Visually charming and exquisitely yummy – that’s what defines the Mediterranean Cuisine. But perhaps the one reason why this cuisine is so popular among both food lovers and health buffs around the world is the fact that it is healthy! So healthy, in fact that it has inspired a whole lot scientific research!
So, just imagine what if the health benefits of vegan recipes combine with that of the Mediterranean cuisine?
Yes…you guessed that right! Health and Taste…that’s what the Mediterranean Vegan Recipes promise.
Here are recipes for a complete three course Mediterranean Vegan Meal! Check them out!
Tomato and Basil Soup
This classic Mediterranean soup is quick and easy and is a winner whether served hot or cold. In order to make this dish, you will require these
- Vegetable stock (water diluted) – 750 ml
- Tomatoes (peeled and chopped) – 410 g (at least 1 tomato should be ripe and big)
- Fresh basil – one handful
- Large onion (chopped) – 1
- Large carrot (grated and peeled) – 1
- Garlic cloves (crushed) – 4
- Sugar (preferably use substitutes like stevia) – 2 ml
- Salt and pepper – to taste
- Olive oil – 30 ml
Once you have collected all these ingredients, follow this
Method of Preparation
First, heat olive oil in a large saucepan. Now add the onion, carrot, and a single clove of garlic. Sauté these ingredients until they are soft. This might take around 5 minutes. Here you must add the tomatoes along with their juices, sugar, seasoning, and the stock. Wait till the ingredients come to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover the saucepan and let the soup simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. Lastly, add the basil, the remaining cloves of garlic and seasoning and serve immediately.
For the entrée, you might want to taste the
Pasta alla Norma
To prepare this traditional Sicilian dish, you will require these
- Half an onion – diced
- Garlic cloves (minced) – 2
- Olive oil -2 Tbsp
- Salt – to taste
- Pepper – to taste
- tubular pasta – 1 box
- Fresh basil – to taste
- Tomatoes (diced) – 10
- Eggplants (sliced) – 2
Now, it’s time to learn the
Method of Preparation
Rub the sliced eggplants with salt. Let them sit for about thirty minutes after which you must press to drain the excess water out of the eggplants. Rinse them once. Now dice the eggplants into medium sized chunks. Take a large pan, place it on medium heat and add the olive oil. Now, sauté the onion and garlic in it till the garlic is golden brown in color. Here you should add the diced eggplants and cover the pan with a lid. Occasionally open the lid and stir. After the eggplants have softened, add the tomatoes, some whole basil leaves and salt. Cover it again for 20 minutes without forgetting to stir from time to time. In the meantime, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Strain it and add to the sauce. Mix thoroughly and serve with a sprinkling of fresh basil on top.
Let’s end this delicious three course meal with an exotic dessert
Sweet and Crunchy Date Fritters
This is a modern take on the classic Middle Eastern Holiday dessert recipe. Check it out. To begin with gather these
- Dates – 1 cup
- Walnuts – ½ cup
- Cinnamon – 1 Tsp
- Nutmeg – ¼ Tsp
- Wonton Skins – 16
- Oil – for brushing on the wanton skin
- Frying oil
- Powdered cinnamon – for dusting
- Crushed walnuts, almonds, honey – optional
Now, follow this
Method of Preparation
First, place the walnuts, cinnamon and nutmeg in the food processor and blend. Ensure that the walnuts remain still chunky. Shape this paste into ½ inch thick balls with oiled hands and keep them aside. Take the wanton sheets and brush the edges with oil. Place the date balls in the middle of the wanton sheets and fold the edges. Make whatever size you wish. In a large saucepan, heat the oil on medium high heat. Drop the wanton balls and fry till they are golden brown. Place the fritters on paper towels so that they soak up the excess oil. Sprinkle the powdered cinnamon as well as the optional almonds, honey and walnuts! Serve immediately.
Mediterranean cuisine and Vegan Ingredients together create fabulous dishes. For information on some more such recipes you can take the help of The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen. From nutritious appetizers to mouthwatering desserts – this book takes you deep into the world of Vegan Cooking – Mediterranean style.