Joanna Anastasia

Easy lunch

Vegan sloppy joes

You know what I promised myself at the beginning of this year? That I would cook more vegan food! And you know what I failed at? Actually cooking more vegan food !

Let’s be real, if you weren’t brought up with vegan cuisine it’s really difficult to switch- and not because meat is so delicious ( I really don’t think it is) but because coming up with EASY, YUMMY AND FILLING vegan recipes is just SO TOUGH!

But I really love eating vegan when we’re out and about- though the food I order usually looks really complicated to prepare- like nothing I could actually whipped up at home with a whiny toddler at my feet!

Finding a vegan recipe that doesn’t require a million ingredients and that actually will keep us all filled and wont make my kids say yuuuuck – is like finding an unicorn!

Well. I found an unicorn. These vegan sloppy joes are : easy to make. Delicius. Filling. And easy on the budget!

What you’ll need:

  • 6 slider buns
  • 2 zucchinis
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 lime
  • 1 pinch of grounded cumin seeds
  • 1 pinch of coriander seeds
  • salt & pepper

Chop onions and garlic. Using a mortar and pestle crush spice seeds. Cook together until fragrant on medium heat. Meanwhile cut zucchinis in small cubes- and then add them to the pan. Let cook for around 5 minutes. While it cooks drain the chickpeas – put half aside in a bowl, and crush the other part with a potato crusher ( that way the sloppy joes will have the comforting mashy texture of mashed chickpeas and the interesting more crunchy all at once ) Add all of the chickpeas to the pan and squeeze in the lime juice in- and let cook for another couple of minutes.

Place the mixture in the slightly heated bun and enjoy!

Easy way to cook Indian food at home

Ever since I traveled around India in my mid twenties I have been
obsessed with Indian food! The smells of cooking curry, the colours of all
the spices at the market and all the fresh ingredients have stole my heart
forever!


I still remember that restaurant in Rajasthan that made me discover vegetarian Korma – the silky smooth and rich sauce made with coconut milk and cardamom.


Unfortunately, even though I tried over and over again to cook indian food at home, I never got it quite right.


So when I discovered Patak’s 3 steps cooking sauce kits you can imagine
how excited I was! With only three steps you can recreate the authentic
Indian taste at home , and it’s actually so easy and fast that anyone can
make it work!


Disclosure- this post was brought to you by Patak’s , all opinions remain
exclusively my own.


I love three step method- every package comes with Whole spices for the fragrance and aroma, spice paste for added depth and base sauce the base souse to complete the dish.


So I decided to make my favourite Paneer Korma foro lunch in our studio
last week ! I wanted to test it before serving it to my kids and now I know
they will love it too!


First up, I heated the star anise and cardamom until fragrant. Then, I added the Patak’s spice blend and 50 ml of water , and cooked it until the water has evaporated. Then I added paneer cheese in cubes and cooked for another five minutes ( you can make this with chicken or tofu too!)


Once it was all cooked I added the sauce base and let it simmer for another 15 minutes! I wish you could feel the smell! I garnished it with fresh cilantro and it was all ready!


Seriously, I never felt as a better cook then last week when I was making my very own Paneer Korma!

And best thing about it is that this source can be used on a pizza, with chicken or even with fish – it’s so versatile and so easy to make!

Disclosure- this post was brought to you by Patak’s, all opinions remain my
own.

Sweet potato and beans vegetarian tacos

the best vegetarian tacos I ever had

Everyone loves tacos, but now everyone is crazy about a vegetarian dinner! Well, these sweet potato and beans vegetarian tacos are so full of flavor that even the meat lover will be pleased! And they make a perfect busy weekday night dinner, with almost no cooking required!

When I first tried them, I was struggling with my vegetarian dinners: I was just starting my 3-times-a-week-veggie-night-plan, and I was stuck on meatless pasta that would usually find us hungry after an hour or two. That’s when I started to cook more with beans, chickpeas and quinoa. And I realized that if you mix any of the above with a bit of grains, and a bit of cheese, then you have just enough energy and protein to keep everyone going!

What you’ll need:

2 big sweet potatoes cut in cubes
1 cup cups of red or black beans ( or both)
1 cup of corn
1/4 cup feta cheese
avocado ( optional)

whole wheat tortillas

1 lime
1/2 cup of fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon of fresh cumin seeds (grounded)
1/4 teaspoon of powdered chili
1/2 tablespoon avocado oil
salt & pepper

shredded cheese

Cook the sweet potato, and let it cool a bit. Mix with beans and corn. Set aside. Now mix the juice from one lime with avocado oil, spices and fresh cilantro. Pour it over your veggies. Add feta cheese ( I promise, it works great!) You can add avocado if you’d like. ( I simply forgot about it, but lest’s keep it a secret from my kids!)

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Arrange the veggies, shredded cheese , warmed up tortillas and more fresh cilantro on the table, and let everyone serve themselves!

the best vegetarian tacos I  ever had; so full of  flavor and so easy to make!

Now, isn’t it the easiest and the most delicious dinner ever? I think it is! Enjoy!

the best veg tacos

And what is your favorite tacos recipe?

Mint chicken sandwich

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Chicken salad sandwich is a no brainer, right? Everyone has done it before: some left over chicken, mayo and bread. An oldie but goodie. But have you ever though about adding a hole bunch of mint ? It totally changes the taste! From a bit boring to surprisingly refreshing in seconds ! Really, you need to try it :), I know you’ll love it!

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A cup of chopped baked chicken
1/2 cup of chopped mint
1 spoon mayo
Freshly grounded pepper
Pinch of salt

Fresh bread ( I choose baguette )
Salad leafs
Tomato slices

Mix all your ingredients together , put your chicken mix in between bread slices, add tomato and salad. Enjoy the freshness!

And if you would like to add a side salad, go to The girl Creative to see my guest post summer salad that is on today !