Sweet Potato Pies

Puff pastry is one of those things that I will never make from scratch. I just simply don’t have the patience. And since there are so many healthier puff pastries on the market these days, I don’t mind buying them. I usually have a few packs of vegan whole wheat puff pastry in my freezer. Ready to be used for a quick Sunday breakfast roll or a delicious picnic bite. These spiced sweet potato pies…

Creamy mushroom pasta

This is a perfect vegetarian recipe for meat eaters. It’s creamy, cheesy and meaty, but there’s no cream, cheese or meat in it whatsoever. This pasta dish is packed with flavour and is easy to make. A perfect meatless Monday recipe to have in your repertoire. Ingredients: (4 people)   400 gr. Pasta of choice 500 gr. Mixed fresh mushrooms , chopped 20 gr. Dried mushrooms (preferably porcini) 2 small onions, finely chopped 1 garlic…

Potato rosti sandwiches with a cauliflower cream filling

Considering the simplicity of the ingredients I believe this little side dish looks quite impressive. When I serve this to my kids they think we are celebrating and they get to eat something ‘naughty’ for dinner. Not realizing they’re having potatoes and cauliflower. It’s not that complicated to make either. A good high speed blender or a good food processor will help a great deal. But even if your cauliflower cream turns out a little…

Saag paneer pizza

Saag paneer was one of the first dishes I made when I started to get adventurous in the kitchen. That was about fifteen years ago and I still love making it. My favourite way of eating saag paneer is with some naan bread, which I love to dip in the smooth spinach deliciousness. Taken one step further by spooning the saag on top of my naan I realized that it was practically like having Indian…

Chinese style cabbage rolls

These cabbage rolls are based on a classic Russian dish that my mom used to make back in the days when we were still living in Russia. In my version I replaced minced meat with sticky rice and veggies and by adding Chinese five spice and sweet and sour sauce I almost transformed it into a Chinese take out dish. A healthier version that is 😉   Ingredients: Large cabbage (I love the oxheart cabbage,…

Caponata pot pie

Whenever I want to make a dish look festive or impressive I turn it into a pot pie. It’s a super easy way to upgrade your ordinary curries, stews and lentil soups. For this Christmas menu I decided to upgrade one of my favourite vegetarian stews: Caponata. I think the sweet and sour flavour and the meaty texture make the dish super addictive and comforting. You can make the filling a day or two in…

Red lentil soup with beetroot and spices

This is the ultimate comforting winter soup. I make it whenever I feel a bit under the weather. The ginger, garlic and chilli flakes are my weapons of choice when it comes to battling the flu. I make a large pot and eat it two or three days in a row. Ingredients: 300 grams red lentils 4 medium red beets 2 carrots 4 medium potatoes 100 grams green beans 1 small fennel 2 tablespoons tomato…

Mushroom and lentils terrine with cranberry sauce

  Many times I find my friends struggle when it comes to meat free Christmas options. Somehow it seems more difficult during the festive season to come up with vegetarian dishes. I think it’s quite appropriate though to consider some precious animal lives. Especially when getting into the Christmas spirit. This little appetizer has a ‘meaty’ texture and contains a decent amount of protein. A perfect meat substitute. You can make it in a classic…