• Healthy Groceries List (Free Printable)

    Hello world! IT’S JULY, SUMMER TIME, AND I DEFINITELY DON’T FEEL LIKE DOING A LOT OF COOKING. Especially on days it’s really hot, I hardly even feel like going out of the house, again, into the heat of the streets just to get to a crowded supermarket and get all sweaty, again. But, I found it helps me to have a few delightful healthy summer recipes at hand. Something that is easy to make, super-low-effort, I-could-do-this-with-my-eyes-closed kind of thing, but full of flavor of course. It’s also not bad to, when I have a plan of summer meals, also get all those groceries in the same run. The the rest…

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    Mexican Style Wraps with Spiced Beef, Corn & Spinach

    HERE’S AN EASY PEASY WRAP RECIPE that anyone can make. It’s healthy, fresh and delicious. Full of fiber, good fats and vitamins! IF YOU’RE USED TO CHEESE AND SOUR CREAM topped goodness, this alternative might take some getting used to – bt good on you for trying it out! This healthier alternative will prevent weight-gain, keep you feeling alive and keep your bowels satisfied. It contains much less salt and carbs compared to a regular wrap, and no trans fats. Each wrap contains one serving of your 5-a-day. Print Recipe Mexican Style Wraps with Spiced Beef, Corn & Spinach Course Main Dish Prep Time 15 minutes Servings wraps Ingredients 250…

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    Tuscan Bean & Tuna Salad

    Heart-healthy beans get together with all-around healthy red onion, fresh parsley and (sustainably-fished) tuna. Addition of pasta is optional – sometimes great for making a truly substantial meal, sometimes unnecessary if you’re looking for a simply refreshing hearty salad.     Print Recipe Bean Salad with Tuna & Parsley Cuisine Italian Prep Time 15 minutes Servings 4 large portions or 6 portions served with a side-dish Ingredients 800 g canelini or brown beans canned, rinsed, drained250 g canned tuna from ocean friendly fishinghalf red onion60 ml lemon juice3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil organic and cold-pressed is best2 tbsp fresh parsley100 g fusili pasta (optional) weight before cooking Cuisine Italian…

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    Sweet Potato Curry with Almond, Spinach & Coriander

    This curry is amazing and healthy. Let’s celebrate by making more curry! I just love the aroma filling up the kitchen as I am cooking it. Curries are a great comfort food, easy to prepare and perfect as lazy weeknight dinners – when you’re not willing to settle for take out and want a nutritious meal instead.   Print Recipe Sweet Potato Curry with Almond, Spinach & Coriander Course Main Dish Prep Time 40 minutes Servings Ingredients 2 tbsp cooking oil sesame oil and sunflower oil work well here2 pieces red onion2 cloves garlic1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated2 pieces fresh green chili3-5 pieces (800 g) sweet potatoes150 g fresh spinach…

  • Kelis’ Milkshake with Banana & Cinnamon

    Still clueless about what singer Kelis was referring to when singing about her milkshake bringing boys to the yard, I can assure you that this milkshake is better than hers. Use regular milk or a plant-based alternative as you see fit. Healthy milkshakes are a perfect cure for those nights when you fly in from work feeling tired and hungry. To not succumb to cravings, have a milkshake, then when the immediate hunger is silenced, get yourself together and enjoy cooking a proper meal. Print Recipe Kelis' Milkshake with Banana & Cinnamon Course Drinks Prep Time 2 minutes Servings Ingredients 500 ml organic cow milk or (homemade) almond milk to…

  • Fennel, Zucchini and Green Pea Soup

    INSPIRED BY A RECIPE FROM the Veg cookbook, I bring you a very green, delicious soup that you can enjoy all summer long! It’s quick to prepare and the aroma that will fill your kitchen while making it will awaken anyone’s appetite! (Even my little brother’s, although he’s actually totally not into veggies, he actually does totally dig this soup! 😮 🙂 … of course, because it is an awesome soup!) Fennel, Zucchini and Green Pea Soup Serves 6. Prep time: 30 minutes from start to finish. Fennel, 1 large knob Celery, 2 stalks Spring onions, a bunch of 6 (or 4 if they are quite large) Zucchini, 2 small…

  • Mother’s Day inspired: Coconut curry with millet and asperagus

    Today’s Mother’s Day couldn’t have been better spent than laughing, relaxing and cooking together with my lovely, wonderful, creative mom who is simply the bestest mom there is. Asperagus is in season now in The Netherlands, so we used this perfect timing to make a recipe using the green delight. Read on for the delightful spring recipe we made, inspired by a recipe from the ‘Forks over Knives’ cookbook. Coconut curry with millet and asperagus Serves 3. Prep time: 40-50 minutes from start to finish. Ingredients: 3/4 cup millet + 2,5 cups water 1 cup leek, white and light green part thinly sliced 2 cloves of garlic, minced 2 tblsp ginger, peeled…

  • Small Loaf of Spiced Carrot Cake with Cranberries and Walnuts

    Guys, it’s my first time baking carrot cake – can you believe it? It turned out amazing, I love using moist vegetables in cakes. Up until now, I always grabbed the opportunity to indulge in my mom’s amazing carrot cake, or lazily order carrot cake whenever I’m at a cafe. In the latter case I always look like one of those “my body is a temple” people, since I don’t like frosting (it’s non-organic dairy + sugar = boo!) and scrape it off with my fork to the side of my plate. So, there’s no frosting in this recipe. There is a bit of sugar – I did not succeed…

  • Mushroom & Green Pea Risotto with Bacon

    Vegetables meet bacon. Bacon meet vegetables. Let’s also add Parmezan. These are ingredients that you can always find in the supermarket. They make a delightful, rich dish. Print Recipe Mushroom & Green Pea Risotto with Bacon Prep Time 30 minutes Servings Ingredients 300 g risotto rice900 ml vegetable broth2 pieces white onion150 g frozen green peas100 g Parmezan cheese grated100 g bacon diced3 tbsp cooking oil or ghee Prep Time 30 minutes Servings Ingredients 300 g risotto rice900 ml vegetable broth2 pieces white onion150 g frozen green peas100 g Parmezan cheese grated100 g bacon diced3 tbsp cooking oil or ghee Instructions HEAT UP THE OIL OR GHEE in a pan…

  • DIY: How to make Almond Milk (in different flavors)

    It’s always a daring step to try out something new, but the health benefits of almond milk and the simplicity of making your own, are reasons enough try out the challenge of making homemade almond milk :). This is where I buy good quality almonds in Leiden! INSTRUCTIONS Step 1: SOAK. Grab 100g raw almonds and soak them in water for minimum 6 hours , preferably more (for example, leave them overnight, or a whole day, starting in the morning and then making it when you get back home after school/work). Step 2: BLEND. Once soaked, drain the almonds and add 750ml new water. Mix in blender until smooth white…