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6 quick and easy vegetarian meal ideas for autumn

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With the leaves beginning to fall from the trees and the nights slowly getting darker, now is the time to conjure up a few taste-tantalising, warming autumn recipes.

From stews and soups to wholesome casseroles and pumpkin muffins, there are plenty of easy vegetarian meal ideas fro Autumn to choose from. My Grandma’s recipes always come to mind at this time of year. Some of these recipes are suggested for residents at a new McCarthy and Stone retirement home, some are mine – so why not give them a try?

1. Dinner in a pot  (as simple as it comes)

Slow cookers boast a healthier method of cooking but they also require minimal effort from chefs. For the large majority of vegetarian dishes, particularly soups and stews, you can simply throw all the ingredients in the pot and let it do all the work. If you have time then brown the onions and toast the spices beforehand for extra flavour, but you can also cheat and microwave them for 3 minutes, with or without oil.

2. Spice-Crusted Tofu (a great twist)

Using a few ingredients you probably have lying around the house and a few basic spices, this recipe instantly transforms tofu into a quick, simple and tasty meal. The best part is that there is no slicing or dicing required! Just steam some veggies to go with it.

3. Endive Gratin (a family favourite)

It may not be a recipe which you are familiar with, but Endive Gratin is an ideal choice for those wanting to warm themselves up on cold nights. A cheesy casserole, it’s a French classic and you can find a great recipe for it here. This recipe uses meatless ham but you can always replace these ingredients with other veggies if you prefer. As this dish can be made in such large portion sizes it a real family favourite too!

4. Nut Roast (Sunday Best)

Nut Roast is the perfect accompaniment to roast veggies on a Sunday afternoon and can be made into one big loaf when entertaining, or smaller portions, for fine and easy dining for one. Check out my three favourite recipes here.

5. Pear-Pistachio Cobbler (sweet success)

Finally, no meal would be complete without a fantastic sweet treat to accompany it. Fruits are a staple ingredient of most desserts but this concoction is a real crowd pleaser thanks to its sweet taste and warming heat.

The pears and pistachios complement each other perfectly and are enhanced by the delicious flake of the cobbler. You can cook this recipe in a slow cooker and serve with your choice of cream, custard or ice cream.

6. Apple pie or crumble (Truly Scrumptious)

There are still apples out there waiting to be foraged if you are quick, if not crumble has to be the easiest and most satisfying dish to make once Autumn sets in. Cat has lots of apple recipes too.

My Mum’s recipe is here.

What do you like to cook in Autumn?

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