As a full-time food blogger, I spend about 50% of my days in my kitchen. Every appliance gets used multiple times a week - my oven, my hob, my slow cooker, even more obscure things like my waffle maker and spiraliser (okay, maybe I don't use those multiple times a week... but pretty often).
Recently, MoneySuperMarket asked me to give up something I use regularly for an entire week as part of their One Week Energy Challenge. We often take prized possessions for granted, and sometimes if sacrifices have to be made, we might not be able to afford to use our favourite items any longer.
When I was trying to decide what to give up for the challenge, naturally my mind immediately went to the kitchen (big surprise there). I wanted to give up something that would be a challenge, but wouldn't result in me just eating dry crackers all week (because that's no fun for anyone - especially me). The answer was obvious: my oven! One whole week with no oven.
I had to rely on stove-top meals over the course of the week. Easy, yet somehow quite difficult at the same time. I actually found that my meals were a little healthier overall than usual - I could no longer rely on the 'bung it in the oven' kind of dinner that I sometimes resort to when I'm feeling a bit lazy (you know the kind of thing I mean - oven chips, shop-bought veggie burgers, garlic bread, that kind of stuff). Instead, there were more stove-top soups, stews, lentil dishes... all made from scratch and all full of veggies. Much healthier in all sorts of ways.
I also find that stove-top meals are often cheaper than the prepared ready-meals that you cook in the oven. Lentils, eggs, beans, pasta - all super cheap, and all cooked on the stove-top. I'll definitely be remembering this next time I find myself a little strapped for cash - a meal can easily cost under £1 per person. The difference really adds up when you're cooking for multiple people.
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In the meantime, here's a little collection of some of my favourite vegetarian stove-top recipes that you might enjoy.
Easy Sri Lankan curry with toasted cashews (pictured above) [vegan]
Red Thai satay tofu [vegan]
Mushroom, spinach and chickpea curry from Fab Food 4 All [vegan]
Quinoa, cauliflower and butternut squash curry from Celery & Cupcakes [vegan]
Thai green curry with cashew nuts from Tin and Thyme [vegan]
Smoky coconut and butternut squash soup (pictured above) [vegan]
Creamy cauliflower cheese soup
15 minute tomato soup with basil pine nut crumb
15 minute Thai coconut broccoli soup from Food To Glow [vegan]
Asian kale, noodle and coconut broth from Foodie Quine [vegan]
One pot vegetarian chilli mac (pictured above)
One pot spaghetti alla puttanesca [vegan]
Lemon and artichoke pasta (pictured top)
Pasta with basil and rhubarb sauce from Recipes From A Pantry [vegan]
Chilli, tomato and pesto gnocchi from Recipes and Reviews
Gooey wild mushroom and spinach one-pot pasta from Family Friends Food
Stews and chillis
Sausage and puy lentil vegetarian cassoulet (pictured above) [vegan]
Caribbean-style sweet potato stew [vegan]
African-style peanut quinoa stew from Natural Kitchen Adventures [vegan]
Mexican sweet potato and puy lentil mole from Tinned Tomatoes [vegan]
Slow cooker borlotti bean chilli from The Veg Space [vegan]
Honey soy tofu (pictured above) [vegan]
Sweet and spicy honey sriracha stir fry (pictured top) [vegan]
Hoi sin veggie noodles [vegan]
Rainbow stir fry with peanut sauce from Lazy Cat Kitchen [vegan]
Vegetarian quinoa stir fry from Simply Quinoa [vegan]
... and everything else
Looking for even more vegan recipes? Here are some more of my favourites:
This post is in collaboration with MoneySuperMarket, but all thoughts are my own.