The Italian Giardiniera is an ancient recipe for pickled vegetables. It is also called Giardiniera Campagnola (Rural Giardiniera), because it was one of the most traditional ways to save the overabundance of the production by the farmers, and store a spare of fresh vegetables before the winter. Giardiniera recipe is a “must-to-try” of the classic Italian “aperitivo” (aperitif), and delicious paired with meats and cheeses for a fantastic Italian BBQ. The vegetables may vary depending on the availability of the garden, but commonly the ingredients I choose, compose the classic Giardiniera mix!
This yellow lentils rice bowl is a healthy alternative for lunch at home or work! Lentils are rich in fiber, and minerals, and vitamins. Today, I paired the lentils with the fresh taste of grilled zucchini seasoned with olive oil and mint. A couple of tablespoons of Basmati rice cooked with Pilaf method finish the yellow lentils rice bowl: a vegan boost of energy for your body!
Charred okra and tomatoes stew is a recipe perfect to serve at a BBQ party! This delish is great also prepared in your kitchen with the help of a cast iron pan: just remember to clean and season the pan after the use. The okra is cut into halves and stir-fried until charred, then seasoned with a delicious cherry tomatoes sauce. Finally, the okra is slow-cooked depending on the grade of cooking you prefer: simple, healthy and tasty!
Basil pesto is a must of Genovese cuisine (click here to read the recipe and history). People from Genoa are very proud of this tasty recipe and admit just a few variation. The most famous recipe with basil pesto is “Pesto Avvantaggiato” also called simply “Pesto Alla Genovese”. The pasta, commonly Linguine or Trofie, is cooked along with green beans and diced potatoes, then tossed with basil pesto. It’s critical do not re-heat basil pesto and add a few tbsp of water to obtain a creamy sauce. Easy and tasty!
Grilled eggplants is a very common dish, but I you desire a particular way to make them follow this recipe! I love to prepare my grilled eggplants marinated with Salmoriglio, a sauce composed of lemon, fresh herbs, and lemon juice. This recipe is also an excellent Idea to save the leftovers vegetables after a barbecue party!
This butternut squash soup is tasty and healthy; really a vegan and detox delicacy! The squash cream is sweet and spicy, thanks to the Cayenne pepper and turmeric powder. The Beluga lentils are delicious surprise into the cream soup. Finally, fresh dill gives a pleasant note of freshness.
Pasta Puttanesca recipe is a daily dish in Italy; easy and tasty! This recipe was created in Naples, but Rome is proud of a variation become as traditional as the Neapolitan version. The Roman Puttanesca sauce require anchovies, and Pecorino Romano, and oregano instead of parsley: absolutely a must-to-try! If you prefer to stay in the tradition eating an amazing vegan Italian dish, go with Neapolitan version!
The Skordalia recipe made with mashed potatoes is one of my preferred Greek side dishes; it’s so simple to make and flavorful! Traditionally, Skordalia is served along with fried salt cod, but it is delicious also with grilled lamb, fried zucchini and eggplants, or beet salad!
Ratatouille recipe is a delicious, vegan dish, very traditional into the Southern France cuisine. These stir-fried mixed vegetables are perfect as an appetizer as well as a side dish! In the tradition, the ingredients are slowly stewed until creamy along with Provencal Herbs, but over the years the cooking time is got reducing progressively, so according to your preference cook the ratatouille 30 mins up to 3 hours!
Salmoriglio is an ancient, Italian marinade and dressing. Thanks to its sour, lemony flavor it helps to tenderize fish, meats, and vegetables giving them a delicious taste! Here, the history and the recipe.