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Ginger infused quinoa with chick’pieces in a creamy leek & green pea sauce Ⓥ

On a night when I didn’t have many fresh vegetables left, I took whatever I found in my fridge, freezer and pantry to whip up this yummy dinner. It was nutritious and filling. You can substitute the vegan chick’pieces by tofu or tempeh, but make sure to marinate it at least 30 minutes before using it (as to soak up the flavour of your sauce).

Ingredients (2-3 persons)

  • 1 cup of quinoa (I used different colors)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cm of fresh ginger root
  • 200 g frozen green peas
  • 1 medium-sized leek
  • 200 ml soy cream
  • 1 package (160g) of ‘chick’ pieces (vegan chicken breast – I use “Greenway”) or tofu
  • turmeric, salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp tamari soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
  • coconut oil

Preparation

  • 20150901_202631Rinse the quinoa, set aside.
  • Peel and cut the ginger root in small pieces.
  • Cut the leek (rings) and wash (sieve).
  • Boil 2 cups of water (for the quinoa).
  • Fry the ginger for 1 minute, add the rinsed quinoa and stir fry for another minute. Add 1 tsp of turmeric, a pinch of salt, stir.
  • Add 2 cups of boiling water and let it simmer for about 15 minutes until the quinoa is perfectly dry cooked.
  • In the meantime cut the vegan ‘chick’pieces in smaller strips, add the tamari in the package and stir to evenly coat all the pieces.
  • Heat up some coconut oil in a frying pan or wok and add the ‘chick’pieces, stir fry for a few minutes until golden.
  • Add the leek and stir fry for a few minutes.
  • Add the soy cream.
  • Stir in the frozen green peas, leave it to simmer for a couple of minutes until the peas are cooked.
  • Add nutritional yeast, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve the quinoa and add the sauce on top.


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Vegan broccoli & leek quiche with olive oil crust

IMG_20150716_082456Quiches 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 green salad with some cucumber or cherry tomatoes and a olive oil/ mustard/ lemon juice dressing, garnished with some toasted sunflower and/ or pumpkin seeds.

The vegetables can be varied according to the available seasonable produce. Blanch, stir fry and season your vegetables before adding them to the tofu mixture and putting the quiche in the oven.

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
  • 125ml water
  • 125ml extra-virgin olive oil

Filling

  • 1 package of firm tofu
  • soy milk (quantity = dependent on desired consistency)
  • 1 medium-sized broccoli (about 250g)
  • 2 or 3 leeks, chopped
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp curcuma
  • 1 tsp asafoetida (or fresh garlic)
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 heaped tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 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. Wash and cut the broccoli into small florets (try to use as much as possible from the broccoli, you can also use the stem). Boil for 2 minutes (‘blancher’) and rinse with cold water, set aside.
  4. Cut the leek in rings, wash and stir fry for a couple of minutes in some olive oil. Add the blanched broccoli and stir fry for 2 more minutes. Add 1 tsp of curcuma and 0.5 tsp of asafoetida, a pinch of salt en fresh pepper. Set aside.
  5. Put the crust in the oven, blind bake it for about 15 minutes.
  6. 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.
  7. Add the creamy mixture to the vegetables.
  8. 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.
  9. Take your quiche out of the oven, and leave it to cool off for about 5 minutes before serving it with the salad.


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Vegan recipe: no crust quiche

I love quiches and especially this simple version that’s also gluten-free.

Ingredients (2P)

  • 1 package of silken tofu (400g)
  • A handful of cashew nuts
  • 1 tsp asafoetida
  • 1 tsp curcuma
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Sea (or Himalaya) salt & black pepper
  • 250g mushrooms
  • 1 leek
  • 200g fresh spinach
  • Dry parsley

IMG_20141016_124037Preparation

  1. Mix the cashew nuts, asafoetida, nutritional yeast, curcuma and 2 tbsp of the silken tofu in a blender till it becomes soft (sauce like) consistency; add the rest of the silken tofu and blend it all together.
  2. Add salt and black pepper to your taste.
  3. Set the tofu mixture aside.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  5. Clean and slice the mushrooms.
  6. Wash and slice the leek and spinach.
  7. Stir fry the leek for a couple of minutes before adding the mushrooms and finally the spinach and season with salt, pepper and some dried parsley.
  8. Put the vegetables in a baking dish, pour the tofu mixture over it and put in the oven for about 30′.

Serve with a green salad, or an avocado/ tomato and basil salad (see picture).

Tip: you can substitute the used veggies with any vegetable that you like, just adjust the cooking time to be sure they’re tender when they go in the oven.


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Vegan stuffed red bell peppers

I adapted this recipe from a french recipe by Marie Laforet  from her latest VEGAN cookbook that I absolutely love.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 250 g firm tofu, drained, in cubes
  • 2 big or 4 small red bell peppers
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • tamari soy sauce
  • a couple of twigs of fresh parsley
  • half a zucchini
  • (Himalayan) salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • a pinch of Cayenne pepper
  • Coconut oil (or some other vegetable oil of your choice)
  • A baking dish.

Preparation

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  1. Heat up the oven to about 180°C.
  2. Boil twice the amount of water as the amount of quinoa you are using (in this recipe: 1 cup). Rinse the quinoa & add it to the boiling water, let it simmer (don’t stir).
  3. Cut the tofu in small cubes, peel & cut the ginger in small pieces. Add enough tamari soy sauce in a deep bowl to coat the tofu, add the ginger, the sesame seeds and the tofu, mix it well and set aside, season with salt & pepper.
  4. Cut the zucchini in small cubes.
  5. Cut the parsley.
  6. Cut the bell peppers in half, remove seeds, wash and put in an baking dish.
  7. Heat up the coconut oil in a skillet, add the tofu and the remainder of the seasoning from the bowl and stir fry until slightly golden, add the zucchini, the parsley and Cayenne pepper and stir fry for a couple of minutes.
  8. Add the tofu mixture to the ready quinoa and mix well (of the heat source).
  9. Add the remainder of the quinoa/ tofu mixture in the baking dish around the bell peppers.
  10. Add the mixture in the bell peppers and put in the oven for about 30 minutes until the bell peppers have softened somewhat.

Serve with a green salad with a light olive oil, mustard & lemon juice vinaigrette.

Tip: depending on the season, you can replace the vegetables with other seasonal vegetables and you can replace the quinoa with another type of grain of your liking.

 


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Yogi recipe: scrambled tofu

This is a very simple, yummy and filling recipe for a delicious brunch with scrambled tofu instead of scrambled eggs.

Ingredients:

  • Firm tofu (about 250 g)
  • Turmeric powder
  • Nutritional yeast flakes
  • Shoyu or Tamari sauce
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Himalaya or sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Coconut oil (or olive oil)
  • Optional: cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and/ or pesto

Scrambled tofuPreparation:

  1. Press the excess water out of the tofu (by pressing the tofu above the sink with both hands or by putting it between 2 plates and adding weight – like a heavy cookbook – on the top plate).
  2. Crumble the tofu using a fork or other kitchen utensil.
  3. Add turmeric, the soya sauce of your choice, a pinch of Cayenne pepper and sprinkle with the nutritional yeast and black pepper. Mix everything until the all the spices and seasoning are well blended together.
  4. Leave the mixture for about 20 minutes to allow the tofu to soak up the flavours.
  5. Heat up the (coconut) oil in a skillet and fry up the crumbled tofu until it turns a bit brown (or however you like it).

 

Serve on sourdough bread with your choice of pesto or veganaise (ideas: kale, parsley) and with stir-fried mushrooms and/ or cherry tomatoes.

Tip: the nutritional yeast gives the scrambled tofu a nice nutty flavour. You can vary the amount of spices and soya sauce according to your own preference, just experiment until you are happy with the tastes.