Looking for a comforting lunch that’s also high in protein? I’ve got you covered. In this recipe we’re making a baked tempeh that’s crispy and full of flavour. You can customize this easy baked tempeh bowl to your own liking. This doesn’t require you to marinade so there’s no waiting, just turn on the oven and you’re good to go.…
It’s spring but let’s be honest, isn’t spring just a pre summer party filled with flowers and summery dishes? So it’s time for us to make some more refreshing summer dishes, like these colourful salsas jam packed with flavour!
These salsas make use of both savoury and sweet, using veggies and fruits to create a delicious well balanced topping/dip for bread, nachos or anything your heart desires. You could also prepare this as a side for your next bbq party, bring something unique to the table….
When people hear I’m vegan they usually think all I eat is salad and that I lack protein (lol), and although most of the statements made are false, I do love myself some salad! I could honestly probably eat salads for every meal, depending on what you call a salad of course. I’m not talking about just lettuce, tomato, cucumber and carrots dressed with some vinaigrette, oh no! We’re talking about a salad jam packed with flavour that will leave you feeling satisfied and full until your next big meal….
If you like sushi you will love these bowls! They’re great if you’re feeling a little bit lazy bit still and don’t feel like rolling out that sushi mat. I myself am a big lover of sushi and honestly don’t mind the prepping, but this bowl might win it over those delicious maki rolls, well at least when I’m eating alone that is. There’s just something fun about enjoying a big platter of maki rolls when dining with friends, right!?
The reason I love this bowl so much is that I’m able to pack it with many different ingredients you normally wouldn’t find in a maki roll, such as…
If you’ve been following me for a while or even a short moment you might have seen me using “unicorn noodles” in most of my dishes, well there’s a new unicorn in town and this ones about to steal the crown! You obviously already read the title or seen the thumbnail, but let me introduce to you, unicorn rice, yes hear me unicorn rice! The fun part about creating recipes is being able to name it whatever the heck you want, so yes this is Unicorn rice, why? Well it’s blue/lilac and has the ability to transform it’s pigment to hot pink… Sounds like a unicorn to me.
But seriously though, how much fun is this? Also the rice might have the same ability as the noodles but they both deserve individual posts. You can do this with whatever rice you like, but using the technique on short grain rice has to be my favorite! But enough chit chat, you didn’t come for my hype, but rather for joining me on the hype train, so let me share some instructions so we all can have our unicorn rice.
1 Cup rice of choice (short grain is my fave for this)
1 chunck of purlpe cabbage
- Start by putting the purple cabbage in a small (sauce) pan and add about 2 cups of water. Turn on the heat to a low temperature and let the cabbage simmer until the water turns almost deep blue. Once the water turned deep blue turn off the heat and remove the cabbage, use it for a salad or stir fry, or maybe for the bowl!
- Now wash your rice and add it to a pot, instead of cooking this with regular water add the deep blue water. Ok now comes a very important note! Make sure that when you cook the rice it’s on the lowest heat possible, it might take a little longer, but if the heat is too high the colour will change and might even turn out light brown (yuck). Now cook it until the rice is done, this will take somewhere between 15 and 20 minutes.
- Once the rice is done you can use it for whatever dish you like, but wait here is where the magic comes in.
- To make the rice turn from lilac/blue to hot pink all you need it some lemon juice or any other form of acidity. It’s basic science actually, since the pigments in the cabbage have been transferred into the rice.
Now we’ve figured out how to create the rice, let’s put it into action by creating a delicious bowl using this rice. You know what, if you’re not feeling like making this rice you can use whatever rice or grain you want! Find the recipe below. As a sauce I used my Miso beet sauce and a drizzle of sriracha, but feel free to use any other sauce I can imagine this would be delicious with this Satay Sauce.
Keep in mind that when you’re making this rice even the slightest interaction with acidic food will make it change colour as you can see on the picture above. I pushed the mango down and it reveals a more lighter almost faded colour because of the slight acidity in the mango.
Let me know if you liked the recipe in the comments below and if you decide to recreate this dish feel free to tag me on Instagram as I’d love to see your creations!
Rainbow bowl, my latest and greatest obsession! I could eat them every day, but as much as I like a dish I can’t eat the exact same meal too many days in a row, or I’ll start disliking it. Since I think it’s important to eat as simple and vibrant as possible I decided to make some variations on one of my favorite type of bowls. You can use any type of noodle to make this bowl with, but trust me nothing beets unicorn noodles, thats a fact! To find out how they are made go over to this post….
This recipe is a big contradiction for beet haters, because you’ll probably love it! I myself do not like beets whatsoever, the closest I get to eating beets is using the powdered form as a food colouring or eating the occasional beet chip, but raw or cooked beets? No thanks! Now as someone who’s always open to giving foods that I know are healthy, but don’t really like, a second chance, I decided to not give up on beets! One thing that also caught my attention is that the more I eat of these foods I do not like, the more my taste buds get used to them, to the point I can even start craving them!
Noodle salads are one of my go to dishes when I want something fast, filling and delicious, all you need is a tasty sauce and some colourful veggies to turn it into a meal! This is definitely a quick and easy recipe. It took me about 3 minutes to whip up the sauce and not much more to chop the veggies, you could all of this while the noodles are soaking and by the time they are done you’ve got yourself a meal. You could possible make this colourful rainbow noodle salad in less than 15 minutes, lets make it a challenge!
Just like many people like to dress up during halloween, well be dressing this salad up with a dark satay sauce, made using black tahini, which you can make yourself and you’ll find a little how to by clicking the link. The sauce will turn this once beautiful salad into a messy dark bowl of deliciousness.
Of course feel free to play around with the ingredients by using different veggies or a different type of noodle, I used rice noodles which I coloured with purple cabbage to make it blue and being able to transformed to pink with a few drops of lime. You can find out how to make these noodles by clicking on this link. Unicorn noodles aren’t required but its a fun way to turn a regular salad into a Harley Quinn inspired salad, perfect for Halloween!
Now lets start cooking! And as usual feel free to leave a comment below or to tag me into your recreations on Instagram. Bon Appetite!
If you’ve been following me for a while you might know I like colourful food, and I made a “rainbow” sushi before, but this time I decided to go all out and make real rainbow sushi! One requirement the sushi had to meet was that the rice had to have all the colours of the rainbow, without having to use any artificial colourings (yuck). Well mission complete! This sushi is so colourful and stunning that I’m sure you’ll impress whoever you decide to make this for, or yourself, which is totally ok since I devoured all of these rolls by myself…
This brings me to another point, although the whole process can be a bit time-consuming, just make a big batch, this will last you a couple of days. You can easily store the prepped rolls in the fridge for a couple of days, keep in mind that this depends on the fillings u used, if u use things like avocado then I don’t recommend storing it to long. This is why I made some rolls with and some without avocado.
tip: If you cover the slices of avocado (or other veggies) with some lemon or lime juice it’ll keep longer as the acidity will keep it fresh for longer, this way you can keep it in a fridge for at east two days.
You can also store the sushi rice for a couple of days, just make sure you cool the rice as soon as possible when it’s done cooking and place it in containers and keep it in your fridge so you can have some more sushi the next day, awesome right!?
Now lets talk fillings! Whenever I tell an “omnivore” that sushi is one of my favourite foods I often get the response “but sushi isn’t vegan right?!”, to which I respond with “of course it is, just fill it with plant based foods”. There are a million different ways of making sushi vegan, just use your imagination, there are no limits.
For these rolls I used bell peppers, avocado, cucumber and roasted sweet potato, but feel free to fill the rolls with whatever your heart (aka stomach) desires. You can use tofu, tomato, tempeh, pickled daikon radish, carrot and whatever else you can think of, be creative. I’ve even filled sushi with humus and green asparagus, just to name one strange combination.
I didn’t want to use any artificial food colouring, but chose to go for all natural food colourings, such as:
- Spirulina powder to make green, you can also use matcha powder
- Turmeric to make the yellow (if you combine a bit of turmeric with spirulina you get a light greenish colour)
- Beet powder (or juice) to create a red colour (and combining this with a bit of turmeric makes orange)
- Gochujang although red makes a nice orange if u use a little
- Purple cabbage make a nice purple and adding baking soda to the purple cabbage water turns it blue.
Now you don’t need to use any artificial junk and keep the sushi clean and healthy.
Now its your turn to make rainbow sushi! I promise you, this will impress your friends, family or bae (no not the Danish bae!). The whole process can be a little time-consuming (not too much though), and it’s definitely worth it! Make these for a party, take leftovers to impress your co workers or just have them for the fun of it!
Be sure to let me know if you liked them!
Some times you just need to indulge and this is the dish to do just that! We all need a loaded nacho plate every now and then, right? This is the perfect snack/dish for a lazy Sunday afternoon when all you want to do is watch Netflix and chill! Its basically just a plate of nacho chips topped delicious toppings. The only thing that might be considered a cheat food in the recipes must be the tortilla’s, so lets call it a meal shall we.
This dish is perfect to share with friend or devour by yourself, which is what I did. No regrets, ok maybe a little, but who cares right, we all need to life a little!
The main stars on this filled plate must be the avocado mash and spicy refried beans are like peanut butter and jelly! The freshness of the avocado and richness of the refried beans are not to be underestimated. And lets not forget about the tofu, honestly who needs ground beef when you can cook up some deliciously spiced cruelty free tofu.
Of course these are awesome but we need toppings to call these loaded nachos, so I went with very thinly sliced purple cabbage, cilantro (duh), corn, cherry tomatoes, spring onions, orange bell pepper and last but not least some pieces of tempeh bacon.
The tempeh bacon recipe can be found here. Its a recipe by Jenny Mustard’s boyfriend David. I promise you its absolutely delicious and be sure to check her out she has an awesome blog and Youtube channel where she shares awesome vegan recipes and lifestyle tips. They have an awesome minimalistic style, which is very soothing to the eye. Whenever I watch her videos I suddenly feel this sudden sense of calm, I highly recommend them!
Again as most recipes this is completely customisable to your own taste. You can choose to use a vegan nacho sauce, same vegan ground meat, jalapeños, nutritional yeast, or whatever else your heart desires. Besides all this you can also choose to warm your nachos in the oven or have them cold, its all up to you!
Now its time to indulge, shall we. Let’s dig in!