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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.


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!


Red Lentil Soup with Chili, Fennel and sweet Cherry Tomatoes

I think this is my overall favorite course. A spicy delicious lentil soup!

Quick and easy to make, tastes really good, makes you satisfied for quite a long time and you can use any kind of vegetables you like – and have at home.

Red lentils are perfect to have handy all the time for a good and nutritious meal. This time I made the soup with fresh fennel and sweet cherry tomatoes.

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Here is how it’s done!

  • 3/4 to 1 dl red lentils
  • Red chili paste, 1/2 teaspoon (1 if you want it more hot)
  • some thinly sliced fresh fennel
  • 4-5 ripe cherry tomatoes
  • bouillon
  • Some coconut milk
  • Lemon- or lime juice

Fry slightly the chili paste in some butter
Rinse the lentils and add them
Add boiling water
Add the sliced fennel

Cook until the lentils are really soft – 12-15 minutes. Taste the soup! If not soft enough, let it boil a couple of minutes more.

Add the coconut milk
Add the tomatoes cut in halves
Add lime or lemon juice 

Enjoy! ūüėÄ


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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Hot Aubergine and Tomato delight

aubergine-tomato

This¬†is how it’s done!

  • 1/3 – 1/2 aubergine – thinly¬†sliced
  • 1 big¬†tomato –¬†cut in small dices
  • 1/2 medium sized¬†red sweet¬†pepper –¬†diced
  • 1 – 2 cloves of garlic¬†–¬†finely chopped
  • parsley
  • some butter – not too little
  • ca 1 teaspoon red¬†curry paste – or more if you want it really hot
  • salt
  • lemon- or lime juice

Use a frying pan that has a lid, melt the butter and let the curry paste and the garlic gently fry for a while.

Add the aubergine and turn it around in the spiced butter as good as it gets.

Fry on low temperature for a while until the aubergine is getting soft and gaining golden color.
Add the tomato and sweet pepper, mix thoroughly and then put the lid on.

Let it simmer until the aubergine is all soft and gooey, about five minutes. Stir a couple of times.

Add fresh lemon or lime juice, and season it to taste with some salt.
Serve with mixed green salad and parsley.

Tastes good on toast or slices of bread fried crispy in butter. Or with rise. I love this to fried polenta. And you can also add for example kidney beans.