March 10, 2014

Dinner suggestions list

Did something today I should have done a long time ago: wrote down a bunch of dinner suggestions. The next step is to combine the meals for weekly menus. The idea is to combine meals that contain similar ingredients to shop smarter - I hate throwing away food that has gone bad just because I never used them in another meal in time.




March 6, 2014

Hummus

Found chili and sesame seed crackers at the store - they were amazing! We had them with some hummus. I love homemade hummus; simple and much, much, much tastier than store bought.

Here is a simple (but delicious) hummus recipe:
  • 1 can/carton of chickpeas
  • 1 garlic clove (or more...)
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • Olive oil

Mix the chickpeas with a potato masher. Add minced/grated garlic and tahini.


Add olive oil until the texture is the way you like it. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. I ended up adding some dried chili flakes too.


Carrot soup

Carrot soup! Enough said.

This is what you need:
  • Carrots
  • Red bell pepper
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Canned crushed tomatoes
  • Coconut milk
  • Stock
  • Thyme

Chop up all the vegetables and bake them in the oven for about 30 minutes.


Transfer the vegetables to a saucepan and add the crushed tomatoes and the coconut milk.


Add stock and let the soup cook for about ten minutes under a lid. Mix until smooth and serve with thyme on top. Yum!


March 5, 2014

Spicy cheese dip

This dip is also inspired from the food we ate in Greece last summer. We pretty much had this dip every day (maybe not the most healthy decision ever - but hey, we were on vacation).

The dip didn't turn out exactly like I remembered it, so I will have to experiment with this a little bit more. But very tasty none the less.

This is what you need:
  • Green chili pepper
  • Feta cheese
  • Olive oil
Fry the green chili pepper (I halved it first).


Crumble the feta cheese in a larger bowl/deep plate.


Cut the fried chili pepper into smaller pieces. Finnish off by mashing it in a mortar.


Add the mashed chili pepper to the feta cheese. Add the olive oil that the pepper was fried in and use the mortar pestle to mix it all together. Add more olive oil until the consistency is the way you'd like it.


We had the dip with sweet potato fries. A perfect combination if I may say so myself.


Chania - Take 2

I always get a case of the Sundays. Always. So last Sunday to cheer myself up, I decided to make a meal inspired by our trip to Chania, Greece, last summer. You might remember that I posted another recipe inspired from that trip here.

This is what you need:
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Yellow onion
  • Garlic
  • Borlotti beans
  • Zucchini
  • Canned chopped tomatoes
  • Dried paprika
  • Mint


The sweet potatoes were cut into thin, long pieces and placed in the oven. I love sweet potato fries. These turned out a bit soft since I crammed the oven dish, but it didn't really matter. Still super tasty.


Meanwhile, fry chopped onion and garlic until soft. Add Borlotti beans and zucchini. Let it all fry for a few minutes and then add lots of dried paprika.


Add the canned chopped tomatoes and the mint. I love mint!


Let the bean stew boil under a lid while you wait for the sweet potato fries.

I served this with spicy cheese dip (another post with that recipe coming up). My husband came into the kitchen and exclaimed: "Smells like Greece!", so it felt like a pretty successful attempt at bringing some holiday feeling into a otherwise gloomy March Sunday.


March 4, 2014

After-workout couscous!

Another after-workout meal!

This is what you need:
  • Zucchini
  • Spring onions
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Black beans
  • Spinnach
  • Feta cheese
  • Couscous
  • Avocado

Start by frying chopped up zucchini in olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste.


Add halved tomatoes and the black beans.


Add chopped up spring onion.


At the very end, add the spinach and feta cheese. Serve with couscous and avocado.

March 3, 2014

Mac & Cheese

So. I have been convinced I do NOT like Macaroni and Cheese. It seemed like it was something that would give you (A) heartburn and (B) a very upset stomach. After the surprise dinner my husband made the other week, I am willing to - on the record - confess that I was wrong.

Mac & Cheese rules.

At least if you prepare it the way Brett did: lots and lots of broccoli, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, yellow onion, kidney beans, oat cream, and chili pepper. And macaroni and grated cheese of course.

Cook the pasta. Fry the chili pepper, mushrooms and onion until soft. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, oat cream, broccoli, kidney beans, pasta, and grated cheese. Let it bake in the oven for about 20 minutes (about 200°C/400°F).