• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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. Asparagus 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 asparagus 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 and grated 2 cups green asparagus, tough ends snapped off, rest cut…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Groceries List (Free pdf)

    A SIMPLE, YET THOROUGH LIST to have with you at moments of need, inspiration, support – or as a grocery list for your supermarket! Scroll down for PDF. FREE PDF BELOW! THIS LIST CONTAINS PURE, CLEAN, HEALTHY INGREDIENTS. Using this list during grocery shopping could help you: * save money at the supermarket, distracting you from expensive, non-nutritious foods * get healthier by leading you to affordable, healthy choices * lose weight by distracting you from unhealthy choices: with this list, you don’t even have to go past the soda and/or junk food isle anymore; avoid it altogether and leave the supermarket feeling happy and proud! Breakfast Plain yoghurt or…

  • Cucumber Water

    In need of a healthy refreshment on a hot summer day? Nothing will refresh you quite like cucumber water will! This is how you make it: You’ll need Prep time: 2 minutes Cucumber, washed, one half quartered or cut into thin slices lengthwise Water, 2L Glass bottle/karaf Instructions Place the cucumber into the glass bottle and add the water. You can drink the cucumber water straight away or keep it in the fridge (refilling the water as neccessary for up to 2 days) as a replenishing refreshement. You’ll be surprised by the amount of refreshing flavor the cucumber gives to this drink!   Extra You can do the same with fresh mint…

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    Herby Crustless Quiche with Feta & Zucchini

    Whenever you think that you have so many left over veggies in the fridge that you’ll have to throw away something, don’t do it – and make this quiche instead! This crustless quiche is awesome, healthy, tasty – and gluten, dairy, and guilt free! No matter which veggies you add, the key is to use good organic goat or sheep cheese to let it all come together nicely. Mushrooms help with getting that soft smooth texture. The herbs you choose determine the feeling the quiche will give to those indulging in it: basil and oregano are zesty and refreshing, thyme and sage give a summery Tuscan feeling,  paprika and turmeric give the…