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    Health,  Lifestyle

    The Whole Food Plant-Based Beginners Guide

    Eating a whole food plant-based or vegan diet has never been this popular, and that’s for good reasons. For example, to improve your health because you want to lower your cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Or because you heard that you can lose weight and boost your energy on a plant-based diet. Besides these motivations, you might care about the environment or want to end animal suffering for meat consumption. Likewise, you watched some documentaries on Netflix that made an impact on you, such as Game Changers, Forks over Knives, What the Health or Cowspiracy. If you haven’t watched these, please do so, they are very informative and it…

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    Mains

    Amazing Vegan Pasta Bolognese

    Since eating mainly a plant-based diet, I try to invent a vegan variant for all my favorite dishes. Of course, a classic Bolognese sauce could not be missed in my repertoire. The kids and Andrew are love this classic dish so the pressure was quite high. Initially, I started making my default recipe for Bolognese minus the minced meat. But that was a little too easy and the sauce missed a substance being meatless.  In different vegan cookbooks, I saw that the meat was replaced with lentils or chickpeas. How genius! In this recipe, I replaced the meat with lentils and added more vegetables. The best way to get the kids eat…

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    Dips

    Quick and Easy Beetroot Hummus

    Lately, I’m obsessed with colorful foods. Vibrant beetroots, pumpkins, purple cabbage, watermelon radishes, peas anything with the colors of the rainbow will brighten up my day. Did you know that each color represents its unique vitamins and nutrients? There comes the saying: eat the rainbow! Red, purple and blues serve as a powerful antioxidant in the body. They are for a healthy heart and memory function. Strawberries and beets, for example, are high in folic acids. Red paprika and mix berries are loaded with vitamin C. Orange and yellow colors is packed with beta-carotene. This antioxidant is then converted in the body to vitamin A and maintains eye health (here…

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    Mains,  Soups

    Coconut Lentil Soup (Dahl)

    Since I eat plant-based, lentils and beans are my go-to source of protein. I like the texture of these little gems so much more than meat. So funny when I look back at my previous self; I used to love meat. I was even on a Paleo diet for a while. A solely meat-based diet only made me miserable and I was left feeling not comfortable in my own skin. It just didn’t feel right. There are many reasons why I switch to a plant-based way of eating. Adding more vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, nuts and mostly whole grains or even gluten-free make me feel like I’m on top of…

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    Breakfast

    Blueberry Smoothie Bowl

    I’m a big fan of smoothie bowls. The base of the smoothies can vary but most of the time I use frozen fruits to get that nice thick firm consistency of ice cream. Think of frozen bananas, avocado, mango and berries. But vegetables would do the trick too. Such as cauliflower (creamy!), pre cooked edamame beans, baked pumpkin or sweet potatoes. Yum, getting hungry again while writing this 🙂 I like these bowls because they are so quick and easy to whip up. Trust me, no rocket science involved in here. Just get whatever you have on hand for the toppings as well. Think of granolas, nuts, seeds, shredded coconut,…

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    Dips

    The Best Creamy Hummus

    Growing up in Amsterdam made me very multicultural, which I’ve experienced as a very good thing that I’m grateful for. I love to travel, meet new friends with all sorts of cultural backgrounds and the bonus of all is trying out new food during my travels. I don’t really have a favorite cuisine, but somehow I have a soft spot for Middle Eastern cuisine. A creamy hummus definitely makes my heart beats faster, it’s one of my favorite dips! The main ingredient chickpeas is an underrated legume if I may say. Since eating a plant-based diet I always turn to chickpeas when I want to eat something filling, healthy, packed…

  • miso eggplant nasu dengaku
    Mains

    Grilled Miso Eggplant (Nasu Dengaku)

    Lately, I’ve been expanding my knowledge on fermenting food. Fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, miso, and kimchi are not only healthy to consume, but they also come with a special taste, which you need to get use to. Fermented foods But what are fermented foods actually? Fermented foods have been gone through a process of lactofermentation, which means that natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food and therefore creates lactic acid. Because of the fermentation, foods are preserved and all good enzymes, vitamins, fatty acids and probiotics are kept alive. Eating fermented food also helps improving your digestion system. If you think of the common…

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    Mains

    Korean Japchae (stir-fried sweet potato noodles)

    If you have to choose between all types of carbs (bread, potatoes, rice, noodles, pasta), which one is your favorite? Mine is definitely noodles. How about combining this with my other favorite ingredient, the sweet potato. Let me tell you, that’s a match made in heaven! At least my food heaven. The Korean Japchae is a famous stir-fried noodle dish made of sweet potato starch noodles. I make this meal whenever I’m longing for something healthy, yet comforting and tasty. This one-pot meal wonder is filled with healthy colorful vegetables,  mushrooms, and chewy sweet potato noodles. The best part is that you just throw all the ingredients in one pan…