Since my teen of loveliness embraced veganism, I have risen to the challenge of simple, quickish and wholesome non-dairy meals! Not too much of a challenge, for a 20-odd year non-meat-eater, but a massive deal for this dairy-phile!
1) Chop an onion, a leek, and a tiny butternut squash (it needn't be tiny. Just we grew ours. They're small, but mighty flavoursome!) Soften them all with a wee bit of garlic in your favourite kind of pan and a bit of your choice of oil on a medium heat - I like to chuck a nut oil in for a bit of extra protein. Probably all in the mind, but hey. Add any other veg you fancy - a grated courgette is my top tip for texture enhancement. Also add some herbs/spices - I used a good desert spoon of za'atar and some salt and pepper.
2) While that lot's softening, boil the backbone out of a handful or so of dried mung beans, and separately boil potatoes for mashing. (I tried this method of post-boil peeling. It really really works - just run them under cold water before you pull the skin off. Unless you have asbestos fingers, then you'll be ok.)
3) When your veg are soft, add a stock cube and a tin of tomatoes, then rinse the tin by half filling with water and swooshing around, then pour the water into your pan. (Clean tin for recycling, extra tomato goodness in your dinner, less water wastage - winwinwin!)
4) Chuck in a tin of cannellini beans, and your soft mung beans. Stir. Chuck into a 4-person oven dish.
5) Peel and mash cooked spuds, with a wee bit of olive oil. Throw that on your bean-mixture.
6) Chuck it in the oven - or under the grill if you're in a hurry and don't mind the smoke alarm going off. Or is that just MY grill?) to brown.
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