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Fatburning and Detoxing Cabbage Soup

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It’s spring and summer and bathing suit season is upon us! Thus we all start to panic about what we are eating. I’m not a fan of diets and dieting – I believe in eating well all the time. Real food. Healthy food most of the time, with some treats here and there. What I love about this Cabbage Soup is that it’s as healthy as it is delicious. And it’s super easy to make, another method recipe. Make it your own version. For this soup to work as fatburning and detoxing – you can’t just make this soup and eat a gallon of ice cream as dessert – you kind of have to stick to a healthy diet in general. Cut down on sugar, carbs, sodium – you know – the usual suspects.

Fatburning and Detoxing Cabbage Soup

Fatburning and Detoxing Cabbage Soup

What you need:

  • 1 head of Cabbage
  • 1/2 – 1 yellow Onion
  • 3 large Carrots
  • 3-4 stalks of Celery
  • 3-4 cloves of Garlic
  • 4 cups of Chicken or Vegetable Stock
  • 2 cups of Crushed Tomatoes (or Water)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Oregano, Thyme or Basil – if you want
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
Fatburning and Detoxing Cabbage Soup

Fatburning and Detoxing Cabbage Soup

What to do:

  1. Chop and/or dice all vegetables
  2. Heat the olive oil, in a large pot, over medium heat. Add onions, carrots and celery. Sauté for about 5 minutes. Add minced garlic. Stir for about a minute. Add cabbage. Stir.
  3. Add chicken (or veggie) stock and crushed tomatoes (or water). Stir well. Season with desired herbs. Cover pot and let come to a boil. Once the soup is at a boil, turn heat down to simmer, leaving the lid on.

    Fatburning and Detoxing Cabbage Soup

    Fatburning and Detoxing Cabbage Soup

  4. Let soup simmer for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you have the time let the soup simmer for an hour or two – the soup will just develop the flavors even more and therefore taste even more delicious.
Fatburning and Detoxing Cabbage Soup

Fatburning and Detoxing Cabbage Soup

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Detoxing Green Smoothie

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I am not a nutritionist but I have read and heard a few times that spinach, blueberries, cranberries and other berries and vegetables are full of detoxing ingredients and antioxidants – therefore I am choosing to call this drink a Detoxing Green Smoothie. There’s spinach in the drink – so it’s green : ). There is no set recipe really for a smoothie or a juice, so this “recipe” is just a suggestion or inspiration.

Detoxing Green Smoothie

Detoxing Green Smoothie

Detoxing Green Smoothie

What do you need to get this beautiful drink?

  • A handful of raw Spinach
  • A handful of Blueberries (I used frozen)
  • Juice of half a Lime
  • 1/2 cup Cranberry/Pomegranate Juice
  • 1/2 cup Water

Put ingredients in blender/Nutribullet and blend : )

This is a very refreshing drink, not too sweet, not too tart. A nice blend of sweetness from the blueberries and tartness from the Cranberry/Pomegranate and Lime. Enjoy!

Annika

 

 

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Holiday season is upon us again. What better time to master some vegetarian side dishes. If you start with fresh, preferably organic, ingredients you are not far away from a great tasting meal or side dish. Roasted Brussels Sprouts is one of those.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

What you need:

  • A nice bunch of Brussels Sprouts (trimmed and cleaned)
  • 1 – 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 or 2 Cloves of chopped Garlic (optional)
Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F
  2. Cut Brussels Sprouts in half and place on baking sheet along with chopped Garlic
  3. Drizzle a couple of tablespoons of Olive Oil over Brussels Sprouts and Garlic. Mix with your hands to make sure everything is coated with the oil. Add some Salt & Pepper, to taste
  4. Turn Brussels Sprouts with cut side facing down on baking sheet (this will give the nice roasted look)
  5. Roast/bake for about 25 minutes, until Brussels Sprouts are tender and nicely browned on the bottoms
Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This is a very simple and uncomplicated recipe, but it will make your Brussels Sprouts very tasty. Of course you could add various ingredients to this dish (lots of people like to add bacon), but sometimes it’s nice to just have a minimalist side dish. For the holidays it’s also great to have a lighter and healthier dish, like this one.

Enjoy!

Annika

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Gluten and Dairy Free Oatmeal Pancakes

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It’s finally fall, and soon winter (I’m using the term “winter” loosely, as I live in California) – and somehow that lends itself to more comfort foods. Lazy Sunday mornings with a luxurious breakfast, such as pancakes. The good news is, there are so many healthy AND delicious versions of pancakes. Like these delicious Gluten and Dairy Free Oatmeal Pancakes (you could even make the Vegan by replacing the egg with a Vegan alternative). Even if you don’t have a gluten or dairy concern, you should still try this recipe (using regular oats is fine if you are not gluten intolerant) – because it is REALLY good, and it’s so much better for you than your average white flour pancake.

Gluten and Dairy Free Pancakes

Gluten and Dairy Free Pancakes

What you need:

  • 2 Cups Gluten Free Oats (or regular if you don’t have a gluten concern)
  • 1 1/4 Cups Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure Vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • Vegetable Oil or Non Dairy Butter for cooking
Gluten and Dairy Free Pancakes

Gluten and Dairy Free Pancakes

What to do:

  1. Place oats, salt, cinnamon, baking powder, vanilla, and banana in a blender (I use the NutriBullet, so I have to blend the oats and almond milk first and then add the rest of the ingredients (except the egg) and then blend again.
  2. In a medium size bowl whisk the egg, then add the pancake batter (from your blender)IMG_0097
  3. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add some butter or oil, to the coat the pan. Ladle out 3-4 pancakes in you skillet. Cook for a few minutes on first side, until bubbly. FullSizeRender (1)Then turn over for another couple of minutes to finish cooking.
  4. Serve with Maple Syrup and/or fresh fruit, or with your favorite topping.
Gluten and Dairy Free Pancakes

Gluten and Dairy Free Pancakes

Enjoy!!

Thanks,

Annika

This recipe was adapted from http://www.mountainmamacooks.com/2013/08/banana-oat-blender-pancakes-gluten-free-dairy-free-recipe/

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Easy Brown Rice, Mushroom, and Spinach Side Dish

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I happen to love brown rice – chewy, nutty, and it goes with almost anything. It’s only a bonus that it’s also rich in fiber AND gluten free. I call this Brown Rice, Mushroom and Spinach a side dish, but I would happily devour this as my only main course. I did actually serve it along side some drumsticks (recipe to follow in separate post), but that was more for my family than me. They need their protein : ) I added some butter, but obviously you could choose to use only a vegetable oil and you would have a vegan meal.

Easy Brown Rice, Mushroom, and Spinach Side Dish

Easy Brown Rice Side Dish

Easy Brown Rice Side Dish

What you need (for about 3-4 servings):

  • 2-3 cups of cooked Brown Rice
  • 1 package or about 2 cups of sliced Crimini Mushrooms
  • 2-3 big handfuls of Fresh Spinach
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • (1-2 tbsp. Butter)
  • Salt & Pepper

What to do:

  1. In skillet, over medium heat, add olive oil (and butter if using) – after about a minute add mushrooms. Sautee mushrooms for about 5-10 minutes. Add more fat (oil or butter) if it gets to dry.
  2. Add salt & pepper to taste (you could add one or two chopped or pressed garlic cloves at this point).
  3. Add the brown rice – stir to combine.
  4. Add fresh spinach – stir until spinach is wilted.
  5. Serve as a side dish or enjoy on its own : )

 

Easy Brown Rice Side Dish

Easy Brown Rice Side Dish

I served this delicious rice with some drumsticks:

Easy Brown Rice Side Dish with Sweet and Spicy Drumsticks

Easy Brown Rice Side Dish with Sweet and Spicy Drumsticks

Today is the day after Mother’s Day – so a little late I wish you had a happy one. I did – as it was spent with my husband Kevin, and my kids Maja and Kaj.

Happy Monday!

Annika

 

 

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Quick & Easy Vegetarian Fried Rice

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Craving some Chinese food? No need to get in the car, or even pick up the phone for delivery. This Vegetarian Fried Rice recipe will be ready in under 30 minutes for sure. If you are comfortable around the kitchen, it might take you about 15 minutes. And the great thing about making this at home, is of course that you are in control what goes in to the food. This version is non-GMO, MSG- free, Gluten Free. And of course I’m using organic ingredients – so it’s pretty much pesticide free. Shall we call it Freedom Rice? Oh, and it’s very tasty : )

Quick & Easy Vegetarian Fried Rice

Quick & Easy Vegetarian Fried Rice

Quick & Easy Vegetarian Fried Rice

What you need for about 3 servings:

  • 3 servings Cooked Brown Rice (such as Trader’s Organic Frozen Cooked Rice)
  • 2 medium/smallish Zucchinis
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 1/2 – 1 cup Frozen Corn
  • Pinch of Pepper
  • A couple of tbsp. Organic Gluten Free Low Sodium Soy Sauce  (You do NOT need salt – soy sauce is your salt here)
  • Garlic Powder (or real garlic would be great too of course, maybe a clove or two)
  • 2-3 whisked and scrambled Eggs (cut up with spatula to smaller pieces)
  • 1-2 tbsp. Vegetable Oil (Canola or Olive Oil)

 

Vegetarian Fried Rice

Vegetarian Fried Rice

What to do:

  1. Whisk and scramble eggs – breaking up with spatula in to small pieces. Set aside.
  2. Peel and finely chop onion. Clean and finely chop/cut zucchinis
  3. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and zucchini after about a minute.
  4. After a few minutes add corn (or whatever vegetable you would like to use). Stir
  5. Season with a pinch of pepper and garlic powder
  6. Add rice – mix well with other ingredients.
  7. Add a couple of tablespoons of soy sauce. Mix until all ingredients are covered. Turn down heat to low. Taste – add more soy sauce or spices if needed.
  8. Add scrambled eggs. Mix well to combine. Done – ready to eat!

 

Quick & Easy Vegetarian Fried Rice

Quick & Easy Vegetarian Fried Rice

So there you have it – in about 15-20 minutes you have your Take Home or Take Out Chinese food. So easy. And fast. And very versatile – you can use whatever veggies you like or have at home.

For a Vegan version – simply omit the egg!

Please let me know your favorite versions of this dish. If you like what you see – please share with your friends on your social networks : ))

Bon Appetite!

Annika

 

 

 

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Quick & Easy Vegan Chili

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When it comes to chili – we tend to think of ground beef or other beef chili. Or perhaps white chili, made with chicken. But chili doesn’t have to include meat at all. Isn’t it the flavor and comfort of the meal we are after? The spicy and smoky heat of chili powder, cumin, garlic, paprika, combined with beans and tomato sauce. In this Vegan Chili, you get all the wonderful flavors, just without the meat! Yay for beans and all the protein! And did I mention, it is super quick and easy to create this dish?! Of course, if you have the time, the chili will taste even better the longer you let it simmer.

Quick & Easy Vegan Chili

Quick & Easy Vegan Chili

Quick & Easy Vegan Chili

What you need (for about 4 servings):

  • 2 cans (15 oz) of Beans (I used Kidney Beans & Black Beans)
  • 1 can (15 oz) of Diced Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion (or a whole if you wish, just so happened half of mine was no good)
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • 1/4 cup of Maple Syrup (I love the sweet and heat combo, but if you don’t – simply don’t use)
  • Chili spices – I used Chipotle Chili powder, Cumin, Paprika (about 1/4 tsp each)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil/Vegetable Oil
  • Desired Toppings. A great Vegan choice would be some sliced Avocado. I went the vegetarian route and served with Sour Cream and Shredded Cheese
Vegan Chili

Vegan Chili

What to do:

  1. In medium sized pot or pan – heat olive oil over medium heat
  2. Peel and finely chop onion. Add to pot – stir. Let cook for about 5 minutes until soft and translucent
  3. Open cans of beans (drain off most liquid) and can of tomato
  4. Peel and finely chop garlic – add to onion. Stir for a minute
  5. Add tomatoes and beans to pot
  6. Season with salt & pepper. Start with little ( you can always add more)
  7. Add chili seasonings. I used 1/4 teaspoon of chipotle chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 paprika. This was plenty spicy for me, in fact I added some water at this point. But maybe I’m just a whimp
  8. If you like the sweet and spicy combo – add the syrup. I used 1/4 cup, but you could do less of course.
  9. Stir and let simmer for as long as you have the patience. If you think it’s too thick – add some water
  10. Serve with desired toppings and maybe some cornbread or crusty French or Italian bread. Yum!
Vegan Chili

Vegan Chili

Super, super easy – and quick Vegan Chili. And delicious. And healthy. And you can add that to your Vegan Repertoire – to impress your Vegan self, your Vegan friends, or your Vegan boss.

Enjoy! Please let me know your thoughts and suggestions : )

Bon Appetite!

Annika

 

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Crustless Spinach and Mushroom Quiche

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Yay for Meatless Monday! I would love to go all Vegetarian, but I don’t think my family is in favor. But, Mondays I can legitimately push my Veggie agenda : ). Not that we are big meat eaters in this family, but anyways…So, today/tonight I thought Quiche sounded good. A Crustless Spinach and Mushroom Quiche, because who really needs the fatty crust? Not I.   The added benefit is – that it makes the quiche gluten free. Or you can look at it this way – now you can serve the quiche with a salad and some nice crusty French or Italian bread, with less carb-guilt.

Crustless Spinach and Mushroom Quiche

Crustless Spinach and Mushroom Quiche

Crustless Spinach and Mushroom Quiche

What you need:

  • 1 Portobello Mushroom (or 1 package of Cremini or Button Mushrooms)
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 2-3 cups Fresh Spinach
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 tbsp. Flour
  • 1/2 – 1 cup Shredded Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Butter

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F
  2. Grease your baking dish (round or rectangular does not matter)
  3. Heat olive oil and butter in pan over medium heat, on stove top
  4. Peel and slice onion in half moons
  5. Add onion to pan and give it a stir
  6. Wash and chop mushrooms. Add to onion.
  7. Sautee onion and mushrooms for about 5 minutes – until tender
  8. Peel and chop or press garlic. Add to onions and mushrooms. Stir to combine for a minute
  9. Add flour and stir. Cook for about one minute (to get rid of flour taste)
  10. Add milk and stir. Let come to a boil for about a minute or two – to thicken. Season with salt & pepper.
  11. Tear spinach somewhat before adding to pan. Stir for about a minute – until spinach is wilted. Take pan off heat.
  12. In a separate bowl – whisk the eggs. Add cheese to the eggs. Stir to combine.
  13. Transfer onion, spinach and mushroom mixture to greased baking dish. Then slowly add egg mixture. Stir – just to combine.
  14. Bake for about 30 minutes at 375 F.
  15. Let cool a few minutes before serving.

 

Crustless Spinach and Mushroom Quiche

Crustless Spinach and Mushroom Quiche

Serve with a salad and enjoy : )

Happy Meatless Monday!

Annika

 

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Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa

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Are you getting bored with oatmeal or cream of wheat? Are you looking for a super food breakfast? Or do you just have some left over quinoa? Whatever your reason – you should consider having some Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa this Sunday morning. We all know by now, much thanks to Dr. Oz, that Blueberries are magical berries. Quinoa is also quite the super food – it has a lot of protein, fiber, iron and more. Another benefit – it’s gluten free. It also has a mild flavor – so you can use this grain in many different recipes. Sweet or savory. This is a sweet version.

Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa

Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa

Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa

What you need:

  • Some cooked Quinoa
  • Frozen or Fresh Blueberries (or any other fruit..)
  • A little milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • Maple Syrup (if you want to add sweetness)

What to do:

  1. Add desired amount of quinoa, blueberries, and milk (a small amount or you’ll end up with soup). Heat through in microwave or on stove.
  2. Add desired amount of Maple Syrup
  3. Eat and enjoy!!
Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa

Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa

That was super hard!!

Happy Sunday!

Annika

 

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