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A story and recipe from a passionate vegan mommy. February 08 2018, 1 Comment

We would like to introduce our first guest blogger; Chandelene from Spaghetti & Coco

Chandelene is a vegan mom of two; a 7 months old boy and 2 ½ year old girl. In her free time she loves experimenting with new recipes and promoting the vegan lifestyle. Chandelene has very kindly shared a few words, along with a delicious vegan recipe and gorgeous photos of her adorable son, Chrido who is dressed in his Kapas Baby clothing.
 
Picnics in the Forest
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The thing about life is, that it goes by in a flash. One moment you are holding this precious new-born in your hands and the next; sleep-deprived, messy bun, puffy eyed and your newborn is teething, sitting, crawling, standing and somewhere in the blink of an eye this fresh new life becomes a tiny human.
 
They grow, they play, they explore. They make our hearts stand still a few more times than what we’d like to count. In the very same moment, they catch our eyes and make our hearts swell ten times bigger than what we ever thought possible - with pride, love and adoration. 
This life, this precious, teeny, little life, is made up of small moments that come together to form a little person. We get so caught up in the sleepless nights, worrisome days, doctors’ visits and growth charts that we forget to stop and appreciate this time, this second.

Mamas, Papas, stand still.

Put life on hold and take some time out with your kids. Join their crazy, beautiful, imaginative world where; a tree becomes a forest, a small patch of water, a lake and a leaf, the most beautiful sailing boat you have ever seen. Play in the sea. Build a puzzle. Have a picnic and soak up the precious moment that is now.

Pack a picnic basket, fill it with snacks; some for baba, some for mama and dada. Keep it healthy. Live long. Appreciate yourself. Appreciate them and let’s give a second to the little people.

Kapas Baby | Mommy blogger, vegan, recipes
Kapas Baby | Blog post, mommy blogger, vegan

We filled our basket with mini Falafel burgers, oasted bread fingers, Tahini-free humus, apple, pear and spinach puree and some peanut butter and oat cookies for mommy and daddy.

Mini Falafel Burgers with oven baked Falafel patties

Chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein. They have so many health benefits and taste delicious, especially in Falafel. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food that originated in Egypt. Honestly, I could easily live on Falafel alone and you could make so many different varieties of this dish that you will never tire of it – or maybe that is just me! 
To make it a bit healthier, I prefer to make an oven baked version of this usually deep-fried dish.
 
You will need the following:

  • 400g tinned chickpeas (drained, rinsed and dried)
  • 1/2 red onion (roughly chopped)
  • 1tbsp crushed garlic
  • large handful of parsley
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • zest of half a lemon
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • large pinch of salt & pepper
  • 2 tsp olive oil
Put all the ingredients in a food processor. Then pulse a few times until they have broken down, but the mixture is still quite rough. Form small round balls (size depends on the size of your burger buns) and press flat (about 1cm high). Bake for 25 min on 200ºC.

To serve
  • Mini Burger Buns
  • Vegan Mayo
  • Red Cabbage
  • Balsamic extract
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Sliced Roasted Aubergine
  • Baby Spinach

Toast buns in a toaster or on a pan and spread with a generous layer of vegan mayo. Next, add a slice of roasted aubergine and your falafel patty. Finely chop the red cabbage and mix with balsamic extract, olive oil and salt. Lastly, add your red cabbage mixture and baby spinach leaves.
 
The great thing about this is, for the baby-led-weaning parents out there, your baby can enjoy the Falafel with you!

Kapas Baby | Mommy blogger, vegan food, recipes
Kapas Baby | Mommy blogger, vegan food, recipes

Thank you Chandelene for the inspiration and amazing recipe.

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