One-pot Quinoa Chilli recipe

I love these type of one-pot dishes with a satisfying mix of tender beans, grains, vegetables and lots of FLAVOR.

This recipe is also packed full of plantbased protein from the beans, lentil and quinoa and it will definitely fill you up (but not in any uncomfortable way). This is just a winner in my book, and it’s definitely my new favourite dinner recipe!

As always you might find that I go a bit heavy on the amount of spices, but I highly encourage you to invest in the listed spices, because they really make this recipe 😉

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Ingredients:

  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 90 g red split lentils
  • 90 g quinoa (uncooked)
  • 1 can of beans (I like black or kidney beans)
  • 680g tomato passata (or roughly 2 cans chopped tomatoes)
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 red bellpepper
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 1 large handful of fresh parsley
  • 600 ml water

Spice mix:

  • 1 tsp cinnamon (trust me on this!)
  • 2-4 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp dried herbs
  • Cayenne for heat (go by taste)
  • 1 bayleaf (optional)

Mix spices in a small bowl:

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Chop up all your veggies into small chunks.

Add onion and garlic to a pot over medium heat – sauté for a few minutes. Then add 300 ml water and (rinsed) lentils. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.

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When the lentils are tender add spices, tomatosauce, (drained) beans, carrot, bellpepper, (rinsed) quinoa and another 300 ml water. Bring to a simmer and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.

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After 20 minutes add in the zucchini and chopped parsley. I add in the zucchini and turn off the heat, because the zucchini cooks really quickly from the heat and I don’t want it to get mushy.

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Now ideally you would want to cover the pot with a lid, and allow it to sit for a few hours. This will really help bring out the flavors, but you can also just go ahead and eat it right away 😉

After a few hours it get’s a little more ‘fluffy’ and ‘chunky’, which I really like:

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Now all that’s left to do is serve! I simply like to serve with a few cubes of creamy avocado and chopped parsley on top. As I said, it’s super satisfying and you won’t really miss any side dish.

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Enjoy!

– Sophie

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Thick and hearty lentil ‘bolognese’ sauce

Hey everyone!

This is just going to be a quick little post, to share my newest recipe that I’ve made (and eaten) quite a bit recently. It’s a lentil ‘bolognese’ sauce filled with veggies in a super flavourful tomato sauce and with the addition of nutrient-rich lentils. The lentils makes the dish filling, hearty and adds a good amount of plant-based protein.

This sauce is PERFECT when combined with a steaming bowl of pasta (I loooove brown rice fusilli), a good dose of nutritional yeast and a sprinkle of fresh herbs on top… Talk about comfortfood!

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I’ll add the ingredient-list here, and then the video below should guide you through the directions 😉

Ingredients:
1 small onion
1 garlic glove
2 medium carrots
2 large portabella mushrooms
1/2 zucchini
1 red bell pepper
680g tomato passata (or two cans chopped tomatoes)
1 can cooked green lentils
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp coconutsugar (optional)

Spices:
1 tbsp turmeric
2 tbsp. mixed dried herbs
1 tbsp. cumin
1 tbsp. smoked paprika
2-3 bay leafs
1 tsp garlic powder

Enjoy!

– Sophie

I’m back! + My creamy sweet potato/carrot dahl

Hi there, long time no see! It has been forever since my last post, but I’m finally back with a new recipe: My beloved sweetpotato/carrot dahl. It might seem quite similar to my previous dahl recipe, but it’s just not quite the same 😉 it’s creamy, it’s satisfying it’s DELICIOUS. In fact so delicious that it’s been my stable for several months now, and my dinner for the past 4 nights in a row (no joke). It’s not like I don’t want to eat other things but right now it’s the end of winter and good quality produce is seriously lacking right now (summer, please hurry up!). Fortunately I can always rely on lentils, sweet potatoes, spices and other things like rice and flour. And as I said this recipe is pretty darn amazing, so I don’t mind eating it over and over again. And in case you’re doubting that I really eat this all the time (for dinner that is), just check out the collage below:

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And this is not even all the pictures.. It’s been serious! 😉

I’ve also had quite a few people asking me for the recipe because I post this meal so much on my Instagram, so I thought it was about time I shot a few pictures of this dish with a descent camera, and wrote down the recipe for you! 🙂

I divide this batch into two containers and eat it for two days in a row, with either rice or some homemade crusty bread on the side (find the recipe for the bread at the bottom of this post).

You might notice that I use quite a lot of ingredients, but I just really love to mix all the different aromas of the spices, ginger and last minute add-ins to create a super flavourful dish. I do hope you try it, because I’m sure you’ll love it just as much as I do 😉

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Ingredients:

  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 garlic glove (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup red split lentils (120g)
  • 1 large(!) sweet potato
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 L water
  • 1 small chunk of ginger finely grated
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

Spice blend (combine all in a cup):

  • 2 tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 tbsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp mixed dried herbs
  • A dash of cayenne pepper
  • 2 bayleaves

Start by sautéing the onion and garlic in water or coconut oil until translucent. Add the spice blend and sauté for a few minutes. If it get’s dry, just add a little water or oil. Add the lentils and water. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.

In the meantime chop the sweet potato and carrot into large chunks. Add to the lentils. Allow everything to simmer and get soft for atleast 30 minutes. Once the lentils have broken down and the sweet potato chunks can easily be pierced with a knife, grab a potato masher and mash everything well together (You can make it super smooth or leave a few chunks in there if you prefer).

Now take your grated ginger and squeeze out the juice with your hands, into the pot. Also add onion powder, nutritional yeast and chopped parsley. Stir everything together.

Ideally you would want the dahl to sit for a few hours, but it can also be eaten straight away.

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My absolute favourite way to serve this is with some chopped fresh basil or coriander on top, a good sprinkle of nutritional yeast and my homemade bread on the side:

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Oh and hey, that’s just me smelling the basil… I love fresh basil soooo much

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And just to make this post extra long (to make up for my lack of activity lately, hehe) I’m just going to include the bread recipe as well. Because it’s so incredibly easy, and you can have fresh, crispy, herb-y (that probably isn’t a word) in about 15 minutes. Again, I use quite a lot of spices but feel free to add less if you prefer.

Ingredients:

  • 80g wholewheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried herbs
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 cup of water (50g)

Mix all dry ingredients together, and slowly stir in the water. Keep stirring until you get a moist but firm dough ( it shouldn’t be too sticky!). Shape the dough into a flatbread. Sprinkle with additional herbs and bake in preheated oven (200°C) for about 10-15 minutes or until it’s golden and crispy around the edges.

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I think that’s it for now, I’m hoping to get back to posting more regularly again, because I’ve really missed it! But school is still very time consuming for me, and the much shorter winter days definitely makes it more challenging to shoot some new recipes… But spring and longer days are on it’s way, and that makes me so excited.

Much love

– Sophie

Natural Vegan Products For A Healthy Body! 😘🍒

Since going vegan and becoming more aware of what goes into my body, I’ve also started to pay attention to what I put on my body. Simply because our skin absorbs just about anything we put on it, and letting it pass into our bloodstream. However, most people don’t realise this and unaware of this fact, they add loads of chemical-rich moisturizers, soaps, perfumes etc. on their skin. It’s not exactly natural, and it’s really not healthy at all. It’s also worth to mention that most commercial brands are usually not vegan as they can contain a variety of animal by-products and at the same time they’re most likely tested on animals.

Personally I find that I can no longer tolerate all the artificially made products, as my body and skin has gotten so used to the more simple and natural methods. I no longer enjoy smelling like weird perfumes, instead I enjoy having a subtle scent of coconut, pomegranate, lemon etc. We’re humans and we’re not supposed to smell like a deodorant-store! by eating a plant based diet, bad body odor will drastically decrease so don’t worry about smelling bad without your ‘typical’ products (coconut oil will make u smell like a tropical paradise anyway, so no need to worry).

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Today I’m going to show you the cruelty-free and natural products that I use at the moment. Everything I use is relatively easy to find, inexpensive and will only do good to your body. I do want to add that the process of introducing these products into my routine didn’t happen overnight, and I still use a few less than ideal products, but generally I just try to do the best I can, to not add excess chemicals to my body. I’m not telling you to switch out all your products at once as that can seem a bit overwhelming, but instead I do recommend to just invest in one new product at the time. It really is worth it though, and once you get used to the natural products you’ll really feel a positive difference.

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The first thing I’m going to talk about is coconut oil. Coconut oil is commonly used in cooking, but as I don’t eat oils I use it on my body instead. Generally coconut oil is my type of moisturizer. I use it generously on my entire body, and let me tell you the results are amazing – better than any moisturizer you’ll ever find!. You can also massage around your nails with coconut oil 1-2 times a day, and it will really help to strengthen, whiten and grow your nails…. the options are endless.

This is a Danish brand called ‘Naturli’ – which basically means ‘natural’, and you can check them out here. They also make really yummy non-dairy milks btw. – big thumbs up!

(The label says: organic coconutoil, coldpressed, 100% plant-based).

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For a shampoo I use this ‘rose’ shampoo by Urtekram (which is one of my alltime favourite Danish brands), and it is simply perfect for my hair. It makes my hair soft and I can go several days without my hair getting greasy. It also has a really nice (not to strong) smell.

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I recently discovered that apple cider vinegar is the perfect skintoner! I use it once a day (at night before I go to bed), in a 1:1 ratio of water and vinegar on a cotton pad, and then I gently clean my face for about 30-60 seconds or so. Once my skin feels ‘dry’ again I add a teeny tiny bit of coconut oil to moisturize (you don’t want to add too much oil, as your skin can get a bit greasy). This skincare routine has proven to be the most simple and convenient one I’ve ever tried but also the most effective. My skin has been so smooth and clean since I’ve starting doing this and I don’t plan on going back… ever. Once again this product is by Urtekram and it’s such a great quality product! (the label says Organic, French apple cider vinegar)

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The text thing is toothpaste. I’ve used this vegan toothpaste for a while now, and it’s so wonderful. It has a really natural and not-too-overpowering taste, and it makes my teeth feel really clean. It’s also completely free of fluoride, which is something we don’t really want or need in our bodies.

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Normally I would just use a regular toothbrush, but I few days ago I decided to purchase a organic bamboo toothbrush just to give it a try – and I gotta say I love it. The bamboo toothbrush is really soft and gentle on my mouth, and I love that it’s BPA free and recycled.

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For a deodorant I use Dr. Organic ‘pomegranate deodorant’ and it has such a nice fresh scent, and works beautifully. I know this brand also makes toothpaste, shampoos and so much more, so it’s definitely worth to check it out. Also if you don’t want to buy a deodorant, you can just use a lemon – I’ve done that several times and it works really well. You basically just take a lemon-slice (preferably cold) under your armpit for a few seconds, and you’re good to go.

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As you can see, most of these are Danish brands, but I’m 100% sure that you can find things like coconut-oil and apple cider vinegar wherever you are in the world, and then some similar vegan products that makes shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant etc. in your country.

I believe that using good and natural vegan products is not essential to good health – but it sure helps your body a lot along the way, by eliminating any unnecessary toxins. I believe that the focus should be on a healthy (balanced) plantbased diet, and then the vegan products can be like an additional ‘supplement’ along the way. After all, it’s all just a part of the journey…

I hope this was a little helpful for some, and please do share which (vegan) products that you use 🙂

Much love

– Sophie

A Vegan Birthday Feast… 👍

A week ago I turned 19, and for my birthday we had invited a bunch of family over to celebrate. And given it was my birthday, me and my mom decided that it was appropriate that we served up some awesome vegan food to share with my family. I’m so grateful that my mother fully supports me being vegan, and even encourages me to make something vegan for our family-gathering. She is just the most wonderful person ever, and I love her so much. Okay, sidenote. The real point is that my meat-loving family LOVED everything we served them! (especially the dessert, which was gone in no time…) It was such a success, and therefore I’m going to share the dishes I made with you guys 🙂 Unfortunately I can’t give you any exact measurements as I didn’t measure anything (which I never really do when I cook), but I can give you the ingredients and tell you how I did it. I hope that is okay for now.

So what did I make?

I whipped up a huge quinoa based salad, marinated beets, and an avocado/orange dressing. Finally, the dessert was raw apple crumble.

DSC_2606 This salad had: cooked quinoa, diced cucumber, redbellpeppers, springonioin, parsley, avocado, edamame beans and lots of lemonjuice. So fresh and flavorful! Oh and I topped it with some vibrant beet-sprouts:

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Then for the marinated beet salad I steamed some diced beets and once they’d cooled a bit I added the ‘dressing’ made of: applecidervinegar, coconutsugar, a little water, salt & pepper. Mixed that together with the beets, and topped it with some chopped fresh dill. This recipe was inspired by holistichabits on youtube, so definitely check her out! It was super delicious and I highly recommend it.

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The dressing was creamy, delicious and with a subtle sweetness from the orange juice. It also paired really well with the other dishes. The ingredients were avocado, fresh squeezed orange juice, lime juice, green onions, cilantro & parsley all blended together.

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The dessert (which was my favourite part) was inspired by one of 40belowfruity’s videos on her Youtube channel.

To make this deliciousness, I chopped up a lot of (peeled) apples into small pieces. Then I made a date-caramel sauce by blending soft pitted dates, hot water, vanillapowder, cinnamon and gingerbread spice. Mixed that with the apples and added it to a pie-dish. Then for the crumble I used mulberries, pecans, medjool dates, cinnamon and nutmeg. The result was like sweet, slightly crumbly, heavenly cookie-dough or something like that:

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So yuuuuummy, seriously I wish I had this apple crumble in front of me right now! And as I said the hardcore meat-eaters of my family ate so much of it. It was such a joy for me to share a little part of my lifestyle with my family when they liked it so much. And for once I didn’t have to feel awkward around the table for not eating what they’re eating.

All in all I had a lovely day, spent with lovely people, presents and good food. I really couldn’t have asked for more.

On my Instagram I wrote the following on my birthday:

“On my birthday I just like to remind myself how grateful I am for all the years I have been on this beautiful earth. Life is such a gift and I aim to make the most of it while I can. I’m excited to see what the future has in store for me, and I’m excited to keep on learning, grow and explore. Here’s to nineteen years”

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Much love

– Sophie

Healthy Choc-Chip Cookie Dough (and Banana Ice-cream)

This recipe is literally too good for words, so I’m not even going to write much down about it… Just please do yourself a favour and give it a try! 🙂 🙂

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Choc-chip cookie dough:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 200g soft pitted dates
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1/2-1 tsp cinnamon
  • A few drops of almond extract
  • 22g raw chocolate (or chocolate of your choice. Raw chocolate is delicious though)

Blend the oats into oatflour in a foodprocessor or highspeed blender.Then add dates, vanilla, cinnamon and almond extract. Blend until it all sticks together, and the mixture is rather soft and sticky. You can add a few more dates or a few tbsp. of water along the way if the mixture is a little dry.

Chop the chocolate into small chunks. Fold the chunks into the dough in a bowl.

Now shape the dough into balls with your hands:

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Eat as is (taste amazing) and store in the fridge, OR….

Make BANANA ICECREAM:

  • 4 frozen bananas (or how many you want)

Chop the frozen bananas into smaller pieces. Add to a food processor and blend away. It might take a little while to get the right consistency, but keep going and scrape down the sides along the way, I promise it’s worth it! Soon you will be left with THIS:

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Banana icecream is like the greatest invention ever, and if you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing out! 😉

Now just place small chunks of the cookie dough on top of the icecream, and dig in!

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Enjoy!

– Sophie

New beginnings…

Vey soon we will enter the year of 2015, which means that yet another year have come to pass. In reality time is pretty much ‘just’ an illusion, but The New Year still symbolize a new start and a new beginning. It’s time to reflect on the time that has been, and (maybe) make resolutions for the time that has yet to come. Last year my only New Year’s resolution was to be able to do a yoga headstand, and I’m so happy to say that I’ve got that pretty much conquered. I’m still working on getting comfortable in the pose though, but what matters is that I can actually get upside down, which is something I never thought was possible for me:

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But this year I’ve written down my New Year ‘resolutions’ a little more in ‘depth’:

♥ I want to continue my regular yoga practice. If I have the time, I’ll incorporate it every day or every other day. I want to explore my boundaries and go beyond my comfort-zone.

♥ I want to get stronger, but I want to build strength gradually so that both my body and mind can follow (Slow but consistent)

♥ I want to vibrate good energy, and have a positive attitude towards life. But I also want to accept the times and the downfalls where this is not always possible.

♥ I want to let go of the high expectations I have towards myself. Sometimes the efforts I make, the food I eat and so on will be less than ideal and that is OKAY.

♥ In addition to the words above, I want to finish school this year. I’m going to do my best, but no more than that. I won’t burden myself with the need to do extremely well. Just get through. Get it done, and move on with my life.

♥ I’ll work on being in the present every day. Don’t let thoughts about the future (or past) trouble my mind. Just take one day at a time.

♥ I’ll to try to tell myself everyday that I’m worth it. Even on the days where I won’t actually believe it.

Before 2015 is over, I’ll have finished school and I will have entered a new chapter of my life. This is so super exciting, but also very scary. I’ll possible move away from home sometime next summer, but other than that I don’t know what’s going to happen. There’s so much I want to do, and so much I want to see and right now I just can’t make up my mind. But isn’t that the main thing – we don’t really know anything about what the future has in store for us. All we can do is have a positive mindset, while being open to all parts of life.


2014 was the year were I started this blog yaaaay. I’m really happy that I did, and I can’t wait to create so many more yummy recipes in 2015 (I have lots more in store for you already so stay tuned)! Here’s a little collage of some of the recipes I’ve posted this year:

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I honestly feel like 2014 have lasted forever. I feel like lots have changed and yet all remains the same. I feel like I’ve grown a lot this year, and gotten closer to myself by starting to listen more to my body. When it comes to food I’ve been a little bit confused with different ‘lifestyles/diets’ this year such as  fullyraw (for a shorter amount of time), rawtill4 and starchsolution. But now at the end of the year I find myself not really relying on either of them anymore. It’s like I’ve gone through these ‘phases’, and now I’m just trying to find my balance. Because I’ve come to realise that I want to incorporate little bits of everything and make a diet that is truly suitable for me. Because honestly I freakin’ love fruit and raw veggies! But I also freakin’ love potatoes and rice. And I also freakin’ love a little bit of avocado, vegan chocolate and peanutbutter every now and then. No labels, no min. or max. calories, no rules, more intuitive eating and in complete contact with my body. THAT is what I’m working on. And again I’m no way near any goal, I’m far from perfect and I don’t always make the right decisions. I’m just a girl on a journey, and 2015 is just another part of the road for me (for all of us really). Let’s make this year a great one!

Happy New Year!

– Sophie

ps. I’m going to celebrate New Years eve with fellow vegan friends (from Instagram) this year!! We’re making a raw vegan dinner and dessert together and it’s going to be EPIC. I’m so excited, and I can’t wait to do an update on how it all went 🙂 🙂

Balanced Vegan Christmas In Sweden! (What I Ate, Did + Selfies In The Woods)

So yesterday I returned back home from 4 beautiful days in Sweden. Me and my family decided to rent a cabin, to celebrate Christmas there this year – just to try out something new. Needless to say it turned out so much better than I ever hoped for! It was such a beautiful, yet cosy little cabin with a lake and a forest in the backyard. It was pretty much in the middle of nowhere, but we had everything we needed and we could pick up groceries within a 30 min. drive. There were no internet there, and it was actually very nice for a change. When at home, I check instagram several times a day and I usually keep scrolling through it when I go to bed as well (I’m sure many of you know the feeling). But suddenly I couldn’t do that anymore, so I had to spend my time in other (more creative) ways. Sure, I did miss my internet a little bit, but being without it was no problem at all. What I love about cabin-life, is how simple it is, and how you’re not bound by anything. It’s just a very pure form of life, in the middle of nature. And I’m telling you, I havn’t felt so alive and fresh in a long time. Nature really is my happy place.

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Every single day I woke up around 9 am, and I just walked around the house for a bit, getting ready for the day. Just before I left for Sweden, I started oil-pulling in the morning and I continued to do this at our stay there (I’m experiencing really great benefits from doing oil-pulling, so I might do a separate post on this topic). After that I made myself a fruit-platter for breakfast, which I enjoyed in front of the fireplace.

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The fruit-platters I made were usually a mix of apples, oranges, persimmons and dates, with a sprinkle of cinnamon. All seasonal and super delicious. The pictures below shows my breakfasts from all 4 days:

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After breakfast I would put on my warming boots and coat, to go outside with my camera. Then I just walked around on the ground around the cabin, and some days I continued walking, into the woods. And yes I did take a whole lot of self-portraits. Not because I particularly like the way I look or anything like that, but because it’s quite therapeutic to me. All alone in the quiet nature, with my camera and tripod. It calms me in such a nice way. For the first couple of days it wasn’t very cold at all, which is why I took off my coat for some of the shots. But soon the weather got freezing, so coat-less was no longer an option. Anyways here we go (prepare for photo-overload!).

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DSC_2059On a food-related note, I’ve actually felt a lot better too. First of all because I had no acces to Cronometer to track my calories, which is something I find myself depending on a lot when I’m at home. I think Cronometer is a great tool if you can use it with a healthy mindset, and not get ‘addicted’ to it. To a person with my history it can quickly become more of a ‘need’ to know the number of everything I eat, and that’s not how I want it to be. So for those 4 days I was forced to just go with the flow and eat what I wanted, and it was so awesome. I’m strongly aiming to continue this way now that I’m at home.

So besides the breaky-fruitplatters, of course I ate other stuff too! Sweden actually have a lot of amazing vegan products available and I managed to find vegan gnocchi, which is something I’ve wanted to try forever! (The ones available where I live either have milk-powder or eggs in them). So yeah, that was super tasty and I had that quite a few times 😉 And I didn’t even care about the fact that it was made from white flour (which I usually avoid), because it made me feel fine and it was super tasty… And you gotta live a little right??

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For the gnocchi dish, I just boiled the gnocchi briefly and then I added steamed kale, green peas and a sauce made of chopped tomatoes mixed with tomato paste, herbs and onion powder. Delicious and easy! The next day I had the leftovers with some raw red pepper.

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For a few other easy meal ideas, I had oilfree granola w. banana and almond milk as well as chiaseed pudding  (chia seeds, oats, vanilla, cinnamon, banana and almond milk) with thawed frozen berries. For snacks I pretty much just ate my beloved medjools 😉

And not to forget Christmas dinner! I decided to make something really simple, because there wasn’t that much space for cooking up something epic, so I just made my vegan gravy and served it with steamed veggies (bok choy, kale, peas & carrots) and organic potatoes. Tasty and simple!

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Now back to nature! As you might have guessed, it was absolutely gorgeous. Here is a few outtakes:

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So I just had to add the last picture there, because I find it quite funny 😉 A tree with an eye?! Like nature can see.. Fascinating or creepy, I can’t really decide.

As the days went by, the weather got colder and colder so a nice warming cup of tea was in order! The one I was drinking is called ‘revitalise’ by Pukka and it’s my favourite tea in the world. Highly recommended!

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I think I’m going to end it today, with a few pics of my beloved dog, because she’s such a precious little soul ♥

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That’s pretty much it for now. I already miss Sweden, and I miss nature being right outside my window. I can’t wait to be back someday!

– Sophie

It’s Christmas Time! (vegan Christmas dinner recipes)🎄

So it’s that time again! Time for Chriiiistmaaaaas. December is such a lovely month filled with love, light, cozyness (is that a word?), and good food. But unfortunately Christmas also include a lot of meat-heavy dishes, which can make it a little harder for vegans to attend social gatherings. It doesn’t mean it’s impossible though! All you gotta do is bring your own food, if you know there won’t be any vegan options. In Denmark the only vegan addition to the Christmas dinner is the cooked potatoes. And although I do love potatoes, I would also like to have a more ‘exciting’ meal on this special occasion.

Would you also like a super delicious, satisfying and healthy VEGAN christmas feast, but don’t know what to make? Fear no more! In this video I’m giving you my take, on what you can serve for you and your loved ones on Christmas.

This dish is glutenfree (if you use glutenfree oats) and oilfree, making it very high-carb friendly. The beauty of wholesome food like this, is that it wont make you feel gross or sick after eating it. You can litteraly enjoy plate after plate without having to worry about your waistline.

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So let’s get started! I will wright down the ingredients/instructions here, but you can also follow the instrictions in the video below.

Spicy Bean ‘loaf’

  • 2 cans kidneybeans
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 garlic glove
  • 1 fresh chili
  • 1/3 cup oats (use glutenfree if necessary)
  • 2-3 sundried tomatoes
  • 1 tsp each nutmeg, dried herbs & smoked paprika
  • 4-5 tbsp tomato paste
  • Fresh thyme (optional)

Chop onion, spring onion, chili and garlic into smaller pieces. Add to a food processor along with the beans and fresh thyme (if using). Pulse until well combined (it should be sticky, but not like a puré!).

Add mixture to a bowl and add oats, chopped sundried tomatoes and spices. Mix it well together. Place on a baking sheet with baking paper, and press it together with your hands. Bake in the preheated oven at 200°C. for about 20-30 min.

Vegan Gravy

  • 2 tbsp brown rice flour
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp bouillon powder (make sure it’s vegan)
  • 1 tsp heach nutmeg, smoked paprika, onion powder and dried herbs
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf

Combine flour, bouillon powder, nutritional yeast and spices. Add water and whisk together.

Add the mixture to a saucepan with the bayleaf. Bring to a simmer.and continously whisk until it thickens (takes about 10 minutes). Add tamari to taste.

Kale & Cranberry salad

  • 2 garlic gloves
  • A bunch of kale
  • 1 lemon
  • large handful of dried, sweetened cranberries
  • Sea salt and black pepper (optional)

Chop garlic and kale finely. Sauté garlic in a splash of water for a few minutes. Add kale. Sauté on low heat until the kale is lightly wilted. Season with salt & pepper.

Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool. Then add lemonjuice and cranberries.

Mashed (sweet) potatoes

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 large carrots
  • 8-10 regular potatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Fresh thyme (optional)
  • 1 tsp each dried herbs, smoked paprika & cinnamon

Chop up vegetables into smaller chunks. Add to a pot and cover with water. Add bayleaf, dried and fresh herbs and bring to a boil.

Boil until vegetables are tender, then drain the water into a separate container. Add cinnamon and smoked paprika to the potatoes and mash it up! Now you can add some of the cooking water, until you get the consistensy you desire.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Much love

– Sophie

HCLF chocolate cookies

Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside! These cookies are so nice and chocolate-y, and they’re filled with good-for-you ingredients.

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I may or may not have eaten most of these for my lunch today… ooops. But that’s the beauty of healthy indulgence – you won’t be left feeling sluggish and sick, instead you’ll be buzzing with energy. Of course you can also share these with a loved one! I gave my mom a few, and she loved it! Family approved is always a good sign 😉 Anyway let’s get to the recipe:

Ingredients:

1 cup oats
70g dates
1 tsp chia 3 tbsp. water
2 bananas
2 tbsp. carob
1 tbsp. baking powder
(cinnamon)

Follow the direction in the video below:

Enjoy!

– Sophie