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Vegetarian recipe – Stuffed aubergines with millet groats and mozzarella
– 45 mins
– perfect weekend dish
Very filling and tasty Sunday dinner. Just what we needed. Kids loved it!
And there’s more left for tomorrow (win).
Aubergines are so under appreciated, in my opinion. They are so delicious and so versatile. They easily take over any flavour we put on them. And the creamy flesh is just divine. This version is much more filling and full of flavour. It takes a while to make but so worth it.
What you need:
- 2 aubergines
- 2 carrots – 1 onion
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 glass of millet groats uncooked
- 1 pepper
- 1 tomatoe
- 100 g of shredded mozzarella
Firstly, cook the miller groats as per instruction. In the meantime chop garlic and onion and sauté on a pan in olive oil. Dice the pepper, grate the carrots and add them to the pan. Add tomato and the insides of the aubergines, which are initially cut into halves. Cover with lead and let simmer on low heat for 15min until all the veggies soften. Then add millet groats and mix. Arrange the aubergines in a oven proof dish and stuff them with the veggie mix. Sprinkle with mozzarella. Bake at 180’ C degrees for 25mins. Enjoy!
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Ready for a delicious vegan soup recipe? Autumn to me is a season of warm, hearty soups. Do you love delicious season of pumpkins, sweet potatoes, red lentils and tomatoes – all in the lovely shade of rust and orange? I hope so. Those products are great to keep at home. Firstly, they make many delicious meals. Secondly, we can keep them in a cupboard for a long time. However in autumn I truly love cooking soups. Easy to make, kids love them and they ‘cook themselves’. Busy mama’s favourite.
Therefore here is absolutely delicious vegan sweet potato and lentil soup – apart from the amazing taste it has easy ingredients – so important in the family cooking I think. I cooked it day after being back from holidays – straight to my day work – busy as you can imagine! Luckily I had all ingredients in the press bar one – garlic! We run out of our all time staple…
What you need:
– 1 sweet potato
– 1 carrot
– 1 glass of red lentils
– 1 can of tin tomatoes
– 1 onion
– 1 clove of garlic
– 1 l of veg bouillon – spices: 1 tsp cumin, ground ginger, cinnamon and sweet paprika
Chop the onion and diced the potato. Wash, peal and slice the carrot. Sauté the onion with sweet potato and carrots for couple of minutes. Add spices and stir well. Add tomatoes and pour the bouillon. Bring to boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Blend it after it cools down a bit. I like to sprinkle it with fresh black pepper and sweet paprika. Also, if you have it – garnish it with fresh parsley or coriander. Enjoy!
Do you eat many soups? What’s your favourite?
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Mother & Daughter trip to Barcelona
Last week I went with my mother to Barcelona. It was so exciting as it was a surprise for my mom and she has never been there before. For me, it was a second visit after almost 10 years. Previously I really enjoyed Barcelona, but much preferred Madrid as my favourite city and I’ve already been there a couple of times. However, I am so glad I got to go to Barcelona again as it is such an amazing city and this time I got to explore other sides of it.
What I really want to focus on here is – food scene. And especially – how vegetarian friendly Barcelona is.
I will be honest here – Spanish cuisine was never my favourite. Two main reasons – traditional tapas supposed to be shared and I do not share my food ( OK unless I really really like you). Secondly and more importantly, the selection of vegetarian tapas is very limited. Usually it is patatas bravas – which are baked potatoes in tomato puree and some vegetarian tortilla. Both delicious – don’t get me wrong. But it could be simply not enough for a proper meal.
As it turns out, there is so much more than just tapas and that vegetarian tapas actually can be fun, delicious and plenty. Whenever I travel I love to eat local food and taste all the unique specialities ( within plant-based reach). So let me share with you my vegetarian experience in Barcelona.
My Favourite Places for Vegetarian
My number one place a place called El National. The venue was breathtaking – spacious and very stylish. Divided into sections you could choose your type of food. There’s a section with more traditional fine dining, section specialising with fish and sea food. I really want my mom to try the real tapas so went for that section. Side note: the queue was long. It was late already but we didn’t give up. When our turn came we were explained the rules of the house… This was not your usual style at all. Dining there came with instructions. Instead of waiting for the waiter to come and ask for your choice, the dishes were on the trays carried around the whole restaurant. Hot tapas were circling around and were called out by the serving waiter. You had to raise your hand to signal that you would like that particular dish. We had a great laugh when trying to decide should we wait for what we wanted or just catch what was coming your way. I’d recommend to be open minded and just go with the flow. So much fun! The atmosphere was amazing and the food 10 out of 10. Definitely worth the wait!
Flax & Kale
Barcelona is not only tapas though. Another amazing place were we ate was beautiful Flax & Kale restaurant. It was recommended to me by a friend and I will thank her forever for introducing me to it. It’s a chain with three venues in Barcelona with slightly different profiles. We went to Flax & Kale Tellers. According to their own website: ” Flax & Kale Tallers was the first Healthy Flexitarian Restaurant in Barcelona. All the dishes there are designed not only to maximize the organoleptic pleasure, but also considering their nutritional value”. Personally, if you ask me what is my spirit restaurant – it would be this one. The venue is simply stunning, the menu is on the healthy side – plenty of raw and green options. A must for a vegetarian/vegan or a foodie. As it comes with good places – there was a queue to get it. The food was delicious and so was the wine. Very memorable and enjoyable meal after a long day of sight seeing. 10 out of 10.
Brunch & Cake
Third place we were recommended was Brunch & Cake. Venue was small and cosy. Nice decor and funny motto – In grandmothers we trust! So true though! Again, we were welcomed by a queue, luckily not very long. Very good choice of vegetarian options. Regrettably, my dish was not as nice my mom’s. My mother’s dish was full of flavour and satisfying. I found mine a bit on a bland side, but still ate all of it – of course. I could have just been unlucky that day as everybody else food looked so scrumptious, but for a place with such a hype – I believe the taste should have been at least 9 out of 10. I would give it 7 which is generous as I love the location and 9 for the cute decor.
A fourth place where we had our dinner was a strictly vegetarian restaurant in the Gothic quarter – Vegetalia, near the Barceloneta metro station. Same as with F&K, there are three Vegetalias around Barcelona. We just found it randomly while strolling with an intention of finding place to sit down for an evening meal. The menu was very good with a selection of local and italian dishes. I had a fabulous paella there and my mother ordered a lasagne. Both were delicious. Paella is one of the traditional Spanish dishes that I truly love and already got to replicate it at home. It’s a filling rice dish with a lot of flavour and crunchy vegetables. The restaurant had a pleasant and relaxing vibe, but more casual than others. I’d give it 8 for decor and 8 plus for food. Still amazing to find a vegetarian place in the busy touristic area, so plus for that.
The sunny weather and balmy evenings definitely added to the overall experience but a lot has to be said for the richness of the Spanish cuisine from Catalonia region. Vegetarians – you’ll be fine! Go and and enjoy many delicious moments out there!
I’m already planning my next visit to Barcelona…
Delicious paella in Vegetalia.
Scrumptious sallad in Flax & Kale.
Flax & Kale.
Flax & Kale.
Brunch & Cake.
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