Nourish Bowl

I’m trying to fuel myself through this rough patch, with the dark and cold season ahead of us, with lots of nourishing, delicious food. I love my salads even in the winter, but I try to add a few warm ingredients to keep the body temperature up and to feel more full.

In this nourish bowl is:
* whole bulghur cooked in vegetable stock and turmeric
* avocado
* wilted baby spinach with garlic
* steamed broccoli
* oven baked butternut squash
* cucumber
* green lentils (canned)
* tofu feta (see step by step recipe in my Storiy highlights!)
* pomegranate seeds
* walnuts
* drizzle of olive oil

Nourish Bowl

Luckily for me, craving comfort food doesn’t (only) mean I want fast food. A really good nourish bowl does the trick too. I guess I just want familiar tastes, a mainly warm meal and to feel full and satisfied after eating. This bulghur bowl ticks all those boxes.

• a base of whole bulghur cooked in vegetable stock and turmeric
• diced and boiled sweet potatoes tossed in corn flour and then fried in oil
• diced tomatoes and cucumber
• thinly sliced fennel
• diced mango
• half an avocado
• sprinkled with furikake made with crumbled nori sheet, nutritional yeast, sesame seeds and salt

Portabello Club Sandwich

The past week I’ve been been feeling great, and one thing that gives me away is that I start to crave comfort food. We had a couple of takeaway meals, but I like homemade versions just as much. Like this portabello club sandwich that my husband cooked for us. All I had to do was to bring out the camera.

Between pan toasted slices of bread is portabello hats marinated in balsamic vinegar and oil and then fried, avocado, baby spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, pickled red onion and vegan mayo. I squashed it a bit too hard when cutting the triangles, so it might be a little difficult to see all those stuffings. But hey – I could taste them all and that’s what counts!

Sushi Bowl

As much as I love sushi, both nigiri and maki rolls, sometimes I just can’t be bothered with the nori sheets and the rice cushions. Ta-da – enter the sushi bowl! In this one I’ve got sushi rice, cucumber, green soy beans, red cabbage, roasted cashews, oven baked butternut squash, pineapple and avocados. Then drizzled with vegan sriracha mayo and soy sauce.

Rice Noodle Salad

The best way of serving salads in my family, is to let everyone pick what the like and mix it on each plate. I find that the children are more likely to try something new if it isn’t mixed up. There’s no such thing as “hiding” new foods from my kids by concealing it.

Here’s a lovely salad with
• rice noodles quickly fried in sesame oil and sesame seeds
• oyster mushrooms torn in strings and fried until crispy
• mango
• baby spinach
• sliced sugar snaps
• cucumber
• carrot sliced with potato peeler
• salted peanuts

I topped my salad with lime juice, coriander, soy sauce, a pinch of cane sugar and some vegan sriracha mayo.

Bahn Mì

I doubt that there is a better way to stuff a baguette than vegan Bahn Mì style. I just love these flavours together. It’s traditionally filled with liver paté and pork, but I’ve never had that. So to me, this is the real thing. I marinate slices of pressed tofu overnight in canola oil, sweet chili, soy sauce and sesame oil, and then oven bake it until firm. Then you just load up your baguette with all these goodies:

• a thick spread of crunchy peanut butter (and I mean THICK!)
• oven baked slices of tofu
• thinly sliced cucumber & red cabbage
• pickled carrots
• lots of vegan sriracha mayo
• fresh mint and coriander

It was perfect to use these bake off mini baguettes, because it meant I could eat more than one!

Tofu Buddha Bowl

Life is getting a bit hectic right now, with the start of the new school year and everything else. So I have to keep dinner simple, and preferably in bowls where everyone can choose what they like. In my bowl is a base of basmati rice, sesame marinated tofu, edamame beans, sweet chili lentils, pickled ginger, mango, soy beans and peanuts and a drizzle of vegan sriracha mayo. A three tiny yellow tomatoes from our garden!

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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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.

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.