I eat at the dance studio two times a week at the moment between teaching classes and most of the times I either buy or make a salad. It’s easy to prepare and light on my stomach when I have to dance again straight after. But now, I got kind of bored with the salads and wanted to make something different. I figured a wrap would be easy and light as well, so I looked for things to put in my wrap at my local supermarket.
Sometimes you feel like snacking on something and you just don’t want to take another piece of fruit, but you don’t want to take something that is as unhealthy as a candybar or potato chips either. You just need something that gives you the idea of snacking without feeling guilty about the snack you just ate. I have a couple of healthy and super tasty options for those moments for you! Lees verder
Quite a strange title for this blogpost isn’t it? But that is exactly what this banana bread does: it makes banana haters eat banana. Somehow I never liked the taste of banana, as a child and as an adult still. It doesn’t matter if the banana is baked, in a smoothie, cake, or even artificial like in candy, if I taste banana, I don’t like it. Because I really want to eat bananas for their healthy benefits, I have tried to eat banana in all kinds of foods to see if there was a way I would like it, but no succes. Untill now! Lees verder
After making the chickpea burger, I had quite a lot of sweet potato and lettuce left. I don’t like to waste food, so I decided to incorporate these ingredients in a salad to take with me the next day. I eat at the dance studio between classes on thursdays and I always like to have some kind of salad. I also had a bag of bulgur and quinoa from Zonnatura which you only have to heat for 2 minutes in the microwave and wanted to use that as well. So I got a bit creative this time and added pomegranate seeds, pecans and grilled halloumi to the salad. Lees verder
Christmas is approaching and it will be just two more weeks untill all the festivities in my family start. Actually, even less than two weeks, because we also host a dinner on Christmas eve with some of our relatives. Then we have first day of Christmas with my mothers’ side of the family and then second day of Christmas with my fathers’ side of the family. For the non-Dutch reader: we really have two official days of Christmas in the Netherlands. It can be convenient if you have multiple groups of people to celebrate Christmas with, like me. And then we still need an extra celebration on Christmas eve, because we can’t fit it all in two days. So I am planning the menu’s and dishes as we speak. I love to try new, delicious, crowd pleasing recipes, but sometimes it can be a struggle to find recipes everyone likes when you are cooking for larger groups. In fact, our numbers are: 8 people on Christmas eve, 15 on the first day and 19 on the second day. On the first and second day, we usually organise it in a way where every family member makes a part of the dinner and takes it to the host where it may be finished or heated before we actually eat. We haven’t discussed the menu’s for those days yet, but I have already seen some great recipes I would like to make.
My father loves to make the typical Dutch winter dinner ‘zuurkool’ (or sauerkraut for the non-Dutch speaking). Zuurkool is directly translated: “sour cabbage”, finely cut cabbage that has been fermented by various lactic acid bacteria. It has a distinctive sour taste. In the Netherlands, we like to make it with mashed potato, like a ‘stamppot’. We like a rookworst (smoked sausage ) with it or a speklapje (piece of porkbelly). When my dad makes it, hè likes the porkbelly to be cooked in the same pan as the zuurkool. Sounds a bit odd, but that is how his parents made it for him when he was a child. I must say it does taste nice and the porkbelly gets really tender. We are just not that used to cooking our meat , as we usually bake it.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I often take salads with me to the dance studio when I need to have dinner there. If I have the time (sometimes I seriously don’t have the time, even though preparing these salads takes only 15 minutes), I like to make my own salads with whatever is around. This is often a lot cheaper than the store bought salads. Usually I will make a pasta or quinoa based salad with some vegetables and either chicken, fish or cheese. Today I will share two of my favorite combinations, both with pasta: