• 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…

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    Chocolate & Dried Apricot Cake

    HELLO THERE! IT HAS BEEN A TOUGH & BUSY WEEK. Since I’m somewhat of an emotional eater (who can resist a sweet bar of chocolate in times of stress? ), I was definitely craving a big old creamy, fudgy chocolate cake to stuff my face in by the time it was weekend. Just as I was about to buy a (definitely unhealthy) cake at the supermarket (what a no-no!), a great friend of mine agreed to meet up for a bake session and save me from myself. EATING THIS CAKE REALLY HIT THE SPOT. It’s a very rich cake, filled with almond flour, real apricots, cinnamon & cocoa powder. You…

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    4 Easy, Tasty Dinner Recipes I Found This Week // FELLOW FOODIES ON THE INTERNET

    With my recent discovery of Pinterest, and my obvious love of good food, I stumble upon GREAT recipes every time I hit the web (or public library for that matter – cook books are awwwsome). Every week, I share my finds with you here! This week, we´ve got 4 amazing dinner recipes on the menu. 1. EASY SHRIMP & BROCCOLI STIR-FRY Quick, easy and very satisfying! I had it with noodles, but you can also serve it alongside brown rice. Link to recipe here. NOTE: for the sauce, I only used 3 tablespoons of soy sauce and 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce, and skipped on the rice vinegar and added sugar.…

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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…

  • Kelis’ Milkshake with Banana & Cinnamon

    Still clueless about what singer Kelis was referring to when singing about her milkshake bringing boys to the yard, I can assure you that this milkshake is better than hers. Use regular milk or a plant-based alternative as you see fit. Healthy milkshakes are a perfect cure for those nights when you fly in from work feeling tired and hungry. To not succumb to cravings, have a milkshake, then when the immediate hunger is silenced, get yourself together and enjoy cooking a proper meal. Print Recipe Kelis' Milkshake with Banana & Cinnamon Course Drinks Prep Time 2 minutes Servings Ingredients 500 ml organic cow milk or (homemade) almond milk to…

  • 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…

  • Mushroom & Green Pea Risotto with Bacon

    Vegetables meet bacon. Bacon meet vegetables. Let’s also add Parmezan. These are ingredients that you can always find in the supermarket. They make a delightful, rich dish. Print Recipe Mushroom & Green Pea Risotto with Bacon Prep Time 30 minutes Servings Ingredients 300 g risotto rice900 ml vegetable broth2 pieces white onion150 g frozen green peas100 g Parmezan cheese grated100 g bacon diced3 tbsp cooking oil or ghee Prep Time 30 minutes Servings Ingredients 300 g risotto rice900 ml vegetable broth2 pieces white onion150 g frozen green peas100 g Parmezan cheese grated100 g bacon diced3 tbsp cooking oil or ghee Instructions HEAT UP THE OIL OR GHEE in a pan…

  • Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

    FIRST OF ALL, I feel like my picture does not give these tasty pancakes enough credit – they are tastier than they look! THE BANANA OATMEAL PANCAKE RECIPE is my first ‘non-traditional’ pancake recipe (I found it here and altered it a little bit), making these pancakes gluten free and dairy free. No sugar is added in the recipe, meaning that all the sugars in the pancakes are natural sugars. For baking the pancakes, I used coconut oil. The ‘healthy’ Banana Oatmeal pancakes were Practically unrecognisable from ‘regular’ pancakes that we’ve all grown to love Great in texture Extremely easy to make Delicious! Banana Oatmeal Pancakes Makes 10 medium-sized pancakes.…