Nutty Muesli

My favorite nutty Muesli recipe is from Yvonne Lemmers (her books were the first I ever purchased on the low carb lifestyle), totally fits into Paleo, Caveman, Low Carb etc. lifestyle.

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I made it this week at my mom’s house, just brought all the ingredients and made a batch for her and me in 30 minutes it is literally that easy and can add such a great touch to your quark, yoghurt, fruit or ice cream.

You will need the following ingredients:

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  • Assorted unsalted nuts
  • Coconut oil
  • Cinnamon or mixed (cookie) spices
  • The original recipe also adds split flaxseed (2 teaspoons) and stevia but I prefer to add these seperately as I like to use 1 teaspoon per serving.
  • You will also need a good all purpose slicer, I have a fissler multi chopper finecut and it chops through nuts like crazy. (for the dutchies you can buy it here and INTL you can find it here)

100 grams nuts, 2 teaspoon of spice, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. This is the basic recipe, I just double, triple etc. to make the amount that matches the weight of nuts I have.

Preheat your oven to 150 degrees celsius.

Start chopping up the nuts, don’t throw everything in just a bit at a time and chop until they are a size you would like as a topping. I don’t like big chuncks so I make it quite fine in size although it is hard to get them all exactly the same size as you can see.

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After chopping add the spice and stir wel so all the nuts are all nice and brown from the spice.
Melt the coconut au bain marie (I usually put the coconut oil in a sturdy glass, and let it meld in a bowl with boiled water. No need for a the stove as it melts this way in a blink).
Add the melted coconut oil to the nuts and mix it through the nuts with a spoon so all the nuts are all oiled up.

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Place some  greaseproof paper on an ovensheet and evenly put the nut mixture on there.
I made a total on 500 grams and put it on one sheet.

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In the oven for 15-20 minutes and it will start to smell like cookies … it is literally that easy and so yummy ! Let it cool, place in a (preferably glass) container and start adding it to anything you would like.

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Enjoy and please let me know how you liked it in the comments.

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Banana Egg Pancakes

My favorite breakfast is known amongst my friends, I eat it quite a bit and if you follow me on instagram you know I do.

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I have been asked many a time how I make them, how I get them so cute and round  and what goes into them so here’s my recipe, I didn’t invent this recipe but this is how I like them.

If you work out, there’s a variation you can make to this recipe by adding a scoop of (no flavor, unsweetend) protein powder. It makes them firm and you get you’re scoop of protein in there so win win.

Ingredients:
1 ripe banana
1 egg
1 scoop unflavored unsweetend protein powder (optional for bodybuilders)
1 full dessert spoon (really full) of cinnamon or 1 drop of Young Living Cinnamon Bark Essential oil
coconut oil
immersion blender
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Forest fruit; I like blue berries & strawberries

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Blend the banana, add the cinnamon, add the optional protein powder, add the egg & blend again.

I was fortunate enough to find this cute pancake pan in a dutch store one day, never seen it again but if I do I will buy them all !! It is my precious, me being a little ocd and my pancakes need to me cute and this helps me with that.

I add coconut to every little circle, about a full teaspoon each.

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Add the mix and let it slowly simmer, do NOT flip them over until the top is solid and they can be wiggled from their space or you will have a gooey pancake that tastes the same but just does not look pwetty. I’m all about pwetty, have you sensed that ?!
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Add your honey and forest fruit, make your plate pretty with the pancakes and fruit (it makes eating it so much more fun trust me), get some herbal tea and bon apetit !

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Any questions ? Let me know or better yet share or tag me and let me know how they tasted. You’ll be hooked I promise !

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raspberry tiramisu

This was the first tiramisu I ever made and I must say it is a keeper ! I’m not a big fan of tiramisu, never eat it as I don’t like ameretto or coffee so this fresh & sweet version is great for people who don’t like that either.

Whipped cream and I have a hate ❤ relationship but when I get it right, the dessert is yummy.

People have been begging me for the recipe and I dont mind sharing :

1 8 ounce package mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
40 or so store bought lady fingers
1 8 ounce jar seedless raspberry jam
juice of 2 lemons
raspberries, a lot, as many as you can get
you can add amaretto as per your taste to the lady fingers.

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together mascarpone and sugar. Add a bit of cream and mix until combined. Add a little more cream and mix again until the mixture is well incorporated and very liquid. Pour in the rest of the cream and the vanilla. Change to the whisk attachment and beat on high until stiff peaks form.

2. Line the bottom of a 9 inch glass baking dish with half of the lady fingers, or however many will fit. Heat the jam and transfer to a small bowl and stir in lemon juice. Spread half of the jam mixture evenly over the lady fingers. Evenly spread half of the mascarpone and cream mixture over that, and top with half of the raspberries. Repeat the first layer with the rest of the ingredients. Refrigerate over night, or as long as you can before you can’t wait anymore.

Dutch translation :

Ingredienten

  • 1 kilo frambozen
  • 250 gram mascarpone
  • 360 gram slagroom
  • 120 gram suiker
  • 1/2 theelepel vanille extract
  • ongeveer 40 lange vingers
  • sap van 2 citroenen
  • 225 gram pitlose frambozen jam
  • evt. wat ameretto naar smaak

Bereidingswijze

Mix de suiker en mascarpone samen met de mixer (met de k klopper) en voeg een beetje van de slagroom toe en mix totdat het goed opgenomen is. Voeg steeds wat slagroom en mix tot goed opgenomen totdat alle slagroom toegevoegd is en voeg dan ook de vanille toe. Doe nu de ballongarde op je mixer en mix op de hoogste stand tot er pieken vormen.

In de schaal waarin je de tiramisu gaat serveren leg je wat lange vingers op de bodem tot deze bedekt is, evt. besprenkelen met amaretto. Verhit de frambozen jam in een pannetje en voeg de citroensap toe. Spreid de helft van de jam over de lange vingers, daarna de helft van de mascarpone mix erover en bedek dit met frambozen. herhaal dit zodat je 2 lagen hebt in je schaal.

Laat een nachtje koelen, of zolang als je het kunt laten opstijven ;).

Dinner recipe #2

Meatballs with tomato rice and spinach

Main course, 4 persons, 30 minutes, recipe from allerhande,
per 1p. portion 570 kilocalories, 21 gr. protein, 26 grams fat and 64 grams carbohydrates

2 cloves of garlic
300 grams of minced meat
1 can of tomatopieces
300 gr. rice
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 bag of fresh spinach of about 300 grams (we got ours from the turkish supermarket and it was goooood)
50 grams black olives sliced up (fresh or from a pot either is fine we got fresh ones from our turkish supermarket)

1. mash up 1 clove of garlic and cut the other ones in slices.
Combine the minced meat with de mashed garlic, season with salt & pepper as per your taste and make 12 balls.
Put the tomatopieces in a sieve above a bowl and pour 100 ml water in the can, shake and pour this over the tomatopieces. Save the liquid.

2. Cook the rice as per the instructions on the box. Heat the olive oil in a deep & big saucepan and make sure to roast the meatballs till they are nice and brown allover. Add the tomato liquid and spice it up with salt & pepper and let it simmer for 10 minutes on a middlehigh fire.
Add the tomatopieces to the rice and warm for 2 minutes.

3. Turn up the fire, add the spinach in parts to the meatballs and season as per your taste with salt & pepper. Let is simmer until the spinach has softened and its all done.

We served the rice on a huge platter, poured the meatballs and sauce on the rice and sprinkled the olives over the dish.

Review : it was yummy according to the grownups that made it and the guests, great combo although we will be adding more spices to the meatballs next time as we thought they were a bit bland.

For dessert we had Eton Mess (Nigella Lawson), a favorite recipe I will share soon.

Dinner Recipe # 1

Want to share some recipe’s I’ve found here or there that I’ve been trying with my blog readers. DH and I tried this recipe, our guests loved it, we had some things we’d like to try differently next time (a little less mustard in the saus & the chicken needed more seasoning). Would love to hear what you think of it !

Easy French Bistro Menu (courtesy of Stephanie)

Menu: Chicken with creamy Dijon sauce, Roasted Potatoes, Sauteed Garden Vegetables + Butter Lettuce Salad

To make the dinner first prepare the roasted potatoes…toss cubed red potatoes with olive oil until well-coated; add sea salt & freshly ground pepper to taste. Roast the potatoes in an oven preheated to 425 degrees and cook for 30-45 minutes. The cooking time depends on the size of your potatoes (the smaller the cube, the shorter the cooking time). If you have any herbs on hand, toss those in the mix as well. Herbs like thyme, rosemary or chives work best.

Once you have the potatoes in the oven, rinse and crisp the lettuce in a salad spinner . Place in refrigerator.

Now chop spring onions (you may substitute shallots), zucchini, crimini mushrooms and perhaps yellow squash. Set aside.

Heat a cast iron pan (or frying pan) over medium heat. Throw in a 1-2 tablespoons of butter. Season 4 trimmed chicken breasts with s + p and cook about 8 minutes each side. Once cooked throughout, set aside on a platter. Using the same pan (and the chicken drippings), make a cream sauce to pour over the chicken. Add about 8 ounces of creme fraiche* and about 3 tablespoons of Dijon mustard (I prefer the Maille label) to the pan. Simmer on medium heat until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.

Quickly saute your pre-cut vegetables in a wok with a little olive oil and dried Italian herb seasoning and you’re good to go! You’ll want to saute the veggies on medium high heat.

Retrieve the salad spinner from the fridge and drain the water before giving it a good spin. Serve with a simple, homemade shallot vinaigrette–found here.

Bon Appetit !