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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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Easy Homemade Tortillas – No Lard

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I have bought many tortillas over the years, most less than wonderful. There are these “homemade” tortillas at Trader Joe’s that look pretty authentic, and that is fine to buy those. But you know, with just a few ingredients (flour, oil, salt & water) you can make homemade tortillas within 30 minutes.

Easy Homemade Tortillas – No Lard

Easy Homemade Tortillas - No Lard

Easy Homemade Tortillas – No Lard

What you need (for about 10 small tortillas):

  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Olive Oil (or any vegetable oil)
  • 3/4 Cup of Water

What to do:

  1. In medium bowl – mix flour and salt. Then add oil and water. Stir, mix, and knead until you have a smooth ball of dough
  2. Divide dough into about 10 sections – then shape into golf size balls. IMG_0612
  3. Put dough balls back in bowl and then cover with damp paper towel
  4. Place non-stick skillet or cast iron skillet over medium heat
  5. Roll out one ball at a time, using a rolling pin (or cup or glass), on a floured surface, as thin as you can into a roundish shape
  6. Cook tortilla a couple of minutes on each side, until blistery (when one is cooking start rolling out your next tortilla).IMG_0614
  7. Wrap tortillas in a clean kitchen towel to keep warm and soft (or in a tortilla warmer if you have one)
Easy Homemade Tortillas - No Lard

Easy Homemade Tortillas – No Lard

Enjoy!

This recipe was found on http://homemadeforelle.com

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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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Vegetarian Burrito Bowl – in 10 Minutes

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Very often do I crave Mexican Food, but not often do I want to stuff myself with a ton of sodium, extra fat, and other various unknown ingredients.

So what if I could get my Mexican Food craving satisfied – in a healthy way at home, and in under 10 minutes?! You can too!! (And did I mention this one’s organic ?)

Vegetarian Burrito Bowl – In 10 Minutes

Vegetarian Burrito Bowl

Vegetarian Burrito Bowl

What you need:

  • Cooked Brown Rice (I used the Organic already cooked – just heat 90 seconds in microwave)
  • Organic canned Black Beans (again – heat in microwavable dish for 90 seconds)
  • Shredded Cheese (omit if you are Vegan… obviously)
  • Organic Guacamole (or just plain Avocado)
  • Organic Cherry Tomatoes (or any Salsa if you prefer)

What to do:

  1. Layer rice, beans, cheese (if using), guacamole, and tomatoes. Feel free to add sour cream or Greek yogurt : ) I would have, but I just didn’t happen to have any at home today.

That was hard! And time consuming too! Delicious, simple, healthy and homemade – just the way I like it! Now, enjoy your masterpiece – the Vegetarian Burrito Bowl!

Vegetarian Burrito Bowl - in 10 Minutes

Vegetarian Burrito Bowl – in 10 Minutes

Thanks for stopping by! Bon Appetite!

Annika

 

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Lite and Easy Vegan Lunch – Guacamole, Tomato, and Cucumber on Homemade Bread

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Easy Vegan Sandwich - Guacamole, Cucumber, and Tomato on Homemade Bread

Easy Vegan Sandwich – Guacamole, Cucumber, and Tomato on Homemade Bread

Who says Vegan have to be complicated? I am not Vegan, nor am I a Vegetarian, but I do enjoy a healthy meal. And for lunch I do not love a sandwich filled with processed lunch meat (that’s just me).  This is as simple as it gets – just smear on some guacamole (or mash up some avocado), put a few slices of tomato and cucumber on some yummy bread. Maybe even your homemade bread!

If you have really good ingredients, you get really good results. Pretty basic stuff really. And need I say it? Whenever you can – please use organic ingredients : )

Enjoy!

Annika

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