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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.

Salad

The main course is pretty hearty so let’s try to make a strawberry, quinoa and chopped spinach salad.

This salad is also very easy to make and only take 30 minutes to get done.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup of warm, cooked quinoa
  • 3 tablespoons of crumbled goat cheese
  • 2/3 cup of chopped strawberries
  • 2 cups of roughly chopped baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons of pecan pieces
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Instructions:

  • Quinoa: Cook the quinoa with the proportion of rice to water is ½ (1 quinoa/2 water). Cook for 15 minutes or until water is thoroughly absorbed.
  • Dressings: Combine all the ingredients to taste. If you want more of a tart dressing, add vinegar, if you want a sweeter taste, add maple syrup.
  • Pecans: Toast the pecans for about 5 minutes or until they are fragrant and golden (remember to stir it often).
  • Mix: Add a cup of warm quinoa and mix it with the goat cheese, salt and pepper. Continue to mix in the strawberries and spinach, and then add in the dressing.

Enjoy:

  • After you have done mixing, top the salad with pecan pieces.
  • Serve immediately.

Dessert

Let’s finish off our vegetarian meal with this strawberry mousse which contains only 3 plant-based ingredients.

This will only take you a couple of minute to finish.

Ingredients: 4 servings.

  • 2 cups of sliced strawberries
  • 2 cups of firm, drained tofu
  • 3 tablespoons of agave sweetener

Instructions:

  • Start by blending strawberries first. When the mixture turns into a paste, add tofu in.
  • When the mousse starts to thicken that seems hard to blend, add the agave syrup.
  • The mousse should be ready when it is smooth completely.

Enjoy:

  • Depends on how you want the mousse texture to be, chill it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or even overnight if you prefer a firm texture.
  • Use grated/shaved dark dairy-free chocolate and a few strawberries to serve.

And there you have it, a hearty, tasty vegetarian meal for your family. Hope you enjoy!

Detox Drinks for Cleansing, Weight Loss, and Daily Enjoyment

When it comes to cleansing your body, using detox drinks is definitely one of the beneficial and simplest ways out there. Not only detoxing with drinks can help you cleanse your body, they also help you lose weight safely and feed your body necessary nutrients and give your digestive system a break.

Whether you want to cut back on sugar, or want to flush out toxins from your systems, detox drinks can do the job perfectly. A great thing about detox drinks is they are a great regimen for cleansing and losing weight while being tasteful at the same time. What a great combination to ever have.

Everyone has a different taste so it’s hard for one recipe to cater to all. Therefore, we are going to introduce to you two recipes for tasteful and beneficial detox drinks.

Cocktail Detox

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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.

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!

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 or keep it in your best soft cooler with ice outside before using.

Having a kale shake in the morning means you can drink it on the move, and if it’s the first thing you ingest for the day your body can absorb the nutrients quickly. Some people may also find having kale and other fresh, raw ingredients in liquid form easier to digest in the morning, rather than having a large or heavy meal which can make you feel lethargic later on in the day. A green smoothie is also also handy if you’re running late, because it’s very quick to make and you can drink it on the move.

We recommend shakes that include ginger. Ginger also contains many antioxidant properties, and the zest adds a spicy and pungent flavor to your kale shakes to make it taste great, and hide any bitter vegetable flavors. Smoothies made out of kale generally include raw ingredients, meaning you get the most vitamins out of each ingredient. Kale juice, while also delicous and refreshing, is quite a bit different from enjoying Kale as a shake or smoothie. Looking for a different twist?  You can check out our kale juice recipe as well!

Kale Smoothie Recipes

Delicious!

The most important thing when making these smoothies is to have fun! Don’t be afraid to try new ingredients, and you never know what new flavors you might discover. Kale smoothies are a good substitute for coffee in the morning – they’re lower in fat, and they provide your body with a lot more vitamins! Kale also contains calcium, although if you want to add milk or yogurt to your kale smoothie recipe, why not give it a go?

Different types of flavors:

Sweet:

You can also ensure you have sweet fruits on hand by storing frozen bananas and mangoes, to add to the kale smoothie. This will help to balance out the spicy ginger flavor with the vegetable flavors. Berries are another great way to add a sweet touch to your kale shake, and they can also be stored frozen so they last longer. Berries are also high in antioxidants.

Sour:

To create a sour flavor to your kale smoothie, add a squeeze of lemon, orange or lime.

Recipe:

1 cup chilled water
2 kale leaves
a pinch of freshly zested ginger
1 apple
1 banana
1/4 cup of mint leaves

Combine all the ingredients in a a blender. If you prefer, you can leave lumps of banana in the smoothie to add texture and sweetness. Pour the liquid into a glass, add an extra sprig of mint for decoration, and enjoy! Your very own kale shake to start the day.

A word about preparing kale and whether to remove the whole stem: Whether you decide to keep the kale stems on depends on what you wish to prepare kale for. For a kale salad, the stem isn’t usually removed, You may want to remove the whole stem when making a kale smoothie, in your kale juice recipe, or also for kale chips.

The array of great kale recipes are only limited by the imagination.  But, don’t forget to write them down to remember for next time!

Green Smoothie Recipes Kale

The Health Benefits

Below are list of some of kale’s health benefits.

  • This green is a rich source of iron.
  • Vitamin C present in this vegetable can help prevent heart disease.
  • Vitamin A enhances vision.
  • Vitamin K helps in blood-coagulating.
  • Cancer prevention agents, for example, flavonoids and carotenoids.
  • Calcium helps bone health. Minerals exhibit in kale may also helps keep cholesterol levels down.

Here are two tasty green smoothie recipes utilizing kale.

Ten Great Kale Smoothie Recipes

1. The Strawberry – Pineapple – Kale Smoothie Ingredients: Frozen pounded kale (2 glasses), solidified pineapple (1 container), solidified strawberries (1 glass), unsweetened almond drain (1 mug) and vanilla Greek yogurt (1/4 mug). Blend all the parts in a blender and  mix.

2. Kale- Apple Smoothie An easier and lighter green smoothie with kale formula is the particular case that uses fruits. Ingredients

  • kale (2 glasses)
  • celery (2 stalks)
  • banana (1, medium size)
  • fruit (1 extensive and unpeeled)
  • lemon squeeze (2 tablespoons) and pulverized ice.

Include all the parts into a blender and mix until smooth.

3. Honey-kale Smoothie Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 mug spinach
  • 1 cucumber
  • ½ mug of kale
  • 1 tablespoon hemp powder
  • Include some ice or a little water
  • Mix in a blender

4. Cranberry kale smoothie Ingredients

  • Cranberry or squeezed orange
  • 1 orange
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 mug of kale
  • 1/2 sprig of celery
  • 1/2 carrot
  • 4-6 bits of Ice

5. Banana kale orange Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 large banana, sliced, frozen
  • 1 large orange, peeled, sectioned
  • 2 cups cold water
  • ½ mug of kale
  • 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled
  • 4 cups torn chard leaves, stems removed

6. Celery kale smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 cup kale
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup diced, seeded cucumber
  • 1/4 cup fresh leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest

7. Cucumber kale smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cucumber, seeded
  • 2 cups torn kale leaves, stems removed
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon raw coconut oil

8. Coconut milk kale smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, sliced, frozen
  • 4 cups chopped kale stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk

9. Carrot kale smoothie Ingredients:

  • Kale and one or two small apples and oranges to increase the sweetness.
  • Add Cucumbers and watermelon.

10. Kale ginger Smoothie Recipe

  • Nuts
  • Goji berries, cocoa nibs
  • Blackstrap Molasses
  • Spirulina
  • Kale
  • Ginger – fresh ginger is a great immunity booster!

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

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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