Chickpea ‘Omelette’

I always love coming across new, exciting and – of course – yummy things to make. Best of all are those simple enough to easily become part of your regular food repertoire, but still special enough to make you excited every time 😉 I very much suspect this will be the case for me with this chickpea ‘omelette’ that I recently tried out for the first time, after hearing about it from my friend Amy.

Probably more of a farinata, if we’re being technical, this vegan ‘omelette’ is not only super simple, but also so satisfying, nourishing and filling. It’s also very adaptable, as you can flavor it any way you want and chuck in whatever ingredients you have lying around.

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Mediterranean Tofu Quinoa

Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe. It’s been a while since I’ve even cooked a meal if I’m honest! I’ve been so busy lately, and even when I’ve been home and had a chance to cook, more often than not I’ve just thrown together a big salad or whipped out some rice cakes and the peanut butter jar (they’re best friends).

This was quite a departure from my usual quinoa cooking, which 99.9% of the time is this turmeric & ginger flavored one, but I can assure you I will definitely be making this again and again. Bursting with flavor, nutrition and also light and refreshing, this dish is perfect for a relaxed summer evening. I can already see myself making this for my family back home for a (fingers crossed) late summer BBQ on the terrace.

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Pea Shoot Crepes

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Crepes are something I never ever liked making. Pancakes, sure! But crepes? I had the prejudice that they’re super fiddly and will surely end in a scrambled mess. And since going plant-based, I honestly hadn’t given them a thought. Until, that is, I found a brilliant and super simple recipe by the inspiring James Wythe from Healthy Living James.

Having had great success with his these sweet ones, I decided to make a savory version, so I would be able to indulge in my newfound love of crepes at any time of day! The result: fabulously green, soft crepes that went so well with the hummus spread inside, the cherry tomatoes adding a burst of freshness and some smokey paprika for a bit of heat. Delicious and also an easy way to get in some more greens! So let’s get started:

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Purple Sweet Potato Falafels

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Having read about their health benefits in connection with the Okinawa diet, purple sweet potatoes have been the object of my curiosity for many months now (for more on this scroll to the very bottom). Once I finally got my hands on these elusive tubers I knew I wanted to make something special. Inspired by the sweet potato falafels from the MaE deli and a sweet potato falafel wrap from Crussh, I set out to create my own, and thus, these purple patties were born.

These sweet, starchy gems are so satisfying with their soft, mushy texture and the lovely flavors of the coriander, garlic and hint of chili coming through. And – as all my recipes 😉 – they’re quick to make (especially if you cook the sweet potato beforehand). Perfect for when you want to try something a bit different, without spending ages at the stove. So let’s get right to it!

Purple Sweet Potato Falafels

Makes: ca. 10-12 falafels

Ingredients

  • 200 g cooked purple sweet potato
  • 200-230 g chickpeas (drained & rinsed)*; my carton was 380g before draining
  • ca. 2 heaped tbsp flour (I used wholemeal spelt)/ as much as you need for the mix to bind**
  • salt to taste
  • chili powder
  • half a 30g bunch of fresh coriander, chopped (the rest you can sprinkle on top)
  • drizzle of garlic-infused oil (alternatively use olive oil and add some crushed garlic or garlic powder)
  • coconut or olive oil, for cooking

* I take the skin off the chickpeas as they’re easier to digest that way, but feel free to skip this step if that’s not something you’re concerned about. (Although, I have to say, there’s something strangely satisfying about popping out the chickpeas!)

**The amount of flour can vary depending on the individual ingredients / how much liquid they contain. The key thing is that you end up with a mix that can be rolled into balls.

Method:

  1. Mash the chickpeas in a large flat bowl with a fork (or use a food processor, but don’t over-process; they should still be crumbly and a bit chunky), add the sweet potato and mash as well (or again, if you’re looking for less manual labor, just purée – I was lazy and wanted to avoid cleaning another piece of equipment, but it didn’t take very long at all).
  2. Add in your flour and season with salt and chili, before adding the chopped coriander and a drizzle of garlic-infused oil into the gloriously purple mess. Mix together with your hands (yes, they will get purple!).
  3. Now, the fun part: roll the mix into evenly-sized balls. I made 11, but this will obviously depend on the size you prefer. I also flattened mine a bit at the end, as I didn’t want them perfectly round. (Wetting your hands before can make this slightly less messy.)
  4. Next, simply heat some coconut or olive oil in a pan and cook the falafels on both sides for a few minutes. It’s basically just about warming them up and getting a bit of a crisp on the outside.

Serving suggestion:

While the falafels are sizzling away in a pan, cook some buckwheat noodles (the ones I use by King Soba only take 5 minutes) in salt water. A minute or two before they are done, add in some courgetti or other quick-cooking veg. Drain and serve with your lovely purple falafels. Drizzle with a nice oil, or create a quick little sauce by combining tahini, maple syrup, lemon juice and water. (I used this lovely black tahini, by Sun and Seed, as it contrasts so nicely with the purple!). Finally, sprinkle with sesame seeds and more coriander to finish off the dish.

Hope you enjoy!

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Feel Good Fact: Like their orange cousins, the purple sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber and vitamins. Additionally they contain anti-inflammatory anthocyanins (notably also present in blueberries 😉 ), which are linked to heart health and improved eyesight.

Interesting Fact: Purple sweet potatoes made up a large part of the traditional diet of the Okinawa Japanese, whose life expectancy was among the highest in the world, with a lower occurrence of heart disease and certain types of cancer (e.g., breast cancer and prostate cancer). For more on the traditional Okinawa diet check out this short, informative video.

Turmeric & Ginger spiced Quinoa

This is one of my absolute staple dishes that I make all the time. It’s so incredibly simple and makes me feel great every time I eat it. It’s so easy to prepare, quick to cook and all you’re left with is one pan to clean – not quite as convenient as shoving a pizza into the oven, but almost 😉  It’s a very useful dish to have on your radar for when you’re feeling lazy, uninspired or simply have no time but still want a warm and nourishing meal.

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Simple Tomato Tahini Pasta

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This is one of my go-to speedy recipes for a healthy refueling meal after a workout. It’s so simple in fact, that it’s almost an exaggeration to call it a recipe, but let me bask in my (imagined) creative genius all the same. What I like about this besides that fact that it’s so quick and easy to make is that it’s incredibly satisfying – the tahini gives the whole thing a creamy and indulgent element, while the veg adds some freshness to it.

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