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

Sweet Potato Stroganoff

Stroganoff with a special type of “falukorv” sausage is a staple meal in many Swedish homes. This one is 100% plantbased and so much better. In my humble opinion.

Peel and dice 2 sweet potatoes. Bake in the oven at 225 C for about 15 minutes, until fork tender.

In the meantime, make the stroganoff sauce. Sauté 1 onion and 3 cloves of garlic, both finely chopped, in 1 tbsp oil in a large pot. (Use a cast iron pot if you’ve got one.)

Add 3 tbsp of tomato paste and fry for a minute. Then add one tin of tomatoes, 2 tsp vegetable stock powder, 1 tbsp of Dijon mustard and 2 tsp dried rosemary (If you sub with fresh rosemary, don’t add the sprigs until the last few minutes of cooking.) Simmer for ten minutes, stirring occasionally.

Next, add 1 dl of plant cream, 1-2- tsp agave syrup and 1 tbsp of miso paste. Bring to boil again. Add 2 carrots, coarsely grated. Season with salt and pepper. Don’t let the sauce boil more than a minutes or two after adding the carrots. You want to keep some crunch.

When you’re happy with the sauce, fold in the baked sweet potato, sprinkle with chopped almonds and rosemary. Serve with rice.

Raw Salad with Tofu Feta

One of the things that I was reluctant to give up when going plantbased was feta cheese. I used to have serious cravings for it. There are some vegan alternatives to be found, but I have to say that the best substitute is one that I’ve made myself. Enter – tofu feta!

It’s basically extra firm tofu that has been pressed and then marinated for a day to get that distinctive flavour. It’s not as creamy (and obviously not as fat) but the taste is definitely there. The recipe is inspired by @fridasvegobak

With this tofu feta, I’ve made a lovely colourful raw salad. Carrots, cucumber, red cabbage, fennel, basil and pomegranate, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt.

1 block extra firm tofu, pressed
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp salt
2 cloves of garlic, sliced
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 dl canola oil
1 dl cold water
1 lemon, zest and juice

Combine all the ingredients to the marinade. Cut the tofu in cubes, 1×1 cm. Put in a clear glass jar and pour the marinade over the tofu. Make sure all the tofu is covered. Close the lid tightly and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 4 hours, or even better overnight. Lasts about 5 days.

Green Pea Soup

It’s fun to follow the seasons here on IG. Right now, it’s all about pumpkin, soups and fruit pies. Yes, all the best things about autumn! Honestly, I’m quite jealous of my friends in the Southern Hemisphere, who are going towards summer with beautiful berries, smoothie bowls and salads. But since I’m stuck here, I have to make the best of it! Like this green pea soup, definitely one of the perks of autumn.

Chop 1 onion and 4 cloves of garlic and sauté in a large pot in a little bit of oil. Peel 3 potatoes and cut in slices. Add to the pot. Next, add 400 g of frozen green peas and cover with water. Bring to boil and cook until the potato is really soft, 10-15 minutes. Add 1 dl plant cream, 2 tbsp miso and 0,5 tsp salt. Blend until smooth, and add salt and pepper to taste. For serving, I used frothed barista oat milk to pour on top, and toasted pumpkin seeds. And of course a thick slice of homemade bread. Perfect for a cosy autumn dinner!

Shepherd’s Pie

I have a weak spot for everything British, and Shepherd’s pie is no exception. I absolutely love mashed potato, so this makes such a great, comfy dinner. Underneath the mash is chopped onion and garlic, grated carrots, peas and sweetcorn quickly fried in a pan with a bit of oil, black pepper and some soy sauce and miso for salt and umami. I baked the pie for 20 minutes until the top started to look golden. At last, I sprinkled nutritional yeast on top when serving for that cheesy flavour.

Slow Roasted Tomato Spaghetti

This pasta was so simple to make, yet so full of flavour. Best combo, right? I cut 400 g large cheery tomatoes on the vine in half, and put them with the cut side upwards on a oven tray. I drizzled them richly with olive oil, salt and 2 cloves of sliced garlic. Then I slowly roasted them in the oven at 150 C for 1 h 15 min.

I chopped a handful of almonds and roasted them lightly in a pan. When the tomatoes were ready, I boiled the spaghetti. Meanwhile, I put the roasted tomatoes in a pan on medium heat. I added 1 tbsp of extra olive oil, 0,5 dl of white wine, a splash of white vinegar, black pepper and 10 leaves of fresh basil. I let it simmer until the pasta was ready.

When all was ready I simply poured the pasta into a large bowl and tossed it with the tomato sauce, and added some fresh basil and the roasted almonds. The best pasta we’ve had in a long time!

Red Curry Noodle Soup

Life isn’t always easy, and the past few days have been tough. So this warming, slightly spicy soup is just what I need to get back on track and soothe my soul.

• Sauté 2 cloves of garlic, 1 onion and 3 cm ginger (all finely chopped) in oil in a large pot. Add 2-3 tsp red curry paste according to taste. • Next add 4 kaffir lime leaves and 400 ml of coconut milk. Bring to boil. Add 1 tbsp of miso and 1 tsp of soy sauce.
• Next, add whatever greens you like. Adjust cooking time depending on the vegetables. I added the following in this order: diced potato, broccoli, baby corn and carrots sliced with a potato peeler.
• At last, season the soup to taste with salt, extra curry paste and freshly squeezed lime.
• Cook the noodles. I used lovely thin somen noodles. Put noodles in a bowl and add soup. Top with coriander, cashews and lime wedges

Tomato Risotto

It takes a little while to make risotto, but it’s really quite relaxing to stir that rice until it’s creamy and delicious. With slow roasted cherry tomatoes and parsley, it’s downright amazing. My friend @happyherbivorekitchen made this the other day – thanks for the inspiration! Recipe from @happyskinkitchen. This is truly happy food, as you can tell!

Roasted tomatoes
200 g of cherry tomatoes cut in half (I used beautiful ones from #pekkastomater, who has ditched the horrible plastic boxes!)
Place tomato halves with the cut side upwards, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast in the oven at 150 C for 35-45 minutes.

Risotto
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 tsp turmeric
300 g of tomatoes, cherry or regular
3 dl arborio rice
1 l of hot vegetable stock
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
olive oil
flat leaf parsley

Gently sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until soft. Turn up the heat, add risotto rice and fry for a minute until the rice is shiny. Add chopped tomatoes and turmeric and stir well.
Add 2-3 dl of the hot (important!) stock and reduce the heat. Let simmer slowly until all liquid is absorbed.
Add 1-2 dl stock at a time, simmer and stir until fully absorbed before adding more stock. Keep the stock hot att all times.
When all vegetable stock has been absorbed, add salt and pepper to taste, add nutritional yeast for a cheesier flavour and a splash of olive oil for extra creaminess. Serve with roasted tomatoes and parsley.

Spaghetti Bolognese

If Monday was a dish, it would be Spaghetti Bolognese. We probably break every possible rule in the Italian cookbook in this speedy version, but hey – it’s Monday! I just want to get the job done. Onion, garlic, tomatoe paste, soy mince, tinned tomatoes, grated carrots, salt and pepper. I used to love parmesan on top, but now I use nutritional yeast flakes instead for that cheesy flavour. Hope you all have a good start to your week!

Butternut Squash & Walnut Pasta

100 posts! This is so much more fun than I could ever imagine when I started. I probably put way to much time into this hobby, but I love to cook, style, photograph and edit my pictures. And I learn so much from following the beautiful, stylish, inspiring accounts of my fellow vegan ‘grammers.

Anyway, to the pasta. I peeled and diced half a butternut squash and baked it in the oven for about 20 minutes. I toasted the walnuts in a dry pan, and then I added 3 chopped cloves of garlic and some olive oil. At last I added the baked butternut squash, 20 halved baby tomatoes and three handfuls of baby spinach and heated it until the spinach was wilted. I seasoned it with salt, pepper, crema di balsamico and fresh rosemary before folding it together with the warm spaghetti.