Barley, Plantain, Black Bean & Harissa Stuffed Peppers

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I don’t make stuffed peppers that often but when I do, I remember how much I actually like them. This time I stuffed them with a mixture of barley, pan fried plantains, black beans and some harissa for a bit of a kick. I cooked the barley in vegetable stock so it already has a bit of seasoning The result is a filling vegetarian dish which also makes a good packed lunch the next day.

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This recipe makes 5 stuffed peppers.

Ingredients:

5 big bell peppers

½ cup of barley

2 1/2 cups of vegetable stock

2 ripe plantains, finely chopped

130grs of canned black beans, drained

4 tablespoons of chopped coriander

4 tablespoons of olive oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1 red onion, chopped

1 teaspoon of harissa

Pinch of celery salt

Salt

Pepper

Cayenne

 

Place the barley in a medium saucepan with the vegetable stock. Let it simmer over medium heat for 25 to 30 minutes, until the barley is cooked through.

To prepare the bell peppers, carefully slice off the top part. Then remove the membrane and seeds.

Preheat your oven to 180C/350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large pan, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped plantains, salt, pepper and cayenne to taste. Cook it while stirring for about 4 to 5 minutes, until the plantain is cooked through. Transfer it to a bowl.

In the same pan, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the onion. Cook the onion until it is translucent. Then add the garlic and harissa, and cook for another minute. Then add the barley, beans, coriander, celery salt and the plantains. Mix well. Taste for salt and pepper.

Stuff the peppers all the way to the top and cover them with the top part previously sliced off. Place them on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake them for 50 minutes. I served them with a simple arugula salad. Enjoy!

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Cauliflower Celeriac Soup with Savory Granola & Crispy Kale (Vegan)

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I had been wanting to try nutritional yeast for a while now. I found it at Eko Plaza and it is called Edelgistvlokken in Dutch. If you have never heard of it, it has a nutty and cheesy flavor and you can sprinkle it over food as if it was parmesan cheese. It is high in protein and a good source of B vitamins. I first tried it on popcorn and really enjoyed it. And the savory granola I made with it is quite addictive. You can eat it as a snack but this time I decided to serve it over soup. It adds a nice crunch to it.

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This recipe makes 2 large bowls.

Ingredients:

For the soup:

½ cauliflower, chopped

1 celeriac, peeled and sliced into chunks

1 ½ liters of vegetable stock

½ teaspoon of garlic powder

½ teaspoon of onion powder

½ teaspoon of celery salt

For the savory granola:

½ cup of oatmeal

½ cup of nutritional yeast (Edelgistvlokken in Dutch)

¼ cup buckwheat

1 teaspoon of sumac

Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper

Pinch of garlic powder

Pinch of onion powder

¼ cup of olive oil

2 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds

For the crispy kale:

1 cup of shredded kale

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Pinch of lemon pepper

Pinch of salt

 

 

To make the granola, preheat your oven to 180C/350F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Mix all of the ingredients for the granola in a bowl and then spread it over the prepared baking tray. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring half way through. Then allow it to cool down. Leave the oven on to bake the kale.

To make the crispy kale, mix the kale with the olive oil, lemon pepper and salt. Spread the kale in a single layer on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes until the kale becomes crispy (the time will depend on your oven, so check from time to time so it doesn’t burn).

For the soup, place the chopped cauliflower, celeriac, vegetable stock, garlic powder, onion powder and celery salt in a medium saucepan. Let it simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat. Then blend it until smooth. Taste for salt.

Serve the soup with some of the savory granola and crispy kale. Enjoy!

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Coconut & Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding

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A very easy dessert which also serves as breakfast. This rice pudding is only sweetened with coconut sugar, that’s why it has that darker color. I used arborio rice which makes it creamier due to the fact that it is higher in starch.

This recipe serves 3.

Ingredients:

For the Rice:

200gr of arborio rice

400ml of coconut milk

3 cups of boiling water

1 vanilla bean

½ cup of coconut sugar

Juice of ½ a lime

Toppings:

Chopped mango

Raspberries

Passion fruit

Mint

 

Place the coconut milk, rice, boiling water, vanilla bean scraped seeds, vanilla pod and the coconut sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Cook for 30 minutes while stirring, until most of the liquid has evaporated and the rice is cooked. Then remove the vanilla pod. Add the lime juice and mix well.

Serve with some mango, raspberries, passion fruit and mint. Enjoy.

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Butternut Squash, Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup with Sumac & Za’atar Roasted Cashew Crumbs and Shaved Asparagus (Vegan)

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A very easy and comforting soup with added crunch from the raw asparagus and cashew crumbs. Perfect for this cold weather.

On another note, I recently made a tutorial for the blue background that you see in these pictures. You can check it out by clicking here.

 

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This recipe serves 3.

Ingredients:

For the soup:

1 medium butternut squash, just chopped into pieces

4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped into pieces

2 medium sweet potatoes

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 white onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 litter of vegetable stock

½ teaspoon of celery salt

Pinch of paprika powder

Salt to taste

For the cashew crumbs:

1 cup of salted cashews, finely chopped into crumbs

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Pinch of paprika powder

1 tablespoon of sumac

1 teaspoon of Za’atar

Pinch of salt (optional)

For the asparagus:

8 asparagus

Salt

Pepper

 

Chop the butternut squash (leave the skin and seeds on, they will come off easier after being roasted) and carrot into chunks. Place the butternut squash, carrots and whole sweet potatoes in an oven tray lined with parchment paper. Drizzle some olive oil over the squash and carrot. Sprinkle with some salt and then roast them in the oven at 180C/350F until tender. This will take about ½ hour for the squash and carrots, and 1 hour for the sweet potato. So just check from time to time.

Once the vegetables are roasted, scoop out the seeds from the butternut squash and discard them. Then scoop out the flesh and set it aside. Peel the sweet potato.

In a medium saucepan, add the olive oil over medium heat. Then add the onions and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Then add the butternut squah, carrots and sweet potatoes. Add the stock, celery salt and paprika powder. Let it simmer for 5 minutes and then blend it until smooth using an immersion blender. Taste it, and then add salt to taste.

To make the cashew crumbs, mix the chopped cashews with the spices and olive oil. Roast them for 15 minutes at 180C/350F. Stir the crumbs half way through.  Set it aside to cool.

When you are ready to serve, reheat the soup and start preparing the asparagus. Grab a potato peeler and start to shave the asparagus. Don’t worry if some break. Then season them with salt and pepper.

Serve the soup with the seasoned shaved asparagus and some of the cashew crumbs. Enjoy!

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