• Sugar addict? Me too, until recently

    All sorts of medical guidelines recommend a maximum of around 30 grams of added sugars per day. There is no required minimum. You won’t die if sugar is not added to your food. Although you might feel as if you might die. Which brings me to sugar addiction. When I realised I was a player in that game, I decided to embark on an experiment. Today marks day 43 of my no added sugar diet.  Ever since I remember, I have been eating sugar every single day, except for two occasions – one summer a couple of years ago where I went 30 days without artificial sugar (but still had…

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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…

  • 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…

  • Chocolate Rocky Road with Nuts & Berries

    Rocky road is originally an Australian concoction, used to make rotten candy shipped from Europe still somehow attractive to customers – by mixing it all up into one big pile. Today, it’s a diabetes causing treat in the United States, typically made with milk chocolate, sugary candies and marshmallows. This rocky road is healthy. What? Yes. I’ve prepared it multiple times for various medical departments and not once was I thrown out on the street because of how deliciously amazing it was. While sneakily being filled with nutrients. It melts on your tongue and satisfied every chocolate nerve in the body. Print Recipe Rocky Road with Almonds & Berries Course…

  • Breakfast Wraps with Egg & Guac

    GOOD MORNING WORLD! Breakfast is labelled by many as the most important meal of the day. Throw your chia & acai water milkshake out the window. You don’t need it. Every nutrient you need is right here. Start your day & live it to the fullest! Print Recipe Breakfast Wraps with Egg & Guacamole Course Breakfast Prep Time 10 minutes Servings Ingredients 4 eggs1 ripe tomato1 small white onion1 tbsp lime juice1 small handful fresh coriander2 ripe avocadoscooking oil4 corn torillas Course Breakfast Prep Time 10 minutes Servings Ingredients 4 eggs1 ripe tomato1 small white onion1 tbsp lime juice1 small handful fresh coriander2 ripe avocadoscooking oil4 corn torillas Instructions HEAT…

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    Butternut Squash & Bacon Pasta with Rocket Salad

    THIS PUMPKIN MADNESS RECIPE (pumpkin madness being the general state the world during October) is sage-infused butternut squash with organic bacon, green rocket salad and a bit of delicious pasta. It’s a comfort food recipe, easy to fix up on weeknights and enjoy leftovers for lunch the next day. Print Recipe Butternut Squash & Bacon Pasta with Rocket Salad Prep Time 1 hour Servings for dinner, or 2 dinner + 2 leftover lunch Ingredients 1 white onion2 cloves garlic150 g diced bacon organic, available at better supermarkets1 large butternut squash50 g rocket salad3 tsp dried sage1 tbsp cooking oil or ghee Ghee is a dairy free butter extract with a…

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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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    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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    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…