Month: April 2013

Cajun-Spiced Veggie Burgers

Ready made veggie burgers often contain eggs or root vegetables, so I love making my own from scratch. You can customize them with whatever you want and they are completely fresh, not like some pre-packed frozen mystery food. Here is a new type of veggie burger patty I tried making a couple days ago, and it turned out delicious! Cajun-Spiced Veggie Burgers Makes 8-12 patties, depending on the size Ingredients: 3/4 cup Calabaza (pumpkin or butternut squash) 1 ripe plantain, peeled and chopped into large chunks 1 green bellpepper, chopped finely 1 medium zuchhini, chopped finely 1 green chili picante- chopped finely 1/2 cup oats (you can use them whole or pulse them a few times in a food processor for a more fine oat binder) 1/2 bunch chopped cilantro 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice 3-4 Tbsp homemade Jain Cajun Spice mix, depending on how savory you want them  (quick cheat: use 1/2 packet of El Paso Mild Taco Seasoning + some extra red chilli powder, turmeric, and cumin) 2-3 tbsp dried or fresh parsely …

Coconut-Chia Truffles

A little bit on Chia:  There are so many health benefits to chia seeds, and they are so versatile. Try them on toast, in peanut butter, over a parfait, as a gooey gel, in water, juices or smoothies! Whatever way you like them, they are definitely a great snack to keep you powered throughout the day. Health benefits of Chia seeds: They are heart healthy, help reduce blood pressure, and filled with essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega 6) Slows the rate of complex carb digestion to stabilize blood sugar levels allowing sustained energy release ENERGY. Chia comes from the Mayan word for strength! Chia swells in the body, which helps detoxification and elimination in the colon while absorbing toxins and lubricating the colon lining. Weight Loss. Add bulk and nutrients but not the calories to your food to fill you up. The essential fatty acids in Chia seeds also helps boost metabolism and helps increase lean muscle mass.  About 20% of Chia seeds is high-quality protein, more than most other grains and rices. Chia seeds have been shown to reduce pain and acts as …

A Romantic Parisian Meal: Agave-Roasted Fennel with Goat Cheese

Now, here is the second course to your romantic Parisian meal: the salad. Agave-Roasted Fennel with Goat Cheese serves 6 Ingredients: 3 large or 6 small fresh fennel bulbs (the fronds should be bushy bright green) a generous handful arugula 1 ½ to 2 tsp fresh lemon juice 4 – 5 tbsp light agave nectar 1 handful roasted hazelnuts (walnuts work too) 1 – 2 sprigs fresh thyme 1 round fresh goat’s milk cheese Extra-virgin olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground pepper How: 1. Begin by roasting the hazelnuts in an oven preheated to 350 ˚F. You will know when they are ready when the skin begins to crack, in about 15 minutes. Wrap them in a hand towel and let cool. Rub the towel between your hands to remove the skin. Chop coarsely and keep aside. 2. Trim the bottom off each fennel bulb, keeping the petals together. Then slice off the top of the bulbs. Remove the outer petals if they seem tough, or peel the outer petals. Finely chop the featherlike …

Sesamo Queso Dip

A odd, secret combination of three simple ingredients that makes one of the best dips I have ever tried. La comida de los cafes Argentina son tan únicas y creativas. Este es un dip que yo probé en un café local en Buenos Aires. Es absolutamente perfecto! Sesamo Queso Dip Una cuchara de Queso Crema Una cucharita de Salsa de Soja Una cucharita de Semillas de Sesamo blancos y negros Mezcla todo en un bol como eso: Come con su pan favorito para un sabor riquísimo! buen provecho!

Sautéed Za’atar Veggies with Soy “Sangria”

So you know how they say some of the greatest inventions were originally mistakes? Like silly putty, the vacuum cleaner, and Coca Cola. Today’s lunch recipe could possibly make that list. From a broken blender to accidental convection, what I thought would be a flop actually turned out pretty good! Sautéed Za’atar Veggies: 2 servings Ingredients: 1/2 to 3/4 cup Calabaza or pumpkin/squash, diced 10 Cherry Tomatoes, sliced Handful of Spinach Handful of Basil 1/4 Red Pepper, sliced 1/4 Zucchini, chopped 1/3 cup Tofu, chopped Salt and black pepper to taste Olive Oil 3 Tbsp Za’atar Crushed Red Pepper or chili powder, to taste Begin by sautéing or grilling the calabaza for 10 minutes. Then add the zucchini and red peppers. Add sliced cherry tomatoes Sprinkle in salt, crushed red pepper and Za’atar. Toss until all veggies are coated. Turn the heat down low, cover and let the veggies sit for another 5-7 minutes to absorb in the flavors. Separately pan-fry the tofu in olive oil. Remove from heat, combine with veggies, and cover. Wash and prep spinach …