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?

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Eco shopping and yummy food

Good afternoon! How are you doing today?

Lately I’ve been full of energy and very inspired and motivated! Yesterday I decided to try Jillian Michael’s 30-DAY SHRED and I must say, I got hooked! Today I did another workout of level 1 and it’s been great!

Ta-da! C’est moi. Wow, I look pretty slim here, but don’t be fooled, there’s a huge blob of fat around my waist and I mean HUGE. 

Obviously, hydrating is the key. It’s always a struggle for me because I can go hours without feeling thirsty so I have to constantly remind myself to drink. I dug out my gym bottle (previously mainly used to bring our own water when we were going to the cinema so that we wouldn’t have to spend ridiculous amounts of money on drinks there) and I’m planning on having it by my side all the time.

Anyway, I’d like to share with you some of my eats from today and yesterday!

First we have a lovely banana smoothie (vanilla yoghurt+banana) with some choco chips, flax seeds, wheat germs and whatnot. Soooo good and sooooo filling!

Yesterday I also tried the intriguing snack I saw over at Anastasia’s  if I’m not mistaken. Really nice!

In the evening I made this colorful pot of awesomeness – vegetarian chilli. The recipe is here.

Pretty good! I really liked it, but Chris didn’t seem especially excited about it… well too bad for him, cause we’ll be eating it again today (and there’s even more!) 😀

I also have to share another awesome breakfast with you! I saw it over at Ashley‘s and I just HAD TO make it! It’s a banana scramble – she put it on bread, I ate it as a pancake. The recipe is here.

Today I decided to finally go to our local Eco shop. Wait, no. I’ve already been there a couple of times. I decided to go there and BUY something.

Yay! I had to grab almond milk, almond butter, tofu, quinoa and mango chocolate. You have to know that I’ve never tried any of these and also, some of these things seemed super expensive. But oh well, I had to try them! My thoughts?

QUINOA – haven’t tried it yet. They only had quinoa flakes, so I’ll try breakfasts with them. No trace of regular quinoa, I have to look somewhere else.

ALMOND BUTTER – holy moly, I thought it’d be heaven for my tongue and it turned out to be quite… bitter I guess? Actually it’s an almond paste, so maybe that’s the difference.

ALMOND MILK – not sure if it’s actually the same kind of drink you all guys buy. It actually says ‘almond drink’ and not milk. It’s sweetened with agave. There wasn’t anything else of this sort so I thought I’d give it a try anyway. Yum! I can’t wait to make overnight oats with it tomorrow!

ORGANIC MANGO CHOCOLATE – actually I didn’t notice it said ‘white chocolate’ when I was buying it, I probably wouldn’t get it at all! But I’m glad I did, it’s so good and fruity!

TOFU – I know, I know, it’s weird I’ve never had it. I’ll definitely incorporate it into some stir-fry soon enough and will let you know how I liked it. To be honest, I had no idea what tofu to choose, there were so many of them!

Wow, have I flooded you with pictures and words today! Thanks for visiting my blog and thank you for all the comments!

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?

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!