Cleaning out the cupboard

I’m trying to get rid of all the unhealthy food I have at home. Unfortunately (or maybe it’s a good thing?) I don’t like throwing perfectly fine things out because it makes me feel arrogant to the people in the world that don’t have enough food. So, eat, give away, use it one last time or what? My unhealthy things are in general chocolate (I don’t have any cravings for it these days and I still have a lot left since Christmas), baking ingredients and jam. It’s not much, but since I don’t crave it and want to change my diet, I feel like I could use that space for food that I actually eat which is healthier.

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Yes, it’s insanely full and only the bottom one is mine, the one above belongs to my roomie.

Something that has happened twice now, which may not be the best solution but at least I get the things out of my cupboard, is that they literally fall out and onto the floor. And what happens when a jar hits the floor? Smash and food everywhere!

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Warm Chicken & pasta salad for cold winter days

Where I live in Spain it’s almost always sunny. We have what I as a swede call summer, almost all year around, but actually March to October. Sunny days, not so cold at night, but then we have November to February…

November and December aren’t too bad, it depends on the rest of the year, but January and February are horrible when it comes to temperature. Sure, daytime is great with 20-25 degrees Celsius, but at night it might go down to 0-5 degrees. And the houses are terrible! They don’t have any isolation in the walls (which is also a reason of why I can hear every conversation my neighbor has) and the cold enters the houses. When I wake up in the morning I have 10 degrees in my room. Perfect when sleeping in a nice and warm bed, but terrible when you have to get dressed…

So, why do I yabber so much about this? Well, trying to be good and healthy this year, I’ll try to have some more salads. But how can I have a cold boring salad when I’m freezing indoors and just want to get warm again?!
The answer is: warm salad!

Today I made myself a pasta and chicken salad, but instead of waiting for the everything to cool down I put it on the plate immediately. Yummy!

Today I did a mix of:
• pasta
• chicken
• mushrooms
• lettuce with coal and carrots
• cottage cheese
• pesto

De-li-cious!

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Start the year healthy with pancakes

I woke up late today, well, at least what’s considered late for me. Last night was a blast, I went to some friends’ house for dinner and wine, and we had a lot of all of it. For dinner we had raclette, a French cheese that you cook with meat and vegetables. It’s delicious, but the whole thing trying to be on a diet does not work with this dish… Good thing we went out dancing later so we could lose all the kilos we just gained.

So today when I woke up I was determined to make something a bit more healthy.

Healthy, for me, it does not mean that it has to be low fat or only vegetables. I believe in eating what you like (also because I used to be very picky when younger) but if there is a healthier alternative, use it! And in general, food cooked at home is healthier. You know what’s in the food, how it’s been cooked, and if there is any possibility to make it healthier. For example, use wholegrain flour instead of white flour, use oil instead of butter, if no sugar is needed, don’t add it, etc.

This morning I decided to make pancakes. I didn’t have any eggs at home so I searched the Internet to see if I could find a base without eggs. I did but then I changed the recipe (quite a lot).

Ingredients:
• 150ml almond milk
• 200ml wholegrain flour
• 1 tablespoon baking powder
• 1 tablespoon flaxseeds
• a pinch of salt
• 1,5 tablespoons of water
• olive oil (not even a tablespoon)

Preparation:
Mix it all in a blender (or if you don’t have a blender, mix the dry ingredients first and then add the liquid ones).
Fry the pancake in a pan (use olive oil if you have to)
Tadaa!

I later served the pancakes with my homemade applesauce. Yummy and filling.

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Chicken in almond sauce

For lunch today I made an old favorite that I used to do in Sweden, a chicken stew, but instead of using coconut milk, I used almond milk. It’s easy to make and takes maybe about 20-30min depending on how good you are at chopping vegetables.

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Ingredients:
• chicken
• onion
• carrots
• garlic
• leek
• almond milk
• salt and pepper
• olive oil for frying

Preparation:
Chop the vegetables and fry onion, garlic and carrots in a pan (1). I usually use a bit of extra oil that I later fry the chicken in. I like it when the oil takes on the essences of carrots and garlic and the chicken get a hunch of that flavor too. Once the vegetables are soft I take them out, leaving the oil in the pan, and I fry the chicken in it (2), which I chopped to smaller pieces. When they are fried I add the vegetables and also the leek (3). I stir it and let it cook for a few minutes and add spices. Today I used herbal salt (salt with thyme, rosemary and some other spices) and pepper. Finally I pour in some almond milk (4) and let it cook for a few minutes.

I served it with pasta, but you can also have it with rice, couscous, bulgur, quinoa or whatever you prefer.

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Eat more oranges!

Oranges

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Orange is at its best during the months with an R in it. They contain many important vitamins and has many health benefits.

  • The fruit is low in calories and doesn’t contain any saturated fat or cholesterol.
  • It contains pectin, a dietary fiber, which helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels and prevent colon cancer by decreasing toxics in the colon.
  • High levels of vitamin A and C, which both are antioxidants and helps the body to develop resistance against free radicals in the blood.
  • It contains minerals like calcium and potassium, which helps to control heart rate and blood pressure.

How to eat it:
Oranges can be consumed in many different ways. My favorite is just by slicing it and eating it the way it is, but also as a fresh pressed juice. It can also be used in fruit salads, to spice up your glass of water by putting a piece of orange into the water, in desserts, food, and the blossom can be used as herbal tea when dried.

I found one nice recipe here, from Gimme Some Oven, that I might try today.

Being healthy?

One thing that I always wanted, but unfortunately never gone for, is being healthy. I’ve always enjoyed life too much and been thinking that if I at least exercise, I don’t have to be that strict with a diet. And I still feel like that and I’m not unhealthy, but I could do better… Having a more varied diet, eat more vegetables, eat more organic and locally cultivated food and find healthier recipes. So here we go… I never believed in starting something on January 1st, it’s condemned to fail, I think you should start when you have the ambition of doing it, I mean, why wait?

I had some friends over for dinner the other day and I promised a friend I’d publish the recipe for the lasagna and the apple pie, but I’ll do that another day… Today I made something different! An easy snack that was great after working out. I made whole grain scones with flaxseeds. Easy-peasy to make and it took me 15 min, whereas 10 of the minutes were to bake the scones in the oven.

Ingredients:

  • 2,5 dl whole grain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Flaxseed (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 dl milk (I used almond milk)

Preparation:

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl, add the olive oil and mix the dough. Add milk. You can do one big scone or smaller ones, like I did. Put the dough and form it with your hands on a baking paper. Put it in the oven for 10 minutes on 250°C. Finished!

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