Today’s post is for those with a sweet tooth. Because raw food can be so much more than just salads. Dried or dehydrated ingredients also belong to this section, which adds more excitement to exploring raw food preparation.
These simple raw pralines are a great option to satisfy the taste buds and highly beneficial for the energy level. If I would work in an office I would add them to my daily lunch box!
Aren’t they pretty? I served these simple but very delicious ones recently at a Talise event in Madinat Jumeirah.
Here is how you can make them at home:
Pit and chop dates and dried apricots. Add a generous splash of orange blossom water, orange juice and a pinch of orange zest. Wet your hands and form bite size marbles of this base.
Roll the marbles in crushed dried hibiscus, finely cut lime leaves and sesame seeds. Voila!
Add some RAW FOOD to you life and stay healthy and energetic. You can also read about its significant benefits here…. Needless to say living in sunny and warm Dubai eating Raw is just a great thing to do in this climate!
Below delicious and pure Detox Rolls, made from grated organic roots vegetables, wheat grass vinaigrette and paper thin cucumber slices have been served at the Madinat Jumeirah Luxury Yoga Retreat last weekend!
Another wonderful morning by the beach at Al Quasr Hotel….after a blissful workout a very healthy breakfast awaited our guests of our first Luxury Yoga Retreat at Madinat Jumeirah. Enjoy the pictures of the weekend and try my Amaranth Muesli!
Fresh cottage cheese, with tomato, cucumber and parsley waits to be dipped with wholesome arabic bread…..
…and my dairy free and gluten free Amaranth muesli for a perfect powerful start into the day – plenty of diced fruits like banana, apple, water melon, papaya, mango, orange topped by freshly puffed amaranth seeds.
Good morning from Al Quasr Beach!
After an early morning Yoga workout this is exactly what nourishes body and soul…..
If you are not with us this morning you can get the recipe for the muesli here to make it at home.
Talise Nutrition is loving vegan food & lifestyle. It supports in a great way health and wellbeing. Hence I would like to share one more favorite recipe with you. This dish offers a perfect balance of flavors and brings a wealth of nutritional benefits.
Now in late summer the first pumpkins are available on the markets. The perfect time to make this easy and delicious dish!
Avocado, Pumpkin & Quinoa
What to buy
How to prepare it Peel and deseed the pumpkin and cut it into two identic pieces. Simmer the pumpkin in orange juice, adding some water when required until it is soft. Cut the tomatoes in chunky pieces and blend them with vegetable stock or water. Strain through a sieve to remove the seeds and skin. Dice carrot, celery, zucchini and leeks. Simmer in little olive oil, add the quinoa and roast for 30 seconds. Add carefully some tomato liquid and simmer on low heat. Watch the quinoa, stir once in a while and add more liquid when required. This may take around 45 minutes. Stir in the zucchini and the leeks after 40 minutes and allow them to slightly cook for the remaining 5 minutes. Season to taste. Peel the avocado and remove the stone. Slice it thinly. Cut the filets out of the citrus fruits. Pick the coriander leaves. Serve the poached pumpkin topped with Avocado and citrus wedges and picked coriander leaves. Drizzle with some olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Arrange the quinoa next to it.
Chef Gabi’s Tip
Quinoa is a nutritional protein powerhouse, supporting to build a lean figure. Pumpkin and avocado support skin beauty and Vitamin C rich citrus fruits help to burn fat.
With all these benefits on health and wellbeing this dish will be served at our soon to come Yoga Retreat at Madinat Jumeirah. Hope to see you there!
A few years ago vegan guests were an exception in restaurants, special requests once in a while. And now: More and more people prefer vegan food, and they dine out and demand it – a quite interesting change in the culinary landscape. Vegan seems to be the new cool lifestyle everywhere. See what I found recently in a German Magazine:
I love vegan food. Despite I am not considering myself as a strict vegan person, because I am eating dairy once in a while I have to admit I feel much better without. Vegan often has a lighter and fresher approach to cooking and eating. For example the following recipe “Zucchini Spaghetti & Bean Sprout Roulade” is one of my favourites for summer, when there are great zucchinis, tomatoes and bell peppers. My recipe has been featured recently in Good Health Arabia Magazine, and here is the English version for all who don’t understand Arabic.
The Orange Salt mentioned in below recipe is a staple ingredient in my kitchen. I love to finish dishes with it on the plate. Look here for a detailed description how to make it.
Enjoy and stay healthy this summer!
Zucchini Spaghetti and Bean Sprout Roulade 2 portions
What to buy
Flat leave Parsley
How to prepare it Grate some skin off the orange and mix with 2 teaspoons of salt. Keep this orange salt aside for garnish. Dice the tomato, ½ of the carrot, ½ of the shallots and simmer in little olive oil with agave syrup and balsamic to a relish. Crush the garlic. Deseed the red pepper, cut roughly and roast in the oven at 200 degrees together with garlic, remaining carrots and shallots, drizzled with olive oil until very soft. Blend with the oil to a paste and press through a fine sieve. Season both sauces with salt and pepper and keep aside.
Slice half of the zucchini very thin lengthwise and lay a 8×8 square on a sheet of cling film. Blend tofu with lemon juice, little olive oil, mustard, salt and pepper. Mix it with the bean sprouts and roll the mix in the zucchini sheet. Cut the rolls in 3-5 cm pieces. Slice half of the zucchini to spaghetti. Toss them in a hot pan with a few drops of olive oil for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Arrange on plate with fenugreek and orange salt sprinkles.
Chef Gabi’s Tip Sprouts are so called Living Foods, and very beneficial to our body system. Living Foods provide the purest energy available through food, are packed with vitamins and minerals and are naturally high in fiber.
It is summer in Dubai, and by nature this means quite hot weather. This summer I have almost spent entirely in Dubai. And enjoyed it! One reason is a newly purchased, beautiful ice cream maker at home, all my pride, especially in this hot weather. Prefering sugar free, additive free food for myself I usually never eat ice cream or sorbet which is not home made. Because of the heat I currently do mainly sorbets at home. Delicious, pure fruit purees with no or very little agave syrup or acacia honey, depending on the sweetness of the fruits. Sometimes I just don’t add anything. Sometimes I add some spices too. It is ready in almost no time and such a pleasure to snack on!
See here how a basic healthy and pure fruit sorbet is made:
Choose a ripe and sweet fruit, my current favorites are pineapple or strawberries.
Wash, clean or peel the fruits, and puree them with a little amount of water. Just enough for the blade to take the fruits. Add agave syrup if necessary and a dash of lime juice to taste. For the pineapple sorbet I didn’t add anything. Often fruits are by nature perfectly sweet. Adding a little bit of pure vanilla to strawberries or a little bit of ginger to pineapple is a good idea but not a must. Try it if you like – the sorbets you see pictured here are pure and taste great as they are…. Strain. This is an option but I do it because the texture of the sorbet turns out much more smooth. Beauty tip: The leftover in the sieve, especially pineapple or strawberry, makes a great face mask, mixed with natural yoghurt :) Pour the strained fruit puree into the ice cream maker and turn it on. Depending of the volume you make this can take from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. Then the sorbet is ready to serve!
I often or always make more than I can consume in one go. Hence I store my sorbet in a small container in my freezer. Ready to take out any time. By the way …. pictured below is one of the rare occasions I ordered “normal” sorbet in a restaurant. It was on a trip abroad. I especially loved the inspirational text on the placemat. So true.
In the hot Dubai summer my Aloe Vera grows bigger and bigger. At least one of us enjoys the climate…. !
Today I gave it a try to start reducing it a little bit, so it would not take all the place away:
I made a refreshing lemonade with jelly like pulp of the leaves. What to say, it turned out to be a delicious drink I will definitely have again!
Aloe Vera Lemonade 1 portion
What To Buy
1 organic lime (juice)
1 teaspoon acacia honey or agave syrup
a small piece of an Aloe Vera leaf (about 3 cm)
250 ml still or sparkling water
How To Make It
Press the lime juice and stir in the honey or agave syrup. Pour into a glass with ice cubes. Wash the Aloe leaf and peel it carefully. Dice the jelly like pulp finely and add to the lime juice. Top with water and stir well.
Chef Gabi’s Tip Aloe juice helps to improve digestion. It is good for cleansing and detoxifying the body due to antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.
Here is two versions of my drink, that is now a regular on my personal summer treats. Which one you like better?
Many ingredients from the vegetable sector are very healthy by nature. However, we can easily diminish their benefits by preparation. Deep frying is just one example. Healthy food is not only the ingredient itself. I highly recommend looking also at how a dish is made.
Ideal are raw preparations and marinations, steaming, baking, grilling, short braising or sous vide cooking on low temperatures. Adding salt and fat as late as possible is a bonus too.
Please see here how one of my favorite dishes is made and what the benefits are. It is a good example how a minimum of loss of benefits and a maximum of flavor can be achieved. As well this dish is one of my favorites!
This was a broadcast about Talise Nutrition at Madinat Jumeirah on Physique TV. Enjoy!