This is a sponsored post for Woolworths
I have to say, that as a vegetarian, the choice of ready-made meals and grab-and-go prepared items have been pretty thin on the ground for the last few years although it’s getting better. While I like making my own items, it is unarguably handy to have pre-made things you can throw in a pan or the oven on busy nights, and to take to barbecues and parties. I keep a small stash in the freezer for just these situations. I don’t think I am alone in wishing we were catered to with more variety, but I suppose I’ve thought it just comes part and parcel with the territory.
I have been watching with an eager eye the new vegetarian choices Woolworths have been rolling out since late last year in their Macro range, as I’m always keen for something different. The Eggplant and Lentil Balls with Chilli caught my attention, and I thought that combination was just crying out for tahini and lemon.
I think these would be a fabulous addition to a little shared platter as a hot option, and you could even make cute honey-chilli glazed Hard Tofu bites as well… if I can ever get over my fear of tofu. I feel I’m turning. Ever so slowly!
I find it to be super-helpful to have a variety of veggie food that is quick and convenient and easy to find, and I’m pleased that Woolies is stepping up to answer the call. There are 1.15 million of us out there, and we all want something to eat! The chilled items can all be found in the one place (with in-store recipe cards, and ideas online), and the extensive range only available at Woolworths also includes Vegetable and Chickpea Sausages, and Tomato, Basil and Onion burgers, among others. Hell, you don’t even need to be vegetarian to enjoy their offerings, there’s so much to choose from, you are bound to find something for everyone.
But for your delicious little morsels of chilli-spiked eggplant, allow me to share my lemony tahini dip. And if you’re serving it at your next party, I’d love an invite!
Mix half a cup of tahini with half a cup of plain greek yogurt. Add salt, a minced garlic clove, and the zest and juice of a small lemon. Add chilli powder to taste (or use a real chilli and blend in the food processor). Put in a serving dish and grate over a little extra zest and sprinkle with paprika.