sweet & crunchy breakfast oats

To be honest with you, I really don’t like oats much… in fact I can only eat a handful without feeling sick. But I have found a very old recipe that we used to have when I was a kid, and now I can eat a whole bowl of it in the morning!

Oats are super healthy: reduce risk of type 2 diabetes, help protect from cancer, lower bad cholesterol, improve immune system, increase appetite-control hormones, help control blood pressure, just to name some of the benefits. If you want more information about the benefits of oats check out this website.

To make your own breakfast oats you need:

500g rolled oats (optional: add nuts, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds or anything you like)

200-300g of cane sugar (or any non-refined sugar will do)

100g butter or cocnut oil

instructions

– slowly melt 70g of butter in a large pan, then add the sugar

– stir continuously until the sugar starts to dissolve, then add the oats

– stir continuously while adding the rest of the butter until the sugar is caramelised and your whole kitchen smells of it

this whole process can take up to 30 minutes, be careful not to ruin your pan by burning the caramel at the end!

Eating this for breakfast will make you last until lunchtime without feeling hungry. Enjoy!

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vegan burgers

Last night I made the best ever burgers! Healthy and nourishing burgers -> contradiction? How on earth is that possible?

Here is the recipe and some quinoa facts: Quinoa burgers

Quinoa is a food that is more and more available even in regular super market. And although I don’t usually support foods that are imported from far away, I make an exception here, because quinoa is just so delicious. But I still try to make it special occasion meals, I always keep my CO2 footprint in mind when cooking. This is why I replaced the coconut oil with regular organic sunflower seed oil, which is locally available in Switzerland.

With these yummy burgers I didn’t serve normal potato chips, no I made baked butternut chips. This type of pumpkin is one of my favourits and of course it’s seasonal at this time of the year, which is another plus!

The chips are easy to make:

  • Preheat your oven on 220 °C
  • Peel the butternut and cut it into “french-fry-shaped” slices
  • Chuck them on a baking tray and sprinkle them with salt and cayenne pepper (or with anything you like for that matter)
  • Bake about 20 min on each side until the crust starts to become slightly crunchy

Enjoy your healthy autumn meal!

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what to do with your green tomatoes

That’s it… summer is over. When you look out of the window there’s only a grey, rainy sky greeting you. It’s cold and there are all those green tomatoes in the garden that didn’t get a chance to turn red.

Make Green Tomato Chutney! It’s really simple and so tasty, and the longer you keep it the better it gets. If you seal them well you can keep them up to a few months maybe even longer. To be sure they don’t go bad, store it in the fridge.

Check out the recipe here.

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alternative to animal milk

Our daily intake of dairy products is way too high. Although we have been using milk for centuries, our body is not actually made for it. Nowadays a lot of people develop an intolerance to lactose and the reason could possibly our overconsumption of dairy products in the first place.

Since I myself have been reacting to dairy products for a long time, I have made some research online to see if I can find an alternative to cow milk. Of course everyone knows soy milk, but honestly, I can’t stand it! I have tried a lot of different brands and so far I always ended up very disappointed. On top of it there’s the issue about the production of soy beans that is mostly not very ethical… But what options do we have that are available locally?

I have found recipes of hazelnut milk, almond milk, soy milk and oat milk. So you can even make it yourself, which will be a lot cheaper and healthier since these kind of products are usually only available in organic shops where everything is totally overpriced.

Making it yourself is very simple -> see here for the almond milk recipe for example.

So now I am trying to cut down on dairy products daily. I use homemade milk for cooking, breakfast, in coffee and more. Of course it doesn’t replace cheese or yogurt, and every now and then I still have that. But already cutting down to about half the amount of what I used to eat, will have a positive effect on my health I hope!

I any of you know how to make yogurt with homemade milk, please let me know !! I would appreciate any tips about it very much.