Brazilian Love Green Smoothie (Vegan)

Brazilian Love Green Smoothie by My Little Jar of Spices
Ugh, green smoothies. Like what’s new, right? So how about some Brazilian love, exotic fruit and samba grooves to welcome Spring and reboot your green smoothie routine? I just spent a week in Brazil visiting friends and working long-distance, and I had forgotten just how amazing the options of available fresh fruit juices and smoothies was there! Papaya and mango are like currency in this country, and forget about the insane amount of fruit you can squeeze into your happy hour Caipirinhas, from acerola to pineapple, passion fruit and cashew fruit. And man did I drink the life out of all the coconuts while I was there. I used to buy a fresh green coconut every day from a street vendor by my house who would crack it open with an actual machete and sip on it on my way to classes. Ah heaven. And just in general, I realized going back how much I had underestimated Brazil’s level of development when I lived there. I suppose I needed to go live in Peru to actually appreciate the level of comfort and the modernity of services available in Sao Paulo. I almost cried when I jumped into a taxi with a GPS or opened a restaurant menu with an actual salad section. It was really nice to go back for a few days. Now I’m in Lima for a week before going back to Cajamarca, which is cool because I never really got to discover Lima. I have been to Lima a few times but I always passed by for a couple of days or less when travelling to somewhere else and never had time to discover it though I know it’s an amazing city.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Mug Muffin 2.0 (Paleo, DF, Vegan option)

Cookie Dough Mug Muffin 2.0 by My Little Jar of Spices

It’s no surprise that the most popular recipe on this blog is the paleo (and vegan) 5-minute Cookie Dough Mug Muffin that I published back in June of last year. It has gotten over 3,000 pins and is constantly at the top of the list of most viewed recipes. There’s nothing I can post that will take it down from first place. For a while, my Creamy Chicken, Cauliflower and Broccoli Bake was getting dangerously close to bumping it down and becoming number one, but the Cookie Dough Mug Muffin stuck on for dear life, showed everyone who was boss and let the Creamy Chicken Bake take second place. I’m always wondering if the next recipe I’ll publish will beat it, but nope. And to be fair to the mug muffin, it is a pretty awesome recipe, not to mention it’s adorable. It comes together in 5 minutes – preparation and cooking times combined! -, is the perfect comfort food without any added-sugar, and it tastes like cookie dough for crying out loud. Plus, it’s a single-serving recipe so it’s great for a little sweet craving without actually tempting you to go overboard like if you bake an entire batch of cookies. I should have known it was going to have that kind of mind-blowing success. The funny thing is that when I made it, I had absolutely no intention to post it on the blog. I just wanted to make a mug muffin for Freddy one rainy Sunday afternoon, adapted a  chocolate chip cookie recipe with what I could find lying around my cupboards and popped it in the microwave in a mug. It looked so cute, so I took a pretty lame picture, and it tasted so good that I ended up posting it as a recipe. Continue reading

Purple Cabbage Slaw with Hazelnuts and Pomegranate


Winter Red Cabbage Salad with Hazelnuts and Pomegranate by My Little Jar of Spices

This is my new favorite salad. I forgot how Hazelnuts made everything taste Christmassy (or is that just me?), and for the first time in my life, I deseeded a pomegranate. Actually I had given it a go once before but gave up quickly when realizing I was getting roughly ten seeds out per minute. This time I had a plan, thanks to GI 365 and her Pomegranates 101 crash course. We don’t stress this enough, but food blogging is like a constant flow of technology transfers. I have gained so much know-how thanks to the trials and errors of other people. So it’s my turn to give something back to the community, starting with what I have learned NOT TO DO when deseeding a pomegranate… and that is 1) never try to get the seeds out using a fork or a spoon – life WILL go on without you while you pursue this endless and impossible endeavor; 2) never, ever, EVER try to deseed a pomegranate facing a white wall… it will look like you butchered someone in your own kitchen. Continue reading

Paleo Morning Porridge

Grain-Free Morning Porridge by My Little Jar of Spices

This is the recipe that I have wanted to post the most on this blog since the beginning because it is truly the first recipe that I appropriated and made my own after I eliminated gluten from my diet. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to post it. I’ve recommended it to many friends who have asked me advice on what to have for breakfast that was not eggs and bacon on a paleo diet. Since I myself am not much of an eggs and bacon kind of gal, this porridge recipe has been a go-to breakfast for me for the last year. I love oatmeal, especially the way my mom would make it for our lazy Sunday afternoon snacks when I was a kid: with raisins, a dash of cinnamon, and topped with a pat of butter that melts into the cooked oats and some maple syrup. Jeez louise goddammit. Sometimes, just sometimes, I wish I were 13 all over again when I think of those moments. Without the acne and awkward braces that is. Continue reading

Carrot Mint Gazpacho (Vegan)

Carrot Mint Gazpacho by My Little Jar of Spices

How was everybody’s Halloween and morning-after sugar crash? We had a Halloween party over at our spooky haunted-looking house. Come on now, fess up – what’s your secret number? Mine is 4. As in 2 pieces of delicious carrot cake topped with coconut cream cheese frosting (I promise to share the recipe) and 2 bite-sized coconut chocolate brownies. All gluten-free, all somewhat paleo, all definitely faithful to the traditions of this sweet and sugary holiday. Oh well. Since I’ve never been a candy person, staying away from the lollipops and butter toffees was no problem for me. Staying away from the peanuts on the other hand… peanuts and me are a whole other story. I bought some raw peanuts and roasted, salted and curried them in the oven for our Halloween party that night. How could I resist that? There are a few things in life that I can’t just stop at one. Or fifteen. Peanuts, chocolate covered raisins, cherry tomatoes and episodes of Californication. Continue reading

Banana Flambée Panna Cotta (Dairy-free, Paleo, Vegan option)

Banana Flambée Panna Cotta

Oh no I didn’t. Did I put a banana flambée in a Panna Cotta dessert AND make it dairy-free too? Why yes I did. Thank me later, try it first. I know in English they’re called Banana Fosters but I just feel so posh saying “Banana Flambée” and that’s the way I’ll keep saying it in this post because I’m French so I’m allowed to use fancy snobbish culinary words. Plus I just can’t picture myself serving this dessert saying “Aaaand for dessert, Bananas Foster!”. Yes, I have to picture myself serving my desserts at a White House Fundraiser to decide on the recipe title. Continue reading

My Mother’s Heartwarming Red Root Vegetable Soup

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This is my favorite soup in the whole world, and that’s probably because my mom makes it. Not only does she make it, she invented the recipe (at least that’s the way it goes in my head). My mom doesn’t often cook very elaborated meals, but when she gets behind the stove she masters everything she prepares to perfection and puts so much love and care into every gesture that you feel it when you taste the food. Heartwarming, loving, authentic and soulful cuisine. Just my kind! Continue reading

Homemade Gluten-free Granola

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I have had the challenging yet rather successful experience of keeping with gluten-free eating while travelling this month, and one thing’s for sure, ziplock bags have been a blessing. This granola and I have become good friends through long airplane rides, hours on the road and frustrating stops at gas stations. Continue reading

Raw Cacao, Avocado and Strawberry Shake + 10 creative ways to enjoy Avocado

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I don’t nearly post enough about avocados as much as I eat them, which is a shame because there’s so much you can do with avocados. Don’t listen to people who tell you that avocados are a “fatty” food and that you should eat them sparingly. Avocados are actually one of the most nutritious things you can eat, containing vitamins A, B, C, E and K, potassium, folic acid, magnesium and iron, just to name a few (more information here). They are rich in healthy saturated fats – the “good fat” that your body needs to function well and which, contrary to popular belief, helps reduce cholesterol and inflammation and plays an essential role in vitamin absorption, brain function, hormonal balance, cardiovascular health and immunity. In other words, eat your avocados without fear. This Tumblr probably says it better. My only small issue with avocados is time management: systematically towards the end of the week, they all decide to ripen at the same time and all of a sudden I have too much avocado on my hands. Not a problem! Avocado is not only for salads, there’s a lot you can do to use up your riping-soon-to-be-spoilt avocados, and here’s my top 10. Continue reading

Blueberry and Raspberry Crumble (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo)

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I was thinking just this morning that I was not going to have a lot of time to blog this month in France, but I had not paused to think that my sleepless hours due to jetlag spent in front of the History Channel watching documentaries on the Falklands war (my current activity as I am writing this, precisely) could probably be put to good blogging use. Especially since I have found time to cook and take some pictures. I have been particularly thrilled to renew my love with berries since being back in France. Continue reading