When I was a child, we went to my grandparents every Sunday. My grandma always had a big pan of vegetable soup ready for lunch and I always liked it a lot. I just love vegetables and I love soup. But one of the main reasons I loved it, is because in the soup she always put little meatballs, made by herself, out of mince meat. I was always happy to have a lot. Obviously I don’t like that anymore, but if there is a way to make the little balls vegan, then why not right? A while ago I saw a very nice Dutch blogger (@wateetjedanwel), making the little meatballs out of a vegan mince meat. The brand she used, we don’t have in the UK, but we do have something similar from ‘The Meatless Farm Co’. So I thought I give it a go. I experimented a little to make it taste like my grandma’s and I think I came pretty close. I love this soup so much. It’s just so good! It serves 6-8 people, but I ate the whole pan in 2,5 days, all  by myself.. haha! If you can’t do this (and it’s very understandable if you can’t), you can freeze it too or share with your family and friends. It’s a great family recipe!


serves: 6-8 

-2L vegetable stock
-1 can chopped tomatoes
-1 big onion (chopped)
-2 cups broccoli (chopped)
-2 cups cauliflower (chopped)
-2 cups carrots (chopped)
-2 cups green cabbage (chopped)
-1 cup leek (chopped)
-1 cup celery (chopped)
-1 tbs olive oil
-big handful fresh parsley (chopped)
-2 tbs nutritional yeast
-2 cloves of garlic (minced)
-1/2 tsp smoked paprika
-salt/pepper (to taste)

little meatless balls
-1 pack vegan mince meat (the meatless farm co)
-1 clove garlic (minced)
-1/4 tsp smoked paprika
-1/4 tsp onion granules
-1/4 tsp black pepper
-1/4 tsp salt

-Put the onions and garlic in a big soup pan with the oil and fry for about 3 min.
-Add all the vegetables and fry it all together for about 5 min. Keep mixing regularly.
-Pour the vegetable stock over the vegetables, add the chopped tomatoes and let it come to boil.
-In the meantime prepare the little meatless balls:
-Put the mince meat in a bowl and add the spices. Mix it very well, using your hands.
-Roll little balls out of the mixture (about 2-3 cm).
-Add the nutritional yeast and the smoked paprika to the soup and add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
-When the soup is simmering, add the meatless balls and the parsley and let the soup simmer for another 10-15 min.

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Nutritional Yeast and Chocolate

If you never tried nutritional yeast before, then run to the shops! I think basically all vegans (and probably a lot of non vegans too) will agree with me, that nutritional yeast is heaven. Especially when you like a cheesy flavour, this is what you want. You can use this on your pasta (my personal favourite), in Risotto (very good too!), in salads, soups and sauces. You can use this basically in anything you want to create a cheesy flavour. It’s used a lot for cheese sauces (think mac&cheese!). You can endlessly experiment with this. And the best past is, it’s actually good for you. It’s full of B vitamins, folic acid and zinc. It contains no artificial preservatives, colouring, flavouring or genetically-modified material and it has added vitamin B12. There is also one without B12, so pay attention to the one you get. I always get the one with added B12, because it’s always good to have some extra B12.

I just love this packaging. I secretly wanted it because of this, haha! Just look at it. I love the colours (my favourite pink!) and everything. Simple, but perfect. Looking at the ingredients of this chocolate made me really excited to try this too. It only has 5 ingredients and that is what you want. Products with not too many (all natural) ingredients. It contains (virgin)Cacao butter, (evaporated)Coconut nectar, (raw)Cashew nuts, Coconut and (pink lake)Salt. All good ingredients, so no guilt. It doesn’t actually have cacao in it, only the butter. So not sure if it’s technically chocolate, but it sure looks like it. It’s heart shaped and it says ‘luv’, what I love. It looks so attractive. It melts quite fast, so you can’t hold it in your hand too long, unless you have very cold hands, hehe.. the taste is very nice though. It melts very nicely in your mouth and it’s very soft and creamy. It’s sweet, but not too sweet and you can taste it’s made with good ingredients. It’s very filling, so just half of it is kind of enough. What makes it great to share! They sell it at Portobello Wholefoods, but I’m sure you can get it in other health shops too.

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Soup For Salad

crTime for a cheat recipe! My favourite things to eat for lunch are probably salad or soup. Now why can’t we bring those 2 together? I must admit, that I sometimes literally pour a full portion of soup over my salad and eat it like that, but I might be a little bit of an extremist, haha! Though, I do want to give you this tip.. to use soup as a salad dressing. Not all soups are great for this, but the ‘Curried Sweet Potato’ soup from ‘Soupologie’ is perfect for this. One of the best things about this soup is that it contains 0,0 crap. All healthy and super delicious. It’s one of my favourite soups, so using it on my salad is the perfect combination. You can basically make any raw salad, but I’ll give you a yummy combination here, to give you some inspiration.


Serves: 1

-1/6 Soupologie soup (cold)
-handful of spinach
-handful of lettuce
-1/2 avocado (chopped)
-3 baby corns (chopped)
-4 cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
-5 cm cucumber (chopped)
-1/2 tsp chilli flakes
-pepper/salt (to taste)

-Make sure you shake or stir the soup a little before using it.
-Mix the raw veggies in a nice bowl and pour over about 1/6 of the soup. Use more or less, to taste.

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Yo Sushi

img_7761It looks so nice.. sushi on a belt! You sit at a table or at the bar and you can pick whatever you like. When I think about sushi, I always think about a sushi belt. Though, a lot of sushi restaurants don’t even have one. There is at least one known sushi restaurant that does have one and that is ‘Yo Sushi’. Funny name! A few years ago I went to Yo Sushi, but I only remember ordering some Avocado maki. I really wanted to go again as I love Japanese food. On my last birthday my boyfriend and I went to the premier of ’50 Shades Darker’ in Westfield and as there is a Yo Sushi in Westfield, I chose to go there. So that is what we did.

img_7808It was a Friday evening, so there were no tables available anymore. Not to worry, we took seats at bar. What was fine. I asked about the vegan options and they asked if I would like to see the vegan menu. Vegan menu? Yes please! On the vegan menu you can see what dishes are vegan. To see what it looks like (every dish has a picture) and what it costs, you have to look at the general menu. If you look at the pictures I took, you can see that every plate has a different colour. Every colour is a different price. You can get the dishes from the belt or you can order them. There is plenty of staff walking around, but in case there is nobody or they’re busy helping somebody else, they invented a button. If you push the button they can see you need them to come over. Super handy! The edamame beans are on the belt quite a lot, but the img_7807maki rolls for example, you have to order. They also have a ‘Tofu Katsu Curry’ (yes!) and you have to order that one too. Of course I did, because this was one of the reasons I wanted to go here. It was super delicious. My boyfriend ordered the ‘Miso Dumpling Ramen with Rice’ and that was very delicious too. I really love that he chooses to eat vegan whenever he’s with me. He’s amazing! Another favourite of mine, is the ‘Pumpkin Katsu’ and my boyfriend really liked the ‘Vegetable Gyoza’. In total there are 17 vegan dishes and I think that really deserves a compliment! I also really like that on the bar, in a lot of places, there are 2 little taps with still and sparkly water. So you order a glass and then you can fill it as many times as you like. Next to the tabs you can also help yourself to soy sauce, wasabi and ginger.

img_7752Yo Sushi is quite a fancy restaurant I think. The sushi belt makes it look really cool I guess. Though I also really dislike the belt at the same time. It’s just because you’re eating this yummy cruelty free food, but in the meantime there are all dead fish and cows passing by every second. It would have been amazing if all plates had vegan food on it. Maybe they should introduce vegan evenings?! Haha.. would be cool! The place itself is all very bright and quite colourful. There is a lot of silver, white and bright orange. I think Yo Sushi is very nice to go to with people who all like something different, because there are so many little dishes. I think you can always find something you like.

WHO? Yo Sushi.
WHERE? 2106, Westfield Shepherd’s Bush, Ariel Way, W12 7GF.
CUISINE? Japanese.
VEGAN? No! (omni)
OVERALL? 8 (Lots of delicious vegan options, less nice to also see the non vegan options)

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What I eat in a Day! #2

img_6434For this ‘What I eat in a Day’ I chose a random work day. I was a little late this day, so at home I only had about half a litre of water and an apple on the way. I did make some porridge at work around 9:00, with soy milk, blueberries, 1 tbs of peanut butter and cinnamon. Very yummy! Lately I’ve been eating porridge a little more often, because it just keeps me going for so much longer. What is handy on days I have activities planned in the morning. Like that day. When it’s around 11:00 I do get hungry again though and what I then do is eat an apple. Apples give me a full feeling for about half an hour and then make me very hungry. Perfect, because I like to be hungry for lunch.

img_3598The evening before, my amazing boyfriend made some delicious vegetable soup and I took it to work for lunch. I had it at 13:00, with some bread. It love dipping bread in soup. I can eat soup and bread every day, haha! Especially when my boyfriend makes it. Then in the afternoon I do eat some more fruit. I ate a banana and a pear. As the afternoon was a little busy I wasn’t thinking about food too much and before I knew it, it was dinner time.
Also from the day before, I had some left over aubergine curry. I made this super tasty recipe ‘Keen on Aubergine’ for you guys (it will come online soon) and there was a whole portion left. I had it with rice the day before and so today I decided to see if it’ll taste good with gnocchi too. It did taste good with gnocchi! Yum, what a lovely dinner!

Also during the day I drunk 3 cups of tea, what is 2 cups less than I normally drink. I just didn’t have time. I drunk 2 cups of detox tea and 1 chai latte (recipe) before bed time. I also drunk 1,5 l of water.

Do you eat similar to me? Or do you have a whole different routine? I’d love to hear about it. Please let me know in the comments below or show me by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X


sSoup for lunch, soup for dinner, soup on hot days, soup on cold days.. soup is always a good idea. I must say, that this soup recipe is excellent for a chilly day. It’s nice and filling, full of good nutrition and super delicious. That’s why it’s my favourite soup! You only need 8 ingredients, and that includes water, pepper and salt. It’s a very easy soup to make! It’s also very easy to make a lot of, in one time (just double or triple the ingredients), for if you have people coming over for example. You can easily eat the soup on it’s own and call it a meal, but if you are very hungry it’s super delicious with some (toasted) bread too. Pumpkins are not really in season anymore, but you can also use a butternut squash. As a butternut squash is easy to get your hands on, you can make it any time.


serves: 2-4

-1 medium pumpkin
-6 medium carrots (chopped)
-1 big red onion (chopped)
-1 cup coconut milk
-1 l water
-1 cube vegetable stock
-salt/pepper (to taste)

-Cut off the skin of the pumpkin. You could first put the pumpkin in the oven for about 45-60 min at 200C. This way you can easily cut off the skin.
-Fry the onion, in a little bit of oil, until the edges start to become brown.
-Boil the carrots in the 1 l water, with the vegetable stock, for about 10 minutes.
-Put the pumpkin, the carrots (+ the vegetable stock) and the onion in the blender (or use a hand-held blender) and blend until smooth.
-Heat it up in a pan and before it boils, add the coconut milk. Also add pepper and salt to taste.
-Then let it simmer for 5 minutes.

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Sweet Coco Love

sIt’s nice by itself, as a starter or a side.. Soup is always good! And I don’t think I only speak for myself if I say rich creamy soups are the best. Soup is perfect for a rainy autumn day or for when it’s snowing in the winter, but to be honest, I think soup is always a good idea! This soup makes me very very happy. I combined 2 of my favourite things: Sweet potatoes and coconut cream. Before I even made this recipe I knew it was going to be heavenly. And I was right. It’s so creamy, full of flavour, filling and very healthy. Does this sound good to you? Where are you waiting for?


13548828_1178672722176829_1870141049_oserves: 2

350 gr sweet potato
1/3 coconut cream
1/2 red onion (chopped)
1 clove garlic (smashed)
500 ml vegetable stock
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp turmeric
coconut oil
coconut milk
spring onion (chopped)
extra onion/garlic

soup-Preheat the oven to 200C.
-Put the sweet potatoes, together with some coconut oil, pepper and salt, in the oven for about 20 min.
-Fry the onions in a bit of coconut oil + add the garlic in the last minute.
-Take the coconut cream from a can of coconut milk. (this works best if it’s from the fridge)
-Mix the potatoes, the onion, the vegetable stock, the lemon juice and the coconut cream in the blender until it’s nice and smooth.
-Decorate with extra coconut milk and spring onion.

Are you a big fan of soup, sweet potatoes and coconut? Then I’m sure you’ll make this recipe! Please let me know or show me by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

Cookies / Mac and Cheese

In 1993 Lenny&Larry’s was born. It started with 2 guys loving the gym, but they didn’t want to always eat the same thing to get their protein. They wanted to have tasty things. So they decided to put protein in the things they craved. Today’s biscuits do not only taste home-made and contain 8 or 16 gr of protein, they also contain 8 gr of fibre, they’re vegan and are made with non GMO ingredients. You can’t get these biscuits in the supermarket I’m afraid, at least I’ve never seen them there. I get them from this shop with all sort of treats and snacks next to Westfield. There are 11 flavours and they all look amazing. I tried the ‘White chocolate Macadamia’, the ‘Pumpkin Spice’ and the ‘Double Chocolate’. A few months ago I also tried the ‘Snickerdoodle’. Out of the ones I tried I really like ‘Snickerdoodle’ and ‘Double chocolate’ the best. I do really like to try ‘coconut chocolate chip’ too. So if I bump into those, no doubt I’ll get it! I do like the biscuits, especially because they’re huge. What I think is a shame is that they are not crunchy. It’s probably a matter of taste, but I would have liked them better with a bit of crunch. Lenny&Larry’s don’t only do biscuits, they also do muffins and brownies and they sell a whole range of fun T-shirts and tops. For this you can visit the website.

By going vegan a lot of people tend to miss cheese the most or they find it hardest to give up. Especially dishes like mac&cheese. Now you could definitely make a nice mac&cheese with a yummy cashew nut sauce, but if you don’t feel like that, then there is always the rice mac&cheeze from Amy’s Kitchen. I always wanted to try this, but I never really got to it. Now that I have this fun new article about testing and reviewing products, I think it was a good idea to finally try it. I was really excited about it and luckily I liked it. It’s a little different from what I expected, but I really liked the taste and the consistency. It’s creamy, but it doesn’t have a very strong taste. Just right I would say. I would like to recommend it, so go and try it for yourself. Also because I quite like the company. They have a lot of other yummy things. I’m a big fan of their soup and I like that they’re using a lot of organic ingredients. On their website it’s easy to see what products are vegan, super handy!

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Raw bars / Stock

Originally the ‘Rawbite’ bars come from Denmark, but are now available in more than 30 different countries. When 3 guys met by chance (though they’re sure it was faith) they came up with the idea to create an honest and natural snack for on the go. They come in 8 different flavours: Protein, Spicy lime, Apple cinnamon, Raw cacao, Coconut, Vanilla berries, Cashew and Peanut. I tried them all except the Cashew. They’re all very nice and have a very nice structure. My favourites are ‘Apple Cinnamon’, ‘Coconut’ and ‘Peanut’. That is just really my thing. I mostly use them when I go to the gym as a pre or post work out snack. They work very well for that. The ‘Protein’ bar even has 20 gr of protein and they all give you a boost of energy.I also think it’s super handy to have in your bag for when you’re on the way and it’ll take a while before your next meal. What I really like is the colours and the simplicity of this product. You can get them in a lot of health shops/supermarkets like the ‘Whole Foods Market’ and ‘Portobello Wholefoods’. Check out their website for more information.

I sometimes like to use stock as it’s such an easy and quick way to make a sauce or soup. My favourite stock is the ‘yeast free vegetable’ and the ‘garlic and herb’ from Kallø. I like them so much because they are all natural, organic, gluten-free, they don’t add sugar or any other crap and their palm oil is responsibly sourced. I think the ‘yeast free vegetable’ is ideal for making any kind of soup and I like to use the ‘garlic and herb’ to make a yummy pasta sauce. Unfortunately not all supermarkets sell Kallø or they only have a few options (especially the ‘garlic and herb’ can be hard to find). I’m sure they have them in the ‘Whole Foods Market’ in High Street Kensington and sometimes you’re just lucky to bump into the right one. For more information you can visit their website, because Kallø also sells rice/corn cakes, cereals, breadsticks and gravies. PS: Don’t forget to check out the little poems which are written on the back of every product! + ..don’t they have a cool design?

Fruit packs / Soup

I love baby food. A lot of people think I’m crazy, but I also met a few people who agree with me. I like all sorts of baby food, even the ones with veggies in them. There are so many different brands, but my favourite is definitely Ella’s Kitchen! The taste is just amazing and I like it even more, because it’s organic and there is no crap at all. My favourites are the ones on the picture and then especially the ‘mangoes, pears and papaya’ one. I eat them like a snack, as a healthy dessert, over yogurt or over fruit. They are delicious! For the people who really have babies I’d recommend Ella’s Kitchen too. Though I’m a big believer in making the food for your baby yourself (invest in a good food processor), because you can’t get it any fresher and because it gives less waste. And for all the grown ups who like baby food, go and try these! Ella’s Kitchen is not vegan though, they also have things with meat and dairy. Though they have a big range of vegan things. Yay! Visit their website to have a look at all their products.

I never heard of Tideford soup before, until recently. I was at the Whole Foods Market and I saw them in the fridge. It said ‘organic’ and ‘vegan’ and I’m just a sucker for those 2 things, especially combined. When I did my research I’ve found out they decided to go 100% vegan. They have soup, sauces and even pesto and they’re all vegan now. For all the varieties of soup and other products, you can visit their website. They also have a lot of information about why being vegan is so good. I think I just have a new favourite brand! About the soup I tried.. they both have a very strong taste and I liked the ‘minestrone’ a bit better than the ‘miso broth’. What I think is positive, but some people might find it a bit overwhelming. I think you just have to try it and test which one you like best. Did I mention that all their products are also free from gluten, wheat and nuts?! Brands like this are definitely worth supporting.

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