It is the asparagus season in Germany again. My family including the kids loves green asparagus. My favorite way to prepare the asparagus is on a pan.
First chop off the hard ends of asparagus – you can even break them off with your hands,
Then you put some olive oil or butter in a skillet, add the asparagus, season with sea salt and roast it for about 3 minutes. The asparagus will be cooked but crispy and will not lose the beautiful intensive green color. We like to add some freshly grated parmesan cheese and decorate with lemon slices or with cooked hard boiled eggs or fresh cherry tomatoes.
Healthy & Tasty! This way the asparagus fits well as a sides dish to steaks or fish. It works well as a light vegetarian dinner if you add the eggs to it.
Let me know how you like to cook asparagus? Do you prefer the white asparagus or the green asparagus?
It is really cold in Germany right now so I have cravings for comfort food as stews, thick soups etc. This is a very simple one pot meal.
For my healthy vegan chilli stew you will need:
2 sweet potatoes
1 teaspoon cayanne pepper + a bit extra for sprinkling
1 teaspoon ground cumin + a bit extra for sprinkling
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon + a bit extra for sprinkling
2 cellery stalks
a hand full of button mushroom
2 cloves garlic
1 green chilli pepper
1 red chilli pepper
1 x 400 g jar of kidney beans
1 x 400g jar of chickpeas
2x 400g jar of cut tomatoes
Preheat the oven to 200˚C
Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into smaller chunks, put them on a baking tray cover with baking peper
Sprinkle the potatoes with some cayanne pepper, cumin and cinammon, sea salt and black pepper
Chop Chillis into tiny pieces
Chop mushrooms and cerllery stalks into chunks
Chop the onions roughly
Chop the garlic into tiny pieces
Heat 2 tablespoon of olive oil in a pot
Add onions, garlic, mushrooms, cellery stalks and cook on medium high heat for about 5 minutes
After 5 minutes add the chilli, the spices and cook for 5 – 10 minutes more, stir occassionaly
Drain the beans and add to the pot
Add the tomatoes
Bring to the boil and reduce to the medium – low and leave to simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, add water if too thick
Add the roasted sweet potatoes and stir
You can decorate with fresh coriander leaves