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Home made granola Ⓥ

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Raw granola, before going into the oven

Buying granola is such a chore, as when I start reading the ingredients’ list, I’m put off. So much crap they put in there, even in organic granola. Obviously, it comes in plastic or whatever packaging, hence I’ve started making my own. It’s super simple! It demands quality ingredients, that I buy from organic shops that are packaging free, or mostly. Basically, you buy in bulk, and can bring your own jars & reusable bags.

 

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Baked granola, cooling on tray

 

My inspiration for today’s recipe is a mix of two of my favourite recipe websites & cookbook authors: Angela Liddon, Oh She Glows Every day & Minimalist Baker.

 

 

Ingredients

Dry

  • 1 1/3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/3 cups raw nuts/ seeds (I used almonds, cashews, sunflower & pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds (preferably ground)
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Wet

  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) coconut or another neutral vegetable oil (suitable for baking)
  • 1/3 cup agave syrup (sub with brown rice or maple syrup )
  • optional: 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • optional: 3 tbsp peanut or almond butter

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. In a small pan over medium low heat, melt the (coconut) oil. Once melted, take the pan from the heat source & whip in agave syrup and vanilla extract. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly onto a a large baking sheet or tray and bake for 10 minutes, stir, then turn the cooking tray to ensure even cooking. Bake for another 8-12 minutes. The coconut oil will help this granola to become crispy, check carefully as it browns quickly (my first time making granola: the granola baked too long & had a slight burnt taste, I ate it anyway…).
  5. Once the granola is visibly golden (about 18 minutes in this case), remove from the oven and let cool completely on the tray before storing in glass jars.

It’s delicious with some coconut flakes, dried raisins or cranberries & maca powder with your favourite type of plant based milk or yoghurt, but also wonderfully eaten just like that as a snack.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति

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Water kefir Ⓥ

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My yogini friend once gave me all these water kefir grains. And initially I’d make kefir regularly. But then I moved house, the kefir grains moved with me, and just hadn’t gotten around to it. Until last Friday. It’s been so hot and drinking kefir was just what I needed. So I thoroughly cleaned a glass bottle (but you can also use glass jars, mason jars for example) and got to work. Again I was surprised at how easy & fast it is too make !

Ingredients

  • Filtered water
  • A few organic lemon slices
  • 3 tbsp of (brown) sugar
  • 3 tbsp kefir grains
  • A few dried raisins (sub with dried apricot or fig)
  • Optional: add a few slices of ginger

Preparation

  1. Drain the cultures from the kefir and rinse in tap water. Set the cultures aside.
  2. Mix the sugar with a bit of hot water in the bottle or jar you’ll use until dissolved.
  3. Fill the bottle (jar) with the filtered water (not all the way to the rim).
  4. Add the lemon slices, raisins & kefir grains, stir with a wooden spoon.
  5. Cover the bottle (jar) with a cheese cloth and set aside (not in the fridge). Leave on the counter in a not-sunny place for as long as you want.
  6. After a few days you should see some bubbles coming from the cultures and at the top of the water. Three days seemed to create a good amount of fizz. You can drink this Kefir as is, or do a secondary fermentation for more flavour and more bubbles.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Incredible egg free chickpea salad Ⓥ

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This is a fabulous recipe if you have lots of chickpeas because you basically need the aquafaba to make chocolate mousse… Angela Liddon from Oh She Glows has delicious and relatively easy recipes and I used this recipe from her cookbook and then tweaked it. The salad is wonderful on toast, but also with raw vegetables as an aperitif.

I used kala namak (black salt or Indian volcanic rock salt) which give the salad its distinct egg smell and taste. It’s really crazy how it resembles egg salad without the cruelty. Use just a little bit as it can quickly be overpowering.

Ingredients

  • 1 jar of of chickpeas, drained and rinsed (save the liquid aka aquafaba in the jar)
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pickles
  • 3 tbsp store-bought or homemade veganaise
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp turmeric curry powder
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp of chili flakes
  • 1 1/2 to 3 tsp fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp kala namak or sea salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, mash the chickpeas with a potato masher until flaked in texture.
  2. Stir in the green onions, pickles, fresh herbs, mayonnaise, and spices until combined.
  3. Season with the lemon juice, salt, nutritional yeast and pepper, adjusting the quantities to taste.

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Fast noodle soup Ⓥ

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Some nights, you just don’t have time to prepare an elaborate meal. Welcome this relatively quick home made noodle soup! This soup can be made with real (soba) noodles, gluten free noodles or spaghetti or linguini, whatever you have in your pantry or suits your taste.

You can substitute the textured vegetable protein (also known as TVP) with tofu as well (I like to season it and stir fry, not just boil). Enjoy !

Ingredients (2P)

  • Brown rice noodles (or other vegan noodles of your choice) for 2
  • 1 cup of TVP (dry)
  • Vegetable stock (enough to boil the noodles)
  • 1 broccoli head
  • 2 tbsp miso (I used chick pea miso)
  • 2 tbsp tamari or shoyu sauce
  • 1 tbsp of tahin
  • Optional: 1 cm of fresh ginger
  • Black pepper

Preparation

  1. Clean & wash the broccoli. Cut the broccoli in small florets; the stem in small pieces; peel the ginger and slice thinly.
  2. Make the vegetable stock according to the package instructions, add the TVP, let simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. In 2 soup bowls, mix the miso & tahin with a bit of the vegetable stock to a liquid paste.
  4. Take out the TVP with a slotted spoon and put aside.
  5. Add the ginger and the noodles in the stock and set the timer for them to cook al dente.
  6. Stir fry the TVP with some tamari or shoyu sauce and some spices of your choice for a few minutes, until crispy.
  7. When there are 3 minutes left on the timer, add the broccoli to the stock.
  8. When the timer is ready, take the noodles, ginger & broccoli out of the stock with a slotted spoon & divide over the 2 bowls.
  9. Add some of the stock & mix well.
  10. Add the fried TVP to the soup.
  11. Season with black pepper & some more tamari to your taste.

Option: you can add some (toasted) sesame seeds or gomashio to your soup.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Winter casserole Ⓥ

If you are in need of some comfort food this season, then this recipe is ideal! Please share your variations of the recipe dish.

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Wild garlic – Ail des ours – Daslook

Ingredients (4p):

  • 1-1,5kg medium sized potatoes
  • Big bunch of collard greens (‘bettes’ in French or ‘warmoes’ in Dutch)
  • 2 leeks
  • 6 medium/ large sized mushrooms
  • 400g vegan bacon (I used ‘De Vegetarische Slager’ available in The Netherlands and Belgium)
  • 1 (or more) garlic cloves
  • 200 ml of soy cream or more if you use more potatoes
  • 1 tsp of wild garlic
  • 2 tbsp of nutritional yeast
  • Olive or coconut oil
  • 1 tsp asafetida powder
  • 0,5 tsp chili flakes
  • Salt (Himalayan or sea) & black pepper

 

Preparation

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    Peel the potatoes and boil them in slightly salted water in about 20′ or until tender (put a fork in them to check).

  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  3. Slice the leeks & collard greens wash and set aside.
  4. Clean the mushrooms with tissue paper (no water!), slice and set aside.
  5. Prepare the garlic (sliced or use a garlic press).
  6. Heat up some oil in a non sticky wok; stir fry the leek for a a few minutes until slightly brown; add the mushrooms, stir fry for another few minutes; add the collard greens, stir fry for a few minutes; add the  vegan bacon and mix in all the dry spices (not the nutritional yeast!), stir fry for another few minutes; lower the heat.
  7. Once the potatoes are done, pour out the water, rinse with a bit of cold water and slice the potatoes in equal quarters.
  8. Add the potatoes to the vegetables/ bacon mixture; add the garlic; add the wild garlic; add the soy cream and the nutritional yeast. Mix well. Then turn of the heat.
  9. Grease a medium sized oven dish with some oil.
  10. Fill the oven dish with the content of your wok, make sure the soy cream covers the mixture of vegetables, bacon & potatoes.
  11. Put the baking dish in the oven and back for about 30 minutes.

Serve like that or with a green salad.

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Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Lentil salad with rainbow veggies Ⓥ

IMG_20170618_211032_937Some say lentils are the world’s healthiest food! They are an excellent source of folate, as well as a very good source of dietary fiber, copper, phosphorus and manganese. Additionally they are a good source of iron, protein, vitamin B1, pantothenic acid, zinc, potassium and vitamin B6. In short, lentils should be considered a super food! And they are cheap, even if you buy organic. I buy my lentils and beans in bulk, dry, as that’s the cheapest, and without any unnecessary packaging.  If you have trouble digesting lentils, then try adding some savory while cooking your lentils or beans. This salad is excellent for a hot summer day or as a side dish to your vegan BBQ.

Ingredients (about 4 servings)

  • 1,5 cup of brown and blond lentils, 300g (or green or Du Puy, or Beluga,  ..)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 red Bell pepper
  • 1 yellow Bell pepper
  • 4 carrots
  • Greens (lettuce, purslane, rocket, …)
  • Fresh herbs (basil, parsley, coriander, …)
  • Capers (optional)
  • Olive oil (at least 3 tbsp)
  • Lemon or lime juice (1 lemon)
  • 0.5 tsp pomegranate molasses (optional)
  • Some sunflower and / or pumpkin seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp mustard (Dijon)
  • 1 tsp savory
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt & pepper

Preparation

  1. Rinse the lentils.
  2. Put the lentils in a cooking pot with plenty of cold water, bring to boil and let simmer for about 20 minutes, or until perfectly cooked (taste). Add some savory if you have trouble digesting lentils.
    Don’t add salt while cooking (this prolongs the cooking time).
  3. Wash (scrub) the veggies. Cut in small same size bits (except the carrots) & grate the carrots.
  4. Make the salad dressing: mix the tablespoons olive oil with mustard, lemon juice, some black pepper and Cayenne pepper (optional: add the pomegranate molasses).
  5. When cooked: directly rinse the lentils with cold water in a sieve.
  6. Put the lentils in a large bowl, add the veggies and the salad dressing. Mix well.
  7. Optional: add capers and roasted sunflower and/ or pumpkin seeds.
  8. Add salt & pepper to taste.

This salad is delicious warm, lukewarm & cold. Enjoy!

TIP: you can add some lettuce,  purslane or rocket as well as fresh herbs (parsley, coriander, basil, …).

Sources: WH Food, Healthalicousness, Lentils.org


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Brown lentils & roasted veggies Ⓥ

Lentils and roasted veggies 20170307_201008Some say lentils are the world’s healthiest food! They are an excellent source of folate, as well as a very good source of dietary fiber, copper, phosphorus and manganese. Additionally they are a good source of iron, protein, vitamin B1, pantothenic acid, zinc, potassium and vitamin B6. In short, lentils should be considered a super food! And they are cheap, even if you buy organic. I buy my lentils and beans in bulk, dry, as that’s the cheapest, and without any unnecessary packaging. Some people have trouble digesting lentils, then try adding some savory while cooking your lentils or beans. If you are looking for a quick and filling meal, make a lentil with roasted veggies combo.

Ingredients (about 4 servings)

  • 1,5 cup of brown lentils, 300g (or green or Du Puy, or Beluga,  ..)
  • 800g (or more) different vegetables to roast (carrots, sweet potato, red beet, turnip, zucchini, onion, …)
  • Greens (lettuce, purslane, rocket, …)
  • Fresh herbs (basil, parsley, coriander, …)
  • Capers (optional)
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • 1 tsp pomegranate molasses (optional)
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp savory
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt & pepper

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Rinse the lentils.
  3. Put the lentils in a cooking pot with plenty of cold water, bring to boil and let simmer for about 20 minutes, or until perfectly cooked (taste). Add some savory if you have trouble digesting lentils.
    Don’t add salt while cooking (this prolongs the cooking time).
  4. Wash (scrub) the veggies, peel if necessary. Cut in same size chunks (not too small, not too big).
  5. Prepare a large bowl with some olive oil, salt & pepper and mix all the veggies in there until they’re evenly coated.
  6. Spread the veggies on greaseproof paper covering a large oven grid and roast for about 30 minutes (turn them after about 15 minutes), or until nicely roasted but with still crispy bite.
  7. Make the dressing: mix some tablespoons olive oil with mustard, lemon juice, some black pepper and Cayenne pepper (optional: add the pomegranate molasses).
  8. Rinse the lentils with cold water in a sieve when perfectly cooked.
  9. Put in a large bowl, add the roasted veggies and then the dressing. Mix well.
  10. Add the capers.
  11. Add salt & pepper to taste.

This salad is delicious warm, lukewarm & cold. Enjoy!

TIP: you can add some lettuce,  purslane or rocket as well as fresh herbs (parsley, coriander, basil, …).

Sources: WH Food, Healthalicousness, Lentils.org