I love Middle Eastern cuisine and this salad is one of my favourite, to serve with just about anything.
This is a recipe from Maria Elia, from her book The modern vegetarian. When I return to being a vegetarian, two years ago, my husband offered me this amazing book. Many beautiful recipes to find inspiration.
I have slightly modified the recipe to make it a vegan version but if you are not vegan and love feta cheese, simply add 50g of feta to it.
- 120g flat-leaf parsley, with stalks
- 50g mint leaves, picked
- 2 tomatoes, finely diced
- 1 small red onion, finely diced
- 150g puy lentils, cooked
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- juice of 1 lemon
- 60 ml olive oil
- Using a very sharp knife, slice the parsley as thinly as possible, starting at the leafy top and going ask the way down to the stalks; repeat with the mint leaves.
- Combine the tomatoes, onion, lentils, herbs and spices and season with salt. Dress with lemon juice and olive oil.
If you are not vegan and love feta cheese, simply stir 50g of it just before serving.
This is a side dish that we have made many times and it is one of our favourites! If you love your meat, this makes a great side dish, otherwise as a vegan, I like to serve it with a tabbouleh salad.
- 1/2 cup extra virgin oil
- 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1/2 cup fresh oregano leaves (or dry)
- 1 Tbsp fennel seeds, crushed
- Salt and pepper
- 4 x1cm-thick slices broccoli
- 4 x1cm-thick slices cauliflower
- 4 small eggplants
- ground sumac, to serve- optional
- 2 Tbsp tahini
- 1/2 cup plain dairy free yoghurt
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- salt and pepper
- To make the dressing, place the tahini, yoghurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl. Mix to combine and set aside.
- Place the oil, garlic, oregano, fennel seeds, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix to combine. Place the broccoli and cauliflower on a large tray lined with non-stick baking paper. Brush both sides of the steaks with the oil mixture and set aside.
- Preheat a char-grill pan or barbecue over medium heat. Cook the eggplants, turning every 5-10 minutes, for 35-40 minutes or until the skins are charred and blackened. Set aside to cool slightly. Add the broccoli and cauliflower to the grill and cook for 2-3 minutes each side or until just tender.
- Remove and discard the skins from the eggplants and spoon the flesh onto serving plates. Drizzle with the dressing and top with the broccoli and cauliflowers. Sprinkle with sumac to serve. I also like to grill other vegetables when making the steaks like cherry tomatoes and portobello mushrooms.
This is a super-quick stew by Anna Jones. Feel free to substitute for any other beans like black beans, cannellini, or lima beans. I love the black-eyed beans. They are full of potassium, being a nutrient that helps keep your blood pressure levels at healthy numbers, which lowers your risk of heart disease. They are low in fat and calories. Half a cup of cooked black-eyed beans contained 7 grams of protein and 1.2mg of iron.
For the Beans:
- 1 leek
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- A good pinch of chile powder or chopped dried chile
- 1 (14-ounce/400-g) can black-eyed peas
- 1 teaspoon vegetable stock powder or 1/2 stock cube
- A good grating of nutmeg
- 1/2 unwaxed lemon
- 7 ounces/200 g Kale or Swiss Chard
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
For the herb smash:
- A large bunch of cilantro
- 2 green chiles
- 2 cloves garlic
- 30 g shelled walnuts
- 1 tablespoon runny honey or maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon good olive oil
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
- Fill and boil a kettle of water and get all your ingredients together. Put a large saucepan over heat.
- Wash and finely slice the leek. Add to the saucepan with the coconut or olive oil and cook over medium heat for a couple of minutes, until soft and sweet.
- Finely slice the garlic and add to the pan with the chile powder and cook for a couple of minutes, until the garlic is beginning to brown.
- Add the black-eyed peas with their liquid, the stock powder, and 2/3 cup of hot water from the kettle and bring to a simmer.
- Grate in the nutmeg, squeeze in the juice of the half lemon, add the squeezed lemon half to the pan, and simmer for 10 minutes or so.
- Meanwhile, strip the leaves from the kale or chard stalks. Finely shred the leaves and put to one side.
- Put all the ingredients for the herb smash into a food processor and purée until you have a smooth, grassy paste. Season well with salt and pepper.
- Once the peas are soft and flavorful and the liquid has reduced to a thick,soup-like consistency, stir in the kale or swiss chard leaves, season well with salt and pepper, and leave to cook for a couple of minutes. Scoop into deep bowls and spoon over the herb smash. I like to serve this dish with Cauliflower and broccoli steaks.
is one of my top inspiration when it comes to vegan and gluten free meals. Everything she make is delicious and beautiful and will please most non-vegetarian eaters.
On weekdays I am always trying to find quick easy and most importantly healthy and delicious meals that will please every member of the family. Try this dish, you will love it!
- 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil or avocado oil
- 1 1/2 cups organic diced sweet potatoes (or butternut squash)
- 1 cup diced red bell pepper
- 1 cup chopped red cabbage
- 1 tsp ground cumin, divided
- 1 tsp chili powder (or smoked paprika), divided
- 1/2 tsp sea salt, divided
- 1/2 cup cooked black beans, liquid drained
- 4 large portobello mushrooms*, stems removed, wiped clean
- 1-2 Tbsp (15-30 ml) avocado or melted coconut oil (or sub water or vegetable broth)
- 2 Tbsp (30 ml) balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tbsp (15 ml) lime juice
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin, divided
- 1/4 tsp chili powder or smoked paprika, divided
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 Tbsp (15 ml) lime juice
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C) and set out a rimmed baking sheet or a large baking dish. (Or, if grilling, heat grill.)
- Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add 1 tsp of oil or water and 1/2 cup (rinsed and drained) quinoa. Sauté for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently to toast. Then add 1 cup water and a pinch of salt.
- Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Then reduce heat to simmer and cook until liquid has mostly absorbed and the quinoa is tender (~15-18 minutes).
- In the meantime, add mushrooms to a shallow baking or serving dish and season both sides with oil, balsamic vinegar, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, and sea salt. Set aside to let marinate.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add 1 Tbsp (15 ml) oil or water, sweet potatoes, and bell pepper. Sauté for 3-5 minutes (covered) or until slightly browned, stirring occasionally.
- Add cabbage, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp chili powder, and 1/4 tsp sea salt and sauté for another 3-5 minutes or until all vegetables are tender and slightly golden brown. Set aside.
- Transfer vegetables from skillet to a large mixing bowl and set aside. Then, to the same skillet over medium heat, add the mushrooms and sauté for 2 minutes on both sides to brown and soften. Cover to lightly steam for the final minute. You may have to add some water. Then transfer to a baking sheet face up and set aside.
- To the mixing bowl with the vegetables, add cooked quinoa, drained black beans, remaining 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/4 tsp sea salt, and lime juice and toss to combine.
- Divide the filling between the mushrooms (some may overflow – that’s fine). Bake at 400 degrees for about 5-10 minutes or until mushrooms and toppings are hot and slightly browned.
- Enjoy immediately as is or with a sauce of choice. I like the Herb smash from Anna Jones that I served with my Black-eyed beans with kale.
Healthy and super easy, quick and delicious vegan pasta with sauteed mushrooms and eggplant. This is my favourite vegan one pot pasta from Minimalist Baker. This dish has been a hit in my house for quite a while. Enjoy!
12 ounces dry pasta
- 1/2 small eggplant, cubed
- 2 cups cremini or button mushrooms, sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced and divided
- 1 1/2 cups vegan marinara sauce
- 2 cup water
- 2 tsp sea salt + more for eggplant
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- Basil for finishing
- Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 3 Tbsp olive oil, the eggplant and 1 clove of minced garlic. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp sea salt and stir. Sautee for 3-5 minutes or until a golden brown color is achieved, then add the mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes more or until all of the veggies have color. Set aside and cover – you will top the pasta with it.
- To the same saucepan, add the pasta, water, marinara sauce, the remaining cloves of garlic. Start with 1.5 tsp sea salt and 1 tsp black pepper (you will likely add more later depending on the saltiness of your marinara/your personal taste).
- Bring mixture to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to a simmer until the pasta is cooked to al dente – will vary depending on kind of pasta – but typically an average of 10 minutes, stirring once or twice so it doesn’t stick to the pan.
- Once cooked, stir and taste to adjust seasonings. I added more salt and lots of fresh basil.
- Remove from heat and top with eggplant-mushroom mixture and more fresh basil.
Serve immediately. Serves 3-4.
Here is a delicious and simple chocolate quinoa breakfast bowl that I love making lately. It’s my new favourite breakfast. Sweetened naturally with maple syrup and made with a rich coconut milk and organic cocoa powder! Not only healthy, tasty but also high in protein.
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1 can coconut milk (2 cups)
- pinch himalayan salt
- 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2-3 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Mixed berries
- Sliced banana
- Hemp seeds
- Shredded Coconut
- Cacao nibs
- Pieces of vegan chocolate
- Add the coconut milk, and a pinch of salt, and stir. Bring to a boil over high heat and then reduce heat to low and cook for 20-25 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally.
- Once the milk is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, remove from heat and add the cocoa powder, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir to combine.
Serves 3-4 for breakfast
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups almond or coconut milk
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp. each raw sugar and baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
- 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
- 1 tbsp egg replacer
- 4 tbsp of warm water
- 1/4 cup applesauce
1. In a large bowl, blend together oats and milk and let stand 5 minutes.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together white flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
3. Mix the egg replacer to warm water
3. To the oat mixture, add the egg replacer mixture, applesauce, and the large bowl of dry ingredients.
4. To make pancakes, use approximately . cup batter per pancake. Cook over medium-high heat on a grill or lightly oiled frying pan.
5. Serve with applesauce or maple syrup.
- Drizzle warmed up blueberries and raspberries. It’s so pretty and delicious.
- Sprinkle shaved coconut on top.
- Fold in 1 cup frozen blueberries at step three. Fresh berries are extremely fragile and usually break when being mixed into a batter.
- Add 1 cup chocolate chips at step 3.
- Serve with a mound of fresh fruit.
- While it’s still hot, spread each pancake with natural peanut butter and let it melt and get oozy. Top with sliced bananas and a drizzle of real maple syrup.
- Make a sandwich using pancakes. Try almond butter and jam, kids will love it.
- There are many ways you can substitute eggs if you do not wish to use egg replacer. You can also replace with applesauce or replace it with flax egg. To replace 2 eggs, you would need to by mix 1 tbsp flaxseed meal with 2.5 tbsp water.
- To make a gluten-free version, simply substitute the whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour by a gluten-free flour.
- Also for gluten-free version, simply use gluten-free oats.
- You can replace the raw sugar with coconut sugar or xylitol. Or you don’t have to add sugar at all.
Here is the perfect post workout breakfast!
- 1 cup of old fashion oatmeal
- 3 cups of coconut milk
- 3 dates,
- 1/2 cup of overnight soaked cashews
- 1/2 cup of steel cut oat
- cocoa nibs
- shredded coconut
- Jal Gua Superfood
Transfer everything to the blender for 1 minute. Add the steel cut oats and let it soak in the fridge overnight. In the morning, simply add chopped strawberries, sliced banana, mixed nuts and cacao nibs, Jal Gua powder and shredded coconut. That makes a perfect delicious healthy breakfast after an intense workout.
These are the Jal Gua Fire Balls. You may have seen these in many of my Instagram posts. I also call these my miracle energy balls, made from this Golden superfood aka Jal Gua. I have been making these since I first discovered Jal Gua and I always try to keep some in my fridge. These are great to have when you run out the door in the morning and don’t have time to make breakfast, before or after a workout or just as a healthy treat. But I am warning you, they are addictive! And they kids will love them.
And what I also like is that you can add just about anything you like in or on them. You can even pick another nut butter instead if you prefer cashew butter for example. I added Goji berries on some of them, hemp hearts and coconut. I have mentioned it many times already but if you don’t have Jal Gua, get some and it will change your life, especially if you are a vegetarian or a vegan. Jal Gua is made of only two ingredients, Sorghum and Moringua. High in Iron and excellent source of Vitamin A. It’s organic and gluten free. It promotes healthy digestion, rich in vitamin and mineral, regulate calcium levels, boost immune system, support metabolism, cholesterol management, high in antioxidant and rich in fiber.
- 2 tablespoons of Jal Gua
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons of almond butter
- 3 tablespoons of honey or maple sirop (for a vegan version)
Mix very well. After mixing, use your hands to make round balls or a shape that you desire