I came across the most amazing fresh baby marrow and knew exactly what to do with them; a savoury baby marrow tart. I based this on what my mother use to make for us when we were children. A classic Wähe as we call it in Switzerland. More often than not my mother used apples, plums or the ever so lovely apricots and, when they could be picked from the garden, rhubarb. I love all Wähe variants equally but could not resist making something with savoury with the lovely baby marrow from the market.…
A frittata is an egg based Italian dish similar to an omelette or crustless quiche or scrambled eggs to which you add ingredients like meat, cheese or vegetables. I decided to make this gluten and dairy free frittata as part of my work week meal prep. This frittata is chock full of delicious and fresh veggies and it is delicious. A gluten and dairy free frittata is easy enough to make and is a great addition to your recipe repetoire.
Now that we are in September it is time for some hearty bean soup. Never mind the fact that in Dubai it is still above 35°C on the daily, I want some bean soup! This recipe for hearty (and delicious) bean soup uses home made vegetable broth, loads of kidney beans, some lovely fresh veggies and of course the all important spices.
It may be summer in Dubai (which means temperatures above 40c) but that still leaves space for a lovely Vegan Rustic Chili. Making a chili in summer may seem counter intuitive but I can assure you it is not. This little beauty is packed full of delicious veggies and flavours so you can pair it with brown rice and avocado for a lovely meal. You can also use this recipe for Vegan Rustic Chili to prepare your lunches for the work week.
Meal prep is really important to a healthy life style. Of course putting aside a slice of pizza and chickens wings is not the type of meal prep I am talking about. I am talking about the type of meal prep that is full of veggies and goodness that will not leave you with a bloated tummy and hungry an hour later. I am talking vegan rustic chili, soup and even making home made granola to take with you.
Vegan Rustic Chili Recipe
3 can kidney beans, well rinsed
3 large beef tomatoes, roughly chopped
2 yellow peppers, chopped
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp smoked sweet chili powder
1 tsp cumin seeds, whole or crushed (I kept mine whole)
Fresh ground pepper to taste
150 mL vegetable broth
1 tbsp olive oil
First things first. When making your chili have your vegetables chopped and ready to go. Why? Kitchen clean up is quicker that is why. Also having your mise-en-place ready for you can be so pleasing.
In a large soup pot add the olive oil and heat it to medium high. Add in the chopped onions and garlic and let sweat. Stir often. Once this is done add in the remaining ingredients, give it a thorough stir and cover.
Keep on a medium heat for one hour. Check in every 15 minutes and give it a stir. It should not be boiling. You will begin to notice the tomatoes giving of their juice which is why you have to add so little broth.
After an hour remove from heat and serve. If you will be using this for meal prep you can already divide the portions among your glass containers. Let cool and then place in the fridge.
If you are going to be using this recipe for meal prep you can also prepare rice. I cooked a cup of uncooked brown rice which made enough rice for 5 meals. The chili will also serve 5-6 which makes it ideal for your work lunches.
Admittedly I have never met someone who said they rustled up a few quiches but I suppose it is something we can start. Leek quiche is one of those simple and easy to adapt recipes that everyone should know. The fact that it is intended to be eaten cold makes it ideal for the Dubai summer. It is a scientific fact that quiches and pies taste better the day after so make this leek quiche the day before you intend to serve it and bring on the praise.
As part of my zero waste February I also decided to make an easy homemade vegetable broth. Making a homemade vegetable broth is simple, quick and a great addition to a zero waste lifestyle. My version of vegetable broth relies solely on vegetable scraps; by doing this you save money and use up vegetables that are still perfectly good, nutritious and delicious. Of course this way does take a little bit longer to prepare as you have to save up scraps but it is worth it in the long run.
Soup of one of those things that, for me at least, is perfect in both summer and winter. This Honey Pumpkin Soup was something simple, easy and delicious that I came up with. A bowl of Honey Pumpkin Soup and a couple slices of rustic baguette would be ideal after a cool day outdoors or, when cold, as a refresher after a hot day. The Honey Pumpkin Soup can easily be made vegan by replacing the honey with agave syrup, brown sugar or maple syrup. …
I have noticed that ALL of my animal protein/meat recipes are with fish or seafood. What?!?! No I am not a pescatarian but at home this is what I am drawn to. I guess I just love me some salmon. Last time I created this recipe for Salmon Lettuce Wraps and I had mentioned I will make another recipe which uses the remaining salmon because meal prep.
This spicy rice noodle and salmon recipe would also taste great warm but I made it to be used as a salad for a couple of meals. And I swear it is yummier the next day!
Let’s dig in.
Sometimes you need something quick, easy and a little bit messy to make dinner during summer, especially summer in Dubai, bearable. I ended up baking a piece of salmon and using it in two different recipes. Does that count as meal prep? Please say yes. These salmon lettuce wraps are both dairy and gluten free as well as veggie loaded which is what makes them messy to eat but so good!
Next time I would probably use a broader leafed lettuce like iceberg or butterhead. If you need an update on your lettuces check this out.
Now let’s get onto the recipe and how I prepared the salmon.
I was not all that certain on what I should call this creation to for now we are stuck with “Tropical Mussels Melange”. It is a lovely, and perhaps unexpected, mix of bell peppers, mango, sage and mussels. The sage is from my grandmothers garden and every time I visit I bring back sage and rosemary from her garden. I freeze it by first washing it and then patting it dry after which I layout individual layers and then freeze. Are you curious about the recipe and how it comes together? Check out the recipe below.