The orange and yellow roast

This is a very clean, tasteful and easy recipe. You can have it as a side dish or light lunch/dinner.

You can prepare it with the following vegetables : pumpkin, butternut squash, parsnips, sweet potatoes and carrots. I’m not a big fan of normal potatoes, but knock yourself out!

I mix and switch every time, the vegetables take turns according to my weekly shopping. You also need coconut oil and a bunch of different spices. I always add some pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

 

Procedure:

Preheat the oven to 150°C. Why so low? Because nutrients and vitamins found in vegetables don’t like high temperatures!

Peel all your vegetables and cut them into big chunks. Put them in a big bowl with the seeds, add salt, pepper and Curcuma. These are my three first picks. Then depending on the day’s inspiration, a bit of curry powder, paprika, garlic powder, onion, you name it. Mix well so all the chunks get seasoned; you can also add a bit of coconut oil.

Grease a baking dish or a tray with coconut oil, and place your vegetables. Leave them in the oven for about 45 minutes at a very low temperature. Bear in mind that the butternut squash takes slightly more time to cook than the sweet potato.

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The holy whole-grain pancake

This pancake recipe doesn’t require much effort, it’s like a regular pancake but ten thousand times more nourishing and healthy. It’s filling – without landing like a stone in your stomach – and will take you through to lunch time without you even thinking about food. It’s packed with all the good stuff and it’s as clean as it gets.

For around 10 small pancakes

Ingredients:

  • Buckwheat flour*, 120gr
  • Baking soda, 1 1/2 tsp
  • Almond milk**, 300 ml
  • 1 medium egg or 2 egg whites
  • 1 medium ripe banana, mashed
  • Blueberries, a handful. (optional)
  • Coconut oil, to grease the pan

*You can also find whole-grain pancake mix in any organic store, they’re made of different flours and in general really good.

**Rice milk, Soy milk, or Oat milk also work fine.

Procedure:

  • Grab a small bowl and mix the dry ingredients: flour and baking soda.
  • In a big bowl, whisk the egg(s) and the milk – but not all of it.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones and mix well. Now you can add the mashed banana and the rest of the milk. It actually depends on how dense you like your pancakes.
  • Heat a small pan with coconut oil. It’s gotta be hot, but don’t let it burn!
  • If you have a small ladle, use it as a measure. Well, I’m sure I don’t have to teach you how to make pancakes! Just wait for the golden brown colour before you flip it over!

Time-saving tip:

I usually make a batch of 20 pancakes, and freeze them in bags of 2. Before going to bed I take a bag out of the freezer, the next day all I do is add the toppings!

Let’s talk about the toppings!

Knock yourself out! There are so many healthy options. The sky is the limit! My favourite is low-fat Greek yogurt, chia seeds, almonds and goji berries, blueberries and banana. If you’re not a big fan of Greek yogurt, you can use cottage cheese.

Peanut butter is a classic among clean-eaters. I’ve also discovered nut butter and almond butter; packed with good fats.

If you like eggs, I would suggest some scrambled eggs (Omega 3 preferably; don’t overcook them, you might lose a lot of the nutrients) or a poached egg.  You could also go for some chicken or turkey ham, or salmon. Some arugula (rocket) and bam!

My clean grocery shopping list

‘Real’ food is the key word. There is nothing refined or processed in my clean grocery shopping list, only fresh and plant-based ingredients. You’ll see that there is no meat or fish, but that’s up to you. Don’t get me wrong, you need proteins, but you can also find them by combining grains and legumes.

If possible, try to buy organic and local; look out for organic baskets delivery/pick-up in your neighbourhood or go to your local market.

A world of culinary wonders lies in front of you! Explore and experiment, and eat happily! the-clean-grocery-shopping-list

 

 

What about proteins?

Grains.

Proteins are essential to a balanced and healthy diet. They contribute to helping improve your mood, brain function and body mass; they promote longevity, and help manage weight.

If you’re not a meat eater, it can be quite challenging to get the right amount, especially if you don’t know where to get them.

About 10 years ago I went to a dietician friend of my Dad’s who was worried about me barely eating any meat, and supposedly not getting any proteins. Well guess what Dad, this health professional said that you could get complete proteins in a plant-based diet, provided you combine whole grains with legumes! So there you go, as long as you follow a few guidelines, your body will get all it needs!

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The glorious carrot ginger muffin

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I’ve always had a soft spot for the carrot muffin, my very first clean dessert! I realised then that desserts didn’t have to be ‘dirty’ – with refined sugar or white flour for example. In this recipe, most ingredients are plant-based, and there is zero refined anything. How awesome is that?

I’m sure you already know that carrots are good sources of vitamin A and vitamins C, fibre and potassium. I’d recommend some walnuts or chia seeds to add a bit of omega-3 – can’t hurt, can it?  The coconut oil keeps the muffin moist and is also one of the good fats. Continue reading

The happy chocolate brownie

I was in charge of making dessert at a dinner party with a bunch a paleo crossfitters. Obviously it had to be gluten and refined-products free. So I decided to make my own – Interweb inspired – version of the chocolate brownie. I totally nailed it, and it has become my signature dessert. It’s super easy and super healthy, and most importantly it makes you happy!

Ingredients:

  • Dark Chocolate (70% cacao minimum), 150 gr
  • Almond Flour or very finely chopped almonds, 100gr
  • 3 eggs
  • Raw honey, 2 tablespoons
  • Coconut Oil, 2 tablespoons
  • Dates, 10 if they’re small, 8 if they’re chunkier
  • A handful of dried cranberries or raisins
  • A pinch of salt
  • Pecans, a handful (optional, but I like the crunch)

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