• 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…

  • Apple & Cinnamon Pastry #appelflap

    AN “APPELFLAP” IS A TRADITIONAL DUTCH DESSERT PASTRY stuffed with apple, raisins, cinnamon and sugar, and covered with sugar granules. Lots of people have it for breakfast. In this recipe, I ditch the sugar and raisins and realise that homemade apple flaps are easy and delicious – while obviously being healthier than the supermarket version. Print Recipe Homemade Dutch 'Appelflap' Course Dessert Cuisine Dutch Prep Time 30 minutes Servings pieces Ingredients 2 apples, diced use Elstar or other sweet-sour type4 squares of about 15x15cm pastry dough store-bought, I find it in the freezer section, or homemade2 teaspoons cinnamon powder Course Dessert Cuisine Dutch Prep Time 30 minutes Servings pieces Ingredients…

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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…

  • 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 with my lovely, wonderful, creative mom who is simply the bestest mom there is. Asperagus 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 asperagus 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…

  • The healthier pizza: ‘Flammkuchen’

    Pizza, make room. German Flammkuchen coming through. Well, German-French, from the region of Alsace. Flammkuchen is a dish that resembles a pizza, tastes amazing but packs way fewer calories, and much less dairy. It is dough topped with sour cream or yoghurt, onion and bacon, and sometimes a variety of other toppings, such as corn, spinach or peppers. Still, even in its simplest form it tastes equally good. The name comes from the way it’s made: in a fireplace. Flammkuchen literally means ‘flame cake’. Luckily, it can also be made in an oven! Here’s how to make your own: Flammkuchen Recipe Ingredients for 2. Prep time: 30 minutes. Pastry: store bought puff pastry, or make your own…

  • Panzanella

    STALE BREAD SHOULD NEVER GO TO WASTE AGAIN! Panzanella is a Tuscan summer specialty based on bread and tomatoes – and it’s absolutely delicious! It’s a very healthy meal, full of fresh ingredients, low in calories and rich in nutrients. Just the process of making it will make you feel like an Italian God/ess, as the aromas and colors fill the plate. I’ve found inspiration for this recipe in the River Cottage VEG Cookbook by a man with a very complicated last name, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Print Recipe Panzanella with Tomatoes, Olives & Basil Course Main Dish Prep Time 20 minutes Passive Time 20 minutes (skip this if in a hurry)…

  • Red Curry with Mango & Sweet Potato

    Usually people who eat meat think that vegetarian dishes are just regular dishes but then with something missing. I definitely think this is not one of those dishes, since it is equisite and full of flavor. So if you are trying to cut back on meat without wanting to cause yourself too much veggie horror, try this curry! Whether you are making this for yourself, a bunch of friends or to impress a date, it shall be your dinner winner not only because it is rich in flavors, but also because it literally provides the feel good vitamin D (the same vitamin your skin makes when you are in the…

  • Almonds in Mallorca // Travel Report

    Want to make your own almond milk? Awesome – Click here! Read on for more information on almond milk, and a Youtube tutorial on making it! Almonds are nutrient-dense nuts that have many spectacular scientifically-proven health benefits! You might be surprised to learn that almonds are even good for those who are trying to keep at a steady weight. If you are trying to lose weight, adding almonds to your diet can help you get there quicker by keeping you feeling satiated for longer. Almonds also help lower high cholesterol (wauw!) and regular consumption is associated with a lower risk of chronic heart disease. Moreover, they keep blood sugar levels…

  • Where to shop for healthy ingredients in The Netherlands?

    Two days ago I received an e-mail from a reader (yey!) about which ingredients in regular supermarkets fall into the category of truly healthy. Although I buy my groceries in The Netherlands all the time, it is a bit of a challenge to summarise it all in one post. But, there’s no end without a beginning, so here I try to start this new era of posts about how to buy healthy ingredients. For starters, here are a few guidelines on how to know how to make healthier choices in the Dutch supermarkets: 1. Consider finding a regular provider of organic vegetables. If you live in the west of The…