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Vegan No Rice Sushi (Millet Recipe)

Vegan sushi rolls are very easy to make and they can be a wonderful healthy snack or even a full meal. Our recipe is unique: we show you how to make plant-based sushi without rice. Instead of rice we are using millet. If you have not included millet in your diet yet, then take a look at health benefits that millet has to offer. And if you have no idea how to cook it (and make it taste great!), then this vegan sushi recipe is a great place to start.

This recipe is also a part of our Pregnancy Meal Plan , as it shows you how to add some seaweed, and hence iodine without eating fish, to your diet.


For sushi millet:

  • 1 cup millet, soaked
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of liquid sweetener (honey/maple syrup/coconut syrup)
  • 1 tbsp of sesame oil (optional)
  • salt to taste

For rolls filling:

  • 2 carrots / “vegan salmon” (see below)
  • 2 small cucumbers
  • dried tomatoes, mushrooms
  • 1 avocado
  • roasted sesame seeds
  • 4 nori sheets

For “vegan salmon”:

  • 2 carrots
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp of vinegar
  • 1 tsp liquid sweetener
  • 1 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil and sesame seeds (optional)
  • salt to taste


Step 1.  Combine millet and water in a pot, and boil at low to medium flame until all water is absorbed, for about 15 minutes. Let it cool down.

Step 2. After millet cools down, mix it together with balsamic vinegar, oil (if using), sweetener and salt. While mixing, slightly mash millet as well.

Step 3. Prepare the filling for your sushi: cut all ingredients in long stripes.

Step 4. Take a nori sheet and spread the millet on top, about 0.5 cm thick. Arrange vegetables on top, on one sie of the sheet. Keep at least 1 cm on the sides free, so that you can roll it easily.

Step 5. Roll the nori sheet and cut into thick pieces. Enjoy with soya sauce.


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Mashed Potatoes with Smoked Chilli

Every house has their own mashed potatoes recipe. Our potato mash is, as always, with a twist. There is no need to buy ready spice mixes and flavour enhancers if you know just a few tricks in the kitchen – and we will show you one of them.

You’ve probably seen recipes that call for liquid smoke to add a very special smoky flavour to a dish. In traditional kitchens, before a process to create additives with smoke flavour was created, different methods were used to add the same taste to the recipes. Watch the video below to learn how to add a smoky chilli flavour not just to you mash potatoes, but to any dish you like.

DISCLAIMER: be very careful when using this method in your kitchen. Open all doors and windows and make sure that there are no kids or sensitive people around. The fumes of burned chillies can make you cough really hard.



  • 4 boiled potatoes
  • 1 fresh green chilli
  • 1 dried red chilli
  • a handful of fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 tsp of mustard oil
  • salt to taste


Step 1. Peel and cut the potatoes. Add them to a mixing bowl

Step 2. De-seed and cut in small pieces the green chilli. Mince the garlic. Chop the onion and fresh coriander leaves. Add everything to the mixing bowl with potatoes.

Step 3. Take a fork and mash the potatoes together with the rest of ingredients.

Step 4. Add 2 tsp of mustard oil and salt. Mix and mash the potatoes once again.

Step 5. Now, smoke the dried red chilli. Cover it with a  thin layer of mustard oil and burn with a lighter above the mixing bowl with potatoes. The chilli should burn completely. Drop the ashes into the mixing bowl and mix everything thoroughly.

Serve in a desired shape.

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Vegetarian Thai Green Curry Recipe

Making your own vegetarian thai curry from scratch is much easier than you think. There is no need to buy a ready-made thai curry paste from a store, because you need less than 10 minutes to prepare you own. The secret is in the correct ingredients (kaffir lime leaves, lemon grass and galangal), which you can easily find in any Asian store. You can also freeze the herbs and roots and use fresh every time you need them.

There are three famous thai curries: green curry, yellow curry and red curry. This recipe shows how to make vegetarian green curry. You can add any vegetables that you like, as well as tofu, or anything else you love to have in your curry. It is a quick and very healthy meal, which also suit vegan and gluten-free diet!




  • galangal – 2 cm long
  • kaffir lime leaves – 8-10 leaves
  • lemon grass – 4 sticks
  • red/green chilli – 1
  • coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • garlic – 1 clove
  • onions – 2 medium-sized
  • fresh coriander – a handful
  • coconut milk – 1 can (400 ml)
  • carrot – 1 medium
  • mushrooms (champignon or shiitake)  – 5-7
  • red paprika – 1
  • any other vegetables of choice or tofu


Step 1. Peel and chop lemon grass stalks.

Step 2. Pulse lemon grass, galangal, lime leaves, chilli, garlic, onions, fresh coriander, coriander powder and cumin powder in a food processor, until it turns into a nice smooth paste. If required, add a few spoons of cold  water.

Step 3. Chop the vegetables into any shape you like, don’t make them too small. Stir fry your vegetables for about 5 minutes.

Step 4. Add your ready curry paste, mix everything nicely, make sure that the vegetables are covered with the paste. Cook for 5 more minutes.

Step 5. Add coconut milk and cook for 5-7 minutes more. If you want it less thick, add a bit of water or vegetable stock.

You can garnish your vegetarian thai green curry with some fresh coriander and serve with plain rice.

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Gobi Manchurian Cauliflower Healthy Recipe

Cauliflower Indo-Chinese Recipe | Gobi Manchurian Healthy Version

Our cauliflower recipe was inspired by a very popular Indo-Chinese street food named gobi manchurian, but we make it more light and healthy.

Gobi manchurian is a fusion dish, that was invented by a Chinese cook in Kolkata, you can find it in many Indian restaurants. In most reipces it is deep fried, but you can easily avoid it, by following our healthy recipe.



  • cauliflower – 1 medium
  • carrots – 2 medium
  • tomatoes – 4-5 small
  • red onion – 1-2
  • pepper – 1-2 medium
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • soya sauce
  • vinegar

For coating:

  • corn starch/corn flour – 7 tsp
  • wholewheat flour – 2-3 tsp



Step 1. Start with cutting the cauliflower. Take out the green part that you don’t need, cut the white part and then break it with your hands in medium-sized florets.

Step 2. Wash the cauliflower, put it in the boiling water and cook for about 5-8 minutes.

Step 3. Meanwhile, chop the carrots, bell peppers, onions and you can also add a green chilli pepper if you like it. Take equal quantity of garlic and ginger (1-2 tsp), peel them and then chop them in very small pieces. Chop the tomatoes and keep them aside.

Step 4. When the cauliflower is cooked, take it out of the water and put it in a big bowl. Add 1 tsp of oil, about 2 tsp of wholewheat flour and about 6 tsp of corn flour. Then add some tumeric, about 1 tsp, and the same quantity of paprika or red chilli powder. Add a bit of water and mix it well. Don’t forget some salt!

Step 5. Heat 1-2 tsp of cooking oil in a big pan, keep it in the medium heat. Add the cauliflower, cover the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes mixing it from time to time. It is ready when cauliflower starts getting a golden color. When the cauliflower is cooked, take it out of the pan.

Step 6. Add again some oil in the pan and start cooking vegetables. Add ginger and garlic, cook them for a couple of minutes until the smell starts coming out, and then add the remaining vegetables, except tomatoes. Cook them for a few minutes, than add the chopped tomatoes at the very end. When tomatoes start to soften, add some salt, give it a good mix and then add the cauliflower.

Step 7. Mix your vegetables well and add 6-7 tsp of white vinegar and about 9 tsp of soya sauce. Stir fry it for 2 to 3 minutes more, so that all the flavours can blend together.

Your healthy gobi manchurian is ready! Enjoy!

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Easy Spinach Pie with Herbs and Feta

Our recipe for an easy pie with spinach and greens is inspired by the truly international cuisine! Something similar exists in the kitchens of almost every single country, whereas fillings and precise methods of cooking may vary.

This particular pie was foremost inspired by a traditional Armenian dish, Zhingalov Hats – flat bread stuffed with herbs. It has only natural ingredients in season and can feature up to 30 different herbs! Besides, our creation was influenced by Argentinian empanadas and Indian parathas, that also use spinach and cottage cheese inside.

You can be as creative as you like – and if you skip cottage cheese, you can also create a vegan option of this dish. Add as many herbs and other greens as you wish, whatever is in season – for us, it is spinach season right now!



– 1 cup spinach

– 1 cup greens and herbs of choice (rucola, parsley, coriander etc.)

– 2 tbsp of cottage cheese / feta (optional)


– 1 cup wholewheat flour

– 1/2 – 3/4 cup lukewarm water


Step 1. Prepare the dough. Mix flour with water (adding water gradually) and knead it for a few minutes, until the dough forms a soft ball. Keep aside for about 20 minutes, we will prepare our filling meanwhile.

Step 2. Prepare the filling. Cut spinach and cook on a medium flame for about 5 minutes.

Step 3. Add finely chopped greens to the pan, mix everything nicely together.

Step 4. Add cottage cheese (if using), mix everything together and take off the flame.

Step 5. Take the dough and shape it into a long roll – it should be very soft and elastic by now. Split it into the equal portions, and form each portion into a nice smooth ball.

Step 6. Roll each ball with a rolling pin into a thin disc. Add your filling on top of the disc and shape it into a nice pie. You can choose any shape – we chose the one that resembles empanadas! The most important thing is that the filling should be completely hidden inside the pie and tightly sealed, so that no juices escape during the baking process.

Step 7. Bake the pies at 200C for about 20 minutes or until ready. Alternatively, you can cook pies on a pan, continuously flipping them to make sure that they cook equally on each side.

Your super easy and delicious pie is ready – enjoy it!



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Fried Noodles Pasta: Easy Stir Fry Recipe

Fried noodles is a popular dish in East and Southeast Asia, which can be cooked in many varieties and cooking styles. Here is our favourite version: an easy stir fry recipe with fresh ingredients found in the kitchen, that will also suit vegetarian and vegan foodies!

If you ran out of noodles, you can use normal pasta, spaghetti, and the result will be equally delicious. A perfect option for a healthy and filling lunch or dinner, that doesn’t require hours in the kitchen.


  • pasta (spaghetti) – 250 gr
  • carrots – 3
  • cabbage – ½ medium
  • spring onions
  • onion – 1 medium
  • ginger
  • garlic – 2 cloves
  • chilli pepper
  • soya sauce (6-8 tsp)
  • vinegar (4-6 tsp)


Step 1. Boil the pasta for the time indicated on the package (5-8 minutes)

Step 2. Peel the carrots and chop them into small pieces, cut the cabbage into thin slices, cut the onion. Chop the spring onions (if you don’t have spring onions you can replace it with parsley) and put them away, you’ll add them in the end.

Step 3. Peel 2-3 cloves of garlic and chop them into very small pieces. Take the same quantity of ginger and cut it into small pieces too. Cut in two pieces a chilli pepper.

Step 4. Heat some olive oil in a pan, add onion, garlic, ginger and a chilli pepper. Stir it for a few minutes. Now you can add the cabbage and the carrots. Continue cooking till the cabbage is soft (between 5 and 7 mins), add some salt, vinegar and some soya sauce. Mix well. Add boiled pasta and mix it well again.

Step 5. Top the noodles off with the spring onions, mix everything well and take off the stove.

Your fried noodles are ready! You can surprise your friends and family with an unusual spaghetti dish!

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