Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Vegan quinoa, cauliflower and broccoli burgers

The other day I came up with those super yummy and easy to make quinoa, cauliflower and broccoli burgers. Well to be honest I was trying to be creativewithout leaving the flat, or even worse going to the shop. Since my husband is vegan quinoa is a top choice in our kitchen. It's healthy and delicious. It's ready in 20 minutes. Did you know that quinoa is a complete protein - containing all eight of the essential amino acids. It has been recognised by the United Nations as a supercrop for its health benefits: packed with dietary fibre, phosphorus, magnesium and iron. It is also gluten-free and easy to digest.  
Vegan quinoa, cauliflower and broccoli burgers 
(16 burgers)

half of raw cauliflower
half of raw broccoli 
1 cup of cooked quinoa 
1 fresh chilli 
1 clove of garlic
zest from half of lemon 
tablespoon of coriander 
pinch of salt and pepper
pinch of turmeric 
2 tablespoons ( or more) gram flour 
coconut oil 
Rinse 1 cup of quinoa. Put the quinoa and 2 cups of boiling water in a pot. Add a pinch of salt. Cover and let it simmer for 15 minutes or until the water disappears. Let it stand for the next 10 minutes. 

In the food processor ( you can use hand blender as well) pulse the broccoli and cauliflower until it resembles cous cous (30 seconds). Transfer to a bowl.
In the same food processor blend one chilli ( don't forget to remove the seeds) and one clove of garlic until smooth. Transfer to the same bowl.

 In a large bowl mix cauliflower, broccoli and quinoa. Add the lemon zest , chilli and coriander. Add some salt, pepper and turmeric, mix, add the flour. Add 1/4 cup of water. Mix. Use more flour and more water if it doesn't stick. Be careful with adding water. You can easily add too much and the burgers will not stick together.
In a large pan melt the coconut oil. 
Form small burgers  from the quinoa mixture. Fry one for couple of minutes both sides and taste if they need more seasoning. ( for a healthier option you can bake them)
Simple and delicious. 

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Smoothie time

It's smoothie time! What is your favourite one?
I love strawberries in any form.. Raw, smoothie anything you can think of. 
This smoothie is healthy and delicious.

Strawberry and Kale Smoothie
(Serves 1)

1/2 cup fresh strawberries
1/2 cup frozen blackberries
1 banana
1 Tbsp flax seed
1 or less kale or spinach ( you can use fresh or frozen)
1 cup of your favourite juice ( I  used pomegranate juice)
1 Tbsp agave syrup (if you preffer sweeter version)
1 Tbsp peanut butter ( optional )

Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. 

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Happy Easter!!!!! xxx