Italian, Pasta

Vegetarian spaghetti bolognese with olives

This is a vegetarian variant of spaghetti bolognese with flavors of oregano, tomatoes, olives and olive oil. This is good!

Serves 5-6

1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
460 g cooked chickpeas (drained weight)
230 g cooked kidney beans (drained weight)
130 g green olives
500 g crushed tomatoes
1 tbsp oregano
1 tsp herb salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
Oil for frying
Olive oil to drizzle

Heat oil in a pan. Fry the onions for a couple of minutes. Add the garlic and fry for another half a minute. Add chopped tomatoes and all spices. Let simmer for about 5-10 minutes. Stir in the beans and olives. Serve the bolognese with spaghetti and drizzle with a good olive oil on top!

Indian, Stew

Chickpea curry with coconut milk and lime

This is a very tasty curry with flavors of coconut milk, green chili and lime.

Serves 4

1 onion, finely chopped
700 g cooked chickpeas (drained weight)
400 g coconut milk
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
2 green chillies, finely chopped
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tsp turmeric
0.5 tsp ground chilli pepper
1 tsp herb salt
0.5 tsp ground black pepper
1 tbsp squeezed lime juice
Oil for frying

Heat oil in a pan. Fry the onions for a couple of minutes. Add garlic, ginger and chilli and fry for another minute. Add the chickpeas, coconut milk, lime juice and spices and simmer for about 5-10 minutes. Serve with rice.

Indian, Stew

Chickpea curry with halloumi

A spicy tomato stew with chickpeas is very tasty, and with halloumi it will be even better! (The recipe is inspired by a recipe in the magazine Buffé, from 2014.)

Serves 4

1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
460 g cooked chickpeas (drained weight)
500 g passata
65 g fresh spinach
400 g halloumi, diced
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp herb salt
0.5 tsp black pepper
Oil for frying

Heat oil in a pan. Fry the halloumi until golden brown. Put it aside. Fry the onions for a couple of minutes. Add the garlic and fry for another half a minute. Then add the remaining ingredients and let simmer for a few minutes. Serve with rice.

Soup, Spanish

Chickpea gazpacho

I found a recipe for chickpea gazpacho on Kung Markatta’s website (http://www.kungmarkatta.se/recept/visa-recept/kikartsgaspacho-746/) and thought it sounded very exotic! It was lucky that my love for adventure overcame my doubts that it would be tasty, because this was really a taste experience! Since all the ingredients are raw each ingredient in the soup contributes with a lot of flavor, so it becomes a very tasteful mix of many strong and good tastes! Do not be tempted to heat it because it will take away many of the flavors. Also, I should mention that it is extremely easy to prepare! Here is my version of the recipe:

Serves 4

400 g cooked chickpeas (drained weight)
1 onion, coarsely chopped
200 g white bread without edges, roughly chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 dl olive oil
5 dl water
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp herb salt
0.5 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ground cumin

Blend all ingredients in a food processor or a blender into a smooth soup. Serve it cold with a good bread!

Morrocan, Stew

Chickpea tagine with saffron

This is a dish with north African flavors. It’s very flavorful and goes well together with couscous. The recipe is inspired by a recipe in The Meat Free Cookbook.

Serves 5

1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp finely grated ginger
2 carrots, sliced
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced into 2 cm cubes
2 red bell peppers, cut into 2 cm pieces
2 celery stalks, sliced
1 zucchini, cut into half-moons
500 g crushed tomatoes
700 g cooked chickpeas, drained weight
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp herb salt
0.5 g saffron
1 cinnamon stick
3 dl water
Oil for frying

Heat oil in a pan. Fry the onions for one minute. Add carrots, celery, potato, garlic and ginger and fry for another two minutes. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, water and all the spices. Boil for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables have become al dente. Add the zucchini, bell peppers and chickpeas and bring to a boil. Serve the tagine with whole wheat couscous.

Indian, Soup

Corn and curry soup

This is a very easily prepared dish (it is cooked in less than 15 minutes!), and it is also very tasty! I like the combination of crisp onions, creamy crème fraiche, mild heat, curry flavor and sweet corns!

Serves 4

1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
460 g chickpeas (drained weight)
5 dl corn
2 dl crème fraiche
2 dl water
1 tsp herb salt
0.5 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp chilli flakes
Oil for frying

Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion for one minute. Add the garlic and fry for another half a minute. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for a few minutes. Serve the soup together with a good bread!

Middle eastern, Wraps

Tortilla rolls with beets and hummus

Grated raw beets are very tasty and crunchy! The combination with hummus is fascinating! I have tried to recreate a recipe from similar rolls which I ate at the airport in Paris, which I thought were really good. I think that these are at least as good as the originals! (In the image below there is pita bread, however I discovered later that they taste better with tortilla bread, although any kind of flat bread works fine!)

Serves 6

300 g raw beets, peeled and grated (preferably with a food processor which gives long and thin pieces)
0.5 dl sesame seeds
1 handful of coriander, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
2 batches of hummus, according to the recipe under Melon and artichoke salad with hummus
6 tortilla breads

Mix the grated beets, sesame seeds, coriander and olive oil in a bowl. Make the hummus according to the recipe earlier in the blog. Spread a line of hummus across the tortilla bread. Distribute the beet mix on top and roll it up and eat!

Fusion, Soup

Saffron-flavored lentil and chickpea soup with lemon-flavored cream cheese and chickpea cream

This soup has very exciting flavor combinations! The saffron taste from the rich tomato soup goes very well together with the fluffy and lemony chickpea and cream cheese cream. I also like how the dish gives me associations to saffron buns and cheesecake 🙂 (The recipe is inspired from the book “Smaker från Saltå Kvarn” by Åsa Swanberg.)

Serves 4-5

Saffron-flavored chickpea soup

400 g cooked chickpeas (drained weight)
1 dl dried red lentils, rinsed
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
500 g crushed tomatoes
5 dl water
1 g saffron
0.5 tsp herb salt
0.5 tsp ground black pepper
Oil for frying

Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion for one minute. Add the garlic and fry for another minute. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve the soup with a large dollop of lemon-flavored cream cheese and chickpea cream (recipe below).

Lemon-flavored cream cheese and chickpea cream

230 g cooked chickpeas (drained weight)
200 g cream cheese
1 garlic clove, crushed
Zest from one lemon
0.5 tsp herb salt
1 pinch of ground black pepper

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth and fluffy.

European, Patties and burgers, Salad

Root vegetable patties with bean salad and yogurt

These patties have a delightful taste of various root vegetables, and since they are fried raw they feel very fresh and crisp. The patties go very well together with a bean salad with corn and a dollop of yoghurt!

Serves 5

Root vegetable patties

300g carrots, roughly grated
300 g swede, peeled and grated
300 g celeriac, peeled and grated
3 eggs
1 leek, sliced
1 handful bunch of thyme, stripped and chopped
1.5 tsp herbal salt
0.75 tsp ground black pepper
Yoghurt for serving

Mix all ingredients and shape the batter into patties. Fry them over low heat until they get browned on both sides. Serve them with a bean salad (recipe below) and a dollop of yoghurt!

Bean salad with corn

230 g cooked chickpeas (drained weight)
230 g cooked kidney beans (drained weight)
1/2 red onion, chopped
150 g corn
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 pinch of herb salt
1 pinch of ground black pepper

Mix.

French, Salad

Salad with beets, nuts and blue cheese

Nuts, cheese and beets are so good together! Together with wheat berry, crispy leaves and a tasty dressing with mustard and lemon becomes a top notch salad!

Serves 5
Salad

1 kg beets
230 g cooked chickpeas (drained weight)
230 g cooked kidney beans (drained weight)
150 g mixed nuts
150 g blue cheese, divided into smaller pieces
1.5 dl wheat berries
125 g leaf salad
Oil for frying

Dressing

0.75 dl olive oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp lemon juice
0.5 tsp herb salt
0.5 tsp ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, crushed

Boil the beets until soft (about 30-50 minutes depending on the size). Peel and dice them. Boil the wheat berry according to the instructions on the package. Fry the nuts in oil until they become golden brown. Mix the ingredients in the dressing. Mix the ingredients in the salad and stir in the dressing.