Stamppot: a typical Dutch dinner with a vegetarian twist

In the Netherlands, people eat a lot of mashed potatoes mixed with different vegetables, especially in the Fall and Winter. which we call "stamppot". It is a typical Dutch dish and it is very easy to make. I think it is delicious! I am showing you a healthy and tasty version with kale. 

Vegan or vegetarian stamppot

You can make stamppot a vegetarian dish by adding a vegetarian meat substitute and vegetarian gravy. But most Dutch cook meat balls in their own gravy (jus) to accompany the stamppot. When they make the stamppot dish, they put it on a plate in a shape of a mountain, and dig a hole in the middle of the stamppot and add the gravy in that hole.

Check out the recipe below for stamppot with a vegan/vegetarian gravy. But you can also make your own (grass fed) meatballs, sausage or another of your favorite piece of meat and use the juice of the meat to make your own meat-based gravy.

Love, Lonneke

Stamppot: a typical Dutch dinner with a vegetarian twist
A typical dutch "stamppot" but a healthier version!

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Cuisine: dutch
Recipe type: dinner
Serves: 2

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Ingredients
  • 6 Handfuls of large white and sweet potatoes cut and peeled.
  • 500 gr of shredded and washed kale, without the stems.
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • sauce:
  • 3 large diced onions
  • 4 handfuls of mushrooms of your choice cleaned and sliced
  • 2 tbsp organic soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 1 tbsp organic balsamic vinegar
  • 300 ml water
  • salt
  • pepper
  • honey
  • olive oil
  • Add your favorite meatballs, bratwurst, sausage or a favorite vegetarian variety. (pictures is a vegetarian meatball made with organic soy)

Instructions
  1. Cook the potatoes until they are soft, and add the kale on top to steam.
  2. Get rid of the excess water and mash the kale and potatoes together.
  3. Take pot of heat and keep lid closed to keep the mash warm.
  4. You can add some olive oil to make the mash smoother.
  5. For the sauce:
  6. Stir fry the cut mushrooms and put aside on a plate.
  7. Then stir fry the onions in the pan you used for the mushrooms, with olive oil, salt, pepper until golden brown.
  8. Add the soy sauce, water, balsamic vinegar, honey and stir.
  9. Use a blender to blend it all together.
  10. Use a sieve to remove the large parts so a sauce remains (the onions you can use for something else like a soup, or stew)
  11. Taste the sauce and add any of the ingredients to make it taste more to your liking. Extra honey means sweeter, extra salt means saltier, extra balsamic vinegar means more sour, etc, more water means thinner sauce etc.
  12. Add the mushrooms.
  13. Let it simmer on lower heat for a while with your (vegetarian) meat balls in this sauce until cooked.
  14. Serve the mash on a plate, and make a dent in the middle in which you pour the sauce.
  15. Meatball on the side: Enjoy!

Notes
Use a large pot to cook your potatoes and kale.
You can add only white potatoes or only sweet potatoes for a twist.
You can make the mash smoother by adding a bit of butter, or milk, or olive oil.
You can also make the mash smoother by adding dices of your favorite hard cheese and mix it together until they become chewy. It gives a nice surprise of flavor and texture when eating the mash. ( I added organic cheese with rosemary from a local organic farm in my hometown)
It tastes great with some nice organic mustard.

stamppot 2


Spaghetti Squash Pasta Recipe

If you crave a pasta dish, but you don't want to go for a heavy wheat pasta, than this Spaghetti Squash pasta is a yummy alternative!

Spaghetti Squash Pasta

Spaghetti Squash is a kind of squash that is yellow on the outside, and the inside is made out of yellow "strings" of squash. If you cut your squash in half and take out the seeds, and cook it in its skin, you will be able to to carefully scrape out the insides. You will see the strings, and the texture is a bit crunchier than normal squash. Add your favorite pasta toppings, and enjoy! I was so surprised how tasty and light this dish was, a definite delight for the vegetable lovers out there.

(This recipe has added smoked salmon, but of course you can make a vegan version as well.)

Enjoy!

Love, Lonneke

Spaghetti Squash Pasta Recipe
A delicious light version of a pasta by using spaghetti squash instead of real spaghetti

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Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 2

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Ingredients
  • 3 cups chopped and drained peeled tomatoes.
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • 1 table spoon bouillon powder, cube or paste.
  • 2 handfuls of fresh basil
  • olive oil
  • 1 whole spaghetti squash (4 cups of squash after cooking)
  • 4 slices of smoked salmon
  • Handful of roasted pinenuts
  • Chopped parsley to garnish

Instructions
  1. Cut the Spaghetti Squash in half.
  2. Take out the seeds
  3. Cook the spaghetti squash until tender
  4. For sauce:
  5. in a saucepan add cold pressed olive oil for cooking and put on stove on medium heat
  6. Add the garlic.
  7. Add the onion once garlic is browned
  8. Add the tomato sauce
  9. Add the bouillon and stir
  10. Taste the sauce, and add salt to your liking
  11. In meantime, in a pan roast the pine nuts quickly until light brown.
  12. At end add the basil and pine nuts and stir for 2 minutes.
  13. Serve the squash with the sauce.
  14. On top add the smoked salmon (which will get cooked a bit due to the heat)
  15. Add parsley, and black pepper to garnish.
  16. Enjoy!

Notes
You can make this pasta with pa pre-made pasta sauce you like.
You can make this pasta vegan by leaving out the smoked salmon
(remember the smoked salmon will add a bit of salt to the dish)

 


quinoa stuffed bell peppers

It is a known fact I love to use the oven for cooking! So here I have another delicious recipe for you to try. I am sure you will love it!

quinoa stuffed bell peppers
Stuffed bell peppers from the oven are so delicious!

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Recipe type: dinner
Serves: 2

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Ingredients
  • 1 Bell pepper
  • Handful of Raisins
  • Quinoa
  • Sliced King Oyster mushrooms (or any other kind you like, like chanterelle)
  • Collard greens (or kale)
  • Crushed almonds
  • Olive oil
  • truffle oil (optional, I use oil of real truffles and not truffle flavored oil)
  • Salt & pepper
  • 2 slices of cheese (optional)

Instructions
  1. Cook the quinoa as recipe indicates on the label. (usually 10 minutes on medium heat until the quinoa becomes clear and you can see the seed softened)
  2. Drain quinoa & mix with raisins and put aside
  3. Slice the bell pepper in half and clean inside and remove seeds.
  4. Fill bell pepper with quinoa mix
  5. In a pan stir fry the King Oyster mushrooms with olive oil until soft.
  6. Drizzle a bit of truffle oil on them at the end.
  7. Take mushrooms out and put aside
  8. In a pan stir fry the collard greens in a bit of oil and mix with crushed almonds.
  9. In a casserole place mushrooms & collard greens on bottom.
  10. Place the stuffed bell peppers on top
  11. For a nice topping add a slice of cheese.
  12. Put in oven on 350F until the pepper has become soft and cheese melted (for about 30-40 minutes.)
  13. Enjoy!

Notes
If you want to make it totally vegan, you can use vegan cheese, or no cheese and just add a mix of olive oil and breadcrumbs on top of bell peppers so it gets a goldenbrown crust in oven.

quinoa stuffed bell peppersLove, Lonneke


Vegan green curry

Vegan green seitan curry

Cooking is not difficult!

Today I made a delicious green vegan curry with seitan (a wheat gluten used as protein in a vegetarian diet), check it out!

Green vegan seitan curry recipe
A delicious vegan green curry with healthy ingredients

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Ingredients
  • Thai white rice
  • Seitan (cut into cubes)
  • Green curry paste (as much to your liking)
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 small onions
  • 2 handfuls of string beans
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Fresh Coriander/Cilantro
  • 200 ml Coconut milk
  • a table spoon of Coconut oil
  • 1 can of organic fruit
  • Salt

Instructions
  1. Put the rice in water with a pinch of salt and heat to boil. Turn lower when boiling and depending on kind of rice cook to perfection.
  2. Get a pan and heat the coconut oil and stir fry the seitan.
  3. Put the seitan in a bowl.
  4. Add the garlic in the hot pan
  5. Stir fry the onions, and later on the peppers and string beans.
  6. Add the coconut milk and green curry paste (add more of the paste if you want the curry spicier or more coconut milk if you want it milder)
  7. Let simmer for 20 min
  8. At last moment add the seitan and coriander/cilantro.
  9. Drain the rice.
  10. Plate your food with the rice, green curry and 2 spoons of the canned organic fruits. (You can find these with no sugar added!)
  11. Add some fresh cilantro and a pinch of salt as you like it.
  12. Serve and enjoy!

I love simple recipes that are organic, vegetarian and/or vegan! They make you feel nourished with good vitamins and minerals and are not heavy on your stomach. Enjoy!

Love, Lonneke


My Jamaican vegan dinner!

Jamaican vegan dinnerI made this dinner the other day as I love Jamaican food, but I wanted a vegan twist.

You need the following organic ingredients for this dish for 2 people:

*1 piece of seitan sliced into pieces

*2 plantains or bananas

*400 grams of brown rice

*1 can of black beans

*coconut flakes

for the "jerk" seasoning:

* 2 cloves of garlic

* 2 tablespoons of maple syrup

* 4 tablespoons of tamari

* half an onion

* a piece of fresh ginger as big as your thumb

* 1 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper

* 1 table spoon of dried thyme

* 2 table spoons of olive oil

* 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

* 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

* lemon juice

* a few leaves of fresh cilantro

*frying oil (I prefer coconut oil or tea oil)

How to make:

Grind all ingredients for the  "jerk" seasoning. (you can add ingredients for your own favorite flavor) Rub it on the seitan pieces. Let it sit for about 1 to 2 hours.

Rice and beans: Cook the rice and drain. Drain and rinse the black beans from the can (if you don't rinse the beans you are more likely to get gas after eating.) Mix the drained & cooked rice with the black beans.

Plantain (or banana). this to add a sweet touch. Cut the plantain in slices of the size of your thumb. Put in a pan with enough cooking oil so you can fry them until they become soft. Sprinkle coconut flakes over it.

Seitan: drain the seitan from the jerk seasoning but keep the leftover. Grill the seitan in a pan until hot and tender. Add the seasoning at the end for a few minutes to heat up.

Serve hot. Add fresh cilantro, Enjoy!

Love, Lonneke

 

 


Macrobiotic lunch

While a lot of people all over the World eat a sandwich for lunch, I decided to eat a macrobiotic lunch. A nutritious meal that is delicious and satiates the tastebuds. A very satisfying meal. It will take a bit longer than just the 2 minutes it takes to make a sandwich, but you can make more if you want to, and eat leftovers for days after. I made a mix of foods and you can make your own mix too with different foods.

My secret formula

What my lunch needs to include is: different nourishing foods of different colors that go well together, like rice or quinoa, a type of bean, a salad, some kind of seaweed, avocado, and optional: a kind of fish.

My lunch today:

Rice & lentils

I cooked the rice and lentils seperately. The rice with a pinch of salt, I drained both and mixed them together. Yummy and you don't need seasoning.

A salad

A salad made of watercress, little gem & sprouts, with a dressing made of a bit of olive oil, seasalt & 2 teaspoons of premade organic pesto. Mix it all up! add tomato (this is not Macrobiotic, because in a Macrobiotic diet tomatoes are seen as a "no go". Read my article on what is a macriobiotic diet HERE>)

Avocado

Sliced avocado

A seaweed salad

Hijiki salad. I soaked dried hijiki ( a kind of seaweed rich in dietary fiber and  a high amount of essential minerals as calcium, magnesium & iron) of  for 15 minutes. Then I cooked it for 15 minutes. I drained it, cut it up and stir fried it a bit with  fresh ginger, Mirin (a Japanese sweet rice wine) and Tamari (a kind of soy sauce). All these ingredients are for sale at any healthfood store, or at Wholefoods.

Fish

2 tiny slices of smoked salmon (you can skip if you want it vegetarian) with dried dill herbs.

You put it all on a plate and when eating take a bit of each on a fork and eat it so all the flavors mix. Healthy lunch, yummy and I wasn't feeling hungry for a long time! Win-win situation!

Love, Lonneke

 

 


a quick vegetarian meal!

Hello,

I like to eat delicious foods, but don't want to spend too much time in the kitchen. Sounds like a dilemma? I tell you: you can do both!

One dish we made the other day was vegetarian and Indonesian inspired. It took me only 20 minutes!

A delicious Indonesian inspired feast!

We  took vegetarian chicken by the Vegaslager, which is delicious and can compete with the flavor and bite of real chicken. But if you want to eat chicken, choose organic, that's very important. (you don't want to eat meat that has hormones, medication so the chicken can grow rapidly from being born to a full grown chicken in sometimes less than 50 days! Not healthy, so choose wisely, always  choose organic meat) I grilled it on an electric grill in 10 minutes.

Vegetarian chicken satay

We cooked organic brown rice that was quick to cook, within 10 minutes. You can take regular rice that takes usually a bit longer, around 25 minutes.

We baked organic eggs sunny side up.

We added a bit of warmed up, pre-made organic satay sauce (a sauce made of mostly peanuts) by the brand Yakso.

Yakso satesaus

 

 

The salad was simple and so delicious! Shred a big carrot. Add a whole avocado cut into pieces. Add herbs/plants like parsley and garden cress cut up. Add pine nuts. For dressing: a bit of lemon juice mixed with blood orange juice. Yummy!

 

Eating fast and delicious foods is all about having simple, fresh ingredients. It is also fun to play with colors. Delicious foods are a feast for the tastebuds, but should also be that  for the eyes!

Enjoy!

Love, Lonneke


Risotto and Cocottes!

I always say, that when you cook: the eye wants something too!

So you should not only cook for the taste and smell, but it should also look good.

This time I used these french mini cocottes (so cute!) and a coffee cup to present my food.

It looked amazing!

I bought my at a shop where they get products from third world countries and that way the people who make it make an income, so that is another good thing to do! The name of the store in Holland is called : "De Wereld Winkel" (The World Store).

I made Risotto with mushrooms, and in the cocotte, I added grilled Eggplant and mozzarella, pesto and tomatoes and a touch of basil. I put it in the oven with the lid on it, and checked on it a few times, until the mozzarella melted and the other veggies were cooked well.

(I grilled the sliced eggplant with olive oil, salt and pepper for a minute in a skillet.)

The risotto is also easy to make:

You need:

  • risotto rice,(2 handful per person)
  • 2 bouillon cubes
  • water
  • grilled and sliced mushrooms
  • dried parsley.
  •  small cubes of  cooked carrots (or other vegetables you like)
  • olive oil
  • a bit of parmesan cheese

How to make:

  • You heat up the risotto in a pan with a bit of olive oil, and then add a bit of water and the bouillon cubes. Lower heat. Add more water when the water "dries up" and stir until the risotto is done. (about 30-45min).
  • Add the veggies, mushrooms and salt/pepper to your liking. Taste it and add more until you love your risotto :)
  • Last thing: Add parmesan and mix it together.
  • serve in a coffee cup!

I added some toasted bread.....

Try it for yourself :)


butternut squash recipes

Butternut Squash Risotto

Lonneke asked me to start writing about family meals. So, here is a dish that my family really loves!

Of course I will still post a few of my raw dishes that my family enjoys as well. All though I am a raw foodie, my family eats vegetarian cooked meals. I do taste the food whenever I prepare it. My daughter is a vegetarian so I cook a lot of grains, beans and vegetables for her. Today I am going to give you my Butternut Squash Risotto Recipe.

I don't really ever measure anything. I just go with my feeling with how much of an ingredient I need for the meal.

My Butternut Squash Risotto Recipe

Butternut Squash Risotto
A great variety of the famous risotto.

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Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: vegetarian
Serves: 2

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Ingredients
  • A half of an organic butternut squash
  • Organic scallions
  • 1 Table spoon of organic vegetable bouillon
  • 1 Tablespoon of organic Coconut oil
  • 1 organic garlic clove
  • 1 Table spoon of organic pumpkin seeds
  • 2 Cups organic brown rice

Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of water to boil then add all ingredients to the boiling water.
  2. Cover the pot and boil for 40 minutes till everything has simmered down.
  3. That's how easy it is to make a pumpkin risotto.
  4. To top it of you can add a table spoon of butternut squash oil.

 

xxx, Teresa Lourenco


Delicous foods on the menu

Sandy Relief dinner with friends!

Dinner with friends for Sandy Relief
Dinner with friends for Sandy Relief

Hello all!

Yesterday I hosted a last-minute "Sandy Relief/Power ON" celebration dinner party for my friends! We cooked together and made delicious foods. We talked about the past week being in NYC and shared each individual story of being in Sandy and the Black Out. All these stories are intriguing! The city has been a weird place to live in the past week.   A tale of 2 cities in One, New York Magazine has a perfect cover that shows that.

My friend Thomas and I went shopping for food at WholeFoods on Bowery street & Houston. To my surprise it wasn't that crowded. Most products were in stock, only there were no eggs left. (there were a few Organic egg whites by Organic Valley left though). Thomas was supposed to run his 9th marathon in NYC, but we all know what happened to the marathon (got cancelled).

With full bags of groceries to stock my back in power fridge again, we arrived home.

preparing foods
preparing foods...lots of fresh ingredients.

What was on the menu?

Lonneke cooking
Lonneke cooking

A delicious vegetarian meal! Amazing organic vegetable soup . Baguettes from the oven with organic tomatoes and garlic, an organic salad with Thomas' own dressing, roasted artichokes from the oven, Pasta with a tomato based sauce and as dessert a Dutch delicacy: Poffertjes! I brought the poffertjes mix all the way from Holland when I got back to NYC!

Delicous foods on the menu
Delicous foods on the menu

I will add the recipe as a separate post. Everyone loved the soup!

All my friends donated clothes to Glam4good, a charity started by stylist Mary Alice Stephenson. A firefighter friend of hers is collecting clothing for families in disaster areas of Rockaway Beach & Breezy Point. This way I know for sure our gently used garments will get to the families in need! Look at how many bags we got from just one dinner with 8 friends!

dishes and clothes
Lots of dishes to wash... but also lots of clothes for the ones in need!
garbage bags full of clothes
garbage bags full of clothes

We had a wonderful night.Thank you my friends for donating so much! Thomas Acda (donated running clothes) Munemi Imai (donated scarves, gloves. hats), Jackie Swerz (donated a bunch of designer clothing), George Vellonakis (donated many men's clothing) & Tina Louise (donated A LOT of clothes from her and her daughter). I am donating like 4 full bags of clothes on top of that.

if you want to donate yourself to Glam4Good see below!

Glam4good
Glam4good

Together we can help all these people get back on their feet. Every little thing helps!

Love, Lonneke

 

 


cilantro soup

Coriander Spinach and Zucchini soup recipe

Hello all: Fall is here! So time for nurturing, warming soups.

The recipe is below.

Just note I add ricotta for some smoothing texture and taste, but you don't have to. I like to add it instead of cream, it tastes great and not so bad for you. Don't we all like that? :)

 

Ingredients for cilantro soup

Coriander (cilantro) spinach and zucchini soup recipe
This soup is very fast and easy to make!

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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 2

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Ingredients
  • water
  • 2 (vegetarian) bouillon cubes
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 chopped zucchini
  • 1 chopped onion
  • handful of cilantro/coriander
  • 2 handful of rinsed spinach
  • ricotta

Instructions
  1. Heat the water with the bouillon cubes and the salt and pepper in a stock pot.
  2. Add the chopped zucchini.
  3. In a separate pan fry the chopped onion until golden.
  4. Add the onion to the soup
  5. Turn soup low when boiling and add the onion.
  6. Add the cilantro/coriander.
  7. Blend the soup until smooth.
  8. put a handful of spinach into a bowl and pour the soup over it.
  9. Add pepper/salt to liking.
  10. Add a spoonful of ricotta in middle of soup.
  11. Soup is ready to serve!

Notes
You need a blender.

making soup
Making soup.
Spinach-cilantro-zucchini soup
Et voila! Spinach-cilantro-zucchini soup.

Enjoy!

Love, Lonneke


Lettuce wraps

Lettuce wraps option 2

I recently made a video for lettuce wraps!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUsazFiwCAk

but the recipe below is a variety on this recipe!

I use sesame oil to stir fry it as it gives a delicious flavor to the vegetables.

Love, Lonneke

Lettuce wraps option 2
easy butter head lettuce wraps

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Recipe type: lunch/dinner

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Ingredients
  • butterhead lettuce
  • carrots
  • onions
  • zucchini
  • salt
  • pepper
  • pine nuts
  • sesame oil
  • hot & sour sauce

Instructions
  1. Chop all vegetables until they are all really small cubes.
  2. Stir fry all vegetables in a bit of sesame oil with , pine nuts salt & pepper.
  3. Wash the lettuce, and dry off.
  4. Fill the lettuce leaves with vegetables.
  5. Wrap it up.
  6. Dip in hot & sour sauce.
  7. Enjoy!

Sesame oil
Sesame oil

Hot & Sour sauce
Hot & Sour sauce

Lettuce wraps

Yummy!
Yummy!