Thai Rainbow Quinoa Tofu Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

21st February 2015

If you ever feel bad about yourself, remember that I spend most of my weekends in my pyjamas, laying in front of my laptop binge-watching Game of Thrones while I eat bowls and bowls of this very salad like it is my job.

(((For the record, that’s a job I would adore. Where do I sign??)))

Thai Rainbow Quinoa Tofu Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Was that supposed to make you feel better? I don’t know, but I’m sure that this salad will.

Oh boy. OH BOY. This salad is what dreams are made of. THIS is the salad people mean when they say they could “live off just salad for the rest of their days” ((Again, where do I have to sign???)). This salad is the reason I’ve spent the past few days toying with the idea of doing one of those 12-step programs because I’m pretty sure that I’m addicted to it.

Thai Rainbow Quinoa Tofu Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

But at least it’s salad and not crack what I’m addicted to… it’s something to start, right?

Thai Rainbow Quinoa Tofu Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

If you like the flavors of Thai cuisine; quick meals which you can make in a jiffy (meaning that you get extra time to watch that GoT scene where Jon Snow strips off (ps: don’t tell mum I said that) and maybe that one when Robb gets to it too)) and healthy, colourful stuff that makes you feel all virtuous and mature when in reality you haven’t worn real pants for an entire week… THIS SALAD IS FOR YOU!

Thai Rainbow Quinoa Tofu Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Crunchy veggies with crispy tofu bites, juicy mango chunks, salty chili-lime peanuts (that is if you actually remember to buy them… I mean I could have gone to the store, but putting on pants didn’t sound all that enticing, hence the lack of peanuts today… but you guys are welcome to include them), all dressed with a creamy-dreamy sweet & spicy peanut dressing… see? Looks like you’ll all have to sign up for the 12-step program with me.

Now that we’re at it, I might have to look for one to cure my GoT obsession too.

Thai Rainbow Quinoa Tofu Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

But let me get back to the salad. You know how I feel x10000 times more productive when I actually make nutritious meals (because apparently you cannot survive on peanut butter toast alone ah) so bare with me while I list you the healthy benefits of this salad:

Thai Rainbow Quinoa Tofu Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

  • Perfect combo of low gi carbs (yay quinoa!), lots of plant-based protein (quinoa, tofu, peanuts and soy yogurt!), healthy fats (gotta love these peanuts!), healthy natural sugars (thanks sweet mango!) and lots of fiber (K, C, B6, A, biotin…) thanks to all those fresh veggies!
  • Best part of rainbow salads besides how gorgeous they look? They’re jam-packed with lots of vitamins! This one contains lots of vitamin C, A, K and B6 to name a few. 

 

  • Thai Rainbow Quinoa Tofu Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

You know you want a bowl *wink wink*. Get cooking!

Thai Rainbow Quinoa Tofu Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Thai Rainbow Quinoa Tofu Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing
Serves 2
The flavor and texture combination in this salad make it highly addictive. The only thing you'll want to have for lunch!
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Ingredients
  1. 300 grams "crack tofu"
  2. 1/2 ripe mango
  3. 1/2 cucumber
  4. 1 carrot
  5. 1/4 red bell pepper
  6. 1/4 head of purple cabbage
  7. 1/4 head of cabbage
  8. a handful of chili-lime peanuts (optional)
  9. a handful of cherry tomatoes
  10. 100 grams dry quinoa
For the peanut dressing
  1. 150 grams soy yogurt
  2. 40 grams natural peanut butter
  3. 20 grams tamari sauce
  4. a drizzle of sriracha, according to taste
To garnish
  1. fresh cilantro, lime juice...
Instructions
  1. Cook the tofu according to instructions from the post linked.
  2. Rinse quinoa and cook it according to your package instructions.
  3. Chop all the vegetables and toss them in a bowl along with the peanuts, cooked tofu cubes and quinoa.
  4. For the dressing, mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
  5. Pour dressing over salad and garnish with fresh cilantro and a drizzle of lime juice.
  6. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. This recipe makes more dressing that you'll need. You can use the leftovers to dip carrot sticks or dress any other salad or stir-fry!
honey & figs http://honeyandfigskitchen.com/
 

I hope you all have a great weekend!

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Cranberry Vanilla Marbled Cake

9th February 2015

I have this problem where I have lots of ideas for Valentine’s day desserts but no boyfriend to share them with.

Unless we’re counting Jon Snow as a boyfriend, but honestly, I’m much more devoted to this relationship than he is.

Looks like this ship isn’t going anywhere. 

Cranberry Vanilla Marbled Cake: a healthy Valentine's day dessert idea!

Because apparently it’s still illegal to kidnap a grown-up man and force it to spend the day with you watching cheesy films (love actually on loop) and eating chocolates… no matter how many  heart-shaped pink baked goodies you give them in exchange.

Not that I checked on google or something.

You guys promise me you’ll never tell him about this blog when we get married. I really don’t want to come out as a creep, you know.

Cranberry Vanilla Marbled Cake: a healthy Valentine's day dessert idea!

Anyway, seeing that if getting a boyfriend was a subject in university I’d be getting all C’s, I think I’ll be trying to excel at a different subject now.

Maths? Nah, that’s boring.

Geology? TAKE YOUR ROCKS ANYWHERE ELSE BECAUSE THERE’S NO WAY I WANT TO EXCEL AT THAT.

Winged eyeliner? Nope, still failing that one… on the bright side, if looking like a racoon 24/7 was a subject I’d be getting all straight A’s.

Doing laundry when it’s due before I end up buying myself a new pack of undies? I think that if one was actually a subject I’d get the lowest mark…

Doing my bloggy-work and posting a recipe for pink cake on time for Valentine’s day? YEP! That’s a subject I can keep on with!

I actually did my health-food blogger homework this time and got to make a naturally dyed, healthy cake which tastes reeeaaaaally nice and doesn’t taste “”"”healthy”"”" in the slightest.

Now, where’s my honors degree?????

Cranberry Vanilla Marbled Cake: a healthy Valentine's day dessert idea!

Better yet, I got to make it pink without using beets.

Have I already told you about my feeling towards beets? I love the whole beet concept: they’re gorgeous (that bright pink colour is just so cool!), they’re super healthy and hip but I JUST CANNOT GET OVER THE FACT THAT THEY TASTE LIKE WORN SOCKS.

Sorry not sorry. I guess I’ll have to have some points removed off my health blogger card… which is already quite low after last week (celebrating the end of final season parties much?)… yep.

Cranberry Vanilla Marbled Cake: a healthy Valentine's day dessert idea!

Let’s get back to beets. I really REALLY want to like them, but I just cannot bring myself to it. No matter how hard I try, their taste will always remind me of the pile of socks which have been sitting on my laundry basket for a month now…

And it’s not as if I haven’t tried, I tell you. Lately, I’ve been making myself eat some crispy beetroot chips in a poor attempt to like them. And guess what? They actually taste like food! But then again there’s the fact that they frickin’ make your pee red which makes me hate beets with a burning passion again.

Like, you know, I’d rather not think I’m going to die every time I use the toilet, thank you very much.

Cranberry Vanilla Marbled Cake: a healthy Valentine's day dessert idea!

Enough talking about them, let’s get back to my favourite topic ever: cake.

This one is pretty enough for Valentine’s day, and so delicious that you’ll want to have it everyday! Super moist (oddly enough, that’s not a word I dislike… I mean, there are much worse things to hate, for example beets and burpees, among others), fluffy and absolutely irresistible. I couldn’t stop myself from reaching for another slice over and over!

Sweet enough for dessert, but healthy enough to make an appereance at your breakfast table. Cake for breakfast? Yes please!

Pink cake for breakfast? YES JUST YES!

I made this one healthier thanks to greek yogurt, olive oil and this superfood cranberry powder that the folks over at Finnberry were kind enough to send me.

Cranberry Powder - finnberry.co.uk

Let me tell you that these powders are the bomb. Not only are they packed with antioxidants and vitamins, they also make your food super duper pretty, Jon Snow kind of pretty. How cool is that?

Check them out to add that little extra oomph that your desserts need!

Cranberry Vanilla Marbled Cake
Serves 8
Are you in need of a pretty Valentine's day dessert idea which tastes delicious and it's also healthy? Look no further, this marbled loaf has you covered!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 310 grams unbleached white flour
  2. 180gr. sugar
  3. 15 gr. baking powder
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. 150 ml. low fat buttermilk
  6. 75 gr. oil
  7. 260 grams 2% greek yogurt
  8. 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  9. 3 tbsp. cranberry powder
Instructions
  1. Whisk flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl until combined.
  2. Add eggs, oli, greek yogurt, buttermilk and vanilla extract and mix until smooth.
  3. Divide batter in two bowls.
  4. Add 3 tbsp. of cranberry powder to one half of the batter and stir to combine. You might want to add a couple of tablespoons of sugars more if you don't like the tartness of the cranberries!
  5. Drop spoonfuls of the vanilla batter in a small loaf pan. Next add spoonfuls of the pink batter and DO NOT STIR THEM. Drop more of the vanilla batter and then more of the pink batter. DO NOT SWIRL THEM. The marbled pattern will create itself!
  6. Bake at 200ºC for 35-40 minutes or until you insert a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean.
  7. Let it cool before cutting! Enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you use a larger baking pan your loaf will not rise as much!
  2. Top it with greek yogurt, coconut whipped cream or fresh berries for an extra delicious dessert.
honey & figs http://honeyandfigskitchen.com/
 

That is all for today folks! May you all have a lovely Valentine’s day, whether you spend it being cute to you SO or binge-watching series and eating chocolates by yourself ;-)

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Apple Pie Bread Pudding

1st February 2015

Bread pudding.

I think we all agree that it’s not the most appealing of desserts. 

I mean, does it make your heart go wild with excitement the same that things like “cookie dough cheesecake brownies” or “chocolate ganache covered brownie ice-cream cake” do? It probably doesn’t.

Apple Pie Bread Pudding: a healthy, quick to make and delicious dessert!

Yet I want to take a moment to stand up for all those poor bread puddings from around the world which are left behind, abandoned in favour of their more decadent counterparts.

Bread pudding: you rock.

Sincerely: me.

Apple Pie Bread Pudding: a healthy, quick to make and delicious dessert!

It might not be the fanciest dessert you can think of, but deep in your heart, you know that bread pudding is delicious.

Sweet and comforting, just like a hug. 

There’s something about it which makes it an irresistible guilty pleasure. Especially when you add some apple pie spices and some caramelised goodness on top. 

Apple Pie Bread Pudding: a healthy, quick to make and delicious dessert!

Bonus points for the fact that this is the easiest dessert you’ll ever make. And we all know what you should be doing with all that time you’re going to save!

Laundry? No. Vacuuming? Are you crazy?! Homework? HECK TO THE NO.

………. BINGE-WATCHING THE BIG BANG THEORY IS THE ANSWER!

(aka: how I’ve spent the last four days of my life)

Yes, I should have done my laundry instead. No, I don’t care that I’ve had to buy another pack of clean undies because I had nothing to wear. Adulthood done right? Maybe not… but on the bright side I have my veggies everyday so I guess my mum would be proud. Just don’t tell her that peanut butter on toast has been my dinner for the last few days. And the undies thing, let’s just keep that part to ourselves… and don’t dare mention her about the existence of that pile of dirty dishes sitting on the sink. OR the fact that I haven’t vacuumed for like 5 months.

Pretty sure that this is how adulthood must be done.

But seriously guys. You need to make this bread pudding. It’s quick and easy to make, healthy, delicious and comforting! It doesn’t get any better than this. Except if you decide not to tell anyone about its existence and keep it all to yourself.

But I totally didn’t tell you to.

Apple Pie Bread Pudding
Serves 9
Sweet and delicious apple pie bread pudding! Not only is it easy to make, but healthy as well!
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups cubed wholegrain bread
  2. 1 + 1/2 cup applesauce
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 1/2 cup almond milk
  5. 1/2 tbsp. cinnamon
  6. 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  7. 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  8. 1/2 cup raisins
  9. 1 apple for the topping
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients except the apple to a blender and pulse until it's smooth.
  2. Pour mixture into a baking pan.
  3. Cut the apple and arrange slices on top on the batter.
  4. and bake at 220ºC for 50-55 minutes until the top is golden and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.
  5. Enjoy warm or cold!
Notes
  1. Brown sugar may be used instead of coconut sugar.
honey & figs http://honeyandfigskitchen.com/
 

Thanks for all the kind comments guys! I don’t have much time to answer them all now that I’m in university but I wanted you to know that I do read every one of them and that they make me supper happy! I’d send you all cookies if I could!

Hugs!

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