Simple and Fresh Pesto

I love basil! And this year is the first year we actually have happy basil plants. It can only mean one thing: PESTO TIME!

Pesto is so fresh and delicious it’s always very exciting to have some in the kitchen. The traditional recipes call for pine nuts, but, hum, these are really expensive! I kept things simple using ingredients that are always in my pantry, and I’m more than satisfied with the result. Here’s my simple, simple, simple pesto recipe!

Here’s what you need:

  • Enough fresh basil to fill up your blender, about 5 cups (leaves and tender stems)
  • 2 tbs tahini
  • 2 tbs almond butter
  • 1-2 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbs nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 whole lemon, rind removed
  • 1 tsp salt (I used coarse sea salt)
  • pepper, chipotle pepper flakes, or red pepper flakes to taste

Here’s what you do:

  1. Wash the basil and pat dry.
  2. Transfer all the ingredients, but the olive oil, into your blender and blend.
  3. Slowly add the olive oil until you get your desired consistency.
  4. Transfer to an air-tight container and keep in the fridge.
  5. Enjoy on everything!

I love this pesto because it is great on everything: sandwiches, as a salad dressing and, of course, pasta. I used raw kelp noodles for a lighter no cook meal, and it was delicious! Let me know what your recipe for pesto is!

 

I’ve been away juicing!

For the last couple of months, I’ve had a lot of trouble finding foods that made me feel good and energized. Either the food I craved was too heavy and would make me fall asleep (I took a lot of naps!) feeling like a giant slug, or it was not nourishing enough and would leave me hangry. It came to a point where all my thoughts and decisions were around food, and, trust me, that’s not healthy! I spent a lot of time reading and watching documentaries (resources coming up in my next post!), and I decided to try out incorporating lots and lots and lots and lots of greens to every meal.

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I started with super green smoothies incorporating spinach, baby kale, arugula and spirulina. It was a revolution! I finally didn’t feel like I needed to go back to bed as soon as I had breakfast, and that was amazing! When making my smoothies, I always aimed for 3/4 greens to 1/4 fruits. I also added some protein powder or pumpkin seeds to make it a complete meal. The finishing touch: 1 or 2 nuts or some chia seeds for some healthy fats. These smoothies not only taste good, they are packed with nutrients! After starting my days with these for a few days, I could see a real difference in my energy levels. I am completely hooked on them!

Because greens had such an amazing effect, I decided to take it one step further and invest in a juicer. I watched so many videos comparing different juicers, but I finally set my heart (and money) on an Omega juicer. I’ve never been so happy to spend almost 400$ on a machine! The juicer is super easy to use, easy to clean and takes little space on my counter. This machine feels strong and sturdy. I’m also very pleased with the 10 years guarantee.  The best part of it all though is that this is an amazing juicer!

I’ve been using it to juice lots and lots of leafy greens like kale, parsley, spinach, coriander, lettuce and cabbage without any issue. Harder vegetables are just as easy: beets (and their greens) and carrots just zoom through. And, of course, everything in between is super simple as well: cucumber, apples, lemons, limes, ginger, turmeric and celery. There’s just nothing this machine can’t juice!

In my opinion, the omega is worth every penny. The first time I made juice with this machine, I was really surprised to see how delicious it was! I was expecting something that tasted very green, in a I’m-only-drinking-this-because-it’s-healthy kind of way. I was surprised to see how good it tasted to me and even more surprised to find myself craving green juice! That’s right, I now have my daily dose of green juice, and I just can’t skip it! After a month of juicing, I feel so much more energized and clean, from the inside out. Additionally to this, my skin has improved, my hair and nails grow stronger and faster and I crave less junk food. Completely hooked on that too!

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The only downsize to juicing is the quatity of vegetables that is needed. I’ve been astonishing cashiers in my neighbourhood when I check out with 12 heads of lettuce, 4 heads of celery and all the greens they had. After a few weeks, it seemed like an unsustainable habbit for my budget. I decided to give the farm next door a try: there, I am able to find some fresh, local and organic vegetables for a very fair price. My trick: to go at the end of the day and sweep up everything that’s left. Much more sustainable than the grocery store, it also means I get organic veggies everyday!

Anyways, all this to say that if you are on the fense about buying a juicer or have trouble with your energy levels, adding more greens might be a great area to explore. I really hope you’ll give it a try and tell me how it makes you feel!

Protein cookies: these are addictive!

My gym stocks Complete Cookies by Lenny and Larry … and these cookies are addictive! I mean, you train really hard and then you get to stuff your face with these delicious cookies. It’s a bit counterproductive, but they are hard to resist! Anyways, when I realized they were not particularly good for you (lots of fats and sugars) and had a ton of ingredients (including palm oil), I decided to try and make my own.

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I stumbled upon this very detailed recipe and decided to give it a try. I changed it a bit, and I thought I’d share my favourite flavours here.

Here is what you need for 2 big cookies or 4 regular cookies:

  • 3 tbs almond flour
  • 30 g protein powder (I used Iron Vegan’s vanilla athlete’s blend)
  • 2 tbs nut or seed butter
  • 1 tsp to 1tbs coconut nectar or maple syrup (depending on your taste)
  • 2-3 tbs oat milk

Flavour combinations:

  • Birthday cake: 1 tsp vanilla extract + 1 tbs sprinkles
  • Hazelnut chocolate: 1 tbsp chocolate chips + 1 tbsp whole hazelnuts (also use hazelnut butter if you can find it)
  • Double chocolate: 1 tsp cocoa powder + 1 tbs chocolate chips
  • Choco-coconut: 1 tbs coconut flakes + 1 tbs chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter – chocolate: use peanut butter + 1 tbs chocolate chips

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Here is what you do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F (180C).
  2. Mix all the ingredients for your flavour combination in a large bowl until well combined. You might need to add a bit more milk to make every thing smooth. I found that 3 tbs were good for some of the flavours with dryer ingredients.
  3. Devide the batter to form 2 or 4 cookies.
  4. Place on a lined cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Take out of the oven and let cool completely (if you can) before eating them. Store in an air-tight containter. Enjoy!

I really enjoyed making these because the combinations you can come up with are endless. Since you are only making 2 cookies at a time, you can easily mix and match the flavours.  Let me know if you try this out!

 

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Serving: 1 cookie (half the recipe)

 

 

 

 

 

Herbal Teas Everyone Should Have!

Ah! It’s Fall! How glorious is that? I’m so ready for some colder temperatures, if only because it means I can cozy up with some warm tea in bed with a good book. If you know me, you will know that I’ve been on a tea-buying ban for two years now because my tea collection has gotten out of hand. Yeah. I haven’t bought any tea in two years, and I’d say I still have enough for 3 maybe 4 years… My tea collection has warranted comissioning my boyfriend for a special tea shelf to save room for food and plates in our cupboards. Seriously, if I don’t open up my own tea room someday, I’ll be shocked!

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The only exception to my tea-buying ban has been herbal teas. Free of caffeine, I drink these every day as a gentle healing ritual. Medicinal herbal teas are very potent for small, daily aches, and so they don’t really count as tea, right?

I usually prepare a tea pot mixing a few herbs and spices. I love adding crushed cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, cloves or peppercorns as these spices help me stay warm in the colder months. Over the years, I’ve come to know what I like, and so I gravitate around the same herbs, but really, the possibilities are endless! Here are a few of my most favourite herbal teas.

  1. Oatstraw: Yes, I know. Not only do I have a slight addiction to my morning oatmeal, I also drink oatstraw! Well, what can I say? This plant is wonderful! I like to drink oatstraw herbal tea because it is soothing and calming. Perfect if you are feeling like a buzzball! As it has a very mild taste, it’s a perfect base for all of your herbal tea mixes.
  2. Holy Basil or Tulsi: Another great one if you feel like you need to be more grounded, holy basil supports the nervous system and helps releave stress and anxiety. Plus, it is really yummy!
  3. Nettle: Super rich in nutrients and minerals, stingy nettle is delicious! It has a really “green” taste, and I think it’s one of the best plants for anyone, but especially for women and vegans who are always on the hunt for extra nutrients! Extra points to this one to help releave seasonal allergy symptoms!
  4. Rasberry leaves: Girls, if you have any, and I mean any, issue with your periods, this is the BOMB! It releaves PMS (crazy peach alert, be gone!), cramps, bloathing, heavy flow, and even the length of the period. It’s seriously a magical plant. It’s also very astringent, so I suppose it’s good for everyone, but really a must-have for all women.
  5. Calendula flowers: This one is so pretty! Bright yellow or explosive orange, I love adding these to my teapots as it makes everything more beautiful! These flowers are also very soothing and healing for the digestive track.
  6. Lavender buds: One of my favourite plants ever, lavender buds are so relaxing! I love how they add a touch of Provence to my teas. Plus, they are also great for your immune system. Be careful with this one: a little goes a long way!
  7. Thyme: A stapple in my house since I’ve been a kid, thyme is great for your immune system. Mix in a bit of honey or maple syrup, and you are in business!
  8. Verbena: A classic for a reason, this beautiful herb is lemony and fresh. Also a great one to drink to relax before going to bed or after a heavy meal to aid diggestion.

I hope this will encourage you to explore the facinating world of herbal teas! I easily find my herbs in health food stores and at my local herbalist (I’m very grateful to have such a good one so close by!), but you can also find them online. Be sure to by organic teas! A great option is also to grow them yourself! Calendula are super easy, and so is thyme. Have fun mixing and matching the different herbs and spices to create your own perfect cup of tea! Let me know what your favourites are and if you’d like me to share my favourite mixes!

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Remember that I’m not a doctor or a healthcare specialist. Please consult a doctor before adding these herbal teas into your life if you have any concerns or conditions.

 

Turmeric paste: where were you before?!?

I love golden milk or turmeric lattes, and I’m all for adding more turmeric and its anti-inflammatory goodness to my life. However, I have to admit that preparing this delicious drink from scratch every day is too much for me. I was about to give up, when I stumbled upon an instand drink I had in my tea shelf. This gave me an idea, and I decided to try to make my own turmeric paste. After all, mixing turmeric powder, spices and coconut oil should work, right?

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Well it does. The result is a thick cream that I keep in my fridge, that is ready to go with a “just add water” quality to it. This is perfect for busy nights as I just use one teaspoon of this golden paste in a teacup of hot water or milk. Instant turmeric latte. Yup.

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This clearcly is the answer to all of you lazy cooks (welcome to my corner!) and busy people who need a little bit of TLC (turmeric loving care) in their life. This recipe makes enough for about 2 weeks of daily turmeric drinks and takes 10 minutes to prepare.

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Cheers to that!

Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp of whole black pepper grains
  • 1 quill of true cinnamon
  • 5 tbs coconut oil
  • optional: 1/4 cup of maple syrup or sweetener of choice

Here is what you do:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a small sauce pan on medium heat. Mix well. Bring to a simmer and reduce the heat to keep a soft simmer going. Let sit on the stove for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and transwer your paste to a glass container with an air-tight lid. Keep in the fridge for 2 weeks.
  3. To make your golden milk: Heat up the milk of your choice or water and dissolve 1 tsp of the turmeric paste into it. Enjoy!

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Because this paste has everything to enhance the availability of the turmeric active agents (fat and pepper), it’s full proof! Adding just warm liquid to this makes it so convenient. It really is the best way I have found to make sure that I drink all of that golden magic. Let me know if you try it out!

Coconut yogurt: this time it worked!

I have been trying out different ways to make vegan yogurt, but so far all of my attempts have failed horribly. There is nothing fun about waking up to a weird and pungeant smell and realizing that it is the soy yogurt experiment that has gone wrong… really wrong!

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Last week however, I realized that I had some boxes of coconut milk in my pantry and that they were about to go bad. I decided that this was the perfect excuse to try making vegan yogurt again.

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Now, my budget this summer is pretty tight, so there was no way I was going to spend 50$ (and maybe more) on probiotic pills. I know that these little pills would mean that I would be able to make hundreds of batches of vegan yogurt, but no. I went to my trusted local health food store, and realized that they didn’t even have those pills. So, double no. They did have already made coconut yougurt however. After checking the ingredients and seeing the “live cultures” listed as part of the ingredients, I decided that I could spare this 6$ for my experiment.

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The process of making yogurt is fairly simple. You mix live cultures with your milk, stir everything well, let this sit overnight in a warm place, move everything to the fridge, and voila! I used to love making goat’s milk yogurt and kefir before going vegan, so my hopes were up on this coconut yogurt.

Here is what I used:

  • 1L coconut milk
  • 350g plain store-bought coconut yogurt (I used the one from Silk)

Here is what I did:

  1. In a large container, I mixed the coconut milk and the yogurt with a wisk until everything was homogenous.
  2. I covered the top of my container with a paper towel tied with a rubber band and placed it in my oven (with the light turned on).
  3. 12 hours later I moved the container to the fridge and let the yogurt set for 8 more hours.

The result? Well, you have two options here. The fattier part of the coconut milk yogurt will gatter to the top of your container and give you this incredibly thick and rich yogurt. The bottom part will be more liquid and perfect to add to smoothies. The first option is to keep these two phases separate and to enjoy the great diversity that this recipe gives you. The second option is to take out your trusty wisk and to wisk everything together. The result will be a smooth drinkable yogurt that is perfect for parfaits and smoothies. I have to say I did both and can’t believe how thick and creamy the top layer is.

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The taste of this yogurt is tangy with the slightest coconut aftertaste. It really is super smooth and so delicious. Now, for the next batch, just remember to keep 1 cup of already made yogurt that you will use as a starter. Infinite vegan yogurt, here we come!

Chocolate Cake Protein Balls \\\ Boule Protéinée au chocolat

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In the last few weeks, I have been tracking down how much protein I ate. I started including some protein powder to help me get enough each day, but I have to say that most of them taste like chalk. Well, once incorporated in this recipe, they make everything taste like chocolate cake. Yeah, pretty great.

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup puffed rice cereal
  • 1 tbs raw cocoa powder
  • 4 scoops of vegan chocolate protein powder
  • 4 tbs slivered almonds
  • 1 tbs unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbs peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp marmalade or any other jam you enjoy
  • 3/4 cup almond milk

To roll in: 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes.

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Here is what you do:

  1. Mix the peanut butter, vanilla extract, marmalade and almond milk in a small saucepan. Stire over medium heat until everything is well combined. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients on top and mix until everything is well combined.
  3. Form balls with 1/2 cup of the mix and roll them in the coconut flakes to avoid them being too sticky. If you have trouble forming balls that hold their shape, add a little bit of milk at a time. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

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These are so good! I made them thinking that they would be great after gym sessions, but I have to say I’m going to have a lot of trouble not eating them all at once. The texture is very soft, and the rice cereal adds a nice touch of crispiness. The protein powder really adds a caky side to these, which really makes them irresistible. With around 13 grams of protein in each ball, this will give you a nice boost of energy. Let me know if you try them out!


Depuis quelques semaines, je note les protéines que je mange. J’ai commencé à inclure des poudres protéinées pour m’aider à atteindre les apports recommendés, mais je dois dire, que la plupart de ces poudres goûtent la craie. Incorporées dans cette recette, elles sont délicieuses et goûtent comme du gateau au chocolat. Ouais, c’est plutôt génial.

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Voici ce dont vous avez besoin:

  • 1 tasse de flocons d’avoine à cuisson rapide
  • 1 tass de céréales de riz soufflé
  • 1 c. à soupe de poudre de cacao
  • 4 scoops de poudre protéinée végane au chocolat
  • 4 c. à soupe d’amandes éffilées
  • 1 c. à soupe de flocons de coco non-sucrés
  • 1 c. à soupe de graines de chia
  • 1 c. à thé de cannelle en poudre
  • 2 c. à soupe de beurre d’arachide
  • 1 c. à thé d’extrait de vanille
  • 2 c. à thé de marmelade ou de confiture de votre choix
  • 3/4 de tasse de lait d’amande

Pour rouler: 1/2 tasse de flocons de coco non-sucrés

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Voici ce qu’il faut faire:

  1. Mélanger le beurre d’arachide, la vanille, la marmelade, et le lait d’amande dans une petite casserole. Remuer sur feu doux jusqu’à ce que le tout soit bien mélangé. Réserver.
  2. Dans un grand bol, mélanger le reste des ingrédients. Verser les ingrédients liquides, et mélanger le tout jusqu’à l’obtention d’une pâte homogène.
  3. Former des boules à l’aide d’une demie tasse du mélange et les rouler dans la noix de coco pour les rendre moins collantes. Si votre mélange est trop sec pour se tenir, ajouter un peu de lait. Conserver ces boules dans un contenant hermétique au frigo et savourez!

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C’est tellement bon! J’ai préparé ces collations en me disant qu’elles seraient parfaites pour après les entraînements, mais je dois dire qu’il va être difficile de ne pas les manger toutes d’un coup! La texture est tendre, et les céréales de riz ajoutent un petit croquant très agréable. Le goût de chocolate est intense et gourmant. La poudre de protéine ajoute un côté vraiment «gateau» et irresistible. Avec environs 13 grammes de protéines par boule, ces petites merveilles vous donneront plein d’énergie! Dites-moi si vous les essayez!

Sweet Potato Tricks \\\ Trucs de Patates Douces

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Sweet potatoes are a staple in my kitchen, and I find myself putting some in everything I eat these days. That’s why I had to come up with some tricks to make sure that I always have some yummy sweet potatoes ready to be eaten. It’s probably the simplest part of my meal prep, so I thought I would share it with you!

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  1. Choose your sweet potatoes well. Make sure they are firm and even-toned: you don’t want too many black spots on them. To help the cooking process, try to select sweet potatoes that are similar in size. That way, they will all be cooked in the same amount of time. I usually buy 5 to 7 at a time as this is enough for me and my boyfriend for an entire week.
  2. Wash them just before you cook them. Using a gentle bristle brush, clean the sweet potatoes under water to help get all the dirt out. Doing this will enable you to keep their skins on which will help make the cooking mess-free, and you will also get a ton more of nutrients that are in the skin. Avoid cleaning them unless you are ready to cook them as the humidity will accelerate their decay.
  3. Cook them all ahead of time. Nothing is more simple. It’s oil free, mess free and will guarantee that you always have healthy carbs on hand. Poke your sweet potatoes with a fork all the way around. Line a cookie sheet with some aluminum foil and place all your sweet potatoes on it. Place that into your oven set at 350F and bake for 60 to 75 minutes, or until you can poke them with a fork right to their center without any resistance. Let them cool in the oven, wrap them up in the aluminum foil you used for baking and keep them in your fridge. Ta-daaa! Sweet potatoes available and ready to be eaten!
  4. Use sesame seeds to pan-fry them. This is what I do when I want to warm up the sweet potatoes. Just add 1 tsp of sesame seeds per sweet potato you are frying up to a non-stick pan. Warm up on medium heat and add your sliced sweet potatoes in a single layer. Let sit for 5 minutes on each side and enjoy delicious slices of goodness.

That’s it! I hope you will use these tips to add more sweet potatoes into your life! They are so rich in vitamins and minerals and are a healthy source of carbs and fibers. Plus they add so much colour to any of your meals. Let me know what your tricks are!


On retrouve toujours des patates douces dans ma cuisine, et, ces jours-ci, j’en mets un peu partout dans mes recettes. C’est pourquoi j’ai dévélopé quelques petits trucs pour être certaine que ces délicieuses patates soient toujours disponibles et prêtes à être mangées. C’est probablement la partie la plus simple de mes préparations de repas, alors je me suis dit qu’il fallait que je partage!

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  1. Choisissez bien. Assurez-vous d’acheter des patates douces bien fermes et dénuées de taches noires ou brunes. Pour aider à la cuisson, choisissez-les également de tailles comparables. Comme ça, elles seront toutes prêtes en même temps. J’achète habituellement 5 à 7 patates douces à la fois comme cela suffit pour une semaine à deux personnes.
  2. Lavez-les seulement avant de les faire cuire. Utilisez une petite brosse douce pour nettoyer vos patates douces sous l’eau. Cela enlevera les residus de terre à la surface de leur peau tout en préservant cette dernière qui est pleine de nutriments. Garder la peau facilite également beaucoup la cuisson. Évitez de les nettoyer si vous ne les cuisez pas tout de suite: vous les garderez ainsi plus longtemps.
  3. Cuisez-les à l’avance. Rien n’est plus simple. C’est sans huile, sans dégats, et cela guarantie que vous aurez toujours des patates douces à disposition. Faites des trous tout autour de vos patates douces propres à l’aide d’une fourchette. Placez du papier d’aluminium sur une plaque à biscuits et placez vos patates douces dessus. Enfournez dans un four préchauffé à 180C (350F) pour 60 à 75 minutes, ou jusqu’à ce que vous pouviez les transpercer de part en part, sans résistance à l’aide d’une fourchette. Laissez-les refroidir dans votre four éteint, enveloppez-les dans leur papier d’aluminium de cuisson et gardez- les au frigo. Ta-daaa! Des patates douces prêtes à être mangées!
  4. Utilisez des graines de sésame pour les réchauffer. Voici ce que je fais lorsque je veux réchauffer des tranches de papates douces. J’ajoute 1 c. à thé de graines de sésame par patate coupée en tranche à une poêle anti-adhésive que je chauffe à feu moyen. J’ajoute mes tranches de patates douces en une seule couche et je les laisse chauffer 5 minutes de chaque côté. Savourez!

Voila! J’espère que ces petits trucs vous aideront à incorporer plus de patates douces dans votre alimentation. Elles sont si riches en vitamines et en minéraux, et elles ajoutent une belle touche de couleur à toutes vos assiettes. Et vous, quels sont vos trucs?

 

Fermented Beets and Pink Sauerkraut #2 \\\ Betteraves fermentées et Choucroute rose #2

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I like making sauerkraut and fermented vegetables because it’s like magic occurring through time. You start with the simplest of ingredients and get amazingly good-for-you-pickled-like goodness. My favourite to make is sauerkraut because it is so simple to prepare, quick to ferment and delicious! I already shared a pink sauerkraut recipe, but I found something new over the holidays, and thought I would share that too!

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I had already experimented with raw pickled beets, but I wanted to see if I could get the same results by fermenting them instead. I also decided to grate the beets instead of cutting them into strips to make them easier to use in salads and recipes. The result is a crunchy, sour and thick preserve that is so great in salads, sandwiches and everywhere else really! These are really simple to prepare and are so delicious!

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Here is what you need for the fermented beets:

  • 3 to 4 medium-sized beets
  • 2 tbs coarse sea salt

Here is what you do:

  1. Wash the beets thoroughly.
  2. Use a manual grater or your food processor to grate the beets up. Place them in a large bowl.
  3. Mix in the salt and massage it into the beets. Let sit for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, sterilize a glass jar by filling it up with boiling water (BE CAREFUL!). Empty it up and let cool a few minutes.
  5. Transfer your beets and their juice into the jar and make sure that they are really packed in and that there are no air bubbles.
  6. Close the jar with a folded paper towel and an elastic. Place it in a cool place away from direct sunlight. Remove the scum that forms on top every day (I only needed to do this for the first 5 days). A thick liquid should form over the first night and cover everything. Make sure to push the beets under this liquid every day. After 5 days, the beets are nice and salty, but after 10 days they start to get sour and are ready to transfer to your fridge. Enjoy!

This is so good! The beets are crunchy, sour and salty. I usually use them in salads instead of vinegar and they make a great job. They are also filled with gut-loving bacteria and iron which will make you feel great.

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Since you already are working with beets, you might as well try to make pink sauerkraut with them too! This is a very simple trick that makes for the brightest pink sauerkraut. Basically, you do the same thing as for regular sauerkraut, but you simply use 1 head of green cabbage and 1 beet. Grate everything up and then follow this recipe. It’s so pink and pretty! Let me know if you try working with beets!

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J’aime préparer de la choucroute et des légumes fermentés parce que c’est comme de la magie! On commence avec des ingrédients très simples qui se transforment en quelques jours en des condiments délicieux et bons pour la santé: MAGIE! J’aime beaucoup faire de la choucroute parce que c’est vraiment très simple et tellement délicieux! J’ai déjà partagé ma recette de choucroute rose, mais j’ai trouvé un petit truc durant les vacances que j’aimerais aussi partager.

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J’avais aussi déjà expérimenté avec une recette de betteraves marinées crues, mais je voulais voir s’il était possible d’obtenir un résultat comparable en utilisant un procédé de fermentation. Le résultat? Des betteraves croquantes, acidulées et salées qui sont si bonnes dans les salades, les sandwiches, et un peu partout en fait! Elles sont très faciles à préparer et tellement délicieuses!

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Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 3 à 4 betteraves de taille moyenne
  • 2 c. à soupe de gros sel

Voici ce qu’il faut faire:

  1. Bien laver les betteraves.
  2. Utiliser une rape manuelle ou votre robot culinaire pour raper les betteraves. Placer le tout dans un grand bol.
  3. Mélanger le sel et bien masser le tout pour que le sel soit vraiment bien incorporé. Laisser reposer pendant 15 minutes.
  4. En attendant, stériliser un contenant en verre en le remplissant d’eau bouillante (SOYEZ PRUDENT!). Vider le contenant et laisser le refroidir quelques minutes.
  5. Transferer les betteraves et leur jus dans le contenant en verre et les écrasant bien pour éviter les bulles d’air.
  6. Fermer le contenant à l’aide d’un morceau d’essui-tout et d’un élastique. Placer le contenant dans un endroit frais et à l’abris de la lumière directe du soleil. Enlever le résidu qui se forme à la surface du liquide tous les jours (J’ai eu besoin de faire ça seulement les 5 premiers jours). Un liquide épais devrait se déveloper et recouvrir le tout. Assurez-vous que les morceaux de betteraves soient sous ce liquide. Après 5 jours, les betteraves sont douces et salées, mais après 10 jours, elles sont acidulées et prêtes à être mises au frigo et à être mangées. Savourez!

C’est si bon! Les betteraves sont croquantes, acidulées et salées. Je les utilise généralement dans mes salades au lieu du vinaigre ou du jus de citron et elles font très bien l’affaire. Elles sont également remplies de bactéries qui aident le système digestif et de fer qui vous aideront à vous sentir en forme.

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Puisque vous travaillez déjà avec des betteraves, pourquoi ne pas les utiliser pour faire de la choucroute? C’est un petit truc super simple qui transforme une simple choucroute en une magnifique choucroute rose! En fait, on fait la même chose que pour une choucroute classique, mais on utilise un choux vert et une betterave. On rape le tout, et on suit cette recette. Le résulat est tellement joli! Dites-moi si vous essayez ces recettes!

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Vegan Nut Bread \\\ Pain de noix végan

(version française plus bas!)

A few days ago, I mentioned that one of my friend came over and shared some recipes. One of the recipes she was really excited about was the nut bread from the blog My New Roots. After looking at it, I was convinced that I really did need to try it out. I changed a few things and added some extra ingredients, and I have to say that this bread is perfect. Moist, tender, crunchy and filling, it’s the ideal toast to keep you full until lunch! Here is my updated version.

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup whole hazelnuts
  • 1 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 2 tbs chia seeds
  • 3 tbs psyllium husk powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tbs cinnamon powder
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 2 cups water

Here is what you do:

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Add the wet ingredients and mix well until everything is well combined and there are no dry pockets. Your mixture should stick together.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Shape the mixture into a loaf and place it on the cookie sheet. Let rest for 2 hours.
  4. Preheat your oven to 350F and bake your bread for 40 minutes, or until the bottom is golden and there is a nice crust. Your bread should sound allow when you tap it. Let cool completely before slicing. Keep in an air-tight container and enjoy!

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This bread is so good! I was afraid it wouldn’t hold its shape and be dry, but it is very moist and tender and makes perfect toasts! The nuts make it very filling, while the raisins add a touch of sweetness. There is a nice crust too. I also love that it is so simple to prepare. Let me know if you try it out!

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Il y a quelques jours, j’ai mentionné qu’une de mes amies m’a rendue visite et en a profité pour partager quelques recettes. Une de recette qu’elle voulait vraiment que j’essaye était le pain de noix du blog My New Roots. Après y avoir jeter un coup d’oeil, j’étais convaincue qu’il faillait vraiment que je l’essaye! J’ai changé quelques ingrédients et j’ai en également ajoutés, et je dois dire que ce pain est parfait! Tendre, croquant et nourrissant, c’est un petit déjeuner parfait! Voici ma version de cette recette.

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Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 1 tasse de graines de tournesol
  • 1/2 tasse de graines de lin moulues
  • 1/2 tasse de noisettes entières
  • 1 1/2 tasse de flocons d’avoine rapide
  • 2 c. à soupe de graines de chia
  • 3 c. à soupe de poudre de cosses de psyllium
  • 1 c. à thé de sel
  • 1/2 tasse de coco râpée non-sucrée
  • 1/2 tasse de raisins secs
  • 2 c. à soupe de poudre de cannelle
  • 1 c. à soupe de sirop d’érable
  • 3 c. à soupe d’huile d’olive
  • 2 tasses d’eau

Voici ce qu’il faut faire:

  1. Mélanger tous les ingrédients secs dans un grand bol.
  2. Ajouter les ingrédients humides et bien mélanger jusqu’à l’obtention d’une pâte épaisse et homogène. Le mélange devrait se tenir.
  3. Couvrir une plaque à bisuit de papier sulfurisé ou de papier d’aluminium. Former une boule avec la pâte à pain et la placer sur la plaque à biscuit. Laisser reposer 2 heures.
  4. Préchauffer le four à 350F (180C) et faire cuire votre pain pour 40 minutes, ou jusqu’à ce que le dessous soit bien doré et qu’il y ait une belle croute tout autour du pain. Le pain devrait sonner creux lorsque vous le tapotez. Laisser refroidir complètement avant de couper en tranches. Garder dans un contenant hermétique et savourez!

Ce pain est si délicieux! J’avais peur qu’il ne se tienne pas ou qu’il ait une drôle de texture, mais il est vraiment parfait! Les noix le rendent croquant et nourrissant, alors que les raisins apportent une touche de sucré. La croute est également très bonne. J’aime comme ce pain est simple à préparer pour un résultat plutôt épatant! Dites-moi si vous essayez ma recette!