Pumpkin microwave cake (VGN & GF)

As a breakfast lover, I oftentimes find myself searching for new breakfast ideas in blog posts, Instagram and Pinterest. These platforms always make me feel inspired to try new recipes. Having a yummy and nutritious breakfast is definitely my best morning hack to jumps start the day!

I came up with this microwave cake recipe as an attempt of keeping things simple and easy for myself in busy mornings.

As this cake is meant to be baked in the microwave, it takes literally less than 5 minutes. So easy and quick!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp of coconut flour
  • 1 Tbsp of oat flour
  • 2 Tbsp of pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbsp of unsweetned soya milk (or any other plant-based milk)
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/3 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon to taste

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl or mug that is microwave-safe. Use a spoon to stir together until combined. The batter might seem lumpy at first but keep stirring until it is totally smooth and lump-free.
  2. Microwave for about 1 minute and 30 seconds
  3. Once the cake is out of the microwave you can add just your favourite toppings! I used peanut butter and goji seeds but you can add anything you want. ENJOY! 🙂

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If you fancy the idea of having a moist, healthy and tasty cake for breakfast that takes no time to bake, then you should give this recipe a try! If you do, please let me know how you liked it 🙂

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful

 

 

My easy Chickpea Coconut Curry recipe (VGN & GF)

I frequently crave hearty and comfort foods such as a good coconut curry. This coconut chickpea curry recipe always manages to satisfy my cravings and, therefore, I just though I’d share it with you guys. It is tasty, effortless to makeand nutrient-dense. Plus, believe me, you can’t really get it wrong.

 

Now off to what matters: what are the ingredients and directions of cooking it?

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion, finely sliced
  • 300-400 chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 100gr button white mushrooms, sliced
  • 150gr carrot, cut in half and then sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, roughly chopped (you can also used the equivalent in canned tomatoes)
  • 2 handfuls of sugar snaps
  • 5 cobs of baby corn, cut into short lenghts
  • 3 handfuls of fresh spinach leaves
  • 100gr of red capsicum, sliced
  • 100gr of yellow capsicum, sliced
  • 400ml of canned coconut milk
  • 100gr of firm organic Tofu (optional)
  • 1 tsp of garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp of ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 small handfull of fresh cilantro
  • Lemon/lime

 

Cooking directions:

  1. Heat some water in a large pan and add the onion finely sliced. Cook until softened, it should take about 10 mins. Add all spices and stir to combine them properly. Cook for 3 mins, then pour in the chopped tomatoes, using a wooden sppon to break them up, and simmer for 10 mins.
  2. Pour in the coconut milk and add some salt to taste. Bring to the boil and simmer for a further 15 mins until the sauce becomes thick.
  3. Tip in the chickpeas, the carrot, fresh spinach leaves, yellow and red capsicum, baby corn and green beans (all previously boiled until tender-crisp), and warm through. Cook, stirring frequently, for a further 7-10 minutes.
  4. The tofu is totally optional in this recipe. When I use it, I like to cut it in small cubes and bake it in the oven with some mustard. However, in case you prefer, you can also tip the tofu cubes in when you add the chickpeas and the veggies to the pan.
  5. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed and as per your preference.
  6. Serve over some rice (white or brown) or quinoa and garnish with fresh lemon or lime juice and fresh coriander leaves.

 

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For an incredibly flavourful curry is important to have the right blend of flavours and textures. This is quite a versatile recipe but I find that using these veggies, herbs and spices, makes it very rich in flavour, wholesome and satisfying.

If you try this recipe please let me know in the comment section below. Also, do you have a different coconut curry recipe that is also vegan? As a curry lover, I am always open to need recipe ideas! 🙂

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful

Breakfast Cereals: Current Addictions

Heya there,

Today I am here to share with you my favourite three breakfast cereals at the moment. I am a self-proclaimed breakfast lover and most of the times I opt for breakfasts that are grain-based as I find them more filling and energising!

A bowl of breakfast cereals is always a great, easy and convenient choice for busy mornings. Contrary to what many say, they can be seen as a complete and healthy breakfast or snack option due to their essential minerals and vitamins.

From my standpoint, if we want a nutritious breakfast that includes cereals we just need to know how to pick them wisely. There is a pretty wide spectrum of choices and I always try to go for the ones that are the least processed and that contain little quantities or whenever possible no oil or sugar at all. I also give preference to the ones that are organic, fair trade and/or gluten free (the latter is due to my digestive issues).

Wholegrain Sorghum Cereal from Nutribrex (GF)

The first time I heard and got to try this breakfast cereal was at my sister’s place in the UK. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity of trying it as I happened to to be visiting her shortly after she bought it at a vegan food fair in London.

For those of you who don’t know, Weetabix cereals are basically these rectangle-shaped wholegrain high in fiber biscuits. They are very low in sugar and fat and I like them best when soaked in plant-based milk (e.g. coconut milk) or yoghurt or even crushed and thrown in a yummy smoothie bowl.

As a Weetabix lover who tends to follow a diet that is mainly gluten free, finding out that there is an alternative to this breakfast cereal that is equally tasty (if not even more?) and without containing any gluten made me soooo happy! Plus, when it comes to the nutritional values of these two breakfast cereals, I find Nutribrex a slightly more interesting option. I am leaving their ingredients below so you can check it yourselves:

Weetabix ingredients:

  • Wholegrain Wheat (95%), Malted Barley Extract, Sugar, Salt and Vitamins (Niacin B3, Iron, Riboflavin B2, Thiamin B1, Folic Acid)

Nutribrex ingredients:

  • Wholegrain Sorghum (96%), Golden Syrup, Salt, Vitamins (Niacinb B3, Riboflavin B2, Thiamin B1, Folic Acid)

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You can easily find Nutribrex in any supermarket in the UK but, sadly, they are not sold overseas. However, you can order it from the company’s website.

Muesli from Rude Health

From my shopping experience, it is not an easy task to find muesli that is both oil and sugar free. Even when the muesli does not contain refined sugar, it usually contains syrup, such as rice, agave or corn syrup. I am not saying that just because they have syrups you should absolutely avoid them at all costs because they are not a good option for breakfast. Please do not get me wrong because that is not what I am saying at all. All I am saying is that, based on my personal preferences and taste, I would rather have a breakfast that contains nutrient-packed alternatives to refined sugar or syrups, such as dried fruit for instance.  That being said, the main reason that led me to buy this organic muesli was its combination of 23 ingredients that are all natural, non-GMO and delicious. As the brand says, including so many ingredients in their muesli recipe makes every spoonful taste different.  You can find all the ingredients listed below:

Ingredients: Oats, Rye Flakes, Raisins, Sultanas, Barley Flakes, Apricots, Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Dates, Golden Linseeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Cranberries, Quinoa, Apple, Buckwheat Flakes, Goji Berries, Hazelnuts, Puffed Rice, Blueberries, Poppy Seeds, Linseeds, Cinnamon.

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So, as you can see this muesli has it all – good carbs, protein and good healthy fats -which makes it a wholesome grain-based breakfast option. Plus, I love its crunchiness and natural sweetness!

Even though this muesli is quite a light grain-based option because it does not contain any wheat, the only thing I’d change in it would be making it completely gluten free. This way, a greater number of people could actually indulge in its yumminess.

Ahh.. and if I could change its price, I’d too haha. I find it relatively pricey but still worth buying. As I love it so much, its price just forces me to be always on the lookout for deals! 🙂

Now, off to my third favourite breakfast:

Muesli puffed rice and milled from Lima (GF)

I love the combination of good carbs used in this muesli: puffed rice and milled and cornflakes! YUMS. The sweetness of this muesli also comes from natural ingredients like raisins, dates and dried apples. Plus, every single ingredient is organically grown.

Ingredients: Raisins, sunflower seeds, cornflakes, puffed rice, puffed millet, hazelnuts, dates, dried apples.

Thus, this muesli is just another grain-based breakfast rich in good nutrition due to the essential minerals, vitamins and dietary fibres it contains.

 

8cI5piLVeXXq8CORecEAWhat about you guys? What is your opinion about breakfast cereals?  Are you familiar with any of these three products? Would love to hear your thoughts! 🙂

 

Much Love

Blissfully Grateful