We’re back with a quick and simple recipe. This isn’t a health food but it will definitely be a fun one to make on special occasions. The reason that I chose to do a cherry puff pastry is because I’m highly intolerant to raw cherries, so this is one of the ways I can still enjoy them.…
Here in the Netherlands it’s still winter, even though for some unknown reason I’ve created the illusion that winter comes to an end after December. As much as I’d like to fool myself, January and often February the temperatures are at an all time low, so we’re not done with the comforting and warming dishes.
Now don’t get me wrong, I adept quite well, so I don’t mind the colder temperatures that much, gives me even more reasons to eat pepper soup or warming breakfasts like this.
As I’m incorporating more “clean” foods in my diets and taking out the processed foods, I’ll of course be sharing fun and healthy recipes with all of you! To be honest I never really post smoothie or salad recipes as I consider them to be too simple, so no one would be interested. If it weren’t for one of my close friends, hi jazz, or my mom asking me for some inspo and telling me to share some recipes I thought, why not!?
Of course I can’t send you away by telling you to blend 2 bananas and a date, no this is not your regular smoothie, this smoothie requires a specific taste. I added black pepper and turmeric to not only give it a gorgeous colour, but this combination has many health benefits as well.
Another ingredient added to this smoothie might not be for you, but for me it’s a staple, it’s hot peppers, and in this case chili peppers. I added half a chili, simply to try a “mild” version which many people could enjoy, but since I’m partly dragon I would normally throw in a whole chili, seeds included. The flavors of the chili, turmeric and black pepper mingled perfectly with this green smoothie consisting mango, banana and spinach.
Now to the last and most notorious ingredients of all, CBD oil which is extracted from cannabis, and no it doesn’t make you high. I’ve been using CBD oil for the past couple of months, and never used it in one of my recipes, but today I thought, why not!? There are many discussions concerning the health benefits of this oil, but since I’m not an expert I’d recommend watching some documentaries or reading some studies. Also I’d like to note that CBD oil isn’t legal in every country, so you might not even be able to get your hand on it, no problem, just skip it!
This might not be your taste but since I’ll be focussing on eating more whole foods than ever before you, should stay tuned because there will be more smoothie recipes coming your way.
Have a blessed day and let’s start blending shall we!
Move aside cinnamon rolls, there is another roll in town, one that can definitely hold it’s own against you, a much loved dessert! But for real though, I am a huge lover of cinnamon rolls, but it’s about time to switch things up. So let me introduce to you, the bounty roll! The name is quite self explanatory, these perfectly golden buns are filled with a coconut, cacao mixture and instead of using vegan butter as a filling, we of course used extra virgin coconut oil. I was planning on sharing this recipe about 10 months ago when I served them at my birthday, but you know what they say, better late than never, right!?
These rolls are perfect to bring to a holiday dinner or to serve on any other occasion to be honest, I often make these for family and friends, trust me, it’s a crowd pleaser.
You can eat these bun’s straight out of the oven as they are or top them with whatever frosting you like. For this batch I made a simple vanilla “butter” cream frosting, by whisking about two heaping table spoons of vegan butter with powdered sugar, vanilla with a pinch of turmeric and spirulina for colour.
I also decided to top them with some crushed pistachios, goji berries and desiccated coconut for that extra festive look.
You know what’s funny, I’m just now noticing that lately the recipes have been sweet treats, don’t worry I’ve got something savoury coming your way!
This will be my third steamed bun recipe and I’m not even close to being finished. Now since where in the middle of the holiday season I’d like to give a twist to the regular bao buns with some sweet potato bun with a spicy bean filling, this one’s a winner! These buns are different from the other two recipes, which you can find here and here, instead of being open, these buns are closed and filled with a delicious spicy bean mixture.
One of the reason I love steamed buns is because of the texture of the bread, it’s so soft and fluffy and because of the steam gets a nice and smooth “skin”. Adding sweet potato to the dough makes the dough a little sweet and adds a nice colour to the buns, to enhance the colour I also added a bit of turmeric, not only does this give the buns a lovely golden colour, it also adds to the nutrition of these buns, they’re basically super foods now, just kidding, or am I? All jokes aside my family loved these buns, and anytime a non vegan can’t deny the deliciousness of a vegan meal you know you did something right!
With these buns I’m paying homage to my Creole and Chinese roots by fusing the idea of Chinese steamed buns with a filling inspired by Surinamese cooking. The filling has celery leaves and adjuma peppers which are two ingredients often used in Surinamese cuisine and two ingredients I love working with. One to thing keep in mind if you can get your hands on the peppers and decide to use them is that they are very spicy so you might want to use chilli pepper instead or skip it all together.
To simplify the recipe I just made simple round balls, but you can play around with the design while closing the bun to create a more authentic look. You can also play around with the filling and even the colour of the dough by adding different natural food colourings. But no matter what you’ll do these bao buns will definitely have you asking for more!
I’m currently storing a batch in the freezer and fridge to see how long they’ll stay good and if they’re freezer friendly, so once I’m done testing I’ll edit my findings in this post.
For now go ahead and make some yourself, let’s get to it!
Since chia pudding is one of my favourite quick and simple breakfasts at the moment, it’s always nice to have some variations, so not every single morning is the same. During summer I like to eat tropical and summer fruits, and since I got an awesome deal on some passion fruit and mangoes at my local market the only natural thing to do was to turn them into a delicious pudding, which I topped of with some summer berries which are in season right now!
I’m trying to eat more seasonal and local foods but sometimes you get an offer you can’t refuse and for me that came in the form of…
One this I love about bananas is that even when they are overripe they will never be wasted, I often even wait for them to overripe so I can make delicious baked goods with them. One thing I love to make from over ripe (aka perfectly ripe) bananas is banana bread, I already posted a recipe for a raspberry/spirulina banana bread which you can find here.
This banana bread will be a little different from the other one, its a cacao and chai spiced bread with a peanut butter swirl on top and for good measure I threw some…
For a while now I’ve been trying to eat more “clean”, while not being to strict on myself. One thing I’ve noticed is that when there are clean and healthy snacks lying around the house, it’s easier to ignore those junky foods that keep eyeballing me, and it’s not like I can completely get rid of them because most of them aren’t even mine. So you can expect a lot of clean, healthy and yummy recipes (although most of my recipes aren’t junky at all).
I wanted to get my oatmeal in the form of a bar and that’s how these bars were born. Now that the weather is getting warmer so big bowls of warm oats aren’t as appealing to me as they are during the colder periods, but I still want the benefits of eating a good bowl of oats.
- They keep me full and satisfied in the mornings and of course a very clean breakfast!
- Oatmeal is very customisable, you can literally adjust it to your own liking.
- It’s inexpensive.
- You can scrub your face with them, I’m not even kidding.
These are just a few reasons why I enjoy my oats, now I want all of that stuffed into a bar! Now I do not recommend eating just one of these bars for breakfast, eat some fruits with to make it a meal.
These bars do not include any syrups, the only sweetener I used was bananas, if you want more sweetness you can add raisins or more goji berries. This makes it a perfect treat for when you are trying to avoid overt sugars and oils.
The base to this recipe are the bananas, flax seeds and oats, all the remaining ingredients are just because I like them or for nutritional value. This means that you can customise these bars to your own liking, just like a big bowl of oats.
I used turmeric to make them nice and golden and because I love its beneficial properties, you can’t even taste the turmeric. You can absolutely use other spices like cardamom, anise, clover and all spice to name a few. Instead of using walnuts you can use nuts like cashews, pecans and brasil nuts, and if you have a nut allergy just skip those and add coconut. Another ingredient you can swap are the goji berries, if you don’t have them just use raisins instead, or even mulberries. These are your bars, you get to decide what goes inside them.
If you like soft (but firm) and chewy bars you should really give these a try, they were a winner in my household. Give them a try and let me know how they turned out. If you tweak the recipe post a picture on Instagram and tag me, I’m curious to see your creations!
This is not the first and definitely wont be the last colourful Gimbap/Sushi recipe appearing on this blog. This recipe could be considered sushi as I use rice vinegar to season the rice, but is also influenced by Korean cuisine because of the gochujang and sesame oil, so you might as well consider this to be a Gimbap. No matter what you call it, these rolls are delicious.
These rolls are very special in particular because they are inspired by the Caribbean and my surinamese roots. How you might ask? The colours of course! And of course the curry roasted sweet potato and mango I used as a filling. I basically grew up listening to Reggae and eating lots of spicy foods, as for spice I went with gochujang one for its colour and two because it has a mild spiciness. Believe me when I tell you that my tolerance for spicy food is non human, this is why whenever I cook for others I have to stay very mindful of this fact and use minimum to no hot peppers, but rather serve hot sauce, hot chutney or sambal on the side. In my opinion is gochujang mildly spicy (depending on the brand), so safe for most to consume.
This is a recipe where I do recommend using the rasta colour scheme, they will rock your dinner party! I promise. If you think gochujang is to spicy go for beet powder instead, this will create an even more distinct red colour. When it comes to fillings you can play around with whatever you like, but I do recommend to incorporate this with the mango and sweet potato.
The sweet potato and mango go together so well, the thought still has me drooling. This dish will be a perfect addition to your (dinner) party or any other occasion to be honest. Take it on a picnic or bring it as a lunch, maybe even have it for breakfast, I wont judge!
I hope you enjoy these fusion dishes as there are many more to come! If you make this dish tag me in your pictures as I’m curious to see your twist on this colourful dish, or leave a comment below.
If you’ve been following me for a while you might know I like colourful food, and I made a “rainbow” sushi before, but this time I decided to go all out and make real rainbow sushi! One requirement the sushi had to meet was that the rice had to have all the colours of the rainbow, without having to use any artificial colourings (yuck). Well mission complete! This sushi is so colourful and stunning that I’m sure you’ll impress whoever you decide to make this for, or yourself, which is totally ok since I devoured all of these rolls by myself…
This brings me to another point, although the whole process can be a bit time-consuming, just make a big batch, this will last you a couple of days. You can easily store the prepped rolls in the fridge for a couple of days, keep in mind that this depends on the fillings u used, if u use things like avocado then I don’t recommend storing it to long. This is why I made some rolls with and some without avocado.
tip: If you cover the slices of avocado (or other veggies) with some lemon or lime juice it’ll keep longer as the acidity will keep it fresh for longer, this way you can keep it in a fridge for at east two days.
You can also store the sushi rice for a couple of days, just make sure you cool the rice as soon as possible when it’s done cooking and place it in containers and keep it in your fridge so you can have some more sushi the next day, awesome right!?
Now lets talk fillings! Whenever I tell an “omnivore” that sushi is one of my favourite foods I often get the response “but sushi isn’t vegan right?!”, to which I respond with “of course it is, just fill it with plant based foods”. There are a million different ways of making sushi vegan, just use your imagination, there are no limits.
For these rolls I used bell peppers, avocado, cucumber and roasted sweet potato, but feel free to fill the rolls with whatever your heart (aka stomach) desires. You can use tofu, tomato, tempeh, pickled daikon radish, carrot and whatever else you can think of, be creative. I’ve even filled sushi with humus and green asparagus, just to name one strange combination.
I didn’t want to use any artificial food colouring, but chose to go for all natural food colourings, such as:
- Spirulina powder to make green, you can also use matcha powder
- Turmeric to make the yellow (if you combine a bit of turmeric with spirulina you get a light greenish colour)
- Beet powder (or juice) to create a red colour (and combining this with a bit of turmeric makes orange)
- Gochujang although red makes a nice orange if u use a little
- Purple cabbage make a nice purple and adding baking soda to the purple cabbage water turns it blue.
Now you don’t need to use any artificial junk and keep the sushi clean and healthy.
Now its your turn to make rainbow sushi! I promise you, this will impress your friends, family or bae (no not the Danish bae!). The whole process can be a little time-consuming (not too much though), and it’s definitely worth it! Make these for a party, take leftovers to impress your co workers or just have them for the fun of it!
Be sure to let me know if you liked them!