Brussels sprouts and tempeh in tomato sauce

varza bruxelle cu tempeh

For 2-3 servings:
500 g Brussels sprouts, trimmed
350 g  tempeh (or tofu), cubed
2 onions, finely sliced
2 teaspoons dill (dried or fresh), finely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
salt and pepper, to taste
4 tablespoons olive oil
Fry the tempeh (tofu) in 3 tablespoons of oil until golden brown.
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a saucepan  and add the onions. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes, add the Brussels sprouts and 2 tablespoons of water.
Cover and simmer , stirring regularly. When the water has evaporated  add again 1-2 tablespoons of water.

When the Brussels sprouts are tender (6-7 minutes) add the tomato paste diluted in very little water, dill, salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another 3-4 minutes.

At the end add the tempeh and mix.

Serve with salad or  pickles.

For weight loss bake the tempeh (tofu) in the oven without using oil.




Red lentil, carrots and ginger soup

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For 4-5 servings:

150 g red lentils
1 onion, chopped
5 carrots, sliced
3 cm ginger, chopped (or 1 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder)
1 tbsp. tomato paste
1  bay leaf
salt and pepper, to taste

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lemon
olive oil

Wash the lentils thoroughly   and cook them  together with the onion, carrots, ginger and the bay leaf, in 1.5 l water .

When the lentils and vegetables are cooked remove the bay leaf than blend it until smooth.

Add the tomato paste, salt and pepper to taste  and cook for few minutes longer.

Garnish on the plate with parsley, lemon juice and olive oil, to taste.




Coconut cake

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300 g flour
6-7 tablespoons coconut flakes
150 g raw sugar
125 ml sunflower oil
375 ml coconut milk (if you use the canned coconut milk than dilute it with water, 1/2 coconut milk, 1/2 water)
1 teaspoon orange flower water (or vanilla essence)

2 teaspoons baking powder
a pinch of salt

oven form approx. 40/25 cm

Mix all the ingredients  until the sugar is dissolved.

Grease the oven form with a little bit of oil. Pour the mix into the form and bake  (in the preheated oven) on medium heat (175 C), for about 30 minutes. Check with a straw if the dough is baked inside, if the dough sticks to the straw bake for a few minutes longer.

Allow  to cool, remove from the form and cut into pieces.

Garnish with coconut flakes.




Sauerkraut soup

ciorba de varza murata

For 6-8 servings:

1/2 kg sauerkraut, finely chopped
1 onion
2 carrots
1 parsnip
2 potatoes
1 celery or a little bit of celeriac
a handful  frozen peas
1 can diced tomatoes  (400g)
1 bay leaf
10 peppercorns
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
lovage (or parsley), finely chopped

Cook the sauerkraut  together with the bay leaf and peppercorns  in 3 l water .

Finely chop all  the vegetables. When the sauerkraut is almost cooked add the vegetables. Add more sauerkraut juice or water, to taste.

When the vegetables are cooked add the olive oil and the lovage.




Chocolate ganache topped with mango mousse

ganache

200 g good quality pure chocolate, more than 72% cocoa
200 ml liquid vegetable whipped cream

Bring the liquid whipped cream to a boil.  Allow it to cool slightly.

Break the chocolate  into small pieces and melt it au bain marie.

When the chocolate is melted, pour it little by little, over the cream,  stirring continuously.

Mango mousse:

1 large mango
100 ml vegetable whipped cream

Peel the mango , cut into pieces and blend until smooth.

Mix it with the whipped cream.

Refrigerate for at least half an hour than pour over the ganache. Serve directly.




Chocolate truffels

trufe

200 g good quality pure chocolate, more than 72% cocoa
150 ml liquid vegetable whipped cream
1-2 tablespoons disaronno or cognac (to taste)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder

Bring the liquid whipped cream to a boil.  Allow it to cool slightly.

Break the chocolate  into small pieces and melt it au bain marie.

When the chocolate is melted, pour it little by little, over the cream,  stirring continuously.

Add the melted coconut oil (also au bain marie) and disaronno or cognac. Mix well.

Refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours.

Sift the cocoa powder onto a plate.

With 2 teaspoons, spoon round balls of the chocolate mixture  (or with a melon baller).

Roll each ball through cocoa powder.

Variation: Instead of cocoa you can use also dried coconut flakes  or ground hazelnuts.




Brownie topped with mango mousse

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300 g flour
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
175 g raw sugar
125 ml sunflower oil
375 ml soy milk
100 g walnuts, crushed
15 g baking powder
a pinch of salt

oven form approx. 40/25 cm

Mix all the ingredients except the walnuts, until the sugar is dissolved. Add the walnuts and mix.

Grease the oven form with a little bit of oil. Pour the mix into the form and bake  (in the preheated oven) on medium heat (175 C), for about 30 minutes. Check with a straw if the dough is baked inside, if the dough sticks to the straw bake for a few minutes longer. Allow  to cool, remove from the form and cut into pieces.

Top with mango mousse.

Mango mousse:

1 large mango
100 ml vegetable whipped cream

Peel the mango , cut into pieces and blend until smooth.

Mix it with the whipped cream.

Refrigerate for at least half an hour before consumption.




Mango mousse

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1 large mango
100 ml vegetable whipped cream

Peel the mango , cut into pieces and blend until smooth.

Mix it with the whipped cream.

Refrigerate for at least half an hour before consumption.

You can serve it with grated chocolate or chocolate ganache.




Panettone

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800 g flour
approx. 2 cups of soy milk, warm
200 g vegan sugar
200 g vegan margarine
3 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast
200-250 g raisins
100-150 g candied orange peel (and / or lemon)
zest of an orange / lemon (optional)
2 teaspoons lemon essence (or vanilla)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon turmeric, for the color

Mix one teaspoon of sugar with the yeast in 1/2 cup warm soy milk. Allow to ferment for 10 minutes.

Dissolve  the sugar in soymilk. Add the remaining ingredients (except raisins and candied orange) and mix. The dough should be elastic and soft but  should not stick to the hands. Add a little bit more flour or soy milk if needed.

Knead for about  10 minutes.

Cover with a kitchen towel and let it rise, in a warm place, for 2-3 hours.

Add the candied peel and raisins and knead again for about 5 minutes.

Put the dough in the baking form (greased with a little bit margarine and dusted with flour). Let it  rise until it doubles in volume (1-2 hours).

Bake at medium heat (175 C), in a pre-heated oven,  approx. 45-60 minutes. Do not open the oven door during this time!

Check with a straw if it is baked inside otherwise continue baking a few minutes longer.

Allow to cool in the baking form.




Peasant’s cold buffet

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The plateau includes:

1. Bean spread (see the recipe here)

2. Eggplant salad (see the recipe here)

3. Zacusca (see the recipe here)

4. Chickpea patties (see the recipe here)

5. lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber,  red onion, olives, etc.

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