Thai Pumpkin Soup with Coconut Milk (vegan)

Hello my dears!

Fall is definitely here, low temperatures, leaves on the ground, lots of rain, yeah i know its a cliche but this is what it is.

So if its fall that mean everything pumpkin: pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin pie, pumpkin doughnuts and obviously pumpkin soup.

IMG_1655Today I made the best pumpkin soup ever, so here is the recipe:

Ingredients
  • 1 tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1.5 kg (3 pounds) butternut pumpkin, peeled, chopped
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 tbs fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 bunch coriander (cilantro)
  • 1 litre water
  • 400ml (13.5 oz) coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat before adding the onion and garlic. Cook until the onion becomes translucent.
  2. Add the ginger, lemongrass and coriander roots and stalks. Cook until the stalks become soft before adding the pumpkin.
  3. Toss the pumpkin in the oil and cook for 5 minutes. Add the water and bring to a boil before reducing the heat to lower. Cook for 30 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  4. Pour the soup into a blender and blend until smooth. Add most of the chopped coriander (cilantro) leaves reserving some to garnish the soup.
  5. Return to a clean saucepan and add the coconut milk. Serve with shaved coconut, the remaining coriander (cilantro) leaves and chili.

Here you go, is this simple!

Enjoy! 🙂

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Healthy green soup (peas and broccoli)

wpid-img_20141211_133728.jpgHello dears, 

I made today a cream soup from broccoli and peas. It turned out so delicious, that even I was surprised 😀

Here is what you need:

Ingredients:

1 broccoli

250 gr peas

half medium size onion

1 carrot

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

2 table spoon of olive oil, salt

Directions:

Boil together the vegetables until they are soft. Put them in a high speed blender, with just a little broth. Blend it and add the rest of the broth, the condiments and the olive oil.

Serve it warm with pumpkin seeds.

Good appetite!

Pumpkin and Lentil Curry in Coconut Milk

Hello my dears!

I know I did not post a lot lately, but now i’m back to blogging. I really missed it, cause this blog is pat of me, my life and I want to inspire you all my lovely readers with my recipes, fitness and health tips.

Here I am with a new delicious recipe from a great girl I follow for some time, her name is Dania and you you can visit her blog here.

wpid-img_20141124_144532_1.jpgI made some little modification at the recipe, so here are the ingredients:

  • 1 cup of chopped pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup of lentils
  • 1/2 cups chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove finely chopped
  • 1 small piece of ginger finely chopped
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric or curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of chili cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 a can of coconut milk
  • Himalayan salt and pepper
  • A handful of fresh chopped coriander

Instructions:

Sautee’ the on a little olive oil the onion, after 1 minute add the garlic, ginger, cayenne pepper, green pepper, curry powder and cook it for 2 more minutes. Add the chopped pumpkin and the coconut milk and cook it till it gets soft. Add the cooked lentils and chickpeas and cook it all together for a few more minutes. Once all is cooked add the chopped coriander and it’s ready to be served!

Try it out, and let me know what you think, I tell you it’s amazing! 😉

Enjoy!

Ricotta soufflé with pumpkin blossoms

IMG_20140709_115929Hello my dears!

Here is the recipe of the delicious suffle I posted some time ago on my facebook. You can make these little muffins in maximum 15 minutes. they are great for breakfast, but u can carry them with you as a healthy snack during the day.

Here is what you need:

Ingredients

  • 250 g ricotta cheese
  • eggs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • black pepper
  • 2 tbs of parsley, chopped
  • pumpkin blossoms (10 – 15 pieces)
  • 100 g parmesan, finely grated
  • 1 tbs of chickpea flour

Directions

1. Set the oven to 240°C/gas 8.

2. Place the ricotta and eggs into a food processor and whiz until the mixture has increased in volume.

3. Cook the pumpkin blossoms for 10 min on olive oil and a little garlic.

3. Pour into a large mixing bowl and fold in pumpkin blossoms, salt and pepper, parsley, the chickpea flour and the parmesan.

4. Pour the mixture in small muffin tin cups and then finish by sprinkling a little more parmesan on top.

5. Cook for 15 minutes, and you are done!

Have a good appetite and enjoy! :*

Perfect healthy dinner recipe – Seitan escalops with white wine and almonds

mushroomsHey everybody!

I have for you today a really healthy recipe that you can eat for lunch or dinner. It is a specific vegetarian dish very rich in proteins and it contains all the essential amino acids your body needs. You can prepare it very quickly and you don’t even need to be a master chef to have a big success with this recipe.

Here is what you need:

  • Seitan slices
  • Brown flour (1 tb. spoon)
  • Sage (1 tea spoon, dried one)
  • White wine (half glass)
  • Vegetable broth
  • 10-12 crushed almonds

How to prepare it

  1. Warm up the oil in a pan put, the sage in it for 1-2 minutes, to give a flavour for the oil.
  2. Put the pre floured seitan slices in the pan. Cook for 2 minutes than turn them and cook the other part too on low heat.
  3. After they are cooked add the white wine and cook for another 5 minutes or till u feel the the alcohol from the wine evaporated. Turn the seitan slices again to absorb the flavours.
  4. After the wine evaporated put one glass of vegetable broth. Cook it till the broth becomes a little creamy and at the end add the crushed almonds.
  5. Serve it with with boiled chickpeas and a fresh salad.

Have a good appetite and see you soon with other great recipes! 

Eggplant pizza

eggplant 1Hey everybody!

Today I have for you a recipe that is so full of flavour and freshness that it will take your breath away! It’s actually a delicious Italian recipe, that I “stole” from a friend of mine. As you know me Italian cuisine is my favourite, full of flavour and taste, and when I talk about Italian cuisine I do not mean spaghetti Bolognese and meatballs!

This dish is actually completely vegetarian, but don’t be scared it will satisfy your hunger and taste for something special in no time!

So let’s get started!

eggplantingreYou’ll Need:

1 eggplant, sliced
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
2 + 1/2 teaspoons Italian herb mix
2 tsp olive oil for brushing
toppings as needed
1/2 cup freshly grated mozzarella
Slice the eggplant and sprinkle with some salt on each side. Set aside for thirty minutes, then rinse and pat dry. This will take some of the bitterness out of the eggplant, especially if you’re using a larger/older fruit.

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Brush each side of the eggplant slices with olive oil, then sprinkle both sides 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper. Place the eggplants on a cooling rack that’s on a baking sheet, and bake until they are softened and a little brown, about six minutes

Meanwhile, let’s make the sauce. Finely chop or crush the garlic and add to the heated oil.  Stir often, don’t let the garlic burn. Add in 1/2 teaspoon of the Italian herb mix and the oregano.  Stir to toast the herbs. Add in the tomatoes and stir to combine.  Keep on low heat and cook until needed.

When the eggplant comes out of the oven, top each slice with a generous amount of sauce.  Sprinkle the cheese on top of each slice. I’m sure you know how to make pizza! 🙂

Return the baking sheet to the oven and bake for another five minutes, until the cheese is melted. And that’s it!!!!

It’s addictive!  So delicious you can’t stop eating!

Don’t say I haven’t warned you! :)))