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Quinoa, Grape & Avocado Salad | Recipe

When you take a holiday in villages and small towns in central/eastern Europe, it’s not too surprising that you’ll have a hard time finding vegan dishes in restaurants. I’m glad to see more and more vegan options in the big cities every year though, and always very happy to try them. This summer, one night, we had dinner in a restaurant in Bratislava which had this dish on their menu: a salad with quinoa, grapes, avocado, pine nuts and aged balsamic vinegar. I ordered it and was very pleasantly surprised! It’s a really simple dish, but the flavours go so well together and the meal is packed with nutrients. I recreated it at home and wanted to share the recipe with you even though it’s super simple, as I think this makes a perfect lunch. I ended up using walnuts instead of pine nuts as the only pine nuts I could find were sold at €4,50 per 100g, and that’s just ridiculous. Walnuts work great in the recipe, so you can run with either, depending on what you have available!

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Loaded Jacket Sweet Potato | Recipe

Loaded jacket sweet potato with salsa and guacamole - vegan lunch recipe

Ah, sweet potato. I was going to say it’s a summer favourite of mine, but I’m going to have to be honest and admit it’s a year-round favourite, actually. One of the things I love the most about sweet potato is you can just cut it into whatever shape, throw it in the oven for a few minutes, and it comes out delicious no matter what. In this recipe I’m going to take that idea to another level and just bake the sweet potatoes as they are, to create a delicious loaded jacket sweet potato. Top it with some fresh veggies and guacamole and you’re good to go. Minimal effort, maximal results!

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad | Recipe

Delicious vegan Mediterranean pasta salad. Perfect to share with friends on a hot summer night :)

Granted, this is not the most photogenic dish I have produced. But what it lacks in looks, it makes up for in flavour. This mediterranean pasta salad is possibly the most delicious pasta salad I’ve ever made. It’s absolutely perfect for bringing to a (veggie) barbecue, a potluck picknick, or as a stand-alone dish on warm summer nights. It features some of my favourite flavours from the Mediterranean, is entirely plant-based, and is super quick and easy to make. In the summer when it’s really warm outside, I just don’t feel like standing in a hot kitchen for too long so I’ll reach for uncooked food more quickly. That means lots of crispy fresh veggies, but also some of those delicious pickled or oiled treats from jars. Let’s keep it realistic, yeah 🙂

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