Best Guacamole Recipe

INGREDIENTS 3 ripe avocados 1/2 lime, juiced 3/4 cup grape tomatoes, quartered 1/2 cup diced white onion 1 jalapeno, finely diced (or two if you like it spicy!) 1/2 cup chopped cilantro 1/4 teaspoon salt Freshly ground black pepper INSTRUCTIONS Mash avocado in a medium bowl, but not so much that it becomes overly creamy. You want a mixture between chunky and creamy consistency. Next add in lime juice, grape tomatoes, diced onion, jalapeno, cilantro and salt and pepper. Give it a stir. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary (add more salt if you like it a little bit saltier!). Garnish with extra sliced grape tomatoes, cilantro and jalapenos. Enjoy with blue corn tortilla chips.

Vegan Jambalaya

Ingredients:  1 onion, diced 2 stalks of celery, chopped 4 cloves of garlic, minced Half a green pepper, diced Half a red pepper, diced 1 can (400 grams / 14 oz) crushed tomatoes 4 cups (1 litre) vegetable stock 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon sweet paprika ½ teaspoon smoky paprika ½ teaspoon dried cayenne pepper 2 bay leaves 2 tablespoons Tabasco sauce (adjust to taste) 2 tablespoons soy sauce Pepper, to taste 2 cups (400 grams) uncooked brown rice 3 cups (500 grams) mixed beans (I used chickpeas, white beans and kidney beans) 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste) ¼ cup (7 grams) fresh chopped parsley 1 green onion, chopped (optional) […]

Mushroom Lasagna (Vegan Recipe)

Instructions:  Mushroom bolognese 1 tbsp olive oil 1 white onion, diced 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 small carrot, grated 400g button mushrooms, thinly sliced 2 tbsp tomato puree 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 2 tbsp mixed Italian dried herbs (Basil, oregano, thyme) 400g chopped tomatoes 240ml vegetable stock 1 tbsp cornflour mixed with 2 tbsp cold water For the lasagna 12 gluten-free lasagna sheets 1 tin Sacla free-from Besciamella white sauce (Optional) vegan cheese, grated Instructions:  Make the bolognese sauce Heat olive oil in a pan. Add the onions, garlic, grated carrot, salt and pepper and saute for a few minutes, until softened. Add the mushrooms and tomato puree. Mix to combine. Add the vinegar, herbs, chopped tomatoes and vegetable stock. […]

Cheesy Baked Cauliflower

Ingredients: • 1 large head cauliflower, cleaned and separated into florets (1 lb.) • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil • 1 teaspoon kosher salt • ¼ teaspoon black pepper • 1 teaspoon garlic powder • 1 teaspoon paprika • ½ cup grated Parmesan (40 grams) Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 2. In a large bowl, use your hands to coat the cauliflower florets with the olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika. 3. Transfer to a baking dish large enough to accommodate the florets in a single layer (such as a 9 X 13 rectangular baking dish). 4. Bake the cauliflower for 15 minutes. 5. Turn the florets to the other side, sprinkle with the cheese, […]

Spicy Vegetable Samosas

These spicy vegetable samosas are an easy treat for Indian food lovers! Hot, crisp and delicious – and no frying! Ingredients: 2 Tbs olive oil Spices: 1 tsp red or yellow curry powder 1 tsp garam masala ¼ tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp cumin ½ tsp chili powder a scant ⅛ tsp – ¼ tsp red pepper flakes, depending on how hot and spicy you like your samosas (I go with a level ⅛ tsp, which is plenty hot for me)   Vegetables: 1 medium onion, chopped fine 1 medium carrot, chopped fine 2 medium potatoes, peeled and finely diced 2 medium red bell peppers, diced optional – 1 or more red or green chili peppers to taste, seeded and […]

20 Minute – Lemon Broccoli Pasta

  Ingredients: Yield: Serves 6 3 quarts water 1 tablespoon salt 1 and 1/2 to 2 pounds fresh broccoli 1 pound rotini pasta 3-4 cups spinach 4 tablespoons butter 1 large lemon, zested and juiced 2 cloves garlic, crushed and minced 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1 cup fresh Parmesan, plus more to garnish olive oil, to garnish salt and pepper to taste fresh lemon wedges, to garnish Instructions: In a large skillet or pot, bring the salt and water to a boil. While you wait, prep your broccoli by trimming the stems and cutting the florets into similar sized pieces (I like mine bite-size.) Add the rotini and boil on high for 4 minutes. Add the broccoli, cover, and […]

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Granola Apple Bites

Snacking is always a good way to fight off mid day hunger, if you’re running short on time or just a little restless before your next meal, grab an apple bite and enjoy. INGREDIENTS: 2 apples, sliced into wedges 1/4 cup peanut butter 1/4 cup granola, your favorite 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, for sprinkling Semisweet chocolate chips, optional* DIRECTIONS: Coat tops of apple wedges in peanut butter and sprinkle with granola and cinnamon. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring in 30 second increments until melted. Be careful not to overheat. Drizzle wedges with melted chocolate, set on a large platter and serve. TIPS: To substitute the chocolate drizzle, you can sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top of the wedges. […]

Pineapple Fried Rice (Vegan Option!)

This recipe for Pineapple Fried Rice is a quick and satisfying meal for someone who’s “on the go” or wants a healthier option at home opposed to take out. Either way you can’t lose! Ingredients 3 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 onion, diced 2 carrots, peeled and grated 1/2 cup frozen corn 1/2 cup frozen peas 3 cups cooked brown rice 2 cups diced pineapple, canned or fresh 2 green onions, sliced Instructions In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger powder and white pepper; set aside. Heat olive oil in a large skillet or wok over medium […]

Good News Coffee Lovers, A Documentary Is On It’s Way

Coffee Lovers all over the world can rejoice! There’s actually a documentary about the savory elixir on its way. The film about Coffee will explore the mystique and nation wide obsession about the precious brew. Although the indie film was first introduced back in 2014, it is now available to download and stream at your own leisure in the comfort of your own home. Watch below as the filmmakers chronicle coffee farmers in Honduras and Rwanda and meet baristas at serious coffee shops in Tokyo, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and New York. You can go rent or buy the full documentary here

Flatbreads

Certain styles of food keep coming back.  Flatbreads is one of these, dating back as they do to Ancient Egypt and now increasingly popular outside the Middle East and/or the Mediterranean.  In essence flatbreads are unleavened (or slightly leavened–that is, with little or no yeast) bread made with flour, water and salt.  They are rolled into flattened dough, hence the name.  Arguably the most famous example of such would be pita bread, or perhaps the various nans of Indian cuisine.  Or maybe matzoh bread. Technically, pizza might fall under the same category. Of course this really only applies to the most basic of flatbreads.  Go to any one of hundreds of restaurants and you’ll find even more variations than eateries […]