Gazpacho

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Puree of Vegetable Soup

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How to Make Homemade Rice Milk

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon

 

Plant-based milk in the grocery is expensive and costly and the amount of pure natural ingredients are limited only. These plant-based milk like rice milk  that comes in tetra pack that you can find at the grocery shelf has a lot of water which is about 70-80% and the only pure milk is 20-30%.

Better make your own plant-based milk like rice milk made of brown rice. Truly rewarding for your health since it is natural with no artificial additives.

 

What you need

1 cup brown rice

1 cup water for soaking

blender

muslin

  1. Wash and clean properly the brown rice.
  2. Using ceramic bowl, soak a cup of brown rice using a cup of water overnight. You can leave it on the kitchen counter or put in the fridge. Soaking the rice overnight will make the grain softer.
  3. After soaking, wash the brown rice again, then drain.
  4. Put the brown rice in the blender and add a cup of clean drinking water.You can make the ratio 1:1 or 1:2 depending on how thick you want the milk is.
  5. Puree the brown rice until the rice grain becomes too tiny like paste.
  6. Bring out muslin or cheesecloth to drain the milk.
  7. Fridge the milk to chill or you can drink it straight from the glass. This can last 3-4 days in the fridge.

 

Use muslin or cheesecloth to separate rice milk from the solids.

 

Do not throw the rice pulp, you can use it for congee or in sweet potato in coconut milk as thickener.

 

You can use homemade rice milk in making macaroni soup, pancakes and other desserts.

 

 

Buko Pandan

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon

 

Buko  Pandan refreshment is well-famous in Manila since Phiippines is blessed with lots of coconut trees and the fragrant pandan leaves. Buko is a Filipino word for coconut. This refreshment is perfect to add cubes of agar-agar (sea weed jelly) to add more meat aside from coconut meat.

Pandan leaves also known as fragrant screw pine is widely use in Asia for culinary uses and the natural green color is attractive to delectable rice cake desserts as well as to coconut juice refreshment.

The natural green color comes from fragrant Pandan leaves

 

What you need

1 liter fresh coconut juice with shredded coconut meat

¼ cup natural pandan syrup

brown sugar (or honey)

200 gms chopped agar-agar jelly

  1. In a pitcher, mix fresh coconut juice with coconut meat, natural pandan syrup and sweetener.
  2. Add chopped agar-agar jelly. Better use the transparent jelly that has no food coloring.
  3. Chill 2-3 hours before serving.

 

Agar-agar or seaweed jelly comes in powder pack that you can cook or you can buy it ready-to-eat straight from cans. In the Philippines, we call this “Gulaman.”

 

Gulaman is great with coconut juice and meat mix with Pandan syrup and sweetener.

 

Learn how to make natural pandan syrup:

 

How to Make Natural Pandan Syrup

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon

 

Fragrant Pandan leaves

Have a ready to pull out natural Pandan syrup from your fridge and use it for dessert and refreshment even to make it as tea. Use Pandan syrup as natural food coloring instead of artificial flavouring full of unknown chemicals.

Pandan leaves also known as fragrant screw pine is widely use in Asia for culinary uses and the natural green color adds attraction to delectable rice cake desserts as well as to coconut juice refreshment.

Natural Pandan leaves produce natural green color syrup aside from its aroma

 

What you need

A bunch of pandan leaves

Kitchen scissor

Blender

Small casserole

1 cup water

muslin (piece of cloth)

sugar or honey

  1. Wash properly the pandan leaves then drain
  2. By using kitchen scissor, cut the pandan leaves to smaller parts
  3. Bring out the blender to juice the pandan leaves by adding a cup of water
  4. Bring out the small casserole then use muslin or cheese cloth to squeeze out the juice.
  5. Add sugar or honey then cook the syrup for less than 5 minutes.
  6. Transfer the syrup in a small jar. This will last 4 days in the fridge and 2 weeks in the freezer.

Enjoy your fresh and natural Pandan syrup with fresh coconut juice!

 

 

Grilled Zucchini and Bell Pepper Sandwich

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon

 

Zucchini is not only for meals but great in vegetable sandwich. Try to add some fresh herbs of basil or rosemary to add aromatic taste.

 

1 medium size zucchini

1 large red bell pepper

2 large slices of baguette bread

2 tbsp. sunflower oil

sea salt

vegan mayo for dressing

 

  1. Cut zucchini lengthwise making thin slices
  2. Cut large bell pepper into 4
  3. Over medium heat, warm griddle then arrange slices of zucchini and bell pepper
  4. Drizzle or brush sunflower oil in slices of vegetables then sprinkle sea salt
  5. Grill until veggies are soft and aromatic
  6. Prepare the sandwich. Warm slices of bread in a toaster
  7. Arrange grilled zucchini and bell pepper
  8. Add vegan mayo on top
  9. Makes 2 servings

 

Arrange slices of zucchini and bell pepper on griddle

 

Turn over the other side when veggies are well- grilled

 

Grilled zucchini and bell pepper is perfect to pair with juice or smoothie. Can be served as brunch or light dinner with pasta.

 

Guava Mint Sorbet

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon

 

 

Guava is extraordinary rich in Vit. C, lycopene and antioxidants which is good for the skin.  and regulates blood pressure. Mint is calming and soothing herb that aids indigestion and upset stomach. It improves oral health, and clears up congestion of nose and throat. A natural stimulant as well that relieves fatigue and depression. Fruit sorbet is perfect to serve during summer!

 

1 large ripe guava apple

or 5 medium size ripe guavas

2 tbsp chopped mint

honey or sugar as sweetener

2 tbsp flaxseed

6 cups water

ice cubes

1 lime

 

  1. Wash thoroughly ripe guava and chop to small cubes
  2. Wash mint leaves then chop
  3.  Using squeezer, squeeze slices of lime then set aside the juice
  4. Using blender, combine guava, mint, ice cube, lime juice, and flax seed.
  5. Blend until smooth
  6. Pour mixture in a freezer container rigid glass or small plastic tub then freeze for 12-15 hrs.
  7. Using fork, scrape the mixture after 4 hrs. then after every 2 hrs. to form ice crystal
  8. Makes 4-5 servings.

 

 

French Beans and Pasta Salad

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon

 

French beans or green beans are great to eat crunchy and little raw by blanching in boiling water. It has concentrated chlorophyll like beta-carotene that can be found in tomatoes and carrots. Green beans are excellent source of Vitamin K which our body requires for complete protein synthesis in blood and to help build strong bones.

Fresh spinach is heathy source of fiber and has Vit. K, high in Vit. C, folate, calcium, magnesium, and manganese. Choose the green dark leaf which has full concentration of chlorophyll like green beans.

While mustard seeds contain protein, calcium, and excellent source of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. It has also Vit. E and Vit. A that is a great nutrient for hair growth.

 

 

200gms Bucatini pasta or spaghetti pasta

handful French beans (wash and snap the ends)

handful freshly picked spinach leaves (wash properly)

1 tbsp mustard seeds

4 cloves garlic

2 lemons, slice in wedges

200 gms slices of mushroom

¼ cup olive oil for pasta

4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil for dressing

2tbsp olive oil for saute

sea salt and pepper to season

 

  1. Cook pasta according to instructions. Drain pasta and pour 1/4 cup olive oil and properly mix in pasta then set aside.
  2. Using a small pan over medium heat, warm olive oil for 5 seconds then saute garlic until light brown then add mushroom then saute for 10 minutes. Season with salt, set aside.
  3. Blanch French beans in a large bowl by pouring boiling water just enough for the beans and cover the bowl. Leave it for 3-4minutes. Drain and set aside.
  4. Prepare the salad. In a large bowl or plate, transfer the pasta and mix the French beans, mushroom, fresh spinach leaves.
  5. Prepare the dressing by mixing lemon juice and olive oil. Then drizzle in salad.
  6. Add mustard seeds and mix it properly.
  7. Serve French beans and pasta salad with slices of lemon wedges. Season with salt.
  8. You can serve it cold or in room temperature.
  9. Makes 3-4 servings.

Note: Bucatini pasta is larger than spaghetti pasta

 

Enjoying last few bites of french beans and pasta salad. Perfectly serve with french toast and coffee on the side.

 

Coconut and Fruit Salad

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon

 

Eat raw coconut meat, it is loaded with manganese, potassium and copper for proper heart function and muscle growth. Better use natural coconut milk rather than heavy cream full of chemicals and preservatives.

Palm nut and sweetened coconut meat can be bought in Asian stores. It is a Philippine product that we use to mix in halo-halo dessert. Like coconut fruit salad, the difference is it is not frozen but served with shaved ice and top with ice cream.

Relax your mind and have a bite of this yummy frozen coconut meat and fruit salad!

 

 

1 can fruit cocktail 450g (drain the syrup)

1 cup palm nut (sweetened jelly bean-shaped palm nut)

1 cup nata de coco (square sweetened coconut meat)

1 cup raw coconut meat

1 cup coconut water

500 gms shredded coconut meat

 

  1. In a large bowl mix fruit cocktail, palm nut, nata de coco and shredded coconut.
  2. Mix some sweet liquid from palm nut and nata de coco. About 4—6 tbsp.
  3. Use natural coconut milk. By using a blender, puree soft coconut meat and coconut water until liquid becomes white.
  4. Pour coconut milk in salad and mix thoroughly.
  5. Transfer fruit and coconut salad in a container with cover.
  6. Bring to freezer for 8-12 hours.
  7. Serve frozen. Makes 5-6 servings

 

Note:

If you prefer al-natural fruit salad, choose fruits that are soft to bite like pineapple, peaches, and papaya then chop it in small bits. You can also add some cherries or seedless sweet grapes.

 

Kaong or jelly bean-shaped palm nut is famous in Filipino dessert called “Halo-halo”

 

Use natural milk made of coconut meat and coconut water puree in a blender

 

 

Gazpacho

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon

 

To make vegetarian Gazpacho soup, omit the anchovy paste, instead use only natural chopped red tomatoes. By using zucchini instead of chopped cucumber makes a different version of warm Gazpacho soup which tastes better. Zucchini is high in potassium, calcium, magnesium, folate, and protein and high in omega-3 fatty acids.

 

 

For the soup

1 ½ kilo red tomatoes

1 large zucchini

2 large red bell pepper

1 large bell pepper

4 cups vegetable stock

2 cups water

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. red wine vinegar

1 red onion, chopped

sea salt

freshly cracked black pepper

2 tbsp. chopped basil

 

for Garlic Croutons

4 tbsp. olive oil

2 head garlic, minced

croutons

 

  1. Peel and deseed red tomatoes before chopping. Set aside
  2. Chop zucchini and bell pepper into small cubes. Set aside
  3. Chop red onion and set aside.
  4. In a deep casserole, combine vegetable stock, red wine vinegar, olive oil, red tomatoes, zucchini, bell pepper and simmer for 15 minutes over high heat.
  5. Using blender, puree 3 cups of soup then return the puree to casserole to combine. Add chopped onions and freshly chopped basil and simmer for another 15 minutes.
  6. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
  7. Transfer to a bowl and cover to chill for four hours.
  8. Serve with garlic croutons and chopped basil.

 

To make garlic croutons

  1. Using non-stick pan over medium heat warm 4 tbsp. olive oil then add minced garlic. Saute until light brown. Adjust heat if necessary not to burn the garlic.
  2. Add croutons until golden brown and mix with garlic.

 

Gazpacho is a Spanish-style soup made from tomatoes and other vegetables and spices, served cold. Perfectly pair with grilled ciabatta or toasted bread brushed in olive oil.

 

Related Post:

How to peel and deseed tomatoes:

http://www.creativegetarian.com/2014/11/07/how-to-peel-tomatoes/

How to make vegetable stock:

http://www.creativegetarian.com/2014/10/23/how-to-make-vegetable-stock/

 

 

Vegan Menudo

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon

 

 

Menudo is a Filipino dish simmer in tomato sauce. It is like the version of chili beans except Menudo is made of carrots and potatoes. In this recipe, we use defatted flour or Textured Vegetable Flour (TVP) is a highly nutritious soy product. It is a complete protein without fat that is excellent alternative to meat. A good source of dietary fiber, iron, magnesium and phosphorous. Whatever recipe you want to create, TVP makes a wide variety of dishes. Make sure that you buy TVP that is 100% gluten-free.

 

2 cups gluten-free TVP

5 potatoes, chopped in small cube

2 carrots, chopped in small cube

2 bell pepper, chopped in small size

1 stalk celery, chopped

½  cup cooked green peas

1/2 cup vegetable broth for saute

4-6 cups vegetable broth for simmering

1 cup tomato sauce

2 tbsp. tomato paste

2-3 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp. palm oil

4-6 cloves garlic, chopped

2 bay leaf

1 onion, chopped

Freshly cracked black pepper

Sea salt

 

  1. In a large sauce pan over medium heat, warm palm oil and saute garlic until you can smell the aroma then add chopped onions and saute for 3 minutes.
  2. Add tomato paste then saute for 2 minutes.
  3. Add potatoes and carrots and saute for 2 minutes then add ½ cup vegetable broth then saute for 5 minutes then add 1 cup tomato sauce
  4. Add soy sauce, bay leaf and 2 cups gluten-free TVP and 4-6 cups of vegetable broth then cover to simmer for 20-25 minutes until potatoes and carrots become soft.
  5. Add cooked green peas and the rest of the ingredients.
  6. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  7. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with rice

 

Enjoy Vegan Menudo with rye bread or rice

 

 

Herbed Pepper with Lemon

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon

 

Red bell peppers are high in Vitamin C and contains phytochemicals and carotenoids particularly beta-carotene which is a great antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory benefits. And lemons are also high in Vitamin C and potassium than apple and grapes that is good for the heart.

Chopped fresh basil mixed with chopped garlic, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, and oregano either fresh or dry herbs mix together is the most practical way to save money than buying Italian herbs in a pack. Herbed Peppers with Lemons can be served as side dish or appetizer. You can also serve this in mushroom sauce.

 

1 medium size zucchini, slice thinly

1 medium size eggplant, slice thinly

5-6 medium size red or green bell pepper, chopped into 4

2 lemons, slice thinly

1 sweet onion, slice thinly

6 cloves garlic, minced

½ tsp. thyme, chopped

1 tsp. rosemary, chopped

½ tsp. marjoram, chopped

½ tsp. oregano, chopped

handful fresh basil, chopped

sea salt

white pepper, crushed

4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

 

for the sauce:

1 tbsp. olive oil

2 cloves, chopped

2 tbsp. dark soy sauce

1 tbsp. unbleached flour, dissolve in warm water

sea salt

1 cup vegetable broth or water

chopped herbs

sea salt

2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

 

  1. Arrange all the vegetables including lemon in a large foil. Make sure top is also covered.You can also do this in an open grill method.
  2. Add minced garlic and all the chopped herbs of thyme, rosemary, oregano, and basil.
  3. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.
  4. Add sea salt and crushed white pepper to season
  5. Over medium heat, roast mixed veggies for 10-15 minutes, turn to cook other side.
  6. While waiting for the veggies to roast, prepare the sauce.
  7. Over medium heat, warm olive oil in a small sauce pan.
  8. Saute chopped garlic until light brown then add water or vegetable broth
  9. Add dark soy sauce and simmer for 5-7minutes
  10. Add dissolved unbleached flour to thicken the sauce
  11. Season with sea salt and pepper
  12. Pour dark sauce to serve

 

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