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Valentine’s Menu full of Love

On Valentine’s Day we love to shower our loved ones with presents, but we can also show our love by doing something fun together. And what’s more romantic than cooking and eating together?

A plant-based Valentine’s dinner can be extremely delicious. We made some nice, simple recipes to go on our Valentine’s menu – because you don’t want to spend the whole day in the kitchen on this day of love!

We begin with a light starter, this wonderful Red Beet Soup, exactly what you need to warm up yourself and your partner.

The evening gets a little exotic with our Southern Quinoa Pilaf. An easy to prepare main course, with the perfect flavors to imagine yourself in a more southern atmosphere.

Of course we like to end with something pure and sweet. Chocolate raspberry cupcakes with chocolate strawberries… A great start of a lush and happy Valentine!

Valentine’s Day Cupcakes <3

Valentine’s Day is getting closer and we’d like to inspire you with some delicious recipes for this special day!
We have a lush romantic dessert for you! We made our chocolate raspberry cupcakes just a bit more special with… a strawberry dipped in chocolate.
These are quick and easy to make in advance. Melt some dark chocolate au bain-marie and dip every strawberry in it one by one.
Once these have cooled off, you can decorate your cupcakes with them.
Your loved one will be impressed, you’ll see!

Vegan MoFo – Grandma’s cake

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Pear cake has been a tradition in our family as long as I can remember…
Just thinking of it and I imagine the smell of fresh cake coming right out of the oven!
Mmmmm… Mouthwatering as I type!
Since the original recipe contained eggs and butter, this one needed a quick veganisation!

You’ll find the recipe here!

Vegan MoFo – Angel

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Angel is one of the animals Bite Back has adopted at the Farm Sanctuary Melief.
Bite Back doesn’t only want to reach out to the masses by doing vegan outreach, organising screenings of documentaries and lots of other activities. The organisation also wants to make a difference for individual animals.

Angel was adopted in 2010 after she fell off a truck who was heading to the slaughterhouse. She was only 4 months old at the time and fell off only a couple of hundred meters away of the farm sanctuary! She luckily survived her fall and is now still living a happy life!

Vegan MoFo – Waterzooi

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This one is so local, the dish doesn’t even have a translation.
Waterzooi is the typical local dish in the city of Ghent.
The city all vegans love for all the options it offers for eating out.
Besides the food offer, it’s a lovely, charming and authentic city.
The city I fell in love with <3

You could say Waterzooi is a kind of “chicken casserole”. Another typical meat-dish of course… But we veganized it!

Here you have the recipe of Dorine, who was so lovely to share it with me!

Ingredients 4p

  • 2 large onions
  • 4 large carrots
  • 1 celery
  • 3 leeks
  • 2 kg potatoes
  • 2 l vegetable stock
  • 2 containers of mock chicken (preferably of the brand “Vegetarische Slager”)
  • Handful of freshly chopped parsley
  • 1tsp thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • 250ml of soy cream
  • 50gr plant based butter


Peel the onion and chop it roughly.

Clean the celery, leeks and carrots and chop them roughly as well.
Peel the potatoes and cut into pieces.
Heat the plant based butter in a large casserole and cook the onion, carrots and celery for about 10 min.

Then you can add the potatoes, leeks and vegetable stock.
Season with thyme, bay, pepper and salt and let it simmer for 15 min on low heat.
Now you can add the mock chicken and leave it on low heat for another 5 min.

Now you can add the soy cream and parsley. Let it boil up for a couple of minutes. The “waterzooi” has the best taste when the dish had a couple of hours to infuse.

Vegan MoFo – Late Summer Food

This scrambled tofu is one of my favourites! Good as brunch, lunch or even light dinner.
And so easy to make! You fry some onion, add some mushrooms, tomato and spinach…
Then you crumble over some tofu and season with turmeric for the nice yellow colour and full taste.
Just before serving I like to add some kala namak. Kala nama-what did you say!?
It’s also called balck salt and because of the sulphur it smells and tastes a bit like eggs.
You probably won’t find it in the regular supermarket, but it’s really worth a try!

Vegan MoFo 2015 – Rockabilly Milkshake

I don’t know why, but I immediately thought of an American diner and milkshake in the 50’s.

That’s why I asked Laurence, who I know as a rockabilly chick, if she wanted to share her favourite milkshake recipe with us. And she did!

For one milkshake:

250ml soy milk
180 gr strawberries
1/2 banana
1 scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream
2 tsp of sugar or 3 tsp of agave syrup
Couple of drops of vanilla essence


It has been tried and approved ! Yum!

Belgium’s first Vegan Summer Fest

When we heard rumors of a Vegan Summer Fest in Belgium, we started getting really excited. The internet and similar events in other countries had shown us what to expect, but to have one in Belgium. Must have been a dream come true.

And it was a day that will be branded in our memories for a long time. An incredible success! More than 3000 people visited this free event that offered so many different topics with one common denominator: veganism.

Many different food trucks provided us with an elaborate array of vegan options. Just like you momThe Vexican, Italian ice cream, Raw Fun BelgiumViva VegaLoving Hut Express, The Cherry Food Truck, vegan waffles, … It was a journey of culinary exploration with the day too short and our tummies to small to sample everything. Due to the massive attendance, you did have to wait a while for your food, but it was all so delicious that it was totally worth the wait.

Also in the main hall FLOCKfoodsConfiserie JonasThe Loving Hut Veganerie, and the Veggie Snack Shack were spoiling our foodie needs.
But Vegan Summer Fest was not only about food. We strolled past so many different stalls… Let’s highlight a few of them: SHAVT, a vegan shop that didn’t only serve vegan cheese croquettes but also sold dental care, sun lotion, (and more food). It was a home game for Ghent’s  V|Edge, a vegan conceptstore and online shop that showcased the latest hip and vegan goodies and of course also had some great food sampling (of Le Seitanist amongst others).

Lush always makes the room smell awesome and smelling awesome is something you preferably do in a new set of clothes. Which so happened to be available for sale too through Roots of CompassionShoezuu, and more. As if all that wasn’t enough, the Goveg vegan shop and Veganistisch Koken webshop were also promoting their wares.

Cooking demonstrations were provided by Elien of DeathStarOnAMission, Lyra of Cardamom, Sara of De Groene Keuken, Stéphanie van Living en EVA. En dan vergeten we er waarschijnlijk nog een paar

Lifestyle and food were aptly covered but veganism is more. The ethical point of view was represented by a number of organizations like Bite Back (with a huge selection of books on lifestyle, food, and philosophy), Animal RightsThe Black FishSilke Desaever (vegan dietician), Sea Shepherd,  and Sense.

As you can read, Vegan Summer Fest had a bit of everything. You could even get tattooed at Toryumon. We’re anxiously awaiting a Vegan Autumn Fest, Vegan Winter Fest, and Vegan Spring Fest of course, but when the posters of Vegan Summer Fest 2016 start appearing, you’ll see us dancing of joy.

Congratulations are in order for BE Vegan who organized this event with an incredibly small team of volunteers. See you at next year’s fest !!

Welcome at Compassionate Cooking!

You’re curious to know what vegans eat and your search led you to this website?
Or maybe you don’t know what to cook tonight and came here for some inspiration?

Well, if you enjoy eating, cooking and/or reading about food, this is the place to be!

On this website you’ll find recipes from different bloggers and some useful information on plant based food.

Even if you’re not a vegan, you might get some inspiration on delicious and healthy recipes since vegan meals often include a lot of vegetables and fruit!
But there’s even room for some ‘fast’ food and lush desserts…
So whatever you like, you’ll find what you’re looking for!

Plant based meals are not only delicious …

They are good for your health, for the environment and for the animals of course. Compassionate cooking in all the right ways!