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Tuna apple nutty salad

23 Nov

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Healthy fat overdose. Check
Apple a day. Check
Crunch factor. Check
Juiciness. Check.

If there was a “most all rounded” salad competition, i think this one would win.
The, what may seem to be like a strange mixture of ingredients, really complement each other to make this salad be exactly what you need when you’re indecisive and in need of something that is also….everything.

Its a great quick recipe to prepare, especially since tuna is available nearly in everyone’s cupboards, for that urgent meal you must prepare but also enjoy.

I usually link tuna to thise boring meals, a normal tuna salad sandwhich with corn, or simple tuna with some toast and eggs. And while these are good healthy choices to introduce in your family, the trick with leading a healthy lifestyle is consistency, and consistency will not magically remain if you’re eating un-exciting meals. Food is naturally a factor contributing to kur enjoyment and something people find interesting, therefore, make it just that…INTERESTING!

Ingredients:
Sweet onions
100gr tuna
1/2 avocado
Shredded cabbage
Chopped lettuce
1 cucumber
Parsley
Chopped red apple
Lemon juice
Lemon zest
Chopped lemon pieces (if you want that extra tinge)
Cashew nuts
Olive oil

You know what i’m going to say next. A simple recipe calls for simple instructions:

MIX EVERYTHING TOGETHER. And wa-la! 🙂

Grape-y nutty salad with crumbled anari cheese

10 Oct

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Ah fruits and cheese are just the perfect combination, being a huge fan of wine, i absolutely adore enjoying the sweetness of fruit complemented with cheeses, the only problem – its absolutely addictive and you can just never get yourself to stop the never-ending combinations!

So what did I do? I decided to focus on one combination, to keep your taste buds sane and not confised, that way you dont keep changing flavours in your mouth and go in a jumble trying to figure out which is your favourite. Turning a cheese and grape platter into a salad also causes you to feel full and turns it into more of a meal feeling rather than what you think is a ‘snack’ which without realizing turns into a huge overconsumption of cheese-crackers and fruit.

Here’s how you can enjoy a cheese-platter salad:

Lettuce
Rocula lettuce
Crumbled anar cheese
Chopped grapes
Pine nuts

On the side: I toasted a small piece of rye bread and crumbled it on top as crouton-y crunch!

Blue cheese and broccoli penne

8 Oct

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Blue cheese dressings are a very common high-calorie salad dressing, the highly popular ranch dip has that tangy taste of the blue cheese which makes it different and unique than all other cheeses.

Now, a lot of people find the fact that i love blue-cheese but it truly is a very versatile and luxurious flavour and although it might not be the perfect “diet” food, its one of the easiest cheeses to include in your pasta dishes with only a small proportion making a huge difference, and so this is the perfect and super easy sauce complementing a simple boiled pasta and broccoli bowl, which can transform into a five-star restaurant dish.

Ingredients:
1 cup penne boiled
1 cup broccoli
1 tbsp crumbled blue cheese
3 tbsp greek-yogurt (lf)
Black pepper
Himalayan salt
Mint leaves

Boil pasta and broccoli. Once ready add the mixture of blue cheese, herbs and yogurt (a little water might be needed to smoothen) mix and garnish with some mint leaves.

Anari cheese and soya salad

27 Sep

As much as I absolutely ADORE huge salad bowls, sometimes its nice to just keep it small, simple but dense.

I feel like sometimes having a smaller varety of veggies in a meal makes your digestion more comfortable and allows you to really appreciate what you’re eating rather than just a jumble of flavours and textures.

The nice thing about smaller plates is the denser flavours, each ‘bitefull’ may have an explosion of the flavour you wanted to put through and that makes one satisfied more quickly.

So here’s the recipe for this 2 minuet anari salad:

Ingredients:
1/2 cup roquet leaves
60gr unsalted anari cheese
1 tablespoon low-sodium soya sauce
Chopped tomato

Mix your leaves with the soya sauce to give it a softer texture and break up the anari on top, add the tomatoes and You can even drizzle with some olive oil.

I enjoyed it with a piece of toasted rye bread which was just the perfect balance between my protein, fats and carbohydrates for a meal!

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Lentils and wild rice

19 Sep

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Yes yes it does look a mess but this chewy bowl is exactly what satisfies you as the winter season is making an appearance, going down very lightly and not making you feel heavy at all unlike usual big processed and oily rice bowls…

Lentils are a great source of protein, they’re easy and cheap to make and the awesome thing is you can include them in different kinds of dishes to satisfy your own favourite flavour.

Ingredients:
Wild rice
Lentils
Mushrooms
Onions
Olive oil

Boil the lentils in a separate pan, and fry the chopped onions and mushrooms in a seperate pan and add to the lentils. Add more boiled water and wild rice to the lentils and leave to boil until rice is cooked.

Enjoy with some strained greek yogurt and chopped tomatoes.

Carrot-cake it away

17 Sep

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Porridge is becoming surprisingly increasing in popularity as a breakfast option, its a very easy and quick breakfast which warms you up during that cold morning chill and i think thats why people love it, even if they’re not really thinking about their health.

Whenever I find people who do eat porridge – being me – i get over excited and start asking the for their creative ideas and recipes; being completely horrified every time at the amount of people who eat their porridge completely plain. Not enough people have been introduced to the endless world of porridge, out of all the ‘crazy’ ideas and strange looks i received, these were the most exciting oats idea which got all my friends eager for their next breakfast.

Ingredients:
40gr oats
Water
Grated carrot
Chopped pear/apple
Walnuts
cardamon, nutmeg, cinnamon
Raisins
Strained greek yogurt

Start off by cooking your oats with water, when theyre halfway ready (after around 2-4 minuets) add in the grated carrots and herbs and mix.

When ready, top off with the fresh fruit, raisins, chopped walnuts and some cold yogurt to act as your “frosting”

You have that sweet and full of spice oats contrasting the cold yogurt in every bite, if you really have that sweet tooth drizzle some extra honey 😉

Summer holidays and a big bowl of rice

13 Sep

A new post was long overdue and after the summer holidays are officially over, i think its time to go back on track and share my – what i hope to be – inspirational and creative ways to healthify your kitchen.

My aim is to show that eating healthy really doesn’t have to be boring and is definitely easy and super simple. With a busy timetable like my own, school and mountains of studying everyday i need the most efficient and fast foods that still fill me up with the energy i need to get on with all my activities.

So, i will celebrate the re-appearance of my blog with this huge rice and veggie bowl.

The taste of brown rice makes it very tempting to eat with the least amount of other ingredients, and sometimes its easier for your stomach to digest without an extra load of chicken or meat. A mountainfull of your favourate veggies is all you need to mix with your rice, as well as my favourate secret to cooking anything….spices and herbs –> dill!!! Mix it all together after boiling and enjoy in a big bowl.

Yes a big bowl of rice is listed under a healthy meal, just make sure you always choose the whole wheat and pair it up with those nutritious vegetables that can only do you good. This is a perfect meal to have especially before a long workout or run, to fuel your body with a long source of energy.

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Summer tuna salad

19 Jul

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Tuna salads are usually very traditional, mixed with lots of parsley, onions and a whole lot of mayonnaise and if you know whats good for you, this really doesn’t fit into that category. Apart from the mayonnaise which adds a lot of extra fat and unneeded calories to your salad, you may eventually get bored of having the same boring ingredients, so always try something new and more colourful!
I made this salad the night before we were going on vacation, our fridge was empty and there was nothing fresh in the house, i needed a quick and cheap fix which i can easily mix up after a quick trip to the grocery store, only a few ingredients chopped up and mixed in a bowl and there you have it!

Ingredients:
Yellow Pepper
Baby spinach
Balsamic vinegar
Carrot
Cucumber
100 gr tuna in water
Cayenne pepper

Healthy -no oil – finger licking french “fries” and homemade ketchup

23 Jun

Yes they are finger licking yes they are healthy and yes both words can exist in the same sentence!

These were so simple, why do people even bother with going through the whole process of deep frying everything when a simple “pop it in the oven” works just fine.

Ingredients:
Potatoes
Oregano
Himalayan salt
2 teaspoons olive oil

Cut the potatoes into 1cm thick strips and rinse very well.

Drizzle with the oil salt and oregano in addition to any extra herbs you would like.

Place on sandpaper in a pan and leave in the oven for 20 minuets until crispy.

Enjoy with some homemade ketchup

HEALTHY HOMEMADE KETCHUP:

2 tomatoes
2 dates

Peel the tomatoes and blend with the date, add a hint of water if needed for a better consistency. The perfect thing about this ketchup is that you know exactly what has gone into it, no unnecessary sugar or preservatives and a better fresher taste, you end up getting the best of both worlds!

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Crunchy Vegetable crisps – the healthy way

13 Jun

Snacking on a bag of crunchy and crispy potato chips is probably the loophole to many people’s healthy journeys. Its also one of the most unnecessarily fatty food with so much oil that it literally makes those potatoes seem like a completely different ingredient, and thats not to mention the tonne of extra flavouring colours sugar and salt that have been added to purposefully lure our taste buds to take “just one more crisp” until we reach the end of the bag.

Its time to say no to crisps. To put things in our bodies that we will enjoy JUST AS MUCH except for that horrible bloated and greasy feeling after.

Crispy. Check. Full of flavour. Check. Good for your body. Check. I introduce to you my zuchinni and egg plant VEGGIE CRISPS! And yes they were a 5 minuet spontaneous recipe which was very sucessful, youll probably have the ingredients at home to make it RIGHT NOW!

Ingredients:
1 large zuchinni
1 large egg plant
2 teaspoons olive oil
Himalayan salt

Chop the egg plants in thin strips and zucchini in circles. (Get creative with chopping, cut in the way which you will possibly enjoy more just make sure they are the same thickness/size) – make each piece around 1-2mm thick

Drizzle 2 teaspoons olive oil and a pinch of himalayan salt and spread on a baking sheet. Keep in oven for 35 minuets on high heat. Keep checking and flip the vegetables half way.

RECIPE IDEA:
You can sinply munch on these little peices of heaven or get a little more creative by drizzling some “dressing” to boost that flavour.

Ingredients:
Crispy veggies
Cooked spinach (1/2 cup)
1/2 chopped tomato
1 tablespoon tahini
1/2 lemon (juice)

Place the cooked spinach on the base of your plate followed by the vegetables and tomato, drizzle with the tahini and lemon. Add a pinch of himalayan salt and enjoy this mini “salad”

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