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Beluga Lentil Kale Beet Stew

This Beluga Lentil Kale Beet Stew with apple is just what you need to warm up on a crisp Autumn day. It’s comfort food at its best. Fall is the season for slowing down. Even in the kitchen it’s important to slow things down. In the Fall our bodies require more warming foods as the temperature drops. This Beluga Lentil Kale Beet Stew has a warming effect and grounding effect on our bodies. Lentils and root vegetables like carrot, shallots and beets can help us to restore balance. When we transition from summer into fall, we can sometimes feel a little ungrounded or even a bit sluggish. Read More

Green Quinoa Salad

This light and refreshing Green Quinoa Salad combines the earthy and pungent flavours of the Middle-East with the freshness of green herbs. The fresh herb paste made with fresh parsley, dill and fresh mint and extra virgin olive oil is really the star of this dish. It transform the quinoa into something completely different. The bitter flavours of the fresh herbs, arugula and green onion sing in your mouth. For some sweetness I have added dried chopped apricots and I used a Za’atar spice mix to spice things up a little. Za’atar is a dried herb mix used in Middle Eastern cuisine. It’s a real party in your mouth. Read More

Spinach Feta Omelette

This Spinach Feta Omelette with fresh basil is super delicious and very quick to prepare. It’s great for breakfast or lunch and even as a light dinner with a green salad on the side. To cook the omelette, I used a method that is often used in the Provence, which involves turning your omelette around instead of folding it in half. Both sides become nicely browned this way making the omelette even more tasty. Omelettes are such a great way to create a super quick and tasty meal. The best part is that you can add any ingredients you like. Feta cheese, spinach and basil are such a great combination. Read More

Kale Pomegranate Spelt Salad

This hearty Kale Pomegranate Spelt Salad is super delicious and combines three of my favourite ingredients: whole spelt berries, shredded Dinosaur kale and pomegranate seeds. This week I saw the first Dinosaur kale or cavolo nero back in stores again. In Europe, you can often find cavolo nero in stores from July to Januari. The crisp sweet pomegranate seeds are the perfect addition to this salad, the freshness of the pomegranate seeds works really well with the chewy spelt berries and hearty, slightly bitter taste of kale. Spelt is high in protein and fiber and has a lovely nutty flavour and chewy bite. Read More

Penne with Basil Almond Pesto

This Penne with Basil Almond Pesto is absolutely delicious. It’s just as great served warm as an evening meal or served cold as a summer pasta salad. It’s the perfect picnic grub or potluck dish. The roasted baby tomatoes and peppers add a phenomenal smoky-sweet flavour and refreshing touch to the pasta dish. The sweetness and freshness of the roasted tomatoes and peppers works really well with the nutty and herby pesto and hearty pasta. For Basil Almond Pesto, I have used roasted slivered almonds and salted ricotta or ricotta stagionata. For a dairy-free version, you can skip the ricotta and use more almonds instead.Read More

Pomegranate Bulgur Salad

This Pomegranate Bulgur Salad with salted ricotta is a tasty light meal for a summer evening, picnic or potluck. It’s not just a very delicious and refreshing meal on a hot summer evening but it’s also a party for the eye with all the bright colours and different textures. The snow-white colour of the salted ricotta strikingly stands out in the salad against the vivid green colour of the fresh herbs, the pink-red color of the pomegranate seeds and the light green colour of the cucumber and celery. In terms of flavour, the sweetness of the pomegranates and dates contrast beautifully with the salty crumbly, salty ricotta, and the nutty bulgur.Read More

Halloumi Apricot Spelt Salad

This Halloumi Apricot Spelt Salad with an Orange Chili Vinaigrette is a super delicious and refreshing salad. It can be served as a full meal or as a nice appetizer. The Orange Chili Vinaigrette is fresh, sweet and just a little spicy, which adds a lovely heat to the salad. Recently, I have grown really fond of halloumi cheese. Halloumi is a salty, brined cheese, often made with sheep or goats milk. It’s low-fat and really tastyRead More

Sticky Sweet Quinoa Salad

This Sticky Sweet Quinoa Salad with balsamic shallots is very simple in its use of ingredients but has so much depth of flavour. It’s also quick and easy to make. A fluffy bowl of quinoa is ready in less than 15 minutes. I added chickpeas from a can and, some chopped sweet pointed peppers and baby tomatoes. The shallots are cooked in balsamic vinegar with some coconut palm sugar until they become caramelised and sweet. The sweet, sticky shallots and the left-over syrup serve as a vinaigrette. It adds a beautiful sweet, intense flavour and also makes it more succulent. Read More

Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos

These California-style Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos are easy to make and utterly delicious. During my trip to California I fell in love with Cal-Mex, the Californian interpretation of Mexican food. On menus you see different styles and names, including Tex-Mex, Fresh-Mex or Baja Style Mexican Food. It’s healthy, fresh and vibrant food that tastes simply spectacular. Enjoy these crispy Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos. Serve them with pickles and fresh cilantro, Mango Pico de Gallo or Fresh Tomato Salsa or homemade guacamole.Read More

Spicy Mango Rice Noodles

I love the clean and fresh flavours of these Spicy Mango Rice Noodles. It’s a light and refreshing dish and just perfect for these lovely warm summer days. I love all the different flavours and textures, the beautiful sweet mango, creamy avocado, peppery radishes, crunchy coconut flakes, fresh mint and cilantro. It’s fresh and flavourful and packed with nutrients. It’s fresh and flavourful and packed with nutrients. It contains healthy fats in the form of avocado and beta-carotene in the form of mango and chili. Read More

Ginger Honey Veggie Bowl

This Ginger Honey Veggie Bowl is simply a bowl of goodness. It’s pure and simple food that feeds your heart and soul. It’s what I crave coming home after a long, busy day. It makes me happy and helps me to restore my balance. Often when we feel tired, we crave the bad stuff, foods high in salt, fat or sugar. Junk food might give you a momentary high when you’re feeling low, but it depletes your body. As it places a huge burden on your digestion, it takes away energy. Energy you need to heal. This Ginger Honey Veggie Bowl nourishes your body so your body can devote its time to healing. Read More

Vietnamese Summer Rolls

I love the fresh and clean taste of Vietnamese Summer Rolls. They are the perfect bites for summer. I even have become a bit addicted to them lately. They are so easy and quick to make and you can use all your favourite ingredients. Basically, you can use anything you have in your fridge and combine as you like. Vietnamese Summer Rolls are also fun to eat and share with friends. You can lay out all the fresh ingredients on the table and let everyone create their own summer rolls. Read More

Harissa Lemon Chickpea Bowl

This super easy and quick Harissa Lemon Chickpea Bowl is delicious on a warm summer evening. It’s both spicy and refreshing and makes a great light evening meal or lunch dish. All the fresh ingredients, the cucumber, zucchini, lemon, cilantro, mint and parsley, add a clean, crisp taste. The Harissa dressing adds a sweet, smoky spiciness. If you don’t want to spend lots of time in the kitchen or have a big group of friends coming over, this is the perfect dish.Read More

Jerusalem Artichoke Lentil Salad

This warm Jerusalem Artichoke Lentil Salad is so delicious and very easy to make. I love adding Le Puy lentils to my salads. They have an earthy, delicate flavour and they hold their shape during cooking. They also combine really well with the earthy, nutty and slightly sweet flavour of the Jerusalem artichokes. I have roasted the Jerusalem artichokes in the oven which enhances their natural sweetness. The Mustard Honey Balsamic dressing is sweet and pungent, which is just perfect to balance of the earthiness of the lentils and Jerusalem artichokes. Read More

Radicchio Fennel Spelt Salad

This Radicchio Fennel Spelt Salad is the perfect winter salad. It can be enjoyed both warm or cold. Radicchio is wonderful in any winter salad. I love it raw, thinly sliced in a salad, but lately I have been braising it in the oven with garlic, rosemary and balsamic vinegar. It’s the best thing ever. When braised, the radicchio gets an intense and subtly bitter aroma. For this salad, all vegetables are roasted in olive oil and balsamic vinegar until browned and caramelised.Read More

Red Rice Caper Sweet Potato Bowl

This super delicious and hearty Red Rice Caper Sweet Potato Bowl is inspired by a roasted root vegetable dish in Ottolenghi’s cookbook Plenty. I love the sweetness of the caramelised root vegetables and the freshness and acidity of the dressing and herbs. I have been eating a lot of roasted veggies lately at home lately, in many forms, shapes and variations, but this is my winning dish. This is a great dish for fall coming home on a a cold, rainy evening. It’s my idea of comfort food! Read More

Glutenfree Glory Bowl

This Glutenfree Glory Bowl is super healthy and super delicious. It’s meatless, gluten-free and jam-packed with goodness. This is a great way of getting your nutrients in. This bowl is packed with healthy veggies like beets, carrots and bok choy and nutrient-dense ingredients like almonds, sesame seeds, brown rice noodles, and apple cider vinegar. This Glutenfree Glory Bowl is inspired by one of the dishes they serve at my favorite beach spot Aloha Beach in Wijk aan Zee.Read More

Minestrone For A Rainy Day

This Minestrone for a Rainy Day is the perfect dish at the end of the summer. As fall is creeping in upon us, it’s time to start cooking more warming foods.The temperatures at night have dropped and our evenings are getting darker and darker. Yesterday after a few bike rides through town, my clothes and shoes were soaked right through as rain came pouring down from the sky. These relentless rains are the first tell-tale signs of autumn. Cold weather calls for warming foods. This bowl of soup is my idea of comfort food at the end of a long cold and rainy day.Read More

Cannellini Bean Wild Rice Salad

This Cannellini Bean Wild Rice Salad with sweet corn, tomato and guacamole is inspired by Mexican food but with some Italian twists. I have used typical Italian ingredients such as homemade oven-roasted tomatoes, cannellini beans, Italian tomato paste, lemon, balsamic vinegar and basil leaves. I have used them in typical Mexican dishes like guacamole and corn salad. We enjoyed cannellini beans in many dishes during our trip to Italy. Very popular in Tuscany, they are widely used in soups and saladsRead More

Farro and Pearl Barley Salad

This recipe for ‘Insalata di farro e orzo’, Emmer and Pearl Barley Salad, is inspired by my trip to Umbria. The big flavors in this recipe come from using beautiful fresh This recipe for ‘Insalata di farro e orzo’, Emmer and Pearl Barley Salad, is inspired by my trip to Umbria. The big flavors in this recipe come from using beautiful fresh ingredients such as ripe and juicy tomatoes, fresh basil, a good quality moist mozzarella and a slow pressed extra virgin olive oil. Read More

Mango Avocado Bean Salad

This Mango Avocado Bean Salad is a bit of summer on your plate. It is fresh, simple, colorful and has a nice crunchy texture. I love the combination of sweet mango, spicy chili and creamy avocado. I remember having tasted this combination of flavors before when I was on a yoga retreat in Bali. This dish takes me back down memory lane. Read More

Grilled Vegetable Quinoa Salad

This Grilled Vegetable Quinoa Salad with grilled eggplant, zucchini and bell pepper is a quick, easy and super tasty meal. It will take you no longer than 15 minutes to have a bowl of this salad ready. I love making salads with quinoa. When the quinoa still has a bite to it, it makes a great salad ingredient. Quinoa is a great pseudo grain to include on a gluten-free diet. It’s also rich in essential amino-acids such as lysine and isoleucine. Read More

Quinoa Mint Lemon Tabouleh

This Quinoa Mint Lemon Tabouleh is a so delicious and it is very easy to make. I love the simplicity of its flavours, I often don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen but at the same time it is important to me to feed myself well in order to maintain my busy and active lifestyle. I also don’t want to lose out on flavour. I love eating good food. Food that feeds my body and nourishes my soul. Most of my recipes are therefore not only quick and easy to make; they are super healthy and deliciou too. You’ll have this lovely refreshing bowl of Quinoa Mint Lemon Tabouleh ready under 15 minutes.Read More

Red Power Salad

My lunch today at de Ysbreeker inspired me to create a new recipe based on the principle of red power, a Red Power Salad with red quinoa, red cabbage, red beets, pomegranate seeds and cranberries. When it comes to health, the colours on your plate matter. Phytonutrients, also known as phytochemicals, are the nutrients often concentrated in the skins of fruits and vegetables, that are responsible for their color. This salad focuses on the antioxidant power of the red/purple family of phytonutrients,which have been found to protect against heart disease and even cancer.Read More

Super Power Bowl

This Super Power Bowl nourishes your body on many levels. Ever wondered what to eat after a long work-out ? Well, this is it. Recently, I have gotten into the habit of doing endurance work-outs on a rowing machine. I have noticed that I need to feed myself differently than after my usual yoga practice. Right after my work-out I drink some coconut juice to rehydrate. And then about 1 hour after my work-out I have what I call my Super Power Bowl. It contains everything you need to boost your recovery and your performance as an athlete. Read More

Black Bean Quinoa Chili

This spicy Black Bean Quinoa Chili is healthy, nourishing and balances blood sugar. It’s full of flavour and packed with nourishing vegetables and protein in the form of quinoa and black beans. When you struggle with blood sugar imbalance it’s important to eat mostly slow carbs in plant form. This recipe is full of slow carbs that release sugar in your bloodstream slowly, such as shallots, tomatoes, zucchini, red peppers and parsley. Read More

Root Vegetable Gratin

This Root Vegetable Gratin is a delicious, hearty and filling vegan dish. It has a no-cheese crunchy crust and is a perfect warmer on a cold day. Plus it’s really healthy. Root vegetables are some of the most underappreciated vegetables around. But they are nutritional powerhouses, widely available in winter and very inexpensive. Feel free to experiment with rutabagas, turnips. Beets, parsnips and other root vegetables in this recipe. Enjoy what’s out there in your local market!Read More

Sweet Potato Brussels Sprouts Curry

This Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts Curry is amazing. I love a good Thai curry but nothing beats making your own curry paste. It’s easy to buy ready-made Thai curry paste but making your own paste adds so much more freshness, flavor and fragrance to the dish. The inspiration for adding the Brussel sprouts and apples to this curry came from an amazing Thai curry recipe I saw on The Green Kitchen. They are right. Brussels sprouts and apples might seem unconventional in a curry, but they fit in perfectly.Read More

Quinoa With Sweet Potato

This delicious quinoa salad with sweet potato, avocado and walnuts is super-healthy and gives you the fuel you need for an active lifestyle. The three main ingredients -quinoa, sweet potatoes and avocado- are low-glycemic and can help regulate blood sugar. If you have a sweet tooth, sweet potatoes are great as they satisfy your sweet cravings without spiking your blood sugar. This dish will give you a slow release of energy and is exactly what your body needs if you have a lot of work ahead of you or are planning a work-out later on in the day.Read More

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Soup

This Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Soup is a hearty, filling soup to keep you going on a cold day. I just love a steaming hot bowl of sweet pumpkin soup. However, most of the pumpkin soups I have had this year were a bit bland. Now I love the depth of Indian flavors so I decided to inject my Pumpkin Soup with Indian spices such as ginger, cumin and coriander. This soup comes close to a spicy, aromatic Indian Dahl. It has a lots of healthy fresh ginger in it. Ginger warms the body, it boosts immunity, has strong anti-inflammatory properties and is a natural painkiller.Read More

Mediterranean Dinosaur Kale Salad

This simple recipe for Mediterranean Dinosaur Kale Salad combines the flavors of the Mediterranean with the super food power of kale. I am a big fan of Dinosaur kale and we eat it at least twice a week at our home. It’s such a simple pure ingredient, easy to prepare and has so many great health benefits. Kale has been called a nutritional power house for a reason. It’s high in vitamins (K, C and A), packed with powerful antioxidants and a powerful anti-inflammatory food and there’s so much more. Read More

Free Christmas E-book For You!

I have created an e-book with delicious and healthy Christmas recipes. The holidays are a typical time of the year where we tend to 
overindulge at our meals. If you are anything like me, you love to eat 
delicious food. Food to drool over, to enjoy and share with family and friends. I have come up with seven different holiday recipes with tantalizing flavors that are high in nutrients and insanely delicous. All recipes in this menu are gluten-free, vegetarian and dairy-free (optional).Read More

Chickpea Crêpes With Mushrooms

These chickpea crêpes with tofu, kale and mushrooms are a spin on one of my favorite Indian dishes, a North Indian dish called Chole which is basically a Chickpea Curry. Instead of using chickpeas in the curry, I have made crepes with chickpea flour and fresh coriander. I have made a spicy tomato curry of tofu, kale and mushrooms. It still has that delicious spicy flavor of the original dish but is a healthier version of the one that I used to make. Read More

Brussels Sprouts With Shallots

These roasted Brussels sprouts with pine nuts and caramelized shallots make the perfect winter dish. I never liked Brussel sprouts growing up. I found out I love sprouts when they are crisp on the outside but still solid on the inside. These sprouts are crispy and firm and the bitterness of the sprouts is balanced by the sweetness of the caramelized onions and tartness of the vinegar. If you don’t like sprouts, try out this recipe! Read More

Vegetable Hotchpotch Soup

We are definitely entering the winter season. There’s something deeply nourishing about a bowl of soup on a cold winter day. I literally feel my body warm up from inside out. My new favorite soup is based on Dutch hotchpotch but then turned into a soup. This soup has delicious natural sweet flavor and warms your body from inside out. Read More