As this month is World Vegan month we’ve decided to celebrate by giving our readers a vegan recipe each day, to give some food for thought, and perhaps even convert some meat eaters!

Lunch recipe: Sichuan mixed vegetables

You’ll need:

2 tbsp chilli oil
4 garlic cloves, crushed
5cm/2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated (or use teaspoon of ginger powder)
250 gcarrots, cut into thin strips
1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into thin strips
150 g mushrooms, sliced
150 g mange tout
3 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
350 g beansprouts
Cooked rice, to serve

Serves four

1 Heat the chilli oil in a preheated wok and fry the garlic, ginger and carrots for 3 minutes. Add the red pepper and stir-fry for another 2 minutes. Then add the mushrooms and mange tout and stir-fry for 1 minute.
2 In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce and peanut butter until combined.
3 Using a wooden spoon, make a space in the centre of the stir-fried vegetables so that the base of the wok is visible. Pour in the sauce and bring to the boil, stirring all the time until it starts to thicken. Add the beansprouts and toss the vegetables to coat thoroughly with the sauce.
4 Transfer to a serving dish and serve immediately with freshly cooked rice.

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