Meat-free Chilli Con Carne with a touch of fall season


As many of you might have noticed, I'm trying my very best to change my diet to a more plant-based way of living. I slowly start to cut out meat and include more veggies. It is a lot of fun to experiment with the veggies and try to use different ingredients as substitute for meat.


Fall is as well the mushroom season in Norway, I grow up with hunting mushrooms every fall. In Oslo, or in the countryside with my family. 
The Norwegian woods are full of chanterelles right now. If you haven't tried it before, it is a good idea to fry some in a pan with some butter and salt, to see if you like it before adding it to your dish. 



For some reason, I have been craving chili con carne lately. Some hot, a bit spicy food is my favorite when it starts to get cooler out. Lighting up some candles on the table and a little glass of red wine is perfect for this season. 
This recipe was something I just made up while I was looking over what leftovers I had in the fridge and added one special, seasonal ingredient I will get back to later.


What you need for 4 people or 2 super hungry ones

1 package of meatish/ or tofu (400gr)
1/2 chili
3 cloves of garlic
1 large onion
olive oil
parmesan cheese
Kidney beans 
2 large carrots - can skip
2 cans of chopped tomatoes
pinch of salt
3 large tbs of honey or ketchup (for the sweetener)
2 handfuls of chanterelle  
(other kind of mushroom or skip mushrooms)
Nachos 
Sour cream 

What you do

Start with heating a pan, add some oil and the chopped onion, garlic and chili and the tofu or meatish. As everything gets golden, add the chanterelles and some salt. Then add the cans of tomatoes, the kidney beans, and the chopped carrots. I used a spirelli to get the carrots chopped in a spaghetti way. 
Cook it all together on low heat for 5-10 min. 



Serve the meat-free Chilli con Carne with heated nachos, sour cream, and parmesan cheese. I like to crisp the nachos over the plate, YUM!
I hope you like it and get inspires to try some meat-free days too.



All best, Eline S

Vegan superfood brownie -4 ingredients only

Hey you all. 


I hope your September is going well so far. I have been stuck with visa papers and dialog with my lawyer the last week, and in between I'm cleaning up my closet because we are just moving. Whenever I have some time off, I go to the gym or out in the woods to get some fresh air. It is really lovely out now, and I'm especially excited about the mushroom season. Love picking mushrooms and cook dinner out of it. I will try to prepare a mushroom soup recipe for you this month, stay tuned!



Lately, I have been trying to challenge myself to eat more vegan, mainly because of the nature and everything going with the rainforest, but also because all science shows that eating more greens and less meat is better for our health. So far I haven't cut meat out complete, but I'm trying my best every day to find substantives for meat and dairy. Starting with cutting meat, and will try to follow with chicken. One step at the time. I honestly feel like its a lot easier to do this in the states, or actually anywhere else than Norway. Ever Sweden has better Vegan options in products than Norway. 



I have been craving chocolate and brownie lately, probably because it gets colder out and I feel like eating something cozy. I wanted to try to make a healthier brownie verson, more like an everyday dessert. I also tried to make it as easy and less complicated not with a bunch of ingredients. I did a few mistakes and tried a few times to add and take away some ingredients. This was the result I got most happy with. 


This dessert is perfect after a Sunday dinner, with some vanilla ice cream and berries, or just a piece after your workout with a cup of coffee. You can cut the left overs into pieces and refrigerate it, and serve next time you are having a guest over. 



What you need 


12 Dates 

1 Box of kidney beans 

1 Toppes tbs oil, I used cocosa (coconut oil)

3 Tbs cacao powder

Baking paper

Salt


What you do. 


Start with heating the oven to 175 degrees celcius. 

Remove the stones from all the dates and cut them into smaller pieces. 

Drain the Kidney beans and add everything to a blender or a food processor. 

At the end add 1 dl of water and a pinch of salt. 

Mix all together until the texture is smooth. 


Have the mixture over in prepared tin. I used a baking paper so I had less to clean up. 
Bake in the oven for 20 min, but this does always depend on your oven. A little trick to test if the brownie is done: Stick a toothpick or a knife in the center-right around the time your recipe says it should be done. If it comes out clean, it's done. If there are any traces of uncooked batter, let it continue baking for another few minutes and repeat the process until the toothpick comes out clean. 

The baking time also depends on how you prefer your brownie. I like mine super soft! 



Why this cake is good for you 


This cake is full of nutrition. Kidney beans are also a great source of several vitamins and minerals, they contain iron which is something a lot of us girls need to include more in our diet, because of the loss of blood during our period. Cacao is a great source of antioxidants- Antioxidants are thought to be effective in helping to prevent cancer. So yes for more chocolate in our diet, just remember to try finding the chocolates with less sugar, or try my homemade chocolate recipe. Dates do also contain a small amount of iron, they are high in fiber (which is good for our digestive system) and they have a natural sweetener witch makes them perfect for natural way of baking. Dates are also to be helpful for lowering inflammatory markers such as interleukin 6 (IL-6), in the brain.



Just remember not to tell your boyfriend or guests of the secret ingredient (beans), before they have tried the cake.. A lot of people get super skeptic when things are too healthy, haha. I kind of get it, but give it a try! At least this cake was accepted by my family and boyfriend. I hope you like it! 


Almost Friday, yey! I wish you all a great weekend.

X, Eline S


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Super easy sides for the BBQ din-din


I wish the bbq season was all year around. Everyone gets together and bring all kind of different goodies to throw on the grill. It feels like almost everything tastes better grilled. I'm obsessed with Norwegian hot dogs, probably because they remind me of childhood and summer. I always try to add some healthy sides to my plate, creativity has no limits in the game of BBQing! Who doesn't love colorful, pretty plates? Here are some super easy sides that will impress your guests for the next get together. These sides work perfectly with any grilled from the grill. 


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Tomato Mozarella salad - with a summer touch

-This super easy salad only contains 4 ingredients only

1 pack with Strawberries - preferably Norwegian ones
2 packs of mini tomatoes
1 large mozarella cheese/ burrata cheese
1 handful of fresh balsamic vinegar
pinch of sea salt


Cut all the ingredients into smaller pieces and mix together. The cheese makes the salad kinda creamy, so you don’t need to add lots of extra oil. I prefer this salad with some sea salt and an aged balsamic vinegar.

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Grilled filled peppers

4 large peppers
3 cloves of garlic
tomatoes
basil

Cut each pepper in two pieces, and remove the seeds from the inside

Chop the garlic pieces, some mini tomatoes, and some basil and add it to the peppers. I usually use aluminum foil to avoid making a mess with food getting stuck to the grill. In the end, add some olive oil and some sea salt. 

Leave on the grill until the peppers are golden and ready to dig in. 




I hope you like it.


Best, Eline S

Chocolate mousse -Protein style

NYC was sunny for a second, but then it was raining the entire weekend, including Monday and Tuesday. Kinda cosy too, especially when the weekend plans was babysitting, cinema and cooking with the kiddos.


My girlfriend and I also found a new awesome serie on Netflix. We almost finished it over the weekend. ¨Dead to me¨, you should check it out. A bit creepy, funny and also romantic. Something your boyfriend might like too! Reminds a little of ¨Big little lies¨, for those who have seen it, wich is another good serie I highly recommend.


This chocolate mousse have been a favorite of mine for years. Its a perfect little healthy treat or a post workout meal, to fuel up on.
Its really simple to put together. just for yourself, or for you and your bestie. <3 It is a good treat to keep in the fridge for the next day too!



What you need

Organic cottage cheese
Yoghurt - I use Kite Hill (plain almond yoghurt)
Some vanilla extract
Stevia, honey or other sweetner
Raw 100% cacao
sea salt


Topping

Seeds
Berries
Cinnamon


What you do

Mix together 2 topped tbs cottage cheese and 3 topped tbs yoghurt in a bowl. (The creamier yoghurt you use, the creamier the mousse will get)
Add 2 tbs cacao powder, a pinch of sea salt and some drops of vanilla extract. (If you are not a big fan of the cottage cheese taste, you can always do one more tbs of yoghurt and one tbs less of the cottage cheese or skip the cottage cheese completely).


At the end add stevia or other sweetener, taste a little in between to get it as sweet as you prefer. Everyone have different taste, I personally like a strong taste of cacao, and prefer the bitterness.


Mix well together. If you don’t like the texture of the cottage cheese and want to get rid of the bumps, you can use a hand mixer or a blender.
Personally, I don’t mind the bumps.


Have the mixture over in two small bowls or one big one. I love to heat up some raspberries as topping, with some pumpkin, chia seeds, sunflower seeds and cinnamon. Keep in mind that this is not a proper chocolate mousse, because its protein based and without butter and eggs. This mousse will be much more compact and not fluffy like a normal mousse. Its a high protein, low carb treat that fills up and helps to get rid of cravings.


Hope you like it and get inspired to try something new to fuel up on.


Have a great rest of the week you all! and happy 17th of May to all Norwegians!


All best, Eline S