Another week has flown by! Did you complete a meal plan? Did it help you save time and organise better if so?
If you've never done a meal plan and are wondering what on earth i'm talking about, check out this post that explains more about the process and has some helpful advice on how to create your own.
Here is my meal plan for this week:
As we have a vegan and a vegetarian in the house, many of our meals are plant based or adaptable. I also make extra of the vegan meals and freeze some portions for days when i have made meat based meals. One of the vegan meals which is very popular in our house are veggie pasties. they can be eaten hot or cold, with mash and gravy or salad and chips or taken for lunch in a pack up.
Veggie Pastie Recipe
- 12oz self raising flour
- pinch of salt
- 6 oz of vegetable fat (either veg lard or dairy free marg)
- 2 tbsp of cold water + a bit extra
- mix of cooked veg - potatoes, squash, onions, swede, carrots etc
- a little dairy free milk for brushing on the tops
To make the pastry, add the salt to the flour and rub the fat into it until it resembles bread crumbs. Add the cold water and keep mixing until it all comes together into a ball. you may need a touch more water depending on the absorbency of the flour.
Roll out the pastry and cut out rectangles shapes about 20cm by 10cm in size. Use a little cold water to brush around the edges.
Get your cold cooked veg and roughly mash it all together. Put a spoonful in the middle of each rectangle of pastry and fold the pastry over and squish down the edges. Using a knife make a slit in the top of each pastie and brush a little dairy free milk on.
Bake in the oven at gas mark 7 for about 15 mins until golden brown.
You can vary the taste of the pasties if you wish by adding some herbs to the veg mix or adding a touch of chilli, curry sauce or soy sauce.