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Healthy vegetarian and vegan recipes

Here at Suma Wholefoods we have been sourcing and distributing wholefoods since 1977. We have always been a vegetarian company – it’s one of our core values – and we are passionate about food.

Need inspiration in the kitchen? We are proud to feature the recipes of Steve Dent aka “The Circus Gardener”, a self-taught cook and an organic grower of fruit and vegetables. Steve has been creating delicious recipes for Suma since 2014 and as a vegetarian workers’ co-operative we share his values.

Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or taking the first step to reducing your meat consumption, Circus Gardener has a wealth of high quality, nutritious vegetarian recipes for you to try, often using fresh, seasonal and locally produced, organic ingredients.

For more “seasonal vegetarian cooking with a side helping of food politics” take a look at Steve’s blog, The Circus Gardener’s Kitchen. It’s full of really interesting articles, beautiful food photography and mouth-watering recipes.

Vegan Tropical Fruit Cake

Vegan Tropical Christmas Cake

A vegan Christmas cakes with a twist using dried pineapple, apricot and crystallised ginger. It’s a big hit with people who often don’t like a more traditional cake because of it’s tangy, zingy flavour.

christmas cake recipe

Beautifully Rich Christmas Cake

This is a modern take on a traditional Christmas cake recipe, packed with brandy soaked dried fruits and using coconut syrup as the sweetner. A beautifully rich cake which will improve with keeping, so make as soon as you can and hide it away for Christmas. Ingredients: For the fruit mixture 250g organic raisins 250g […]

Christmas cake

Vegan Christmas Cake Recipe

This vegan Christmas fruit cake recipe has been in Suma member Wendy Abbotts family for as long as she can remember. It doesn’t use eggs, and we’ve substituted the milk for soya milk. It’s really easy to make and uses lots of dried fruit and spices to create a rich delicious flavour.

Christmas Pudding

Vegetarian Christmas Pudding Recipe

Homemade easy to make and cook Christmas Pudding Recipe from Suma Worker Sheena Allen, resident cook and all round puddings and cakes guru.

quinoa burger recipe

Quinoa burgers

Mushroom, black bean and quinoa burgers with vegan aioli Makes 8 burgers Ingredients for the burgers 1 onion, finely chopped 500g organic mushrooms, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 75 g quinoa 400g can black beans, drained and rinsed 60 g walnuts, ground or very finely chopped 30 g dried porcini mushrooms, ground to […]

Roast plum sorbet with macadamia & sesame brittle

Plum sorbet with brittle

Roast plum sorbet with macadamia & sesame brittle Ingredients for the sorbet 800 g ripe plums 20 g organic coconut sugar 1 tsp Chinese Five Spice seasoning 300 ml maple syrup 100 ml fresh cold water 1 tbps kirsch (optional) Ingredients for the brittle 30 g sesame seeds 50 g macadamia nuts, finely chopped 125 […]

Tomato & Spinach Risotto

Tomato & Spinach Risotto

Tomato and spinach risotto with confit tomatoes and basil puree Ingredients for the risotto 180 g arborio rice 1 tbsp sea salt 2 tsp smoked paprika 1 x 400 g tin organic chopped tomatoes 1 tbsp organic tomato puree 150 g organic spinach leaves, tough stalks removed, chopped 600 ml vegetable stock 25 g nutritional […]

Cannellini Beans Oregano & Garlic

Cannellini Beans with Oregano & Garlic

Serves 4-6 Oregano is one of the first herbs to burst into life during early Spring. Here it is paired with garlic and cannellini beans to create a quick and delicious treat. It makes a lovely Mediterranean-style accompaniment, and it is also lovely as it is with a slice or two of garlicky crostini: as […]

Cauliflower Tempura and Coconut Curry

Cauliflower Tempura with Coconut Curry Sauce & Pickled Ginger

Serves 4 This recipe for cauliflower tempura with pickled ginger and coconut curry sauce signals the resumption of my association with Suma Wholefoods after an enforced hiatus due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Suma, a wholefood cooperative, and one of the largest of its kind in Europe, has performed wonders to keep its […]

Suma Sweetcorn & Suma Black Bean's Recipe

Mexican Sweetcorn & Black Bean Salsa

Mexican Style Sweetcorn and Black Bean Salsa recipe Prep 10 Min / Serves 4 / Vegan This zesty salsa is the perfect party dish for summer get-togethers, served with nachos or as a salad side dish. It’s easy and quick to make and healthy too. Ingredients for the Mexican Sweetcorn and Black Bean Salsa 1 […]

broccoli almond and buckwheat noodle salad

Buckwheat noodle salad with broccoli and almond

Broccoli, almond and buckwheat noodle salad recipe Ingredients for the buckwheat noodle salad 300 g buckwheat noodles 300 g sprouting broccoli, sliced in half lengthways along the stem 50 g blanched almonds 6 spring onions, white and green parts thinly sliced on the diagonal 10 g fresh coriander, finely chopped 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil […]


Crunchy, Chocolatey and Oaty Florentines recipe

Crunchy and Chocolatey Florentines These melt-in-the-mouth oaty florentines, crunchy, fruity chocolate-covered lacy webs of oaty goodness are the perfect Easter treat and is really easy to make. We’ve provided a vegan-friendly recipe option too. Will keep for a week in an airtight container Ingredients for the Oaty Florentines 180g Suma oat cereal (FX049) 85g dried […]

Spinach fritters and dhal recipe

Spinach Fritters & Dhal Recipe

Dhal, from red lentil with spinach fritters Easy and delicious vegan cooking from Suma, check out this spinach fritters & dhal recipe. Kindly provided by Steve Dent Recipe AKA ‘The Circus Gardener’s Kitchen’. 4 Servings Ingredients for the Spinach Fritters 150 g organic spinach, washed, drained and chopped 1 onion finely sliced 180 g gram […]

Potato, chive and Cheddar croquettes with apple chutney

Utterly delicious Potato Croquettes

Croquettes with potato, Chive and Cheddar accompanied by Apple Chutney Croquettes with potato, Chive and Cheddar, matched perfectly by spicy apple chutney. The chutney will keep for several weeks. 4 Servings Ingredients for the Croquettes 800g potatoes, peeled 100 g vegetarian Cheddar cheese, grated 20 g fresh chives, finely chopped free range egg, lightly beaten […]

Persian Style Bean & Noodle Soup

Persian Style Bean & Noodle Soup

4-6 Servings Here is a delicious vegan recipe for persian style bean & noodle soup recipe, kindly provided by Steve Dent Recipe AKA ‘The Circus Gardener’s Kitchen’ Ingredients for persian style bean & noodle soup 2 onions, thinly sliced 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 250 g organic spinach 1 leek, finely sliced 1 can organic […]

stuffed butternut squash recipe

Vegan stuffed butternut squash

4 Servings Ingredients 2 small butternut squash 1 onion, finely chopped 1 small carrot, finely diced 1 celery stalk, finely diced 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 50 g pecans 30 g kale (I used home grown cavalo nero), ribs removed and leaves finely chopped 20 g dried apricots, finely chopped 10 ml soy sauce 5 […]

aubergine fritters

Aubergine Fritters

Aubergine Fritters, Pomegranate Salad & Labneh Ingredients 2 aubergines 1 tsp sea salt 75 g panko breadcrumbs 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp sumac zest of a lemon 40 g cornflour 50 ml cashew or other plant-based milk 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil For the labneh 300 g vegan coconut yoghurt juice of a […]

poached pears with pecan granola and miso ice cream

Poached Pears, Pecan Granola & Miso Ice-Cream

Ingredients 4 conference pears 1 litre organic red grape juice 125 ml coconut blossom syrup 1 star anise 1 stick cinnamon 1 vanilla pod for the granola 150 g rolled oats75 g pecans, roughly chopped 40 g sunflower seeds 40 g pumpkin seeds 50 g dried apricots, chopped 50 ml coconut blossom syrup 30 g […]

vegetarian harissa and pearl couscous recipe with feta cheese

Harissa Roasted Vegetables with Pearl Couscous, Feta & Pumpkin Seeds

Harissa Roasted Vegetables with Pearl Couscous, Feta & Pumpkin Seeds Try this easy-to-make recipe packed with rich delicious flavours, made especially for us by Steve Dent from the Circus Gardener. Steve uses products from our extensive range of organic and ethically sourced products and creates inspiring and accessible recipes we love to share with you. […]

Festive Chocolate Bark Recipe

Festive Chocolate Bark

Chocolate bark recipe with cranberries, goji berries and pistachio Ingredients 2oz/56g Suma raw pistachios (NU251), coarsely chopped 2oz/56g Suma organic dried cranberries (DR219) 2oz/56g Suma goji berries (DR055) 16oz/450g good quality dark chocolate, finely chopped KB412) Method: Line a 28cm x 45cm (11˝ x 17˝) baking sheet with parchment paper. Firstly temper the chocolate: Using […]

Curried Jackfruit Pie

Curried Jackfruit Pie

Suma member Richard has created this recipe to celebrate Suma’s Jackfruit whilst also championing the tastiness of gluten-free recipes. As with any curry, the flavours develop overnight. You could make this the day before and reheat it. Use this gluten-free pastry recipe to make quiches or tarts and experiment with different pie fillings. A 12” […]

vegan smoked tofu kebab

Smoked Tofu Kebabs with Satay Sauce

A delicious Indonesian vegan kebab recipe created for Suma by The Circus Gardener.

broad bean hummus

Broad Bean Hummus with Za’atar and Sesame Crackers

Broad Bean Hummus with Za’atar and Sesame Crackers Try out Steve Dent’s (The Circus Gardener) delicious broad bean variation on what we know as classic chickpea hummus. Steve tells us a bit about his recipe: “Hummus is Arabic for chickpeas, but fresh broad beans (known as fava beans in the United States and several other […]

churros with chocolate sauce

Churros with Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients 200 g organic gluten free flour (I made my own, using a combination of rice flour, cornflour, potato starch and coconut flour) 50 g extra virgin coconut oil, melted 50 ml coconut blossom syrup 140 ml hazelnut milk 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract pinch sea salt organic rapeseed oil, for […]

carrot and apricot falafel

Carrot & Apricot Falafel

Carrot and apricot falafel with whipped feta and dukkah Middle Eastern spices combined with carrot and apricot work in beautiful harmony in this delicious falafel recipe from the Circus Gardener. Ingredients 1 can organic chickpeas, rinsed and drained 150 g carrots, grated 1 clove garlic, very finely chopped 75 g dried apricots, very finely chopped […]

katsu curry with panko

Vegan Katsu Curry with Panko Tofu

Vegan Katsu Curry with Panko Tofu Try out Steve Dent’s (The Circus Gardener) own vegan interpretation of katsu curry, one of Japan’s favourite western-style foods. This curry is delicious, easy to make, and full of flavour. Ingredients for the curry 15 g kombu 20 g dried shiitake mushrooms 2 onions, finely sliced 2 cloves garlic, […]

cannelini bean puree with roast parsnip and crispy lentils

Cannellini Bean Puree with Roast Parsnip & Crispy Lentils

Maple roasted parsnips with cannellini bean puree and crispy lentils This recipe from Steve Dent is vegan, gluten-free and absolutely delicious. There are a number of different stages to this recipe, but several of them can be carried out simultaneously. They are each straightforward and worth the effort because when combined they all add something […]

Potato & Mint Pakora with Spicy Chickpeas

Try this easy to make vegan pakora and spicy chickpea recipe made especially for us by organic gardener and chef Steve Dent.



Tiramisu the Classic Italian Favourite Marco, our resident Italian Suma chef brings to you an irresistible tiramisu recipe. The creaminess of the mascarpone cheese, layered with espresso-soaked sponge really makes this dessert perfect for parties. For lovers of strong coffee and rich chocolate, this is one of the easiest recipes you’ll try. Ingredients 500g mascarpone […]

thai curry recipe

Thai Green Curry

Thai Green Curry with sticky rice Guaranteed to blow away the winter blues, this beautifully fragranced and fiery dish from Suma member Rowena is incredibly soothing, possibly due to the addition of potatoes. This nutritious dish can be adapted through- out the seasons to suit the vegetables available. Serve with sticky rice and enjoy the […]

spanakopita recipe


Spanakotopita Greek Pie with couscous and pomegranate molasses Ingredients 100g pine nuts 5 eggs 300g feta cheese 50g cheddar cheese 1 handful dried oregano 1 lemon Knob of butter 500g spinach fresh or frozen 270g filo pastry Cayenne pepper 1 whole nutmeg 1 white onion Garlic Couscous and pomegranate molasses 200g giant couscous 2 tsp […]

roast tomato pasta

Roast Tomato, Rocket & Mascarpone Pasta

Roast Tomato, Rocket & Mascarpone Pasta with pesto and mozzarella focaccia This is a hearty pasta dish with added freshness thanks to the addition of peppery rocket leaves and juicy vine tomatoes. The Italian-style bread can work well as a stand-alone starter thanks to the punchy flavours of the pesto and creamy mozzarella, but it’s […]

Green and good for you Risotto

Green & good for you Risotto

Here is a real treat for you – a ridiculously creamy and delicious healthy green risotto. Comfort food at its finest, bursting with vitamins – just the thing to repair your body and mind after a week of hard-work and hard-partying. A word of warning though, this dish is best served before lounging with friends […]

Mille feuille

Mille Feuille

Mille Feuille classic sweet pastry slice Although decadent, this impressive sweet slice isn’t as difficult to make as it looks. Created by sandwiching delicious peaches, fruit spread and whipped double cream between crisp puff pastry layers, this recipe is a beautiful blend of flavours and textures. Perfected matched with a coffee and friends. Ingredients 2 […]



Meringue Pie with apple and elderflower Ingredients Pastry 330g plain flour 110g icing sugar 110g sunflower spread dairy free Curd 3 apples 100ml water Pinch of salt Juice & zest of 2 lemons 220g granulated sugar 2 tbsp cornflour 4 tbsp soya milk 2 tbsp sunflower spread dairy free Meringue Liquid from 400g tin chickpeas […]

Chow Mein Recipe

Vegetable & Tofu Chow Mein

Vegetable & Tofu Chow Mein with rice noodles If you are one of those people who say they find tofu bland and uninteresting then this could be the dish to change your mind. Chow Mein translates simply as “fried noodles” and is most commonly cooked with meat, but works deliciously well with tofu. This dish […]

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

Dairy Free Chocolate Cake with pistachio and raspberry topping Popular with vegans and non-vegans alike, this chocolate cake recipe from Suma member Becs produces a lovely textured cake without the “oily” consistency found in some vegan cakes. The added flavour from the bananas along with the gorgeous pistachio and raspberry topping make this cake an […]

Cheesy beans recipe

Cheesy Beans

Habas Rose Con Queso (Cheesy Beans) with tomatoes and peppers This delicious dish full of vegetables and creamy goodness is a gentle twist on a traditional chilli and comes out a beautiful hue of pink – perfect for cheering you up during the darker months. Serve this tasty one pot dish with plain rice, tortilla […]

White chocolate brownie

White Chocolate & Raspberry Blondies

If you love dark chocolate brownies, then this white chocolate version is right up your street. These blondies, perfect for summer picnics, are speckled with fresh raspberries, giving your bake a fruity twist. The sweetness of the chocolate paired with the sharpness of the raspberries really works. For extra indulgence, drizzle single cream over before […]

Blood orange & thyme sorbet

Blood Orange & Thyme Sorbet with Maple Syrup

This cool and refreshing recipe from the Circus Gardener’s Kitchen blog is perfect for a summer’s evening. The mix of tangy citrus and piney, peppery thyme works beautifully together. This recipe would also work with ‘regular’ oranges but we think the blood orange really brings colour to the recipe. Ingredients 750ml freshly squeezed blood orange […]

apple fritters with toasted pine nut ice cream

Vegan Apple Doughnuts with Toasted Pine Nut Ice Cream

Ingredients 2 organic apples Juice of half a lemon 30 g organic coconut sugar 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 100 g organic plain flour 40 g organic coconut flour 1 tsp baking powder 250 ml cashew milk 40 ml maple syrup 120 ml sparkling cider Groundnut oil, for deep-frying For the ice cream 200 g pine […]

Roasted-cauliflower & thyme risotto with lemon pangritata

Roasted Cauliflower & Thyme Risotto with Lemon Pangritata

Ingredients 300 g arborio or similar risotto rice 1 onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1/2 tbsp fresh thyme or lemon thyme 1/2 tsp sea salt glass white wine 1.2 litres vegetable stock 20 g organic butter 30 g vegetarian Parmesan (I used Mangiagratta) juice of 1 […]

Tomato lentil & tamarind soup

Tomato, Lentil & Tamarind Soup

Ingredients 1 tsp black mustard seeds 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds 1 tbsp dried curry leaves 100 g tamarind extract 2 fresh chillies, seeds in, roughly chopped 1 tsp sea salt 200 g fresh organic tomatoes, roughly chopped (if not available use a can of organic chopped tomatoes) 100 g organic red lentils 1.5 litres water […]

Almond stuffed pears with chocolate sauce

Almond Stuffed Pears with Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients 4 pears 1 litre water 1 vanilla pod 1 star anise 100 ml organic maple syrup Juice of 1/2 lemon For the filling 140 g organic almond butter 20 g organic extra virgin coconut oil 20 ml maple syrup 1 tsp organic vanilla essence For the chocolate sauce 100 g dark dairy-free chocolate, broken […]

Pumpkin seed cranberry & nut tartlets

Pumpkin Seed Cranberry & Nut Tartlets

Ingredients For the pastry 150 g plain organic flour 75 g organic butter, cut into small cubes (use 75 g melted coconut butter for vegan version) 1 free range organic egg pinch sea salt For the filling 60 g pecan kernels, broken into smaller pieces 60 g hazelnut kernels 40 g pistachio kernels 30 g […]

chick pea curry with green pea pilau rice

Chick Pea Curry with Green Pea Pilau

Ingredients 240 g dried organic chickpeas, soaked overnight 1 onion, chopped 1 tsp black mustard seeds 1 tsp cumin seeds pinch asafoetida 5 cm piece of ginger, chopped 2 red chillies, seeds in, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 tsp sea salt 1 tsp ground turmeric 400 g can organic chopped plum tomatoes 500 ml […]

Open asparagus ravioli with pea puree

Open Asparagus Ravioli with Pea Puree

Ingredients 24 asparagus stalks For the pea purée 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 150 g shallots, finely chopped 500 g fresh or frozen peas 150 ml vegetable stock 20 g fresh mint leaves 1/2 tsp sea salt juice of half a lemon For the pasta 325 g “00” grade pasta flour 3 free range […]

Blueberry Tart with Lemon Verbena Ice Cream

Ingredients 400 ml organic coconut milk 160 ml organic coconut cream (not the solid form) 100 ml maple syrup 20 g lemon verbena leaves For the tart 175 g organic ground almonds 50 g organic coconut oil 35 ml organic maple syrup 350 g fresh organic blueberries 30 g organic coconut sugar 1 1/2 tsp […]

Spiced red rice & lentil salad recipe

Spiced Red Rice & Lentil Salad

Ingredients 80 g lentils (I used dark speckled lentils) 80 g Camargue red rice 1 red onion, finely sliced 1 red pepper, finely sliced 1 courgette, halved lengthways and finely sliced 1 large carrot, grated 60 g organic dried apricots, finely chopped 80 g pistachio kernels, dry fried and then roughly chopped 2-3 red chillies, […]

Persian Stuffed Squash with Tahini Sauce & Cinnamon Onions

Persian Stuffed Squash with Tahini Sauce & Cinnamon Onions

Ingredients 2 small uchiki kuri (Japanese onion squash), or similar small squash For the filling 1 onion, chopped 100 g Camargue red rice 20 g wild rice 200 g spinach, shredded rind of a preserved lemon, finely chopped 12 black olives, freshly stoned and chopped 30 g pistachio kernels, dry fried and roughly chopped 150 […]