Everyday Vegetarian Recipes

There's nothing better than a homemade meal. So, when you're not eating one of ours, here are some you can make yourself:

  • Our everyday recipes are money-saving and easy to prepare, but still delicious.

Alternative tomato ketchup recipeThis recipe is an attempt to keep young and old happy while the ketchup still hopefully tastes of (mainly) tomato! Although tomatoes are available all year round we find the late August/September British ones (usually our own or Granny's) make the best flavour packed, deep red ketchup.

Brazil and butternut vegetarian cottage pie recipeThis alternative cottage pie has a deep flavoured brazil nut base and a velvety layer of butternut squash. The addition of a layer of wilted spinach makes this into a special occasion recipe. This dish is gluten free.

Buttery cheese and tomato mini pizzas recipeThese simple to make mini pizzas are adored by children, who may like to get involved in rolling out the pastry and adding the topping. Flakey pastry together with simple cheese and tomato, a real favourite for the whole family.

Chocolate plum cake with almonds recipeThis simple to make old fashioned recipe creates a cake with a moist rich texture. We bake the cake with a good quality chocolate, the end result can be served as a dessert with honey and fresh cream. It is also excellent simply served with coffee.

Green tomato chutney recipeGreen tomato chutney is cheap and easy to make, with a rich tangy sweet and sour flavour. It is extremely versatile and an excellent addition to all sorts of vegetarian dishes.


The legendary lemon polenta cake from Café Maitreya – lush!



Orange and pistachio cake recipeThis is simple to make and has a course texture and deep nutty flavour. It is delicious as a plain cake or can be seeped with the orange juice and a little sugar then warmed up and served with a tahini and orange cream.

Pear and Bramley crumble recipeBy lightly caramelising fresh apple and pear in a little butter, sugar and honey the flavour of these staple ingredients really stands out. A really crunchy granola topping adds a wonderful texture to this British comfort dessert.

Quick and easy gravy recipeWe used many variations of this sauce at Cafe Maitreya, it doesn't involve any bones or processed stock cubes and still packs a great savoury punch. The stock can be used as a base for many vegetarian dishes, sauces and soups.

Quick and value vegetable tagine recipeThis simple fragrant tagine is designed for adults and children; it can be made in around an hour and costs around a fiver. Serve with steamy couscous or rice.

Red onion and cheddar bubble and squeak recipeMaking bubble and squeak always grabs our three year son's attention, as he associates the name with pirates!!

Adding the red onion and cheddar turns what is essentially fried mashed potato, carrots and cabbage into a worthy main dish. This is particularly delicious with green tomato chutney.

Rowan and crab jelly recipeRowan berries, the fruit of the mountain ash, which is common throughout Britain, are best picked in September/October. They make the most delicious tangy, orange-red jelly which is a great accompaniment for cheese, veggie sausages and is particularly good with globe artichoke.

Savoury fig relish recipeFigs are a wonderful thing, but are only at their very best and most affordable for a short amount of time (late september) unless you are lucky enough to live in the Mediterranean. I find that out of season figs are generally dry and bland having travelled so far.

Simple salsa verde recipeThis tangy herby dressing takes minutes to prepare, will keep for a good week and is a delicious accompaniment; particularly with cheesy pastry.

Vegetarian 'toad in the hole' recipeI recently made this for the family and visiting nippers and made the cardinal sin of forgetting the mash potato! One of the greatest comfort foods from the British Isles,why should vegetarians miss out! Vegetarian sausages have improved massively over the last 10 years and certainly beat some of the mass produced supermarket varieties.


Veggie sausages with sage and mature cheddar recipeMost veggie sausages contain Textured Vegetable Protein or TVP. This is not a problem, but these sausages have a more natural texture and a greater depth of flavour. This recipe can be made vegan by omitting the cheese. These sausages are best shallow fried.