Tag: Vegan

Chopped Salad

After having had a long and tiring working week, I usually enjoy light lunches and dinners throughout the weekend or, to be precise, I try to cleanse my tummy from all the sandwiches and fast-foods I bought during the week. The most needed ingredients are fresh, juicy vegetables (try visiting Bazar Vest!) – and in 5 minutes you can enjoy fulfilling chopped salad. Voila!  

Ingredients:

- Smoked tofu OR smoked tempeh

- Cheddar cheese (I used vegan gourmet shreds)

- Fresh, ripe avocado

- Red, fresh paprika

- One small tomato

- Iceberg salad

- A handful of walnuts

- Fresh parsley

- Sugar

- Vinaigrette / Balsamico sauce

- Parsley (optional)

Preparation:

Cut tofu or tempeh in equal slices, fry for a minute or two until crispy. Chop Iceberg salad together with parsley in big pieces along with paprika and tomato and place it on a plate. Add fried tofu/tempeh on top. Then prepare walnuts: melt a bit of vegan butter on a pan, pour 1-2 teaspoons of sugar and let the butter caramelize. Pour walnuts in a pan and stir-fry in a caramel for about 1-2 minutes. Once they start getting a bit crispy, place them on a plate when cooked. Sprinkle the salad with grated Cheddar cheese and pour a little bit of vinaigrette on top. Lastly, add avocado and serve! I prefer to eat the salad with raw seed crackers. Enjoy! 

Banana Cake (vegan)

Admit it: you sometimes crave for something tasty and easy but have no major interest in spending half a day in the kitchen, trying out fancy recipes. There’s a simple solution for you – tasty, fluffy and very easy cake that you can make in nearly no time with very simple ingredients that nearly all of us have every single day. Prepare your tummy!..

Dreamy banana cake

Ingredients:

- 3-4 big, ripe bananas

- Sugar

- Sugar powder

- Flour

- Baking powder

- Oil

- Vanilla sugar

- Pinch of salt

Preparation

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Mash bananas in a bowl together with 50 ml of oil, 100gr sugar and a full cup of sugar powder. Feel free to use less sugar if you are limiting your sugar intake. Add a teaspoon of vanilla sugar and a pinch of salt, mix well. In a separate bowl mix about 350-400gr of flour together with a teaspoon of baking powder, then add the dry mixture while mixing the dough until it gets thicker.

Grease the baking tray and bake for 20-25 minutes until the top of the cake gets golden brown. Enjoy!

P.s. tastes best with vanilla soy milk :)

Bill Gates: “Sustainable Future Of Human Progress Depends On Meatless Future”

Meat consumption worldwide has doubled in the last 20 years and is expected to double yet again by 2050. This is happening due to growing economies as well as larger population. However, raising meat requires a lot of resources that could be directly used by the people. That’s why Bill Gates, the richest man on Earth, is supporting the movement and is sponsoring startups, that could provide people with meatless, vegan, yet protein-rich alternatives for the human kind.

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Bill Gates states that over the past few years he has came across a few companies that are doing pioneering work on innovations that could change the world for the better.

Animals are not the most efficient food source since in order to produce 1kg of meat, it requires 15,000 liters of water and 27kgs of CO2. Plant-based food is better for the environment since we need less space, water and CO2 to produce it. Livestock actually account for 18-51% of global greenhouse gas emissions measured in CO2 equivalent. Besides, once eating plant-based products, one gets the needed protein directly from the product, since meat eaters only get 4% of protein that an animal has consumed. And, most importantly, a change from animal to plant-based diet directly impact animal welfare.

It is said that food scientists are able to create healthy plant-based egg, chicken and other animal proteins. Besides, they will taste alike. Currently, companies like Beyond Meat and Hampton Creek Foods are experimenting with the new ways of producing meatless products.

 

For more information please visit Bill Gates’ website: http://www.thegatesnotes.com/Features/Future-of-Food 

Spiced Sweet Corn-Curry Soup (vegan)

On such days, when I am terribly tired and hungry but want to treat my tummy with some amazing vegetable-based food, I choose to eat spiced sweet corn curry soup. It’s simple, fulfilling and very yummy – any better options for a tiring Monday evening?

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Ingredients:

- Ginger

- Garlic

- Curry

- Olive oil

- Sweet corn

- Potatoes

- Onions

- Vegetable buillon

- Chili (optional)

Preparation:

Chop ginger in small pieces, crush it together with 1-2 cloves of garlic, curry paste and olive oil and chili (if you prefer so). Set it aside. Chop 2-3 large onions and cook it in a pot, in olive oil. When they’re nice and soft, add a pre-made spice mix and mix well. Cut potatoe in small pieces and add it to the pot together with 1 cub of vegetable buillon. When potatoes are cooked, put 1 can of sweet corn and let it boil for 2-5 minutes. When cooked, blend it until even and serve with a spoon of corn and dill. Enjoy!

Sunday Treats: Chocolate Cake

Not too long ago me and my boyfriend started an interesting experiment called “one month vegans”. I have been a vegetarian for almost 12 years now yet I would still consume dairy products, however, after having gotten a relatively surprising offer from him (keeping in mind that from time to time he would consume meat), I decided to try. Well, after all, I love challenges, and this one is related to food: something I adore a lot.

I have recently been looking for interesting egg and milk (as well as butter) alternatives, especially when it comes to baking. One thing I fell in love with is vegan chocolate cake. I believe it’s the best option to treat yourself with a piece of yummy chocolate cake on Sunday and what could be better than an incredibly tasty (I swear!) vegan chocolate cake? Try it yourself! Curious to hear your thoughts on that. P.s. it only seems that a lof of ingredients are needed, yet I bet that you already have majority of them!

a piece of vegan cake

Cake ingredients:

* 1,5 cups of flour

* 1 cup of sugar

* 2/3 cup of cacao powder

* 1 cup almond/soya milk (if you don’t have those just use water)

* 1/3 cup of vegetable oil

* 1/2 tsp of salt

* 1 tsp baking soda

* 1 tbsp apple cider/rice vinegar

* splash of brandy/liqueur

Glaze:

* 1/2 cup sugar

* 3 tbsp vegan butter/margarine

* 2 tbsp soy/rice milk

* 2 tbsp cacao powder

* splash of brandy/liqueur

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 180°. In a deep dish mix together flour, sugar, cacao, baking soda and salt. When it’s mixed, add the water, a splash of brandy/liqueur, oil and vinegar and mix it once again until even. Pour it in the deep dish and bake it for ~30mins. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze: in a small pot bring sugar, butter/margarine, soya/rice milk and cacao to boil. Stir constantly for approximately 2 minutes, remove the heat and stir for about 3-4 minutes more until it thickens. Add a splash of alcohol and pour onto cake when it’s cooked. Let it cool and enjoy!

vegan cake

P.s. in order to make the a little more fancy I also added a handful of almonds and dried cranberries into the dough. The cake turnet out to be extremely yummy and I swear, no one believed it’s vegan!