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Ana Soares has a BSc in Languages and. She is a professional translator.

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Spelt tortilla dough Spelt tortilla dough

Spelt tortilla dough

Ingredients:

/1 cup spelt flour
1/2 cup whole spelt flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 or 3 tbsp Midzu olive oil
about 1/2 cup tepid water

 

 

 



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Cocoa and sweet potato pudding Cocoa and sweet potato pudding

Cocoa and sweet potato pudding

Ingredients:
2 sweet potatos
¼ cup Midzu cacao powder
2 tbsp Midzu coconut oil
3 tbsp raw agave nectar
a pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla powder

 



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Cinnamon and Lemon Cake Cinnamon and Lemon Cake

Cinnamon and Lemon Cake

Ingredients:

1 cup spelt flour
1 cup kamut flour
powder cinnamon to taste
¾ cup Midzu oatmeal
1 cupcoconut sugar Midzu
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
¼ cup coconut oil Midzu
1 ½ cup water
1 lemon (juice and zest)

 

 



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Tagliatelle with vegetables on the plate Tagliatelle with vegetables on the plate

Tagliatelle with vegetables

Ingredients :

200g tagliatelle
water as needed
a pinch salt
1 diced eggplant
1 diced zucchini
1 sliced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
a dash of umeboshi ou apple cider vinegar
a dash of shoyu
a dash of Midzu coconut oil
a pinch of black pepper powder
a pinch of turmeric Midzu
seed mix Midzu to taste



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Tomato gravy for pizza, lasagna or pasta Tomato gravy for pizza, lasagna or pasta

Tomato gravy for pizza, lasagna or pasta

Ingredients :

1 sliced onion
Midzu extra virgin olive oil to taste
1-2 tablespoons sweet potato powder Midzu
1 minced carrot
2 ripe tomatoes, diced
a pinch of fenugreek seeds
a pinch of nutmeg
a dash of shoyu
Midzu seed mix to taste

 



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Seitan to marinate Seitan to marinate

Marinade for Roasts

Ingredients:

1 ou 2 cloves of minced garlic
black pepper powder to taste
bay leaf powder to taste
red bell pepper powder to taste
a pinch of turmeric Midzu
fresh or dried rosemary leaves to taste
a splash of umeboshi ou apple cider vinegar
a splash of shoyu
a splash of red wine
a splash of Midzu extra virgin olive oil
1 sliced onion



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Piña-Colada Cake with Green Tea Piña-Colada Cake with Green Tea

Piña-Colada Cake with Green Tea

Ingredients:

2 cups white spelt flour
1/2 cup kamut flour
1/4 cup coconut flour Midzu
2 cups coconut sugar Midzu
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon sea salt
2 small pineapple slices
About 2 cups of organic fair trade green tea, cooled and not sweetened
1/4 cup coconut oil (liquid) Midzu
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla powder (optional)



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Dish with sweet potato soup, seeds and seaweed Dish with sweet potato soup, seeds and seaweed

Sweet Potato, Seeds and Seaweed Soup

Ingredients:

1.5 L of filtered water
1 sweet potato peeled and cut in small pieces
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 dash of organic extra virgin olive oil Midzu
1 tablespoon of seed mix Midzu
1 strip of organic wakamé seaweed Midzu
1 strip of organic dulse seaweed Midzu



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Olive tree leaves Olive tree leaves

Olive tree leaf, virtuous tea

Olive tree leaf has revealed some extraordinary medicinal characteristics. At the top of the list is the high content in phytochemicals with anti-oxidant properties.



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Carqueja flower Carqueja flower

Carqueja (Genista Tridentata), the plant which cures all ailments

According to the tradition, an infusion of carqueja flowers cures all illnesses. The plant belongs to the flora of Portugal, Spain and Morocco, where it is known by several names. It is very common in mountains like Serra da Estrela and Serra do Açor, in Portugal, but its habitat extends for a very wide area of Europe and Africa.



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Dehydrated fruit Dehydrated fruit

Dehydration - one of the oldest methods of preserving food

Spring, Summer, and Autumn are crop seasons when plenty of varied fruit is available. Sometimes it is too much. That excess can be stored for winter and times when the supply is lower than demand. Dehydrating is the most natural and simple way to preserve fruits, vegetables, mushrooms and herbs. The nutritional value, taste, and health benefits of the foods are all kept or improved by dehydration.

 



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Bottle and glass of Kombucha Bottle and glass of Kombucha

Kombucha: Health promoting drink

There are many different probiotic foods which are healthy for the human body. World Health Organization defines probiotics as “living organisms that, when ingested in adequate quantities, are beneficial to the host's health.” Kombucha drink is one of those probiotic and therapeutic foods.



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Vitamin B12 Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 – supplement or not?

Vitamin B12 deficiency

Vitamin B12 is essential to a healthy brain and blood. It is fundamental to red blood cell formation, in neurological function and DNA synthesis. As a consequence of its deficiency individuals may develop megaloblastic anemia. There are other problems, besides anemia, associated B12 deficiency, such as neurological problems, loss of sensitivity, trouble walking, lack of concentration and memory, optical atrophy, depression, dementia and characteristic chronic fatigue.



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Olive oil Olive oil

Olive oil, liquid gold!

In some areas there is a popular saying about intelligent people that goes “He/she drinks olive oil”, an expression which highlights the qualities of this oil. This fat is one of the best that can be found and it greatly benefits human health. Olive oil is iconic of the Mediterranean diet, which is considered a food pattern associated with lower cardiovascular risk, obesity, metabolic syndrome, hypertension and type II diabetes.



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glass of hazelnut milk glass of hazelnut milk

Hazelnut milk

Ingredients:
1.3 liters filtered water
50g hazelnuts

Recipe for Midzu Soymilk Maker



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cupcakes in a plate cupcakes in a plate

Goji and tukmaria cupcakes

Ingredients:
100g wheat flour
100g whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon Peruvian maca
70g brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 tablespoons goji berries
1 tablespoon tukmaria seeds
300ml soya milk
extra-virgin olive oil



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Pumpkin and Chia Pie in a bowl Pumpkin and Chia Pie in a bowl

Pumpkin and Chia Pie

Ingredients:
Dough:
50ml water
100g wheat flour
100g whole wheat flour
50ml extra virgin olive oil



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soaked soya beans soaked soya beans

Soya beans, super nutritious food

 

Soya beans (glycine max) are the most nutrient rich legume with the most food derivatives. It comes from an herbaceous plant that can grow from 50cm to 1m high and has about 10 thousand varieties. In China it was considered one of the five sacred seeds and held responsible for the very country’s survival due to its nutritional use as a source of protein.



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chia seeds on rock chia seeds on rock

The year of the chia seeds

This year is definitely the year of the chia seeds.

Across time seeds have preceded all agriculture. Seeds are a very rich and important food source since mankind started farming 11 thousand years ago. We are referring to corn, wheat, rice, legumes and oilseeds, all of them within the seed group, so familiar to us and part of our food pattern.

In the later years new seeds have become available, such as flax, sesame, poppy, chia, etc. However, they are not new at all: they have been used for many centuries by ancient people like the Maya and the Aztec and are now fortunately being re-discovered because of their nutritional value.



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glass os pumpkin seed milk with seeds by its side glass os pumpkin seed milk with seeds by its side

Pumpkin seed milk

Ingredients:

1.3 litres filtered water
50 g dehulled pumpkin seeds

Recipe for the Midzu Soymilk maker



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dried inca berries, dried golden berries dried inca berries, dried golden berries

Inca berries, rich in antioxidants

Inca berries or physalis are round, 1 to 2 cm in diameter, golden (the British call them golden berries) and with tiny seeds inside. They are a very nutritious, bittersweet and tasty fruit, both fresh and dried. The berries are wrapped in a thin paper like cocoon at first greenish and golden like the ripe fruit when it dries. The scientific name comes from its looks, because the Greek word physalis means bladder.

They are part of the solanaceae family to which dozens of similar species belong, although not all edible, being  physalis peruviana one of the most sold and important.



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Chia and goji bar Chia and goji bar

Chia and goji bars

Ingredients (yields 6 servings):
½ cup chia seeds
2 tablespoons cocoa butter
2 tablespoons goji berries
8 dates
1 tablespoon peruvian maca
1 tablespoon grated coconut
2 tablespoons carob flour



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Almond and tukmaria pudding

Ingredients:

1 litre almond milk
1 tablespoon agar-agar
2 tablespoons tukmaria seeds
½ cup dried fruits (raisins, apricots, dates)
2 tablespoons grated coconut
1 tablespoon brown sugar



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Vegetable drinks – healthy and low cost

Vegetable drinks or milks are excellent alternatives to cow's milk, especially recommended to lactose intolerants, vegetarians or simply to those who prefer healthier alternatives to industrial milk.

Low calories, low cost and nutritious

When produced with high quality ingredients, these vegetable milks are very healthy, nutrient rich, low calorie, cholesterol free and low cost. For example, with a soy milk maker you can very easily make high quality additive free vegetable drinks for less than 0,20 cents a litre. To save even more, you can use the leftover cereals, legumes or nuts which are left at the bottom of the jar where you prepare your drinks to make rolls, burgers, veggie balls or add to soups and gravies. Besides being cheaper it is also environment friendlier because packaging is reduced.



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Tukmaria and Oatmeal Pancakes

Ingredients (12 servings):

2 cups oatmeal

2 cups wheat flour

5 cups soy milk

3 tablespoons tukmaria seeds

powder cinnamon at taste



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Maca, nutritional root

Legend has it that during the Inca Empire, the army used to add maca root to their food before going to battle, which made soldiers very manly. Besides, that the warriors that did well in combat would receive maca as a prize for their heroic accomplishments.

Maca (lepidium meyenii) is a cruciferous plant and its root resembles a turnip head, measuring 4-7 cm in diameter, colour ranging from from bright yellow to dark brown. Maca root grows in the Peruvian Andes above an altitude of 3500 meters, enduring temperatures ranging from 20ºC to -25ºC, therefore being considered an adaptogen.

Maca root was used by the Inca people to revitalize the body and curb hunger in isolated populations representing up to 2/3 of their diet.



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Oat Bread with Tukmaria Seeds

 

Ingredients:

500ml water
200g oat meal
550g white wheat flour
20g baker's yeast
2 tablespoons tukmaria seeds



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Vegetable Soup with Tukmaria Seeds Vegetable Soup with Tukmaria Seeds

Vegetable Soup with Tukmaria Seeds

Ingredients:
1 turnip head
1/2 a small onion
1 carrot
1/4 zucchini
50g pumpkin
1 small beet
2 tablespoons buckwheat
3 tablespoons tukmaria seeds
organic extra virgin olive oil to taste
salt to taste



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Water, an essential resource

One of the most widely accepted theories on the origins of life on Earth is that it came from outer space carried by comets that crashed into our planet at the beginning of its existence. Comets are giant balls of dust and ice which wander through outer space and as they approach the sun, the solar winds help form their characteristic tails, awing the star watchers here on Earth whenever we are lucky enough to observe such phenomena, certainly an amazing event.

Probabilities are that the basic components of life came to exist on Earth brought by one of those ice balls. Afterwards, the first cells and more complex life forms developed in the primitive oceans. Along millions of years of evolution, the ancestors of mankind became able to leave the water and conquer the planet. Yet, water is still a vital element for humans: it constitutes 70 to 75% of our bodies.



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Oat Milk with Tukmaria


Ingredients:

50g oat grains
1.3 litres of filtered water
2 tablespoons tukmaria seeds

Recipe for Midzu Soymilk Maker



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Goji, the anti-aging berries

 

Madonna and Oprah Winfrey are two of the celebrities that have revealed to their fans and to the world their interest in goji berries, which are part of their daily menu. Since then the popularity of this fruit that delays the aging process due to its high levels of antioxidants, has grown in western countries.

Goji berries (lycium barbarum) are red and sweet, resembling a cross between raisins and cherries, come from Northwest China and Tibet and thrive naturally from the Himalayan Mountains and fertile benches of the Yellow River up to Mongolia.

They are a source of complete protein, contain 18 different amino acids, 8 of which essential. Goji berries also contain 21 minerals, such as zinc (2mg), iron (9mg, more than goji berriesmeat,) copper, calcium (112mg), selenium and phosphorus (203mg). They also provide B1, B2, B6 and E vitamins as well as high levels of C and A vitamins.

 



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Kefir, natural probiotic

 

The origins of kefir are lost in time; however we know it comes from the Caucasus where people have used it for centuries. The word kefir comes from the Turkish word keif which means good feeling or feeling good.
Kefir grains were a valuable and well protected treasure kept by the Caucasus Mountains’ natives, which is why it was unknown to the rest of the world until the beginning of the 20th century.
Kefir is a drink obtained by fermenting soy, cow, goat or sheep's milk. It thrives in temperatures ranging from 10ºC to 25ºC. A culture of lactobacilli and yeasts, known as kefir grains (white or yellowish gelly-like grains) feeds on milk. It is also known as yoghurt plant, yoghurt mushroom or yoghurt flower. 

 



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Goji berry pudding Goji berry pudding

Goji Berry Pudding

Ingredients:
1 litre soy milk
100g goji berries
3 tablespoons brown sugar
juice of 1/2 a lemon
3 tablespoons agar-agar
2 tablespoons corn starch



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mung bean soup mung bean soup

Mung Bean Soup

Ingredients:

50g mung bean
1 small carrot
1/2 turnip
50g pumpkin
1 slice of leek
2 tablespoons amaranth
a pinch of salt
a dash of organic Midzu olive oil



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Kamut and Pumpkin Soup Kamut and Pumpkin Soup

Kamut and Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons kamut grain
1 carrot
120g pumpkin
1 clove garlic
a pinch of salt
a dash of organic Midzu olive oil



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Graviola fruit Graviola fruit

Soursop - the fruit that fights and prevents several health problems

Soursop (annona muricata L.), also known as prickly custard apple, is a very common fruit in South America, especially in Peru and Brazil. Even in English speaking countries it is also known by the Spanish name “graviola”. It has been used for centuries by native tribes to fight and prevent several ailments. For example in the Andes, Peru, an infusion of soursop leaves is used to fight rheum and in the Peruvian Amazon the same infusion is used for diabetes, as a sedative and to treat spasms.



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Cocoa beans. Cocoa beans.

Cocoa - The beans from the heavens

It is said that a thousand years ago the Aztecs in Central America believed that the god they worshiped had brought cocoa beans from the heavens as an offering to the people.

Christopher Columbus, probably the first European to ever taste cocoa, gave little importance to the food that nowadays makes some of the world’s most appreciated delicacies.



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