Recipes: Desserts with Coconut Juice

Coconut juice, also known as coconut water, makes for a great vegan, dairy-free alternative to milk and cream – and the sweet, refreshing taste certainly doesn’t hurt! Here are a few recipes you can try to make your end of meal more coconutty.

Coconut and Chia Seed Pudding by the Healthy Foodie

The sweetness of coconut water and milk is complemented with the chewy texture of chia and juicy raspberries, making for an indulgent, healthy treat.

 

Triple Coconut Sorbet by Gourmande in the Kitchen

Featuring three layers of coconut – coconut water, coconut milk and shredded coconut – and juicy soaked cherries, the sorbet is a fantastic treat for vegans and non-vegans alike.

 

No-Bake Coconut Water Dessert Bars by Be Well with Arielle

With shredded coconut as the base, this recipe is easy to make. No added sugar, too – gotta love a guilt-free treat!

 

Coconut Cake by Baked Bree

Coconut through and through! This light, fluffy cake is perfect to impress your dinner guests.

 

Which one will you try this weekend?

Best School/Work Lunches

Preparing lunches for school or work is great for many reasons – it not only helps you save money, but you can also enjoy homemade nutritious food that are tastier than any takeaways. Here are a few failproof recipes that you can try for your next lunch.

Strawberry and Yoghurt Loaf by Bake Play Smile

This oven-baked loaf is made with strawberries, Greek yoghurt, desiccated coconut and a generous amount of lemon zest – sweet and juicy!

 

Zucchini Slice by My Kid Slick the Bowl

It’s a little like quiche, but with grated zucchini mixed into the eggs. The addition of bacon also adds more protein, keeping you fuller for longer!

 

Fruit and Veggie Muffin by Super Healthy Kids

Picky eaters can still get their nutrition from these sneaky muffins! Made with broccoli, zucchini, carrot, apple and banana, they’re also fortified with protein from Greek yoghurt. Staying well-fed has never been so easy!

 

BLT Pasta Salad by EazyPeazyMealz

Bored with your regular BLT sandwich? Try them in a pasta salad form, mixed with ranch dressing and grape tomatoes. You’ll never go back!

 

Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl by Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Oldie but goodie. You can cook this in just 20 minutes, and keep the rest for future meals – just heat and eat!

 

Lemon Roasted Salmon with Sweet Potatoes and Broccolini by Little Spice Jar

A wholesome, hearty meal that’s also packed with nutrition? Yes please! Keep the potato skin on to get that crisp, oven-roasted texture, and switch the broccolini for something else if that’s not your favourite veggie.

Naeng-myeon (Korean Cold Noodles) Recipe

Summer may end soon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a good plate of cold noodles! Naengmyeon is a beloved Korean dish consisting of long, thin buckwheat noodles and clear cold beef broth. Try it on for a cool lunch or a soothing dinner!

Recipe by: The Kitchn / Korean Bapsang

Ingredients:

  • 230 g beef brisket
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 4 thin slices ginger
  • ½ cup Korean buckwheat noodles or Japanese soba noodles
  • 230 g Korean radish / daikon
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 boiled eggs
  • 1 cucumber
  • Hot mustard paste
  • Sesame seed
  • Asian pears (optional)

How to Make:

  1. Clean and thinly slice the radish. Mix with vinegar, sugar and salt until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
  2. In a pot, put beef brisket, onion, ginger, garlic and around 2.5 litres of water. Boil with a medium to medium-low heat. When the meat is tender (approximately one hour in), put in the soy sauce and boil for another 10 minutes. Strain and cool the broth.
  3. Cut the beef, cucumber and pears into thin slices. Cut the boiled eggs in half.
  4. Boil the noodles until cooked, then drain and rinse them in ice water.

5. Place one serving of noodles in a bowl, and top with beef, cucumber and pears. Pour the broth around the noodles. Serve with the radish, eggs, vinegar, sesame seed and hot mustard paste.

5 Youtube Cooking Channels You Should Check Out

The Internet is a treasure trove of knowledge for everything, including cooking. This week, I’m going to share some of my favourite cooking channels on Youtube. Coming from all around the world, these creators have opened up a whole new world of cuisine for me in many different ways. Here they are…

Peaceful Cuisine

Ryoya Takashima’s videos are not only great for cooking inspiration, but it’s also some of the most ‘oddly satisfying’ things on the Internet so far. You can learn how to make various Japanese dishes, such as anpan, teriyaki bowls and soba noodles, in ASMR mode – what else could you want?

 

Binging with Babish

The channel recreates some of pop culture’s most famous dishes, from Spongebob Squarepants’s Kraby Patty burgers to Freddy’s Ribs from House of Cards.

 

Just Eat Life

If you’re a true foodie, you would enjoy Jen Phanomrat’s channel. Her videos cover a diverse range of recipes, from garden-to-plate dishes and Asian and Mexican mains to desserts, fancy cocktails and simple comfort foods.

 

One Pot Chef

Living alone, or simply hate washing the dishes? This channel understands your lifestyle. Central Coast-based David Chilcott’s shows you how to cook appetizers to desserts in just one container.

 

Epicurious

If you’re following a major cooking media brand, make it Epicurious. It not only tries out useful recipes (check out 3-Ingredient Recipes and No Recipe Required playlists), but also explores the vast world of cuisine and its issues.

Recipes: Best Vegan Pasta Dishes

Pasta is one of those rare dishes that are fulfilling, indulgent and yet still full of healthy nutrition. However, often pasta dishes are not very accessible to vegans, thanks to the frequent use of cheese, cream and meat. Fortunately, there are a lot of tricks that you can do to make your pasta delicious and vegan. Check out these recipes to get inspired!

Ratatouille Spaghetti

Source: Wallflower Kitchen

Give your pasta a bit of a French taste with this one. You can use regular spaghetti or change it up with chickpea/corn spaghetti to make the dish gluten-free.

 

Mushroom Stroganoff

Source: Natural Girl Modern World

When it comes to pasta topping, nothing beats some juicy button mushrooms.

 

Mediterranean One Pot Pasta

Source: My Vibrant Kitchen

Tomatoes, olives, capers… With all these rich flavours, who needs meat?

 

White Mac and Cheese

Source: This Savory Vegan

Mac and cheese needs not be a carnivore meal. Add some red pepper flakes if you need an extra ‘kick’.

 

Vegan Cannelloni

Source: Cilantro and Citronella

The pasta is not filled with meat like usual, but root vegetables (sweet potato, carrots and turnips) and romesco sauce.

 

Which one will you be cooking this week?

Recipes: Fluffiest Sponge Cakes

Sponge cake is one of the most popular of its kind for a good reason – not only is it fluffy, luscious and light, but it’s also very customisable and easy to make even for beginners. Feeling uninspired? Here are a few recipes involving sponge cakes that you can try at home…

  1. Basic Genoise Sponge Cake
Source: No Gluten Recipes

The classic one that you can serve alone, or with strawberry jam and buttercream – yum!

 

  1. Orange Sponge Cake
Source: Jeannie Tay

Look at that fluff! Combined with the tangy taste of orange, this cake is to die for.

 

  1. Chocolate Sponge Cake
Source: As Easy As Apple Pie

Mixed with the succulent taste of cocoa powder, this one is a crowd-pleaser.

 

  1. Matcha Sponge Cake
Source: Nasi Lemak Lover

For the maximum satisfaction, serve this Japanese green tea-inspired cake with adzuki (red bean) cream and/or white chocolate mousse.

 

  1. Tiramisu Layer Cake
Source: Sweet and Savory by Shinee

Regular sponge cake, served with layers of espresso and tiramisu cream – what’s not to love?

 

  1. Black Sesame Sponge Cake
Source: Molecular Recipes

This one is made in a microwave with molecular gastronomy techniques – perfect if you want to try something different!

 

Which one will you try this week?

Recipes: Cookies with a Twist

When it comes to feel-good food, nothing beats warm, freshly-baked homemade cookies. You might be familiar with the classic varieties, such as chocolate chips and peanut butter – but today, let’s try other, unique flavours! Here are a few recipes to get you started:

Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies

Source: 12 Tomatoes

It’s like lemon cheesecake, but in cookie form. Check out the recipe here.

 

Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Source: Sweet Little Kitchen

These lavender cookies are not only tasty, but also fragrant and elegant – perfect as a gift. See the recipe here.

 

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies

Source: Sweet Spicy Kitchen

Other than chocolate chips, you can also add nuts, sprinkles, or pieces of candy bars – your imagination is the limit. Check out the recipe here.

 

Orange-Infused Sweet Ricotta Peach Cookies

Source: Mitzy at Home

Are these too pretty to eat? Probably. Read up on the recipe here.

 

Mint Chip Sugar Cookies

Source: Little Dairy on the Prairie

The soft, fluffy texture meets the refreshing, tangy taste of mint. Find out how to make them here.

 

White Chocolate Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies

Source: The BakerMama

The oatmeal gives a chewy texture and keeps you full, while the white chocolate and blueberry melt together to give a sweet, juicy flavour. Find the recipe here.