Dinner at our House 🙌

Hi guys,

Clean out your fridge and your pantry and feed your friends. Just make sure they bring the wine though! As promised in the previous post the recipes are down below. Print them. Save them. Do what you will. This is a 3 course meal that you can make for a dinner party or to impress mates. I just hope you give one or two of the recipes a try and let me know how you like them. Better yet tag me on instagram: @thegrubbyeater and twitter: @LeeLebotsa.

I’m not much of a fan of dinner parties, unless I have been invited and I’m not the host for the evening. Then I get to sit back and enjoy myself. Cooking a meal for people (other than family) is rather risky…You need to consider other people’s allergies and their likes and dislikes and how your fake “vegan” friend chows down Big Macs on weekends. I’m honestly just glad that everyone enjoyed themselves and their meal. Especially since they are both guys and they both love their ‘vleis’. So here goes: my vegetarian  fool-poof meal that your boyfriend wouldn’t believe you made yourself!

Smoked paprika wedges and jalapeno hummus

Author: Lee Lebotsa. Serves 4


2 large waxy potatoes

1 Tub Mediterranean Delicacies jalapeno hummus

smoked paprika

2 tbs Prince Albert extra-virgin olive oil

sea salt & black pepper


Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and bake at 200 Degrees Celsius for 30-45 minutes.

Serve warm with the tub of hummus.

I promise you you’ve never had carbs like this before.

NoteI buy the Prince Albert extra-virgin olive oil at Woolworths or Saucisse Boutique Deli. It’s local and it’s a much cheaper (high quality) olive oil on the market at about R90 for 500ml.

Lentils and Jasmine Rice

Author: Lee Lebotsa. Serves 4


1 can lentils

2 tbps tomato paste

5 spring onions, chopped

handful rosa tomatoes

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

can of chopped tomatoes

2 tbps brown sugar

2 tbps tomato sauce

handful chilli flakes

lemon wedge

fresh basil

1 cup jasmine rice

2 cups warm water

salt & pepper


Put on the rice with the 2 cups of water and let it simmer for about 15 – 20 minutes.

For the sauce:

  • Chop up your spring onions and garlic and set aside.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a medium sized pan and switch on the stove.
  • Sweat the onions + garlic for a few minutes and add the rosa tomatoes.
  • Keep stirring and add your tomato paste after  about 8 minutes.
  • Add the can of tomatoes and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar {don’t worry your dish won’t taste like dessert; it’s just necessary to cut down on the acidity of the tomatoes}
  • Let the sauce reduce to about half its size – checking on it every few minutes.
  • Add the lentils and squeeze in the lemon
  • simmer for about 15 minutes and add the tomato sauce {sounds weird I know but tomato sauce has a sweetness to it that is concentrated in bottles and that you quite frankly can’t get in canned tomatoes or fresh ones}
  • Finish by adding the chopped basil and serve.

Spoon  the lentil sauce over the rice in large individual bowl.

Top with the leftover spring onions.

Vegan nana + granadilla ice cream (with Pistachio Halva)

Author: Lee Lebotsa. Serves 4 
Vegan protein • Dairy free • No added sugars • Yum



1 cup frozen bananas

store-bought granadilla pulp

3/4 cup plant milk (used rice milk in this recipe)

 serve with Mediterranean Delicacies pistachio halva


Blend the frozen nanas and dairy free milk on high for 2 minutes or until you achieve the required consistency.

Spoon the ice cream into a freezable container and mix in the granadilla pulp. Swirling the two mixtures so you can see both colors.

Freeze in the refrigerator  for 4 hours or overnight.

Soften on the counter/refrigerator for 15 minutes before serving (or better yet put the container over warm tap water, that should do the trick!)

Serve with halva for an epic taste explosion that you’ve never had before!

Note: make sure your bananas are spotty and ripe before you freeze them. That’s how you get the sweetness of the fruit. No need to add processed sugar!

Let me know in the comments below or on my social media pages if you try out any of the recipes. Or better yet what kind of vegetarian dishes do you like to eat.

Chat later.

☺ x ☺



Author: The Grubby Eater

just a basic girl who loves food..

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