Healthy chocolate bonbons

Healthy Chocolate Bonbons

I eat a piece of chocolate every single day.

Every evening I treat myself to a petite dessert to go along with my cup of tea. Now, we could start an entire discussion whether or not it’s healthy habit, or if it is good or bad thing to do and so on…

But I can tell you this much: that one piece does not make me gain any weight. (Neither does it make me lose any pounds though, for those ‘dark chocolate is healthy’ believers out there.)

I does, however, make me insanely happy and satisfied ánd it gives me instant chocolate gratification. It’s a little something to look forward too after a day of devoted healthy eating. My naughty moment if you want to put it like that. And it’s what keeps me going. Because let’s be honest, we need to let loose from time to time. And that’s why I don’t believe in diets. Being restrictive is good for nothing. Just eat. But eat healthy! And be a goodie two shoes 80% of the time and a bad ass chick 20% of the time. Food wise I mean. Obvi. You know, the boring old 80-20 rule.

So, I might not have to point out that my piece of chocolate is a ‘healthy’ one. Read: it’s dark (at least 70% cacao, ladies. Say buh-bye to the milk chocolate!). It’s with raw cacao. It’s dairy free (vegan if you like). You won’t find any processed sugar inside, neither will it contain any  preservatives. And it may or may not contain some superfoods along the way (bonus).

For those of you wondering where to find a chocolate that meets all the requirements as listed above… meet: Lovechock. The yummiest and healthiest chocolate option out there! Found in every so called organic/bio/nature shop for you to grab and enjoy. Moderation is key, though. Don’t eat the whole dang bar. Eat one piece (or two, on days when needed). Slowly.

But, if it’s absolutely impossible for you to find a Lovechock bar in a store near you, I have a plan B. Little more effort than buying it and only opening the wrapper when craving a chocolate. But as good and healthy as the store bought version.

Make your own dark chocolate bonbons with this easy peasy recipe:

You’ll need

  • 4 tbsp raw cacao
  • 15g raw cacao nibs
  • 5 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp coconut milk (note: not coconut creme)
  • 1 tsp stevia
  • 1 (or 2) tbsp maple syrup
  • Pinch of pink Himalaya salt

Directions

Heat the coconut oil in a small pan.

When the coconut oil is melted add all other ingredients and stir well until you get a chocolate batter.

Add the mixture to an ice cube mold an put in the freezer for two hours (or overnight).

Enjoy one – guilt-free – with a cup of tea or coffee.

Bon appetit!

Xo, Kirsten

King crab and quinoa quickie

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Whenever you’re in hurry, or, Whenever you’re like “I don’t feel like cooking, but I have to eat something and we I’m so not in the mood for eating out and paying way to much for a whole lot of crap…” This will be your recipe!

When I don’t feel much for cooking but – nonetheless – still feel much for eating, a lot, I’ll usually grab some leftovers from the fridge and mix up some sort of a salad. Or ramble them together in an egg and eggwhite omelette. Easy and healthy dinner options. (Or I may eat breakfast for dinner. Sometimes it happens.)

Something else to consider – whenever you know a busy week is ahead –  is to always cook a bit more quinoa or rice then you’re planning to eat. Because the leftover portion makes a great base for a salad the next day. Proof found below. And you can keep it for ages in an airtight container in your fridge. Tupperware whores for the win!

We always have a huge collections of seeds and nuts in our cabinets. As do we have endless rows with cans of fish and salad proof veggies in the fridge. This time I bought something a bit more out of the ordinary: canned king crab and I decided to combine it with whatever was leftover in our fridge. Enters a King Crab salad that belongs on a Michelin star menu. 😉

You’ll need (serves 2)

  • A can of king crab (tuna or salmon will work too)
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Baby cucumber
  • A zucchini (or another leftover vegetable)
  • 140g quinoa
  • Red onion
  • 2 tbsp of pumpkin seeds
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

Cook the quinoa (unless it’s a leftover portion from the day before) as stated on the package.

Slice the zucchini and grill them on a high heat for a few minutes on each side.

Now add all ingredients to a big bowl and mingle until everything is a hot king crab mess.

And you’re done. Serve while cold.

Bon appetite!

Xo, Kirsten

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The yummiest coconut pancakes

Coconut Pancakes

For any of you that know me – or for any of you that follow this blog on the reg – it’s not a secret: I love a pancake for breakfast from time to time. (If you’re curious about previous pancake recipes check them over here and over there)

My fondest childhood memories are the ones containing the smell of pancakes. On lazy sunday mornings, when I was stumbling down the stairs to the kitchen area in search of breakfast, usually, I would find my mom or dad flipping pancakes (so profesh) and adding new ones to the stack next to the kitchen counter. For me to eat. Like, sunday morning perfection.

A given was that whenever I hosted a sleepover for my 9 year old besties there would always be a pancake fest in the a.m. with a billion of unhealthy toppings to choose from. Gimme that Nutella

The pancake mornings at my place were famous amongst my girlfriends back in the day. Obvi. Actually, they remained famous throughout my teens too, because we would still be treated with a good old pancake galore in the a.m. after our first 17 year old selves attempted the whole ‘going out’ thing with a petite sleepover afterwards. Like, acting all grown up woman at night – with a little too much make up on BTW, and a lot of fashion faux pas – but we would always turn back into pancake craving little girls in the morning.

Needless to say I still crave pancakes on sunday mornings. Especially on the rainy ones. Only, nowadays I have to prep and flip them myself. And, also nowadays, they’re not all that guilt free when I eat them. My mind turns into to one big alarm bell yelling: NOT SO HEALTHY LADY! FATTY, FATTY, FAT, FAT!

So, when I decide to make my own pancake stack I want them to be as healthy as posb. Without them tasting like a cardboard cracker. I want them to taste exactly like the real fat-ass deal. Or maybe even better. High standards much?

I’ve tried many varieties, swapping every ingredient in there for a healthy brother. Some of them worked, some of them didn’t (stay away from the buckwheat. Really. Don’t even bother). But this one is the bomb.com. My absolute winner, all time favorite. The yummiest. Like, you won’t know what you’re tasting and you’ll never ever want the real bad-ass deal again. It’s that good.

Hey, if I had any kids I would give them these instead of the boring old school unhealthy variety.

Yeah.

Eat that.

You’ll need (serves one, about 

  • 50g whole grain spelt flour
  • 1 egg
  • 125ml of coconut milk (not the creme! the actual milk. Like 40kcal for 100ml)
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter, melted
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of stevia
  • a splash of sparkling water
  • toppings. Go wild. Fruit, maple syrup, stevia, banana, chocolate spread, honey,…

Directions

Add the flour to a bowl. Make a well in the middle and add the egg.

Grab a beater and beat the egg together with the flour while slowly adding the milk.

Add some sparkling water, the melted coconut butter (so it’s oil), salt and some stevia. Whisk through the batter.

Add a large pan on a high heat.

Now add a big spoon of batter to your pan. Move your pan until a thin layer of batter covers the entire bottom of the pan.

Wait until bubbles appear on the batter. It’s time to flip. You can go profesh and flip the pancake in the air OR you can go safe and use a spatula. Like I usually do. 😉

If you want your finished pancakes to stay hot while you prep the rest here’s a tip: Boil some water and add to a large pot. Put a plate on top and move your pancakes on the plate. Cover with another plate or with the lit and your pancakes will stay super hot.

Eat with loads of maple syrup and stevia. Or whatever you want.

Bon appetit,

Xo, Kirsten

Coconut Pancakes

Sweet and salty dates to start

Sweet and salty dates

Whenever my Mom and Dad used to invite people over for dinner they always made something a little more special out of the ordinary besides the casual potato chips and nuts as a snickity snack before dinner.

Lets just say I grew up with quite the standards when it comes to hosting dinner parties. So the bar was set when I started hosting my own din din parties. 😉 And we so happened to have one last sunday. With a lot of casual snack and somewhat more out of the ordinary. Obvi.

We had homemade mango chutney with tortilla chips or spelt crackers, cherry tomatoes and dried tomatoes, olive, spelt breadsticks with olive tapenade and bresaola and… the nyummie babies below. Which were an absolute success. We ate dates this way in Italy a few weeks ago and I immediately decided to remake these as soon as possible when we got home.

So this was an excellent occasion to do just that. Ready in the blink of an eye and ahmagad they’re delicious!

You’ll need

  • Medjool dates (I took 2 per person)
  • Breasaola (or any other dried meat)
  • Goat cheese

Directions

Pit the dates and cut them in half.

Fill the each date with some goat cheese.

Wrap the meat around and secure with toothpick.

Done!*

Bon appetit,

xo, Kirsten

*you can pop them in the oven for a while to make the meat crunchy and to melt the goat cheese. But I don’t think it’s necessary. Might work in winter, but since our party was at 30°C we went for ‘the colder the better.

What’soup doc?

Creamy sweet tomato soup

When I come home from work, I’m usually starved to dead. Like: “Gimme some food NOW!”

Sadly, when I arrive home from work I (or the boyfriend) still have to prep us a meal from scratch. So, besides some cherry tomatoes or nuts to graze on, there wont be much food avail for my empty stomach. Lets be honest here: cherry tomatoes and two or three nuts don’t really turn a hungry belly into a foodbaby belly. And I don’t want to loose my appetite by snickity snacking too much appetizers before dinner (I mean, I plead guilty, it has happened before).

>> We do, however, always have all the necessary ingredients in house to make us dinner since we decide  on ‘the menu’ a week in advance and go to the supermarket only once a week to buy everything for the next week. We know what’s coming from friday until thursday. I avoid going to supermarkets on a daily base like the plague! Also, the everyday “what are we going to eat ce soir” convo’s aren’t my cup of tea. Oh and by the way, going to a supermarket on an empty stomach makes you buy shitty stuff. Just saying. I know some people find the whole ‘prepping a weekly menu’ über boring, and they want some more surprises and last minute decisions when picking dinner. But this is what works for me and the boyfriend. I can only recommend 😉 <<

But, I’m getting off track, back to the post work hunger prob:

A few days ago, all of a sudden, it dawned on me. I always kind of knew it was going to be the empty stomach solution, but I lazy-ass ignored it. Remaining a whining hangry (hungry + angry) woman cursing at the kitchen timer for being so dang slow (Hangry makes you pretty unreasonable to all things slow, not only to mention traffic jams).

Anyhow. My mom used to do it, my dad did, my grandparents did,… A CUP OF SOUP before dinner! It fills you up a tad bit, but not too much, so you still have room for dinner and you wont eat as much later on, since your tummy’s already filled with a soup layer. Win win if you ask me.

So, we had a little miscalculation in the tomato department last week. Read: I brought tomatoes, forgot we didn’t eat the ones we bought the week before and then I brought us some more tomatoes the week after with a buy one get two deal. Needless to say we had a lot of tomatoes. So what do you do with them besides having a tomato carpaccio with feta for lunch? That’s right! Tomato soup! Yum.

This recipe will rock your world because it’s creamy, sweet and super healthy. And easy peasy to prep on a sunday afternoon so you’re set for the week.

You’ll need

  • 1 onion
  • 1 sweet potato (about 200g)
  • 1 leek (only the white part)
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 10 fresh tomatoes, peeled
  • handfull of cherry tomatoes
  • 1,5 l of water
  • 1 vegetable broth cube (preferably organic WITHOUT corn starch, or a homemade broth)
  • 1 tsp spicy curry
  • Some parsley or basil
  • salt and pepper
  • pinch of stevia
  • A bay leaf and thyme
  • Optional: some soy or greek yoghurt
Directions
chop the onion, sweet potato and leek finely. Stew them in a big pot with coconut oil.
Cut the (peeled) tomatoes into chunks and add them with the cherry tomatoes to the onion, potato and leek.
Moist with water and the broth cube. Add the spicy red curry too and a bay leaf and some thyme.
Leave to boil the lot for 35 tot 40 minutes.
Remove the bay leaf and thyme, and add a pinch of stevia to sweeten. Mix the soup with a hand blender and add some parsley or basil to finish.
If you want extra cream, you can add a tbsp of yoghurt to each bowl of soup you grab.
Bon pre-appetit!
xo, Kirsten

Dessert for breakfast: healthy crumble

Healthy breakfast crumble

I’m a morning sweet tooth. Bam. It’s out.

Basically that means that as soon as I wake up I crave a huge breakfast which preferably tastes sweet. Like, I’m down with eggs and bacon anytime, but I’ll love you eternally when you bring me pancakes in the morning.

So. We all know what tastes sweet. Desserts. And we all know the saying ‘eat dessert first’, right? Right. Well. What if I told you that you can start your entire dang day with a dessert. And that’s not all: You ladies can start your day with a healthy dessert. Are you also crying from happiness thanks to this discovery? I sure know I was. 😉

Anyways, Crumble might be in my top 3 of all time favorite desserts. But stuffed with crappy flour and loads of sugar and greasy butter, it certainly won’t make my top 3 all time favorite healthy desserts. Enters this version. Totally breakfast appropriate. I fell in love. Obvi.

So, here we are. I’m going to make you one happy ass sweet tooth with this recipe. You are welcome!

You’ll need (serves one)

  • 40g rolled oats (from Quaker. I used gluten free ones)
  • 2 tbsp of buckwheat flour (or spelt flour, or coconut flour)
  • Some raisins
  • 1,5 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey/agave (or sweetner of your choice)
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of stevia
  • an apple, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 100g frozen berries

Directions

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Grease an oven bowl with some coconut oil. Add the fruit to the bowl.

Now mix the oats, raisins, buckwheat flour, coconut oil and maple syrup until you get a greasy, sticky mass. Or soon to be crumble.

Spread the crumble on top of the fruit in the bowl. (don’t mix it, it should be on top of your fruit)

Place the crumble in the oven for about 20 minutes (until the berries boil)

You can or can not add some yoghurt to this too. Just saying.

Enjoy!

xo, Kirsten

The sweetest chick

The sweetest chick

I’m all about healthy marinades. I mean, adding some extra taste to something by adding a good herb combo.. Why the hell not?

This recipe turns plain boring chicken into a super sweet chick. In a good way.

Matched with walnuts, rainsins and apples and (pan-fried) sweet potatoe fries on the side and we’ve got ourselves a Sunday-night-dinner-winner.

Oh and, would you look at my brand new black oven tray (slash tajine, it has a tajine lid. I die. Cooking galore!). Makes it look all the more appealing, if you ask me.

It takes up to an hour and a half to prepare the lot. So as mentioned before, it’s a Sunday dining kind of thing. Since it takes a while to prep. And we don’t like waiting for dindin on busy ass Mondays now do we? You can watch a movie or do a petite Friends marathon while your chick is in the oven!

You’ll need (serves 2)

  • 250 or 300g of chicken breast filet
  • 2 apples (I picked one green, Granny Schmidt and one red)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • walnuts
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 400g sweet potato

Directions

Preheat your oven to 180°C.

Mix two teaspoons of cinnamon with the cumin, salt and pepper and coconut oil. Rub your chicken with the cinnamon and cumin mixture.

Put the chicken breast in an oven tray and put in the oven for about an hour.

Meanwhile cut the apple in parts. I peeled them too, but that’s optional. If you want a bite, leave the peel. Put the apples in a bowl and add the walnuts and cinnamon. Grease the mixture with some coconut oil.

Add the nut and apple mixture to the chicken in the oven for the last 30 minutes.

Now peel the sweet potatoes and cut into fries. Steam them for 15minutes (I already did this part in the morning). Let it cool for a bit.

Put a pan on a heat and add the sweet potato fries. Bake for a few minutes until golden and brown.

Bon appetit.

xo, Kirsten