A light vegan dinner for a hot summer evening

The hot weather seems to make me want lighter foods, more fruit and vegetables. It was so lovely over the weekend and on Saturday we started the day with breakfast in the garden, strawberries, nectarines and pear, toast and some cheese, cottage cheese, Philadelphia light and some goats cheese. Some cool fruit juice and I was set up for a lovely and sunny Saturday!

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We had lunch at the pub, I like the sun but after 2 hours in the sunshine I have to admit I was starting to daydream of the dairy department in the nearby grocery store! Just for a little while.

As the day got hotter I realised I wanted a very light dinner and decided to go vegan. We harvested the first new potatoes from the allotment and it would be a sin not to eat them! The beet roots are looking fantastic so we got some of those as well.

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I boiled and sprinkled them with some sea salt, that was all that was needed.

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I boiled the potatoes, cleaned some radishes and cut up a couple of celery sticks.

After this I needed some protein and for some firm silken tofu out and made an avocado dip.

Silken tofu avocado dip 

Preparation time: 8-10 minutes

Serves 2 people

  • 1/2 pack firm silken tofu
  • 1 avocado
  • juice of 1/4 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove
  • I chilli
  • 1 spring onion
  • salt

Garnish

  • toasted black and white sesame seeds 

Place the 1/2 pack of tofu in the blender, add the peeled avocado with the stone removed and whizz until smooth. Remove the seeds from the chilli and chop fine, crush the garlic and slice the spring onion, add this to the avocado and tofu, add salt to taste. When done plate up and sprinkle over with black and white toasted sesame seeds. Add about one tea spoon of each and mix with the dip just before serving. Sesame seeds are high in nutrition and high in protein, see more information about them here.

I added sea salt and chives to the new potatoes and they were great with the garlicky avocado dip.

It was just enough and a lovely and light dinner on a hot summer evening!

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I hope there will be many more evenings like this as there is more produce coming at the allotment and this is a wonderful way of enjoying it.

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