All posts tagged: Vegan

Orange Vanilla Chia Pudding

When living in LA you can’t get around Chia Seeds. They are virtually everywhere. I remember when a few years back my husband and I would not buy them when in Munich, because they were too expensive and hard to get by. A lot has changed since then and Chia Seeds are not only to be found in most stores, they also became affordable. However, it has taken me a very long time to prepare my first Chia Seed pudding at home. I’m usually feeling hesitant towards trends and prefer for the hype to slow down before I join the party. Chia Seeds are high in vitamins, protein, fiber, antioxidants and omega-3’s. Hence they make for a deliciously healthy breakfast that will provide you with a lot of energy to start the day. Plus, this will be most likely be the richest, creamiest, orangiest pudding you’ve ever had.   Orange Vanilla Chia Pudding ∼ Serves 2 ∼ 1 Cup of milk of choice 1/2 Cup freshly squeezed orange juice Zest of 1 orange 2 Tablespoons maple …

White Smoothie

I`ve been down with a cold for three entire weeks now and my energy level is at its lowest. Subsequently I am craving sugar and comfort foods but don`t want to reach for the bad stuff. My solution: this super yummy white smoothie! It`s texture is divine, vicid and lubricating for the throat, yet completely vegan. Plus its sweetness comes solemnly from natural produce like dates. It`s a quick fix and rich enough to substitute breakfast. A real winner! White Smoothie ∼ 1 pint ∼ 1 Banana 1 Tablespoons raw coconut oil 2 Tablespoons coconut flakes 3 Tablespoons peeled hemp seeds 3 Dates A little plant based milk and water Cinnamon and / or vanilla to your liking Mix everything in a powerful food processor and enjoy ♡

Apple Jam

Are you looking for christmas presents to give to your loved ones but don`t want to join in the shopping craziness? Then I have the perfect solution for you: homemade treats! When I started making jams, cremes and spreads for my family and friends two years ago everyone was loving it – including myself. My kitchen smelled delicious, the house felt warm and cozy, and the decoration of the jars and cans brought out a whole new level of creativity. One of my favorite recipes and the last one in my apple series is this velvety apple jam – with just the right amount of sweetness it melts on your tongue and makes every scone or croissant oh so exquisite. Apple Jam ∼ 6 pints ∼ 6 lbs cored and chopped apples 2 cups sugar ⅓ cup Lemon Juice Core and chop apples into desired size. Put apples in a very large pot, pour 1 cup of sugar over the apples and mix well. Cover the pot with a towel and let it sit overnight in a …

Apple Crumble

It`s this time of the year when all I want to do is curl up under cozy blankets and eat warm, comforting food. Thankfully, this weekend we were blessed with a few days of rain and since there are still some apples left from Colorado I made my mothers famous Apple Crumble ♡ Apple Crumble ∼ 6-8 portions ∼ For the filling: 600 gr. apples 100 gr. raisins 5 tablespoons brown sugar 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon For the crumble: 100 gr. non-dairy butter 175 gr. whole wheat flour 100 gr. sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon Mix the flour, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and add the cold butter in small patches. Use your hands to knead the mixture into crumbles and store in a cool place. Preaheat the oven to 200 degrees. Rinse the raisins under hot water. Peel and cut the apples into thin slices and mix them with the sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and raisins. Pour the mixture into a greased pan. Spread the crumbles over the mixture and …

Chunky Applesauce

In late summer, we spend two weeks at my mother-in-law`s Orchard in Colorado. It`s an old centennial farm surrounded by an apple and a pine tree plantation in a remote area nearby Telluride – an absolutely magical place! Since the apple business is no longer up and running, the trees were loaded with apples when we arrived and we tried to pick as many as we could while we were there. Three boxes filled with Jonathan, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious made it back to Los Angeles with us – roughly 100 pounds! – and since then it`s all about apples in our home. Even though we don`t really like to part with our apples – the apartment smells delicious since they are here! – we had to get creative about conserving our apples and making homemade applesauce has become a great way to keep them around a little longer 🙂 It`s a really fast and easy recipe, especially if you get a peeler/corer/slicer, which you can buy for very little money on amazon. Applesauce …

Gazpacho

Another one of my all time favorite summer recipes. And even though we have oficially entered the season of fall, it continues to be hot here in L.A. so this Gazpacho still makes for a nice lunch or dinner. I usually have those ingredients at home so I can make it anytime without much preparation. It`s also really easy to make and if you have a lovely soul helping you with the chopping it won`t even take long. Gazpacho is originally from Seville, Spain where the summers get very hot. It`s a perfect dish that provides you with important nutritients, minerals and salt when you need to eat but it`s too hot for a warm meal. Try to use the best ingredients only and choose a fine olive oil that will give your Gazpacho a heavenly taste. Gazpacho ∼ 35 ounces / 1 liter ∼ 2 pounds ripe red tomatoes 1 long, light green bell pepper such as Cubanelle or Anaheim 1 cucumber 1 small, mild onion 1 clove garlic 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar 1/2 cup olive …

Green Machine

It is very hot, dry and windy these days in Los Angeles and a lot of people, including myself, came down with a summer flu. The wind and dryness seem to enforce the cities general hustle and bustle – which according to Ayurveda belongs to the realm of Vata energy – and if your energy chambers are already depleted, you`re leaving the doors wide open for anything that wants to move through. So rest, replenish and make yourself a juice that will boost your immune system and help you stay healthy and cool in the summer. The fruits and veggies in this juice are alkaline and rich in minerals. These so-called micronutritients play an essential role as transporters, synergists, and co-factors for nutrients throughout the body and are often missing in our standard macro nutrient based diet, consisting of protein, carbs and fat. Also, juicing allows for a much higher mineral density that we could ever get by blending our food like in a smoothie or chewing – which makes juicing an even greater addition to your  diet! …