Welcome spring! We are entering in the season that will gradually bring us to summer time and we increasingly feel the need to reintroduce raw vegetables in our diet, eating, for example, fresh salads. Today, inspired particularly by one of km 0 open-air market, where I found delicious dandelion leafs, I have developed this simple, fast and tasty recipe. A salad, which facilitates purification, with nuts and crunchy tempeh cubes.
The Jerusalem artichoke also known as German turnip, is a tuber that we can find at the market in the winter season: many are its properties (it has few calories, suitable for diabetics, easy to digest, if consumed raw, it keeps intact its vitamins and mineral salts content). Today I share this first simply recipe. With few ingredients you will obtain a tasty and special side dish: baked Jerusalem artichokes with hazelnuts and thyme pesto.
Beauty as food feeds us, but on other levels. When our eyes meet something beautiful that express harmony, we experience pleasant sensations and our inner state changes …. With Gusto Vegetariano one of our purpose is to express beauty, as well as create healthy and tasty recipes. For me, personally, the creative phase of a dish begins when I’m inspired by something that has a beautiful “form” (I always browse magazines and cookbooks full of beautiful photographs) … Yes, when I create a new plate I start from getting inspirations from beautiful pictures or beautiful things in nature wich I’d like to reproduce in the kitchen. Then, according to the present season, I think about which vegetables I can combine to get a balanced and healthy dish. Finally I put together all the ingredients creating something similar to that “form” that inspired me in the first phase. So I did for this salad: inspired by a picture of a summer recipe, where the predominant colors were green and yellow, I combined raw and cooked vegetables to get this beautiful “summer” effect ☺
Melon is really one of my favorite fruits. In summer my body feels more the need to eat foods rich of water. The colorful salad I’m sharing with you today can be a creative idea to combine this fruit with seasonal vegetables and basil, more fragrant than ever, in this time of year. Enjoy your meal 😉
It will also happen to you to find yourself in the kitchen with no idea of what you’re going to prepare for dinner, and especially with an empty fridge and a few fresh raw materials available. Well today, I’ll give you a new recipe for a spicy chili, that needs only a few ingredients. A vegan version that with a white rice or a piadina, as in this case, allows you to obtain a unique and complete dish. If you have no time you can use canned beans, while if you have more time you can proceed as described in this case starting with dry beans. Enjoy 😉
Brussels sprouts … what can I say? I find them beautiful and good … they can be cooked in many ways: steamed, stewed, baked. They also contain a good amount of minerals, proteins, fibers and vitamins. Their taste can be a bit too bitter for someone; in this recipe we add some carrots and raisins that will bring to the plate a nice sweet note.
It ‘s time for artichokes and there are many ways to prepare them: it will be very interesting to learn how to use all the parts. For example, the outer hard leaves can be used to prepare a decoction or a vegetable broth; forthermore the stems, boiled and blended, to prepare a good risotto. Give space to your creativity and have fun cooking artichokes in different ways. Meanwhile, I invite you to try this very simple and tasty recipe: artichokes au gratin ☺
When you have the opportunity to leave near a market of organic and km 0 producers, you can choose from a large variety of products, which generally you don’t see in a traditional supermarket, because unfortunately it is all a bit standardised. These varieties always amaze and are good inspirations for creative recipes. For example, with a bunch of colored chards like these, look what a wonderful dish you can prepare …. 🙂
In this period of the year we can find puntarelle at the market…they are beautiful; in the traditional recipe they are served with an anchovy sauce. Today we are going to season them with a nice vegan sause and we will serve them with orange and fennel to create a new version. 😉
I used to prepare pumpkin with some garlic, extra virgin olive oil, salt and fresh thyme…But today I want to share with you a new fine dressing. Something that will contrast more the sweet of pumpkin. Here is an emulsion of extra virgin olive oil, umeboshi vinegar and soy sauce. Then, if you add some seeds on top, you will taste the crunchy opposed to the soft of the pumpkin….a really nice experience 😉