• Quick & Healthy Dinner: Dumplings with Pak Choi

    Making Dumplings with Pak Choi takes 10 minutes from the moment you enter your front door to the moment you sit down at the table to eat – it’s easy, healthy and quick. That’s also why I call it the recipe for power couples – those amazing couples where both people are working hard, being awesome at what they do, and rushing home late without much oomph (definition) to cook (oops). To your rescue comes this Dumplings with Pak choi recipe, introduced to me by a power couple themselves, Madi & Mathias. In 10 minutes of whizzing about in the kitchen, you will have a satisfying meal loaded with vibrant, green vegetables…

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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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    Easy Veggie & Shrimp Stir-fry with Brown Rice Noodles

    AS PROMISED, HERE’S A DELICIOUS STIR-FRY RECIPE that I had for dinner last night. 🙂 Green beans and zucchini were on offer at the supermarket – you can also choose other green veggies which you find on sale, to make this meal not only delicious but also affordable! BROWN RICE NOODLES ARE TASTY. They have a lower glycemic index than wheat noodles, meaning they are better at keeping blood sugar stable. BENEFITS OF THIS MEAL ARE MANY, aside from the brown rice noodles, the stir-fry is low in carbs, has a short cooking time leading to vitamin preservation, provides nutrients from many vegetables and garlic, and gives you a daily…

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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…

  • 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…

  • Drunk peaches walk into a bar…

    A dear friend of mine made this splendid peach dessert the other night. We were laughing, conversing and eating. The amazing feeling stays linked to this dessert. Having seconds is okay – it’s healthy! Print Recipe Drunk peaches walk into a bar... Course Dessert Prep Time 20 minutes Servings Ingredients 4 wild peaches100 ml white wine of your chosing, nothing too expensive2 tbsp brown sugar800 ml organic yogurt Course Dessert Prep Time 20 minutes Servings Ingredients 4 wild peaches100 ml white wine of your chosing, nothing too expensive2 tbsp brown sugar800 ml organic yogurt Instructions WASH THE PEACHES. Place them in a deep cooking pan and cover them with wine.…

  • Buttery Garlic Bread

    Without butter, but with olive oil. Leave the characterless sugary white bread with artificial additives laying in the supermarket aisle. Indulge yourself in the true garlic bread experience instead. Sourdough bread is key. It pairs perfectly with olive oil and Italian herbs. Print Recipe Buttery Garlic Bread Course Side dish Cuisine Italian Prep Time 10 minutes Servings baguette Ingredients 1 clove garlic minced1/4 cup olive oil1 sourdough baguette available at better bakeries2 tsp oregano/basil/thyme ie. Italian herbs of choice Course Side dish Cuisine Italian Prep Time 10 minutes Servings baguette Ingredients 1 clove garlic minced1/4 cup olive oil1 sourdough baguette available at better bakeries2 tsp oregano/basil/thyme ie. Italian herbs of…

  • 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…