Tiina Strandberg Mom + Recipe Magician: Family-friendly Vegan Food From Finland
Q: What can’t you live without in the kitchen?
A: I recently borrowed a beautiful cast iron pan from my father and it has become my favorite item in the kitchen. The pan used to belong to my grandmother, and it feels really special to cook with it. I might have to borrow it for a very long time.
Q: Your favorite ingredients?
A: Wild blueberries: We go berry picking each summer and fill our freezer with these forest superfoods. I use blueberries in smoothies, puddings, porridges, nice creams, sweet treats, or just pop them into my mouth like candy.
Leafy greens: I couldn’t survive without nourishing green smoothies!
Nuts: I love to make my own nut milks, nut butters, nut-based cheeses, and nut cream. Homemade nut-based foods taste a lot better than store-bought (and are healthier too), and they’re incredibly easy to make. You just need a food processor or high-speed blender.Chia seeds: These nutritious seeds are so versatile, I eat them every day in one form or another: in chia puddings and parfaits, smoothies, granola. I also use them to make chia eggs when baking.
Avocados: Another really versatile ingredient in frequent use here: I make sweet puddings and savory dips from avocados, and also use them in raw treats, smoothies, and Buddha bowls. But nothing beats a simple avocado toast!
Q: Any food secret you swear by?
A: I prepare simple overnight oats in the evening from whatever ingredients I have available: usually gluten-free rolled oats, chia seeds, nut milk, plant-based yogurt, and some creamy element like coconut cream. We have pretty busy mornings here, so I’m super happy to find my brekkie ready in the fridge waiting to be topped with berries and nut butter. I usually make a portion big enough to be shared with my kids.
CREAMY BLUEBERRY OVERNIGHT OATS
Prep time: 10 minutes
Prepare this easy and convenient breakfast or on-the-go snack in the evening, and you’ll have a delicious creamy bowl waiting for you in the morning.
½ cup plant-based yogurt (unsweetened)
¹/³ cup plant-based milk
¹/³ cup frozen or fresh blueberries (use wild
blueberries if you can)
¼ cup rolled oats
1½ tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp coconut sugar (if using unsweetened yogurt)
Toppings: your choice of creamy elements, such as
whipped coconut cream, coconut butter, almond
butter (or other nut butter), and more berries.
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Cover the bowl and put in the fridge overnight or for at least 30 minutes. When ready to eat, mix the overnight oats well and swirl creamy toppings of choice into the oats. Add berries on top and ENJOY!