Some Unusual and Healthy Recipes.

 

Gazpacho, Spanish cold soup

Gazpacho, Spanish cold soup

 

For some time now, I have been addressing the fact that what we eat affects our health.  But it is not necessary to eat meals that are unappetizing.  I am not interested in eating a Tofu burger! However, as I have stated in my post Positive Influence of the Mediterranean Diet on Colon Cancer healthy food is important.  Here are a few recipes that are healthy and delicious.

 

GAZPACHO ANDALUZ

Recipe by: Aubrey

“Direct from Spain, this recipe is simple and delicious. For this recipe, it is convenient to have a hand mixer with chopping blades, a food processor, or a blender. This gazpacho can be garnished with minced vegetables and parsley, or with a little-crushed ice.”

Ingredients

  • 8 cups cold water
  • 8 Large tomatoes – Peeled, seeded and chopped
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, minced
  • 1 (1 pound) loaf stale French bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup wine vinegar
  • 1/8 tablespoon salt

Directions

  1. Combine water, tomatoes, bread, and oil in a large stockpot. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor or blender, blend onion, garlic, cucumber, and green pepper to a paste. Stir into the stock pot.
  3. Using a hand mixer, blend until ingredients have a watery, pinkish consistency. Alternatively, process in a blender or food processor until smooth. Add vinegar, and season with salt.

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Traditional Chilled Andalusian Tomato Soup (Salmorejo Cordobés)

Recipe Submitted By Melissa Guerra

Spanish tables traditionally feature chilled soups, especially along the hot, southern coastal towns of Andalucía. A close cousin to gazpacho, this traditional salmorejo can be enjoyed as a dip for vegetables, breadsticks, and works well as a midafternoon pick-me-up at work.

Ingredients for Salmorejo Cordobés

  • 2 pounds red ripe tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1-2 cloves peeled garlic
  • 2-3 cups cubed day-old bread
  • ¼ cup best quality Spanish olive oil
  • * Salt to taste
  • *Extra Spanish olive oil for garnish
  • 1 hard-boiled egg (chopped)
  • 2 ounces Jamon Serrano (thickly cut then diced)

Directions

  1. Using a food processor, puree the tomatoes. Pour the puree through a mesh strainer to remove the seeds and skins. Return half of the tomato puree to the processor, and add the garlic and a portion of the bread and olive oil (do not overfill processor). Puree the ingredients until smooth, processing in batches until all of the ingredients have been pureed.
  2. Store the salmorejo in the refrigerator before serving. Salmorejo is best when prepared a day in advance. Stir in any desired added salt right before serving, as the flavor will develop while it is stored in the refrigerator.
  3. Serve in individual cups, each garnished with a few drops of olive oil, chopped boiled egg, and diced Jamon Serrano.
  4. TIP: Spend a little bit extra and get the reddest, ripest tomatoes available. The authenticity and flavor of your Spanish salmorejo doesn’t depend on a recipe but on the quality of the tomatoes. Also, the bread should be dense, artisan bakery quality bread for best results.

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Sacred Sauerkraut Recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

sauerkraut

Sauerkraut

1 head of red cabbage
1 1/2 tbsp. sea salt
Spring water (enough to submerge)
Juice from 1 lemon
2 mason jars
1 tsp. dill seed

TIP: For extra flavor, try adding a tablespoon of fresh thyme or rosemary to your sauerkraut mixture before securing the lid.

PREPARATION

• Using a large kitchen knife, slice the cabbage in half and cut out the stem core. Place each cabbage half on its flat side and carefully shred into thin strips. When finished, place shredded cabbage into a large ceramic or metal mixing bowl.

• Add sea salt, dill, and lemon juice to the mixing bowl and using your hands, mix all of the ingredients together. Squeeze and knead the cabbage shreds to really soften them up. Let this mixture sit for 30 minutes.

• Now it’s time to pack your mason jars with kraut! Using a serving spoon, scoop the cabbage mixture into each mason jar, leaving 2 inches of room at the top. There should be a line at the top of your mason jar, indicating how high to fill it with spring water.

• Drizzle a final bit of lemon juice over the exposed surface at the top of the jar. This will prevent the growth of any unwanted bacteria during the fermentation process.

FERMENTATION

• Seal each jar and place in a shady storage space that stays room temperature at all times. The fermentation process can take between 4 and 10 days depending on various environmental factors. Make sure to “burp” each jar every few days. To do this, simply unscrew the lid and let the effervescence release – then place the lid back on.

• After 4 or 5 days, start sampling the sauerkraut daily until it has reached the flavor and consistency you desire. Once you feel it has reached perfection, serve it up or place it in the fridge.

This ancient probiotic-rich food will stay good for months and makes for a highly nutritious topping or snack!

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Recipe for Gluten Free Bread.

In August 2015, I decided to go Gluten Free, not because I had any telltale problems but just because I thought it might be a good idea. It was a good decision I must say because I feel great. When going out, my better half and I do not take it too strict, so it might happen we eat something we do not eat at home. I have a nice recipe which I have adapted to our taste. We eat this bread in the morning and whether we have it toasted or not depends on our mood I think. I have a PDF with recipes so if you are interested, do drop me a line on fincalaparra1@gmail.com and I will be glad to forward it to you.

 

My own Gluten Free bread

My own Gluten Free bread

 

DARK RYE BREAD

When you start first put on the oven at 350o F or 170o C

2 cup Almond flour
¾ Flaxmeal
¾ Oat Flakes
1 teaspoon of Himalayan or Celtic Salt
1 teaspoon of baking powder or baking soda
1 soupspoon of cream of tartar or mayonnaise
2 tablespoons of Caraway Seeds

All these ingredients you mix in a big bowl.

6 Eggs
4 tablespoons of olive oil
½ cup of water

These ingredients you first mix in a small bowl and then add to the ingredients in the big bowl.
Let it rest for awhile, in the meantime, you line a long cake form with baking paper.
Bake for at least 35 min in the oven, after turning the oven off leave the bread standing inside for some hours.

 

Photo Source: Pixabay and Private

Comments

Ryanne

I am looking forward to your next healthy and Original spanisch recept

May 11.2017 | 05:05 am

    admin

    Good morning Ryanne,

    I certainly plan to post more healthy recipes in the future. Thank you for reading. Regards, Taetske

    May 11.2017 | 06:17 am

Diana

Love that gespacho recipe, and shall definitely be trying it. I now look forward to more recipes in the future.

May 15.2017 | 07:00 am

    admin

    Thank you, Diana, for your comment. The moment I come upon another healthy recipe you can be sure I will post it. Regards, Taetske

    May 15.2017 | 11:19 am

Linda Frankson

Hi Teatske, Love your recipe for Sacred Sauerkraut I will be making some soon I have always wanted to know how to make Sauerkraut. and it is a very good health food recipe. The properties in Sauerkraut are extraordinary especially the Purple Cabbage. send much regards
Linda

May 30.2017 | 10:08 pm

    admin

    Hello Linda,

    Thank you for stopping by. There are so many healthy things one can do if only people would hear about it
    and not been brainwashed by unhealthy commercials.

    All the best, Taetske

    May 31.2017 | 06:29 am

Michelle

Very mouth-watering recipes, I am curious enough to try! Thanks so much for sharing, Taetske

Aug 24.2017 | 08:14 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Michelle,

    Nice of you to come for a visit. I think that healthy recipes do not have to taste bad, rather the contrary, these recipes taste great. My next one will be on orange marmalade, of course organically grown oranges. When you open the jar you can smell the 100 orange trees I have here.

    Regards, Taetske

    Aug 24.2017 | 09:18 pm

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