Moroccan Cauliflower and Quinoa Power Bowl

 

I’m in love with this super yummy and healthy power bowl! It’s the perfect combination of healthy fats, carbs and full of vitamins. It’s perfect for lunch if you need an energy boost or for dinner after a busy day. It’s a comforting bowl full of goodness!

It won’t take you to long to whip this meal up and it’s perfect if you’re cooking for a few people – you’ll definitely impress your friends with this one!

Ingredients

 

Makes 2 bowls

  • 1 small or 1/2 big cauliflower
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 bag of spinach
  • 1 big sweet potato
  • Few sun-dried tomatoes
  • 100 grams quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons hummus
  • 1 tablespoon Ras el hanout powder
  • 2 tablespoons liquid coconut oil
  • Salt and pepper

 

For the dressing

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Method

 

  1. Preheat the oven on 220c.
  2. Wash your cauliflower and remove the florets from the stalk and place them in a bowl.
  3. Then add the coconut oil and sprinkle some salt, pepper and the Ras el hanout powder on top and mix well.
  4. Next place the cauliflower on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place it in the oven for about 15 min until they turn slightly brown. Make sure to check them every few minutes to make sure they don’t burn.
  5. Meanwhile cut the avocado into small pieces and cook the quinoa according to the package.
  6. Then cut the sweet potato into small cubes and boil for about 5-6 minutes until they are soft.
  7. To prepare the spinach place a little coconut oil in a pan and bake until soft.
  8. Once the cauliflower, sweet potato, spinach, quinoa and avocado are ready you can whip up your dressing by adding all ingredients into a bowl and mixing well.
  9. Now you are ready to prepare your bowl!
  10. Simply place the quinoa on the bottom as a base and place the cauliflower, sweet potato, avocado and spinach on top. Finish it off by topping it with a spoon of hummus, some sun-dried tomatoes and of course by drizzling over some of your dressing!

 

Bon a petit! 

 

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Vanilla Pancakes with coconut and pecans

 

We all have a soft spot for pancakes! This is my favourite pancake recipe so far and I love making it on weekends for breakfast as a little treat. They are super easy to whip up and and extremely tasty. As I am Dutch I grew up with pancakes and my mother always used to make them thin and crispy. Now I have finally created a recipe which tastes just like hers, but then with a healthy & vegan twist!

 

 

Ingredients

 

For the pancakes

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 450 ml almond milk
  • 300 grams wholegrain flower
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon agave syrup
  • 2 teaspoons runny coconut oil (plus some for baking)

 

As topping

  • Coconut yoghurt
  • Handfull of pecans
  • Rasped coconut

 

 

Method

 

  1. Place all the pancake ingredients in one bowl and mix well until it forms a smooth texture. You need the mixture not to be too thick but actually slightly runny as you need to be able to make the pancakes thin and crispy when you bake them. (If it’s too thick add a little almond milk)
  2. Heat up a frying pan with a little coconut oil and scoop in some batter mixture.
  3. Bake your pancakes until golden and slightly crispy on both sides.
  4. When serving top them off with a spoon of coconut yoghurt and sprinkle some rasped coconut and crushed pecans on top.

 

 

 

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Vegan Chocolate Mousse

 

For any chocolate lover (like me) this is the ultimate recipe!

This chocolate mousse is so smooth, flavourful and if you are looking to satisfy your chocolate cravings then this is definitely the most healthy but also the most satisfying dessert you could ever make.

It may seem strange at first to be making chocolate mousse with avocado, but it actually gives the mousse a very smooth texture. All the other ingredients will also overpower the avocado flavour so I’m sure no one will even believe you have used avocado’s in the first place!

 

Ingredients

 

  • 1 banana 
  • 1 large avocado
  • 4 teaspoons cacao 
  • 80 ml almond milk 
  • 8 medjool dates
  • Pinch of salt 

 

Method

 

  1. First, pit your dates and soak them in boiling water for at least 10 min, so they get nice and soft. 
  2. Then place all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until everything is smooth. 
  3. Place your mixture into bowls and leave in the fridge to set. 
  4. When serving top of with a spoon of coconut yoghurt and sprinkle with cacao nibs. 

 

 

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Cinnamon & Peach Porridge

 

Porridge is a great breakfast as it has a ton of health benefits and it’s even proven to have a positive long term effect on your health. It will help lower your cholesterol, lowers risk of heart and lung disease and will even help improve your skin.

It’s an amazing start in the morning as it gives you tons of energy and will keep you full for a long time (which will aid in weight loss – win win!)

You can prepare porridge in lots of different ways but one I have been making a lot lately is this recipe! It has the comforting flavour of the cinnamon and syrup accompanied by the fresh and sweet flavour of banana and peach. It’s simple,  super healthy and the best way to start an energetic day!

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 peach
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon agave syrup
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • pinch of salt

 

Method

  1. Mix the water, pinch of salt and the oats in a pan and leave on a medium heat for about 4-5 minutes, stir frequently until it thickens up.
  2. In a separate bowl squash the banana and add the chia seeds and cinnamon.
  3. When your porridge is nice and thick put the banana mix into the porridge and mix well.
  4. Poor the porridge into a bowl and top it of with cubes of peach. Then finish of by sprinkling some extra cinnamon and a teaspoon of agave syrup on top.

 

 

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The ultimate Chickpea burger

 

Who doesn’t love a good burger. Especially being vegan I’m guilty of fancying a delicious burger especially knowing that vegan burgers are actually very healthy and nutritious and at the same time really comforting. Especially in the summer I love to sit outside on a warm evening with friends and get our hands dirty. Whenever I fancy a burger it’s this recipe that I love to make as it’s easy, healthy and absolutely delicious. It’s always a winner!

 

Ingredients

Makes 6 medium burgers

  • 1 tin (340g) sweetcorn
  • 1 tin (400g) chickpeas
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ a bunch fresh coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • nut oil
  • 3 tablespoons wholemeal flour
  • 6 wholemeal burger buns
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • ½ medium white onion
  • 2 hands full of spinach
  • salt and pepper

 

Method

  1. First drain the chickpeas and sweetcorn, make sure no water remains. Then place them in a food processor.
  2. Then also add the spices, flour, coriander, grate in the lemon zest and season with some salt and pepper.
  3.  Pulse this mixture until everything is combined, but not smooth – you want to retain some texture.
  4. Dust a plate or a surface with flour and scoop out your mixture with a spoon shaping them into 6 individual burgers. Try to make them equally sized.
  5. When done leave them in the fridge to firm up for about 30 min.
  6. Put some oil in a large pan over a medium heat and bake your patties for about 8-10 min, until they are golden brown on both sides.
  7. Slice your union and tomatoes into slices, and wash your spinach.
  8. First toast your burger buns and then you’ll be ready to create your burger!
  9. Get the bun and place your patty on the bottom,then layer with slices tomato, onion and spinach. Add some ketchup or vegan mayo for the ultimate delight.

 

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Monsieur Spoon – The cutest coffee spot

 

Monsieur Spoon is a bakery in the middle of Canggu with a French twist. Sometimes when you are far away from home it’s nice to have a little bit of a homely feeling. And what is a better way to get a taste of home then through food. 

As soon as you enter the bakery you can smell the fresh coffee being made. Fresh croissants are taken out of the oven, and if you are lucky you might be in time to get a taste of their very special black croissants. Everything about this place will make you feel at home and it’s the ultimate spot to relax and take a break by enjoying a delicious cup of coffee. 

 

 

What I like

I come here very often just for a cup of coffee. As a coffee freak I have been on a hunt for the best coffee in Canggu. I have tried many cafes and Monsieur Spoon is definitely in my top 3! I always order a ‘Cappuccino‘ with soya milk (35k Idr/ 1.80 Gbp). The coffee is fruity and strong. Also, most importantly it’s not at all bitter or watery – and that’s the way I like it! (And that’s the way it’s also supposed to be) So I can honestly say “This is one of my favourite coffee spots in the whole of Bali!”. 

Breakfast

They also have delicious freshly made cold pressed juices which are full of vitamins and their ‘Green detox‘ (40k Idr/ 2.10 Gbp) juice is amazing in the morning. However, when I’m at a French cafe I like to go for a traditional ‘Orange juice’ (30k Idr/ 1.60 Gbp) which is made out of 100% fresh and sweet oranges.  If you are staying for breakfast then you might as well have the ‘Avocado Bruschetta‘ (55k Idr/ 2.90 Gbp) which is a chunky piece of bread with smashed avocado, cherry tomatoes and topped with coriander – healthy, delicious and a great way to start the day! 

Lunch

For lunch I love getting the ‘Gazpacho‘ (40k Idr/ 2.10 Gbp). It’s made with fresh tomatoes and served with chunky bread. It’s extremely refreshing which is perfect for on those hot Bali days. 

However, what I mostly do is grab a cappuccino and some of their delicious freshly made bread and be on my way home! The bread is made daily and is a real treat for a breakfast lover like me! 

 

 

 

Where to go

Monsieur Spoon is located on Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong No.55 in Canggu and it’s open everyday from 6.30 am- 9pm. 

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