Cauliflower Butterbean Kimchi Pizza

Ok, this one sounds a bit random, I will admit…But bear with me and picture a home-made pizza dough, fresh out of the oven, topped with a garlicky cauliflower butterbean spread, creamy melted cheeze – more mellow than the acidity of tomato sauce – combined with a spicy, tangy kick of kimchi and some cooling fresh greens. Have I sold you on this yet?

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Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are one of my all-time favorite childhood bakes. I have fond memories of my childhood best friend and me baking tray-loads of them and gleefully devouring some while watching romcoms. Years later I wondered what that magic recipe had been that we’d always used. I scavenged old scribbled notes, crumpled, grease-stained recipe printouts in mounting desperation, as if my future happiness depended on it. Lovers of the show Friends may be amused to know that my quest ended similarly as that of Monica in the episode “The One with Phoebe’s Cookies” (season 7, episode 3): It was the recipe on the back of the packet of Nestlé Toll House chocolate chips, which my friend used to bring back from Canada.

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Super Simple Vegan French Toast

French toast is one of those dishes that may seem as if it must be inherently illusive for plant-based eaters. A truly saddening thought for any lover of this sweet breakfast treat that potentially dates back to Roman times. Thankfully, vegan French toast is not only feasible but just as tasty, as I realized on the rare occasions I stumbled upon the dish at vegan eateries (the best French toast I ever had was at Veggie Galaxy in Cambridge Massachusetts, near Boston – not to be missed if you’re in the area!). I’ve seen various versions of vegan recipes out there, some including chickpea flour, banana or tofu. When the irresistible French toast craving struck I finally ended up mixing together quite a basic concoction, which I later simplified even further.

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Creamy Cashew Tomato Pasta

Easy pasta dishes are my go-to when I’m feeling slightly lazy or am out of fresh produce. They’re super easy to throw together and there are endless options for keeping things new and exciting. I love experimenting with different pasta types, from wholewheat and spelt to red and yellow lentil, brown rice and even oat (the only one I haven’t warmed to is pea-based pasta – just too dominant of a flavour in my opinion). And, of course, there is so much you can do with sauces, spices, herbs, etc.

This recipe is perfect for when you don’t feel like spending too much time in the kitchen, yet still want a flavourful, comforting meal. The sun-dried tomatoes add a depth of flavour and the cashew butter a satisfying richness that make this sauce much more exciting than what you’d find in a regular tin of tomato sauce. It only takes a few minutes to make – you can prepare the sauce while your pasta is cooking and have time to spare – making it a great weeknight option.

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Chickpea Cookie Dough Bars

Most people will agree that cookies are delicious, cookie dough is even better and that cookie dough bars may just be the portable pinnacle of a seriously satisfying treat, steeped in childhood sentimentality and a true party for the tastebuds. Combining the indulgence of cookie dough bars with nutritious ingredients like chickpeas, oats and dates is the ultimate win in my opinion – the pursuit of which is how these bean-based babies were born.

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Summery Quinoa Salad with Cashew Dressing

Here in Switzerland the weather is getting warmer and it’s starting to feel more and more like summer is around the corner. My boyfriend and I have increasingly been having our lunch and even dinner on the balcony, which is making us enjoy our apartment on another level. One of my go-to dishes for an easy yet varied lunch is a bountiful quinoa salad.

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Mini Vegan Breakfast Donuts

I was tidying up the kitchen cupboards when I came across a mini donut tray that I desperately wanted and then only ended up using twice in the almost year since I got it (familiar story for anyone?). But that’s ok, because we’re here to right the wrongs and show the donut tray the appreciation it deserves, because there’s something about donuts that just makes you so intrinsically happy.

This recipe combines all the fun of cute and colourful donuts with the respectability of a wholesome, nutritious breakfast. The oaty base is the donut-version of baked porridge, sweetened largely by applesauce and fragrant from the vanilla. The silky cashew butter-based icing is where the party’s at, due to the punchy colours and flavours. I’ve started with three (berry, matcha and saffron-turmeric), but might expand the range by a chocolatey-/peanutty version. The icing is also pretty wholesome, with only a splash of maple syrup as added sweetener and no artificial colouring or flavouring. A true feel-good breakfast bake that takes ca. 30 min to prepare and bake.

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Wild garlic pesto

After all that cake it’s time for a savoury recipe, using one of my favourite seasonal spring ingredients: wild garlic, known by many other names including bear leek (similar to the German Bärlauch). With its broad dark green leaves that pack a powerful flavour punch it is destined for making epic pesto! I love the strong taste and the almost fiery kick. Together with the fragrant pine nuts, rich olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice and some nutritional yeast it beats any ‘regular’ or store-bought pesto for me.

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Spongy Chocolate Cake with Peanut Icing

As much as I love the carrot cake recipe from my previous post, I feel like we need to balance it out with another chocolate recipe… This cake is also sweetened mostly with dates and has some wholemeal flour hidden in there, making this a more nutritious but just as delicious an option when compared to conventional cake recipes.

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Healthy Vegan Carrot Cake

I have a new obsession and it involves neither chocolate nor peanut butter – a revelation! This is a recipe I did not expect to ever create… I am the person who will always go for something chocolatey if given the option. Lemon, fruit and especially carrot cake never made my heart beat faster. Well, until now, that is…

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