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10 of our favourite vegetarian and vegan recipes from The Happy Pear

by Jessica Lockyer-Palmer

published on 5 May 2020

David and Stephen Flynn, aka The Happy Pear, are the owners of the renowned Happy Pear Café in Ireland, and the authors of multiple vegetarian and vegan cookbooks. From clever vegan twists on your favourite dishes (think: chickpea tikka masala and plant-based lasagne) to hearty vegetarian classics, their fun, accessible meat-free recipes will appeal to even the most devout carnivores. Here, we’ve rounded up ten favourites from across their books to get you cooking the Happy Pear way.

Vegan Cheese Sauces (Cacio e Pepe)

Vegan Cheese Sauces (Cacio e Pepe)

This three-in-one recipe offers three vegan pasta dishes. Choose from a cacio e pepe-inspired sauce, a cheesy basil and sun-dried tomato sauce, and a summery olive and courgette sauce.

Grilled Halloumi Burgers with Chilli Ketchup and Tahini Mayo

Grilled Halloumi Burgers with Chilli Ketchup and Tahini Mayo

A good veggie burger is like the holy grail; once you find your ‘one’, you’ll return to it again and again. This hearty halloumi version, complete with a zingy homemade ketchup and creamy tahini sauce, ticks all our meat-free burger boxes. 

Vegan Lasagne

Vegan Lasagne

Packed with celeriac and sweet potato for sustenance and mushroom and sun-dried tomato for flavour, this plant-based lasagne recipe also includes a vegan béchamel, made using creamy cashews.

Chickpea Tikka Masala

Chickpea Tikka Masala

A meat-free twist on the nation’s favourite curry and a fast, vegan-friendly alternative to a Friday night takeaway.

One-Pot Vegan Spag Bol

One-Pot Vegan Spag Bol

Create a hearty, vegan bolognese with this lentil-based recipe that’s packed full of nutritious ingredients. 

Aubergine, Fennel and Bean Stew

Aubergine, Fennel and Bean Stew

A naturally plant-based dish that brings together aubergine, fennel and beans cooked in an aromatic tomato sauce. Best served in a bowl piled over nutty brown rice.

Sweet Potato, Spring Onion, Spinach and Goat’s Cheese Frittata

Sweet Potato, Spring Onion, Spinach and Goat’s Cheese Frittata

A picnic favourite and lunchbox winner, this vegetarian frittata mixes sweet potato with the creamy tang of goat’s cheese.

Roasted Carrot Hummus

Roasted Carrot Hummus

Level up your work-from-home snack game with this easy carrot hummus. Perfect for seeing you through the 3pm slump.

Vegan Pavlova Meringue Tower

Vegan Pavlova Meringue Tower

No egg, no problem with this vegan pavlova recipe. Made using aquafaba, this magic meringue is the perfect base for a glut of summer berries.

Black Forest Gâteau

Black Forest Gâteau

This vegan Black Forest gâteau is one to bookmark ahead of cherry season. A summer showstopper par excellence. 

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