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    Falafel Bowl with Spinach, Pomegranate & Mint

    It’s November 2018. The weather is cold but I was looking for an alternative to a heavy, winter meal. Salad-like, but still substantial. Warm but fresh. Filling but light. Something so full of vitamins and minerals that I could say – wow, Ana, you’ve outdone yourself again! Get ready to seduce your taste buds with explosive flavours of: *fresh mint *sweet pomegranate and *nutty hummus   Not unimportantly, I had a pretty good time preparing this meal since it was all easy to bake, cook and put together. Or, as I’ve illustrated in a graph: You can make your own falafel by looking up a recipe online, but I just bought it ready-made. Tried the…

  • Squash, Tomatoes & Black Beans in Creamy Coconut Sauce

    This delicious, healthy & simple vegetarian Kerala Curry recipe is based on a recipe from the ‘Fresh India’ cookbook. Squash is in season, perfect to combine with heart-healthy black beans and aromatic spices such as garam masala mix. Serves 4 for amazing dinner, prep time 45 minutes from start to table. Ingredients for Oven-roasted Squash 1kg butternut squash, unpeeled, cut into thin wedges 1 tbsp garam masala a sprinkle of salt and pepper Ingredients for Creamy Coconut sauce 1 onion, diced 2 green chilis, diced 3 garlic cloves, minced 400g tin black beans, rinsed and drained 150g ripe tomatoes (or tinned tomatoes if not in season) 400ml good coconut milk…

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    Healthy, Dairy Free, Creamy Avocado & Basil Pasta Sauce

    Avocado is perfect for making pasta sauce – rich in healthy fats, tastes great paired with basil, is a deliciously creamy dairy-free alternative and carries a lot of nutrients. Follow my blog with Bloglovin I love a good organic tomato sauce on pasta, but having the same sauce every time doesn’t cut it for my freakishly foodie nature. Of course I could buy other supermarket pasta sauces, but have you ever noticed how many strange additives there are in there? Bleh. It’s much healthier to make your own pasta sauce than to buy some additive-stuffed sauce that’s been standing on supermarket shelves for months. Avocado & basil unite to form a creamy yet…

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    Simple Wellness Soup

    Follow my blog with Bloglovin You don’t need quinoa (kee-NU-wah) to eat healthy. Below awaits a recipe with local, seasonal & afforadable ingredients that together create a soup that is exceptionally good for your health. If you are battling the flu or trying to ward one off, this is the perfect soup to make! When my parents used to force me as a kid to eat savoy cabbage soup (in Croatian: kelj), I’d make all kinds of funny faces at them and fiddle with my food. Now I find myself cooking the same stuff, ah the irony! Turns out cabbage is just as good for you as my parents were saying. You’d…

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    Indian Summer Salad

    As I’m walking around the cookbook section in a bookshop a couple of weeks ago, a pop of color catches my eye – it’s the “Fresh India” cookbook by a lady called Meera Sodha. Indian cooking finally made simple and not taking 5 days of bending over the stove to make? Yes! This summer salad  is refreshing and full of flavors (it originally also includes a spoonfull of sugar, which I leave out). Enjoy it with a big appetite – it has a grand total of zero (0) calories, really. Fun fact: I buy my bell peppers organic because peppers fall into EWG’s (Environmental Working Group) category of the dirty dozen. This is…

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    Minestrone Soup with Pumpkin, Green Peas and Thyme

    MINESTRONE IS A NATIVE ITALIAN name for an everyday thick vegetable soup put together from any ingredients found in the kitchen. In this version, I combine pumpkin, green peas and thyme for a warm and slightly earthy feeling. THE BENEFITS ARE MANY, including a good dose of vegetables (fibers + nutrients), low calorie count and a very comforting feeling. Print Recipe Minestrone Soup with Pumpkin, Green Peas and Thyme Course Main Dish Cuisine Italian Prep Time 30 minutes Servings Ingredients 2 tbsp cooking oil or butter1 white onion1 large carrot (or 2 small)2 stalks celery1 tbsp flour2 potatoes, diced100 g green beans cut into 3cm pieces2 generous handfuls diced pumpkin…

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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…

  • 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…

  • Lunch Salad You’ll need after the Holidays (Great for the Immune System)

    Alright people, it’s time to make 2015 awesome! Here’s a detox salad that helped me & my body fight off the negative effects of all the sugar indulged in over the holidays. There’s just been too much sugar and too little vitamins a bit too often in the holiday meals. This salad is a perfect detox lunch, because it: 1) is easy to prepare, 2) contains fresh (green) veggies, 3) is easy to bring along, 4) gives a feeling of satiety for hours. Spinach is an important source of zinc. Zinc is an important mineral for a healthy immune system. Bell pepper is a good source of vitamin C, equally important…

  • Green Soup

    I used to have a housemate with gorgeous complexion; she would make this soup quite often. Broccoli & zucchini pair up to create a power dish that is a wonderful part of a plant-based diet. Low in calories, high in nutrients. Perfect for reaching or maintaining a healthy weight. Serve along side buttery garlic bread so that it doesn’t become too healthy. Print Recipe Green Soup Course Main Dish Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Servings Ingredients 1 large broccoli roughly chopped1 large zucchini roughly chopped3 shallots finely chopped3 tbsp cooking oil or ghee1 L good vegetable stock a good vegetable stock is mostly oil and vegetables, and low…