recipe: roasted chickpeas

This pregnancy, I seem to crave nothing but sweet foods during the day, and savory foods at night. Not wanting to gain a hundred pounds (I’m not a pretty pregnant woman), I’m trying to substitute healthy alternatives to classic salty snacks- ie. chips and popcorn. I remembered a recipe that I used to make back when I was a vegetarian and needed more protein in my diet. Enter roasted chickpeas. They are super salty and crunchy, and all sorts of healthy. Enjoy!

Roasted Chickpeas

Ingredients:

2 cups chickpeas, drained
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp seasoning salt
½ tsp chili powder
½ tsp garlic powder

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a medium-sized bowl, combine all ingredients. Toss until chickpeas are well coated.

2. Spread the chickpeas onto a baking sheet. Place in the oven for approximately 45 minutes, or until desired crunchiness. Remove from oven, and put into airtight container. Eat whenever you are craving something salty, healthy, and delicious!

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recipe: vegan avocado & peanut fudge

Avocados are a source of healthy fats, as well as containing over twenty vitamins and minerals. I thought I would try a healthier take on a sweet treat this time round.

Vegan Avocado & Peanut Fudge

1 ½ cups vegan chocolate chips
1 cup coconut sugar
¾ cup coconut milk (place in fridge beforehand and use hardened top and bottom layers)
½ cup cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp sea salt
2 large avocados
½ cup chopped peanuts

Steps:

1. In a medium saucepan, combine the first six ingredients. Stir over medium heat until completely melted. Turn the heat off, and set the mixture aside.

2. Remove the skin and pits from the avocados. Place in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Then add the chocolate mixture and blend again until well combined.

3. Line a square baking dish with parchment paper. (I tried using tin foil the first time round, and it was a disaster! Use parchment to ensure that the fudge won’t stick to the dish.) Pour the fudge evenly into the dish. Top with peanuts. Place in the freezer for at least 4 hours, and keep the fudge in there until just before serving. The cooler it is, the firmer it is, which makes it easier to cut and to eat! Bon appétit!

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creamy vegetarian mac ‘n’ cheese

Ingredients: 

2 cups tomatoes, diced
1 cup leeks, sliced
salt and pepper, to taste
5 tbsp butter or margarine
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
1 ½ cups Havarti Cheese
1 ½ cups Gouda Cheese
1 ½ tbsp mustard
6 cups Paccheri Pasta

Steps:

1. Melt 2 tbsp of butter or margarine over medium heat on a large skillet. Cut up the tomatoes and leeks, and place them in the pan. Add salt and pepper, and continue to cook until softened and browned, or for approximately 20 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Meanwhile, grate the cheese and set aside.

3. Combine the remaining butter or margarine and flour in a medium-sized pot over medium heat until it becomes frothy. Next, add milk. Keep stirring over medium-high heat until mixture boils. Remove from heat. Add the cheese, mustard, and pasta. Mix well.

4. Put the pasta mixture into a 9” x 13” baking dish. Spread the tomatoes and leeks evenly over the pasta. Top with salt and pepper to taste. Place in the oven for approximately 40 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked through. You may need to stir halfway through!

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vegan strawberry + banana crumble

I personally love to celebrate the beginning of a new year with a healthy recipe post. Today will be no different! Here is a recipe for a delicious and healthy dessert for those of you who have a vegan sweet tooth.

Vegan Strawberry + Banana Crumble

For the strawberry jam:
2 cups strawberries, halved

2 tbsp pure maple syrup

For the oatmeal crumble:
1 cup oat flour

1 ½ cup large flake oats
2 tbsp brown sugar
½ tbsp cinnamon
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup vegetable oil
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 cup bananas, sliced
1 tbsp large flake oats
soy margarine, to grease

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease an 8×8 in. baking dish with soy margarine. Set aside.

2. In a small saucepan, add strawberries and maple syrup. Stir over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes. Mash the strawberries into a jam. Continue to stir and mash for another 5 minutes. Place in refrigerator to cool.

3. In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Add applesauce, maple syrup, oil, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly.

4. Remove half a cup of the oats. Spread the rest of the mixture evenly into the baking dish.

5. Place sliced bananas on top of the oats. Top with the strawberry jam mixture. Then spread the remaining oat mixture on top. Sprinkle the last of the large flake oats.

6. Put in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool before serving.

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tilapia fish in tzatziki sauce

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

For the fish
2 tilapia fillets

1 cucumber, sliced
½ lemon, squeezed
salt and pepper to taste
butter for skillet

For the sauce
1 cup plain yogurt

1 cucumber, peeled and diced
½ lemon
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp dill
1 tsp garlic salt

Steps:

1. For the fish: place skillet on stove. Turn heat to medium. Add butter.

2. Once butter has melted, slice cucumber and add to skillet. Coat with salt and pepper.

3. Place tilapia fillets over the cucumber. Add salt, pepper, and lemon to fillets. Continue to cook over medium heat for approximately 15 minutes.

4. For the sauce: combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Turn on.

5. Once cooked through, remove the fillets and cucumbers from the skillet. Transfer to a plate and top with the Tzatziki sauce.

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