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Looking for quick recipe? Vegetarian recipe? 3 simple recipes with potato, cauliflower and lentils

Updated on October 24, 2011

There are so many recipe sites and books available. Why should I read your recipes? Why should I trust you? - you may ask. These are proper questions. I would answer that my recipes are best for beginners. They are quick, simple and detailed with photo instructions. At least I do my best to write easy understandable recipe. If it's not, please let me know. I do believe that it's very important. With more than 10 years of cooking-every-day experience, my favorite cooking book is still my first one, written for beginners. Why? Answer is very simple: any recipe from it turns out very tasty because of smart tips and detailed explanation of every step.

Smart cooking is all about knowing chemistry and physical properties of products. What temperature, spices and tips are best to get tender meat? When should I add salt and spices, in the beginning, middle or when food is ready? Should I put vegetables in hot or cold water? Wrong answers to these and many other questions can spoil any recipe. That's why I encourage you to use only very detailed recipes to get best of it and I hope I'll help you in your way to masterpiece cooking.

However, I don't have answer why you should trust me. All I can say: try it. If you trust before you try, you may repent before you die - proverb says. So, try it! What are you waiting for?


Potato recipe for vegetarian

This is amazing microwave simple recipe which my husband created. I would enjoy to eat it every day. It is so simple but yummy. If you love potatoes, try this potato recipe. It will taste as something between boiled, fried and baked potatoes. I will appreciate if you let me know your feedback!

Hand-on time: 5 min, cooking time: 15 min

Ingredients for 2 servings:

  • 5 medium size peeled potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • salt to taste

How to cook:

  1. Cut potatoes into small cubes. Smaller cubes will cook faster.
  2. Pour olive oil in your microwave pot and put potatoes cubes on it. You don't need to add water! Potatoes will be much tastier without water and will keep more vitamins (many vitamins, e.g. vitamin C, dissolve in water).
  3. Sprinkle potatoes with butter
  4. Cover pan and cook in microwave on high for 10 minutes.
  5. Stir, check readiness, and cook more 5 minutes if required (it depends on your microwave and potato cubes size). Usually 15 minutes altogether is enough for all types of microwaves.
  6. Add salt when it is ready and stir well. Enjoy!

To make it even better, follow next steps:

  1. Chop parsley and dill
  2. Grate garlic
  3. Mix chopped parsley, dill and grated garlic with potatoes. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Cauliflower is boiled and drained
Cauliflower is boiled and drained | Source
Tempura is ready
Tempura is ready | Source
Your tempura cauliflower! Enjoy!
Your tempura cauliflower! Enjoy!

Tempura cauliflower recipe for vegetarian

Of course, it's not authentic Japanese tempura, but quite close to it and very tasty!

Cooking time: 30 min or less

Ingredients for 2 servings:

  • 1 small head cauliflower, separated into florets
  • 1 egg
  • 1.5 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt to taste

How to cook:

  1. Boil water and put cauliflower florets there. Add salt. Let it boil on medium heat until cauliflower is tender (5 to 10 minutes).
  2. While cauliflower is cooking, prepare tempura. Beat egg in mixing bowl. Add flour and mix it well with egg. Set aside.
  3. When cauliflower is ready, dry it with paper towel.
  4. Heat oil in skillet
  5. Dip cauliflower in tempura and add it to the oil
  6. Fry on both sides till golden.
  7. You can drain it on paper towel if you want, but I don't do it (remember, we used only 2 tablespoons of oil)



Lentils recipe for vegetarian

Honestly speaking, I have discovered lentils only few years ago, but immediately fell in love with it. They have great taste, they are low in calories, high in nutrition, and significant source of proteins! Ideal food for vegetarian!

Cooking time: 30 min

Ingredients for 2 servings:

  • 1 cup lentils
  • 2-3 cups water (depends on how thick or thin lentils you like)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • salt to taste

How to cook:

  1. Wash lentils, washing never hurts.
  2. Boil water in pot and put lentils there. Make sure that there is enough room in pot to let lentils expand to about 1.5-2 times. Bring it to a boil and slightly boil on medium-low heat until ready (about 30 minutes)
  3. While lentils are cooking, peel and finely chop onion. Fry it in skillet with olive oil till golden brown.
  4. Add fried onion to the pot with lentils as soon as you fried onion. It will enrich gravy.
  5. Check if lentils are ready. They should be very tender. Add butter and stir well.



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