Kofta is similar to falafel, except they’re made with lentils instead of chickpeas. I used U.S. pulses in this recipe combining red and brown lentil to create a similar texture and cosistency. Combined with different spices and herbs it is then shaped into logs or patties and pan-fried.
Lentils are not only delicious but also a great source of health-promoting fibre and protein, which have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties with potential cancer-cell inhibiting effects.
Enjoy with tzatziki dip or with warm grilled flat bread. You can also have it combined with salad in form of a wrap or in curries. They keep very well in the fridge or freezer and therefor are great for meal preparation.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Lentil Kofta
- 300 g U.S. raw brown lentil cooked
- 200 g U.S. raw red lentil cooked
- 3 Tbsp chikpea flour
- 3 tsp arrowroot powder
- 6 gloves garlic chopped
- 2 pieces medium size onion chopped
- 1 Tbsp parsley chopped
- 1 Tbsp paprika powder
- 1 tsp cinnanmon
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- vegetable oil
- In a pan heat 1-2 Tbsp vegetable oil and saute onion and garlic until translucet and fragrant.
- In a bowl bring together all the ingredients including the sauteed onion and garlic and mix until everything is well combined.
- Form about 30 small to medium size logs or patties. Cover and let set in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
- In a pan heat 2-3 vegetable oil and fry logs over medium heat on each side until cooked through and golden brown. This will take about 5-6 min for each batch.
How to make Dairy-Free Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff. This easy vegan stroganoff recipe will quickly become a new favorite pasta dish! It’s also a healthier version and perfect for meal preparation or as a comforting bundled up bowl of goodness!
A classic Stroganoff is a Russian dish traditionally centered around beef that is cooked in a sour cream based sauce and served over egg noodles. The sour cream is an important ingredient that gives Stroganoff it’s signature creamy tanginess. In this recipe I am replacing the sour cream with a dairy-free option that is coconut milk from Chef’s Choice. By simmering the coconut milk together with the seitan and mushrooms it will slowly thicken naturally into a very creamy smooth consistency with that tanginess to it by using yellow mustard and lime juice for seasoning. To replace the beef I am using homemade Seitan but you can also use tempeh, tofu or other meat substitute.
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- 3 cups portabella mushrooms (cut in half)
- 1 1/2 cups seitan (cut in small pieces)
- 250g fusilli semolina pasta
- 2 handful fresh parsley (chopped)
- 3 garlic gloves (minced)
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 medium size onion (thinly sliced)
- 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
- 500g Chef's Choice coconut milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 Tbsp vegan butter
- 1-2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- Cook pasta according to package direction. Drain and set aside.
- In the pan heat vegetable oil and sauté seitan until golden brown. This should take about 6 to 7 minutes depending on which kind of seitan you are using. Set aside.
- In a pan over medium heat add butter and let melt slowly. Add sliced onion and cook until translucent. Add the mushrooms. Cook until wilted and soft and stir in the minced garlic. Cook for another minute to release the flavours of the garlic.
- Pour the coconut milk and the seitan into the pan. Season with salt, pepper and mustard. Mix gently and let simmer over low heat for about 7-10min until coconut milk is reduced and thickened. Add chopped parsley and combine.
- Combine fusilli noodles with the mushroom gravy and blend until well cooperated. Drizzle lime juice over the stroganoff before serving.
- Replace noodles with grains or mashed potato. For a low carb version make spiralled zucchini or cauliflower rice instead.
- Instead of seitan use tofu, tempeh or other meat option alternatives.
Pickles are very easy and great to prepare ahead of time plus they make a super delicious crunchy side dish for any type of meal for lunch, dinner or even a savory breakie! This cucumber recipe video will get you covered.
To pickle something, you simply need to soak the vegetables in a vinegar brine. My brine calls for water, vinegar, mustard seeds (optional) and salt, and you let the cucumbers rest in the brine until you’re ready to eat them. Letting them sit longer helps the flavors develop more, so an overnight soak is ideal, but they’re also fine to eat right away!
Don’t limit yourself to pickled cucumbers, use this recipe with just about any vegetable. You can use the recipe for okra, bell peppers, and more. Adjust the spices and be creative because there are so many possibilities.
Black garlic is created by a careful ageing process, which causes the sugars and amino acids to react, resulting in it’s dark pigment.
It has many health benefits that range from it’s strong antioxidant nature to its potential role in cancer treatment. Recent tests scientists show that chemicals in the bulb can help to reduce fatigue from exercise and even improve physical strength.
It is used in various dishes and also as a probiotic drink or medicine to cure or strengthen immune system.
The taste is deeply intense and reminds me of dried figs with a hint of tamarind or balsamic vinegar. I love to add black garlic to enhance dishes like salads, cheese platter, soups or bowls like this!
The best thing -> this magical black beauty is suuuper easy to create! Check out the recipe below. A small warning, you will have that delicious garlic smell wafting in your kitchen for the entire coking process. So be prepared to have your tummy grumbling.
Start out with 6 whole unpealed garlic bulbs. Give them a good rinse and let them dry overnight. Next, place them in a rice cooker on “keep warm” setting. Let them sit there uninterrupted for 2-3 weeks.
Check the rice cooker occasionally if “keep warm” setting is still on and that it hasn’t switched off.
Store in airtight container and keep up to 3 month.
How to make tempeh with white beans from scratch
Tempeh is originated from Indonesian, Java Island which is one of the very few soy products that are not originated from China. Traditionally tempeh is made with fermented soybeans and has a rich smoky and mushroomy flavor with a firm, nutty texture. Tempeh is famous among vegans and is used in dishes to replace meat because of its high protein content. Tempeh is a great way of adding more beautiful textures to your dishes. It is packed with nutrients and contains natural antibiotics produced by the Rhizopus molds.
Instead of soybeans, I am using white beans in this recipe to do the tempeh. The beans I have used are U.S. pulses. In fact, you could use any kind of beans. It is a wonderful alternative to soy and the white beans provide a mild creamy flavor with an earthy, hearty taste perfect for salads or sautéed in with your favorite vegetables.
The tempeh starter culture can be sourced from different health shops depending on your location. All you need is patience for this recipe and you will be greatly rewarded, I promise! 🙂 It is way better than store-bought, GMO-free and unpasteurized.
I hope this recipe is helpful and it inspires you to create your own version of tempeh. 🙂
- 250g white beans
- 1 tsp tempeh starter
- 2 zip locker bags
- Soak the beans overnight (about 16hours). Drain and rinse with fresh water and dehull the beans by massaging it into the water until the hulls float up. Then pour them out and repeat. Dehull as many beans as possible. This step will be worth it as it will give you a really smooth and creamier consistency.
- Cook the beans in 400g of water for about 20min. It should be cooked but still crunchy. Ones the tempeh is done you will be cooking it again, so you want to make sure that it doesn't turn too soft.
- Drain the water and let it completely cool down.
- Add the tempeh starter and mix until well cooperated.
- Place the beans in 2 plastic bags about 12cm x 20cm (5"x8"). Using a toothpick or a skewer poke holes through the bag with 2cm (1-inch) intervals. The beans should be layered about 2cm (1-inch) thick. Divide the beans between the two bags. Seal the bags and flatten the beans out evenly. Leave the beans at a surrounding with a temperature between 25°- 30° (85-90 Fahrenheit) for 36 to 48 hours.
- After 24 hours, the white mycelium will start to cover the surface of the beans. You may want to lower the heat source because the beans will start generating their own heat as the mold grows.
- After 24 to 48 hours, the tempeh should smell pleasantly nutty. The tempeh is done when the entire surface is covered with dense, white mycelium and is bound together firmly as a cake.
- Transfer the tempeh cakes to airtight bags or containers and store in the refrigerator up to 1 week.
- You could also make a bigger batch and freeze your tempeh up to 3 months. Only make sure to steam your tempeh for 20min, let it cool down, wrap it in a container or plastic bag before placing in the freezer.
- Enjoy pan-fried with your favorite dip or in salads, curries, stews, pasta, and so many more dishes!
- When you make tempeh at home, it is always possible that some bacteria will sneak in and contaminate the whole batch. This bacteria could grow during the fermentation process, therefore, I recommend to process your tempeh by cooking, steaming, baking etc. before you consume it.
Vegan Shirataki Noodle in Teriyaki Mushroom Sauce
Whip up this low carb, paleo & keto and gluten-free creamy shrooom noodle dish in only 15minutes!
These noodles are thin and translucent with a gelatinous texture. They’re made from konjac yam but mostly composed of just water and soluble fiber called glucomannan (5 grams of fiber per 100 grams of cooked noodles). These are a popular ingredient in Japanese cuisine. They also go by other names like konjac noodles, miracle noodles or konnyaku noodles. They’re effectively zero calories and carbs and since they’re sourced from yam, they’re inherently gluten-free, vegan, paleo-friendly, and keto-friendly.
Shirataki noodles usually come pre-cooked and packed in water, so they only need to be rinsed and sometimes soaked quickly in hot water. They’re great for bulking up salads or to use in spring and sushi rolls!
Get started with this delicious mushroom pasta recipe. They soak up all the sumptuous flavors that are in the sauce leaving you with a comforting and satisfying meal for lunch or dinner. 🙂
- 250g Shirataki Noodle (water packed)
- 100g Oyster Mushroom
- 2 Tbsp Thick Teriyaki Sauce
- 100g Coconut Milk
- 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- Dash of Turmeric Powder
- Dried Seaweed
- Lemon Zest
- Trim the oyster mushrooms. Use a sharp knife to cut the tip off of the large, central stem that connects the oyster mushrooms together. Once the oyster mushrooms fall away, you can trim off the stems of each oyster mushroom. Discard the stems or save them to make a vegetable stock. Cut the mushrooms into thin slices and set aside.
- Prepare your shirataki by emptiying them out of the package and rinsing them well under warm water, cut the noodles into smaller strips with a scissor. Let it drain and set aside.
- In a pan under medium heat dry fry the oyster mushroom until it get crispy on the ouside. Add the thick teriyaki sauce, toss and let caramelized for 30sec. Now add the coconut milk and lemon juice, turmeric and simmer for about 30sec until the it turns into a thick and creamy sauce. Add the shirataki noodles and toss until noodles are all well coated.
- Garnish with dried seaweed and sprinkle with lemon zest!
OMG this raw coconut caramel chocolate cakes is not only healthy and easy to make, it is gluten free too and just divine! Raw desserts are so much fun to make and in fact anyone can do it! No baking or added sweetener required! Just rich, moist coconuty caramel chocolate goodness with wholesome ingredients.
This recipe can be easily changed to your preference or whats available in your kitchen I like to keep it easy and quick, so you have no excuses! 😉 I used cashew nuts for the crust, but any nut would work. I can see so much potential in dressing this cake up in terms of flavors and toppings — like adding some orange flavor for example! Be creative and you will see endless possibilities. 🙂
It will taste like a divine entity has landed in your mouth. Take a fork and dig in! 😀
- For the crust
- 1/2 cups cashew nuts
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- For the chocolate layer
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- For the coconut caramel filling
- 2 cup raisins (soaked)
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 2tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- more coconut oil, if needed
- To make the crust: Place the crust ingredients in a food processor and pulse until crumble and stick together. Press into the bottom of a tart plate or 9" baking pan. Put in the freezer for about 5 min while making the filling.
- For the chocolate layer: Mix the ingredient together in a bowl until glossy and smooth. Pour the chocolate mixture generously on top of the crust.
- To make the filling: Process all ingredients until smooth. Pour on top of the chocolate layer and press it down gently, so you will create a chocolate wall around the cake. Let it set in the fridge then decorate with coconut flakes, coconut syrup and indulge!
- Keep in the freezer up to 2 weeks.
This Raw Vegan Creamy Walnut Pesto is made with a handful of clean ingredients and is ready in just minutes. It has the sweetness from the Pepper and a little spice from the cayenne pepper. And, it can be made in your food processor faster than the time it takes for the pasta. You’ll want to get yourself a spiralizer to make the pasta noodles – otherwise it’s way too much work and you’ll just want to boil noodles instead. With a spiralizer you get perfect veggie noodles and a lot of fun making them.
5 Fast Facts About Red Bell Peppers:
- high in anti-oxidants
- low in calories and exceptionally rich in vitamin C
- excellent source of carotenoids
- contains potential anti-cancer benefits
- helps to reduce inflammation
5 Fast Facts About Walnuts:
- walnuts are the oldest known tree food — they date back to 10,000 BC!
- contains protein and magnesium
- high in anti-oxidants
- good as an appetite suppressant
- contains high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids
- 1 cups walnuts
- 1 large red bell peppers
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 5 sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 cup cashew nuts
- 1 small clove garlic
- 1/4 cups parsley
- 1/4 cup dates
- Blend all ingredients until smooth in a food processor and enjoy with raw carrot/zucchini pasta and fresh broccoli and yellow pepper. Mix just before serving with a sprinkle of finely chopped parsley.
It’s time for some good divine raw coconut caramel pie! Serve this at any holiday table, and people will ask for more! The filling is sweetened with dates and thickened with nuts. The pecan-date crust is like a sweet, crumbly cookie. Grab a fork and dig in!
- 2 cups pecan and cashew nuts
- 1 cup dates or prunes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup dates
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/4 young coconut meat
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- more water, if needed
- To make the crust: pulse nuts in your food processor until they are crumb-sized. Add dates and salt and process until it stick together. Press into the bottom of a tart plate or 9" baking pan. Put in the freezer for about 5 min while making the filling.
- To make the filling: process all ingredients until smooth. It will taste like a divine entity has landed in your mouth. Pour into your crust and let it set in the fridge then decorate with dates, nuts, coconut flakes and indulge!
This raw chocolate pudding will make your heart skip a beat! I expect that kids will love this recipe too. The great thing about this pudding – besides its immensely rich texture and chocolate flavor – is that it’s naturally sweetened with dates. Of course, you can substitute whatever other natural sweetener you prefer – maple syrup and agave being ideal.
It’s also customizable. If you prefer an intense chocolate flavor, add less sweetener. If you prefer it thinner, thicker just adjust the almond milk as desired. And if you’re like me, you like your pudding on the sweeter side and will prefer adding more!! It’s extremely forgiving and flexible in this way.
- 1 big ripe avocado
- 1/2 cup pitted dates
- 2 tbsp raw unsweetened cacao powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup raw almond milk
- Add all ingredients into a food processor and blend until creamy and smooth. Add more cocoa powder for a richer chocolate flavor. Add more sweetener of choice to enhance sweetness.
- Before serving, top with cranberries and drizzle of cacao nibs.
- Leftovers will keep in the fridge up to a few days, though best when fresh.