I’m starting a new segment! One where I’ll be trying recipes and reviewing vegan cookbooks. Over the past few months I’ve been growing an appreciation for all the hard work and effort that goes into creating a cookbook, this is why I’d like to support my fellow vegans who are sharing their recipes with us. So to spread the love and hard work I’ll be sharing some vegan cookbook reviews every single month.
Ok ok, no one can touch my avocado toast, but it’s time to switch things up. It’s time for another savory and delicious toast to hit our plates, and I’m rooting for you, mushroom toast!
Today I’m sharing a recipe in collaboration with Magioni, whom I’ve been working with last month to create some delicious vegan recipes to go with their delicious pizza crusts. This post is not sponsored.
You might already know Magioni from their cauliflower pizza’s. Magioni just launched their new pumpkin pizza crust, which goes perfect with the new season and to celebrate I decided to make an easy and fun recipe to go along this crust. The crusts are available at AH in the Netherlands, but don’t worry, if you don’t have excess to this crust you can make it on any pizza crust available.
The reason I decided to team up with Magioni is because I saw an opportunity to spread even more awareness on a vegan diet/lifestyle. By creating a few fun and creative recipes for them to share I know for sure that there will be many people introduced to a more conscious way of eating.
With Autumn being around the corner it’s time to reintroduce some comforting foods! What am I saying, I’ll have dishes like this in the middle of summer, still they are your best friends during fall and winter. This dish is made for all those beet haters out there, because I’m pretty sure that even you won’t hate this curry! I mean look how comforting this dish is, even teddy is having a moment!
As an adult one of my favorite dishes are curries, this is something that hasn’t changed from my childhood, therefore these dishes instantly transport me to another time. Curries are, for me, some of the most comforting dishes, but there’s another comfort food that’s high on the list. Pasta.
Can you believe we’re nearing bbq and picnic season? The weather is gradually becoming more warm and pleasant, and the sun a bit brighter (well at least for us on the northern hemisphere. Oh and yes you can still go to bbq’s as a vegan, it’s all about the sides if you’d ask me! One of the side dishes I always look forward too is potato salad, and not only during bbq’s but any given time of the year I crave this stuff. Now although I love it, it’s not always plant based, so it’s about time to make a delicious recipes we all can enjoy!
Besides potato salad I also have a huge love for pesto, now add those to together and you’ve got yourself a magical dish. It’s truly a simple recipe when you use store bought pesto, which I happened to do for this recipe, just make sure it’s vegan. You could also use this recipe for spinach pasta to sneak some extra greens into your meal….
You can never have enough bean stew recipes right? They’re not only delicious and combined with rice a perfect protein, but they are also very nice to prep for days ahead! This batch gave me about three big meals, so perfect for those evening when you’re just a bit to tired to cook. Beans and rice are also quite cost-effective meals, just add whatever veggies you prefer and you’ve got yourself a perfect dish!
These type of meals are also great for those people who stress about proteins, just eat some rice and beans.
You can play with this recipe to make it your own, for this batch I used carrots to add a bit of sweetness, but why not try adding (sweet) potatoes, peas, or corn? Maybe you don’t have kidney or black beans on hand, no problem, you can use whatever bean you have on hand or prefer! Cilantro might taste like soup to you, don’t worry you can add whatever herb you like, try adding some parsley or basil. Well you catch the drift right, just have fun with it!
You can use this bowl as a little inspo for how to have to serve this dish, but just adding it over rice (find recipe for unicorn rice here) and maybe some spinach will be good enough for me. You could also eat it with some flatbread or stuff them inside some potatoes if you’re feeling adventurous!
You could even use it as a spread on some hearty flax crackers, there are no rules when it comes to how you have your food, right!?
This will be my third steamed bun recipe and I’m not even close to being finished. Now since where in the middle of the holiday season I’d like to give a twist to the regular bao buns with some sweet potato bun with a spicy bean filling, this one’s a winner! These buns are different from the other two recipes, which you can find here and here, instead of being open, these buns are closed and filled with a delicious spicy bean mixture.
One of the reason I love steamed buns is because of the texture of the bread, it’s so soft and fluffy and because of the steam gets a nice and smooth “skin”. Adding sweet potato to the dough makes the dough a little sweet and adds a nice colour to the buns, to enhance the colour I also added a bit of turmeric, not only does this give the buns a lovely golden colour, it also adds to the nutrition of these buns, they’re basically super foods now, just kidding, or am I? All jokes aside my family loved these buns, and anytime a non vegan can’t deny the deliciousness of a vegan meal you know you did something right!
With these buns I’m paying homage to my Creole and Chinese roots by fusing the idea of Chinese steamed buns with a filling inspired by Surinamese cooking. The filling has celery leaves and adjuma peppers which are two ingredients often used in Surinamese cuisine and two ingredients I love working with. One to thing keep in mind if you can get your hands on the peppers and decide to use them is that they are very spicy so you might want to use chilli pepper instead or skip it all together.
To simplify the recipe I just made simple round balls, but you can play around with the design while closing the bun to create a more authentic look. You can also play around with the filling and even the colour of the dough by adding different natural food colourings. But no matter what you’ll do these bao buns will definitely have you asking for more!
I’m currently storing a batch in the freezer and fridge to see how long they’ll stay good and if they’re freezer friendly, so once I’m done testing I’ll edit my findings in this post.
For now go ahead and make some yourself, let’s get to it!
These holidays i’m making sure me and my family our gonna get a good dose of deliciously roasted vegetables, cause even the veggie haters cant resist a good vegetable roast. Not only does it taste really great, they also look festive, making them a perfect dish for the holidays. And feel free to play around with your favourite vegetables as this is your dinner and your rules!