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Black bean spaghetti with kale and pomegranate

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when i was i kid i loved pasta. and a really mean loved. i could eat it every single day for weeks if i was allowed. from time to time me and dad also used to make pasta together. this always ended up with the whole kitchen being heaped with tagliatelle on the dry. sometimes we’d go all the way and make tortellini,  another love of mine. i cherished these days. winding the pasta machine, hanging out in the kitchen, later serving the rest of the family this fantastic creation of ours. with loads of parmesan if i had it my way. at this that time my humble opinion was that pasta was the best invention the world had seen. i even remember writing a short paper on the subject when i was eight.

now it was a long time since i stood in a kitchen surrounded by pasta and even though i have a very weak spot for pasta carbonara that’s not how i approach weekdays today. since i don’t cook (or eat) much meat i try to fit in proteins into my meals wherever i can. and a big portion of veggie pasta doesn’t really fill that purpose, or my stomach for that matter. that’s a problem, since i love both the pasta itself and the simplicity in tossing of a bowl of spaghetti.

then, a couple of weeks ago i found something that turned my weekdays around completely. black bean pasta. yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. pasta made from black beans, packed with proteins and satisfyingly filling. i combined this with the great kale, a new green interpretation of my dad’s pesto and pomegranate. ending up with something both beautiful to look at, comforting to eat, easy to make and incredibly tasty. people say you should be humble about your own cooking, but seriously, i’ve made this like seven times the past weeks. i promise you it’s good.

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the pasta part
200 g black bean spaghetti
6-8 leaves of kale, washed and cut into small pieces
1 big red onion, sliced
seeds from 1 pomegranate
parsley pesto (see below for recipe)
salt & 
pepper
pumpkin/sunflower seeds, toasted (was out of pumpkin seeds..)

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parsley & kale pesto
2 leaves of kale, stalks removed and cut into small pieces
one bunch of parsley, stalks removed
100 ml almonds
1 clove of garlic, minced into paste
100 g parmesan cheese, chopped
juice from 1/2 a lemon
100 ml olive oil, more if it’s too dry
1/2 tsp honey/agave syrup (optional)
1 tsp sea salt

start of by making the pesto. put all dry ingredients in a bowl mixer and mix until semi-fine. add liquids and pulse again, adding more oil if necessary. let rest for a while to allow the flavors to emerge. then adjust flavor (salt/cheese/lemon/syrup) if needed.

on to the pasta. while bringing salted water to a boil prepare the vegetables and the pomegranate. fry the onion and kale at high temperature in some olive oil while the pasta is cooking. remove frying pan from the heat and add drained pasta and just over half of the pesto and a dash of olive oil. mix well to make sure the pesto has worked it’s way into the tangle of pasta. put on plates and add a spoon or two of pomegranate seeds, some pumpkin seeds, black pepper and a shaving of fresh parmesan. indulge with more pesto close at hand.

about that pasta: in Stockholm you can find it at a couple of health-/eco stores – just have a look around. and the non-food photos is a peek from my past weekend in London.

All content by © Sofia Hellsten 2010-2013. All rights reserved.

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Sandwiches: same base, two versions

i’m back in stockholm after a week up north. though just for a couple of days before i travel down south. so i’ll keep it short this time. this is either for when you’re alone and really post-workout hungry. or when it’s two of you and you crave a savory light dinner. or just make one of ’em for a snack.

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from the mountain side. “slåtterblomma” in swedish

Caribbean  sandwich | piecefully Mediterranean sandwich | piecefully
the base
2 slices of sourdough bread
olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
100 g greek goats cheese (or feta)
2 spoons of ricotta cheese
6 cherry tomatoes
a couple of slices of red pepper
2 handfuls of red chard

Mediterranean sandwich | piecefully
for the mediterranean
1/2 a aubergine, in thin slices
1/2 a red onion
fresh thyme

Caribbean  sandwich | piecefully
for the caribbean
1/2 a avocado
1/2 a mango
fresh parsley

it’s pretty straight forward but just incase:
start of with the aubergine. slice it in thin slices and put on a tray. salt them and let sit until water has emerged, then dry them of and roast in the oven at 230°c for about 10-15 min. mash together the ricotta and the goat’s cheese. slice up the vegetables and rinse the chard. heat up a generous dash of olive oil in a frying pan, add some sea salt and a garlic clove that you’ve crushed with the broad side of the knife. fry the bread on both sides until it’s crisp and has some colour.  spread out the cheese on the bread and stack the vegetables on top.

All content by © Sofia Hellsten 2010-2013. All right reserved.

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Those carrots.

Daucus carota. when i grew up there was a bunch of carrot sticks on the table for every dinner. i have come to learn that, with difference in truthfulness, they: improve your night sight, gives you hick-ups if eaten on an empty stomach and are good for your teeth. and they’re rich in minerals and anti-oxidants.

i prefer them on a tray in the oven. roasted. simple but fantastic.

 

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roasted carrots with garlic and lemon dressing

4-5 small fresh carrots (with leafs)

1/2 avocado

1/3 can (ca 130 g) pre-boiled cannellini beans (or boli them yourself)

2 garlic cloves

half a small lemon

1 1/2 tsp honey/agave syrup

olive oil

pinch of sea salt

pepper

 

pre-heat the oven to 225°c. wash the carrots and take away the leafs. cut them length-wise in four (if they’re not already very thin). put on a oven tray, drizzle with some olive oil and throw in two garlic cloves with the peel still on. bake for ca 15-20 minutes. cut the avocado in cubes and mix with the beans. when the carrots and garlic are done release the garlic meat from the shell and mix thoroughly with sea salt. ad honey/syrup, lemon juice and olive oil.  mix the dressing with the avocado and beans, then serve on top of the carrots. great for a quick lunch.

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