Thursday, 31 March 2016

Salmon Green Peas Gnocchi



Simple and delicious!





If you are a lover of Gnocchi, then you should try to make your own. It tastes so much better and softer to chew than from stores. It’s really not difficult, you just have to have the right ingredients and you can always make your gnocchi in advance and keep fresh in the fridge.

For this recipes i made my own gnocchi and i added a bunch of chopped chive. The herbs are giving it so much more! So, below i will give you the recipe for the homemade Gnocchi too, in case you want to try this out.
The combination of smoked salmon with the green peas and parmesan is just a match made in heaven. This recipes does not ask a lot of ingredients and if you have some time in the weekend...please try it out and see for yourself. The recipe i got from THIS BOOK.
It’s a great book with all kinds of homemade recipes. in case you have time, then this is the perfect book for your full of italian dishes! I see on google you can find it easily second hand :)

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Tagliatelle with sundried tomatoes



Master your skills with homemade pasta, it’s so worth it!




I can not get enough of homemade pasta!! really...it’s so much better than from stores. Even restaurants mostly use dried pasta. Why? as it’s so easy to make and so much more healthier too than dried pasta. As that is the point of eating at restaurant, right? If they cook like we do, then why you are going to a restaurant?

See a previous post HERE on how to make your own pasta.

This recipe i found laying around and normally it is with pancetta. But i don’t like to eat meat that much and came up with adding sundried tomatoes. That worked really well. It also had butter to create the sauce and i replaced that with olive oil.
It has become a really creamy pasta with the full taste of Italy :)


INGREDIENTS

200 gr of tagliatelle or fettuccine
250 gr of normal mushrooms (or you can use the kind you like, sliced)
3 spring onions in rings
1 large handful of "sundried in oil” tomatoes (in small strips)
2 Tbsp of Olive Oil
3 dl of light cream or sour cream (also light)
4 big Tbsp of chopped parsley

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Double baked Soufflé with Caramelized Tomatoes




Happy Easter to You!
This was quite a challenge today to start the day with.


Some days ago i bought Delicious Magazine april edition from the Netherlands as i feel they always have good articles and recipes. This time it was no different. Immediately when i saw the cover, i knew i wanted to make this for easter. And guess what....if i did, i could win a brand new Kitchenaid stand mixer in any color of my choice. How amazing is that and so exciting!

This convinced me even more to go for that stand mixer :-)

The challenge was “Baking the Cover”. Simply perfect as that was already my plan.
Though it’s not easy to make Soufflé as i never made this before and heard so many stories from other people before which i think are a nightmare hehe. This was still something on my to do list, and this was the perfect timing.

I made it today. I started early this morning with caramelizing my cherry tomatoes with Smoked salt and some Stevia (as i do not use sugar in my recipes). It’s the only thing that i adjusted to my own health. For the rest i thought....it’s only once easter in a year :D

So go follow Delicious.nl to find the recipe and if you wish to make this yourself, then don’t doubt about the taste, as it tasted amazing!!


So this was the challenge >>





And this is my version >>



I made it more in easter colors and as you know me, i love COLORS.

Fingers crossed for the Kitchenaid stand mixer :)




Thursday, 24 March 2016

Sweet Mango Chutney



This one really surprised me!





A very fresh and tasty chutney from Goa again has nothing to do with the Übersweet thick mango you might know and that you can buy premade in jars. It’s much more fresh and i must say that i start to like Chutney since i made this one.

It’s a perfect side dish for your chicken recipes or other vegetarian dishes. Or simply spread it on your bread or toast....


INGREDIENTS

1 Mango without pit and chopped in small pieces
2 Shallots (finely chopped)
1 Tbsp of Sunflower oil
2 Tbsp Lime juice
1 Clove of Garlic
1 Tsp of Brown Mustard Seeds
1 Tsp Coriander powder
2 Green spanish peppers (chopped)
5 Tbsp of Coconut Blossom Sugar
5 Tbsp white wine Vinegar
1/2 Tsp of salt
Some chopped ginger (to own taste)
1 Tsp Soya Lecithine

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Down to Earth Quinoa salad



The perfect Lunch!!




Last week i made this salad and i posted a photo on my Instagram. Though in the meanwhile i got a very bad cold and i could not post it here earlier. So here it is.
Always tricky to make a good lunch or to find the perfect sandwich. Also for people who are going to work, this is the perfect lunch salad. It hardly has any calories, low in fat and gives a lot of power during the day + you get your vitamins.

Quinoa is a SUPERFOOD!

"Often referred to as the supergrain, quinoa (KEEN-wah) is high in fiber and high-quality protein. In fact, it contains more protein than any other grain while also packing in iron and potassium. One half cup of quinoa has 14 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber. This superfood is classified as a whole grain and is naturally gluten-free. Quinoa is a tiny grain that cooks up like rice and has a mild, nutty flavor and a light, fluffy texture similar to couscous. You can find it next to other grains in health-food stores and your supermarket."


This is not a Vegan recipe, as i think that eating fish once in a while is good for the body as well.
Tunafish is healthy, though i always look for the ones that are not captured with hurting the dolphins. Cause i don’t want to harm the environment with eating fish.
You could replace the tunafish with something else like Broccoli, cauliflower, beans or anything you like.

There are no "making of" photos of this salad, as it’s so easy to make :)

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Spicy Goa Style Chicken



A Classic spicy dish on every menu card at the beaches of Goa





Sometimes i so like to make Indian dishes.....i guess i really like it and going on a restaurant is always so expensive. Also i found out that indian food contains mostly sugar to make it even sweeter. As you know i’m not a fan of Sugar, so i think Homemade is always best, as i can add anything i want and know that is good for me, like Coconut Blossom sugar or Palm Sugar. Cooking with Coconut oil and add as much spices as i want.

This dish is made with Coconut milk and fragrant spices. Perfect with the Sweet Mango chutney from my previous post and some steamed Basmati rice.

TIP : You can make the spices some days before and preserve till you make this dish. Then you safe up some time :)
I used 2 dried red peppers with seeds, but i felt that i could have added all 4. So next time i will add the 4 peppers. I guess the coconut milk takes away the hotness in the dishes. So add enough peppers if you like it spicy.


INGREDIENTS

For the Spices

6 Black Peppers (the small balls you can find anywhere)
3 Cloves
2 tsp fennel seed
4 dried red spanish peppers (i used 2 for test)
1 tsp ground cardamom
2 tsp of ground almonds
2 sticks of cinnamon or 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp of salt
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp of ground cumin
1 tsp of ground coriander


For the chicken itself

1 Onion (chopped)
4 Tbsp of Sunflower oil or Coconut Oil (not extra virgine)
3 Cloves of Garlic (pressed)
600 gr of Chicken in cubes 
400 ml of Coconut Milk
300 Ml of cold water
1 Tsp of Tamarind paste

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Crusty Vegetarian Millet Cheese Burgers




These burgers simply can not fail!






If you were looking for the perfect "alternative meat" burgers, then these are the ones! The burgers are very crispy, tasty and stay together while baking too. I tried making homemade burgers for the 4th time and i must say that these are the best ones so far.

Definitely worth making again according to my hubby :-)

I found this recipe through a book i bought recently at “Dille & Kamille” called Veggie Burgers, Balletjes en Broodbeleg. I have a link to the book at the sidebar here on my blog too.
On page 57 i found this recipe and i was so excited to try it out. i’m glad i did.

TIP : Though in the recipe Heikki uses Panko. I did not use that and crumbled my own bread. It was a Soya bread. Then i added some chopped Rosemary in it and mixed in the food processor.

This book is very interesting as it has more good recipes inside which do not need very special ingredients.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Vegan Chocolate Mousse



This is a great natural alternative 
for the standard chocomousse you know.




We all know Chocomousse, but we also know it’s not good for us. As i’m a chocolate addict, i wanted to have my chocolate once in a while. So i came across a recipe made with Avocado, i added my own twist and i must say, it comes pretty close to the real chocomousse. 
Though it’s a bit heavier on the stomach....Avocado is very good for the skin, so don’t feel guilty when you eat this :-)

This is completely VEGAN. I discovered that Vegan is not a bad thing, it’s actually better for the body. Why have we been raised with the idea we need meat every day? We don’t!

For anyone with a milk intolerance or simply is strict about "no eggs", then this is the recipe for you.



INGREDIENTS

2 Avocados
1 ripe banana
2 tablespoons of maple syrup
2 tablespoons of Flower honey
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
4 Tablespoons of RAW Cacao Powder
1 Teaspoon of Bourbon Vanilla Powder


Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Southern Indian vegetable Curry



If you only make 1 thing this month, let it be this vegetable Curry!





This fragrant, spicy and fresh flavors dish has really the taste of India. This curry may look tricky, but it’s surprisingly easy to make and you can be sure, it will not be too spicy at all, cause with the coconut cream, it will lower down the hotness of the peppers.

Also the peppers are not cut, but are in the pot just like that. Now, if you make this dish beforehand, than it might get spicier along the way, since the peppers reveal their taste when soaked.
This contains no meat and is actually Vegan as well. I totally love one pot meals! it’s like brewing something magical.....

If you know an international food store, then you will easily find your spices. Otherwise it may be tricky to find Black mustard seeds and especially Curry leaves.
In leuven there is Exotic world and there i find all my spices. Find a store in your neighborhood if you like indian food or simply buy your herbs on Amazon. Lately there are a lot of indian night shops or mini supermarkets popping up. you might find them there too. I think it’s exciting to discover new herbs and spices. it expands my knowledge and taste.

* Did you know that chillies contain up to seven times the vitamin C level of one orange and are an excellent source of vitamins, beta-carotene, folic acid and potassium.


Sunday, 6 March 2016

Acai Berry Super Bowl



The perfect Power Booster breakfast bowl






If you thought you could start the day full of power, well you can! This bowl is full of vitamins and energy boosters. This is a combination of a smoothie with homemade Granola with some fresh fruit on top and healthy fat nuts. I really did not have hungry till evening :-)

Find my Homemade Granola HERE

You can make this in any season, of course you can change fruit according to the season you are living in now. I thought Mango and blueberries are good for March.

"Acai is an indigenous berry commonly found in the rain forests of the Amazon. This antioxidant-rich fruit has been heralded for centuries as a healing, immune-stimulating, energy-boosting fruit. Research has shown that this antioxidant-rich berry may be able to fight the health problems associated with oxidative damage, not to mention many other health benefits.
Source, 12 health benefits of Acai Berries : CLICK HERE


INGREDIENTS FOR THE SMOOTHIE


1 ripe Mango
1 Handful of frozen raspberries
1 Handful of fresh blueberries
1/2 cup of low fat yoghurt 
1 glas of almond milk (250cl)
1 Tbsp of Acai berry powder (Superfood in Bio store)
2 cubes of frozen pineapple juice


* Mix it all in the Blender and poor in a bowl, keep the rest in another jar for a max of 3 days. Add 4 tablespoons of Granola on top, decorate with fresh sliced Mango, Blueberries, mixed nuts and coconut shavings. Or anything you have laying around. Strawberries, kiwi, banana, peach, orange etc.


Another variation






Saturday, 5 March 2016

Oven-Baked Fish Dish



Full of Omega 3 Vitamins







I’m not a full Vegan, i’m not even completely vegetarian, but i do choose healthy things over the supermarket food. So once in a while i do eat fish for the good fats inside, 
and it has a lot of Omega 3 which is very important for your body.

"Extensive research indicates that omega-3 fats reduce inflammation, helping to prevent inflammatory diseases like heart disease and arthritis. In addition to warding off inflammation, omega-3’s are also essential to the brain, impacting behavior and cognitive function,
and are especially necessary during fetal development."

To make it short >> I like to keep my brain healthy :)

This is very easy to make, but do calculate some time for baking. Cause you need to pre-bake the dough and then you need to bake another 40 minutes for the whole pie.

NOTE : I will also write some dutch words in RED, for people from my country.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Healthy Nutella Choco spread



Can we even resist this? :)





I admit, sometimes i have the urge to eat chocolate. But i won’t crab something unhealthy. As i know that would be not good for me and i would get addicted to sugar again. So i was thinking of making choco paste for on my sandwich. It’s something different than jam or just butter for breakfast.
I like to switch from Granola to eating bread in the morning.

I did grow up with nasty habits.....don’t we all?
So the best thing to get rid of nasty habits is to make a healthy variation of what we like.
Nutella is very famous but has so much sugar in it. i can feel it on my teeth.....they scratch cause of the sugar inside. This chocolate paste is made with coconut oil and real chocolate who has been sweetened with Stevia.

For the first time i have been making food photos in my studio. yes it has been used for something else than Pin Ups :D
I could not move my kitchen to my studio, but will see how i can fix to get better pictures during cooking too.
Now you see the actual colors of the recipes at the end.

Continue Reading >>

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Winter Stew



“Flue protection" One Pot meal!





Although March has arrived, it’s still wintertime and many people have the flue now.
I don’t know how the weather is like with you, but in Belgium it’s still pretty cold, rainy and very uncomfortable. So i think the best thing to do is to cook some winter dishes.
I also like to cook in the kitchen when it’s so dark outside, otherwise i want to go out walking in the sun all the time :)

This week, yesterday in fact i made this winter stew and i must say that it was surprisingly good. I started with a basic recipe i found and then i added some vegetables i though would suit good. It did!
This is not spicy at all, it has a good tomato taste and very light to eat, despite of the beans in it.
It also protects you from becoming weak during the winter months as it contains a lot of vitamins due the winter vegetables. Or even if you are sick, this meal can give you some strength if you are not upto eating much.

The sweet potato gives it a nice fresh taste along with the beans. I would say, perfectly balanced.
Just try and see for yourself.


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