French Tomato Salad

Simple and lovely. Like all the best recipes, it's nicest when the tomatoes are in season, rather than imported. Go for the best you can find - this is where a good local greengrocer comes up trumps.Also, try for organic if you can stretch to it; tomatoes are one of the most heavily sprayed crops.


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5:2 Fast Day - Spiced Tomato Dahl

Calories: 220
Men's extra: 1 poppadum (37 cals)

A tasty, filling soup. Make the day before if possible – or perhaps make a double batch to eat on the second fast day of the week? 

Oven-roasted Tofu Mediterranean

A really simple recipe that bakes while you prepare other things. We’ve converted many ‘tofu virgins’ with this dish! You could also add other vegetables, such as thin strips of pepper, shredded kale, finely chopped leeks or shallots...


Gluten-free version
- use plain tofu rather than smoke
- use tamari soya sauce as it is wheat-free

Moroccan Tomato Sauce

A lovely - yet quick and easy - twist on the usual tomato/onion/garlic sauce.

The cinnamon and raisin give a lovely North African twist yet the smoky flavours and tiny hint of chilli off-set the sweetness.

I added some chopped seitan to the sauce and served it with with wild rice and baked butternut squash - but it works well with other cooked veg and grain combos, eg wholemeal couscous and baked aubergines or peppers.  Delicious!

Viva!'s Moroccan Chickpea Stew

This is a lovely, flavoursome recipe that is very adapatable. We like cooked aubergine and red peppers in with it - but experiment! Like most stews, it tastes even nicer the next day.

Serve with a grain - this can be cooked while the stew simmers. It works well with

- wholemeal couscous
- wholemeal bulghur
- brown rice
- quinoa
- millet pilaf

Or flatbread, eg pitta or similar

Quick Tomato & Lentil Dahl

This is a low-fat, aromatic treat. It's a boon for busy days as it can be made well in advance - and it is great if you want to eat well but are trying to lose weight. Serve with brown rice or quinoa, add lots of shredded dark green veg - and serve with a dollop of plain vegan yoghurt for a healthy but feel-good meal. It also freezes well.

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Quinoa & Smoked Tofu Salad with Fresh Herbs

A simple and lovely recipe - quinoa and smoked tofu are a good taste combo, as well as being very nutritious. All the vegetable chopping and other preparation can be done while the quinoa is cooking. Taifun Smoked Tofu is available from health food shops and Waitrose. Quinoa is quick to cook - or can be bought ready-cooked in sachets, eg Merchant Gourmet brand.


Quick Lentil & Tomato Dahl for Caterers

The recipe uses storecupboard ingredients - serve on its own with a little rice and salad for a simple, satisfying lunch or as part of a curry meal.

cooked diced potatoes cooked in with the dahl a couple of minutes before serving
baby spinach leaves cooked in for a minute or two. 


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