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Apple and Cinnamon Pastry Roses

I made the best breakfast/dessert ever!

I’ve recently started a new diet which I will get into another day, but with my new diet I make new things which suit me better.

Less sugar and yet more heavenly.

This is the first time in two weeks that I have actually had something legitimately sweet. You know what though? This wasn’t even all that sweet. It was as I said: heavenly.

Pre-Baking

Last night I made a quiche for the first time ever and had so much extra puff pastry, so rather than toss it out as mom would have done, I saved it. I looked up some great desserts and breakfasts which utilized the puff pastry and found something amazing.

I got the recipe from trusty ole Betty Crocker, however the direct link to the recipe can be found here.

As for the ingredients, the recipe says to use 3 medium apples, I however used 5 small apples. Because in Africa there seem to only be 3 types of apples at the grocery stores. Green ones, red ones, and small ones. Where I’m from the green one is usually a Granny Smith apple, the red one is a Red Delicious apple, and the small one? I’m pretty sure it is a small Jonagold but I can’t be too sure.

apple-types

Anyway here are the ingredients:

  • 3 medium (450g) apples
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • Flour for sprinkling
  • Puffy pastry dough (leftovers from previous meal work)
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 204ᵒC (400ᵒF) and grease 9 silicone muffin cups. (Silicone is less likely to stick to your cinnamon apple roses)

  2. Wash and core apples and slice thinly, leave on the peel.

  3. In small saucepan, fill with four cups (a thousand mL) water, four tablespoons sugar and two tablespoons lemon juice. Bring water to boil and blanche your sliced apples for three minutes or until soft.

  4. Drain apples from water and allow to dry in paper towel.

  5. Sprinkle flour on work space and roll out dough sheet. Sprinkle four tablespoons sugar and two tablespoons cinnamon on dough and slice with pizza knife. Each line of dough should be an inch wide.

  6. Arrange cooled apples (skin-side down) on cinnamon covered dough and roll up to make a rose.

  7. Bake for twenty-five minutes or until golden. Remove from pan and allow to cool on cooling rack.

  8. Enjoy!

Apple Cinnamon Pastry Roses
Apple Cinnamon Pastry Rosess

These were fantastic! Absolutely fantastic! Best of all when Daddy came home from running errands he said he didn’t know that cinnamon rolls came like that, I told him that they didn’t, that this was all me! He was very impressed. Then he bit into one and was even more impressed.

Only issue I had with this recipe was that my oven sucks. Does anyone else have trouble reading the dials on their oven? This house I live in has been a company house for the last five years and before that was lived in by the owner. Because of that there is a lot of wear and tear to it. Like on the oven! UGH

Dials rubbed off

Overall great recipe! A must try for each of you and something I’ll have to make again one day!

Happy eating!

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Empanadas for Days!

Last week I spent my time in the Netherlands and as my Pilates classmates say “got soft”, they’re right. I didn’t eat all that healthy and didn’t feel guilty about it either. My week was spent gobbling stroopwafels! How awful right?! For those of you who do not know Dutch, a stroopwafel directly translates to a syrup waffle, this being two wafers filled with a syrup in between. When you are Dutch or have lived in the country for several years, you will know how heavenly these things are. Especially when you have been without them for three months or longer (as I have).

But because I have been in the Netherlands all of last week I didn’t have a kitchen to cook in so I mostly ate out or got salads from our local grocery store.

So I thought I’d write about a breakfast I had made for my Pilates class one Tuesday just two and a half weeks ago. I’ve been attending Pilates for about two and a half months now and love every minute of it. I’m getting fit while enjoying the company (all of which are women). I’ve also started to see a change in my body (before I went to NL that is), I could even get into a pair of shorts that were a struggle just this June! But the other week they fit perfectly on my problem area (my thighs). It felt great!

Anyway, I spoke to my class about the fact that I had made chicken empanadas the other day and they were really interested in them so I thought “why not make some vegetarian ones for these guys!” as half the class is a vegetarian.

So Tuesday I came to class with a tub of empanadas and little ketchup packets I had collected from some fast food joint!

Empanadas

I can honestly tell you that everyone loved them! My Pilates teacher even sat down with me and gobbled three or four! That’s how much they loved them! Good thing as I never had made these before! Would have been sad if my empanadas didn’t turn out to be a hit.

I got the recipe from here, though I didn’t follow this recipe for the pastry.

Ingredients:

For Pastry:

  • 2 ¼ cup (350g) plain flour
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch baking powder
  • ¾ cup (145g) margarine, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup (100ml) lukewarm water

For Filling:

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 cup (200g) sweet potato, cooked and mashed
  • 1 cup (172g) canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 5 Tablespoons green onions, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten

Instructions:

  1. Combine all dry ingredients for the pastry and mix well, slowly add margarine and mix until combined. Begin to mix in egg and combine until slightly wet. If pastry is not wet enough for your liking, pour little amounts of water at a time to moisten up and continue to knead dough. Wrap in clingfilm and place in refrigerator to set (for 30 minutes). Meanwhile place sweet potatoes in pot of water and turn heat to high to allow water to begin to boil. Watch pot to ensure water doesn’t boil over. 

  2. Once thirty minutes have been and gone, check potatoes to see if they are soft, if so drain water and mash in same pot that you made them in with a potato masher. 

  3. Combine sweet potato with cumin and cayenne powder until flavoursome. Then add black beans, green onions, cilantro, chili powder, and salt. Mix well. 

  4. Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F)

  5. Remove dough from fridge and take off clingfilm and roll out small balls of dough and then flatten them out with a rolling pin or use your hands (as I do). For each flattened roll of pastry, fill with a teaspoon and a half of filling. Fold closed and fold one edge over the other. Then crimp closed with a fork for a nice design. 

  6. Place on prepared cookie sheet (covered with wax paper) and continue making empanadas, rolling out, filling, folding, crimping, etc. 

  7. Once cookie sheet is filled with empanadas, lightly brush with egg wash and pop into oven to cook. 

  8. Bake at 200°C for 16 minutes or until lightly browned. 

  9. Remove and allow to cool and continue process until all filling and pastry is used. 

  10. Enjoy!

Empanadas for Class

It is a shame, I do not have a photo of what the inside of the empanada looked like, but it did taste quite good.

I’ve made empanadas a few times now and I can say that every time I make them I have much more pastry than I do filling, but this time around it all fit perfectly! I was very impressed.

Anyway, if you are a fan of latin cuisine but find yourself more along the lines of a vegetarian, then this may be the perfect recipe for you! It is delicious, full of vitamins and iron, and just overall good for you! Plus I think they make a fabulous breakfast for when you are on the go.

I hope you all enjoy the recipe and have a wonderful weekend!

Buen provecho!

No More Monsters

Do you ever wonder where all the monsters go from under your bed and in your closet? Well I can tell you where all mine go! If they haven’t run away in fear then they end up in my blender! This morning I made a delicious green Monster Smoothie.

Green Monster Smoothie

It was the perfect thing to start the day! Plus now I know all the monsters are gone from this house! Best of both worlds!

I don’t think these ingredients make the actual Monster Smoothie I’ve seen on Pinterest, but this still has a protein packed vegetable, lots of sweet and healthy fruits, and some seeds to add to the power.

These are the ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup of Kale
  • 1 banana, chopped
  • 7 strawberries, sliced (you could use more! Mine just didn’t look all too attractive)
  • 1/3 cup of cantaloupe
  • ½ cup of almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend away!

  2. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Healthy Green Smoothie

This was a super delicious smoothie. Even though there is a lot of kale in it, all I really could taste was cantaloupe. I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve had cantaloupe. It really hasn’t because you can buy mixed melon in a container at the grocery store, but it has been a while since I’ve had half a melon that I had to scoop out bits.

It feels like I am preparing for summer! Although it is quite a distance from the current time, but one can hope!

If you’re a fan of smoothies then I suggest you make one that is beautiful and green. You can use spinach or kale as your base green vegetable and any sort of fruit. You can add nuts or seeds of your choice and to make it better for you keep it simple with soy or almond milk. Learn more at at the GreenMonsterMovement.

If you do go green with this beaut, I hope you enjoy it and feel the boost and buzz that no other drink can actually give you. Best of all: your skin improves from this!

So I really hope you make this and enjoy it!

Happy Sunday!

Green Pancakes for a Healthy Breakfast

When you wake up what do you look outside to see? Enough snow to close down schools? High water levels from too much rain? Or are you one of the lucky ones who live in the Southern Hemisphere who get to enjoy summer?

I woke up with rain. Lots of rain pitter patting on my window. Luckily though it was a day to enjoy as I do not have classes today. So instead of rushing into the shower and then eating breakfast, I took my time. My thoughts went to One Hit Wonders music from the 80’s and pancakes. So I found a playlist with 80’s music and made a 4 ingredient pancake mix.

Green Pancakes

Sounds good doesn’t it? And extremely easy! If you use Instagram, I got the recipe from someone I follow there, her username is HealthNub. She makes amazing meals which are delicious and good for you.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, chopped
  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 handful spinach
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Directions:

  1. Mix oatmeal and chopped banana in a food processor.

  2. Add two egg whites and mix until smooth.

  3. Add spinach and mix until most spinach is puréed.

  4. Pour mixture onto hot pan and make pancakes.

Puréed MixtureThis is the absolute most perfect breakfast ever. A) Because of the gorgeous color of the food, B) It is 100% healthy, C) It is DELICIOUS.

You should definitely try this! Plus if you have kids I am sure they’d be interested in them as I am.

Making Green PancakesSure looks interesting doesn’t it? Well it tastes great! I’ve made this at home over the summer and had mom taste it too, she was kind of iffy about it, but did not mind the taste. If my mom could handle it I am sure you could too! You may even like it if we are lucky!

Eet smakelijk!

Peanut Butter and Banana “Quesadilla”

I feel fat. Full but fat.

I made an interesting breakfast today. Something that I may never make again for myself, but maybe one day when I have children this could be a “treat” for my children just as pancakes and waffles were for my sister and I when we were children.

I haven’t a clue where I got this recipe originally but when I looked for an attractive photo I found the recipe on here.

Peanut Butter Banana Quesadilla

The recipe is super straight forward as there are only 4 ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole wheat tortilla
  • 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
  • ½ Banana, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Lay out whole wheat tortilla and evenly spread peanut butter on tortilla.

  2. Place sliced bananas on 1 half of the peanut butter covered tortilla.

  3. Sprinkle chocolate chips over bananas and fold tortilla in half.

  4. Grab a frying pan and sprinkle the pan with sunflower oil (or butter) and turn heat to medium.

  5. Fry each side of tortilla until brown and then remove to cool.

  6. Slice “quesadilla” into thirds and enjoy.

Very very sweet. Yes, I like to bake and yes baking means sweet things, but I do not like über sweet things.

So the next time I make this will be maybe for my little sister or for my potential kids as a treat when they are… four or so. So that may be about ten years from now! Because I am too young to have a child at the age of twenty-one.

Plus, before children are had I think it is more ideal to be married first. I guess I am old fashioned like that.

Anyway, if you end up making this I hope you enjoy!

Bon apetito!

Loving Everything Green

I have come to realize that I love the color green. It isn’t my favourite color no that spot is saved for aqua, but when it comes to food I love green. Green vegetables, green smoothies, green icing, and even green cakes – I love green. So when I woke up this morning I thought to make a green smoothie.

Honestly what better way is there to start the day than by drinking a healthy and delectable smoothie? Perfection!

With the easiest of ingredients it was almost like magic how quickly I made this thing.

Smoothie Time!

All I used was the following:

Ingredients

  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 banana
  • A handful of kale
  • 2 celery stalks
  • ¾ cup of unsweetened almond milk

Directions:

  1. Place fruit and vegetables in blender with ½ cup of milk and blend. 

  2. If smoothie is not liquid enough for you add remainder ¼ cup of milk. Keep adding more till at preferred consistency.

  3. Pour in glass and enjoy!

If you are not a fan of the black seeds found in a kiwi then I would suggest you “core” the kiwi. Is that even possible? Also, if you prefer a little sweetness to your smoothies I would suggest you try using vanilla almond or soy milk. That may hit the spot better. But this was definitely delicious.

The best part about this is that I was genuinely full after having had it. Maybe it was the fact that I chewed the smoothie or just that it was a hearty smoothie, I really don’t know but I was completely satisfied!

You all should definitely give this one a go for breakfast one day!

Eet Smakelijk!

Pineapple Smoothie for Breaky

If you like piña coladas, getting caught in the rain… I started my morning singing that song. Why you may ask? Well I thought of having a lovely smoothie for breakfast. I am not much of a smoothie maker, at least not at home because our blender isn’t all too high powered, but I remembered how mom previously bought pineapple so I was thinking of making a Caribbean theme breakfast drink. Rupert Holmes was definitely running through my mind over and over again this morning.

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Pineapple, Apple, Gooseberry smoothie

This is the recipe I followed:

  • 1/3 cup pineapple
  • ½ an apple
  • 4 gooseberries
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

Directions:

1)    Mix all ingredients in blender until at preferred consistency and pour into glass. Add more chia seeds for garnish

Pretty straightforward and completely easy. And you know, extremely delicious. Especially if you like the Caribbean flavours of pineapple and such. Although upon just googling I found out that pineapple is not originally from the Caribbean, but from Brazil. If you did not know that, then now you do. I know I just learnt a thing or two.

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Top view of breakfast smoothie

So with one glass of this pleasant smoothie and I was absolutely stuffed. Although, while I drank it I also chewed the liquid. Now I know that sounds bizarre, but if you chew a drink like a homemade juice or smoothie you are in fact burning calories to then gain more energy once consuming the liquid. I think I saw that on a post on one of my fitfoodies who I follow in IG. Unfortunately I cannot recall who it was I heard this fact from but I have a link you can look into here.

If you end up drinking this I hope you enjoy it! And if you weren’t one to chew before, I would hope you are now!

¡Buen provecho!

Delicious Blueberry Cherry Overnight Oats

I truly do love to experiment in the kitchen. So much that I decided to ramp up my overnight oats last night. Don’t get me wrong though, I love my normal blueberry oats, but I saw some cherries in a can and thought ‘why not add some of that to my oats rather than using honey and cinnamon?’ So I did just that.

Delicious Blueberry Cherry Overnight Oats
Delicious Blueberry Cherry Overnight Oats

When I saw what color everything was and that I could find a surprise beneath the surface I was instantly excited. I personally love deceiving things, like cakes that look so ordinary with a chocolate or vanilla icing, and then you cut a slice only to see that it is actually a vibrant red velvet cake. You are enthusiastic about cake, but then you see the color difference and are far more interested. That is completely how I am. So when I saw the full cherries under all the blueberries I was pretty stoked to be eating my breakfast.

Cherries beneath the surface
Cherries beneath the surface

This is what I did (keep in mind I always keep my oatmeal and milk about the same in measurements):

2/3 cup oatmeal
2/3 cup almond milk
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
2 teaspoons canned cherries

A handful of blueberries

Directions:

1)    Mix oatmeal, almond milk and chia seeds in a large cup or a small bowl

2)    Add canned cherries with their syrup to oatmeal (you can add as much as you want)

3)    Spread handful of blueberries above top of oatmeal mix and place in fridge until ready to eat following day

Delicious delicious. If you end up making such a thing I hope you find joy with the colors as I did.  If not, I am sure you will enjoy the taste. It isn’t all that sweet and still checks all the right boxes.

Bon appétit!

Breakfast of Blueberry Overnight Oats

When you wake up in the morning, are you the type of person that rushes through everything and does not have time to eat? Or do you set your alarm ahead of time and gradually make yourself look suitable while eating the right type of thing to energize your body?

I am the latter. But sometimes I have no will power to make a good breakfast which I then end up doing the worst: eating a cheese sandwich as I walk out the door. Hardly nutritional. At least my bread is always brown or seedy!

Well regardless if you haven’t got much time to make AND eat breakfast, or if you take your time as I do, wouldn’t you prefer making something at night that lasts till the morning whenever you wake up? I mean I woke up at five and only managed to get out of bed at eleven. I was so engrossed in a book that I couldn’t even think about food even when my belly was rumbling away saying “feed me, feed me”.

When I finally did end up getting out of bed and showering, by the time I went to the fridge it was already 12 o’clock in the afternoon. I was awake for seven hours and had not eaten. LUCKILY I had made that special breakfast which is totally amazing and fills you up like you wouldn’t believe.

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So, last night before I went to bed, I made this amazing breakfast. Most people like to call it Overnight Oats. It is basically oatmeal with milk and yoghurt and some fruit to top placed in the fridge overnight (without heat) in which you take out in the morning and eat.

When I was younger, I was not all too keen on having oatmeal. I remember mom would make it for us for breakfast and I would have the most sour of faces and would begrudgingly go about eating it. I would honestly be gagging at every second bite because the texture was so awful. Yes, I was that child that truly hated eating oatmeal with brown sugar. But finally, as I matured so did my tastes. I may however never be a fan of oatmeal with brown sugar.

So here is the recipe that I followed to make this:

2/3 cup oatmeal
2/3 cup almond milk
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon honey
½ teaspoon cinnamon
handful blueberries

Directions:

  1. Mix first five ingredients together in a small bowl until all is coated.

  2. Add blueberries on top of oatmeal 

  3. Cover bowl with cling wrap or lid and place in fridge until ready to eat following morning

This recipe is super easy as you can see and also very delicious. I even decided to make this for mom one morning, she wasn’t sure if she would like it, but luckily she was quite fond of it. Which means you may like it as well even if you think you won’t! So I hope you’ll be spontaneous and go for this type of oatmeal.

Now the best part about overnight oats is that you can keep them until for several days in the fridge. So you could make several bowls of different types and then eat it all through the week.

Also something to keep in mind: you do not need to use almond milk, you could use whichever milk you use. 2% or 1%, even whole milk. I personally prefer almond milk because of its unique taste and how it is much better for you. But again, that is just me. Use what it is that you like.

The original recipe that I followed to then make this one can be found here.

If you do in fact go about making this, I hope it jump starts you to then have a wonderful day!