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Miso soup with Soba noodles, vegetables and fried tofu Ⓥ

20160215_133258Nothing like a filling and savoury homemade miso soup when you don’t have much time or ingredients to cook.

Ingredients

  • Kombu seaweed (about 5-6 big pieces)
  • half a package of Soba noodles
  • 3 carrots
  • half a zucchini
  • half a fennel
  • 2 cm of fresh ginger
  • 1 cm fresh turmeric
  • 2 tsp black miso paste
  • boiling water

Optional: fried tofu cubes

  • 250g of firm tofu
  • 1 tbsp of sesame oil
  • 2 tbs of Tamari or Shoyu sauce
  • Black pepper
  • Some coconut oil

20160215_133429Preparation

  1. Heat  about 1,5 liter of water
  2. Put the Kombu in the boiling water and leave to simmer.
  3. In the meantime, drain the water from the tofu (using either your hands to squeeze the tofu (fast version) or placing the tofu between two plates and putting a heavy object on the top plate and wait 30 minutes to free the excess water).
  4. Cut the tofu into cubes (approximately 1-2 cm).
  5. Mix the other ingredients for the tofu cubes in a deep dish.
  6. Add the tofu cubes to the mixture; making sure all sides are well coated.
  7. Wash, then slice the vegetables in julienne.
  8. Peel the ginger and slice.
  9. Peel the turmeric.
  10. After the Kombu has simmered for about 10 minutes, add the ginger, carrot, fennel and turmeric, leave to simmer.
  11. In the meantime, fry the tofu with coconut oil in a frying pan or wok until it’s nice and crispy.
  12. After 5 minutes of simmering the Kombu and the vegetables, add the zucchini.
  13. After 5 more minutes add the noodles (mine needed to simmer 5-6 minutes in boiling water).
  14. In the meantime, prepare 1 tsp of miso with some hot water in two separate bowls.
  15. Once your noodles are perfectly cooked (al dente), turn of the heat source, take a  skimmer (‘serving spoon with holes’) to take out the noodles and vegetables and divide them over the 2 bows with miso. Mix well. Add some of the stock. Finish with the fried tofu and some black pepper.

You can keep the stock for soup or sauce, in your freezer or fridge (couple of days). You can use any vegetable you like, I used what I had in my fridge. Also, if you don’t want to fry the tofu, you can simply cook it along with the vegetables for about 10 minutes.

Important: don’t leave any noodles in the stock to heat up at some later stage: as they will become all mushy. So if you cook for more than one meal, simply boil your noodles in a separate pot and drain them, rinse with cold water and use the desired quantity. I did an easy version in order to save time and water.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Vegan recipe: mixed vegetable soup

Soup quinoaThere’s enormous comfort in eating a delicious homemade soup with the vegetables that you have in your fridge. Improvise each time with what you have have, if you don’t know what to make, or when you don’t have much time and still want a healthy & filling meal. This particular time I made a soup with 5 different vegetables, some spices and voilà !

Ingredients

  • 4 green celery stalks
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 fennel
  • 1 onion
  • 1 potato
  • 1 cm of fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp of turmeric
  • 1 tsp of smoked paprika powder
  • Enough (filtered) water to cover the vegetables
  • Vegetable oil (preferably olive or coconut)
  • Salt & peper to taste

Preparation

  1. Wash and cut the vegetables in equal-sized parts, peel and cut the ginger in small pieces.
  2. Stir fry the ginger in some vegetable oil.
  3. Add the vegetables and stir fry for some minutes, add the turmeric and paprika powder and stir until all the vegetables are nicely covered with the spices.
  4. Fill the casserole with enough water to cover all the vegetables, bring to a boil and let it simmer with the lid on for about 20 minutes (or until the vegetables are soft enough to blend. (TIP: you can also boil the water separately and add boiling water to the vegetables).
  5. Blend the soup with a hand blender to a smooth soup.
  6. Enjoy with or without some boiled quinoa or toast or just like that.


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Vegan recipe: quinoa & lentils with roasted cauliflower & tahini dressing Ⓥ

On a lazy sunday evening I decided to cook some soul food. Hence I came up with the following recipe. You can replace the parsley with cilantro or mint. You can replace the cauliflower by broccoli or kale. The quantities are estimates, I used these and have enough food for 3 to 4 meals :-).

I’ve shared the recipe for the roasted cauliflower before here.

You can make the tahini dressing in a larger quantity, it stays well for a couple of days (or even a week) if you keep it in the fridge and tastes great on a variety of dishes (in wraps, on salads, …).

Ingredients (4P)

  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 1 cm ginger root (or more)
  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves (optional)
  • Coconut oil
  • 1 cauliflower
  • Spices mix (garam masala, turmeric, cinnamon, paprika, cumin, …), about 1 tsp of each of the herbs of your choice
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh parsley
  • 1 cup of lentils (I used brown lentils)
  • 1 tsp of summer savory (dried herbs, to improve digestion)
  • 2 tsp of tahin
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon (1 to 2 tsp)

Preparation

  1. quinoa lentils cauliflower tahiniCut the cauliflower in florets (equal size) and wash
  2. Prepare the spice mix for the cauliflower: mix enough olive oil with the spice mix to coat all the cauliflower florets, add some salt & pepper, leave to soak in the spice mix for about 15′
  3. Rinse the quinoa
  4. Rinse the lentils
  5. Boil water (2 cups for the quinoa and the lentils each)
  6. Preheat the oven at 180°
  7. Put the cauliflower florets on a baking sheet in the oven for about 30′, turn the florets after about 15′
  8. Meanwhile, add 2 cups of boiling water to the lentils, add the summer savor herbs and leave to simmer until all the water is absorbed (about 20′), add salt only when the lentils are cooked
  9. Peel and cut the ginger & garlic, stir fry in some coconut oil
  10. Add the rinsed quinoa and stir for 1 or 2 minutes, add some salt (if desired)
  11. Add the boiling water to the quinoa mixture and leave to simmer until all the water is absorbed (about 20′)
  12. Wash the parsley and cut using scissors
  13. Mix the tahin with 1 or 2 tsp of lemon juice and 2 to 4 tbsp of water to obtain the desired consistency. If it’s too thin, add more tahin, if it’s too thick, add more water. You can add a pinch of salt & some pepper
  14. Blend the lentils in with the cooked quinoa, add the parsley, decorate with the roasted cauliflower florets and sprinkle the tahini dressing on top.

Health benefits of tahini

  1. t’s rich in minerals such as phosphorus, lecithin, magnesium, potassium and iron.
  2. It’s a good source of Methionine, which aids in liver detoxification.
  3. It’s one of the best sources of calcium out there.
  4. It’s high in vitamin E and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15.
  5. Helps to promote healthy cell growth.
  6. Prevent anemia.
  7. Helps to maintain healthy skin and muscle tone.
  8. It has 20% complete protein, making it a higher protein source than most nuts.
  9. It’s easy for your body to digest because of its high alkaline mineral content, which is great for assisting in weight loss.
  10. It is high in unsaturated fat (good fat!)


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Vegan recipe: roasted miso-and-ginger-glazed eggplant

Eggplants are one of my favorite vegetables. They are purple (my favorite color) & so versatile: use them either oven-roasted, in a stew, on the BBQ, as a spread, … It took me some time to understand how to prepare eggplant well, to obtain the perfect tenderness of the flesh of this beautiful vegetable, without the bitter taste.

Eggplants are in season from august to october. They are a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1 and copper, as well as a good source of vitamins B6 and K and of manganese. Make sure you eat the skin as it’s rich in antioxidants. It is generally discouraged by healthcare practitioners to eat eggplant if you have untreated kidney or gallbladder problems, because of the high content of oxalates. More information about the health benefits of eggplants can be found here.

For 4 persons, as a side dish

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sized eggplants
  • 2 tbsp of olive or sesame oil
  • a dash of lemon juice
  • 1 cm of ginger
  • 1 garlic clove (optional)
  • 0,5 tsp of miso (I used black miso)
  • Himalaya or sea salt

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. Cut the stem end and bottom off the eggplant, then cut it in half lengthwise. Cut the flesh with a knife, cutting deep into the flesh but not through the skin. Cut diagonal lines going about 2 cm apart, then turn the eggplant around and cut again so you have a diamond pattern.
  3. Sprinkle salt on the eggplant halves and leave to rest (sweat) for about 30 minutes or longer.
  4. 2014 - 1In the meantime peal the ginger, and add it to the blender with the rest of the ingredients and blend into a nice liquid mixture.
  5. Gently squeeze out the excess water and salt from the eggplant halves above the sink and pat dry with paper towels or a clean towel.
  6. Apply the mixture (prepared under 4) on the eggplant halves with a brush making sure it also seeps into the cut flesh.
  7. Put the eggplant halves face-down on a baking sheet.
  8. Roast the eggplant for about 35-40 minutes, or until the back of the eggplant looks collapsed.
  9. Let the eggplant cool for 10 minutes, then season with salt and pepper. It can be scooped out of the peel for use in dips, or eaten plain with its antioxidant-rich peel and a extra sprinkle of lemon juice.

I used 1 halve of a grilled eggplant per person for a dinner with home-made fries & veganaise, a green salad tossed with pear vinaigrette and seitan gyros (Wheaty).


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Vegan spicy mango cake

As I found myself with a lot of left-over spicy ginger-mango sauce after a vegan BBQ, I decided to make it to good use and do some baking with it. Browsing for recipes on the internet, I found one on the website of Vegetarian Times and adapted it to my liking.

Dry ingredients

  • 2 cups of whole wheat flower
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 0,5 tsp of baking powder
  • 0,5 tsp of salt (Himalaya)
  • Optional: 2 tbsp of grated coconut 

Liquid ingredients

  • 1,5 cups of mango sauce (1,5 large, ripe mangoes pealed & diced)
  • 0,5 cup of agave syrup (or more if you want it sweeter)
  • 0,5 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp of freshly grated ginger root
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Utensils

  • 2 bowls
  • Sieve
  • Wooden spoon
  • Baking dish
  • Blender

vegan spicy mango cakePreparation

  1. Start the oven at 180°C and grease a baking dish with some coconut oil.
  2. Sieve all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. Peal & dice the mangoes and puree with the grated ginger in a blender.
  4. Stir all the liquid ingredients together in another recipient, add the mango sauce using a wooden spoon.
  5. Transfer the liquid ingredients into the mixed dry ingredients, using a wooden spoon to stir it into a batter. Poor the batter in the baking dish and bake in the middle of the oven for about 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.

Serving suggestion: Nice with coconut whipped cream. 

 


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Yogi recipe : vegan eggplant-quinoa roast

Eggplant-quinoa roast

This delicious recipe combines eggplant, quinoa, a red pepper & zucchinis with a lemon, ginger & tamari sauce.

It’s a real yogi recipe as it doesn’t contain any garlic or onions or other stimulants (except for the ginger maybe) & is taken from the Sivananda  Yoga Cook Book, a highly recommended cook book (available on Book Depository, free shipping)!

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons of sesame oil
  • 12 ounces eggplants (I used 2 big egg plants), cut into big / long slices
  • 2 tablespoons tamari (or other soy sauce you may have at home)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (filtered) water
  • 1 teaspoon (or more 🙂 ) grated fresh ginger root
  • 1 cup of quinoa (I used 2 cups whilst keeping the other ingredients the same)
  • 1 large red bell pepper (paprika/ poivron rouge), cored, seeded & sliced
  • 2 zucchini, coarsely grated (or cut into small chunks)
  • Parsley sprigs, to decorate
  • Himalaya salt
  • Black pepper

Preparation

1. Heat the oven to 180°C. Heat the sesame oil in a skillet or frying pan (I used a grill pan) and bake the eggplant slices until brown. Arrange them in a single layer in a baking dish. Combine the tamari, lemon juice, water & ginger & pour over the eggplant slices. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes. Turn the slices over and bake for another 10 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.

2. Wash & then cook the quinoa according to instructions (mostly it’s 1 volume of quinoa requires 2 volumes of boiling water). Add the red pepper and zucchini to some sesame oil and sauté until soft. Add the quinoa, mix well, and spoon over the eggplant (season to taste with Himalaya salt & black pepper). Press down well into the baking dish. Return to the oven en bake for about 10 minutes.

3. Serve hot decorated with parsley sprigs & a green salad on the side.

Om Shanti