A true Italian-style coffee cup. Small and strong coffee.

How I cope with my love for coffee

Coffee actually isn’t as bad as we used to think, but it certainly has to be kept in line so it’s not drunk in harmful quantities. As in all things, a little goes a long way, too much is not good for your health. So how does one keep the coffee habit and yet stay […]

A rice dish

6 easy switches for healthier food

Ecogal is not a recipe blog, but changing your life to a healthier toxic-free living inevitably touches on how you shop for your food and how you then implement it in the kitchen. So here we go: a few tips to change basic habits in an easy way! Easy switch: standard white rice to organic […]

Listen to this incredible teenager, you’ll be surprised at what she says

By Linda Cornelius
ecogal Author & Designer

Why you have the right to know what’s in your food | Rachel Parent | TEDxToronto

Rachel Parent speaks for labeling GMOs and she does it so well that we adults simply must listen.

One thing that impressed me is that she was not afraid to speak up, take a challenge in a debate and do something about an issue she felt was important: The Need for GMO Labeling So We Can Make an Informed Choice. I can’t find faults in that, can you? She just started and went with the flow, challenge after challenge, not letting herself be stopped by adults, authorities and experts weighing down on her.

She shows us that we can become the change we are waiting for.

And that’s not even mentioning her argumentation, well defined and clear – but I will leave you to enjoy her yourself, she is quite surprising!

And if you like what you hear, check out her website: Kids Right to Know.com

What do you think about GMO labeling?
Let me know in your comments below.

Back to basics: can you actually live without a microwave oven?

Can you actually live without a microwave oven?

The answer is: yes, you can! It’s just a question of being smart and getting all the same benefits but in different ways, and here are a few of your quick and easy options: Replace the microwave with a smart oven The specialty of a smart oven is that it is big enough to actually […]

Jamie’s Dream School | Jamie vs. Nuggets

In this truly entertaining video, you’ll follow Jamie teaching a class of young students about industrial processed food: chicken nuggets and then how easy and cheaper ii is to cook them for a lesser price, in less time than what it would take to heat frozen nuggets.

And he actually has them taste both results, to better be able to compare. Truly an aha moment.

Look at the faces, and at how easy a full and satisfying meal is to make, even for first timers, enjoy!

Butternut squash, chickpea & spinach curry

By Linda Cornelius
ecogal Author & Designer

A colourful vegan curry, rich, wholesome and full of tasty goodness, this is an easy and healthy dish.

Free-runner extraordinaire Tim Shieff shares his favourite curry recipe based on traditional Indian spices, whole roasted butternut squash, chickpeas and spinach served on a bed of tumeric infused rice. If you’ve never tried a vegan curry before this is the one to make.

Find the complete recipe with ingredients and instructions at JamieOliver.com

My special optional tips for the more adventurous:

Since I do not use canned beans ever, instead I soak them and sometimes even sprout them.

SOAKING:

Place the chickpeas in a large bowl and cover with cold water. The chickpeas will expand to over double their size, so make sure you cover by several inches of water to allow for expansion. Cover the bowl with a clean towel and let them soak overnight. Drain the water and rinse the beans before cooking The soaking enhances the nutritional value of beans, as well as makes them more digestible.

You can also just immediately start cooking the chickpeas in boiling water while you prepare the rest of the recipe, adding them later on as instructed. This way they will cook longer than the canned equivalent and be fine. Timing: between 45 to 60 minutes, check them: if they are tender and soft inside, that’s it.

YOU CAN ALSO SOAK THE RICE

I usually eat whole, organic rice and the cooking time for that is quite long, 45 minutes. But if I soak the rice the cooking time is much less AND the nutrition values are increased.

Read more about soaking grains at The Nourishing Home.com

SPROUTING:

You can try, if you wish. They taste fantastic when sprouted and the cooking time is minimal. However: you have to do this 3-4 days before, so it’s a matter of planning ahead…

Learn more about sprouting at The Sprout People

Watch a video with the sprouting how-to:
REUSE THE BUTTERNUT SQUASH SEEDS:

When you clean the squash, keep the seeds! They are the same seeds you buy in groceries. Just wash them clean, let then dry, and use them on salads, they taste just great, a bit on the nutty side.

Detailed instructions at Jamie Oliver.com