Today was the first time I’ve ever cooked a full three course vegan dinner for a small group of people. Usually it’s just me and my boyfriend, and I find cooking really stressful and I don’t enjoy it one bit. So I wanted to share what I cooked in a quick post, these were super straight forward and went down a treat. Another bonus is that it only cost me around £20 to feed these three courses to four people, Vegan cooking definitely does not need to break the bank!
Creamy Spinach Dip
So here’s the recipe a took inspiration from for this Spinach Dip, I used all the same ingredients but just judged the measurements by eye and taste. Onion, Garlic, a little bit of flour cooked in a pan. Mix in Vegan cream cheese, the rest of the ingredients for taste. Then I just added in handfuls of spinach at a time giving it a couple stirs and adding more in until I was happy. Starters are a great way to get people to try new vegan foods, more than anything I just think taste testing and comparing is super interesting and fun. Vegan cream cheese is really very similar to dairy and it’s becoming much more accessible to buy, you can find it in most big super markets in the Free From section!
Again with most the recipes I cook, I used the same ingredients but judged the amount by eye and taste! This bourguignon went down a treat. A real hearty meal and lots of flavour, which people tend to presume you loose with vegan cooking. This is the mushroom bourguignon recipe I used for reference. I made a mash to serve with it. Vegan mash is super easy and there’s no difference, just use an unsweetened plant based milk and plant butter, I use Flora! One thing I would say for the bourguignon is put way more veg in than you think you’d need, once the water reduces and thickens up it’ll really shrink in volume!
Baked Pears & Walnut
This is the most simple and effective recipe yet. Again, here’s the baked pears recipe I used. I didn’t add in the cinnamon because it’s not my fave (other than at Christmas time then I’ll sprinkle it on everything). I mixed the chopped walnuts with maple syrup, placed it into the pears and baked for 25mins. I popped this in the oven just as we sat down to eat our main. I served with a large spoonful of plain dairy free yogurt, but you could add this on the side of a plant based ice-cream or custard. It was fab, I’m not really a dessert person so this was nice and light to finish off with. Don’t worry about adding too much maple syrup, it needs lots!
I made a cafetiere of coffee to drink after and that’s it! Super straight forward and tasty and most of this can really be prepared before anyone arrives. I popped some baguettes in the oven to have warm with the starter and baked the pears while eating the main, all the rest was kept in pans on the stove (already cooked) and heated up so it was nice and hot before serving.
If you have any questions about any of the dishes I cooked feel free to message me on Instagram!