Spiralized…. spagetti bolognese

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Spagetti bolognese or Spagetti Med Köttfärssås is such a standard dinner in so many households across the world.  I don’t tend to eat gluten free pasta myself but I sometimes gives the kids Spelt Dinkel) pasta as a slightly better alternative.  Today I used my new Spiralizer that makes pasta likes spirals out of vegetables.  This time I used Courgette/Zucchini and post spiralizing I poured boiling water over them and let it sit for a 2 minutes before serving.  If you don’t have a spiralizer you can soon order one here!

Otherwise for my version of bolognese I tend to be very un Italian, but it is a great way to get vegetables into kids!

Bolognese

  • 500 grams of minced beef
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • half a courgette
  • a large carrot
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tin of tomatoes
  • 1/2dl of red wine if you have some open… we tend to…
  • 1 tsp boullion powder
  • salt and pepper (about 1/2 tsp each)
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • Optional – chopped capers or chopped black olives… I do this finely and the kids don’t know and love it!
  1. head the oil and while it does
  2. chop all the vegetables – finely if you have picky kids
  3. cook all the vegetables until the onion is see through
  4. add the mince and born this
  5. add the rest of the ingredients
  6. stir once in a while whilst it is bubbling away for minimum 20 min but much more if you have the time. A hour or 4 later it would be even more tasty albeit keen an eye on the liquid levels.
  7. Serve with spiralized vegetables, on top of an avocado or some broccoli – raw carrots tend to work with the kids!
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AHhhhhhhhh – look at my lovely basil as a holding page…

I just wrote a post of my GREAT – even if I do say so myself fish pie – and I managed to loose it.  I am technical imbecile and it drives me mad, I see technology and I get angry… which considering I tried to do a 5 minute meditative walk today should not have happened I should be in zen mode…  Sometimes I feel angry quite a lot – but the other option is having a good cry and for some reason I don’t do that very often, albeit it may be more constructive.  When I cried a few months back talking to a friend my daughter stated it was the first time she had seen me cry.  Isn’t it odd we hide these emotions from kids that cry at least 5 times a day? But I get angry that I worry about things that 1) I can’t do anything about 2) haven’t happened and may never happen 3) don’t matter 4) about being angry…

I will go and shower for my meeting and look at my basil plant – so pretty!

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I am very proud of the old tin I bought at the weekend – the basil I bought from the supermarket yesterday… I may have to see what it looks like in a month…

Ideas and Asparagus

When I read other food blogs I realize that most of mine are food ideas more than recipes, this is one of those ideas posts. I had a girls night away with a group of brilliant women, where we laughed, talked about everything from kids to the worlds problems and ate and drank a little (read A LOT) too much. Sweden also won Eurovision so it was a great night on all accounts.

When I got back I actually went to bed for an hour which I rarely do – but then again I rarely go to bed at 3am either. I am a firm believer in sleep! I also felt the need for tasty food but simple stuff.  All that sugar and bread had made me more than a little farty!

Hence when I got back I had seedbread with avocado, smoked salmon, creme cheese, some horseradish, lemon juice and a little black pepper. It was delicious.

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For dinner I grilled some asparagus. Asparagus season is upon us – I love them.  I tend to just cut the hard end off then pour 2-4 tbsp of olive oil on top with plenty of sea salt and pepper.  I then put them in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 200 degrees celsius.

IMG_0800They are such a good looking food and so versatile. I would eat these with one of the following:

  • IMG_0802soft boiled egg and just dip the spears in
  • with a poached egg on top
  • with parma ham
  • on their own of course
  • with Hollandaise sauce
  • with some of my vinaigrette (ps the key to good dressing is to get air into it so it emulsifies… pop in a jar and shake!)
  •  with shavings of parmesan and some crispy bacon

Basically it is so versatile and so tasty – also a good looking food that makes you feel like you are having a party!

Bread… Paleo Style

I have almost given up on bread as I realise nothing beats a loaf of sourdough… or if you are in London you have to go to IMG_0736Franco Manca and eat the best sourdough pizza ever!!!  Hence I always feel like why copy something that you are then always disappointed in? I made these Paleo style roles and had them warm with butter, cheese and cucumber.  It was good… Not at all like a sourdough but good in a different way.

Paleo Rolls – 3… I just made enough for an evening snack for Mr M and myself.

Oven 180 degrees C

  • 1 dl po fibre
  • 1/2 dl qunioa flour (or buckweat)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • water to make it a sticky consistency a bit drier than porridge

Mix all the try ingredients then mix in the wet – spoon out onto parchment (bakplåtspapper) and bake in the oven at 180 degrees C for 35 min.

The thing to note is that they don’t rise – hence if you want to make a bigger batch… what you see in your mixing bowl is what you will get post oven… nothing bigger. My dirty mind is now working overtime sorry 🙂 – lucky it’s Friday!

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Hot smoked Salmon lunch

Hot smoked salmon – can I praise it enough? Tasty, good for you and lasts in the fridge for many weeks if vacuum packed.  I think the key to changing your eating habits is to ensure that you have good tasty and easily cooked food at home.  I am nor sure this counts as cooking, but I am feeling pleasantly full and rather virtuous from having had a good and tasty lunch!

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Hot smoked Salmon sallad lunch for 1

  • I piece of hot smoked salmon
  • 1/4 of a cucumber
  • one avocado
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 spring onions (little piece of red onion or chives is also good)

Put all the vegetables in a bowl and add the following as a dressing:

  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • the juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tsp of maldon sea salt or similar
  • good dose of black pepper
  • 1 tbsp grated (or ready grated) horseradish

Mix it all up and serve next to the salmon. Enjoy!

A friend of mine asked me what I will do when I stop eating like this? I was not quite sure what she meant, but I realised she felt it was too difficult to keep eating well over time.  I actually think now that my cupboards are stocked in a different way it is easy.  AND don’t forget sometimes you eat something you maybe feel you shouldn’t… but that is life!  Tonight my daughters school has some fun in the evening and we will grill hotdogs, I will aim not to eat the bread – but I will undoubtedly have one of the chocolate balls. Life will go on!  I will also admit that I feel disgustingly proud of myself sometimes – I am sure some people want to smack me in the face (no one has followed through yet at least!!) but I think being better at controlling what I eat is REALLY hard, so when it works I feel I have the right to be proud.  (I also feel proud for the most standard of things like emptying the dishwasher… but why not celebrate the small successes at least in your own mind!)

Mini Meal Planner with Minced meat

I think it is important to realize that everyone is not as cooking crazy as myself hence not willing or able to spendIMG_0718 as much time cooking as I do. For me it is more than a hobby hence I can justify more time!  I think it is really good to make one thing and then spread it over a few days in different formats. As there is nothing more boring than eating the same thing for days on end – it is the sure way to overindulging in something completely different. You can of course also freeze these cooked to split up the minced meat frenzy and/or have a sallad dinner one night in between!

I actually thought I may have curbed my Finn Crisp addiction (I eat them with butter and some salt.. I try and stop at 4, I think I just had 10!) but no… always harder to eat well again after a day of not doing so.  But what I have realized is that now at least my bad is rye crackers with butter, not a 250 gram of milk chocolate! Also I don’t feel as guilty – guilt is such an overused emotion with such ridiculous things! I will have to get better!

So 500 grams of mince… what can you do with it? My basis for three days on 500 grams of mince for 2 adults and 2 children is a bolognese sauce with a lot of vegetables.

1. Bolognese sauce with extra vegetables MEAL 1

Heat 2 tbsp of rapeseed oil and cook on low heat any or as many of the below vegetables you like (and your kids like and you have at home):

Onion

Garlic

Pepper

Carrots

Courgette/Zucchini

Mushrooms

Cabbage… etc take what you have!

Chop them all finely – even grate some if you think the kids will not like the bits. If they are really picky even blitz all the vegetables with the tins of tomatoes and then remove from pan and brown the mince. They won’t even know. My kids eat capers all the time this way!

When the onion is translucent (see through) add:

4tbsp of tomato puree

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When browned add:

2 tins of tomatoes

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 tsp dried oregano (optional)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Cook it all through until you have a vegetable stuffed mince (rough bolognese sauce)

(you could also add a tin of chickpeas, kidney beans or other beans in the end)

Now take out about 1/3 for eating as is on top of some cooked broccoli, an avocado or some spiralized vegetables and eat like a bolognese sauce! Cool the rest for other days or freeze it!

2. Lasagna (oven on at 200 degrees C) MEAL 2IMG_0716

Take another third of mince and layer this with ribbons of zucchini (courgette).

The white sauce I made from:

25 grams butter (melt and then add the psyllium husk and po fiber to thicken)

1 tbsp psyllium husk (fiberhusk)

1 tbsp po fibre

2.5 dl milk or dairy free alternative

salt and pepper

100 grams grated cheese as usual I use cheddar. Half in white sauce half on top! The sauce is not a very nice consistency … but I promise it tastes nice. I am not crazy on white sauce in standard lasagna, hence I don’t use a lot of it here.

Then cook in the oven for 25-30 min until golden and bubbling.  Eat as is or with a green salad.

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3. Cowboy Soup MEAL 3

Cowboy soup is something the kids get at school and when I made it the first time I was impressed by how easy it was and how tasty!! They highlighted it didn’t taste as good as schools however…

Fry another onion in 2 tbsp of oil and add:

1 tbsp cumin (spiskummin)

2 tsp paprika powder

Warm spices through then add last third of bolognese mixture. Add:

1 tin of tomatoes

2-3 tins of water (start with 2)

1 tsp of bullion powder

1 tbsp dried basil

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

salt and pepper and

tin of beans – cannellini beans are nice

Add some spinach at the end to just wilt into the soup if you have it in the cupboard!

Serve as a chunky soup!

This is a very easy way to use less meat and cook simply and to make cooking during the week quick!  Good luck.

Muesli – the decadent version

I love breakfast!  At the weekend I love to eat long breakfasts as I tend to have a smoothie during the week, but today I have my first meeting at 11.00 hence I am having some greek yogurt (Oatly does a dairy free substitute), fresh strawberries and muesli. I tend to burn my muesli as I always have 4 things on the go at any one time… This time I paid attention!

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Muesli Deluxe (takes about 20 min)

Oven 120 degrees C

2 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp honey

2 tbsp coconut sugar

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Melt all of the above at a low heat until runny and mix it up. The add:

1 dl roughly chopped hazelnuts

5 dl oats

1/2 dl sesame seeds

1/2 dl linseeds

1/2 dl desiccated coconut

Try and cover as much of the mixture as possible with the mixture and then place in the oven for 10 minutes, mix it all up and put it in for another 5 min. Then let the muesli stay in the oven whilst the oven cools. Add 1 dl of raisins before you put it in a container.

EAT!!!

Salmon Easy dinner

I think dinner is quite easy to make healthy – fish or meat with sallad or cooked vegetables.  In the summer when the sallad vegetables are super tasty and you can BBQ I am quite happy to live like that.  Today it rained ALL day. I had a MacDonalds for dinner last night and I accompanied my youngest to a birthday party today and ate too much cake – after this I felt I needed something good. My kids love salmon with pesto on top hence this is what we had.

I would not claim that this was the meal of my dreams but it was tasty and satisfying in a non stuffed way.  I think it is important to have a few of these in your back pocket so you can ensure you eat well most days not just once in a while!

Tomorrow is another week… maybe the week where I figure out what to do with my life? Wish me luck!

Salmon and pesto

Piece of salmon large enough for the amount of people you are.

Pesto ready made smeared on top and then into the oven – depending on the size this will take more or less time!

Spinach, Cabbage and Peas (for two, the kids had carrot and cucumber raw)

As we had been away I didn’t have a lot of vegetables so I cooked in some rapeseed oil:

One charlotte onion finely chopped

One carrot chopped into small chunks

3 large handfulls of spinach

2 large handfuls of shredded Chinese cabbage (the slightly curly one)

Cook this in 2 tbs of rapeseed oil. Add plenty of salt and pepper and when the spinach has started to wilt add 4 tbs of white wine.  Lastly add the peas below.

2 dl of frozen peas (placed in boiling water for a min before they are drained and added.

Feta yogurt mix

In order to make it a little more exciting I also made a little sauce/gunk to go with it

Half a packet of feta

1.5 dl greek yogurt or dairy free alternative

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp herb salt

plenty of black pepper

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