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Cauliflower Fried Rice

18 Jan

rice coverToday I’ll share one of my favourite meal-prep recipe: Vegan Cauliflower Fried Rice.
This one is such a robust and fast recipe. It takes 10-12 minutes if you haven’t prepped the veggies in advance and only 5-6 minutes if you have the veggies prepped.
I use a smaller wok. I cook on induction. Heat the wok on high. It will get hot in a few seconds and ready for you to create the perfect stir-fry. This vegan cauliflower rice recipe only has 4/5 ingredients. I pulse the cauliflower only 3-5 times in the processor to make coarse cauliflower rice

Ingredients
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon dried onion
1/2 carrot, finely diced
1/2 cup cherries tomato chopped
1/2 zucchini, finely sliced
1 tablespoon tamari or light soy sauce
dash of white pepper
1/4 teaspoon sea salt flakes

Make cauliflower rice – Wash and pat dry cauliflower with a paper towel. Remove the green leaves and woody bits of the stalk attached to the leaves. Break florets into a bowl/plate and try to include as much of the stalk as you can. Place cauliflower florets and stalks in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse the food processor 4-5 times to get coarse cauliflower rice. Remove to a bowl. Heat a wok or frying pan on high heat.
rice baseAdd oil. When it starts smoking add ginger, onion and tomato. Using a wooden spatula, stir-fry the ginger and tomato for a minute.
rice veggiesAdd carrots and zucchini. Stir-fry for another minute.
rice friedAdd cauliflower rice, tamari, white pepper and salt. Mix well. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly to cook the rice evenly. At the end of 3-4 minutes the cauliflower will be al-dente (just cooked).
rice detailsRemove from heat and stir through the spring onion. Serve hot with nutritional yeast.

Have a nice day!

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Oatmeal: variation on a theme

11 Jan

oat_coverBoring oatmeal, no more.
Oatmeal is one of my favorite food to start my day. It’s really quick to make (either on the stove or in the microwave), it’s nutritious, and it keeps me full for longer than a lot of breakfast options out there. You can top your porridge with pretty much anything to be fair – some toppings being more healthy than others. But sometimes you just run out of inspiration and with this post I’ll provide you some very easy and simple ideas!

Like you notice the base is all the same: oatmeal and banana and it’s because I’m literally obsessed with the delicious taste that is made with this combination. Add oats, water or plant based milk, maple syrup, to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture comes to a boil, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer until the oats have thickened Remove from heat and add different type of fruits.

Oatmeal with blueberries
oat_blueberry In this recipe I used
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp coconut flakes
1/2 smashed banana

Oatmeal with kiwi
oat_kiwiIn this recipe I used
1 banana
1 kiwi
1 tbsp coconut flakes

Oatmeal with mango
oat_mangoIn this recipe I used
1/2 chopped banana
1/2 chopped mango
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 tbsp homemade peanut butter

Oatmeal with persimmon
oat_persimonIn this recipe I used
1/2 persimmon
1/2 banana
1/2 kiwi
1 tbsp walnuts

Have I convinced you to spice up your oatmeal or is it pretty fancy already? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Detox Green Smoothie

4 Jan

green_coverThe smoothies are designed to help your body naturally detox without leaving you feeling deprived. Not only a quick and easy way to eat natural foods, smoothies make for satisfying breakfasts that can easily replace the coffee in your travel mug. And because your produce is so finely blended, it makes eating vegetables a lot less of a chore. And you also know that I’m an a green smoothie addict!

Ingredients
1 banana
1 cup frozen pineapple
1 cup spinach leaves
1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp chia seeds

green smoothieYou can simply put all the ingredients in your blender and blend until it’s tick and smooth. If you like can you use frozen banana or frozen spinach…
green_smoothieIn this green smoothie antioxidants help to prevent and repair damage to body tissues and vitamin C is one of the greatest antioxidants we have available, and it’s abundant in pineapple.

Have a nice day!!!

Chickpea Christmas Eve Pasta

24 Dec

Blogmas#8 it’s about healthy recipe can you prepare for dinner on Christmas Eve 🙂
I’ve tried just about every variety of bean and lentil pasta, and yesterday I choose to make a recipe with chickpea pasta. It’s extremely high in protein and fiber, making it extra filling. For example, a 2 oz (dry) serving of Barilla chickpea pasta has 14g of protein and 8g of fiber. I recently read two articles about chickpea pasta: one from Huffpost and the other from the Time on what nutrition experts have to say about which pasta alternatives are actually good for you.

pasta2It’s really an easy dish, and you can use copious amounts of whatever vegetables you have on hand. As for cooking them, steam, saute, or roast them. And don’t forget to add flavor – saute with garlic and onions, or sprinkle with herbs and spices after steaming or before roasting. Replace cheese with a sprinkle of almond butter or cashew with pink himalayan salt and pepper. The fat from the nuts mixed with the saltiness from the pink salt makes for a delicious dairy-free alternative. It looks and tastes better than cheese!

pasta_barillaThe brands I used in this recipe is Barilla. If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it (by clicking Like), and don’t forget to tag a photo #lookingforahammock @aurormirabella on Twitter, Pinterest or Google+. I’d love to see what you come up with!

Ingredients
1 large organic zucchini chopped finely
2 cups of carrots chopped finely
1 cup of cherries tomato
capers
olive oil
onion powder
pink salt to taste
black pepper to taste
2-3 oz. chickpea pasta dry

For Non-Dairy Cheese (optional)
almond butter/cashew
pink salt
black pepper

Put a pot of water on the stove to boil for the pasta.
Chop the tomatos and zucchini and lay out on a large wok, drizzle with olive oil, add the carrots, onion powder, capers, salt, and pepper. Saute the veggie for 15 minutes. When the water is boiling, add chickpea pasta. Cook for 9 minutes. Drain.
cookingPut the pasta into the wok, mix with the veggies. Top with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper, and non dairy cheese.

pasta1Feel free to add whatever spices you like when cooking try adding turmeric and cumin, nutritional yeast or oregano and thyme.

Jacket potato and coleslaw salad

14 Dec

Ta da…. Blogmas#4 today it’s about a vegan easy and quick recipe.
One of the easiest and healthiest quick meals or light bites is a jacket potato. This is great for all ages, affordable and if you take care with your toppings, it’s seriously healthy too!!!
jacket potato2

First of all you need to pre-heat the oven to 200°C. Wash your potato and prick 2 or 3 times with a fork. Place in the oven and back for 50-60 minutes depending on the size. You can tell when the baked potato is cooked as the skin will be lovely and crisp but the inside soft when you squeeze it. If you are in a hurry  like me (always!!!), you could start the cooking off in the microwave for 10 minutes.

I am a big fan of coleslaw salad, it’s one of my favourite salads but I made a  lighter, fresher version that tastes better than the original recipe because is dairy free and egg free and vegan, so can be enjoyed by almost everyone!

Ingredients (for the vegan coleslaw)
2 cups finely sliced green cabbage
2 cups finely sliced red cabbage
2 cups shredded carrots
2 cups of red beans
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
Up to ¾ cup mixed seeds like pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and poppy seeds.
For the Lemon dressing
¼ cup olive oil
2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice, to taste
1 cup of avocado
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon salt

In a medium serving bowl, combine the prepared green cabbage, carrots and parsley. Set aside. Measure out your seeds into a small skillet. Toast over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the seeds are fragrant and the seeds are starting to make little popping noises. Add the veggie and cook for just few minutes.
To make the dressing, in a small bowl, combine the olive oil with 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Add the avocado, pepper and salt and whisk until thoroughly blended.
Drizzle the dressing over the slaw and toss until all of the ingredients are lightly coated in dressing. Taste and add an additional tablespoon of avocado and if you like some tomato sauce aside (like the image).
jacket potatoYou can serve immediately the salad or cover and refrigerate to marinate for up to several hours.

The result was a tasty, simple, fresh and light coleslaw that actually tasted so much nicer than standard version also cheap and frugal recipe too!

Healthy snack on the go!

12 Dec

Welcome to Blogmas#3…. today we talk about healthy snack that I find very useful especially in this rushing time f the year when the city it’s a little bit chaotich… Also if you are constantly on the go, you’ve likely experienced unwanted hunger pangs at an inconvenient time. If you want to stay focused, energized, and avoid overeating later, it’s important to be prepared with vegan snacks when hungry feelings arise. Unfortunately, most store-bought convenience foods are synonymous with artificial junk and nutritionally empty ingredients. Additionally, it can be tough to find portable snacking options that don’t contain animal ingredients, making it even more frustrating when hunger hits. Like me, you’ve experimented that smoothie bowls and hummus plates are delicious plant-based snacks, are not exactly practical to throw in your purse in the middle of a busy day. To keep hunger at bay on even your busiest days, you can buy this healthy vegan snacks ahead of time and take them with you next time you’re on the run.

A little disclaimer: this post is not sponsored by any of the brand that I tried and suggested to you…

  1. Adez Drink Coconut Berry

    smoothie_chiaA deliciously nourishing blend of coconut and red fruit, source of B3, B5, B6: Niacin (B3), Pantothenic acid (B5) and B6 contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. It’s also a dairy free smoothie without added sugar. This product is GMO free, gluten free. The plastic bottle is widely recycled. To complete this fruit blend with a vegan source of protein I added a chia shots.

  2. Fruit Me Up! Apple taste and nutssmoothie_nutsA fresh blend of apples, that comes in handy squeezy pouches with a simple twist cap .There is no need refrigerate the pouches unless you open them. They’re a great alternative to the applesauce cups with the foil lids – I’m able to toss some pouches into my handbag as an on the go snack. The product is gluten, nut and dairy free.  I usually drank this delicious sauce with walnuts, cashew and raisins: the perfect combination! Also if you interested I discovered that apples help us stay awake better than coffee (here the article).

  3. Chia seed’s tortillas and hemp protein bar
    protein_snackThe perfect snack before my swimming/ running training that contains a great sources of protein and Omega-3. Both products are gluten free, organic and obviously vegan.  I like so much the brand Roobar: is organic, vegan, raw awesomeness with no added sugar and no gluten. They have a great variety of bar and each bar is packed with superfoods to boost your body and mind with maximum nutrients. Simple and delicious.

  4. Coconut bars
    coconut_barYou may know that I’m little bit addicted to coconut and just few days ago I found this bars. The first one named Coccole it’s a raw bar with activated almonds and it comes in different flavour (like chocolate, spirulina, orange, ginger ecc). The second one is from the brand Baule Volante and it’s vegan, raw – paleo bar with coconut and cashew. To bring come sweetness with you every single moment of your day!

 

Pina Colada Smoothie

30 Nov

pina_colada1Although December is coming I decided to prepare a tropical-flavored smoothie … to dream exotic places and relax. An easy healthy vegan pina colada smoothie. Made with coconut milk, fresh pineapple and winter melon.

ingredientsThis recipe makes the perfect refreshing drink to bring you a taste of the tropics.

Ingredients
1 little banana
1/2 cup fresh chopped pineapple
1/3 cup fresh chopped winter melon
1/4 cup coconut milk (or other plant based milk like almond milk)
1 tbsp of chia seeds
1 tbs of shredded coconut or coconut cubes

Instructions
ingredients1Combine all fruits in a blender and add the coconut milk. Blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Serve in a glass of your choice and garnish with chia seeds and shredded coconut or coconut cubes.
pina_coladaEnjoy immediately 🙂

With cold and flu season lurking around the corner, eating pineapples it’s an healthy choice because this tropical fruit contain an enzyme called bromelain that has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the irritation at the backs of our tongues and in our voice boxes. On top of that, pineapples contain plenty of vitamin C, which helps to boost your immune system. So when your throat starts hurting, drink some pineapple juice or eat some fresh pineapple. It helps!

Have a nice day!!!

 

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