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Farrosalad with feta, zucchini and mint

5 Sep

Finally I am back again, after our holiday and move to the Netherlands. Hooray! I needed a few weeks to start eating normally again and shopping for groceries myself. While doing groceries in my new neighborhood I found this great Turkish shop in Maastricht where they sell fruit and vegetables by weight. Much cheaper than other supermarkets, where they sell eggplants for 1 euro instead of eggplants for 1 euro a kilo. Also, I think it is much more fun buying fruit and vegetables in a fruit & vegetables shop. They have the best pieces and you can only buy products that are in season.

I wanted to share this healthy recipe with you, because it uses a product which they use a lot in Umbria, a province in Italy. It is called farro and in the Netherlands you can buy spelt instead. It is some sort of thick brown rice and it has a nice tough bite. If you cook it, it looks a bit like risotto, but it is less sticky. You can buy it in a healthy food shop (natuurvoedingswinkel) and you can use it to fill up your salads or make this delicious Jamie Oliver recipe, with zucchini, feta and mint.

Ingredients

300 g. of farro, 1 chicken stock cube, 400 g. of zucchini, 6 garlic cloves, 1 spanish red pepper (without the seeds), 1 hand of fresh mint, 6 springonions, 200 g. of feta, 1 lemon, salt and pepper.

Preparation    

Put the farro in a pan and add water until the farro is completely under water. Let the farro cook for about 20 minutes. The farro is ready if it has softened, but has a nice bite, without being sticky. If they are done, put them aside and leave them. Meanwhile, cut the zucchini, garlic and pepper and add them, with a splash of olive oil to a pan. Bake them until they glace. Then, rinse and cut the mint and the spring onions. Add them to the pan with zucchini, together with the lemon juice.  When it is ready, take the farro and add the zucchini mix and a bit of olive oil. Cut the feta in small parts and add these to the salad. Season it with salt and peppers and enjoy!

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Wrap with Eggplant Pesto

29 Mrt

This recipe is one of my favorites! Me and my brother have come across this dish at a theater festival in the Netherlands. During the summer that I worked there at the ticket center, I loved this dish so much, I ate it every night :). Sometimes with fish, sometimes with chicken or beef, it didn’t matter which version of the wrap I chose, the taste of the pesto together with eggplant was perfect with everything! After several nights in a row me and my brother asked the chef for the recipe and I we were so glad he gave it to us! Yesterday I made these wraps with homemade tortillas, which makes it even more delicious. To make tortillas yourself is really easy. Click here for the recipe.

Ingredients

(for 2 people)

4 small eggplants, 30 g. basil, 25 g. of Parmesan cheese, 1 clove of garlic, 2 tablespoons of pine nuts, 6 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper, 10o g. rocket salad, 6 small wraps (buy them or make them yourself), 300 g. of white fish(filet) or chicken.

Preparation

Preheat the oven on 200 degrees Celsius. Cut the eggplants vertically in half. Lay them in the oven for 15 minutes, so the vegetable will dry. Roast the pine nuts shortly in a pan until they are brown.

Put the basil, pine nuts, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, garlic and salt and pepper together in a jar. Blend them until they become Pesto.
Take the eggplants from the oven and peel the vegetable meat out. Add this to the jar with pesto. Blend them together so the pesto becomes mixed with the eggplant.

Meanwhile, you can make the flower tortillas.

Cut the chicken into small pieces and bake them seasoned with salt and pepper. If you want to use fish instead, go ahead :).

Take a flower tortilla, put some rocket salad on it, the fish or chicken and add the eggplant pesto. Buon appetito!

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