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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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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!

Healthy Meal with Exploration of Zuid-Holland

It feels as though I have been on a cooking vacation/hiatus. It literally feels like forever since I’ve been in a kitchen. Except I cannot live without being in the kitchen. But today was definitely the first meal in a week? I think it has been a week!

Last weekend an old friend came by. I have not seen her for ten years so this was like a reunion type of thing. We spent Friday night just catching up on the couch, just talking until sleep came over us. Then Saturday morning we hopped on a tram to Madurodam, which is like a miniaturized version of the Netherlands. Once we were done from there I took her to Scheveningen, this being the most popular beach in the country. Before we left from the beach we had a little bite to eat at a Japanese restaurant and then we popped back to my apartment to get our belongings and headed to my mom’s house. We had a quiet night eating dinner with my family and watching the Voice UK and then hit the sack. The following morning we headed to the city of Leiden and explored the downtown area.

Postcard from Madurodam

But tonight now that I am back in the kitchen, I made falafels with homemade hummus and carrots. I’ve been craving chimichurri sauce and thought this would go great with my new obsession for falafels. It truly did. Perfectly delicious!

I made both a homemade hummus and chimichurri sauce while just fried store bought falafels and heated some pita bread.

Falafels with Carrots and Hummus

Classic Hummus:

Ingredients:

  • ½ Cup Chickpeas, drained
  • 2 Tablespoons Tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and mix well. If hummus is not smooth enough for your liking add more lemon juice and/or olive oil.

  2. Scoop hummus into small bowl and refrigerate.

Chimichurri Sauce (recipe found here):

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 2 teasooons lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and mix well. If sauce is not liquid enough, add more olive oil or lemon juice and mix until smooth.

Assembling Your Falafel:

  1. Choose your vegetables and chop in the appropriate size

  2. Heat pita breads in oven until warm

  3. Fry falafels until brown and warm

  4. Once pitas are warm, cut half of the pita along the rim and coat sides of pita with hummus

  5. Cut the falafel balls in half and place in the pita. Top with greens of choice (I used arugula lettuce, slices of red pepper, and whole chickpeas)

  6. Top with chimichurri sauce and additional hummus if you want

  7. Now enjoy your meal!

Falafel with Carrots and HummusThis was so delicious and really filling. I hope you make it as well and enjoy it as I have!

As they say in Greek: καλή όρεξη! (Enjoy your meal)

P.S. Here are some more photos of our travels over the weekend to Madurodam and Leiden:

Giant Seagull Taking Over the World (or at least Madurodam)
Giant Seagull Taking Over the World (or at least Madurodam)

For those that know me, I love dodge rams... so finding one in Madurodam was great!
For those that know me, I love dodge rams… so finding one in Madurodam was great!

Together in Madurodam

Gate Towards Citadel of Leiden

The City Hall of Leiden
The City Hall of Leiden
View of Church of Leiden from the Citadel
View of Church of Leiden from the Citadel