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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Apple "Chips" Compote

Its Sunday, rainy, dark and cold. Whats better than a warm dessert?

Here is my version of apple compote using apple chips, since I didn't have real apples and wanted to be creative.

 I wanted to make this recipe as healthy as possible so I used creamed raw honey from trader joe's.
 Its a supper simple recipe, and you can try it with real apples if you don't have apple chips.

Apple "Chips" Compote
1/2 cup apple chips
2 Tbsp  raw creamed honey
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 Tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup water


Crush the apple chips add them to a sauce pan, add the rest of ingredients and cook on a low heat. so easy!



You can try to add it on vanilla ice cream. Its vegan, dairy free, and summer yummy.
 Enjoy :) Rosene

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Chick Pea Flour Pizza (Gluten Free)

I was experimenting with chick pea (garbanzo) flour couple months ago. Its has a very strong chick pea taste, but I love chick peas so I was supper happy. I bought a pack of 6 from amazon, it was way cheaper than the stores. 
Here is my recipe of chick pea pizza crust!

Chick Pea Flour Pizza (Gluten Free)

2/3 cup garbanzo flour
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon herbs (oregano, basil, mint)
1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon onion, finely chopped
3 tablespoons fat free feta cheese, grated
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Preheat your pan.
Sift the chickpea flour into a medium bowl.
Slowly add 1/4 cup of the water, whisking constantly to form a paste. Beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Whisk in the remaining 1/4 cup of water and let the batter stand at room temperature for 30 minutes, then stir in the herbs.



Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a 12" nonstick ovenproof skillet. Stir the batter once, pour it into the skillet and drizzle the remaining tablespoons of olive oil on top.


I hope you like it its supper easy :) Rosene 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Tabouli


Tabouli is my favorite salad hands down. Its a famous Lebanese salad. Its usually eaten as an appetizer, I like to eat it as a meal. 
Parsley is amazing and full of good nutrients. Its hard to clean and chop that's why I do not make this salad very often, They should make a clean and chopped parsley salad bag ;).

I decided to chop the parsley with a food processor (since I am lazy) and I usually add the burgul in a deep bowl with some water and microwave it. The burgul will cook instantly. 

3 bunches finely chopped parsley
2-3 tablespoons fine burgul (cracked wheat)Chopped firm tomato 1/2 onion choppedDrizzle of Virgin olive oil1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (you can add more or less)
Pinch of salt


I usually let the burgul cool for a bot before mixing it with the salad. I first add the parsley then tomatoes, onions, burgul, lemon and olive oil. I try to not use salt, but you can use it for extra flavor. Mix well a chill in the fridge. 


I love to eat it with whole wheat pita bread or with some tortilla chips. 

* you can find Burgul in the stores, in the middle eastern isle. you can use cooked quinoa, I haven't tried it yet. 
mmm its saaah good! Enjoy xoxo Rosene :)

Monday, December 30, 2013

Chia Breakfast Bowl

I always saw recipes using chia seeds, I always wondered what it was. I am a fan of flax seeds, and I use it in my baking and smoothies. I started to read about the benefits of chia seeds and I was amazed. I went to the grocery store and I purchased it and started to look for recipes and how I can include it in my food.


I came across the breakfast bowl and it looked supper easy and delish.

I used:
2 tbsp of chia seeds
1 mashed banana
1/2 cup of coconut milk
Raisins and walnuts for garnish



I mixed the chia seeds, mashed banana, and milk in a bowl and left it covered in the refrigerator over night.
I was supper excited to try it in the morning. Let me tell you it tasted so good, and it had a pudding consistency. I did not add sugar or honey, i only used the sweetness from the banana.
It was very fulling and I was satisfied.


I hope you get to try it. Happy New Year :) Rosene xoxo

Sunday, December 29, 2013

No sugar added Oatmeal cookie

Who ate so many cookies, chocolate, and sweets over the holidays? I know I did!! I am very weak for sweets. I love the fancy chocolates boxes I got as a gift over the holidays. Since its once a year that I eat this much sweets, its ok to indulge myself every once in a while. That's why its time to go back to my normal life and start baking with no sugar!


No sugar added Oatmeal cookie
2 cups oats
1/4 + more soy milk
1/4 cup raisins
orange zest
1 tbsp cinnamon
1tsp vanilla

I used a food processes to make the oats finer. You can omit this step. I mixed all the above ingredients. use a sprayed pan (I sprayed it with coconut oil) formed small size balls and pushed it a bit with the back of a spoon. Bake in a preheated oven at 350F for about 8-12 minutes.

Made 6 cookies, 120 calorie each.


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Make your home smell good for the holidays

I love when my place smell good all the time. During the holidays I love the smell of cinnamon, I use it in my cooking and with my green tea. for this home scent, I decided to chose the smell of cloves, cinnamon sticks and lemon peal (squeezed lemons). I placed them all in a small sauce pan and added water. On low heat I let it simmer for a while and surprisingly my entire place smelled so good, it even made me crave for some cinnamon green tea!
This is a cheap, and great way to make your place smell amazing for the holidays.
 

Quinoa Dolmas (Middle Eastern Style)

I made today my first Middle Eastern dolma made from quinoa. I grew up eating dolma made from unhealthy ingredients, red meat, white rice, lard, and table salt. It used to be my favorite meal during the holidays. I always crave it and since I have changed my life style and the way I eat, I decided to make a healthy version of dolma. It tastes the same, without the bad stuff! I am actually proud of myself making it. It was my first try and it was a hit!

This is a sneak peak of it. I promise to add the recipe later. Merry Christmas everyone :)
Psssst, its vegan and gluten free