Easy homemade oat milk

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)

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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.

Caramel granola & super-green power smoothie

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!).

Caramel granola

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)

  • Gluten-free oats

  • Sunflower seeds

  • Pumpkin seeds

  • Flax seeds

  • 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)

  • Water

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.

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Supergreen smoothie

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 banana

  • 1 avocado

  • 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

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Radical crispy crust veggie pizza

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! 

Radical crispy crust veggie pizza:

(6 portion size pizzas, ca. 40-50 min)

  • 1 cauliflower
  • 2 dl buckwheat flour
  • 1 dl cornflour
  • 4-6 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil powder

Topping:

A variety of toppings can be used of course, but here are the ingredients we used.

  • Mushrooms
  • Onion
  • Avocado
  • Arugula
  • Mesclun salad
  • Lemon
  • Fresh & dried basil
  • Fresh & dried oregano
  • Paprika spice
  • Salt

How to

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!

6 ingredient taco bowl

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!

6 ingredient taco bowl (2 portions, about 20 minutes):

  • 1 can of red or brown beans (400 g)
  • salad mix (we have spinach, arugula, and mesclun)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 mango
  • tortilla chips
  • flavoring and spices: salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, cilantro, olive oil, apple cider vinegar

How to

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.

Mexican inspired chickpea bowl

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.DSC01800Mexican inspired chickpea bowl (4-6 servings):

  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • 2 cans white (or black) beans
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 large can corn (organic)
  • 1 large white onion
  • Chives (gressløk)
  • Tahini
  • Spices: salt, pepper, cummin, paprika and turmeric (gurkemeie)
  • Coconut oil

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.DSC01795Tahini dressing:

  • 1-2 tbs tahini
  • 1-2 tbs olive oil

Mix the two together. Add more oil if you want it more liquid. DSC01793There 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.

Buckwheat bowl with avocado, cherry tomatoes and eggplant

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)

  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 cup buckwheat
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 handful fresh basil (preferably organic)
  • 1 tbs paprika spice
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
  • coconut oil

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.

Asian wok with soba noodles

This meal is super easy to prepare and is SO tasty and spicy. Instead of white (wheat) noodles, we love using soba noodles which are made of 100% buckwheat (soba means buckwheat in Japanese). The noodles originate from Japan and contain manganese, really good protein (without all the saturated fat), carbohydrates and thiamin (also known as b1). Manganese is good for the energy metabolism (boosting your fat burning) and thiamin supports the function of the immune and nervous system keeping you healthy all year long - wuhuu!Miso soup has been a staple in Japanese diet dating back 2500 years! That is pretty incredible. Today most Japanese people start their day with miso which they believe stimulates digestion and energizes their body. It is a paste made of soybeans, sea salt, and koji. It has a pretty refined taste and might take some getting used to. It is fermented, which means that it is excellent for gut health, which recently has been brought a lot of attention to due to its impact on all of the body's functions and numerous diseases connected to the gut health! The miso is packed with vitamins, minerals, and proteins. Japan actually has one of the healthiest diets in the world, due to the vast amounts of fermented food, vegetables, and fresh fish. They also live longer than most other nations. Japanese food is definitely something to explore! It is wise to choose the enzyme-rich product and not the pasteurized ones. Thai inspired wok:

  • soba noodles (can be bought in health stores and Asian markets)
  • green cabbage
  • spring onion
  • mushrooms
  • sesame seeds
  • asparagus beans
  • sesame oil
  • tamari
  • chili flakes
  • coconut oil

Miso soup:
  • 1 package of organic miso (can be bought in health stores and Asian markets)
Start by chopping the vegetables into fine slices, and put them all together in a warm wok pan with coconut oil. Secondly, start to boil a pot of water to cook the soba noodles. When the vegetables are cooked but still have a little crisp, add sesame oil and sesame seeds. Place the soba noodles in the boiling water and let it cook for about six minutes. After the noodles are cooked it is important to let them rinse under cold water for a while, to avoid them getting very sticky. Lastly, place everything together in the wok pan and add chili flakes and a tablespoon of tamari. We like it very spicy, but you can adjust this to your own preferences. And voila, a nourishing warm meal in under twenty minutes.
 
Enjoy this super healthy and really good meal that gives you energy aaaall day long!

White bean salad and green juice - to go

If you find yourself in the situation of going on a hike, to the beach, in the woods, for a picnic or to work without knowing what to bring for lunch, we have a very simple suggestion for a quick bite. This salad is mixed together in 5 minutes and contains healthy proteins in the form of white beans, together with fresh spinach, arugula, avocado, cherry tomatoes and cucumber.White bean salad (2 portions):

  • 2 packs of white beans (we used the ones from Go Green, which are also organic)
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 pack of cherry tomatoes
  • A mix of fresh greens - arugula (ruccola) and spinach
  • Cucumber (organic)
  • Tahini
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Rinse and drain the white beans. Slice up the rest og the veggies. Mix together and drizzle with a mixture of 1 tablespoon tahini and 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil plus a pinch of salt and pepper.Green juice (2 portions):

  • 4 stalks of cellery
  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange/grapegruit (depends on the sweetness you prefer)
  • Spinach
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 inch of fresh gingner

Enjoy your day!

Sweet potato, eggplant and mushroom stew with quinoa

The combination of tastes in this recipe is just lovely, and it is filling and satisfying. For someone who is not used to plant based meals, this might be a good start.Sweet potato, eggplant and mushroom stew with quinoa (4-5 portions):

  • 2 dl quinoa (we used 1 dl white and 1 dl red)
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 handful white/button mushrooms (or another type)
  • 1/2 cone cabbage
  • 4 handfuls spinach
  • Spring onion
  • 2 peppers
  • 1 boks hermetic tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Paprika spice (not a must)
  • Turmeric (not a must)
  • Fresh basil
  • Lemon

SAMSUNG CSCSet the oven to 190 degrees C. Peal the sweet potato and chop it into small cubes. Rinse the eggplant and chop it into cubes. Slice the pepper in sizeable pieces. Put everything on a baking tray and sprinkle some olive oil, salt and pepper on top. It's also very tasty with some paprika spice and turmeric. Let it work its magic in the oven for 35 minutes.Meanwhile, put the quinoa to boil with double the amount of water, and let it simmer until all the water has soaked into the quinoa. It takes somewhere between 15-25 minutes. Chop the mushroom, cone cabbage and spring onion, and wok it in a warm pan until its juicy and good.Take the pan out of the oven, and mix it into the wok together with a box of hermetical tomatoes.. Make sure to add some good spices and herbs, and a squeeze of lemon. Let it simmer for a bit, and then its good to go! This dish is best served together with our homemade hummus or another bean dip.QuinoaQuinoa is a recurring ingredient in our recipes, because its versatile, healthy, easy to make and tastes delicious with the right spices. Among the health benefits of quinoa, we have:

  • That it is a complete protein, and has almost as much protein as a steak
  • That it's packed with healthy fats, minerals and vitamins
  • Thats it's naturally gluten free, and therefore more tummy friendly

It is a type of seed from the quinoaplant which exists in both red, white and black. The plant is super robust, and can handle temperature fluctuations between -4 and 38 degrees, and it can be grown until 4000 meters above sea level (NRK). The UN declared 2013 to be the international quinoa year, because they wanted to raise attention to the indigenous people's amazing ability to maintain quinoa in its natural form for future generations through ancient cultivation methods, and traditions such as living in harmony with nature and not destroying it. In addition, it has been discovered how quinoa gives opportunities to feed populations in countries where the access to food is poor (FAO). Pretty cool!SAMSUNG CSCEnjoy the meal, eat it slowly, and give yourself a pat on the back for having made an amazing, healthy, plant based meal. Yes, you are saving the planet one meal at the time!

Simple celery & sweet potato soup

Oh happy sweet potato day! This soup is quick and easy to make - it takes approximately 20 minutes. It is therefore perfect for dinner on a hectic day when you may be lacking creativity. If you make a large portion, you can pop some in the freezer. The soup is packed with nutrients and is delicious. Doesn't get much better than that. SAMSUNG CSC3-4 portions (20 minutes):

  • 300 gram sweet potato (two small)
  • 300 gram celeriac (sellerirot) (1/3)
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 8 dl water (or broth)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Koriander
  • Turmeric
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • Garden cress (karse)
  • Evt. hvitløk

Chop sweet potato and celeriac into cubes, and slice the onion. Put the ingredients in a stock pot with 2 tbs water and all the spices. Let it work its magic for 5 minutes before you add 8 dl water and let it boil for 15 minutes. Take out some veggie bites to add as topping later, and mix the rest with a hand mixer until its smooth. Best served with some fried chickpeas, the veggie bites you saved and some herbs like garden cress.SAMSUNG CSC

CELERIAC is a small (large) veggie that is amazing for soups or oven baking. It is low in calories but packed with nutrients. It contains a lot of B-vitamin (folate) and vitamin C. Folate is important for new blood cell creation and for heart health. Vitamin C is known to strengthen the immune system, to aid in the uptake of iron, and protect against free radicals (1).

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SWEET POTATO is full of betacarotene which helps you get a nice foundation for your next tan and hinders you from becoming burned. It transforms into vitamin A in the body, which is important for your sight. It also contains dietary fiber, which is important for the tummy (2).

Previously we have used the sweet potato in scones and cake, and we really recommend to try this potato in its huuge variation of uses!SAMSUNG CSC

Heartwarming hot chocolate & 8 benefits of it

Real, raw cacao is one of the foods that contain the most magnesium - a mineral that affects almost all symptoms related to your hormones. Fun fact: this is actually why girls usually crave chocolate at certain times of the month! Here are eight additional benefits of this amazing food(1):

  1. It can regulate cortisol (the body's stress hormone)
  2. It can help you sleep better
  3. It can activate vitamin D in your body
  4. It can be anti-aging
  5. It can help create hormones
  6. It can be used as fuel for energy-creation in your cells
  7. It can aid your thyroid in its work
  8. It can reduce your blood sugar

This yummy hot chocolate is made from raw cacao, and it tastes delicious. Not a night goes by without a cup of hot cocoa during the fall and winter months. You may find that it tastes a bit bitter in the beginning, but after a while, you will think that regular chocolate tastes super sweet! We have written more about raw chocolate here.SAMSUNG CSC

Heartwarming hot chocolate (2 cups):

  • Optional plant-based milk
  • Either 2 tsp raw cacao or a medium sized bite raw cacao (solid)

Heat the drink in a casserole over medium heat, but make sure that it doesn't boil. There are dozens of things you can add to pimp your cocoa, like chili, cinnamon, nuts, honey or coconut sugar.Raw cacao in any form can be found at your health store, iHerb or other online stores. Simple & delicious!SAMSUNG CSC