Archive | September, 2018

Sorghum Salad

24 Sep

sorgo2Sorghum has been around for thousands of years and over this time period it has evolved from a crop with a single purpose to a multi-facetted grain famous for its gluten-free attributes and future in the ethanol world.
The name “sorghum” comes from Italian “sorgo”, in turn from Latin “Syricum (granum)” meaning “grain of Syria”.
Sorghum ranks fifth among the most important cereal crops of the world, after wheat, rice, corn, and barley in both total area planted and production. Is higher in protein and lower in fat content than corn, but does not contain carotene as corn does. Also contains calcium and small amounts of iron, vitamin B1, and niacin. For human consumption, the gluten-free grain is usually ground into a meal that is made into porridge, flatbreads, and cakes. If you want more ideas please read this article.

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I decided to make a fresh salad with sorghum and I used few simple ingredients:
2 cups of sorghum
1 can of chickpeas
2 tomato
2 cups of fresh arugula (organic)

First cook the sorghum in a pressure cooker  for 18 to 20 minutes. In the meantime chop finely the arugula and tomato.
Transfer the fresh ingredients into a big bowl and add the chickpeas with 1 spoon of olive oil, fresh chives and gomasio. For last add the sorghum. And this is the final result!
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Have a nice week!

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Soap Nuts: homemade cleanser

17 Sep

Hi everyone,
frontfinally I made my homemade nuts cleanser! Most of the commercial cleanser contains toxic ingredients. These toxic ingredients are absolutely unnecessary. You can protect yourself, and your family, by making a simple, inexpensive, cruelty-free cleanser at home—using natural soap and essential oil for a nice fragrance.
nuts1I was inspired by this article that I really really recommend to you about how many ways you can use the nuts soap and also how to made your cleanser!

To made my nuts cleanser I used:
3 nuts (from Green  Frog Botanic)
260 ml of water
3/4 drops of essential oil ( I used DoTerra Lavender oil)

You need to boil the water, put the nuts and boil for 5 to 10 minutes.
green frogCool down and put in a mason jar with essential oil. Then I transferred the liquid into a recycled spray container.

I used this cleanser to sanitize my yoga math, to clean the kitchen board,  tools and equipment, disinfect wood furniture and doing laundry!

Have a nice day xxx

 

 

 

Vegan Parfait

10 Sep

vegna parfait2This is one of my FAVORITE sweet treats to make during the month of September! It’s great for breakfast (or dessert!) and perfect to serve at holiday gatherings!

This Vegan Kiwi Pumpkin Parfait is made with only 5 ingredients, and a single serving can be made in under 5 minutes! Pumpkin and kiwi are so vibrant in color, and with each ingredient varying in color and texture, this dish plates beautifully.

Ingredients
1 cup unsweetened pumpkin
1 cup vanilla bean non-dairy vegan yogurt ​
1 cup diced kiwi
3 TBSP raw pumpkin seeds
Dash of cinnamon (top of your parfait with cinnamon to your liking!)

vegan parfait coverLayer all of your ingredients in any order you prefer, or mix them all up, either way it’ll taste great! This dish is best if enjoyed immediatly after making, however, a few hours in the fridge won’t make a huge difference, so feel free to make this ahead of time and take it with you to work!

vegan parfait1Enjoy it…

Vegan Stew Italian Style

3 Sep

stewRecipes based on the stewing method of cooking have been traced back as far as the days of the Roman Empire and Apicius de re Coquinaria, thought to be the oldest known cookbook in existence.Though the Romans had long outgrown it by then, stewing came to prominence in Italy during the early 19th century, during a period of economic turmoil that led to mass poverty. With only a hanging pot, an open fire and a few fairly easily attainable ingredients, even poor families were able to survive on Italian stew.

Stews are commonly regarded as “comfort” foods, everyday dishes served to family or close friends in an intimate setting, rather than as fare in a more public setting or at special occasions.

stew1Today I prepared a vegan version

Ingredients:
10 baby potatoes quartered or 2 medium potatoes cubed
2 homemade vegan burger with tomato and eggplant
3 carrots peeled and chopped
3 stalks of celery, chopped
1 onion, diced
4 cups of low-sodium vegetable broth
8 fresh tomatoes or 1 28 ounce can of tomatoes
2 teaspoon Italian herb mix

Instructions
Combine ingredients in crockpot, starting with the carrots at the bottom, then potatoes, celery, and onions.  Pour tomato mixture over top. Add the cups of vegetable broth. It doesn’t have to cover all of the vegetables, but almost. Add the chopped vegan burger (if you prefer you can use vegan meatballs). Cover the pot, bring to a boil and then reduce to medium heat (between 4 and 5) and cook for 45-55 minutes until the potatoes are soft. If you use slow cooker reduce the time (20 minutes).
Season to taste with Italian herb mix, salt and pepper. To make it thicker, take a potato masher and roughly mash only a part of the stew about ¼ of it to make the broth thicken and become a chunky stew.
stew_servedServe with gomasio andr fresh parsley.

Enjoy!!!!

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