Archive for the ‘Vegan’ Category

Japanese carrot-miso-soup

May 28, 2013

Boil 700 ml of chicken or vegetable stock.  Add diced carrots which are then mashed into small pieces when soft. Add pieces of celery stalks, Shiitake mushrooms, spring onion, wakamame (algae) and kelp cut in bits, salt and pepper. When all vegetables are  nice and soft , remove the pann from the stove and stir in a tablespoon of miso paste. The soup (miso) is not supposed to boil after this. If you wish sprinkle on some crispy bacon bits before serving.

Raw zucchini pasta with hemp pesto

April 12, 2013

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PESTO

Basil leaf (1 plant)

200g of Basil tofu

Hemp oil

Some sesam oil

2 cloves of garlic

Some sunflower seeds
Some pepper and a little bit of salt
May try this one next time..
or
  • 1 8-oz bag spinach, washed
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 1 – 2 cloves garlic (depending on taste)
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup olive oil

parmesan can supposedly be substituted with nutritional yeast and sundered tomatoes.

Homemade oat-milk with coconut and vanilla

April 12, 2013

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Fill the blender with roughly 2 dl oats (0.85 cup) and fill up the blender with water 8 dl or so (3.3 cups), let it sit for a while.

I made this batch a bit more rich and added a little less water, maybe 6 dl or so..

I also added 1 tbs of dried coconut, and I actually forgot to add the pinch of salt. Could be nice.

Blend well and filter through a sieve or nutbag (or those bags for the washing machine for the bra) and pour into a pot. Heat gently and add 1 tbs of coconut oil and a drop of stevia. Serve with a dust  of  vanilla extract.

Rich and creamy and delicious.

Thank you for the inspiration Anna Sparre

**low carb, vegan, gluten free (yes, oats is gluten free), creamy**

Toxin free super easy to make deodorant

December 23, 2012

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I blended a home made toxin free deodorant some time ago. I had come across a mentioning that baking soda could do the trick some time ago, but did not really believe it. Not interested in smelling bad.

But as I had seen a bunch of salt based pricey “natural” once, I decided to give this baking soda salt one a try.

It is amazing. I have no smell, at all.

How to make it:

I filled this 30 ml/1 oz container little more then half way and added about 0.5 teaspoon (or closer to a full one not sure) of baking soda (Natron/Bikarbonat).

Let it sit until it had dissolved.

It works better then my regular deodorants. Very odd. But fantastic. And cheap!

I use some on my face too sometimes. I got curious, as it works so great at controlling odor (assuming it has to do something to those odor producing bacteria), and (maybe by coincidence – I have also given up gluten at the moment) my skin is much better…not as easily irritated.

There is a bunch of alkaline washing and shampoo products on the market these days… Not sure what I think of them…

Stress puts the hormones off balance – the body induces higher acid production – which destabilizes gut flora – which cause body inflammation.. – meditation and yoga is the key – but maybe this alkaline spray at least does some to help with the buffering process… Just a thought.

Easy to make low carb coconut/coconut oil chocolate “balls”

December 16, 2012

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2 dl gram liquid virgin (non refined) coconut oil with taste of coconut

2 dl gram coconut flakes

1/2 dl crushed hazelnuts

1/2 dl chopped almonds

2 tablespoon cacao

2 tbs raw cacao nibs

A pinch of vanilla extract/powder (1 kryddmått vaniljpulver)

A pinch ground cardamum (1 kryddmått kardemumma, mald)

Some stevia (6-8 droops) or other sweetener such as Erythritol, after taste

A pinch or more of sea salt (preferably flakes) to enhance the chocolate taste

& 2 tsp of e.g. maca root powder if you have some, for adrenal gland support

Blend all the ingredients, the dry first then the liquid coconut oil, then  taste to see if you need any more stevia or possibly some sukrin (erythriol). The mix should be a little bit like porridge.. cover a tray with a baking paper, powder this with some ground coconut and spread out the mixture and flatten it so that it is roughly 1 to 1.5 cm high, powder with coconut again. Make some marks with a knife how large the pieces should be, making it easier to divide them later. Put in the fridge or your ice covered balcony and let stale. When it has hardened crack into pieces and put in a jar. Keep  refrigerated mainly.

You can also choose to put the bole with mixed ingredients in the fridge 20 minutes to then roll the solid “dough” into balls and cover them in ground coconut. -Rounder but obviously more work.

At the moment I buy my coconut oil here , when in Sweden.

Creamy low carb high fat green smoothie with coconut oil

November 29, 2012

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This is a low carb high fat type of smoothie where main fat source is coconut oil.

Put the below listed ingredients in your personal blender (e.g. a magic bullet) and mix for a 1 to 2 minutes. Delicious.

Ingredients:

1-2 tbs Coconut oil (virgin) – liquid (add this last)

1 tsp Line/flax seed oil

1 tsp Organic fresh parsley

1 leaf Organic green cabbage

5 Steeped almonds and cashew nuts

1/4th Organic apple

1 heaped tsp Greek yoghurt with live bacteria (optional)

3 tbs Coconut water or just regular water

1/2 tsp Nutritional yeast

1/4 tsp spirulina powder

1/3 tsp wheatgrass powder

1/2 tsp maca root powder

1/2 tsp berry powder (like rosehip, sea buckthorn or bilberry..)

Facts about the ingredients:

I keep my coconut oil fairly close to the radiator to have the oil in liquid for for my smoothies (otherwise my blender don’t do so well. Coconut oil is one of the key ingredients for this as I try to eat 3 table spoons of this daily. This as it both increase metabolism, strengthen the immunesynstem due to the fatty acid content and due to the middle chain fatty acids which are converted into ketons in the blood stream (not processed in the liver like other fatty acids). The ketons constitutes an alternative fuel for our cells including brain cells and protects form degenerative diseases that develop over decades. Read more here on that topic.

Line seed oil is added as it improves the omega 3 vs 6 ratio in the body.

Parsley is a good source of natural beta-carotene, chlorophyll, essential fatty acids, folic acid, iron, vitamin B12, vitamin K and vitamin C. As many herbs it is also often contaminated with a range different of bacteria. After antibiotic treatment part of the ecosystem that make out our intestinal flora is wiped out. This puts us in a less favorable situation for digesting various foods properly and absorbing all nutrients we need. Also with a diet high in starch and sugar we run a good risk of establishing a not so healthy gut flora. For re-establishing healthy gut flora we need to be exposed to various kinds of bacteria as well as feed our system foods that select for the right kind of bacteria to establish them selfs into our digestive system. By adding fresh organic herbs that has not been over washed to our diet we receive this exposure. Read more on the blog cooling inflammation by Dr. Ayers

Green kale/cabbage is both a prebiotic a plant material that is beneficial in feeding bacteria that are useful in our digestive system and if organic a good carrier of useful bacteria. It is also a good source of minerals and nutrients.

I usually steep nuts or almonds over night in some water, this to rid any anti nutrients that will make digestion more difficult. Just like beens, which every one know needs to be put in water to wash of certain compounds, nuts and almonds contain the same protective factors/inhibitors. When placed in water the seed release these compounds while absorbing water and start the sprouting phase. Eight hours in some water is enough to achieve this. One can then choose to further increase the nutritional value of the nuts or seeds by germinate these for 2-3 days by washing regularly and placing the jar or sprouting bag in a dark location. Nuts are also a good source of magnesium which many people exposed to moderate amounts of stress have a deficiency in.

Apples (and tomatoes) are a good source of pectin which serves as a type of prebiotic for beneficial gut flora formation.

Yoghurt with live bacteria in moderate amounts will help re introduce lactose fermenting bacteria into the system if a milk sensitivity is a problem.

Coconut water – something I happen to have in the fridge after separating the coconut cream for the coconut water, by keeping the coconut milk can in the fridge over night. The coconut cream I saved for other treats (coconut cream contains less then 1.8 gram of carbohydrates per 100 g, healthy candidate for low carb desserts).

Nutritional yeast (deactivated yeast) for Vitamin B supplement.

Spirulina is rich in high quality amino acids and a great source of nutrients.

Wheatgrass powder contains a bunch of nutrients and is thought to be an alkalizer help controlling the pH of the body as well as contain enzymes that can aid digestion.

Macaroot is an adaptogen which supposedly strengthen the adrenal glands, useful when exposed to periods of high stress. There are a range of adaptogenic herbs to choose from. See wikipedias definition and a list of herbs here.

But you can add other powders for body support of your choice. Such as e.g. Milk thistle seeds for liver support.

Berry’s for antioxidant.