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Pasta Pesto

8 Nov

Since I’m stuck at home with the flu, and don’t have the courage or energy to cook/bake anything decent, there’ll be some easy and quick recipes on here the coming days…

I love pesto, it gives me an instant summer/vacation vibe… This is technically speaking pistou, the French version of pesto, because there are no pine nuts involved. I like pine nuts, but they’re kind of expensive so I just omitted them, and the pesto/pistou still turned out great.

Pasta Pesto

Ingredients (for 2 people)

  • 1 package (250g) filled tortellini (I used 4 cheeses)
  • 10g fresh basil
  • 25g aragula
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 15g hard Italian cheese, grated (I used Grana Padano)
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • about 25g aragula for garnishing
  • about 1 Tbsp of grated cheese for garnishing

Directions

  • Cook the tortellini according to the instructions on the package
  • Blend the basil, the garlic and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a food processor until it forms a smooth paste (I used a tall measurement cup and an immersion blender instead)
  • Add the grated cheese and stir well until you become a homogeneous paste
  • Dilute with the rest of the olive oil (I think I used about 2,5 tablespoons instead of 3) and stir again
  • Serve the tortellini with the pesto, the aragula and some grated cheese

Source: adapted from De Kooktips

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Rice, Apple & Broccoli Salad with a Creamy Dressing

30 Okt

Tonight we had an easy but tasty salad. I love the different colours, it almost looks like a little piece of art…

Rice, Apple & Broccoli Salad with a Creamy Dressing

Ingredients (for 2 people)

  • 150g rice, uncooked
  • 200g broccoli, chopped into florets
  • 75g plain soy yoghurt
  • 1 Tbsp soy milk
  • 2 tsp herbes de provence (I used a mixture of equal parts dried basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme and garlic powder)
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 medium apple, diced (1cmx1cm)
  • 2 Tbsp dried cranberries (I used Goji berries)
  • 2 Tbsp walnuts, chopped
  • 1 scallion, chopped

Directions

  • Cook the rice according to the instructions on the package.
  • Cook the broccoli in a pot boiling, salted water without a lid for about 5 minutes. Make sure to rinse it with cold water when done. This way the broccoli will preserve its beautiful green colour.
  • Combine the soy yoghurt, soy milk, herbs, salt and pepper in a small bowl and whisk together until smooth.  Set aside
  • Arrange the rice, broccoli, apple, berries and walnuts onto the plates
  • Drizzle the prepared dressing over the salad
  • Garnish with the chopped up scallion

Source: adapted from Poor Girl Eats Well

Green Bell Pepper Soup

30 Okt

This is actually one of my mom’s success recipes, so it’s kind of an inheritance, haha. The taste of the bell peppers is so nice and strong that you almost need no seasoning. I just used a bouillon cube and that’s it.

It’s such an easy but at the same time elegant recipe, and my mom and I always get great comments about it… So go ahead and startle everyone with this amazing soup!

Green Bell Pepper Soup

Ingredients (for 1 pot)

  • 1 Tbsp margarine
  • 4 medium green bell peppers, diced (1cmx1cm)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 bouillon cube (I used vegetable)
  • 1l water (I always preheat it in the water boiler)

Directions

  • Preheat the margarine in a medium pot
  • Sauté the onion for 5 minutes
  • Add the diced bell peppers
  • Crumble the bouillon cube over the pot and last but not least: pour in the boiling water
  • Let the soup simmer for about 10 minutes
  • Blend the soup with an immersion blender
  • Pour the soup through a sieve, otherwise you’ll have annoying little pieces in your cup of soup

Source: adapted from my wonderful mom!