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Crispy Summer Tofu

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V, GF, DF

Ingredients

Bowl

  • 3-4 cups seasonal vegetables- carrots, purple cabbage, squash,  green beans, snow peas, etc.
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic or ginger
  • Tamari to taste
  • 1 cup coconut or Quinoa flour
  • Grated zest of 2 small limes or lemons
  • 2½ teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon black (or white) sesame seeds
  • 2-3 tablespoons coriander leaves
  • 250g firm tofu, cut into 2cm. chunks
  • 1 cup chickpea, coconut or quinoa flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • About 100ml olive or coconut oil, for frying
  • Himalayan Salt

Dressing

2 tablespoon lime or lemon juice
1 teaspoon sesame or olive oil
2 teaspoons grated ginger
Himalayan salt to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
Fresh coriander leaves

Method

1. Heat skillet or fry pan. Add garlic or ginger and sauté 1-2 minutes to flavour the oil.

2. Turn down the heat to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes, until al dente.  Add tamari to taste. Remove from the heat cover and keep warm.

3. Next, make the dressing. Whisk together the lime or lemon juice, oil, ginger,  and an eighth of a teaspoon of salt. Slowly pour in the other olive oil bit by bit, whisking as you do until fully combined and emulsified. Set aside.

4. Lightly crush the coriander seeds, then put them in a bowl with the coconut or quinoa flour, lime or lemon zest and sesame seeds. Add half a teaspoon of salt and mix well. Toss the tofu first in the chickpea flour, then in the egg and finally in the flour mixture, making sure it’s well coated all over.

5. Heat the oil in a medium frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add half the crusty tofu and fry it for four to five minutes, turning it over so it goes golden-brown and crisp all over. Remove with a slotted spoon, transfer to a kitchen paper-covered plate and keep warm while you cook the remaining tofu (you may find you need to add a little more oil to the pan).

6. Divide the vegetables between plates, Pour over the dressing and stir. Top with the fried tofu and coriander leaves and serve warm.

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Christmas Mango-Coconut Pie

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Use Organic ingredients when available

Agar is the vegetarian sister of gelatine and can be used for the perfect chilled summer dessert. Great for the holidays or even as a cooling refreshing breakfast or brunch dish. Agar is a sea vegetable gelatine and contains proteins, polysaccharides, minerals, and vitamins.

Christmas Mango-Coconut Pie Ingredients

Base

  • 1-2 cups mango flesh for puree (1 ½ -2 mangos)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 T agar-agar flakes or 2 t. powder
  • 2 tablespoon maple or 4 T. rice syrup (to taste)
  • ½ cup fruit juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

Coconut Layer

  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 T agar flakes
  • 1 tablespoon maple or 2 T. rice syrup
  • pinch of sea or Himalayan salt
  • Blueberries
  • Mint

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Berry Topping

  • 1 cup blackberries or raspberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon maple or 2 T. rice malt syrup
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

Christmas Mango-Coconut Pie Method

Mango Layer

  1. Pureé the mango pieces to a smooth pulp. Set aside.
  2. Combine the water, agar-agar, and sweetener. Use a whisk to stir until the agar dissolves completely.
  3. Add the mango pureé and continue to stir and cook for a minute. Add vanilla.
  4. Pour into a glass or ceramic pie dish or square mold. Fill ½-3/4 full. Drop some blueberries into the liquid.
  5. Let it sit at room temperature to set completely. You may refrigerate to speed up the process, but it is not necessary. If you refrigerate bring the jelly back to room temperature (otherwise the coconut layer won’t stick properly).

Coconut Layer

  1. Combine the water, sweetener salt, and agar-agar in a small pan over medium heat. Make sure the agar and sweetener are completely dissolved.
  2. Add the coconut milk and continue to stir until the coconut milk is fragrant. Do not let it come to a boil. You want it to be hot, but not boiling. Set aside for a few minutes.
  3. While the coconut milk is still hot, pour over the mango layer. Make sure the coconut milk is warm otherwise the two layers won’t ‘stick’ and will come apart while serving.
  4. Cool and prepare the raspberry topping.

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Raspberry Topping

1. Combine all the ingredients together and process until almost smooth. You may need to add some extra water to help it combine.

2. Spoon mixture into a saucepan and heat over medium heat until the mixture begins to bubble.

Reduce the heat and whisk until thickened. Cool and spoon on top in the middle of the coconut-mango pie or all over the pie.

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Summer Cabbage Rolls

Use Organic Ingredients when available

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1 small cabbage

1 litre water

1 teaspoon sea or Himalayan salt

Filling

2 cups cooked brown basmati rice or quinoa

2 cups finely chopped onions

4 tomatoes diced

½ cup grated carrot

1/2 cup sultanas or Goji berries (optional)

2 chopped shallots

4 cloves finely chopped garlic

½ cup finely chopped parsley

3-4 tablespoons pasta sauce

1 teaspoon dried mint or 1 tablespoon fresh

1 teaspoon salt or 1 tablespoon Shiro (white) miso to taste

1 teaspoon thyme or oregano or 1 tablespoon fresh

½ cup olive oil

coconut yoghurt and pasta sauce to serve (optional)

sauerkraut or another wild ferment to serve

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  1. Wash the cabbage, remove the outer leaves and separate the rest.
  2. Put about 1 litre of water into a large pot, add salt and bring to the boil.
  3. Put the cabbage leaves into the boiling water and boil them until they are softer (about 3-4 minutes) then remove them from the water and drain.
  4. Cut them in regular shapes and remove the thicker parts. You can use these thick pieces in a vegetable stew the following day.
  5. For the filling, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them well. Taste and adjust if necessary.
  6. Take one piece of the cabbage and lay it on a flat towel or sushi mat. Put some filling mixture on it and roll it up.
  7. The shape is not so important here, just try to roll it well and do not put a lot of filling in it, otherwise, you’ll lose some of them.
  8. Place these cabbage rolls seam side down in a large saucepan or deep skillet, leaving the centre empty. With the leftover mixture, pour the watery part of the mixture on the rolls.
  9. Put the rest of the leftover mixture if you have any in a glass bowl and place it in the space in the middle of the rolls. if you like you can chop the thick pieces of leftover cabbage into it.
  10. Put the saucepan on the lowest heat and cook it for half an hour covered.
  11. You can serve it warm or cold with some fresh coriander and ferments. (fermented seasonal fruit goes well or sauerkraut) . Serve with extra pasta sauce and or coconut yoghurt.

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Fermented Chickpea Socca Pizza

Fermented Socca

Vegan Plant-based, GF

 

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Socca is a popular dish in and around the area of Nice, France and province of Genoa, Italy. In Italy, where it originated. It is a simple and savoury flatbread made with chickpea flour (aka garbanzo bean flour) making it gluten free, grain free and a good source of protein and fibre.

Use Organic Ingredients when available

1 cup chickpea flour
1 cup warm filtered water
1 Tablespoon sauerkraut, pickle brine or sourdough starter, miso (optional)
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp. dried rosemary (or oregano, or sage)
¼ tsp. salt
Fresh ground pepper to taste
Additional olive oil cooking if needed

Topping:
4 Tablespoons sweet potato puree, hummus or anything you like
10 – 12 olives, sauerkraut, etc.
2 spring onions, fine chopped
4-6 tablespoons sautéed kale, purple cabbage or Chinese greens

Other leftover vegetables, capsicum, tomatoes, broccoli

Coconut yoghurt mixed with a few teaspoons Shiro miso (optional)

Thinly sliced purple onions
Yield one- 25 cm. round or about three 10 cm. rounds

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Method

  1. Combine the chickpea flour with warm water in a medium bowl or mason jar, and mix well. Add in tablespoon sauerkraut, brine or sourdough starter if using.
    2. Cover and allow to sit overnight or for at least 8 hours.  When ready stir in the olive oil, herb, and salt & pepper. The batter should be the consistency of heavy cream. Heat the oven to 450F/220 C. Put a cast-iron skillet (Solid Teknics* is best) or pizza pan in the oven to warm or on a cooktop.

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3. Remove the pan, pour 2 tablespoons of the oil into it and swirl. Add the spring onions return the pan to the oven or cooktop and cook, stirring once or twice 1-2 minutes. Stir in the rosemary.

4. Add the spring onions and rosemary into the batter, then immediately pour the batter back into the pan. Sprinkle on some thin onion strips. Bake or cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the pancake is firm and the edges set.

5. Heat the grill** and brush the top of the pancake with 1 or 2 tablespoons of oil if it looks dry. Set the pancake a few inches away from the grill and cook just long enough to brown it in spots. (optional step)

 

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6. Put on toppings, cover with coconut/miso mixture and put under the grill a few minutes.

You can just stop with the greens and cabbage or top with lots of veg and ferments too !

 

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**If cooking on a stove, just flip over and follow instructions to finish.

  • Solidteknics cookware are made in Australia and are the healthiest, and more sustainable pans you can buy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vegan GF Fermented Buckwheat Pancakes with Coconut Whip Cream

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Why not put a ferment like miso in your pancakes to make them more yummy and lighter.  Filled with healthy probiotics- those lovely microorganisms will nourish your gut and boost your immune system and are sugar-free.

INGREDIENTS 

 

  • 1 cup raw buckwheat groats, ground into a fine flour (or use buckwheat flour)
  • 1 teaspoon Shiro unpasteurized fermented miso
  • 1 cup finely chopped banana
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour or ground almonds
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot or sago powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea or Himalayan salt
  • 1 ½ cups or more almond or soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax or chia seeds
  • ¼ cup applesauce (optional)

Filling

  • Bananas
  • Strawberries or other berries
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Coconut Yoghurt (optional)

 

METHOD

1.  Blend the buckwheat groats on high speed until a fine flour forms or use buckwheat flour.

2. Add the miso and banana and blend until creamy and smooth, then place into a large bowl. Now whisk in the rest of the dry ingredients (rice flour, arrowroot, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon).

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the plant milk and ground flax or chia seeds. Set aside for 5-10 minutes. Pour this onto the dry ingredients and whisk the batter until no lumps remain. (Adjust liquid content as needed) You can set this aside for a few minutes or hours. It will just keep fermenting.

4. Heat skillet and then lightly oil it. Scoop a heaping 1/3 – 1/2 cup of batter onto the preheated skillet and quickly spread the batter out into a circle. Cook until some bubbles appear and the edge looks darker in colour and firmer.

5. Flip and cook for another couple minutes until lightly golden. Adjust heat as needed. Repeat for the other crepes.

6. Stack and serve with Coconut yoghurt or Coconut Whipped Cream* and fresh chopped berries  or simply serve with pure maple syrup.

 

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TIPS

If using frozen blueberries, pour batter onto skillet first and then top with blueberries to prevent bleeding.

If at any time your batter is too thick or if you want thinner pancakes, simply thin it out with plant-based milk.

Coconut Whip Cream

INGREDIENTS

 

  • 11 can full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated upside-down for 24 hours
  • 1-tablespoon arrowroot flour
  • 1-tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½-1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

 

METHOD

1. Open the can of coconut milk from the bottom and scoop the layer of white, fatty goodness into a mixing bowl (save the coconut water for a curry or drink.)

2. Blend the chunks of coconut milk with a hand mixer on high speed for 15-20 seconds, just until the mixture turns to liquid. Add the maple syrup and mix until combined. Add the vanilla extract and blend on high speed for 1-2 minutes, until light and creamy.

3. Whipped cream is best served immediately, but can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days. It will harden in the fridge, so when ready to serve, simply blend with a hand mixer on high speed until creamy again.

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Vegan Chick Bean Slice

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This Sugar-free and high protein snack is loaded with nutrients and great for lunch boxes or a great protein pick me up for morning or afternoon tea.

2 ½ -3 cups chickpeas
1 cup goji berries and/or sultanas ( ½ – ½)
¾ cup ground almonds or walnuts
¼ cup cacao
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup brown rice or almond flour as needed
3 tablespoons ground flax seeds
½ cup soy, coconut milk or other plant milk as needed
2 teaspoons vanilla
½ cup tahini or other nut butter
½ cup maple syrup or 1 cup rice syrup to taste
2-3 teaspoons Shiro Miso

Topping

Organic Paleo Museli (apple and cinnamon) *
Organic Buckini (activated buckwheat) Deluxe*
Organic goji berries, coconut, ground nuts, puffed amaranth or quinoa, cinnamon, dried fruit, coconut

maple syrup or rice syrup for brushing on top after baking

Method

  1. Strain off liquid from beans and reserve. Use chickpea juice (aquafaba) for a whipped cream topping.
  2. Toss all dried ingredients together. Set aside,
  3. Stir together ground flax seeds, milk, and vanilla and set aside.
  4. Oil pan and preheat oven to 175C. Combine nut butter, sweetener, and miso together slowly incorporating the beans till chunky.
  5. Fold in the dry ingredients. Adjust liquid content with plant milk as needed till it drops with difficulty from a mixing spoon.
  6. Spoon into baking pan. Bake in oven 30-40 minutes or until the centre is set and the edges pull away from the pan.
  7. Remove from the oven place on a wire rack to cool then remove it from the pan and cut into desired shapes.
  8.  Brush with sweetener if desired and Dip into one of the toppings before serving.

Tofu & Vegetable Quiche

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GF, DF, Vegetarian

Vegan egg substitute available below

Choose whatever organic seasonal vegetables you find at the market this week if you don’t have the ones listed. You can also use leftover cooked vegetables from the night before. Freshen them up with some chopped parsley or coriander before folding into the tofu mixture.

Crust

¾ cup organic oat flour
½ cup ground organic activated almonds
½ cup organic rice or buckwheat flour
½ teaspoon Sea or Himalayan salt
3 tablespoons organic coconut or olive oil
Water as needed

Filling

300 grams organic blanched regular tofu
1-tablespoon organic olive or coconut oil
1 teaspoon organic chopped garlic
1 tablespoon organic finely chopped ginger root
1 teaspoon organic dried herbs or 1 tablespoon fresh seasonal (rosemary, oregano, basil)
1 cup organic chopped onion or spring onion
1 cup organic grated carrot
1/2 cup organic grated beetroot
½ cup organic chopped kale or other green vegetables
2-3 eggs free range and organic or Vegan Egg substitute **
1 tablespoon organic Shiro Miso
¼ cup organic almond, sesame, other nut butter or coconut oil
1 tablespoon organic lemon juice or 1-teaspoon mustard

Topping

1cup organic cooked sweet potato
1-2 Tablespoons organic Shiro Miso
1-2 Tablespoons organic Coconut yogurt
1-2 teaspoons organic ginger juice
a few organic wild fermented vegetables*
organic Rosemary

  • If you don’t have any ferments, try goji berries, grated coconut, ground nuts or seeds, grated lemon or orange rind, rosemary and dollops of yogurt.  If you have ferments any will be fine. I used Wild fermented turmeric cauliflower, carrots, red cabbage and lemon sauerkraut, olives and fresh rosemary from the garden.

Method

  1. In a bowl, mix together all the crust ingredients. Preheat the oven to 200C (180 C fan assisted) 400 F.
  2. Press into an oiled pie dish, and poke a few holes using a fork then bake for 10 minutes or until it looks light brown.
  3. Meanwhile, make the filling. Cut the tofu and drop into boiling water 2-3 minutes. Drain well and set aside.
  4. Heat skillet add the oil and sauté the garlic and ginger 1-2 minutes. Then add the dry herbs and sauté another 30-60 seconds. Add the onions and continue to sauté until they are transparent.
  5. Add the rest of the vegetables cover and cook a few minutes. (if using cooked vegetables cook the onions till soft then add the cooked vegetables.
  6. Blend the tofu in a food processor and slowly add the rest of the ingredients until smooth and creamy. Add a bit of water if needed till the consistency is droppable from a spoon.
  7. Fold in vegetables. Spoon into prepared base and bake 30-40 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, blend or mash the topping ingredients. Taste and adjust to your taste. Remove pie from the oven, cool slightly then spread with topping and top with ferments. if you don’t have any ferments, top with crushed almonds, goji berries and grated lemon and orange rind.  Serve warm or cool.

** Vegan Egg Substitute: Use one tablespoon of flax seeds and three tablespoons of water to replace one egg. Freshly grind the flax seeds into a fine powder using a coffee or spice grinder. Whisk in the water until it becomes gelatinous.

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Vegan Fermented Flatbread

How many ferments can you eat in one meal?

Try a hearty Slavic vegan, gluten-free fermented flatbread made mostly from potatoes,   served, especially in the fall and winter.

My friend Paula and I shared brunch the other day during a workshop planning session. I brought over freshly made flatbreads–one thicker than the other. She prepared a delicious omelette with lots of vegetables and mung bean sprouts served with fermented ginger pickles, wild fermented red cabbage, and fresh coriander. I made a miso dip with fermented mirin rice wine, ginger, and fermented Shiro miso to spread on the bread. What a feast!

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Ingredients

  • 1 kg (2.2 lb) white potatoes
  • 300 g (2½ cups) rice or chickpea flour
  • ½ tsp miso
  • extra flour for rolling

Method 

1. Boil potatoes whole with skins on for about 15 minutes, depending on size. When soft, drain and cool. The potatoes are then easy to peel with a paring knife ahead of time  The older the potatoes and the colder the better, as the dough will be less sticky.

2. In a bowl or on a well-floured surface, grate potatoes on the small holes of a grater or mash.

3. Mix in flour, miso, and potatoes and knead until it forms a not-too-sticky dough, adding extra flour as needed. Roll out on a lightly floured surface into a log about 60 cm (2 feet) long.

4. Cut the log into 14 pieces about 5 cm wide.  Once the dough is mixed, work with it right away and don’t leave it to sit, otherwise, it will get more sticky.

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5. Start warming up your frying pan over medium heat.

6. Liberally flour a flat surface. Toss a piece of dough around in the flour and roll into a circle with a rolling pin. They can be any shape you like. If the rolling pin gets sticky, scrape it off right away otherwise it will build up more dough. You want it to be fairly thin, but thick enough so it doesn’t fall apart and so that the final bread has some bite to it.

7. Carefully transfer the flatbread to a dry frying pan (no oil on it). When one side starts to bubble, you can flip it. Use a butter knife or fork to poke large pockets of hot air (although not necessary). It takes about 2-3 min on each side.

8. While one flatbread is cooking, roll out another.

9. When finished cooking, put the bread on a plate and brush one or both sides with melted oil or other fat.

10. Serve warm. Can also be refrigerated or frozen, but warm up in oven or steam before serving. Spread with various fillings or just brush on melted oil and serve with various toppings rolled or folded into quarters.

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Survival Guide: Gluten Free, Organic & Vegetarian Holiday Meals

Enjoy Your Holidays without Feeling Tired and Sick

It’s always best to cook your own Organic, Gluten free and vegetarian meals, especially during the holidays, but that isn’t always possible with all the numerous luncheons, dinners and other social events that are happening!

It’s really hard to know what’s in all the food that restaurants will provide so do the best you can, keeping in mind a few tips. Eating out often leads to too much of the food that you don’t eat every day, but as more and more awareness grows and the demand for gluten free and vegetarian health conscious foods continues, menus are changing and healthy options are becoming less a thing of the past and more of a thing of the present.

Enjoy the eating and drinking and make sure that your holiday time is stress free.

Don’t make healthy food a source of anxiety. Make a conscious effort, logical choices, then relax and enjoy your time with family and friends.

Tips

Here are a few tips to keep in your pocket that will help you survive the holidays and a few holiday suggestions for gluten free and vegetarian food to cook at home when you have the time to relax and enjoy with family and friends during the festive season.

  1. Drink water before you eat. This will cut down your appetite when you are going out to eat.
  2. If you have Gluten or other intolerances be sure to let the restaurant or your friends know before you go.
  3. Eat a bit before you go.
  4. Milk thistle protects the liver cells from alcohol by preventing toxins from entering them and helps to remove existing toxins.  Take two capsules before you drink and then 2 capsules for the next 5 days.
  5. In Chinese medicine, kuzu is credited with reducing high blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, preventing blood clots, and relieving chronic migraine. Recent research from China and the US indicates that kudzu can reduce the craving for and effects of alcohol.
  6. Before Breakfast or Brunch have a glass of hot water with lemon to get your metabolism going and clean out your liver.

Recipes for Gluten Free, Organic & Vegetarian Holiday Meals – All ingredients should be Organic whenever possible

Brunch – Olive, Walnut and Basil

Gluten Free, Organic & Vegetarian Holiday Meals: Olive, walnut, basil

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablepoons Tamari soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tablepoons Mirin rice wine
  • 1 teaspoon toasted whole black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon kudzu or arrowroot
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame oil
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup bok choy
  • ½ cup pitted black olives
  • 1 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1/4 cup water
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1-2 Tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Toast, Quinoa or Pasta

Method

  1. In a small bowl, combine the water, Tamari and Mirin. Toast and crush black peppercorns and add to mixture.
  2. In a separate small bowl, stir the Kudzu or arrowroot into the water. Keep both bowls near the stove.
  3. Heat wok or skillet, add the oil and quickly stir-fry the vegetables 4-5 minutes. Once the vegetables are stir-fried, push the vegetables to the sides of the wok.
  4. Give the sauce a quick re-stir and pour into the middle of the skillet or wok. Bring to a boil.
  5. Mix together the kudzu and water and pour into the skillet, stirring quickly to thicken.
  6. Stir to combine the vegetables with the kudzu sauce.
  7. Remove the wok from the heat and stir in the sesame oil. Serve sprinkled with walnuts and basil on top of toast, quinoa or pasta or just on it’s own.

Optional

Crack an egg on top of the vegetables and walnuts. Cover and steam until egg is set. Serve sprinkled with shallots and sprinkle with Dulse sea vegetables for extra minerals and protein.

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Brunch – Italian Tofu Frittata

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Recipe

  • 1 cup chopped spring onions or shallots
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 cup diced zucchini
  • 1 cup finely chopped capsicum
  • 2 cups finely chopped bok choy
  • 1 cup finely chopped tomato
  • 1/4 cup stock or water
  • 2 TBS red wine vinegar or mirin
  • 125 gr. light tofu, drained
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 TBS dried Basil or 2-3 T. fresh chopped
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • 2 T. fresh coriander

Directions

  1. Prepare all the vegetables.
  2. Purée tofu with eggs , basil and turmeric until creamy and smooth (add more liquid if needed)
  3. In 10-inch stainless steel pan, heat 2 TBS. water or stock
  4. When broth begins to steam add onion, garlic, zucchini, bell pepper, bok-choy and tomato and sauté for about 1 minute over medium low heat, stirring often
  5. Add 1/4 cup stock and red wine vinegar or mirin
  6. Pour tofu mixture over vegetables, cover and cook over low heat until mixture is completely firm and cooked, about 8-10 minutes
  7. Serve with fresh chopped coriander. 

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Lunch – Moroccan Tofu and Vegetable Kebabs with Sesame Summer Stir Fry

Skewers

  • 350 Grams tofu cut into cubes
  • 1 cup chopped capsicum
  • 4 bamboo skewers soaked in cold water for 30 minutes

Marinade

  • 180 gr. Organic Pasta sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground paprika
  • 2 finely chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • few tablespoons water
  • sea salt to taste or tamari to taste

Sauce

  • ½ cup Goji berries
  • 1-2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1-2 T. kudzu  or arrowroot+ 1 cup water or stock

Stir Fry

  • 1-2 Tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 cup chopped zucchini or yellow squash
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 cup chopped bok-choy
  • ½ cup pitted black olives
  • 1 T. flax seeds
  • 2 T. black toasted* sesame seeds

Garnish

  • 1-2 T. lightly toasted* sesame seeds

Method

  1. Cut  tofu into cubes and thread onto soaked skewers alternating with the capsicum. Combine the marinade ingredients and soak the tofu skewers in it. Add more water or pasta sauce as needed
  2.  Set aside for a few hours or overnight
  3. Heat skillet, add the oil and sauté the vegetables with the olives till tender. Toss in the flax seeds and sesame seeds. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.
  4. Place the tofu and vegetable skewers into a medium hot skillet or grill 4-5 minutes on each side.
  5. For sauce combine the ingredients together. Place in a saucepan   and keep stirring until mixture thickens adjusting liquid until the desired texture is reached. Season with Tamari soy sauce or salt.
  6. Spoon over the kebabs and sprinkle with the white sesame seeds.

*To Toast sesame seeds place in dry skillet and move around the pan with a wooden spoon until they begin to pop.

Raspberry Jelly blog

Dessert – Raspberry Delight

  • 1- 1/2  tbsp. agar flakes*
  • 2  cups Organic Raspberry and Apple juice
  • 2 cup Organic blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or cherries; sliced or slightly mashed
  • 1/2  cup Organic coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup Organic Goji Berries (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons  Organic Chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup Organic dessicated coconut
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Blueberry Sauce

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen Organic Blueberries
  • 1/4 cup water or Organic juice
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot or kudzu powder
  • 1 Tablespoons water or juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Organic coconut sugar or syrup

Method

  1. Place the berries and 1/4 cup water or juice in a small saucepan cook 4-5 minutes and slightly smash some of the blueberries.
  2. In a small bowl stir together the arrowroot or kudzu and water and sweetener.  Stir into saucepan with blueberries and cook till thickened.
  3. Pour the agar flakes into a medium saucepan and pour the juice over the flakes.
  4. Cover the pot and bring  to a boil over medium-high heat without stirring.
  5. Stir the mixture and reduce the heat to low. Simmer, covered for 5 minutes or until the flakes dissolve.
  6. Add the fruit, sugar, chia seeds to the mixture and bring to a boil
  7. Lower heat,cover and simmer the mixture 5 minutes
  8. Remove from heat, add the coconut and the vanilla
  9. Pour the mixture into a mould  and set aside to set.
  10. Spoon blueberry sauce over the set jelly

* Agar comes from seaweed that grows on the rocky areas of tidal waters of Japan, China and Sri Lanka. It is used as a thickener for soups, jelly and ice cream, a binder in puddings and custards and as an appetite suppressant that promotes weight loss.

I’ll Drink To That: Organic Tea for Health

 

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I remember sitting at the dinner table watching my mother brew fermented black tea and then ever so delicately pour it into a glass with a spoon to stop the glass from cracking. Then she would wrap a napkin around the glass so she could hold it and not burn her hand, pop a sugar cube into her mouth and slowly sip the tea savoring each taste.

These days having a cup of tea is a bit different and really not that simple. Today there are so many varieties to choose from and  we are not only concerned with taste and  flavor  but whether the tea is Organic, pesticide free, where it is grown, what conditions is it grown under and if it can be used medicinally as well.

 

Ginger Tea
Ginger Tea

Anti-Inflammatory Ginger Root Tea: A True Organic Tea for Health

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water or 1 cup Organic Tea
  • 1 inch slice of ginger root
  • Juice from 1 lemon wedge
  • 3 mint leaves

Bring the water and ginger to a boil in a saucepan or tea pot. Simmer for 5 minutes. Place lemon juice, and mint leaves in tea cup. Add hot water and enjoy. Can be used in warm or cool weather.

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Choice Magazine found that out of 55 Australian tea brands tested, nearly 40% contained pesticide residues, of which a few were much higher than the maximum residue limit. The study also found residues of 17 pesticides not registered for use in foods in Australia.

All brands claiming to be organic were pesticide-free.

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Sit down with a sustainable cup of…

Tulsi Teas ($4.95 for 18 bags) are certified organic by the US Department of Agriculture. Varieties from caffeine-free Original to exotic-sounding Pomegranate Green are all made with the anti-stress Indian herb, tulsi (Ocimum sanctum).

Planet Organic.com.au teas (approximately $5 for 25 bags) are Australian Certified Organic, come in oxygen-bleached paper and some varieties, including the Green and English Breakfast teas, are also Fairtrade certified.

Scarborough Fair teas, grown in Sri Lanka, are all certified Fairtrade, and the green tea varieties (approximately $3.50 for 25 bags), including a particularly yummy blend with lemon and lime, are also biodynamic and organic certified.

Mighty Leaf’s organic teas ($15.95 for 15 pouches) come in handcrafted bio-degradable pouches, or loose leaf, in blends from Breakfast to Mint Melange. The leaves are Swiss Certified Organic and the final products certified organic by the US Department of Agriculture.

One of my favorite Organic Green teas is Kukicha, sometimes known as Bancha, is a Japanese  Organic green tea made from the twigs and stems of the tea plant. Kukicha is made from stems and branches that are separated in the refining process of Sencha (Green Tea). They are then roasted in cast iron cauldrons to reduce the bitterness and decrease tannin and the roasting aroma and mild flavour are its main characteristics. Japanese folklore says it aids digestion and helps neutralize an acidic digestive system. Kukicha has been the most popular kind of tea because it has less caffeine and can be enjoyed by all tea drinkers, including children.

– See more at: http://www.greenlifestylemag.com.au/news/2012/food-in-focus-tea

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