Thai The Noodle

Thai food is probably my favourite food. I love the rich flavours and the creaminess of the coconut. So any Thai curry or soup is very much welcomed by my body. I used to always make curries, but then I thought I could make it in some sort of soup and add noodles instead of rice. So I experimented a bit and this is the result. I loveeeee this recipe! To make it easier, I used a red curry paste. Make sure to use a vegan curry paste. A lot of brands use fish sauce. I used Thai Taste Red Curry Paste. It’s my favourite and it’s 100% vegan. You can make the soup the way you like it best: I used wholewheat noodles, for some extra protein, but you can also use rice noodles if you prefer. I fried the tofu, but a healthier option is to not fry it. You can then just add the tofu at the same time you add the spring onions. To make it spicer, add some chilli flakes. No matter what you prefer, I’m sure you will love it!

THAI THE NOODLE

Serves 3-4 

1 tsp coconut oil
3 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
3-4 cm ginger (15 gr, finely chopped)
1 red onion (chopped)
1/2 head of broccoli (chopped)
4 tbs curry paste
2 vegetable stock cubes
750 ml water (boiled)
1 red bell pepper (chopped)
1 yellow bell pepper (chopped)
3 spring onions(chopped in 2 cm)
4 small heads of bok choy
1 can coconut milk
3 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp chilli flakes (optional)
1-2 tbs coconut oil
200 gr extra firm tofu (sliced, chopped)
150 gr whole wheat noodles (uncooked)

toppings
Fresh coriander (optional)
Beansprouts (optional)
Sugar snaps (optional)
Lime wedge (optional)

-First fry the tofu in 1-2 tbs coconut oil on all sides until golden.
-In the meantime: Fry the garlic, ginger and red onion for 1-2 min, with the tsp of coconut oil, on medium heat.
-Add the broccoli and fry all together for another 2 min.
-In the meantime: dissolve the stock cubes in the water.
-Add a splash of the stock to the pan and all the curry paste and keep stirring for about 1 min.
-Add the rest of the stock, the coconut milk, the soy sauce, the chilli flakes and both bell peppers.
-Mix well, let it come to boil, turn the heat to a low, add the noodles and let this simmer for about 5 min.
-Add the bok choy and the spring onion to the soup and let it simmer until the noodles are ready.
-Serve in a bowl, with the tofu and choose some of you favourite toppings.

Do you love the Thai kitchen as much as I do? When you make the recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram, so I can give you a shoutout! You can also use #planetmanel if you like. Thank you! X

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Greenery

This is one of my most satisfying recipes. Pesto is something you can use in so many dishes, fresh herbs are super healthy and you can adapt the recipe the way you want it. You can add a little bit more garlic, lemon juice or oil.. whatever you prefer or you can just leave it the way it is. I like it the best like this, it’s the right balance for me. I love to make pasta pesto with it, add it on a pizza, a sandwich, mix it into some mayonnaise or use it as a dip. You can toast the pine nuts and the walnuts for some extra flavour, but you can also just use them straight from the packet. After making it you can keep it in the fridge for a few days.

GREENERY 

Makes: 1,5 cup 

1,5 cup fresh basil leaves
1 cup spinach
3 tbsp pine nuts (toasted, optional)
1/4 cup walnuts (toasted, optional)
2 cloves garlic (peeled)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1,5 tbs lemon juice
2-3 tbs water
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
salt/pepper (to taste)

-Put everything in the kitchen machine and blend until smooth. 

Do you like pesto? What do you make with pesto most often? Please let me know in the comments below or show me on Instagram. You can do this by tagging me or by using #planetmanel. Thank you! X

Nuts For Seed

After last week’s brownies, we need something healthy. It’s all about balance! This is probably one of my fave recipes. It’s healthy, full of omega’s and multifunctional! You can eat this for breakfast, lunch or snack. It will taste nice with jam, cheese, houmous, butter, avocado and I think basically everything. It’s very filling and a great way to add some good fats to your diet. It’s not hard to make (it’s actually super super easy!), but it does require some time though. The good thing is that, afterwards, you can easily keep it in the freezer. Make sure you slice it up first and then freeze. This way you can take out the slices you want at any time. I’m very curious what you think of it and who will make this. Definitely a must make!

NUTS FOR SEED 

Serves: 10

1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup linseed
1/4 cup chia seed
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pecans
1/4 cup hazelnuts
1,5 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup wheatgerm
1 tsp salt
2 tbs maple syrup
3 tbs coconut oil
1,5 cup water 

-Mix all the dry ingredients.
-Mix all the wet ingredients and mix them with the dry ingredients.
-Leave it for about 15 min. and then stir again. Make sure all the liquid is soaked up.
-Grease a tin with coconut oil and put the mix in the tin. Press it down and smooth it out.
-Put it in the fridge overnight (or for at least for 3 hrs).
-Preheat the oven at 175C and put the tin in the oven for 30 min.
-Let it cool down for about 30 min and then carefully take the loaf out of the tin.
-Preheat the oven at 200C.
-Put the loaf upside down on a piece of baking paper and put it in the oven for another 10 min.
-If all the side are nice and dry (and slightly crispy) the loaf is finished.
-Let it all cool down before slicing it up (putting it in the fridge for an hour helps to make neater slices).

Are you nuts for seed and will you make this recipe? Please show me your result, I would love to see it! You can do this by tagging me on Instagram or by using #planetmanel. Thank you! X

Choco Beans

I like healthy recipes, but I definitely also like naughty recipes. Even though these delicious brownies are made with a whole can of black beans, it’s also made with a cup of sugar, white flour and oil. So the black beans will definitely give you some goodness, but under no circumstance will I call this a healthy recipe. They are delicious though. They are super fudgy from the inside and not crazy sweet, but it will definitely hit the spot. Also, as long as you have a kitchen machine, they are fairly easy to make. If you like you can add some pecans (chopped up into the mixture or use 8 whole ones on top). I left them out for now, but I do love pecans and chocolate though. It’s a good combination and it looks nice.

CHOCO BEANS

Makes: 8

1 cup plain flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup cacao powder
1 can of black beans (drained)
1 cup unsweetened yogurt
1/4 cup sunflower oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 ripe banana
1 tbs flaxseed
8 pecans (optional)
icing sugar (optional)

-Preheat the oven at 180C.
-Mix the dry ingredients (except the flaxseed) in a bowl.
-Put all the wet ingredients (and the flaxseed) in the kitchen machine and blend until you have a nice smooth mixture.
-Use a wooden spoon to gently mix in the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.
-Add the chopped up pecans if you like and mix well.
-Grease a baking tin with some oil and pour in the mixture.
-Smooth it out (put the pecans on top if you chose to use them on the top) and put the tin into the oven for about 25-30 min.
-Let it all cool down before cutting them up.
-For a little decoration, snow some icing sugar on top.

Are you going to make these brownies? Please show me your end result and let me know if you like them! You can do this on Instagram, by tagging me or by using #planetmanel. Thank you! X

Tofuture

I wanted to put some more basic recipes on my blog. Scrambled tofu is one of the first things that comes to mind and many people have asked me about this recipe. So here it finally is! It’s simple, nutritious and super delicious. I always make it this way and everybody loves this. It’s just so good, I can really crave this. I often eat this for lunch after coming back from a work out or when I’m just very hungry. There is not a lot that can top this! It’s perfect as a scrambled egg substitute, so if you crave scrambled egg, this is what you want to make. When I have left overs  (to be honest, this doesn’t happen a lot) I often add 2 big spoons of mayonnaise, mix it up and put it in a sandwich. Perfect for on the way.

TOFUTURE

Serves: 2

2 slices of bread
200 gr tofu (I used Tofoo)
1 tbs olive oil
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp garlic granules
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
Salt/Pepper (to taste)
8 cherry tomatoes (cut in 1/2)
Handful of spinach
1 tbs nutritional yeast
2 tbs mayonnaise (optional)
2 tbs vegan cheese (grated, optional)

-Put the olive oil in a frying pan and crumble the tofu in a pan.
-Add the turmeric, garlic, paprika and some salt and pepper to taste.
-Mix it well and fry for about 3-5 minutes on a high fire.
-In the meantime toast (optional) some bread and put on some mayonnaise.
-Add the tomatoes and fry for another minute.
-Add the nutritional yeast and the spinach and fry until the spinach is soft.
-Divide the tofu mixture over the slices of bread and top it with some vegan cheese.
*I also like to add some sriracha mayonnaise on top.

Are you going to make this? Please show me your version on Instagram! You can do this by tagging me or by using #planetmanel. I’d love to see it and I’ll give you a shoutout when you do. Thank you! X

Spicy Magic

Last year a friend came over and he made me this. I loved it so much, but I don’t know exactly how he made it. So I tried to recreate it and this is it. I think it comes very close. I love this so much, because you can use it for everything. I put it over rice (this is so good!), pasta, salads, dip in my toast.. it’s good with everything really. I really love the taste of sesame (I’m quite obsessed with sesame oil), so to have whole toasted sesame seeds in this, just makes it perfect to me. It’s called Spicy Magic, but you decide how spicy. You can even leave the chilli flakes out if you’re not the type who enjoys chillis. Or you can add an extra tbs if you love the burn! I always add 2-3 tbs myself. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.

SPICY MAGIC

Serves: a lot! 

500 ml extra virgin olive oil
3-4 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup sesame seed
1-3 tbs chilli flakes 

-Fry the garlic and the sesame seeds in a bit of oil until you can slightly see the garlic change colour (about 1 min. pay attention, because the garlic can quickly go too brown!).
-Add the rest of the oil and the chilli flakes.
-Turn down the heat to very low and leave it for about 10-15 min. Make sure to stir once in a while. It’s ok for slow, small bubbles to appear, but do not let it fully cook.
-Store it in a glass jar, in the fridge. 

Are you the spicy type? Or will you leave the chilli flakes out? Please let me know where you are going to use it for. Tag me on Instagram or use the hashtag #planetmanel. Thank you! X

French Castle

A while ago I made this for the kids (I’m a nanny) and when I put some pictures on Instagram, I got a lot of reactions. So I made it into a proper recipe and now you can enjoy it too! It’s the perfect recipe to make for a brunch. And you can make ‘the castle’ even bigger if you like, it will look so impressive and festive. Personally I looooove french toast and a lot of people think you need egg to make it, but that is not necessary at all. You can perfectly enjoy it without and it’s super tasty! Instead of topping it with maple syrup, you can also use some butter (I recommend Vitalite butter) and some soft brown sugar. Yum!

FRENCH CASTLE

Serves: 3-4 people

6-8 slices of bread (lightly toasted)
1,5 cup oat milk
1/2 cup flour
1 tbs nutritional yeast
1,5 tbs maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt
Oil for frying
1/2 mango (chopped)
4-6 strawberries (chopped)
1 cup blueberries 
Maple syrup

-Mix all the ingredients (except the bread, duhh!) in a bowl.
-Heat a frying pan on a medium-high fire.
-When the pan is hot, pour in at least 1 tbs of oil.
-Let the oil get hot and dip the toast into the mixture.
-Fry the toast until golden brown on both sides.
-Put them all on top of each other and top with the fresh fruit and maple syrup.
*Also nice with butter and brown sugar! 

Do you love French Toast and did you know it’s this easy to veganise it? When you make the recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram, so I can give you a shoutout! You can also use #planetmanel if you like. Thank you! X

UK – Bristol

A while ago I read that Bristol is a very up coming city when it comes to veganism and that it’s even one of the best cities in the UK for vegan options. Bristol is only an hour drive from where I live most of the time and so I decided to take my van and explore the city. Even though I did take my van, I’m not posting this under ‘Vanlife’, because all I basically used my van for was sleeping. For me Bristol was all about good vegan food, sunshine, beautiful historic buildings and the best views! If you want to know what to do in Bristol and where to eat, please keep reading and I hope I can inspire you to visit this lovely city as well.

I planned to leave on Saturday morning, but as I was a little slow and had to make a stop at Halfords (one of my fuses burned), it was more 14:00 by the time I left. I did some research on Park4Night to figure out where I could best park my van, but when I came to my chosen parking area, it was all full. The second option was the zoo. So I went there next. A lot of people were just leaving the zoo and so there were some free spaces and I found a perfect parking spot next to a beautiful tree. I arrived there just after 15:00 and it turned out that parking after 15:00 is free. Lucky me!

I took the bus to the city centre (bus 8) and there I searched on Happy Cow for a nice vegan restaurant. I decided to walk to ‘Vx’, an all vegan junk food restaurant. Honestly, the picture of a milkshake that included a donut and whipped cream made me go, haha! I only ate 2 apples so far and was quite hungry. I know this isn’t a very healthy thing to do, but I just didn’t take the time to eat a proper meal. It was a lovely walk in the sunshine and Nola and I enjoyed the first proper sights of Bristol. The area where the restaurant is located, is quite dodgy though and I wouldn’t feel safe walking there when it’s dark. I ordered the milkshake, that turned out to be a Vego milkshake.. I mean, can it get any better? I also ordered the Vx burger. If you go for junk food, you should do it right, right? The milkshake was so yum! The donut tasted fresh, the whipped cream delicious and it was really like drinking a vego bar. I think they used coconut milk and I do think that with maybe Oatly Barista it would taste even better. But in their defence, I think everything tastes better with Oatly Barista. The burger was ok. It was a good burger, but not very special. It came with tortilla crisps, but I was too full to eat those and so I took them with me. They have a little shop in the restaurant too,with lots of vegan goodies and I bought some chocolate to take with me to the Netherlands. The people who work in Vx are super nice and the restaurant is very dog friendly. I also would come back again for the milkshake. Only maybe the next time I will invite someone to come with me, so we can share it (I was sooo full and it took me quite a while to finish it). What was a little unfortunate is that I forgot to change shoes and I was wearing my vans. Weird enough, they happen to be my least comfortable shoes. So my feet were hurting and because of all that junk food, I didn’t feel very energetic. I struggled a little to get all the way back to the bus stop, but I made it and I was happy to see my van in the end of the day and to instantly relax. It’s a good thing to have your bed close by all the time.

It was the first night that I was sleeping in my van in a very unfamiliar place. I was so excited, that I didn’t sleep very well, but I was ok the next day. Around 9:00 there were zoo visitors coming into the parking area, but the ticket guys were all guiding them towards the other side first. I was the only one parked up in the back. I got ready and walked up to the guy to buy a ticket. He looked a bit confused, but he did sell me a ticket. Only £4 for a whole day. I’m definitely coming back to this park up. I found a cafe called ‘East Village’ and it was only a short walk. It was a beautiful walk though, with many nice houses, amazing trees and the stunning building of Clifton College. Arriving at ‘East Village’, I fell in love instantly. This is one of the prettiest cafes ever. The ceilings are super high, it feels so spacious and everything is just done well. I felt like staying there the whole day. It’s a vegetarian cafe, but a lot of what they offer is vegan. I was doubting between the savoury waffles or the acai bowl, but then decided on the acai bowl. I wanted to eat lots of healthy things today as I had so much junk food the day before. I also went for a fresh orange juice as that is my favourite! It was one of the prettiest bowls I’ve ever seen. It looked so nice, that I didn’t want to eat it, haha! I obviously did though and it was delicious, exactly what I needed. On the map I saw that there was a park not far from there, with a tower you can climb. So after a lovely slow breakfast I set off again. I swapped my vans for my hiking boots btw. It did look a little ridiculous with the clothes I was wearing, but I didn’t care. Comfy rules!

On my way to the Brandon Hill park I bumped into a zero waste shop: Smaller Footprints. Zero waste shops are popping up everywhere now! It was closed, but I waited 10 min for it to open. It was so nice! The girl who worked there, called Eve, told me that they opened over 5 months ago and that it was going well. We had such a lovely chat. I told her the whole story of Oliver and as she was thinking about van life too, we had a good chat about that too. She was also vegan and so we actually had a lot of things to talk about. We were chatting for quite a while! But after I bought a 2 year supply of dental tabs (no joke) and a new black metal reusable straw, I left. I was so happy that I decided to wear my hiking boots by the way, because Bristol is a lot of hills, going up and down. It was a lovely walk with lots of sunshine and as Brandon Hill park is already quite high up, there was a lovely view over Bristol. I took a little break and then climbed the Cabot Tower. The stairs are very narrow, but it’s very much worth it. I loved the views! It was such a good day as well to enjoy the view. Coming down again, Nola and I relaxed a little in the park, sitting in a rain of blossom and then made our way to ‘Beets n Roots’, to have lunch.

The cafe ‘Beets n Roots’ is all about healthy food. Exactly what I wanted! The only thing is that dogs are not allowed inside. Luckily it was very nice weather and so it was more than ok to sit outside (and they did let me go to the toilet, taking Nola with me). The staff is very friendly and one of the girls even offered to be Nola’s dogsitter. I ordered the Buddha Bowl. They come in 2 sizes. Because I had a biscuit as big as my head for snack (from East Village) a little earlier, I ordered the small buddha bowl with tofu and a coconut water. The food was so so good! There were different kinds of (fermented) salad, cauliflower, quinoa and humous. I didn’t want to over eat, but I could have easily eaten a big bowl of this. Next time! Because I couldn’t sit inside, I couldn’t charge my phone though. Luckily, a little further down the road was a Costa and so I had a tea there whilst my phone was on the charger. When charged sufficiently, I made my way to the very popular suspension bridge.

The Clifton Suspension Bridge was opened in 1864 and has been a toll bridge ever since. They use the money for the bridge’s maintenance. The bridge links Clifton (Bristol) to Leigh Woods (North Somerset). It is super high and very beautiful. I’m not crazy about heights, but I did want to cross it. So I did and even though I found it a little scary, it also gave me an empowered feeling. It gave me a similar feeling as standing in front of a tall building (which is my favourite). Feeling very small and very big at the same time. The sun was starting to go down and I did enjoy the lovely rays on the grass, next to the bridge. I didn’t want to walk too far for dinner, but opening my Happy Cow app, I saw that there was an Indian restaurant, called Thali, with lots of vegan options, a 20 min walk from where I was. I didn’t have Indian food for so long, so I went for it. The restaurants looked rather fun too.

It turned out that Thali was on the corner, only a few buildings down from ‘Smaller Footprints’. So I passed it earlier that day, but I didn’t notice. Probably because I was still buzzing from the positive energy the shop (and Eve) gave me. I was the first customer and even though dogs also weren’t allowed, the waiter who welcomed me let me off (as I promised nobody would notice Nola). After that he got the chef to come and he cuddled Nola and showed her to the rest of the kitchen staff (so far from not being noticed, haha!). It was so hard to choose food here, because there were a lot of vegan options and everything sounded so delicious. Eventually I picked a dish that was made out of little dishes. So it was perfect and it was also very tasty. I really enjoyed it. Together with a flatbread on the side, it cost me about £11, which I thought was a good price as well. I also really liked that it was a modern Indian restaurant. Often I find Indian restaurants a little dusty and dated, but there was a good vibe here.

Just before Nola and I got back to the van, the sun made everything look golden and so Nola and I enjoyed the last sun rays of the day on top of the hill. It was so lovely. Great end of the day. I decided to drive back to work that evening, because my battery only had one more stripe (I’ve got some electrical issues) and it didn’t make sense to only stay the night, drain the battery and then drive back. What a beautiful Easter weekend! I will definitely come back to Bristol.

HOTSPOT LIST:
Vx Junk food bar: 125 East St, BS3 4ER.
East Village: Boyce’s Ave, Clifton, BS8 4AA.
Smaller Footprints: 9 Regent St, BS8 4HW.
Brandon Hill/Cabot Tower: Park St, Bristol BS1 5RR.
Beets n Roots: 39 Cotham Hill, BS6 6JY.
Suspension Bridge: Bridge Rd, Leigh Woods, BS8 3PA.
Thali: 1 Regent St, BS8 4HW.

Have you ever been to Bristol or would you love to go now you read this? Please let me know about your experiences or if you have any questions, please let me know in the comments. You can also tag me in your pictures or use #planetmanel on instagram. Thank you! X

Shape It

It’s almost Easter! When I still lived in the Netherlands or whenever I’m visiting the Netherlands at Easter now, I always make an Easter brunch. I used to always make egg/pastry bites, but obviously egg is off the table now. That doesn’t mean I can’t make something similar of course. So that is why I came up with this recipe. I made a filling with tofu and chickpea flour and used a slice of bread as a base. I kept the shapes I cut out to decorate the plates and table (I also put them in the oven, so they get toasted). They will be nice to dip in jam or chocolate.. These slices of toast are delicious with some smashed avocado and mayonnaise. They will look great on an Easter brunch table. Are you going to do a brunch this Easter?

SHAPE IT

Makes: 6-8

6-8 slices of bread
1/3 cup PB milk
150 gr silken tofu
1/2 cup chickpea flour
2-3 tbs nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp garlic granules
1/4 tsp onion granules
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
pepper (to taste)

Easter cookie cutters

-Preheat the oven at 180C.
-Put all the ingredients, apart from the bread, in a kitchen machine and blend until smooth.
-Use a cookie cutter to cut out a shape from each slice of bread.
-Put the slices of bread on a baking tray that is covered with baking paper.
-Carefully put the mixture in the shape you cut out.
-Put them in the oven for about 12-15 min, until the filling is nice and firm.
-Eat when still warm.

Are you going to make these? What shapes will you use? Please show me your creations on Instagram by tagging me or by using #planetmanel. Thank you so much and have a lovely Easter! X

Spring ‘n’ Roll

YES!! Finally it’s spring. I’m already looking forward to this day since Autumn. Haha! If it was up to me, we skip winter all together. I’m just not made for the cold. On the other hand.. the feeling of the first sun rays will only make me feel extra euphoric after the horrible cold. So let’s try to see the positive though. Luckily we only had snow once and I thought that most of the time the winter was doable this year. Still.. I can’t wait to chase the sun forever with my van! To celebrate the start of spring I created a super colourful recipe. It’s a simple recipe, but it does require some technique and some patience and gentleness. The more often you do it, the better they look! And don’t you feel happy just looking at these? You can use different dips or you can simply dip them in some soy sauce. I chose to mix up a simple peanut sauce, because I love peanut butter with a hint of spiciness. I hope you will enjoy them, because I personally thought they were yum!

SPRING ‘N’ ROLL

Makes: 6-8

spring rolls
6-8 spring roll rice pancakes
3 hands full vermicelli rice noodles
1 beetroot (chopped)
1/3 red bell pepper (sliced finely)
1/3 yellow bell pepper (sliced finely)
handful red cabbage (sliced finely)
2 spring onions ((sliced finely)
1 stalk celery (sliced finely)
1/2 avocado (sliced finely)
2 tbs edamame beans
6-12 eatable flowers (optional) 

sauce
2 tbs peanut butter
2 tbs oat milk
1/4 tsp chilli flakes

Blender
Fine colander
Clean tea towel

-Boil water and put that in the blender together with the beetroot. Blend for about 1 minute.
-Put the noodles in a pan and pour the beetroot water over the noodles through a fine colander. Put a lid on the pan and leave this for 5-8 min.
-In the meantime slice all the vegetables very finely and make the sauce:
-Put all the ingredients of the sauce in a bowl and mix until all ingredients are nicely blended.
-Put the rice paper in a bowl (I actually used a frying pan) of warm water for about 5-10 seconds.
-Very gently, put the rice paper on a clean tea towel.
-Put the flowers upside down on the rice paper and divide some veggies on top of that.
-Divide some of the pink rice noodles on top of the veggies and then fold and roll.
-Repeat this until finished.

Have you ever tried making something like this? Give it a try! Please show me your creations on Instagram by tagging me or by using #planetmanel. Thank you! X