Toxic Nail Polish

My favorite nontoxic manicure

We don't realize how much we are exposed to toxic products in our lives.  I do like to always find a good nontoxic alternative that I can share with you on OrganiceYourLife.com! Today I want to focus on ways to get a nontoxic manicure.

I found a few products that make my manicure easier and less toxic. Check out the products below!

(click on photos for more information or to purchase)

Hand cream

I LOVE this dr. Bronner hand lotion. It nourishes, but is not really sticky, and it is also nice for your whole body. It smells like peppermint and gives a cooling sensation, which is great because I sometimes feel like my joints are inflamed.

Whenever I get a manicure, I also ask for a hand massage. I LOVE a good hand massage as it releases all the stress from my body!

Cuticle oil

Jojoba oil is a good oil for the cuticles, but you can use basically any oil. My friend Maruja wrote an article about the benefits of Jojoba Oil.

My favorite cuticle cutter

This is an easy tool for the cuticles that need to be cut.

Nail file

I like glass nail files as they are reusable (and better for the environment), and they file the nail in a softer manner, so your nails are easier to shape.

Priti nail polish

This nail polish is nontoxic and they state it is free of the following:

  • Toluene
  • Dibutyl Phthalate
  • Formaldehyde
  • Formaldehyde Resin
  • Camphor
  • TPHP
  • Xylene
  • Parabens

This nail polish does not chip as fast and slowly wears off.  I really like how sheer the texture is and it is easy to apply. I like "Coronation" in sheer Pink as it is a nice basic day to day color.

Zoya nail polish

Zoya nail polish is also nontoxic and they state they are great for pregnant women and Zoya is free of the "big 10":

  • Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde Resin
  • Dibutl
  • Toluene
  • Camphor
  • TPHP
  • Parabens
  • Xylene and Etyl
  • Tosylamide and Lead

I really like this nail polish brand Zoya for the darker colors. I found this set of 4 that are great for the upcoming holidays:

Soy nail polish remover

I also like Priti NYC nail polish remover. Priti nail polish remover is based on soy, and it does smell, but not as bad.I t is non-toxic. Best thing is, the nail polish comes right off, and it leaves your nails shiny and healthy! Not like the drying acetone that I used to take my nail polish off with.

Even when I had to do many shoots a week and would get many changes of nail polishes, I could take the nail polish off without ruining my nails.

Take care of your hands and nails in a nice way with a nontoxic manicure!

Love, Lonneke


Candle 79 vegan restaurant NYC closing in 2020!

When you go organic & vegan, most people think you eat the most boring foods. WRONG! Candle 79 (and its sister restaurants Candle Cafe and Candle Cafe West) show that vegan food can be inspiring, warming and delicious! A great restaurant in New York City especially if you love original vegan food!

UPDATE: Candle 79 will shut its doors forever on January 1st 2020 due to real estate issues. So you have to hurry to enjoy some lovely foods for the upcoming Holidays! Check out what I like about it below!

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Romantic vibes

Candle 79 is a romantic restaurant with nice low lights and candles (the name says it all)  located in the posh Upper East Side neighborhood, and serves high-end vegan cooked foods since 2003. They have a great selection for raw foodies too, but most of it is true home cooked meals brought to another level by owners Joy & Bart. They have been rated #1 vegetarian restaurant by Zagat twice and everyone who loves vegetarian food raves about this place. They bring food from the farm to your table without harming anyone and any animal, only healthy food in a holistic way.

The menu has many options to choose from

When I get here, I never know what to choose, their regular menu already has too many options that make my mouth water, but they also have a few daily specials. What I love here the most is that they are the best at preparing seitan, and all their seitan dished are amazing. (Notice: NOT Gluten-free!) The World Famous Seitan Piccata is one of my favorites, as well as all their dishes with roasted fall vegetables and mashed vegetables. Every dish has many flavors on one plate and that's why this is one of my favorite restaurants in the World. Candle 79 has many homemade original cocktails, with organic alcohol or virgin ones. the coconut and ginger blend is great, as well as the rosemary infused sparkling pear juice.

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Seitan entrée with fingerling potatoes, onions, butternut squash, apple & more.
Candle 79 -3Tempeh Entrée with string beans, brussels sprouts, fennel salad, mole, mashed pumpkin

Candle 79 - 4Dessert special: soy vanilla ice-cream, candied figs, almonds & sauce.

Our favorites at this restaurant

  • Anything with their seitan : it's amazing! Like Seitan chimichurri, or seitan piccata with lemon caper sauce.
  • Avocado tartare with kale chips
  • Their ravioli or any other pasta
  • Dishes with any of the following: garlic mashed potatoes, mashed butternut squash, mashed pumpkin, roasted brussels sprouts, porcini mushroom sauce, marinara sauce, grilled tempeh, grilled seitan.
  • Seitan piccata
  • Their daily specials
  • Any of their virgin cocktails  or "Smooth sippers" as they call them.
  • Also, even if you never take desserts: Candle 79 makes desserts so good you can't believe it is vegan!

 

Cookbooks

They also have great cookbooks!

I love to make their seitan piccata lemon caper sauce from this cookbook (Click on picture for more information and/or purchase)

 

And they also have a great vegan Holiday cookbook! (Click on picture for more information and/or purchase)

Address

Candle 79

154 E 79 street

(between Lexington & 3rd)

Or try their other 2 cafes in NYC!

Love, Lonneke

First published on November 28th 2013, updated in 2019


The Power of Bone Broth

Everytime Fall arrives I can't wait to eat lots of stews, soups and broths! 

Warming up inside

One thing that I discovered is making me feel good and warm inside, is a warm broth especially a bone broth. Yes, you can also drink vegetable broths, and I do love them too. But decades ago bone broths were very normal to drink, they were all over the place and made people feel better. The past few years in NYC, I noticed that bone broth has definitely made a come back! While vegan food was the hype these past years, some vegan and organic businesses have gone out of business since. (think my favorites Organic Avenue, Gusto Organics and Souen) The new kid on the block is bone broth, and more bone broth places are opening up. (like Brodo.)

What is bone broth

Bone broth is made of leftover bones and tissue of animals, like chicken, cows and meat. Some broths are more thin because they are made of only the meat, others are called bone broths and they are thicker due to the gelatin of the bones. A good butcher will use everything "nose-to-tail " of an animal and the leftover bones will go into a big stock pot with water and maybe other ingredients like herbs and vegetables that help the bones release their powerful marrow, gelatine, amino acids and minerals.

Broth can also be made vegan with mushrooms, seaweed or vegetables.

When do I drink bone broth

I like to use bone broth in cooking stews and soups following the AIP diet (Autoimmune Protocol Diet) which I try to follow as many days of the week. But I also like to just drink bone broth on its own. Where other people order a $12 cocktail, I like to order a $12 bone broth like I did the other day at lunch at Cafe Clover in NYC.  Their bone broth has the following ingredients: grass fed beef broth chaga mycelium, wild kombu, daikon radish, ginseng. Delicious!

READ MORE: Make your own bone broth

Eating meat again

I started eating meat again recently because it made me feel better. It was a choice between my values and my health. It was a hard decision but I do not regret it. I still love vegan food and vegetables a lot. I actually am now more excited to eat local, with a small footprint using everything while honoring the animal. True food from a farm instead of from a factory.

100% grassfed

I learned that 100% grassfed beef and bone broth is the best as grass is the only food a cow should really eat! make sure the beef is pasture raised, 100% grassfed and grass finished. Luckily there are nice butchers in NYC that offer these options, whether they offer it at the local farmers market, or they have an actual store. I like to go to Hudson & Charles They also make great bone broths and organic chicken soup. If you eat meat, you need to find the best meat out there, of people who humanely raise their animals. You will also taste it.

Sustainability

Recently I have been thinking more and more that supporting small, local and sustainable businesses and families that care for the planet and who do not have a lot of waste are maybe the best way to tackle animal cruelty, erosion of lands, economic problems and social issues. if we all eat like our grandparents did, from local sources, we create less carbon emissions that come with the transport of avocados from Mexico or shrimp from Thailand. Also, while a lot of people who eat vegan rely on colorful vegetables from all over the World, and vegan products that are made in a factory, maybe just going to a local butcher and eating foods with only 1 or a few ingredients that are not processed is maybe the way to go? What about a circular economy of animals that replenish the earth with essential minerals?... what about using all parts of an animal, and not letting anything go to waste? Don't get me wrong: I LOVE vegan food, but I also learned that I feel better eating a diet like the one I grew up with (Will elaborate more in another article.)

Commercial bone broths

I also like these bone broths from Kettle & Fire to add to stews or just to heat up when I need to warm up. (especially the chicken and mushroom one). Instead of a coffee or a tea, it is a great hot drink!

(click on picture below for more information or to purchase a variety pack to try out!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drinking bone broth warms my soul and grounds me for sure!

Love, Lonneke

p.s. I have not been paid for this article, actually I buy these products myself, and am just giving my honest opinion! :)


10 favorite healthy NYC restaurants

I love eating healthy food and I prefer to visit affordable restaurants! This is the list of my 10 favorite healthy NYC restaurants in 2019, where you can go and find healthy food any time of the day. I have stated which ones have good gluten-free options, and all restaurants are in different price categories as well as locations on Manhattan (where I live) My first choice would always going for an organic restaurant, and most of them in my list do focus on offering organic food, except for a few. These are easy going restaurants the bring-your-friends-or-family kind ( no reason to overdress), with a good take-out and delivery selections.

MY Top 10 favorite healthy NYC restaurants of the moment:

  1. le Pain Quotidien (LPQ): This is a staple place to visit whenever you need a good breakfast or lunch. As a true dutchie, I love bread. Since I stick to a gluten-free diet, I am so happy that they have THE BEST GLUTENFREE BREAD IN THE WORLD! There, I said it. LPQ also has great salads, breakfast items, many vegan and vegetarian options (a leaf sign on the menu means the dish is plant based), and most of what they serve is organic. This also counts for their coffee and decaf coffee. My favorites are the different tartines, the chia seed pudding, the lentil avocado salad. LPQ is take out and sit down. Multiple locations around the city. $ www.lepainquotidien.com 
  2. HU Kitchen: This is a great place with paleo dishes and take out treats and juices. That means everything is gluten-free, no dairy, and organic. They serve organic meat, chicken and vegetarian plates.  My favorite is the chicken burger. Every weekday they have a special, sometimes that is a vegan and gluten-free pizza (love it!) One location on 5th avenue between 13th and 14th $$ www.hukitchen.com 

    HU Kitchen NYC
    The Paleo Chicken Burger at HU Kitchen
  3. Dr. Smood: a chain with restaurants all over the city, this place calls itself "probably the healthiest cafe in town. They have a philosophy that people should spend their money on organic healthy food (the real healthcare as they say) and not on doctors. I love getting chocolate treats here, and the strawberry shake is delicious. www.drsmood.com
  4. Caravan of Dreams: A hole in the wall, this eclectic restaurant is dark and cosy, and a perfect place to take your friends for a vegan meal. Everything is vegan, organic and even kosher. They also serve a lot of raw food dishes. They have live music almost every night of the week. Favorites: all salads are amazing! I like the house salad dressing a lot, and the mediterranean salad. I love their seitan. Also the smoothies are great, and i like the ravioli of the day with sautéed greens, garlic tomato sauce and avocado. The raw brownie for desert is delicious. $   www.CaravanofDreams.net
  5. Spring Natural: Formerly Spring Street Natural restaurant, I order from here a lot as well, as they have daily changing menus, with a lot of vegan and vegetarian options. On top of that they try to get organic and local ingredients where they can. Think of this place as an American healthy diner. The salads are huge and their stir fry with veggies and rice can never go wrong. After 40+ years they moved from Spring street to a location just around the corner on Kenmare street. $    www.SpringStreetNatural.com
  6. Bare Burger: Yes it is an organic restaurant and serve juicy and calorie-rich burgers and milkshakes, they also have a big selection of tasty salads and even many vegan and vegetarian options for a burger. I LOVE the black bean burger, and the fava bean falafel. $ www.bareburger.com

    Bare Burger dinner
    turkey burger with gluten free bun and sweet potato fries at Bare Burger
  7. Cafe Clover: This restaurant has a very beautiful look, and I love their out-of-the-box healthy salads and dishes. Sometimes a bit small, and maybe sometimes pricey, it is a nice place to have a nice date with a friend or lover. You can sit outside on the nice terrace too! By the way if you go here, also check out the Clover Grocery next door, as it has delicious organic treats! $$ www.CafeClover.comCafe Clover Salad
  8. Eataly: This inside market across the street from Madison Park gives you a chance to eat the most delicious local dishes. Everything is divided in categories. Of course I like to sit in the vegetable section, and sometimes in the fish section. It is worth a visit even if you don't sit down for food. $$ www.eataly.com
  9. Candle Cafe: I am always amazed by the warm filling nurturing delicious dishes they come up with. Full of many veggies, they are a treat and I keep coming back. The restaurants are completely vegan restaurants and located uptown in the Upper East and Upper West side.  Favorites: anything really. I am drooling just thinking about it. And especially the dishes with seitan. $$ www.Candlecafe.com .
    Candle Cafe
    2 of the yummy vegan Candle Cafe dishes that change daily.

     

  10. Westville. Probably not organic, but they have the biggest selection of vegetables. I love to order the market vegetables plate with a choice of four vegetables on the market vegetable list. they also have other nice options, I also like the veggie burger. Nice ambiance to hang out with friends.  Multiple locations $ www.westvillenyc.com

Love, Lonneke

All pictures by Organice Your Life®

Curious to know what changed in my list of 10 best healthy NYC restaurants since my last top 10 list? Check out my previous 10 favorite restaurants HERE!

Last tip: If you suffer from celiac disease you should be careful with these restaurants even if I state they have gluten-free options. There is no guarantee that there is no cross-contamination.


Abigail O'Neill's Model Chocolate book

5 recipes for chocolate lovers

Who doesn't love chocolate? Lonneke Engel and her fellow contributors shared their love of chocolate with you in these 5 recipes for chocolate lovers. 

First of all, did you know that Organice Your Life® contributor Abigail O'Neill even came out with a recipe book all about (raw) chocolate called "MODEL CHOCOLATE" ?

Model Chocolate

Whether it is Valentine's Day or not, here are 5 recipes for chocolate lovers you must try to make for the ones you love. (or just all for yourself!).

1. Chocolate Eco Block by Abigail O'Neill

Abigail O'Neill made this delicious piece of chocolate that should be a staple in your household!

Chocolate Eco Block recipe by Abigail O'Neill.

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2. Vegan black bean brownies by Lonneke Engel

This bean based vegan black bean brownie is delicious and a great snack for when you crave chocolate, or when you are just hungry! You might not even realize there are beans in it!

Vegan Black Bean Brownies recipe by Lonneke Engel

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3. Healthy Brigadeiro by Carolina Fontaneti

Brazilian beauty Carolina Fontaneti tried to make a healthier version of the famous Brazilian Brigadeiros. Delicious!

Healthy Brigadeiro recipe by Carolina Fontaneti.

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4. Raw chocolate fondue by Abigail O'Neill

Many people like any ingredient just better if there is a layer of chocolate melted on top of it. Abigail O'Neill gives some tips to maken amazing chocolate fondue!

Raw Chocolate Fondue recipe by Abigail O'Neill

Model Chocolate Raw Chocolate Fondue

5. Frosty Fruity Chocolate by Abigail O'Neill

Another favorite by Model Chocolate Author Abigail O'Neill: Yummy fruits mixed with chocolate are always a good idea!

Frosty Fruity Chocolate recipe by Abigail O'Neill

Frosty Fruity Chocolate
Enjoy!

Love,

Team Organice Your Life®


Red Wine Vegan Risotto

Hello all!

I don't drink alcoholic beverages, but I like to use beer and wine in my food. Again, cooking is not difficult, as long as you have a few good fresh ingredients.

Enjoy this red wine vegan risotto!

Love, Lonneke

Red Wine vegan risotto

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups of arborio rice, rinsed.
  • 3 cups of chopped fresh mushrooms of your preferred kind (or a mix)
  • 1 cup of chopped onions.
  • Optional: dried mixed mushrooms
  • 2 handfuls of asparagus (or as much as you want)
  • 4 cups of water
  • Salt/pepper/olive oil
  • Fresh herbs chopped, (think parsley, oregano, thyme, rosemary) and/or a bouillon cube/bouillon to your liking.
  • Red wine (I used organic Brandini Barbera d'Alba Superiore as I had one left from an Organice Your Life party) About 2 cups.

Instructions
  1. Take a large pan and sauté the onions in a bit of olive oil, and add the mushrooms once the onions are glazing. Take of fire once mushroom and onions are done.
  2. Chop the asparagus in pieces of 1 inch, and cook them until a bit tender, but not too much.
  3. Take a casserole pan and fry the arborio rice in a bit of olive oil until they glaze, in about a minute on medium heat.
  4. Put the pan on lower heat, add the mushrooms and onions.
  5. Slowly the red wine, and stir regularly so the rice absorbs the wine. Add the vegan bouillon (cube) and water once the rice is drying up and keep stirring regularly until rice becomes soft and cheesy.
  6. Add the asparagus and optional fresh herbs at the end for flavor and color.
  7. Keep tasting the risotto until the risotto has a nice bite (it needs to be soft) and taste for flavor. Add wine, bouillon, salt to change flavor.
  8. Enjoy!

Notes
you can optionally add (vegan) cheese for flavor.

 


Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe

Everybody should take the time to read a good book! I just started reading this book about "The Beauty Diet".  It is called Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe, a guide to becoming healthier and more beautiful.

Eating for Beauty David Wolfe

 

David Wolfe

For you who don't know who this David Wolfe is, he is an expert in the field of nutrition, especially raw food, and what he calls "Superfoods". In "Eating for Beauty" he explains his nutrition plan to achieve beauty, and it is not about restriction, but about adding in amazing super foods.

David Wolfe

Institute of Integrative Nutrition

When I went to school at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC, he came as a guest speaker and was very captivating. He was like giving light almost that was how positive he was about the World and food! He believes in raw foods, as they have the most enzymes and most life in them. (that means: not heated over 120 degrees Fahrenheit). He works with pictures called Kirlian photography, that show how much energy is in each food item. What you see in this way of photographing, is rays of light in different parts of the food. When you do this with raw foods, there are more and stronger rays, then when you do it with cooked or processed foods. You have to see it to understand so click to this page for the explanation: Kirlian photography.

Superfoods

There are certain foods that have so many good qualities, minerals, antioxidants or other good things in them, people call them: Superfoods. David Wolfe believes eating those kind of foods helps your cells function better, which could help you become the healthiest and most beautiful you can be!

David LOVES food, raw and vegan. He says there are so many varieties and colors in plant based foods, that eating these nutritious foods are like orgasms for your

taste buds !( his words not mine!) I think he especially likes avocado, as his nickname is supposedly David "Avocado" Wolfe!

Some say he says crazy stuff, but I think he inspires people to eat healthier.

Some things he says in the book stayed with me for a while. He is absolutely right: Positivity is the way to go about food, not restricting, dieting, or being afraid of it! Your thoughts, and actions in every part of your life are connected to the way you look and feel. That's what I believe too!

Here are a few quotes I thought were very powerful:

"If you want to become beautiful, you have to become that type of person on the inside first, and then attract beauty to you. It seems to work this way in all facets of life"

"The logic of "You are what You eat" implies that those who wish to become healthier should eat the healthiest foods. Those who wish to beautify themselves should eat the most beautifying foods"

I think David Wolfe is an inspiring person. Besides Eating for Beauty he also wrote Naked Chocolate (all about chocolate) and The Sunfood Diet Success System (in which he explains more about his theory of fresh, raw and vegan (super) foods).

www.davidwolfe.com

Love, Lonneke

First published on February 17th 2017, updated in 2019


What is vegetarian cheese?

When you order something vegetarian at a lunch room, you probably get a sandwich or salad with cheese in it. But did you know cheese is actually not vegetarian usually? So all those restaurants are wrong when they serve dishes with cheese in it and say it is vegetarian. Unless they can prove that the cheese is actually vegetarian. Cheese might be the nr 1 food product in the Netherlands, every Dutchie loves it, and many Americans love their "Gouda" too!

What does vegetarian mean

First of all, What does "vegetarian" mean? Most people consider food vegetarian if  no animal has been killed to produce that food product. So with that explanation foods derived from animals, like eggs, milk and butter can be used as the animal has not been killed for it. But some people argue that the production of milk and eggs is also not that humane for the animals and they also refuse to eat that too. So there are many different kinds of vegetarians, that the exact meaning of being vegetarian means something different to each person. On the most extreme end is veganism, and vegan food which means the food has no animal derived ingredients whatsoever. There are vegan cheeses on the market. But I personally don't like "fake" vegan cheese.  A lot of times vegan products are too processed, or are full of fats and/or sugars to make it taste good.

Is cheese vegetarian

Cheese is only vegetarian if vegetarian rennet is used to produce the cheese. Most cheeses use animal rennet. Rennet is a complex of enzymes found in an animals stomach, to digest the mother's milk. These enzymes coagulate the milk. (separate into a solid curds and liquid whey) To get this rennet you have to extract substances from animal stomachs.... (yuck!) They are a byproduct of veal production. So there goes your idea you save an animal by not eating meat...

Vegetable rennet

Vegetable rennet is made from either fungal/bacterial sources or genetically modified micro-organisms. (different plants like figs, nettles, thistles, mallow, and ground ivy (Creeping Charlie) to name a few) Sometimes it is even made from the mold Mucor miehei or soybeans. These plants  also have coagulating properties.

GMO rennet

I was taught that there are even cheeses that are made with GMO (vegetarian)rennet, so besides checking what rennet is used, you should also find out if the cheese is made with GMO ingredients or not. In the Netherlands, organic cheeses and cheeses for export do not have GMO. The cheeses made in the Netherlands and sold in the Netherlands usually do.

READ MORE: The Story behind GMO

READ MORE: About rennet and vegetarian cheese

READ MORE: About vegetarian cheeses

Love, Lonneke
p.s. for the Dutchies: Vegatopia has a list of cheeses sold in the Netherlands and you can read about vegetarian cheeses ( in Dutch).
First published on  July 30th 2013, updated in 2019

Chocolate chia seeds pudding

This is a delicious breakfast or snack we used to eat a lot at home!

I love chia seeds pudding for a change, so try out this chocolate chia seeds pudding!

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Chocolate Chia seed pudding
chocolate Chia seed pudding

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Serves: 2

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Ingredients
base:
  • ⅔ cup chia seeds
  • 3 cups rice milk
  • half a tea spoon of vanilla powder
  • 2 spoons of raw chocolate powder
  • teaspoon of maple syrup
topping:
  • raw cacao nibs
  • white mulberries

Instructions
  1. Add ⅔ cup chia seeds to 3 cups of rice milk, and put in fridge overnight to soak (or let sit for at least 4 hours)
  2. mix the chia seed pudding in a blender
  3. Add the chocolate powder and the maple syrup and blend together
  4. Sprinkle the raw cacao nibs and white mulberries on top.

Notes
The base of this recipe is a great base for other breakfast dishes too. instead of chocolate you can add other fruits like apples or bananas, nuts and seeds you like. I will add more recipes for chia seed pudding in the future!

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2

Love Lonneke


Raw Carrot Soup

Today I have something very special to share with you: a delicious raw soup!

Raw carrot soup

If you still not sure about raw blended soups, try this one! Its a creamy carrot soup with avocado! So delicious and healthy! And let me tell you, it took 5 minutes or less to make it. All you need is freshly squeezed carrot juice, 1 avocado and spices. No cooking involved, no messy dishes and pots to clean up after. Its perfect lunch recipe for busy people.

Carrot Soup Recipe
a delicious colorful raw soup filled with many nutrients

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Cuisine: raw food
Recipe type: soup
Serves: 2

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh squeezed carrot juice
  • 1 avocado
  • sea salt
  • curry powder
  • turmeric powder

Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender.
  2. Blend.
  3. Ready!

 

 

Carrots are exceptional sourse of Vitamin A,C, K  and potassium. Contains high level of beta-carotene  and dietiery fiber.

 

Turmeric is a root vegetable, which is famous for its anti-infalmmatory properties and high content of antioxidants. * If you are pregnant or breast feeding DON'T include turmeric in this recipe.

Avocado is a great sours of a healthy fat and the best food sours of Vitamin E.

Love, Val

First published by Valentina Zelyaeva on January 15th 2019, updated in 2019


Spaghetti Squash Pasta Recipe

If you crave a pasta dish, but you don't want to go for a heavy wheat pasta, than this Spaghetti Squash pasta is a yummy alternative!

Spaghetti Squash Pasta

Spaghetti Squash is a kind of squash that is yellow on the outside, and the inside is made out of yellow "strings" of squash. If you cut your squash in half and take out the seeds, and cook it in its skin, you will be able to to carefully scrape out the insides. You will see the strings, and the texture is a bit crunchier than normal squash. Add your favorite pasta toppings, and enjoy! I was so surprised how tasty and light this dish was, a definite delight for the vegetable lovers out there.

(This recipe has added smoked salmon, but of course you can make a vegan version as well.)

Enjoy!

Love, Lonneke

Spaghetti Squash Pasta Recipe
A delicious light version of a pasta by using spaghetti squash instead of real spaghetti

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Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 2

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Ingredients
  • 3 cups chopped and drained peeled tomatoes.
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • 1 table spoon bouillon powder, cube or paste.
  • 2 handfuls of fresh basil
  • olive oil
  • 1 whole spaghetti squash (4 cups of squash after cooking)
  • 4 slices of smoked salmon
  • Handful of roasted pinenuts
  • Chopped parsley to garnish

Instructions
  1. Cut the Spaghetti Squash in half.
  2. Take out the seeds
  3. Cook the spaghetti squash until tender
  4. For sauce:
  5. in a saucepan add cold pressed olive oil for cooking and put on stove on medium heat
  6. Add the garlic.
  7. Add the onion once garlic is browned
  8. Add the tomato sauce
  9. Add the bouillon and stir
  10. Taste the sauce, and add salt to your liking
  11. In meantime, in a pan roast the pine nuts quickly until light brown.
  12. At end add the basil and pine nuts and stir for 2 minutes.
  13. Serve the squash with the sauce.
  14. On top add the smoked salmon (which will get cooked a bit due to the heat)
  15. Add parsley, and black pepper to garnish.
  16. Enjoy!

Notes
You can make this pasta with pa pre-made pasta sauce you like.
You can make this pasta vegan by leaving out the smoked salmon
(remember the smoked salmon will add a bit of salt to the dish)

 


Food by Lonneke: Gazpacho

Gazpacho is easy to make, it is a great raw dish for when you need to cool off a bit.

Check out this video filmed in my kitchen in NYC where I show how I make an easy and delicious gazpacho!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j63djYCQlhY&t=21s

 

Love, Lonneke

First Published in 2012, updated in 2019