Category Archives: Lunch & Dinner

Bean soup

Kidney beans, tomatoes, chili paste, some leftover spagetti and spinach. – And some mixed vegetables I had handy in the fridge. AND ONE TOMATO FROM MY “GARDEN”!
Nice, hot and spicy! ūüėÄ

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Bean-casserole

Simple enough – kidney- & brown beans with tomatoes, garlic, onion, sweet bell pepper, maize and Panang red curry paste, on a bed of mixed greens and basmati rice.


Oven-roasted veggies with green pea and kale mash

Most veggies get delicious when roasted in the oven. No oil is needed, and you can spice whith whatever you like.

The green peas and the kale are mashed together in a mixer, and spiced to taste with grinded horseradish and seasalt. You might need a dash of water and oil to make it a bit smoother. 


Chickpea pancakes

Todays lunch… 


So! I’ve started to cook after a recipe! But I changed it a little bit, since I didn’t have all the ingredients. I don’t have garlic powder and onion powder. I have garlic and I have onions. So I chopped some of that and added to the batter together with mushrooms. Also chopped. Why do two things when you can do one only! 

The main ingredients here are chickpea flour and nutritional yeast. I wasn’t too keen on the taste at first, because of the yeast, but soon I got used to it. Maybe thanks to the mango lime chutney. ūüėČ But I’ll make these again. Absolutely! ūüĎć

I ate two of them for lunch, the smaller ones, and got so full I was satisfied for several hours. I like that kind of food, that keeps me satisfied for a long time. Think I’ll have the left-over for breakfast tomorrow. With a banana.

The original recipe I found on Forks over Knives, the app. Or on: https://www.forksoverknives.com/recipes/chickpea-omelet/#gs.4NitHR0


Salad for lunch is a must

I really missed it yesterday – afterwards – not having salad for lunch. Though the Kitchari was really nice at the time I ate it.

So today, back to normal. Kidneybeans, quinoa, a beetroot, ¬†kale… and more…

Yummy!


Day three

We have had a lovely day today, especially from morning till a couple of hours along the afternoon. Sunny and a very blue sky. Then it slowly started to be cloudy. Unfortunately it was blowing, but that didn’t stop me from putting myself on the bike and made quite a nice tour for 2 hours. Despite the time period it wasn’t a particularly long tour, it ended on 16 kilometers, but I had walked for 1,6 and only been sitting on a bench for like 5 minutes or so. Or maybe 10. And I took quite a lot of photos.

This was the longest tour I have made this year. Not the most kilometers I’ve made in the same day, but as one single tour.
I felt stronger, and it was somehow easier to bike today, than it has been since… I don’t know when. Since too long, anyway.

No protesting muscles anywhere, and no feelings afterwards like if my legs would give up under me, and no extreme tiredness. Back, hips, ass and legs felt almost as the old me, when I biked like 30 to 40 km and just felt good about it. So even if 16 km isn’t what I would call a long tour – not according to my preferences – it’s still a victory that I have come this far now.

After lunch I got tired though, but it felt only like a normal, healthy tiredness. Can this lovely and sudden enhancement in strength and endurance be due to this diet? Probably too early to draw any assured conclusions, but I think I easily could bet on that – and win.

Usually – and mostly – I have salad for lunch. Today after my 2 hours in the woods, I didn’t feel like cutting and dicing a lot of veggies. I wanted something warm and gooey. Something comforting and easy to cook. Decided to make myself a bowl of kitchari. Simply speaking – Ayurvedic (Indian) risotto!

I cheated, often do that when I make kitchari. I cook basmati rice with the same amount of red lentils (should be mung dal), and I spiced it with yellow curry mix, instead of grounding this, and that, and that. But I added some extra turmeric and ginger. One can use any vegetable one likes to this – or none – but I added 2 small potatoes cut in pieces. Lazy cook today…

Then it just has to cook in water (of course!) until really well done, soft and gooey. And don’t forget some salt in the end.
So! Warm, comforting and simple to cook!

Then, I placed myself on the sofa for a while, and later in the afternoon I spent time on the patio reading.

As I said! A very lovely day!

And here: A Kitchari-recipe from ayurveda.com

Two days

Two days have gone with this new way of eating and I feel good!
Actually very good!

The first meals I had with this low-fat/no-animal-food, I was hungry sooner after eating then I was used to. But with more beans and starch – like rise or quinoa – I keep satisfied even longer than I used to.

Dinner to night – a warm quinoa chickpea sallad.

I warmed this in a frying pan – without oil or butter. ūüėÄ
  • Some red bell pepper – diced
  • One tomato – diced
  • Maize
  • Green peas
  • Chickpeas
  • One small clove of garlic – finely chopped
  • Quinoa – cooked yesterday
  • Some lemon juice, and lemon pepper – (take it easy on that one)
  • Some oregano and parsley
  • Had to have a pinch of seasalt as well

Just toss the ingredients around in the pan until everything is nice and warm – it doesn’t have to be actually cooked. Other then the quinoa and the chickpeas of course, and that you can do beforehand and store in the fridge or freezer until you need it.

Finally! Serve on a bed of green leaves.

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Also it feels so calm and well-balanced in my stomach, and it defininetely is okay for me now to eat oats again. I’m so glad about that, since it simplyfies my eating a lot. In bread and cakes, porridge, m√ľsli. It’s so good and it so benefits the body.
The trickiest is to get used to not use any oil or butter. But not worse than I can handle it.

I’m so glad I got the impuls to do this finally – not only think I ought to do something about my eating habits, and also glad for my decision to actually follow this through. ūüėÄ

Thanks also to the pep I get from visiting sites, and watching movies and videos on Youtube that help me learn more, and keep me going for this,

Movies that you can watch on Netflix are f.ex:
  • Forks over Knives;
  • Engine2Kitchen rescue;
  • What the Health;
  • Foodmatters;
  • Fat, Sick and nearly Dead, 1 and 2;
  • Cowspiracy
  • and more…

Vegan bolognese

Lot’s of things goes very well together. Like¬†ordinary¬†spaghetti with¬†tomato sauce. Simple enough!¬†If that doesn’t go well together – what does? And this¬†sauce is done in less then 10 minutes.

This particular sauce is made of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and tomatoes, one can or small carton of each, and spices.

I used: red chilipaste, tomato paste, garlic – fried this gently in some butter
Added the tomatoes and the chickpeas, some broth, oregano..
Then just boil, mix, and spice it enogh to your own taste.

At the end I¬†added some fresh spinach and spiced it to taste with som salt, a dash of apple cider vinegar, and lemonpeppar…
And some extra water (if needed)…

Then I enjoyed this course with gluten free spaghetti. And had a refill…

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More about Oregano and its health benefits –

after what I’ve read, it even helps the body to detox from being exposed to mold and its toxins, like if you have lived in a moldy¬†home. For specific health use there is Oregano oil, but I think¬†adding oregano in food also gives a positive health influense. It will take longer time, but doesn’t taste as sharf. In fact! It really tastes good!


Kale on the menu

Is kale the most nutritious vegetable?

At least it seems so to me. Among with other kinds of brassica-varieties. Cabbage, broccoli et cetera. Fully stuffed with vitamins and minerals, and it adds lots of good roughage to your diet.
But above all. It’s good! Tastes good, and it do you good.

I like it raw as well as cooked, but particularly as something like this.  Added to a soup, casserole, wok or hotchpotch just before serving. Still raw, just a little bit warmed up. And flavoured with spices of choice. Delicious!

Today with wholegrain rice, sweetcorn, green peas, red bell pepper. onion, garlic and chili.

 


Bean burgers & Wok

The burgers are made of big white beans which I boiled about 5 minutes extra and mashed with butter, salt and a pinch of finely grounded blackpepper. Some liquid might be needed, I used the boiling water, but be careful! The mash is as its best when firm!

This and veggies I had for dinner one day. The next day, I mixed the leftover mash with about the same amount sticky cooked rise and a tablespoon of teff flour and rice flour. Spiced the mix to taste and fried burgers in coconut oil.

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The green is what here in Sweden is called black-cabbage. Svartk√•l. It¬†must¬†be a kind of kale, dark green in color and chewier than the lighter green variety. It’s soooo good for the health!!!!!
I chopped it thinly and fried it in olive oil for a couple of minutes on fairly high temperature. Spiced it with salt, black pepper and lemon juice. It was soooo delicious!
The cherry tomatoes was also fried on high temperature for a short time. They have to be hot all the way through, of course, and starting to get nice color and getting cracks in the skin from the heat. No extra spices are needed! Unless you want to.

When in the store I got the suggestion to cook the kale with some cream and than add parmesan cheese when serving it. But I never even touch anything any longer that is made from milk! But I have this yeast-product at home for the richness of vitamin B, which can be used instead of parmesan on pasta and other courses, and the taste and texture actually reminds very much of parmesan. Tastes even better! I was never fond of parmesan.


Kidney bean casserole

Hi there!

How about a hot steaming casserole a¬†rainy, windy and pretty cold day? (Summer, uh….!?!?) Here is one of my favorites, and I promise it’s easy to cook. Actually – easier than it is for me to write the recipe… I’m lousy to measure how much of this and how much of that, and then remember afterwards what I used for ingredients. But does that really matter? Experimenting is half the joy of cooking! Isn’t it? Okay! I’ll try to help you a bit on the way. Then you have to use your own mouth. Tasting and seasoning – and eating!

Ingredients!

  • IMG_5303Kidney beans – you maybe call them red beans
  • Plum-, cherry-, or cocktail tomatoes
  • A couple of cloves of garlic
  • One onion
  • Red bell pepper – or why not some green as well!
  • Broccoli – I had some left from yesterday, otherwise I would rather have¬†had fresh spinach leaves instead.
  • Butter, red chili paste or panang paste (my favorite), tomato paste, some fresh lime or lemon juice
  • Salt or some salty spice-mix¬†to taste

 Preparations

IMG_5302You make what the french cuisine call a “Mis en place”!

That is, that you make everything ready for cooking before you cook!
You rinse, measure, chop, cut, slice et cetera, and when you need the ingredient¬†in the cooking – it’s ready to put in the pot!

For this casserole you:

  • IMG_5299chop the cloves of garlic, and the onion.
  • Cut¬†the bell pepper into thin slices.
  • Pour the kidney beans in a colander and rinse them under running¬†water
  • Cut the tomatoes in halves or¬†quarters
  • Rinse and cut the broccoli into smaller pieces – or rinse the spinach leaves

Than the cooking!

  • IMG_5306Melt butter in a frying pan, add chili paste, onion and garlic. Stir and let it fry on medium temperature for about one minute. It should only soften and get a slight golden color
  • Add the tomato paste, stir and let fry for just a short while then add the beans.
  • If you have tomato pur√©, it isn’t a bad idea to add this now, and let it all simmer a couple of minutes.
  • Add bell pepper, tomatoes and broccoli – let simmer for another minute.
  • Season it with salt and lemon juice, and at last add the spinach (if you want that). Spinach should only be warm and kind of soften¬†into the course.

And so – the eating!

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… and

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… ¬†I shouldn’t really have bought these – but… you know! The crispiness!


Chili, tomato & coconut soup

And red lentils of course…

OKAY!
So at last I seem to wake up again from my… whatever…. and started to cook a little more proper again!
And the first course I post here¬†is a RED LENTILSOUP!!!!! Am I crazy or am I crazy? Haven’t I made enough red lentil soups already????

OMG!!!!!!!! ¬†And oh gosh….
But admit they are really tasty and full-filling, and so easy to cook! I think I’ll never get tired of red lentilsoups!

You can take any amount of ingredients as you wish.
1/2 to 1 deciliter unboiled dried red lentils per servings, which you thoroughly rinse under streaming water, while you at the same time let a kettle of water heat up until boiling.

Then you gently fry some butter with chopped garlic, finely sliced onion and some red curry paste, add a squeeze of tomato paste, stir for a while until the butter takes a dark orange color from the tomato paste and the curry paste, then add the lentils and boiling water.

Let this cook until soft, and if necessary add more water.

I always use these cubes of concentrated broth for seasoning, but you can use any kind of all-spice or plain salt as you wish. I’m not too fond of herbs in my soups – well maybe sometimes depending on the soup – but if you like it! Use it!

But! Mostly I add vegetables in my soups! This time I added broccoli, chopped pieces from the stem actually, red bell pepper and small plum tomatoes. At the end I also added some fresh baby spinach and some quinoa I had cooked the day before.

And yes of course! A big dash of creamy coconut milk, and a smaller dash of fresh lemon juice. Taste the soup to be salty, spicy and tangy enough Рand then enjoy!

So a little bit more effort I did put into cooking this soup, after all. ūüėČ

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