Category Archives: What I eat…

Gluten free pasta with veggie cream and veggies! Yummy!

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Here you are one of the best gluten-free vegan dish ever! Thanks to my roomie Avil who showed me how to prepare the “sauce”…

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Preparation time: +/-  1h

Serves: 4-6 people

Ingredients

½ White cabbage

300gr. Brussels sprouts

2 Courgettes

200-300gr. Spinach

2 Onions

½ cup to 1 cup bouillon (or water)

Olive oil, salt, herbs…

Almond powder

Pasta (80-100 gr. per person)

*EXTRA TIP: sun-dried tomatoes (I used the ones that come already in oil)

Directions

Sauce

  1. Peel & cut the onions and start cooking in a pot with some olive oil.
  2. On the meantime, wash and cut the courgettes and add to onions.
  3. Leave for a couple of minutes while stirring and pour some bouillon (and water if it is concentrated.
  4. Let this cook until soft and then add half of the spinach.
  5. Add salt, pepper and spices to taste, blend and leave apart.

Veggies

  1. Clean and cut the cabagge and the Brussels sprouts and cook in a pan with some oil.
  2. Add some more bouillon, spice* to your taste and let It cook covered at low temperature. *I used Italian mix to give it some taste, it was great!
  3. On the meantime, get your pasta ready! (if you are using any other kind of grain that takes longer to cook, consider starting there)
  4. Once the veggies are soft add the sauce and let it cook together for a little while.
  5. Cut some dried tomatoes (if desired, they are not in the picture, hehe) and as the pasta might be ready put everything together! That means veggies (and sauce already), pasta, dried tomatoes, almond powder and the rest of the spinach.

It also goes well with some whole rice and/or  adzuki beans instead of pasta ;-)

You will not believe this, but it is incredibly creamy, vegan, gluten-free and yummy! :) 

Big big hug and much love,

Sara

P.S. Tell me how do you like this recipe!

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The power of a hug – Have you hugged anyone today?

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Have you hugged anyone

Giving (and receiving) hugs is one of the most powerful tools in life! It can be very effective at healing sickness, disease, loneliness, depression, anxiety and stress. Moreover it is a very beautiful act to show your love or appreciation towards other people.
According to an article from Marcus Julian Felicetti found in MindBodyGreen, this is what research shows :)
A proper deep hug, where the hearts are pressing together, can benefit you in these ways:
1. The nurturing touch of a hug builds trust and a sense of safety. This helps with open and honest communication.
2. Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger.
3. Holding a hug for an extended time lifts one’s serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness.
4. Hugs strengthen the immune system. The gentle pressure on the sternum and the emotional charge this creates activates the Solar Plexus Chakra. This stimulates the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body’s production of white blood cells, which keep you healthy and disease free.
5. Hugging boosts self-esteem. From the time we’re born our family’s touch shows us that we’re loved and special. The associations of self-worth and tactile sensations from our early years are still imbedded in our nervous system as adults. The cuddles we received from our Mom and Dad while growing up remain imprinted at a cellular level, and hugs remind us at a somatic level of that. Hugs, therefore, connect us to our ability to self love.
6. Hugging relaxes muscles. Hugs release tension in the body. Hugs can take away pain; they soothe aches by increasing circulation into the soft tissues.
7. Hugs balance out the nervous system. The galvanic skin response of someone receiving and giving a hug shows a change in skin conductance. The effect in moisture and electricity in the skin suggests a more balanced state in the nervous system – parasympathetic.
8. Hugs teach us how to give and receive. There is equal value in receiving and being receptive to warmth, as to giving and sharing. Hugs educate us how love flows both ways.
9. Hugs are so much like meditation and laughter. They teach us to let go and be present in the moment. They encourage us to flow with the energy of life. Hugs get you out of your circular thinking patterns and connect you with your heart and your feelings and your breath.
10. The energy exchange between the people hugging is an investment in the relationship. It encourages empathy and understanding. And, it’s synergistic, which means the whole is more than the sum of its parts: 1 1 = 3 or more! This synergy is more likely to result in win-win outcomes.
There is a saying by Virginia Satir, a respected family therapist, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.” 
I don’t you guys, but I don’t miss a single chance to give a good hug… What about starting a “FREE HUG” campaign soon? :) I’m in!!
Who wants a hug!! I DO! Send virtual hugs this year by sharing this post with your beloved ones ;-)
Big big hug and much love to you all,
Sara.es

 

Eating Vegan in… Ghent! @ De Zuidkant!

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Ohhh yeah baby! Las Monday the 20th november I had de honour to enjoy a very cozy evening! Every single detail was just perfect, the company, the place, the food and the music! My boss and friend Lucie asked me to go with her to this new restaurant in Ghent, De Zuidkant, to delight the concert of a friend of hers. I just could not say no!

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Unfortunately I don’t have any pics from the nice food we had (btw, vegan as far as I know), but I do have the poster from the eve with artist presentation: Michael Holt. I had already heard from him at Lucie’s place, but the “house concert” was even better! This guy has a very special touch, he’s very sweet, deep and authentic as well as funny :) He managed to involve us all with his music, which was food for the soul! He tought was that we should take some time to just enjoy music while doing nothing else! Wise words, thank you Michael for the “slow music”! ;-)

Food wise, it was a closed menu, we could not choose what to eat, but who wants to choose when everything we ate was simply delicious? The restaurant has been open for less than a month now, but it is already a success! Griet & Ellen, the owners, do know how it make your meal a great experience :) They do have a special formula, they cook something different everyday and you can go with your own containers and enjoy their food at home! That’s the perfect excuse to visit them often and try their creations. I am sure I will be back very soon, you will read more about it then! ;-)

Here you are both links, the one from Michael’s website and the one from the restaurant! 

http://www.michaelholtmusic.com/

http://www.dezuidkant.be/

Will be back soon! Big hug and much love,

Sara.es

☆ Magic Sunday afternoon with Marina! It’s all in the air… :) ☆

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I would love to share with you the recipe we followed for this delicious juice*, but I can’t… Not because I don’t want to, but because it was the outcome of the flow of the moment… Marina started playing the piano, I started juicing what we had found and agreed at home and mAgIc just happened :)

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Because life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them, and when the time is right and we let ourselves go, then everything is possible! Thank YOU Marina (check her blog here) for so many unexpected lovely moments together, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we inspire each other and shine!

Let’s keep on connecting and creating more beautiful projects, this is just the beginning and we are already making it happen! There is a reason why we are here… ;-)

Big hug, much love and many thanks mi querida amiga!

Sara.es

*When the nice weather will come, I will start posting some green juices recipes! 

ChoCoLaTe AvoCadO WoNdEr DeSSeRt! You have never tried anything like that… ;-)

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2013-11-17 17.52.07 Looking for a magic dessert? Dont look any further, you have it! I know it seems like a weird combination, but actually it is just amazing! I will not make it any longer, here oyu have de recipe ;-)

Ingredients for a cup (1-2 pax):

1 Ripe Avocado
2 Table spoon cacao powder (or carob)
Lemon juice
1 Table spoon sweetener (in this case, agave syrup)
A pinch of salt, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and/or vanilla to taste

Directions:

Open the avocado and mix it all with the mixer!

What do you think? Isn’t it simple and fast? I can tell you it tastes amazing! Try it and let me know how do you like it!

Big hug and much ♥

Sara.es

Eating Vegan in… Ghent! @ Avalon!

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Dagschotel Avalon

Two weeks ago I had a very spacial visit, my friend Olga from Budapest! After a very nice but rainy evening around Ghent we wanted to eat something… Where should we go?!?! Well, she’s fine with everything, but for me it is not that easy to find a vegan place where I can also eat gluten-free! Fortunately Avalon was still open by the time that we got hungry :) 

They do have menu but we went for the “Dagschotel” or “today’s speciality” and we got this amazing dish full of tasty veggies and quinoa, all organic! I could not say what I liked the most, it was all amazing! 

Do you want to know more about this place, visit their website: www.restaurantavalon.be

I highly recommend it if you want to eat very good (and feel full afterwards) at a reasonable price, 15,60€ (for such a delicious vegan and organic dish was is not much, right?)

If you visit then I hope you enjoyed as much as I did! Smakelijk! 

Big hug and much love,

Sara.es on the GO! 

Eating for Energy Lecture, back on track!

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Ohhhh, yeahhhhh! This is it, tomorrow Wednesday I will be hosting my next lecture in Ghent.

Do you want to know more about it? Click here, you are more than welcome! :) 

https://www.facebook.com/events/353841181426473/

Big hug, and see you there!!

Sara.es

Chia pudding, the best dessert ever! :)

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2013-10-01 14.11.43Do you often crave something creamy, tasty and sweet but you want to stay on the healthy side and get something nutritious and easy? I think I have something for you then… :) I am not a fan of exact recipes, but here you are and idea of how to prepare such a dessert!

What do you need? 

1/4 cup Chía seeds*

1 cup Veggie milk (I used home-made almond milk, but you can also buy it)

1 ts Maple syrup (or any other healthy alternative)

Cinnamon

A little bit of lemon juice

 

What to do? 

Mix al the ingredients together and leave for 10-15 min in the fridge.

Stir again and check the taste and consistency. Bear in mind that the chia seeds will grow and get slimy…

You can eat it now or leave it a bit longer in the fridge for more consistency and flavour! :)

Just enjoy it!

 

Other suggestions:

You can try your own version adding cacao nibs or chocolate powder, carob, coco, grated zest, raisins… Be creative, the sky is the limit!

I did also with fruit juice, crazy… hahaha I love it too! :)

 

Did you like it? I like so much tha tI normally have a big bowl at home and I have a portion everyday… :) If you try it let me know how it goes, please! I want to hear from you!

 

Big hug and much love,

 

Sara

 

 

*Chia seeds are a great source of omega 3 among other things. They will make you feel full without feeling guilty ;-) I use them a lot to replace eggs and in deserts. You can buy them on healthy stores

Eating RAW in… Antwerpen! @eten vol leven – What a Wrap! :)

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Here I am eating raw food one more time, where? In Antwerp again! It seems to be the paradise for raw eaters in Belgium, yesssss! I spent a week working in this beautiful city with not much time to cooking or whatsoever… Fortunately I did some research and I discovered “eten vol leven” a great “ORGANIC JUICEBAR – RAW FOOD KITCHEN”!

What I ate? A wrap made with love and “sur demande” (I kindly asked for no cucumber and they put some apple instead…). I don’t really remember the ingredients, but for less that 8€ I had a tasty raw organic wrap! (Very ecological too as you can see in the picture).Photo0163

So, if you live in Antwerp or are just doing some tourism around, don’t miss the chance to visit this cozy establishment and enjoy a meal full of love!

Thanks a lot for your service and “veel succes”  ♥

Sara.es

P.S. here’s their link! www.etenvolleven.be ;-)

Strawberries? Yes! Where? In Antwerp! Nice…

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Strawberries? Yes! Where? In Antwerp! Nice…

Sin títuloNot that long ago I had to change trains in Antwerp, where surprisingly for me I found a strawberry stall! :)  “Lekker en Gezond” (Delicious & Healthy) was the name of the stand where other fruits could also be found :)

It’s great to see that healthy stuff is conquering public places such as Antwerp’s Central Station! :)

I have discoverer quite some juice places in Belgium I will be posting regularly in this blog, so if you want to discover them, stay tuned! :)

Do you know any other places where you can find fresh food around you?

Big hug and much love,

Sara.es