Who said that eating healthy had to be boring? If you think that cooking with veg can be a little bit predictable or bland in taste, then it’s time to spice up your life!
We’ve selected our favourite spicy recipes that were submitted in our Vegetarian Week Competition, so we can share the love and help you heat things up in the kitchen.
Not only can spicy foods make your meals infinitely more interesting and tasty, but they can also have a positive impact on your health. According to Gurpareet Bains, author of Indian Superspices, ‘Spices are the most anti-oxidising foods on the planet, they're very powerful foods.’
In fact, it’s has even been suggested that spices like turmeric, which can be found in this paneer and vegetable curry recipe, could kill off cancer cells, although more research into this is needed.
One thing is for sure – if you swap your seasoning habits from salt to spice, it could have a great impact on your health. Adults should be eating no more than 6g of salt a day, which equates to one teaspoon. Any more than that can cause heightened blood pressure, which can lead to a number of problems, including heart disease and strokes. So we’d all do well to lay off the salt and swap that.
If you’re looking for a spicy starter to kick things off, why not take try out this spiced root-vegetable soup with a nice doorstep slice of bread? Or, if you’re looking for a spicy snack, you could even try this spiced pear and apple chutney with some cheese and crackers. It would make a great way to finish off a dinner party with a glass of wine or two.
When it comes to a main course, this Indian spiced potato pie recipe is certainly one of the heartier of the bunch. If you didn’t think of veg as being filling before now, think again!
Alternatively, you might want something a bit lighter for lunch on a warm summer’s eve? This roasted vegetable salad with a smoky paprika dressing works brilliantly as either a light lunch or a spicy side-salad to accompany your meal.
You see? Being a vegetarian doesn’t have it be boring – in fact, it can be pretty ‘hot’! Why not give one of these fiery recipes a try and spice up your meals this week?