Roasting vegetables not only makes the kitchen smell great, it also concentrates their flavor. So anything roasted makes a great base for soups. The carrots in this soup become rather sweet, which is why the slightly sour sumac is a great addition. This soup doesn’t need much else, except for salt and a little shallot. And olive oil of course. I also tried to incorporate the carrot greens by turning them into a tangy pesto. On their own they are a little bitter, but mixed with mint they taste fresh and bright. Carrot tops are unfortunately often not even sold, although they are very nutritious. Maybe because it’s (falsely) assumed they are inedible? (Read this article here for some details). Parsley works as a substitute in this recipe, but I find it’s worth looking out for fresh, preferably organic carrots with greens and use them too.
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I often buy rainbow chard because it’s so pretty, and then I don’t know what to do with it. This is why I researched a bit and came up with this curry recipe as a simple and delicious solution. It’s seasoned just with immune-boosting ginger, turmeric and garlic, and some mustard seeds, but feel free to add some other spices that you like (maybe cumin or coriander) at the beginning of the cooking process. You can of course also vary the quantities of the vegetable ingredients, or add more vegetable broth to turn it into more of a (lentil) soup. In any case it will be a nice and healthy meal for a cold autumn night.
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This is a very tasty and practical salad. All ingredients can be prepared ahead and mixed together when needed. And once mixed, the salad can also be stored in the fridge for several days. A perfect healthy lunch to take to work for example. The miso-glazed carrots are based on a delicious recipe from the New York Times, simplified a bit and with added sesame. The soy-lime dressing is super simple but full of umami flavors, good also for all other kinds of salads.
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Freekeh is one of the best grains out there. It has a lot of fiber and a nutty but fresh taste. This is probably because it’s wheat that has been harvested when still young. The dried wheat is then carefully burnt, so the seeds remain intact. This is what gives them their special flavor. Freekeh is a typically middle eastern food, but in Germany we have a very similar thing called Gruenkern, which is spelt processed in a similar way. Gruenkern is one of the foods of my childhood, it’s actually delicious! Today I mostly eat it in salads, such as this one, which has a nice mix of flavors and textures with the fresh figs and the roasted aubergine. The tahini dressing is my new favorite, it’s good in everything but goes especially well with this salad I find.
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This is a delicious, rather wintery stew. The spinach adds a nice and fresh note to balance all the earthy flavors of the beets, mushrooms and lentils. Beluga lentils are among my favorite kinds of lentils because they stay firm even when cooked and have a light nutty flavor. They are great also in salads, and in fact this dish works as a cold salad as well, maybe with a little added olive oil and lemon juice.
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