Healthy Vegetarian Breakfast

It’s hard for me to believe that I haven’t had any sweets or cakes for, how long now, three weeks at least? And the biggest surprise is that I don’t miss them! I only had a small amount of dark chocolate twice, but I think that’s ok because chocolate is healthy in small amounts. But for someone who had to eat sweets every single day, this is amazing! 🙂

And not only that, but I also eat way less bread than I used to. If any, I eat it for breakfast and that’s all, which is another miracle.

Here are some ideas for a healthy breakfast.

Whole wheat bread, mustard, eggplant paste (or pate), sprouts and olives.

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To make the eggplant paste (as I like to call it), just cut eggplant in half or in larger chunks, bake it at moderate to high heat until it’s not watery (about half an hour or a bit more), then peal it and put it in a food processor and add what ever you like to it – salt, pepper, garlic, maybe a tsp of mustard, parsley, oregano, olives…You can add peppers or cheese to the mix too. Go wild! 🙂 It can sit in the refrigerator for 4-5 days and still taste great, and it can be used as a dip or as a side dish. Great stuff!

Another combination is to put some peanut butter on your bread, then (again) mustard, (I love mustard!), then alfalfa and sunflower seed sprouts, C 038

with lots of cucumber slices on top.

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Or tomato.

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And you have a tasty and healthy meal that contains lots of vitamins and fiber.

Sprouts are a vitamin bomb and they are so easy to grow in your home. There are some differences depending on what seeds you want to sprout, but in general, all you need is the seeds (alfalfa, sunflower, quinoa, beans…), a glass jar, a piece of gauze or bandage, and a rubber band. From this

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to this

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and this

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in just a few days! You can find many tips about sprouting online, but if you have any questions, please ask.  And of course, there are many ways to use sprouts in your food, not only in sandwiches. 🙂

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Lunch Time!

I thought I could share with you two nice recipes. Easy to make, although not very fast, but then again not like a “whole day cooking” kinda recipes. 🙂

First there is the “Hunter’s stake” or “Hunter’s schnitzel” – well, as close as I could translate that. You will need beef or pork, cut and beat to make thin pieces. Then dip them in flour.

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Fry in oil on moderate to high heat until they are golden brown ( that should be quite fast).

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When all the steaks are fried, put them in a pot, adding salt and pepper and lots of chopped garlic and parsley between the layers of meat.

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Add about half (or as much as you like) of glass of white wine, put the lid on and let that simmer for ten to fifteen minutes.

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Then add water to almost cover the meat, put the lid on and let it simmer on medium to low heat for as much as it takes for the meat to be tender and wonderful. But I guess it should take anywhere from half to one hour. Also, you will see in the next photo how the flour makes a gorgeous sauce.

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Unfortunately, I don’t have any more photos because this meal was eaten so fast, I forgot to photograph our plates. But believe me, if you like meat, you will love this. Serve it with mashed potatoes and enjoy. 🙂

While the meat was on the stove, I made some dog biscuits, because I want my dog to eat healthy food, not the store bought “filled with chemicals” stuff. 🙂 Here is something like the recipe, I don’t have the exact measurements:

Two eggs and a big spoon of lard (you could use butter too). Mix that a bit,

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Add about two table spoons of ground flax seeds and about a cup of oat flakes.

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You could add yogurt ( half of cup) or sour cream, or white cheese, or any cheese, or all that actually, and then add flour until the dough is firm, but not too firm, just until it’s not sticking to your hands. You should have something like this:

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You could even add chopped bacon or minced meat, but in that case store the biscuits in the fridge after they are baked or in the freezer if you have a lot of them.

Make any shape you like. I like them like this:

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Bake at 200 degrees (Celsius) for about 20 minutes, or until they are light brown in color.

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A happy customer:

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And because my husband loved Meda’s biscuits, I then had to make a batch for him too. I did the same thing as already described, just added pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds (as my hubby requested), and voila! Another happy face! 🙂

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The only difference between Meda’s and our biscuits is salt. I don’t put it in Meda’s food, and I even forgot to put it in our biscuits this time, but because I added sour cream and cheese to the mix, the salt wasn’t needed at all. 🙂

Have a great day!

Vegetarian lunch

I don’t know how to call these, because they are something like veggie burgers, but not quite the same, and if I call them dumplings maybe that’s not the right word…Oh, that’s the problem when you write in foreign language 🙂 Anyway, here is the recipe for this yummy meal:

Take 1kg of courgettes, and shred them – like this:

Then add a table spoon of salt and leave for about an hour. You will have a lot of liquid in your bowl after that time, so take one handful at a time and squeeze as much liquid as you can. Throw that liquid away, and add to the courgettes 2 eggs, pepper, some salt, herbs ( I like oregano, but you can add parsley or any other herb), chopped garlic (I use a lot of garlic), 1 tsp of paprika, and about 1/2 cup (maybe a bit more) of bread crumbs. Mix well, and you will get something like a burger mix, but much more soft.

Then take a spoon and start frying!

Can you smell this? 🙂

Drain the excess oil onto the paper towel, and serve. Now, this isn’t fat free, belly friendly and stuff like that meal, but if you don’t season your salad, I think it’s ok 🙂 They didn’t soak up too much oil, honestly!

I served them with unseasoned veggies, with just a bit of cheese on top, and it was yummy!

Bon appetit!

Cake anyone?

This cake was easy to make, and I’m gonna write the recipe for you, although I don’t have the exact measurements. But I think it can’t go wrong.

Take 2, 3, or 4 eggs. Mix (with mixer) egg whites first with (about) 2 cups of sugar. Then add egg yokes and mix some more. Then add (about) one cup of yogurt or milk, one cup of oil (I used sunflower oil), 2 tsp of backing powder, and flour to achieve consistency of a pancake batter (maybe just a tiny bit thicker). Grease your pan and bake on medium temperature ( 180 C). When it’s almost done, add fruit. But before adding, mix fruit with some sugar and a little bit of flour. Then bake for a 10 – 15 minutes more. Done! 🙂 Yum!