Vegan

Mediterranean Style Quinoa Salad

I have been desperately trying to eat better, I have been on a semi diet for about four weeks now. I say semi, because I’ve totally indulged in rhubarb crumble, ice cream cones, strawberry truffles…you get the point. I started eating a porridge that contained quinoa, I read up on the benefits of eating it and they are pretty spectacular to be honest. Twice as much fibre as other grains, extremely protein rich. But let’s face it, although it has a semi nutty taste, it’s pretty boring. A bit like cous cous and brown rice, you need to pack it with flavour. So this salad was born, the dressing is based around what I used for my bruschetta. I’ve also gone a bit wonky and added raw sweet potato in it, but you know all those truffles!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad | The Mother Cooker

Lay the Table

Cinco de Mayo Tablescape

After my love affair with Mexico was cemented when I visited in 2013, the love for everything Mexican has never dwindled. So as May 5th marks Cinco de Mayo, I thought this year I would go all out and create something for the blog. For those of you that don’t know what ‘Cinco de Mayo’ is, it is Spanish for ‘Fifth of May’ and is marked to celebrate the victory over the French in the battle of Puebla. Basically, for all us non Mexican folk, it’s a day to embrace the country and its culture. Bright celebrations, amazing food and a beautiful array of colour.

Cinco de Mayo Tablescape | The Mother Cooker

Evie's Corner

Date and Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are so amazingly simple to make, absolutely delicious and the great thing is that they contain no sugar, butter or salt. Completely vegan and if you source your oats correctly, gluten free too. You don’t have to mess about with flours or measuring baking soda, all you need are a few ripe bananas. A fuss free snack, perfect for little fingers…and adults, guys they are yummy!

Date and Raisin Oatmeal Cookies | The Mother Cooker

Dinner

Chicken Tikka Wraps

This year, I’ve really tried to create things we love eating out at home. Chicken tikka is one of my Husband’s favourite things to order at the Indian. So with a little bit of input from my brother-in-law (he was very vague, and the only measure he had was two garlic cloves). I always have virtually everything I need to make this in my pantry, so it is a great recipe for us. The only thing you’ll have to invest in are some metal skewers. These are the cheapest ones I could find for you. Served with dollops of mango chutney, a simple onion and tomato salad and heaps of coriander. I have a feeling you’ll be making this over and over again. Now, this really is one to keep and store for work. Would also be great to make for friends, as it’s a great serve yourself option.

Chicken Tikka Wraps | The Mother Cooker

30 Minutes or Less

Shrimp Pad Thai

This bowl of rainbow veg is yummy, filling and super satisfying. You can either keep the shrimp or remove it for a vegetarian option. In all honesty, I think you can add any veg in to a pad Thai as long as they are nice and crunchy. I was going to add Edamame to mine, might do that next time. I feel this would be so great to take to work too, if you like eating it cold. In all honesty, I’d serve it as soon as it’s ready. Hot, salty, tangy and sweet.

Shrimp Pad Thai | The Mother Cooker