When the Zero Waste Veg Box was delivered to my door I was so excited to think what I could make with all the fabulous ingredients. The chestnut mushrooms grabbed my attention first and I thought how could I make them the star of the show!! My recipe thought path went something like this: mushrooms and walnuts, walnuts and cheese, cheese and bread… stuffed mushrooms it had to be!!
When you open your veg box and take a vegetable out and touch it and smell it and imagine what works well with it, the ideas will come flooding in.
These are gorgeous chestnut mushrooms, when they roast slowly they release the juice into the bread stuffing, making them extra tasty.
While you’re roasting the stuffed mushrooms in the oven, roast the veg at the same time, its more efficient to use your oven this way.
This cake has wholesome organic oats, eggs, fruit, yoghurt topped with more oats, seeds and coconut – there’s a bit of sugar for good measure but perfect for a breakfast treat!
Its an easy one to put together, no fancy equipment needed just a mixing bowl, a jug and a couple of baking trays. You could bake the streusel on top of the cake but we prefer it separate and sprinkled on top of the yoghurt.
You can pick up most of the gorgeous organic ingredients in eco packaging in our online shop, see links below.
It makes 9 generous portions, make cake for breakfast.
Simple summer salads dressed in a punchy dressing tick all the boxes! These Galway grown sweet cherry tomatoes are just delicious and bursting with flavour. The kale is coarse and crunchy and the dressing is fresh, punchy (from the garlic), vibrant and invigorating! #feelthegoodnesss
This is a gorgeous salad to eat solo or add a warm savoury pastry or some sourdough bread and cheese to make it a main meal.
To make the dressing measure the cashews into a bowl and cover with boiling water, set aside to soften for 15 minutes.
To a blender add the finely chopped kale, basil, chopped garlic, lemon juice, water, oil, salt, pepper.
Drain the cashews and add them to the blender too.
Blend until you have a vivid green dressing.
Taste the dressing, it will be punchy and zingy from the garlic. Add more salt, pepper or lemon juice if it needs it.
When you’re happy with it, add it to a bowl or jug.
To make the salad begin by rehydrating the raisins. Add them to a small bowl and cover with boiling water, set aside to soften.
Next, chop the kale into small pieces and add to a mixing bowl. Drizzle over a small amount of oil, add salt and pepper and massage (give it a good squeeze) to soften the leaves, this makes it easier to eat.
Quarter the tomatoes and add them to a bowl, drizzle a small bit of oil over them, add a small pinch of salt and pepper and toss to coat.
Drain the can of cannellini beans and the raisins.
To assemble, add the kale to a large serving plate, scatter over the tomatoes, beans, raisins and dollop the dressing on top.
A brunch dish bursting with goodness and flavour! Roasting veg is very satisfying. A potato hash with added veg made this way is very simple and uncomplicated, any left over veg can be use for dinner the next day #zerofoodwaste. Roasting veg brings out the natural flavour of the vegetable adding sweet and charred notes, made with gorgeous organic Irish grown veg…..well there is nothing better.
This dish was inspired by the Irish Farm Box. Its packed full of seasonal locally grown veg! You can make a version of this all through the seasons adding squash, broccoli, kale, courgettes, beets, carrots or parsnips too……just keep your hot sauce handy!
Prepare 2 large roasting tins with parchment paper or silicone liners.
Wash the potatoes, give them a scrub until they are clean.
Chop into cubes roughly the same size, add to a mixing bowl. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and a good glug of oil, toss to coat.
Pour onto a large roasting tin and put into the oven to roast for about 1 hour, check and toss the cubes every 20 minutes.
While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the veg, you can add the veg to the same mixing bowl.
Chop the romanesco into bite sized florets and chop the mushrooms into quarters.
Chop the onions into quarters but break up the layers, bash the garlic cloves with the back of a knife and add to the bowl. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper and coat with a tablespoon or two of oil. Toss to coat and add to the second roasting tin.
Put it in the oven to roast for about 30 – 40 minutes. Check halfway and give it a toss.
Finley slice the scallions and keep in a serving bowl.
Wash the spinach and roughly chop. Keep in a container with damp kitchen paper on top until later.
The cubed potatoes are ready when they pierce easily with a sharp knife and they look golden brown. The veg will be soft and slightly charred in places. Squeeze out the garlic cloves and serve or discard if you find the flavour too strong, they will have done their job to flavour the veg.
Fry the eggs to your liking (2 per person) on a frying pan, cook on a medium to high heat for crispy fried eggs.
Reheat the potatoes on a frying pan along with the veg and at the last minute toss through the chopped spinach. (You could reheat in the oven also and stir through the spinach)
To serve, add the potatoes and veg to a plate or wide bowl, top with 2 fried eggs, sprinkle on the chopped scallions and add your favourite hot sauce.
This is a delicious dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Beetroots grow very happily in Irish soil. They are earthy and sweet and juicy and full of flavour. You can boil, steam or roast them to eat as a wholesome side veg, to make into a puree or beautiful pink hummus. I love to grate them to use raw in a salad or they go perfectly in these tasty fritters accompanied by the grated carrot.
You can whip these fritters up in about 20 minutes. I recommend using the fine side of your box grater, they cook quicker that way. Eat them solo or add some crunchy chickpeas, local leaves and a tahini dressing to make it a meal.
By seasoning with salt and pepper you get the real taste of the vegetables. When you use quality ingredients the natural flavours shine through.
Open the can of chickpea and drain really well. Tip: You can reserve the aqua faba (chickpea juice) to make a sweet dessert like pavlova.
Pour the chickpeas onto a tray lined with parchment paper. Using kitchen paper dry the chickpeas really well.
Make up the spice mix by adding the paprika, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper to a small bowl. Mix with a spoon. Then sprinkle over the chickpeas. You can add more salt later if needed.
Drizzle with oil and roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes. Check and shake the tray every 10 minutes.
The chickpeas will be crunchy when you’ve roasted them. They are best eaten on the day they are roasted but if using the next day pop in the oven again for 10 minutes so they are warm and crunchy. Keep them in an air tight jar in your cupboard.
For the fritters:
Begin by peeling and grating the beetroot and carrot, use the fine side of the box grater. Tip: Hold the raw beetroot with kitchen paper so your hands don’t turn pink. Add to a mixing bowl.
Finely chop the scallions and add this to the bowl. Crack in the egg, add salt and pepper, sprinkle in the flour. Fold all the ingredients together.
Warm a non stick frying pan on a medium heat, lightly oil. Add a spoon of the beetroot mix and flatten with the back of the spoon, cook 3 fritters at a time. Fry for a couple of minutes and flip and cook for a few minutes more. Remove with a spatula onto a plate lined with kitchen paper. Repeat with the rest of the mix.
For the tahini dressing:
Simply add the yoghurt, tahini, lemon zest and juice, maple syrup or honey, salt and pepper to a bowl and mix well with a spoon.
Add some washed green leaves to a serving bowl, add 2-3 fritters per portion. Scatter on the chickpeas, dollop over the tahini dressing, peel some cucumber ribbons and bundle on tip and add a swirl of olive oil.
Tacos are perfect for summer eating, outdoor festivals and they’re great to make at home too #homemade! These tofu tacos are inspired by a recent trip to a music festival, while there, I tried some bean tacos but these tofu ones are really delicious and the salsa brings so much freshness and flavour. They work so well for a super tasty lunch or add some spiced rice to have for dinner.
A bag of mixed Irish leaves that I picked up from the Green Earth Organics Saturday Farm Shop serves as the perfect paring along side the spicy tofu and zingy salsa. And I have to say, the salsa sings with the flavour packed organic tomatoes, local cucumbers and red onions!!
Open the packet of tofu, discard the liquid and it pat dry with kitchen paper.
Carefully slice into 1cm cubes and place in a bowl or container.
Pour the soy sauce or tamari on top and set aside to marinate for at least 20 minutes.
Next make the blackened spice mix, simply measure all the ingredients into a wide dish and mix well with a fork.
To make the salsa, with a sharp knife, cut the tomato into quarters and carefully cut out the seeds, reserve the seeds for a sauce or soup. Finely dice the flesh and place in a bowl. Repeat with the cucumber and red onion.
To the same bowl add the zest and juice of half a lime, olive oil, sprinkle in a pinch of salt and pepper and gently fold the ingredients together to complete the salsa.
To cook the tofu. Add the tofu to the container with the blackened spice mix and toss to coat.
Heat a non-stick frying pan on a medium to high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of oil.
When the oil is hot add half of the tofu. They should sizzle and not burn on the pan, carefully turn the tofu with tongs or a fork to cook on all sides. Lift onto a plate lined with kitchen paper. Repeat with the rest of the tofu.
To serve: Line up the tortilla wraps (you can warm them first if you wish) add some organic leaves, top with salsa, blackened tofu, sour cream and fresh coriander.