Kombucha is very easy to make. Don’t stress too much about it. Just make sure you wash your hands properly before handling the mother scoby. Use only plain Black tea first to make sure your kombucha is a Sucess. If you don’t have a Mother Scoby you can make your own. Just Use the content of a store-bought Kombucha put it in a glass container with a clean clothe on top tie with a rubber band. Leave it in a dark place for about 3 weeks and you will have your first Mama Scoby!
More about Kombucha:
Kombucha has been around for nearly 2,000 years. It was first brewed in China and then spread to Japan and Russia. It became popular in Europe in the early 20th century. Sales in the United States are on the rise because of its reputation as a health and energy drink.
Plant milk 1/2 cup (add it bit by bit and STOP when you like the texture. You might need a little more if your tofu is extra firm.
The juice of 1/2 a lemon (if you don’t have lemon use 1 Tbl spoon of apple cider vinegar
Salt & Pepper to taste. Don’t be shy on the salt this time because it’s alfredo!
Will also need:
Pasta you love, I used the fresh basil one from IGA.
Mushrooms, that you can sauté separately in a pan with or without oil, I used Truffle olive oil that I brought back from Paris last summer.
Pine nut (roasted or fresh)
Fresh basil (just to make it pretty!)
Mix all the Alfredo sauce ingredients in the food processor or the Vitamix. If you use a food processor holds some of the plant milk to add while it is mixing. Remember to add more if the texture is not creamy enough. In the Vitamix, you can add everything.
Cook your pasta. Drain. In the same pan add the creamy sauce stir for 1 min so the sauce becomes hot. Add your mushrooms (if using) after plating and a bit of fresh basil.
This Vegan alfredo dish makes a fancy dinner you can make in a very short amount of time! Therefore you won’t need to spend all night cooking to feel like you are eating 5 stars!
No Meat Grocery shopping is a much less expensive shopping cart. Not to say cheap!
Meat is expensive these days
The meat these days is a lot more expensive and its price will continue to inflate. The no meat alternative way to live is a trend and many people are starting to go with. In the meanwhile, This is directly linked to the Awakening people are having towards our way of living. And this is without talking about how polluting and cruel this animal sluther is.
Cost of groceries
Alright, we are supposed to talk about grocery cost! I will try not to gross you out with all of these animal rights lessons. But just for today!
No meat shopping cart means more tofu. You don’t have to eat tofu but for the exercise, we will use tofu as a meat replacement. I have checked the weekly specials for the least expensive cut of meat in the past 3 months and it’s about 6.50$ /kilo. And that’s for fatty ground beef and ground pork. you are not eating any kind of steaks at 23$/kilo on the budget. Let’s say you buy 4 kilos/week that means about 26$ and all you have is a night of meat burger and a couple of meat macaroni.
See what you can buy for 26$ of tofu at 1.99/pound that’s about 13 pounds of tofu (that’s about 6 kilos of tofu) and if you change your proteins for let’s say chickpeas 1 can is about .99 cents to a 1.59$ if you go organic! so with 26 cans of chickpeas, you could feed an army! In other words, you get much more for your dollar.
I will not go on and on about how much less expensive none animal proteins are. In conclusion, you already know! The point of this article is mainly to make you stop for a second and question your choices. Everybody knows that if we talk about paying less for something, most people are going to wonder. Therefore, this may impact some people’s choices. Most importantly save some lives! And remember that No meat grocery is less expensive!
Yes, I said cookies for breakfast! Also, they are super Healthy! You can keep them for 2-3 days on the counter in a closed container. But honestly, they will be gone before that. This is a recipe everybody I told about was real surprise about. Who knew that you could bake cookies with only 4 ingredients. And honestly, it was originally a 2 ingredients recipe that I tweak into a 4 ingredients banana cookies recipe to increase the flavor.
Don’t be afraid to make this recipe yours and change up the ingredients to your taste. The base recipe is bananas and rolled oat!;)
Preparation: 5 mins. / Cooking time: 25 mins.
• 2 old bananas (if you use more just adjust the other ingredients)
• 1 cup of oat (rolled oat is best and better for you)
• 1/4 cup of plant milk
• 1/4 cup of whole grain flour (any kind) this is just to make the batter thinker. You could also use more oat no problem!;)
Depending on the size of the bananas you might have to add more oat, or of course the opposite.
Also, Here are some other ingredients you could add if you have them of course.
Chia seeds Any kind of nuts
Xylitol or other sweeteners. But keep in mind that xylitol is the best! use xylitol and for instance, you will cut your sugar consumption.
Mix all the ingredients together then place the little balls of equal quantity on a cooking tray. After that, cook for 25 min @ 375. But it could be a little bit less or more depending on your oven. I have a convection oven. You are better off checking them the first time. Because you certainly don’t want to overcook cookies!
Make at night, then you will have a healthy breakfast ready to go in the morning.
Enjoy and in conclusion don’t be afraid to modify this recipe as much as you would like. Therefore make it your own!
5 Steps to survive the weekend while eating healthy… most of the time! Let’s be real!
Alright, Guys, The weekend is here! Don’t Panic. Breath and take some of these easy steps to help you go through it.
1. Plan in advance
Go grocery shopping before the weekend so you have all the healthy snack you need right at home. so for instance, if you are craving something salty while watching a movie you have other alternatives in your pantry then let’s say.. chips. See 10 healthy snacks Ideas
2. Calculate your alcohol consumption. (if you drink of course)
I know, I know it’s hard. Personally, I find it the easiest to just eliminate the alcohol but I know it’s not everybody’s reality. What I would suggest is to figure out what you usually drink in a night out and focus on counting your drinks, not to exceed half of what you usually drink. In other words, slash it in half. Trust me when you focus on counting your drinks there’s a good chance you won’t overdo it
Hey, it’s Saturday night don’t over think it too much…lol! But there’s a twist, whatever you order as a main course order the big salad first. That way you can indulge after. but first, you will make sure to get all of your Alkalines greens in you to pave the way before you send more aggressive food in. Therefore, you will eat less of the “bad” food and at the same time get your nutrients.
4. Plan to excersice.
Plan at least one exercise or physical activity during your weekend. This is proven to motivate you to stay on track. You are most likely to stay in a healthy mode if you have been sweating for an hour at the gym. Think about it, you will most likely run towards a healthy snack than a bag of chips when you return from the gym. Your brain will likely want to keep that feel good high you have created while exercising. 10 Ways to Exercise as a Family
5. Don’t stress cut the portions!
Final point, don’t stress it. Take it as it comes and do indulge in some none healthy food if you feel like it but at calculate paste. After all, Weight watchers are making a fortune with sizing peoples portions all year long. Their whole diet is based on it. Do indulge, but not too much and keep track of it.
This is an easy and fast Quinoa & Kale salad, again very important ! For instance you can make this between 2 projects or when you come home late. It is also good for 3 days in the fridg so make a big batch. Therefore you will have lunchs for the rest of you busy week!
Vinaigrette ( equal part of olive oil/apple cider vinegar/maple syrop) and 1tbs of Dijon mustard.
salt & pepper to taste (be carefull with the salt if you decide to use feta cheese!)
Cook the quinoa until it’s ready (follow instruction on the bag) personnaly I like to saok it first so it’s less cooking time and healthier. *Don’t use the soaking wather to cook it! Next just cup up your kale (mix it with the lemon juice it will help to naturally brake it down). Add your cut up onion, grated carrots, grapes, pine nuts (or other seeds) mix with the quinoa and the vinaigrette and serve.
It is always better to wait an hour or two before eating the kale salad. Therefore the salad becomes a bit more tender.
Time to chop the veggies : 5 mins Time to cook 10 to 15 mins (depending on how you like your veggies crunchy)
Olive oil – 1 tsp (or you can wather sauter your veggies of coure)
Onion – 1 (red or yellow)
pepper – 1 (green or red or yellow)
zucchini 1 or 2 (they are on sale this week!)
mushroom (1 cup)
Brocoli (2 cups)
Mung bean sprout 2 cups
Tofu extra firm or for something a bit more tasty vegan groud beaf (from yves) thats what I use last nignt! You can’t be perfect al the time!;)
1 cup of wather (to add when your cooking to enhance the flavors and prevent sticking.
salt & pepper to taste Tamari 2 tbs (or soy sauce) worshester sauce 1 tbs (I love the vegan organic kind but it’s optional) and if you are using plain tofu you could add some steak spices or/and a little hot sauce.
Chop all of your Veggies (the size that you love).
Heat up a wok or a big none stick skillet. add the onion for 2-3 mins then add your meat replacement (if your using tofu add it only towards the end. cook for 4-5 mins Then add the rest of your veggies BUT NOT THE BEANS. and cook until it’s not to crunchy unless you love it crunchy of course. Add the soy sauce, the worshester sauce and salt and pepper to taste. when its done add the sprout beans and mixe properly to mix in all of those flavors together and serve!
As you will soon be familiar with my kind of cooking you will realise that I am not about quantity or rigidity when it comes to ingredients. The best recipe is made with love and what you have left in your fridg! Therefore dont’t hesitate to substitute ingrendients and add any spices that you love. Remember that a recipe is just a starting canvas to create your on goodnes!
This is a Fast and Easy recipe to make your Monday night a little bit smoother. I know it’s Monday!
First of all, clean out your fridge and get whatever is left from the weekend or the week before and that are your ingredients! Of course, it needs to be ingredients that you could put in a chili! lol
Here are some examples:
Onions, peppers (any colors), zucchinis (again any colors), mushrooms, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, really any veggies that you can cook! If you are missing some ideas in the fridge, check out your Freezer for let’s say… Frozen corn or/and edemames. Wich is also really good in chili.
next, you will need;
1 can of diced tomatoes,
2 cups of veggie broth,
1 clove of garlic (minced)
chili seasoning ( i use chili powder, smoked paprika, turmeric, cumin & curry) we like it a little Indian style.
Hot sauce (sriracha, or other. We love Frank’s red hot)
1 cup of quinoa (Dry)
1 can of red kidney beans. (if you only have other beans it’s fine too!)
You could also add tofu toward the end if you like… not necessary
salt & pepper to taste
Cut up all your veggies. Cook your veggies and garlic in a big pot med to high heat until they are not too crunchy anymore. (about 10-15 mins) then, add 1/2 of your broth and your tomatoes. Mixe a little and add your quinoa and your spices. You can add more liquid towards the end if the quinoa is not cooked enough.
cook for 30 to 45 mins med heat, remember to check if you need to add water.