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Do you see the Sun? Perfect vegan, gluten free breakfast (Dosas)

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This morning started with a smile. Smiling golden gluten free, vegan pancakes. We called them dosas.

I needed to go get groceries and fill my kitchen cabinets but I was in the mood for a bit more sleep and warmth of the home. To tired from yesterday’s tree planting I guess.

But kids needed to eat something before they go to school. It was 7 am and I needed the dough ready for 8:30. Usually and ideally we soak legumes ( mung dal ) and grains ( rice) overnight. Then blend them in the morning. I didn’t have time for that. I blended them first then left smooth texture to rest for an hour and a half. Then I added spices and blended again. It was success!

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This is what I used:

– about 2 cups whole mung dal

– about 1 cup basmati rice

–  enough water so that mixture can be blended easily in the blender or just to cover grains and legumes

– 1 inch fresh ginger root

– 1 tsp turmeric

– 1 tsp coriander powder

– salt to taste

It was consistency of the crepes, perhaps a bit ticker after blending on high. I heated my iron pan on medium with some coconut oil in it. Then I poured about 1 ladle of the mixture in the pan, waited for pancake to look dry then I turned it over.  .

It was so ease and they never stuck to the pen.

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Home That Smells Like Spices and Essential Oils (Vegan Cheesy Dressing)

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My friend Leanne came to visit us today. Her baby girl was happy and cheerful ready to taste that solid food. Sweet potato maybe but not that spicy Spring soup I had. It was so nice to see friend after awhile but it was time to part. When she returned home her older daughter that stayed at home hugged little one and asked  ‘Did you go to Jelena’s house?’ She said she can tell from the way my house smells like spices and essential oil. What a nose! This made me smile and create sweet space in my hearth.  This could be because we indeed make everything from scratch at our home and there is lot of spices involved in this process. That is why I am gonna share one more recipe with you.

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Simple thing we make that might tickle your nose and tempt your tummy.

Our favorite Salad, Veggie, Cooked Grains Dressing.

This is what you will need:

– 1/2 Cup Tahini

– 1/2 Cup Olive Oil  (Cold Pressed)

– 1 Cup Water

– 1/2 Tbsp Pink Salt

– 1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro Leafs

–  Juice from 1/2 lemon of more depends of ripeness of the lemon. About 1 tblsp.

 

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It is wonderful over the rice and other grains.

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 Over your favorite steamed vegetables or salad.

 

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Just pop all ingredients to the blender until nice and smooth. Then add cilantro and wait until it is chopped in to tiny but visible pieces.

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Enjoy Bliss!

Homemade Hummus Recipe

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This one is my kids favorite dip. Even though there is a lot of commercially made hummus dips out there nothing can compete with home made one. I never used recipe. Long time ago when I first time came to U.S my friend Julie showed me how to make it and procedure stayed with me. Maybe that’s why every hummus I make does taste a bit different then previous one. Nevertheless they are all so delicious. But this one was best so far and kids loved it more then one from the store. Here we go.

By the way all ingredients are organic. That improve taste as well.

After garbanzo beans are soaked for the day you can put them in a crock pot to simmer overnight. In the morning you will have beans ready for blending. This is good to do because garbanzo beans are little bit heavy for digestion. That is why they are going so well with cumin seeds too. They aid digestion as well.   Save broth and include it in the recipe. We avoid using can food. There is enough aluminum in the air already so why taking it through the food as well?

You will need:

– 4 cups cooked chick peas

-1/2 cup of broth you previously cooked chick peas

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup lemon juice

3 tbsp tahini

1/2 tbsp salt

1 tbsp grounded cumin seeds

 

 

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Never use table white salt that was bleached and have processed. Pink salt will do just fine.

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Let it cool a bit and serve with your favorite food. We eat it with chapati, flat bread or home made tortilla like this one. Sometimes we use it as a snack with baby carrots and celery.

 

 

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Enjoy! If you can’t eat it all reuse your plastic container and store your hummus for few days. Probably good for week or two but in our home it is gone by the next day.

 

 

My Fast Ayurmediterranean Meal – 30 min or less

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My baby girl is sleeping. Boys are having their night out with daddy. For me…Well I am hopeful that Mila stays a sleep till I finish telling you what we had for lunch today.  It is great meal for vegetarians and all who don’t have much time to prepare but love gourmet, tasty and healthy meals.

I was really late today with everything. Went to get present for my kids friend’s birthday party, buy groceries and then visit local farmers market. Came home at 12:20 pm. Just about when we suppose to start eating. Bdw. We always have our biggest meal of the day between 12 and 2 pm. Digestion is strongest when Sun is in zenith.

Anyway…I WAS LATE! That is the point but it took me just 30 minutes to prepare this.

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Ingredients:

-basmati rice
-water

-0.5 lb panir cheese
-1 big carrot
-1 Big or two small heads of broccoli
-1 bunch black kale
-2 tbsp olive oil
-1 tsp grounded cumin
-1 tsp grounded coriander
-1 tbsp Bragg liquid aminos or lemon and salt to taste

-1 medium cucumber
-1 avocado
-2 to 4 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
-1 tbsp or more of olive oil
-lemon juice 1/2 lemon
-pink salt to taste

It takes 10 minutes to cook basmati rice. Put rice in to the pan and cover with your hand, pour the water in just to get above your fingers. Just like this.

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Doesn’t matter how much water or rice there is, how big the pan or your hands are. It always works! My Japanese friend Shirly Nakamura taught me this when showing me how to make sushi years ago.

All right! Let’s go back to our meal.

-Put rice in to the pan with water and boil for 5-6 min on medium heat with lid on. Turn fire off and let it sit with lid on for 5-6 min. It is done! While rice is cooking.
-Cut panir on cubes.
-Put oil in to the separate pan and saute coriander and cumin just for few seconds.
-Add panir and cook for 5-7 min. Stir often. After few minutes you can sprinkle some water so oil doesn’t get to hot.
-Add vegetables and sprinkle with Bragg. Cook until vegetables get a bit softer but still nice fresh color. About 7 min. ( If you do not use Bragg, add salt and lemon on the end).
-While vegetables is cooking cut avocado and cucumber on cubes or what ever shape you love.
-Mix it in the salad bowl and add olive oil, salt and lemon. Chopped parsley as well.

Your lunch is done and you are ready to serve.
Enjoy! Let me know how did you like it.
I think Mila really did!

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We had RAW COCONUT CHIA PORRIDGE for breakfast today

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Our morning started a bit rough. Mama woke up later then usual. Or maybe just about same time like every other day. But somehow less present and not on the pick of performance. There wasn’t enough time to run. Not perfect right?!

Bogdan our 6 year old, the most energetic kid in the house was grumpy. Way to grumpy for my emotional state. We had tumbling and rumbling.

Then super daddy came in and save the day. He got bare foot (thing he likes to do sometimes in the winter days) and went outside with all three of them. Baby Mila did keep her boots on. That gave me some time to save my self as well. 30 min of yoga will do.

Finally this little treat totally put me in to 5th gear for the day.

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I love using our Vita Mix because it can make soups too. That way we can have raw but warm drinks and smoothies during the winter.

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Here is the recipe:

– Hand full of chia seeds, soaked previously (I did put hand full non soaked chia along with cup of water and blended on the low, then left for about 30 min. Ideally you would like to soak chia for an hour. Have some soaked in the fridge. That way you always have some ready to use).
– Hand full or a bit less coconut shreds
– 1 apple
– About 1 cup of water
– 4 dates (this was really sweet and if you do not have sweet tooth you can easily go with less)

Change consistency by playing with this ingredients. Add more water if to tick or more coconut if too liquid… HAVE FUN!

If you have little people around, they will LOVE IT! And this is what was left behind.  Along with some creative expression on the side.

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