Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Lentil stuffed zucchini with lemon almond sauce

This is another one of my dead simple yet delicious recipes with only minimal ingredients! It's perfect for yourself or for guests since it tastes delightful and looks good. It basically consists of 4, YES ONLY 4 INGREDIENTS including the sauce but minus the spices. 

The four pretty obvious ingredients are: (for 2 medium zucchinis) 

- 2 medium zucchinis (bet you didn't see that one coming ;) 
- 100 grams of red lentils (1/2 cup)

for the sauce:
- 2 tbsps almond butter
- 1 tbsp lemon juice 
(additional water if needed)

Start by making what I call "lentil mash" which basically consists of over cooking red lentils until they turn into a mash and have the consistency of mashed potatoes. To achieve this, just cook them in twice their amount of water at a gentle boil and once the water is completely gone keep adding a bit (rather like making a risotto) until they turn into a lentil puree. While that is happening, prep your zucchinis by cutting them in half and scooping out the middle. Chop up the leftover flesh and add it to the lentils. Then preheat your oven to 200°Celsius. Once the lentil mixture has cooked down, you can season it. I personally used;
-  1 tsp garlic, 1 small tbsp onion powder, 1 tsp paprika and salt and pepper to taste and it turned out perfect for me, but adjust to your own taste. 

Then just fill your zucchinis and bake them for 15 minutes in the oven. While they are baking, prep the lemon sauce. Just mix the lemon juice and almond butter together until combined and add some water to thin it out if needed. Then just a pinch of salt should do. 

After your zucchini boats are done cooking, drizzle the sauce over them and they are ready to serve!

I hope your enjoyed this easy recipe and will give it a shot sometime! :) 

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Caramel apple oatmeal butterfly

This baby is DELICIOUS, as in the-best-tasting-oatmeal-you've-ever-had good. It's fairly easy to make, healthy (minus a bit of sugar, but not much), boosts 2 servings of fruit and over 20 grams of protein and a serving of calcium, what?! 

For one serving, the ingredients are:
- 50 grams of oats (or more depending on how much you like)
- 4 tbsps of wheat germ
- 200 ml of milk (use less if you prefer it less creamy and dryer)
- 2 medium apples
- 1 big tbsp almond butter
- 1 big tbsp sugar (I used fairtrade raw sugar)
- 1 tsp popcorn kernels
- 2-3 tsps maple syrup
- 2 tsps oil
- cinnamon
- pans, pots and non stick paper

So let's get started. The first step is to simply pop your plain popcorn (no salty or sweet stuff). To do this just put the kernels and a tsp of oil in a pot, cover them and bring the heat up until they pop. Then put them in a bowl and reserve for later. 
Now you can attack the apples and oatmeal. Start by chopping up one of your apples into small half to full inch squares. Take the other apple and cut in in half. Take one of the halves and use a melon ball spoon (or anything similar) and cut out one small ball. Then chop up the rest of that half of apple like you did the other one. Reserve the remaining half without cutting it. 
Put one tsp oil in a pan and start gently frying the apple squares. While you are doing that, bring your milk, oats and wheat germs to a simmer in a pot and let your oatmeal cook. Add a tsp or two of maple syrup to the apples once they are cooked and turn off the heat. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon in the oatmeal and add in your caramelized apples. Mix everything well. 

In that same pan that you were preparing the apples, put a big tbsp of sugar in it and bring the heat up to create caramel. By using the same pan it will be lightly infused with apple and maple syrup which makes for a divine caramel. Once your sugar has browned and turned into caramel, turn off the heat and quickly dip your little mini apple in the caramel and put them on a non stick paper to cool. Finally mix in your popcorn with what's left of the caramel in the pan and then put it on the non stick paper. 
For the almond drizzle, combine 1 tbsp almond butter and 1-2 tsps maple syrup together in a small espresso cup. 

Aaand you can finally start assembling everything. Put the oatmeal in a bowl. Top it with all the popcorn in the middle, then put the mini caramel apple to form the head of the butterfly. Cut the remaining half of apple in slices and arrange them like wings. Finish it off with a generous drizzle of maple almond butter and cinnamon.

And now you can enjoy it! Let me know if you made it differently, or had any changes that you found necessary. ^.^

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Travelling to Indonesia

So, as you can guess by the title of this post, I'm currently leaving to travel to Indonesia where I will be spending a few weeks on probably the most amazing vacation ever! I've never traveled so far! I will upload a bunch of new content when I get back. But until the end of August I won't be posting much unfortunately. I have planned an upload in 2 weeks which will upload while I'm gone. ^^

When I return I will have lots of amazing things to share! I might try and vlog a bit as well but I'm not sure yet. Anyways I hope you are all having a great summer! :D