Tag Archives: fruit

Take Me Out

Let me sniff flowers

Feed me loads of fruits and veggies

Snack plate with tomato, radishes, broccoli and cucumber dip,
grapes, a peach and melon.

Lamb’s lettuce, raw broccoli with more spinach dip, rashes, melon, carrots and coleslaw with soy nuggets

Show me magic

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern,
go buy this pronto, install yourself in a chair in the back yard with a plate of watermelon and prepare to be swept away into a world were dreams come true.

Love, M.

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Can a person become addicted to broccoli?

If possible, I think I’m addicted to broccoli.
If not possible, I still think I am addicted to broccoli!

I’ve been eating broccoli with every meal except breakfast and even managed to sneak in some broccoli in my snacks, but I did not truly fall in love with broccoli until I ate today’s lunch.

 ‘Quinoa Broccoli Bowl’
serves 2 as a main dish, 4 as a side dish

  • 6 T of quinoa
  • 12 T of vegetable broth
  • half a can of tinned lentils
  • half a medium broccoli
  • 1 T of hummus
  • some lemon or lime juice

Cook the quinoa in the vegetable broth: add the quinoa when the broth boils and reduce it to a simmer, let it absorb all of the liquid (it takes about 20 minutes). Cook the broccoli in boiling water for about 5 minutes. Rinse the lentils

As soon as the quinoa is done, add 1 T of hummus and stir to combine. Add the lentils and the broccoli. Sprinkle with some lemon/lime juice right before serving.

This stuff is so incredibly creamy! It reminds me of when my mum used to make broccoli in cheese sauce.

Fruit for dessert: Melon + strawberries + cottage cheese + sunshine = one happy Maxime!

Happy Monday!
Love, M.

Tiny Bites

When it comes to snacks I go through phases.
I can eat apples for weeks and weeks without complaining, and then all of a sudden I’ve had it and I want something new. There are periods of carby snacks (cereal, crackers and hummus, oat things..), followed by periods of light fruit and veg snacks.
These last couple of weeks I did an extra effort to try new stuff to snack on.

Here are some of these new snacks, or old snacks I haven’t had in a long time 😉

1. Mock Pain au Chocolat

This . was . pure . heaven!!

Take some leftover slices of bread (I ‘saved’ two very small and almost dried out slices that were meant to be thrown away), chop up a piece of dark chocolate and put it on one loaf, smeared some peanut butter and the other, put them together and heat it in the microwave  until the chocolate has melted.

2. Rediscovery of Greek Yoghurt

Kefir is great: it’s tart, it’s light, it combines great with other stuff … but after all those weeks with just kefir, Greek yoghurt tasted divine: so creamy and thick!

Greek yoghurt with blue berries, flax seeds and granola

3. No Bake Oatmeal Cookie
Based on all those breakfast cookies populating the internet 

You’ll need:

  • half a banana, mashed
  • about 5 t of oats
  • cinnamon
  • add ins of choice: nuts, seeds, dried fruits, chocolate chips, any type of nut butter, jelly, granola, pretzels…

Mash the banana, add the oats, the cinnamon and the desired add ins. Mix everything together, form into a cookie on a plate. Place in the fridge overnight.
Do me a favour and drizzle it with some melted nut butter or honey/maple syrup!

One thing I’ve noticed is that you don’t always need a piece of pie, a cookie or a chocolate bar to treat yourself or satisfy your cravings.

A ‘healthy’ snack that takes your mood and what you’re craving into consideration and that is made with quality products and things you truly enjoy can sometimes feel more like a treat than any high sugar vending machine bar or pattiserie item.

Fruit doesn’t have to be boring, a fruit salad can be refreshing and energizing as long as you take into account which fruits you really like and come up with fun combinations.

Kefir with cinnamon and chocolate. Very desserty!
I found that one piece of high quality and very dark (i.e. 80%) chocolate is able to satisfy my chocolate craving better than a whole bar of milk chocolate. 

Parfait with biscuits and soy pudding! Okay, this isn’t that healthy, but it’s still way better than, let’s say, a snickers.

Love, M

What’s up in the Pantry

Today I’d like to show you guys the stuff that currently is hanging around in my pantry and fridge because those are the ultimate basics.
It’s the stuff I brought from home to my studio in Leuven.
I only took the essential stuff with me, the rest I’ll buy in the store today.

Pantry Stuff

First staple food I couldn’t live  without: Oats

Flax seeds for in oats, smoothies and yoghurt

Another favourite from the grain department: couscous
I also have some brown rice and whole wheat pasta in my pantry (they’re left overs from last year’s basic supplies) (not pictured)

Rice flakes and crackers with sesame seeds: for quick snackage or meals
Also take a look at my cool mini bench and stuffed dog in the background 😉

Cans of tomato purée and tuna: for mini pizzas, sandwiches and all kind of sauces

 

Some ‘healthy’ biscuits: quick options for a snack in between classes or when I’m in a hurry or craving something crunchy

My all time favourite biscuits: Lulu biscuits! Rather high in sugar, but so tasty
Pssst, don’t tell anyone I’m eating kids biscuits, okay? I’m supposed to be a third year literature student, very serious stuff 😉

Stash of nuts and seeds

Bananas

Things I forgot to take photographs of and I’m too lazy to go shoot right now (sipping tea in bed while blogging tends to make a person lazy): *extra dark chocolate: I keep a bar of a 100 gr 74% cocoa that can easily be broken into small pieces for a chocolate fix
*dried fruits
*herbs: pepper,salt,nutmeg, oregano, basil and last but not least cinnamon

Fridge and Freezer

Still very empty, I prefer my veggies fresh 
At the very bottom: a bag of tangerines (you can hardly see ’em ;))
Bottom shelf: gala apples, home-made jelly, some butter in a funny box
Top shelf: water, my mum’s pea soup

Soy pudding and tomatoes (there are also some carrots somewhere in there..)

On the left: a bag of pumpkin for pumpkin oats and snacks
On the right: three of my Spiced Autumn Muffins (recipe is coming up soon), I was wondering if I could store them in the freezer and just defrost them and microwave them for a bit if I feel like eating one (I’ll let you know how that worked out)

On the grocery list

* Hummus and aubergine salsa
* Peanut butter (!!)
* Lamb’s lettuce
* Zucchini
* Orange Juice (I have to drink it to take my iron pills, helps to absorb the iron – Doctor’s orders cause I don’t really like OJ)
*Greek yoghurt
*Quinoa
*Maybe some sushi for dinner tomorrow?

Do you guys make a grocery list before you go shopping or just figure out what you need while you’re at it (my mum always makes lists but forgets them, I get super annoyed when that happens cause I’m a real list freak!)

Love, M.