There are those times when you can use some extra support and I give you a piece about the green smoothie. The motto this week was anyway ‘ go with the flow ‘. I did some surfing on the net and I saw and read more and more that there are now many people who think that gluten can cause a lot of physical problems. So even if you do not immediately get sick, as with me, it seems healthier to avoid gluten as much as possible. In America there are already a lot of people that believe this and adjusted their lifestyle to it. I also see it in my posts on www.moments4moods.com when I publish something about glutenfree I immediately get American reactions to that . For me it was just a need to do so because I get sick. The last days are still some pieces of the puzzle regarding my health falling at place. Unfortunately, that does not mean that everything is resolved. One limitation often provides yet another on and I currently bale of properly. I searched a little further and discovered many videos on you tube about vegetable smoothies. I do believe that it is super healthy but to be very honest really is that green color to me. Normally I assiociate green things with rotten food, also mad because I really do love fresh vegetables and I love salads. This proves to me the fact of recent research shows that mainly eating is something psychological. After several days of mental preparation, I tried it anyway … To get used to the taste, it is especially good to add fruit so you can get better used to it that way. It is promised that if you drink it for a while each day your skin and hair are beautiful but especially that waste is disposed of causing all sorts of processes in your body can function better and you will feel fitter. And last but not least you can keep your weight stable . I myself do not make promises because I do not know if I even a week can maintain, but I have decided to make a start. Yesterday I have a handful of spinach leaves, half a cucumber with peel , an unpeeled apple, a sweet pear and a dash of orange juice thrown in the blender to make juice out of it. I started with the spinach leaves, cracked in the blender and to fill it with water until they were just covered, ground into juice, the color is really beautiful to see . The rest then added into pieces and squeezed into juice, if you find it too thick you can add water to desired thickness. To make all the more festive I poured the juice in a beautiful green glass before I dared to taste. I honestly thought it was very tasty. Yet only a week to experiment with different vegetables and see what it brings. When my children came home from school they wanted to taste, they wanted to know what was in it but I challenged them to find out what was inside through tasting. They liked it ! ! haha then their faces when I told them that there is spinach in it …
Lady Lunch: goat cheese salade
I wrote a recipe with warm goat cheese before that is always successful. Even faster finished is a salad with warm goat cheese, it looks quite sophisticated and it is vegetarian. If you want to invite a friend for a nice homemade lady lunch this is a real winner.
You will need:
mixed salad leaves of your choice : for example three species on rootball
handful of pine nuts
handful of pistachio nuts
some cashews (chopped)
a soft goat cheese (about 8 cm in diameter and 2 cm thick)
4/5 strawberries in slices
half fresh pineapple (or tin-plated)
For the dressing :
3 spoons organic honey
1 teaspoon mild mustard
crema di balsamico
Preheat the oven to grill position : at least 225 degrees. Grill the pine nuts in a dry skillet until they are lightly colored. Place the lettuce leaves in cold water for a while, after about 20 min you remove the leaves one by one to check if they are clean and put them in the salad spinner. Meanwhile, cut the goatcheese lengthways and place both halves in a baking dish in the oven for about 10 minutes (the cheese gets a light colored touch . Dry the lettuce with the salad spinner, tear into pieces and place on plates. Put along the edge the strawberry slices and cut the pineapple into pieces that you spread over the lettuce leaves. If the goat cheese is ready place it on top in the middle and sprinkle the nuts over the salad. Put with a teaspoon dressing in lines on top of the goat cheese. Finally you drop some crema di balsamico on the strawberries. To make the lunch lady complete you drink a nice glass of wine, a Chardonnay I find a good combination. Enjoy!
What a lucky moment of smalle happiness when you smell the scent of homemade apple pie at your house. I find it a perfect fragrance at this time of year . With one foot still in the summer and your other in the autumn there is more space for domestic moments. Baking together with your kids and then enjoying the scent of homemade applepie already looking forward to a nice piece. It fits perfectly with the theme of this week , enjoy the little tings in life . When it finally is ready get together at the kitchen table enjoying a warm piece with whipped cream to treat yourself a bit. Pure pleasure and instant quality time with your family. Start baking and enjoy , pure mindfulness !
4 apples ( granny smith )
2 ½ tsp cinnamon
200 grams of sugar
2 tablespoon lemon juice
150g gluten free flour
150g gluten free self raising flour
1 vanilla sugar
1 ½ teaspoon salt
250 grams butter
1 tablespoon water
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Preparation time: about 1 hour
Will need: round springform pan of 24 cm
Wash the raisins in a sieve and drain. Peel the apples , remove cores and cut into cubes . Put in a bowl : raisins , cinnamon , 1 tablespoon sugar and lemon juice . Stir everything together.
Take a tin of 24 cm and grease it . Preheat the oven to 200 degrees . In a separate bowl do, combine flour , self-raising flour , 180 grams of sugar , vanilla sugar , salt and butter. With 2 knives cut butter into the flour until pea size . Split one egg and put the yolk in the dough. With a cool hand quickly knead into a cohesive dough . Express ¾ of the dough into the shape with edge of about 2 cm. Then add the apple mixture on top.
Dust a sink or siliconemat with a little flour and roll out the rest of the dough with a rolling pin and cut into strips or simply ball and roll it by hand as much as possible into thin sausages and place in squares over the filling. Protein rapping with 1 tablespoon water. This cover the top of the dough with a brush . Bake the pie in the middle of the oven for about 1 hour until golden brown.
Lady lunch; salad Caprese
I adore salades, I eat them during the whole year.
I only have to mind the fact that they are glutenfree because of my glutenintolerance. One of my favorites is the classic Italian Caprese salad. This salad can be made in different ways by chosing little tomatoes or juicy big ones, along the size of the tomatoes you chose the size of the mozzarella cheese. Always use a good thick extra vergin oliveoil, believe me it realy makes a difference, the thicker the better and always add basil as much as you like…. If you like to try an othter taste you could also add some drops of Crema di balsamico. Bon appetito!
This very same salad can get some more body when you add slices of avocado to it. You also use a good oliveoil, add seasalt, a bit of mild paprika powder , some pepper and fresh basil. Bon appetito!