• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Sweet Potato with Organic Pork and Steamed Veg

    Having a good piece of organic meat once in a while is a good idea, not only because it tastes good, but especially for certain nutrients (such as vitamin B12, which is difficult to obtain from other foods). Besides, it’s not like every meal with meat has to be unhealthy – I make this meal rich in vegetables, yet delicious. The ingredients I use are organic and local whenever possible. Sweet Potato with Organic Pork and Steamed Veg Serves 4. Prep time: 60 minutes. Sweet potatoes, 4 large Broccoli, 1 Cauliflower, 1 Pork sausages, 8 Olive oil, 4 tbsp Salt & pepper to taste Instructions Heat up the oven to…

  • Crustless quiche with zucchini and mushrooms recipe Ana's Bananas Blog

    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…

  • Quinoa Fritters with Carrot & Coriander

    If someone close to you does not like the standard quinoa salads, that can make it difficult to incorporate this super awesome protein source into your weekly diet. Fortunately, I came across a great Quinoa Fritters recipe on MindBodyGreen.com. After adjusting it a little based on the ingredients we already had in our kitchen, they still turned out pretty good! It’s like fried quinoa burgers, except vegetarian – and gluten free, and dairy free. Perfect as a light summer dinner, perfect as a lunch time snack and/or perfect for dipping into a warm vegetable soup! These quinoa fritters are simple and quick to make. Plus, you can keep them refrigerated…

  • Tasty tacos with veggies, feta and minced beef

    Tacos can be as nutritious or as bad for you as you make them. Personally, I think that just because something is ‘bad for you’ in its original form doesn’t mean you have to stop loving it all together – it just means you can find a healthier alternative and still enjoy! These tasty tacos are perfect for a casual dinner with friends or a fun family meal (with kids), and they are also super healthy. P.s. you could also make this recipe using tortilla wraps but, unless you are making your own tortilla wraps, opt for taco shells because store bought tortilla wraps are full of conservatives, artificial flavors…