Ola Gaspacho !

As soon as the temperatures reach a certain level and as soon as tomatoes start having taste i cook gaspacho ! It is such an easy healthy recipe i can't help but keep doing it. You can play around with the ingredients and the quantities. After doing this reciped dozen of times i think i found my perfect balance with below quantities and ingredients.

Ingredients for 2 persons:

  • 3 ripped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste (not ketchup!). It will add a nice deep red color to your gaspacho.
  • 1 green pepper, 1 red pepper
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • olive oil
  • red vinegar
  • salt, pepper
  • my favorite topping options: one diced boiled egg and olive oil toasted bread crumbs, basil or coriander leaves.

Hmmm there is not much to be said about the preparation but chopped it all and mix it in a robot. Yes i told you easy ! I like it when the texture is quite smooth and i don't feel the vegetables chunks in it, so i usually let it mix for a good 5 minutes.

I keep the seeds of the tomatoes and of the cucumber, but get rid of those of the peppers as they do not taste real good (even bitter). I advice you keep tasting as you mix it and add more of what you feel is missing.

 

Sweet treat : Coconut butter !

To all coconut addicts, this is for you ! I am a huge fan of coconut under its various forms: coconut water, coconut milk, shredded coconut, coconut oil... now i can add to this list coconut butter !

Coconut butter is very different from coconut oil. It has a smooth, and velvety texture. Plus you can simply eat it with a spoon out of the jar. At room temperature it is quite solid, but warming it up for less than a minute in the microwave and it can be as melted as butter can be. I use it a lot on my morning toast under the jam, it is yummy ! You can also add a spoon in your Golden Milk ( i have brought back from New York the very good Gaia Herbs Golden Milk you can simply mix with coconut milk or rice milk).

It is very easy to do (vs. very hard to find here in France in shops). The only challenge here will be to get the adequate consistency to your mixture. The blades of your robot might no catch any coconut flakes after running few minutes. So allow yourself 10-15 minutes or so to patiently scrap down the side of your robot bowl to make the magic happen !

Ingredients:

  • Coconut flakes (you need quite a lot to ultimately fill a jar)
  • Coconut oil (one or two teaspoons max.)

Step 1: Mix the flakes, shredded coconut all together, add the coconut oil to make it smooth. Step 2: there is none ! It will take you a good 10 minutes of continuous mixing to get the final product.

You can store your butter for few months in your cupboard, no need to put it in the fridge !

Easier than this you can't do ! Enjoy !

xx

C.

 

 

Chia pudding with Raspberry coulis

Ingredients: (for 1 person)

  • 1 banana
  • sugar
  • raspberry or any other red berry
  • chia seeds
  • milk (cow milk, almond or soy milk)
  • goji berries
  1. Bake the banana in the oven with a little sugar on top of it so it caramelized for few minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare a raspberry (or any other red berry) coulis by mixing on the stove the fruits with a little water and sugar (only if they lack of taste). Mix it all and put it in freezer.
  3. Soak the chia seeds in milk for 30 minutes or so, the time for them to creat a gel-like “pudding” (I only tried cow milk so far, but I am sure almond or soy milks would be good options too).
  4. Place the banana, still hot, in a ramequin. Top them with the chia seeds and milk, and a spoon of frozen coulis.
  5. Goji berries on top for the final touch !

Bon Appetit !

Quinoa and Pomegranate salad

Ingredients: (for 1 person)

  • 50g of White Quinoa (for it easy light flavor)
  • Feta cheese
  • Pomegranate
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon
  • Thyme or any similar herbs
  1. Rinse and cook the quinoa using the 2:1 liquid-to-quinoa ratio for 20 minutes.
  2. Mix the cooked quinoa (after cooling down) with the feta cheese diced in cubes and the pomegranate seeds.
  3. Use olive oil and lemon for the dressing.
  4. Add thyme, or any similar herbs. Fresh onions can be a nice addition too.

You can also play with this recipe by adding any of the following: chickpeas, asparagus, crushed almonds, avocado, dried raisins...

Miam miam !

Finally ! My first post on this page as i found some time to cook, test, approve and write down some easy recipes: 3 kind of juices, 2 super food recipes and an extra one, not so healthy but so yummy to be posted

I will post regularly new culinary findings, food for thoughts, thoughts for food also !

Before starting with the recipe few things i wanted to share:

I am no dietitian but i have been lucky enough to be raised in a family where eating "well and in great variety" is being thought from day 1 so i did not have to look too much into the "mechanics of food": protein, carbs , lipids to eat well. I simply like to know what i eat, where it comes from, try new flavors and kind of food.  I eat with my taste buds, my eyes, my ears, my hands, with my senses and not to forget my heart ! I am not french for nothing !

I am neither a vegetarian but facing the reality of the food industry and its downsides i tend to eat less and less meat and fish as days go by, and i stopped consuming any kind of processed food. I am also careful in the amount of food i buy so i don't waste it after. At the end of the day i strongly believe in the adage saying "you are what you eat" and you hence should eat what yourself are fine with. Not to mention, that beyond the ethical reasons, i noticed a significant change in my capacities and well being in my yoga practice.

Don't misunderstand me though, i don't overthink my food either,  meals should remain an enjoyable time spent relaxing rather than starting to feel guilty and anxious about what is in your plate !

Long story short: variety, tasteful, organic (when needed), ethical, of season, and not to forget curiosity, awareness, creativity, are the ingredients to any good meal. Don't hesitate to let me know what you think of those recipes and add your suggestions to it !