French, Soup

Broccoli soup with blue cheese toast

This is a creamy soup with the taste of broccoli which goes very well together with fried bread with blue cheese and roasted nuts. (The recipe is inspired by a recipe from the magazine Mersmak, from 2011.)

Serves 4

Broccoli Soup

700 g broccoli, the heads split into smaller florets and the stalks sliced
1 onion, coarsely chopped
3 dl cream
1 tsp herb salt
0.5 tsp ground black pepper
1 pinch of ground nutmeg
Sunflower sprouts as topping
Oil for frying

Heat the oil in a pan. Fry the sliced broccoli stems for a couple of minutes. Add the onion and broccoli florets and fry for another couple of minutes. Add the cream and spices and let simmer for approximately 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and blend to a smooth soup with a hand blender. Serve it topped with sunflower sprouts and together with blue cheese toast (recipe below).

Blue Cheese Toast

8 slices of bread
150 g blue cheese, sliced
60 grams of walnuts
Olive oil for frying

Heat the oil in a frying pan. Fry the walnuts for a few minutes until they become darker brown. Put them aside. Fry the bread in oil until it gets browned on both sides. Add blue cheese slices and roasted walnuts on the bread.

Stew, Thai

Lime and coconut curry with tofu and vegetables

A coconut curry flavored with chilli and lemongrass is very good! Here comes a version inspired by a recipe from “The Meat Free Monday Cookbook”.

Serves 7

500 g firm tofu, diced
1 onion, chopped
1 zucchini, cut into sticks
1 eggplant, cut into smaller pieces
1 bell pepper, chopped
125 g baby corn, cut into smaller pieces
250 g champignons, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 green chillies, finely chopped
1 lemon grass stalk, finely chopped
2 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
800 g coconut milk
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp soy
1.5 tsp herb salt
2 tsp turmeric
1 handful bunch of coriander, chopped
Oil for frying

Heat the oil in a pan. Fry the tofu for about 10 minutes, until it gets golden brown. Put it aside. Fry the onion for a couple of minutes. Add zucchini, eggplant, baby corn and champignons and fry for 4-5 min. Add garlic, chilli, ginger and lime grass and fry for another minute. Stir in tofu, bell peppers, coconut milk, lime juice, soy, salt and turmeric and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Serve with brown rice.

Nordic, Patties and burgers

Yellow pea patties with roasted root vegetables and mustard-flavored sour cream

These patties have more or less the same ingredients as yellow pea soup, so you could say that they are pea soup in the shape of patties! They are very tasty and go very well together with roasted root vegetables and mustard sour cream. The recipe is almost copied straight off from a recipe in the magazine Buffé, from 2014 (with only a few small improvements).

Serves 4

Yellow pea patties

250 g dried yellow peas
1/2 onion, coarsely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
0.5 dl finely chopped parsley
0.5 tbsp baking powder
0.75 dl corn starch
1 tsp herb salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp marjoram
Oil for frying

Soak and cook the peas according to the instructions on the package. Blend all ingredients in a food processor to a coarse-grained mixture and form it into patties. Heat oil in a pan and fry them a few minutes on each side until they become golden brown. Serve them with roasted root vegetables and mustard sour cream (recipe below).

Roasted root vegetables

500 g beets, peeled and cut into sticks
1 swede, peeled and cut into sticks
3 parsnips, cut into sticks
Olive oil, salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 200 °C. Mix all ingredients except the parsnips on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Mix in the parsnips and roast for another 20-25 minutes until all the root vegetables have become soft.

Mustard sour cream

3 dl sour cream
1.5 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 pinch of herb salt
1 pinch of ground black pepper

Mix.

Indian, Stew

Indian lentil curry with green beans and carrots

A tasty and spicy lentil curry with Indian flavors which goes very well together with chapati (see recipe under Masala-flavored dhal with yellow peas and chapati).

Serves 5

3 dl dried green lentils
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, thinly sliced
350 g green beans
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp caraway seeds
1.3 liter of water
2 tsp herb salt
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp turmeric
0.5 tsp cayenne pepper
Oil for frying

Heat oil in a pan. Fry the caraway seeds for a couple of minutes. Add the onion and fry for another couple of minutes. Add garlic, ginger and tomato paste and fry for one more minute. Add the lentils, water and all the spices and boil for 15 minutes. Add the carrots and boil another 10 minutes. Add the green beans and simmer for another couple of minutes. Serve the curry with chapati or rice.

Japanese, Wok

Wok with tofu, noodles and vegetables in a ginger and coconut sauce

This is a very tasty Japanese wok with tastes of coconut, ginger and lemongrass. (The recipe is inspired by the recipe “Yasai itameru” in The Wagamama Cookbook.)

Serves 6

150 g glass noodles, broken into smaller pieces
750 g firm tofu, diced
2 pak choi, shredded
1 sweet potato, peeled and shredded
1 red onion, cut into wedges
1 leek, sliced
100 g bean sprouts
1 handful bunch of cilantro
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1.5 tbsp lime juice
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
4 lemongrass stalks, chopped and crushed
800 g coconut milk
1 teaspoon herb salt
Oil for frying

Heat the oil in a pan. Fry garlic, ginger and lemon grass for a couple of minutes. Add the coconut milk and salt and simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Include the noodles the last couple of minutes so they will become soft. Heat the oil in another pan and fry the onion and sweet potatoes for 3-4 minutes. Add the leek and fry for another minute. Stir in tofu, pak choi, bean sprouts, cilantro, soy, sesame oil, lime juice and the coconut and ginger sauce and stir until everything has become warm. Serve!

Italian, Pasta

Pasta with chilli and lemon pesto, soybeans and avocado

A very green and tasty pasta dish that saturates very well! (The recipe is inspired by a recipe in the magazine Buffé, from 2014.)

Serves 4

400 g spaghetti
250 g green soybeans
1 dl capers
3 avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 green chillies, coarsely chopped
60 g pine nuts
4-5 basil sprigs
1 handful bunch of parsley
Finely grated zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
1 dl olive oil
75 g Parmesan cheese, grated

Cook the spaghetti according to the instructions on the package. Make the pesto by blending garlic, chilli, pine nuts, basil, parsley, zest and juice of lemon, olive oil and parmesan cheese in a food processor to a fine-grained paste. Mix the spaghetti, pesto, capers and avocado and serve!

Chinese, Wok

Sichuan Tofu

This is a very tasty and spicy Chinese dish which gives me completely new taste sensations! Sichuan pepper gives a nice taste to the dish but also a tingling sensation on the tongue if you bite it. (The recipe is inspired from www.svt.se/kinas-mat.)

Serves 6

750 g firm tofu, diced into 2 cm cubes
2 broccoli heads, divided into smaller florets and the stem cut into slices
1 leek, sliced
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp finely chopped ginger
1 dl rice wine (red or white wine or sherry works fine too)
1 dl soy
1 tbsp sichuan pepper
3 star anise seeds
1 pinch of grated nutmeg
1 cinnamon stick
3 bay leaves
1 tsp cloves
Oil for frying

Heat oil in a pan. Fry the broccoli stem slices until browned. Put them aside. Fry the broccoli florets until they begin to brown. Put them aside. Fry the onions for a couple of minutes and include the garlic the last half-minute. Add soy, wine, ginger and all dry spices and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Stir in tofu and broccoli. Serve with rice.

Tip: The larger spices may be added in a large tea strainer so they can easily be removed before eating.

Salad, Tex-mex

Vegetarian nachos platter

A vegetarian version of a classic dish! Feel free to make more cheese gratinated nachos than in the recipe and eat as a snack, it’s dangerously good!

Serves 4

1 batch of fried black beans (see recipe under Corn tortillas with fried beans and guacamole)
130 g tortilla chips
100 g cheese, e.g. cheddar, grated
2 dl sour cream
100 g salsa sauce
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
2 bell peppers, finely chopped
1 red onion, finely chopped
200 g corn

Preheat the oven to 225 °C. Spread the tortilla chips on a baking sheet and sprinkle with the grated cheese. Gratinate in the oven until the cheese bubbles, about 5 minutes. Prepare the fried black beans according to the recipe earlier in the blog. Mix the chopped vegetables and corn. Serve the cheese gratinated nachos with vegetables, fried black beans, a dollop of sour cream and salsa sauce.

Fusion, Pasta, Stew

Creamy curry with tofu and mango

This is a festive and easily prepared dish that is very creamy and has delicious flavors of curry and mango.

Serves 5-6

1 onion, chopped
500 g tofu, diced
5 dl crème fraiche
1 mango, peeled and diced
1 tbsp yellow curry powder
1 tsp ground ginger
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
1.5 tsp herbal salt
0.5 tsp black pepper
Oil for frying

Heat the oil in a pan. Fry the onions for a few minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer a few minutes. Serve with spaghetti.

Mediterranean, Side dish

Mashed beans with pistachio and rosemary sprinkle

Mashed beans is a perfect side dish for vegetarian food, because it is full of high quality proteins. Hence, it goes very well together with e.g. carrot patties (see recipe under Carrot and sunflower seed patties with potatoes, curry yoghurt and bean salad). This is a version with white beans and cream cheese which is very creamy and delicious!

Serves 4

460 g cooked white beans (drained weight)
200 g cream cheese
0.5 tsp herbal salt
1 pinch of ground black pepper
1 pinch of ground white pepper
100 g pistachios, coarsely chopped
3-4 sprigs of rosemary, stripped
Oil for frying

Blend beans, cream cheese, salt and pepper in a food processor. Heat oil in a pan and fry pistachios and rosemary a couple of minutes until the nuts are slightly browned. Serve the bean mash sprinkled with pistachio and rosemary.