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Pizza Without Pizza Sauce

“The meal is not over when I’m full, the meal is over when I hate myself.”

This is a quote that defines me right now. I am currently pregnant with a food baby. Kill me now.

But all self-hate aside, yesterday’s meal was spectacular! To my understanding, everyone loves pizza. I am definitely one of those that fall into the category of “everyone”. At the same time though, majority of people in this day of age love the thought of eating pizza, but prefer not to as it is unhealthy and fattening.

Well yesterday’s meal was anything but unhealthy and fattening!

 Hummus Pita Pizza

How delicious do these miniature pizza’s look? I got the idea from here, but instead of using pita bread (which is actually really difficult to find in the Netherlands), I used my new addiction – gorditas! They are really so much better than the basic non-existent pita bread found local grocery stores!

Ingredients:

  • 5 small pita breads (or gorditas)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons thyme
  • 1 ½ cups (340g) original hummus
  • 1 cup (149g) cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ cup (74g) cucumber, sliced and quartered
  • ¼ cup (37g) black olives, sliced
  • 1 jalepeño, sliced
  • ¼ cup (37g) feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro, roughly chopped

Instructions:

  1. Drizzle olive oil on hot frying pan and lightly fry pitas, flip frequently and sprinkle with thyme and salt for better flavour

  2. As you fry the pitas, chop vegetables and set aside.

  3. Once pitas are crisp, spread hummus over leaving a centimeter of “crust” visible.

  4. Add chopped vegetables over hummus, arrange so vegetables are spread out evenly.

  5. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and finally with crumbled feta and enjoy!

Although the pita bread (or in my case, gorditas) are not that strong that the pizza stays a flat surface, it is easy enough to fold in half and enjoy!

Too bad it is summer time too as this could make a perfect after school snack for those of you who have kids! But if you do have children this could also be a great snack in the middle of the day between events such as swimming or riding bikes outside. Actually, do kids even do such activities anymore?

When I was a kid, summertime was filled with activities such as riding our bikes all around the desert-like terrain that made up the island of Aruba, swimming in our back yard pool, building tree houses and climbing trees, all sorts of physical activities! Although I am not a physically active person, we did a large amount of physical activity!

My childhood was filled with getting cuts and scrapes every other day. But what about now? Do children still get hurt through physical activity? Or are they more preoccupied with the digital world?

Regardless of what they do, this will be a great snack. Healthy and delicious!

I hope you all enjoy this as much as I did!

Eet smakelijk!

P.S. – here are some photos of my patriotism towards my nation and my second home! (Both the Netherlands and Argentina play against one another tonight… actually right now)

Argentine flag accent nail
Argentine flag accent nail
Dutch flag accent nail
Dutch flag accent nail

And here’s some Dutch humour:

The Kings wife is an Argentine,,,,
The Kings wife is an Argentine,,,,
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Moroccan Monday Meal

It’s Monday! Albeit not a meatless Monday for me, but a delicious Monday!

I am pretty sure my father loves that I am posting as often as I am so far. I believe this is my fourth post for July. Yay!

So for today’s meal I – as I have for the past couple recipes – used a Mexican-like wrap to “house” my food. But it was far from a Mexican meal.

Today is all about Morocco! The joys of international cuisine! I got the recipe from here, but kept radishes out of it!

 Moroccan Chicken Salad Wrap

Ingredients:

  • 1 (238g) breast of chicken
  • ½ (74g) cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 can (150g) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3 teaspoons Greek yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ bag (50g) of mixed lettuce
  • 3 medium wraps

Instructions:

  1. Season chicken breast with salt and pepper and place on a frying pan that is lightly coated on oil and fry until thoroughly cooked (approx. 6 minutes)

  2. Meanwhile chop cucumber and cilantro and mix in a bowl. Add remainder of ingredients and mix well.

  3. Once chicken is cooked, chop into ½ inch pieces and add to cucumber and cilantro mixture.

  4. Spread mixed lettuce on medium wrap and add a few tablespoons of the chicken salad onto the lettuce, fold bottom first, then fold left and right “sides” and enjoy!

I love the taste of cilantro in meals. It adds an extra freshness to it. Yummy!

Moroccan Chicken Salad Wrap

This is actually really really good. And as easy as you just chop a few things and fry chicken for a while. It is perfect and really delicious. Cilantro and cumin are so so wonderful.

I think you should all try this recipe and enjoy it just as I have! It is one of the best chicken salads I have honestly ever had!

(besseha) بالصحة

And if you don’t speak Arabic spoken in Morocco:
Enjoy your meal!

Lazy Mexican Sunday

The definition of lazy should be linked to my name. I can just imagine it. Flipping through one of the many dictionaries in our house and finding the word lazy which states this:

Lazy (n) – a person who is not very active such as Liselot.

Although the actual definition of lazy is an adjective, but hey! It could easily be a noun!

I have spent my day being lazy. Except I did make a delicious meal. If you like color like I do and you like a mixture of flavours in your mouth, this is truly for you.

Flautas de Pollo

How amazing does this look? I got the recipe from here, but as I used smaller wraps they didn’t quite take on the name of flautas or taquitos.

Ingredients:

  • 3 gorditas (small soft taco wraps)
  • 1 (238g) breast of chicken
  • ½ cup (74g) cheddar cheese, grated
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • ½ an avocado, sliced

Pico de Gallo

  • ½ cup (74g)  tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ cup (74g) cucumber, chopped
  • ¼ cup (37g) red onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ jalepeño, sliced and chopped
  • ¼ cup (37g) cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a small frying pan, cook chicken breast thoroughly. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to add extra flavour.

  2. Turn oven to 175ᵒC (350ᵒF) and place three gorditas into oven for 4-6 minutes, while gorditas are warming up begin grating your cheese.

  3. Once chicken is cooked allow to cool and then begin to shred. When gorditas are warmed up, remove from oven and add shredded chicken to them. Top with cheddar cheese and wrap up (insert toothpick to ensure wrap won’t undo) and place back in oven for three minutes or until cheese has melted.

  4. During this time you can chop your tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and jalepeño and place them into a small bowl. Mince your garlic and chop your cilantro and add that to the bowl as well. Squirt with about 2 Tablespoons worth of lemon juice and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix well.

  5. As you remove your “flautas” from the oven, open up and place a teaspoon or so of Pico de Gallo on top. Slice your half of an avocado and add two “strips” on top of your Pico de Gallo and re-wrap and enjoy!

IMG_4003 Pico de GalloWhen I first took a bite of the Pico de Gallo, I was so mystified by its taste. It was like heaven in my mouth. The spice from the jalepeños with the citrus from the lemon juice, the sweetness of the tomatoes, with the eye-watering tartness from the red onion – it was perfect! I haven’t had anything this wonderful in a while!

I immediately made two flautas and gobbled them all up. I can say that I am full now. But full and content. I am actually happy after that meal.

I definitely advise all of you to also make this as it is spectacular!

Anyway,

Buen provecho!

Spelt Bread Sandwich

What’s a great lunch to have on the go? Certainly not what I had for lunch, that’s for sure. My lunch, although very delicious, is something you can’t quite bring to work unless you are good at eating neatly. I am not. Not unless a fork and knife are in my hands.

Healthy sandwich in Spelt BreadBy the time I was done eating this, I was told I had avocado on my face. So yes, I am a very messy eater when it comes to such things.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bun of any choice (I used a spelt bun)
  • 2 slices of Avocado
  • 3 slices of Tomato
  • 4 slices of Cucumber
  • 2 pinches alfalfa sprouts
  • 1 Tablespoon hummus (I used another Tahini mix)

Directions:

  1. Cut all vegetables into appropriate sizes and set aside

  2. Cut bun of choice in half. (You can toast your bun if you wish)

  3. Smear hummus on each side of your bun and layer your vegetables on top. (I allowed the alfalfa sprouts to stick to one half of the bun with the hummus)

  4. Then enjoy!

Depending on the size of your bun, you can increase the amount of vegetables needed inside.

Small bun on a small plate

This has got to me one of the most delicious sandwiches I’ve made. Although I really like the weird Lebanese Tahini-like spread I used.

So… I am thinking of doing the vegan diet that had Beyoncé lose so much of her body mass. I of course won’t be losing all that weight as I am the most laziest of people ever. The only exercise I do is walking to places and inner and outer leg exercises while in bed. But I try to eat healthily. So removing all meat products from my diet may benefit me quite a lot.

The diet that I will think of following can be seen here. If you are also interested then please join me! I already eat very vegetarian, so whats a diet without animal products? Should be easy!

Anyway, if you make this sandwich I hope you enjoy it as I have!

Eet smakelijk!

Burgers the Healthy Way

After Sunday baking came dinner. A dinner for champions. And just like Buju Banton said it “Me wanna walk like a champion, talk like a champion…” I really did feel like a champion after dinner.

I think this weekend was all about the beef. Which meant I had to make my own meal of course. Saturday with the risotto while my parents had beef stew and Sunday with burgers. I too had a burger, a delicious and filling one at that!

I made a burger of Portobello mushrooms with guacamole, cucumber, tomatoes, shallots, and brie. Mom also made my favourite salad which I believe is oil and vinegar with garlic, onion, sugar, and cucumbers in the dressing. It is perfection. We also had french-fries to go with it.

For my burger I used the following:

Ingredients:

  • 2 Portobello Mushrooms
  • 3 slices tomato
  • 3 slices cucumber
  • 3 slices shallots
  • 2 slices Brie
  • 1 Tablespoon Guacamole
    • 1 avocado, mashed
    • ½ shallot, chopped
    • 1 small clove garlic, minced
    • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon vinegar
    • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 175ᵒC or 350ᵒF

  2. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and grease tin foil with olive oil. Place 2 mushrooms facing up on pan. Sprinkle olive oil on opposite side of mushrooms and bake for 10 minutes. Flip half way through baking process.

  3. Slice tomatoes, cucumbers, shallots, and brie and set aside. Grab avocado and make guacamole.

  4. Remove portobellos from oven and drain of excess liquid.

  5. Immediately put brie on one of the caps and guacamole on other cap. Add sliced vegetables to whichever cap you choose and press together.

  6. Then enjoy

Ready to EatI really only ate like three french-fries. The rest was eaten by daddy.

Portobello BurgerI wish I could remember the link I copied this from, but my mind is completely blank. I do however recall that it was Finnish or something? I had to have the ENTIRE page translated. Thank you Google Chrome!

If you do make this I am sure you will enjoy it. If not then just have at the guacamole. It is my preferred recipe for guacamole. The family loves it and it is super easy.

As they say in Finland:

Hyvää ruokahalua (enjoy your meal)

 

 

Quinoa Vegetable Sushi with Miso Soup

When you go to the grocery store are you ever tempted to buy the sushi that is found in the packaged fish section? I am ALWAYS tempted. Sushi is like my go to meal for everything. Unfortunately it is pretty costly. Especially when you’re a poor student as I am.

So now a days I just make sushi at home. It is as easy as pie. And that was what I made last night for supper.

Homemade SushiAlthough when I am making sushi for dinner I have to eat it with something else. Just plain ole sushi just doesn’t seem good enough. So I boil up some water to have some instant Miso soup too!

Miso SoupEven looks similar to the stuff you would find at Japanese restaurants. Delicious.

Here’s the recipe I followed for my sushi meal:

  • ½ cup quinoa, cooked
  • 2 small puntpaprikas (I think these are just pointed bell peppers in English)
  • 1 small cucumber, julliened
  • A bag of shredded carrots
  • 1 teaspoon pesto (optional)
  • 1 package seaweed
  • Soy Sauce with less sodium
  • Miso soup powder 

Directions:

1)      Add ½ cup quinoa to ¾ cups water in pan and put to boil on stove, once boiling allow to simmer until quinoa is cooked (no more liquid in pan)

2)      As quinoa is cooling, cut the puntpaprika into thin slices. Do the same to the cucumber.

3)      If quinoa is cooled enough that you can handle its touch, spoon a couple spoons of the quinoa and place on one end of the seaweed. *Make sure seaweed is with the smooth side up.* Add cucumber, puntpaprika, and couple pinches of carrots to quinoa mixture

4)      Roll into small logs with quinoa part being rolled first. When sealing up log, wet final end of sushi with some water to stick against other part of sushi.

5)      Place log of sushi into some cling wrap and add to refrigerator to allow to cool. Continue process two more times. For additional flavouring add a couple dollops of pesto in roll.

6)      Once sushi rolls are in fridge cooling down, bring some water to boil in a kettle.

7)      As kettle begins to howl, pour water into a bowl with Miso soup powder at bottom of bowl. Stir well.

8)      Remove sushi from fridge and slice into even logs.

9)      Before eating, get your wasabi or soy sauce and enjoy!

It is really quite easy, wouldn’t you say? Once you get the hang of doing this more often then it becomes the best meal to make. I sure make it often enough to be a pro at homemade sushi.

Dinner Time

Best part about it all? It is 100% vegan! Although for you who need some meat in the mix are more than welcome to add whatever it is you wish to make your sushi more edible. I tend to make sushi with vegetables though. (I can’t be bothered to buy a big pack of crab and only use a few pieces… )

For you who are wondering about the ingredients of the Miso soup the below list is what I read on the side box:

– Miso (rice, soy beans, sea salt, A. oryzae)
– Wakame (seaweed)
– Dried green onions

Pretty nice, eh? I am all that more happy to make such a meal.

Plus I have a weird love of seaweed. I tend to go to the Chinese grocery store here and buy snacking seaweed which looks like this:

IMG_0523
Snacking on some Spicy Seaweed in Bed

Now you know just how weird I really am with my love for seaweed! Maybe it is time I move to the land of dried seaweed, hmm. Nah I am far too terrified of the natural occurrences which could ruin the country… or at least me.

Anyway, I hope you end up trying this lovely dish!

As they say in Japan: せていただき

(or in English: Enjoy your meal)