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New Year Nourishing & Soothing Recipes

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New Year Nourishing Foods & Soothing Soups

After our Christmas celebrations, hopefully lots of us will still be allowing ourselves to slow down a little and enjoy some much needed time off before heading back to work. But if you’re feeling in a bit of a slump and want to cook yourself something veg packed, soothing & fresh as well as saving money by wasting less then I’ve got just the recipes for you…

Once I’ve made my way through the festive leftovers (click here for my favourite recipes for using up Christmas leftovers),  I’m on the lookout for simple comfort foods and satisfying, soothing soups and stews; mainly bowl food for ease of cooking and eating!

As always, seasonal veg is top of my shopping list – root vegetables like carrots, squash, parsnips, cauliflower, broccoli and kale  –  and perky toppings to keep things fresh and zesty and tangy. If you’re struggling to find greens, don’t forget to check the freezer aisles – I like to keep frozen spinach, kale and broccoli and peas in my freezer drawer.

Hope you enjoy these seasonal and simple recipes which would be delicious for leftovers for lunch the next day.

Kimchi Kale Noodles 

Kimchi Kale Noodles Melissa Hemsley
These Kimchi Kale noodles are so lovely hot or cold so great to make for dinner and have for a laptop free lunch the next day! They’re quick & packed with lots of veg.  Get the recipe.

Winter Warming Tea

Winter warming tea melissa hemsley

This Winter Warming tea is my favourite brew to reach for when I need perking up. It’s got a classic combination of ginger, lemon and honey and then the powerhouse cheerful addition of turmeric too! Get the recipe.

Mum’s Noodle Soup

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This filipino noodle soup is the ultimate bowl of comfort with lots of garlic and ginger to sweep away the cobwebs. If you’ve still got any turkey leftover from Christmas then add this in too or keep it veggie.  Get the recipe.

Broccoli Frittata

broccoli frittata

A simple frittata is great way to use up leftovers and make a meal out of nothing. Plus getting in some extra greens too.  This delicious and easy recipe is in my cookbook Eat Green. Get the recipe.

Broccoli Quinoa Miso Soup


This Vegan Broccoli Quinoa Miso Soup is a really feel good soup for me. I often have cooked plain quinoa in the fridge on a busy week so then this soup becomes a ‘ready in 10’ minutes dinner. When I’m feeling under the weather, I add extra ginger and I love this with quality chicken broth which I keep in the freezer.
Get the recipe.

Comforting Cauliflower Lentil Stew

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Cosy, comforting and less waste, this Red Lentil Stew with Roasted Cauliflower and crispy cauli leaves with zesty Zhoug dolloped on top is the ultimate warming dish. Don’t let the cauliflower leaves go to waste- they make the crispiest, crunchiest topping when roasted.
Get the recipe.

Cashew Kale & Pea Pesto Pasta

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This Cashew, Kale, Garlic & Pea Pasta Sauce is the ultimate feel-good, comforting and creamy green sauce. It’s smooth and creamy from the nuts and makes for a lovely vegan pasta sauce. But if like me, you fancy cheese on top, I grated lots of parmesan on at the end. Get the recipe.

Store Cupboard Soup

This Kale & Bean Soup is a simple store cupboard hearty soup in just 20 minutes & is also vegan if you use coconut oil instead of ghee. Feel free to add any other veggies you like. Get the recipe.

Go-to Green Soup with Halloumi Croutons

Green Soup, Halloumi Croutons, Food Waste
Halloumi Croutons & Super Green Soup in 30 minutes! Inspired by a creamy potato & leek soup, this soup has the cheerful boost of greens too. Swap the potato for celeriac or a mix of both. If you don’t have kale, try chard or spinach or add some peas too. Get the recipe.

Lentil Bolognese

Ultimate comfort in this  veg “bolognese” with mushrooms & lentils. This is really really good & as someone who loves a traditional ragu, I promise it still hits the spot!
Get the recipe in Eat Green.

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