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Vegan recipe – Roasted New Potatoes and Asparagus

I found this recipe online and since it’s a season of asparagus I decided to try it out. Well I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, since I should add garlic, which I don’t usually use or even have at home. So I replaced it with leek and also I added some carrots, because I like baked carrots and I thought the taste of it will probably fit.

INGREDIENTS:
New potatoes
Asparagus
Carrots
Leek
Italian seasoning
2-3 table spoons of olive oil
Salt
Parsley

PREPARATION
Preheat oven on 200°C (400F). Meanwhile cut the potatoes on smaller blocks, cut the leek, carrots and asparagus. Mix it in a bowl together with italian seasononing (mix of spices like basil, origano…), salt and olive oil.

Mixing it all in a bowl

Mixing it all in a bowl


Grease a roasting pan, casserole dish or sheet pan or use baking paper instead (that’s what I did) and put all the vegetables on it.
Roast it for about 35-45 minutes until potatoes are tender. Garnish with fresh parsley, but dried one worked ok for me.
Everything in an oven

Everything in an oven

It’s that simple! =) I hope you’ll like it, I sure did! =)

Baked and served on a plate

Baked and served on a plate

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Vegan recipe – Almond ‘potica’

Slovenian traditional dish. Usually, filled with walnuts, but this time with almonds and vegan. =)

INGREDIENTS:
For the dough:
- 1 dcl soy milk
- A package of dry yeast
- 250 g of flour
- 40 g sugar
- 0.5 dcl vegetable cream

For the filling:
- 200 g ground almonds
- 1 dcl soy milk
- 0.5 dcl vegetable cream
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa
- 50 g sugar
- raisins

PREPARATION
• Filling: Put together almonds, milk and cream and remaining ingredients for the filling and quickly cook them.
• Dough: Put the yeast in a little bit of warm milk and let it rise in some place warm. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and make like a hole in the middle, where you put all the wet ingredients. Knead well and roll.
• Spread the filling over the rolled dough and roll it up (not spread the filling all the way to the edge for easier finish).
• Place potica in a greased baking dish or on a baking paper and put it for half an hour in the oven, preheated to 50 °C, so the cake rises. Then set the oven at 200°C and bake for 20 minutes. The next 20 minutes reduce the temperature to 150°C. Be aware that the cooking time depends on the type of oven, so be careful and, if necessary turn the oven off before or bake longer.

Almond potica

Almond potica

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Vegan recipe – Polenta pastry

This pastry is a great snack or it can even be your dinner. I really like it. =)
INGREDIENTS:
Polenta (corn semolina)
Raisins
Apples
Sugar (I use stevia or fructose)
Cinnamon

PREPARATION
First you peel some apples, it’s up to you to decide how many. Then you grate them and add one or two teaspoons of cinnamon, it depends on amount of apples you used. Than add some raisins, again as many as you would like and add some sugar, but if you put a lot of raisins I think one table spoon should be enough.
In another bowl cook polenta; about 300g should be enough, but again it depends how much pastry you would like to make, you can add more or less and try to experiment on ratio so you’ll find the one that fits your taste. If you want you can cook it in soy or rice milk so it will get a bit different taste.
Mix everything together and put it in baking tray. Bake it in the oven on 180°C for about 15 minutes, though I noticed it depends a lot on the oven…

Polenta pastry ready to be eaten! =D

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Vegan recipe – Couscous dumplings

Dumplings or however you call them, we all know them. Some ball of dough in which there is some fruit (ok, sometimes there is a cream or something else). My boyfriend ate some vegan plum couscous dumplings in Croatia and so we decided to try and make them ourselves too.

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup of couscous
2 cups of water
Spelt groats
Wholegrain flour
Cinnamon
Sugar
Plums, apricots, cherries or fruit of your choice

COOKING
At first we cook couscous in boiling water and we leave it to get cold. Then we mix together couscous, groats and flour so we get some sort of mass that we can shape. We make a shape of cups with it and we put wanted fruits inside. We put some cinnamon and sugar (we used stevia) over the fruits and than we close the cups so we get a round shape of dumplings. For few minutes we put them in boiling water, but not for too long, because they can fall to pieces.
When dumplings are cooked you can put some more sugar over them. Some people put some roasted crumbs over it, but we grinded some flax seed and put it over. We liked it.

We made some couscous dumplings! =)

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