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Creamy Broccoli Almond Soup Recipe (Vegan)

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Creamy Broccoli Almond Soup - This creamy vegan soup is made with blanched almonds and broccoli and flavored with garlic and pepper. Perfect for cold night when you want to make soup instantly. 

creamy vegan soup made with blanched broccoli and almonds

Happy Friday!!! It's almost weekend, and I cannot wait any longer. Last weekend was my best weekend off late. It was 4 days long :). A festival on Thursday and a day off on Friday just made it a super special weekend. After a long long weekend last week, this one seems so short. But nevertheless, I'm excited, cause, it is the WEEKEND!

What kind of food do you eat on weekends? Do you stick to your regular diet or do you let your hair down and eat anything and everything under the sun? I slip up majorly on weekends. While weekdays are designed for controlled healthy home cooked meals, weekends just go hay wire. A trip to the mall results in a pizza or a burger. A grocery shopping spree ends up in a plate of Pani Puri. You are getting the picture, right?

It is not that I don't want to binge or enjoy on the weekends, but I'd like to sneak in at least one healthy meal in there, just so that the guilt is less. And this Broccoli Almond Soup works perfectly well!!

As a kid, a soup always meant a mixed vegetable one with alphabet pasta. Unfortunately, I can't find these alphabet pasta in Bangalore and the soup just isn't fun when you cannot make words with your food. So I have expanded my horizons to other soups now. And this Soup counter in office has definitely helped. This Broccoli Almond soup is inspired by that counter.

So at work, the management decided to introduce a healthy soup counter and everyone is loving it. The soups are delicious and filling and leave us feeling all healthy and awesome. I just loved the various soups I had from the counter and decided I HAD to make them at home. It is also the perfect time as the nights are only going to get colder from now on.

creamy vegan soup made with blanched broccoli and almonds


This Broccoli Almond soup is vegan, healthy, gluten free and fits right into an oil-free plant based diet if required. But apart from meeting all the dietary requirements, this soup is also super-delicious!! It is smooth, creamy and tastes of broccoli, garlic and pepper - a combination I love in all forms. It is also a very simple soup to make. It does not require slow cooker or for it to stew slowly on the stove. It is really INSTANT.

The broccoli and almonds are blanched, then sauteed with garlic and onion. YUM... Then the whole thing is blended with salt and pepper and reheated. That's it! If you love to make it yummier, add in some sharp cheddar and you get Broccoli Almond Cheddar Soup. I also like a squeeze of lime in my soup at times. You can go ahead and add all the herbs you like and make your own version of the Broccoli Almond Soup.

Go ahead, enjoy the soup. Wishing you a healthy weekend ahead!


creamy vegan soup made with blanched broccoli and almonds


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Creamy Broccoli Almond Soup (Vegan)


creamy vegan soup made with blanched broccoli and almondsCreamy Broccoli and Almond Soup is an instant vegan soup made with blanched broccoli and almonds that is flavored with garlic and pepper. Vegan, low calorie, healthy, gluten free and can be fit into a plant based diet.

Recipe Type:  Soup
Cuisine:            International
Prep Time:     10 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Total time:     40 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2

Ingredients:


3 cups Broccoli florets
15 Almonds
1 large Onion
4-5 Garlic cloves
3 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Water as required

Method:


1. Boil water in a large pan and add the broccoli to it. Blanch for 3-4 minutes and dunk them immediately into cold water.
2. Blanch the almonds in the same water for 5-6 minutes. Plunge them into cold water and peel the almonds.
3. Heat oil in a deep pot and fry chopped garlic and onion until fragrant. Toss in the broccoli and almonds and saute for 2-3 minutes. 
4. Blend into a puree with a little water. You can blend it either smooth or chunky based on your like. 
5. Return the soup to the pot to reheat. Add water if the soup is too thick. Add salt and pepper to taste.
6. Serve hot with crusty bread.



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Persian Love Cake | Almond Semolina Cake (Eggless)

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Rose and Cardamom flavored cake made to celebrate LOVE!!

Persian love cake is an eggless rose and cardamom flavored cake made with almond flour and semolina. Brushed with an orange syrup and topped with chopped nuts.

Persian love cake is an eggless rose and cardamom flavored cake made with almond flour and semolina. Brushed with an orange syrup and topped with chopped nuts.

Happy Valentine's Day people!!!

Okay, I know it isn't Valentine's Day yet, but I'm sure you have already started planning something special for your special someone. Right?

A lot of people shrug away Valentine's day thinking it is only for those newly crazily in love who can't keep their hands of each other types.
But with 10 years of relationship under my belt, I  can tell you it does matter even for those who have quietly slipped away into routine. And may be more than the new found lovers.

When Raj and I started out, we had so much to talk to each other, we did special things for each other, we strived to remember each other likes and dislikes. Roses were given, chocolates too. Gifts and cards and plushy toys. Now 10 years later, conversation usually revolves around what happened in the day or what is happening around the world. We already know so much about each other, nothing is new. In a strange way that is comforting, but there is a lack of surprise. We don't strive to remember the likes and dislikes, because it is now etched away in the subconscious mind. Gifts have less whimsy and more practicality. A lot of people call it the boring married life, I too sometimes. But there is comfort in this "boredom", in knowing there is someone who cares for you. Someone who will be there for you when you need it.

But comfort tends to make one complacent and we miss out appreciating each other as often as we probably should. Hence, days like Valentine's day are required along with anniversaries and birthday, just to celebrate the love you have for each other.

Persian love cake is an eggless rose and cardamom flavored cake made with almond flour and semolina. Brushed with an orange syrup and topped with chopped nuts.

Persian love cake is an eggless rose and cardamom flavored cake made with almond flour and semolina. Brushed with an orange syrup and topped with chopped nuts.

So, I made this Persian Love Cake, a while ago just to celebrate love. I thought it was perfect to share right around this time. It is a delicious cake made with almond flour and flavored with middle eastern flavors like cardamom and rose. This is then topped with a citrus syrup and nuts. You can use nuts like pistachios or almonds. Hazelnuts or cashews may be delicious too. I also added saffron to the citrus syrup to give a more orange hue.

This cake is one of the simplest I have ever made. No whipping, no creaming. Just mix all the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. Allow it to rest. Then bake it. Prepare the syrup while the cake bakes. Brush brush brush and top with nuts. It is a simple yet flavorful cake. My family loved it, and I hope yours does too.

I substituted half the almonds with semolina considering the cost of almonds. To get a richer and gluten free cake, just use almonds.

You can serve this cake with whipped cream or Greek yogurt or your favorite vanilla ice-cream. Or just plain, like I did.

P.S. Not all our gifts are practical. The man got me this little fella from Thailand cause I always wanted a tiger cub!! Isn't he adorable?



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Persian Love Cake | Almond Semolina Cake


Persian love cake is an eggless rose and cardamom flavored cake made with almond flour and semolina. Brushed with an orange syrup and topped with chopped nuts.Persian love cake is an eggless rose and cardamom flavored cake made with almond flour and semolina. Brushed with an orange syrup and topped with chopped nuts.

Recipe Type:  Dessert
Cuisine:            Middle Eastern
Prep Time:     40 minutes
Cook time:     40 minutes
Yield:                Serves 4-5

Ingredients:


0.5 cups Whole Almonds or 0.75 cups Almond Flour
0.75 cups Semolina Flour (Fine Rava)
1 cup Powdered Sugar
0.75 cup Yogurt (thick Curd)
4 Tbsp Oil
3 Tbsp Rose Water
3-4 Cardamom Pods
0.75 tsp Baking Powder
0.25 tsp Baking Soda
1 Orange
1 Tbsp granulated Sugar
0.25 tsp Saffron strands
Oil and Semolina to dust the cake tin

Method:


Powder the almonds until fine and add to a mixing bowl.
Crush the seeds of the cardamom until fine using a mortar and pestle and add to the mixing bowl.
Add in the semolina flour along with powdered sugar.
In another bowl, whisk oil, yogurt and 2 tbsp rose water until smooth.
Add it to the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl.
Mix well. Cover and rest for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celcius.
Add the baking powder and baking soda and mix well.
Spray the cake tin with oil or rub oil in it using paper towel or your fingers.
Dust it with semolina flour.
Pour in the cake batter and bake for 30-40 minutes.
Remove from the tin after 2-3 minutes and keep aside.
Juice the orange and add it to a pan on the stove.
Add the remaining rose water.
Add in the sugar and cook until the sugar melts and the syrup thickens.
Add saffron strands and allow to infuse for 1-2 minutes.
Brush the cake with the syrup.
Decorate with chopped pistachios or almonds and serve.


Persian love cake is an eggless rose and cardamom flavored cake made with almond flour and semolina. Brushed with an orange syrup and topped with chopped nuts.

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Fresh Fruit Tart with Mango Cream

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Crispy gluten free tart shell made of oats and almonds, a fresh creamy mango cream topped with assorted fresh fruits.

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Long weekend plans got thrashed when Raj came home on friday night and complained of a body ache. Then came the fever and a massive headache. We really did not have any out of town plans thankfully. But I had just booked tickets to go watch the movie of the year - "Baahubali - The Conclusion" and I had no company!!! I actually got a cool discount on the already expensive tickets that made me less guilty about splurging so much for a movie. I was not gonna let that go. I though of putting up my tickets for sale online, but I've been waiting months for this movie!! So while I prayed he recovers, I also began searching for back up options on whom to go with. Luckily for me, my sis in law pitched in for her brother. What fun!!! Absolute entertainer, this movie. We were laughing for most of it. Sometimes you really need a melodramatic over the top movie to take you away from the craziness of the real world.

I had to cancel plans with friends and family because of the sick guy in the house. I haven't also been cooking too many things. Well, that's not true. I went a little overboard on Sunday and made this taste heavy Mahastrian Thali . Poor guy got to just eat the rice and dal, but the rest of us definitely enjoyed the rest of the meal. #MyWeekendThali is an instagram series I'm doing about my weekend meals. Go check it out!!

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I have been rambling for three paras now, but I've still not reached my recipe of the day - Fresh Fruit Tart with Mango Cream. I did not make it this weekend. Not with all that bodyache and fever around. I couldn't deny that guy so much of dessert. I actually made this around a month ago, but the recipe was in drafts. Note to self --> Clean out drafts!!

So, while it may be a month ago, I remember the taste of this tart as if I'm eating one right now instead of sipping on my ginger tea. The base of this tart, the pastry shell is so simple to make AND it is gluten free and vegan. Oats, Almonds, Dates, Oil, Sugar, Cocoa. I tried to keep it refined sugar free, but the dates I have aren't too sweet and I ran out of them, so I had to add in a little bit of powdered sugar. You can totally avoid the sugar and keep it all natural. Cocoa powder is absolutely optional. Add it if you like a little bit of chocolate bitterness in your dessert. This pastry shell is nothing like the traditional pastry shell, it has a more cookie or biscuity feel to it. And may I suggest, make a little extra of the oats, almond powder, cocoa and dates powder? It tastes SO good!! You can eat spoonfuls of it just like that or may be throw in a little liquid something and make bars or balls of it. You can also store it in this form in the fridge until you are ready to bake. Add in the oil and mix when you are ready to bake. 

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The Mango cream is simply paneer and mango pulp and of course, sugar. I made it fresh as it ends up being a little creamier when fresh. But you can always use store bought paneer (not the frozen kind) or cream cheese instead of making it fresh. Flavor with cardamom or vanilla if Mango isn't in season or if you want a more neutral cream. I'm a total sucker for Mango, so I use it everywhere when in season.

Once the pastry shells have cooled, spoon in the mango cream and top with assorted fruits. This is the fun part, you can use whatever you like and have fun decorating the tart. Let you kids do it so they feel they helped you make it. Chill chill in the fridge and then serve. If you plan on eating these after a day or two, I'd suggest to not spoon in the mango cream into the pastry shells but to keep them separately in the fridge and to assemble the tart either while serving or an hour before, else the pastry shells may become soggy.

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Fresh Fruit Tart with Mango Cream

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Fresh Fruit Tart with Mango Cream is a dessert with a n oats-almond crust stuffed with mango cream and topped with fresh fruits.

Recipe Type:  Dessert
Cuisine:            International
Total Time:     2 Hours
Yield:                6 tarts


Ingredients:


For the Pastry Shell:


1/2 cup Rolled Oats
1/2 cup Almonds
4-5 Tbsp Oil
15 deseeded Dates
2-3 Tbsp Powdered Sugar
1 tsp Cocoa Powder (Optional)
Water as required

For the Mango Cream:


1 litre full fat Milk
1 Lime
1 Mango
5-6 Tbsp Powdered Sugar

To Assemble the Fresh Fruit Tart:


Assorted fresh fruits

Method:


To make the Pastry Shell:


Soak dates in hot water for 15 minutes.
In a mixer, powder both the rolled oats and almonds until fine.
Add cocoa powder, if using and pulse once so that it mixes with the oats and almonds. Cocoa powder gives a the pastry shell a slightly bitter taste after it is baked, you can skip it if you prefer a sweeter pastry shell.
Add dates and pulse until combined.
Drizzle in oil until you have loose dough. The dough is ready when you can roll a tablespoon of dough into a ball without it crumbling. Add more oil if it is very dry.
Add powdered sugar and knead until combined. If the dough feels very sweet already because of the dates, you can skip the powdered sugar.
Preheat the oven to 180 degree C.
Grease the pie tins. Divide the dough into 6 equal portions.
Take one ball of dough and press it to the bottom of the pie tin. Using your fingers spread the dough so it is evenly distributed and well packed on the bottom and up the sides.
Bake the pastry shells for 10-12 minutes. The pastry shell will feel soft when hot. Remove them from the tin and allow to cool on a wire rack. I baked mine for 12 minutes.

To make the Mango Cream:


Boil the milk until it comes to a rolling boil.
Remove from heat and add the juice of 1 lime and stir vigorously.
Allow the milk to curdle.
Once the milk has curdled and the milk solids have separated to leave a clear liquid behind, strain the milk using a muslin cloth or a fine mesh strainer.
Keep aside for 15 minutes until the liquid has drained.
Peel and puree the mango.
Blend the milk solids with 1 Tbsp of water until smooth.
Add the mango puree and mix well.
Add in powdered sugar by the spoonful until you have the desired sweetness.

To assemble the Fresh Fruit Tart:


Once the pastry shells have completely cooled, spoon in the mango cream.
Top with chopped fresh fruits.
Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.


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Bircher Muesli | Overnight Oats

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When temperature soars, a cold breakfast is welcome. This Bircher Muesli or Overnight Oats made with rolled oats, apple juice and yogurt is exactly what a cold breakfast should taste like...

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I'll be completely honest, I was never one for a cold breakfast. Hot hot breakfast is what I am used to, and sometimes, I'll satisfy myself with food that is at room temperature. But chilled, just out of the fridge was something that never tempted me. Those rare times I eat cereal, I eat it with warm milk. But a couple of years ago when I went for a training to Hyderabad and was served cold Muesli in the buffet breakfast, I may have just converted a little bit. I still cannot eat cold breakfast every single day but when temperatures soar the way they have begun soaring, a cold breakfast is a relief!!

The first weekend I was back from the training, all I wanted to try was this Bircher Muesli... I couldn't wait to go out and buy rolled oats. I did go out, only to realize that the market is flooded with quick cooking oatmeal but there was no rolled oats anywhere. Gourmet super markets carried imported brands but they were super expensive. Finally, I tried making the muesli with oatmeal. While the taste was spot on, the texture really wasn't. Soaking oatmeal overnight gives it this pasty soft texture that is a total turn off. So if you really do make it with oatmeal, I highly recommend a shorted soaking time, maybe 2-3 hours.

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Then I found this super affordable brand of Rolled Oats here. And luckily for me, just last week I found it stocked in an Organic store in Bangalore. Bircher Muesli it had to be.

This Bircher Muesli is till date the ONLY cold breakfast I eat. This muesli is all apple-y and yogurt-y, a flavor combination that tastes fresh and warm while being cold, um huh, you understand? If you are not a yogurt person, just replace it with milk and if you are looking for a vegan option, Almond milk goes great, but for me, it has to be fresh slightly sour yogurt.

This is a simple, no-cook recipe. But then, simple food always tastes the best, doesn't it?

To make this Bircher Muesli, soak the oats overnight in apple juice. In the morning add yogurt, lots of chopped nuts and lots and lots of chopped fruits. Sugar or honey for sweetness. Now this is something you can add or skip and it won't change the taste one bit - Basil Seeds. Basil seeds are the same family as Chia but are much more economical to purchase. They swell up when soaked in water just like chia seeds. You may know them as Falooda Seeds or Sabze ka beej. I soaked a few tablespoons of it in a cup of water and allowed it to swell while I cut fruits and chopped nuts. Once they had swelled up, I added them to the muesli. 

Use this recipe as a guide to make your perfect Bircher Muesli or Overnight Oats. I added fruits that my family loves and what are in season here - Apples, Pears, Bananas and Pomegranate (of course, pomegranate). You can use whatever you have. I'm a total "nut" case too, so I always have a variety of nuts and dry fruit stocked up to snack on. Use what is locally available to you.

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Bircher Muesli | Overnight Oats


How to make overnight oats, overnight oats recipe, bircher muesli with apple juice recipe, how to make bircher muesli with apple juice, rolled oats recipe, how to make rolled oats, cold breakfast recipe at www.oneateaspoonoflife.comBircher Muesli or Overnight Oats is a cold breakfast made by soaking rolled oats in apple juice overnight and adding yogurt, nuts and fruits in the morning.

Recipe Type:  Breakfast
Cuisine:            International
Total Time:     20 minutes (excludes soaking time)
Yield:                Serves 5-6


Ingredients:


2 cups Rolled Oats
2 Tbsp Basil Seeds 
400 ml Apple Juice
3-4 Tbsp chopped Nuts (Almonds, Pistachios, Walnuts)
4 cups whisked Yogurt
3 Apples
2 Bananas
1 Pear
1/2 cup Pomegranate seeds
1 cup Water
Powdered sugar to taste

Method:


Soak the rolled oats in apple juice overnight.
In the morning, peel and grate 2 apples and add to the oats.
Add whisked yogurt and powdered sugar to taste.
Soak the basil seeds in 1 cup of water and allow them to swell up and then add to the muesli.
Top with chopped fruits and nuts and serve.


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