6 plant-based dinners you’ll love

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6 plant-based dinners you'll love

If you’re struggling to add more vegetarian and vegan meals into your weekly rotation, we’ve got you. Eating more plant-based meals is super-easy with Abigail Donnelly’s weeknight inspiration. Plus, she has ideas for adding a bit of meat on the side, if you must…

1. Tofu with 5-minute Romesco sauce

The tofu can be cooked in an air-fryer at 180°C for 10 minutes. Place on grid in a single layer and give the drawer a shake halfway through. Use firm tofu as silken can be too fragile.

Meat addition: If you’re not plant-based, you can bulk up this recipe with Woolies’ stir-fried pork rashers. They’re made from specially selected South African pork belly, cured and oak-smoked for a subtle sweet-smoky flavour.

Tofu with 5-minute Romesco sauce

Find the recipe for tofu with 5-minute Romesco sauce here. 

2. Fresh tomato gnudi

Nutritional yeast is a great substitute for cheese as it has a nutty, cheesy flavour. It’s used here to make this dish plant-based.

Meat addition: Grilled lamb chops are the perfect accompaniment here.

Fresh tomato gnudi

Find the recipe for fresh tomato gnudi here. 

Need more meat-free meals? Check out our vegan recipe collection. 

3. Air-fryer falafel

If you don’t have an air-fryer, bake the falafel on a lined baking tray for 20 minutes at 180°C, or fry in hot oil until golden brown.

Meat addition: This recipe works well with leftover roast lamb on the side. or stuffed into a warmed pita with a dollop of Woolworths tzatziki and tahini for a vegetarian option.

Air-fryer falafel

Find the recipe for air-fryer falafel here. 

4. Cauliflower sorghum risotto

Add Woolies’ plant-powered, dairy-free, Cheddar-flavoured cheese to your shopping list. It’s great for cooking and as a sandwich filler. Plus, it’s the perfect finishing touch for this dish.

Vegetarian addition: As with most risottos, a fried or poached egg would be a great addition.

Cauliflower sorghum risotto

Find the recipe for cauliflower sorghum risotto here. 

ALSO READ: 5 vegetarian curry recipes that will make you fall in love with veggies

5. Gochujang brown rice stir-fry

Gochujang paste adds spicy sweetness to sauces, marinades, stews and soups. The ingredient shines in this easy brown rice stir-fry.

Meat addition: This easy dinner is even tastier when you add sliced pan-fried steak.

Gochujang brown rice stir-fry

Find the recipe for gochujang brown rice stir-fry here. 

6. Baby marrow pancake

This recipe is easily customisable. For example, you can add a handful of chopped spinach or kale to the salad, or replace the asparagus with Tenderstem broccoli.

Meat addition: Woolies’ selection of lamb sausages includes rosemary lamb sausage and halaal dhania lamb sausage. Grill your favourite and serve it sliced on the side.

Baby marrow pancake

Find the recipe for baby marrow pancake here. 


Abigail Donnelly Article by: Abigail Donnelly

Nothing excites Woolworths TASTE's Food Director quite as much as the challenge of dreaming up recipes with innovative new foods – or the thrill of creating deliciousness on a plate with the humblest of ingredients. With Abi by your side, you’ll be a cooking expert in no time at all.

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