Easy veggie dinner

Yesterday evening I made the simplest – and yummiest – veggie dinner!

All you need are an apple, cut in pieces or slices, salad, tomatoes, also cut in pieces. Next you grill some nuts (I used almonds and pine nuts) just by letting them bake for about 8 minutes in a hot pan. Make soms vinaigrette by mixing mustard, olive oil, vinegar and honey in a bowl. Place your apples, tomatoes and salad on a plate and sprinkle the nuts and vinaigrette over it. At last cut a log of goat cheese into thick slices and bake them in a pan with some butter until you get a crust on each side. I also toasted some bread in a pan. 

Your dinner is ready already! ✔

Enjoy it  🍴

Chocolate Rocky roads

I made a most delicious chocolate dessert, and it doesn’t even need baking! 

Melt 250gr of chocolate (dark, milk,.. as you prefer!) au bain marie. Add 75gr of butter and let it melt with the chocolate. Mix with a spoon or fork. Meanwhile, crumble 100gr of sand like cookies into smaller pieces, add 100gr of mini marshmallows (or normal ones cut in half) and 100gr of nuts (peanuts, walnuts,..). 

Mix everything together and put in an oven plate covered with parchment paper. Put in the fridge for at least two hours. 

Cut in pieces like a brownie and enjoy it!

It’s actually really easy and fast to make. And it was a big hit among my guests, so you should definitely try it!

Mexican Quesadilla

I tried something new! Some Mexican food and it was really good.

For 3 quesadillas you’ll need:

  • 6 wraps
  • 500 gr of minced beef/pork/chicken (whatever you prefer!)
  • A red pepper
  • An onion
  • Salad
  • Old grated cheede (I used a mix of emmental, cheddar and grimbergen
  • Olive oil/butter

Bake the minced meat and pour the fat out. Add some spices: paprika powder, cumin, pili pili, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Cut the pepper and the onion in pieces and add it to the meat. Put a little bit of olive oil in a pan and put a wrap in it. Add a third of the meat/pepper mix and press well with a spoon so it becomes relatively flat. Add some salad on top of it and finally the cheese. Put another wrap on it and press well with your hand. Use a spatula to see if the wrap grills/becomes a little brown and crunchy. If it is, put a plate on your pan, hold it thightly and turn it around. Now let the quesadilla slide again into the pan so the other wrap can bake too.

You can make a salad or some potatoes in the oven as a side dish. How to eat this in an easy way? Cut it in eight like a cake and eat with your hands :-)

Home made Summer drink

It’s been some time since I’ve posted anything, for about 8 months. Last month I started thinking about this blog and really wanted to write something again. It ain’t gonna be big nor amazing.

Just simple.

And easy!

Last year I tried different iced tea recipes, some were better than others but yesterday I tried an easy peasy one.

I used simple Lipton green tea citrus bags (5 bags for 1 liter). Add honey to the hot water. Squeeze an orange and for about half of a lemon. If too acid, add more honey.

Let it cool down in the fridge. When served, add some ice and a sprig of mint.

And it’s ready.. Already!

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I even took it to work the next day!

Veggie week: Recipe 5 – Veggieballs with yoghurt sauce

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Today’s world veggie day and here’s, of course, a new recipe in honour of this! I think it’s great there are more and more initiatives and restaurants where you can eat vegetarian or even vegan. Now I ate no meat for a whole week and I have to admit that I didn’t miss it at all! This motivates me to eat even less meat than I usually do. I discovered some good recipes which weren’t “special” and were easy and very good. By special I mean ingredients which aren’t common in every family, like quinoa for example. I really like quinoa but my family isn’t fan. But rice and potatoes, bread and broccoli, lettuce and zucchini etc are quite common. So eating veggie was easy and not really challenging for me. If I want something really challenging I should eat vegan for a week. I’m not sure if I would be able to, no cheese, no eggs,… And you really need to find good alternatives to get all your nutrients and eating out becomes difficult. In either way I hope to have inspired some of you to eat less meat and hope you try out some veggie recipes yourself!

Here’s what you need for my world veggie day-recipe (4 persons):

♥ 8 slices of old or toasted bread
♥ one onion
♥ one clove of garlic
♥ flat-leaf parsley
♥ fresh mint
♥ olive oil
♥ some milk
♥ two teaspoons of vegetable broth
♥ nutmeg
♥ optional if needed: flower and an egg
♥ natural or greek yoghurt (±350gr)
♥ a lemon
♥ potatoes
♥ fresh rosemary
♥ pepper and salt

Start by washing and cutting the potatoes into big parts. Put them in a dish with olive oil, rosemary and (sea)salt. Bake in a preheated oven to 190°C during ±30-40minutes.

While the potatoes are baking, break the bread into pieces and put them in a blender. Do this gradually, start with two slices – blend – add two other slices – etc. When all the bread is blended add the onion and garlic. Next, add a handful of parsley and mint. After these, add some olive oil, milk and the broth. Blend very good. At last, add pepper and the nutmeg.

Now you can start making the veggieballs. If the mixture is too dry, add some milk or maybe an egg, if the mixrure is too wet, add some flower until you get the right texture. Roll the veggieballs and bake them until you get a brown crust.

In the meanwhile prepare the yoghurt sauce by adding pepper, salt, mint and lemon juice to the yoghurt. You can add as much of each as you want, so don’t forget to taste!

You can make a sidedish like lettuce, tomatoes,…

Enjoy this world veggie day!

Lots of love,
Laura

Veggie week: Recipe 4 – Halloumi burger

Sometimes you long for a good burger, even during this veggie week… So I thought why not making a burger which is totally appropriate this week?!

Here’s what you need:
♠ A pistolet per person
♠ Eggplant caviar (eggplant, garlic, olive oil, pepper & salt)
♠ Halloumi cheese
♠ One onion
♠ Three tablespoons of sugar
♠  Water
♠  Slices of cucumber
♠  Slices/pieces of tomatoes
♠  Lettuce

Start by slicing the halloumi into pieces with a thickness of one centimeter. If you make them too big, the burger will be very heavy. Grill the cheese in some olive oil (or other) until you get a nice goldenbrown color. Meanwhile start baking the onion. When it’s also somewhat colored, add the sugar and a little bit of water. Let it boil until you get sticky, caramelized onions.

If you want to make the eggplant caviar yourself:
♥ Cut the eggplant in half
♥ Pour olive oil over each half
♥ Put in a preheated oven to 180°C, with a clove of garlic, for 30-40 minutes
♥ Take the eggplant pulp out with a spoon and put in a blender with some olive oil, peper, salt and the crushed clove of garlic
♥ Blend everything.. and ready!

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Now make your burgers by putting first the caviar on the pistolet, next the halloumi and the caramelized onions, finally end with the cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce.

Enjoy it!

Lots of love,
Laura

Veggie week: recipe 2 – Vegetable pilaf

I tried a new recipe and my family was a little bit suspicious but it turned out to be really good! And healthy, no meat, no salt and just a small amount of fat!

These are the ingredients for four persons:
♥ Olive oil
♥ 1 onion
♥ 2 cloves of garlic
♥ 2 teaspoons of ground cumin
♥ 2 teaspoons of paprika powder
♥ half a teaspoon of pili pili
♥ 300 gr of long-grain rice
♥ 2 dl of white wine
♥ 3 tomatoes
♥ 150 gr of mushrooms
♥ 1 zucchini
♥ 1 broccoli
♥ 4 dl of vegetable broth

Start by cutting the onion into pieces and bake them for 10 minutes in some olive oil. Meanwhile, cut the garlic, the tomatoes and the zucchini into small pieces, the mushrooms into slices and the broccoli into florets. When the 10 minutes are over, add the garlic and the spices. Bake for about a minute.

Add the rice and mix well. Add the broth, wine, tomatoes and mushrooms. Let it boil, then lower the heat, add the broccoli and let simmer with a lid on the pan for about 15 minutes.

Add the zucchini and let it sidder again for about 7 minutes.

Dinner is ready!
Bon appétit!

Lots of love,
Laura

Veggie week: recipe 1 – eggplant zucchini toast

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Next week, on thursday the first of October, world veggie day takes place! And there’s another initiative, veggie week, for the ‘die hards’, for the ones who want to take a challenge, those caring about animals or the environment, … It started yesterday, so it’s going from thursday to thursday and ends with world veggie day.

I will be posting some recipes this week, veggie recipes obviously. And here’s the first one! All credits go to my sister, Katia, I had nothing to do in the making of the recipe, nor preparing it.

For one person you need:

♣ 2 slices of bread
♣ Several slices of zucchini and eggplant
♣ One or two tomatoes
♣ 1/4 cucumber
♣ One avocado
♣ Half a lemon
♣ Pepper & salt
♣ Olive oil
♣ Optional: salad, oregano,…

Bake the slices of eggplant and zucchini with some (sea) salt in olive oil. When they get a nice color, put the slices between some kitchen paper to extract the olive oil. While doing this bake the slices of bread also in olive oil.

Next, make sandwiches by putting the slices of vegetables, pepper and salt between the bread. Put it in a preheated oven on 180°C and let it grill.

Meanwhile, make a salad composed with ingredients of your choice. We made a salad with tomato and avocadocubes, lemonjuice, pepper and salt.

Above making a delicious dinner my sister also presented it in a lovely way! Thanks sis!

It’s an easy recipe, but baking the zucchini and eggplant takes some time so take this into account when preparing this.

Enjoy it!

Lots of love,
Laura

Oatmeal Crepes

In my trials to be somewhat healthy I made oatmeal crepes! The recipe is super easy – think you already know my recipes are always easy ;-).

For three crepes you need:
♠ A banana
♠ 2 eggs
♠ Half a portion of oatmeal (+/- 15 gr)

Mix everything together and bake in some margarine/butter/oil.

I served it with fresh whipped cream and grapes, but there are endless possibilities! Honey, jam, fruit salad, peanut butter,…

If you eat one crepe in the morning, you’ll have energy ‘till noon (at least!).

Bon appétit!!

Lots of love,
Laura