Gochujang is a Korean fermented red chili paste, which has a sweet, savoury and spicy flavour. Outside of Korea it can be found in most Asian supermarkets (where I found mine).
This recipe from Pick up Limes was just perfect to get me introduced with Tofu.
Poultry seasoning is the perfect blend of spices that originally was used to add to any chicken or turkey dishes, your favourites soups and stuffing recipes. Us it in any vegan dishes and soups to add a wonderful flavour. It only contains six easy-to-get herbs you can find in any supermarket. Since you are reading this post, I assume you are interested in spice mixes, so chances are big you have already all these herbs and spice in your pantry.
You can buy Poultry Seasoning in the store or online (affiliate link). The benefit from making it at home is that it only contains the ingredients you like and nothing else.
In Belgium, we have 'chicken seasoning' as a spice blend that can be found in almost every kitchen. This spice blend contains completely different spices though. This blend can be used for chicken but - just like the poultry seasoning - also to season every dish you like - baked potatoes someone?
I was looking for a sugar-free carrot cake. I wanted to add carrot to make it more healthy. Adding extra vegetables is adding extra healthy ingredients, right, well not according to the recipes I could find. Since they all have a huge amount of sugar as an ingredient. Even the sugar-free versions are swapping refined white sugar for brown sugar or maple syrup or honey or coconut sugar. And that was not what I head in mind when looking for a 'healthy cake'.
So I was on the quest to find a recipe that was vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, sugar-free and still full of taste. So it used a few not-so normal ingredients and it's not overly sweet, but it is healthy and suited for diabetics and people with celiac decease.
This spice mix is not only good when making Taco's. Since it had the perfect ratio of spice to salt and other flavours, it's also perfect to season ground beef, chicken, shrimp, and veggies.
Simply mix all the spices in an air-tight container, cover and shake. Use 2 tablespoons for every pack of taco seasoning called for in a recipe.
Are you in for a treat and you are out of nut-milk? Chances are you have almond flour or coconut flower in your pantry. I even had hazelnut flower and that sounded heavenly when I was craving for a class of cold chocolate milk.
This small batch nut milk in 10 minutes is sweetened with the sweetener of your choice. Dates are a good option, just like maple syrup or sukrin and Stevia. For the chocolate I used unsweetened raw cacao powder. My milk was ready in less than minutes.
Homemade nut milk is as easy as blending ice-cold filtered water, (a mix of) nut flours and a sweetener. Vanilla, cacao or cinnamon will flavour it. A pinch of salt is completely optional.
Besides the obvious - you want to make it yourself so you know what additives and preservatives are in your food, it's also an opportunity to make your own blend. By now the isle of plant-based milk starts to grow, but have you found already that coconut-hazelnut blend? Another benefit of this recipe is that you do not need a nutbag! That is correct. No squeezing of liquids, no dirty hands.
We are using nut flour to make the process pretty quick. No need for soaking nuts.
For 2 small or 1 medium glass of nut milk we need a ¼ cup of nut flour. Make it your own blend. You can use a ¼ of almond flour or a ⅛ cup coconut flour and a ⅛ cup of almond flour. Or mix in hazelnut flour and tiger nut flour. The sorts of nut flour is not important. Just make sure that your nut flour/water ratio is 1:4. So ¼ cup nut flour and 1 cup cold distilled water.
I use my spice grinder (affiliate link) to micro grind the nut flower. I do not want to sift my nut milk, nor do I like a gritty aftertaste. And my Nutri-bullet is the ideal high-speed blender that will result in a lot of dishes.
Add the ¼ cup of nut flour mix to your spice grinder and give a quick ten-second grinding. This is optional if you do not mind your milk to be a little gritty. All depends on your nut flours.
Move the nut flour to your blender. Add the sweetener and taste of your choice. I used sukrin and raw cacao, but you can use maple syrup and vanilla. Add a pinch of salt if you like to keep it as natural as possible. Add 1 cup of ice-cold water.
Let the blender run for 30-60 seconds. Did you use dates? Then make sure the dates are ground down and mixed in well.
Hazelnut flour is made from hazelnuts that have had their skins removed before being ground to a fine powder.
The flavour is best described as being simply buttery and nutty. It is highly aromatic and can bring a richness and light sweetness to dishes.
Hazelnut flour is a nutritional powerhouse due to the high concentrations of vitamins, minerals and fiber and moand antioxidants that it provides in addition to other valuable properties.
Hazelnut flour is versatile and has a variety of traditional applications in Northern Italian cuisine. It is used to make pasta fresca alla nocciola, pesto, and biscotti. Beyond those uses, hazelnut flour can be used in place of other nut flours and to replace all or part of the wheat flour in some recipes. Use it in cakes and cookies, pie crusts, and to dredge meat or vegetables for frying.
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Yes, that is not a conundrum. Well at least not really.
When nuts aren't an option, whether you have a nut allergy or are on an elimination diet, something like a simple nut butter becomes off-limits. In this recipe, we are using Tiger nuts to make this nut butter. And since tiger nuts do not belong to the three-nut family but are a kind of tuber, they are perfect to use when you have a nut-allergy. They are also perfect for an AIP, Paleo or Whole30 diet.
Traditional tiger nut butter is made by soaking whole tiger nuts in water overnight, draining and using a high-speed blender to mix the tiger nuts with some oil to make nut butter. If you have the time and need a lot, this is still a great option.
If you want it 'now' and only a small amount, this 30-second option is just perfect.
All you need is some tiger nut flour and oil. Tiger nut oil is the best, avocado oil is a good substitute and also AIP and Whole30 compliant.
A little pinch of sea salt results in a plain version that you can eat right from the spoon. Dress it up with a pinch of cinnamon or vanilla powder.
Only now I'm on the quest to find healthy meals, I have discovered this Italian favourite. Pasta and beans does not sound very intriguing, but I can assure you that his recipe has turned this meal even more creamy, hearty smoky and healthy.
I have fallen in love with my Ninja Foodi and this one-pot meal can be ready - from start to finish - in 40 minutes. Using the simmer setting on your instant pot will add extra flavour, so I suggest you do not skip that first step. The last step is making the sause creamy. A creamy sauce without using cream? Yes, that is possible. You only need a blender an not extra ingredients.
The base is a vegan dish with lots of fibre. It's up to you to fancy it up with parmesan and or toasted Spanish Chorizo.
This pasta is best made with smaller pasta forms. Ditalini or small elbow pasta will fit perfectly with the beans and the small diced vegetables. Cavatelli will scoop the creamy sauce. I have tried to make this with bigger forms like ziti or Cavatappi and it was not as tasteful.
This is a Belgian classic. So easy to make with rather cheap ingredients. Comfort food at his best.
Ground meat, thinly sliced sauteed leeks and mashed potatoes. Add cream and cheese, add it in the oven and your tastebuds will thank you.
You can healthify this dish by not adding cream or cheese to the mashed potatoes. Tried it once, never again. Limit your portion size or limit the frequency you serve this dish. Do not change the ingredients.
I was looking for a creamy healthy(ish) sauce to accompany my vegetable croquettes. On the website Cookie and Kate, I found the ideal recipe. I did not change anything since it was perfect to start with. My tahini was already sitting a long time in my fridge, so I used my small food processor to make this sauce. So I used the short cut way to infuse the lemon juice with the garlic.
The best tahini to use is made from Ethiopian sesame seeds. The Soom brand (amazon.com, affiliate) is the best. Trader Joe’s organic tahini, is made from Ethiopian sesame seeds just like Soom’s, so that is a good substitute.
Pipkin (a small store) is for sale in Europe (amazon.co.uk, affiliate)
I found the recipe for these vegetable croquettes when watching the tv-show 'Eat Well for Less'. I changed it up so it is now completely vegan. Not only is this a healthy snack, but also kid-friendly, vegan and cheap to make.
The chickpea flour is used to be the binder in this recipe. We exchanged the free-range eggs for chickpea egg. If you don't have chickpea flour in your pantry, you can grind your own from dried chickpeas. If you are not vegan, you can skip the chickpea flour and use 2 free-range eggs and ¼ cup of breadcrumbs.
These croquettes are so easy the kids can make them with a little assistance. They're a bit like fritters, but baked instead of fried!
I served them with the creamy tahini sauce.
Apple butter is not only an ideal spread on bread. Apple butter is also used very often in sugar-free, oil-free and vegan baking to replace sugar, oil and eggs.
This was my first time making apple butter and I wanted to use my new love, the Ninja Foodi. Since we are only two in this household and baking is still not on a monthly routine (due to trying to live as healthy as possible and baked goods do not fit in that equation for my brain) I wanted to make the smallest batch possible of apple butter.
My apple butter will be used to replace sugar and oil, so that was a given: no sugar and oil as ingredients. I used cookie spices (cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cardamon) to spice up the flavour, three Medjool dates to add the sweetness factor and apple cider vinegar and water to bring enough liquid into the instant-pot so it would come up to pressure with just 5 apples. There is no need to peel the apples. Just scrub the skin and core. The peels will help the thickening.
This recipe is vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free and nut-free.
Mixed spices, speculaas spices, cookie spices or pudding spice, is a British/Dutch blend of sweet spices, similar to the pumpkin pie spice used in the United States. Cinnamon is the dominant flavour, with nutmeg and allspice. It is often used in baking (the typical airline cookies), or to complement fruits or other sweet foods.
Now you can make your own blend.
When you are following a keto diet, you know that 'counting calories' is not what you need to do. Sugar and carbs are the big enemies for a successful keto diet.
A keto-approved BBQ-rub is one of the more difficult things to get your hands on. You will not find them in-store, so let's make a rub. Steve from Serious Keto was the one who 'invented' this wonderful rub (he adapted a rub to make it Keto-friendly). I did change a couple of things for the sole reason that I did not have all the ingredients on hand here in Belgium.
I have been weened from sugar completely so a little sweet goes a long way for me. That is the reason why sugar replacements are frowned on by the people who approach keto as a religion. When doing the Pronokal/Menuprot diet, sugar replacements are not acceptable either. Because they keep you addicted to sweets.
Approach this rub with that in mind: this is ok for that one-time event. Your other guests will not know this is 'special' and you will be able to eat from the same dish.
I used it on chicken thighs cut up in small pieces and baked in the pan.