Archives For Easy Vegan Recipes

The word “meze” is found in all the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire, which Bulgaria was apart from, and comes from the Turkish word “taste, flavor, snack, relish”, borrowed from Persian مزه (mazze “taste, snack” < mazīdan “to taste”). The English word was probably borrowed from the Greek version mezés (μεζές). Meze or mezze /ˈmɛzeɪ/ is a selection of small dishes served in the Middle East and the Balkans.

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Meditteranean beauty with green pepper and olives

In Bulgaria, where I grew up to have meze meant to sit around the table for hours and enjoy the company and the food.Long afternnons and evenings were spent in my granny’s house where conversations went on and on. I love the feeling of sharing food and cooking for peple.Creating recipes and sharng them with you is my virtual vegan meze party today.

I love dinner parties and eating with my family is a small party, that we have every day. Every time I cook and we are together, it brings us closer to one another and we have a great time. So today I want to share with you some of my meze style recipes, which I love.You can mix and match them in many ways.There is one thing for sure-you are almost guaranteed to have a good time.

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Roasted potatoes,sesame garlic bread with salad and hummus

The beauty about this kind of food is, that most of the dishes can be enjoyed hot or cold. You can get the detailed recipe for the Mediterranean vegetables with potatoes here.

The roasted potatoes with vegetables are delicious just popping hot from the oven, but just as nice if you had them in a room temperature. 

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Simple and delicious

This one is simpler than simple. Those potatoes are just done in paprika and cumin in the oven and then served with sweet cherry tomatoes and hummus. Makes a lovely snack and its a wonderful combination. 

 

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Classic veggie kebabs with toasted pita bread , salad and raw sesame seeds garlic sauce

This one is truly one of my favorite recipes.I love the way the greeks season almost anything with lemon, olive oil and oregano-its a magical combination and its so so nice!  Anybody can make it and it’s very tasty. Simply season the veggies with garlic, lemon juice , olive oil and oregano.Then put them under the grill and cook them for about 20 minutes. To make the garlic sauce mix some sesame seeds, a few cashew nuts, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper and blend in a VItamix. Keep in the fridge until you serve the meal. 

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And here is one more combination, that I also love. Serve with a leafy green salad of your choice or just enjoy as it is. The fantastic thing about these dishes is, that they are all good to mix and match and incredibly diverse. I love them all and I hope you would like them, too.

Have a wonderful tasty weekend and enjoy the ride.

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Just because you are not vegan, yet, does not mean, that you can’t enjoy some delicious vegan dishes and make them a part of your food plan. There are many reasons to reduce and eliminate animal products from your diet, not just because it’s better for you, but also because it’s better for the animals.

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Vegan Party Food

In this post I want to share with you 5 recipes, that will whet your appetite and help you re-think your food choices.

I will start with the ultimate comfort food and that is pizza. 

1.Vegan Pizza 
The unity of basil, tomato and bread comes with its better version of vegan pizza.

Here is what you need to make it:

This recipe makes 12 pita pizzas:

  • 12 pitas (plain or whole-meal)
  • 12 mushrooms
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 small  courgettes (zucchini)
  • 3 carrots
  • for the tomato topping
  • Tomato pasta 
  • Basil
  • Olive oil
  • 2 medium onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • Bay leaves
  • Cloves
  • Salt and pepper

 First, make the tomato topping. Finely chop the onions and crush the garlic and season with salt and pepper . Then heat the oil and saute until the mix has a golden color. easy vegan recipeAdd the tomato pasata and all the herbs and spices and let it cook on a low heat for about 10 -15 minutes. 

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carrots are ready

While the sauce is simmering you can prepare the vegetables . I use a brilliant vegetable slicer  from the salad master parties , that I held in the house . If you haven’t got any vegetable slicer you can simply grate the carrots and the courgettes( zucchini) . Here is how the courgettes look like.

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Many names for this green monster- courgette, zucchini, baby marrow

For a bit of extra richness I cooked the mushrooms as well, but if you want, you can just chop them thinly and put them fresh in the oven. Also chop the pepper in thin sticks and that’s you ready to assemble your vegan pizza .

Then your next step is to put the carrots on top. You don’t need to season them, but do season your courgettes with a bit of salt and pepper .

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here goes the carrots

Then put the courgettes and the mushrooms and the peppers . Sprinkle with basil and put in the oven on a 180 C for about 5-7 minutes .

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ready for the oven

Once your pizza is ready, sprinkle with some olive oil and serve. Enjoy!

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Here is another serving idea with peppers,onions ,celery,mushrooms

 2.Vegan Lasagna

Vegan Lasagna, which the whole family can enjoy regardless if they are vegan or not.

Here is what you need

  • Lasagna pasta sheets
  • 1 liter of tomato pasata
  • 3 onions
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • ground cloves
  • sweet red paprika
  • nutmeg
  • cinnamon
  • basil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • red wine (optional)

For the topping you need :

  • olive oil
  • 70 ml oat milk
  • black pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 cup of flour

The first thing to do to prepare the lasagna is to make the tomato sauce. In a food processor you blend the onions, garlic and the celery . Then you saute them in some oil and add the sweet paprika in the mix. Then all the red wine and possibly a bit of water to make sure the onions are nice and soft before you add the tomato sauce.

Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes on a low heat and once the onions are nearly cooked add the tomatoes and all the spices. Cook it for an additional 10 minutes.

Now you have the sauce ready and you can start laying the lasagna. Just put layers of sauce and pasta sheets while you cover the baking tray. Set the tray on a side and make the topping .

To make the topping put the oat milk to boil with the whole peeled onion to flavour the milk. Let it simmer on a low heat for approx 10 minutes. Then sieve the milk and in another pot heal some oil and then add the flour and some black pepper.Whisk. Then pour the sieved  milk and whisk until smooth. Its ready .

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Just out of the oven -easy Vegan Lasagna

Pour the topping on the top of the layered lasagna and put it in the oven for 20-25 minutes on a low heat.

Serve it with a green salad . I made a very simple one this evening with baby salad leaves , celery and  black olives .

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Enjoy!

 My boys loved it. The best part is that now this is another vegan dish, that is easy and everybody will enjoy.

Vegan cooking is about Nurturing Nature in many forms .You nurture  the food, you nurture the people, that you are feeding and promote peace, love and no body gets hurt in the process.

3.Warm falafel wrap
It’s a warm falafel wrap with tomatoes, tatini and lemon dressing with some cucumber, radishes , celery and onion salad.

You can enjoy this easy vegan recipe simply anytime -lunch, dinner or as a mid day snack depending on what you are up to. I do like to keep things simple and here  are the ingredients that you need.

You can cook your falafel from scratch , which I have done in the past, using this recipe.

easy vegan recipes falafelIngredients:
 
  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas (2 x 14oz / 400g cans)
  • 1 large  onion, finely chopped
  • Bunch of parsley
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp cayenne
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp flaxmeal + 6 Tbsp hot water
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup chickpea  flour
 

 

Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 175°C / 350°F.
  2. Add chickpeas, onion, parsley, garlic, salt, cumin, paprika, cayenne and lemon juice and process into a chunky paste.
  3. Move mixture to a bowl and add flax meal, baking powder and chickpea flour.
  4. Pour some olive oil on the bottom of the  baking tray . Spoon mixture onto tray into cookie sized bits.
  5. Cook for 40 minutes, flipping once halfway through

This time I used ready mix for falafel. I find it really handy when I want a quick lunch or dinner. I use Ai’fez Authentic Falafel Mix (150g) which you can buy in most supermarkets or order online the multi pack of 12 boxes.

The only thing I add to the ready mix apart from water is some cayenne pepper. It gives it a nice kick and a bit of spice is always good for you.

So once you make your falafels , you  are ready to make your salad. Here are the ingredients for the salad

10 red radishes (grated )

1/2 cucumber -grated

2 sticks of celery, finely chopped

1 small onion -finely chopped

2 purple cabbage leaves -finely chopped

juice of 1/2 lemon

some basil

salt and pepper

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Once you’ve grated and chopped the vegetables simply season them with salt and pepper  and mix them.Let it sit for 1 minute and then add the lemon juice and the olive oil . Its ready.Next season some tomatoes with some salt, pepper and oregano.If you want, you can sprinkle some olive oil as well.

tomatoes seasoned with salt, pepper and oregano

tomatoes seasoned with salt, pepper and oregano

Next make a nice dressing my mixing tahini and the other half of the lemon. It gives it a nice nutty and a zesty kick for you to enjoy.

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tahini and lemon dressing

So that’s you set to dress your wrap. You can use pita bread, ordinary flat bread or a lettuce leaf. The choice is yours. On a cold winter day I like to warm up my flat bread in the oven with the falafels on the top.

the perfect finger food ;-)Enjoy!

The perfect finger food; ) Enjoy!

Then I put the salad, the tomatoes and the dressing . Enjoy with some salad on the side. This is a very satisfying dish and if you serve it to your guests they would love it too. I have given this wrap to people who are not vegans and they loved it and complimented me on it.

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Sending blessing and love, 

Ivelina

 

Vegan Pumkin Pie with Pecans

Ivelina  —  October 14, 2013

This is the time of the year when everything is very colorful and rich.The harvest season really calls for a vegan pumpkin pie and as sure as anything I made one today. There is nothing like a pumpkin-it’s one of the most satisfying fruits , that Mother Nature gives us.

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Some October Harvest from the Organic Farm

Pumpkins are full of goodness. They contain many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E.Pumpkins have one of the highest levels of vitamin-A,which is a  powerful natural anti-oxidant and is required by the body for maintaining the integrity of skin and mucus membranes. It is also an essential vitamin for good visual sight.

Pumpkins are also  a good source of B-complex group of vitamins like folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid.It is also a rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.

Pumpkins are very versatile and used in many recipes. Today’s recipe for the pumpkin pie is inspired by a Bulgarian pumpkin pie , called tikvenik -its a very traditional harvest and winter pie , made by my mother and granny .The flavors and the texture are very rich and comforting and it’s an ideal treat for the whole family.

Here is what you need :

1 cup of grated pumpkin

1/2 cup of chopped pecans (you can use walnuts , as the original is with walnuts )

1/2 sugar (I use raw unrefined)

250 gr.of filo pastry (I use ready rolled )

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of ginger

1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon of cloves

Some walnut oil

A splash of oat milk (too moist the pastry , but if you don’t have any, water will do just fine.

 

 

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Here are some of the ingredients

Here is what you do .
First grate the pumpkin .You can use a food processor, but it’s too mushy and it loses its nice texture.

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Grated pumpkin

Your next step is simply to mix all the spices with the pumpkin, sugar and pecans.Its should look like that.

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It smells really good

Then your next step is simply to put layers of filo pastyr and the mix with an ocational walnut oil and some splashes of oat milk or water to keep the pie nice and moist .

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work in progress 🙂

So once you have used up all your mix and pastry simply sprinkle some walnut oil and a add a splash of oat milk or water. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees in a fan oven and 200 ordinary. Place your pumpkin pie in the middle and let it cook for about 15 minutes or so. Here’s how it looks once it’s done.

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Just out of the oven !

It’s a tasty and delicious treat and it’s perfect with some nice tea of your choice. The smell of the pie is really comforting -cinnamon always gives that reassurance of homely and cozy room. Enjoy!

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Enjoy your pumpkin pie with some nice tea 🙂

There you have it my friends-an easy vegan pumpkin pie for the whole family to enjoy!
I hope you like the recipe.Please let me know if you have any questions on making it in the comments box below.I would love to hear from you.
Sending you lots of love
Ivelina