The Ultimate Guide to Nuts

Hello everyone!
Wednesday, 22 October marks Nut Day (developed by Liberation Foods) and it’s a perfect ocassion to go nutty, spread the word about the delicious taste and numerous health benefits associated with nuts.

To celebrate this glorious day I’ve prepared for you a wonderful infographic about nuts. Also, don’t forget to check my recipes with nuts. Enjoy!

The Ultimate Guide to Nuts

Perfect Cucumber Sandwiches

This post will consider the best way to make a simple cucumber sandwich. It’s a great option during summertime, but it’s an excellent alternative for breakfast even at the beginning of the fall.

Cucumber Sandwich
1/2 cucumber, peeled
4 thin slices of good white bread, toasted
25 g roasted sunflower seeds
unsalted butter, at room temperature
white pepper

How It’s Made?
Step 1: Cut the cucumber into thin slices.
Step 2: Lay out the bread and butter each slice generously.
Step 3: Sprinkle sunflower seeds over the bread slices. Arrange the cucumber on the slices, overlapping each round and sprinkle with salt and white pepper. Serve immediately, with good tea.

Raw Vegan Banana Ice Cream

I like ice cream very much and that’s why I’ve decided to share with you a magic trick to make a creamy ice cream with just one ingredient. Yes, that’s right: just one ingredient — and no ice cream maker needed!

Raw Vegan Banana Ice Cream

Bananas can make a pretty fabulous ice cream that is excellent if you are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-allergic or on a no-added-sugar diet.

2 large ripe bananas
Ginger Sauce (optional):
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
a handful of walnuts

How It’s Made?
Step 1: Peel the bananas and cut them into coins.
Step 2: Put the bananas in an airtight container and freeze them for at least 2 hours, but ideally overnight.
Step 3: Blend the frozen banana pieces in a small food processor or powerful blender. At first the banana pieces will look crumbled or smashed. Scrape down the food processor. Then it will look gooey, like banana mush. It will get smoother, but it will still have chunks of banana in it. Scrape down the food processor.
Step 4: Suddenly, as the last bits of banana smooth out, you’ll see the mixture shift from blended banana to creamy, soft-serve ice cream texture. Blend for a few more seconds to aerate the ice cream.
Step 5: You can eat the ice cream immediately, but it will be quite soft. You can also transfer it back into the airtight container and freeze it until solid.
Step 6: Mix honey, ginger and turmeric together.
Step 7: Add walnuts over the banana ice cream and spread over the sauce. Serve immediately!

Raw Vegan Banana Ice Cream

Eggs in Purgatory

Eggs in Purgatory is a classic recipe that I’ve never tried it before. I’ve read about it; I’ve seen other persons trying it and sharing on their blogs about it. Because the pictures were so catchy I have decided to give it a try. It took me about 20 minutes, so I can say it’s a simple recipe and you have to try it too. You won’t regret it.

Eggs in Purgatory Recipe
2 eggs
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium size onion
3-4 cloves of garlic, cut in small pieces
4 medium size tomatoes, skin removed
1 small chili pepper, chopped

How It’s Made?
Step 1: Heat olive oil in a large skillet, add onions and cook until they become translucent.
Eggs in Purgatory Onion
Step 2: Add garlic and chili pepper and fry for another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Step 3: Cut the tomatoes into medium pieces and add them to the skillet. Add salt and pepper.
Step 4: Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes.
Eggs in Purgatory Sauce
Step 5: When the sauce is ready, make little depressions in the sauce with a spoon and break an egg into each of them.
Step 6: Cook for another few minutes until the eggs are ready.
Eggs in Purgatory Recipe

Brazilian Lemonade

We still have a few days until the end of the month and it’s still very warm outside so here is my idea for a delicious and refreshing lemonade that is perfect for the remaining summertime. The ingredients are very simple. It takes only a few minutes to blend them together.

Brazilian Lemonade Recipe
3 fresh limes
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup sugar
4 cups cold water

How It’s Made?
Step 1: Squeeze the juice from 3 limes into a blender container.
Step 2: Pulse lime juice, sweetened condensed milk, sugar and as much water you can until everything is combined.
Step 3: Pour the remaining water, stir and serve immediately over crushed ice.

Brazilian Lemonade

Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

The roasted chickpeas recipe is really easy to make, very healthy, crispy, spicy and absolutely delicious. I totally recommend it, because chickpeas have a lot of benefits for you and they can be a tasty snack if you know how to cook them.

Crispy Roasted Chickpeas
400g cooked chickpeas
2 teaspoons curry
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
4 tablespoons olive oil
2-3 tablespoons lemon juice

How It’s Made?
Step 1: You can use canned chickpeas, which are a quick and easy alternative to dried chickpeas. If you prefer the latter version, then make sure you cook the chickpeas as indicated on the label. Drain the chickpeas, shower them through a jet of cold water and leave them 10 minutes to drain in a sieve. Then place the chickpeas on absorbent paper and gently wipe them.
Step 2: Mix the chickpeas with the rest of the ingredients.
Step 3: Place the chickpeas on a tray lined with baking paper and cook them for 15 minutes at 180° C.
Step 4: Turn the chickpeas on the other side and cook them for another 15 minutes until they become crispy and golden.

Spicy Oven-Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

Oaty Raisin Cookies

Quick, easy and perfect with warm milk or natural yogurt. These cookies are amazingly easy to make, extremely healthy and tasteful. Enjoy!

Oaty Raisin Cookies

50g margarine or butter
50g caster sugar
50g wholemeal flour
1 egg
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon honey
80g porridge oats
50g raisins

How It’s Made?
Step 1: In a large bowl, mix the margarine/butter and sugar together until soft, then beat in the honey.
Step 2: Add the egg and the cinnamon powder and mix well.
Step 3: In another bowl, combine the flour, the baking powder, the oats and the raisins and mix them together before adding them to the butter mixture.
Step 4: Use a spoon to make cookies and place them on the baking sheet.
Uncooked Oaty Cookies
Step 5: Heat oven to 180° C and bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden.
Step 6: Leave them on the tray for a minute before transferring them to a cooling tray.
Step 7: Store in an air tight container and enjoy.

Baked Stuffed Apples with Walnuts

You might think this recipe is old-fashioned, but I guarantee you won’t regret if you try it. I would totally recommend it during the winter period, but it goes well every time you feel the need for something sweet and healthy.

Baked Stuffed Apples with Walnuts
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
4 red apples
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons honey (optional)

How It’s Made?
Step 1: Preheat oven to 180 °C.
Step 2: Remove the core from each apple (using a melon baller for example), scooping out the steam and seeds and making a deep hole for the filling; work to within about 1/2 inch of the bottom of the apple. You can also peel the skin if you want to.
Step 3: In a small bowl, blend together the brown sugar, butter and cinnamon. Mix in the walnuts.
Step 4: Spoon equals amounts of the filling into the center of the apples.
Step 5: Set the filled apples in an 8-inch square baking pan or other baking pan just large enough to hold them snugly.
Red Apples Walnuts
Step 6: Bake until the apples are tender when pierced, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool and serve.

Baked Stuffed Apples with Walnuts