Plant Powered Pasta – One Pot – Vegan

When the veg box is brimming with beautiful colourful veg it’s so great to roast up a pot or tray with diced (veg) plants for a delicious nutritious summer pasta supper.

Our family schedule is jam packed this summer with work and holidays, summer camps and playdates. One pot meals are fantastic. Adding lots of organic vegetables to your meals gives everyone a healthy boost that’s needed to get through the busy day.

Make the most of the plants in your veg box this week.

Lou x

Ps The roast bulb of garlic can be added to the pasta or used to mix into butter for your bread.

Ingredients: serves 4

  • olive oil
  • 12 x cherry tomatoes (250g), quartered
  • ½ courgette, diced 1cm
  • ½ red pepper, diced 1cm
  • 2 small sweet potato, diced 1cm
  • 1 red onion, diced 1cm
  • 1 bulb garlic, top cut off exposing the cloves
  • 300g dried spaghetti or any pasta
  • 750ml hot veg stock
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • To serve:
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened (50g)
  • seedy bread toasted
  • basil leaves


Step 1: Preheat the oven 200ºC. Chop and prepare all the veg. Using a wide pot or deep tray add the diced onions, cherry tomatoes, red pepper, sweet potato, courgette and bulb of garlic. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and put it in the oven to roast for 30 minutes. Checking half way through, add more oil to the garlic if needed.

Step 2: Make the hot veg stock in a jug and stir in the tomato puree. When the veg is roasted put the roast garlic to one side. Make a space in the middle of the pot for the pasta then pour over the hot tomato stock. Put a lid on the pot if you have one, or cover with foil and either return the pot to the oven for 30-40 minutes or cook on the hob on a medium heat until the pasta is cooked.

Step 3: Make the roast garlic butter. Wait until the garlic is cool enough to handle then squeeze out the cloves of garlic and mash into the butter.

Step 4: Toast the seedy bread and spread it with the roast garlic butter, serve with a bowl of plant powered pasta and some fresh basil leaves.

Air Fryer Courgettes w/ Garlicky Cashew Cream -Vegan

In the summer months the tunnels are brimming with courgettes. They grow so well and are delicious in so many recipes, and we’ve shared lots. These courgettes can be air fried or oven baked. I like to keep the temperature low so they cook slowly, soften in the middle and turn golden on top.

This easy garlicky cashew cream is full of flavour and deliciously morish topped with nutty breadcrumbs you’ll be coming back for more.

Let us know if you’d like to try it,

Lou x

Ingredients: serves 1 as a starter or 2 as a side

  • 1 or 2 courgettes (use 2 if you can fit them in your air fryer basket)
  • 1 bulb garlic
  • oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • For the cashew cream
  • 1 cup of cashews soaked in boiling water for 1 hour
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • small pinch of salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • The roasted bulb of garlic – prepared in step 2
  • Around 60-80ml of water for blending consistency

Nutty breadcrumbs

  • 1 slice of bread
  • 1 handful of whole almonds
    To serve:
  • Fresh basil leaves
    Lemon zest

Step 1: Preheat the air fryer or oven to 160ºC fan.

Step 2: Prepare the garlic bulb, cut the top off the bulb exposting the cloves, place on a square of tin foil and drizzle with oil. Close up the tin foil to make a parcel.

Step 3: Slice the courgettes in half lengthways then lightly score the white flesh in a criss cross shape, sprinkle with salt and place upside down on kitchen paper to let some of the moisture drain out. After 10 minutes, cut in half to fit in the basket, drizzle in olive oil and place in a preheated air fryer or oven add the garlic bulb parcel to the basket too. Slow cook for about 20 – 25 minutes, checking half way through.

Step 4: To make the garlicky cashew cream. Discard the water off the cashews, then blend with all the other ingredients as well as the roasted garlic, just squeeze out the soft cloves. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.

Step 5: To make the nutty breadcrumbs, whizzed up the bread and almonds in a blender. Pour onto a frying pan drizzle in olive oil, salt and pepper then toast until crispy. Let it rest on a plate lined with kitchen roll until ready to use.

Step 6: To serve, spread the cashew cream on a plate top with the golden courgettes, sprinkle with the nutty breadcrumbs, lemon zest and fresh basil.


Crunchy Wholesome Crackers – GF/Vegan

These are a treat to eat, really crispy and crunchy and deliciously healthy. My kids love savoury crackers and cheese or crackers and dips. We really enjoyed making these and its such a clever use of butter beans!

Will you try them? Let us know if the comments below.

Lou x


240g tin butter beans – drained and patted dry
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp nutritional yeast – optional
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp baking powder
Salt and pepper to taste

**1 tablespoon chickpea flour or plain flour if needed


Step 1: Preheat the oven to 170C

Step 2: In a food processor, blend the butter beans, chia seeds, olive oil, nutritional yeast, paprika, baking powder, salt and pepper into a smooth paste. If the mix is really dry add a small dash of water, if it’s very wet add some chickpea flour or plain flour. The dough should come together and hold, it shouldn’t be too dry or wet.

Step 3: Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Spread the mixture and use another piece of parchment paper and a rolling pin to flatten to about the thickness of a 1 euro coin. Cut the mixture into cracker-sized pieces with a knife or pizza cutter.

Step 4: Bake for about 30 minutes until golden and crispy at the edges. Increase the temperature to 200°C for an extra 10-15 minutes to get them extra crispy.

Allow them to cool completely. Then break into cracker pieces. Enjoy with creamy hummus or use as a base for summer canapés!

Storage: These will keep for 1 week in an air tight container. A jar works really well.

“Roast and Serve” Butter Bean, Courgette & Feta Salad

Roasting vegetables for salads really intensifies the flavours. Sweet and bitter notes added with salty feta and sour lemon juice make this a really tasty salad.

Summer is all about gathering friends and family and sharing good food. This salad is perfect for a BBQ, a gathering or a picnic. Not to mention a healthy its also a healthy plate of food with organic vegetables, gut friendly beans and protein packed nuts and cheese.

We really hope you try it this summer.

Lou x


  • 1 courgette- sliced into 2 cm cubes
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced into cubes
  • 1 red onion, sliced into wedges
  • 1 tin butter beans, drained 240g
  • 1.5 tablespoon cajun spice (or a teaspoon each of paprika, chilli, cumin, coriander mixed)
  • 100g feta cheese
  • a handful of leaves, spinach, rocket or similar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Step 1: Preheat the oven 200ºC fan. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper. Put the courgette, red peppers, red onion, butter beans on the tray. Generously cover in the cajun spice. Drizzle with salt, pepper and oil, shake or rub to coat everything. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes, checking half way through.
  • Step 2: Put the pecans on a separate tray and toast in the oven, along with the veg, for about 5- 10 minutes, check half way through- they may need more or less time.
  • Step 3: Let the veg cool for 20 minutes then crumble over the feta and top with the green leaves, sprinkle with pecans, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice, gently mix everything. Lift the parchment paper and tip into a serving dish.
  • Enjoy!

Smashed Falafel Wrap (Vegan)

The smashed falafel wraps are a big viral hit at the moment! They are very quick and easy to make and taste delicious. The purists use dried chickpeas but I think tinned chickpeas work just fine. Add lots of green fresh herbs like parsley and mint.

This makes a great filling lunch loaded with green lettuce from our tunnels, tomato, pickles and red onions. The tahini dressing is the perfect dressing.


Lou x

Ingredients: makes 3 wraps approx

  • For the falafel mix:
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • handful parsley, chopped
  • 6 x mint leaves, chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons hot water
  • For the tahini dressing:
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 small clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • To serve:
  • 3 wraps or flat breads
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely sliced
  • 4 pickles, sliced
  • 1/2 head lettuce, leaves washed


Step 1: To a food processor add all the falafel ingredients except the water, blend. Then drizzle in the water until the mix comes together to form a paste. Taste it, and adjust the seasoning if needed.

Step 2: make the tahini dressing, whisk all the ingredients together until smooth.

Step 3: Warm a griddle pan or frying pan on a medium to high heat. Spread the falafel paste onto a wrap evenly, use a spatula or the back of a spoon. Oil the pan, carefully place the warp falafel side down on the grill. cook for a couple of minutes to form a crust. Carefully flip over and toast the other side of the wrap.

Step 4: Slide the wrap onto a plate or board, add lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, spoon over the tahini dressing, roll, cut in half and serve!

Enjoy 🙂

4 ingredient – Energy Oat Bars – Vegan

These are so quick and easy to make and bake. Once baked and sliced you can make up a snack plate with the fruit from your weekly box! If you make these as often as I do you’ll soon memorise the recipe like me.

We love snacks like this because they have few nutritious ingredients, taste great, they are a quick bake, they are cheaper than shop bought snacks, we can make them with organic ingredients and they can be fully plant based if thats what you like.

I served mine up with apple and orange slices. It makes a super nutritious snack, great for kids too.

Lou x

Ingredients: makes 12 servings

  • 200g oats
  • 100g smooth runny peanut butter (or any nut or seed butter)
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 70g chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate)


Step 1: Preheat the oven 180ºc. Line an 8in square tin with parchment paper.

Step 2: Mash the bananas and add them to a mixing bowl along with the peanut butter and oats. Mix well and transfer into the baking tray. Scatter the chocolate chips evenly on top.

Step 3: Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden brown. leave to cool then slice into 12 squares.

Organic Beetroot ‘Overnight’ Focaccia – Vegan

This is a fabulous way to celebrate bread and Irish organic beets! I made this a few times last summer to share with visitors to the Green Earth Organics farm walks and it was a huge hit.

The focaccia is a super simple no knead recipe – the dough develops and slowly proves in the fridge overnight. The next day, smear it in beetroot puree and bake. It looks amazing and has heaps of sweet and savoury flavour.

Make sure you save the recipe and serve it alongside our gorgeous green lettuce this summer.

Lou x


Tips for getting this right:
✨This bread needs time in the fridge to prove.
✨Use strong/bread flour.
✨Make sure the dried yeast is in date.
✨Use a neutral olive oil, or rapeseed oil not extra virgin
✨Try not to knock too much air out of the dough when you add the beetroot puree and make the dimples.


Makes one focaccia
-500g strong flour/bread flour
-2 teaspoon salt
-1 (7g) sachet dried yeast
-430ml lukewarm water – made up by mixing 130ml boiling water with 300ml cold water (it should be body temperature, 36ºC)
butter for greasing
-4 tablespoons olive oil

For the beetroot puree:

  • 3 cooked beetroots approx 200g
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


*Steam or boil and peel the beetroots. Cool and keep in the fridge ready to make this bread.

Step 1: Pour the dried yeast into the lukewarm water and let it sit for 15 minutes then stir.
Measure the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Pour in the yeast and water and mix with a wooden spoon to form a sticky ball. Oil a second mixing bowl and transfer the dough into it. Using your hand lightly oil the top of the dough – the oil is important to stop it drying out. Cover the bowl to make it airtight with a lid, cling film or a damp tea towel and put the bowl in the FRIDGE for at least 12 hours (ideally overnight).

Step 2: Prepare the baking tin 9inc x 13inc. Line with parchment paper or grease really well with butter, this is really important to stop the focaccia from sticking to the tin. I recommend using parchment paper.
Now oil the baking tin with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Oil your hands and scoop the dough out of the bowl and put the dough straight onto the baking tray. Rub the oil over the dough and smooth and push it into the corners of the baking tray. Cover the tray with a clean plastic bag, or cling film and let the dough rest for 3 to 4 hours to warm up and double in size

Step 3: Make the beetroot puree, add the beetroot, chopped garlic, salt and oil in a small powerful blender. Blend until smooth.

Step 4: Preheat the oven 220ºc. Pour the beetroot puree over the dough and rub lightly with your hands, using your fingers press straight down to create deep dimples.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until cooked through and the bottom is golden brown.
Transfer to a cooling rack. Brush with some olive oil. Cool for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Storage: This will keep in an airtight box for 3 days or in the freezer for 3 months.

Blueberry and Apple Upside Down Pudding

Such a simple but delicious summer pudding. Perfect for a family gathering or to finish a delicious meal. I made the only apple version last summer and this year I’ve added tasty organic blueberries. Our Irish eating apples are crisp and delicious and are great to bake with too.

We’re looking forward to all the seasonal Irish summer fruit. We like to keep it simple and effortless to make the most of its natural goodness and flavour.

We hope you SAVE this and give it a try.

Lou x


  • 3 Irish apples
  • 1 punnet (125g) blueberries (use some for the filling and some to serve)
  • 45g white sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pack of ready rolled puff pastry – 375g
  • To serve:
  • toasted almonds
  • 250ml fresh cream – whipped
  • fresh blueberries


Step1: Preheat the oven 180ºc. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper – you may need two baking trays.

Step 2: Peel the 3 apples in half and scoop out the core, fill the hole with blueberries.

Step 3: Mix the sugar and the cinnamon in a bowl.

Step 4: Divide the pastry into 6 equal squares.

Step 5: Spoon the cinnamon sugar onto the tray, you want 6 mounds of sugar. Carefully place the apple, with the blueberries, flat side down on each of the sugar mounds. Put the pastry over each apple half and use your hands to cup the pastry around the apple half.

Step 6: Place in the oven and bake for 35 minutes. Let the pastries cool for 15 minutes, use a wide spatula to slide under the caramelised apple and lift it off carefully. Serve warm with toasted almonds, fresh whipped cream and fresh blueberries.

“Roast and Serve Salad” – Sweet Potato & Halloumi

This is such a great way to make and serve salad this summer. Your choice of roast veggies, chickpeas, halloumi and seeds on a tray then on the same tray toss through green leaves and dressing and serve into a big salad bowl! I think these roast and serve salads will be very popular this summer.

You can roast up any root veg you have in your veg box, parsnip, carrot, beets, even potatoes, cauliflower or broccoli, add some cheese if you wish and a delicious dressing to finish.

Will you try it? Let us know.

Lou x


  • 1 large or 3 small sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, washed and diced
  • 1 red onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 x 400g tin chickpeas, drained
  • salt, pepper, oil
  • 1 pack halloumi (225g), diced
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (70g)
  • 50g spinach/rocket or lettuce leaves

For the dressing

  • juice 1/2 orange
  • juice 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 heaped teaspoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • small pinch salt


  • Step 1: Preheat the oven 180ºC fan. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper. Put the sweet potato, chickpeas, red onion and diced pepper on the tray. Drizzle with salt, pepper and oil, shake or rub to coat everything. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes, checking half way through. After this time add the diced halloumi and roast for a further 15-20 minutes.
  • Step 2: Put the pumpkin seeds on a separate tray and toast in the oven, along with the veg, for about 10 minutes, check half way through- they may need more or less time.
  • Step 3:Make the dressing, add all the ingredients except the oil to a bowl, whisk well, then slowly pour the oil in while whisking to emulsify the dressing. Taste it and adjust if needed.
  • Step 4: Let the veg cool for 20 minutes then top with the green leaves, pour over the dressing, gently toss together. Lift the parchment paper and tip into a serving dish.
  • Enjoy!

Crispy Chickpea Patties – for Summer Eating – (VG)

Jam packed full of goodness and flavour! These chickpea patties are delicious and so easy to put together.. we know you’ll love them. This week I got some organic pointed cabbage, cucumber and onions fresh from the farm in my veg box. I ordered tinned chickpeas and some spices and whipped these up for our mid week dinner and the whole family tucked in.

Summer eating should be fresh and tasty with added goodness. We really hope you give these a go!

Lou x

Ingredients: makes 10 approx

For the Chickpea Patties:

  • 1 x 400 g tin of chickpeas – drained and the liquid (aquafaba) reserved
  • ½ medium onion – chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh coriander – roughly chopped
  • 2 ½ tablespoon chia seeds 
  • 6 teaspoon (30 ml) aquafaba – liquid from tin of chickpeas
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt 
  • ⅛ teaspoon chilli powder or flakes
  • 1 small carrot – grated 
  • 5 tablespoons oats (50g)
  • zest of half a lemon
  • 1-2 tablespoon olive oil to cook with

Lemon Garlic Yoghurt Sauce:

  • ½ cup (120 ml) plain yoghurt of your choice
  • 1 small garlic clove – finely grated or chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • a pinch of salt and pepper

Cabbage slaw and sides :

  • 1 small pointed cabbage – finely chopped
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 red onion finely shaved
  • 10 mini tortilla wraps


  • Step 1: Begin by adding the chickpeas, red onion, coriander, spices, carrot and salt to a food processor. Process until the mixture is combined, but still has some texture. Transfer into a bowl and mix through the oats, chia seeds, aquafaba and lemon zest. Take a small amount of mixture in your hand to check that it will form a patty.
  • Step 2: Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Use an ice cream scoop to evenly measure the patties. Add the scoops of the mixture to the tray, if you have a cookie cutter use it to shape the patties into rounds about 2 inches wide, push the mix down with the back of a spoon, this will make the patties compact. Place the patties into the freezer or fridge to chill for 20 minutes.
  • Step 3: In a frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat until it is hot but not smoking.Add the patties and fry for 2-3 minutes until golden brown, then carefully turn and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes.The patties are fragile, so it is best not to move them too much – let them firm up from cooking before turning them. Ideally, turn them once only.
  • If cooking in batches, drain on a plate lined with paper towel. To keep the patties warm while cooking the remainder, place the plate in a 100ºc oven.Repeat with the remaining patties, adding extra oil if needed.

For the Herbed Garlic Yoghurt Sauce and cabbage slaw:

  • Step 4: In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Check that the seasoning is to your liking. Stir through the finely chopped cabbage. Chill until you are ready to serve.

Plate up: on a small tortilla wrap add a spoon of the cabbage slaw, top with a chickpea pattie, some cucumber ribbons, shaved red onion.