Plant based in Barcelona

Jeg tok nylig en liten solo-tur til Barcelona for å se byen som jeg har blitt fortalt at virkelig er en by etter min smak. De hadde helt rett, Barca har både det kulturelle elementet, ligger nær havet, har masse digg plantebasert mat og kule butikker. Det var så deilig med en helg hvor jeg bare hadde meg selv å tenke på - det har jeg aldri prøvd før. Jeg fikk også møtt en venninne jeg ikke har sett på lenge, og ble nesten enig med meg selv om at her måtte jeg bo en dag.

PETIT BROT Petit Brot ble favoritten av stedene jeg prøvde i Barcelona. Maten er rå, vegansk og økologisk, og ikke minst sinnsykt god. Stedet var helt fullpakket, og jeg måtte enten ta take-away eller booke bord. Jeg tok take-away (noe jeg nesten aldri gjør fordi jeg hater å bruke plast), og de hadde heldigvis miljøvennlig innpakning! Jeg kjøpte meg en sjokoladesmoothie og en falafelsalat. Så godt! De hadde så mange deilige alternativer på menyen at jeg kunne gjerne spist der hver dag!

FLAX&KALE Dette var det første stedet jeg prøvde i Barcelona siden jeg hadde hørt så mye om det. Det er en restaurant med vegetarmat og fisk (fleksitariansk) hvor de lager smakfulle måltider som passer de aller fleste. De har masse forskjellige typer juicer (fra Teresa's Juicery), en del ulike hovedretter og masse kaker. Jeg valgte å smake på signatursalaten - kale salad med seaweed - og den var sinnsykt god (mye bedre enn den ser ut selvfølgelig). Jeg hadde også en grønn juice og en vegansk cupcake med kokoskrem.

TERESA'S STAIRWAYJeg var på Teresa's Stairway to ganger siden det lå like ved der jeg bodde - en gang på vei til stranden og en annen gang for å smake på açaí med sjokoladesmak og noen andre sjokoladebiter. Jeg innser nå at jeg spiste en god del sjokolade. Denne caféen er i kjeden Teresa Carles Healthy Foods, og det er også verdt å sjekke ut de andre filialene:

VV VINTAGE Dette er en av mange kule vintagebutikker i Barcelona - en du må innom hvis du liker second-hand klær. Det er lurt å sette av litt tid til å finne ting her fordi de har så utrolig mye!

FLAMINGOS VINTAGE KILO En annen vintagefavoritt er denne hvor du betaler for vekten av klærne. Jeg kjøpte ingenting, men skulle gjerne hatt med meg en av de omsydde olajakkene!

GREYSTREET Denne butikken fanget blikket mitt med noen klær som jeg syntes så naturlige ut. Da jeg kom inn i butikken så jeg at den var fylt med ting jeg elsker - kunst, enkle smykker, spirituelle ting som tarotkort, plakater, økologisk undertøy og håndlagde produkter. Jeg kjøpte en naturlig yogamatterens, en ansiktsmaske med banan og kokos, noen plakater og noen notatbøker. Håper dere likte det!

English:

I finally decided to take myself on a solo trip to Barcelona to see this city that I have heard so much about. I loved the vibe, the food, the art and of course the beach. Feels like Barcelona has it all. Some of my favorite spots were Petit Brot, Flax & Kale, Theresa’s Stairway, VV Vintage, Flamingos Vintage Kilo & Greystreet - make sure to stop by some of these if you visit amazing Barca!

Sustainability buzzwords

Have you ever found yourself liking a product more because it says that it's recyclable or biodegradable, without actually knowing what it means? Sometimes product descriptions get confusing because they are full of "green" buzzwords to attract you. Well, from now on we are going to get to know the different words, so that you can make the right choice when you pick up a new product.

Eco-friendly/environmentally-friendly

Eco/environmentally-friendly is a loose term for something that's not harmful to the environment. It is not a protected title. If you are curios about what is eco/environmentally friendly about the product, use your consumer power and ask the producer or retailer.

Organic

Organic is a term used for food and products that have been made without artificial chemicals such as pesticides. There are various control organs such as Debio, Ecocert, and USDA Organic that certify products, and you will find their certification stamp on the product. This is a protected title.

Sustainable

Sustainability has been defined many different ways by different people. Something is said to be sustainable if it can continue over a period of time, causing little or no damage to the environment (1).Sustainable development was defined by Norway's first female prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland as "(...) development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs"(2).

Biodegradable

If something is biodegradable, it can be degraded by microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria after a certain amount of years. The object will be entirely or partially converted to water, carbon dioxide, methane, energy, and new biomass (3). Some types of plastics can biodegrade, but what may come as a surprise is that plastic that is marked as biodegradable (cups, take away containers, bags) may only degrade when they are exposed to over 50 degrees for a long period of time (!). This will definitely not happen if it ends up in the ocean (4).

"Some types of plastics can biodegrade, but what may come as a surprise is that plastic that is marked as biodegradable (cups, take away containers, bags) may only degrade when they are exposed to over 50 degrees for a long period of time (!). This will definitely not happen if it ends up in the ocean."

Compostable

Compostable products are those that either will break down in a home compost or in an industrial compost system. These products are therefore also biodegradable, but the difference is that the compostable contain valuable nutrients for the soil - such as food waste. In Norway, the compost turns into valuable biofuel for the garbage trucks and the Ruter buses, so don't forget to compost.

Recyclable

Products that are recyclable can be turned into something new.

Vegan

Vegan refers to either a person who does not eat or use any animal products or a product/food that does not contain animal products. AKA a no-go to leather, fur, honey, milk, meat, or other things that belong to the animal kingdom.

Vegetarian

A person is vegetarian if they don't eat meat or fish. Vegetarians usually do eat eggs and other dairy products.Leave a comment if there are more definitions that should be included!

Radical crispy crust veggie pizza

Pizza is always a good idea. Especially when its filled with goodies and veggies that keep you strong and healthy through the cold winter. This crust is made with cauliflower, which makes it crispy and juicy at the same time - yessss. It´s also egg-free, gluten-free and dairy-free. It's also super easy to make. Try it out! 

Radical crispy crust veggie pizza:

(6 portion size pizzas, ca. 40-50 min)

  • 1 cauliflower
  • 2 dl buckwheat flour
  • 1 dl cornflour
  • 4-6 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil powder

Topping:

A variety of toppings can be used of course, but here are the ingredients we used.

  • Mushrooms
  • Onion
  • Avocado
  • Arugula
  • Mesclun salad
  • Lemon
  • Fresh & dried basil
  • Fresh & dried oregano
  • Paprika spice
  • Salt

How to

The first thing you need to do is turn on the oven to 200 degrees. Then rinse the cauliflower and chop it into smaller pieces and mix it in a food processor until its all floury and fine chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients to the dough.Place a portion sized mass of the dough onto a baking tray. If you are into saving the earth and therefore baking paper, have a bit of oil on the tray instead :-) Bake the pizza bottoms for 15 minutes, before taking them out, flipping them around, and adding the topping. Let them bake again until they look nice and crispy!  ENJOY!

6 ingredient taco bowl

Every single day we make a very important choice. Namely the choice of what to have for dinner. With this small choice, you can actually make a huge impact on the world, which is the most fantastic thought. Today we want to make this choice really easy for you, and suggest that you make this super simple taco salad which consists of only six main ingredients!

6 ingredient taco bowl (2 portions, about 20 minutes):

  • 1 can of red or brown beans (400 g)
  • salad mix (we have spinach, arugula, and mesclun)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 mango
  • tortilla chips
  • flavoring and spices: salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, cilantro, olive oil, apple cider vinegar

How to

Start by heating up the beans in a casserole, and add flavor to them by adding a mix of spices. We used cumin, salt, pepper, and paprika. Mash the avocado in a bowl, and add a squeeze of lime, cilantro, and salt. Chop the mango into small cubes and squeeze some lime over that too. Make a side salad of arugula, spinach, and mesclun, and make a dressing mix of olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Easy peezy lemon squeezy.

Nourishing white bean salat with creamy tahini dressing

SAMSUNG CSCBring out the wine, it's white bean time. They may not be the prettiest ingredient on earth but they taste delicious and are packed with calcium. If you don't drink milk (hey vegans) then beans are great to eat to get your daily dose of calcium. It's actually recommended that you eat around 1000mg calcium a day (1), so if you eat some kale for breakfast, beans with tahini for lunch and almond butter for a snack then you are good to go.Bean salad with tahini dressing

    • 1 can white beans (organic)
    • 2-4 dl buckwheat (boiled)

1 avocado

  • 1 handful sundried tomatoes
  • spinach
  • 1 tbs tahini
  • 1/2 dl juice of lemon
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Start by boiling the buckwheat (check out how to do that here). Chop up the avocado, sundried tomatoes, and spinach and place them on your plate. When the buckwheat is ready and cooled of add this as well. Open a box of white beans and be careful to rinse them off really well and add them to your place. Lastly mix the tahini, lemon juice, and olive oil together in a bowl and drizzle it over your salad. Finish with salt and pepper.SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSC

Beetroot burgers

Veggie burgers are definitely here to stay, and we have tried many different types. This one is delicious and juicy, entirely vegan, and is best enjoyed with loads of toppings. Guacamole, hummus, red pesto and a good olive oil are some suggestions, and preferably a big pile of sweet potato fries!10 burgers:

  • 50 gram flax seeds
  • 1 dl flour (we used gluten-free Jyttemel)
  • Three large beets
  • 2-3 tbs water
  • A pinch of salt
  • Fresh coriander
  • 1 tbs cumin
  • 1/2 tbs chili powder (or. fresh chili)

Let the flax seeds soak in some water for a bit. They are used to hold the dough together (also called flax egg) instead of using eggs. You can also use chia seeds or eggs if you prefer that. Add the beets to a food processor and chop it into smaller pieces. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Form the mass into burger sized pieces, and fry them in a pan until they are crispy on the outside, and warm all the way through.Enjoy!SONY DSC SONY DSC

Ginger tofu wok with soba noodles and tamari

This meal is super easy for those busy everyday evenings when you are craving something warm and filling. It is a great pre- or post workout meal, because of the proteins in the tofu and all the lovely nutrients.What is actually tofu?Basically, tofu is made the same way regular cheese is made from cows milk, and was "invented" in China for thousands of years ago. It is dense in nutrients such as kalsium, magnesium and vitamin A, and contains a lot of protein (approx. 13 grams per 100). There is a large ongoing discussion on whether or not tofu is healthy for you, based on the fact that loads of the tofu you can buy comes from gene modified soybeans. If you are in doubt, a little research on the field gets you a long way. Therefore you need to make sure to buy an organic tofu. Luckily, most of the tofu that is bought in the Nordics (from Nordic producers) comes from organic farms in Europe - and not from the rainforest (Mari Hult - vegetarbloggen).Ginger tofu wok with soba noodles and tamari(2 pers)

  • Ca. 75-100 gram soba noodles per person
  • 1 package of tofu - organic(!). We recommend Urtekram
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 1/2 eggplant
  • Tamari
  • 1 small piece of ginger
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Boil up water for the soba noodles. Slice the zucchini, eggplant and pepper in sizeable bites, and wok them. Chop the ginger in small pieces. Slice the tofu in squares, and add the ginger and some tamari in a bowl, and marinate the tofu for some minutes. When the tamari has soaked in a bit, heat up a pan and fry the tofu so it gets a nice crust.When the water is boiling, add the soba noodles and let them boil for about 6-8 minutes. When its done, rinse it properly in cold water, and then add it to the pan of fried tofu to heat it up again. Serve everything in a bowl, and maybe add some more tamari and some herbs to finish it off.ENJOY!

The #1 environmental solution isn't what you think

Who saves the world? Plant based, non food-wasting, educated girls 

Can we actually combat climate change at this point, and how do the things we do in our daily lives even matter? Here is the most up to date, science based list of actions that really give a bang for the buck.A group of scientists, geologists, engineers, biologists, economists, architects, NGOs, activists, entrepreneurs and scholars already asked this exact question, and together they wrote the amazing book "The Drawdown - The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming", edited by Paul Hawken. The book maps, measures, and describes the 100 most impactful solutions to global warming. There are reasons to get excited, because half of the top 20 solutions involve food on our plates and educating girls.The goal of the research behind the book is to determine if we can reverse the buildup of atmospheric carbon within thirty years. (Breakdown: atmospheric carbon is the amount of carbon in the atmosphere, which has increased over the past years due to burning of fossile fuels like coal, oil and natural gas. When greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) go into the atmosphere they act as the glass in a greenhouse, trapping heat below the atmosphere. Scientists believe that this contributes to global warming (1)).The Drawdown list of climate change solutions consists of actions recommended to take regardless, since they benefit communities and economies. It is ranked according to total atmospheric CO2-eq reduction (breakdown: when calculating the warming effect of a specific gas, it is measured in CO2 equivalents, called CO2-eq, which is a unit describing the effect a given amount of CO2 has on global warming for a fixed period of time), net cost and savings (billions US$).We want to highlight the Drawdown-inspired actions that you can do from the comfort of your own home!

#1. Materials refrigerant management

Okay, what?!This might be new to many, but refrigerators and air conditioners contain something called chemical refrigerants, which basically absorbs and releases heat to enable chilling. There are different types of chemical refrigerants, where the most dangerous one for the environment are the CFCs and the HCFCs (ozone depleting chemicals). However, due to the 1987 Montreal Protocol, they have been gradually phased out (2). Today, the most common refrigerant is HFC, which is said to be better than its predecessors, but harms the environment by its global warming effect. It has 1,000-9,000 times greater capacity to warm the atmosphere than CO2, and is said to add a potentially disastrous 0.5 C to global temperatures if it's not phased out (3).So, whats the tip here? Check your old appliances for which refrigerants they are using, and when buying a fridge, freezer or air conditioner find out if they contain CFCs, HFC or HCFCs. Do not look for buying old, used appliances, as they definitely do more harm than good. Modern producers such as Miele, Siemens, Bosch etc. only make freezers and fridges that are CFC and HCF free (4). A modern, more eco-friendly alternative to the substances mentioned above is hydrocarbons (HC) (5).In short: Bad guys = CFC/HCHC/HCF. Good guy = HC.

#3. Reduce food waste 

As we have written about before, a third of the food produced never makes it to your plate. Greenhouse gases are released at each step of the production, causing food waste to be responsible for about 8% of global emissions (6). The sad thing about food waste is that in higher income countries the reasons for the waste are mostly superficial. We are served too much food, and we reject food based on its color, shape or bumps and bruises.

#4. Eating a plant-based diet 

Starting with your next meal you can already make a difference and transitioning to a plant based diet may be the most effective way an individual can stop climate change. Eating a plant based is easy and delicious, and you don't have to become a hard core vegan or vegetarian to reduce your meat consumption. Eating meat is the most expensive diet for the planet, and as the Drawdown points out, "if cattle were their own nation, they would be the world's third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases" (7). Plant based diets also tend to be healthier and reduces the risks of chronic disease. The study highlights:

Data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations shows that if 50 percent of the world’s population restricts their diet to a healthy 2,500 calories per day and reduces meat consumption overall, we estimate at least 26.7 giga tons of emissions could be avoided from dietary change alone. If avoided deforestation from land use change is included, an additional 39.3 giga tons of emissions could be avoided, making healthy, plant-rich diets one of the most impactful solutions at a total of 66 giga tons reduced (8).

Not only does the study find that emissions could be reduced by as much as 70 percent with a vegan diet, but $1 trillion in annual health-care costs and lost productivity would be saved....And what about the girls?

The effect of #6 and #7 combined tell us that educating girls is the number one most important measure. Better educated girls can have less children, which prevents over-population and enables more well informed financial and dietary choices.

Stay tuned for a new post on this topic.

Pink soup

This soup is great for fall and is very tasty and nourishing. Beets are a great source of B vitamin, maganese, copper, magnesium, potassium and iron. Beets are also a great assistant in detoxing the liver, so this soup is perfect if you need a boost!  The ingredients in this soup are in season, which means that they not only taste their best right now, but it is also a more sustainable choice since they probably grow on a farm near by or at least in the same country.Ingredients

  • 2 large beets
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 fennel
  • leek
  • coconut milk

Start by pealing the sweet potato and the beets and place them in the oven at 180 degrees for about 45 minutes. Chop up 1 leek and 1 fennel and sautè both on low heat until they are soft. When the beet and sweet potatoes are done, place then in a sause pan with the coconut milk, fennel, and leek. Bring everything to a boil and mix it together with a mixer. If it is too thick, add some water to the soup.Garnish with tahini, sea salt, and pumpkin seeds to finish  

Warm, sweet potato smoothie bowl

Ice cold smoothies are really delicious in the summer, but when it starts getting colder outside it's also possible to make "warmer" smoothies. Also if you pack them with a lot of bananas they can get too high in sugar and sometimes you just need something a bit more settling. If you mix in sweet potatoes, cauliflowers or even zucchinis, you make the smoothies not also more blood sugar friendly but more filling. Usually when making a smoothie with sweet potato you don't need bananas or even avocados to make that creamy consistency. This smoothie is perfect after a work out or before bed time as it could make you sleepy.Warm smoothie bowl  

  • 1/2 baked or steamed sweet potato
  • 1 cup frozen berries (blueberries, blackberries or rasberries)
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/2 avocado
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/5 dl coconut milk
  • 1 tsp spirulina

Sauteed kale, baked sweet potato and mushroom mix

SAMSUNG CSCThis meal is super simple to put together, and it is also great the next day. With good sources of complex carbs and proteins it makes the perfekt after workout meal. Wohooo!Kale, baked sweet potato, quinoa and mushroom mix

  • 3-4 kale leaves
  • 1 baked sweet potato
  • 1 ts cinnamon
  • 1 dl quinoa
  • 1 handful mushrooms
  • 1/2 avokado
  • salt
  • coconut oil
  • lemon
  • fresh basil

Heat up the oven to 190 degrees celsius. Chop the sweet potato into small cubes, and drizzle olive oil, salt and cinnamon on top. Let them stay in the oven for about 25 minutes. After this start preparing the quinoa, bring it to boiling and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Then prepare the veggies and fry them in a pan with coconut oil. Last put everything together in a bowl and add the avocado and fresh basil on top.ENJOY!

Buckwheat bowl with avocado, cherry tomatoes and eggplant

Okay, maybe it's not so pretty, but haven't we all learned not to judge by the looks? This dish is really creamy with a risotto-like texture and rich taste. It's both a perfect main for vegans or vegetarians and great as a side dish. We have written about the great benefits of buckwheat before, and it's absolutely a great alternative to refined rice or pasta. It is naturally gluten-free (it actually has nothing to do with wheat, but it is a type of nut) and very friendly for the tummy :-) Buckwheat can be combined with so many things, such as sweet berries and dates in a porridge, or savory flavors such as avocado, mushrooms, and aubergine.This dinner was enjoyed on the sailboat after visiting a local, organic store where they had the best-tasting basil we have had in a long time! It really made a huge difference to the whole meal.Warm buckwheat bowl (2 people)

  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 cup buckwheat
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 handful fresh basil (preferably organic)
  • 1 tbs paprika spice
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
  • coconut oil

Boil the buckwheat in water with a pinch of sea salt or Himalaya salt (remember to rinse it well before). Add some chopped basil, salt, pepper and paprika to the water. Let it boil until it becomes soft, you can easily taste if it's done or not. It takes about 10-20 minutes. Slice the aubergine into small bites and add them to a saucepan together with the coconut oil. Let it cook until it gets soft (it might take some time). Spice it up with salt, pepper, and paprika. Meanwhile, chop up the avocado and tomatoes. Add everything to a bowl, and voila! A really nourishing meal which will satisfy everyone.

Guide to: healthy and vegan food in London!

London is one of the best destinations for a weekend, either you are into sightseeing, shopping, being cultural or just want to eat good food. The city is really a forerunner when it comes to healthy foods and drinks, and they have understood how to make it trendy and tasty. Here are a few tips of some places which are worth visiting.SAM_4849

Nama Foods (110 Talbot Road, Notting Hill) 

Nama foods is one of the best veggie restaurants ever! The meals are so beautiful and tasty, and it is really inspiring to see how they create such good raw and vegan plates. They have everything from the creamiest chocolate cake to buckwheat porridge, Italian pizza, Mexican bowls and the most delicious sweet treats. They also have a blog where they share a few recipes.SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSC

SAM_4919SAM_4911WOKIT (Borough Market) 

WOKIT is located in South Bank, which is really worth a visit. Borough Market is filled with organic produce, and it is really nice to take a walk alongside the river. WOKIT serves delicious woks, with many types of noodles, different ingredients and a host of flavours.

LabOrganic (58 Neal Street, Convent Garden) 

LabOrganic is a great place to get green cold pressed juices. The juices are always fresh and made within a short time before they are consumed.

Planet Organic

Planet Organic is a great health store and restaurant in north Kensington. They specialise in organic food, and it is a great place to come for inspiration, lunch and a tasty juice while filling up on health products.SAM_4940

Whole Foods

Heaven on earth! Whole Foods has it all, good restaurants, smoothie bar, fresh ccold-pressedjuices, organic fruits and everything you could ever imagine in the health department. The best one in London is in High Street Kensington, and they also have one near Oxford Street although it is usually very crowded. Please open up in Norway.SAM_4960SAM_4948SAM_4939

 Maroush Bakehouse (131 Earls Court Road, London SW5 9RQ)

We found this amazing place on trip advisor and decided to give it a go due to the high reviews, and we were not disappointed! Lebanese food is one of our favourites and this place really knew what they were doing. We recommend the moussaka, hommos, tabbouleh, and falafels.SAM_4853 SAM_4856SAM_4852Officially very hungry and wish we were on a plane to London. Byebye

Cauliflower rice and chili carrot sticks with hummus

This combination makes a perfect light lunch or dinner, and it doesn't take too much time to make. While the carrots are frying in the oven, the rest of the meal can be prepared, and everything will be done and warm to serve at the same time. During the summer it usually feels nice to enjoy some lighter meals that don't call for a nap afterwards since there is a lot going on. Also, it's good to be able to make a dinner with only a few, cheap ingredients that you can get in any type of store.Cauliflower rice and carrot fries with hummus (2 people):

  • 2 large (organic) carrots
  • 1 cauliflower
  • 1 zucchini/courgette/squash
  • Hummus (here made with lemon oil and fresh basil)
  • Chili oil & lemon oil (the best is from Oliviers & Co)
  • Himalaya salt, pepper, paprika

Carrot sticks and hummus:Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Slice the carrots in thin pieces. Spread them out on a baking tray and drizzle with chili oil, salt and pepper. Bake them in the oven for about 20 minutes on the hot air function. In the meantime, make the yummi hummus. Hummus is easy to spice up in different ways, and this one was a combination of lemon oil and basil which was really tasty in combination with the carrot sticks.Cauliflower rice with zucchini:Slice the zucchini into small squares. Wok them in some good olive oil or coconut oil and sprinkle with paprika, salt and pepper. For the cauliflower rice, wash and divide the cauliflower into smaller pieces before you put it into the food processor and run it until it resembles a rice texture. Afterwards, bring it to a pan and add some water and spices of your choice. Mix it all together into a lovely dish and enjoy your meal!The carrot sticks can definitely also be enjoyed as a snack on it's own with any type of dip - for example our tasty baba ganoush?

Sweet potato, eggplant and mushroom stew with quinoa

The combination of tastes in this recipe is just lovely, and it is filling and satisfying. For someone who is not used to plant based meals, this might be a good start.Sweet potato, eggplant and mushroom stew with quinoa (4-5 portions):

  • 2 dl quinoa (we used 1 dl white and 1 dl red)
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 handful white/button mushrooms (or another type)
  • 1/2 cone cabbage
  • 4 handfuls spinach
  • Spring onion
  • 2 peppers
  • 1 boks hermetic tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Paprika spice (not a must)
  • Turmeric (not a must)
  • Fresh basil
  • Lemon

SAMSUNG CSCSet the oven to 190 degrees C. Peal the sweet potato and chop it into small cubes. Rinse the eggplant and chop it into cubes. Slice the pepper in sizeable pieces. Put everything on a baking tray and sprinkle some olive oil, salt and pepper on top. It's also very tasty with some paprika spice and turmeric. Let it work its magic in the oven for 35 minutes.Meanwhile, put the quinoa to boil with double the amount of water, and let it simmer until all the water has soaked into the quinoa. It takes somewhere between 15-25 minutes. Chop the mushroom, cone cabbage and spring onion, and wok it in a warm pan until its juicy and good.Take the pan out of the oven, and mix it into the wok together with a box of hermetical tomatoes.. Make sure to add some good spices and herbs, and a squeeze of lemon. Let it simmer for a bit, and then its good to go! This dish is best served together with our homemade hummus or another bean dip.QuinoaQuinoa is a recurring ingredient in our recipes, because its versatile, healthy, easy to make and tastes delicious with the right spices. Among the health benefits of quinoa, we have:

  • That it is a complete protein, and has almost as much protein as a steak
  • That it's packed with healthy fats, minerals and vitamins
  • Thats it's naturally gluten free, and therefore more tummy friendly

It is a type of seed from the quinoaplant which exists in both red, white and black. The plant is super robust, and can handle temperature fluctuations between -4 and 38 degrees, and it can be grown until 4000 meters above sea level (NRK). The UN declared 2013 to be the international quinoa year, because they wanted to raise attention to the indigenous people's amazing ability to maintain quinoa in its natural form for future generations through ancient cultivation methods, and traditions such as living in harmony with nature and not destroying it. In addition, it has been discovered how quinoa gives opportunities to feed populations in countries where the access to food is poor (FAO). Pretty cool!SAMSUNG CSCEnjoy the meal, eat it slowly, and give yourself a pat on the back for having made an amazing, healthy, plant based meal. Yes, you are saving the planet one meal at the time!

Lunch bowl with tahini dressing

In this bowl, there are loads of hidden goodies. Among others a delicious cauliflower rice that we have written about before. The bowl is quick to assemble, super tasty, and can be mixed and matched with your favorites.

Lunch bowl with tahini dressing

(1 portion)

  • Organic corn (dirty dozen)
  • Organic cucumber (dirty dozen)
  • Snack pepper
  • (Radical) broccoli sprouts
  • Sundried tomato
  • Cherry tomato
  • Cauliflower rice
  • 1/2 dl cooked quinoa

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Tahini dressing:

  • 1 tbs tahini
  • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon

How to:

Cook the quinoa with double the amont of water, and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes until the "tales" come out. Meanwhile, chop the cauliflower and mix it in the food processor. Chop the rest of the veggies, and mix together the dressing ingredients. Throw everything together, and bon apetit amazing people! SAMSUNG CSC

Simple celery & sweet potato soup

Oh happy sweet potato day! This soup is quick and easy to make - it takes approximately 20 minutes. It is therefore perfect for dinner on a hectic day when you may be lacking creativity. If you make a large portion, you can pop some in the freezer. The soup is packed with nutrients and is delicious. Doesn't get much better than that. SAMSUNG CSC3-4 portions (20 minutes):

  • 300 gram sweet potato (two small)
  • 300 gram celeriac (sellerirot) (1/3)
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 8 dl water (or broth)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Koriander
  • Turmeric
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • Garden cress (karse)
  • Evt. hvitløk

Chop sweet potato and celeriac into cubes, and slice the onion. Put the ingredients in a stock pot with 2 tbs water and all the spices. Let it work its magic for 5 minutes before you add 8 dl water and let it boil for 15 minutes. Take out some veggie bites to add as topping later, and mix the rest with a hand mixer until its smooth. Best served with some fried chickpeas, the veggie bites you saved and some herbs like garden cress.SAMSUNG CSC

CELERIAC is a small (large) veggie that is amazing for soups or oven baking. It is low in calories but packed with nutrients. It contains a lot of B-vitamin (folate) and vitamin C. Folate is important for new blood cell creation and for heart health. Vitamin C is known to strengthen the immune system, to aid in the uptake of iron, and protect against free radicals (1).

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SWEET POTATO is full of betacarotene which helps you get a nice foundation for your next tan and hinders you from becoming burned. It transforms into vitamin A in the body, which is important for your sight. It also contains dietary fiber, which is important for the tummy (2).

Previously we have used the sweet potato in scones and cake, and we really recommend to try this potato in its huuge variation of uses!SAMSUNG CSC

Heartwarming hot chocolate & 8 benefits of it

Real, raw cacao is one of the foods that contain the most magnesium - a mineral that affects almost all symptoms related to your hormones. Fun fact: this is actually why girls usually crave chocolate at certain times of the month! Here are eight additional benefits of this amazing food(1):

  1. It can regulate cortisol (the body's stress hormone)
  2. It can help you sleep better
  3. It can activate vitamin D in your body
  4. It can be anti-aging
  5. It can help create hormones
  6. It can be used as fuel for energy-creation in your cells
  7. It can aid your thyroid in its work
  8. It can reduce your blood sugar

This yummy hot chocolate is made from raw cacao, and it tastes delicious. Not a night goes by without a cup of hot cocoa during the fall and winter months. You may find that it tastes a bit bitter in the beginning, but after a while, you will think that regular chocolate tastes super sweet! We have written more about raw chocolate here.SAMSUNG CSC

Heartwarming hot chocolate (2 cups):

  • Optional plant-based milk
  • Either 2 tsp raw cacao or a medium sized bite raw cacao (solid)

Heat the drink in a casserole over medium heat, but make sure that it doesn't boil. There are dozens of things you can add to pimp your cocoa, like chili, cinnamon, nuts, honey or coconut sugar.Raw cacao in any form can be found at your health store, iHerb or other online stores. Simple & delicious!SAMSUNG CSC

Chia porridge

Chia is known as a super seed for the brain and body. It's not without reason, because these berries have an impressive amount of nutrients packed into them. A quick summary is as follows:

  • Rich in proteins

  • Rich in minerals such as calcium (byebye milk)

  • Contains loads of fiber. A tablespoon chia per day provides a third of your daily need of fiber, which is important for a good digestion.

  • Loads of antioxidants

  • Omega 3 fatty acids

  • Essential amino acids such as tryptofan that regulates your appetite, need for sleep and mood.

The seeds alone have a neutral taste, but with a nice topping, or together with a smoothie, they taste great

Chia porridge

(1 portion)

  • 2 tbs chia seeds

  • 2 dl plant based milk

  • 3 kiwis

  • Water if needed

  • 1/2 banana

Topping:

  • Mango

  • Lime

  • Coconut yogurt

How to

Mix together the seeds and the milk and water, so that you use approximately twice the amount of water as seeds and a couple for kiwis. Let it soak for minimum 20 minutes, or preferably over night. Serve with delicious toppings.

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Chia har blitt kjent som et slags superfrø for både hjernen og kroppen. Dette er ikke uten grunn, for det er imponerende hvor mye næring det er i disse frøene! Det er nesten som å sende en liten hær med snille leger ned i magen.Her er en liten oppsummering av næringsstoffene:

  • Rik på proteiner

  • Rik på mineraler slik som kalsium (byebye dårlig melk)

  • Inneholder mye fiber. En spiseskje chiafrø om dagen, så har du også dekket en tredjedel av ditt daglige behov for fiber. Fiber er utrolig viktig for god fordøyelse. En annen kul effekt chiafrø har er at de suger opp væske i kroppen din og hjelper mot både dehydrering og hjelper tarmen med å kjempe mot bakterier.

  • Antioksidanter

  • Omega-3 fettsyrer

  • Essensielle aminosyrer slik som tryptofan (det vil si at kroppen ikke produserer dem selv). Denne aminosyren er kjent for å regulere appetitt, søvn behov og humør.

Du kan lese mer om helseeffektene av chia her. Chiafrø kan kjøpes på helsekostbutikker i Norge eller på iherb. De smaker veldig nøytralt alene, så de kan med fordel brukes i smoothies, lages som syltetøy eller brukes som grøt sammen med andre smakssettere. Dette er en perfekt måte å bytte ut yogurten om morgenen, en lett lunsj, eller kanskje kveldsmaten på.

Chia grøt

(1 porsjon)

  • 2 ss chia frø

  • Ca 2 dl havremelk/nøttemelk

  • Vann etter behov

  • 3 kiwi

  • 1/2 banan

Topping:

  • Mango

  • Lime

  • Kokosyogurt

Hvordan

Bland sammen to spiseskjeer chiafrø med havremelk og vann slik at det blir ca dobbelt så mye veske som frø. Mos deretter inn kiwiene. La det stå i 20 min eller over natten og la chia frøene do it's thing (som vil si at de suger til seg veske og utvider seg, og retten går en grøtaktiv konsistens). Serveres med topping!

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