Wednesday, August 12, 2015

|Cuisine Tips|:: EMERGENCY SNACK KIT or 11 SNACKS THAT CAN MAKE YOUR DAY EASIER ::

I actually wanted to do this post for a while now, but never really had the time or maybe the right motivation to do so. I know you guys are also struggling with the question of On-the-go snacking, especially when traveling, partying or working all day long. Usually that are the toughest situations, when we are weak and grab whatever there is, just to satisfy that nasty craving for food that we might have. I think we can do so much better than that, but, for that you need a lil bit of effort and time, which is both totally worth it.

I was thinking to do a series of posts called "Snack The Work Away" which I might still do and the point was, that you prepare yourself such good meal/snacks, that all the attention will go just to your pre-homemade & delicious meals (which are also healthy and light) and all the work troubles will be in a blur for at least that hour when you'll be proud at yourself, because you took time to make a small difference in your life (for a bigger cause!). 

Anyhow, today we're talking about Emergency Snack Kit, which I understand as "What's always in my bag, no matter where I am or what I do". I'd like to point out that I'm not writing on dieting, or no sugar/no carbs snacks. I am simple sharing snacks that help me get through the busy days. 


1.) Dried fruit & Nuts (almonds + cashews are my fav, but I love to roast them a bit)




2.) Fresh Fruit (try to stick with the seasonal one)





3.) Power bars (not my fav solution though, maybe if you make them at home)

4.) Seed Crackers (that is for the super emergency when I tend to work late, but can't do lunch until I get home. Crackers help me to shut down the cravings and cook before I empty the fridge with my eyes. Choose wisely since you can find low carb, gluten free, whatever you want from a cracker to be). 

5.) Dark Chocolate (I believe a piece of that god damn chocolate is good for me) 

6.) Veggies, for ex. sliced carrot or pepper, with a homemade spread (hummus for ex.) or Cottage cheese perhaps (This one is my fav, but it takes a lil bit of your time for the preparation)

7.) Roasted Chickpeas (I made a post about this here).




8.) Banana bread (this one is great, cuz you can bake it and then enjoy it a couple of days. Find recipe here.)

9.) Smoothies --> In the mornings I often make myself a Smoothie to go, which is great cuz I have a 45min drive to work, so I enjoy it on the way. Find some inspiration here.




10.) Make some Quinoa Cakes to go (easily to carry with you and you can eat them anywhere.).

11.) This is a Sweet & Salty Bonus: Apple slices + Peanut Butter (just to comfort you a bit on a very stressed day)


Anyhow, this is just few ideas what you can do, but there are unlimited options of snacks out there, you just need to grab it! ;) Btw, Check out Nuts.com and their healthy snacks page. They are sharing some tips, ideas and also sell some healthy snacks that you might like. Again, I'm not saying this is good for a diet, but it is good for a power snack, especially if you are a sporty person. 


I'd love if you would engage and share your thoughts about On-The-Go Snacking with me. What are your favourite snacks? What do you do when you're on the road, traveling or working? Do you have any tips, recipes, thoughts? Share that with us! ;)


Hugs, 
Maja



|cuisine - recipe| :: Homemade Coconut Yoghurt & Bircher Muesli :: The Oh She Glows Cookbook ::





Another vegan recipe post from the The Oh She Glows Cookbook, cuz when I told you that I'm going to try a lot of recipes, I wasn't kidding. ;) So in the previous post (here) I introduced a main dish and today I'm sharing with you the most important meal of the day, which is of course, breakfast (at least that's what they say). In the book the recipe includes coconut yoghurt and since I have no idea if that's possible to find in the store (probably yes), I googled and made a homemade one, which was quite easy and surprisingly delicious.



I left it in the fridge over the night and it was so damn good in the morning. I had an easy morning on the balcony, reading news, checking blogs and eating this healthy homemade breakfast that gave me energy through the whole day. Who would of think so.. I liked it, a lot. (haha, but just so we're clear eggs with bacon are still a fav breakfast for me) ;)  



So, this is it. If you would like to know how to prepare Bircher muesli, you should write me an email and I might tell you OR you can also buy a book at Totaliteta and have all this great recipes just for yourself, or let's be honest, you can also just google it. Simple as that. ;) 

Hey, but no worries, I will tell you how to prepare Homemade Coconut Yoghurt, because it's super easy. 

COCONUT YOGHURT 

Preparation + Cooking time: 10 min
△ gluten free  △ soy free   sugar free (optional) △ lactose free

INGRIDIENTS 
1 can of coconut milk (250ml) 
1 tbs of agar agar / čajno žličko agar agarja - rastlinska želatina - Btw, a kdo ve kje se da to najbolj ugodno dobit, ker 7 evričev se mi je zdelo kar veliko? :) 
Vanilla - bourbon vanilla 
Maple syrup or Agave or Honey or whatever you want to use from sweeteners 

HOW TO MAKE IT 
Shake the coconut milk, open it and pour it into a medium pot. Whisk until the milk is smooth and uniform. Add agar agar, vanilla and sweetener if you wish so. Don't stir! 
Then place the pan on the stove over medium heat and warm until the coconut milk starts to simmer (The agar agar will also start to melt together). Whisk the milk and turn down the heat to low. Continue cooking on low, whisk occasionally, for 5 to 10 min, until the agar agar flakes are fully dissolved. Cool the milk until it's just warm to the touch. I placed it in the fridge over the night and it was fine in the morning. When it cools down it becomes a bit like a pudding, so if you want you can use it like that, or add some water and blend it, so you will get a bit more rare texture. I just left it like it was, but I couldn't eat much, I was full very quickly.

If you have any other ways of preparing this yoghurt, please share it with me and other curious souls. ;) 

Have a great end of the week, tmrw is already Thursday (my fav day excluding Saturday and Sunday) . :) Ohhh and don't forget to go outside tonight and check out the sky for some serious shooting stars! They say it is going to be amazing! ;) xx


Friday, July 31, 2015

|cuisine - recipe| :: CREAMY VEGETABLE VEGAN CURRY & A REVIEW: THE OH SHE GLOWS COOKBOOK ::

I made an announcement earlier today, that this post will be on the blog in the afternoon and here it is, for all the cooking enthusiasts. ;) Ahh, Ive been struggling, because it's Friday (yey, happy day) and I'm so sleepy right now (which is normal, because on Fridays I usually have a serious lack of sleep from the whole week). I wanted to write this post outside on the balcony, to enjoy a lil bit of sun and light breeze, but the sun left me and decided to have it's own party behind the clouds, and the light breeze suddenly became a cold breeze, so I ended up in my bed, relaxed, happy & tired. I'm in my hometown (Celje) this weekend, because our dear friend is celebrating his 40th b-day, so obviously I won't sleep much today either. ;) Haha, ok, I could go on and on about the story of my life, but let's talk about the important things now. ;) 


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First of all I'd like to thank Totaliteta for sending me The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from Inside Out, to review it. They translated & published the book in March 2015. 

I'm not a vegan, nor vegetarian, but I love trying out new things and Vegan kitchen was always interesting for me, because it was something new, with ingredients that I didn't know, techniques that I never used, but honestly,  a lot of times I took recipes from the internet and there was always something on the recipe that or I didn't know what it is or it was unable to buy it here (or maybe I was just unlucky, who knows). 

This book was like a new discovery for me. I realised that Vegans can eat damn good food and since I'm a foodie, imagine my happiness realising that (ok, it's not like I didn't know, but I never really tried anything mind blowing). 

The voice behind the book is Angela Liddon, the author of Oh She Glows. <3 
After an introduction of her previous health habits and slow evolution to a vegan kitchen, she also gives us a glimpse into her pantry and kitchen gadgets (always good to know, out of curiosity and because it's helpful to know what you'll need while preparing all this amazing meals).

She focuses on plant-based, healthy whole foods, free of chemicals and additives. The book is divided into 10 chapters: breakfast, smoothies/juices/teas, pre-appetizers, salads, soups, main courses, side dishes, power snacks, desserts and homemade basics.
I loved the fact that it's written so simple and that all the ingredients are approachable. Almost every recipe is followed by a stunning photo that makes you feel craving for food. I admit that I went over the book like a hundred times, just to admire the photos and check what I want to cook first. I think I'll go through the whole book, cuz my instinct tells me that it's going to be a wonderful cooking journey for me. :) 

Oh, and what I also love is that with every recipe you have a tag if it's gluten-free, soy free, sugar free .., which is great if you are allergic to something and want to make your own version of the recipe. 

I actually wanted to share two recipes with you, but I came home late last night, so I just did one - Creamy Vegetable Vegan Curry, and the other one will wait for the next time. :) 

CREAMY VEGETABLE VEGAN CURRY







It was absolutely delicious. Creamy, sweet and a lil bit spicy. Everything that I imagined it will be. 

So, for the recipe, we'll do like this. I found an English one here, so I'll just share it with you because I'd write the same one + you have a nice option to print it out and I'll write one in Slovenian because that one I didn't find so it obviously, makes more sense to write it down. :) 
(I hope that's allowed though... haha, I mean, like seriously?) 


KREMNI ZELENJAVNI CURRY

Čas priprave: 25 min   Čas kuhanja: 25 min

△ brez glutena  △ brez soje   brez sladkorja

Sestavine: 

  • 1/2 skodelice (125ml) indijskih oreščkov, ki jih namočimo
  • 1 žlica (15ml) kokosovega olja
  • 1 majhna čebula, sesekljana
  • 3 stroki česna, sesekljani
  • 1 1/2 (7ml) naribanega svežega ingverja
  • 1 zelen čili ali jalapeno, razsemenjen in narezan na kockice (po želji)
  • 2 srednje velika krompirja ali 1 sladek krompir, olupljen, narezan na kockice (približno 2 skodelici/500ml) *jaz sem uporabila sladek krompir*
  • 2 srednja korenčka, narezana na kockice (2 skodelici/500ml)
  • 1 rdeča paprika, nasekljana
  • 1 velik paradižnik, razsemenjen in sesekljan *ker mi je zmanjkalo paradižnika, sem dala malo mezge*
  • 2 žlici (30ml) kakovostnega rumenega currya v prahu
  • 1/2 žličke (2ml) fino mlete morske soli ali po okusu 
  • 3/4 skodelice (175ml) zamrznjenega ali svežega graha
  • koriander za okras (po želji) *zamenjano za peteršilj, namreč koriander ni moj prijatelj*
  • basmati riž, ko postrežemo
  • popečeni indijski oreščki, za posip

Priprava:

1. Indijske oreščke čez noč ali vsaj za dve ure namočimo. Tik pred uporabo jih odcedimo in speremo. Dodamo 3/4 skodelice (175ml) vode in v sekljalniku zmeljemo, da dobimo gladko in kremasto zmes. (wow, jaz sem bila prav lepo presenečena, kakšna lepa smetanca je prišla ven).

2. V veliki ponvi na olju pražimo čebulček, česen in ingver cca 5 min na srednje močnem ognju.

3. Vmešamo zeleni čili (ali jalapeno), krompir in korenje, rdečo papriko, paradižnik, curry v prahu in sol. Pražimo še dodatnih 5 min.

4. Vmešamo "smetano" indijskih oreščkov in dodamo še zamrznjen grah. Ponev pokrijemo s pokrovom in kuhamo pri nizki srednji temperaturi 20 min, oz. dokler se zelenjava ne zmehča. Vsakih 5 min premešamo. Če se zmes izsuši, dodamo v ponev pljunsk vode ali olja in premešamo. 

5. Ponudimo na podlagi riža basmati (po želji, lahko uporabite tudi kvinojo, kuskus ali kakšen drug nadomestek) in potresemo s sesekljanim koriandrom (v mojem primeru peteršiljem) in popečenimi indijskimi oreščki za okras. 

Voila, to je to, pa dober tek! ;) 

btw, knjigo si lahko naročite Tukaj.
......

I hope you enjoyed the post and if you will make this kick ass curry, let me know! ;) 

Happy Cooking! 
xo, Maja




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