Coconut Panna Cotta

Coconut Panna Cotta

Confessions of a dessert addict

Let’s get it out in the open: Yes, I’m a dessert addict. Concluding a meal without a dessert, it’s like watching a movie without seeing the end. For me desserts are like a little after party. The main meal has gotten you into the mood and now you just want to continue partying! My dessert addiction has even taken such a shape that whenever I go out for dinner I start by secretly looking at the desserts menu (So I can order a light main meal when they have good desserts).  Yes, it’s that bad.

Unfortunately desserts aren’t always the healthiest part of a meal, often stuffed with artificial food coloring, sugar and all that sorts. A big bummer, because you just want to have your little after party, without feeling guilty or having to regret it afterwards. So today a guilt free dessert recipe: Coconut panna cotta! It’s vegan, dairy free, sugar free and gluten free.

I think if Snow White would have a dessert this would be it: A panna cotta as white as snow, with a topping of pomegranate seeds as red as blood. Healthy, yummy and stunning to look at!  A fairy tale dessert that will make you feel happily ever after ;)

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Coconut Panna Cotta
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Can Coconut Milk
  2. 1/2 Vanilla Bean
  3. 1 heaped tbsp Agar Agar flakes or 1 heaped tsp Agar Agar Powder (vegetarian gelatin substitute, available at Asian grocery stores)
  4. 4 tbsp Pomegranate Seeds
Instructions
  1. Place the coconut milk and agar agar in a saucepan, let it sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Add the vanilla (Slice open vanilla bean the long way, use the tip of your knife to scoop out the dark flesh of the vanilla bean)
  3. Whisk together and gently heat the mixture over medium-low heat. Keep whisking until the agar agar has dissolved (Simmer for one to five minutes for powder and 10-15 minutes for flakes).
  4. Remove from the heat and pour the mixture into serving bowls. Pop them in the fridge to harden up (1 hour or until set).
  5. Top with pomegranate seeds and serve.
  6. Enjoy!
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Asian Crunchy Veggie Salad

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I love to travel. A couple of years ago I’ve backpacked through five countries in South East Asia: Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia and Cambodia. The ridiculously delicious food was among one of the many wonderful things this region had to offer and contributed to my exotic experience there. I can still fanatasize about all the lovely dishes I had the pleasure of trying (The coconut pancakes… the sticky mango rice… the curries… the pad thai… the spring rolls… OMG it’s all so good!)

I’m fond of the Asian Kitchen. Not only because Asian cuisine is a real heaven for veggie lovers, offering lots of vegetarian meals, but also because of its amazing use and balance of flavors and ingredients.

This raw crunchy Asian vegetable salad contains some of Asia’s best flavor combinations. I love using products like lime, coconut, chili pepper, soy sauce and cilantro. So bring a little bit of Asia to your kitchen and enjoy this delightful little salad!

Asian Crunchy Veggie Salad
Serves 2
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 Cucumber
  2. 3 Spring Onions
  3. Sugar Snaps (200g)
  4. Bean Sprouts (200g)
  5. Some Fresh Cilantro
  6. Some Fresh Mint Leaves
  7. 1 Red Chili Pepper
  8. 4 Tablespoons Shredded Coconut
  9. 1 Tablespoon Lime Juice
  10. 3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  11. 1 Teaspoon Honey
Instructions
  1. Cut the cucumber julienne (thin slices lengthwise). Cut the spring onions into rings. Cut the sugar snaps into thin diagonal slices.
  2. Chop the cilantro, mint and red chili pepper.
  3. Mix the cucumber, spring onions, sugar snaps, bean sprouts, cilantro, mint, red chili pepper and shredded coconut in a bowl.
  4. Mix the lime juice, soy sauce and honey for the dressing (balance flavors to taste).
  5. Enjoy!
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