I cram my diet with vegetables there will be less room for naughty things! Hubby and I have gone back to our routine of having a fruit, veg and nut packed smoothie every morning and I’ve been cooking up lots more vegetable based dishes, such as my Easy One Pot Vegetable Paella – a vegan take on the Spanish classic, which is already proving super popular on my blog!
So it’s no surprise that it was vegetable based dishes that caught my eye in last week’s #CookBlogShare linky. What I particularly love about these recipes is that the vegetables are all used in slightly unusual ways – and really take a central place in the dish, not plonked on the side of the plate as an afterthought! All of these recipes really inspire me to eat more veggies and be more creative with them.
If you are not a #CookBlogShare regular and are wondering what an earth I am going on about, #CookBlogShare is a place for bloggers to share their recipes. If you are a blogger and have a recipe to share, you can link up your post by following the instructions below. If you are not a blogger, but love food and cooking, do check out the recipes that will be appearing below. If this week is as good as they usually are you will find some awesome recipes – the #CookBlogShare bloggers are very good at what they do!
Skinny Zoodle Alfredo
WOW! How perfect for January is this Skinny Zoodle Alfredo recipe from Everyday Healthy Recipes – I love how Monika has used zoodles (AKA courgetti) and a lighter alfredo sauce to create a delicious but healthier version of a comfort food classic. Monika’s blog is always a great source of healthy, vegetable packed, delicious recipes and this Skinny Zoodle Alfredo is no exception!
Healthy Carrot Muffins (Vegan)
Healthy cake? Where do I sign? These Healthy Carrot Muffins from Sneaky Veg are ideal for all of us who are trying to eat more healthily, but still want the occasional treat – without feeling guilty! I love how these muffins are low in refined sugar, packed full of nutritious ingredients and even suitable for vegans (perfect if you are doing #veganuary this year). They are nut free too so they are perfect for kids’ lunch boxes. Mandy is the queen of sneaking veg into fussy eaters, so if that’s something you are having trouble with, do check out her lovely blog!
Cumin Crumbed Tuna with Paprika Cauliflower and Crispy Kale
Though not an exclusively vegetable dish, this delicious sounding Cumin Crumbed Tuna with Paprika Cauliflower and Crispy Kale from Proper Foodie is jam packed full of vegetable goodness! But the part which really caught my eye was that Paprika Cauliflower. I am a HUGE fan of cauliflower – especially roasted cauliflower. In this recipe, Debbie has flavoured her cauliflower with paprika, turmeric and cayenne pepper, roasted it in the oven, then mixed it with chickpeas and pomegranate seeds – I reckon I could eat a whole bowlful of just the cauliflower! I love reading Debbie’s blog a she is a registered nutritionist, so I know all her recipes are properly healthy, well balanced and full of goodness (and NOT full of the latest fad dressed up with pseudo nutritional mumbo jumbo!).
Creamy Wild Mushroom One Pot Gnocchi (Vegan)
And lastly (but definitely not least!) we come to this delicious Creamy Wild Mushroom One Pot Gnocchi from The Veg Space. I love how Kate has created such a veg packed dish that is proper comfort food and ready in just 20 minutes…AND only uses 1 pot. This recipe definitely ticks all the boxes for me…and another great recipe if you are doing #veganuary. If you are looking for more quick and easy vegan comfort food, then Kate’s blog is definitely the place to go!
#CookBlogShare Linky Week 2
And so we come to this week’s linky. You can link up any foodie post that you have – both old and new posts are welcome. All you need to do is:
- Link up a recipe or foodie post by clicking the blue ‘add your link’ button below and following the instructions (maximum of 4, please).
- Add a link from your post back to this post (so everyone else can find it and link up too!) and / or add the #CookBlogShare badge to your post (you can find the code below).
- Comment on one of the host’s posts and a minimum of 2 other posts linked up here, and generally share the love with a bit of social media action!
If you wish, you can tweet a link to your recipe to me @easypeasyfoodie and also (if you have room on the tweet!) my co-hosts Kirsty @k_phillipson, Jacqui @jacdotbee and Monika @MonikasRecipes, using the #CookBlogShare hashtag and we will retweet them. You can also post your recipe on the Cook Blog Share Facebook Page.
Need some help on Instagram? You and me both…so let’s help each other! Whenever you post to Instagram, use the #CookBlogShare hashtag, then quickly hop over to the #CookBlogShare feed, liking as many as you can and commenting on any that particularly catch your eye. Not a big job at all, but if we all do it, it would make a BIG difference!!
I will comment on all the posts this week and pin them all to the Cook Blog Share Pinterest Board. I can’t wait to see what you’ve all been making!
Just to remind you, by joining in, you are giving the #CookBlogShare hosts permission to use your pictures in a round up and on social media, if your recipe is selected as one of our favourites!
Next week #CookBlogShare will be hosted by Kirsty at Hijacked by Twins 🙂
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