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Mushroom risotto Ⓥ

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I love risotto, but only the ones I make myself (or those made by my Italian friend, chef & fellow yogini Lucia). Tonight I was inspired by this recipe, which I tweaked a bit.

I added some cherry tomatoes & 2 garlic cloves (with their skin), pepper & salt in the oven, as well as 2 of the big mushrooms, sliced, tossed with pepper, salt & olive oil. I put the vegetables in 2 different oven dishes for about 20-25 minutes at 190 degrees.

Ingredients

  • 1,5 cups of arborio rice, rinsed
  • 5 cups of vegan stock
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 5 to 6 big mushrooms (about 500g)
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Unsweetened soy cream
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 2 tbsp vegan margarine (optional)

Preparation

  1. Prepare the 5 cups vegetable stock/ broth and set aside.
  2. Rinse the rice and set aside.
  3. Add the olive oil to a pot, add the onion and sauté on medium high for a couple of minutes.
  4. Then add in the sliced mushrooms, stir fry for a couple of minutes until the mushrooms are golden.
  5. Add the garlic and stir fry for a few minutes.
  6. Add the rice and sauté for a minute or so.
  7. Add the white wine and allow to be absorbed.
  8. Add 3 cups of vegetable stock/broth, stir well and simmer until the broth is mostly absorbed.
  9. Then add 1 cup vegetable stock/broth, stir well again and cover and simmer until the broth is mostly absorbed.
  10. Then add the last 1 cup of vegetable stock/broth, stir well again and simmer for a final few minutes.
  11. Once all the stock/broth has been mostly absorbed by the rice, add a few tablespoons of soy cream and mix well.
  12. Turn off the heat and stir in the 2 Tbsp of vegan butter.
  13. Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.
  14. Serve with some nutritional yeast.
  15. Serve with the roasted cherry tomatoes and mushrooms.
  16. Enjoy.

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Kale stoemp, mushrooms & mince Ⓥ

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Kale stoemp is a typical Dutch winter dish. In The Netherlands people eat it with a sausage and gravy (non-vegan style). I made a vegan version and on day 1 I ate this simply stoemp made of mashed potatoes, kale and soy cream with a vegan sausage, mustard and small pickled onions.

On day 2 I made with the leftover stoemp an oven dish pimped with mushrooms and mince ‘meat’. It was delicious.

 

Ingredients

Stoemp

  • 1 KG of potatoes
  • 450 (or more) kale (I used organic, frozen)
  • Unsweetened soy cream to taste (or use oat or rice, but they often are too sweet for me)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Topping/ filling

  • 250g mushrooms
  • 400g mince (I used the Naturli brand)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp of Cayenne pepper
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil

Preparation

  1. Make the stoemp: peel the potatoes, cut in quarters and boil for about 15 minutes in some lightly salted water.
  2. Prepare the kale according to the package instructions (about 12 minutes in this case).
  3. Once the potatoes & kale are properly cooked, save some of the water from the kale, throw out the water of the potatoes and mix well to obtain a nice consistency. Mix everything well with a fork or mixer for very smooth consistency. Add pepper & salt to taste. Add some soy cream & olive oil for creaminess. Set aside.
  4. Clean (with paper towel, not water) the mushrooms and slice them.
  5. Finely cut the garlic cloves.
  6. Preheat the oven to about 180°.
  7. Fry up the mushrooms until nicely golden brown, add the garlic for a few minutes, set aside.
  8. Fry the mince in a skillet, add some soy sauce, Cayenne and black pepper.
  9. Add some olive oil in the oven dish, spread half of the stoemp in an equal layer, add some mushrooms, then the mince, finish with the rest of the stoemp and some mushrooms on top.
  10. Put the dish for about 15-20 minutes in the oven.
  11. Enjoy.

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Leek and bacon quiche with olive oil crust Ⓥ

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Quiches are great food to make ahead when organizing a dinner party, you can freeze them or prepare the day before and warm them up before your guest arrive. Serve with a simple rocket salad and a olive oil/ mustard/ lemon juice dressing. Yesterday I made a simple leek & bacon quiche, using a tofu mixture for the filling.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 200g wholegrain flour & 50g quinoa flour (or 250g wholegrain flour)
  • 3 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 125 ml water
  • 125 ml extra-virgin olive oil

Vegetable filling

  • 4 leeks, chopped
  • cup of vegan bacon (i.e. De Vegetarische Slager)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch of salt
  • olive oil

Tofu filling

  • 1 package of firm tofu
  • soy milk (quantity = dependent on desired consistency)
  • 1 tbsp of chickpea flour
  • 1/4 cup heaped tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp curcuma
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch of salt
  • olive oil

20150715_184705Preparation

  1. Prepare the crust: sieve the dry ingredients in one bowl, mix the wet ingredients in a separate smaller bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, use a fork to mix. Knead lightly, then roll into a circular shape, big enough to reach across the bottom and the sides of a 26cm pie dish. Add non-stick paper to your pie dish, put the dough in the dish & refrigerate while making the filling.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C (I use gas oven 6).
  3. Slice the leek in half lengthwise. Place both halves cut side down, then use a circular motion to cut the leek into thin half moons. Rinse out any dirt from between the leaves.
  4. Stir fry the leek for a couple of minutes in some olive oil. Add the chopped garlic and stir fry for 2 more minutes.
  5. Add the vegan bacon and fry until crispy
  6. Add 1 tsp of curcuma, a pinch of salt and fresh pepper. Set aside.
  7. Put the crust in the oven, blind bake it for about 15 minutes.
  8. Make the filling mixture in a food processor or blender: blend the tofu with the rest of the spices, nutritional yeast and enough soy milk to make it into a creamy mixture, add some chickpea flour to thicken the mixture.
  9. Add the tofu mixture to the vegetables.
  10. Take your crust out of the oven, lower the heat to 180°C (gas oven 5). Add the vegetable/ tofu mixture and put in the oven for about 30-35 minutes.
  11. Take your quiche out of the oven, and leave it to cool off for about 10 minutes before serving it with the salad.


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Tofu, spinach & green peas sauce w/ pasta Ⓥ

20160516_190843Sometimes you come home to a nearly empty fridge or fresh produce, but to lots of ingredients in your freezer/ pantry. Then this dish is easy to whip up in about 30 minutes.

Ingredients (4P)

  • A block of firm tofu, about 400 grams
  • 200 ml of soy cream
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce (I used organic tamari)
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp asafetida powder
  • Black pepper
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 0,5 tsp chili powder
  • 250g frozen spinach
  • 150g frozen green peas
  • Pasta of your choice (about 75g pp)
  • Coconut oil

Preparation

  1. Squeeze the excess water from the tofu above the sink.
  2. Cut the tofu into bite size cubes.
  3. Season the tofu cubes with the soy sauce, turmeric, asafetida, black pepper & chili powder coating all cubes evenly. Set aside.
  4. Heat up water for the pasta.
  5. Heat up oil in a frying pan or wok and add the seasoned tofu cubes. Stir fry for about 8-10 until golden.
  6. Cook the pasta according to directions.
  7. Add spinach until cooked.
  8. Add green peas.
  9. Add soy cream and stir well.
  10. Stir in nutritional yeast.
  11. Drain the pasta and quickly add some cold water to stop cooking process.
  12. Add the pasta to the sauce and mix well.
  13. Season with salt & black pepper to taste.

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Eggplant, spinach and tofu lasagne Ⓥ

mozzarisellaOne evening we were having friends over for dinner and I actually wanted to make my delicious eggplant tempeh gnocchi recipe, but I couldn’t find any vegan gnocchi (and didn’t feel like making them myself) whereas I had all the other ingredients. After some quick searching online I improvised and came up with a parmigiana alla melanzana/ lasagne combo. It was relatively quick.

Ingredients (6 servings)

  • 1 block of firm tofu (400 g)
  • 2 large or 4 small eggplants
  • 400 g spinach (frozen)
  • 400 ml tomato sauce
  • 200 ml soy (or other plant based) cream
  • Vegan mozzarella (I used “Mozzarisella”)
  • 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • Handful of fresh basil
  • 2-3 tsp. asafetida
  • 1-2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1-2 tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Unscented coconut oil (or olive oil)

Melanzana lasagne

Preparation

  1. Wash then cut the eggplant in slices (lenghtwise) of about 1 cm thick.
  2. Generously sprinkle salt on each layer and leave in a strainer (with a plate underneath) to ‘sweat’ for about 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  4. Drain the tofu (using plates method OR squeeze using your hands in the sink).
  5. Press the tofu into tiny bits (using a kitchen machine OR a potato masher).
  6. Season the tofu with the spices and mix well, add some olive oil so the spices absorb nicely (don’t use the nutritional yeast yet).
  7. Heat some coconut oil and stir fry the tofu until slightly crispy.
  8. Add the frozen spinach (or fresh if you prefer but then you’ll need a lot more) and leave to simmer until the spinach is done.
  9. In the meantime, rinse the eggplant, then dry with a clean kitchen towel and slice the flesh a few times diagonally.
  10. Place the eggplants onto a baking sheet. Brush each slice with olive oil and season with a little bit of salt and pepper, both sides and place in the oven for about 20 minutes, turn them after 10 minutes (or until nicely cooked).
  11. Add the tomato sauce to the tofu/ eggplant mixture and let it simmer.
  12. Mix in the cream, nutritional yeast and fresh basil, season with salt & pepper if necessary.
  13. Slice the mozzarella.
  14. Take 1 big or 2 medium sized oven plates and place a thin layer of the tomato sauce, add slices of eggplant, repeat until done, ending with a layer of tomato sauce and cover with mozzarella.
  15. Add foil and place in the oven for about 20 minutes, take away the foil after 15 minutes.
  16. Serve with simple green seasonal salad (purslane, lettuce, dandelion, …) and a lemon-olive oil dressing.

By now you must be wondering what happened to the tempeh? I seasoned the slices with sesame oil and Tamari & baked them about 15 minutes in the oven and served them with a tahini sauce as an appetizer. The one year old that was visiting with her parents LOVED the tempeh. A vegan in the making 😉

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति

 

 


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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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Palava sauce Ⓥ

IMG-20150710-WA0001Palava (or Palaver) sauce is a typical West African dish, which is generally made with lots of fish and meat. In this veganized version, I’ve simply omitted those proteins, which I serve on the side: seasoned and fried tofu cubes. I eat this dish with white (Basmati) rice and a serving of boiled or fried plantains. This European version uses swiss chard instead of the cocoyam leaves (Kontomire) that normally constitute the recipe.

Palava sauce

Ingredients (4P)

  • 250 ml palm oil (preferably organic and Fairtrade)
  • 4 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 4 large tomatoes, blanched, peeled and mashed
  • 2-4 red chillies (hot peppers), finely chopped (optional)
  • 3 bunches of swiss chard or spinach or 750 g frozen spinach, washed and chopped
  • 100 g egushi (shelled pumpkin seeds or pepitas), ground in a coffee grinder
  • 1- 2 tsp of asafetida
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

Preparation

  1. Heat the oil in a wok and fry the onions until golden. Add the tomatoes, pepper to taste and the chillies (hot peppers).
  2. Add the spinach. Cover and simmer on low heat for 10-15 minutes or until the spinach is soft and cooked. Stir regularly.
  3. In the meantime prepare the egushi (or regular pumpkin seeds): rinse and dry and then grind them to a powder form. Add the egushi and stir them into the sauce. Cook for a further 10-15 minutes on low heat.
  4. Serve hot with boiled rice, yams, plantains, gari (coarse cassava flour), Banku (cornmeal dumplings) or any root vegetable, roasted, boiled or grilled.

Note: Palm oil is red oil from the red, tropical, palm kernel and is linked to a myriad of ecological and ethical scandals. Please try to find an organic and Fairtrade version or substitute with organic, Fairtrade coconut oil and some turmeric powder (this will alter the taste of your Palava sauce).

For the tofu cubes:

Ingredients (4P)

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

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. 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).
  3. Cut into cubes (approximately 1-2 cm).
  4. Mix the other ingredients in an baking dish.
  5. Add the tofu cubes to the mixture; making sure all sides are well coated.
  6. Put the dish in the oven for about 20-30 minutes or until the tofu is nice and crispy (you can also fry it in coconut oil in a frying pan).
  7. Serve as a side dish to your palava sauce.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति