If you like to bake, this vanilla sugar recipe should be a pantry staple. But I’m not even sure if I should call it a recipe, it’s so easy! The only two ingredients are vanilla beans and sugar. I used raw cane sugar, which is not chemically refined and similar in taste to brown sugar. Use this in place of regular sugar in baked foods like cakes, cookies, muffins, or granola. I don’t bake too often, so I like to use it in my hot cocoa or teas.
I always have a container of almond milk on hand. I use it in baked foods, in my oatmeal or muesli. This time I’ve made a vegan milk shake, and almond milk is an ideal non-dairy alternative with its creamy consistency and nutty flavor. It contains no lactose or cholesterol, so if you want to reduce your consumption of dairy it’s great to use as a healthy substitute. Stay tuned for my recipe on how to make your own almond milk!
[This post is part of my Green Smoothie series]
I love using parsley in my green smoothies. It’s so refreshing, healthy, and easy to use. Just wash the bunch and roughly chop it, stems and all. If you don’t want to use a whole bunch (especially when you’re new to green smoothies) use half and store the rest in a cup of water in the fridge.
Beer is a great addition to stews. It’s a simple way to create a great sauce without adding too many other ingredients. I used a lager beer but feel free to use any kind. The stew is cooked on low heat so make sure you’re home long enough to check up on it!
There are certain dishes that take me back to when I was a kid and this recipe is one of them. It’s a simple stew consisting of mung beans, a small green bean native to India and popular in the Philippines for sweet and savory dishes. Mung beans are also where bean sprouts grow from. My mom would always add shrimp and leafy greens or bitter melon to the pot. I had some kale greens on hand which tastes just as delicious in this stew.
In my opinion, a side dish is just as important as a main dish and it should be flavorful enough to stand on its own. Sesame oil is one of my favorite condiments to add to a vegetable dish. The flavor is bold so you don’t need much and it’s a delicious way to jazz up green beans. Once you add it to the pan, the aroma of the sesame oil lingers in your kitchen. Then you know it’s time to eat!