Monthly Archives: December 2012

What a party!

Hellow guys! Christmas dinner was fantastic! to much food and wine though ūüėČ so I woke up with a little Christmas hangover. I slept through breakfast so when i woke up my mother-in-law had already set up another feast. A seafood feast this time! Luckily I wasn’t too hungover ;). Rock lobster!

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After lunch I tested one of my Christmas presents, the Moulinex Masterchef 8000. The best food processor ever! It chops, grates, juices, makes smoothies, makes dough, just about everything realy. I made some almond butter.

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Yesterday’s party was so much fun! here are some pictures I selected.

My two wonderful brothers. It was realy hot inside so the red faces arn’t from the wine…yet ;).

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The guys talking football.

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My beautiful mom!

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Us.

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After dinner we played some Rumicub! Someone was cheating by the looks of it ūüėÄ 33456

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It was a great night! Dinner will be the rest of the seafood feast. Have a great evening everyone!

We Have a Winner!

Last night I made the final potential Christmas dessert candidate. Coconut Flour Chocolate Cake. It tasted fantastic! To make it more festive I’m going to make cupcakes with the dough instead of cake tomorrow. I’m also going to make some with vanilla taste instead of only chocolate ones.

Coconut Flour Chocolate Cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This morning I made Banana Nut French Toast.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 1/3C of almond milk
  • 1/2t of vanilla extract
  • 1t of cinnamon
  • 1/2t of pumpkin spice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 banana sliced
  • 3-4 pecans crushed
  • 2tbsp of maple syrup

Directions:

  • Heat skillet with 1tbsp of olive oil or coconut oil
  • Combine milk, vanilla extract, spices, eggs, beat until smooth
  • Soak bread in wet mixture and let it absorb
  • Place bread slices on hot skillet and let brown
  • Slice up banana and add crushed pecans on top, serve hot with maple syrup

For lunch and dinner I made Crustless Spinach Feta Quiche.

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While Jonas was watching his football team play I did an Insanity routine. After I finish this blog post it’s time to get ready for my football team!

I’m counting down the hours untill tomorow’s family Christmas dinner!¬†Enjoy your Sunday guys!

Something Something Chocolate

Today we went Christmas shopping. Underneath the Christmas tree lies a BIG present with Jonas and my name on it! We also had to buy some good wine for Christmass Eve. We asked the wine specialist for advice and he let us taste this very good red one. I love red wine!

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When we got home I decided to try another cake that I can make for our Christmas dessert. Coconut Flour Chocolate Cake.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup (30 g / 1 oz) ¬†cocoa or cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup (35 g / 1 ¬†1/4 oz) coconut flour (see notes )
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) gluten free baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 4 ¬†eggs
  • 1/4 cup ( 3 tablespoons) honey or organic maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml / 2 oz) macadamia nut oil or melted coconut oil or butter

Directions:

  • Preheat¬†oven to 160 C.
  • Combine¬†the cocoa, coconut flour, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt.
  • Add¬†the eggs, honey, vanilla and oil.
  • Mix¬†well until smooth and combined.
  • Spoon¬†into a small 15 ¬†– 20 cm baking tin lined with baking paper ‚Äď the smaller the tin the higher the cake‚Ķ or alternatively spoon into 8 lined cup cake tins.
  • Bake¬†the cake for 40 minutes or until cooked through. Bake smaller cupcakes for about 20 ‚Äď 25 minutes.
  • Remove¬†from the oven and allow to cool.

It’s stil in the over at the moment! I hope this one is going to be the one!

For breakfast I had Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats.

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ingredients:

  • 1 apple
  • 1 ¬†cup almond milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 tablespoons Stevia
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients. Cover and put in the fridge overnight.

For lunch I had a turky and cheese sandwish.

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I bought myself some sushi at the grocery store for dinner but they didn’t taste very good so I didn’t eat them all…I ate some nut bread with PB&J instead ;).¬†

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Time to get the chocolate cake out of the oven!!

 

Enjoy your evening everyone!

 

Let the Festivities Begin!

I had to get out of bed at half past 6 this morning to go to Zaventem and do some more interim testing. The test results were good, not easy doing language, admin and organization skills tests so early in the morning ;). The lady interviewing me seemed nice but at the end of the conversation she shocked me a little. She told me I had to dress fancier and that I had to have my nails done if i wanted to find a job! In her own words: “You don’t have to wear a Channel, I mean you can maintain your own style. But still”. She probably meant well and I guess I have some shopping to do ;).

I didn’t have much time for breakfast this morning so last night I prepared some overnight oats.

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When I got home from Zaventem I was starving! I made myself a hummus/feta/veggie stuffed pita.

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For dinner I’m ordering shrimp stuffed tomato at¬†the local diner. I won’t be making this one myself. A little lazyness on a Friday night isn’t a crime right? ūüėČ Tonight we’re also going out for a drink at the local pub called Mong Blok, nice way to start this festive weekend! So looking forward to the family Christmas dinner on Monday.

Enjoy this festive weekend you guys!

Mexican Style

I have been a busy bee today! I haven’t baked the pie I was going to…well I started to, and failed :D. Tomorrow I’m going to try a banana coconut flour cake and see how that turns out. When I woke up this morning I made a mug muffin(instead of blueberries I used chocolate chips)¬†and watched the latest episode of Private Practice.

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I decided to make cookies! I made 2 kinds of cookies, Coconut Flour Cookies and Hazelnut Chocolate Cookies. The Coconut Flour Cookies only contain 15 calories per cookie!! Every cookie loving girl’s dream ;).

Coconut Flour Cookies

Coconut Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoon coconut flour
  • 2 Tablespoon mashed banana or applesauce
  • pinch salt
  • stevia or other sweetener, to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 Tablespoon almond milk, or milk of choice

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In a small bowl, mix coconut flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add in masked banana or applesauce and stir. Add in almond milk, one tablespoon at a time until fully incorporated.
  • Drop dough by tablespoon or teaspoon, depending on how big you want them, on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Flatten the dough into cookie shapes.Bake in the oven at 350F for 10 minutes. Let cool before scarfing them all down.

Enjoy!

Hazelnut Chocolate Cookies

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup hazelnut flour (grind up hazelnuts in a food processor)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 3.5 ounces 70% dark chocolate, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted
  • 2 eggs

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Blend all ingredients until honey is well-distributed.
  • Place small scoops of batter (about 2 tsp each) on a parchment-lined cookie sheet‚Ķleaving about 1-inch between cookies. Cook for approximately 10 minutes.
  • These cookies are crumbly when they first get out of the oven. Let them cool for about 30 minutes to give them time to set.

Enjoy even more!

The whole house smelled of cookies!

Before lunch I did another Insanity routine. Lunch was a whole wheat wrap with greens, sweet corn, celery, shredded carrots, cucumber, sunflower seeds, granny apple slices, and hummus.

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For dinner I was in the mood for something spicy that didn’t take to much time. Jonas was picking me up to spend the night at his place. I opted for Spicy Chilli.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 pound minced chicken
  • 1 can low sodium kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic sal

Directions:

  • Pour olive oil into a large pot on medium heat and add onion and zucchini
  • Allow vegetables to saut√© until onion becomes opaque, about 5 minutes
  • Add ground chicken to vegetables and stir until meat is browned
  • Add the remaining ingredients
  • Allow to simmer on low for approximately 45 minutes

Enjoy your evening everyone!

Goodness Gracious Great Balls of Parmesan!

Coconuts are my favorite kind of fruit! The taste and smell of paradise. To cook I use coconut oil, to wash myself I use Ushuaia Coconut and this morning was the first time I have used coconut flour. I made myself coconut flour pancakes! One word, FLUFFY! These were the fluffiest pancakes ever :).

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Coconut Flour Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup almond milk (raw cow‚Äôs or coconut also work)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey or a pinch of stevia
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • coconut oil for frying

Directions:

  • Preheat griddle over medium-low heat. In a small bowl beat eggs until frothy, about two minutes. Mix in milk, vanilla, and honey or stevia.
  • In a medium-sized bowl combine coconut flour, baking soda, and sea salt and whisk together. Stir wet mixture into dry until coconut flour is incorporated.
  • Grease pan with coconut oil. Ladle a few tablespoons of batter into pan for each pancake. Spread out slightly with the back of a spoon. The pancakes should be 2-3 inches in diameter and fairly thick. Cook for a few minutes on each side, until the tops dry out slightly and the bottoms start to brown. Flip and cook an additional 2-3 minutes.

To top them I mixed together I Tbsp of Peanut butter, 1 tsp of strawberry jam and 1 Tbsp of Greek yogurt. Yum!

For lunch I had the rest of the Autumn Salad from yesterday with some whole wheat toast.

Today I tested a new cake. Zucchini Chocolate Cake. I wasn’t a big fan of the result! not sweet enough for my sweet tooth. Strangely enough my brothers liked it :). Still, tomorrow I’m testing another one. Something with nuts!

Zucchini Chocolate Cake

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Ingredienst:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp apple sauce
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup / 150 g whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup / 45 g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 cups (about 300-320 g) shredded zucchini

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 325¬įF (160¬įC).
  • In a bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla extract, honey, salt, and the applesauce.
  • Sieve the flour and the cocoa powder into another bowl.¬† Add the baking soda, the cinnamon, and the cardamom.¬† Mix well.
  • Add the liquid mixture to the dry flour mixture and combine until the dry ingredients are well mixed in.
  • Add the grated zucchini.¬† Mix once more.
  • Pour the batter into a 9‚ÄĚ (23 cm) diameter, round, greased cake pan or something with similar dimensions.
  • Bake at 325¬įF (160¬įC) for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out somewhat clean.

Enjoy!

Before dinner I did an Insanity workout. Shaun T got me sweatin’ alright ;). Like he always says,”This sh*t is bananas y’all!”.

Dinner was an absolute WINNER! My yougner brother couldn’t move and had to lay flat on the couch ;).

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 (600g) pounds ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • zest of half a lemon
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 14-ounce can storebought pizza sauce (such as Don Pepino‚Äôs)
  • about 4 ounces fresh mozzarella

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400¬įF, setting rack to upper third part of oven. In a large bowl, using your hands, gently mix together first 11 ingredients. Shape into medium size balls (that would be somewhere between golf and tennis) and place a few inches from each other on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl, mix one spoonful of your pizza sauce with olive oil. Brush this mixture on top of each meatball.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove meatballs from oven, spoon some sauce on top of each meatball, and cover each with a slice of cheese. Broil another 3 to 5 minutes until cheese is bubbly and golden.
  • Heat remaining sauce in a small saucepan.

You can serve these with sweet potatoe or mashed potatoes.

Enjoy your evening guys!

 

All I Want for Christmas is a Job!

Ok so my day consisted of more job searching. I’ve been searching for months now and stil nothing…Being at home is starting to drive me crazy! Tomorrow I have another job interview. Please Santa, all I want for Christmas is a job! To keep myself from going crazy I decorated the Chrismas tree! Sushi was going crazy again sniffing the tree and playing with the baubles :). I also went to Bio Planet for some ingredients to bake a gingerbread pie.

For breakfast I had pancakes topped with an almond butter and Greek yogurt mixture. Not bad!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1/4 cup¬† rolled oats* or oat flour ( DIY:grind rolled oats in your blender)
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk, unsweetened
  • Stevia powder
  • dash of salt

Directions:

In a blender or whisk by hand in a bowl the egg whites, oats, almond milk, stevia and salt. Spray a small saute pan with nonstick cooking spray. Heat on medium high heat and pour half of batter into pan. Cook for about 2-3 minutes until edges are set and somewhat set near center. Flip over carefully and cook another 2 minutes. Do the same for the other half.

I mixed 2 Tbsp of Greek yogurt with 1 Tbsp of almond butter and some stevia to top the pancakes.

We are all celebrating Chistmas at Jonas’ place. I want to bake a healthy pie for our Christmas dessert. I tested the first option today.

Gingerbread Pie

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It wasn’t bad but I didn’t have a YUMMY! feeling. Next time that I’m making this one I’ll have to add some more spices. Tomorrow I’m trying another pie ;).

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup ¬†almond milk
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 3 cups oatmeal

Directions:

Combine above ingredients, mixing well. Pour into greased pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

If you are going to try this one I would add some more cinnamon and ginger and maybe add some nutmeg, allspice, cloves and cardamom. experiment away!

For lunch I had my Crunchy Autumn Salad. My favorite salad!

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For dinner I made Cauliflower Fritters.

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Ingredients:

  • Half a large head cauliflower
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 cup raw, unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • pinch cayenne pepper

Directions:

  • Cut cauliflower into little florets and add to the bowl of your food processor. Process on pulse until cauliflower has texture of large grains of cracked wheat. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until well combined.
  • Heat a splash of olive oil in a frying pan and carefully drop about 1/4 of a cup of mixture for each fritter.
  • Cook three or four fritters at a time for 2 ‚Äď 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown, then keep warm while you cook the remaining fritters.
  • Serve warm (I like them cold also) with a few fresh vegetables or a nice green salad.

This makes 8 fritters and serves 2.

Enjoy!