• Cous-Cousey with Fetah

    It’s possible to eat healthy in semi-lockdown, even if you only have 5 minutes (of willpower) to prepare food. In this couscous, cucumber and tomatoes add fibres and nutrients, while parsley gives a boost of fresh and immune-system supporting vitamin C. Chickpeas and feta cheese help make the meal more substantial, and raisins – or dried apricots – are an optional addition if you have a sweet tooth that needs to be satisfied. Adding pepper in the end is totally fine, but skip the salt since feta has plenty! This meal is light and healthy – but what’s also awesome is that it can be varied with all sorts of…

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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…

  • Seasonal Groceries List: Spring (Free Printable)

    SUPERMARKETS offer so many fruits and veggies all year round, but there is nothing that will make you feel as good as buying seasonal. SEASONAL IS… BUDGET FRIENDLY. Cheap is in season, and in season is cheap. Use this wonderful economic advantage. LOW IN CALORIES. Chips is not seasonal, mayonnaise is not seasonal. Blueberries, pumpkin, zucchini and swede are. DELICIOUS. Stuck eating pasta pesto all year round? Who wants that? Mix up local, seasonal ingredients to discover new flavors. FRESH & JUICY. Let’s face it: fresh tastes better! GOOD FOR YOUR FACE. Beta-carotenes from fresh green, orange and red fruits & veggies will give your face a healthy glow. STABILISING…

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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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    Jaime Oliver´s 45-second Ice Cream

    A QUICK POST ON A WARM SUNDAY AFTERNOON. Craving ice cream? Me too. Here’s a healthy version, and easy too. Jaime Oliver’s 45-second ice cream with yogurt and fruits. This is ice cream made healthy. Low in sugar, high in fiber and (feel free to use delicious full fat yoghurt, it’s good for you) rich in healthy fats.

  • 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…