We were looking through the archives a couple of days ago and found some old recipes we haven't tested out in a while. These are actually some of your favorites!HEALTH BOOSTING GREEN JUICE AND 4 SUPER BENEFITS
We were looking through the archives a couple of days ago and found some old recipes we haven't tested out in a while. These are actually some of your favorites!HEALTH BOOSTING GREEN JUICE AND 4 SUPER BENEFITS
There was a time in our lives that a plant-based diet was far from what we considered an easy, healthy and delicious way to cook. It was definitely more of a habit than a conscious choice. After entering into the plant world we have definitely figured out how much insanely good food that can be made with vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices. When VegMe launch plant-based alternatives that resemble animal-based products, they created an easier way for meat-lovers out there to transition a meal here and there into a green one - which is waaay better for the earth and your health!Today we want to share the ways we have been using the VegMe products the past couple of weeks. Let's just say that we brought out some childhood memories of weird food combinations. We have made some super yummy tacos with pulled VegMe, wrap with delicious aioli, and the childhood fav - crackers with banana and mayonnaise. You can judge after you've tried it ;)
1 package pulled VegMe
1 sweet potato
1 package white beans
1 handful spinach
Taco spices - cumin, paprika, chili, turmeric, salt, and pepper
Set the oven to 175 to heat the shells. Fry the pulled VegMe in a pan and add some of the taco spices listed above. The beans are mixed in a food processor with some salt and pepper and a squeeze of lime. Might be one of the quickest meals ever! Yum
1 sweet potato
Salt and pepper
Heat the corn wraps. These are homemade, and you can find the recipe here (in Norwegian). Spiralize the zucchini (or cut into thin slices) and fry it in some coconut oil with a pinch of salt and pepper. Slice some avocado and add all the goodies to the wrap. Just perfect!
This "recipe" goes without explanation - and the combination of sweet and salty is just heavenly. After not having had mayo in a couple of years, this was amazing!For more information on the VegMe products, you can visit Bama's site. They have three varieties of the "main" product - pulled, minced and bites. They are non-GMO, soy-based products from Europe. All the VegMe products are fresh, juicy, gluten-free, healthy, and plant-based. They are launched by Bama, and you can find them at Meny.
One of the biggest improvements we have had during this month without plastic is the reduction of food packaging. We usually bought a liter of plant-based milk once or two times a week as we both love to make warm drinks such as hot chocolate, matcha latte, and turmeric latte during the freezing winter. Check out some recipes for that here! Anyways, now we have entered into the world of homemade milk - which is actually doable for anyone, it's super cheap, and so so so good for you and the planet.
Oat milk (1 liter)
200 grams oats (we use organic, gluten-free)
1 liter water
A pinch of sea salt
Optional: A tbs of sweetener (honey, agave, maple syrup)
Soak the oats in water for 8-12 hours. I typically do it overnight. Rinse them if you wish, or place them straight in a blender with the rest of the ingredients. Blend for a couple of minutes, and then rinse out the oat residue with a strainer or a cheesecloth if you have that (I use a simple strainer). Store it in an airtight bottle, and it will last for about five days in the fridge.
When considering having a plastic-free week or month, food is definitely one of the main challenges. Therefore, we thought we would share a breakfast recipe that is plant-based, full of nutrients, easy to make, and where all the ingredients should be available without plastic wrapping (if you go to the right places of course!).
We always make these kinds of granolas without any proper measurement of the ingredients, and you should feel free to adjust and add more of what you like.Ingredients
Coconut flakes (can be bought in paper bag or glass container in bulk shops)
Coconut oil (1-2 tbs)
Honey/agave nectar(v)/maple syrup(v) (1-3 tbs depending on your sweet tooth)
Cinnamon (preferably organic - healthier, kinder to earth and the farmers)
Cardamom (preferably organic)
Sea salt (a pinch)
How toTo make it extra digestion-friendly, we soaked all the seeds overnight, and rinsed them properly, before we mixed all the ingredients minus the coconut flakes in a large bowl. Add enough liquid for the mix to become a bit sticky, so that you will get clusters that stick together. The flakes will burn easily, so we add these in at the end. Set the oven to 175 degrees Celcius.Place the mixture on a baking tray. If you're on the plastic-free wagon, make sure your parchment paper is made without plastic, or just use some coconut oil. Place it in the oven until it smells like cinnamon buns with caramel, and add the coconut flakes towards the end.
This smoothie is a big hit on Instagram, and we just love eating food that have the same colors as the ocean or the woods. Environmental geek level 10. What makes the color pop and the smoothie a superfood powerhouse? Spirulina!Spirulina is a green-blueish freshwater alga that is packed with nutrients (read more here if you are interested).Ingredients (2 portions)
1-1.5 mango (ca 250-300 gram)
1 - 2 tbs organic coconut milk (paper packaging)
1 tsp - tbs spirulina
We usually add loads of spinach in there, but still haven't found any good source of greens that are not wrapped in plastic here in Oslo. Mix it all together with a hand mixer, or pop it in a food processor/blender. ENJOY
Pizza is always a good idea. Especially when its filled with goodies and veggies that keep you strong and healthy through the cold winter. This crust is made with cauliflower, which makes it crispy and juicy at the same time - yessss. It´s also egg-free, gluten-free and dairy-free. It's also super easy to make. Try it out!
(6 portion size pizzas, ca. 40-50 min)
A variety of toppings can be used of course, but here are the ingredients we used.
The first thing you need to do is turn on the oven to 200 degrees. Then rinse the cauliflower and chop it into smaller pieces and mix it in a food processor until its all floury and fine chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients to the dough.Place a portion sized mass of the dough onto a baking tray. If you are into saving the earth and therefore baking paper, have a bit of oil on the tray instead :-) Bake the pizza bottoms for 15 minutes, before taking them out, flipping them around, and adding the topping. Let them bake again until they look nice and crispy! ENJOY!
The aloe vera plant grows in the gardens here in Portugal and it's just so pretty. Even more, it's a really versatile plant with so many benefits it should definitely win an award. In the northern countries where it's too cold to grow, you can buy it in health stores or online here and here. Aloe vera has been used in skin products forever, for good reasons.The sticky gel inside the plant contains around 96% water, protein, and vitamin A, B, C and E (1).
(1 portion, 5-10 minutes)
Mix it all together and top it with your favorite toppings. Here pictures with raw cacao, granola, and coconut flakes.
Açaí berries are originally from the wild Amazon, and they are small powerhouses of nutrients and energy. We both completely fell in love with this taste after spending time in Brazil, and have been trying to reconstruct the same taste at home. Açaí is very high in antioxidants and has a whole array of health benefits such as containing zinc, copper, manganese, and magnesium. You can make açaí bowls in many different ways, and this smoothie is great for breakfast or after a surf session or workout. It's a bit bigger and less sweet than the bowls you can buy at the beach in Brazil, but it's still really good, although it makes you miss the sunshine.
Blend it all together and top your smoothie with your favorite toppings! Yumyumyumyumyumyum. We topped ours with a granola (recipe is soon to come), coconut shreds, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, Brasil nuts, pepitas and almond butter.Açaí packets or powder can usually be bought at health stores. We definitely recommend the packets, as long as they are 100% açaí, and not full of additives. We bought ours at Celeiro here in Portugal, and have seen them at Økohjertet, Life and Røtter in Oslo.
Every single day we make a very important choice. Namely the choice of what to have for dinner. With this small choice, you can actually make a huge impact on the world, which is the most fantastic thought. Today we want to make this choice really easy for you, and suggest that you make this super simple taco salad which consists of only six main ingredients!
Start by heating up the beans in a casserole, and add flavor to them by adding a mix of spices. We used cumin, salt, pepper, and paprika. Mash the avocado in a bowl, and add a squeeze of lime, cilantro, and salt. Chop the mango into small cubes and squeeze some lime over that too. Make a side salad of arugula, spinach, and mesclun, and make a dressing mix of olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Easy peezy lemon squeezy.
Bring out the wine, it's white bean time. They may not be the prettiest ingredient on earth but they taste delicious and are packed with calcium. If you don't drink milk (hey vegans) then beans are great to eat to get your daily dose of calcium. It's actually recommended that you eat around 1000mg calcium a day (1), so if you eat some kale for breakfast, beans with tahini for lunch and almond butter for a snack then you are good to go.Bean salad with tahini dressing
Start by boiling the buckwheat (check out how to do that here). Chop up the avocado, sundried tomatoes, and spinach and place them on your plate. When the buckwheat is ready and cooled of add this as well. Open a box of white beans and be careful to rinse them off really well and add them to your place. Lastly mix the tahini, lemon juice, and olive oil together in a bowl and drizzle it over your salad. Finish with salt and pepper.
Veggie burgers are definitely here to stay, and we have tried many different types. This one is delicious and juicy, entirely vegan, and is best enjoyed with loads of toppings. Guacamole, hummus, red pesto and a good olive oil are some suggestions, and preferably a big pile of sweet potato fries!10 burgers:
Let the flax seeds soak in some water for a bit. They are used to hold the dough together (also called flax egg) instead of using eggs. You can also use chia seeds or eggs if you prefer that. Add the beets to a food processor and chop it into smaller pieces. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Form the mass into burger sized pieces, and fry them in a pan until they are crispy on the outside, and warm all the way through.Enjoy!
This meal is super easy for those busy everyday evenings when you are craving something warm and filling. It is a great pre- or post workout meal, because of the proteins in the tofu and all the lovely nutrients.What is actually tofu?Basically, tofu is made the same way regular cheese is made from cows milk, and was "invented" in China for thousands of years ago. It is dense in nutrients such as kalsium, magnesium and vitamin A, and contains a lot of protein (approx. 13 grams per 100). There is a large ongoing discussion on whether or not tofu is healthy for you, based on the fact that loads of the tofu you can buy comes from gene modified soybeans. If you are in doubt, a little research on the field gets you a long way. Therefore you need to make sure to buy an organic tofu. Luckily, most of the tofu that is bought in the Nordics (from Nordic producers) comes from organic farms in Europe - and not from the rainforest (Mari Hult - vegetarbloggen).Ginger tofu wok with soba noodles and tamari(2 pers)
Boil up water for the soba noodles. Slice the zucchini, eggplant and pepper in sizeable bites, and wok them. Chop the ginger in small pieces. Slice the tofu in squares, and add the ginger and some tamari in a bowl, and marinate the tofu for some minutes. When the tamari has soaked in a bit, heat up a pan and fry the tofu so it gets a nice crust.When the water is boiling, add the soba noodles and let them boil for about 6-8 minutes. When its done, rinse it properly in cold water, and then add it to the pan of fried tofu to heat it up again. Serve everything in a bowl, and maybe add some more tamari and some herbs to finish it off.ENJOY!
This soup is great for fall and is very tasty and nourishing. Beets are a great source of B vitamin, maganese, copper, magnesium, potassium and iron. Beets are also a great assistant in detoxing the liver, so this soup is perfect if you need a boost! The ingredients in this soup are in season, which means that they not only taste their best right now, but it is also a more sustainable choice since they probably grow on a farm near by or at least in the same country.Ingredients
Start by pealing the sweet potato and the beets and place them in the oven at 180 degrees for about 45 minutes. Chop up 1 leek and 1 fennel and sautè both on low heat until they are soft. When the beet and sweet potatoes are done, place then in a sause pan with the coconut milk, fennel, and leek. Bring everything to a boil and mix it together with a mixer. If it is too thick, add some water to the soup.Garnish with tahini, sea salt, and pumpkin seeds to finish
Ice cold smoothies are really delicious in the summer, but when it starts getting colder outside it's also possible to make "warmer" smoothies. Also if you pack them with a lot of bananas they can get too high in sugar and sometimes you just need something a bit more settling. If you mix in sweet potatoes, cauliflowers or even zucchinis, you make the smoothies not also more blood sugar friendly but more filling. Usually when making a smoothie with sweet potato you don't need bananas or even avocados to make that creamy consistency. This smoothie is perfect after a work out or before bed time as it could make you sleepy.Warm smoothie bowl
Frokost er dagens første og kanskje viktigste måltid, så hvorfor ikke lage et lite festmåltid? Noen dager har man bedre tid enn andre, og da er det gøy å dandere sitt egent lille kunstverk på tallerkenen. Det hjelper også å være i sørlige strøk hvor de selger de søteste fruktene, og det er større utvalg blandt lokale varer. Uansett håper vi det kan inspirere til å piffe opp frokosten noen hakk!Smoothie
Først tilbered frukt og grønnsakene til smoothien og kjør den i en blender. Skjær deretter opp pasjonsfrukten i to, kiwi i biter, hakk cashewnøttene og strø alt over smoothien.Pasjonsfrukt er så utrolig god og knaser i munnen. Det er en kjempe fin kilde til antiokdisanter, mineraler (jern, magnesium og kobber), vitaminer (A og C) og fiber. Pasjonsfrukt er veldig sesongbasert og de er best fra mai. I butikken bør man velge de som er tunge og fulle av rynker. De er oftest rikere på smak!
This meal is super simple to put together, and it is also great the next day. With good sources of complex carbs and proteins it makes the perfekt after workout meal. Wohooo!Kale, baked sweet potato, quinoa and mushroom mix
Heat up the oven to 190 degrees celsius. Chop the sweet potato into small cubes, and drizzle olive oil, salt and cinnamon on top. Let them stay in the oven for about 25 minutes. After this start preparing the quinoa, bring it to boiling and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Then prepare the veggies and fry them in a pan with coconut oil. Last put everything together in a bowl and add the avocado and fresh basil on top.ENJOY!
Today we really recommend this dish, which is a great choice for meat free monday! This mix is inspired by the taste of Mexico, and has a delicious taste of tacos and burritos, only in a plant based version.Mexican inspired chickpea bowl (4-6 servings):
Heat the coconut oil in a pan, and add the chopped white onion. Let it cook until it becomes glazed and caramellized, and then add the corn. Let them cook together and add the spices. Lastly, add all the beans into the pan or pot, and add more spice if you prefer. The avocado is added in after taking the mixture of the heat, and the bowl is lastly topped with chives and a tahini dressing.Tahini dressing:
Mix the two together. Add more oil if you want it more liquid. There you go - a super nutritious, cheap, quick, easy and tasty dish that also is very filling. You get a lot of good plant based proteins from the chickpeas, beans and corn together with helthy fats from the avocado, tahini and coconut oil. Happy meat free Monday! You are officially contributing to a great cause - both for your health, wallet, the animals and the environment.
Summer time is synonymous with delicious ice creams. Even better, they don't have to be bad for you. These ice creams have too many benefits, you will literally scream for more. They do not contain any dairy, weird additives or unnecessary nonsense. We have made these in cooperation with Supernature.We have made three different types, all containing some sort of superfood. The rest of the ingredients are all simple stuff that you can get in any food store, so it will be easy for everyone try out the recipes. The three different ice pops are all made just like a smoothie, and then the "mass" is poured into ice cream molds together with pieces of different fruits. We bought the molds at "Ting" in Oslo, where they have these.Mango & pinapple icy pops (6 popsicles)
2 cups fresh pineapple
1 passion fruit
2 oranges pressed as juice (or fresh store bought orange juice
2 tbs Rice Bran Solubles
Add all the ingredients except for the kiwis into a blender or food processor. Run until smooth. Pour the ice cream into molds, and add pieces of kiwi. Push the pieces to the sides of the mold if you want them to be visible at the sides of the ice cream. Let it freeze over night.Chocolate & date creamy heaven
4,5 frozen bananas (peeled and chopped)
3 tbs oat milk (or similar)
3 tbs Raw Cacao
Add all the ingredients except the passion fruit to a blender or food processor. Run until smooth. Pour some of the mass into the molds, and add the passion fruit in layers. Let it freeze over night.THE SUPERFOOD:Rice Brans Solubles Rice Bran is one of the lesser known superfoods, however it should not be underestimated just because it has a plane name. Rice brans solubles is a small powerhouse of nutrients that will make you pop (in a good way). It is a natural source to vitamin B, vitamin E and thus whole lot of antioxidants. Vitamin B6 helps the nervous system function properly and vitamin E protects the cells against stress. Therefore, it is known to help balance your blod sugar, help the body to get rid of toxins, and reduce cholesterol. It does not have the same strong taste as Spirulina or Chlorella therefore it is a great superfood for the not-so-in-love-with-kale-enthusiasts.Raw cacao This is one of our absolute favorite superfoods! Who said you can't have chocolate everyday? Raw cacao is unprocessed cacao beans and offers loads of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. More precisely, it contains magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, copper and potassium to mention a few. The amount of fiber in the cacao supports your digestion, and in fact the many components of this superfood can even enhance physical and mental well-being! What's not to love?Spirulina Spirulina is a microalgae (alge) that has been eaten for centuries due to its health benefits. It's called a "miracle from the sea" and is grown naturally in oceans and lakes in tropical climates. It contains many nutrients, some of which aren't found in the average daily vitamins. Especially great is the large amount of protein, which actually makes up 70% of it's weight! Spirulina also has large amounts of calcium, potassium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron.Purely Greens MaxPurely Greens Max is recommended for people who work out. It gives you a large specter of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and protein. The powder consists of different types of superfoods, including algae, fruits, extracts from different greens and herbs. The supplement is perfect for you who wish for an extra energy boost during your day!Bee Pollen Bee pollen contains 30% plant protein, and is therefore used a lot by active athletes and exercisers. The pollen is the male seed of flowers, and is the food of the young bee. It's considered as one of natures most completely nourishing foods, containing nearly all nutrients required by humans! Among them are proteins, free amino acids and vitamins, including B-vitamin and folic acid. In Chinese medicine and different cultures around the world bee pollen is used for reducing cravings and addictions, aiding recovery from chronic illness, building new blood and preventing diseases such as the flu and cold (as it has antibiotic type properties).Share the ice creams with your friends, neighboors, kids and grannies! Enjoy the rest of the summer :)
Okay, maybe it's not so pretty, but haven't we all learned not to judge by the looks? This dish is really creamy with a risotto-like texture and rich taste. It's both a perfect main for vegans or vegetarians and great as a side dish. We have written about the great benefits of buckwheat before, and it's absolutely a great alternative to refined rice or pasta. It is naturally gluten-free (it actually has nothing to do with wheat, but it is a type of nut) and very friendly for the tummy :-) Buckwheat can be combined with so many things, such as sweet berries and dates in a porridge, or savory flavors such as avocado, mushrooms, and aubergine.This dinner was enjoyed on the sailboat after visiting a local, organic store where they had the best-tasting basil we have had in a long time! It really made a huge difference to the whole meal.Warm buckwheat bowl (2 people)
Boil the buckwheat in water with a pinch of sea salt or Himalaya salt (remember to rinse it well before). Add some chopped basil, salt, pepper and paprika to the water. Let it boil until it becomes soft, you can easily taste if it's done or not. It takes about 10-20 minutes. Slice the aubergine into small bites and add them to a saucepan together with the coconut oil. Let it cook until it gets soft (it might take some time). Spice it up with salt, pepper, and paprika. Meanwhile, chop up the avocado and tomatoes. Add everything to a bowl, and voila! A really nourishing meal which will satisfy everyone.
This dish was inspired by Ella Woodward with some changes to the recipe. It is really good, and perfect to serve for dinner guests! You can make it however spicy you prefer, just add more chili and curry paste.Creamy coconut curry
Start by preheating the oven to 200 degrees celcius. Then pour the coconut milk, tomatoes, ginger and chili into a souse pan and bring it to boil. Then peel and chop the sweet potatoes and aubergine into bit sized and put them in the souse pan. Place everything in the oven for about 30 minutes. Add the chickpeas and curry paste, salt and pepper and let it cook for another 30 minutes until the aubergine is soft. Serve with brown rice.
Pineapple, carrot and orange juice is a great refreshment and it is also quite filling to be a juice. Pineapples are great for skin and the metabolism. Carrots and oranges are great sources of vitamin C and vitamin A. As juice is really easy to digest, it gives instant energy. Therefore, it is a great "pick-me-up" during the day.Pineapple, carrot and orange juice (2 people)