Archive for February, 2015

Simple Garlic Lentil Soup

Home Made Cooking | Soups

There’s nothing better than a nice bowl of fresh soup in the winter (and believe me, we get lots of winter around here), but you know what’s even better? a nice hot bowl of soup made with minimum ingredients, minimum time and maximum pleasure. And that’s exactly what I have here for you.

I came home last week, it was the day before our grocery run day, and the fridge was almost empty. I wanted soup but didn’t have too many veggies on hand so I look at my cupboard and this jar of red lentils is winking at me, saying “hey, pssst, we’re here, were quick, we’re delicious, bring it sista”. So I did. Bring it.

I made lentil soup with one of our favorite ingredients added – garlic. My daughter, who is not a fan of soups (aka “mommy, can I have a chicken nugget instead?”) had 2 whole bowls! OMG! I guess this means the soup passed the highest bar. It was so good, we finished the whole pot and wanted more.

On a different note, we are home today, going through yet another winter storm – can I get spring please? and a bowl of this delicious, healthy, creamy, hot soup? Thanks!

Garlic Lentil Soup

Garlic Lentil Soup

Garlic Lentil Soup
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Soups, Entree, Lentils
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Serves: 4-6 Servings
 
This is an easy, quick, delicious and creamy soup. The garlic gives it a nice kick and not spicy at all. If you need something impressive to serve this might be it.
Ingredients
  • 1¾ Cup Red Lentils
  • 1 Onion - Diced
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Celery Stick - Diced
  • 4 Cups Vegetable Broth
  • 2½ Cups Hot Water
  • 5 Fresh Parsley Sprigs - Finely Chopped
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 4 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 5 Garlic Cloves - Minced
  • 1 tsp Paprika (If you have smoked paprika even better)
  • 1-2 tsp Salt
Instructions
  1. Place the lentils in a colander and wash under running water and set aside.
  2. In a medium-large pot, pour in the olive oil, diced celery and diced onion and saute over medium heat while stirring until onion is translucent.
  3. Add in the lentils and stir all together and then add in the vegetable broth and water and bring to boil.
  4. Add in the chopped parsley and bay leaf and partially cover the pot and cook over low-medium heat for 15-20 minutes until the lentils soften,
  5. Remove the bay leaf and discard.
  6. Add in the tomato paste, minced garlic, paprika and salt, Stir well and cook for additional 20 minutes in a partially covered pot.
  7. Can be served with Creme Fresh or Sour Cream,

Garlic Lentil Soup

Garlic Lentil Soup

There’s nothing better than a nice bowl of fresh soup in the winter (and believe me, we get lots of winter around here), but you know what’s even better? a nice hot bowl of soup made with minimum ingredients, minimum time and maximum pleasure. And that’s exactly what I have here for you. I came […]

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Chocolate ‘Rolo’ Chia Seeds Pudding – Kids’ New Favorite

Home Made Cooking | Sweets

After a couple times of making the Quick Coconut Pineapple Chia Seeds Pudding I decided to upgrade the pudding (kid-wise) and use my favorite ingredient in the whole wide world – chocolate.

Yeah yeah, it’s not so healthy right? but really, the pudding is so healthy that a tiny thing like chocolate won’t get in the way would it?

So I made a whole new pudding using sweetened chocolate milk powder (Nesquik and friends) and put a little surprise on the bottom of each cup – a mini ‘Rolo’ chocolate.

Don’t tell anyone, but other than being really delicious, the rolo is there as bait 😉 you see, the kids will have to finish up their whole cup in order to reach the rolo, so the way I see it it’s the holy grail and they are on a mission – will the make it? I bet they will!

This pudding is not only packed yet again with Omega-3, it’s also very filling and delicious – look at that, and adventure and breakfast all in one. Ta-da!

You can of course choose to not use any rolo at all or use an alternative chocolate ‘bait’, everything goes when it comes to chocolate.

 

Quick Chocolate Rolo Chia Seeds Pudding

Quick Chocolate Rolo Chia Seeds Pudding

 

Chocolate 'Rolo' Chia Seeds Pudding - Kids' New Favorite
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Chia Seeds, Healthy
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Serves: 6 servings
 
Another Chia Seeds Pudding, another success. This is super easy, very tasty and quick and will definitely be devoured by the kids - and the adults.
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Unsweetened Coconut (Finely Shredded)
  • ½ Cup Chia Seeds
  • A pinch of Salt
  • ¾ Cup Cold Chocolate Milk (made with ¾ cup water and 3 tsp Chocolate Milk Powder)
  • 1½ Cup Coconut Milk (Full Fat - I used the canned one)
  • 5 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 12 mini Rolo Chocolates (and more for decorating on top)
Instructions
  1. In a bowl you mix the Chia Seeds and Coconut together
  2. Add in the coconut milk and cold chocolate milk
  3. Finally, add the maple syrup and stir all together well
  4. Place 2 'rolo' chocolates on the bottom of each cup
  5. Using a ladle or a large spoon, divide into glasses/ containers/ mason jars evenly and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving (the more the better)
  6. Once the pudding is set, you can serve with a piece of 'rolo' on top

Quick Chocolate Rolo Chia Seeds Pudding

Quick Chocolate Rolo Chia Seeds Pudding

Quick Chocolate Rolo Chia Seeds Pudding

After a couple times of making the Quick Coconut Pineapple Chia Seeds Pudding I decided to upgrade the pudding (kid-wise) and use my favorite ingredient in the whole wide world – chocolate. Yeah yeah, it’s not so healthy right? but really, the pudding is so healthy that a tiny thing like chocolate won’t get in […]

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Quick Coconut Pineapple (Piña colada) Chia Seeds Pudding

Home Made Cooking | Sweets

I just recently found out about Chia Seeds.

I know, I know, they’ve been trending for a while now, but it was only when I saw a family size pack of organic Chia seeds that I decided to find out what everyone is talking about.

So yeah, they say it’s healthy, but so is sleeping and I don’t get too much of that either…
I started reading about chia and apparently it is an amazing source of Omega-3 and very healthy.

As I was reading more about it I also found out that once you heat the Chia seeds (for example use in baking etc.) the Omega-3 vanishes and the health benefits of it are diminished to almost none.
So now I knew that since I have this family size pack at home, I need to find something to do with it that does not include heating.
Bingo – breakfast/snack for the kids.
Every morning I wrap my head around “what’s for breakfast” before we drive the kids to school, and making a few servings in advance was the jackpot for me. It would save me time and headaches in the morning – win!
So I scrolled around in Pinterest searching for inspiration (don’t you just LOVE Pinterest??) and I did find it – Chia Seeds Pudding.
I decided to make 2 kinds, one would be a Piña colada Pudding and the other a Chocolate Pudding.

The kids loved it, the hubby loved it and I was loving it and the fact that everyone else loved it 🙂
I made it in 6 small glasses I had but you can definitely make a smaller/ larger serving if you’d like. Mine were about the size of a pudding/ jello cup sold in grocery stores.
This is a great overnight recipe but to be honest, it’ll probably be ready after only 2 hours of refrigerating it. You can also play with the flavors and even better, make it with the kids. My daughter loved helping me make these and choose the flavor 🙂
These don’t turn out too sweet but they’re great. The kids added a tablespoon of Maple syrup on top and devoured it.
Enjoy and stay healthy!

Quick Coconut Pineapple (Pina Colada) Chia Seeds Pudding

Quick Coconut Pineapple (Pina Colada) Chia Seeds Pudding

Quick Coconut Pineapple (Piña colada) Chia Seeds Pudding
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Recipe type: Snack, Breakfast
Cuisine: Healthy, Chia Seeds
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Serves: 6 Servings
 
This Chia Seeds Pudding is so easy to make. Uses everyday ingredients and ready in no time. No to mention the health benefits.
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Unsweetened Coconut (Finely Shredded)
  • ½ Cup Chia Seeds
  • A pinch of Salt
  • 1 Can of Canned Pineapple Rings (divided into 3 rings and ¾ cup of the pineapple syrup/ juice)
  • 1 ¾ Cup Coconut Milk (Full Fat - I used the canned one)
  • 4 Tbsp Maple Syrup
Instructions
  1. In a bowl you mix the Chia Seeds and Coconut together
  2. Add in the coconut milk and pineapple juice/syrup
  3. Cut the pineapple rings into small pieces and add into the bowl
  4. Finally, add the maple syrup and stir all together well
  5. Using a ladle or a large spoon, divide into glasses/ containers/ mason jars evenly and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving (the more the better)
Notes
**This will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 5 days**

Quick Coconut Pineapple (Pina Colada) Chia Seeds Pudding

Quick Coconut Pineapple (Pina Colada) Chia Seeds Pudding

 

 *Adapted from The Healthy Foodie

 

 

 

Quick Coconut Pineapple (Pina Colada) Chia Seeds Pudding

I just recently found out about Chia Seeds. I know, I know, they’ve been trending for a while now, but it was only when I saw a family size pack of organic Chia seeds that I decided to find out what everyone is talking about. So yeah, they say it’s healthy, but so is sleeping and […]

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