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Polenta ‘Fries’

Polenta Fries

Have you ever had polenta before? Polenta is not an ingredient, as some people might think. It actually is a dish made from cooking coarsely-ground yellow cornmeal into a kind of mash. It can be eaten like porridge or mashed potato. I won’t go into the details of the classic dish right now, that will be for some other time.

Grilled polenta

If you let the polenta cool though, the consistency changes and the ‘porridge’ or ‘mash’ firms up so that you can ultimately cut it into pieces, like squares or wedges. When cut into pieces, you can perfectly grill them on the BBQ, roast them in the oven or fry in a pan with a bit of olive oil. Add a few spices and you have a prefect side dish for your grilled chicken or steak. Now I’ve made these patties or cakes on several occasions, but a few weeks ago I saw this recipe for polenta ‘fries’ on Boter, Kaas & Eieren Blog, a fun food blog with great recipes. I really thought this was a fun idea. Why I have never thought about ‘fries’ myself before, is beyond me. And since the boys are crazy about fries, I set to work (almost) immediately. I have made a different version, but you can find the original recipe here (a must-try!). read more

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Nasi Goreng with Chicken, Broccoli & Tofu

Nasi Goreng with Chicken, Broccoli & Tofu

Nasi Goreng, Indonesian fried rice… a versatile dish that can be adapted to your own liking.

‘Nasi Goreng’ is a famous Indonesian dish and is very much loved by many Dutch people. ‘Nasi’ means ‘cooked’ and ‘Goreng’ means fried, so literally it means ‘fried rice’. Fried rice is of course known in many cuisines, but ‘Nasi Goreng’ mainly refers to the Indonesian variety. What sets it off from other types of fried rice, are the spices and the combination typically used in Indonesian cooking, like Djahé (ground ginger root), Ketumbar (koriander), Sereh (lemon rass), Laos (Galangal root) and Terasi (or Trassi, fermented shrimp paste). read more

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Korean Beef & Curried Cauli-Rice

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I absolutely love Asian cuisine. Chinese, Thai, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean… I love them all. All have their own typical tastes, a great variety but also similarities. I love the simplicity of stir-fry’s, but also the complexity of stews.

In a busy household, with school, work, sports, hobbies and social activities, having dinner ready in a minimum of time is often crucial. And home-cooked meals can be a challenge. We do eat take-out once in a while or go to a fast food-restaurant, but we try to keep that to an absolute minimum. read more

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Easiest Red Lentil Dal

Quick and easy, with incredible taste, this is probably the easiest dal recipe out there!

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To me, cooking with dried legumes was always kind of a daunting idea. I love to cook, no doubt about that. And I don’t mind spending a lot of time in the kitchen. As a matter of fact, I LOVE spending a lot of time in the kitchen. But… with our busy lives, dishes should preferably be easy and fast to prepare and cook. No time (or better: patience) to soak some dried beans for hours, before cooking them… for hours. Until I realized that lentils are a different matter. Especially red lentils. read more

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Cabbage à la Carbonara

Delicious low-carb alternative for the traditional Spaghetti à la Carbonara!

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In the past, pasta dishes were my favorite go-to food if dinner needed to be ready fast. I whipped up a sauce or pesto while the pasta cooked, mixed the two, dinner ready. When in a rush or things didn’t go as planned and I’m all of a sudden pressured for time (or simply don’t feel like doing a lot of work in the kitchen), I’m still tempted to quickly resort to our old time favorites. And sometimes, I succumb. Not only because of the time or ‘easy dish’ factor. But simply because I still looooove real pasta dishes. read more

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Spinach “Risotto”

Can you eat risotto on a low carb diet? Yes, you can!!

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I’m not a die-hard low-carber. I do eat bread, pasta, rice etc, and I do allow myself a little carby or sugary indulgence here and there. But all in all, I like the low carb way of life and if I can (and I’m in the mood), I try to avoid food that is high in carbohydrates and sugar entirely.

When I started to adapt to a more low-carb lifestyle, few of the things I really missed, were rice and pasta. We don’t eat a lot of potatoes and several nights a week, we would have a rice or pasta dish for dinner. I looove all Italian and Asian food. read more

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Spinach Patties – low carb & gluten free

Low carb & gluten free Spinach Patties, delicious as appetizer or as a side dish!

This was on my to-do list for quite a while. I wanted to create a spinach patty that’s low carb. But it got so low on my list of things I want to try/doctor up, that I completely forgot about it. Until I saw a picture of spinach balls a couple of days ago. Usually, these patties/balls/tots are made with flour and/or bread crumbs. And I figured that I could easily swap these for another low carb option. read more

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Celeriac Noodles in Tomato Sauce

A great low-carb alternative to spaghetti or noodles!

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Celeriac is a great winter vegetable. Around here, it’s readily available during winter months and it’s fairly cheap. It’s great as addition to or a sub for mashed potatoes and it makes a great comforting soup. Or cut into cubes and roasted in the oven, it makes another great side. It really is a versatile root. And as I’m kind of into spiralizing these days, I thought I’d put my spiralizer to work and make celeriac noodles. read more

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Chickpea Pancakes – low carb & gluten free

Pancakes made with chickpea (gram) flour and egg whites – a deliciously fluffy, savory, low carb, high protein & gluten free pancake!

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We love shawarma. But we hardly ever eat it. Traditionally, it’s eaten with pita bread, with the meat is stuffed inside the bread, along with lettuce, coleslaw and sauces. So the biggest part of that meal, is a pita bread.

But the boys don’t like pita bread that much. And I don’t like to eat a lot of bread, i.e. carbs, especially with my evening meal. But when I did our groceries, I got drawn to this weeks promo… 1 kg of shawarma. I couldn’t help myself, I had to buy it. read more

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Spinach & Cauliflower Mash

Easy, delicious, low-carb spinach & cauliflower mash.. a great side dish that goes with virtually anything. No one will miss the potatoes…

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Cauliflower is my new favorite veg. Well, it’s not new. And I do have more favorites. I just love it. A lot. And that love is growing bigger every day. Why? It’s so extremely versatile. Not only is it a star just on its own, it can be used as a stand-in for so many other things.

One of our favorites is to use it as a stand-in for potatoes. People often wonder if you don’t taste too much of the cauliflower. Or that you’d miss the potatoes. Actually, you don’t. Of course, it depends a bit on what you add to it, but you’d be surprised at how little of it’s own particular flavor shines through. read more

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