Besides my immediate family members, there is no-one or no-thing I think of more than food. Questions that often run through my mind: How can I maximise the antioxidant content in our morning porridge? What ingredients free of gluten to use in order to create a marvellously airy loaf of bread? Is bread really needed or is that just a superficial craving? What herbs shall I ferment the cabbage with to supercharge its mineral and vitamin content? What sort of dietary fibre would my microbes enjoy the most? Let's get a good quality cow parmesan to go with that mushroom pasta so to add more healthy animal fats and beneficial bacteria to our diet. Does Swiss chard provide as complex blend of phytonutrients per gram as collard greens? And then making sure my love for food is continuously balanced and healthy so to not build an attachment to it, by saying: Hey family, it's time for another fast!
The recipes below are a selection of things I like to cook for/with my family, and what I share in my meal plans for my clients. I emphasise whole foods, organic or biodynamic, mostly plant based, a bit of raw grass-fed animal fats, eggs from chickens that roam freely and get to eat natural feed, fish a couple times a week for the much desired omega 3, and a little bit of good quality bread every now and then. Sugar and its substitutes are pretty much banned, finally, after a lifelong addiction!
Carrot coriander soup
One yummy soup full of vitamins and minerals! The sweetness from the carrot blends so well with the tangy flavour of coriander, and there's a little extra depth added by the potato.
Overnight oats with chia and raspberries
Such a great breakfast treat, and so convenient being able to whip this up before bedtime so it's ready to be devoured first thing after morning meditation. This is my favourite way to make it.
Antioxidant rich granola
A good way to get some life boosting antioxidants/polyphenols into your every day life is to make up a batch of granola and fill it with all the good stuff. Granola gives such a good opportunity to mix up the best of seeds, spices and grains into a real powerful superfood.
EASY PEASY RYE BREAD
With just a few ingredients, you can mix this up in no time. No proofing needed.
A vegan delight that also happen to be completely gluten and sugar free. The perfect healthy treat when sugar craving hits.
Caramelised apples with a crunchy layer of coconuts and oats.
A hearty pasta meal with tons of fragrance and aroma. Very popular with vegans and meat eaters alike.
Veggie + tofu stir fry with rice noodles
Some of the easiest and yummiest meals to whip together, in almost no time. A meal with great value and potential when comparing yumminess with the short amount of time it takes + how you almost always have all ingredients on hand.
Delectably marinated tofu mixed with powerful greens.
So drawn to simple flavours these days. Food with few good quality ingredients and selected few spices or herbs. I like feeling what things taste by themselves, appreciating them for their individual qualities, rather than hiding a big bunch of ingredients behind a mysterious sauce or too many flavourings. Which can also be tasty, but I enjoy challenging my taste buds with also remembering and appreciating things for what they are, and their own nurturing properties.
CHINESE INSPIRED STIR FRY WITH QUINOA
Simplest meal ever. Yet exploding with flavour and colour. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, soy free, nut free etc etc and pretty much only contains pure h e a l t h.
LEEK AND POTATO SOUP
Such a great invention. Potato and leek soup. I grew up loving the subtle flavour combination of them two intermingled into a warm and finely puréed meal. The new addition of carrot, dill and thyme makes for such a good extra effect. Perfect either way, for cold winters days.
vegetable tagine with couscous
Been eating this delicious warm, soothing vegetable dish for two days now. There is something so comforting with chunky pieces of hearty vegetables like carrot, eggplant and courgette. Combined with super-foods like garlic, cinnamon and turmeric. Plus a bit of sweetness mixed in with golden raisins. Not to mention the additional sweet North African vibe you get by cooking the couscous with nutmeg and cinnamon. The flavours blend so well together. And makes me long to get back to Morocco asap.
DAIRY FREE PANCAKES, THE SWEDISH STYLE
Being back in Sweden, I can't help but indulging in all things Swedish. I'm such a sentimental person. Food memories are my best memories. Childhood foods are currently high on my list of food desires, next to my only apparent strong preggo craving, sweet and juicy oranges...