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Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup

Published December 20, 2014 by Hadufuns Bernardo

Plan making this soup a head of time. It taste really delicious, definitely your family and friends will love this soup!

IngredientsChilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup

  • 11/2 cups kefir (plain whole milk, or yogurt, not Greek-style)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (or creme fraiche)
  • 2 cucumbers (large, about 1 1/2 pounds, peeled, seeded, and chopped)
  • 1/2 avocado (medium, chopped)
  • 21/2 green onions (chopped)
  • 1 Serrano chile (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano leaves, crushed
  • 1 lime
  • salt (to taste)

Garnish:

  • avocado (chopped)
  • chopped tomatoes
  • chopped cilantro
  • cheese (crumbled Cotija, can substitute feta)

Instructions

  1. Making this soup can only take minutes. Place in a blender all the ingredients and blend until fully smooth. You can refrigerate first or serve immediately. When serving this soup, garnished it with avocado, chopped tomato, cilantro, and crumbled Cotija cheese.

Enjoy!

Cottage Cheese

Published September 25, 2014 by Hadufuns Bernardo

This cottage cheese is made only with two ingredients. These recipe is quick and easy to prepare. Just follow simple steps!

Ingredientscottage cheese

Instructions

  1. Start by heating the milk into 60°C [140°F].
  2. Then gently stir the milk and slowly pour the kefir into the milk as a slow steady stream. (Remember not to stir it too fast or too long or else the curds will break apart).
  3. As you continue stirring the curds will separate –  they should be clear and not milky. But if they are milky, increase the heat and add more kefir. Still slowly stirring it for a while until the whey becomes clear.
  4. Remove the curds using with a strainer. Then place them on either on cheesecloth lined colander or mesh-type strainer.
  5. Allow the curds to drain for about 15 minutes tops and you have a fresh cottage cheese.

Tip: Refrigerate the kefir before making the cottage cheese.

Enjoy!

Nutmeg Donut

Published August 20, 2014 by Hadufuns Bernardo

These delicious donuts with a hint of nutmeg is made more healthy because of Kefir. Try these recipe, it’s easy to make just follow some simple steps.

IngredientsNutmeg Donuts

  • 3/4 cup kefir (low-fat buttermilk, (1%) or plain yogurt) – click here to buy
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup honey or agave
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Berry Icing

  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries

Instructions

  1. First step is to preheat the oven to 425°. Then lightly grease a doughnut pan.
  2. Next is to combine the in a large bowl the sugar, flour,  baking powder, nutmeg and salt then stir to combine.
  3. Combine in another bowl the kefir, honey, eggs, butter, and vanilla then use a whisk to stir. After that, pour the liquid mixture to the flour mixture and whisk until combined.
  4. Using the piping bag, fill the doughnut pans with the batter. Or you can use a spoon to put the batter into the doughnut pans.
  5. Afterwards, bake in the center of the oven for about 9 minutes until the bottom is golden. Allow it to cool then top it with the berry icing.
  6. For berry icing, cook over medium heat the berries with sugar and a couple tablespoons of water until  berries are turned to sauce. Then strain into a bowl to remove the seeds and  1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Mix well.

Enjoy!

Buttermilk Biscuits

Published June 20, 2014 by Hadufuns Bernardo

These scrumptious buttermilk biscuit recipe are so easy to make, if you follow a few simple instructions.

IngredientsButtermilk Biscuits

  • 3/4 cup buttermilk or milk Kefir – click here to buy
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons butter (very cold)
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. 12 to 24 hrs before to making biscuits, mix in a bowl the buttermilk and flour together. Cover and let the flour to soak. (But if you are using the sprouted flour then you can skip the soaking part).
  2. Preheating the oven to 450°F. Then start by cutting the butter into small chunks and add it to the flour/buttermilk mixture together with  baking powder, baking soda and salt. (Remember not to over mix it, but if the mixture is too dry then add some buttermilk).
  3. Next is place the the dough onto a lightly floured board. Then softly pat the dough to 1/2 inch thick. (This way the biscuits are lighter then using a rolling pin).
  4. Then cut the dough using a round cutter to cut out the biscuits. Place the cut out biscuits into a cookie sheet. Afterwards, bake the biscuits for about 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown.

Enjoy!

Kefir Meatloaf

Published February 17, 2014 by Hadufuns Bernardo

Worried of too much calories on meat? These recipe offers low calories because kefir is being added. Try making these at your homes!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beefmeatloaf
  • ¾ cup plain kefir milk – click here to buy
  • 4 ounces (1 can) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • ½ cup green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Worried too much of calories on meat? This recipe offers a few calories because of kefir.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Then shape the mixture into a loaf. After shaping, place them into a loaf dish. If you like you can top the mixture with ketchup and onions.
  4. Bake for an hour at 350 degrees.

Enjoy!

How to Make Kefir With Rice Milk

Published February 4, 2014 by Hadufuns Bernardo
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Kefir Rice Milk

For people who are experiencing lactose intolerance, choosing rice milk kefir over dairy products would be a great idea.  Rice milk kefir is an excellent alternative beverage for people who have been suffering from allergy problems that are associated with dairy consumption. Here is how you make your own home-made rice kefir.

Materials Needed:

Procedure:

  1. Let the sealed rice milk carton stand at a room temperature overnight to keep the milk slightly warm the following morning. Keeping the milk slightly warm is essential in helping to activate the kefir starter. Rice milk usually does not need to be placed in a refrigerator when not yet opened.
  2. Mix the rice milk and some kefir grains into a clean container. Cover the container with a lid and let it set at a room temperature for 24 hours.
  3. Stir the mixture around five times during the day. You can do the mixing by simply moving the container in a circular motion or by shaking the container slowly.
  4. After 24 hours, open the container and then attach two layers of cheesecloth to the top or opening of the container. You may secure the cheesecloth by using a rubber band.
  5. Prepare the second bottle/container. Be sure to have it thoroughly cleaned.
  6. Pour in the kefir mixture from the first container to the second container. Do not detach the cheesecloth as it serves as the strainer once you pour the kefir to the other container. You may set aside the kefir grains. Have the grains refrigerated for future use.
  7. Store the filtered rice milk kefir in the refrigerator. You may serve the completed kefir chilled.

How to Make Homemade Kefir

Published December 4, 2013 by Hadufuns Bernardo

Kefir taste and looks like yogurt. However, if compared yogurt to kefir is more nutritious. The process of making kefir is very easy. You just need to put it on a jar, leave at a room temperature and then wait for it to ferment. That’s it. Take a look at the process enlisted below in making a homemade kefir.

Homemade Kefir

Homemade Kefir

Ingredients:

Materials needed:

  •  Clean glass jar with cover
  • Plastic spoon or non metal stirring rod
  • Plastic strainer
  • Cheesecloth and rubber band

Procedure:

  1. Place the kefir grains in the glass jar and then fill the jar with skim milk or whole milk until ¾ full. If available, you may use organic and non-pasteurized milk for better result.
  2. Cover the jar with two layers of cheesecloth and secure it with the use of a rubber band.
  3. Place the jar on the kitchen, away from the sunlight.
  4. Leave it there for two days while stirring it periodically using a non mental stirring rod or a plastic spoon.
  5. When a thick texture is achieved, filter out the kefir grains using a plastic strainer. Remember not to mash the grains.
  6. Place the grains in a separate jar. Add enough water to soak the grains and place it inside the refrigerator. You may use the grains again in your next kefir making.
  7. Meanwhile, you may serve the kefir right away after filtering or have it refrigerated first to keep it chilled before serving.