Today’s dish is incredibly simple to do: with only 7 ingredients, it is very nourishing and delicious. The main ingredient is buckwheat. Although it has wheat in its name, it doesn’t contain any wheat, nor gluten. It is often treated as a grain but it doesn’t come from grass. Instead, it is a seed of a plant, and due to the fact that it shares a lot of similar properties with cereals, it’s considered a pseudo-cereal. Its health benefits are unquestionable: amongst others, it is a great source of protein, complex carbs, fibre, iron, and vitamin B. On top of it, the taste is subtle, amazing, and its texture incredibly satisfying!
Today’s recipe is all about aubergines! The Mediterranean diet is well known for being very varied, rich and delicious. The range of vegetables and fruits that you can find is wide and often easy to find something on the season. Some of them you can actually find locally in the United Kingdom. Others are normally imported as they don’t grow efficiently enough to respond to the demand.
I love the cooking concept of bowls. You simply combine different delicious dishes, nicely arranged in bowls, to get an even more delicious complete meal. It is advantageous to choose components with different colors so that the bowl looks particularly beautiful. You can use all your leftovers in bowls, which is great. You can also be creative and add whatever you feel like today. The world of plant-based foods is so incredibly versatile. I am still thrilled every day. ?
I hope you’re all enjoying spring. Spring is my favorite season of the year. I love how everything is starting to grow and live again. Furthermore, I really enjoy those sunny days that are not too hot yet, but still refreshing. Among others, nature offers us wild garlic that has the potential to transform any dish even if you add only a small amount thanks to its strong flavor. Today, I show you how I use it in a super creamy white sauce that tastes awesome combined with homemade lentil balls.
In my last article I have told you how I follow a plant-based diet while travelling. The idea for this article came spontaneously during my three-week trip in Japan. There, it was in fact not always easy to get plant-based dishes. However, I discovered and tried a lot – which was absolutely worth it. I really like the Japanese cuisine. Often, the foods such as rice, noodles, vegetables, tofu, mushrooms, etc. were not very flavorful. Crucial for the taste was the sauce. And whenever I found sesame sauce on my dish, I was very happy because it was generally really really delicious. At the same time sweet, slightly acidic, with intense sesame flavor and the Japanese touch due to the soy sauce. Once I was back in Switzerland, I tried to make it myself. My first attempt contained about 10 ingredients. Only at the second attempt, I realized that it actually requires only 5 ingredients. Like this, I absolutely loved my homemade sesame sauce. And it’s also like this that I want to share it with you now!
We are often asked for plant-based barbecue ideas. There is actually a lot you can make. A simple classic are zucchini and eggplant slices with a little oil and salt. We also like to grill cobs, stuffed mushrooms (for example with our cashew sour cream) or avocado halves. Marinated vegetable kebabs, sometimes with mushrooms or tofu, are also very tasty.
For the side dishes, there are no limits. One of the side dishes that we especially love for barbecues is Russian Salad. Normally, Russian Salad is made with lots of mayonnaise containing eggs. However, in our recipe we suggest a very authentic and tasty plant-based mayonnaise sauce. It is super quick and easy to prepare. Of course, it is extremely versatile. If you mix it with potatoes, peas and carrots, you get a delicious, satisfying, nutritious and high-protein Russian Salad. Its mild taste fits perfectly with the rich roast flavors from the grill.
At the beginning, there was the dressing. While preparing a quick lunch without thinking too much about how I would do it, I spontaneously mixed tahini, lemon juice and garam masala. As soon as I tried some, I was thrilled by this dressing and knew I would make it again. Next was the salad. At this time of the year, I can buy local organic salad in different colors and shapes everywhere. This is why I chose to combine the dressing with some green salad. Then, I started adding more ingredients until the dish was complete. This oriental salad has so many intense flavors that complement each other excellently. On a hot summer day, it constitutes a perfect lunch. You can prepare it in the evening before and take it to work. I recommend you to look for a suntrap and enjoy it outdoors. 😉
We are very busy these days preparing and planning different things. Some really exciting Journey to Real Life projects are going to be realized in 2016. Stay tuned! As current news, we are happy to announce that we will give workshops in German-speaking Switzerland. Many of you told us that they would like us to organize sustainability workshops with joint cooking. So here they are! The next four workshops will be held on the following dates :
Friday, 19.02.16 – Zurich
Saturday, 20.02.16 – St.Gallen
Saturday, 27.02.16 – Olten
Saturday, 05.03.16 – Zug
Together, we will cook a totally delicious plant-based, wholesome and organic dish. Of course with dessert. 😉 Furthermore, there will be a part with tips and inspirations for a more sustainable life. More information here.
What I especially love about the workshops is that they offer a great occasion to meet you. I’m already looking forward to inspiring encounters and enriching conversations on interesting topics.
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As we are working a lot lately, we need dinners that are easy and simple to prepare. Still, it is part of our philosophy that food needs to be tasty and healthy. Therefore, wholegrain pasta and a delicious sauce is perfect. We already ate this basil carrot lentil sauce several times, because we really like it. With some good oil, onion, herbs and high quality sea salt, the carrots that are full of vitamins and the lentils that are full of proteins and minerals develop their full flavour. They provide a harmonious combination.
I hope you’ve started well into the new year and are ready to take the next steps of your personal hero’s journey.
Many of you have been following our Advent calendar 2015. Thank you so much for your support and the positive feedback!
Today I want to share again all the recipes of the Advent calendar in this article. These recipes are incredibly easy and require only 2 or 3 ingredients. For most of them we’ve made a little video. I’m sure you feel like trying out some of them soon. There are just so many things that are worth preparing yourself.
And these are the recipes:
– Quick Wholegrain Bread
– Chocolate Spread
– Olive Spread
– Mulled Wine without Refined Sugar
– Roasted Trail Mix
– Homemade Cinnamon Apple Sauce
Never Eat Alone. As you can read in Prospis article, this is a principle we have adopted from Keith Ferrazzi and try to implement as well as possible in our lives. Among others, this means that we regularly invite friends for dinner. We love these evenings with interesting conversations, incredibly enriching encounters and a cozy atmosphere in our living room.
Sometimes, huge amounts of food need to be prepared for these dinners. The chosen dish should be something that hopefully all the guests will like.
If you also want to invite a group of friends or family members and offer them a culinary treat, I recommend you to start with a homemade coconut curry! Our experience has always been very good with this dish. Everybody who tried it was thrilled.
In general, the taste is common to many people. Who doesn’t like curry in combination with coconut? But in this dish, the taste is particularly intense and delicious, because it contains cilantro seeds, cumin seeds and fennel seeds as well as fresh ginger and turmeric instead of a store-bought curry spice mix. Furthermore, the preparation of this coconut curry is absolutely easy!