Welcome to my very first 30 Recipes In 30 Days challenge update! It's still early days, but so far the challenge is going well and I've made three dishes I really enjoyed; 'Cheeseburger' Pasta, Sausage & Pesto Stew and Patatas Bravas.

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Day 1 - 'Cheeseburger' Pasta/Casserole

The first recipe I decided to try out was the Cheeseburger Pasta! Although I'd always planned to substitute the beef for a vegetarian alternative I originally discovered this idea via Damn Delicious back when I was still eating dairy. There are several other takes on the idea out there but none of those I found were dairy, gluten and meat free so instead of following a recipe I decided to create my own. For my version I used soy mince, dairy free cheese and a corn-based gluten free pasta from Le Veneziane. I also added a couple of extras for the full 'burger' effect; toasted bread and lettuce leaves. If you'd like me to share the recipe in a future post, let me know!

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Day 2 - Sausage & Vegetable Stew With Pesto

The second recipe idea I wanted to try out was sausage stew with added pesto, inspired by this post over at Sainsbury's. I love all things pesto so I couldn't resist adding this one to the challenge! Similarly to day 1 I didn't follow the actual recipe, instead taking inspiration to create my own free from pesto stew using soy sausages, carrots, shallots, shredded greens and lentils.

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Day 3 - Patatas Bravas (Spanish Potatoes)

Recipe number three was these tasty Spanish Potatoes from Lauren Caris Cooks which involved roasting the potatoes instead of deep frying them for a 'lightened up' version. As the recipe was naturally vegan and gluten free I didn't have to make any substitutions, although I did opt to skip the vegan mayonnaise as I'm not a huge fan.
Whilst the original idea behind this challenge was to finally test out some of the many foodie recipes on my Pinterest boards, I have to confess that after discovering Lauren's website I've definitely pinned a few more!

If you'd like to see which recipes I'll be trying out next you can find my '30 Recipes In 30 Days' board over on Pinterest and follow me on Instagram for daily updates (@sawyerandscout) where I'll be using the hashtag #30recipesin30daysAND

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