All posts tagged: lemon

Salmon, on a bed of asparagus

It does not get a lot easier than this! Make a small portion for an entrée, or a larger portion for a main course. Filled to the brim with heart healthy Omega 3 fats, stacked with fibres, B vitamins, anti oxidants,quick, easy to make and yummy to taste all all words suited for this dish. Let´s get on with it! Ingredients for 4 people (entrée size); 600 gr of smoked or gravad salmon, in thin slices 300 gr fresh, green asparagus 75 gr parmesan cheese – if you are lactose intolerant , leave the parmesan out and substitute with roasted pine nuts fresh dill coarse black pepper lemon Allow the asparagus to boil in lightly salted water for about 3-4 minutes. Drape the salmon over the asparagus, squeeze a few drops of fresh lemon juice atop, add some freshly grated parmesan or roasted pine nuts, dress with the dill and black pepper. Enjoy! Advertisements

Green beans marinated in tahini

This recipe is surprisingly yummy I must say. When I first came across it I thought ;” how can something so easy to cook really be good? “ Well, less than 10 minutes later I had to laugh out loud at myself as it was yummylicious! Hubby and I had this side dish with grilled tuna the first time, and today I had it with marinated spicy tofu from the supermarket. You can have it with any of your favorite protein , and it is a great dish for on buffets as well as it is just as yummy cold as slightly warm. Aside from being totally delish, green beans are filled with fibre, folate, Vitamin K as well as carotenoids – giving us endurance, loads of anti oxidants and a well working intestinal flora, and who doesn´t want to feel great, have luminous skin and enough number 2´s daily!?! Tahini, next to the olive oil in this recipe, supplies us with heart healthy fats and is filling as well. Add the garlic to that …

Quinoa, fennel and apple salad

With the winter weather sweeping us in asking for some coziness, this yummy, fast, easy and nutritious side dish really makes me feel nourished from head to toe. I hope you will enjoy it too! Ingredients, serving 4: 250 – 275 gr quinoa 2 fennel bulbs 2 apples, fresh or sweet in taste 100 gr dried cranberries 2 tbspns virgin olive oil 125 ml sour cream 1 lemon First cook the quinoa, drain it and let it cool off for about 10 minutes. If you have already cooked quinoa as left overs since another meal, this is the perfect time to use it. Cut the fennel bulbs in half and then slice then in really thin strips. Put some water in a pan, bring it to the boil and allow the fennel boil along for 2 minutes. Drain in a sif and rinse them under cold water to cool off. If you like your salad lukewarm you can skip this part. Slice the appel in quarters and remove the seeds. Then cut the rest of …

Stir fried pear and aubergine – a great side dish

This is something I never would have thought about trying to mix myself, so when I saw this recipe in one of the monthly AH Allerhande magazines I was intrigued and had to try it. Yummy it was, so hereby I of course have to share it with you all! And yes, it also had to meet the criteria of healthy for me to share it – so , don´t worry, get cooking! The recipe is originally for 4 persons as a side dish. Ingredients: 2 tbspns sesame seeds 1 aubergine 4 tbspns olive oil 0,5 tspn cinnamon 1 tspn cuminseed, pulverized 2 conference pears 1 lemon, brushed clean 1) start with roasting the seasame seeds in a dry frying pan on medium heat. Let them sit to cool off on a plate. 2)Cut the aubergine in approximately 1 cm small cubes. Heat the oil in a wok and stir fry the aubergine together with the cinnamon and the cumin seeds for about 6 minutes. 3) Cut the pears in quarters, remove the seeds and …

Tzatziki

This tzatziki with fresh mint and lemon is just heavenly! I got the original recipe from a friend who served it at a bbq last summer. Yesterday – in the middle of winter – I enjoyed it next to the tomatoe and olive salsa and the yummy,fun and healthy main course Stephanie had prepared as a test for our next cooking workshop. And it was heaven! Which means, it is time to share it with all of you! 4 portions Ingredients: half a cucumber salt 3 dl greek yoghurt – if you are lactose intolerant,you can use goat yoghurt or quark 1 garlic clove, crushed 2 tbspns fresh mint, chopped 1 tspn lemon zest 1 tbspn olive oil freshly ground pepper Start with grating the cucumber roughly. Put the grated cucumber in a sif and sprinkle some salt over it. Allow it to sit for about 20 minutes. Once the 20 or so minutes have passed, squeeze all the liquid you can out of the cucumber. Stir the cucumber together with the yoghurt, garlic, mint, …

Tomatoe and olive salsa

It seems to be the week or months of little nice side dishes all of a sudden , eh 🙂 !? Yesterday I tried this one next to one of the courses Stephanie and I were testing for our next cooking workshop and next to being fast and easy to make, it was extremely tasty and of course veeeeeeeeeeeeery healthy. 4 portions Ingredients: 12 cherry tomatoes or 3 large tomatoes half a cucumber 2 spring onions 1 crushed garlic clove 1 dl chopped, fresh basil 1 dl chooped black olives 2 tbsnpns freshly squeezed lemon juice salt & pepper The original recipe said to slice the tomatoes in small cubes and remove the pits but I left the pits in, which gave it more of a “salsa-feel”. Plus I also feel it tastes more like tomatoes as well with the pits in. Anyway, do slice your tomatoes in little cubes :-)… Do the same with the cucumber (also here it said to scrape out the seeds of the cucumber but I left them in). Chop …

Yellow paprika chicken (or fish, or tofu) burger

Yet another recipe picked up on the go from one of the Swedish magazines I always pick up when I visit my home country. If you don´t eat meat , you can substitute the chicken for grilled salmon or marinated tofu. Did I mention that it takes less than 15 minutes to cook? For 2 people you need the following ingredients: 2 x chicken filets (or tofu , or salmon, or other fish filets) 2 paprikas (don´t have to be yellow… 🙂 ) A few handfuls of fresh baby spinach leaves One large tomato, sliced Jalapeno´s – you decide how many Lemon balm For the tahini dressing / sauce; 75 gr tahini 1,5 cloves of crushed garlic zest and juice from 1 lemon 0,5 dl water seasalt & freshly grinded black pepper Mix all the ingredients for the sauce together in your foodprocessor or mixer – if you don´t have one, you can also use a fork and mash it all together. Put it in the fridge to stay cool while you cook the rest. Spice your chicken, …

Really nice cabbagy side salad

Every week we pick up a veggie bag at the farmers school here in Haarlem, and it is always a surprise what we find in it. One day, this guy which we’ve never cooked with before showed up in the bag – Mr. Spitskool like he’s called in Dutch. In English, Chinese cabbage. I seriously had no clue what to make, and none of the recipes we got along with the veggie bag spoke to me so I thought “let put this on the shelf for some time and see”. I have a habit of ripping out any healthy and yummy looking recipe I can find in all the magazines I buy when I am in Sweden, or when we drive through Germany and put them all on a pile to be tested one per day – along with loads and loads of printouts from the internet which are growing in number by the day. And yesterday there it was! A side salad with Spitskool / Chinese cabbage. Of course we did not have all …

Coffee scrub galore

Some years ago a friend of mine shared this tip for a homemade body scrub, which I have been using ever since. While scrubbing this morning it hit me that this should really be shared with the rest of you as well! It is easy to make, works wonders for your skin leaving it smooth, soft and shining and it costs zilch! There are no set amounts of the ingredients, just play around till you find the consistency that works best for you. Just take the coffee grounds left over from your morning coffee, add some freshly squeezed lemon juice and liquid honey. Stir, and go scrub! Your shower may look a bit messy afterwards, but it’s well worth it :-)! Now, go shine!