Falafel is another great food that you can serve however you like: in pita bread, tortilla, in bowls with some couscous and salad, with fries and tahini sauce, etc. Just free your imagination and I am sure you will get a great dish.
Falafels are deep fried fritters made of chickpeas or fava beans, however I usually bake them in my oven. This way it’s healthier and better for my stomach :). I love to serve it with some hummus/tahini sauce, fries and salad!
Shakshuka – simple one pan egg dish, poached eggs are simmered in tomato, paprika, onion and garlic sauce. Spices that are used in dish vary from the region it’s cooked.
This food is popular in the Middle East and North Africa (Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia). You can find different versions of shakshuka depending on the country, also, there are some modern versions of this classic food, for example green shakshuka.
Today’s recipe is dubu-jorim (spicy braised tofu). Quick dish, you need simple ingredients to prepare it and the best part is that you can eat it hot or cold, it doesn’t matter. Dubu-jorim is usually in Korean lunchbox (dosirak) because it stays fresh and tasty until lunchtime and it tastes just great.
Kimbap (also known as Gimbap) – Korean rice and nori roll (you can say it’s sushi relative :)). Kimbap is popular in Korea as a snack or a light meal with kimchi and damjumi (yellow pickled radish), you can find them in convenient stores or in lunch boxes (dosirak) and kimbap is perfect for picnic.
This roll is great, because you can fill it with any ingredients you want or have: kimchi, cooked meat, eggs, tuna, avocado, etc. It’s great when you want to clean your fridge :). From the ingredients listed below you can make 6 rolls.
Mie goreng, also known as mee goreng or bakmi goreng, Indonesian stir-fry noodle dish. While travelling through Indonesia you can easily found it in any street market, sold by food vendors. I can’t travel right now so the only option to taste these noodles is to cook it myself.
What I like the most about this dish is how flavorful and easy to make it is and the best part – you can play with different ingredients.
This time for mie goreng I used chicken and eggs, but for the vegan version exclude them, also oyster sauce can be substituted with hoisin.
The best thing you can do with leftover rice – make fried rice :). This dish is always a savior for me when I have no idea what to cook and have some rice in my fridge (also, when I want to clean my fridge a little bit). I love how versatile it can be, you can play with ingredients and find the best flavors.
Today’s dish – nasi goreng (it literally translates to fried rice). The key to this dish is a sauce and old rice.
Gado gado (literally translates to “mix-mix”) – delicious indonesian salad. In this dish you can use different veggies, what you have in your fridge. The main star is peanut sauce, it transforms salad to a very fulfilling meal. These salads have very different textures that just work perfectly together: softness of eggs and boiled potatoes, crunchiness of tofu and prawn crackers, juiciness of fresh veggies and sauce creaminess.
For the vegan version don’t use eggs and replace prawns crackers with thin rice crackers. You can change ingredients, however, I think potatoes and tofu or tempeh are essential.
Gnocchi is gaining popularity these days and now you can find many great recipes with amazing sauces and methods on how to prepare them. Personally, I have 2 favorites and today’s recipe is one of them. Mushrooms with spinach are a great duet and accompanied with cream it becomes even better. This dish is vegetarian and gluten free ( if you use gluten free gnocchi), but it’s very easy to make it vegan. Just replace regular cream with soy cream, use olive oil instead of butter and vegan “cheese” instead of parmesan.
Quinoa is another food that I really like. These seeds (yes, technically it’s seeds) have neutral flavor, that means you can play with different spices and ingredients this way creating new flavors and a lot of different variations. Quinoa origin is South America and you can find many great dishes with them.
While deciding what to cook I was between two choices: empanadas with quinoa or quinoa risotto. Risotto won, but only because I had some leftover boletus in my freezer :). Today’s dish is very easy, fast, gluten-free and most importantly very delicious and nutritious.
Sesame noodles are a super fast dish, perfect for busy days. These noodles are very popular in Taiwan, you can find them in many cold noodle stalls.
Vegan, dairy free and gluten free. In my version noodles are served warm, because it’s winter 🙂