With just a few ingredients and some inspiration collected by browsing a cooking magazine, really tasty recipes with a great visual effect are born. Small raw veggie finger food with seasonal vegetables, enriched with fresh basil pesto. Perfect for an outdoor dinner on a warm summer evening.
How to make different, the usual vegetables…With a little bit of creativity we can make a tasty, colored cream to replace a classic “pinzimonio”. With few ingredients a simply and fast recipe with the scent of mint leaves and lemon, flavoured with salted capers from La Nicchia di Pantelleria.
Is asparagus time…there are so many recipes with this vegetable rich of fibres, vitamins and mineral salts! But how to use them without waste? In this very tasty cream, I use to cook, stems separately, in boiling water and mix them with chickpeas and thaini sauce to obtain a nice dress for raw or lightly sautée vegetables. Enjoy it 😉
When I buy green leafy vegetables like beets, spinach or turnip tops, I wash them immediately and cook in boiling water to reduce their volume. This helps me to find them in the fridge ready for use. In this way I can quickly prepare a side dish by sautéing them in a pan with garlic and extra virgin olive oil, or use them to prepare green flans. In this recipe, I will fill a quiche.
A simple and quick recipe to prepare: colorful and tasty, to serve as an appetizer. The encounter between chicory, a bit bitter, and sweet pumpkin on a slice of good homemade toasted bread. Here it is a nice bruschetta enriched with pecorino cheese and a few drops of extra old balsamic vinegar from Modena.
Enjoy your meal 😉
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.
Another recipe remembering India: naan, a very simple dough, rolled out like piadina, but baked enriched with sesame seeds. Finally seasoned with ghee (http://www.gustovegetariano.com/en/clarified-butter-ghee/). I find naan a very nice alternative to bread. Easy and fast to prepare, can be consumed warm as an appetizer or together with legumes and vegetables.
When the heat comes but it’s no time yet for holiday, we feel more and more the desire to travel and to see new places: those who are still at work can only use their imagination or, as I do in the kitchen, prepare ethnic dishes that makes us think about exotic countries 😉 This aubergine cream is inspired by the Baba Ghanoush, typical sauce of Middle Eastern regions, today revisited for you: the garlic is rubbed directly on bread, to flavor it, and, instead of mint, I’ve used a mixture of sage and thyme leaves, fresh from my small aromatic garden.
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 ☺