Vegetarian meal

The most important thing for vegetarians and vegans to stay vegetarian is to make sure they enjoy what they eat. Another thing is also as important that is, they are getting all the nutrients they need for their health.

Either you are a vegetarian, or are trying to cut back on the mean, make sure your diets are healthy and balanced!

So, what do vegetarians eat? They have a pretty wide range of plant-based food such as: vegetables, fruit, grains, nuts, seeds, pulses or eggs and dairy products to choose from.

Today, we will introduce to you a 3-course vegetarian meal that you are going to love!

Vegetarian meal

Main course

Treat yourself a hearty vegetarian meal with this slow cooker potato and corn chowder recipe.

This chowder is very easy to make and won’t take a long process of preparation. All you need is just 10 minutes to prepare everything. Then the slow cooker will take care of the rest.

Ingredients: You can serve 8 people with this amount of ingredients, if you feel like you can’t finish it at once,just store the rest in the refrigerator.

  • 24 ounces of diced potatoes, big dices will take longer to be done.Slice them in small peaces with best ceramic knives.
  • 16 ounces of frozen corn (1 package)
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • 4 cups of vegetarian stock
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • ½teaspoon of garlic powder
  • (Freshly) ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup of heavy cream
  • Koshering salt

Instructions:

  • Place diced potatoes and frozen corn into your Crock pot (or any kind of slow cookers that you have). Add flour into the slow cooker and gently toss the mixture to combine them.
  • Stir in vegetarian stock, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, oregano up to your taste.
  • Cook it on high heat for about 3 to 4 hours or on low heat for about 7 to 8 hours.

Enjoy:

  • This chowder will taste the best when served warm.
  • You can enjoy this tasty chowder immediately by stirring in butter and heavy cream after the chowder is done.
  • In case you don’t need it right away, you can store it in the refrigerator, it won’t affect the taste much. Remember to not stir in cream and butter until you have done defrosting.

Note: If you’re using a ceramic slow cooker, use plastic utensils that come with it to avoid scratching the ceramic insert. Even the best ceramic pans needs to be taken care of properly.

That’s pretty much it for the main course; let’s move on to the salad.

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Picnic food ideas

What is a better idea for a beautiful Saturday afternoon than to go on a picnic with your favourite people? Picnic is a great opportunity for everyone to bond and become closer to one another and also, to our great Mother Nature.

Food and beverages surely are the most highlighted part of the cruise. Let’s get your act together and treat yourself and your family or friends a nice and memorable picnic with nice and tasty food.

Here are some kid-friendly food ideas we would recommend you to try for yourpicnic day.

Salad: A creamy macaroni salad would always be a good idea for a picnic (15 minutes/4 servings)

  • Cook the pasta for 7 to 8 minutes; only add salt until it becomes tender. Let it drain.
  • Mix mayonnaise and ½ cup of yogurt, Dijon mustard, ½ teaspoon curry powder and salt, to taste. Stir in pasta, 1 grated carrot, 1 very finely chopped celery stalk and 6 very finely chopped sweet pickles. Add freshly ground pepper to taste.

Sandwich: Ham and cheese muffaletta (15 minutes/8 servings)

  • Cook 100g trimmed green beans with water about 2 – 3 minutes or until tender-crisp. Drain beans and rinse them with cold water. Chop beans and stir them with 2 tablespoon mayonnaise and 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard.
  • Inside the sandwich: Spread lettuce in the bottom layer, then half of the apple slices, then green bean mixture. Layer with ham, cheese and remaining apple slices.

picnic cooler

Kebabs: Greek pork kebabs (15 minutes/4 servings)

  • Mix ¼ cup olive oil, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons oregano, 1 tablespoon red wine, 1 tablespoon chopped thyme, 2 teaspoons chopped garlic, ½ teaspoon lemon rind, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper. Stand for 10 – 30 minutes.
  • Thread pork on skewers (if you use wooden ones, soak them for 30 minutes in advance). Grill pork for 10 minutes, turn occasionally or until the edges become browned and cooked through.
  • Combine and stir 1 cup yogurt, 1 teaspoon chopped garlic and ½ teaspoon salt to make yogurt sauce.
  • Serve pork along with yogurt sauce; add more vegetables if you like.

Drink: Kiwi yogurt (10 minutes/4 servings)

  • Stir 6 finely chopped kiwi with 3 tablespoons honey and 1 tablespoon lemon zest.
  • Alternate layers of kiwi and 1,5 cups yogurt spooned into 4 cups.
  • Serve immediately.
Fruit: You should bring fresh fruit – easy to eat fruits
  • A picnic can’t be completed without fruits. Fruits are a fundamental factor in any picnics, you just can’t skip it.
  • Fruit should be washed and cut.
  • Some kinds of fruits people often bring when going on a picnic are: cherries, grapes, strawberries or raspberries, melons, oranges, apples, pineapples…
Snacks and desserts:
  • Snacks: Bring snacks such as: crackers, nuts, cakes, cookies… so you can save a lot of time and also, they are easier for transportation.
  • Desserts: Fresh pastries like fruit tarts, chocolate-covered strawberries….

Water and ice: Water is extremely important, never forget this!

  • Basic water is everything: Remember to bring enough water for everyone to make sure no one is getting dehydrated, especially kids and during summer days.
  • Cubed Ice: to complete your drinks and is also used to keep your food fresh in case you don’t have an ice box cooler. If you use ice to store your food, remember to put them into a plastic bag so cold water won’t leak all over your food.
Other types of beverages:
  • There is a wide range of kid-friendly beverages for you to choose from: soft drinks, juices, milk…
  • You can make your own fruit smoothies such as: Banana, strawberry, pineapple, raspberry, and carrot… smoothie or you can just combine some of them together to create an exotic flavour. Make them at home and bring them to the picnic site using a cooler for camping.

When you are basically done with your food and beverages, let’s move on and prepare other things:

Picnic basket:

  • Should be sturdy, roomy and lightweight.
  • Choose the right size (depends on the number of people) and fabric (depends on the kind of places).

Sheet or blanket: Preferably water repellent

  • Large enough to have enough room for all people and picnic-goers.
  • Must be lightweight and folds down small to fit in the picnic basket and easier to carry around.

Hygienic products:Sticky hands will ruin all the fun.

  • Napkins/towels, wet wipes, hand cleanser.

Tableware:

  • You will always need plates and cups, a knife and a cut board

Cooler and thermos flasks: Especially a good cooler is always needed in every season.

  • You will need to keep your food and beverages fresh and chilled.
  • A cooler will prevent your food especially the raw ones, from harbouring bacteria. For example in this case, when you have to bring raw meat to make grilled kebabs.
  • You should choose a best cooler for camping because it is exclusively designed to store your food on the move and in a long time outside.

Camera:Capture the best moments with your camera

  • Taking pictures is a best way to keep memorable moments.

Plastic Bags: Remember to always clean up before leaving the picnic site! Don’t litter the beautiful the scenery.

  • Pack all your trash into the plastic bags and throw them into trash bins.

Golden Leaf needs to spice things up

You’re halfway ’round the world when you walk into Golden Leaf, a new Malaysian restaurant in Chinatown. It’s decorated to evoke a Southeast Asian seaside kampong (village) with giant glass murals of turquoise water and palm trees. Burnished rocks peek through the wooden slats of the raised floor and the tables and chairs look as if they’ve been constructed of wicker fronds. Except for the incongruous 1970s r & b background music, you’d think you were at a beach resort on the Strait of Malacca.

Malaysian – with its Indian, Chinese, Thai and indigenous influences – is true fusion cuisine. And Golden Leaf is a striking setting in which to enjoy this vibrantly colorful and robustly seasoned fare. If only the kitchen didn’t hold back on the spices. Presumably the staff thinks the vivid flavors of Malay cooking may overwhelm non-Malays.

Malaysian-style, stir-fried radish cake ($5.95) – a mix of gooey, Chinese sausage-studded radish cake, shrimp, sprouts and scallions – seems deliberately under-soy sauced. The chicken curry in which you dunk flaky ($3.50) crepe isn’t as fiery as it might be. And tempura-light, fried anchovy ($6.50) aren’t really anchovies – they’re less-assertive fried whitebait.

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Pineapple banana strawberry smoothie for your hot summer days

Nothing quenches your thirst and craving better than a cool and fruity smoothie in a hot summer day!

Even better, you can make your own recipe with the very common ingredients and probably are available in your fridge. Complete your hot, summer afternoon by chilling by the lake or a pool, sipping your tasty smoothie while chit chatting with your family or friends.

Making your own smoothie does not only guarantee you the sanitation and freshness but you can also customize the recipe to cater to your taste.

You have a sweet tooth and crave for sweet smoothies but worried about derailing your diet?

A Pineapple, strawberry and banana smoothie is one of the best choices out there for you. What’s good with this smoothie is that it is gluten free, sweet enough hence you don’t have to add extra sugar so you don’t have to worry about your diet.

This is a pineapple strawberry banana smoothie recipe for your reference (of courseyou can create your own recipe by changing the proportion to your liking. You can even add extra ingredients such as: coconut water or honey or juices…).

banana strawberry smoothie

It will take only several minutes from preparation to final product if your fruits are already readied. The only challenging part would be peeling and coring the pineapple which is pretty time-consuming, but it’s worth it anyway because fresh pineapple compliments the smoothie well. If you don’t have fresh pineapple, you can use canned pineapple instead but of course it won’t taste as good.

Ingredients:You can replace fresh fruits with your frozen fruits if it’s more convenient for you.

  • Half pint of fresh, stem removed strawberries, cut them in half.
  • Half pint of pineapple:

Pineapple adds a tropical vibe to the smoothie.

After you have finished preparing the pineapple but peeling and coring it, chop it into small cubes.

  • 2 fresh, peeled bananas, cut them vertically in half then slice them into small chunks, we’re supposed to have 16 pieces per each banana.

Bananas are very substantial to the smoothie since they add creaminess, fluffiness and fullness to it, even without milk or yogurt.

The riper the bananas get, the sweeter they will be, if you prefer a sweeter taste, choose the very ripe bananas, they are also cheaper since bananas tend to ripen quickly.

  • ¾ cup of water (you can change water with pineapple juice, coconut water, orange juice or anything that you prefer). This is because you need to add fluid to blend everything in and also help your blender get going.
  • 1 or 2 containers of low-fat lime or lemon yogurt.
  • 2 cups of cubed ice (disposable).

You can make 6 servings out of this.

Extra ingredients:

  • Make your smoothie more nutritional balance by adding a few tablespoons of one of these following things. (You can choose one, or mix some of them together):

Sunflower seeds, almonds, coconut meat, pumpkin seeds, hemp, china seeds…

Virgin coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil…

  • Add more sweetness by:

Raw honey, molasses, pitted dates…

  • Add more protein:

Some scoops of protein powder.

Of course, you don’t necessarily need to add the exact right amount of each ingredient, just use how much you need, you can’t go wrong! Everyone has a different taste. Who knows, you would be pleasantly surprised.

Blending

Add the fruits first: Pour strawberries, bananas and pineapple into the blender, blend it for a while.

Next, add the remaining ingredients such as: ice, milk, yogurt…

Blend them until the substance becomes smooth. A mixture of smoothie like this will serve you calories, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, protein, sodium, iron, folate, phosphorus, Vitamin A and C…

Serving:

Serve immediately in enjoy the best quality of the freshly made smoothie.

If you prefer a colder taste, store the smoothie in the fridge to make cool it down.

In case you don’t want to add ice since it will water down your smoothie, you can use frozen fruits to make the smoothie instead of using fresh ones

What if you are planning to go for a picnic or a bike trip?

No problem! Just store the freshly made smoothie in an ice chest or an ice cooler, that way you can keep your smoothie chilled, fresh and prevent bad bacteria from growing while on the move.

Summer is the time when people decide to go on a picnic with their family, friends or their colleagues. Make sure to choose the best ice chest to keep your foods and beverage in the best condition and prevent food poisoning, especially in the summer since bacteria grow best in warm temperatures.

Let’s get into it and boost up your summer day with your DIY pineapple banana strawberry smoothie!

How To Make A Kale Shake

How To Make A Kale Shake

Kale Shakes have become popular for breakfast, largely due to Joe Rogan, a comedian. He has one every morning, alongside a Bulletproof Coffee. This shake has nutrients that supposedly make people lose weight, feel healthier and as though they are able to kick some ass. Inadvertently, there are some downsides to it if you choose to drink a raw kale shake, but there are a lot of recipes you can use that are not raw kale and are nonetheless delicious and healthy. Joe Rogan has his own recipe, but there are a few more others that have been tried by many people and loved all the same as they are also healthy, just like the original recipe.

Joe Rogan Kale Shake Recipe

  • 4 stalks kale
  • 4 celery stems
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 pear
  • 1/2″ ginger
  • 8 oz. water (optional, to help items blend together more smoothly)

These items should be blended together in a heavy duty blender, such as Vitamix or BlendTech.

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Kale Smoothie Recipes For a Healthy Lifestyle

Kale Smoothie Recipes For a Healthy Lifestyle

Kale To The Chief

The phrase “kale smoothie” often elicits a grimace from the face of someone listening to that expression. Kale, despite its growing popularity, is still relatively shunned compared to its leafy green cousins spinach and cabbage.  Mixing it into a thick textured smoothie won’t automatically improve the situation. However by throwing in apples and oranges, for example, fruits, carrots, pineapple, bananas, or strawberries, it can become a surprisingly refreshing and tasty beverage.

There are numerous kale smoothie recipes that not only provide a great, refreshing taste in the morning or afternoon, but they’re also full of vitamins, antioxidants and anti-cancer properties to keep you healthy. These refreshing green beverages are a great way to detox your body and get your health back on track. Smoothies made with kale may not at first sound as appetizing as say a chocolate milkshake, but they can be just as tasty. They’re also refreshing in the summer, and you can add a few blocks of ice to keep you cool.

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A Kale Salad Recipe for the Ages

A Kale Salad Recipe for the Ages

Kale salads are so hot now that any fashionable restaurant in Manhattan that aspires to be something great knows they must serve a great kale salad. There are a number of kale salad recipes our there. This one is our favorites. Kale is becoming increasingly popular across the world, not just because it tastes great, but for its nutritional benefits. Kale is packed full of vitamins, and it’s perfect to use in juices, smoothies, soups and salads.

Raw kale salads suit vegans and people who are sticking to a gluten free diet as well. They can be detoxifying for your body, and leave you feeling great. Salads made with kale are popular for their health benefits, but also because the recipes produce beautiful bowls of color that will look great for guests.  While curly kale is the most often used for kale salad, experiment with the other types of kale.

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Quick and Easy Roasted Kale Recipe

Quick and Easy Roasted Kale Recipe

Kale doesn’t really seem like the type of food that’s made for roasting. It’s a leafy green that looks better suited for salads and soups. But roasted kale is a healthy and tasty snack that’s not only a nice change from potato chips, but also provides good nutrition as its high in vitamin A, potassium and iron. When preparing this crispy treat, you can modify the recipe according to your preferred taste and adjust the recipe to suit the occasion. You can purchase kale at your local grocery store, supermarket or farmers market. It has gained a massive following over recent years and is considered to be one of the ‘superfoods,’ and is therefore becoming easier to come across than before.

Oven roasted kale is easy to make: the recipe calls for only a short list of ingredients, and only a small amount of time and energy. The main thing you need to take care of is to keep an eye on you’re the greens while they sit in the oven as you don’t want them blackened!

 Roasted Kale

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A Delicious Kale Salad Dressing

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With so many health benefits to kale, it’s no wonder this leafy green has become the newest ‘superfood.’ Kale is rich in antioxidants with vitamins A, C and K. It’s also rich in iron, fiber and calcium.  There are many different kale salad recipes out there, as kale goes well with anything from walnuts, dried cranberries, apple, quinoa, cucumber or tomatoes.

It goes without saying that for any kale salad recipe, you will need a kale salad dressing that accompanies it well.  You can also try raw salad if you’re on a raw food diet or just want to make the most of the nutrients which are in your ingredients, especially the kale.

Kale Salad Dressing

 

The beauty of kale is that there are so many dressings that would match. You can keep things simple with just a splash of olive oil and balsamic for your kale. You could sweeten the dressing for kale salad by adding a teaspoon of honey to the mix, or adding a punch of flavor with some crushed garlic. Another way to add garlic to your kale salad dressing is to create the dressing about six hours beforehand and put it in a jar. Pop one whole clove of garlic into the jar and let the dressing sit in the fridge. When it’s ready to pour on the salad, it’ll have a lovely garlic taste to it. Using balsamic vinegar in your helps to break down the fibers in the kale salad leaves, therefore making it softer and easier to chew.

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Kale Chips Nutrition

Kale Chips Nutrition

A snack that’s healthy, cheap, easy to make and delicious seems too good to be true. Which is why so many people are curious about kale chips nutrition. The kale chips nutrition facts can be difficult to understand because nutrient levels are affected by whether you eat choose to eat roasted kale chips or whether you consume the kale raw.

Kale has a natural deep color. This deep color means this leafy green, the latest food to acquire the ‘superfood’ label, has highly concentrated nutrients. So you can expect to find antioxidant and inflammatory properties for your body, and the best part is, these properties are only slightly diminished when you roast kale, unless you’re roasting your kale to a black crisp, which we don’t recommend for taste or nutritional reasons. The nutritional qualities doesn’t vary greatly once roasted from that of raw kale.

Kale Chips Nutrition

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