>Pasta and Greens

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Here’s another few ideas for in the kitchen, for a change. With all the diet hypes, it seems like pasta is a big ‘no go’ nowadays. A plate full of carbs, why would anyone eat that? I actually eat pasta quite a lot. It doesn’t have to be a carb-filled dish! When I cook pasta, I cook a humble amount of it and fill the rest of my plate with veggies and some kind of protein. And as a variation to the traditional pasta with tomato sauce, I make my pasta with green veggies, which I love. Here are some ideas to make your pasta a healthy dish and getting at least two of your five a day! 

Asparagus, broccoli and cheese pasta
Who doesn’t love his mac ‘n cheese? Nothing wrong with that, but I do always add some veggies to my macaroni or other pasta with cheese. Broccoli and asparagus go really well with this pasta with grated parmesan. You can add a tablespoon (or two) of cream cheese or creme fraiche to make it more creamy.  Add some pine nuts for a nice bite!
Pasta with green beans and bacon
I love this recipe and have made it quite a lot. The sweetness of green beans goes so well with the saltiness of the bacon. What I usually do is put half of the beans (150g) in the blender with some grated parmesan and a splash of white wine, salt and pepper, and put half of the beans in the pasta as they are, so you get two textures. I mix the the pea puree with the pasta, sprinkle the rest of the green beans on top, add some more parmesan and some crispy bacon I’ve crisped up in the oven. One of my favorites!
Pasta with asparagus, snap pea and avocado
This pasta is quite plain but definitely a healthy and delicious dish! I like using different varieties of pasta. That way, if I eat pasta multiple times a weak, I don’t have the feeling I’m eating the same thing all the time. This one’s a bow tie pasta with spring vegetables like asparagus, snap pea and avocado. Just grate some parmesan on top and your done! It only takes a few minutes!
Lemony prawn and pea pasta
This pasta is great since lemon and prawns obviously are a match made in heaven. Just cook any pasta you like. Make a mixture of some sour cream or creme fraiche, lemon juice and lemon zest, and a little bit of parmesan. Add that to your pasta, with some boiled shrimps and peas. I actually eat a lot of peas, since I always have those in the freezer and go well with a lot of things. That way I can always easily add some more greens to my dishes!
Creamy pasta with zucchini and salmon
Ok, and it has peas again. But as I’ve said, keeping peas in your freezer gives you the healthy option of easily adding veggies to dishes. Stir fry or just fry the zucchini for 3 minutes, add some salmon and than a cup of creme fraiche and two tablespoons of pesto. Put the peas into the sauce, and when you’re spaghetti is cooked, put that into the sauce as well. Some salt and pepper, and again that’s all there is to a great healthy recipe. Bon appetit!
sources: Taste.com.au, Foodies, Martha Stewart, GoodFood, Albert Heijn

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>What’s for breakfast?

>During the week, I usually eat the same boring breakfast. But I just can’t help it, I love porridge. It’s healthy, contains a lot of fiber and keeps me going the whole morning. But every now and then I like to switch my breakfast to something else. Something fruity, something special, something different. So here are some ideas to change your breakfast every once in a while. Variation is healthy, and keeps life exciting! And we all need a treat sometimes.

 Make your yoghurt more exciting by putting it in a glass and layer yogurt, granola and fruit. It looks like a dessert but is actually a healthy breakfast!
Sometimes you have to give yourself a treat in the morning. My way of doing that is by having a romantic breakfast with my boyfriend, and making fresh croissants with jelly. Nothing can beat the smell of freshly baked croissants!
Eggs on toast boring? Not if you cut them out in the shape of a heart! You can buy egg cutters (or cookie cutters) in almost any cooking store. 
I loooove making french toast. It isn’t a lot of work and it’s so delicious! Also try the french toast recipe I posted earlier!
And of course, who can resist a peanut butter sandwich?

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>Lovely Salads

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In summertime, I eat a lot of salads. They are light, fresh, and help you fit into that amazing summer bikini. There are about thousands of food combinations to make salads with, but you do have to have a little bit of inspiration when standing in the supermarket. And of course, some salads take a lot of time and effort to make, while some salads are very easy. I like to make simple, easy salads on days when it’s just too hot to make too much of an effort. Here are some ideas for days when you don’t have a lot of time, but do want to eat something good, healthy and delicious of course.
Rocket salad with peach and feta cheese

There’s really no recipe to this, just take some rocket, a peach, and some feta cheese, mix it, and dress with a bit of vinaigrette or just olive oil and salt and pepper. Sprinkling the juice of half a lemon on top is very tasty too. It’s such a good combination. You can add some cucumber or green beans if you want more vegetables, but I like the simplicity of this salad. The peach makes it really fresh.

Smoked chicken and garden pea salad
This salad is so healthy, but so delicious. Cook some garden peas for about 5 minutes. Mix the peas with some spinach leaves, slices of smoked chicken and a bit of basil. The recipe I found tells you to crumble some blue cheese on top, but since I’m not a big fan of blue cheese, I don’t. Dress your salad with a simple vinaigrette with mustard. Ceasar dressing works too.
Roasted pumpkin salad
I love eating pumpkin, but a lot of people only eat it during fall and winter. However, this salad is very light and a good way to eat healthy pumpkin in summer! 
Sprinkle some olive oil, thyme and salt an pepper over the sliced pumpkin, and roast it in the oven at about 200 degrees. Toast some almonds in a dry pan. Mix some rocket, the roasted pumpkin and the almond and sprinkle olive oil and balsamic vinegar on top. As simple as that!
Really Simple Salad.
This is a very basic salad, but I just absolutely love it, also as a side dish. Shave cucumber into slices, mix with spinach or salad leaves. Make your own croutons by cutting your old bread into slices and sprinkling it with garlic olive oil (garlic butter is nice too), and put it into the oven or fry in a pan until golden brown. Add a boiled egg, or a poached egg if you’re in a fancy mood, and dress with a mustard vinaigrette or just olive oil and vinegar. Don’t forget the pepper and salt. 
Easy but so simple! Have it for lunch!
Avocado Caprese with Chilli
It doesn’t get any simpler than this. Who doesn’t love a good caprese salad? Add a little spice to it by making it with avocado and chilli. Slice tomatoes, mozzarella (please use buffalo mozzarella, it’s sooo much better and cheap versions of mozzarella taste like plastic) and an avocado. Sprinkle with shredded basil leaves, olive oil, salt and pepper and chilli to taste. So fresh!
Green bean, bacon and herb salad
This salad is very healthy and fills you up for a while, so good when you’re planning to party all night! Fry the bacon until crispy. Cook the green beans for as long as the package tells you to. Mix the beans and the bacon with quite a few leaves of basil, mint and coriander. Make a dressing out of lime juice (from 2 small limes) and 3 tablespoons of honey, and salt and pepper. So many flavors in your mouth!

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>Breakfast Idea: Eggs in a cup

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Here’s a good idea to make something great out of something simple. Toast, eggs, and bacon. Sounds like a pretty simple breakfast, right? But there’s a way too make this simple breakfast into a very special one! 

Use a baking tray for muffins, or other cups that can go into the oven.
Lightly butter the cups so your toast won’t stick to the sides.
Press a slice of toast into each cup, and remove the bits of the toast sticking out of the cup, so that the bread comes up to the edge of the cup. Brush the bread with a little bit of butter again.
Preheat oven to 190 degrees (Celsius).
Crack an egg into each cup, and season with salt and pepper.
Cook in the oven until the egg whites are set, for about 20 minutes. 
You can put the bacon on top of the tray in the oven during the last 10 minutes, to make it crisp, or you can bake it separately in a frying pan, whatever you want. 
Makes a simple breakfast suitable for a romantic breakfast in bed!
www.marthastewart.com

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>Love: Frozen Yoghurt

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I just looooove frozen yoghurt. Unfortunately (or fortunately of course), there are only a few places in the Netherlands where you can get the real deal: Frozz. Located in five places in Amsterdam, it sells healthy frozen yoghurt with all the lovely toppings you can think of. Last weekend, I went to Frozz in Hartenstraat Amsterdam. Whenever I’m in that city, I just have to get a frozen yoghurt. It might actually be my absolute favorite spot in the Jordaan. Frozz, please open an establishment in Arnhem!


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