Living the good life, the healthy way

Two seriously delicious dinners I want to share with you

Published 2013-07-10 10:13:11 i Chicken, Dinners, Fish, GI recipes, Lunches,

The last couple of days I have been trying new recipes (with my own modifications, one of them completely remade), and both of them I went "I need to cook this again, definately!".
First out was this asian salmon/bean salad which was just amazing! Let me see if I can remember how I did it...
Two servings:

  • 2 filets of salmon
  • a bunch of mushrooms
  • a tin of mixed beans
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • some fresh grated ginger
  • sesame oil
  • neutral oil (coconut/sunflower/rapeseed)
  • soy
  • spinach leaves
  • sesame seeds
Chop the salmon into cubes, dice the mushrooms and stir fry them in a little bit of sesame oil, neutral oil and soy. Add in grated garlic and ginger, add more sesame oil/neutral oil and soy if needed. Add the beans, and let it all fry until cooked. Spinkle sesame seeds over it all and serve on a bed of spinach leaves. Absolutely fantastic! (I had some sambal oelek in it too, but if you don't like chili you can leave it out).
Second amazing dinner was this wrap:
  • 2 chicken breast
  • 2 tomatoes
  • ½ red pepper
  • ½ onion
  • 3 big teaspoons of tapenade
  • fresh rosemary
  • fresh oregano
  • spinach leaves
  • alfalfa sprouts
  • 2 wholemeal wraps
Dice the chicken into cubes, dice onion finely, same with pepper and tomatoes. Fry it all with generous amounts of tapenade. Add salt and pepper after taste. Cook until it's ready. Lay some spinach leaves and sprouts on the wraps. Top with the chicken stir (and a little sundried tomato if you wish), and serve! The only downside of this dish was that the bread went maybe the bread is better served on the side. Up to you! Delicious either way :)
Hope you have a great Wednesday!

Healthy greek style bulgur salad

Published 2013-06-26 16:33:21 i GI recipes, Lunches,

Today I made this beauty for lunch. It was absolutely delicious and full of healthy nutrients!
I roasted 1 aubergine, 2 zucchini, 2 red peppers, 2 red onions and 4 chopped up cloves of garlic in the oven at 200 degrees for about 30 minutes. To add more flavour I topped it with fresh rosemary and oregano from the garden, some olive oil, salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar too.
While it was roasting I cooked 1 dl of bulgur. When everything was ready I mixed it all together (ok, not all veggies because there was lots!), and added 2 teaspoons of tapenade. Topped it all with thin slices of smoked turkey and some feta cheese.
Yummy and extremely healthy!

Gluten free orange and vanilla sponge cake

Published 2013-06-01 10:12:00 i Baking, GI recipes,

This cake was beyond my expectations. Absolutely delicious and with no flour or butterl. I promise, it's possible! Really fluffy, moist and full of flavour and good stuff that will provide your body will nutrition as well as making your tastebuds dance from happiness!
So how is it possible? I found the recipe on this blog, however I switched over a couple of things, so here's how I made it:
  • 400 grams of cooked big white beans.
  • 1 tsp of raw vanilla powder
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 3-4 eggs (depending on size)
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
Prepare the oven (165 degrees Celsius) and prepare the baking tin by either oiling it, or wrapping baking paper on the inside. Mix the ingredients above with a rod mixer (or food processor) until it's a smooth puré. Then add:
  • 5 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice.
  • 3 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 3 tbsp orange zest
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
Mix once more, and then pour the mixture in the baking tin. I warn you, don't taste the mix or you will eat it all up before it's cooked! Bake in the oven for approximately 30-40 minutes. The cake should be just like an ordinary cake and not be "wet" if you poke it with a stick.
Serve as it is, or as a snack with some fresh fruit/berries and cottage cheese. Or why not with your breakfast. After all, it DOES contain more healthy stuff, than unhealthy ;)

Chickpea patties with cauliflower/broccoli gratain

Published 2013-04-09 19:37:19 i Dinners, GI recipes, Vegetarian,

Yesterday I made chickpea patties with a gratain of cauliflower and broccoli. It was so good I need to share the recipe with you!
Chickpea patties:
  • 2 tins of chickpeas, rinsed.
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 egg
  • ½ dl of oats
  • Lots of nice curry and nice seasoning, salt and pepper.
Mix together in a food processor until smooth. Form into little patties and fry in some rapeseed oil.
Cauliflower and broccoli gratain:
  • ½ cauliflower, cut into little florets
  • 1 broccoli, cut into florets
  • 250 grams of half-fat creme fraiche
  • 1 dl of milk
  • french herbs
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • some grated cheese.
Put the cauliflower and broccoli in an oven safe tray. Mix toghether creme fraiche and milk with seasoning, pour over the cauliflower/broccoli, put some cheese on top and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 200 degrees C.
Serve with some fresh salad and vegetables :) Enjoy!

Avocado chocolate cake

Published 2013-04-05 09:43:39 i Baking, GI recipes,

If it was a success? I'd say so! I liked it a lot, Chris ate it quite happily, but who knows if he liked it or not. At least he didn't spit it out. In the end he said "it's a typical Swedish type of cake, not my favourite", haha! It's not sweet at all like your average cake, but not bitter or boring at all either.
For 1 small cake (4 servings) I used:
  • 1 small avocado
  • 1½ dl of coconut flour
  • ½ dl dinkel flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 dl milk
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 3 tbsp stevia sweetener (not my favourite choice of sweetener, use what you like)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
I started by trying to mash up the avocado, but decided it was just going to be chunky and horrible, so I ended up putting all ingredients in a bowl and brought out the rod mixer and just mixed it all. To begin with I only had ½ dl of milk, but it ended up way too thick, so I added until I got the consistency I wanted, probably about 2 deciliters. Bake in the oven at 175 degrees Celsius, for maybe 20 minutes? Let the cake rest for a while before eating it, to cool down. 
It should have almost a fudgy texture when done, slightly moist. It was lovely served with some whipped cream. Hope you enjoy!
Kan man göra chokladkaka på avocado? Jajamän! Med konsistens som godis fudge, och kraftig och inte så söt chokladsmak, tycker jag nog att denna kaka var en succe. Om man gillar den eller inte är såklart helt individuellt, den är inte så söt som vanlig chokladkaka, och kokosmjölet ger en annan slags konsistens, men tillsammans med lite vispad grädde tycker jag allt att den var helt underbar :-)


Published 2013-04-01 11:31:21 i Breakfasts, GI recipes, Vegetarian,

Last day off this long weekend. It's been lovely. Started this morning with a long and well earned sleep in, and then I went up and did small pancakes for breakfast. 
As you already know I loke playing around with different versions of pancakes and trying to make them healthier and more nutritious, so that it's possible to indulge guilt free. Sometimes I manage and sometimes not. This time I'll say that I did ;-)
For two people I used:
  • 1½ dl organic dinkelflour
  • 2,5 dl organic semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1 tsp roganic sugar
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
Just mix it all together and fry with some vegetable oil. I served with fresh fruit and frozen berries, and some quark.
Notice how much organic stuff I had in my pantry? I like the fact that I'm buying food with more thought for the environment and also my own health. Buying organic means less pesticides, additives and more nutritional value and flavour. Benefits all the way. 

Simple lunch

Published 2013-03-24 14:27:26 i Fish, GI recipes, Lunches,

Sunday lunch called for something quick and simple, as the planned menu didn't really work out. So I took the few prawns we had left in the freezer, boiled some quinoa, heated a frying pan and threw sweet corn, sweet peas, asparagus and cashews in with some garlic and curry spices. Then added the quinoa and prawns and served with some fresh vegetables (greens, cabbage and cherry tomatoes). Voila! Really tasty ( cashews in food is amazing!), healthy and simple!
This meal is gluten-free, and can be made nut free by just excluding the nuts, or vegan by removing the prawns and adding soya beans for example. The quinoa provides good quality carbs and is also very high in protein. Cashews provide healthy fats and protein, and the prawns are just awesome, lean protein too. The vegetables speak for themselves. Never eat a meal without fruit or vegetables. Just don't. 

Saturday lunch

Published 2013-03-16 14:03:00 i Breakfasts, GI recipes, Living life, Lunches, Vegetarian,

Vegetarian, almost vegan, low GI pancakes for lunch. Sounds good? Well, it wasn't bad. Next time, I'll do the same but not without eggs! Anyway, these pancakes are full of healthy stuff and contains no fat, only the butter you fry them in!
So why do I say almost vegan? Because I fried them in butter. I could've chosen vegetable oil instead, but I think pancakes in butter are just too tasty! Instead of whipped cream I made a cashew cream full of good nutrients. Bananas and blueberries are a must!
Vegan pancakes for two:
  • 1,5 dl of whole wheat flour (I used dinkel)
  • 1 dl of coconut flour (can be exchanged for normal flour)
  • 2 dl of oats milk
  • 0,5 dl of water, add more if needed.
  • 0,5 tbsp of baking powder
  • 0,5 tbsp of sugar
I also added about 2 tbsp of ground flaxseed to make up for the egg, didn't really work though. Next time I'll make the pancakes with an egg for a more fluffy texture. They turned out nicely flavourwise, but they were quite dense and doughy. 
Cashew cream:
  • 1 dl of cashews
  • 0,5 dl of water
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 0,5 teaspoon of raw vanilla powder
Soak the cashews in water for about 15-30 minutes. Add the frozen banana and raw vanilla powder and mix it well with the rod mixer, or in the food processor. Voila! A creamy and tasty option to whipped cream. 
Veganska pannkakor stod på lunchmenyn idag. Nästa gång satsar jag dock på att ha i ett ägg i alla fall, för utan ägget blev pannkakorna ganska stabbiga. Jag tipsar dock varmt att utbyta grädde mot cashewkräm, som du enkelt gör genom att mixa blötlagda cashewnötter med frusen banan och lite vaniljpulver. Bananen kan såklart bytar ut mot vilken frukt/bär som helst. Använd fantasin! Mycket mer näring än grädde, och med nyttiga fetter istället för de skadliga fetterna i grädden. 

Chicken and bean stew.

Published 2013-02-04 21:53:18 i Chicken, Dinners, GI recipes, Living life,

I want a fashion blog, I want a cooking/exercise blog, I want a photography blog. Hmmm, all in one? Or three differetn ones. There is too much inspiration out there :-)
Anyway, cooked this lovely dinner tonight. I realised I had already posted this recipe before, right here <-- click!
This time I used a variety of beans rather than just large white ones, but otherwise it's exactly the same. I'm longing for brighter and longer days, to make my photography more interesting again. Dark rooms do not make food look the most appealing on photos (geez, many "o"s in that sentence!).
Jag vill ha typ alla slags bloggar, får så mycket inspiration när jag surfar runt, men man kan väl bara ha en slags blogg, eller? Lagade denna fantastiska kycklingrätt ikväll och längtar efter längre och ljusare dagar. Mörka rum får god mat att se väldigt tråkig ut på foto!

Dinner times two

Published 2013-01-17 20:54:00 i Chicken, Dinners, GI recipes, Living life,

Yesterday's dinner: Chickenwings and salad
Tonight's dinner: Curry and whole grain pasta.

Was on a bit of a low yesterday. Didn't have any energy and was incredibly bored with just about everything. Today I have much more energy and happiness back! Feel positive, lucky and pleased with life, even the things that might not be going as well as I'd wish. 
By the way, who can live without veggies? I feel quite sorry for people who don't like fruit and veg. All they eat is like boring pasta, dairy and meat. No colour, no amazing flavours! Tsk, veggies are the best!
Kände mig lite låg och orkeslös igår, men är mycket gladare och mer positiv idag! Har varit och fikat med en gammal vän och lagat en god curry till middag. Hur kan man liksom inte gilla grönsaker och frukt? Det är ju det som ger mest smak till mat. Utan det blir det nån brun tråkig tallrik med bara kolhydrater och kött, typ. Trist!

Pork chops with creamy mushrooms sauce and boiled vegetables.

Published 2013-01-13 20:28:58 i Dinners, GI recipes, Lunches, Meat,

This is what we had for lunch today, yummy pork chops with a creamy mushroom sauce (that's non dairy!) and boiled vegetables. I simply fried the pork chops in some oil with salt and pepper, and I boiled the vegetables. Here's how I made the sauce:
  • 1 onion
  • 5 button mushrooms
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1,5 dl of low fat cream (I used oat based cream)
  • curry, salt, pepper, rosemary
Chop the onion, mushrooms and garlic finely and fry in a saucepan with some oil, until soft. Add the cream and season unitl you find the flavour satisfying. I also added a little thickener to dense it up a little.
By using a non dairy product I actually cut down the amount of saturated fats from 15 grams to 1,5 grams! That's pretty good :-)
Gjorde fälskkotletter med krämig svampsås och kokta grönsaker till lunch idag. Såsen gjorde jag på lök, champinjoner, vitlök, Oaty iMat grädde, och kryddor. Det var gott! Första gången jag provade alternativ till vanliga mejeriprodukter och jag tyckte faktiskt det var bra :-)

Bean soup

Published 2013-01-02 13:50:46 i GI recipes, Lunches, Vegetarian,

Been on the sofa the entire day so far, and really feel crap. I also feel very unproductive again, and want to make sure I get things done, but have no energy to do so. Bah. I really do hope this cold goes away quickly!
Had bean soup and crackers with avocado and mackerell for lunch, really yummy and warming. Added lots of garlic to the soup to hopefully ward of the germs ;-)
Bean soup for 3-4:
  • 1 can of mixed beans
  • 1 can of kidneybeans
  • 3 whole tomatoes
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp of dried basil
  • 2 tsbp tomato puree
  • 1/3 of a yellow pepper
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • ½ liter of water
  • dash of balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper
Heat the oil in a saucepan and lightly fry the tomatoes (chopped into pieces), garlic, pepper, basil and puree. Add the water, stock cube, and other seasoning and let boil for 10 minutes. Add beans (rinsed) and let boil for another 10 minutes. Taste and season a little more if needed. Mix with a rod mixer until smooth and serve. A bit of half-fat creme fraiche goes very well on top, and also a little parmesan cheese if you wish :-)


Published 2012-12-21 21:56:11 i Dinners, GI recipes, Living life,

I love my new jeans I bought the other day at H&M for only 100 kronor. Good buy! For dinner tonight we had scrambled egg and smoked salmon. Very simple, but oh so good! Had a nice juicy orange and a hot chocolate for dessert, hehe ;-)
It also seems like the world didn't end this time either. Don't know how many doom's day I've survived now, hehe. 
Älskar mina nya jeans! 100 :- på H&M, billigt och bra! Världen gick inte under idag heller, jag kan börja skyta med hur många domedagar jag överlevt snart. Eller alla vi på jorden för den delen ;-)

Salmon burgers

Published 2012-12-14 21:54:05 i Dinners, Fish, GI recipes, Living life,

Phew! I went to cross fit class at the gym today, and it was really hard! It was three stations with different exercises at the gym. My pulse went really high and at some point I started to feel a little dizzy, haha. It reminded me that even though I'm fitter than I was when i didn't exercise, I still have a long way to go! I will definately go there again, to try and build more cardio and strength!
Cooked a really nice dinner consisting of a home made salmon burger and a home made burger bun to go with it. Spreaded some low fat cream cheese on the bread and also put some avocado and cucumber in it. It was really good!
This is how I made the burgers (two):
  • 200 grams of salmon
  • 200 grams of prawns
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1 egg white
  • salt and white pepper
  • a little bit of lemon juice
Mix it all in a food processor until smooth, and fry in a medium hot pan with some butter, for about 5 minutes on each side.
Also, the tree has come up, but the lights aren't working, so need to sort that tomorrow before we can decorate it :-)
Var på Cross fit på gymmet idag, vilken pärs! Kommer definitivt gå på det igen, för att utmana mig själv och få bättre kondis och styrka. Åt goda laxburgare till middag när jag kom hem. Mixa lax, räkor, lök, äggvita, salt och peppar och citronjuice. Forma till burgare och stek 5 minuter på varje sida i lite smör. Nomnom :) 


Published 2012-12-09 21:21:45 i Baking, GI recipes,

Just made some bread cause I fancied doing something, and because we are going out tomorrow, so I thought we could bring baguettes for lunch! 
This is how I made it:
  • 20 grams of dry yeast
  • 1½ dl luke warm water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ tbsp honey
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 dl chopped nuts of your choice
  • 3 dl organic dinkelflour
  • 1 dl rye flour
Mix the yeast in water, then add salt, honey, nuts and oil. Mix. Add flour (the mixture should be a little wet). Let rise for as long as the yeast packet says. Mine only had to rise for 20 minutes. Take out of the bowl and work the dough into a long baguette. Bake in oven for 10 minutes at 250 degrees C.

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