Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Culinary Delights, No Meat in Sight; Is There a Vegan in the Family? MARION MCMULLEN Looks at a New Book That Offers Tasty Recipes Everyone Can Enjoy Spiced Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Culinary Delights, No Meat in Sight; Is There a Vegan in the Family? MARION MCMULLEN Looks at a New Book That Offers Tasty Recipes Everyone Can Enjoy Spiced Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

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Byline: MARION MCMULLEN

VEGAN food is rapidly becoming one of the most popular diets in the world. More people are adopting plant-based eating for personal health reasons as well as environmental and animal welfare concerns.

Making the switch could not be easier and new cookbook There's A Vegan In The House shows how to put plant-based food centre stage by offering nutritional information, shopping tips and meal planning.

There are more than 100 recipes to try ranging from stews and pies to not-sonaughty desserts like a vegan chocolate layer cake. | RECIPES from There's a Vegan in the House, published by DK, PS14.99.

INGREDIENTS (SERVES 6) 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced, 75ml (21/2fl oz) plant-based cream, salt and freshly ground black pepper, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 onion, chopped, 1 garlic clove, finely chopped, 500g (1lb 2oz) cooked brown lentils, 1 tbsp ground cumin, 1 tbsp garam masala, 2 tsp curry powder, 1 tsp ground turmeric, 400ml (14fl oz) vegetable stock, 15g (1/2oz) chopped coriander leaves, 45g (11/2 oz) panko breadcrumbs METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 190degC (375degF/ Gas 5). In a large saucepan, bring 1.5 litres (21/2 pints) of water to the boil. Cook the potatoes for 15-20 minutes until tender. Drain thoroughly and transfer to a large mixing bowl. With a potato masher, mash the potatoes and plant-based cream until smooth.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. 2. Meanwhile, in a large frying pan warm the olive oil over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook for two minutes, or until soft. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. 3. Add the lentils, cumin, garam masala, curry powder, and turmeric. Stir to combine and cook for one to two minutes to warm the spices. Add the stock and cook for five minutes. Stir in the chopped coriander.

4. Pour the lentil mixture evenly into a 23 x 30cm (9 x 12in) glass or ceramic baking dish. …

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