Dinner: kale and quinoa pilaf

Kale quinoa

Source: Food 52

I always try and have quinoa in my cupboard since it goes with so many different things and is great for lunch or dinner. Today I had some leftover kale so this recipe seemed perfect, the pilaf is healthy and really easy to make for a Sunday evening. If you start googling ‘walnut oil substitute’ as I did, read all about it here. I used olive oil, but next time (when it isn’t so late on a Sunday that I am contemplating toast as an acceptable kind of dinner) I will definitely be trying it with the walnut oil, as it will be even more delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 bunch lacinato kale, washed and chopped into 1″ lengths
  • 1 meyer lemon, zested and juiced
  • 2 scallions, minced
  • 1 tablespoon toasted walnut oil
  • 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

Read the full recipe here.

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Breakfast: DIY granola

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Granola is on just about every breakfast menu yet is so easy to make you never need to buy it again! Foodie Underground has a great recipe, but it can be added to or modified in any way you like, depending on how you fancy your granola. Although the initial outlay will be a little expensive…it will make so much granola it is definitely worth it (plus have less sugar than most of the other ‘healthy’ stuff out there…)

If you make just one thing this week….it should absolutely be this. Enjoy!

Ingredients
3 cups old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup dried fruit

Read the full post here.

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Healthy banana bread: it exists!

Banana bread

No matter how fruity it sounds, most banana bread is about as healthy as eating a slice of cake. Luckily for us, Lilian (who runs this amazing site here and somehow also has time to be a lawyer) has come up with a delicious recipe that is low in sugar AND tastes even better the next day. She promises it makes you less likely to want to eat the whole loaf in one go…we aren’t convinced, it is seriously delicious.

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ⅓ cup raw virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup coconut flour
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt

Read the full recipe here.

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Simple winter eating

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Since it is well and truly winter in Stockholm, here are some recipes perfect for such freezing days. Also perfect for a Monday because they require little to no preparation AND not too many pesky ingredients! Although the chickpea soup does need the chickpeas to be soaked the day before….so some foresight is needed but the soup itself takes minutes to prepare.

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Chickpea Soup

Recipe: Goop

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry chickpeas
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 3 lemons, juiced
  • salt + pepper, to taste
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • bunch of cilantro to garnish

Read the further instructions here. Plus this is a Gwyneth Paltrow recipe so is of course super healthy (vegan/detox etc)…if you need any more motivation.

Carrot Soup with Miso and Sesames

Recipe: Smitten Kitchen

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Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen is an absolute genius and if you haven’t already we suggest going to her site and spending a good few hours bookmarking some recipes! She has absolutely everything and writes instructions that are easy to follow (and also contain many hilarious anecdotes). Her carrot soup with miso and sesames is delicious and a little bit more exciting than your average soup. Plus, needs relatively few ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds (900 grams) carrots, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 regular or 6 small garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped or grated ginger, or more to taste (it could easily be doubled)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup white miso paste, or more to taste
  • 2 scallions (green onion/spring onion/shallot) very thinly sliced

Read the further instructions here. And finally, if soup is a little boring (or you have had way too much of it this winter) then here is the hot chocolate of all hot chocolates to try. Perfect for a relaxing Monday evening…

Spiked Hot Chocolate

Recipe: Because I’m Addicted

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Ingredients

  • 4 oz (113 grams) good milk chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 cups milk (of your choice, thicker the better)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Marshmallows
  • 2 oz (50ml) bourbon

Read the further instructions here.

Picture Source: Enchanting Autumn.

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What we’re reading today

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Here are some posts from around the web that have inspired us today…

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Amazing photographs of off duty models with Zanita

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Creating the perfect afternoon tea with Pippa from Sous Style

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Whole wheat toasted almond pumpkin muffins with How Sweet Eats

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Winter essentials with Afterdrk

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Best beauty advice of 2013: Skincare with Into the Gloss

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Karla Spetic’s swimwear collection with Broadsheet

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New Years Eve

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Since New Years Eve is tomorrow, it is a little late to post about what to wear, but the perfect time to post about what to eat and drink! After reading through far too many recipes for ideas (I just wanted something simple to take to a friend’s house), I ended up going with Donna Hay and Two Tarts.

I will be making this delicious pomegranate and blood orange punch as well as an apple and brie tart that is the perfect mix of sweet and savoury – it definitely does not need to be served as a dessert! Other ideas that are quick and easy but look impressive: a chocolate pomegranate tart (I made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing) or this wonderfully coloured guacamole with a twist – perfect with all the mangoes everywhere in Australia right now.

Hope you all have a lovely New Years Eve wherever you are!

Pomegranate and Blood Orange Punch

Recipe: Donna Hay

Ingredients

  • 1 pomegranate, seeds removed
  • ¼ cup (60ml) pomegranate molasses
  • ⅔ cup (160ml) vodka
  • 2½ cups (625ml) lemonade
  • 2 cups (500ml) blood orange juice
  • crushed ice, to serve