Tomat- och linssoppa med kryddiga solrosfrön

Vi har ägnat oss åt att rensa ur skafferiet på sistone, och har sakta med säkert ätit oss igenom bortglömda burkar och kartonger alltmedan matkostnaderna har varit ovanligt låga. När man är i skåprensartagen inser man hur många snabba maträtter man kan svänga ihop med hjälp av i stort sett enbart skafferivaror, och den här soppan är ett utmärkt exempel på en sådan. Den tar 30 min att laga och kräver enbart varor de flesta av oss har hemma redan. Vi gillar den här som en värmande lunch – perfekt för oss som jobbar hemifrån – och självklart serverar vi den med en tjock, god brödskiva till. De kryddiga solrosfröna både ser fina ut och smakar jättegott, och är väl värda de extra minuterna av förberedelser.

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Warm Lentil Parsnip Salad

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As I’m typing this, it’s well below 0ºC (32ºF) outside and the ground is covered by snow. It’s 3pm… and the sun has already set. In other words, it’s (late) December. Salads might, therefore, seem a little off at first glance. But not this one. No, this unassuming yet perfect little winter salad has a lot of things going for it – seasonal vegetables, hearty lentils, flavorful dressing… and served warm or at room temperature, it feels just as grounding and nourishing as a bowl of soup. Nutritionally, it’s a bomb. Kale – as we all know by now – packs a wide range of micronutrients (and eaten raw, as in this recipe, it’s even better), and the heaping amount of lentils per serving guarantees plenty of both slow carbohydrates and protein. Parsnips bring – besides great flavor and texture – high levels of both potassium and folic acid, and the walnuts get us a quite the chunk of good fats (walnuts are a great source of omega 3), more protein, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc (among other goodies).

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Christmas Vegan Meatballs – Two Ways

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With less than a week until Christmas, how’s your menu planning going? This year, we’re not hosting Christmas but instead bringing some items to my stepsister’s house. Last year, we had 15 people at our house (which is quite roomy for us but certainly a little tight when the whole crew comes over) and it was our first ever Christmas that we hosted. Needless to say, we went completely over the top with everything. Number of dishes (way too many). Amount of each dish (way too much). Number of “classics” no one even likes (at least a handful). We ate Christmas leftovers for a week and learned a big lesson. So. This year, we’re not planning a whole spread. We’ve instead handpicked a few of our favorites (such as these Ginger-y Brussels Sprouts with Hazelnuts and this Slow Cooked Green Kale) that we’ll bring, and when it’s time for us to host again (maybe next year?), we – hopefully – won’t repeat the mistakes of last year. But enough about that. How are you celebrating the holidays? At home, at someone else’s, by doing something by yourself? If you’re cooking, what are your go-to’s, your favorites, your classics?

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Lentil-Potato Dal

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Dal – spelled daal, dhal and dahl as well – is a term used for legumes (that is, lentils, beans and peas) in the Indian subcontinent. It also refers to a variety of soups or stews prepared with any of the said ingredients. Most commonly, one tends to associate dal with a curry-laden lentil concoction, and that goes for us too. In our opinion, that’s just the best. Sometimes we make it without potatoes and serve it over rice instead (which, we’re not going to lie, is ridiculously yummy), but with potatoes already in there, it turns into a one-pot complete meal AND a much more eco-friendly alternative (naturally, buying locally grown potatoes is a far better choice than imported rice). Another great alternative is to serve it over wheat berries, which gives you some rice-like chewiness from a far more sustainable food source (at least for us up here in the north).

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