5 Great Greek Dishes Veganized So You Feel Like You Are in Greece!

5 Great Greek Dishes Veganized So You Feel Like You Are in Greece!

During my two winter stays on the Greek island of Crete, I learned to love Greek food. Yet, I never learned to like the coffee. The small tavernas usual opened early in the morning, they would serve coffee and pies. Because of the small breakfast the lunch served was usual big; soup, potatoes, veggies and something roasted. Afternoon snacks would be Tzaziki and roasted veggies. Dinner would be like the lunch with a dessert, like yoghurt and fruit.

Dimitra Kontou is the owner and at chef of the ImproV Cafe & Resto, the only vegan restaurant in Athens, Greece. Who has veganized these five typical Greek dishes, you can find more of her recipes at http://veglite.com/.

Enjoy!

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4 Health Benefits of Amaranth and 5 Recipes

4 Health Benefits of Amaranth and 5 Recipes

Amaranth is a food cultivated by nature to be highly nutritious, versatile. It is also full of health benefits for both physical and mental wellbeing. Such foods cannot be man-made or otherwise synthetically produced. Which makes these nature made wonder foods something you should be adding to your diet right away.

What Is Amaranth?

Amaranth, or amaranthus, refers to over 60 species of tall, green plants that sport vibrant purple, red, or gold flowers. Its name comes from the Greek ‘amarantos’ which means ‘unfading’ or ‘one that does not fade.’

This plant does live up to its name for the flowers are as vibrant and beautiful as ever. Also after they are harvested and dried. Often found as a beautiful member of showy gardens, amaranth has been around for centuries. It was a staple for the Aztec Empire and used for both food and ceremonial reasons.

While it is commonly thought of as a cereal grain, amaranth is not exactly a “true” whole grain. Yet, thanks to its glowing nutrient profile, it is often lumped together with other cereals due to its versatility.

Health Benefits of Amaranth

1.     It’s Packed with Vitamins and Minerals:

    There is a long and winding list of health benefits found in amaranth that does wonder for the body. Amaranth contains over three times the average amount of calcium than most plant foods. And is also a great source of

  • potassium
  • phosphorous
  • iron
  • magnesium.

These nutrients are important for:

  • regulating your appetite
  • building strong bones
  • cleansing
  • oxygenating the blood
  • and a host of other housekeeping functions for bodily systems.

This is also the only grain that has been shown to contain vitamin C. Which is well known for boosting the immune system and aiding in the fight against disease and illnesses.

2.     It’s An Excellent Source of Protein: Amaranth is also an excellent source of protein. It contains much more protein than most other grains and contains lysine. Which is an amino acid often missing from whole grains. When added to a diet, amaranth offers boosted energy levels. And promotes bowel regularity and a healthy metabolism. It also contains lunasin, a peptide that was before identified in soybeans. It was thought to help prevent cancer and reduce inflammation. That is present with certain chronic health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

3.     It Promotes Heart Health: Studies have shown that amaranth is a whole grain that can potentially lower cholesterol effective. Through various studies conducted over the last decade, findings have shown that, when fed to chickens, the amount of bad cholesterol in the body was lowered significantly. This study was duplicated in Canada, the U.S., and Russia, and each study offered similar results. While promising, whether amaranth will have the same effect on human’s remains open. But, it can’t hurt to add this to your daily heart-healthy regimen.

4.     It’s Gluten-Free: Today, gluten-free diets are popular and sought after. Those with Celiac disease must follow them, but those without Celiac disease have also found them to be a healthy option in their lives. Many find that cutting out gluten makes them feel better, lighter, and more alert. Luckily, adding amaranth to your gluten-free diet is easy. It can be used as a great substitute for other grains used in a dough to increase elasticity and allow for leavening.

Make This Versatile Plant A Part Of Your Lifestyle

For centuries, amaranth has been used by humans for many different reasons. Besides to the listed health benefits, just about every inch of this plant can be used for something.

The seed is an excellent source of protein and is easy to cook and the seed flour is ideal for healthy baked goods. The leaves, roots, and stems are also consumed as leafy veggies in many parts of the world and used for cooking and various dishes. They can be steamed, mashed, or seasoned and added to a favorite dish.

Besides being used as food, the amaranth plant is also used for aesthetic reasons. The gorgeous flowers of this plant have been used for dye as a source of a deep red dye that comes from the flowers. It is also used for ornamental reasons in gardens or in homes and is grown for both its beauty and its many uses.

If you want to order Amaranth online you can get them at Amazon

I have collected 5 Amaranth recipes, they are all my list to-try.

  1. Vegan Amaranth With Spinach-Tomato-Mushroom Sauce , cool website, you can choose between Metric or US.
  2. Protein Power Lentils and Amaranth Patties, another great website with many vegan and raw vegan recipes.
  3. Amaranth Breakfast Cereal
  4. Quick ‘n Easy No-Bake Protein Bars, if you don’t know her website already, you are in for a treat :)
  5. Smoky Amaranth Black Bean Burgers w/ Roasted Red Pepper Sauce.

Enjoy!

 

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Watermelon salad with pickled onions and parmesan

Watermelon salad with pickled onions and parmesan

vegan watermelon with pickled onionsWatermelon is a food not to miss when in season. This refreshing salad makes a perfect snack together with a chill drink. Watermelon is a natural source of natural antioxidants. It is a good source of the antioxidant vitamins C and A to protect us from diseases. If it gets too hot, it is good to know that the watermelon reduces the risk of dehydration.

The original recipe calls for shaved parmesan, I tried this with vegan parmesan, but the taste vanished in this acidic tasting salad. Last evening when I made it again I replaced the vegan parmesan with flakes of almonds and that was a good combination.

Watermelon salad with pickled onions and parmesan
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Vegan
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The onion adds just the right amount of tartness to the watermelon, and when onions are pickled it eases the onion smell too.
Ingredients
  • 60 ml red wine vinegar
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and sliced into thin rings or spiralized
  • 1 tablespoon date syrup
  • 450 g watermelon in cubes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves
  • Flakes of vegan parmesan
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl whisk the vinegar, date syrup and salt.
  2. Add the onion and cover with the vinegar mix
  3. Let it sit in the fridge for 15 minutes (you can leave it for longer)
  4. In a serving bowl/plate put the watermelon and the pickled onion and toss it.
  5. Top with mint leaves and the vegan parmesan

Adapted to vegan from the book: Inspiralized, there are very few recipes in the book that are vegan. I don’t recommend the book but her website.  http://inspiralized.com, when the blog started all the recipes were vegan, not anymore. Yet, there’s still a fine selection of vegan recipes.

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Health Benefits of Brussels Sprouts

Health Benefits of Brussels Sprouts

health benefits of brussels sprouts and recipesYou may remember Brussels sprouts as those small, round veggies that ended up on your plate as a child. Like most children, you didn’t want to eat them or cringed at the way they smelled while cooking. Despite these little drawbacks, they were put on your plate for a good reason. Cabbage is one of the world’s healthiest foods, making them a healthy part of any a diet.

Those little veggies that look like mini cabbages contain vitamins and minerals, and can do wonders for your body and your immune system. Not only are they nutrient rich, but they’re also versatile. Brussels sprouts can be prepared in many different ways. This means you have a variety of options for how to add them to your diet. You don’t need get bored with these ideally crafted vegetables, made by nature with the utmost care.

What Are Brussels Sprouts?

Brussel sprouts are members of the Gemmifera Group of cabbages. These cabbages are grown for their edible buds and may have gotten their name from Brussels, Belgium. We believe they have originated there and are popular. Ancestors of the modern Brussels sprout were most likely cultivated in ancient Rome. But the sprouts we know today were likely grown as early as the 13th century in Belgium. A small, leafy vegetable, Brussels sprouts contain protein, vitamins, fiber and many more nutrients.

Nutritional Value And Health Benefits

No matter how they come, Brussels sprouts can offer you an excellent source of nutrients. Packed with good things from the earth and nature, nature designed these vegetables for us to maintain health and wellness. When raw, Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of vitamin C and K. And contain good amounts of B vitamins such as vitamin B6, folic acids, and other essential minerals. They are also a good source of protein and dietary fiber and contain no cholesterol. Like cabbages, they may cause an overactive bowel if eaten too much, so it is important to eat them in moderation. More than making you extra-regular, they can also cause gas and bloating if eaten too much.
Brussels sprouts are also a great source of vitamin A, an antioxidant required for:

  • maintaining healthy mucous membranes
  • skin
  • promoting optimal eye health.

Foods and veggies rich with vitamin A offer protection against some cancers such as oral cavity and lung cancer. The extent of cancer protection in Brussels sprouts is still researched.
Brussels sprouts are also one of the leading veggie sources of vitamin K, which is best for bone health and preventing diseases and disorders of the bones such as osteoporosis. Also, Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of the following minerals:

  • copper
  • iron
  • manganese
  • calcium
  • potassium
  • phosphorus.

Unlike some grains and other plant-based foods, Brussels sprouts are not only used for specific problems. This is because they are so rich in vitamin and minerals—they are a balanced nutritious addition to any diet.
As already mentioned, Brussels sprouts help with a some health problems and provide the body with the support it needs to:

  • build strong bones
  • remove toxins and cancer-causing radicals
  • agents regulate metabolism
  • promote strong muscles
  • oxygenate the blood
  • and more.

Brussels sprouts are a do-it-all veggie that promotes optimal health and wellbeing.

brussels-sprouts-casseroleHow To Prepare Brussels Sprouts

Adding Brussels sprouts to your diet is easy because you can cook them in many different ways:

  • oven-roasted Brussels sprouts
  • stir-fried
  • baked
  • shredded sprouts
  • breaded
  • raw sprouts
  • fermented sprouts

These just a few ways to prepare these veggies.

You can add them to:

  • soups
  • salads
  • casseroles
  • pasta dishes
  • vegan loafs

There’s no right or wrong way to make these, at the end of this post I have included recipes that might intrigue you and get cooking!

Created By Nature, Made for You

These little vegetables are good for you with only benefits for your body and wellbeing. When eaten in moderation, these sprouts will keep you regular, have you feeling great, and inspire you to create a healthy diet around them and their health benefits.

292 brussels sprout recipes at hand :) click here for the recipes

Nutritional fact at http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/

Brussels sprouts and cancer http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ (for geeks)

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7 Vegan Summer Melon Recipes

7 Vegan Summer Melon Recipes

I have collected seven of my favorite vegan melon recipes because melon is such versatile fruit and an excellent cooler for hot summer days. It’s also a healthy fruit and has tasty varieties. Melon is low in calories, with just 64 calories in a 1-cup serving of honeydew. Cantaloupe, casaba and watermelon contain even fewer calories. At the same time, all varieties of melon are high in essential vitamins and minerals. They contain almost no fat and no saturated fat.

Here’s my list of vegan melon recipes for hot summer days. Just click on the name to go to the recipe.

Chilled Melon Soup

Bitter melon with spiced tomatoes

Honeydew lime popsicles

Summer melon with basil mint granita

Melon Carpaccio

Melon Slush

Melon Gazpacho

Last but not least Melon 101 at http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/

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American Vegan Peach Cobbler

American Vegan Peach Cobbler

vegan peach cobbler

This morning when I chatted with my New England friend, she talked about her huge and yummy breakfast salad she made. The salad included white peaches. I had never heard about such a fruit. It’s native to Northwest China. which could be the reason I have never seen them in Finland. We continued to talk about peaches and ended up with American Peach Cobbler, another thing I didn’t know of.

The original recipe is by no means vegan. Yet this recipe below is, and the taste is yummy. I just tasted a tiny slice. It will be this evening’s dessert.

American Vegan Peach Cobbler
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 10
  • Calories: 520
  • Cholesterol: 0
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Cook time: 
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1 tsp = teaspoon = 5 ml - 1 Tbsp = Tabelspoon = 15 ml
Ingredients
  • 7 large equals 2.6 lbs or 1.2 kg ripe peaches (pitted and sliced into smaller pieces)
  • 2 Tbsp date syrup
  • 4 tsp arrowroot powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk (or soy milk)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2-1/2 cups / 200 g. spelt flour (whole)
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ cup / 200 ml coconut sugar
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ cup/ 60 ml extra virgin coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 tbsp date syrup
Instructions
  1. Start with the filling:
  2. Preheat oven to 350° F/ 175°C
  3. Mix the peaches, date syrup, arrow powder, cinnamon and vanilla extract to a large bowl and combine. Pour into to an 8x11inch / 20 x 28 cm baking dish and spread out in an even layer.
  4. Make the topping:
  5. Combine almond milk and lemon juice and set aside to turn sour (same consistency as buttermilk). Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon into a medium bowl. Add coconut sugar and salt, and whisk to combine.
  6. Drop in melted coconut oil and use your hands to work into the flour until all the flour is moistened. Add the sour almond milk and date syrup and stir until just integrated. Crumble over the peach filling and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until fruit is bubbling and topping is browning around the edges.
  7. Remove from oven and wait 10 minutes before serving.

Photo credit: trenttsd  and according to the CC license I must say if I made changes, I cropped the image and added text.

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