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in Breakfasts, Healthy Recipes

Overnight oats that you will love for its simplicity and goodness

Overnight oats has had an important place in my morning routine. Its goodness and simplicity allows to prepare them very quickly in the evening.

It takes like five minutes. Honestly!

so  you can enjoy them the next morning, particularly when you are running out of time because your alarm clock did not wake you up on time. It has happened to me recently on few occasions.

I do not feel guilty at all. It looks like my body needed more sleep. That’s all 🙂

What will you need to make them:

*1/2 cup of oats (I went for spelt ones)

*3 tbsp of chia seeds

*1 tbsp of cocoa powder

*3/4 cup of plant milk of your choice (I chose rice milk)

*1tsp of maple syrup (optionally)

*1 sliced banana

 

Directions:

Simply add oats and chia seeds to a bowl, then cocoa powder and pour the plant milk. Throw some banana slices and  add maple syrup and Voila!  Throw the bowl in the fridge and indulge in its goodness in the morning!

 

What a treat! Your body will be grateful.

Have you ever tried overnight oats? What is your favourite recipe? Share so we can all learn from each other how to be healthier.

Lights and Hugs From Me

Monika

in Healthy Recipes, Snacks

Guilt free dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth

Have you ever tried to make a guilt free dessert that would completely satisfy your sweet tooth whenever you wished?  I sometimes crave something sweet like out of the blue and I am so happy that I can now create easy and sugar free yummies.

That one is super easy and sugar free.

All you need is:

1x ripe mango

1/2 cup of ground almonds

1/2 of rice milk

 

What to do?  Super easy: blend all above ingredients with a blender and voila 🙂

I sprinkled it with some cocoa

Enjoy this wonderful and guilt free sweet goodness

 

what are yours quick and guilt free creations? Share some as I would love to hear from you as I may steal some to satisfy my sweet tooth again with a different one.

 

Lights and Hugs From Me

Monika

in Dinners, Healthy Recipes

Eggless and milk free pasta carbonara that you will love

I have never thought I could make pasta carbonara that is eggless and milk free. If you have some tofu nearby, you will love that dish. It could not been simple to make. This recipe is so delish  and takes little time to prepare.

Are you ready to start the culinary adventure?

Did I hear YES?

Great. Let’s start.

Here is what you will need:

*as much as you like pasta of your choice ( I used gluten free brown rice pasta)

*500g of chestnut mushrooms

*handful of kale

*1 big onion

*300g of silken tofu

*3 gloves of garlic

*vegan yeast flakes

*juice of 1/2 lemon

*pepper and salt to season

*fresh parsely

How to make it:

  1. Wash and slice mushrooms. Chop the onion and garlic.
  2. Wash and tear kale.
  3. Throw mushrooms and chopped onion in them frying pan and let them dance together for few minutes.
  4. Throw torn kale. Optionally you can go for spinach here.
  5. Prepare the sauce by putting tofu, yeast flakes, chopped garlic, nutmeg, salt and pepper and lemon juice into a bowl.
  6. Blend it with a blender until you reach smooth texture. Taste it and add more salt or pepper. Now I forgot to add nutmeg when I was making it and it still was amazing.
  7. Put the sauce into the pan with mushrooms, onion and kale and cook it for a short while
  8. Boil water in a pot and throw pasta of your choice
  9. Put boiled pasta in the frying pan and mix it with sauce.

When you are serving it, throw some fresh parsley on the top and serve it straight away. Ahh and add some love too.

Bon Appetite!

Light and Hugs from Me

Monika

in Dinners, Healthy Recipes

Buckwheat and beetroot – leading stars


Two days ago I made buckwheat and beetroot to be the leading stars of my dish.  Have you ever made a recipe with whatever you had available at home in a given moment?  I have. Countless times and buckwheat was the main ingredient quite frquently.

   I have always loved buckwheat even as a child.

The recipe is simple and super fast to make. That is the way I have liked my food to be prepared, fast and healthy. Buckwheat and beetroot are perfect combo to me and the dish is just what I needed on that day: blissfully tasty and colourful.
What will you need to make it:

  • 1 cup of buckwheat ( I used pretoasted one) 
  • 2x medium size beetroots with leaves – f you do not find beetroots with leaves, you can add spinach. Anything green really will be good. I would recommend to add kale as well.
  • 1 bigger onion
  • 2x tsp of coconut oil
  • sea salt
  • pepper
        oh and the most vital ingredient: some LOVE 🙂 

 

Directions:
In the medium size pan, combine 1 cup of buckwheat and 1 and 1/2 cup of water. Bring it to simmer and then put lid on and allow the buckwheat to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash and chop two beetroots and boil them.
Chop the onion and put two teaspoons of coconut oil and fry it slightly in a separate frying pan. Once the onion is translucent, add chopped beetroot leaves and stir it with onion for 3 minutes. Add boiled beetroots and then add buckwheat. Throw some sea salt and pepper to season and Voila 🙂 Oh and remember to sprinkle with love.

I think buckwheat has been underappreciated for a long time.

And it really should not be as your dose of fibre, potassium, vitamin B6 and iron is served with it. Not to mention that it facilitates your immune system with zinc and magnesium.  What is your cooking experience with buckwheat? Are you a fan or not? Comment below if you have your recipe to share . Bon appetite!

Enjoy!

 

Light and hugs from me

Monika

in Healthy Recipes, Inspiration

Zesty Waffles my culinary 2018 thing

I got a beautiful waffle maker as a Christmas gift. Kudos to my sista Inese! Waffles have been on my mind for quite a while. Perhaps it was due to my fond memories of my auntie who passed many years ago, and she used to make lovely heart shaped waffles for me and my siblings every time we were visiting her during summer.  I always remember the smell of waffles and the delish apple sauce she used to put on the top of them. Yummy! It feels like I have attracted the waffle  maker so once it made its place on the counter, the process of waffles making has begun.

Here is my latest recipe:    

* 3 tbsp. of oats flour

* 3 tbsp of spelt flour

*5 tbsp of rice flour

*1 tbsp of maple syrup

*2 tbsp of coconut oil

*1/2 tsp of gluten free baking soda

* 1 tsp of cinammon

*1 cup of plant milk of your choice ( I used rice milk in that recipe)

Mix all the ingredients together. If the consistency is too thick, then go ahead and add more rice milk.

Waffle maker should be ready by now to welcome new waffles. I spread some coconut oil inside and pour the cake . Some waffles will take a bit longer if you wish them to be more ‘crispy’. use your own judgement when it comes to how long you should keep them in the maker. I just keep on taking a peek if they are ready. 😀

those ones are topped with berries smoothie and dark chocolate spread and almond flakes . and voila!

 

Enjoy!

 

Light and hugs from me

Monika

in Breakfasts, Healthy Recipes

Omm my Oats

After years of eating sandwiches for my breakfasts, oats have eventually made their place in my bowl. I usually have them with rice or coconut milk ( plant milk – yes!).   I sometimes can not believe I did not eat them at all! As far as I remember I always hated milk as a kid and was avoiding it as often as I could. (Well, sometimes my grandma sneaked it by adding some cocoa powder to it.) And then milk and oats – that couple did not look right for me, probably due to my lack of feelings for milk.

Nowadays, my morning bowl consists of gluten free oats, cocoa powder, nut butter and whatever fruit and nut I have a liking for.

This morning oaties:

*5 tablespoons of gluten free oats ( I just put boiling water and left them set aside for 5 minutes)

*1 tablespoon of cocoa powder

*some goji berries

*1 kiwi

*some pecans

I always have energy and I am actually happy when I look at it. My breakfasts are the fuel for the great start of the day.  I am so happy I managed to change my morning food. I am joyful about being vegetarian. I rejoice in preparing new dishes, experimenting with new recipes. Although I still have a lot to learn about nutrition, I have become number one fan of my body, for it is a vessel that carries me every single day and it is my job to take care of it daily! 🙂

Hugs and Light from Me

Monika

in Dinners, Healthy Recipes

Mish mash salad ala moi

I have days when I simply  throw in the bowl whatever veggies I have and suddenly a salad appears. I know. Miraculous for sure! 🙂 It happened the odd weekend ago. I had some spinach, cauliflower and some basil pesto that I thought would simply serve me over a week. Nope. It did not and as I have a bigger amount of it, an idea for salad came into my mind.  So below a super simple recipe for nutritious I think salad ala moi:

ingredients:

*1 small cauliflower

* some spinach of choice

* basil pesto

Wash the cauliflower, cut it into small chunks and pour hot water over it. Drain and  add spinach and pour pesto. Toss everything and voila! 🙂 Serve straight away as I did – I was way too hungry to resist.

 

Light and Hugs From Me

Monika

in Dinners, Healthy Recipes

Chana masala by Me

I have always been a fan of Indian spices and chana masala definitely combines the amazing taste of them.

Garam masala, cumin, turmeric, coriander make a perfect combination, their smell  entangles you once you add them to the pot. I made that dish over the weekend and it makes my lunch today as well.

Here are the ingredients:

  • 2 red onions chopped
  • 1 small piece of ginger nicely chopped
  • 1 can of chickpeas ( drained)
  • 1 zucchini chopped
  • 1 tin of coconut milk
  • 100 g of three colour quinoa
  • 2 tbsp of sunflower oil
  • spices: * 1 tsp of cumin, * 1 tsp of coriander, *1tsp of paprika, *2tsp of garam masala, *2 tsp of turmeric, some fresh pepper and salt to your liking

Boil quinoa and put it aside.

Heat one tablespoon of oil and put the chopped onions and ginger in a pot. Once the onions start to be getting golden, add all spices and fry it for 3 minutes.

Add chopped zucchini, chickpeas and coconut milk and boil it for ten minutes. Add boiled quinoa. Let all the ingredients soak in that flavor. Above spice with coconut create a very aromatic smell and they always make me eat straight from the pot, once the dish is done.  I can hardly ever wait.

I like to have chana masala with some raita on the side.

Light and Hugs From Me

Monika

 

in Dinners, Healthy Recipes

Rock the beet brown rice

It was supposed to be a well followed through recipe from one the cookbooks I have, however it turned out to become my own creation eventually. This yummy dish is perfect for dinner and it so easy to make.

Ingredients:

* 3 bigger beetroots ( cooked and chopped)

* 1 onion ( chopped)

* 2 gloves of garlic ( chopped)

* 250 g of basmanti brown rice

* 2 litres of vegetable stock

* some pepper and salt

* two bigger kale leaves

Chop and boil the beetroots. In a small pan, fry onion and garlic until soften, add rice and cooked beets. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add some salt and pepper. Add stock and leave all ingredients on low flame, allowing the rice to soak in them. It will take you 30 minutes or a bit more to cook. Afterwards, wash and tear kale leaves into the dish and mix well.

It turned out to be so much for me that I had that dish for two days. 🙂

Enjoy! Bon Appetite and follow to my Instagram profile @azesty_life  to see the end result of that dish 🙂

 

Light and Hugs from Me

Monika

in Breakfasts, Healthy Recipes

Overnight oats

I sometimes do not know how I do it yet I do it – I get up early and I am still leaving home too late. So I am extremely grateful to have learnt about overnight oats which are life saver for me! They are quick to prepare in the morning as you simply eat them cold or like me warm them up a bit. 🙂

Here is my today’s recipe:

  • 1/2 cups of oats
  • 1 tbsp. of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds
  • 1 tsb of maca
  • 1 cup of rice milk
  • 1 khaki fruit

Mix all ingredients except for khaki fruit and leave it for the night.

Enjoy!