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A Tabbouleh for Romeo

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Gluten Free Fresh Tabbouleh

4 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 150g of quinoa
  • 150g of millet
  • A pinch of pink Himalayan Salt
  • A pinch of green pepper
  • A handful of chia seeds
  • 6-8 little tomatoes
  • Some lettuce leaves
  • Some arugula leaves (rocket salad)
  • A bunch of fresh parsley
  • A bunch of chives
  • A bunch of mint leaves
  • The juice of 2 lemons
  • 3 tbsp of black olive oil

The magic of London has not quite left me but the sky two days ago was as bright as bright can be. Summer’s light flooded the kitchen table when I thought of preparing the meal.

Sherlock, our boldest snail, sprung out of nowhere and made its way to a bunch of mint leaves poking from a basket.

In the depth of light, I surrendered to one simple idea.

Tabbouleh

A well prepared tabbouleh is as light as light can be – yet, fully nourishing and so easy to cook my children never miss their turn to help me.

First come the grains. Then come the vegetables and herbs. Then come the dressing.

For this recipe, I used millet and quinoa. 300g. Both are gluten free and great for your health. Millet is a cereal rich in nutrients such as phosphorus and magnesium. Quinoa is not a cereal but is also full of nutrients and flavanoids.

Most people rinse the grains and soak them into boiling water for half an hour or so. I prefer to gently roast them a few minutes in a saucepan with a teaspoon of olive oil before adding the boiling water for 15/20mns.  Then I let them cool for a few hours.

Two days ago, I was lucky enough to have leftovers from the previous evening. Quinoa and millet were perfectly cooked and cooled, ready to be dressed for a summer salad.

All I had to do was to slice small and juicy tomatoes, chop lettuce and arugula leaves, chop one garlic clove, a bunch of parsley, chives and generous mint leaves I added to my bowl of grains with a handful of chia seeds.

Then I prepared the dressing. I simply mixed 3 tablespoons of olive oil (Greek and Spanish green olive oils are famous nowadays but, if you can, taste some Portugese black olive oil. My favourite!) and the juice of 2 lemons.

I added the dressing to the bowl, stirred. Then I put the salad (yes, Tabbouleh is an oriental salad) in the fridge for a while before serving it as fresh as possible.

And I enjoyed the light.

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Wake Up Juice

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For a nice awakening between two seasons, here is a quick morning juice that will boost your immune system. All you need is to blend:

  • 3 oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • 8 drops of grapefruit seeds extract

Have a tremendous week!

 

Too Hot for a Monday, Too fast for a Sunday

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I am not on holiday yet but my body thinks I am.

This soft morning drink is made of coconut water and mint tea ice cubes prepared with mint leaves, pink peppercorn, lemon and daisies.

My tastebuds believe it is worth a try.

The Next-Morning Smoothie

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Yesterday morning, I prepared a smoothie for my children & I and kept a full glass to make today’s pudding. A nice and fruity way to save some cash on family’s breakfasts thanks to chia seeds.

Chia seeds are real game changers. Full of nutrients, proteins and fibers, they share their fair amount of Omega-3 fatty acids with us in every meal. It is a mucilaginous seed once plunged into water, juice or plant-based milk. Thanks to that, you can make chia pudding with almost every juice.

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This one was made with yesterday’s smoothie which contained:

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 carrot
  • 4 oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 mug of quinoa milk (a nice try as I thought it was full of proteins and nutrients but I’ve read this article and I am seriously thinking of making my own dairy-free milk)
  • 1/3 vanilla pod
  • 2 kiwis
  • 1 apple
  • 20cl of coconut water (only because I had some left in the fridge)
  • 1 mango

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I blended all the ingredients and saved some in a jar for today. All I added was a handful of chia seeds. I covered it and put it in the fridge. It created a gel most people call a chia pudding. I served a few spoons of it and some home-made granola.

Hope you’ll enjoy your breakfast too!

Have a nice day!