One Pot Quinoa and Black Bean Wraps — Oh She Glows

With two toddlers running wild around this joint, my time for cooking meals seems to be dwindling away. People tend to assume that I have these perfect, from-scratch meals on the table every night, and to be honest, at this stage in our lives we’re still very much in survival mode. I’m pretty gentle with myself and focus on the big picture as much as possible. If everyone is happy with a full belly, well that’s success! We all do the best we can. Raising a family is messy and imperfect and humbling.

But, still, I’m always looking for shortcuts. I recently started experimenting with one pot quinoa dishes and absolutely fell in love with their simplicity and versatility. This recipe takes just 10 minutes to throw everything into a skillet or pot and then all you do is cover it and cook. Like magic! It’s a great option for the summer when you don’t want to turn the oven on (like this weekend for those of us in this crazy heat wave). Just one stovetop element is all you need. You really can’t beat that…unless of course your partner is cooking for you while you sip on some rosé….*wink, wink*

Is it kid-friendly? Well, it is and it isn’t. If your little one loves quinoa, they may enjoy this dish (reduce spice if necessary). If they don’t already like quinoa, it’ll likely be a pass (shocker). I had one love it and the other said “EWWWWWW!” (their new favourite word…sigh). The one who inhaled it the first night wouldn’t touch it the next day. *double sigh* The feeding toddlers struggle is real.

For us normal folk, it seemed to be a hit! My mama testers lit up with joy when they heard it was a one pot meal. And, I mean, you don’t even have to sauté anything! I’m anxious to hear what you think if you try it out. I always worry that these super easy recipes are lacking in some way, and I hesitate posting them.  

Well, my fellow Canadians, I hope you have a fun Canada Day weekend! Hard to believe it’s already upon us! And for my American friends, have a fantastic Independence Day next week. Are you celebrating with any OSG recipes this weekend? Let me know and be sure to share on social media using the tags #ohsheglows and @ohsheglows so I can drool over them!

 

 


Yield
12 small wraps/5 cups quinoa
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Ingredients:

For the quinoa:
  • 1 cup (200 g) uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 3/4 cups (430 mL) low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 (14-ounce/400 mL) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and diced (1 cup/125 g)*
  • 1 heaping cup (145 g) frozen pineapple chunks**
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) coconut aminos/soy-free seasoning sauce***
  • 2 teaspoons (10 mL) smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste****
  • 1 tablespoon (5 mL) fresh lime juice, plus wedges for serving
  • Fine sea salt and black pepper, to taste (I added 1/4 teaspoon each)
  • Lettuce or flour wraps
Topping suggestions:

Directions:

  1. Gather your quinoa ingredients on the counter so you have them ready. To a large pot, add the quinoa and broth. Set the heat to medium and bring to a simmer while you add the rest of the ingredients: drained black beans, red pepper, pineapple, coconut aminos, paprika, cayenne, lime juice, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  2. Bring to a low boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook for 16 to 21 minutes, reducing heat if necessary, until the quinoa is fluffy and the water is mostly absorbed. I recommend checking it after 16 minutes and then every few minutes thereafter. Stir the cooked quinoa mixture and season to taste.
  3. If using lettuce for your wraps, place one large leaf on a plate. Add another leaf on top so that its base is pointing the opposite way of the leaf below. Top each lettuce wrap (or flour wrap, if using) with a spoonful of hot quinoa. Add your desired toppings (I like to use every topping listed), a small pinch of salt, and a lime wedge on the side. If the lettuce wraps are too difficult to eat with your hands, you can dig in with a fork and knife.
  4. The quinoa is best served fresh as it tends to dry out in the fridge, but you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 to 2 days. To reheat the quinoa, add it to a pot along with a splash or two of broth, cover, and warm on the stovetop over medium heat. You’ll likely need to add more seasonings as the flavour diminishes over time.  

As always, you can also find this recipe in The Oh She Glows Recipe App! It’s available for download on iOS and Android devices for all your “on the glow” needs. 😉 

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Green Kitchen Stories » Smörgåstårta – Savory Rye Sandwich Cake

Hey friends and happy midsummer! We spent midsummer eve at a friends house, dancing like frogs around a flower covered midsummer pole. It’s one of many weird traditions that we do in Sweden on this longest day of the year. Today we are off to Noma (as in one of the coolest restaurants on earth) to test their new plant focused menu that is launching next week. We’re very excited – obviously for Noma, but also for eating a fancy dinner together with zero kids around. Before we are leaving, I wanted to post this little recipe that we uploaded to our youtube a few days ago.

Just like frog dance, this savory layered sandwich cake is also a very Swedish thing. It is called smörgåstårta and is traditionally made by layering white bread with mayonnaise, creme cheese, whipped cream, dill, chives, shrimps, salmon and a bunch of other stuff. It’s basically like a sandwich gone wild. Even if we are not completely sold on the very heavy traditional version, there is something intriguing about the concept of a sandwich cake. So we made our own version, using rye bread and three colorful and fresh (but still quite rich) spreads in between. One green spread with avocado, dill and peas. One white spread with egg, sauerkraut and creme fraiche. And one purple spread with beans, beetroot and sunflower seeds. We cover it with cream cheese with a sting of horseradish and lots of finely sliced veggies and flowers. It looks great, is fun to make and really delicious. Sandwich cake FTW!

Check out this recipe video to see how we make it.

This is the perfect savory dish to make for a party, brunch or gathering with friends. You can easily half the recipe or make it vegan by skipping the egg layer and replacing the cream cheese with coconut cream. If you want to try a gluten-free version of this cake you could either simply use a gluten free bread, or bake 4 trays of our vegetable flatbreads (this option is a little time consuming but would probably taste amazing).

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Smörgåstårta (Savory Rye Sandwich Cake)
Serves 12-16

Green Spread
300 g / 2 cups cup green peas
1 small lemon, juice
1 bunch dill, chopped
2 avocados, flesh scooped out
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large pinch salt

White Spread
6 hard-boiled eggs
250 g / 1 cup creme fraice or sour cream
2 tbsp capers
4 tbsp sauerkraut
a pinch black pepper

Purple Spread
1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked for an hour in water
1 x 400 g tin white beans, drained and rinsed
2 cooked beetroots, roughly chopped
1 small lemon, juice
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper

Assembling
36 slices of sourdough rye bread (or bread of choice), thinly sliced
500 g cream cheese
1 tbsp grated horseradish

Decoration
1 avocado, sliced or shaped into a rose
1/2 cucumber, sliced thinly
1 small bunch of asparagus, thinly shaved
1 lemon, halved and thinly sliced
mache lettuce
chives, finely chopped

Start by making the spreads. Add all the ingredients for the green spread to a food processor and mix until smooth (or use a bowl and a hand blender). Taste and adjust the flavour to your liking. Transfer to a bowl and clean the food processor.

For the white spread, peel and roughly chop the eggs, place in a bowl and gently stir through crème fraiche, capers, sauerkraut and a little black pepper. Set aside.

Drain and rinse the sunflower seeds for the purple spreads and add them to the food processor (or use bowl and hand blender) along with beans, beetroot, lemon juice, olive oil and a good grind of salt and pepper. Pulse a couple of times until combined but still a little chunky.

To assemble: Trim any hard ends off the bread and line up the rye slices so you have a rectangle, 3 slices wide and 3 slices long. Spread the green spread evenly on top and then place another layer of bread. Now layer they white spread evenly on top. Place another layer of bread, followed by the purple spread. Place the final 9 slices of rye on top. Add cream cheese to a mixing bowl and grate in the horseradish. Whisk to make sure it’s incorporated, taste and add more if desired. Use a palette style knife to cover the cake with a layer of cream cheese. Decorate with an avocado rose, ribbons of cucumber, shaved asparagus, machet lettuce, slices of lemons, chives and flowers. Or whatever you think looks good.

Tip: You can make this cake 12-24 hours ahead and store in the fridge to let the spreads soak into the bread and soften it up a bit. Then add the cream cheese and decorations right before serving.

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Zucchini Bread Oatmeal — Oh She Glows

Would you believe me if I told you that, before today’s post, I had two other recipes written, photographed, and ready to share…only to scrap them at the last minute?! I think I was cursed these past couple weeks because I just couldn’t develop a recipe that I could 100% get behind. I have to say it nearly killed me to finish all the work on those new posts only for them to be put on the shelf, never to see the light of day. I hope you know that I only share recipes I’m crazy about (and that my testers are also crazy for) because I want to be absolutely sure you can trust and love them too!

So, with my tail tucked between my legs, I moved on from those two recipes…and I’m glad I did! I’m in love with this Zucchini Bread Oatmeal. Some of you may recognize the original recipe from way back in 2011 (how was that 7 years ago!?). Although this oatmeal fell off my radar for a while, it’s made a serious comeback in our morning rotation. This breakfast is a delicious, creative way to fulfill your weekly zucchini quota all summer long! I know it’s a bit early for summer squash season, but I’ve personally been on a huge zucchini kick this month. The recipe will be a good one to tuck away for later in the summer when you have zucchini overload—but I don’t think you’ll be able to wait that long.

I decided to revamp my old recipe and give the post a facelift complete with some snazzy new photos for you. This bowl is one of my favourite ways to sneak veggies into my oatmeal…if you’re crazy like me, you may even find yourself doubling the amount of zucchini for extra morning veggie goodness (just be sure to reduce the liquid accordingly). Sometimes I’ll even use instant oats (gasp! lol) and those work great as well. Leftovers can be enjoyed straight from the fridge, which will be a nice option on those steamy summer mornings too.

Before I get to the recipe, I want to thank you so much for taking the time to complete the Oh She Glows Reader Survey! We went through every single response with a fine-tooth comb. One of our big takeaways is that you want even MORE RECIPES!!! *Wipes bead of sweat from forehead*, lol. So in the future you’ll be seeing a bit of a shift in blog content—Ask Angela and Things I’m Loving Lately posts will be less frequent so that I can focus more time on recipe creation. I’m going to try my best to zero in on the content that really matters to you. Oh, and not to worry if you haven’t had a chance to fill out the survey yet…it’ll be live for the next little while for you to chime in!

We also sent out a brand new issue of In The Glow a couple weeks ago (complete with a fun new look too). I had a lot of positive feedback about the “Hello from Angela” message in this issue, so I just wanted to thank those of you who sent me DMs about it. I was also asked by a few readers who didn’t get a chance to sign up in time whether issue 21 would be available online. I’m happy to say that it’s available here! We send out a new In The Glow every 4 to 6 weeks, and if you’d like to receive future issues, you can sign up here.

Last but not least, I have to share this with you here because it kind of blew my mind and made my entire week! Does anyone recognize a certain app icon below?

The Oh She Glows Recipe App icon was featured in Apple CEO Tim Cook’s recent presentation at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. You guys, I almost died when Eric plopped this paper in front of me at my desk. His uncle texted him saying we might want to pick up a copy of that day’s Globe and Mail newspaper. (Thanks Uncle Steve for your newspaper sleuthing!) It’s so wild and wouldn’t be possible without your incredible support!


Yield
2 generous bowls
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Ingredients:

For the oatmeal:
  • 1 (14-ounce/400 mL) can light coconut milk
  • 2/3 cup (66 g) gluten-free rolled oats*
  • 1 cup (125 g) packed finely grated zucchini (1 medium)**
  • 2 tablespoons (20 g) chia seeds
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cinnamon, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or a dash of ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (22.5 mL) pure maple syrup or 1 large ripe banana, mashed
  • Small pinch fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Topping suggestions:
  • Chopped pecans
  • Raisins or chopped pitted dates
  • Pat of coconut oil or vegan butter
  • Pure maple syrup or coconut sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Shaved dark chocolate

Directions:

  1. Add all of the oatmeal ingredients except for the vanilla to a medium pot and stir to combine. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Cook uncovered for 7 to 9 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Adjust spices and sweetener to taste, if desired.
  3. Divide the oatmeal into bowls and top with your desired toppings. Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. To reheat, add the leftovers to a small pot along with a splash of coconut milk. Stir and heat over medium until heated through. Alternatively, you can enjoy leftovers cold too!

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Strawberry and Smashed Cookie Salad

Not your typical salad, we know. But with the first local strawberries of the year making their appearance here in Scandinavia, a cookie salad seemed like an appropriate way to celebrate.

Our everyday way to enjoy local strawberries in June and July are simply served in a bowl with just a dash of oat milk or cream. Delicious as that may be, it is not a recipe to blog about (even if I’m a big fan of two-ingredient recipes) or to celebrate summer with. Hence, this cookie salad. We bake a giant cookie that we smash (!) and apart from the childishly pleasing feeling of doing that, all those oddly sized bits and pieces also are what makes the salad interesting. And when mixed with juicy berries, whipped cream and tiny elderflower florets, you have a great mix of textures and flavors. It is also a pretty looking dessert, a very simple and good one to make for your friends or family. You can bake the cookie ahead of time (or use any store-bought cookie) and ideally, you want to smash the cookie and assemble the salad in front of your guests. We’ve gathered a few recipe notes and suggestions how to change it up here below.

But first, check out the recipe video we made. Luise is doing a little intro talk in this video and we’d love to hear if you like us to develop this style more, or if you prefer them with just music. We are having a bit of hard time deciding ourselves.

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Recipe notes:
• We made the cookie vegan to make it as inclusive as possible but you can replace coconut oil with butter if you are more into that. Vegans would obviously also use whipped coconut cream or whipped soy cream.
• Use cert gluten-free oats if you are gluten intolerant.
• The buckwheat flour can be replaced with regular flour if you like.
• You can make this into an Eton Mess by adding a larger amount of cream (and maybe even meringues) and serving it in glasses.
• You can swap the whipped cream for greek yogurt and serve this as a weekend breakfast. Or do 50/50 cream and yogurt for a more tangy dessert.
• If you have mint or lemon balm at home, those would be great additions to the salad.
• You can add any edible flowers and they are of course also entirely optional.
• If your berries are imported or not sweet enough, simply drizzle a little maple syrup, honey or elderflower syrup over the salad.


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Strawberries, Cookies & Cream

Vegan Chocolate Oat Cookies
200 g / 2 cups rolled oats
65 g / ½ cup buckwheat flour
4 tbsp cacao powder
3 tbsp chia seeds
½ tsp sea salt
½ cup / 110 g coconut oil or butter
½ cup  /125 ml maple syrup
½ cup  /125 ml plant milk

Salad elements
1 lb / 450 g fresh strawberries
1 knob fresh ginger, grated
1 small lemon, juice
elderflower and lilacs or other edible summer flowers
2 cups whipped cream or coconut cream (or Greek yogurt)

Set the oven to 200°C/400°F. Mix together the dry ingredients in one bowl. Add maple syrup, plant milk and coconut oil. Stir together and let sit for 20 minutes to allow the chia seeds and oats to thicken. Pour onto a baking sheet covered with a baking paper. Flatten out and shape a large, round cookie using your hands. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden. Leave to cool and crisp up and then crush the cookie into large pieces. Rinse the strawberries, cut in halves and place in a ixing bowl. Add grated ginger,  lemon juice and a few elderflower florets, let sit while you whip the cream or coconut cream. Then transfer the juicy strawberries to a large serving platter. Add dollops of whipped cream (or yogurt) and tuck in the pieces of broken cookie. Scatter over the cookie crumbles and decorate with more elderflowers and lilacs. Serve & enjoy!


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Mini Cookie Dough Fudge Pops — Oh She Glows


by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 25, 2018

Oh boy did I spend a lot of time getting this popsicle recipe just right. I’m picky about my popsicles (okay, really, I’m super picky about every recipe I share), and I’m SO happy with how these finally turned out—I have to say, eating dozens of fudge pops has really paid off…hah!

As much as I love making my kids healthy popsicles, for this recipe I set out to create a decadent fudge pop for adults and older kids. The other day I said to Nicole (OSG’s incredible recipe tester), “Why should little kids have all the fun?! She wholeheartedly agreed that us grown-ups need an indulgent popsicle recipe for ourselves, too! After testing these pops, Nicole wrote back and said, “Oh my, these are Amazing AF (As Fudge, ha!). Thank you a million times…I will be eating these all summer.” She cracks me up!

I started by creating a super-easy vegan cookie dough…let me tell you, this stuff is dangerously easy to whip up. Even if for some crazy reason you don’t make the fudge pops, these cookie dough chunks can be used a million different ways (like for topping banana soft serve or throwing into homemade blizzards).

I rolled the cookie dough between two pieces of parchment paper and cut the dough into chunks after freezing it. After that, I made a rich and creamy fudge base starring melted dark chocolate and coconut cream. DREAMY!! Then I simply alternated layering the base and cookie dough chunks in my popsicle molds (these are my all-time favourite mini molds!) and stuck them in the freezer. Just a few hours later, we were diving into decadent fudge pops studded with chunks of the most heavenly cookie dough. You won’t believe these delicious pops are dairy-free, I can promise you that!


Yield
22 mini fudge pops
Prep time
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Chill time
2 1/2 to 3 hours

Ingredients:

For the cookie dough:
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) natural almond, sunflower, or peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (22.5 mL) virgin coconut oil, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons (43 g) gluten-free oat flour
  • 5 tablespoons (30 g) almond flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda (for an authentic cookie dough flavour!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (17 g) mini vegan chocolate chips*
For the fudge pops:
  • 1 (100g) dark chocolate bar (70%)**
  • 1 (14-oz/398 mL) can full-fat coconut milk, chilled***
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon (6 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch fine sea salt, to taste

Directions:

  1. For the cookie dough: In a medium bowl, stir together the almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla until smooth. Now stir the oat flour, almond flour, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips into the wet mixture until combined.
  2. Place the dough between two large sheets of parchment paper and use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a 1/4- to 1/2-inch-thick rectangle. Using the parchment paper to grip, lift the cookie dough onto a large plate. Transfer the plate to the freezer and freeze for 15 to 30 minutes until the slab is solid.
  3. For the fudge pops: Break the chocolate bar into chunks and melt in a small pot over low heat. Once two-thirds of the chocolate has melted, remove it from the heat and stir until smooth.
  4. Scoop the solid coconut cream from the top of the can (you should have about one cup) and place it in a high-speed blender. Save the coconut water for another use, such as a smoothie.
  5. Add the melted chocolate, maple syrup, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt to the coconut cream. Blend on high until smooth. Pour the liquid into a small bowl.
  6. Remove frozen cookie dough slab from freezer. Using a pizza slicer, slice the slab into small square chunks (about 1/4-inch wide).
  7. Grab a narrow teaspoon and spoon 1/2 to 1 teaspoon fudge pop liquid into the bottom of each mold. Top with 2 to 3 frozen cookie dough chunks. Spoon more liquid into the molds and add a couple more chunks on top, making sure the liquid fills to just below the top of the mold. Insert the sticks into each respective mold.
  8. Freeze the molds for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until solid. Store leftovers in the freezer (either directly in the popsicle mold or in a freezer-safe zip bag) for up to 2 weeks (any longer and they tend to get icy).

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Vegan Sesame Crusted Avocado Salad

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Vegan Sesame Crusted Avocado Salad

I have to admit that I had my doubts about this recipe. While I was coating each avocado wedge in almond flour and sesame seeds, I couldn’t help but think that it was a waste of time (and two ripe avocados) to bake it when it tastes perfectly good au natural in a salad. We’ve done some previous baked avocado experiments and even if some of them were pretty good, they were honestly just as good raw. But David had his mind set on these. He said that “They will almost look like fried chicken wings” which made me exactly zero percent more keen on the idea.


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But when we took out the tray with golden crusted sesame avocado wedges from the oven, they did actually look pretty good. The texture is really key here. The crust is firm and crunchy when you bite into it and the avocado inside almost melts with softness. The almond flour gives the crust a sweet nuttiness. And since we wanted to keep this recipe vegan, we tried aquafaba (chickpea brine) instead of egg to bind the coating to the avocado flesh and it worked like a charm. It holds the coating firmly in place and you can’t taste it. And I love the idea of using chickpeas in a salad and the brine for coating. No waste!

So, for all you avocado lovers that already eaten your own weight of guacamole, avocado toasts, avo-choco mousse and other desserts. Here is a new one for you to try.


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You can make these as snacks and serve with a dipping sauce. I imagine a sweet soy-based dip, chimichurri, srirachamayo or yogurt dip would be good. In this recipe we have instead used them in a simple salad with quinoa, chickpeas and green grapes and Asian flavored dressing that pairs great with crust.


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Sesame Crusted Avocado & Quinoa Salad
Serves 4 as a lunch

Sesame Crusted Avocado Wedges
2 avocado
1/2 cup aquafaba (the brine from the chickpeas in the salad)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup / 50 g almond flour
1/2 cup / 75 g sesame seeds
1 tsp sea salt flakes

Quinoa Salad ingredients
1/2 cup / 85 g raw quinoa
70 g / 1 small bag lettuce (baby kale, lamb’s lettuce, watercress or lettuce of choice)
1 x 400 g / 14 inch tin cooked chickpeas (save the brine)
a handful green grapes, halved
10 cm / 4 inch cucumber, thinly sliced
a handful toasted almonds, chopped

Dressing
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp maple syrup

Set the oven to 200°C / 400° F. Place a baking paper on a baking sheet. Cook the quinoa in 1 cup / 250 ml salted water for 15-20 minutes, until small tails appear on the seeds.
Open the chickpea tin. Pour the brine into a small bowl and rinse the chickpeas. Add lemon juice to the brine and set aside. Stir together almond flour, sesame seeds and salt in a second bowl. Cut the two avocados in half and remove the stones. Take off the peel and slice the avocado into thick wedges. Dip each wedge into the brine and then in the almond and sesame coating, turning it to make sure it is entirely coated. Spread out the coated avocado wedges on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until the crust is golden.
Stir together the dressing and pour half of it over the cooked and drained quinoa and the rest into a little dressing jar. Add the chickpeas and toss to combine. Arrange the quinoa in the bottom of a wide salad bowl. Add lettuce and then scatter green grapes, radishes and cucumber slices across the bowl. Top with the sesame crusted avocado wedges and toasted almonds. Drizzle the rest of the dressing over the salad right before serving. Enjoy!

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Vegan Recipes and Snack Ideas for Camp and Travel — Oh She Glows

An OSG reader, Rebecca, asked me if I could recommend some cooler-friendly Oh She Glows recipes she could take on the road for an upcoming camping trip. This question has been a popular one over the years, so I thought the long weekend would be a great excuse  to brainstorm a list of camp- and travel-friendly foods to inspire you!

In my early twenties, I would “camp” (I use that term lightly!) pretty regularly, but the food my friends and I packed in those days was a little different from what I stock my cooler with today. Okay, A LOT different! Lol. Back then, as long as I had potato chips and fruity coolers, I was a “happy camper”! Oh to be 21 again. Don’t worry, though, I’ve accumulated a few years of wisdom since then. I consulted OSG’s recipe tester Nicole to help put this post together as she often travels with my recipes in tow. I think the two of us have come up with some fun ideas for you! As always, please feel free to chime in with your tips and tricks too.

The recipes below can all be made in advance, and many of them also tend to keep well in minimal storage without too much fuss. At the bottom of this post I also recommend some tasty store-bought options for when you don’t have time to make everything you might have hoped to for a trip…because if you’re anything like me, you’ll probably find yourself scrambling at the last minute to get everything ready!

Milks and Fresh Breakfast Options

I love making pre-portioned single servings of dry Vegan Overnight Oats packets to take with us on trips. Simply bring a few single-serve, shelf-stable plant-based milks along and mix them in with the oat packets when ready to enjoy.

Looking for eco-friendly reusable bags? Check out these reusable velcro pouches shown in the photo above.

Granola or Muesli

We love munching on my Ultimate Nutty Granola Clusters (The Oh She Glows Cookbook, p. 31) and my Roasted Hazelnut-Almond Granola Clusters (Oh She Glows Every Day, p. 71) when traveling, plus these clusters should keep fresh in an airtight bag or container for a few weeks.

Fruit and Veggies

Bring your favourite fruits and veggies, choosing varieties that tend to travel well and don’t mind sitting at room temperature—this should help save cooler space for other meals that require refrigeration. Apples, oranges, firm avocados, and cucumbers are usually safe bets. Avoid thin-skinned fruit like peaches or pears as they tend to bruise easily.

Dried Fruit and DIY Trail Mix

Energy-dense dried fruits are another great option for camping! Dried apricots, mango, and cherries are some of my favourites. You can also make a DIY trail mix by adding dried fruit like raisins and dried cranberries to a container with your favourite mixed nuts.

Crackers

I love having a good seedy cracker on hand for snacking. My Endurance Crackers are hearty, filling, and energizing! Just be sure they’re packed on top of other foods so they don’t get crushed by anything in transit. Bring a container of nut or seed butter and a small pouch of hemp hearts for a satisfying, protein-packed snack that needs no refrigeration.

Protein Bars or Energy Bites

My Dark Chocolate Cherry Energy Bites, Cookie Dough Balls V (Oh She Glows Every Day, p. 93), and Triple Almond Energy Balls are perfect to munch on between meals. For another option, try my Classic Glo Bars (from The Oh She Glows Cookbook, p. 215), or Feel Good Hearty Granola Bars—those two tend to be big hits as well. Nicole recommends the Mocha Empower Glo Bars (Oh She Glows Everyday, p. 69), saying: “Away from home for 10 days with a toddler? You may need that invigorating combination of chocolate and espresso!” Haha.

Coffee/Tea

Speaking of coffee and tea…I’d love to hear your tips on camping while still getting your coffee fix. Please share your method if you have one! Maybe a make-ahead DIY Coffee Concentrate could work?

Power Toast and Wraps

The 9-Spice Avocado Hummus Toast (Oh She Glows Everyday, p. 39)  is a great light meal option! Serve it with Super Power Chia Bread (The Oh She Glows Cookbook, p. 229). Pack a few avocados, a small container of 9-spice Mix, and hummus (keep chilled) for a quick meal. Ifyou don’t have time to make the power bread, just pack a few of your favourite wraps from home. I love Wrap It Up Raw’s flax wraps—they freeze wonderfully too.

Soups and Fresh Mains

If you have a really good cooler situation going, you could also consider making a salad/soup—my Chickpea Salad and Go-To Gazpacho (also found in Oh She Glows Every Day, p. 147 and the app) both travel well. The gazpacho can be guzzled cold straight from a mason jar—super refreshing! If you’re able to bring a bag of salad along, you could whip up a jar of my Shake and Go Balsamic Vinaigrette (Oh She Glows Every Day, p. 273) as well. Tetra packs of baked beans always work in a pinch (and you don’t need a can opener or a cooler!). I love these Vegetarian Baked Beans by Pacific brand.

Another idea is to pack the ingredients for a super easy balsamic chickpea salad. Bring some small tetra packs of chickpeas (I buy Pacific brand), balsamic vinegar (or any vinegar you love), olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bring along a collapsible strainer and a bowl, and you’ve got the gear for a quick salad: simply drain and rinse the chickpeas then add them to the bowl along with the vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper (to taste).

Sweet Treats

My Flourless Thumbprint Breakfast Cookies, Blissful Basil Power Biscotti, and Banana Bread Muffin Tops can all be made ahead and frozen. Our editor, Terra, packed the Banana Bread Muffin Tops for mountaintop snacking on her month-long hiking trip through Switzerland. Terra added a touch of rosemary oil (which she uses as a natural preservative) to the batter, and the tops kept beautifully during her trek!

I recommend eating the most perishable items first, if possible. This may also be a situation in which it’s worth stocking up on some store-bought, less perishable options because not all foods will last in a cooler for too long. (Unless of course it’s going to be COLD where you’re camping—in that case, maybe a little DIY Hot Toddy is in order! Yassssss!)

Running out of prep time before your trip? Here are some store-bought plant-based foods that should keep well through your travels!

Photo credit, photos 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10: Ashley McLaughlin

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Green Pancakes – Three Ways

So, you fried a big stack of thin green pancakes (aka spinach crêpes) for dinner last night and still have a few left in the fridge. How can you make the most of them? Here are three ideas:
1. Add mustard, lentils, sliced tomato and cheese, fold the pancakes, bake them quickly until the cheese melts and serve with a lentil and melon salad.
2. Roll them up with sweet potato, spinach, feta, yogurt and za’atar. Then slice them into rolls and bring on a picnic.
3. Make a banana split pancake bowl with some cream, yogurt, raspberries, nut butter an chocolate.

We are sharing all of these recipes below. They are not vegan but if you use our vegan chickpea pancakes as base, you can easily modify the fillings to suit a vegan diet. Hummus, pesto, ajvar or coconut yogurt are excellent creamy toppings on vegan pancakes instead of yogurt and cheese.

The recipe for the batter comes from our Green Kitchen at Home cookbook and we share it in the bottom of this post. They are the most easy flippable gluten free pancakes we know. Pancakes work as a quick dinner in our family as the batter literally takes 30 seconds to mix together so we can have the first pancakes on the table within 5 minutes (admittedly I don’t always let the batter rest even if I recommend it).


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Gruyere, Mustard & Lentil Pancake Melt
Serves 4 as a lunch

This is the pancake equivalent to melted cheese sandwiches. It’s a great way to give old pancakes new life. We love it with lots of mustard (obviously use less for kids) and a crunchy salad for balance.

4 green pancakes (see recipe below)
8 slices gruyere cheese (or another cheese)
4 large teaspoons mustard
8 cherry tomatoes
200 g / 1 cup cooked lentils (store bought are fine)

1 bag mixed lettuce
1 avocado
1 galia melon (or other melon)
10 cm / 4 inches cucumber
olive oil

balsamic vinegar
salt & pepper

Make the batter and fry the pancakes if you haven’t done so already. Place two slices cheese in the middle of each pancake. Spread a layer of mustard on the cheese, slice the tomatoes thinly and lay them on top of the mustard along with a small handful lentils. Fold the pancakes into quarters and place in a baking dish with a drizzle of olive oil on top. Bake at 200°C/400°F for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Meanwhile, chop up lettuce, avocado, melon and cucumber and place in a salad bowl. Add the remaining lentils. Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper and toss. Serve the pancake warm with salad on the side.


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Sweet Potato & Za’atar Pancake Picnic Rolls
Makes 20 rolls

You can use almost any veggies in pancake rolls. Just make sure you have something creamy and sticky as base to bind them together. For a vegan version, use hummus instead of yogurt and tofu instead of feta cheese and sprinkle with nutritional yeast.
Next time, we’ll add some crushed walnuts for crunch, pomegranate seeds for extra tanginess and maybe a couple of mint leaves for a fresh flavor twist.

4 green pancakes (see recipe below)
1 large sweet potato
cinnamon
1 tbsp lemon juice

1 cup full-fat Turkish yogurt
200 g feta cheese
2 handfuls spinach, chopped
1 cup cooked chickpeas
2 tbsp za’atar (an awesome spice blend that you can find in Middle Eastern stores)
2 tsp chili flakes (optional)

Set the oven at 200°C/400°F. Cut a sweet potato in half lengthwise, brush each cut side with a little oil and cinnamon. Place on a tray and bake for 40 minutes or until the flesh is soft and golden. If you haven’t prepared the batter and fried the pancakes, now is the time to do so. When the sweet potato is ready, use a fork to mash the flesh (you can mash it in its own skin to save some dishes). Squeeze over lemon juice and extra cinnamon while mashing.

Spread out sweet potato mash on one half of each pancake and thick yogurt on the other half. Cut the feta cheese into 1 cm / 1/3 inch thick sticks and place them in the centre of each pancake. Add a small handful chopped spinach, a couple of chickpeas, a generous drizzle za’atar and some chili flakes (if using). Roll up the pancakes as tightly as possible and slice into 2 inch / 5 cm rolls.


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Sweet Pancake Banana Split
Serves 4

4 green pancakes (see recipe below)
1 cup whipped cream
1 cup greek yogurt
4 bananas

1 cup raspberries
4 tbsp nut butter
4 tsp honey
30 g / 1 oz dark chocolate
1 handful hemp seeds or slivered almonds

Place each pancake in the bottom of a small bowl. Add dollops of whipped cream and yogurt. Cut the bananas into bite-sized pieces and spread out in the bowl. Add raspberries and drizzle with peanut butter and honey. Sprinkle with finely chopped dark chocolate, hemp seeds and top with a few mint leaves.


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Spinach Crêpes (in our house they are know as Green Pancakes)
Makes 10-14, depending on the size of your pan and thickness of your pancakes

5 eggs
150 g / 1 cup rice flour (both light or wholegrain works)
500 ml / 2 cups oat milk, or milk of choice
a large handful spinach
a small handful herbs (basil, mint or parsley)
sea salt

Crack the eggs into a blender or food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend on high speed until smooth. Leave to rest for 20 minutes before starting to fry them (you can fry them right away but they will be a little harder to flip). For frying, add a little butter or coconut oil to a 20 cm / 8 inch non-stick frying pan/skillet on medium heat. Once hot (this is important or else it will stick), whisk the batter then ladle 80 ml / 1/3 cup into the pan. Let fry for 1-2 minutes or until small bubbles form on the surface and the base is golden. Run a spatula around the edges to make sure it has detached from the pan, before carefully flipping it over and frying the other side for another minute. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the rest of the batter (you may need to reduce the heat slightly after the first crêpes).

To store the crêpes, keep them in an air-tight wrap in the fridge and they will be good for 3-4 days.

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Rhubarb, Ginger & Strawberry Soup

My grandma had rhubarbs growing in her garden and would cook them into a sweet, tangy and unfortunately quite stringy soup with lots of little bits in it. I never liked that soup. I was only 11 when she passed away so I don’t remember a lot about her. But I do still remember that soup. How annoying is that!? One of the few memories you have of a person is something they cooked for you that you didn’t like. Eight year old David preferred supermarket box carton soups and powder soups that you just added water to. That ungrateful little schmuck.

Since then, I have of course come to my senses and learned to appreciate any food that someone cooks for me. Even tangy and stringy rhubarb soup. But since I don’t want to risk being remembered for a stringy soup, we give you a smooth one instead. It’s approved by eight year old David. And his children.

We made this video for our youtube channel to show how easy it is.


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We like this soup because it’s so simple and fresh and comes together in just over 10 minutes. Just a handful ingredients that you simmer, blend, (chill, if you like) and eat. It has a fruity and tangy flavour and a nice fresh punch from fresh ginger. It’s ideal as a weekday dessert, weekend breakfast or on a brunch table.

The soup begs to be topped with something creamy. We used greek yogurt, but mascarpone, whipped cream, ice cream or any dairy free option would also work. All to your preference.

I’m a licorice fan and was surprised by how well it matched the flavors when sprinkled on top of this soup. However if you don’t like licorice, cardamom or vanilla would also be great flavor additions. We also sprinkled some edible flower petals on top because it looked pretty but chopped pistachios will probably taste better and add some crunch 😉


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Rhubarb, Ginger & Strawberry Soup
Serves 8

Don’t focus too much on the exact amounts. You can use more or less rhubarb, strawberries, dates, water etc. It all depends on how sweet or tart the different fruit is, how large the dates are and how sweet flavor you want.
We usually add vanilla powder to this but it’s so expensive at the moment so we left it out. If you have some at home, add it together with the rhubarb in the sauce pan.

5 stalks rhubarb (1/2 kg / 1 lb / 2 cups chopped)
350 – 500 ml / 1 1/2-2 cups cold filtered water
1 big chunk fresh ginger

1 lime, zest
250 g / 1/2 lb strawberries
8-12 soft dates

To serve
Yogurt (or mascarpone, whipped cream or ice cream)

Licorice powder 
Edible flowers (or replaced with chopped nuts or seeds)

Trim the rhubarb and chop into 1 inch bits. Add to a wide sauce pan along with 1 cup filtered water and freshly grated ginger and lime zest. Bring to a boil, turn down the heat and let simmer until the rhubarb is starting to dissolve, around 5-8 minutes.

Pour over into a blender. Add strawberries, dates and a little more water. Mix until smooth. Taste and add more dates, strawberries, lime juice or ginger, if needed. And more water if you like it thinner. Place in the fridge too cool or serve it warm. Top with a dollop yogurt and sprinkle with licorice powder and some dried edible flower petals.

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Spring Picnic Bread

Picnic season is finally upon us and we are kicking it off with two new favorite things. The first one is a bike and the other is a bread.

We have been dreaming of a Danish cargo bike for years and years, and last month we finally splurged on this one. It’s the perfect vehicle for us because we can fit all three kids in it with seatbelts and all. It’s ideal to bring home heavy grocery bags with. And it’s environmentally friendly. All practicalities aside, it is also so much fun to ride around with and we are roaming from playground to picnic spots without a hitch. Just packing a few blankets, a big smoothie, a rhubarb compote and this beauty of a bread.

We created this recipe for all type of picnic situations. We wanted something spring-y and savory that tasted awesome and could manage a bumpy bike ride. It’s basically like a savory muffin that we bake in a sheet pan. It serves many, is easy to make, super moist and flavorful and you can make lots of variations on it (although I love the look of thinly shaved asparagus on top).

Needless to say, this is also ideal for a brunch or or other weekend gatherings.


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Just like a foccacia, the bread is just a base and you can play with all the toppings. Here are a few suggestions:
• Swap some of the potatoes with grated carrots, parsnip or swede.
• A teaspoon of mustard in the batter would add some complexity to the flavor.
• Add lots of different fresh herbs to the batter.
• Olives or capers could be good on top. Spinach could also be used instead of asparagus.
• You can use a dairy free yogurt instead of buttermilk and leave out the feta cheese if you prefer it dairy free.
• We haven’t tried a vegan version but replacing the eggs with chia eggs (1 egg = 1 tablespoons chia seed + 3 tablespoons water) has worked for us on similar recipes.


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Asparagus & Potato Picnic Bread
Serves 12

Dry Ingredients
100 g / 1 cup oat flour (or the same amount rolled oats, blitzed into flour in a food processor)
100 g / 3/4 cup rice flour (or buckwheat flour or spelt flour)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sea salt flakes

Wet Ingredients
3 free-range eggs
125 ml / 1/2 cup olive oil or coconut oil, at room temperature

125 ml / 1/2 cup cultured buttermilk (or yogurt or plant-based yogurt)
1-2 spring onions
3-4 potatoes (2 cups / 250 g)
100 g feta cheese

Topping
3 raw asparagus
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
2 tsp quality olive oil
2 tsp honey
a handful chive

Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F bake mode and grease a 30 x 22 cm / 12 x 9 inch tray or line it with parchment paper.

Add all the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir until combined. Make a well in the centre and set aside while preparing the wet ingredients.

Whisk eggs in a separate bowl, then add oil and buttermilk. Finely chop the onion. Peel the potatoes, grate them coarsely and add them to the wet mixture along with the onion. Crumble in half of the feta cheese. Give it a good stir and then pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the flours. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to combine the batter and then pour it onto the tray.

Use a peeler to shave the asparagus into thin ribbons and spread them out over the batter. Crumble the remaining feta cheese on top. Combine pumpkin seeds, oil and honey and sprinkle them on top as well, along with the chive.

Bake for approx. 40 minutes or until golden and a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly in the tin before transferring to a wire wrack to cool completely. Store the cake at room temperature in an airtight container and it will keep for a few days.

Great to bring on a picnic and serve with a tangy rhubarb compote or chutney.

Enjoy!


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One Soup – Three Ways

I feel extra enthusiastic about this post partly because I think we are on to something good here. But also because this headline speaks so much to my magazine-publishing-heart (my previous career).

This is a dinner concept that we have played around with lately and it works particularly well for families with sensitive eaters or allergies. The idea is built around cooking one recipe base and then making some last minute add-ins to suit various preferences. Or to turn the leftovers of one dish into a new one the next day. The base can be anything from a salad, a basic stew, a cooked grain, a good sauce or, as here, a soup.

In this recipe we are taking a simple tomato broth soup in three different directions.

The kids love this with tortellini (or any other pasta) dropped into it. They actually prefer it to tomato sauce. Luise and I like to let a chunk of mozzarella (or burrata cheese) melt in the soup and serve it with some leftover cooked quinoa to make it more filling. Another favorite of ours is to stir chopped kale, chickpeas and a little chili paste into the broth and topping it with avocado for a chunkier vegan version.

The way it usually works is that we cook one big batch of broth and then pour the kids version in a smaller sauce pan, drop in the ravioli and let it cook for another minute or two until soft. While we stir in or other add-ins to our version. It’s an excellent way to add some heat and more herbs to your own soup while keeping your kids or partners soup milder.

You can of course keep it simple and just do one of these. Or mix them up, adding chickpeas to the ravioli or mozzarella to the kale. Or combine them all!

Think of it as good base to build from and use the last minute add-ins to suit your personal preference. If you like this concept we might be back with the same ideas applied on other meals in a later post.


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Simple Tomato Broth Soup
Serves 4

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp ground paprika powder
3 carrots
3 celery stalks
1 x 400 g / 14 oz can crushed tomatoes
4 cups / 1 liter vegetable stock
sea salt

Fresh thyme
Fresh basil

Heat oil in a large thick-bottomed sauce pan on medium heat. Add tomato puree, onion, garlic and ground paprika and let sauté for 5 minutes. Peel and clean the carrots and celery and chop into bite-sized dices. Add to the pan and let sauté for a few more minutes. Then add chopped tomatoes and vegetable stock and let simmer under a lid for 15-20 minutes. Taste and adjust the flavoring, adding some fresh thyme or basil towards the end. You can also add more stock, if needed. Choose your favorite way of serving this soup, see recipe ideas below.


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Vegan Cavolo Nero & Chickpea Soup
Serves 4

1 batch Simple Tomato Broth Soup (see recipe above)
5 leaves cavolo nero or kale, coarsely chopped
1/2 can cooked chickpeas (approx 100 g)
1 tsp harissa or another chili paste (optional)
1 avocado, to serve
lemon zest, to serve
olive oil

Stir in chopped cavolo nero, chickpeas and harissa to the soup during the last minutes of cooking. Laddle the soup into serving bowls and top with avocado slices, lemon zest and a splash of olive oil.


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Tortellini Drop Soup
1 batch Simple Tomato Broth Soup (see recipe above)
1 bag good quality fresh tortellini
micro greens or sprouts, to serve

grated vegetarian parmesan cheese, to serve

Simply drop the tortellini straight into the soup as it’s cooking on the stove. After about two minutes (check the pasta package for exakt time), it’s ready to serve. Divide into soup bowls, grate over parmesan cheese and top with micro greens and drizzle with olive oil.


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Quinoa & Mozzarella Melt Soup
1 batch Simple Tomato Broth Soup (see recipe above)
2 cups cooked quinoa
200 g buffalo mozzarella or burrata cheese

Laddle the soup into serving bowls and add a couple of spoonfuls cooked quinoa to each bowl. Break the cheese into smaller pieces and let it melt in the hot soup. Top with a drizzle of olive oil, black pepper and fresh thyme.

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Roasted Veggie Grain Platter

Hi, David here. I’ll get to the recipe soon but first I just wanted to share a little scene from last night. Isac was watching a baking program for kids and as I was tucking him in, he thoroughly explained the whole process of making croissants to me. ”You have so much butter in croissants, dad. Like, a lot. You put it on the dough and fold it over the butter like this. And you hit it with the rolling pin like this, bam bam bam”. When it comes to numbers and letters, he can be a little clueless, but the fact that our three year-old had memorized all the details in croissant baking from just watching it once on tv, made me all happy and proud. I’m not saying that mastering a croissant is more important than math, but teaching our kids how to cook has been one of the things I’ve really looked forward to as a dad. And he is really into it. The little kids stove has long been his favorite toy both at home and in kindergarten an he often serves imaginary pancakes to all his friends. I’ve promised him that we will make croissants together tonight so I’m off to prep a dough right after this (making the rye croissants from Green Kitchen Travels). I’ll report back with how it goes.

Today’s recipe doesn’t have anything to do with croissants but Isac does play a little part as kitchen helper in the video below.

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There is one obvious reason why grain bowls have become so popular in the last couple of years. Their looks. If you don’t know what a grain bowl is, it’s basically a mix of roasted and raw vegetables on a bed of grains and herbs arranged in a bowl. The mix of vegetables often make these bowls super colorful and therefore also very popular on instagram. Grain bowls are however more then just pretty. They are hearty and provide a variety of textures and flavors. They are also very easy to adapt to what you have at home and what’s in season. We often make grain bowls for lunch, with any cooked grain, millet or quinoa as the bed, adding leftover vegetables from the fridge on top. In this recipe, we have taken the grain bowl concept and turned it into a platter. It’s topped with roasted and fresh spring vegetables, feta cheese, egg halves and hazelnuts. It’s a beautiful dish and a great one to make for Easter dinner. If you want to take the Easter concept even further, you could add roasted asparagus as well.

We use an organic five-grain mix (emmer wheat, barley, gamut, brown rice and oat groats) from Zeta as the grain base but if you can’t find something similar, go with your favorite grain. Grains thrive with flavor friends, so we have paired these with a quick salsa made from marinated bell peppers, olives, capers, herbs and lemon. And stirred in a bit of feta cheese and toasted hazelnuts as well. It’s all there, flavours, looks and textures.


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Roasted Veggie Grain Platter with Bell Pepper Salsa
Serves 4

To make this vegan, you can simply skip the eggs and feta cheese.

1 x 250 g bag Zeta 5-grain mix (or grains of choice)

Roasted vegetables:
1 bunch carrots
3 purple spring onions or 2 red onions
2 small zucchini
1 tbsp olive oil
sea salt

Bell pepper & olive salsa:
100 ml / 1/3 cup grilled marinated bell pepper
100 ml / 1/3 cup Lecchino olives
3 tbsp capers
5-6 stalks fresh parsley and mint
1/2 lemon, juice
4 tbsp olive oil

Topping:
2-3 medium soft boiled eggs
150 g feta cheese
100 ml / 1/3 cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
2 handfuls mache lettuce
6 heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved
1 bunch radishes

Preheat the oven at 200°C / 400°F and cover a baking tray with baking paper.
Peal or clean the carrots and trim off the outer layer of the onion. Cut the onion lengthwise and the zucchini in bite-size pieces. Place the vegetables on the tray. Drizzle with oil and salt and roast for 15-20 minutes.
Cook the grains in a large bowl of salted water according to the instructions on the package and drain in a sieve once they are ready.
Make the salsa by chopping all the ingredients finely. Place in a bowl, squeeze over lemon juice and drizzle with oil. Fold the salsa into the grains, reserving some of it for serving. Crumble 2/3 of the feta cheese into the grains and half of the hazelnuts. Toss so everything is mixed.
Pour the grains onto a platter, top with the roasted vegetables, lettuce, tomatoes, radishes, egg halves, feta cheese and hazelnuts. Drizzle with olive oil and serve with the remaining salsa and some sourdough bread on the side.

Disclosure: We were compensated by Zeta for creating this recipe and video using some of their products. All words are our own. 

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Blueberry Chia with Warm Banana and Sesame Brittle

Before we dig into this showpiece of a sweet bowl, I wanted to share a little feature that I started on my instagram this month. I simply call it March Favorites. It’s a curated list of seasonal favorites that I will share each month. Things that I wear or use and ingredients that we cook with. And since it’s a new thing, I included it here as well. As a sort of inspiration.
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M A R C H   F A V O R I T E S

Golden milk & raw honey. To warm me up in this cold weather. Here is a recipe.
Ginger root. We grate ginger over everything at the moment to keep our immune system strong and because almost all food and drinks just taste better with lots of ginger.
Beet & red cabbage kraut. This little bubbly friend is soon ready! Fermented food is your superfood number one! The recipe is from our book Green Kitchen at Home but another one is here.
Socks. Stockholm has been too cold this month so I’m walking around in these super soft Alpaca wool socks that David’s friend in London makes.
Kale flower sprouts. A pretty looking mashup of two of my favorite ingredients – kale och brussels sprouts. These are great to roast as they get super crispy.
Dried apple rings. We have been making our own apple rings lately and the kids love them for snacking. We’ll share a recipe later. A good alternative to deep-fried chips and candy .
Rings. I’ve always loved wearing rings. Some of my favorites come from designer Caroline Hjerpe who has her shop dangerously close to our apartment on Södermalm.
• Been treating my dry skin with this face oil and toner from Bare Origin Skin.
• More moist for my face with this fermented coconut juice face sheet mask with collagen from Miqura.
• David made these raw carrot cake bars for our road trip to Denmark last week. So good with lots of ginger and spices.
• As a different form of meditation I have started drawing in a coloring book in the evenings. It helps me stress down after the intensity from three little ones and it’s more calming and satisfying than scrolling on social media. I like these illustrated coloring books for adults from Johanna Basford.

Okay, let’s get on with this chia bowl. First you can start by pressing play on this short little recipe video below.

It’s still very cold here in Scandinavia which means that we’re relying on our freezer for much of the produce, fruit and berries we use. Luckily we have stocked up on lots of wild Swedish blueberries. They have this intense blue/purple colour and fresh tangy flavor and we use them to flavor smoothies, porridges and chia pudding. We pair blueberries with cardamom because they are Best Friends Forever. And we top this blueberry chia with something David once called a “Banana & Sesame Thingy” on his instagram, but “Sesame Brittle” feels like a more suiting name. It’s crunchy and sweet (with a sting of ginger) and works so well with quick-heated bananas. There is also some creamy yogurt, rich nut butter and a sprinkling of dark chocolate on top of the bowl. We make this both as breakfast and dessert. Skipping the chocolate for breakfast and keeping it a little sweeter for dessert. We’ve served it in a large bowl to share here but you can of course also scoop it up in two smaller individual bowls instead.


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Blueberry Chia with Banana and Sesame Brittle
Serves 2

Notes: If you want to make this as a breakfast, you can stir in some oats and some extra liquid and leave it in the fridge overnight (add the topping in the morning).
Since the topping is quite sweet, we don’t sweeten our chia pudding. You can use rice milk or add a splash of maple syrup if you prefer it sweeter.

Blueberry Chia Pudding
70 g / 1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries, thawed (or other berries)

1 cup plant milk (or regular milk)
3 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp freshly ground cardamom
A tiny pinch salt

Topping
4 tbsp Greek yogurt (or coconut yogurt)
2 tbsp nut butter or tahini
1 banana, peeled and sliced lengthwise 
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp sunflower seeds

2 tbsp sesame seeds
1 small handful walnuts, lightly crushed

Mash the blueberries with a fork. Add milk, chia seeds, cardamom and salt and whisk until combined. Let sit for 20 minutes, stirring one or twice midway through. Meanwhile prepare the topping. Heat coconut oil and maple syrup in a skillet. Stir in the seeds and walnuts and let sit for just a minute. Make room in the centre of the skillet and place the banana slices there. Heat for just a minute on each side. If the skillet looks dry, add a little extra oil or syrup.
Pour the chia pudding into one large or two smaller bowls. Add yogurt, bananas, sesame brittle,



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Nutty Crusted Butternut Squash Bowl with 10-Spice Roasted Chickpeas — Oh She Glows

I was recently asked by Terra (OSG’s editor extraordinaire) how I came up with this recipe and after explaining my process to her, we both agreed I should share my fun little kitchen story with you on the blog! I often think this stuff is going to be boring so I don’t tend to get into the behind-the-scenes details too often, but I’d love to hear what you think!

This recipe actually began as something totally different. I’d been working on a simplified butternut risotto and, despite a few attempts, it just wasn’t impressing me (okay, I totally have Shania Twain in my head right now). I had planned on trying that recipe one more time before moving on, but just couldn’t shake the feeling of DOOM I had about it. Whenever I’m clouded by this “feeling of doom” and try to force a recipe (ignoring the voices in my head screaming “noooo don’t do it!”), I find it usually winds up being a waste of time anyway. I have to say that the results are almost always still edible and often quite tasty…just not quite good enough to share!

So, putting the risotto aside, I brainstormed something in a totally new direction! I couldn’t get crusted butternut squash out of my head (#weirdo), and thought it would be absolutely amazing to create a nut-and-seed coating for one of my favourite sweet, hearty winter veggies. I thought about my popular eggplant parmesan recipe from Oh She Glows Every Day (page 173) and used that as a jumping off point to get the wheels turning.

But I didn’t want to share the crusted squash recipe on its own as I had a hunch many of you would ask me how to turn these crunchy beauties into a complete meal. I checked my fridge and saw that I had some kale on hand, so I decided to marinate the greens in a creamy dressing for a hearty base. Now what about adding more protein in addition to what the nuts and seeds provide? I’ve been wanting to make spicy roasted chickpeas using my 10-Spice Mix for a while, and thought the pop of heat they bring would be a nice contrast to the the sweet, nutty squash. Bingo!!

Let’s recap: crunchy crusted squash, marinated kale, and 10-Spice roasted chickpeas. Yes, this could be AMAZING!!! Soon enough, a meal was born! This is when I start to get really excited, if you can’t already tell. But then I realize that I have to write up that dang recipe…

After I come up with the complete recipe idea, I type the recipe out in its entirety, visualizing each step as I go along. (This is something I’ve gotten better at as the years have gone by, but I still think it’s probably the most difficult part of the process!) Then I use this detailed recipe draft as as a guide for my first test and any trials thereafter. Each time my recipe tester Nicole and I test the recipe, I make live edits into the working draft on my laptop. (Live editing sounds way more exciting than it is…hah.) Once we both approve of the recipe (Nicole owns her own daycare, so other testers often include children and parents too…score!), I make final recipe edits before Terra and I begin the back and forth of our editing process. I’ve been creating recipes for almost 10 years now, and I find this system helps me deliver consistent and high-quality recipes.

Okay, if you skip right over this and go straight to the recipe, I won’t blame you. It’s all about the food, after all! This recipe is a big one, so reading it over before you begin is especially important. Also, you’ll see it contains a few “mini” recipes within—nutty topping, 10-Spice Roasted Chickpeas, marinated kale, etc.—feel free to make individual components (like the roasted chickpeas or marinated kale) on their own when you’re not up for preparing the full dish. A little mix-and-match, if you will! I don’t want to gush too much, but I really hope you make the whole thing…everyone who tried this recipe RAVED about it (one tester even said it’s possibly her favourite OSG recipe ever!). I could eat it every day, personally. 🙂


Yield
4 generous servings
Prep time
Cook time

Ingredients:

For the nutty crust topping:
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 6 tablespoons (53 g) hemp hearts
  • 6 tablespoons (50 g) raw hazelnuts
  • 3/4 cup (57 g) raw cashews
  • 3/4 cup (38 g) raw walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons (15 g) nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons fine sea salt
For the butternut squash:
  • 1 small/medium (2 to 2 1/2 pound) butternut squash*
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons arrowroot powder**
  • 6 tablespoons (90 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
For the 10-Spice Roasted Chickpeas:
  • 1 (14-ounce/398 mL) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon 10-Spice Mix***
For the marinated kale:
  • 1 medium (300 to 350 g) bunch curly kale
  • 1 small garlic clove, finely grated on a microplane
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) pure maple syrup, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) fresh lemon juice, plus lemon wedges for serving
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) tahini, plus more for serving

Directions:

  1. Position two oven racks near the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Prepare the nutty crust topping: Add the garlic clove to a food processor and process until minced. Now add the hemp hearts, hazelnuts (no need to remove skins!), cashews, walnuts, nutritional yeast, and salt to the processor and pulse the mixture until coarsely ground with some larger chunks of nuts (the mixture should be the texture of large-flake sea salt). Be careful not to overprocess the nuts as you want the topping to be crunchy. Spoon all of the mixture into a large shallow bowl.
  3. Peel the squash and halve it lengthwise. Use a spoon to remove and discard the seeds inside. Slice each half into thin 3/4-inch wedges.
  4. Now we’re going to coat the wedges in the nutty crust topping, and I’ll warn you in advance that this is a messy, imperfect process…but the result is delicious, so don’t sweat it! To start, in a shallow bowl, whisk the arrowroot powder and oil together until smooth. Use a pastry brush to generously brush the oil mixture onto a single squash wedge until it’s completely coated in oil (or simply dip the wedge into the oil and toss to coat). Immediately transfer the oil-coated wedge to the bowl of nutty crust topping. Using your fingers, heap the mixture onto the top and sides of the wedge until it’s covered completely. Be generous! Press the topping into the wedge so that there’s a thick coating. (And it’s totally normal for some topping to fall off in spots.) If you find your fingers covered in the topping, rinse and dry them as needed.
  5. Repeat this process for all of the wedges, placing each one gently on the baking sheet as you go and leaving about 2 inches of space between. If you run out of topping, you can reserve leftover wedges for another use or coat them in oil and roast them alongside the topping-coated wedges as directed.
  6. Prepare the 10-Spice Roasted Chickpeas: Place the drained and rinsed chickpeas onto a tea towel and roll the chickpeas around until they’re dry. Spread the chickpeas onto the second baking sheet and toss with the oil. Sprinkle on the 10-Spice Mix and toss the chickpeas again until coated evenly.
  7. Place both baking sheets into the oven. Roast the chickpeas for about 30 to 35 minutes until lightly golden and then remove them from the oven. Roast the squash for a total of 40 to 55 minutes (I bake for about 50 minutes), until fork tender and lightly golden. I suggest testing the squash around the 40-minute mark and keeping a close eye on it thereafter.
  8. While the chickpeas and squash are roasting, prepare the marinated kale. Rinse the kale leaves and use absorbent tea towels to pat dry. Separate the stems from the kale and discard. Tear the kale into bite-sized pieces and transfer to a very large mixing bowl. In a small bowl, whisk the garlic, olive oil, maple syrup, salt, lemon, and tahini until smooth. Pour the dressing over the kale and “massage” until fully coated. Feel free to enjoy the marinated kale raw or use a skillet to heat it up. (I like to sauté mine if I have time!) Set aside.
  9. For serving: Divide the marinated kale into 4 large shallow bowls and top each with a few squash wedges along with a large spoonful of roasted chickpeas. Drizzle a tablespoon of tahini onto each bowl and top with a few generous squeezes of lemon juice too. You can serve the bowls with lemon wedges on the side if preferred. Oh, and if there is nutty topping remaining on the baking sheet, feel free to sprinkle it over the bowls so nothing goes to waste.

As always, you can find this recipe in The Oh She Glows Recipe App as well! The app is available on iOS and Android.

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Lemon Kale Pizza

Two things spinned in my head when I woke up Wednesday morning. Both were related to pizza. I had fallen asleep while watching the first episode of David Chang’s new Netflix series Ugly Delicious. Pizza and authenticity was the theme but the first thought in my head was actually pie. Chang visits a pizza chef in Brooklyn that makes a case for traditional American-Italian toppings but what fascinated me more than his arguments was that he always referred to his pizzas as ”pies”. Apparently they sometimes do that in the US. Why did I not know that? I’m gonna say pie from now on. With a Brooklyn accent. ”Jeetyet? Nah, I’m mad hungry! Try this here Kale Pie.”

My second thought was that I really craved pizza (or, ehm, pie)! The real stuff. Wheat + rye, yeast, salt, water and olive oil. With tomato sauce and lots of cheese. A cheese pie, I guess that Brooklyn chef would call it.

So not too long after breakfast, I whipped up the dough, cooked a tomato sauce and bought lots of mozzarella cheese. While the dough was proofing, I decided to also make a cauliflower pizza base. It’s pretty quick to make, Luise prefers it to the traditional base and I thought ”Better having too much pie than too little” (all my thoughts literally had a Brooklyn accent by this point). We were out of both cauliflower and almond flour so I tried it with broccoli and rolled oats instead. It worked like a charm and had a nice green tone (which turned a    little browner when baked). The flavor was less sweet and more earthy but held together really well, Better than our original cauliflower base.

We had a jar of spicy green herb sauce left from our meal prep this week so I used that as sauce and went with the whole green vibe and added lemony kale as topping. Instead of mozzarella, we crumbled feta cheese on top because we were already far off he traditional Italian route. Luise added some chickpeas and sunflower seeds that she tossed in olive oil and sumac and we also cracked two eggs on top. Pretty unconventional but also pretty exciting.

When both pizzas were ready I had completely lost interest in that cheese pie that I originally craved (kids loved that one though). The green pizza was so much more interesting. Literally bursting with flavor and spiciness from that green herb sauce. The kale curled up into chips when baked, the sumac sunflower seeds complemented the crunch and the egg yolks added a nice and creamy contrast.

Because I fell asleep, I never saw what conclusion David Chang & Co reached regarding authenticity. But given that this kale pizza probably is as far as you can come from la vera pizza Napolitana and it still tasted pretty epic, I don’t believe that it’s something we should get too occupied by. Ain’t that right? (still with Brooklyn accent).

We tested the recipe again two days ago to double check all quantities. While we were at it, we also made this video for our youtube channel. Our boys preschool was closed so they were home with us helping out. They loved the cooking part but none of them wanted to eat it. Partly because the green sauce was pretty spicy but also because kale isn’t their favorite pizza topping. That’s however what’s so great with pizza, that you can shape two pizzas from the same base. So if you are cooking for kids, make one adult version with kale and spicy sauce, and a simpler one for the kids.

Three blog posts and three videos in three weeks. We are on a roll!

Happy weekend!


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Kale, Lemon & Egg Pizza on a Cauliflower & Oat Crust
Serves 4

You can use any green sauce of choice here but obviously the flavor will change. If you want to use a store-bought pesto it might help to thin it out with more olive oil and lemon to make it easier to spread.
Next time I’m going to try half the amount rolled oats and half almond flour for a slightly sweeter base.

100 g / 1 cup rolled oats
450 g / 1 lb raw broccoli (you can use frozen broccoli as well)
3 eggs
1 tsp salt

Topping
Spicy Green Sauce (see recipe below) or pesto

2-3 stalks (50 g) kale
1/2 lemon
4 tbsp olive oil
100 ml / 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1 tsp ground sumac
100 ml / 1/3 cup cooked chickpeas
100 g feta cheese
2-3 eggs

Preheat the oven to 200°C / 400°F and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Place the oats in a food processor and blend until it looks like flour. Discard the thickest part of the broccoli stem, break up the florets and add to the food processor. Mix until it has rice-like consistency. Add eggs and salt and pulse until all is combined. It should be more loose and sticky than a traditional pizza dough. Transfer to the baking paper and form into a pizza base by flattening the dough with your hands, making the edges slightly higher (se video). Pre-bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Meanwhile, prepare the green sauce (see recipe below).

Remove the crust from the oven. Spread the green sauce on top. Discard the thick stems of the kale, chop it into smaller pieces and place in a bowl. Drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil, lemon and salt and massage the flavor into the leaves. Distribute 2/3 of the kale evenly over the pizza. Stir together sunflower seeds, 1 tbsp olive oil, salt and sumac and toss over the pizza along with the chickpeas. Crumble feta evenly over the pizza, make wells in between the vegetables and crack the eggs into them. Bake for 10-15 minutes more or until the kale is crunchy and the egg whites are firm and the yolks slightly runny. Cut into slices and dig in.

Spicy Green Sauce
This is a variation on one of our favorite green sauces. We adapt the herbs to what we have at home. You can also replace some of the herbs (but not all) with baby spinach to save some $$$. We like the extra flavor that the heated cumin seeds add but if you want to keep it simpler, just skip it.

2 tsp cumin seeds (optional)
1 bunch (20 g / 1 cup) fresh parsley

1 bunch (20 g / 1 cup) fresh coriander / cilantro
1/3 cup / 80 ml olive oil
1/2 lemon, juice
1 tiny clove garlic
2 tsp maple syrup
8 slices pickled jalapeño (or other green chili)
sea salt

Heat the cumin seeds in a dry skillet for about 1-2 minutes. Add them to a food processor (or a large pestle and mortar) along with the rest of sauce ingredients. Mix, mix mix, taste and adjust the flavor to your liking.



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Flourless Bite-Sized Breakfast Muffins — Oh She Glows

Boy am I ever glad to be on the the other side of that flu! Last Thursday, when I posted my Triple Almond Energy Balls recipe, I thought that after five long days of bedrest I was starting to feel a bit better. Unfortunately, I wound up taking a turn for the worse Thursday evening with some scary flu complications cropping up overnight. My temperature skyrocketed (despite being on fever meds) and my cough became much worse. Luckily I’d already done quite a bit of reading on this year’s flu season because I was so worried about the kids getting it and wanted to know which high-risk symptoms to look for. Based on what I’d read and what my doctor told me, having symptoms improve and then come back even worse than before was bad news (it’s actually one of CDC’s “emergency warning signs” of flu complications). Gulp!

On Friday morning I couldn’t even get out of bed to see the kids. I was nauseous, sweating profusely, and had major chills despite feeling super hot. Adriana came into my room looking concerned and said “Mommy, why you don’t wake up today?” That just broke my heart. I knew I had to get medical treatment right away.

I think it’s been about 15 years since I’ve needed to take antibiotics, but I can’t tell you how grateful I was to have them for this virus, which had turned into bacterial pneumonia. The medicine brought my fever down quickly and I’ve been feeling a bit better each day since—although I still don’t feel like myself. I’m currently operating at about 36%, maybe, lol! I think the flu was extra hard on me because I was already run down from taking care of the kids the week before (I’m so thankful their flu symptoms weren’t as severe as mine…I’ll take one for the team!), and of course nursing through the flu takes its toll on the body. It was a stroke of luck that Eric got by with mild body aches (consider me impressed as he was living off unhealthy food all week!), so he held down the fort while I slept, and slept…and slept some more. Each night, I would collapse into bed at 7pm as soon as Arlo was down (and this early bedtime was in addition to an afternoon nap each day). I’ve never slept that much in my life. (And now I know what it’s like to be a baby/toddler!)

Needless to say, we’re all ready to start a new fresh month and hopefully keep as healthy as we can through the spring. So far March is shaping up to be great—I’m alive, after all. 😉 Take care of yourselves everyone…I’m sending you all healthy wishes for a happy month ahead!!

 


Yield
24 mini muffins plus a few ramekins
Prep time
Cook time

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (80 g) whole raw almonds*
  • 2 3/4 cup (400 g) chopped overripe bananas (about 3 to 4 large)
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) natural smooth almond butter
  • 1/4 cup (33 g) arrowroot starch
  • 2 tablespoons (20 g) chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and set aside two 12-cup silicone mini muffin pans or one 24-cup silicone mini muffin pan. There’s no need to grease silicone pans, but if you’re using metal muffin pans, line them with mini paper liners. This recipe makes enough for more than 24 mini muffins, so line an additional 2 to 3 small ramekins with standard-sized paper liners to use up the remaining batter.
  2. Add the almonds to the food processor and process to a fine crumb. Be sure not to overprocess the almonds into butter. If the ground almonds start getting sticky, they can negatively impact the texture of the muffins once baked.
  3. Add the chopped banana to the ground almonds along with the almond butter, arrowroot starch, chia seeds, maple syrup, baking powder, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, and salt. Process the mixture until smooth.
  4. Use a small cookie dough scoop to portion the batter into the muffin pans, filling each until about three-quarters full. Use the remaining batter to fill the ramekins until about two-thirds full.
  5. Bake the mini muffins for about 18 to 22 minutes (I bake for 20 minutes), allowing an additional 6 to 9 minutes for the ramekins to bake through. To test doneness, gently touch the top of one muffin. When ready, they will spring back very slowly. Finished muffins should also have visibly golden edges.
  6. Cool the muffins in the pans/ramekins for 30 minutes before attempting to remove. Carefully slide a knife around each muffin and gently pop it out of the silicone pan. (If using paper liners, the muffins must be cooled completely before removing, or the liners will stick to the muffins when peeled.) I love spreading these muffins with a little coconut oil before serving, but they’re also fantastic topped with chia seed jam. And thanks to the nutty taste and natural sweetness, you can enjoy them plain too. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

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Three Good Spreads

After having spent 30 minutes listening to my (almost) eight-year-old daughter telling a joke, I can tell you with a 100% certainty that she’s got a talent for comedy. Someone apparently told her this joke in school and she tried explaining it to me repeatedly without ever reaching the pun. It was the funniest thing I’ve heard in years. Especially because she refused to give up and just kept at it. Something about blood dripping in a dark room and an old woman peeling tomatoes (although I think it should be blood orange, but don’t tell her). While I was literally ROFL with her for failing and yet succeeding with her comedy act, I had this revelation that this is it. This is the meaning of it all. As good as it gets. Total presens. Laughing so my tummy hurts together with someone I love unlimitedly.

So here is a suggestion. Whip up a couple of good spreads, fill a tray with veggies, shut off your phone and sit down with someone you love and tell each other jokes tonight – good and bad ones.

These spreads don’t call for neither tomatoes nor blood orange, but if you make the one with beetroot, your hands will look blood stained nevertheless (Yes! I knew there was a lame pun somewhere in there). The pink one is a Beet, Bean & Sumac Spread that we like a lot (especially Luise, who adds a couple of dollops on top of scramble eggs for breakfast). It has a beautiful color and an intricate and tangy flavor that balances the beans and the beets. The white one is a yogurt, spinach and feta dip inspired by a Bon Appetite recipe (but simplified) and it was our kids favorite out of these three (the other two were named “not good” and “terrible” by our daughter). The red-ish is my favorite spread of all times, Muhammara. We make ours with roasted bell peppers, walnuts, almond flour, dates, lemon and cayenne. It has that great balance of rich, fresh, tangy, spicy and sweet. You can roast the bell peppers yourself or buy them roasted in a jar. We have tried both versions and even if home-roasted tastes slightly better, it is honestly not a huge difference. And it’s 40 minutes quicker so I know which one you’ll go for.

That’s it for this week. Beans, nuts, yogurt, blood stains and bad jokes. My perfect Friday night.

/David


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Three Good Spreads

We served these spreads with a variety of raw veggies, roasted potatoes and pita bread, but they are also good on sandwiches and as sides at the dinner table. The top photo is inspired by a photo from one of Anna Jones wonderful cookbooks. Check out her books if you haven’t already.

Beet, Bean & Sumac Spread
Note: You can make this with raw beets if you want to save time, it’s also good. Skip or reduce the water if you do. However, you get a rounder flavour when roasting them so that’s our preferred method.

2 beetroots (approx 250 g / 9 oz)
1 x 400 g / 14 oz can white beans, rinsed
120 ml / 1/2 cup hot water
2 tsp ground sumac (or more lemon zest)
2 tbsp tahini 
1/2 lemon, juice and zest
1 pinch sea salt

Preheat the oven at 200°C / 400°F. Peel and trim the beets and cut in quarters. Place them on a small baking tray with a drizzle of oil and bake until soft, approx. 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly, then place in a food processor with the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the flavors to your preference.

 

Muhammara
Note: If you are cooking for kids, leave out the cayenne (and maybe the date as we use it to balance the spiciness in the cayenne). We have shared the easy version here with store bought roasted bell peppers but you can of course roast them yourself.

3 roasted bell peppers (from a jar) (approx 200 g / 1 cup) see note below how to roast them yourself
60 g / 1/2 cup walnuts
45 g / 1/2 cup almond flour
1 soft date, stone removed
2 tbsp tahini or olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 large pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
sea salt flakes

Add all ingredients to a food processor and mix until smooth. Taste and adjust the flavor and consistency, adding more almond flour to thicken and tahini/oil or lemon to smoothen.

Note: To roast your own bell peppers, simply place them in the oven at 200°C/400°F for 25-30 minutes or until charred. Leave to cool under a bowl (this will make them easier to peel), peel off skin and seeds and add the flesh to the processor with the other ingredients.

 

Spinach, Feta & Mint Yogurt
Adapted from this Bon Appetite recipe.

2 cups Greek or Turkish yogurt
100 g / 3 1/2 oz feta cheese
1 handful walnuts

100 g / 3 1/2 oz baby spinach
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 lemon, zest and juice
1 tsp dried mint or a small handful leaves fresh mint, chopped

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Pour yogurt into a bowl, crumble the feta cheese into it and stir until combined. Dry-toast the walnuts in a skillet on medium heat for 5 minutes, pour into small bowl and leave to cool. Add a thin layer of water to the same skillet and bring to a boil. Add half of the spinach, stir and keep adding more as the spinach wilts down. Add the mint to the spinach, season with salt, stir and set aside to cool. Add 2/3 of the spinach to the feta yogurt along with half of the olive oil, lemon juice and zest. Crush the walnuts in your hand, sprinkle over the yogurt and stir. Taste and adjust the flavour. Fold the rest of the spinach, walnuts and oil into the yogurt until it looks a little messy and marbled. Top with freshly ground black pepper.

 

PS!
Completely unrelated but we also just posted this sauerkraut video on our youtube channel. If you haven’t tried to make your own sauerkraut yet, you should! It’s super easy, you basically only need cabbage and salt. And it’s so good – tangy, fresh, gut healthy and all that.

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Triple Almond Energy Balls (vegan, grain-free, naturally sweetened) — Oh She Glows

One of my biggest challenges when photographing beige- or blah-coloured recipes is making them look as appealing as they taste…the struggle is real! Dishes like curries, brownies, oatmeal, energy balls, etc. tend to look a bit sad through the camera’s lens. If you want a giggle, check out one of the very first beige/brown recipe photos I ever took on the blog. I posted this Pumpkin Banana Bran & Oatmeal Muffin recipe way back in 2008 (holy cow, I’m a blogging DINOSAUR! lol). 

A good trick I’ve learned through countless trial and error (mostly error…and a few curse words) is that I need to add a lot of colour to photos even if the food itself isn’t colourful. It probably seems obvious, but with so many other things going on for a photo shoot (cooking, food styling, camera settings, lighting, etc.) it can be easy to forget the importance of planning for colour. If I’m shooting oatmeal or plain Jane muffins, I try to add some enticing fruit on top and more pops of colour on the table itself—a bright green Matcha tea, fresh flowers, a glass of OJ, or a colourful cloth napkin (without being too busy) can all create a gorgeous photo when the food itself looks pretty blah. This approach helped me photograph these flourless breakfast muffins (recipe to come!) and I’m pleased with how the app photo turned out!

I wasn’t quite as happy with the photo shoot of these energy balls because I had to rush (when naptime’s over, it’s OVA), but they’ll just have to do! I love how the colourful garnishes I added made the energy balls go from blah and beige to vibrant and enticing. I rolled them in fun pops of colour and a variety of textures: beet-coloured shredded coconut, ground pistachios (so pretty and chewy!), hemp hearts, and cocoa powder. I loved them all. I also tried rolling some in Matcha green tea powder, but they were soooo bitter. That one was a big NOPE! Cutting the Matcha with powdered icing sugar might’ve worked better, but I wanted to keep these bad boys naturally sweetened, so I opted to skip the Matcha altogether. To make the pink-hued shredded coconut, I added some beet juice (prepared the same way as my Vegan Sugar Cookies’ Pink Frosting) to the shredded coconut in a bowl. I put a plastic bag over my hand so it wouldn’t get stained in the process (#fancy) and then I “massaged” the beet juice into the shredded coconut until it was dispersed. It worked wonderfully and the result was so pretty! I sprinkled my leftover coconut on oatmeal.

Rest assured though, these nutty energy bites are just as good eaten as-is!  I love keeping a stash in the freezer for quick snacking, and find the texture gets even better when they’ve been frozen too.

Also a quick note that I won’t be posting this Friday’s Ask Angela as I’ve come down with the flu (luckily today’s blog post was created last week so I could still share it). It was bound to happen as I’ve been taking care of two sick little ones, while up a lot at night and nursing to boot. I hope everyone has a very happy weekend and that you’re feeling well. I know where I’ll be…curled up with a big bowl of soup (hopefully my Golden Spiced Lentil Soup!) and warm lemon water. I’ll be a bit delayed replying to your reviews, questions, and comments this week, but please know that I will reply as soon as I’m feeling better!


Yield
11 to 12 balls
Prep time
Cook time
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Chill time
60 Minutes (optional)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (155 g) raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup (115 g) tightly packed pitted Medjool dates*
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) roasted almond butter or raw cashew butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, or to taste
  • 5 teaspoons (25 mL) water, or as needed**
  • Shredded coconut, hemp hearts, ground shelled pistachios, or cocoa powder, for rolling

Directions:

  1. Add the almonds and cashews to a food processor and process into a coarse crumb. Be sure not to overprocess the nuts into butter.
  2. To the nut mixture, add the pitted dates. Process again until the dates are finely chopped.
  3. Next, add the roasted almond butter (or raw cashew butter, if using), cinnamon, salt, almond extract, and water (starting with a couple teaspoons) to the processor bowl and process again until the mixture comes together into a dough. You should be able to easily roll the dough into balls without them feeling dry or crumbly. If the dough is too dry, add more water one teaspoon at a time and continue processing until the mixture moistens to desired consistency.
  4. Roll the dough into 11 to 12 golf ball-sized balls. If using, roll each ball in your garnish of choice: shredded coconut, hemp hearts, ground shelled pistachios (or other nuts), or cocoa powder.
  5. Chill the balls in the freezer for about an hour to firm up, or feel free to eat them at room temperature if you can’t wait that long! Leftover balls will keep in an airtight container in the freezer for a few weeks. You can also store them in the fridge in an airtight container for several days if you prefer.

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