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Mexican Bowl with Green Rice, Sweet Potato & Smoked Beans

Mexican bowl with green rice, spicy sweet potato cubes & smoked black beans

I’ve started following a few Dutch vegan food blogs lately. I don’t know why I haven’t ventured into this world earlier because reading a food blog that actually uses ingredients you can buy is a heaven-sent. There are so many vegan products in the USA that are really hard or downright impossible to buy over here, and it’s so frustrating to run into them in a recipe you were really excited to recreate. So, local food blogs it is. Needless to say I’ve stumbled upon a wealth of amazing recipes and I’ve started slowly going through the ones I like. There’s one blogger in particular who has a very similar taste and cooking style to mine: livingthegreenlife.nl. When I had to cook for a couple of friends a few days back, that’s where I headed to look for a recipe. I found this one and decided to recreate her “delicious spicy sweet potato salad”. And oh, was it delicious. I modified the recipe just ever so slightly and would like to share it with you today as my Mexican bowl with green rice, sweet potato & smoked beans.

Mexican bowl with green rice, spicy sweet potato cubes & smoked black beans

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Katie’s Carrot Cake | Recipe

Believe it or not, I’ve been on a successful baking streak. As comfortable as I feel with pots and pans and vegetables, unfortunately I’m a terrible baker. I’m a very “pinch of this, bit of that” type of cook, and that just doesn’t work in baking. Pair that with a less-than-optimal oven, and you’ve got yourself heaps of black cakes with raw centres. Every now and then however, I run into a baking recipe that for some reason just works. There is one blog in particular where I nearly always succeed when I try one of the recipes: Chocolate Covered Katie. I’ve been following her blog for a few years now as her recipes are all vegan, healthy (compared to traditional recipes) and easy.

When my birthday came around and I wanted to treat my guests to some homemade cake, Chocolate Covered Katie is who I turned to. I decided to give her Healthy Carrot Cake a go, and it was a huge success. It’s moist, sweet, delicious… Just perfect. Definitely give this one a go if you’re looking for a healthy-ish vegan homemade treat!

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Spicy Tempeh Noodle Bowl Recipe

Since discovering the amazingness that is tempeh a few weeks back, I’ve been constantly looking for new ways to incorporate it into my diet. This fermented loaf of soy is an incredibly healthy source of protein, and even though some people need a while to get used to the taste, I fell in love with it straigh away. I shared a recipe for an amazing tempeh marinade a while back, and today I’m going to share a different way I like to enjoy it. This is a dish that packs a bit of a punch as it features sambal oelek, an Indonesian chili paste that’s very popular over here in the Netherlands. This spicy tempeh noodle bowl is perfect for the warmer months as it’s quite a light dish.

Spicy tempeh noodle recipe (vegan)

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Ginger & Honey Marinated Tempeh

A while back I noticed I was eating quite a bit of soy. Soy milk is my favourite milk alternative, soy yogurt is my favourite yogurt alternative, most veggie meats are soy-based, I love me a big pile of edamame with my sushi… I remembered something about a controversy surrounding soy so I hopped online and read some different opinions on it. I concluded I wasn’t eating that much soy, not enough for it to become a problem in any case. You’d need to eat a load of it to run into any issues. That’s great to know, but I also found out that as with any food, the less processed soy is, the better. Many of the websites I visited recommended replacing tofu with tempeh. Tempeh is a brick of fermented soy beans, and it’s one of the least processed and healthiest ways to eat soy. It’s full of proteins and probiotics! I was pretty sure I’d had it before in my life but couldn’t really remember the taste. I’d never prepared it myself, in any case!

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