Kale, Lentil & Bulghur Salad

Today marks the start of autumn, with the older kids going back to school. But I refuse to think that salads are only for summer evenings, so here’s a salad that smoothly eases you towards darker nights and lower temperatures.

In this salad is whole bulghur cooked in vegetable stock, green lentils, sliced baby tomatoes and roasted chickpeas. The kale is cut in pieces and massages for a few minutes with olive oil, salt and lemon juice. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and top with pickled red onion and roasted sunflower seeds. Drizzle with an easy vinaigrette with oil, Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, salt, pepper, agave syrup and lots of flat leaf parsley.

No Rules Maki Rolls

I love sushi, it’s one of few foods that I can get a serious craving for. It was actually when I had vegan sushi the first time that I realised I could go plantbased without missing out. Vegan sushi is so good, and so much fun because you can go wild with fillings or toppings.

In these yummy maki rolls I had crispy sesame tofu sticks, thinly sliced red cabbage, baked butternut squash, cucumber and a sauce with oat fraiche and mango chutney. I drizzle with vegan sriracha mayo and some sesame seeds. Spicy and delicious!

Sweet Potato & Hummus Salad

Too many things in this salad to fit it into a bowl! I needed to use up leftover rice, so that was my base. It’s not something i usually put in a salad, but it worked really well. A great, filling salad!

On this plate:
sweet potato, diced and oven baked
red cabbage, thinly sliced
green soy beans
nectarines
hummus with looooots of tahini
cucumber
alfalfa sprouts
rock melon (hidden under the coriander)
baby spinach
capers
coriander
drizzle of vegan sriracha mayo
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Olive & Ajvar Pasta

A quick pasta dish with Mediterranean flavours. Garlic and onions, sliced mushrooms and zucchini, white cabbage, baby spinach leaves and green olives. Then I added some ajvar relish, fresh rosemary, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Served it with pasta (shaped as wild animals – the kids’ choice and the only animals we eat!), topped it with more olives, flat-leaf parsley and a spoonful of ajvar. Easy peasy!

Fluffy Pancakes

You know that “I’m the best mum in the world” feeling, when you just whip up a batter and fry a stack of fluffy pancakes and bring them on a picnic with the family? Here’s a recipe for you, if you want to collect points from your kids.

Ingredients (serves a hungry family of six)
5 dl plain flour
1 dl potato starch
4 tsp baking powder
0,25 tsp vanilla powder
0,5 tsp salt
4 dl oat milk (or other plant milk)
0,5 canola oil
1,5 tbsp lime juice (can be substituted with lemon or vinegar for acidity)

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Add oat milk and oil to the mix and blend thoroughly until combined and lump-free. At last, add lime juice or similar. This reacts with the baking soda and makes the pancakes fluffier.
Fry pancakes in oil on medium heat until golden on both sides and serve with berries.

Pad Thai

Another Asian dish, this time the fantastic rice noodle wok Pad Thai. This one is inspired by @hannelenesvegetar, with great additions like red cabbage and edamame. I made a sesame tofu with lots of tahini in the marinade, which was great with this dish. I cheated and used store bought Pad Thai sauce (luckily I found a vegan one!), but next time I’m definitely making my own. Did I say that you should put copious amounts of coriander on top? Always, always add coriander!

Salad with Tofu, Melon & Capers

Another one of those salads where I simply roam the fridge, save some veggies or fruit before they go bad, add some tofu and drizzle with a super quick dressing.
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In this mess you can find whole bulghur, watermelon, cucumber, sesame tofu, capers, fresh basil and coriander, and a tahini dressing. I just added some lime juice, salt and plant milk and stirred until smooth and runny.

Pasta with Butternut Squash, Fennel & Hazelnut

Ready to get your oven do the job for you?
Slice peeled butternut squash and fennel in 1,5 cm thick slices. Cut a handful of cocktail tomatoes in half. Put everything on an oven tray covered with parchment paper. Drizzle with olive oil, add salt and pepper and roast in the oven at 225 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
While waiting, coarsely chop hazelnuts and two cloves of garlic. Toast in a pan with a generous amount of olive oil.
Serve the roasted vegetables with spaghetti, hazelnuts and garlic oil. Top with fresh sage.

Nacho Bake

Does nachos count as #tacotuesday? Anyway, this is a favourite in my family, based on a recipe from @welldonesthlm. Cover an oven tray with parchment paper, and spread out nacho chips and tortillas cut in pieces. Cover with soy minced (fried with onion, garlic, cumin, paprika and some tinned tomatoes) and sweetcorn. Use vegan cheese on top if you like that. Bake in the oven at 225 degrees for about 15 minutes. Top with fresh tomatoes, cucumber, lime wedges, salsa (I like pineapple in mine!), vegan sour cream and coriander. Serve with the joy of life – guacamole.

Caesar Salad

I’ve been dreaming of creamy, delicious caesar dressing for a while. And there it was! I mixed to recipes from @nora_cooks_vegan and @thehiddenveggies. I don’t like the sharp taste of raw garlic, so I sautéed them gently before mixing. I served the dressing (yes – the dressing is the star here!) with Romaine lettuce, fried mushrooms, bread croutons and carrot “bacon”. (I’ll get back with a recipe for that. Fake bacon is great for us like pigs to be kept alive – check out the hashtag #gillagris – hijacked by vegans in an initiative from the great @javligtgott).
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Dressing
2 dl soaked cashews
3 cloves of garlic, sauteed
1 tsp soy sauce
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp capers, drained
1 dl water
1/4 nori sheet
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Mix all the ingredients in a blender or food processor until very smooth and creamy. Add generously to your Caesar salad. Store any leftovers in a jar in the fridge and use within 2-3 days.