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Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate

A good hot chocolate does not start with brown dust and boiling water. And a homemade Mexican hot chocolate is such a sweet delight that once you try it you will want to keep the pantry constantly stocked with the ingredients to make it. Drinking chocolate has been enjoyed for thousands of years, and according to archeologists the Olmecs are thought to have first used cacao around 1500-400 BC, followed by the Maya. The cacao bean was revered for its monetary value as well as its health giving properties. Made from the roasted beans of the cacao plant, water and spices were added… read more

Quick Vegetarian Tortillas

Vegetarian Tortillas

For a healthy and quick meal, try these vegetarian torillas. With ingredients that most of us would find in the pantry, they can be whipped up in no time. Ingredients Olive oil 2 cans of red kidney beans, washed, drained 1 can of chopped tomatoes 1 medium sized onion, peeled, chopped 1 clove of garlic, minced 2 tbls cumin powder 2 tbls coriander powder 1 teaspoon chilli powder ½ red pepper (capsicum), thinly sliced Guacamole 1 large avocado ½ red onion thinly sliced, diced 1 lime, juiced Black pepper and sea salt Chilli sauce or ½ small chilli, sliced To… read more

Homemade Vegetable Chips

Homemade vegetable chips

The health advantages of eating vegetables are plentiful. We all know we should get our daily servings, but sometimes we truthfully would rather have that crunchy, salty bag of potato chips. Not to worry, as vegetables are very flexible foods. Select your favorite sliceable veggies and they can probably be used to replace the not so healthy variety. Homemade chips are easy to make, only requiring slicing, baking and seasoning, and no throw-away bag. These are just a few examples of how to make healthier chips. Beets and sweet potatoes make great chips. Simply wash, pat dry and slice them… read more

Lentils For Life

Lentils for Life

With the meat industry producing more greenhouse gases than all forms of transport on earth, there are a million reasons to go meat free. Even if it is just for one day or at the very least one meal. Below is a great recipe for dahl (lentils) that will satisfy your taste buds without harming the planet. Ingredients 1 cup Split Red Lentils 1 cinnamon stick 2 bay leaves ½ lemon 3 cups water 1 med onion ½ tsp garam marsala 2 tsp tumeric 1 tsp ground cumin ½ bunch of fresh coriander salt yoghurt ½ capsicum ½ sweet potato 3… read more

Tomato Tarts

Tomato Tarts

With the meat industry causing more greenhouse gases than all forms of transport on earth, there are a million reason to go meat free. Even if it is just for one day or at the very least one meal. Below is a great recipe for tomato tarts that makes a starter that will impress your guests or a quick snack for you and the family. Ingredients 1 1/2 sheets (25 x 25cm) ready-rolled frozen butter puff pastry, just thawed Olive oil 50g soft Fetta 2 x 250g punnets cherry tomatoes 50g shredded parmesan 5 sprigs of thyme salt Preheat oven to… read more

Cake for Thought?

Chocolate cake

When carousing the internet several years back, I discovered something wonderful: soda cake. Just as it sounds this was indeed a recipe for cake, made with soda. But the soda was not a mere inclusion for added flavor, it was all at once the moisture, ‘oil’, and binder of the cake. Meaning there was no need for any fat, water, or eggs. Having just begun life a new as a vegan, this was certainly exciting as it meant I could still have cake on occasion without having to score the health-food aisles for various binding alternatives (Though alternatives have come a long way… read more

Dark Chocolate Bark

Chocolate bark with nuts and fruit

We know that dark chocolate contains all kinds of health benefits, lucky for us. It can be eaten alone or you can pair it with other foods to get a double punch of health benefits and deliciousness. Dark chocolate bark is an easy to make treat that is more than easy to eat. Start with quality fair trade dark chocolate (about 8 ounces, or 225 grams, will make a thinner layer of bark, or you can double this for a thicker layer) and melt over very low heat in a double boiler, or place chocolate in a tall heat proof… read more