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Monthly Archives: August 2018

Some Guilt Free Desserts

Gluten-Free Choco Avocado Brownies

What you need:

  • 2 large avocados
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Scoop out the flesh of the 2 avocados and place in a food processor. Add the coconut sugar and cocoa powder to the blender and blend until smooth. Add the eggs, brown rice flour and baking soda and continue processing just until eggs are well-combined with the mixture. Carefully fold in chocolate chips. Pour the batter in a greased 8×8 inches brownie pan. Bake in a pre-heated oven (350F) for 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely before slicing and serving.

Dark Chocolate Chewy Cookies

What you need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 10 pcs. dried dates, boiled
  • 2 cups almond butter
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Combine softened dates, water and sea salt in a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Add almond butter, vanilla extract and baking powder to the food processor and blend until smooth. Stir in (by hand) the chocolate chips. Form mixture into balls and arrange on greased baking sheets. Bake in a pre-heated oven (350F) for 8 to 10 minutes. Allow to cool for several minutes in a cooling rack before serving.

Vegan Friendly Grill

Honey Lime Grilled Cauliflower

What you need:

  • 2 large heads cauliflower, leaves removed and ends trimmed
  • 2 limes, zested and juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Lime wedges, for serving

Trim the sides of the cauliflower heads and slice into 4-inch “steaks”. In a small bowl, combine the lime juice and olive oil then add the garlic and honey. In a separate bowl, combine the lime zest, paprika, chipotle and salt. Brush both side of the cauliflower heads with honey lime mixture then sprinkle with chipotle mixture. Cook on a pre-heated grill, covered, over medium high heat for 5 to 6 minutes per side or until cooked through. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve with lime wedges.

Avocado and Lettuce Caesar Salad Grill Style

What you need:

  • 1 avocado, pitted and quartered
  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, quartered lengthwise, leaving stems intact
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

For the dressing:

  • 1 clove garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons shelled hemp hearts
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste

Brush Romaine lettuce with grapeseed oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook lettuce and avocado on a pre-heated grill (avocado should be skin side down) over high heat for about 2 minutes per side. When ready, allow to cool on a plate. To prepare the dressing, combine the garlic, hemp hearts, water, lemon juice, yeast, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper in a blender and pulse until smooth. Pour dressing over grilled avocado and lettuce to serve.

Warming Winter Soups and Stews

1. Sweat the vegetables

Most soups have a base of aromatic vegetables such as carrots, onions, garlic and celery.

Sweating these vegetables out on a medium heat with butter or oil will release aromats and create a base of flavour for your soup.

2. Stock

Using a home made or good quality fresh stock is always going to give you a better quality soup than using stock cubes or flavour enhancers.

If you don’t have the time or inclination to make your own stock then there are some good quality stocks available form specialty food stores.

Also consider carefully which stock you use for which dish. It is better to use chicken or vegetable stock for light soups and darker stocks such as beef for heartier soups and stews.

3. Seasoning

Season your ingredients moderately as you go along. This will enhance the flavours of the individual ingredients without making the soup salty.

Use sea salt flakes instead of table salt for a better flavour.

Once the soup is cooked out adjust the seasoning as necessary. Taste the soup add a little salt at a time until the full depth of the ingredients can be tasted.

Such a simple step but so often the difference between flavour-some soups and bland ones.

4. Consider Texture

Different elements of your dish will need to be cooked differently to produce the desired texture. A carrot for example takes a lot longer to cook than a pea.

Texture comes down to selecting the right ingredients and adding them to the dish at the right time so they are all cooked through at the same time.

Consider from the start if you want a smooth blended soup or one with lots of body and different components.

Add green and leafy veg such as spinach right at the end to avoid it becoming over-cooked.

Croutons, cheeses, crackers, nuts, bean shoots or even pork rinds can be used to add texture and flavour.

Energy Boosters with Soup

The hot and scrumptious soups beat the cold wave simply with its steam. Soups can be made with meat, chicken and seafood which provides the much-needed protein in the form of broth which is the main or supplementary ingredient. The vegetables, herbs and spices which contain vitamins and anti-oxidants enrich soup with its medicinal properties. In fact, soups rich with herbs and ingredients are often prescribed to patients which can cure their illness or sickness. That’s why often chicken soup and vegetable soup is given to those who have cold and flu.

Broths are generally prepared by boiling specific ingredients which can suit your soup recipes. For preparing a chicken soup, there is need to boil either the whole chicken, its bones or just parts of the chicken. Vegetables like onion, carrots, ginger, and garlic can also added into the stock for some more flavor. In the same manner beef, fish and also vegetable stocks can be prepared. Some other ingredients that can be added to the whole soup include pasta or noodles which are common Asian style soups.

Soup recipes are generally thin and quite watery. However to make them a bit richer one can try to use thick and creamy soups. Its examples are artichoke, vegan broccoli-cauliflower and pea. Nut soups are also available such as African peanut and chestnut soups.

The vegetables which can be used in soup recipes are carrots, eggplant, cauliflower, bell pepper, potato, tomato, onion and beans which help you to make perfect soup recipes. Certain ingredients out of them are seasonal while rest are available throughout the year, these soups can be made in bulk and then left to freeze.

Some may think that vegetable soup is not a substantial meal but it really is! Also, vegetable soup is a great dish to be made in bulk as it freezes so well, and can be used for quick lunch or supper. Eating great food is choice of everyone and choosing best one is very important.

Chicken noodle soup is very much popular as it is made with simple egg noodles which is its important ingredient. The egg noodles can be used either in dry form or otherwise need to be cooked in boiling water.