Inspiration: Salad with bulgur, sweet potato and halloumi

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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

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Recipe: Chickpea burger with roasted sweet potato for one

Recipe: Chickpea burger with roasted sweet potatoWhat do you do when you have to have dinner alone? Nope, you don’t order pizza or some other takeout food, but you make something you always wanted to try that the others in your hosehold were not too keen on. Perfect occasion right? So I recently saw this seasoning mixture from Verstegen to make a chickpea burger. I love chickpeas in any way: in a salad, roasted from the oven and in hummus, but I had never tried them in a burger. So I searched for recipes and got inspired by this burger from Gewoon wat een studentje ’s avonds eet. I made some adaptations to my taste in the recipe though. This would have to be on my dinner for one menu. I decided some avocado and lettuce would be great on the burger as well. To accompany it, I thought of some kind of potato and since we don’t eat sweet potato often enough in my opinion, that would become the side dish. Because I would have half an avocado left from the burger, I figured dessert would have to be an avocado chocolate mousse, which I had never tried also. Lees verder

Restaurant: Picknick Rotterdam

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Picknick is another place I read so much about on other blogs and every review I read was so positive that I needed to check it out myself. I honestly didn’t know it was in the place it is (at the Mariniersweg), even though I live in Rotterdam and I walked past it probably countless times. Really bad, I know. But this time I walked inside! Lees verder

Background: How can you fit in fastfood in a healthy lifestyle?

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Of course we all know most of the food at fastfood chains cannot be described as healthy and it doesnโ€™t fit into a healthy lifestyle. Most of the times it contains a lot of fat, sugar or salt and a lot of calories because of that. And yet many of us do sometimes go to fastfood chains and grab something to eat there. Personally I believe it is fine to do this every once in a while on special occasions, like a day out with friends or family or when you are returning from vacation, but not on a regular basis. Once a month is even too much for me. But I think you should be able to eat healthy and go and have a hamburger sometimes. I must admit I do like it when I go out to eat fastfood, it feels like a special treat because I almost never do this!
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Restaurant: The Tea Lab, Rotterdam

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While I was shopping for Sinterklaas presents in Rotterdam, I wanted to have something nice and warm to drink. As I had just passed by V&D, I was almost ready to turn around and grab a coffee or tea there as a template of The Tea Lab caught my eye. It pointed in the direction of where it was located, which is just around the corner from V&D. I figured I might give it a try, as I never heard of it before.
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Background: Dragonfruit or Pitaya

Pitaya or Dragonfruit dessertRecently I learned about this beautiful and a bit bizarre looking fruit called Dragonfruit or Pitaya. It is the fruit of several cactus species. They can weigh anywhere from 150 to 600 grams. On the outside it is a bright pink with green tips on the leaves or scales. On the inside it is white (there is a pink species as well) with a massive amount of black seeds.
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Inspiration: Two on the go pasta salads

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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:
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