MICHAL is COOKING

MICHAL is COOKING

So here I am, sharing some of my well-being life style and healthy cooking choices
Enjoy
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Carrot, asparagus and almond salad.
Steam carrots and asparagus separately. While still warm add pesto and almonds.

Carrot, asparagus and almond salad.


Steam carrots and asparagus separately. While still warm add pesto and almonds.


Al Pastor salad.
This hearty dish is made with cooked brown rice and lentils. This is one of the best amino-acids combination for creating a perfect protein in a vegan diet. While your grains are still hot add watercress and al-pastor dressing( blend roughly fresh pineapple,  lime juice, jalapeño, fresh coriander and salt together ). 

Al Pastor salad.

This hearty dish is made with cooked brown rice and lentils. This is one of the best amino-acids combination for creating a perfect protein in a vegan diet. While your grains are still hot add watercress and al-pastor dressing( blend roughly fresh pineapple,  lime juice, jalapeño, fresh coriander and salt together ). 

Soba noodle stir-fry.

Buckwheat soba noodles are soooo easy to make. Pan fry any veggies you can find in your fridge, add cooked noodles and mix really quickly with fresh spinach and tomatoes. Serve right away. You can season it with just salt and pepper, tamari or miso paste.

Yummy lunch in less than 20 minutes.


Grate some onions, celery, leeks and carrots in a food processor. Transfer everything into a pot and cover with boiling water from an electric kettle. Season with some black pepper, salt and a splash of dark soy sauce( this always deepens the flavor of any vegetarian stock ) Let it boil for 5-10 minutes and liquify in a blender. Just before serving add some fresh salad leaves, avocado and cherry tomatoes. 

You can also make some delicious cashew, garlic and jalapeño cream by liquidizing everything with some water. 


Cactus in salsa ranchera.
Stems and fruits of this mexican plant have been long known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti- diabetes and anti-ulcers properties. They are used in juices, shakes, soups, stews or as a side dish . 
 For the salsa you need to char tomatoes, onion and chile jalapeño over a very hot, dry skillet and mash them into a paste in a mortar. Enjoy with rice, tortilla and guacamole.

Cactus in salsa ranchera.


Stems and fruits of this mexican plant have been long known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti- diabetes and anti-ulcers properties. They are used in juices, shakes, soups, stews or as a side dish . 

For the salsa you need to char tomatoes, onion and chile jalapeño over a very hot, dry skillet and mash them into a paste in a mortar. Enjoy with rice, tortilla and guacamole.

Pesto 


Be creative, mess around and have fun with this classic italian recipe. You can use any type of nuts/seeds/herbs. For a vegan option omit cheese and voila. For this one I used mexican basil, over-night soaked almonds, garlic, jalapeño pepper and seasoning.  It will keep up to a week in the fridge. Use it for bread spreads, soups thickening, salad dressings, pasta sauces, etc… 


Fresh summer roll.
These are delicious lunch option and much easier to make than sushi. Don’t over soak the rice paper as it might tear easily. These ones were made with a bit of brown rice,zucchini fritters, salad and fresh ginger salsa. Enjoy

Fresh summer roll.


These are delicious lunch option and much easier to make than sushi. Don’t over soak the rice paper as it might tear easily. These ones were made with a bit of brown rice,zucchini fritters, salad and fresh ginger salsa. Enjoy


Matcha Tea.
A cancer-fighter, fat-burner, and much more.This super healthy green tea is full of antioxidants, possessing an amazing twenty times more of them than pomegranates or blueberries. Catechins -  unique tipes of antioxidants help fight cancer and counteract the effects of free radicals from the likes of pollution, UV rays, radiation, and chemicals. It’s also known for burning down calories, boost ones energy and detoxify whole body. Use water only under it’s boiling point and mix well with a special tea brush or immersion blender.

Matcha Tea.

A cancer-fighter, fat-burner, and much more.This super healthy green tea is full of antioxidants, possessing an amazing twenty times more of them than pomegranates or blueberries. Catechins -  unique tipes of antioxidants help fight cancer and counteract the effects of free radicals from the likes of pollution, UV rays, radiation, and chemicals. It’s also known for burning down calories, boost ones energy and detoxify whole body. Use water only under it’s boiling point and mix well with a special tea brush or immersion blender.


Yet another “cleaning the fridge” recipe.
Whenever you are frying onion, add some star anise and it will boost it’s flavor. Here I sweated red onions with garlic, ginger and carrots. Some chickpeas and good quality of garam masala finished it amazingly. Yumm.

Yet another “cleaning the fridge” recipe.


Whenever you are frying onion, add some star anise and it will boost it’s flavor. Here I sweated red onions with garlic, ginger and carrots. Some chickpeas and good quality of garam masala finished it amazingly. Yumm.

Crazy over vegan sushi.


In this version I used white alubia bean and miso paste as my “glue”. Roasted jalapeño peppers gave an extra kick of spiciness . Miso soup has wakame and sesame seeds. A balanced vegan diet should include sea vegetables as these are full of Vitamin C, A , E , K, D, B2 and B12. They also have plenty of calcium, magnesium, iodine, iron and are known for purify the blood.

Chayote fries , cashew’s salsa verde and broad beans soup.

Chayote ( squash family ) is one of the best anti-inflammatory vegetables out there, rich in vitamin C, B-complex , potassium and amino-acids. Steam it until tender or eat raw in salads. It will replace starches beautifully in all animal protein meals. 

Vegan sandwich rules !!!!!!!!!


It’s cloudy and cold in Mexico City today so naturally I crave some comfort food. There is nothing beter than a well combined sandwich. It’s OK to eat flours once or twice a week, making sure you don’t mix them with any type of protein. Start by toasting some good quality bread like rye, wholewheat, sourdough. Spread guacamole and start layering thinly sliced veggies of your choice- mandolin comes really handy. Add some herbs for the flavor boost and finish with salad leaves dipped in good quality olive oil. Don’t forget the seasoning. If your are having your sandwich for supper exchange  raw vegetables for grilled ones as our digestion gets slower . Preferably don’t eat after 7-8pm.


Mangoes- a real comfort fruit.
I never thought I can get so addicted to a fruit. These are super rich and meaty, I can have them anywhere, any time. They are an excellent source of Vitamins A and C, as well as a good source of Potassium, Copper  and contain beta carotene. Mangoes are also high in fiber therefore  helping our digestive system.

Mangoes- a real comfort fruit.

I never thought I can get so addicted to a fruit. These are super rich and meaty, I can have them anywhere, any time. They are an excellent source of Vitamins A and C, as well as a good source of Potassium, Copper  and contain beta carotene. Mangoes are also high in fiber therefore  helping our digestive system.

Vegan ice cream. Banana, raisins, cinnamon and dairy free chocolate.

They can be equally creamy, rich and full-filling as the regular dairy ones. Use frozen banana, zapote or avocado as a base and add other ingredients to bild up the flavor. Blend in a food processor until smooth.  

I’m the king of “cleaning the fridge recipes”. Esquite vegan chowder.

It’s a refreshing situation to be limited by what’s in your fridge rather than following up the most sophisticated recipe. Simplicity aids creativity.