Summery smoothie with blueberries and raspberries

Smoothies are our favourite fast meal, snack and sometimes a lunch (like today). Our current favourite has summery taste we already miss so much. Especially on those rainy and windy days like today when we can not wonder around neighbourhood digging here and there and talking to random people (baby and a dog help a lot with this).

After our morning baby swimming class, that we totally rocked, and little nap in the car (coffee for me nap for him) we desperately needed quick fix. So here is what we did:

  • 2 spotty bananas
  • 1 big handful of fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 4-5 dates
  • 1 Tbsp of chia seeds
  • Water 

Everything to the blender and done. While taking pictures, my companion got a bit hungry and helped himself:)

Sweet-potato green-lentil patties

Today I graved for some kind of comfort food but didn’t want to loose this semi-healthy vegan track I’m on so I decided to make some burger patties. I have used all kinds of beans and lentils for patties but today I was out of my most common friends (chickpeas and red lentils that go well together with zucchini) and I had to invent something completely new and I’m glad I did cause those patties were so good. We finished all 12 and I think I’ll make new batch tomorrow.

So to make long story short – here comes recipe:

  • 1 medium size sweet potato (peeled and chopped into smaller chunks)
  • ca 200g of dry green lentils (about 500g of boiled or 1 can)
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 3 Tbsp of spelt flour
  • 1/2 tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp of coriander
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • some freshly ground black pepper

I started with boiling lentils (you can used canned ones) and steaming sweet potato – this took about 30 minutes. It is important to add salt to the boiling lentils when lentils are soft otherwise they won’t get soft. After that I drained lentils and mixed everything together with a potato masher.

Then formed nice patties with my hands (think about throwing tennis ball from one hand to another and then strait to the hot pan) and fried them brown from both sides and then baked another 15 minutes in the oven at 170 degrees.

I ate mine between whole-wheat burger patties with vegan mayo, chilli sauce and avocado-lime mash but others got their portions with rice and avocado salad.

Girls: 6 and 7

Husband: 8

Baby boy: 10 (first my avocado but then all those patties)

Roasted Spicy-cheesy Chickpeas

I should make a separate section for my chickpea recipes I guess. I plan to cook and prepare them every possible and impossible way. Give me more!

  • 400 g of canned chickpeas (or just pre cooked)
  • 2 Tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of chilly flakes
  • 1/2 tsp of coriander (grounded)
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp of nutritional yeast (aka nootch) (gives cheesy taste)
  • salt and pepper
  1. Drained and rinsed my chickpeas well.
  2. Added oil and seasoning in one big bowl and whisked it together
  3. Added chickpeas in the same bowl and mixed gently until all the peas were well covered with oil and seasoning.
  4. Placed peas on parchment paper covered oven pan and roasted  for 30 minutes (tossed them around couple times)

We ate them on our soup and as a snack afterward. Will make again soon.

Husband: 10 points

Girls : 8 and 0 points (too spicy for older one)

Baby son: 10 (faster-faster)

Raw sushi – can not be good!?! Or can it?

After a long time no see I finally have something I want to write down to remember it.

I have always had problem with sushi. I just can not make it taste so good at home as it is is my favorite (expensive) sushi place. I have tried all the tricks available online. Rice just isn’t right. Finally I solved it – do not use rice! Don’t cook anything! Pretend that raw cauliflower can be your cooked rice. Weird but it worked. Raw sushi was surprisingly good. Even great. I couldn’t stop myself eating one roll just with my fingers…no wasabi..no ginger…nothing. Amazing! Still – since I have eaten only raw food for almost two weeks now, I wouldnt take my opinion as a final truth. Put it in test. And let me know how it went.

I got 3 maki rolls out of it and ate it all by myself. Kids had lentil tomato soup (they chose it themselves instead of pasta! really! I win!)

  • 350 g cauliflower (one small head)
  • 85 g cashew nuts soaked for 8 hours (should have been 100g but I ate some)
  • ca 20 g of fresh ginger (about half of my thumb)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

1. step

put cauliflower in food processor and make rice out of it (or grind)

2. step

blend together nuts, ginger and salt with some water

3. step

put it all together and you have your sushi rice ready to go.

4. step

choose whatever you like in your sushi and roll it like regular maki. I had cucumber, tomatos, lettuce and avocado. Next time I need my wakame!

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They were reallygood!

For dessert we had some strawberry milkshake. Mine with oatmilk, banana (half), dates (4), and strawberries (5 big ones). Image

Cauliflower pizza – far better then “real one”

I am not a huge fan substituting everything I used to eat: soy burgers, frankfurters and soy yogurts make me just confused. I`m not that smart, you know, it is easy to confuse me:P. Fun to try out but I wouldn’t include them in my everyday diet. Plants in their natural (or at least recognisable) form are the best. But this was a special occasion – my best friend visited me after a YEAR and she had cravings for pizza…and I remembered seeing cauliflower-crust pizza somewhere… (we are both rather vegan and gluten-free) – so we decided to go for it. This was a decision we didn’t have to regret (like we would regret anything:p)

Let me present proudly, my first and only guest post from girl with a ridiculously expensive hand blender

“For the world’s best cauliflower crust pizza you need:

  • 2 best friends
  • 1 cauliflower
  • ca 100 ml oat flour
  • 200 ml almond flour
  • 100 ml water
  • 3 egg substitute (I have powder version – added 3 tbsp)
  • Saltd

Grate your cauliflower, until not too small – rice-like pieces are OK.

Mix it, mix it all together.

Throw it playfully in the air, until you get a nice round shape. Obviously a joke, BUT we know a person, who knows a person, who claims, that she can actually do it. That person can cheerfully eat my face.

We pressed it on a griddle and precooked it 15-20 minutes at 220C.

  • 1 carlic
  • 1 onion
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • 6-8 peeled tomatoes

Throw olive oil, chopped carlic and onion in a pot. Fry it 5-7 minutes? Who cares, how long. Add tomatoes and the rest. Stew it as long as you possibly can – longer is better. Leave it on a balcony to cool down. What about the birds?!?!? We don´t give a fuck about the birds!

1 bellpepper

1 carrot

Cherry tomatoes (for fun!)

250g of fried mushrooms

Vegan parmesan

Shred it, chop it, bisect it and throw it on the pizza (tomato sauce is already there!). In the oven it goes – 220C for who knows how long – steal a piece of bellpepper or carrot time to time and you´ll figure it out!

 

lillkapsa pizza

 

Eat yourself silly.

Steal food from the pan and eat it behind the door, so noone could see you (that´s what I did).

Fight for the last piece.

Cry in the morning, because there´s nothing left. ”

 

p.s. Pizza was also tested on one boyfriend with exceptionally good taste (keeps loving everything I cook). So Highly recommended!

p.p.s. this was also my birthday weekend – and this was my this year birthday song.

 

Falafael and Saturdays tranquilite

Great – it`s weekend. Finally – I have waited for it about a year now:) It has been a crazy week with sick children and busiest time at the office. Those two don’t match well. So really – thank God for weekends. I forbid myself to work…forbid!

To be honest – I have to thank my laptop for not working. After breakfast (oatmeal with blueberries) with children I sat down with my lap-top knowing I won’t do anything important there. Probably – I will try to work but instead I’ll read some blogs, articles and news instead. A minute after sitting down my wise lap-top told me – “plug in another power source”…like he knew I won’t get any energy from internet. So I took that great advice – went to take a long bath with seasalt, grapeseed oil (and Ayurveda book). Felt  much better after that – so great advice from laptop. Now I believe that machines might be smarter than person (at least me:P).

After that we went outdoor ice skating with girls (first time for them!) and now …tranquillite has finally arrived. Since I have a great recipe to share I dared to turn in THE laptop again.

So -to the point. Made some falafels and ate almost all of them at once. They are so good. They were my first self-made falafels and everything worked out well. Golden and crispy and spicy – just the way I like it.

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  • 500 dl of dry chickpeas (soaked for at least 12 hours)
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic (big gloves – thank you!)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (I had frozen – worked fine)
  • 1 tsp of spice cumin
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 2 tbsp of baking powder
  • black pepper
  • didn’t have any coriander – sure it would work great in it
  • vegetable oil – I had rapeseed oil

Peas processed (with hand blender in my case) until the texture is pasta-like.

Chopped onion, smashed garlic and everything else added and processed until nice smooth pasta.

Little walnut sized balls fried in hot-hot oil and drained on paper-towels after that.

Tastes REALLY GREAT. I would use them between wraps, on salats, as an apertizer or just snack…if I had any left.

Quiet Saturday day may continue…with quiet music