• vegan tofu dumplings

    Vegan Tofu Dumplings (Gyoza)

    I’m a lover of all things dumplings, gyoza, potstickers, whatever you call these little gems. They’re simply wonderful to eat and to make 🙂 Now, I grew up in a fairly traditional home where we eat rice, Chinese (inspired) dishes most days. For example, things like dim sum, dumpling noodle soup, fried noodles, fried rice, stir-fried with oyster sauce, sweet and sour chicken (I used to be a carnivore!), stuffed tofu, braised pork, Peking duck and steamed fish, and herbal soup. Indeed, always start your meal with a Chinese herbal soup. The Holy Trinity In Chinese Cooking The holy trinity in Chinese cooking is garlic, ginger, and green onions/scallions. Therefore,…

  • turmeric scramble tofu
    Breakfast,  Mains

    Scramble Tofu: The Ultimate Egg Replacement

    When I started removing eggs from my diet, I was so happy to learn that you can easily replace the classic scrambled eggs with scrambled tofu! You get more protein and it’s better for your cholesterol too. Moreover, now we’re talking about cholesterols. Did you know that high cholesterol levels are caused by animal meat from pork, poultry, beef, and even fish and animal by-products such as dairy, cheese, butter, margarine, and eggs? Plants can’t raise your cholesterol, so I hope this could be the reason to have you add more wholesome plant-based goodness into your meals. Another great way to swap animal meat for plant-based ingredients in this amazing…

  • vegan chickpeas tuna
    Breakfast,  Mains

    How to Make Chickpeas Taste Like Tuna? (The Best Vegan Tuna Recipe!)

    Vegan Tuna – Huh? Since I transitioned to a plant-based lifestyle I’m looking for vegan alternatives to my favorite foods. As a result yes, Vegan Tuna is one of them. I know it sounds super strange, but seriously it’s SO good! Therefore I’m going to share the umami ingredient in this recipe with you. Nori which is seaweed is the answer to make mashed chickpeas taste like the real deal. These two ingredients are an odd combination, honestly, they both come from an entirely different cuisine, but man, are they a match made in heaven! You might know that nori is wrapped around sushi, but hey you can also mix them…

  • spicy korean noodles

    Spicy Korean Cold Noodles (10 minutes!) + Intro on Ayurvedic

    Have you ever heard of Ayurvedic teachings? It is originally from India and it is a holistic healthy lifestyle that has been practiced for centuries. The concept of Ayurvedic is all about restoring and keeping a physical and emotional balance. Yes please, who doesn’t want that? Each individual is unique and therefore has a different ‘Dosha’. Which type of dosha and energy is dominant in your life depends on your personality, body type, personal preferences and the environment in which you live. By reading more and doing several tests online, for example here, it came out that I am a Pitta dominant. It is said that everyone has a little…

  • Vegan Lentil Bolognese

    Amazing Vegan Pasta Bolognese

    Since eating mainly a plant-based diet, I try to invent a vegan variant for all my favorite dishes. Of course, a classic Bolognese sauce could not be missed in my repertoire. The kids and Andrew are love this classic dish so the pressure was quite high. Initially, I started making my default recipe for Bolognese minus the minced meat. But that was a little too easy and the sauce missed a substance being meatless.  In different vegan cookbooks, I saw that the meat was replaced with lentils or chickpeas. How genius! In this recipe, I replaced the meat with lentils and added more vegetables. The best way to get the kids eat…

  • sweet potato fries

    Rainbow Turmeric Sweet Potato Fries

    Did you know that sweet potato are healthier (fewer carbs and calories) naturally sweeter have more fiber more calcium and magnesium have more vitamin A + C than its cousin white potatoes. Next time when you do groceries lookout for these beautiful sweet potatoes that come in different colors such as orange, purple, and yellow. Don’t confuse them though with yams, that’s family from the other side. Since I eat more plant-based and gluten-free I always have sweet potatoes at home. They are incredibly versatile to cook with and they keep you full longer. Because they are naturally sweetened, therefore kids love them too. In today’s recipe, I created the…

  • coconut lentil soup
    Mains,  Soups

    Coconut Lentil Soup (Dahl)

    Since I eat plant-based, lentils and beans are my go-to source of protein. I like the texture of these little gems so much more than meat. So funny when I look back at my previous self; I used to love meat. I was even on a Paleo diet for a while. A solely meat-based diet only made me miserable and I was left feeling not comfortable in my own skin. It just didn’t feel right. There are many reasons why I switch to a plant-based way of eating. Adding more vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, nuts and mostly whole grains or even gluten-free make me feel like I’m on top of…

  • miso eggplant nasu dengaku

    Grilled Miso Eggplant (Nasu Dengaku)

    Lately, I’ve been expanding my knowledge on fermenting food. Fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, miso, and kimchi are not only healthy to consume, but they also come with a special taste, which you need to get use to. Fermented foods But what are fermented foods actually? Fermented foods have been gone through a process of lactofermentation, which means that natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food and therefore creates lactic acid. Because of the fermentation, foods are preserved and all good enzymes, vitamins, fatty acids and probiotics are kept alive. Eating fermented food also helps improving your digestion system. If you think of the common…

  • korean japchae noodles

    Korean Japchae (stir-fried sweet potato noodles)

    If you have to choose between all types of carbs (bread, potatoes, rice, noodles, pasta), which one is your favorite? Mine is definitely noodles. How about combining this with my other favorite ingredient, the sweet potato. Let me tell you, that’s a match made in heaven! At least my food heaven. The Korean Japchae is a famous stir-fried noodle dish made of sweet potato starch noodles. I make this meal whenever I’m longing for something healthy, yet comforting and tasty. This one-pot meal wonder is filled with healthy colorful vegetables,  mushrooms, and chewy sweet potato noodles. The best part is that you just throw all the ingredients in one pan…

  • vegetarian couscous

    Simple Vegetarian Couscous

    I have a soft spot for Middle Eastern and North African cuisine. I love the combination of spices, the vibrant colors, and the exotic and somewhat mystic vibe around it. Either it’s the tagine, hummus, babaghanoush, flatbreads, lentil soup, falafel, shakshuka, tabbouleh, or my favorite: couscous! I love them all. Today I want to share with you my easy peasy vegetarian couscous. Easy because you don’t need to cook couscous, how great does that sound? Just let it soak in hot water for 10 minutes and it’s ready to throw in all kinds of (raw) veggies. This recipe is not the authentic version, nor the secret family recipe kind of…

  • shakshuka recipe
    Breakfast,  Mains

    The Best Shakshuka Ever

    Please trust me on this one. You really need to try this recipe out. I promise you won’t regret it. It’s THE best Shakshuka you will ever eat. I sound very overconfident, I know, but I really want to share this great recipe with you. The first time I have heard of Shakshuka was on an ordinary Sunday in Amsterdam. This restaurant was packed with people who were just recovering from their Saturday night, everybody was chilling and enjoying the beautiful weather that day. One of my habit when entering a restaurant is checking out all the tables; what is everyone having? So, when I enter this place, I saw…