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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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Blueberry Muffins | Vegan Recipe

Hey, I’m still on the baking streak! Another succesful batch of yumminess has emerged from the oven at Loepsie headquarters. This time I wanted to make something fresh and summery for the hot weater, so I headed over to my favourite vegan baking blog Chocolate Covered Katie and searched for a recipe for blueberry muffins. I adapted it slightly according to what I had in my kitchen, and because my hand slipped when I was adding the blueberries. As Bob Ross would say, this was a “happy little accident”, no regrets here whatsoever. Look at that amount of blueberries per muffin, haha! They turned out great so I definitely wanted to share the recipe with you guys.

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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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