Healthy and delicious Christmas recipes

Do you need to cook this Christmas, but you don’t have any inspiration?
I’ll help you through with some healthy and delicious Christmas recipes that I’ve found via Instagram for you!
It has everything you need to impress your family and friends and it’s not very hard to make.
So take a moment to read the below recipes, go to the store, get all the ingredients, put on some music, take a glass of wine and enjoy cooking!

Get into the Christmas spirit with the below recipes!

‘Healthy and delicious Christmas recipes’

1. @Annabelkarmel
Christmas pudding pies
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Christmas pudding pies

2. @Renskroes       
Gingerbread cookies
Recipe
Christmas Ginger bread

3. @Jernejkitchen
Confit duck leg with legumes stew
Recipe
Christmas Stew

4. @Livingthehealthychoice
Beetroot, Leek & Walnut Tarts

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Christmas tarts

5. @Cafedelites
Berry Limoncello Moscato
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Christmas Limoncello

6. @JamieOliver
Vegetarian Curry
Recipe
Christmas vega curry

7. @Deliciouslyella
Mince pies
Recipe
Christmas mince pies

Good luck in the kitchen. You can do it!

Merry Christmas

Love,

Sarah

Recipe + Interview » Being Vegan is Hot!

This week our World leaders including Barack Obama, Xi Jinping, Angela Merkel and David Cameron are coming together to talk about climate change.
The summit, also referred to as the COP21 (Conference of Parties), are finally making promising progress after seeing the first press conference on TV.
The 6th summit started yesterday and will run until December 11th and it will be held in Paris.
If you care about the earth’s future as much as we do, this is a day we should take a second and think about how we can help by becoming “Greener”.

One of the main reasons for our greenhouse gas emissions are due to Animal Agriculture. I have addressed this issue before in my blog post about the documentary Cowspiracy. (Produced by Leonardo Dicaprio)
After watching this film, I decided to try and become a vegan. I have been doing this for about 2,5 months now and although I am still struggling with some foods like prawns, oysters and other shellfish, I have eliminated other fish, eggs, milk (from animals) and cheese. The change wasn’t too drastic for me because I have already been a vegetarian (that ate fish) for over 27 years.
I must say, I feel a lot better! Not only mentally but also physically. But the word VEGAN still has a certain reputation.

“Vegan is not sexy? Think again!”

I spoke to one of Amsterdam hottest ladies Isabella Machinè about her recent diet change and her look on sustainability. Lucky for us, she also kindly shared  a delicious vegan recipe just for Wander-Lust!

When and why did you decide to become vegan?
I’ve been a vegetarian for six years and vegan for about 6 months now. Why did I became a vegan? Well: to save animals, decrease climate change, decrease the chance of getting a heart disease, decrease the chance of getting cancer, decrease deforestation, decrease water pollution, live longer, lose weight, have better sex and again: save animals :-).

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When did I decide to switch from veggie to vegan?
I became aware of how being a vegetarian still doesn’t really have that much of a positive impact on the environment and animal welfare. Dairy cows are some of the worst treated in the industry. And why(!?) should we drink milk that is supposed to be for baby cows?! You won’t drink your mothers milk after the age of 1 right? I simply don’t want to be part of any animal cruelty, pollution of mother earth and I certainly don’t want to eat death. If you have Netflix and you want to get to know a little something of what is going on in the world I would highly recommend ‘Cowspiracy’. This documentary is hands down the most shocking and game changing film I’ve seen. The documentary ‘Earthlings’ is what originally turned me vegan. I practically turned vegan over night and never went back. But I know this won’t work for everyone. If you care about climate change, deforestation, species extinction, ocean dead zones and world hunger then I strongly suggest you watch this! Also read the book “Skinny Bitch”. Seriously, read it.

Has it been difficult?
No it hasn’t been difficult at all. Ironically, the hard part is the constant explanation I have to do. People often ask me why I turned vegan, and if it isn’t hard to be one etc. etc. Being a vegan is not hard at all! It’s a discipline you’ll have to get used to. One does this by simply thinking well about what sort of food he or she consumes. Instead of looking at recipes with meat or dairy products, look at those that do not have these ingredients. You can find everything about food on the internet, just type ‘vegan recipes’ in our beloved Google and you’ll have recipes for days, years even! And when you have found yourself buying the healthy stuff, make this a normalcy. It’s all about priorities! 

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Isabella feels better than ever after choosing the vegan lifestyle

You are an interior designer/stylist, how important is sustainability in your work?
Very important, and so it should be for everybody in every profession and sector. It’s no coincidence that the leaders of 180 countries come together to discuss how we all should conquer the 2 degrees celcius increase that we are heading towards. Now is the time to drastically change how we deal with our climate. As for me in my work I always look to find solutions to not have to consume more energy than that is needed for a certain project. When hunting for unique pieces I am carefull about the heritage of the products. Sometimes I can work with a budget that will allow me to work with craftsmen which is a great way of being sustainable and this is also a guarantee for quality. And of course second hand products!

What’s your biggest tip when it comes to going-green?
Let’s say I’m a missionary for veganism. I would advice everybody to seriously start looking on how to stop their consumption of animal products. I could name countless ways of how one can reduce their use of energy and how one can contribute to reduction of Co2 emissions but the answer lies within turning vegan. That should be the thirst thing on everybody’s agenda.

Isabella’s Smoothie bowl
For this smoothie bowl you need:

• 1 banana • 2 fresh figs • 1 kiwi • a handful of kale • 1 scoop of vegan protein (I use @gardenofliferaw_nl ) • Almondmilk •
Throw everything in a blender until you get a creamy texture, top it off with fresh figs and seeds! Et Voila!

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Isabella’s delicious breakfast recipe

One of my favorite recipe’s online at the moment is this crispy tofu & rainbow veg sushi by Renee Press.

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Who said that vegan food was boring?

Other hot vegans are:

» Liam Hensworth (Is it hot in here?)
» Natalie Portman
» Famke Jansen
(Our Dutch pride and Joy)

» Andre 3000 (I bet you didn’t know this right?)
» Olivia Wild
» Jared Leto 

» The VeganBro’s (2 Aussies that completely transformed after becoming vegan. Oh yeah, ther’re funny as hell)

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2 hot vegans: Liam Hemsowrth and Olivia Wilde

Are you ready for a 30 day vegan challenge? Try it here! (Dutch) or here (English).

Love,

Elke

Recipe » The best freakin’pumpkin soup you’ll ever taste

Happy Halloween! Yes, it’s that time of the year where people get dressed up rather ridiculously, drink that pumpkin spiced latte and eat anything to do with pumpkin.
Like it? Good. Because we want to share the best freakin’ tasting pumpkin soup with you. (yes, we are that confident!)

Ingredients for 4 people:
1 large butternut pumpkin (surprise, surprise!)
2 cut large carrots
2-3 cut red onions
2-3 peeled garlic cloves
1 apple (grated)
1 liter of vegetable or chicken stock
Handful pumpkin seeds

Salt & Pepper

Pumpkin soup ingredients
The basis ingredients are quite simple but effective.

“Pumpkin soup is really healthy. Pumpkins contain vitamin C,E, Iron and Calcium.”

Now let’s cook!
Start off by washing your pumpkin and other veggies. Cut everything rough into square sized proportions and remove the seeds. (you can leave the pumpkin skin on if you washed it well) Add all the veggies, onions and peeled whole gloves of garlic into a roasting pan (with baking paper) and sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Mix the whole lot up so that everything is shining from the oil. Extra: You can add some fresh thyme and rosemary for extra flavor! Put it in the oven with the grill slightly on and roast for about 20-35 minutes on 220 (fan heated). Just keep checking until everything gets a nice color.

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Before roasting..

When everything is roasted to your satisfaction, remove the stems of thyme & rosemary leaves and leave only one garlic glove before adding everything into a large soup pan. If you use all garlic gloves, the flavor might be too strong. Add 1 cup of chicken or vegetable stock and simmer. Then blend everything with a stab blender until it’s a orange puree and then add the rest of the stock until it’s your desired consistency, bringing it to boil slowly. Once it reached it’s boiling point, you must do the most important thing: Taste! Does it need more salt? Can you add more garlic? It’s all about those little tweaks. If you’re happy, add the soup into bowls and grate your apple over your awesome pumpkin soup.

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Et voila! Next to a nice piece of spelt cracker with crushed avocado

Alternative ingredients are:
» Add grounded cumin, for that Indian flavor
» Add grated cheese to get that sticky deliciousness

Tip » Cool down your soup and put it in your refrigerator overnight. The next day it will taste even better!
Have a great Halloween and let us know when you’ve cooked this awesome pumpkin soup!

Love,

Elke

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Recipe » Classic French Onion Soup

I’m not sure what the weather is like in the rest of the world, but here in the Netherlands it feels like winter is coming!
Time for a recipe that warms you up!

This time we focus on a classic French recipe with a strong flavor: French Onion Soup.
The beauty of this recipe is, that you only need a few ingredients to make it taste incredible.

Ingredients for 4 people:

  • tablespoons unsalted butter 
  • large onions (about 5 lb.), thinly sliced
  • large shallots, finely chopped
  • 1,5 garlic cloves, finely chopped (we looove garlic!)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper and some sugar
  • ½ cup dry vermouth or dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • Feel free to add 2 sprigs flat-leaf parsley, 2 sprigs thyme and 1 bay leaf
  • cups of chicken or vegetable stock
  • slices ¼”-thick slices country-style bread, toasted
  • ounces of sliced old cheese or or vegans you can check this article.

Now let’s cook!
Peel and slice the onions in half size moons.
Melt the butter in a big enough pan en add the onions, shallots, garlic and simmer on low heat for 15 min.
Remove the lid. The onions should have wilted down somewhat. Stir in 1 teaspoon salt, a generous quantity of black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon sugar (this helps the onions caramelize).
To get the best taste, you continue to heat the onions with a covered lid, for about 45 minutes until brown.
Cook water and add the cubes of vegetable stock. (You can also make your own broth, but this will take a lot more work.) If you don’t like the supermarket stock, try some from the nature shops where they don’t add conservatives.
Add the broth and bring to boil. Add the wine, vinegar and other spices. Cook gently for about 50 minutes. (yes, it takes time to create this classic soup!)
Roast the bread and grate . Divide the soup into bowls and add the toasted bread on top. Grate your cheese of choice over the toast and put it in a preheated oven for a few minutes until the cheese has melted.

Now…sit on the couch, put your warm socks on and enjoy this classic French soup. mmmm

Bon a petit!

Elke

 

 

 

 

Recipe » the perfect healthy treat, banana bread

In almost all the coffee bars in the cities I’ve been lately – Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Antwerp – they serve banana bread.
I really love it, I never feel I can have enough of it!
The texture is soft, the taste is sweet with a incredible distinct banana flavor.

There are so many recipes to make banana bread, but most of the banana bread I got are with cream, butter and sugar.
Inspired by all the banana bread I tasted I’ve made one without sugar and the taste is amazing!

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Recipe » Fresh healthy Vietnamese Spring rolls

A few years ago I traveled on my own for a few months through Asia. One of the countries where I stayed for a few weeks was Vietnam. In my opinion Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries in South East Asia. This country offers spectacular beaches, stunning ocean, beautiful landscapes, impressive desert and a lot more.

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Recipe » Raw Cacao date almond bonbons

My first introduction with Tunisian dates was when a friend was cooking a traditional Tunisian couscous dish where she mixed spicy herbs and dates. As dessert she served cake with dates and nuts. I really enjoyed the sweetness and I learned from her that in Tunisia, dates are very famous. They add dates in several dishes what really makes the difference!
Also very important to tell is that dates have no fat, sodium or cholesterol and are rich in fiber and potassium.

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