Holy muffin (and self made pizza)!

Hey guys! I don’t know if anybody’s even reading me anymore, but if you are, thank you!

Yesterday Chris has left for San Francisco for Google I/O conference and has left me alone for the whole week! On a positive note, he might drop by Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s for me and get me something yummy!

He also took our big camera so I have to use an old digital one that’s crappy as hale… but it will have to do for now!

First thing I did in the morning was to get my notepad and make a list of all the things I want to do within the next week. It’s important, because normally I would always become a really bad girl while Chris was away – finally I could eat pizza for dinner without him telling me I shouldn’t; I could snack on Jelly Beans and Twix; I could make a dozen of muffins and eat them all without sharing. But not this time! This time I’m going to stay fit and healthy!

…although judging by my snack I’m not so sure of it… kidding! It’s all good stuff – a banana with almond paste (rememeber how I said here I didn’t know how to use this bitter paste? It perfectly balances the sweetness of the banana!), a self-made muesli bar (recipe here) and a glass of almond milk/drink.

Oh, and I DID make muffins. But the healthy kind! Used whole wheat flour, and bananas instead of oil!

Omnomnom.

Want the recipe? MMMkay!

WHOLE WHEAT MUFFINS

2 cups of whole wheat flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

salt

any other dry additions like nuts, chocolate chips etc.

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1 cup of milk

3 mashed bananas

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients separately. Pour the wet into the dry and mix together, but only until everything’s wet, don’t overmix it. Bake at 200C for 15 minutes (but my oven is crazy fast, so you might need even up to 25 minutes). They DO come out a little wet, but it’s always the case with banana muffins.

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Before Chris went away to the US, I made a dinner using tofu. I just bought it for the first time a couple of days ago and had to try it. I made a stir fry with sweet soy sauce and noodles. Honestly? I couldn’t care less for it. It’s not about the taste (which it has none obviously), but the texture… nah. Not for me. PLUS I shouldn’t even have soy stuff with my hypothyroidism.

And yesterday I made a pizza!

I know, it’s not perfectly round, but whatever, it was good anyway! Here’s how I make my dough:

PIZZA DOUGH

2 cups whole wheat flour

2 dkg yeast (I use powdered)

3/4 cup lukewarm water

1 tbsp oil

salt

sugar

Solve the yeast in the water with a little sugar. Put the flour, oil and salt in a large bowl and add the yeast. Form dough with your hand until it’s not wet anymore. It should resemble plasticine 😛 I had mine in the oven for only 15 minutes at 180C, but again, my oven is super fast.

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When it comes to exercising, I’ve been doing the 30 DAY SHRED for 5 days now and it’s going well! I really enjoy it! However, I checked Level 1 and Level 2 today, just to see what they’re like… errr, I’m already scared! A lot of plank positions which always kill my wrists :/ Well, I’ll see how it goes, for now I’m still planning on staying at Level 1 for a dew more days.

What are your favorite workout DVD’s right now? 

Have you ever tried doing the 30 day shred?

Oh happy day!

Good evening (on this side of the globe)!

How I like days like today – a bit of errands, a bit of little pleasures (Gossip Girl!), a bit of socializing! Most days I really cannot make myself do anything and end up sitting in front of my laptop for hours. Of course, I make lists of what I should do for the day (I am obsessed with lists to be honest!), but I never actually do EVERYTHING I should. Well, not today! I did everything I planned and more!

I’m proud of myself because I started my day with a workout!

Unfortunately, I am still struggling with this part of my metamorphosis into a healthy and skinny goddess… but step by step, I’m getting used to working out, even if it hurts, even if I can’t do everything the lovely Jillian Michaels tells me to do.

I had to grab some groceries today but I had promised myself to buy only products I REALLY needed. I tend to buy too much, in bulk, buy “because I might need it” etc. And to be honest, I can’t afford it. Nor do I have space for it. My cupboards are literally overflowing with pastas, rice, seeds, oats, tins and such. One more thing and I might start to be considered a hoarder!

What I bought: Red Marconi peppers, yellow pepper, champignions, salad mix, courgette, bananas, kiwi’s, mozzarella, feta cheese, watercress, tuna in water, flax seeds, creme fraiche, rolled oats, whole wheat flour and… liquorice allsorts – not for me though!!!

I also got these beauties on my way out of the supermarket:


Ahwwwww!

For dinner we had Chris’s brother and I made quiche with ham, mushrooms and ham. Sooo good! First there was no salad on the side, so while the guys were talking and eating, I quickly fixed a salad with lettuce mix, tomatoes, peppers, watercress, cucumber and sunflower seeds.

After dinner I had one of these:

… Polish apple beer. I abhor beer and basically any alcohol (everyone is always shocked when I say I’ve never even tried vodka – “Polish and not drinking? Riiiight!”), but I like how Redd’s is sweet and almost doesn’t taste like beer. It makes me tipsy pretty fast, though! It has only 4,5% of alcohol, but when you’re not used to drinking… it makes you feel fuuunnnyyyyy!

How about you, are you a list maker?

Do you drink/like alcohol?

Good Food

My laptop’s adapter died yesterday, so I am forced to use Christiaan’s laptop which is over 5 years old (how can a laptop be that old? my laptops survive only about 3 years :P) and is sloooow. I don’t like typing on someone else’s keyboard, but it looks like I’ll have a new adapter tomorrow, yay!

I’ve had a couple of super yummy things lately! First of all – my breakfast today!

Overnight oats with coconut milk, raisins and cinnamon+ an apple+coffee+good magazine to read= a great morning!

After my very tiring Dutch lesson of almost 2 hours, all I was thinking about on the way back was lunch! I had a huge craving for some veggies and crackers, so:

Herb crackers, orange bell pepper (new favorite!), cucumber, lots of rucola (looove it!), goat cheese, pine nuts and my new obsession , HUMMUS! Can you believe I have JUST discovered it?

You know this feeling when you eat just a little piece of something greasy and you’re full and icky? Well, go for a huge plate of veggies and you will know what “nicely satisfied” means! I had that ginormous plate of food for dinner yesterday:

Rucola, carrot, cucumber, orange bell pepper, radish, vegetable balls and brown rice. It was filling in this nice and healthy way!

And the last one: tagliatelle with red pesto, chicken, courgette, nuts and tomatoes. SO GOOD!

Oh, and I made another batch of these muesli bars indeed. And you know what? They’re gone, too! Oops 😉

My weekend

The weekend was so nice that I didn’t even spend a lot of time online (which is rare for me!).  Especially yesterday there was a lot of good food and wandering on the beach!

We stopped for lunch at one of the cafes on the beach and I had my favorite food:

Whole wheat roll with goat cheese, honey and pine nuts. I swear I order it every time we go out for lunch if it’s available!

And I seriously cannot get enough of this:

Overnight oats for the 100th time! I love making it every evening before I go to sleep! Actually, two nights ago I was making it while brushing my teeth and I forgot to put the yoghurt and milk away to the fridge for the night. Oops :p

There is definitely some good food coming this week, I can feel it. I spent half a day today looking for some good recipes and now I think I’ll go make another batch of the crunchy muesli bars from this post! Last time they didn’t last too long 😉

Have a great day!

 

Crunchy muesli bars and spinach pasta

I made my own muesli bars today and I swear, I will never ever buy a muesli bar from a shop again. These are so much better, chewier, prettier and probably healthier! And I know exactly what’s in them! I adapted a few different recipes and I couldn’t have done it better 😉

MUESLI BARS

150 g rolled oats

70 g sesame seeds

70 g sunflower seeds

100 g coconut shreds

100 g raisins

 

125 g unsalted butter

70 g brown sugar

100 g honey

2 teaspoons water

 

Roast all the dry ingredients (except for raisins) in a large pan until they turn golden, around 10 minutes, stirring all the time.

In a little pan mix the butter, honey and sugar until they form a smooth mixture. When it boils, turn the gas low and cook for about 8 more minutes stirring continuously.

When it’s done, take it off the gas and add 2 teaspoons of water. Mix both the dry and the liquid ingredients, add raisins and pour into a square cake form (in my case it was actually only enough for half a form). Let it cool down and harden (at least 1 hour), then cut into bars.

It’s so yummy that we already ate most of it! Hmm… second batch tomorrow? 😉

 

Dinner was also great, but this dish ALWAYS turns out great and that’s why we make it frequently. It’s very fast and easy!

Here’s how you make it:

SPINACH PASTA

300 g fusilli pasta

250 g bacon (or something that fakes bacon)

400 g fresh spinach leaves (the recipe says 600, but it’s way too much I think)

150 ml creme fraiche

2 tomatoes

cheese

pepper

 

Cook the pasta. In a big pan fry the bacon until it turns golden. Add creme fraiche and add pepper. Put in the cooked pasta and stir everything well. Start throwing in the spinach handful by handful, waiting each time for the previous batch to shrink. Add the tomatoes and cook for 2 more minutes. Serve with cheese on top.

 

Enjoy!

Best salad ever, lentil soup and cookies!

Another warm and sunny day today! I’m slowly getting used to the thought that winter is gone, but with Dutch weather you never know, especially when you leave 5km from the beach like I do. But sun definitely makes me feel so much better!

I have to say, I made the best salad ever for lunch today. It’s one of these ‘whatever-you-have-in-your-fridge’ salads and does not have any dressing because, well, I like my veggies raw and tasting 100% like they should 😀

What’s in there: goat cheese, cucumber, lettuce, these soy sausages (loooooove them), yellow bell pepper, garden cress, almonds and walnuts.

Dinner was also SO GOOD! A while ago when we were visiting Christiaan’s sister, she made a lentil soup (which she called curry soup). I like it so much that I had to have the recipe! I couldn’t wait to make it!

RED LENTIL SOUP

Here’s all you need for it: oil, 250g red lentils, 3 potatoes, 2 tomatoes, 2 onions (or 1 big), 2 cloves of garlic (the recipe called for 1, but I’m a garlic fan), a leek, 1 laurel leaf, mild curry pasta/sauce, 1 liter of vegetable bouillon and Naan bread.

How you make it: Fry onions and garlic on oil, add one tablespoon of Indian Curry Pasta (I bought a curry sauce, the kind you’re supposed to add to chicken or veggies. I emptied the whole pot and crossed my fingers for a good result, haha. Worked!), fry a bit longer. Then add the potatoes, veggie bouillon, lentils and laurel leaf, stir and let it all cook covered for 15-20 minutes, or until the lentils become mushy. Then add leek cut in rings and tomatoes cut in blocks. Cook a little bit longer, add pepper. Serve warm with Naan bread.

So good and filling!

In the evening I suddenly felt like baking cookies. I found this recipe through Working Out, Eating In and I thought I would give it a try. I don’t know if I did something wrong or maybe it’s supposed to be like that, but the cookies are kind of soft (I was expecting crunchy!). I wouldn’t be surprised if I miscalculated some proportions, because I was using substitutes for almost every ingredient (corn starch instead of tapioca flour, regular milk instead of almond milk, brown sugar instead of white/brown, sunflower oil instead of canola oil). I also didn’t have enough chocolate chips, so there are only a few 😛

All in all, they’re a bit too sweet, but edible – we’ve already taken care of half of the batch 😛

Do you know any other cookies recipe I could try out?

Excited!

What a day!

I’ve been waiting for today for a long time because I knew tickets for my favorite band’s series of concerts would go on sale. I wasn’t expecting to get even one, but I got lucky and got tickets for 4 nights! So June will be full of music, friends and wandering around London, yay!

But before the big excitement there was my breakfast. I love overnight oats right now and I love how I can put all these things in them and they’re different every morning. Last night I made mine with coconut milk and a little bit of regular milk, and in the morning I added pear and kiwi and had a piece of banana bread on the side.

Lunch was fast and easy: whole what bread with lean ham and cress. Cress is one of my favorite things right now and I can eat it everyday, all day!

I almost forgot to go shopping because of all this craziness today! And when I did go, I brought two bags I could barely carry.

I bought: milk, leek, spinach, potatoes, Naan bread, Indian Curry sauce, tangerines, orange bell pepper, tomatoes, lean ham pieces, coconut milk, whole wheat bread, red lentils.

I was planning on making lentil soup today, but Chris came back home earlier and was so hungry that I decided to make a quick quiche.

It has loads of spinach, some ham, orange bell pepper, onion, courgette and low fat cheese. SO GOOD! Chris had two servings, so that means no food for him tomorrow! 😛

Tomorrow I’m visiting my sister for her birthday, so maybe some pictures of Amsterdam (and its food) will follow!

Thanks and bye!

Bananas over banana bread!

I have no idea how it happened, but we went to sleep at 4am last night. There are weekend nights like that sometimes, when we just hang out in front of our laptops, listen or play music until we drop. I like them!

My breakfast was so yummy today! Thanks to Anastasia I discovered overnight oats – so good and filling! I make mine with normal milk and 0% fat vanilla yoghurt, but I’m going to try coconut milk next time. I’m dreaming of almond milk, but I can’t find any here for the life of me :/ Today’s oats were spiced up with cinnamon – now, I am not a big fan of cinnamon and when I put it in my bowl yesterday night I started regretting it right away, but in the morning it was really good somehow 😛 I topped the oats with frozen fruit and fresh banana, mmm…

Then we met up with Christiaan’s mom and went to a fabric market. Too bad I didn’t take my camera, there were so many cute colorful fabrics for only €3 per meter! Hard to believe (especially to someone who knows how obsessed I am with scrapbooking/sewing), but I didn’t buy anything! But the market travels from city to city and I will definitely catch it sometime later.

After a day well spent outside I had so much energy, that I started cleaning the kitchen.  And hoovered the whole house. And then baked banana bread.

(gah, I truly suck at taking pictures at night)

Banana bread

3 ripe bananas (I used two and it was fine)

2 eggs

2 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar (I used cane sugar)

1 teaspoon baking soda

a little bit of salt

nuts ( I used almonds)

Mash bananas and eggs together. Add the rest of ingredients and mix them together. Bake at 175 C (347 F) for about an hour (mine was done after 35 minutes, but my over is crazy fast).

Chris loves banana bread and he got so excited about it, that this is what’s left of it after 5 hours:

I only had a couple of pieces – so good! But I still prefer muffins 😉

When it came to making dinner, I was still pretty inspired and energetic, so I decided to make  something with the  risotto/paella rice that’s been sitting in my cupboard forever. I remember how my ex boyfriend fried this rice and then cooked it until it would get all mushy, but I couldn’t remember or find the proportions. Well, I just did whatever I thought was right and it took me about an hour to get this freaking rice to be relatively soft. Still not perfect.

Pwetty! So we have the non-perfect rice with oregano and basil, a vegetable burger (I love meat substitutes!) and a colorful load of raw veggies.

Actually, I just figured out today that my view on vegetables has changed dramatically in the past months. I was never really a veggie person, but now I CRAVE them! Good for me I guess?

Time to go to sleep! Goodnight!