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!

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!

Cod with vegetables

Published 2013-04-02 17:42:06 i Dinners, Fish, Living life,

Yesterday's dinner was a coulourful plate of pan fried cod, quinoa and beetroot, boiled carrot and broccoli, salad and some sour cream with caviar. Absolutely yummy.
Today I've been at work, been for a walk on the beach and Chris is out fishing. The weather is really nice at the moment. Spring is finally here.

Tuna and prawn "bolognese"

Published 2013-02-05 21:07:28 i Dinners, Fish, Workout,

Had a good session at the gym. Began with running for 20 minutes. I'm not the fastest runner but I managed 3 km. I could have kept on going, and was in a good form, but it was so HOT in the gym today. Lots of people there and I was struggling a little, hehe. Then continued with arms and shoulders, finishing off with tummy muscles and last some stretching. Was there an hour in total. Good!
Came home and cooked a lovely dinner consisting of tuna and prawn "bolognese", with fresh lemon fettucini. It was really tasty, even though white pasta isn't the healhtiest option. 
Recipe for three:
  • ½ onion
  • ½ fennel
  • 1 whole red bell pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 can of crushed tomatoes (400gr)
  • 1 can of tuna in water
  • about 2 dl of prawns
  • 1 vegetbale or fish stock cube (of good quality), terragon, black pepper, maybe salt, depending on your stock.
Fry the chopped onion and garlic with a little bit of rapeseed oil/olive oil. Add tomatoes, chopped fennel, chopped pepper, seasonings and let it simmer while the water for your pasta is warming up to boil. Add tuna. When the water for your pasts is boiling, add the pasta to it. Add prawns to the sauce. Serve. (Fresh pasta boild for only 2-3 mins, so if you use ordinary pasts time it all well, don't add prawns until 2 minutes before serving).
Stek lök, vitlök i lite olja. Häll på en burk krossade tomater och lägg i hackad paprika och fänkål. Krydda med buljong, dragon och peppar och låt sjuda medans pastavattnet kokar upp. Lägg i tonfisken. När vattnet kokar lägg ner pastan däri och lägg i räkorna i pastsåsen. Anpassa såklart tiden efter vilken pasta du har, men lägg i räkorna tidigast 2 minuter innan servering, de blir sega om de får koka för länge.

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!

Raw and vegan salad = yum

Published 2013-02-01 18:43:51 i Dinners, Vegetarian,

I absolutely adore raw vegetables. I couldn't live on completely raw diet, because it is so lovely to eat a nice hot soup or stew. I like too many different foods to be able to give it up. But I have to admit that eating a raw, vegan salad makes me feel good about myself.
I loaded this plate with rocket, baby spinach, ½ mango, ½ avocado, ½ tomato, 1 carrot, alfalfa sprouts, red onion and a handful of almonds. The almonds and avocado gives me the protein and healthy fats I need, and the vegetables and fruit gives me all those incredibly 'good for you' vitamins and minerals.
I'm about to head off out to visit mum for a bit, since Chris is over at a friend's having a 'guys' night' ;-)

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 :-)

Tired Thursday

Published 2012-12-27 16:30:03 i Dinners, Living life, Vegetarian,

Stir fried vegetables with whole wheat pasta./ Wokade grönsaker med fullkornspasta.
Just enjoyed this fresh meal after a day of shopping with the girls. Eating mostly vegetarian/vegan today, to give my stomach a break from all the meat left-overs from Christmas. Feeling a bit better today, but my stomach is still grumbling a lot. Feeling really tired and exhausted, so I will not do any workout today, even though I had it planned. I will sit on the sofa, and recharge, and hopefully I will feel better tomorrow!
We are also going to my dad's tomorrow, so need to make sure I'm all well for that too :-)


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 :) 

My day and lasagna

Published 2012-12-05 20:05:50 i Dinners, GI recipes, Living life, Meat,

The last two nights I've slept like a princess, honestly! Waking up feeling completely rested is something truly wonderful, haha! The snow is still on the ground, and yesterday I dragged Chris out for a walk with me and the camera. We enjoyed watching the sun go down and the snow glitter, but got quite frozen! 
Today I've been to Varberg to finish the "last" bits on the dissertation, when I came home I made banana muffins, and I think they are quite healthy too! ;-) For dinner I made lasagna. Honestly, the best. lasagna. I've. ever. made. I kept wanting more like an hour after dinner, haha. The secret? Celeriac and mushrooms. Chop some celeriac and add to the tomatosauce, it gives it a really nice, rich flavour. And mushrooms that soak up all the lovely garlic flavour - omnomnom. For bechamelsauce I used low-fat creme fraiche with garlic and parmesan, milk and a few slices of low-fat cheese. Yumyum!
Har varit såå utvilad de senaste nätterna, helt underbart! Var ute på promenad i snön igår, och i Varberg idag. Sedan har jag bakat nyttiga bananmuffins och lagat min bästa lasagne någonsin. Hemligheten? Rotselleri och champinjoner i tomatsåsen. Helt underbart. Som ostsås använde jag creme fraiche med vitlök och parmesan, lite mjölk och 17% hushållsost. Namnam!

Gym and frittata

Published 2012-11-29 21:05:00 i Dinners, Meat, Workout,

Had a really good workout at the gym today! Put more weights on my legs, and I definately felt stronger lifting in both chest press and shoulders. Yay! :-D
At the moment I'm lifting:
Legs (Squats): 17 kgs
Chest: 9 kgs
Back/Shoulders: 9 kgs (I would take more on the back unless it was a combined back and shoulder exercise...)
Triceps: 6,5 kgs 
Biceps: 6,5 kgs
Legs (Lunges): 11,5 kgs
Shoulders: Press ups, then 2 kgs in each hand.
Stomach: Sit ups
Came home and was starving. Made a frittata with tomatoes, onion, ham and potatoes, which we poured egg over and baked in oven until the eggs were cooked. Served with a side salad.Yummyyummy!

Thai curry with salmon and prawns

Published 2012-11-28 21:35:30 i Dinners, Fish, GI recipes,

Recipe is taken straight from the book in the background: "Mina bästa GI-recept" Ulrika Davidsson.
Thai curry with salmon and prawns for four:
  • 2 carrots
  • 300 grams of salmon
  • 100 grams of prawns
  • 1 red onion or ½ leek
  • 2 tbsp grated ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 straw of lemongrass
  • 3-5 dl of fish stock (depending on if you will eat it as a soup or stew)
  • salt and pepper
  • A handful of sugarsnaps
Peel, clean and chop/grate the onion, carrots, lemongrass, ginger and garlic. Fry in rapeseed oil in a saucepan for a couple of minutes. Add the can of coconut milk and stock. Let it boil for about 15 minutes, and meanwhile dice the salmon and prepare prawns. Add the salmon and sugarsnaps and let boil for 5 minutes. Add prawns. Serve with rice.
Yumyumyum! Really nice, filling and nutritional dinner! 

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