Celebrate World Vegetarian Day with a healthy helping of plants and pulses


MOO-VE over meat and bring out the broccoli. It is World Vegetarian Day today, so I have rooted out some great deals on meat-free dishes, with recipes from Morrisons.com.

There are also tasty offers on fridge fillers for all the family, as well as top buys on booze-free drinks.

Go veggie for the day and try out Mrs Crunch's tasty recipes

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Go veggie for the day and try out Mrs Crunch’s tasty recipesCredit: Getty
Mrs Crunch recipes in association with Morrisons
Mrs Crunch recipes in association with Morrisons

Pear and parsnip soup

Serves four

Tip: like a little more kick to your pear and parsnip soup? Add a pinch of curry powder

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Tip: like a little more kick to your pear and parsnip soup? Add a pinch of curry powderCredit: Chris Alack 2014

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

You need:

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 4 shallots, peeled and diced
  • 500g parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 pears, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
  • 50g blue cheese, crumbled

Method:

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the shallots.
  2. Fry gently for five minutes until they are softened but not browned.
  3. Add the parsnips, cider vinegar, pears and stock and bring to the boil.
  4. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, then blend with a stick blender or in a liquidiser until smooth.
  5. Add the rosemary leaves, cheese and a little seasoning. Cook over a low heat, stirring until the cheese melts, then serve.

Family fridge fillers

FOR both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, snap up great deals on fresh and deli foods.

Wyke mature Cheddar, brilliant in cauliflower cheese and quiche, is down from £1 to 50p per 100g at Morrisons’ deli counter until Sunday.

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Get 20 per cent off Waitrose Essential olives, 130g, now down to £1.59 from £2.

Go deeply dippy with Asda sweet chilli houmous, down to 90p from £1.14, and Asda guacamole, now £1.20 instead of £1.35.

Grab great deals on fresh fruit and vegetables including British parsnips, 500g, down from 60p to 49p at Morrisons, and a four-pack of Conference pears, down from £1.50 to £1.25 until Sunday. Both are perfect for the soup recipe below.

Get Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference coleslaw, 600g, for just £1.60, saving you 80p.

Vegetable and egg fried rice

Serves four

This delicious and healthy dish is perfect for lunch on the go

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This delicious and healthy dish is perfect for lunch on the go

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

You need:

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 pinch ground white pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 150g tenderstem broccoli, cut into 1cm pieces
  • 4 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 100g frozen peas
  • 400g long grain rice, cooked and cooled
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 drizzle sesame oil, to taste

Method:

  1. Heat half the oil in a wok until smoking. Season eggs with white pepper and add to the wok.
  2. Cook for one or two minutes, stirring constantly, until the eggs are cooked and lightly browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Wipe pan clean with a paper towel and return to the heat with remaining oil. When smoking hot, add garlic and broccoli and cook for one or two minutes.
  4. Add spring onions and peas. Cook for a further minute then add rice and cook for another two to three minutes until rice is piping hot.
  5. Add scrambled eggs back to pan along with the soy sauce and sesame oil. Stir-fry for another minute, then serve.
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Low and no-alcohol drinks

GOING sober for October? Give yourself a break from booze with these deals on alcohol-free tipples.

Kopparberg alcohol-free mixed fruits, 500ml, is £1.30 at Morrisons, or buy three bottles for £3.

Ceder’s Wild distilled non-alcoholic spirit, 50cl, is down from £20 to £16 at Morrisons.

Shipyard Low Tide pale ale is down from £1.30 to £1 at Tesco until Monday. And save 50p on Free Damm alcohol-free lager at Waitrose, down to £3.50 from £4 for four 330ml bottles.

Save 50p on Co-op 0 per cent Spritz Rose, 75cl, currently £4 a bottle. Available in selected Co-op stores.

A pack of six 275ml bottles of Beck’s Blue lager is £3 at Asda, just 50p a bottle.

Veggie meals

  • BUY two for £5 on selected V Taste meals from Morrisons, including mushroom bolognese, 400g, £3.
  • Save £1 on The Meatless Farm meat-free mince, 400g, at Sainsbury’s, now £2.
  • Get a quarter of Naked products at Waitrose including Naked Burgers Without the Moo, 260g, down from £3 to £2.25.
  • Save £1 on Asda’s Indian-style vegetarian meal for two, now £7, which includes two curries, rice, naan and bhajis.
  • Get £1 off a 780g Scratch vegan chilli and basmati rice meal kit for two at Iceland, now £4.
  • Perfect for a big night in, Tesco Plant Chef margherita pizza, 269g, is £2.50.
    Morrisons’ vegetarian enchiladas, 400g, are £2.50 or buy three for £6.
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