Category Archives: Recipies

The Spiralizer

If you haven’t added this spiralizing gadget to your kitchen equipment, now is the time! Using vegetables to substitute grains, even if they are gluten free, is the healthiest alternative. We love the way these vegetables look when they go through the spiralizer and it’s so easy to use.

This spiralizer is a great one, made by Oxo. It has three different cuts- Spaghetti Cut, Fettuccine Cut, and Ribbon Cut. There are many others on the market, find one the fits your needs.

Once you purchase your spiralizer, let’s get spiralizing!

Gluten-Free Raw Zucchini Pasta with Avocado Sauce

This recipe serves one.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 tspn Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 tspn lemon juice
  • ground pepper
  • homemade Cashew Parmesan
CASHEW PARMESAN
  • 1 c raw, unsalted cashews
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tspn Himalayan sea salt
PREPARATION
  1. Wash zucchini.
  2. Using the instructions that came with your spiralizer, secure the zucchini on the spiralizer and spiralize your zucchini. Place the zucchini pasta in a bowl.
  3.  Sprinkle spiralized zucchini with salt and give it a gentle mix. Set aside for 20 minutes.
  4. Peel the avocado, and put in a blender or food processor, mix with the rest of salt, lemon juice, ground pepper and blend until smooth. Taste and add more lemon juice or salt to taste.
  5. Drain zucchini from the water it has lost and put back in bowl.
  6. Add avocado cream and give it a good mix.
  7. Serve on plate and top with cashew parmesan (optional).
  8. To prepare the Cashew Parmesan: Combine all ingredients in food processor and pulse until fine. Enjoy!

 

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Satay Noodles

Easy, quick and super delicious, what more can you ask for in a recipe? These Satay Noodles are creamy, nutritious and delicious. What’s the secret? It’s in the sauce. A blend of nut and seed butter, coconut milk, tamari, chilli and spices.

INGREDIENTS
  • 200g packet dry rice noodles
  • 2 carrots, spiralised or thinly shaved
  • 1 c celery, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c organic silken tofu, cubed
  • 1 green capsicum , diced
  • 1/2 c organic raw cashew nuts, crushed or chopped
  • 3 tbsp chives, chopped
  • few springs fresh cilantro/coriander
SATAY SAUCE
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1cm knob ginger
  • 3 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1-2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 red chilli (optional)
  • 1/2 c coconut milk
PREPARATION
  1. Submerge rice noodles in large bowl of boiling water for 3+ minutes until softened. Drain and set aside.
  2. Place all satay sauce ingredients in a high speed blender and whizz till silky smooth.
  3. Combine carrots, celery, tofu and capsicum in a bowl with rice noodles and stir through the satay sauce. Add a little at a time, stir and more as desired. Careful not to break the noodles as you combine.
  4. Serve into bowls, top with chives, crushed nuts, coriander and enjoy!

 

 

 

REFERENCES
  • Hippie Lane app.

Pecan Nut Butter

It’s sweet. It’s nutty. And it’s oh so good. If you haven’t yet had pecan nut butter, you have to give it a try. The key to exceptional nut butter is the quality of the nut.

Choose the fresh nuts stored in bulk and rotated frequently. Refrigerated, organic nuts are ideal. Toasted pecans blended with a food processor turn out scrumptiously smooth with maple undertones, without any added oil. A pinch of salt and a dash of cinnamon enrich the flavor. Try it on your favorite breakfast bread or whole grain crackers, or smoothie pecan butter over sliced apple.

Recipe yields 1 cup.

INGREDIENTS
  • 8 ounces (about 2 cups) high quality pecans, either whole or in pieces
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Dash of ground cinnamon (optional)
PREPARATION
  1. Unless you prefer your nut butter raw, pour the pecans into a large skillet and toast, stirring often, over medium heat until fragrant (don’t let them burn!). This will take about 4 to 8 minutes.
  2. Pour the toasted pecans into a food processor or high-speed blender and let them cool for several minutes. Then blend the pecans, pausing often to scrape down the sides with a spatula. The mixture will be crumbly at first, but will eventually blend into super-creamy goodness. Be careful not to let the mixture get too hot, which seems to cause oil separation. You might have to stop and let the mixture/machine cool down for a bit just to be safe. The amount of blending time required depends on your machine- an older food processor might take ten to fifteen minutes to turn the pecans into pecan butter, while fancy Blendtec or Vitamix blenders can turn it into butter in a minute or two.
  3. Add a pinch of sea salt and a dash of cinnamon (if using). Blend again, taste, and add more salt or cinnamon if needed.
  4. Pour into a small jar, seal it with a lid, and store it in the refrigerator for good measure. This pecan butter will keep well, refrigerated, for up to one month or so – obviously, don’t eat it if you see or smell any signs that it has gone bad.

 

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Nourishing Bone Broth

There’s nothing better than preparing your Bone Broth on a Sunday so that you can drink it 48-hours later in the mornings during the week. It makes for the perfect breakfast, just add Himalayan salt. The rich nutrients and fat keep you satiated until lunch time. There are many different kinds of broth- chicken, beef, and fish. Each offering its unique properties.

Bone broth is a magic elixir that makes every cell of your body feel good, given that you are not vegan that is! As grandmother knows best, the best remedy for a cold or flu is chicken soup. Why? Because of the healing properties of the broth. Stock contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur, trace minerals, chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine.

When broth cools, it congeals due to the presence of gelatin. You can always tell a good broth when it thickens into gelatin. Although gelatin is not a complete protein, containing only the amino acids arginine and glycine in large amounts, it acts as a protein sparer. This means if you have no access to protein you can survive off bone broth and good fats in good health.

Gelatin was found to be useful in the treatment of diseases including…

  • Peptic ulcers
  • Tuberculosis
  • Diabetes
  • Muscle diseases
  • Infectious diseases
  • Jaundice
  • Cancer

The American researcher Francis Pottenger pointed out that as gelatin is a hydrophilic colloid, which means that it attracts and holds liquids, it facilitates digestion by attracting digestive juices to food in the gut.

My Favorite Organic Recipe

  • Beef marrow and knuckle bones
  • Spring water
  • Rosemary sprigs
  • Few bay leaves
  • Black and red peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
  • 2 large onions, coarsely chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
  • 3 carrots, coarsely chopped

What you need is a large crock pot that you can leave to stew for 48 hours on low heat. First start with sauteing the onions, celery and carrots until caramelized. Place all the bones into the crock pot with the rosemary, bay leaves, peppercorns, and ACV. The ACV helps extract calcium. Add vegetables to the crock pot. Fill up with water. Turn on to low heat and let simmer for 48 hours. If the water falls over the days, you can always add more water. The less water the more rich the broth becomes. Skim the top and discard the scum, let cool, strain, bottle, and refrigerate.

The fat that collects on the top can be used for cooking and sauteing vegetables and meats. Heat the broth and then add Himalayan salt to taste. Stock will keep several days in the fridge and may be frozen in plastic containers (glass has a tendency to expand and break so be careful if freezing in glass; leave enough space for expansion).

 

Pistachio Maple Sesame Oats

PISTACHIO OATS SAY WHAT?!

Tired of the same old breakfast? Break out of your rut – and make a tasty impression with delicious gluten free, vegan oats. This green savory bowl gives the sweet breakfast bowl an uplift with a dash of green. Antioxidant rich matcha pairs well with pistachio, maple and sesame. A 10 minute hook up is all it takes! Use all organic ingredients. Complimentary of one our favorite vegan chef Taline Gabrielian at Hippie Lane.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 c. oats
  • 1 c. coconut milk
  • 1 c. almond (or other nut) milk
  • 1 tsp. matcha powder
  • 1 tbsp. + 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1-3 tbsp. coconut milk
  • 1/2 to 1 tbsp. tahini (black/white)
  • 2 tbsp. pistachios, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 c. coconut, flakes

PREPARATION

  1. Combine oats, coconut milk and 1/2 cup almond milk in a small saucepan and keep in fridge overnight.
  2. In the morning, add 1/2 cup almond milk, matcha powder and maple syrup to the pan and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce to simmer and cook for a further 4-7 minutes, stirring regularly.
  4. Transfer oats to the serving bowls.
  5. Top the bowls with tahini, pistachios, coconut and extra maple syrup and serve

Check out Hippie Lane for Taline’s cookbook and download her app. Photo compliments of Hippie Lane.

MEDITERRANEAN SPAGHETTI SQUASH

Spaghetti squash, also known as vegetable spaghetti, is a type of winter squash that, when cooked, separates into long pasta-like strands. All winter squash share a few common characteristics. The outer rinds are hard and difficult to pierce, enabling them to have long storage periods, from one week and six months. The flesh is mildly sweet to nutty in flavor and finely grained in texture.

In general, this squash provides abundant phytonutrients that promote health. It contains beta-carotene, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C, which provide anti-inflammatory benefits and support the immune system. Other key nutrients include vitamin B6, dietary fiber, folate, magnesium, copper, and potassium. The combination of these nutrients make this food an excellent part of a heart-healthy diet. These nutrients are also known for their role in cancer prevention and management of blood sugar levels.

Spaghetti squash is at peak season from October to November. Choose a squash that is firm, heavy for its size and has a dull, not glossy, rind. Soft rinds may indicate that the squash is watery and lacking in flavor.

Spaghetti squash is a great choice for incorporating a tasty, meatless meal into your weekly menu. Although it has a mild nutty flavor on its own, when you combine spaghetti squash with sautéed onions, olives, feta, and juicy tomatoes, it absorbs those flavors, resulting in a Mediterranean dish everyone will enjoy. This recipe makes a hearty, lunch or dinner. If going meatless isn’t your preference, pair this dish with fish or chicken. Serves 4.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 3-4 lb spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 2 tbspn sunflower oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 c. halved grape tomatoes
  • 3/4 c. crumbled organic feta cheese
  • 1/2 c. sliced organic black olives
  • 3 tbspn chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheett and place spaghetti squash on the baking sheet, cut sides down. Bake until you can poke a sharp knife into the squash with little resistance, about 35-45 minutes. Remove squash from oven; set aside to cool.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion in oil until tender. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Stir in the tomatoes and cook briefly, about 1 minute. You only want to warm the tomatoes.

Use a large fork to shred the “spaghetti” from the squash and place the strands in a large bowl. Toss with the sautéed vegetables, feta cheese, olives, and basil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.

Recipe Source: Garnish with Lemon.

Cauliflower Steaks

Cauliflower Steaks with Cumin, Ginger and Turmeric

Cauliflower steaks are the new craze! Putting cauliflower center stage, most people think of cauliflower as a side to steak, not the “meat of the meal.” But cut into thick slabs and roasted with spices, this plain vegetable is easily transformed into a flavorful dish. Roasting brings out the subtle nutty flavor of cauliflower. The brilliant colors and flavors of turmeric, ginger, cumin, and cilantro create cauliflower “steaks” that are simple to prepare and fancy enough for a dinner party or to add pizazz to an ordinary family dinner. This recipe serves 3.

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbs. olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
  • Small handful of cilantro, chopped

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Remove leaves and trim the stem end of the cauliflower, leaving the core intact. Using a large knife, cut the cauliflower from top to base into three 3/4-inch-thick “steaks.” Season each steak with salt and pepper on both sides. (Reserve any loose florets for another use.)

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the cauliflower steaks until golden brown–about 2 minutes on each side. Gently transfer the steaks to a baking sheet. Whisk together the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil, ginger, cumin, and turmeric. Brush or spoon the mixture onto the cauliflower steaks. Roast in the oven until tender, about 15 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

RECIPE SOURCE

Bone Broth, It Heals

It’s the season for bone broth! It’s one of our favorite winter time recipes. Nourishing and healing to the body from the inside-out. The longer your cook this bone broth the more concentrated it will be. You can sip this restorative bone broth on it’s own as a meal or use it for cooking in place of water. It’s hearty, healthy and regenerative. Use organic, grass fed, free-range ingredients.

Makes 6+ Servings

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds organic beef bones (marrow and knuckle bones)
  • 3 medium unpeeled carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3-4 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (ACV)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • A dash of Himalayan sea salt when serving
  • water (natural spring water is best; or filtered water)
  • 6-qt. (or larger) slow cooker (crock pot)

Preheat a skillet, with a tbsp of coconut oil. Add carrots, onion and celery to skillet. Saute until golden brown. Add a tiny amount of hot water if vegetables become too dry.

Add the beef bones, bay leaves, peppercorns, and ACV to the slow cooker. The ACV is an essential ingredient to draw out the minerals from the bones. Once vegetables are golden brown, add them to the slow cooker. Fill slow cooker to the top with natural spring water. Cover and turn on medium heat for 12 hours. Decrease to low heat for the remainder of the time. Total cook time is 48 hours. Add more water to slow cooker as needed as the liquid becomes concentrated, making sure all contents are submerged.

Once bone broth is complete, let it cool. Strain bone broth with a fine-mesh sieve, and discard (or compost) bones and vegetables. Use wide mouth glass mason jars to  bottle and store the bone broth. Let jars sit out to cool down until you hear them seal. Once sealed, place all jars in refrigerator.

When ready to use your bone broth, discard or save the top layer of solidified fat for cooking. Heat broth on low heat, add a pinch of Himalayan sea salt for taste and enjoy.

Freeze in ice-cube trays if needed.

Photo and Recipe Credit: Epicurious Beef Bone Broth.

Daikon Sunflower Soba

Ever since I bought my Spirooli, I’ve been spirooling away! From zucchini spaghetti to Daikon radish, I just can’t get enough. Using the Spirooli adds flare to all raw dishes. I enjoy every last bite and walk away feeling light and healthy.

Ingredients

  • 1 roll soba noodles
  • 1 pack sunflower sprouts (from Mom’s Organic), cut with ceramic knife and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp Organic Tamari Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (add more if needed)
  • Himalayan sea salt, use sparingly, Tamari is naturally salty
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp white sesame seeds
  • 2 large Daikon radish, peeled and spiroolied

Boil hot water and add soba noodles. Do not over cook noodles, they should be a bit al dente. Rinse with cold water and add to large mixing bowl. Add in all ingredients and mix well. This dish tastes delicious cold.

Pome-Chia Pudding

Last weekend I formed a new obsession, CHIA pudding and I am determined to expand upon it!

Chia is named after the Mayan word for “strength.” Chia seeds help with weight loss by allowing you to feel full faster. They are high in Omega-3 fatty acids (more than salmon) and Omega-6, fiber and antioxidants. Chia contains more calcium than a glass of milk, not that you should be drinking milk in the first place!

When combined with a liquid, Chia seeds create a gelatin like substance due to the soluble fiber in the seeds. This also happens in the stomach when they are eaten, slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar. In turn, this helps with athletic endurance and metabolic rates.

Ingredients

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Place the nut milk, half a can of coconut milk, 1 tbsp coconut crystals and 3 pitted dates in blender. Turn on blender to a low speed, if using a Vitamix, turn to setting of 2. Pour the chia seeds into the blender, allowing for uniform mixing. Pour contents into a separate bowl and whisk every 5 minutes for 15 minutes. Let stand for one hour before transferring to glass jars and refrigerating. Transfer the rest of the coconut milk into a glass jar and refrigerate to solidify into a heavy cream like consistency.

To serve, scoop 3 tbsp chia pudding into separate serving glass. Garnish with pomegranate, a dollop of coconut cream and sprinkles of coconut crystals. Enjoy!