Pumpkin – cauliflower soup with curry

Pumpkin - cauliflower soup with curry

For 2-3 people

1 small cauliflower
1/4 pumpkin
3 medium sized potatoes
1 onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 small piece ginger
1 sweet potato
½ teaspoon curry powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Peel potatoes, sweet potato and and pumpkin and cut in cubes (1-2 cm). Cut roses from the cauliflower and pit aside with the potatoes. Cut the onion in cubes and chop ginger and garlic very finely.

Garlic and ginger
2. Heat up a large pot with olive oil. Add garlic, onion and ginger and roast for 1-2 minutes before adding the vegetables and curry. Roast for another 2 minutes. Pour 500 ml of water or chicken broth over it and let it simmer for 10 minutes until the vegetables are soft.

3. Give the soup in a blender (or use a hand blender to purée) until creamy with a little bit cream or yoghurt, add a little more water if needed. Season to taste with salt and pepper. I garnished the soup with chili oil, it also goes well with roasted bacon cubes. Enjoy!

Pumpkin -cauliflower soup with curry and chili oil

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Stuffed veggies from the oven

Veggies stuffed with corn, feta and mushrooms and baked in the oven

For 3-4 people (as side dish)

1   large zucchini
8   mushrooms
3   corncobs
1    large sweet potatoe
1    large potatoe
1   onion
2   cloves of garlic
2   spring onions
100g feta cheese
50g    mozzarella or gouda
3 tablespoon olive oi

Salt and black pepper to taste

1. Clean potato and sweet potato under running water; bring a pot of salted water to a boil and precook them for about 10-15 minutes until they begin to turn soft. In the last five minutes add the corncobs (cut in half).
2. Meanwhile prepare the other veggies. Clean the mushrooms and remove the stems. Use a teaspoon to remove the soft inner part if the zucchini (cut in half). Also carve a space in the precooked potatoes. Use the removed part for the filling.

Zucchini and mushroom prepared for the filling
3. For the filling remove the corn from one of the corncobs with a knife and put aside. Chop onion, spring onion, garlic and 4 of the mushrooms finely. Heat up a pan with one tablespoon olive oil and add the veggies. Roast for about 2-3 minutes. Turn off the heat and crumble feta into the veggie mix. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Filling for stuffed veggies
4. Fill the mixture in the prepared veggies and give them in a greased oven dish. Top everything with a few slices mozzarella or Gouda. Bake for about 25 minutes; let it cool down 5minutes before serving. Enjoy!

stuffed veggies baked in the oven

stuffed veggies baked in the oven

 

Macaroni salad with broccoli, ham and caramelized onions

Macaroni salad with broccoli, ahm and caramelized onions

For 2 people

300g elbow macaroni
1          large broccoli
1          large red onion
150g black pepper ham
200g plain yoghurt (full fat or Greek yoghurt if you want it extra creamy)
30ml white vinegar
1          teaspoon mustard
1          teaspoon brown sugar
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

1. Cut off the broccoli roses and put them aside in a bowl. Slice onion in thin stripes and cut ham in small cubes.
2. Cook macaronis in salted water for 6-8 minutes until aldente. In the last 2 minutes of cooking time add the broccoli roses. Meanwhile roast the onion slices in a pan with 1 tablespoon oil, to caramelize, add a teaspoon of brown sugar when the onions already softened a little. Roast for about 2 minutes and put aside.

Caramelized onions and broccoli

3. Give ham cubes and caramelized onions in a salad bowl. Drain water from pasta and broccoli and cool it down under running very cold water for 30 seconds. Let it cool down until hand warm for about 20 minutes. For the dressing mix yoghurt, mustard and vinegar very well, add salt and ground black pepper to taste. You can also add fresh dill.
4. Mix everything in the salad bowl and put in the fridge for 1-2 hours before serving.

Macaroni salad with broccoli, ahm and caramelized onions

Macaroni salad with broccoli, ahm and caramelized onions

Macaroni salad with broccoli, ahm and caramelized onions

Red chicken curry

Red chicken curry

For 4 people

400g chicken breast (or drumsticks if you prefer)
250ml coconut milk
250 ml chicken broth
100g mushrooms
50g snow peas
1 package red thai curry
2 cloves of garlic
1 broccoli
1 cauliflower
1 zucchini
1 large carrot
1 eggplant
2 small red onions
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Cut carrot, eggplant cauliflower and broccoli in bite sized pieces and put them aside in a bowl. Chop garlic and slice onions in stripes, put them aside. Cut zucchini and mushrooms in bite sized pieces and cut off the ends of the snow peas. But all aside in a separate bowl (these veggies have the shortest cooking time).

Veggies for red chicken curry

2. Cut the chicken breast in bite sized pieces. Heat up a large pot with oil (I used coconut oil) and add chicken breast and ½ of the red curry paste. Roast for 2-3 minutes until the breast begins to get brown, and add garlic and onion.

currypaste

Chicken breast roasted with red curry paste

 

After another minute add chicken broth and coconut milk. Let it simmer for 5 minutes before adding eggplant, cauliflower, broccoli and carrot. Mix it well, so all veggies are surrounded by liquid and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes.

Red chicken curry

Then add the remaining vegetables. Cook curry with the lid closed for 10 minutes until the veggies are done.
3. Season to taste with salt and pepper; if necessary add more curry paste. Arrange in bowls and enjoy! I usually serve the curry with boiled potatoes, rice or fresh bread.

Red chicken curry

Red chicken curry

Summer pasta with veggies and feta-yoghurt sauce

Healthy summer pasta with veggies and feta-yoghurt sauce

For 2 people

250g penne
¼        pumpkin
1        small broccoli
1        onion
2        cloves of garlic
1        red chili
100g snow peas
50g   feta cheese
4        tablespoon full fat yoghurt
Freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste

1. Cut pumpkin in cubes (1cm) and cut off the broccoli roses; put aside in a bowl. Chop onion, chili and garlic and also put aside. Cut off the ends of the snow peas.
2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook pasta until aldente (around 10 minutes). Meanwhile heat up a pan with olive oil and add onion, garlic and chili. Roast for 1 minute before adding broccoli and pumpkin. Roast 2 minutes while stirring and add snow peas. Roast for another minute and add ½ cup pasta water. Let it simmer until the pasta is done. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
3. When the pasta is done drain the water and give it back in the pot. Mix very well with yoghurt and crumbled feta, before adding the veggies. Arrange on plates and enjoy!

Healthy summer pasta with veggies and feta-yoghurt sauce

Healthy summer pasta with veggies and feta-yoghurt sauce

Elbow macaroni with pesto, pepperoni and yellow zucchini

Elbow macaroni with pesto, peperoni and yellow zucchini
For 2 people

250g elbow macaronis
3-4    tablespoon pesto
1         large yellow zucchini
1        peperoni
2        cloves of garlic
1       small red onion
1       tablespoon olive oil
½      tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
50g pecorino cheese (grated)
Salt to taste

1. Cut zucchini in small cubes and pepperoni in rings and put aside. Chop onion and garlic and also put aside. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook pasta until aldente.
2. Meanwhile heat up a pan with olive oil and add garlic and onion. Roast for 1-2 minutes before adding the pepperoni and zucchini cubes. Roast for 2-3 minutes until the zucchini softened a little bit. Turn off heat and add the black pepper, then season to taste with salt.

Homemade pesto with chickpeas and sundried tomatoes
3. When the macaronis are done, drain water and mix the pasta with veggie mix and pesto in the pan. Arrange on plates and sprinkle with pecorino cheese. Enjoy!

Elbow macaroni with pesto, peperoni and yellow zucchini

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