Scrumptious Stir Fried Vegetables

Friday again – hard to believe!

This weekend will be a relaxed one. The kids are reviewing for up and coming exams and I have two brand new high-beds in my garden that I am going to fill with my organic “baby” leafy greens and herbs.

Before the weekend starts I’m going to give you the recipe for a great dinner we had this week.  It is healthy but also full of taste – just love that combination!!

Scrumptious Stir Fried Vegetables with Jasmin rice

I used:

1 big bunch of asparagus

1 red onion

2 bunches of green onion

350 g of brown mushrooms

250 g snap peas

10 baby Bok choy

Chop all the vegetables.

Make the marinade

4tbs olive oil

4tbs hoisin

1/3 cup soy sauce

4 tbs sesame oil

2 tbs white wine

4 small tsp cane sugar

4 tbs green onion

2 tbs finely chopped fresh garlic

2 tbs finely chopped fresh ginger

Freshly squeezed juice of one lime fruit

Mix all the marinade ingredients together to make a delicious sauce.

Add a bit of oil to the wok/frying pan – stir fry one vegetable at a time and add some of the sauce to the pan just before it is ready. Put the stir fried vegetable into a big bowl. Continue until all the different vegetables have all been stir fried. Add the rest of the sauce to the stir fried vegetables – mix it all together.

I stir fry each type of vegetable separately to make sure they are done to perfection – just right, still crisp, full of color and flavor.

Serve with your favorite rice. I used Jasmin rice for this recipe, but it could be brown rice, wild rice or……………

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Healthy and delicious lettuce wraps

I love anything spicy and fusion and Asian is a favorite of mine. I think it is mostly because I love the explosion of flavours in my mouth – sweet, sour, salty, spicy, bitter – it is  party in the mouth, simply and I love that!

We have always been big fans of lettuce wraps the traditional way – but this healthy version is now the preferred version – it tastes incredible and it makes you feel nourished and energized after eating it. It is really easy to make and even the kids love it – also works as a healthy snack.

 

I use organic Romaine lettuce for wraps and I fill them with what ever vegetable takes my fancy. Today it was snap peas, cucumber, red pepper, yellow pepper, zucchini sliced into Julienne strips and arranged on the lettuce. I added some fresh cilantro on top.

For the dressing/dipping

I used

2 tablespoons of Hoisin sauce,

2 tablespoons of soya sauce

2 tablespoons of white wine,

A fresh squeeze of lime

1 table-spoon of sweet chili sauce

2 small teaspoons of cane sugar

1 table-spoon of finely chopped fresh ginger

1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh garlic

1 table-spoon of chopped green onions

Mix it all together and use it as a dipping sauce.

Wrap the lettuce around the filling and dip into the sauce for a mouth-watering experience.

Spicy young coconut soup

This past week we have had some wonderfully warm and delicious summer days. So, with weather like that, and all the fresh and wonderful produce available I really enjoy creating and devouring new raw food  dishes. It’s fresh, it’s tasty and it is so good for body and soul .

Today, I was inspired by a fresh young coconut and thought: “How about some chilled, raw, spicy coconut soup?” – what a great meal that could be!.

So I cracked open a young coconut – but … it was not as easy as it sounds! However, in the end well worth it. I poured the nutritious coconut water into the blender and scraped out the soft and delicate coconut meat.

I added 2 cups of filtered water into the blender with the fresh coconut water.

Then I took:

the meat of the coconut

4 fresh lime leaves

Freshly squeezed lime juice – I used 4 of the small key limes

1 clove of garlic

2 tbl. spoons  of Braggs

2 teaspoons of good curry paste – different curry pastes have different strength,so add less and try as you go till it fits your taste

A slice of fresh ginger

2 handfuls of almonds

2 medjool dates

And blended it all into a creamy delicious raw soup base!

For the filling I finely chopped some ripe cherry tomatoes – the “reder” the better, some  zucchini, some mushrooms – I use either Portobello or brown, and added some sprigs of coriander.

Sprinkle the filler over the chilled soup and serve with extra cilantro. You can use any of your favorite vegetable as filling.

and … Enjoy!!!

Fajitas with stacked baked vegetables

I came up with this recipe and thought it was a perfect Friday/weekend dinner – a taste of summer and comfort,

at the same time healthy, easy to make and so good they have been added to our list of favorites!

The fajitas are made with baked aubergine, tomatoes, onion and zucchini stacks and Portobello mushrooms, served on a warm tortilla with tomato salsa and guacamole.

For the vegetable stacks you need

Big ripe tomatoes

Aubergine

Zucchini

Red onion

Portobello mushrooms

Olive oil

Lemon juice

Slice the aubergine and place them side by side on a baking tray that has been drizzled with olive oil. Squeeze some lemon juice on the aubergine and sprinkle with a little sea salt. Slice the tomatoes and put them on top of the aubergine. Slice the onions and add the slices on top of the tomatoes. Slice the zucchini and add the slices on top of the onion – drizzle with olive oil and sea salt.

Clean the Portobello mushrooms removing the stalks – but be sure to include them too. Place the mushrooms – tops down – on a baking tray that has been drizzled with olive oil and add another little drizzle of olive oil to them along with some sea salt.

Bake the vegetable stacks and the mushrooms at 360 F til tender and golden – about 45 min

For the guacamole:

Tender avocados

Lemon

Lime

Garlic

Sea salt & freshly ground pepper

The avocados are just amazing right now – so intense and tasty. So I don’t add too many things to the guacamole to be able to enjoy the flavors of the avocado itself. Just mash it up, add freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice and freshly squeezed garlic, taste with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

Fresh Salsa

This evening, I cheated because I was in a hurry and bought a freshly made salsa from my local store. Usually I make my own, like this:

Fresh ripe tomatoes

Red Onion

Bunch of fresh coriander

Red chilli

Lime juice

Finely chop tomatoes, onions, red chili and fresh coriander – mix it all together, add some freshly squeezed lime juice, taste with sea salt.

The glorious result

Assemble:- place a warm whole wheat tortilla on  a plate – add  a good spoonful of guacamole, add the baked Portobello and vegetable, top with the salsa  and serve.

And enjoy

We have a long weekend here – the kids are off school Friday to Monday – and we are looking forward to a long beautiful weekend.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

Lively Lovely Lasagne

I LOVE lasagne – much like Garfield, I love it!

However this version is 100% plant based, raw and delicious – full of goodness, and because it has not been cooked nutrients and enzymes have not been destroyed.  It is so healthy you feel satisfied and totally energized after eating it – AND no greasy pans to wash afterwards!

You know when you eat lasagne all you want to do afterwards is get the dishwasher started and head for the couch – heavy and tired. After eating this version you want to go and play soccer with the kids in the garden 🙂 or go for an evening run. You can really feel the difference! This has now become our favorite and we love it so much we actually prefer it over the traditional lasagne.

Now to the recipe:

The “pasta” is zucchini thinly sliced  lengthwise.

The pasta sauce is made from fresh ripe tomatoes, fresh herbs and sun dried tomatoes, like this:

4 big ripe tomatoes.

6 sun dried tomatoes

A small bunch of fresh basil

1 clove of garlic

1/4 red pepper

Oregano fresh if you have it, otherwise dried

Sea salt

Freshly grounded pepper

Add it all to the blender and blend well. This sauce is so fresh and tasty that it beats any cooked tomato sauce!

“Cheese” Sauce

Soak 1 cup of raw natural cashew nuts in water for at least a couple of hours

Drain and blend it smoothe with

3/4 cup filtered water

2 table spoons of olive oil

1 table spoon nutritional yeast

1 clove of garlic

Sea salt

Marinate brown mushrooms with a couple of tablespoons Braggs and a dash of olive oil.

On top of the sliced zucchini add some fresh spinach

then mushrooms

and tomato sauce and “cheese” sauce like this

On top of this you add some more slices of “pasta” zucchini a bit more spinach and slices of avocado. Finish the dish of with “cheese” sauce and tomato sauce.

ENJOY 🙂

Watermelon salad

This salad is addictive – it tastes of summer and the flavours will make your heart sing.
The kids love it too and beg me to make it – so as soon as we see water melon for sale, this is the dish we make.

One small water melon
1 dl of raw sugar
1 dl of balsamic vinegar
a good bunch of fresh mint
a sprinkle of sunflower seeds

In a small pot bring the balsamic vinegar and raw sugar to a boil and reduce for about a min. Set a side to cool.
Cut the water melon in to chunks, chop fresh mint and add to the water melon. Pour over the cool balsamic vinegar reduction and sprinkle with the sunflower seeds.
Perfect light lunch dish or as part of a meal.

Baked Yams and Sweet Potatoes

This one is a bestseller – healthy, easy to make and so so tasty. I often serve it on its own or with a green salad or with a quinoa salad. It is so filling and satisfying.

2 yams
2 sweet potatoes
2 big red onions

Cut it all into wedges, spread them on to a baking tray, drizzle with some olive oil, salt, pepper and some freshly chopped rosemary – dried rosemary will do too. Bake in the oven for about an hr at 360F
If you have any left overs – have them cold the next day on a salad.