Eat well, feel good

Healthy, tasty and fresh home cooking, mostly dairy and gluten free.

Autumn starts with apple pie. This one has a shortcrust base layered with homemade apple sauce (flavored with a hint of rowanberry and cinnamon), and 6 sliced apples laid out in a spiral pattern. Bake at 200 degrees C until golden, and sprinkle with powdered sugar. 

Dinner Ethiopian style: Atakilt Wat (ethiopian cabbage and carrots) with misir wat (spicy lentil stew) and rice. The spices settle overnight so the leftovers are the best part! 

Dinner Ethiopian style: Atakilt Wat (ethiopian cabbage and carrots) with misir wat (spicy lentil stew) and rice. The spices settle overnight so the leftovers are the best part! 

Warm chickpea salad with cumin and garlic, modified from this recipe.

Warm chickpea salad with cumin and garlic, modified from this recipe.

Blackened chicken and vegetable skewers with Zuni Café zucchini pickles. I like to chop up whatever vegetables I have on hand (today it was eggplant, zucchini, red bell pepper, onion and cherry tomatoes), rub them with pesto, skewer them and pop them in the oven for an easy, healthy dinner. I added some chicken breast marinated in blackened chicken seasoning as well, but the beauty of this dish is that it’s endlessly versatile: anything goes. 249 calories for 3 skewers.

Blackened chicken and vegetable skewers with Zuni Café zucchini pickles. I like to chop up whatever vegetables I have on hand (today it was eggplant, zucchini, red bell pepper, onion and cherry tomatoes), rub them with pesto, skewer them and pop them in the oven for an easy, healthy dinner. I added some chicken breast marinated in blackened chicken seasoning as well, but the beauty of this dish is that it’s endlessly versatile: anything goes. 249 calories for 3 skewers.

Oatmeal with bananas, walnuts, cinnamon and honey. I’ve never learned to like the taste of oatmeal so I dress it up with nicer things :-).

Oatmeal with bananas, walnuts, cinnamon and honey. I’ve never learned to like the taste of oatmeal so I dress it up with nicer things :-).

Spicy tomato and red pepper soup
Easy, healthy, fast and cheap: my favorite kind of food! Chop and sauté 2 onions, 2 red bell peppers and 4 cloves of garlic. Add 1 can of crushed tomato, 1 teaspoon of mixed (or black) pepper, 2 pepperoncino, 1 chicken/vegetable stock cube, a handful of fresh basil, a teaspoon each of dried rosemary and sugar, a tablespoon of red wine vinegar and allow to simmer for ten minutes. Blend with an immersion blender until slightly chunky. Makes 4 portions, 96 calories each.

Spicy tomato and red pepper soup

Easy, healthy, fast and cheap: my favorite kind of food! Chop and sauté 2 onions, 2 red bell peppers and 4 cloves of garlic. Add 1 can of crushed tomato, 1 teaspoon of mixed (or black) pepper, 2 pepperoncino, 1 chicken/vegetable stock cube, a handful of fresh basil, a teaspoon each of dried rosemary and sugar, a tablespoon of red wine vinegar and allow to simmer for ten minutes. Blend with an immersion blender until slightly chunky. Makes 4 portions, 96 calories each.

Watermelon granita: so good that one is not enough. Fortunately they’re only 40 kcal per serving! To make 4: Blend 1/4 of a small watermelon with 1 teaspoon of honey. Pour into a shallow dish with a broad base (I use a large tupperware container) and freeze. Take out of the freezer approximately every 30 minutes and break up the ice crystals with the back of a spoon until fully frozen- you want a sorbet-like, slightly grainy consistency.

Watermelon granita: so good that one is not enough. Fortunately they’re only 40 kcal per serving! To make 4: Blend 1/4 of a small watermelon with 1 teaspoon of honey. Pour into a shallow dish with a broad base (I use a large tupperware container) and freeze. Take out of the freezer approximately every 30 minutes and break up the ice crystals with the back of a spoon until fully frozen- you want a sorbet-like, slightly grainy consistency.

Deconstructed mini burgers (layered beef patties, onion jam, basil leaves, sliced cherry tomatoes, aioli and cracked pepper) with Zuni cafe-style zucchini pickles. Gluten and dairy free.

Deconstructed mini burgers (layered beef patties, onion jam, basil leaves, sliced cherry tomatoes, aioli and cracked pepper) with Zuni cafe-style zucchini pickles. Gluten and dairy free.

Egg muffin cups and fruit salad: my go-to breakfast when I’m out of ideas and want something gluten- and dairy free.
For the egg muffin cups: Chop and combine 1/2 an onion and red bell pepper, 100g of frozen spinach and 3 eggs. Season with chipotle and rosemary.  Pour into muffin forms and bake at 200 C until the surface begins to turn golden. Makes 6, with 50 kcal per muffin cup.
For the fruit salad: chop a handful of watermelon, 1/2 a nectarine, and  a handul of grapes. Finely chop a handful of mint leaves and combine in a bowl. 

Egg muffin cups and fruit salad: my go-to breakfast when I’m out of ideas and want something gluten- and dairy free.

For the egg muffin cups: Chop and combine 1/2 an onion and red bell pepper, 100g of frozen spinach and 3 eggs. Season with chipotle and rosemary.  Pour into muffin forms and bake at 200 C until the surface begins to turn golden. Makes 6, with 50 kcal per muffin cup.

For the fruit salad: chop a handful of watermelon, 1/2 a nectarine, and  a handul of grapes. Finely chop a handful of mint leaves and combine in a bowl. 

Warm french lentil salad with bacon and herbs, slightly modified from this recipe. I have an abundance of rosemary to work with right now, so it’s finding its way into everything I eat with some very delicious results. As usual, this recipe is gluten and dairy free.

Warm french lentil salad with bacon and herbs, slightly modified from this recipe. I have an abundance of rosemary to work with right now, so it’s finding its way into everything I eat with some very delicious results. As usual, this recipe is gluten and dairy free.

Making blueberry pie from the blueberries in the back yard.

Skye Gyngell’s chilled gazpacho soup: cucumber, tomato, red bell pepper, red onion, mint, basil and almonds combined to taste like summer in a bowl.

Skye Gyngell’s chilled gazpacho soup: cucumber, tomato, red bell pepper, red onion, mint, basil and almonds combined to taste like summer in a bowl.

Green ice tea with fresh moroccan mint and lemon, sweetened with a little honey.

Green ice tea with fresh moroccan mint and lemon, sweetened with a little honey.