Sophies Foodie Files

Mostly healthy & tasty colourful cooking with Sophie's twist!

Kale smoothy, number 2!

This morning, I made this lovely Raw, Vegan, Gluten-free delicious KALE smoothy! You know, a while ago, I made this lovely raw minted kale smoothy, aka number 1! You can find this tasty recipe here!

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Now, again, I received some yummy grown kale from my friends’ allotment. It is the last kale that they have. So, I invented this lovely kale smoothy! My husband Peter gave it a 10/10! Ooh yes! I drank one full glass as a lovely energizing breakfast & it kept me full for a long while! It really fueled me! So, I know that you will love it too! ;) You need these beauties in your life! Go on,…Grab one!

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My favorite green juice of the moment!

This is my favorite green juice of the moment!

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It is very refreshing & has only 3 ingredients in it!

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Lovely 3 layers, hey? Let’s find out what!

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Raw Goji berry brownie tartlets!

Yesterday evening, I invented these tasty beauties! Check them all out! I soaked a lot of cashews in the early morning & used them well rinsed & drained at night! Make these tasty raw goji berry brownies tartlets now! No guilt! ;)

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Yum Yum Yummmm & Good for you too! :)

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Read on how I made this lovely recipe,…

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Raw chocolate goji berry banana smoothy! Raw, Vegan & Gluten-free!

Today, I made a lovely Raw, Vegan & Gluten-free breakfast smoothy with raw chocolate covered goji berries, a ripe banana & unsweetened home-made almond milk! It was the best raw smoothy, I have made in ages! It looks like a carrot smoothy but I promise you it tastes like something heavenly! First, you taste the raw chocolate then the goji berries, then a hint of banana & almond.

Yum!

Yum!

I made this by using my new favorite raw chocolate covered goji berries. They look something like this:

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The yummy inside!

The yummy inside!

Read on for more info on this raw chocolate & how I made this delicious smoothy:

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Raw Vegan Gluten-free lemony hemp protein smoothy!

This morning, I made this delicious Vegan & Gluten-free Lemony Hemp protein smoothy! I added a few other healthy things & drank 1 big smoothy as a nice drinkable healthy breakfast! You see?

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What is Hemp protein, I hear you say?

Raw 100% organic hemp protein powder is a raw powder from hemp seeds. After the raw hemp seeds are cold pressed & gently milled, the resulting fine green powder can be easily added into your daily breakfasts, smoothies etc.

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Hemp seeds are very healthy & an excellent source of minerals, fatty acids & proteins. It is also a healthy source of dietary fiber, chlorophyll, and minerals including magnesium, iron, zinc and potassium. This finely milled powder has a rich, nutty flavor that is ideal for smoothies, baked goods or any recipe that could use a protein and fiber boost.

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Raw breakfast smoothies! Vegan & Gluten-free too!

This morning, I invented these tasty RAW breakfast smoothies! They are also Vegan + Gluten-freeI had leftover fresh cranberries, a few other things in my fridge & had to use them up! So, I made these beauties! The ginger in here gives you a big kick to your brain that you need in the morning,…right? One glass of 500 ml really fills you up! And that is what you want, hey?

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RAW Minted kale smoothy! Vegan + Gluten-free!

This afternoon, I made this delicious easy to make, very filling, healthy, power RAW power green minted kale smoothy! Check it all out! ;) I am on a kale-kick lately, did you notice?

Yummm!

Yummm!

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Vegan Gluten-free Raw Cherry Cashew Yoghurt! :)

Yesterday afternoon, I invented this glorious cherry cashew yoghurt!! ooh yes! I sweetened it a bit with pitted dates & a bit of raw maple syrup! Check it all out!

RAW, VEGAN & GLUTEN-FREE CHERRY CASHEW YOGHURT!

RAW, VEGAN & GLUTEN-FREE CHERRY CASHEW YOGHURT!

Yum,…Yum,…I hear you thinking! I made it pretty simple,….Let’s check it out again!

Before going into the fridge to stiff up a bit! :)

Before going into the fridge to stiff up a bit! :)

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Home-made cinnamon cashew milk! Raw, Vegan & Gluten-free! Only 4 ingredients! :)

It looks like a vegan café latte, hey?

It looks like a vegan café latte, hey?

Because it was raining this morning, I needed something comforting & tasty with cinnamon in it. So, I made this tasty date sweetened cinnamon cashew milk! Ooh yes! :) The milk is Vegan, Raw & Gluten-free too! ;) MMMMMMM! 

Look at those nice spots of cinnamon!

Look at those nice spots of cinnamon!

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Do you want a CCC Smoothy? Vegan, Raw & Gluten-free!

Yum yum yummm!

Yum yum yum!

I received some tasty cherries from my parents! So, I had to create these CCC smoothies! CCC stands for Cashew Cherry Carob smoothies! ;)

They are refreshing & delicious too! They are also Vegan & Gluten-free! :)

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Raw dreamy creamy strawberry smoothies!

Since a few days, the 1st ripe juicy strawberries are here in Belgium! Yep, it is strawberry season! ;) Yeahhh! And what better way, to use them for, in all of their glory,… Raw dreamy creamy strawberry smoothies,…yes! :) These breakfast or dessert smoothies are completely RAW, VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE !!! Just look at these beauties! :)

Raw Dreamy Creamy Strawberry deliciousness!

Raw Dreamy Creamy Strawberry deliciousness!

The 1st really good strawberries are from Hoogstraten. Just look at these wonderful jewels:

Yummy Strawberries!

Yummy Strawberries!

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Raw chocolate chia mousses!

Today, I made these tasty easy to make Raw Vegan Gluten-free chocolate chia mousses, Ooh yes! I had raw cacao nibs in my pantry & wanted to use them in these tasty chocolate chia puddings! A while ago, I made these other vegan carob chia puddings with a special ingredient, you can read all about it: here!

MMM,..Raw Vegan Deliciousness! A real mousse!

MMM,..Raw Vegan Deliciousness! A real mousse!

MMM,…Go on, treat yourself,…It is healthy too! :)

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Home-made sunflower seeds milk! Yeah! :) Raw, Vegan, Gluten-free!!

Today, I made this Raw, Vegan, Gluten-free Home-made sunflower seeds milk!  I never made plant-based seeds milk before,…This is great for people who are allergic to nut milks! ;) Check it al out below:

A Tasty Food Gift! :)

A Tasty Food Gift! :)

What is sunflower seeds milk?

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Vegan, Gluten-Free, Raw cacao nibs, banana vanilla almond smoothies!

The lovely breakfast smoothies before adding the Raw cacao nibs!
The lovely breakfast smoothies before adding the Raw cacao nibs!

Today, I made Vegan, Gluten-Free Raw cacao nibs, banana, vanilla almond smoothies! These are very filling too! :) We drank them as a nice filling breakfast before going, on a long walk! :)

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We want RAW Vegan Gluten-free Green mean smoothies!! Yes!

We want Raw Green mean Smoothies!

We want Raw Green mean Smoothies!

I made these smoothies after my morning work-out! This is my 4th invented Green smoothy! This smoothy is a bit more sweet because of the sweeter apples! They were super easy to make, refreshing & very healthy too!  This was our drinkable breakfast! ;)

What the heck is coconut water, I hear you say? 

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My favourite RAW juice of the moment! :)

This morning, I made this tasty easy peasy Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free juices! I had it after a cardio work-out! It is my favourite fresh juice of the moment, in the morning! :)
Yum Yum Yummm!

Yum Yum Yummm!

Take a sip,…You know you want to!

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RAW Bite Bars: Review! :)

Today, I finally found some Raw Bite bars from Denmark! I saw these bars a year ago when I was visiting Veganz, the Vegan supermarket in Berlin! I took pics from these lovely coloured packaged bars & wanted to take them with me but unfortunately, I already bought other great vegan edibles. So, when I visited my old food health shop in Brussels today , I could finally buy them & test them out! They look super cool, don’t they?

Colourful packaged Raw Bite bars!

Colourful packaged Raw Bite bars!

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My 3rd RAW, Vegan, Gluten-free Green Smoothies!

This morning, I made my 3rd Vegan, Gluten-Free Green Smoothies! You can read about my 1st Vegan, Gf Green smoothies here & about my second V, GF Green Smoothies: here!! A few days ago, I was playing with my ingredients but the end result was not quite right, but Today it came out perfectly, I added to my ingredient list, 2 things extra, ginger & ice cubes,…Don’t you want to drink 2 smoothies, as a nice breakfast or a good snack, straight away?

RAW, Vegan, Gluten-Free Green Smoothies!

RAW, Vegan, Gluten-Free Green Smoothies!

Recently, I discovered a new Raw superfood powder called Organic Raw Barley Grass Powder! What is it, I hear you say, well,…Barley grass is one of the rare superfoods originating from Europe. Young leaves that sprout from barley seeds are harvested, dried and ground into powder in the process of lyophilisation.

Organic Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free Barley Grass Powder!!!

Organic Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free Barley Grass Powder!!!

RAW Organic Barley Grass Powder!

RAW Organic Barley Grass Powder!

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Raw Vegan, Gluten-Free Green smoothies!

This morning, I made these wonderful Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free Green smoothies! This is my second home-made invented Green smoothy! We drank them as lovely filling breakfast smoothies! Ooh yeahhh,…Check these beauties out! :)

Yummy Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free Green monsters!

Yummy Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free Green monsters!

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Vegan, Gluten-Free home-made brazil nut milk & a brasil nut milk recipe!

Home-made Raw Vegan, Gluten-Free Brazil nut milk!

Home-made Raw Vegan, Gluten-Free Brazil nut milk!

I just made home-made raw brazil nut milk. This is how I made it! Easy peasy with My Vitamix & then, I strained it through my nut milk bag! I didn’t sweeten my milk because I like the soft creamy taste of home-made brazil nut milk! You always can sweeten it later in other recipes!

Yummy Raw brazil nut milk!

Yummy Raw brazil nut milk!

What is brazil nut milk?

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RAW Vegan Gluten-free green smoothies :)

A tasty Vegan Gluten-Free green smoothy!

A tasty Vegan Gluten-Free green smoothy!

Today, my husband made our 1st lovely drinkable green smoothies. I tried fresh green smoothies in the past but didn’t like them at all! :(

I know that they are great for your body so we had some leftover uncooked spinach & wanted to make green smoothies out or them! These are energizing smoothies! They taste green & a bit sweet too! ;) This is how we did it!

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Vegan & GF sage walnut pesto pasta with roasted butternut pumpkin cubes!

This evening, I made this stunning & appetizing vegan & gluten-free pasta dish! I never made sage & walnut pesto before, let alone vegan so I invented this stunning vegan pesto. I used GF penne pasta to make it GF too. I felt I was lacking something so I added roasted sage & butternut pumpkin cubes! Check it out, my friends! It is easy to prepare, make & is great for entertaining too! I made this dinner from scratch in 35 minutes! You don’t miss the cheese in this pesto! I also used some great & tasty organic walnut oil as my secret ingredient! ;)

You taste a lemony twist in this stunning roasted walnuts & sage pesto & the oven-roasted butternut pumpkin bits are more sweeter & this combo is a perfect match! Yummy too!

A divine & tasty vegan sage & roasted walnut pesto pasta with sage-roasted butternut pumpkin bits!

The Vegan sage & roasted walnuts pesto before stirring it into the hot GF penne!

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Vegan chocolate bars reviews & vegan raw cold-processed coconut nectar sweetened nibs review! Ooh yeah!

Recently, I bought a bag of raw unsweetened cacao nibs! Nearly every vegan blog talked about it. I tried & tested it & it wasn’t my thing at all: too bitter!

So, I read a while ago, that there are also coconut palm nectar sweetened raw cacao nibs. Yeah, raw! I thought I should try them. A few day ago, I went to a superb organic shop in the center of Antwerp & found these raw & organic coconut nectar sweetened cacao nibs.

Big Tree farm’s coconut nectar raw sweetened cacao nibs!
269 gr.

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Vegan pear & cashew cheese spread! Yeah!

Sorry my friends, it has been way too long, since my last post on September the 5th 2012. I had a good excuse, though! My husband Peter & I planned our trip to go to Berlin, Germany, for 7 nights. Ooh yeah, baby! :) But we booked everything & we will be staying in a 3 star Design hotel near Checkpoint Charlie, in the historic area of this wonderful city! I also will be testing some good vegan cafés, restaurants because the city has a grand & large vegan scene! It is all about the culture, historic buildings, all kinds of food, curry wurst, lovely shops, Brandenburg Tor, etc!

A part of the old Berlin wall!

Have any of you any good tips about foods, restaurants, exciting things to do? I welcome all of your suggestions! ;) xxx

Now, back to some good food, I say!

Yesterday, I invented this great & tasty pear & cashew cheese spread! Yeah! It is vegan, dairy-free & gluten-free too! You know last times, I have made these other stunning vegan cashew cheeses, like this arugula cashew cheese spread & this tasty one aka cashew strawberry yoghurt, but all so tasty & well-flavoured, all invented by me, moi! :)

Don’t you want a lovely pot with this tasty vegan pear & cashew cheese spread???

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Vegan strawberry cashew cheese spread aka strawberry cashew yoghurt, I think! Yeah!

MMM,…How can you resist? Luscious, sweet strawberry cashew cheese spread!

Today, I made these invented strawberry cashew cheeses spread! You know from my last post, that I made vegan rucola (arugula ) savoury cashew cheese  spread &  it was a huge success! Now, I wanted something sweet. If you fancy something more sweet on your daily bread & you want something that is vegan, dairy-free & gluten-free, you must check this easy peasy recipe out! It has only 3 ingredients!! Oh yes, baby!

MMMM,…!
Tasty vegan strawberry cashew cheese spread aka yoghurt! :)

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Vegan rucola ( arugula ) cashew cheese spread! yeah!

MMM,…home-made Vegan rucola (arugula) cashew cheese spread!

Yummy vegan rucola cashew cheese spread!

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Two Home-made cashew milks

What is cashew milk?

This is a non-dairy, gluten-free milk, obtained from raw or soaked nuts, drained & rinsed well too, 4 cups of water are added. You can add whatever you want with it. You can add vanilla extract, cacao powder or another sweetener like maple syrup or agave syrup. 

Mostly, people on the internet use 1 cup of nuts & 4 cups of filtered water. You can add more water if you like but I love using 4 cups of water because you will end up with a lovely white cashew milk, just like a milk consistency.

Most of the time, they tell you to soak your nuts at night or at least 8 to 12 hours in water in the fridge. Why? The nuts become less raw & they are easily digested in the stomach. When these nuts are soaked, then well-drained & rinsed, they become more useful to use in raw vegan cheesecakes, in baked desserts, in muffins or in bread. Or you can make your own vegan cheese or spread.

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Sophie’s chilled melon & cucumber soup with a radish & minted topping


A divine cold cucumber & melon soup topped with a lovely minted radish topping! Yum!

I am back from a few days away. But in August, I will be going on a longer vacation. I will be 3 weeks with my loved ones.
This is an easy yet so satisfying chilled summer’s soup! It is all made in a blender. Then it is cooled into the fridge for a few hours.
You have a lovely cucumber & melon soup topped with a radish & mint topping.
It tastes special & apart! Make it & you will see,…!!!
You can even serve it in little cocktail glasses for a party!

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Recipe: For 3 persons
Ingredients:
** For the soup:
sheep’s Greek yoghurt: 210 gr ( I can’t tolerate normal cow’s Greek yoghurt!) otherwise use normal Greek yoghurt
1 large cucumber: cleaned, tops & ends removed, skin kept on & seeds removed, cut into little chunks
1 small clove of garlic, peeled & diced finely
Maldon sea salt flakes: 1/2 teaspoon
150 gr of peeled & deseeded Cavaillon melon, cut into chunks
** For the mint & radishes topping:
4 longer pink & white radishes, cleaned & cut into thinner rings
2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar
3 gr of fresh & cleaned mint leaves, cut finely
freshly grinned black pepper
a bit of Maldon sea salt flakes, grinned

Method:
1. Take your blender & place the cucumber pieces, the garlic pieces, the sheep’s yoghurt & the sea salt in it. Blitz a few times until completely smooth. Pour it all into a plastic container with fitting lid.
2. Place the melon chunks into the blender. Blitz until completely smooth. Pour this into the cucumber yoghurt mix. Mix with a spoon. Taste. It tastes yum! Place into the fridge for about 2 to 3 hours.
3. Now, about 20 minutes before eating the cold soup, make the mint & radish topping. Take a jam pot with fitting lid. Add the chopped radishes & add the chopped mint. Now, add 2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar. Add a few grinds of black pepper & some Maldon sea salt.
Screw the lid one & shake the jam pot a few times up & down. Unscrew the lid &taste. It has to taste fab!
4. Now, serve the soup in soup bowls & laddle a bit of the radishes & mint topping in the center of the soup. Savour it right away & enjoy it!

Tasty minted radishes topping! Yum!

You might like:
1. Cold raw courgettes, mint, pine nuts & garlic almond soup
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Sophie’s fresh sheep’s ricotta & strawberries sandwich

A divine, tasty soft ricotta & strawberries filled bagna!

tasty juicy strawberries!

I love this easy yet so tasty fresh sheep’s ricotta!
& strawberry sandwich. This morning, I went to the Sunday’s international multi – cultural market near the South station, ( Midi ) in Brussels. It was a long time ago, I went over there,…it was fun!
There were fresh strawberries at my Italian grocery store. I bought a whole crate for only 5 euros. MMM,…
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Recipe: For 1 bagna
Ingredients:
1 soft bagna, nearly all the way sliced open but not the way so that one end of the top still holds on the bottom
a bit of minarine
a few tablespoons of fresh sheep’s ricotta
2 large ripe strawberries, cleaned, hulled & cut into thicker slices
Method:
1. Take your open bagna & smear the 2 sides in with a bit of minarine.
2. Now, smear the 2 insides of the bagna in with a few tablespoons of fresh sheep’s ricotta. You can choose how much you like. I like to smear them not evenly but rough!
2. Arrange your sliced strawberry slices on top of the ricotta bottom of your bagna.
3. Lay the smeared ricotta top of the bagna on top of the strawberries & enjoy!
** Variations:
1. This is also lovely with the addition of grinds of fresh black pepper
2. This is also lovely with fresh rocket leaves & with a bit of good aged balsamic vinegar
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You might like:
1. My favourite ricotta sandwich
2. Sophie’s smoked salmon & ricotta wraps
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Sophie’s quinoa, banana & pecan smoothie

A yummy banana, kefir & quinoa breakfast smoothy!

Ilove making drinkable breakfasts, don’t you? Sometimes, wecan be a bit lazy.

This is what I made.
Recipe: For 2 persons, each 1 large glass
Ingredients:
500 ml of unsweetened kefir
1 ripe large banana, peeled & cut into chunks
2 tablespoons of finely chopped pecans
a few drizzles of agave syrup or brown rice syrup
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract ( I use home-made )
Method:
1. Put every ingredient, except the agave syrup or brown rice syrup in a bowl & mix everything together or put into a blender. Mix finely.
2. If necessary, add a few drizzles of agave / brown rice syrup into the bowl & mix well.
3. Pour into 2 breakfast glasses & serve.
Enjoy

A delightful combination!

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