Hearty Dinner Recipes

Hearty, healthy recipes – comforting dishes for gloomy days.

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  • 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

  • 30 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

This recipe is an amazing, nutritious alternative to the classic baked beans on toast, a delicious plant-based recipe that can be eaten any time of the day!

  • Serves 2

  • 30 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

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

Lentils are a great source of protein and add a different dimension to any plant-based dish. They are also packed full of iron, are high in fibre and promote good gut bacteria

  • 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 2

  • 50 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

This hearty recipe is perfect for a filling winter recipe with all the goodness of delicious roasted root veg.   […]

  • 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 2

  • 30 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

Lentils are an excellent source of protein and together with the pasta, make a satisfying main meal. The combination of fresh herbs and seasonal vegetables, make this a real winter warmer

  • Serves 2

  • 30 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free

This is a glorious bowl of breakfast, the smoked paprika in the grains echo that in the chorizo, the salsa gives it a fresh burst and the egg yolk binds it all brilliantly. This emphasis in this recipe is in the grains and the salsa, so it can stay delicious but become vegetarian by replacing the chorizo with whole sun-dried tomatoes seasoned with smoked paprika and you can even take it one step further for vegans by replacing the egg with whipped chestnut or chickpea puree

  • Serves 6

  • 30 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free 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 4

  • 20 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free

This is a fantastic way to use up leftover turkey on Boxing Day. Either serve as main or alongside a jacket potato and pickles as part of a big family meal.

  • Serves 10

  • 2 Hours and 15 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Expert

Suitable for gluten-free and vegetarians

This is a real show stopper side, perfect served on a platter as part of your Christmas Day meal. You can swap the bacon for pork mince if preferred, or add in some cranberries or apple in place of the apricots. Cut into large wedges and get ready to impress!

  • 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 vegetarians

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

  • Serves 4

  • 40 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Meaty sausages, earthy mushrooms, sweet chestnuts, delectably chewy batter and glorious gravy

  • Serves 6

  • 1 hour 45 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Proficient

This is an autumnal feast for those times when only a roast chicken will do, I give the vegetables and chestnuts a little zing with orange zest and a fresh, crisp partner in the baby gem with lemon

  • Serves 4

  • 40 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

A fresh, fruity, spicy and deeply satisfying autumnal delight

  • Serves 2

  • 35 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Proficient

Once you’ve tried this way of cooking duck breasts they’ll become a regular part of your repertoire

  • Serves 2

  • 20 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

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

This is the quickest route I know to the satisfaction of comfort food. The saucy lentils and Parmesan or chestnut puree create the type of texture associated with risotto and the taste associated with Bolognaise sauce, but they do it in 6 minutes rather than 20

  • Serves 4

  • 90 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Proficient

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

Based on the classic beauty, Daube de bœuf à la Provençale, but this is entirely plant based and has developed it’s own identity!

  • Serves 2

  • 45 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for gluten-free

This simple, one-pot tagine is perfect for a weeknight dinner. Hearty and warm, it’s great for colder evenings and a fantastic way to enjoy the Persian grains.

  • Serves 4

  • 60 minutes

  • 3 pans

  • Beginner

A hearty stew topped with fresh pomegranate seeds for a fresh pop and roasted walnuts for crunch!

  • Serves 2

  • 45 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free

The Merchant Gourmet pouches are intended to make meals easier so this casserole is in keeping with that, requires only a few ingredients and is quick to prepare and delicious to eat.

by @ThoroughlyModernMilly

  • Serves 4

  • 25 minutes

  • 4 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for vegetarians

Shape the lentil mixture into four spicy burgers, or eight mini sliders if you’d prefer. Top with avocado, rocket, red onion and Sriracha mayonnaise for homemade fast food as its best.

  • Serves 2

  • 30 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Proficient

Whether you can pronounce the name or not, you’re going to be making this dish over and over. Full of protein and all-important flavour, these bowls are the Friday fake away of dreams.

  • Serves 2

  • 30 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

This vegan curry has a medley of delicious elements to keep your taste buds guessing.

  • Serves 2

  • 20 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free and gluten-free

This comforting bowl of chunky lentil soup will have all of your friends and family asking for the recipe, and the good news is it’s so simple to make. Leave out the chorizo and use veggie stock for a vegetarian version of the dish.

  • Serves 4

  • 35 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for vegetarians

These super indulgent stuffed mushrooms are guaranteed to impress even the biggest of meat-eaters sat at the table.

  • Serves 6

  • 1 hour 20 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Proficient

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

This totally vegan bolognese is the perfect healthy take on a classic winter warmer

  • Serves 4

  • 30 Minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free and vegetarians

A tasty vegetarian take on meatballs and comfort food bliss!

  • 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 2

  • 2.5 hours

  • 2 pans

  • Proficient

A chili with deep flavour and added texture from Merchant Gourmet’s Glorious Grains

  • Serves 4

  • 1 hour

  • 3 pans

  • Expert

Suitable for vegetarians

A delicious, vegetarian , weekend showstopper!

  • 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

  • 45 minutes

  • 4 pans

  • Proficient

Warming, spiced lamb cutlets, served on a bed of deliciously aromatic mixed grains. A main course to impress!

  • Serves 2

  • 30 Minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

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

Refreshing and filling at the same time, this Japanese broth packs a punch of a flavour.

  • Serves 4

  • 4 hours

  • 3 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for gluten-free

The perfect stuffing to accompany pork with the added crunch from our Super Seed Mix

  • Serves 6

  • 1 hour 20 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Proficient

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

The perfect veggie main for your Christmas lunch, full of flavour with an incredible “meaty” texture made with the addition of chestnuts

  • Serves 4

  • 45 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Proficient

Suitable for vegetarians

Aromatic, wholesome, veggie and totally delicious. This lentil curry really is a winter warmer winner.

  • Serves 2

  • 30 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free

Incredibly simple, colourful and a real crowd-pleaser. With the Mexican grains ready seasoned and prepared for you, all you’ve got to do is cook the topping!

  • Serves 4

  • 30 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Beginner

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians

This doesn’t need to be cooked in a tagine but it packs as much punch in terms of flavour and is a lot quicker to cook.

  • Serves 4

  • 30 minutes

  • 2 pans

  • Proficient

This wonderful winter warmer is the perfect dish to eat on cold winter nights.