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Butternut, Spinach and Feta Salad

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Butternut salad

It’s Meat Free Monday again and this Monday I thought I would share one of our favourites. It’s really easy to make but tasty, filling and healthy as well.

Ingredients: Butternut
1 whole butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes
Olive oil
Ground cinnamon
15g pine nuts
100g spinach leaves
Balsamic vinegar
30g crumbed feta

Method:
Preheat the oven to 180 C. Place the butternut cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet and drizzle with a generous amount of olive oil. Sprinkle lightly with ground cinnamon and roast for 30 minutes or until tender and slightly browned. Toast pine nuts in a frying pan for about 2 mins, keeping an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn.

Toss the spinach leaves, warm butternut and pine nuts together in a large bowl, drizzling some balsamic vinegar over. Serve on a plate and top with the feta.

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Sweet Potato Cakes

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We have decided to try give meat a skip on Mondays and have (very originally) called it: Meat Free Mondays. This is a big ask for a Saffa man, so we are very proud of him. I do use the word “try” quite loosely as we aren’t going to be RIDICULOUS about the whole thing, but just do our best. We aren’t Eco Warriors or anything like that but obviously global warming and greenhouse gas emissions are real. Apparently methane gas, which mostly comes from livestock, is one of the largest pollutants to our environment. So if everyone gave up meat for just one day a week, it would make a massive difference. Okay, but enough lecturing, let’s get back to Meat Free Mondays.

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I was given a gorgeous vegetarian recipe book as a birthday present a few years back. It’s called Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi and yesterday (being a Monday) I attempted my first recipe out of it (shocker! I have had this book for a few years and am only using it now – London was busy, what can I say?!?).

Ingredients:
1 sweet potato
1 tsp soya sauce
25g plain flour
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp caster sugar
2 chopped spring onions
Chopped fresh chilli to taste

Method:
Peel and cut up the sweet potato then cook until softened (I steamed mine). Remove from pot and drain in a colander until most of the moisture has disappeared (approx 1 hr). Throw sweet potato and rest of the ingredients together in a big mixing bowl and mix until you get a smooth batter.

Using butter, grease a large heated frying pan. Spoon batter into frying pan and flatten to make a rounded shape (it def doesn’t have to be perfect). Fry on a medium heat for approx 6 mins a side and then remove from heat and place on kitchen towel to absorb excess butter.

I served mine on a simple green salad with sour cream.