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Farmhouse Minestrone
Feb12

Farmhouse Minestrone

This farmhouse minestrone is filled with seasonal veggies. It is incredibly hearty and filling. Farmhouse title really suits because I grew all the veggies and herbs that I used myself! It’s wise that we use local vegetables while they are so tender as we have had abundant beneficial rainy winter. A personal word about the local vegetables. First of all nothing can beat its freshness. I cut these veg while they still had the morning...

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One Pot Wonder – Golden Lentil Daal (a quick one pot meal)
Feb05

One Pot Wonder – Golden Lentil Daal (a quick one pot meal)

Living life in the fast lane Let’s talk about the struggle of putting delicious, healthy meals on the table while also juggling everything else on your plate (pun intended). Most of us today live a packed, fast-paced life, and we have some much going on all the time. At some point, we start feeling the pressure of keeping up with our social lives, families, friends, and pets….getting the right amount of exercise, being...

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Hot meals for cold weather
Feb04

Hot meals for cold weather

This type of weather calls for warm, hearty, nourishing comfort foods. Stews, chillies and curries instantly come to mind. Pots of delicious vegetables, nicely spiced and served piping hot. I am very partial to Indian food, so recently started experimenting with curries. Vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, peas and broccoli are great in curries. As are dried varieties of beans, chickpeas and pulses such as lentils. It...

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Oodles of Noodles
Jan23

Oodles of Noodles

I am sure we have all experienced this situation at some time : We get back home after a busy day at work and the easiest thing to make for dinner is to grab some instant noodles. I also think that most of us have consciously, or otherwise, promised ourselves to try and eat more healthily, especially by trying to include more vegetables in our daily meals. This does not mean that we have to cook very elaborate meals everyday. Quick...

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Peanut butter and banana porridge
Jan16

Peanut butter and banana porridge

Bringing breakfast back I’m sure we have all heard the old saying ‘Eat breakfast like a King, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper’ at some point in our lives, but as our lives get more hectic and our social lives are more focused around dinners, we tend to end up skimping, or, even worse, completely skipping the most important meal of the day – Breakfast! While I am not a nutritionist or dietician, I...

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Protein packed, vegan meatballs
Jan11

Protein packed, vegan meatballs

Plants and Protein ‘But… if you don’t eat meat, where do you get your protein from?’ This is a question I got asked all the time when I first started moving towards a plant-based diet. This was around 7 years ago and I did not have all the answers.  Going plant-based was new to me, something I was doing because it made me feel good and it felt like the natural way to go as I started exploring clean living....

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Risotto, endless variations on a theme.
Jan09

Risotto, endless variations on a theme.

I love risotto, but until some time ago I only ate it in restaurants as I always thought it was very difficult to cook. Traditionally the rice to use in your risotto would be arborio or carnaroli. When I used these types of rice I found that it took a long time to cook, and sometimes ended with it still being too firm for my liking.  So I started experimenting with parboiled rice. This rice cooks quicker, so it was easier for me to...

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Soup, Glorious soup.
Jan03

Soup, Glorious soup.

If I had to be totally honest, winter is not my favourite time of year. I am more a summer person. But one thing I love about this season is that I can spend hours in the kitchen cooking my favourite comfort foods. I absolutely love soups. Any type of soup, and I am always experimenting with different vegetables, grains and legumes. The following is a soup you can serve at a nice dinner party, make into a main everyday meal or have...

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Festive lunches
Dec23

Festive lunches

It is practically a few days until Christmas. I love organizing a nice festive lunch for our families, one is on Christmas Day and the other on New Year’s Day.  I find that planning in advance and not letting anything to chance is the secret to enjoying this occasion without unnecessary stress. When I start planning the meal, I keep in mind any guests’ dislikes or dietary requirements. If your guests are family, this...

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Homemade vegetable stock.
Dec17

Homemade vegetable stock.

As the weather starts getting cooler I love to cook a nice pot of soup every week. It makes sense to cook a big amount, both because it saves on fuel consumption and because you will have a nutritious meal ready to heat in a few minutes. I would like to share the recipe of how I make my fresh (and home made) vegetable stock. I do not peel carrots or potatoes, but still always end up with quite some vegetable waste. I keep a large...

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Moroccan inspired Aubergine and Chickpea Stew
Dec10

Moroccan inspired Aubergine and Chickpea Stew

Spices and Love I have a confession to make – I love spices. This love started at a young age when I was introduced to Indian cuisine by friends of the family and also thanks to my father, who always loved picking up cooking tips from his travels and from friends and people he met from all over the world. As a child, I remember my dad coming up with exotic recipes using smelly powders and pungent seeds that he’d collect on...

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Aubergine fritters with Violife vegan cheese
Nov13

Aubergine fritters with Violife vegan cheese

Everybody loves fritters and this simple cool vegan recipe makes a treat for young and old. Using aubergines and vegan cheese, these fritters are delicious. Pre heat your oven to 220°C Remove and discard the stem ends from the aubergines. Cut into pieces and place on a baking tray with olive oil, salt and pepper and bake till soft. Cool and peel skin off. Place aubergines, some vegan cheese (Violife), parsley, garlic , breadcrumbs,...

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Baked Quinoa Falafel
Sep19

Baked Quinoa Falafel

Try out my Baked Quinoa Falafel balls. A simple recipe to make using quinoa as a base ingredient. Quinoa is naturally gluten free and rich in protein and is one of the few plant foods that contains all nice essential amino acids. Plus rich in fibre, minerals and vitamins. [1] Ingredients for the Baked Quinoa Falafel  1/3  cup quinoa ½ cup vegetable broth 1 teaspoon dried parsley   ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 teaspoon dried basil   ...

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Detox water drinks you can easily make at home
Jun29

Detox water drinks you can easily make at home

Veggy Malta looks at Detox water drinks you can easily make at home that can help your body. In most cases you can easily create a number of detox drinks from what you already have available at home. On a daily basis our bodies are exposed to environmental pollutants, pesticides, stress and anxiety, foul air, preservatives and so many more negative influencers. We are breathing, eating, drinking and making contact with these toxins...

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Carrot, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, onion, Green Giant organic sweetcorn, green beans, rice and hummus Buddha bowl
Jun22

Carrot, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, onion, Green Giant organic sweetcorn, green beans, rice and hummus Buddha bowl

Veggy Malta made a carrot, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, onion, Green Giant organic sweetcorn, rice and hummus Buddha bowl. It’s easy to make and very nutritious. It’s also a very colourful plate which shows that you are taking in a balance of different nutritious vegetables.  The plate contains protein, carbohydrates, fibre and a mix of vitamins and minerals resulting from the various vegetables used. Cooking instructions...

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