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  • Serves 2

  • 40 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegans

This lentil bolognese is a real crowd pleaser. Seasoned with fresh herbs and packed full of protein, this high fibre vegetarian alternative won’t have you compromising on flavour. Double up the quantities and pop a couple of portions in the freezer to make for easy meal planning.

  • Serves 4

  • 1 hour

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegans

This recipe is simple but so comforting. It makes a proper winter dinner with minimal effort. A good tip here is to make sure the mushrooms are really golden and caramelised before adding the other ingredients as they hold the key to a really tasty pie. If you like the sound of this recipe then check out ‘The Simple Plant-based Cookbook’ by Merchant Gourmet out very soon and available to pre order from Amazon.

  • Serves 4

  • 25 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegans

Pure plant-based comfort food at it’s best! This recipe really takes food on toast to the next level! It can be eaten for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner and is so quick and simple to make – comfort food on toast has never tasted so good. 

  • Serves 8

  • 35 Minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegans

Full of herby flavour, these tasty stuffing balls are so simple to make, but play a key supporting role in any plant-based roast dinner.

  • Serves 4

  • 1 hour 20 minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegans

There’s nothing better than a roast dinner that is full of plant-based goodness and this delicious stuffed roasted squash recipe is packed with flavour. It’s simple to make, but guaranteed to stand out on a plate of roast dinner!

  • Serves 4

  • 30 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegans and vegetarians

One of the nation’s favourites dishes made plant-based by using our new Spicy Cajun-Style Lentils and Red Kidney Beans! Reducing your meat intake has never been easier or more delicious!

  • Serves 4

  • 1 hour 10 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegans

It might seem mad to use three different types of tomato for this sauce, but they all bring completely different flavour. The roast tomatoes are sweet and soft, the canned tomatoes provide the base, and the sun-dried tomatoes and nutty lentils add the final richness.

  • Serves 6

  • 1 hour 40 minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for vegans

The lentils add a nutty, rich flavour and meaty texture to the base of this lasagne. Make double the ragu so you can either freeze it for another day or add it to pasta later in the week.

  • Serves 4

  • 40 minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegans

Curry night has to be one of the best nights of the week right? This is a simple one to […]

  • Serves 4

  • 1 hour 15 Minutes

  • 4 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegans

This Lentil Shepherd’s Pie smashes the flavour factor, is super simple to make. Swapping mince for lentils is a quick an easy way to eat more plant-based food without feeling like you’re compromising on anything

  • Serves 4

  • 40 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegans

A creamy quinoa and leek filling is the perfect plant-based alternative to chicken in this hearty puff pastry pie

  • Serves 6

  • 90 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegans

This dish is full of the comfort of a beef stew but without the meat. Simple to make and full of flavour its perfect for a warming, hearty dinner on a winters day

  • Serves 8

  • 30 Minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegans and vegetarians

A popular player in the Christmas dinner game, this plant-based pigs in blanket recipe means you can keep make your roast dinner plant-based without having to compromise on the festive food experience

  • Serves 8

  • 45 - 60 minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for vegans

A plant-based festive feast full of the flavour of chestnuts, perfect as Christmas meal centre piece

  • Serves 4

  • 3 hours 15 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

A hearty and delicious stew ideal for filling you up on a cold day.

  • Serves 2

  • 35 Minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

This fresh, fragrant and delicious coconut broth is inspired by Asian flavours, but with a twist! Crisp up the Tomatoey French lentils in the oven and sprinkle them on top for the perfect crunch.

  • Serves 6

  • 30 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

This is a magical soup, the creamiest you will ever taste, but it doesn’t have any cream added

  • Serves 4

  • 20 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

The porcini’s earthy flavour is the perfect partner for the Puglia lentils and parsley in this delicious soup recipe

  • Serves 2

  • 15 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

The combination of lentils, mushrooms and chestnuts with a delicate whiff of truffle is my kind of comfort food

  • Serves 4

  • 50 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

This Beluga Lentil Bolognese is a huge hit with most children and meat eaters! This quick, easy, flavourful and super delicious recipe is really handy when you’re pressed for time and you can rest easy that you’re eating a filling and nourishing meal packed full of protein and fibre!

  • Serves 2

  • 40 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

A lentil twist on a classic dish, perfect for a mid-week dinner full of goodness and a bit of a one pot wonder!

  • Serves 2

  • 60 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

Delicious, rich and full of goodness, these Beluga Lentil and Mushroom Pot pies are perfect for a plant based meal.

  • Serves 10

  • 50 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

This soup is naturally creamy from the cauliflower and chestnut puree gives it a twist. Makes a perfect dairy-free nutritionally balanced plant based meal.

  • Serves 4

  • 40 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

This is a hearty, warming recipe full of veggie goodness and the fibre of the glorious grains, perfect for a cold winters day

  • Serves 4

  • 1 hour 10 minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

Nothing says comfort more that the traditional cottage pie but this delicious plant based lentil recipe gives the same amount of comfort with much less of the guilt!

  • Serves 6

  • 30 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

This pilaf is jam-packed full of flavour. The sweet, caramelised butternut squash pairs so perfectly with the earthiness of the chestnuts and the fluffy fragrant rice brings it all together. Perfect for a midweek dinner.

  • Serves 6

  • 40 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegans and vegetarians

This chestnut and mushroom gravy is a fantastic vegan alternative to the traditional Christmas gravy. Flavoured with fresh thyme and paprika, it’s a hearty and delicious accompaniment to roast potatoes, a nut roast and a bowlful of sprouts! For a seamless Christmas Day, make ahead and freeze for one month, or store in the fridge for up to 3 days.

  • Serves 4

  • 45 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free and vegans

If you’ve ever made the traditional version you’ll be amazed by this easy aubergines, lentil, chestnut and almost instant cheese style pant-based sauce recipe

  • Serves 6

  • 60 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

In summer, Ratatouille encapsulates this philosophy in a brightly coloured carnival of tomatoes, aubergines, courgettes and peppers

  • Serves 4

  • 1 hour 45 minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

Serve up this stew on any day of the week for a flavoursome and hearty meal full of protein and fibre and an abundance of phytonutrients. The key to this stew is to keep most of the ingredients quite chunky.

  • Serves 6

  • 1 hour 15 minutes

  • 4 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

The chestnut purée gives this melt-in-the-mouth tart a nice sweet touch whilst the mushrooms provide a deliciously meaty texture.

  • Serves 2

  • 35 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

The crisp filo top and warming lentil base make the ultimate comfort food – not just for vegans!

  • Serves 4

  • 1 hr 30 minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

A different kind of chip, with just as much taste. The perfect accompaniment for a Friday night dinner.

  • Serves 4

  • 20 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

Tingle your taste buds with our virtuous dairy free quinoa porridge with almonds & goji berries, topped with tangy blackberries, pistachios & a drizzle of maple syrup.

  • Serves 4

  • 30 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

This beluga lentil & black bean chilli is a great meal for the whole family. It’s so quick and easy to make, the ingredients are inexpensive, it can easily be adapted to make it less or more spicy, it’s suitable for vegans, vegetarians and those on a gluten free diet and it’s incredibly delicious and satisfying!

  • Serves 2

  • 30 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free and vegetarians

Creamy results with very minimal effort. Vegetarian lentil stew with fresh thyme and mushrooms, served on a bed of polenta for a cosy night in.

  • Serves 2

  • 15 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegetarians

A delicious healthier pudding for when you fancy something sweet.

  • Serves 2

  • 20 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

Soups are a wonderful way to warm up in winter but often don’t fill you up. This chunky Tomato & Lentil soup is packed with fibre to see you through to dinner.

  • Serves 4

  • 30 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free and vegetarians

This is a really simple recipe to make. The porcini mushrooms give the soup a fantastic flavour.

  • Serves 2

  • 60 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for vegetarians

This is a traditional Spanish tortilla, which is like a sort of omelette. It’s not the Mexican tortilla you use to make wraps.

  • Serves 2

  • 20 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free and vegetarians

A wonderfully vibrant, fresh pea and spinach soup, topped with crispy chestnut croutons. Perfect for a light lunch, or a snazzy starter.

  • Serves 6

  • 60 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

This focaccia is a glorious loaf with tons of taste, the dough absorbs the flavours from the olive oil and sun-dried tomatoes, making the sum of its parts into an irresistible whole. The combination of crunchy, soft and crumbly makes the texture of as much of a treat as the taste

  • Serves 6

  • 60 minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians

A hearty filling dish for those dark cosy evenings in.