TRAVELS

Traveling with Peas & Peace

Jerusalem Israel at the Machane Yehuda Market

TRAVELS

Israeli Vegan Sushi 🌱

Art on a plate at Green Roll in Tel Aviv and delicious

Desserts, RECIPES

Chocolate-Almond Cookies

This is my go to recipe when I have nothing sweet in the house, have not soaked cashews overnight as many recipes require. This recipe literally takes 20 minutes to make, baking time included ! They are bite size, perfect with a coffee or tea in the afternoon when you need that little pause.

Ingredients: :

3/4 cup almonds 
5 pitted dates
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp almond butter
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax combined with 2 tbsp water)
Pinch sea salt
2 tbsp of cacao powder

Preheat the oven to 350 F
In a food processor, process the almonds into a fine meal. Add the dates, maple syrup, Salmond butter, coconut sugar, flax egg, sea salt and cacao powder. Process until well combined.
Shape into balls with a scooper (I used a 1 inch but you can certainly make them bigger and use a 1 1/2 inch scooper). Flatten with damp hands. Place onto a lined baking sheet and top with a slivered almond or topping of your choice . Place in the oven to bake for 10 minutes or 15 minutes if you used the larger scooper. They are sooo moisty & yummy !

Enjoy!

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Peas & Peace

Condiments, RECIPES

PICKLING RED ONIONS !

Love pickled red onions on my salads, végé burgers and bowls as a topping

Combine apple cider vinegar in a bowl, you can sweeten with sugar and salt if you wish by simply adding to your pickling liquid. Whisk sugar & salt together until fully dissolved. Place sliced red onions in a Mason jar. Pour vinegar mixture over the red onions and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour.

*The reason I dont add sugar to the pickling is that the red onion already contains sugar and is sweet tasting

After 1 hour, store the pickled red onions in the refrigerator , keeps for up to 2 weeks.

Nutritional Value:

One cup of onions contains 15 grams of carbohydrate, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of cholesterol, 3 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein, and 10 percent or more of the daily value for vitamin C, vitamin B-6, and manganese.

Onions also contain small amounts of calcium, iron, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium, and the antioxidants quercetin and sulfur.

* Source for nutrition value: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com

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Mains, RECIPES

Stir Fry

Stir Fry is a simple meal to prepare and filled with nutrition. Always Think of putting premium fuel into your body. Nutrients that will keep your body and mind going strong throughout the day and keep you healthy and sound through life !

Sautée all of the following ingredients; Sunflower oil, garlic, sambal oelek for kick (found in all grocery stores), snow peas, yellow bell peppers, carrots, shitake mushrooms. At the very end add tamari sauce and mix well. Top with shallots and raw sesame seeds.

You can certainly change it up and add your favorite vegetables. You may also add, cashews or peanuts, even tofu !

Enjoy !

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Dips, RECIPES

Hummus

Hummus can be a spread, a dip or a topping when making a bowl. It requires few ingredients and is extremely simple and quick to make. Hummus is also high in protein and high in fiber.

This recipe makes 2 1/2 cups and keeps in the refrigerator for 5 days

Ingredients:

3/4 cup of dry chick peas (Soak overnight, healthier and better than canned)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 garlic cloves
4 tbsp tahini
Salt (Optional)

Put cooked chickpeas and other ingredients in a food processor or blender. Process to a smooth purée, adding some of the cooking liquid until you get that consistancy.

I then drizzled some olive oil, sprinkled with paprika and served with some crudités, pita wedges and crackers

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Desserts, RECIPES

Caramel Cups

Makes 12 mini cups


CARAMEL:
1/2 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Soak dates until soften.
In a blender, mix the dates with other ingredients until the texture is creamy and completely smooth. Transfer to a bowl and cover. Refrigerate while preparing the chocolate cups.

CUPS
200g extra dark chocolate (70% cocoa)

Melt the chocolate into a double boiler until smooth. Set aside and allow to cool until lukewarm. The chocolate texture should be creamy and not liquid anymore. Line a mini muffin tray with mini muffin paper cases. Spoon 1 tablespoons of chocolate into each case and, using a small brush, brush the chocolate up the cases. Freeze for 10 minutes. Fill each cup with the caramel and top with the remaining chocolate. Refrigerate for 60 minutes. Remove the paper cases to serve. If you wish, you can sprinkle with chocolate nuggets, sea salt, rose petals.

Sublime !!!

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Mains, RECIPES

Végé Burger

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I tried so many different végé burger recipes and the problem with most, they did not maintain its shape. I have tested this recipe twice now, flavour is amazing as it has a subtle smoky flavour and yes ! the paddy remains a paddy until you bite into it. Makes eight burgers. *A note,  I like soaking my chick peas overnight, I dont use canned goods if I can help it, healthier this way and cook them day after.

For buns and toppings, go for your favorites, I love tomatoes, red onion, mustard and a kick, but you can certainly change it up and add lettuce, avocado, pickles, ketchup

*If you cant attempt this recipe for the moment, create a file named plant based recipes and save it for later !

Ingredients:

1 cup of walnuts
1 cup of cooked  chick peas
1 tbsp soya sauce
2 tbsp tomate paste
2 tbsp Vegan mayonnaise *found in all grocery stores
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/8 tsp liquid smoke *found in all grocery stores
1 cup of cooked couscous
1/2 cup vital wheat gluten *found in most grocery stores, I use the Bob’s Red Mill brand * if you have a gluten intolerance, you can replace it with (I suggest millet flour or oatmeal flour) but you can certainly use your favorite
2 tbsp olive oil for frying

Use a food processor to grind the walnuts, then transfer to a large bowl. Add the chickpeas, soya sauce and tomate paste  to the food processor. Process until well mixed. Transfer to bowl with the walnuts. Add to the bowl, mayonnaise mustard, garlic & onion powder, pepper, salt, smoked paprika, liquid smoke, couscous and wheat gluten (or your choice of a gluten free flour) and mix well. Use your hands to form 8 patties. Add the oil to a frying pan, add the burgers and fry each side for 5 minutes on medium high heat.

Rest on buns with your favorite toppings and serve with chips or a side salad

Enjoy !!!

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Mains, RECIPES

Spanakopita

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Simple Spanakopita, you can make it in 2 steps and prepare the feta the day before

12 ounces of fresh spinach
7 scallion stems , chopped
1/4 cup Italian parsley
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 cup+  vegetable broth
1 pound of phyllo sheets
1/3 cup of olive oil for brushing phyllo and more if needed

Feta filling

1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
2 tbsp apple cidre vinegar
1 tbsp water
3/4 tsp sea salt

Preheat over at 350 degrees
In a pan, cook the scallions in the broth until soft
Add the spinach, salt & pepper and cook until wilted, add more broth if needed, the mixture shouldn’t however be too liquid, then turn off the heat. Add the parsley and mix well. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.

For the filling, drain and rince the cashews. Put them in a food processor, add the vinegar, water and salt. Pulse until a coarsely chopped texture. Add the feta to the spinach mixture and mix well.

Brush the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with some of the olive oil

Lay half of the phyllo at the bottom of the pan and generously brush entire surface.
Spread spinach mixture on top. Then cover with the remaining phyllo sheets. Brush with rest of the olive oil.

Bake for 1 hour until it is golden brown on top. Let it cool completely before cutting. It makes 24 pieces but you can certainly turn it into a meal and cut into larger pieces.

Enjoy !

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Desserts, RECIPES

No Baking Required Date Squares

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Only 4 ingredients ! perfect for lunches, snacks, breakfast and not sweetened with sugar

CRUST

1.5 cups raw almonds
1.5 cups oats, if you have an intolerance to gluten use GF oats
10 pitted dates roughly chopped
1/4 cup melted coconut oil

DATE FILLING

25 pitted dates roughly chopped
1/2 cup of water

Line an 8 x 8 square pan with parchment paper (my trick is to put the pan above the paper,  trace with a pencil all around and then cut with scissors 🙂

In a food processor , process the almonds and oats until fine, add the dates and process again. Add the melted coconut oil and process until sticky. Set aside 3/4 of a cup of the mixture for later (for top layer). Take remaining of the mixture and press firmly and evenly into your pan.

For the filling use the food processor as well and process the dates and water until a paste forms. Spread the date mixture onto the crust and spread with a flat spatula.

Sprinkle the 3/4 of the mixture previously set aside and press down with your fingers. Let set in the fridge for 1 hour minimum. Cut into squares and ENJOY !

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RECIPES, Sides

Home Made Sweet Potato Chips

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(4 servings)

Vegetable oil
2 very thinly sliced sweet potatoes
1 tbsp chopped Thyme
Sea salt

Simple, Simple, Simple

  1. Heat the oil in a pot or pan and cook the sweet potato slices in batches until golden and crisp
  2. Drain on absorbent paper and sprinkle with Thyme and salt

Enjoy them as is or with ketchup or Mayo

Voila !

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Desserts, RECIPES

Almond Banana Bread

This recipe is simple, quick and has a delicious crumble as a topping. Enjoy it for breakfast or at tea time

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Ingredients:
3 ripe bananas
1 1/2 cup all purpose unbleached flour
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup agave syrup
1/3 cup  vegetable oil
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbs chia seeds
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon apple cidre vinegar
pinch of salt

For the crumble top
80 g (1 cup) plant based butter
1/2 cup all purpose unbleached flour
1/2 cup cane sugar
1/2 cup chopped almond
3 tsp cinnamon powder

1. Preheat the oven for 365 F degrees.
2. Mash the bananas with a fork and mix with all the wet ingredients. Once combined, add all the remaining ingredients and gently mix with a spatula.
3. Pour into a prepared bread baking tray.
4. Crumble the butter, flour, sugar, almond and cinnamon powder together for the top. Sprinkle over the batter and bake for 80 minutes.

Enjoy !!!

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BEAUTY

Cocooning Love makeup remover

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Back in December 2018 I wrote an article introducing Cocooning Love, a Montreal based company and their deodorant.

I now wish to highlight their makeup remover as well, it is natural, refreshing, gentle and non dehydrating. Having extremely sensitive skin, these elements are essential ! The added bonus is that it is not tested on animals and is eco-friendly.

Need to share that I received my on-line order the day after ! (Free shipping if over $ 50.00).

Support small entrepreneurs and local businesses when possible

 

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