What’s in my veg bag? – less is more

This week's bag contained Calvo Nero, squash, Savoy cabbage, parsnip, onions, potatoes and carrots including giant carrot Betty at the bottom of the photo below.

Usually I like showcase one or two vegetables in each dish but a busy week lead to me making dishes with a variety of vegetables that I could eat over several days rather than cooking every night.

Veg bag contents Calvo Nero, carrots, parsnip, squash, onions, potatoes, Savoy cabbage midorigreen.co.uk
Is it Burn's night?
Vegan dinner with sausages, fried cabbage, punk rock chickpea gravy and 'clapshot' midorigreen.co,U.K.
Enthused by the clapshot I'd enjoyed at Henderson's in Edinburgh last January I decided to make my own. I only bothered to look up a recipe after I'd cooked my own made with a combination of potato, carrot and parsnip. Turns out it's supposed to be potato and swede. It tasted good and was less heavy than just potato. Served with pan fried cabbage, Vegetarian Coice sausages and punk rock chickpea gravy from the Vegan With a vengance cookbook.
Creamy curry udon
Udon noddles with squash, Calvo Nero, onions and curry sauce midorigreen.co.uk

Roast squash cooked with home made curry sauce and onions then mixed with udon noodles and Calvo Nero. Creamy, warming and very filling. I also roasted the seeds from the squash and munched those while cooking this (but failed to take a photo).


Another photo fail was a carrot soup which was ok but would have benefitted from being a tad smoother and maybe adding some butter beans. Next week maybe?


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Something green for Monday – Matcha latte


A deliciously green matcha latte which I recently enjoyed at The Den on Crouch Street. Like a fancy coffee, only calmer.


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What was in my veg bag ; and what did I do with it – Carrot Arnold

There's always one enormous carrot in my veg bag. Ones that take several meals to consume. I'm giving serious though to adopting what I understand are hurricane naming conventions so meet Carrot Arnold! Other goodies to consume this week are beetroot, potatoes, parsnips, onions, kale and salad leaves.

Veg bag contents of beetroot, salad leaves, kale, onions, carrots, parsnips and potatoes midorigreen.co.uk

Balsamic kale and tofu stir fry
Frying pan with kale and tofu midorigreen.co.uk
This dish is super easy to make – basically fry up some tofu, chuck in some kale, add a glug of balsamic vinegar and serve over rice. Perfect door a Sunday evening supper and if you do have leftover it repeats very nicely in the microwave (Monday lunch?)
Vegan Lunch tub with salad leaves, coleslaw, potatoes, beetroot crisps, chickpeas and spicy sunflower seeds midorigreen.co.uk
One of my portable vegan lunches was a salad bowl of leaves, cold cooked potatoes, coleslaw (left over from last week), topped with beetroot crisps and spicy chickpeas and sunflower seeds (my mum was keen on these so passed on to me to use up). The pineapple was left over from make Pina Coladas on New Year's Eve.
Warming borscht for a winter evening
Warming vegan borscht soup with beetroot, potato, onion, carrot, parsnip and tomatoes topped with Oatly cream midorigreen.co.uk
Every mouthful was a surprise in the soup of beetroot, carrots, potatoes, parsnips and onions. The beetroot stains everything pink so you can't be certain of what on your spoon until you taste it. I was inspired to remove the tarnish from the soup spoons I picked up in a antique/second hand shop a few years back (they had been shamefully languishing in the back of a cupboard) in order to use them with this dish. Vinegar, foil and hot water were excellent for making them shiny again.
Warming borscht – the sequel
Vegan borscht served with jacket potatoes - lovely for a winter night midorigreen.co.uk

Leftover borsch was great served with a jacket potato and more of that lovely Oatly cream.

A dippy lunch at home

Hummus with salad leaves, potato wedges, carrots midorigreen.co.uk

That's the last of Carrot Arnold served raw with potato wedges, salad leaves and a hummus dip. Lunchtime dining that leaves a spare hand for reading a book.

Beetroot, parsnip and pineapple salad with poodles

If courgette spirals are zoodles then I figure potato noodles must by poodles? I put my spiralizer to good work here on the beetroot (slippery), parsnip (tough) and potato (easy). Potatoes got pan fried while the beetroot and parsnip were mixed with pineapple and vinegarette dressing. Yes this recipe is an adaptation of one from Veganomicon – well spotted!

Anyone else dealing enjoying giant carrots this winter?


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Something green for Monday


Eye shapes sewn on a green background

Just what are these eyes looking at? Is it an exciting week ahead?


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Something green for Monday


Green plants midorigreen.co.uk


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This week’s veg bag – Twas the week before Christmas…

It was the week before Christmas and The bug that was felling my friends and colleagues had reached me. Lucky I lots of nice fresh to get me through!

Veg bag veg box contents leek Calvo Nero carrots celeriac cabbage potatoes midorigreen.co.uk
Restoring soup – several meals cooked in one go and one pot, and the perfect food for anyone with a lack of appetite.
Soup made with leek, carrots, celeriac, pearl barley midorigreen.co.uk
  • Celeriac, carrots, leeks and potatoes with cooked pearl barley added post blending.
  • Served with wholemeal English muffins
Burgers – to tempt a tiny appetite
Vegetable burger in whole meal bun with green leaves and mayonnaise, potato fries and carrot sticks midorigreen.co.uk
  • Vegeburgers in wholemeal buns with mayonnaise, pickle slices and a handful of mixed salad leaves
  • Potato fries
  • Delicious crunchy carrot sticks
Stir fry – good straight from the pan and reheated well for a portable lunch
Stir fry with rice oodles, onion, tofu and Calvo Nero midorigreen.co.uk
  • Rice noodles stirred fried with tofu, onion and glossy green Calvo Nero
  • Sauce of peanut butter and soy with a final drizzle of sesame oil



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What’s in my veg bag? The big carrot

Veg box contents carrots cabbage squash potatoes parsnip onions midorigreen.co.uk
Look at this week's lovely selection of veg including a rather large carrot. It's been a busy week with dropping temperature so been happy to cook some veg filled warming meals.

Saturday – fuel for a night of dancing
Roast potatoes tahini coleslaw sweet and spicy seitan
  • Coleslaw with giant carrot, cabbage and onions
  • Fried potatoes
  • Tofu in a speedy BBQ sauce
Sunday – dinner to accompany The Walking Dead
Paprika potatoes, sweet and spicy seitan, tahini coleslaw midorigreen.co.uk
  • Paprika potatoes
  • Sweet and spicy seitan
  • Tahini coleslaw with parsnip, red onion, cabbage and more giant carrot

Monday – pot luck team lunch

Sushi and vegetable tarts midorigreen.co.uk
  • Sushi made filled with giant carrot
  • Mini vegetable tarts with soy and sesame pastry filled with broccoli stalk sauce
Monday – pre-Star Wars quiz dinner
Rice noodles a squash curry sauce midorigreen.co.uk
  • Rice noodles with cabbage, onion and a squash curry sauce

Tuesday – dinner before a night of packing orders

Cabbage in a lemony miso garlic sauce midorigreen.co.uk
  • Spaghetti with cabbage, lemony miso garlic sauce and nutritional yeast

Wednesday – dinner before a long late night drive

Fried potatoes with salad leaves, seitan, tahini coleslaw and hummus midorigreen.co.uk
  • Leftover night!
  • Salad leaves
  • Fried potatoes
  • Sweet and spicy seitan
  • Tahini coleslaw
  • Hummus
Friday – post yoga goodness
Fried cabbage, baked potatoes, paprika roast parsnips and carrots and fried onions midorigreen.co.uk

  • Roast potato
  • Roast carrot and parsnip
  • Fried cabbage
  • Fried onions

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This week’s veg bag

Lots of lovely inspiring veg in this week's bag

Midorigreen.co.uk veg bag contents

Here's what I made with it:


Midorigreen.co.uk Waldorf salad with celeriac and paprika potato wedges
  • Waldorf type salad with celeriac, apple, walnuts and vegan mayo
  • Paprika potato wedges
  • Served on salad leaves


Midorigreen.co.uk pasta with broccoli sauce

  • Spaghetti with steamed broccoli and a sauce made of broccoli stalks, olive oil, garlic and salt
Midorigreen.co.uk jacket potato with spiced roast swede and chickpea and fried cabbage
  • Swede and chickpeas roast with spices
  • Jacket potato
  • Fried cabbage
Midorigreen.co.uk chilli chard with rice and cashews
  • Chard cooked with onions, chilli and garlic
  • Brown basmati rice
  • Cashews browned in vegan margarine
Midorigreen.co.uk carrot and lentil soup
  • Carrot and lentil soup (leeks, onions, carrots, garlic, red lentils, ginger, turmeric and stock blended with an onion/cumin seed/mustard seed tarka)
  • Bread and vegan margarine


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#vegan desert @colchestersteak

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