I love soup. In fact I make soup more often than I make any other dish. I have just returned from vacation (nothing quite like escaping the winter for three weeks), and needless to say the cold is really getting to me. Today I decided to make some soup to warm my tummy and give me an energy boost. It is easy to make and inexpensive. You can use pretty much any ingredients you want, and it is bound to be tasty.
Here is the recipe that I used. It was delicious and hearty.
2 yellow onions, 1 red pepper, 1 green pepper, 3 cloves fresh garlic, 4 ripe tomatoes, 1/2 cup red lentils, 4 long sticks of celery, 2 cups spinach 1/2 cup courgette, 700ml water, a dash of nutmeg, oregano and basil.
1. Chop all the ingredients depending on how chunky you like your soup.
Pre-soak the lentils (about 1 hour)
2. In a large pot, saute the garlic and onions for 2 minutes. Then add the courgette. After about 2 more minutes add the peppers, celery, spinach and tomatoes.
3. Drain the lentils and add. Add the water and all spices.
4. Boil all the ingredients together for about 10 mins. Then reduce and simmer for 5 mins.
I don’t have an oven, and sometimes I really feel like some baked awesomeness. So, I decided to try my hand at making some no- bake oatmeal squares They came out pretty well, I struggled to get them to bind well, but really yummy and healthy anyways! They really hit the spot!
Oatmeal is a versatile ingredient. It tastes good with many different flavors and keeps you feeling full for a long time. It also helps to lower cholesterol and reduce high blood pressure.
You can add pretty much any nut/seed or dried fruit to this recipe. But this is how I made my oatmeal squares.
2 bananas, 2 cups oats, a handful of almonds, a handful of dried cranberries, a handful of raisins, 50 ml soy milk, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 1 tablespoon agar powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Blend the bananas.
2. Add the blended banana to the oats, add the cranberries, almonds and raisins. Mix a little.
3. Add the soy milk, maple syrup and the agar powder and cinnamon. Mix a little more.
4. Put the mixture in the microwave for about 1 min 30 secs. Take out and mix again.
5. The mixture should be thick and sticky. If it isn’t sticky add some more maple syrup or soy milk, and a little extra agar podwer. Put the mixture into a 20cm tray, push down with a spoon until the mixture is evenly dispersed in the tray.
6. Put in the fridge for 2-3 hours to set.
7. EAT AND ENJOY!
Blueberries are superstars in terms of their unique health benefits. They are high in antioxidants and low in calories (80 calories in one cup). They help to maintain blood sugar levels, and have great cancer fighting properties. Their beautiful purple colour make them a delightful addition to any smoothie. You can use blueberries fresh or frozen, recent studies showed that blueberries do not lose antioxidant properties when frozen.
I was feeling like something creamy and sweet but still healthy, so I made this smoothie:
1 medium banana
1 cup blueberries
100 ml coconut milk
50 ml soy milk
100 ml water
Add all the ingredients in the blender and blend for half a minute.
I love chocolate, it is one of the few non-vegan things I indulge in. But with this recipe, I can get my vegan chocolate fix. Cocoa powder is my new best friend! This was my first experiment with Chococado, and I really enjoyed it. Was it like regular chocolate mousse – no, was it awesome anyway – yes!
This vegan recipe is perfect if you’re looking for something sweet and rich, that’s not going to make you feel guilty for indulging.
The avo gives the dessert a really full,rich and creamy taste. Avos are nutrient dense. They have a wide range of anti-inflammatory properties, they support cardiovascular health and they have healthy fats which help to maintain healthy skin and hair.
This recipe is really easy and literally took 7 mins to make.
2 medium-sized avos (Ripe)
1/4 cup raw unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 tablespoons maple syrup (or any other sweetener such as brown sugar)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1. Remove the skin and pit the avos.
2. Put all ingredients together in a blender or food processor. Pulse until ingredients are mixed well. If the ingredients are not mixing add more coconut milk or some water.
3. Scrape the sides and pulse a few more times.
SERVE AND ENJOY
We all have bad days, sometimes even a bad week. The good thing is that we control our own moods! So if you’re feeling down, or having a blue Monday, here are a few ways to add some sunshine to your smile!
1. Find something to laugh about – It can be your favorite comedian, a TV show, a funny picture, or even a call to a friend who always makes you laugh.
2. Sing and Dance – Put on a tune that’s lively, perhaps even a little crazy. Sing and dance. (Come on, everyone has that secret, embarrassing song hidden on their player that you secretly love, but won’t ever tell anyone!) Whip it out and be a little crazy!
3. Do something kind for someone, for no reason. – You’ll feel good about yourself, and you would have brightened someone elses day.
4. Do something kind for yourself, for no reason – Be good to yourself, treat yourself to something small. A chocolate, a massage, a great meal, whatever works for you.
5. Sweat it out – Working out releases endorphins! You are bound to feel much better after your choice of exercise.
6. Meditate – Take some time to meditate on things that make you happy. Even the smallest things can bring you joy, wether it be the smell of fresh grass or talking to someone you love.
7. Appreciate nature – go outdoors and enjoy the beauty of nature. You’ll realize that you are smaller than nature, and so are your problems. Plus the fresh air will re-energize you.
8. De-clutter your environment – if you’re at work, tidy your desk. If you’re at home, make the bed, wash the dishes. De-cluttering your environment will de-clutter your mind and enable you to think more clearly.
9. Think about things you are thankful for, the people in your life, your career, anything that you are grateful for.
10. Turn off the electronics for a while! Spending too much time online, surfing, chatting, or just ummmmmm, doing nothing leads us to be inactive. Get out, take a walk, do something other than just sitting there!
11. Sit quietly for a few minutes in a sunny or warm spot and remember why YOU’RE SO AWESOME!
HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE!
Pancakes are the shiz! There is nothing better than Sunday morning breakie, pancakes and all.
No eggs or dairy necessary! This vegan recipe substitutes normal milk with soy milk, and egg with banana. The result = light, fluffy banana flavored pancakes. You can spice up the mixture with blueberries, cinnamon, nuts, or anything else that you heart desires.
250 g Store bought pancake mix (or 1 cup organic flour, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1 tablespoons baking powder, a pinch of salt)
1tsp vanilla essence
1 cup soy milk ( you can use coconut milk to for a richer version)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Put dry pancake mix in a mixing bowl. Mash up one banana, heat in the microwave for 30 seconds, mash again.
2. Add the banana, soy milk, vanilla essence and cinnamon to the dry mix. Mix well. Heat the pan with a little olive oil.
3. Spoon enough batter for one pancake into the pan. Cook until you see bubbles in the middle of the pancake and turn.
Try not to eat all the pancakes until finishing! Nom nom nom 🙂 Enjoy!
Delicious optional extras for pancake mix – blueberries, almonds, walnuts, orange essence, organic peanut butter, strawberries, apple pieces, lemon zest
It seems as though everyone is searching for happiness. We search, we find, we lose, we fail, we strive for it like it is some long-lost treasure, buried under years of stress and conditioning. But what is happiness really? Happiness is a range of positive emotions and a mental state of well-being. But more importantly happiness can be whatever you want it to be. Happiness is not some long-lost treasure, and if we treat it as such, we will never be happy. Here are some things that I have learnt about happiness:
1. … being in the moment. Enjoying your life, who you are, what you are doing right now.
2. …loving yourself.
3. …when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
4. …loving the people around you, for the good and the bad.
5. … is an experience, not a demonstration.
6. …finding the beauty in your everyday life.
7. …transcendent and ever-changing. It is universal and ever-present.
8. … appreciating sadness. Without sadness we would never know happiness. Feel it, appreciate it, then let it go to make room for happiness.
9. …being genuine and kind to those around you.
10. …your choice.