All posts tagged: vegan

More Bliss Balls….

I know the word “bliss balls” is most likely worn out or “outdated” already, but I just lovelovelove it as I feel it so serves it´s purpose. The original recipe is not mine, even though it is scribbled down on a piece of paper on my kitchen table right now. I must have gotten it off Instagram or somewhere else in cyberspace originally and true to my cooking hero Stephanie Mazier from Appetite Voyage´s teachings I tweaked whatever the original was a bit to fit the taste and texture of what tasted and felt good today. Which is something I would not have dared to do some years ago 🙂 – but thank´s largely to all the cooking and nutritional events, workshops and course Stephi and I have given together I have ventured out of my comfort zone in many places. I would like to dedicate this particular recipe to Swami Ma Tripurashakti Bharati, whom I love hanging out in the kitchen with – where she with just as much humour and complete fearlessness as …

Blissing out on figs

I know Instagram is flooded with pictures and recipes for “bliss balls”, but I just loooooovelovelove the word and have to admit that I have gotten pretty hooked on these truly blissfull, healthy, yummy and just wonderful little circular bullets of pure joy. Bliss balls , simply! So, here is a recipe so easy it is impossible to fail, so quick there is no way you can run to the store and get a Snickers even if the store is 10 meters away in the amount of time it takes to make these, so yummy you might consider to quit chocolate (I said “might” OK 😉 ) and so healthy you will be doing yourself nothing but good. Ready? Ingredients; 200 gr dried figs 2 tbspns coconut oil 1 dl rolled oats 2 tbspns honey Nuts Mix it all together using whatever mixer you have in house. I used a hand held mixer/blender and found it worked better if I chopped the figs in smaller pieces before starting to mix. Roll in to the shape …

Jonas´post -squat smoothie

Pretty much on a daily basis I make smoothies from whatever I have at home, taking care to use enough proteins and heart healthy fats in the form of nuts, seeds, flaxseed oil, avocado as well as healthy carbohydrates in the form of berries, fruit and for the green smoothies also veggies. To most of them I also add some “superfood powders” like chlorella, spirulina, acai, maca, rosehip and/ or some cacao nibs. Plus some protein powder sourced from either rice, soy, pea or hemp. And to be honest most of my mixes look and taste like crap. But like with everything in life, if you don´t practice and keep trying things out you´ll never get there or even anywhere . So, to my surprise, there was one which was actually good a few days ago! There is nothing in the whole world that can make me miss my weekly Trojan Workout sessions I follow at Trainingscentrum Helena in Haarlem, and I knew I had a crazy busy day ahead of me where I first …

Pumpkin Soup with ginger and leek

Yes it is January, and yes, Halloween is very far away. But, we still have pumpking lying around in the veggiebowl and it´s still good. So if you are in the same situation as us, don´t let it sit around much longer – try this easy, yummy, slightly spicy and of course very healthy soup! The reciepe is for 2 people. Ingredients 1 small pumpkin 2 cloves of fresh garlic, finely chopped a piece of fresh ginger, about thumbsize soy or oat milk or cream vegetable bouillon salt ´n pepper honey 1 thin leek, sliced in tiny little rings Here we go; Clean the pumpkin, slice it in half and remove the seeds. Cut the pumpkin in slices, peeling it as well if you´d like (it´s not necessary if you have given it a good scrub). Then you take the slices and cut these into small pieces. Peel and grate the ginger. Put the pumpkin, the ginger, the finely chopped garlic, bouillon and a pinch of salt in the pan. Add the soy or oat …

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 …

Grilled and marinated veggies

Here´s another one of my favorite side dishes. While great for on the BBQ, you can also use your indoor grill if you have one or the oven grill. This recipe does have a few extra steps, which makes it easier to use the BBQ or the indoor grill but with patience of course the oven grill is fine too! For the vegans and vegetarians among us, just leave the sardines out. You can make plenty of this dish and keep it in the fridge to serve with any type of protein you are cooking for lunch, dinner or bring it on that picnic, boat ride, cross country skiing outing, ballon ride, day on the beach, hike up to the top of the mountain, you name it…. This recipe is for 4 portions. Ingredients: 1 aubergine 1 squash 1 red capsicum 1 yellow capsicum 2 red onions 1 dl calamata olives 2 tbsnps capers 1 tin of sardines Ingredients for the dressing: 2 tbspns fresh basil, chopped 1 tbspn fresh thyme, chopped 0,5 dl balsamic …

Mango salsa, yes!

I know it is in the middle of autumn, but somewhere on the globe the season is different and I just love this little “salsa”/side dish/salad too much not to share it with you guys right now. Plus for us here in the colder hemishpere at the moment, this yummy gem will provide us with enough immune boosting anti oxidants, vitamins and capsaicin to keep all those winter colds and coughs at bay. Not to mention all the additional benefits of the fresh herbs too , aiding digestion and more. Ingredients: 1 mango 1 mild chili pepper (if you´d like it hot, of course you get a hot chili pepper 🙂 ) 1 red capsicum 2 spring onions 3 tbspns chopped fresh mint 3 tbspns chopped fresh coriander 1 lime Slice the mango in small cubes and put it in a bowl. Rinse and chop the chili pepper, getting rid of all the seeds. Do the same with the capsicum. Clean and chop the spring onions. If you haven´t already, roughly chop the mint and …

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 …