Cold Killer Smoothie (V)

Cold Killer Smoothie (V)

This is something I do everytime I have a cold. I know you actually can’t kill a cold, you just need to wait it out while resting. But I always seem to get other stuff when I’ve had a cold because my immune system is out f order. THAT you can help. The immune system does a lot of its job in the stomach somehow, so yoghurt with it’s friendly bacterias and ginger will make you stomach feel great. And of course the Vitamin C from the orange and mango will also help you on the way. See, it’s good for you!

 

For one awesome smoothie you need:

  • 1 Orange
  • 1/4 Mango (frozen or fresh doesn’t matter)
  • 1 dl yoghurt of choice (or plant based substitute, still has awesome bacterias)
  • Ginger, I used a grape sized piece but if you like ginger a lot you can double.

Bonus: Add 1-2 tablespoons of oats if you want a more filling smoothie

Grate the ginger into the blender and put everything else in, blend until smooth. Drink and get well!

 

Peanut butter Banana Smoothie (V)

Peanut butter Banana Smoothie (V)

I just LOVE easy!

This is a perfect breakfast filler or a post workout smoothie (I however never seem to reach the post work out stage, since that requires work out..). It’s quite high in energy but I have a hard time not getting hungry before lunch time. No porridge in the world can keep my stomach from growling at 11. But I found out that peanut butter is a great cure for that and this smoothie is just 3 ingredients. As I said, I LOVE easy!

 

For one nice smoothie you will need:

  • 1 banana
  • 2-3 tablespoons peanut butter, depending on how much you like peanut butter
  • 1,2 dl milk or any plant based substitute

Put it all in a blender, run till smooth and serve. No muss no fuss!

 

Vegetarian Vietnamese Spring Rolls (V)

Vegetarian Vietnamese Spring Rolls (V)

I just love Vietnamese spring rolls and I usually use prawns in them. However I’ve been thinking about making them vegetarian but still keep the salty seafoody prawn taste. Mission impossible it seems. UNTIL I came across Samphire. It’s some weird kind of plant that tastes salty. Perfect!

And don’t be afraid, it’s not as hard as it looks (If you don’t want them to look perfect of course, I’m not there yet as you can see)

 

For 2 servings you will need:

  • 8 round rice papers (there are special one assigned for this purpose in big grocery stores or Asian specialty stores)
  • 100g Vermicello noodles
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Bunch of spring onion
  • 2 Big bunch of coriander
  • 1 Big handful Samphire
  • 2 Tablespoons Kikkoman soy sauce (or the Japanese style soy sauce)
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • Chili flakes

First av all put the vermicelli noodles in a saucepan, cover with boiling water, cover with a lid and set aside for about 5-10 minutes. Rinse in cold water when they are done (like spaghetti without the al dente).

While they are getting ready start chopping the stuff. Thin slices of everything (except the Samphire) , a sharp knives really helps here.

Now to the tricky part. If you haven’t done this before and my description is insufficient, I suggest you pop over to Youtube and find a video where they show and tell. Well, I use a frying pan which I add cold water to, 1-2 cm will do, and then heat it up on the stove since there might be bacterias in warm tap water. Don’t want those bad boys in the food! Don’t bring it to a boil just heat it up så you can still have your fingers in it.

Now, take a rice paper and dip it all in the water for about 10 sec. and put it on a smooth surface. I suggest the counter top or any chopping board that’s not wood. Place your veggies in the middle of the paper and fold up what will be the short ends. Fold one long side over while you push the stuff a bit in and under the fold. And roll! Then you just keep Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’..

For the dip sauce i mix the soy sauce with the rice vinegar and add the chili flakes and that’s done!

Let me know how they turned out!

Mango Frozen Yoghurt (V)

Mango Frozen Yoghurt (V)

I know it’s a bit dorky but I just love to say Fro Yo. FRO YO!

Okay, this is a super easy and super healthy and super good alternative for Ice Cream. It has no added sugar but the mango will make it sweet and delicious. I do believe you can use any fruit or berry for this, which might just make this the best

 

For 2 serving you will need:

  • 2 handfuls frozen diced mango
  • 2 dl yoghurt of choice (or plant based substitute)
  • Fruit or Berries for garnish (I used raspberries and blueberries)
  • Whipped cream (highly optional, or substitute with whipped coconut cream)

Just pour the mango and yoghurt in the blender and mix it smooth. Pour the mix in containers at put them in the freezer for about 2-3 hours. Stir every half hour (or every hour is fine if you forget, like I did). Take them out and serve with the fruit and\or berries. That’s about it! How easy?

The Best Beetroot and Halloumi Burgers (V)

The Best Beetroot and Halloumi Burgers (V)

I’m really excited about his because this is the best I’ve eaten in a long time, and it will definitely convince any meater (meat eater, see what I did there?) to go vegetarian every once in a while. I found a recipe for beetroot burgers online but it was too many exhausting steps in the recipe so I made it easier and added some ingredients to make it the best beetroot burger you will ever eat! This is served with Sweet potato fries and my special dip sauce:

 

For 4 servings you will need:

  • 4 Beetroots
  • 2 Big Carrots
  • 1 Parsnip
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 1 Big clove of Garlic
  • 2 Big handfuls of spinach
  • 1/2 dl Uncooked couscous
  • 2 Eggs
  • 150g Halloumi (at least)
  • Oil, Salt and pepper for cooking
  • Buns of choice
  • Lettuce

For the Sweet potato fries and the best dip ever you’ll need:

  • 1/dl Crème fraiche or Sour cream
  • 1/2 dl Mayonnaise
  • 1 Medium clove of Garlic
  • Chilli flakes after taste
  • 2 Sweet potatos
  • Cornstarch
  • Oil, Salt and Pepper for cooking

So, start with doing the dip because it tastes the best if it sits for a while. Mix the Crème fraiche/Sour cream with mayonnaise, finely chopped garlic and chilli flakes after taste. (If you’re short on time and a multi-tasker, do the dip in between the other stuff).

Peel and cut the sweet potato into sticks that looks like fries. Put them in a bowl of cold water and leave for about 10 minutes.

While you wait for that start grating the root vegetables. WATCH OUT with the fingers and knuckles. I’m telling you this from experience. Also, put the couscous in a sauce pan and pour over boiling water, just enough to cover it. Cover with a lid and let it sit for about 10 minutes.

Now, take the sweet potato fries, dry them of a bit with a kitchen towel, put them in a plastic bag and pour some cornstarch over and do the shake. Shake it all about! The fries should have a thin layer of cornstarch on all sides. Now get them into an oven tray, pour a moderate amount of oil over them, some pepper and pop them in the oven on 200 degrees Celsius for about 25 minutes (but keep an eye on them).

Okay, so lets get crackin’ with the burgers. Squeeze as much water out of the root veggies as you can. Sauté chopped onion, garlic and the spinach and mix it with the root veggies and the couscous. Add the eggs and stir. Or if you have a food processor, go crazy. I however don’t, so I just mixed it in a bowl. Form to (either 8 small or 4 big) burgers and start frying them on quite a low temperature, they are easy to burn. Give them at least 7-8 minutes on each side. Salt and pepper afterwards, for moisture purpose.

When the fries are getting ready, fry the Halloumi, that’s also very easy to burn (all of this burning stuff, is straight forward experience from my side). Take out the fries and give the some salt, assemble the burger and DIG IN!

Warm Beetroot Couscous Salad (V)

Warm Beetroot Couscous Salad (V)

This is actually something I did in a panic realizing I hadn’t done grocery shopping for the weekend. Happens more often than you would think. But I tend to keep some things in the fridge and cupboard that will keep for a long time for just those times. In this case it was beetroots. I had a talk with a chef once who said the pain and suffering that comes with fresh beetroots just aren’t worth it. And I agree even though I always try to use fresh products and making all the things from scratch (except for obvious stuff like butter, cheese, peanutbutter etc.). So I use the already peeled and cooked beetroots. Although, not the ones with vinegar. However this resulted in a very nice ovenroasted dish with couscous and a mustard vinaigrette.

 

For 2 servings you will need:

  • 1 pack (4 medium beetroots)
  • 1 handful sugarsnaps
  • 5-8 mushrooms
  • 4-5 mini leeks (or a half of a regular sized)
  • 0,5-1 dl uncooked couscous (depending on you hunger)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar (I used malt vinegar)
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • Oil for roasting
  • Salt and Pepper

Start with putting the beet roots that you have cut into wedges on an oven tray together with the leeks and mushrooms. Pour some oil over and add some salt and pepper. Put it in the oven on 200 degrees for about 20 minutes.

While you’re waiting for the oven stuff, make the vinaigrette. Chop the chives and mix with the Olive oil, vinegar and water. And some salt and pepper and that’s it my friends (for the vinaigrette at least).

Put the couscous in a saucepan and our boiling water over, just as much to cover it. Put a lid on and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. I used wholegrain couscous, I think that the taste is a bit more full and round, although I rarely like wholegrain pasta.

When everything is done, put it all on a plate and pour the vinaigrette over.

Swedish Midsummer Hangover Breakfast

Swedish Midsummer Hangover Breakfast

This weekend is the Swedish midsummer. It’s not actually on the longest day since midsummer eve always happens on a Friday. On midsummer eve we eat pickled herring, eggs, sour cream, chives, new potatoes and of course strawberries. Some variations may occur. And then there is of course the “snaps”. A spicy kind of strong alcohol which must be drunk while singing a short song (they are basically about drinking “snaps”, all of of them). The singing comes more often the later it gets which then leads to the greatest hangover of the year. BUT the best thing is that there is leftovers to make really awesome breakfasts from.

 

For this breakfast you will need:

  • 2 Crispbreads (IKEA has the real deal, otherwise Ryvita works but get a thick kind)
  • 1 Hard boiled egg
  •  Sour cream/Creme fraiche
  • 1 small cold boiled potato
  • Chives
  • Pickled Herring (again IKEA, or Whole Foods)
  • Pepper
  • Creme cheese
  • Graved Lax or Smoked Salmon

Cut the egg in half. Assemble the “sandwiches”. One with Sour Cream/Creme fraiche, sliced potato, pickled herring, chives and som ground black pepper. The other one with creme cheese and the salmon. Done! Although, I warn you that the pickled herring might not be for everyone but it is definitely not as bad as “Surströmming” which basically is rotten fish, and somehow is a Swedish delicacy.

Chili on a Shoestring

Chili on a Shoestring

I actually can’t take credit for this one, but I’m gonna do it anyway. My boyfriends to go lunchbox is some kind of chili that looks different from time to time. However the base of this hearty casserole is always the same. The best thing is that you can use what you have in the cupboards and use whatever you actually like. The food will keep for a good few days in the fridge and you can even pop some in the freezer to keep for when you need it the most. This makes it perfect for when being on a budget as well.

 

for 4-5 servings (even more if you serve with rice, bread or other grains)

Base:

  • 500g minced beef
  • 2 cans of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 onions
  • 1 chili of choice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 Stock cube

And heres comes the beauty of it. Pick and choose from following (as many as you like, or have in the cupboards):

  • Beans (black, kidney, pinto, butter, baked beans or any other kind you like)
  • Chickpeas
  • Potato
  • Sweet potato
  • Carrot
  • Parsnip, Turnips or any other kind of root vegetable
  • Butternut squash
  • Corn
  • Lentils

Then chose what kind of seasoning you want:

  • Thyme or Rosemary
  • Coffee (yes, that is absolutely delicious in this, a few tablespoons)
  • Malt vinegar (just make sure to take little at a time) or a splash of lemon juice

Start with frying the onions and chili in a large pot (take a bigger size than you think you need, or it will overflow, I’ve tried) until they are soft. I think you are supposed to remove the onions and then fry the mince for itself, but seriously, that is just unnecessary so just add the minced beef and give it a bit of color, add salt and pepper. Pour in the tomatoes and add whatever seasoning you chose from above including the stock cube. Let it simmer for a while, preferably 45 minutes, but if y’all aint got the time y’all be fine with everything from 10 minutes and up. If you want potatoes or turnips I suggest you add them 20 minutes before it’s all done. For sweet potato, carrots and parsnips 15 minute before. And all the rest a few minutes before serving to avoid it being over cooked.

This time we used chickpeas, potatoes, kidney bean, coffee, Malt vinegar and the base of course. I ate it with avocados which made it a protein packed post workout lunch (except for the small detail that I didn’t do any work out..)

 

Root Veggie and Cous Cous Bowl (V)

Root Veggie and Cous Cous Bowl (V)

This is one of my favorite easy lunches which is perfect for packed lunch since it’s as good cold as it is warm. I’ts vegetarian, healthy and cheap as well as super tasty!

 

For 2 servings I used:

  • 2 carrots
  • 1 small parsnip
  • 2/3 cup uncooked couscous, preferably wholegrain, same taste but better for you
  • 1/3 pomegranate (save the rest for breakfast tomorrow)
  • Tofu (optional)
  • 2-3 tablespoons pumpkinseeds, roasted if you like (or sunflower, or a mix!)
  • salt and pepper
  • oil ,any vegetable oil suitable for heating will do

Start with peeling the veggies (if they look nice i usually just rinse them, because seriously who has the time to peel everything) and cut them in to batons. Put them om an oven tray, sprinkle some oil and salt and pepper and roast for about 20 minutes at 200 degrees celsius. In the meantime hit the seeds (yes literally) out of the pomegranate and be sure to not wear anything else but black because the stains won’t come out. I know. I have already tried it for you. Put the cous cous in a saucepan and pour enough boiling water to just cover them and cover with a lid (or plate if you can’t find a fitting lid). If you want tofu to go with to add some more protein now would be the time to prepare it, I fried it golden in a frying pan. Personally I like the dish better without the tofu, but it makes it mor sturdy.

Mix it all together in a bowl and eat!

Onion Bhajis for Breakfast (V)

Onion Bhajis for Breakfast (V)

Okay, I admit, this might not be the healthiest thing out there for breakfast. But if it is the weekend I strongly believe you can eat whatever you want for breakfast. Besides onions are loaded with healthy stuff and you can add whatever sides you like. I found a recipe online and amended it to match what was in the cupboards.

 

For me and my boyfriend (this could easily serve 3-4 normal people) I used:

  • 2 quite big yellow onions
  • 3 tablespoons flour (any flour will do; buckwheat, rice, wheat..)
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander (if you think coriander tastes like soap substitute it with parsley or just skip it)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika (I had a super spicy kind so I used a bit less)
  • Salt and pepper after taste
  • water
  • oil for frying

Bonus: If you like cumin, add it. I however don’t.

Slice the onions thinly (circles or half circles; your choice). In a bowl mix the flour and spices and add water a tablespoon at a time until it becomes a paste (think yoghurt). The amount of water will vary between different flours. Mix the onions in the batter and make sure all the onion pieces gets all gooey.

I hate deep frying. It’s dangerous and I don’t trust myself enough to do that on a gas stove so I compromise. I fill the bottom of a frying pan up with a few millimeters with oil and heat it up. To test if it is hot enough you can drop a small onion piece in and see if it starts bubble and make noises. Take a spoon of onions and put in pan and let it fry golden before you turn them over. If the pan gets dry, ad more oil. When they are all done and nice let them rest for a while on paper towel to lose the excessive oil.

Serve!

Tips for serving: Avocado, lightly fried pack choi (as pictured), eggs in any variety, salad…