From stews and samp to zaalouk and ezme, when it comes to vegetarian mains, the options are endless. We’ve gathered 8 brilliant recipes that put a twist on classics, introduce you to a new dish and even win over the kids. We know you’ll find some new favourite meatless recipes here.
Butternut and grains are cooked in a vegetable broth flavoured with paprika, cumin and coriander to make a stew that’s comforting and that stretches your rands. We like to call this one the ultimate counting-down-to-payday dinner.
Expand your repertoire
Zaalouk is a Moroccan warm salad made with roast tomatoes, olive oil, North African spices and brinjals. It’s super-creamy, which makes it perfect for tossing through pasta.
Welcome to the bakery
We can’t think of anything better than the house smelling like freshly baked bread on a winter’s day. These soft and fluffy green gems make the perfect dinner accompaniment.
Baby got brinjals
Ezme is a Turkish spicy dip that’s similar to salsa. In this recipe, the fried baby brinjals soak up the spicy ezme while the tzatziki offers a cooling component to the dish. This is great to serve vegetarian guests at your next get together.
Eat your greens
A South African winter isn’t complete without a creamy bowl of samp and beans. This recipe gives the classic a gorgeous green colour with spinach and parsley.
Not just for meat
Baking food in salt retains all the succulence and flavour – and this is no different for hearty vegetables.
Keep it light
Crispy cauliflower is dressed in a creamy charred onion dressing and topped with blistered tomatoes to make your new favourite Sunday roast side.
Two steakhouse sides come together to make the ultimate side: cheese-stuffed baked potatoes on a bed of creamed spinach.
Have you tried grilling cabbage? It comes out charred, tender and slightly caramelised. The furikake adds a hit of umami and deep flavour, and those little Brussels sprouts are the cutest next to the cabbages.