Miso Roasted Cauliflower With Courgette Raita (VEGAN)

Long gone are the days of bland, boiled cauliflower! There are few things more delicious and versatile than a whole beautiful cauliflower. You can turn it into a Sunday roast, chunk it up and spice it up, make it into steaks, puree or soup. The world is your…cauliflower! Let me introduce you to this new…

Mom’s Chunky Vegetable Lentil Soup

One of my favourite things mom makes is her chunky, wholesome lentil soup. I know in most countries this soup comes as a cream soup, but in Romania it’s like an Italian minestrone but with lentils instead of pasta. Yeah, this is probably the best description! Haha. My mom is an excellent cook. And I…

5 Awesome Weekday Vegan Breakfast Ideas

I enjoy a balanced lifestyle of healthy, nutritious meals with a side of indulgent treats. Whatever I eat – I try to make it appealing, fun and super flavoursome.

Traditional Romanian Cabbage Rolls (Sarmale)

Quite a few of you asked me on Instagram to share my mom’s vegan ‘Sarmale’ recipe, aka stuffed cabbage rolls. Whilst this dish exists traditionally in other Eastern European and Middle Eastern countries, it is definitely one of the most popular here in Romania. It’s usually made with meat, but mastering a delicious vegan version…

Pumpkin and Sage Vegan Risotto

Autumn is for warm dishes, with creamy textures and happy after thoughts. This vegan risotto recipe is a guaranteed winner with both vegans and non-vegans. I know, because I tested it on my non-vegan friends! And they wanted seconds. It has so many layers of flavour and it can be a beautiful dinner dish you…

Fig and orange vegan chocolate tarts

Ok. I’m never going back to traditional chocolate desserts now that I have made the ultimate vegan treat. You probably don’t believe me, but wait till you try this!I made this recipe simple-stupid, so that you have no excuse. Plus, it takes less than 30 mins to make it. Yes, prep time included. I know,…

The Nicecream Craze and How to Make Some

What is nicecream you ask? A frozen banana-based dessert. It’s dairy, egg and sugar free – except for, of course, the naturally occurring sugars and whatever topping you choose to adorn it with.

My 3 go-to smoothies

Smoothies are a great way to hydrate, nourish and get a boost of vitamins and minerals. Add some protein powder (plant-based) and you have a perfect post-workout refuelling meal. I personally don’t think fruit-only smoothies should replace a meal. But they can be a quick pre-breakfast infusion of goodness which will hit your bloodstream in…

Make Meat a Treat, I Dare You!

WHY EAT LESS MEAT Some of you would’ve noticed on my Instagram account (@mariasnaturalkitchen) that I have a clear preference for plantbased meals. I love fruit and vegetables, I am fascinated by spices and herbs and clean eating is a way of life for me. If you want to eat less meat, continue reading this…