Cool Cucumber hummus with chives

Cool Cucumber hummus with chives

The sun is shining, it's hot, I want a snack, I don't want to cook. In my freezer I have chickpeas, in my fridge I have lemons, a cucumber, and tahini. Hummus comes to mind, why not add cucumber to a hummus? it would make it lighter and healthier. Yes, I'll give that a try with crackers. Goes well with a glass of chill white wine. The best thing about this recipe is, you just toss everything in a mini chopper or a food processor.

Start – pulse – ready to serve.

I use avocado oil, you can of, course use your favorite or none at all.

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Homemade Vegan Nutella, Easy Way to be Even More Popular!

Homemade Vegan Nutella, Easy Way to be Even More Popular!

Why would you want to make a homemade Nutella? Because Nutella is not vegan, yet there are some Nutella-alike products for you to buy. If you are anything like me, you will spend endless hours reading the labels – yes I know you do, you love Nutella too. So Nutella is not vegan? no, read this ingredient list for the original Nutella Hazelnut Spread:

  • Sugar (may or may not be vegan)
  • Palm oil (vegan but not for the environment-friendly)
  • Hazelnuts
  • Cocoa
  • Skim milk!
  • Reduced minerals whey (and that's milk)
  • Lecithin as emulsifier (soy, unless labeled “organic” it's GMO)
  • Vanillin: An artificial flavor (can contain anything)

Below the recipe is an infographic.

Home Made Vegan Nutella

 

This batch will be 2-1/2 cup.

1 cup = 2.3 dl.
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Home made Vegan Nutella Infographic

Healing White Vegan Gazpacho

Healing White Vegan Gazpacho

This healing white vegan gazpacho soup has many vitamins and minerals. It contains highly anti-inflammatory vitamin E and B and riboflavin in the almonds. The olive oil, cauliflower are also highly anti-inflammatory. The apple is rich in histamine, which lowers quercetin.

Apple cider vinegar is the lowest histamine of all vinegar. It is made from apples which have significant antihistamine and mast cell stabilising activity. Garlic is not only anti-inflammatory but also anti-bacterial. Cucumber is antioxidant which is good for your skin as well as an analgesic, which might decrease pain.

A healthy and cooling soup excellent to beat the summer heat.
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Sources: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18433135

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Try something Spanish: 5 Vegan Tapas Recipes

Try something Spanish: 5 Vegan Tapas Recipes

5 vegan tapa recipesLast week was “Tapa 2014″ week here in San Juan de la Ramba, where I've been staying during this 2014/2015 winter. It’s a lovely small village situated in the northern part of Tenerife, Spain. Ten Restaurants competed on serving the most creative tapa. All the restaurants served “their” tapa and a drink for the nice price of €2.50 ($3.10). The problem for me was, of course, that none of the tapas were vegan. So, I decided to find good tapas recipes and recreate vegan versions for myself.

The start of this project was to find the recipes. Here are those that I started out with:

1.  Vegan Jalapeno Poppers 

2. Cherry Tomatoe and watermelon

3. Tufo Triangles

4. Radicchio Cups

5. Dessert tapas – blueberries 😀

Let's take the dessert first – I've never heard of tapas dessert before and I've spent some time in Spain maybe this is a vegan thing… but the taste was delicious.

#1 Jalapeno, too hot for me but my “tasters” love them, so if you are into hot stuff this is for you.

#2  Cherry Tomatoes – just lovely – nice mild taste, to be eaten before anything else 😉 and great for a hot summers day

#3  Tofu Triangles, I used coconut oil (and no taste of coconuts) plus I added nutritional yeast and served them warm – a great “snack” taste, salty!

#4  Radicchio cups, start to make the “cider-pickled beets” 5-7 days before use because it needs to sit in the fridge before use. But well worth it …

All the tapas I tried were so delicious and well worth the effort – not that they are hard to make, but tapas often need a bit of prep time.

A good idea for Christmas dinner starters.

 

 

Vegan Tabbouleh, Easy and Delicious

Vegan Tabbouleh, Easy and Delicious

When we do one-day hikes, we often get hungry in the late afternoons. We like to have a meal that not only reminds us of real dinner but also gives us energy. At the same time, it has to be easy to carry and eat.

This dish is a perfect match. Serve in pita bread and you can have a healthy dinner ready in minutes.

Bulgur wheat is an excellent source of protein, low-fat and low in calories, perfect for an active person.

This recipe is a basic Tabbouleh, add your won favorites, we like

  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Mushrooms
  • Leafy greens
  • Herbs
  • Lemon juice

 

You can substitute the bulgur wheat with quinoa, wild rice or even chickpeas.
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42 Vegan Spinach Recipes!

42 Vegan Spinach Recipes!

It is so good for you, full of fibre42 best vegan spinach recipes and beta-carotene, but it seems sooo uninteresting.

The taste is nice but you can't just toss it in everything and hope for the best, can you?

Well, the answer is that you almost can!

I was searching for new ideas on how to use it. And hopefully in a kid-friendly too, and stumbled on this pot of gold: None less than 30 ways to sneak the green little leaf in your food.

All the way from Avocado,Kiwi, Spinach smoothie, to spinach, lentil, ragout.

Just be aware that the recipes are vegetarian and not vegan (most are though) so be sure to use a vegan alternative to cheese and pasta among other things, or just get inspired to use it in the dishes you already make, like I did.

Just follow the link to get to the recipes: http://www.vegkitchen.com/tips/healthy-and-delicious-spinach-recipes/

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