Today, I come with another food haul! You seemed to love the first one I did a few weeks ago. So here is a second one, with lots of recipe ideas I’ll make with all these goodies! As always, I bought everything in an organic/health food shop so that I only have products I can trust, and support the health food industry.
- Lots of bananas to make nice creams (which is basically vegan ice cream). That’s my new obsession for breakfast and even my boyfriend wants some every day now! To make it, you just need to blend frozen bananas in a food processor and there you go: ice cream ready in 2 minutes! It’s as simple as that! You can change flavors adding anything you want in the blend. The only rule is that at least one ingredient must be frozen. For example, I usually mix a banana (not frozen) with frozen blueberries. Sometimes I add maca powder and flax seeds for the extra nutrients. And then comes the fun and creative part: toppings! I’ll add what I have on hand, but usually it’s coconut chips, simple oats and chia seeds. It’s seriously delicious!!
- Apples, because I tend to eat a piece of fruit at each meal. And I developed a taste for apples! Although I used to always have fruit for dessert, I now try to eat it before my meals, because it makes the overall digestion a much smoother process. Try it, you’ll see the difference right away!
- Avocados that I love to eat in their shells with a little salt and pepper, but they’re also amazing in guacamoles of course.There’s a reason why they’re so trendy: they not only are delicious, but they also are full of good things like antioxidants and good fats.
- Lemons are an essential in my fridge. Adding the juice to any dish or dressing gives the little touch of acidity that makes a recipe perfect. I also love adding the zest over salads or toast.
- The last leeks of the season! These are so delicious in stir fries or in omelets. That’s my favorite way to eat them: put a clove of garlic in a pan with olive oil, let it get a bit yellow/brown, then add the chopped leeks, and when they’re practically cooked, add a little bit of soya sauce or tamari (gluten-free soya sauce) to give this nice salty and Asian taste. Finally, pour in the omelet mixture and let it cook for a minute or so. And voilà! Here you go, a simple and delicious dinner!
- I also bought cashews that I usually use to make homemade vegan pesto. There are lots of recipes you can find out there on the internet, but here’s my way of doing it: blend cashews in a food processor with basil, salt, pepper, lemon, olive oil and garlic and you’re done! It tastes like traditional pesto unless it’s even creamier! Pesto is great with pasta, but also in pizzas or toast or even in salad dressings… the possibilities are endless!
- I buy onions and garlic every time I go food shopping. I use both all the time! It’s a nice base for soups, stir fries, curries, or anything you heat in a pan basically. More than just taste, it adds a kick of nutrients. Did you know that garlic was an amazing anti-inflammatory that could cure a sore throat?
- Artichokes are amazing steam-cooked on their own. They make such a nice dinner for those days when you want a light meal before going to sleep. And eating the leaves one by one gives me such a satisfying feeling. Plus they’re full of antioxidants and fibres!
- So many people don’t like brocoli, but I can guarantee you that you’ll love this recipe: chop the brocoli (not just the florets, the trunk as well is delicious!), put everything in a baking tray, coat them with olive oil, salt, pepper, cumin, nutmeg and lots of turmeric, and then let them roast for about 25 to 30 minutes at 180°C. You’ll thank me later 🙂
- Another staple in my fridge: green salads. When you don’t have time, mix it with other simple ingredients and you’ll have a lunch ready in less than 5 minutes! I usually go for pumpkin, sesame or sunflower seeds, a little bit of quinoa sometimes… but when I’ve got a little more time, I roast some chickpeas (it’s basically the same recipe as the roasted brocoli above) and add them to the salad with olive oil and apple cider vinegar… believe me it’s a dream!
- And finally, what you can’t see in the picture is two more things I also bought: fresh spinach and whole wheat pasta to go with the pesto 🙂
I hope this was somehow useful and gave you some ideas to get cooking!