Monthly Archives: March 2013

Kale & Chickpea Soup

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Kale is an incredible leafy vegetable! In only one cup of  kale you have, 5 grams of fiber, and 15% of the daily requirement of calcium and vitamin B6, 40% of magnesium, 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, and 1,020% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. Wow! this is awesome!

My husband never tried it so I decided to make a soup… and he loved it.. A LOT! It’s good for everyone, including me.. baby needs good vitamins! (37 weeks pregnant this Friday)

Servings

6 bowls

Ingredients

* 1 tablespoon olive oil

* 4 cloves of garlic, minced

* 1 large onion, chopped

* 1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence

* Salt and pepper

* 1 bay leaf

* 2 cups cooked chickpeas

* 5 cups kale, chopped

* 1 1/2 cup broccoli, chopped (about 1 small vegetable)

* 2 small red potatoes, in tiny dices

* 8 cups vegetable broth

* 3 cups diced tomatoes (I used homemade)

* 1 cup water

* 1/2 cup uncooked orzo

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Directions

* Wash, peel and cut vegetables.

* In a pan, heat oil, cook onions and garlic few minutes.

* In a pot combine over medium heat veggie broth, water, tomatoes, herbs, veggies (except for the kale) and simmer for about 30 minutes.

* Add chickpeas, kale and orzo. cook for another 10 minutes (or until the orzo is cooked). Remove the bay leaf.

* Remove from heat and serve!

Carob & Nuts Brownies

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This morning a made a batch of carob brownies to snack on… I took the recipe from this awesome book I bought : * The Vegetarian Mother’s Cookbook * . (It’s page 312)

Usually when I find somewhere a cool recipe to try, I always change at least half of it.. but this time I wanted to try it like in the book.. and it’s super delicious! I’ll turn 36 weeks pregnant tomorrow and I’m craving sugar like crazy.. but I want to stay on the right track (hey after all I just gained 11 pounds in 36 weeks) so I’m eating healthier snacks.. these brownies are awesome, only one and I’m not hungry for anything after! Yeah! And the other good side.. my 2 years old daughter Dalie is loving them.. a lot! Try to eat them cold.. I found them better cold than hot!

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(The belly cast I made with my mom at 33 1/2 weeks.. we did one for my girl too.. just need to paint it now)

Servings

16 brownies

(4 g protein, 4 g fiber, 182 cal each brownie)

Ingredients

* 1/2 cup melted butter

* 4 large eggs

* 1/3 cup organic honey (I always use one from a local producer.. it’s delicious!)

* 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

* 1 cup carob powder

* 1/4 cup uncooked cream of wheat

* 1/4 cup water

* 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

* 3/4 cup raw almonds,  grounded

* 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

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Directions

* Preheat oven 325′F

* Beat together melted butter, eggs, honey and vanilla until smooth. Sift carob powder into the bowl. Add the cream of wheat and the water. Mix again. Stir in flour, almonds and walnuts until just mixed.

* Pour the mixture into a square 8inch mold (I always use silicone, it’s such easier to remove after it’s cooked, but you can use a regular one.. don’t forget to grease it!)

* Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

* Cool and cut into squares. (I found them better when they are a little bit cold)

Vegan Oatmeal & Strawberry Squares

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(Dalie… and me, 35 weeks pregnant)

This morning I made these squares… it’s a very healthy snack, there’s no sugar or fat in them.. and since I’m pregnant and I don’t want to gain as much weight as with my girl Dalie, I take good care of myself, well I always do, but I try to be even more.I drink water like crazy, eat tons of fruits, always take vitamins, omega… this baby will be like Dalie, super healthy! 😀

It’s working! I went to see my doc yesterday (35 weeks+3days) and since the beginning I only gained a total of 11 pounds. I know it’s hard to believe because I have a belly.. but it’s true! My doctor is very happy because I gained over 60 pounds during my last pregnancy!!!! Now I just can’t wait to see if it’s a boy or a girl.. it’s soooo long when you don’t know! Less than 31 days to go (I’m turning 36 weeks this Friday).

By the way, oatmeal is very good during pregnancy (and before, after, during normal life too, hehe)

You can read more on this interesting page..

http://www.livestrong.com/article/552809-oatmeal-for-pregnancy/

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Servings

8-12 squares

Ingredients

* 1 1/4 cups old fashioned oats

* 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

* 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

* 1 medium ripe banana, mashed

* 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce (I used strawberry-apple)

* 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

* 5-6 strawberries, diced

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Directions

* Preheat oven 350′F

* In a bowl, mix oatmeal, baking powder and baking soda.

* In another bowl, combine the mashed banana, applesauce, vanilla and strawberries.

* Add the banana mixture into the oat mixture. Mix.

* Pour the mixture into a greased pan (I used a small round one) and cook for 30-35 minutes.

* Cut into squares and serve!

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Fresh Breath Dog Cookies

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(Haha yeah I know on the picture she’s wearing a dog cloth diaper.. awwww dogs in heat… pffff! Hopefully it’s her last day today!)

My boxer dog Meya loves about everything she can eat.. I guess like almost every other dogs.. hahaha! But I love to make her homemade treats, at least that way I know what she’s eating!

Servings

16 medium cookies

Ingredients

* 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

* 3 tablespoons olive oil

* 1/3 cup milk

* 1 large egg

* 1/4 teaspoon pure mint extract

* 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped

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Directions

* Preheat oven, 350′F

* In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients. Mix (with your hands, it’s easier!).

* Roll out the dough without making it neither too thin nor too thick. Cut out biscuits with a cookie cutter or just with a knife. (I used a bunny shaped cookie cutter since spring is coming, hehe)

* Place cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.

* Remove from the oven, cool.

* Serve to your furry friend!

(You can keep them few days at room temperature in an airtight container or in the refrigerator. You can also freeze them! )