Macashew

Macaroni and cheeeeeeese guys! The ultimate comfort food, am I right?! Confession: I think I actually never had macaroni and cheese before I went vegan. I only know that I love the vegan version. So even though it’s hard for me to compare the dairy and this non dairy version, I can tell you that I love this version a lot. It’s so creamy, easy to make (just remember to soak your cashews!) and full of flavour.. Everything you want when you think of good comfort food. So I dare you to try it and tell me if you love it as much as I do. I would love to hear if it hit the spot and if it satisfied your cravings. I served it with a little bit of fresh parsley and extra black pepper. Yum!

MACASHEW

Serves: 2

1,5 cups macaroni
1 cup cashews (soaked overnight) 
1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
Pinch of salt/pepper
1/3 cup Mozzarella style grated S
heese (optional)

-Cook the macaroni as described on the pack.
-Rinse the cashews and put them in the blender together with the almond milk, the nutritional yeast, garlic powder, the onion powder, the turmeric and if you choose to, the sheese.
-Blend until nice and smooth.
-Add salt and pepper to taste and heat the sauce on a low heat until warm. Do not let it boil.
-Use about 1/3-1/2 cup for 3 cups of cooked macaroni*.

*Leftover sauce can be used for other pasta dishes (add some pesto!), salad dressings, topping for pizza etc.

Is macaroni and cheese something you love as well? Is it something you can really crave and are you going to try this? Please let me know if you liked it and I would also love to see your creation! You can do this by tagging me on Instagram or by using #planetmanel. Thank you! X

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Pasta Pesto

This is the second pasta pesto recipe over here, but everyone likes a good pasta pesto right? ..and this one is so quick and easy. Quick recipes are always welcome I think, especially after a long and hectic day or when you have a whole family to feed. I highly recommend you to make your own pesto though. It really changes the dish. Of course it will be even quicker if you use a ready made pesto (and that is fine too), but if you have the time (or you took the time early in the week), please use a home made one. This transforms a simple pasta dish to something really special. I love using Vivera’s new bacon pieces in here. They are scary good and make such a good combination with the pesto. Btw.. I recommend some extra veggies on the side. It’s yummy with broccoli, green beans or a nice salad perhaps?!

PASTA PESTO 

Serves: 2

200 gr spaghetti (uncooked) 
1/2 tbs olive oil
1 small onion (sliced)
1/2 pack Vivera bacon
1/4 cup pesto (GREENERY**)
Pinch of chilli flakes 

** RECIPE!

-Cook the pasta as described on the pack (I always add a little salt and olive oil in the water though).
-Fry the onion for about 1-2 min in a frying pan with the olive oil.
-Add the bacon and fry all together for another 3 min.
-Mix the pesto with the pasta and add a bit of chilli flakes if you like.
-Add the bacon and onion. 

Do you like a good pasta dish? Would you make your pesto yourself? Please show me your creation on Instagram, by tagging me or by using #planetmanel. Thank you! X

Pesto Plenty

Who doesn’t like pasta pesto! It’s such an easy, quick dish. And perfect for families too, because kids mostly love it too. Of course you can just mix some pesto with some pasta, but you can also make it a little more special and even tastier. It’ll still be easy though, just more fancy. You might want to leave the chilli flakes out if you want to serve it to children. Also humous is optional. I like the creaminess, but you might not or you want to leave those extra calories out. If you like to add some extra protein, then you can add some chickpeas (or  some beans). I also like to sneak some sun-dried tomatoes in there.. you decide! Enjoy!

PESTO PLENTY

Serves: 3-4

2,5 cup whole wheat pasta (uncooked)
2 tbs olive oil
2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
1 big red onion (chopped)
400 gr broccoli (finely sliced)
12 cherry tomatoes (cut in 1/2)
1/4 cup pesto (GREENERY**)
1-2 tbs houmous (optional)
1 tbs tomato purée
2 tbs nutritional yeast
1/2-1 tsp chilli flakes (optional) 
Salt/pepper (to taste)
3 tbs pine nuts
Handful of rocket

*Extra protein? Add 1 cup of chickpeas.
**RECIPE!

-Cook the pasta as described on the pack.
-Put the oil, onion, garlic and broccoli in a frying pan and fry for about 4-5 min. on a medium-high heat. Keep stirring quite often.
-In the meantime: roast the pine nuts.
-Add the cherry tomatoes, pesto, houmous and the tomato purée and fry for another 1-2 min.
-Put the heat source to a minimum and add the nutritional yeast, chilli flakes and salt/pepper. Mix until everything is mixed well and turn the heat off.
-Serve with rocket and sprinkle some pine nuts on top before eating.

Do you like to eat pasta pesto? Will you make this? Please show me your cooking skills, I’d love to see it! You can show me by tagging me on Instagram or by using #planetmanel. Thank you! X

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

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

Veganara

img_8105Are you vegan and did you used to like pasta carbonara? Or do you want to make something nice for an omni friend or family member? A vegan pasta carbonara: Veganara! This is definitely a good comfort food, but also very nice to make when you have company over. I’m sure they’ll like this! Did I mention that it’s also super easy to make? You can basically make this within 10 minutes. As you can easily prepare the sauce in the time the pasta is cooking. You don’t even need that many ingredients to make this fantastic plate of food. For the bacon style pieces I used the ones from Vivera. They have new bacon pieces now and they are amazing. Definitely worth a try!

img_8106VEGANARA

Serves: 2-3 

-200 gr pappardelle (or spaghetti)
-1 tsp olive oil

-2 cloves garlic (minced)
-1 cup vegan bacon (I used Vivera)

-1/3 cup vegan cream (I used Oatly)
-3 tbs vegan cream cheese
-2 tbs nutritional yeast
-1 tbs fresh parsley (chopped)
-grounded pepper (to taste)

-Cook the pappardelle/spaghetti as described on the package.
-Fry the garlic in the olive oil for just 1 minute.
-Then add the vegan bacon and fry for 2-3 minutes on high heat.
-Add the parsley and fry for just half a minute.
-Lower the heat to a minimum and mix in the cream, the cream cheese and the nutritional yeast. If everything is mixed well, switch off the heat source.
-Add the pasta to the sauce and give it a good mix.
-Add pepper to taste and sprinkle some extra parsley on top.

Are you going to try this super easy to make creamy goodness? Please let me know when you’ve tried it. You can do this in a comment below.. or you can tag me or use #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

Yay for King’s Day!

As I’m Dutch myself, I’d like to give King’s Day some credit from over here. Everything in the Netherlands will be orange today! Today the Dutch people are celebrating the birthday of king Willem-Alexander. As we used to have a queen for very long (King Willem-Alexander is the 1st male monarch in 123 year!), it used to be Queen’s Day. The first Queen’s day was held on 31 of August 1885, in honour of the birth of Queen Wilhelmina. What means it’s a long going tradition. Later on, the date changed to 30th of April, the queens birthday. The next queen, Queen Beatrix, kept that date in honour of her mother and I’m sure part of the reason is also that her own birthday is on the 31 of January. Way too cold! Basically everybody in the Netherlands is celebrating this day. What means it’s probably the biggest birthday party in the world. People dress up, mainly in orange, but also in the colours of the flag: red, white and blue. As the lion represents the Netherlands, this is also a symbol you most probably will spot this day. But the most important rule seems to be: the crazier, the better! There are flea markets and activities everywhere, spread over the country, but especially Amsterdam is going totally crazy! Around 250.000-300.000 are traveling to Amsterdam, from all over the Netherlands and the rest of the world, to be part of it. Because for a long time the date used to be April the 30th, there are still a lot of tourists who come to Amsterdam, all dressed up, 3 days late! Poor them! Anyway,, I’ll not be in the Netherlands this time to celebrate, but especially for King’s Day I created 2 healthy (orange) recipes.. lunch and dinner if you like. Oh and if you are going: Enjoy!

RAWR

Can be eaten all raw (leave the bread out and use raw sesame oil). It might seems strange in combination with the strawberries, but I promise you it’s tasty.

Serves: 2

1 courgette
1 cucumber
2 carrots
6 strawberries
1 avocado (smashed)
1 clove garlic (minced)
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbs sesame oil
salt/pepper (to taste)
fresh basil leaves
1 tbsp mixed seeds
2 pita breads

-Use a spiralizer for the courgette, cucumber and the carrots.
-Mix the avocado with the garlic, the lemon juice and sesame oil.
-Mix everything together and add salt/pepper.
-Shape the strawberries and the basil leaves into tulips and use them as decoration.
-Sprinkle the seeds over the salad and serve with warm pita bread.


KING’S MEAL

Super healthy and loaded with protein. Apart from eating this on King’s Day (to restore energy), this is a perfect meal for after a good work out.

Serves: 2

200 gr red lentil pasta (uncooked)
1 cup butter beans (cooked)
3 hands spinach
1/2 onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1/3 chili pepper (chopped)
3 tbs houmous
1 tbs olive oil
salt/pepper (to taste)

-Cook the pasta as described on the pack.
-Put the olive oil, the onion, the garlic and the chilli pepper in a frying pan and fry them until the onion gets brown edges.
-Add the beans and the spinach. Switch off the heat, just before the spinach all slunk.
-Mix in the houmous and then carefully mix in the pasta.
-Add salt and pepper.

Are you in the Netherlands today to celebrate King’s Day? Are you going to make these recipes? I’d love to see some pictures (of the food and of today..)! You can show them to me by tagging me in the picture or by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. I look forward to it! Thank you! X