Carrot and Feta Lasagne

A great recipe that is wonderful for dinner parties or other occasions where you’re going to be spending a bit more time on preparation to get that WOW! result.

Thanks to Fiona for the recipe!

50g butter
1tbsp olive oil
2 medium leeks, chopped into in 1-2mm slices
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
8 medium carrots, grated (about 1kg)
1/2 cup shredded fresh basil
2 eggs, slightly beaten
300ml cream
1tsp seasoned pepper
6 sheets instant lasagne
400g feta cheese, crumbled

Grease ~ 17x25cm ovenproof dish (2L capacity). Heat butter and olive oil in pan, add leeks and garlic and cook, stirring regularly until leeks are soft. Add carrots and cook, covered, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes or until carrots are soft. Cool slightly (about 5 min) and stir in basil.

Combine eggs, cream and pepper in bowl, mix well.

Cover base of prepared dish with 3 lasagne sheets, top with half of the leek and carrot mixture, then half of the cheese, then half of the egg mixture. Repeat layering with the remaining half of the ingredients.

Bake, uncovered, in a moderate oven (180C/350F, lower for fan-forced, or turn off the fan if possible) for 45-50 min or until firm and browned.

Bon appétit!

Chocolate Pudding

This is a very old recipe and I really don’t know the attibution, but I got it from Deb and have also heard it from others. I’ve tried to put a little bit of nutrition back into it (by substituting wholemeal flour for milled, raw sugar for refined and soy milk for regular), but it is definitely a special occasion dish – make sure you share it with lots of friends so the pieces are small! 🙂

I must try and experiment with something like flaxseed oil to replace the butter and make it fully vegan-friendly.

1 cup wholemeal flour
1/2 cup raw sugar
2 tsp cocoa
1 tbsp butter (melted)
1/2 cup soy milk
1 tsp vanilla

Mix together, place in a big lump in the middle of a high-sided casserole baking dish.

1/2 cup raw sugar
1 and 1/2 cups boiling water
2 tsp cocoa

Mix and pour over the pudding.

Bake for approx 30mins @ 180deg C. Serve with light ice cream or light cream.


Brown Rice Salad

I can’t let the whole month go by without a post, so here’s a real favourite of mine. This is an incredibly zesty salad, a great one to take to barbecues or just whip up a batch and have some throughout the week. As an interesting aside, when this recipe was originally given to me, it called for 3/4 cup of sunflower oil – more of a soup than a salad! After a few experiments, I think I’ve found that 1/4 cup is a good balance between too oily and too dry, or too out of proportion with the soy sauce and lemon juice.

Share and enjoy!

1 cup of brown rice (measured uncooked)
1/3 cup currants
60g roasted cashews
3 tab spns chopped parsley
6 spring onions (shallots/eshallots)
1 red capsicum (bell pepper)
2 tab roasted sunflower seeds

Cook rice and allow it to cool. I often cook the rice the evening before making the salad. Finely chop the capsicum, spring onions and parsley. Roughly crush the cashews with the flat of your cook’s knife. Mix everything together. Add the dressing immediately before serving and mix well.

Soy sauce dressing
1/4 cup sunflower oil
3 tab spns light soy sauce
2 tab spns lemon juice
1 clove garlic (v. finely chopped)
small pinch salt and pepper

– Substitute a Spanish or red onion for spring onion, or just add one.
– Substitute a mix of sunflower seeds, pine nuts and pepitas for the sunflower seeds.
– Add grated carrot or zucchini
– Double the quantity for parties, etc.


I discovered Sanitarium TVP Vege-Mince in the supermarket a while ago and whipped up this lasagna that is better than anything I tasted when I was omnivorous.


250g box instant lasagna sheets or 400g pack of fresh lasagna
250g vege mince
1 large onion
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
8-10 medium button mushrooms
1 large eggplant (aka aubergine)
2 medium zucchini (aka courgette)
1 large carrot
1 large red capsicum (bell pepper)
1 cup vegetable stock (1/2 cup if using fresh lasagna)
2 x 440g cans tomatoes – crushed, chopped or whole
3 tbsp tomato paste

Bechamel Sauce

2 tbsp wholemeal flour
2 tbsp butter or butter substitute
2 cups milk
125g grated cheese – mozzarella, tasty or whatever is handy.


30g grated parmesan cheese.


Dice the onion and toss it into a very large saucepan or pot with the olive oil. Cook over low heat until barely transparent, usually about 3 minutes. While the onion is cooking, put the carrots through a food processor or grater. When the onions are ready, add the carrot and cook for a further 3 minutes. While the carrot and onion are cooking, grate the mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant and red pepper. Add them, as well as the vegetable stock, tomato paste and tomatoes, to the saucepan, stir and simmer for 25 minutes.

Melt the butter in a medium to large saucepan, add the flour and cook over low heat for 3 minutes, stirring regularly. Add the milk and stir until the sauce thickens. Add the cheese and stir thoroughly. Remove from heat.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

Use a little olive oil to grease the bottom of a high-sided heavy baking tray and place a layer of lasagne sheets, followed by a thin layer of vegetable sauce, followed by a drizzle of bechamel sauce. Repeat once or twice depending on how much sauce, but finish with a layer of lasagne sheets topped with the last of the bechamel sauce and some grated parmesan.

Cook in the oven for 30 minutes.

Let me know how you go with it.

Marty’s Mushroom and Lentil Burgers

These delicious burgers are quick and easy to prepare. Makes 12 burgers. You can freeze them for up to three months and reheat in the microwave.


1 brown onion, finely chopped
6 medium button mushrooms, finely chopped
~400g can brown lentils
2 slices wholemeal bread, roughly chopped into ~1cm squares
2 eggs or egg substitute
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup plain wholemeal flour
1/2 tsp fresh or dried rosemary
1 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
3 tbsp finely chopped dried fruit and nut mix


Cook the onion in a teaspoon of olive oil for a few minutes if you prefer. Wash your hands. Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands. This is the best way to mix burgers. You really need to squash all the ingredients together and have them squirting out through your fingers. When everything is combined, just use a spoon to scrape the mixture off your hands and give your hands another wash.

Cook the burgers for 1-2 min each side. Serve on toasted wholemeal bread or a roll with tomato or barbecue sauce, accompanied by steamed vegetables or salad.