All posts tagged: olive oil

Quinotto

What? Spelling mistake? Quinoa what? Well, it is kind of like a risotto but with quinoa. For those of you new to quinoa it is a grain native of Central and South America, Low GI and containing a large portion of protein. Next to that I would of course not be featuring it here if it weren´t yummy as well as healthy :-). This is a really quick and easy recipe. Lunch, dinner, side dish for the BBQ or for the buffet, for the lunch box, for the picknick – very versatile as you can see. You can use any quinoa – white, red, black or a mix of them all. This recipe is for 4 people. Ingredients: 3 tbspns olive oil 1 small red onion 1 garlic clove 150 gr chickpeas 2,5 dl cooked quinoa 1 dl parmesan –  if you are lactose intolerant, use goat cheese Unless you already have, start with boling the quinoa according to the information on the  package so that you have your boiled quinoa mentioned in the list above …

Tunasalad, with kidneybeans

If you are in a hurry, or just not up for cooking a lot, you are hungry, you want something tasty, healthy and you still want to make sure you either don´t ruin that workout you just had or have just exhausted yourself in front of your agenda planning all the workouts in for the coming weeks and months – here´s a quick, easy, yummy and “making sure you get all the good fats, healthy proteins, great antioxidants, fibre, minerals, vitamins you need” meal. Great for lunch and/or dinner! Even fits great for a lunchbox, or an evening on the boardwalk with your feet dangling over the water while you watch the seagulls doing their dance. Recipe for 1 person: Ingredients: 1 stalk of celery, including the leaves 1 dl sugar snaps 0,5 yellow or red capsicum 1 can of tuna in oil/brine 1 dl red kidney beans, cooked or canned 1 boiled egg 0,5 avocado Fresh basil A few pfefferoni´s 1 tbspn balsamic vinegar 2 tbspn olive oil A pinch of sea salt A …

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 …

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 …

Spicy Pumpkin soup

OK, Halloween is long gone and I don´t know about you but I still have loads of pumpkins sitting around the house to be savoured. Here is one of my favourite pumpkin soup recipes: 4 portions Cooking and preparation time: 30 minutes Ingredients; 1 pumpkin, cut in pieces 1 chili pepper or 1 tbspn of sambal oelek 3 tbspn olive oil, rapeseed oil, coconut oil or any other favourite cooking oil of your own choice 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced 2 onions, cut in pieces 2 tspns curry powder 8 dl bouillion – I prefer vegetable bouillon, other people chicken 1 cup of creme fraiche, or if you are lactose intolerant use goat quark, soy cream or oat cream If you haven´t already, you start with cleaning and peeling the pumpkin. I find it easiest to do that with a potatoe peeler, but I am open to any other tips out there which anybody would like to share as I am anything but a “kitchen queen” :-). Get rid of the seeds and the thready …

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, …

Blueberry & Tomatoe Salsa

This might sound like a really crazy title, and so be it… It was one of the first “healthy” recipe´s I ever tried to make, so once you´ve seen how extremely easy this is you all understand how much I had never been in to cooking before I got on this journey 🙂 . That day it was one of the side dishes of the first BBQ we hosted on our roof terrace here in Haarlem. Well, that was almost 6 years ago and I still love making this one as part of more yummy salsas, salads and other small side dishes next to either a BBQ or just next to ovenbaked fish or even grilled tofu. Last year we even had this yummy salsa as part of the Christmas buffet! Ingredients are: 1,5 dl of blueberries 4 tomatoes 2 tbspns rougly chopped basil 2 tbspns olive oil All you do is rinse the bluberries and the tomatoes under the tap. Then you cut the tomatoes in halves and remove the “pits” (am not sure if …

Chimichurri

Chimi…what? That´s exactly what I was thinking the first time I heard this word. And when I saw a picture of this green sauce I thought “well, that´s just another version of pesto”. Oh, ignorance! Oh, unknowingness! Then I did taste it, and wow, I was sold! Where pesto is soft and has a hint of taste, chimichurri is vibrant, present and has freshness and attitude. Here´s one of my favorite versions: 0,75 dl of olive oil 0,75 dl balsamic vinegar 2 dl chopped, fresh parsley 1 tspn cayenne pepper 1 tspn salt Add all the ingredients to your mixer, or use a fork to mix it all up until it´s a gunk. Enjoy with grilled fish and vegetables for instance, or let me know what your new favourite combo is with the chimichurri!

Salad with melon and black beans

Last night hubbie and I made this salad, after a recipe from the BBQ editon of the Swedish tabloid Expressen from the spring of 2012. The only thing is that when I sent him off to the do the groceries there were no black beans, so he brought back kidney beans. There were also no water melons in the store, so we used a Galia melon. Plus the sugar snaps were sold out as well and we used flat green beans instead. Which basically means that what we cooked last night was not really this recipe below… So, why don´t you try either version or even create your own and let us know what you think or share your version in a guest blog!? Anyway, here is the “original” recipe, for 4 persons: 1 can of black beans 1 red onion 100 grams sugar snapes 0,5 dl olive oil the juice from 1 lime 1 tbspn liquid honey sea salt freshly ground pepper 1 liter of diced water melon 2 tbspn chopped fresh mint 2 …

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, …