4-Ingredient Crack Tofu + Superfood Abundance Bowls

21st January 2015

I’d like to start this post wishing you all a very happy new year. Mmm, yes I’m aware it’s almost February but happy 2015 to you guys anyway! Thank you all for the sweet comments and wishes you’ve been leaving on my posts. As you know, university is being quite challenging for me at the moment and I’m finding myself with no time to get back to you and reading your blogs. But I wanted to say that I read every single one of them and that they filled my heart with you and made me incredible grateful that I have such readers and friends. Thank you all. With all my heart. No words cannot describe how happy it makes me to run this blog and have you all here reading, sharing and commenting. Now, let’s move onto the post!

 4 Ingredient "Crack" Tofu + Abundance Bowl - this tofu recipe is made in minutes, with minimal mess. Crispy on the outside, tender on the center, sweet and spicy and utterly delicious! You need to try this!

Tofu.

It certainly isn’t one of those foods that you either love or hate. More like one that you hate or tolerate.

I was never one to get super excited about the thought of having tofu for lunch. Bland, flavourless cubes floating in that slimy liquid which lord knows what it is? (THAT LIQUID THOUGH) Not in my lunch plate, thankyouverymuch.

4 Ingredient "Crack" Tofu + Abundance Bowl - this tofu recipe is made in minutes, with minimal mess. Crispy on the outside, tender on the center, sweet and spicy and utterly delicious! You need to try this!

And then I discovered this cooking method, recipe, miracle or whatever you want to call it. I don’t have a clue on how it happened but I do know that tofu has been in like 99% of my lunches for the past few months and it’s all a love it or LOVE it kind of situation.

Sorry not sorry.

4 Ingredient "Crack" Tofu + Abundance Bowl - this tofu recipe is made in minutes, with minimal mess. Crispy on the outside, tender on the center, sweet and spicy and utterly delicious! You need to try this!

4 Ingredients. 5 minutes of hands-on time and NO DRAINING OR DEALING WITH THAT ABSOLUTELY NASTY LIQUID. 

Results? Absolute sweet, spicy, crispy on the outside, tender on the center perfection. This thing is just as addictive as crack, only in healthy, legal form.

I’d have no complain to have a bowl of just tofu cubes for lunch, but the adult in me says I need to get my greens and healthy carbs on or whatsoever.

4 Ingredient "Crack" Tofu + Abundance Bowl - this tofu recipe is made in minutes, with minimal mess. Crispy on the outside, tender on the center, sweet and spicy and utterly delicious! You need to try this!

FYI the adult in me was also telling me not to purchase that Peppa Pig perfume today, but guess what, adult in me: sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.

FYI #2: the perfume smells reeeeeaaaally nice. I’d suggest you fight your inner grumpy adults and go get some pronto.

I’m not one to listen to my inner adult (especially when she suggests to do the dishes instead of napping or wants me to go do the groceries instead of having avocado toasts for the 3821739th time this month), but you have to recognise she’s absolutely in the right when she tells you to have an abundance bowl for lunch. Especially if it’s packed with healthy superfoods which make you feel awesome!

(And therefore do better in your exams and workouts. Mmm, adult me is a clever one. If only drunk me could learn from her that would be greeeeeat)

4 Ingredient "Crack" Tofu + Abundance Bowl - this tofu recipe is made in minutes, with minimal mess. Crispy on the outside, tender on the center, sweet and spicy and utterly delicious! You need to try this!

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that abundance bowls make up the majority of my feed. Obsessed? Maybe. Absolutely yes. But I tell you there’s no better way to have a nutritious, exciting, cheap (gotta use all the leftovers!) and delicious lunch everyday!

My general rule of thumb is choosing at least one source of protein (ahem CRACK TOFU ahem), such as (this) tofu, tempeh, seitan, poached eggs, chickpeas or beans; a couple of sources of healthy, complex carbs (think rye bread, white and sweet potatoes, brown rice, wholewheat pasta, soba noodles, more chickpeas or beans, quinoa… the possibilities are endless); healthy fats like avocado, olive oil, nuts, seeds and the like; and as much vegetables and fruit as you can fit into your bowl. Choose nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich one such as broccoli, blueberries, pomegranate gems, leafy greens, red bell peppers, asparagus, apples… or WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT! GO CRAZY! CATCH ‘EM ALL!! (the veggies, not the pokemon)

4 Ingredient "Crack" Tofu + Abundance Bowl - this tofu recipe is made in minutes, with minimal mess. Crispy on the outside, tender on the center, sweet and spicy and utterly delicious! You need to try this!

I went for zucchini coins, steamed broccoli, sweet potato fries, leafy greens, pomegranate gems, goji berries, cashews and brown rice for this one. Oh, and crack tofu, you definitely need the crack tofu.

All drizzled with tons of sriracha.

Adult me thought it was a brilliant decision.

Turns out adult me is becoming drunk me.

My mouth is still on fire. 

Questionable life choices involving half a bottle of sriracha and half an hour spent crying over a burning mouth or not, this was quite a memorable abundance bowl after all. Yummy, quick to make and super healthy! Just the way adult me wants me to roll.

And I know them all adult me, drunk me and the 3-year-old in me would want you to give these a go, so get in the kitchen now!

4 Ingredient "Crack" Tofu + Abundance Bowl - this tofu recipe is made in minutes, with minimal mess. Crispy on the outside, tender on the center, sweet and spicy and utterly delicious! You need to try this!

By the way, nothing makes me happier than seeing you guys enjoy my recipes. If you’ve made something from my blog and want me to see it, tag #honeyandfigskitchen on Instagram and I will share it on my page. If you aren’t on Instagram but still want me to see it, you can drop me an email!

Thank you! I really love seeing your versions!

 

4 Ingredient "Crack" Tofu + Abundance Bowls
Serves 2
The only tofu recipe you'll ever want to try. Crispy on the outside, tender in the center, sweet and spicy: it tastes so good you won't believe it's healthy and this easy to make!
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Ingredients
  1. 350 grams firm tofu
  2. 80 grams low-sodium soy sauce
  3. 15 grams sriracha
  4. 40 grams maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Mix soy sauce, maple syrup and sriracha in an airtight container or tupperware.
  2. Cut tofu into desired shape. You don't need to drain it!
  3. Mix tofu with the marinade.
  4. Chill on the fridge for at least 5-6 hours (overnight is best!)
  5. Heat some oil in a pan and stir fry until tofu looks crispy and golden.
  6. Eat it on its own or add it to abundance bowls, salads, stir-fries, sandwiches, etc.
Notes
  1. Plain firm tofu tastes much better than smoked here, in my opinion.
  2. If you don't have maple syrup on hand, you may use agave syrup, rice syrup or honey (not vegan)... any liquid sweeteneer of your choice, actually. Just make sure you like its flavour!
To make these abundance bowls I used
  1. -Sauteed zucchini
  2. -Steamed broccoli
  3. -Baked sweet potato fries (made with salt, tex mex spice and a drizzle of olive oil)
  4. -Leafy greens
  5. -Goji Berries
  6. -Cashews
  7. -Tahini and lemon juic to dress the salad.
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That’s it for today! I’m so happy to announce that I will be done with my finals in a week, which means I’ll be back blogging and reading your blogs (which I’ve missed dearly!).

If you guys want to know more about what I’ve been doing, I’d say you follow me on Instagram (@honeyandfigsblog) as it’s easier for me to use these busy days, since it’s on my phone and everything! Link’s on sidebar!

Have a wonderful day, my friends!

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Vegan Chocolate Gingerbread Men + Almond Milk Hot Chocolate

23rd December 2014

Happy almost Christmas day, my friends! I can happily say that I’m finally done with the rest of the exams of the year (they’re coming back on early january but let’s talk pretty stuff and forget about exams, deal?) so that calls for celebration.

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

And, if you read often, you will know that by “celebration” I mean “cookies”. Lots of cookies, TONS of them. Awh yeah – that’s the way I’d like to leave this world: buried under a mile high mountain of cookies of all kinds.

Too bad it’s homework I’m snowed under instead.

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

Let’s not complain though. Homework might be “sucky” (and yes, by “sucky” I mean things you should not say on the internet so let’s pretend I do mean “sucky” because we all know mum reads my blog) but luckily cookies and warm beverages exist to counteract its “sucky-ness”.

(((Not sure if that’s a word. Actually not sure where this post is going to. All I want is cookies)))

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

*Proceeds to spend the next seven minutes singing the “all I want for Christmas is you” using “you” instead of “cookies”*

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

I think we all know by now that I have the concentration span of a 80-year-old fish oh waIT IS THAT A COOKIE but I will try my best not to deviate too much from this post and actually tell you about cookies.

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

These cookies. OHMYGOSH GUYS I CANNOT BREATH. Never in my life could I have imagined them to turn out this delicious. They’re warmly spiced with tones of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and vanilla, and the addition of cacao powder makes them even more delicious, if possible. They’re sweetened with both brown sugar and molasses, which give them a sweet, caramelesque flavour that will make you want to reach for yet another cookie, even if you’ve already eaten seven.

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

I wish I couldn’t say “been there, done that”, but c’mon we all know me.

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

And bonus points these are actually healthy and vegan too. Let’s face it, these cookies are what a version of Jon Snow in cookie form would be. In other words, “sweet perfection from heavenly heaven of all heavens”.

Yep.

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

Plussssssssss if you’re a novice baker and cookies intimidate you (hey we’ve alllll been there), these are super easy to work with. The dough is super elastic, not-difficult to handle and you don’t even need to chill it prior to baking.

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

I think we have a winner. Can I get a drumroll please?

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

But what can make a cookie even better, I ask? “NOTHING”, you scream. I nod. “You’re on my team, mate” I mutter.

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

THOUGH HOT CHOCOLATE MY FRIENDS, LET’S NOT FORGET ABOUT THAT.

*Another drum roll* Or should I call them “dumb rolls” instead because I tell you I don’t know where this post is going to.

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

Back to hot chocolate – LET’S FOCUS.

This drink is what warm velvety chocolate dreams are made of. Fo’ real. So sweet, smooth and rich you’ll truly forget that it’s also good for you!

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

I mean, Christmas is certainly the time to indulge on not-so-healthy for you stuff without a guilt BUUUUT I’m always up for healthy treats which doesn’t taste like it.

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

Like, I can overdose on this delicious Estonian Kringle as well.

Duh.

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

One last piece of advice before I leave, folks. Curl up with an ugly sweater, fuzzy socks, your favourite blanket, a cup of warm almond milk chocolate and a couple of these cookies – there’s no better way to do winter I tell you that!

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

If you need me you know where you’ll find me!

Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

Vegan Chocolate Gingerbread Men + Almond Milk Hot Chocolate
Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!
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For the cookies
  1. 200 grams strong white flour
  2. 200 grams wholewheat flour
  3. 180 grams brown sugar
  4. 35 grams cacao powder
  5. 2 flax eggs
  6. 110 grams extra virgin olive oil
  7. 90 grams molasses
  8. 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  9. 1 tbsp. ground ginger
  10. 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  11. 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  12. 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  13. 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  14. 1/4 tsp. salt
For the frosting
  1. 1 + 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  2. 2-3 tbsp. mylk of choice (I went for coconut milk)
  3. optional vegan food coloring
For the hot chocolate
  1. 25 grams cacao powder
  2. 180 grams brown sugar
  3. 15 grams cornstarch
  4. 500 grams almond milk
  5. 2 tbsp. vanilla extract
  6. 70 grams dark chocolate
  7. whipped coconut cream, optional
Instructions
  1. Cream the flax eggs, olive oil molasses and sugar.
  2. Add in both flours, salt, baking powder, cacao powder and spices and whisk until a dough is formed.
  3. Roll out dough into a rectangle.
  4. You don't want it to be too thick, but it doesn't have to be too thin either. If you cannot transfer your gingerbread men to the baking tray, it's too thin.
  5. Don't worry, you can start over as much as you need to. This dough can handle it all. Just try to find what it works best for you!
  6. Cut out the cookies with a gingerbread men cookie cuter and transfer to a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  7. Bake at 200ºC for 12-15 minutes.
  8. Let them cool before frosting them!
  9. For the hot chocolate, whisk cornstarch, cacao powder and brown sugar in a saucepan. Add in milk and vanilla extract and whisk again to combine.
  10. Bring mixture to a boil - don't stop stirring so it doesn't burn!
  11. Lower the heat and keep stirring for 2-3 minutes more until it thickens.
  12. Add in chopped chocolate and whisk until melted.
  13. Chocolate should be smooth and glossy by now. Remove pan from heat.
  14. Top with optional coconut whipped cream if desired!
Notes
  1. You can buy vegan food coloring online, but spirulina (for green/blue), beet juice (for red) and turmeric (for yellow) work in a pinch. Just be careful not to overdo it and you'll be fine!
  2. If you don't care to make flax vegan eggs, normal eggs work well too!
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Sweet, aromatic gingerbread with a healthy twist! Plus a recipe for the best vegan hot chololate you'll ever try. So velvety and smooth!

Merry Christmas to you all! May you have a lovely holiday filled with happiness and lots of good food!

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4-Ingredient Banana Cloudcakes

19th December 2014

*Spends over a month without uploading a recipe* 

Final season arrives

*Abandons her library spot and goes the kitchen to make vegan tiramisu* *Posts recipe*

A few days go by. Still finals season.

*Uploads another posts* 

Homework? What’s that? Can I eat it?

4 Ingredient Banana Cloudcakes: the easiest to make, healthiest and yummiest pancakes around! {gluten free & vegan options provided}

And that’s, my friends, the kind of logic I like to live by. Which, if I may mention, is the same logic that makes me want to clean up my dorm like a maniac when I have to study for 238784 different exams.

Procrastibaking, it’s absolutely a thing.

A very, very delicious thing.

Wanna know which is delicious as well? These babies right here. They’re naturally sweet, fluffy as a cloud and perfectly light yet filling. Perfect everyday breakfast? I’d say yes!

4 Ingredient Banana Cloudcakes: the easiest to make, healthiest and yummiest pancakes around! {gluten free & vegan options provided}

Also, if you’re wonderfing whether or not I’m living solely on pancakes since I moved to uni and no longer live at my parents… there’s high chances that the answer is affirmative.

Just don’t tell my mum. You know mums: they don’t quite like it when you mention that your diet consists on pancakes and the occasional bowl of porridge… 

Shocking, I know.

I mean, I do eat veggies too. Or at least, I upload lots of pictures of abundance bowl to my Instagram account so as to make mum believe that I’m a balanced human being…  It could be either thing.

Have fun guessing which one.

4 Ingredient Banana Cloudcakes: the easiest to make, healthiest and yummiest pancakes around! {gluten free & vegan options provided}

But you know what all scientific researc show: a pancake deficience can cause deep sorrow, maximum sadness and turn you into a very hangry monster. I’ve heard it also makes your soul turns black like the pits of pancake-less hell. 

Your life is not a game, friends. Don’t risk it. Take your pancakes everyday.

Aaaaaand what a better way to load up on pancake vitamins than these? They’re healthy, delicious, easy to make, don’t require lots of weird ingredients you sure don’t have on hand and may I mention they’re delish? Because they frickin’ are.

4 Ingredient Banana Cloudcakes: the easiest to make, healthiest and yummiest pancakes around! {gluten free & vegan options provided}

This post is coming to and end so let’s sum up what we’ve learnt today:

  • I cleaned my dorm today because I didn’t want to study (totally relevant info you need hello!)
  • Humans need to lead a pancake-based life to thrive. It’s scientific data, y’all.
  • These pancakes are yummy. You need these pancakes.

Make the pancakes. All it takes is a spotty banana and 5 minutes of your time. Quite a better way to procrastinate when finals are comming than cleaning every bit of dust off the room and then vaacuming and sweeping.

Best of luck to you all taking exams this week. You should eat more pancakes, by the way. I’ve heard they make you smarter, too.

4 Ingredient Banana Cloudcakes
Serves 1
These pancakes are so delicious, healthy and easy to make that you'll wonder whether or not they're real!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large spotty banana
  2. 1 egg + 2 egg whites
  3. 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  4. 2 tbsp. flour of choice (wholewheat, oat, gluten free flours... all work)
  5. Extras: 1 tsp. vanilla, chocolate chips, cinnamon, extra sweetener if needed, cocoa powder, blueberries, diced apple, chopped nuts...
Instructions
  1. Mash the banana with a fork. Make sure that it's ripe enough so you don't need extra sweetener!
  2. Whisk in the egg and the egg whites.
  3. Add in baking powder and flour and stir to combine.
  4. Heat some olive oil in a griddle and when it's hot enough pour some of the batter and cook pancakes until done.
  5. Do not flip pancakes until you see bubbles appear in the surface.
Notes
  1. You can use 2 whole eggs if you don't have egg whites on hand.
  2. Also, if you're vegan, simply use 2 flax eggs instead.
  3. For flufflier pancakes, refrigerate batter overnight.
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As always, let me remind you that I’ll try my best to answer all your inquiries and comments and read your wonderful blog posts as soon as I can! Thanks for putting up with me and all your support!

Enjoy the holidays!

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