Joanna Anastasia


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!

Vegan beet hearty stew

January is always a month when everyone wants to eat healthier- after the holiday over the top eating habits we all feel like it’s time for more wholesome foods and better everyday routine. But usually, February hits and resolutions fade away, and we come back to our usual way of cooking, am I right?

Well, I’m all about small steps that end up forming new habits- so last year I challenged our family to one vegan meal a week- or at least two vegetarian meals every week. It was not about becoming vegan now, but about eating more vegetables, less meat and thinking more about nutrition value. Now, I’m also a mom of three young kids, and to be honest this last year was also very challenging for me – I don’t have that much time nor energy as I had before. So I subscribed our family to one of the meal boxes and made choosing vegan/vegetarian meals a priority.

But along the way I got used to cooking more and more veggies mixed with beans or grains, and finally last week I came up with my very own invention- this vegan beet stew, with white beans, kale, and ditalini pasta.

And what I love the most about this dish are all the mixed textures and spices. They make it so comforting and interesting- and the mix of cumin seeds, garlic and fresh dill make it somehow similar to a Polish Borsch, but with much more of a kick.

What you’ll need

Diced Beets 

  • Olive oil
  • pinch of coriander seeds diced
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • pinch of cumin
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup diced beets
  • White beans- 1 can 
  • Small pasta – 1 cup
  • Kale – 1 cup diced
  • Onions 1/2 cup
  • 1 cup vegetable bullion 
  • Fresh dill 

Heat olive oil and cook onions and spices until translucent then add garlic. 

Cook for a minute, and add a cup of hot bouillon , diced beets and a cup of ( uncooked) pasta. Let it all simmer around 6-7 min, then add beans and kale. Cook 5-7 more minutes. Serve and enjoy!