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10 minute quick pasta

Vegan, gluten-free & dairy free

When I’m super busy with my training schedule and veeeery hungry after practice, I make this simple, tasty and easy 10 minute pasta, which doesn’t take long.

Ingredients

• Glutenfree pasta

• Green pesto ~ https://www.helios.no/produkter/pastasaus-pesto-og-smakssettere/

• Sun-dried tomatoes

• Broccoli

• Spinach

• Zucchini

• Avocado

• Coconut oil

• Optional: dried oregano & garlic powder

• Chili flakes, salt, pepper, lemon juice to taste

Instructions

1. Boil water in a pot and cook your pasta for about 8-10 minutes.

2. Cut your veggies and fry them on a pan medium heat with coconut oil. It’s healthier to fry with coconut oil as it handles high heat better.

3. Put your cut veggies into the pan ~ your broccoli and zucchini, add flavor to it with dried oregano and garlic powder. After 7 minutes, sauté the spinach and cook all together for another 3-5 minutes.

4. When the pasta is done, drain the pasta in a colander over the sink and put it over into a bowl.

5. Add to your liking 1-3 tsp of green pesto and stir it together with the pasta. Add cut sun dried tomatoes and avocado. Flavor it with lemon juice, salt and pepper + chili flakes if you like it.

Enjoy!!!

With love & care, Melanie x

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Honey mustard kale salad

Rainbow salad

You immediately start feeling good when you treat yourself with care and serve yourself a nutritious meal. It also affects you positively when seeing a colorful salad with all the colors of a rainbow. It’s so easy to make it and you only need lots of vibrant colored veggies, plus a good salad dressing that does the trick. Remember, the more colors of vegetables, the better the variety of nutrients you’ll get:)

Ingredients

• Kale

• Rucola

• Red cabbage

• Carrots

• Paprika

• Avocado

• Zucchini

• Sweet potatoes

• Sprouts

• Oil, lemon, salt and pepper to taste

The salad dressing

• 1 tbs dijon mustard sauce

• 1 tbs honey

• Juice of half a lemon

• 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil

• Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Put the oven on 220 degrees and bake your chopped sweet potatoes and cut slices of zucchini for about 20-30 minutes. Before putting them on a baking tray with parchment paper, mix them with a bit of oil and they are ready when soften and golden brown.

2. Make the salad dressing and “massage” it with the kale & rucola by hand. That way the flavor enhances and the kale is more softer to eat.

3. Chop your other vegetables like red cabbage, carrots, paprika and avocado.

4. When all is done, put everything together in a bowl and plate it up. Top the salad with sprouts and enjoy a tasty, colorful rainbow salad!

With love & care, Melanie x

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Spinach salad with a dairy free cesar dressing

So so yummy!

I love a colorful and messy salad when mixed with so many yummy flavors! It’s really simple to make, you only need to be good on planning and being effective. How you wonder, well I’ll help you with that. Cause in the morning you will prepare your cesar inspired dressing by putting the cashews in a bowl of water. Then at lunch time or before your dinner, your cashews have been soaked and are ready to become a creamy dressing. Also, you can do this process while you have your veggies in the oven and clean your kitchen or do other duties in the meantime. Time efficiency and preparation right? Then here is the first step on doing this and making yourself a rainbow salad, the recipe!

Ingredients

• Broccoli

• Cauliflower

• Beetroot

• Red onion

• Carrots

• Avocado

• Spinach salad

• Helios glutenfree pasta

• Helios lemon pepper

For the dressing. 80 g cashews, 1 garlic glove, juice from half a lemon, 1 tbs capers or you can skip the ingredient. Depending on your preference of consistency, add 4 tbs of water or olive oil if you like it thinner, though i recommend having it thick and creamy!

Instructions

1. Warm up your oven on 220 degrees and bake your chopped veggies; broccoli, cauliflower, beetroot, red onion and carrots for about 20-25 minutes. Before you put them on a baking tray with parchment paper, sprinkle some oil, pepper and salt.

2. In a pot with boiling water, cook your pasta for about 8-11 minutes.

3. To make the dairy free cesar dressing, have all the ingredients in a food processor. Since you have soaked your cashews for at least 4 hours, (that’s how you’ll achieve the creaminess as they have softened) leave out the water they have been in and rinse.

4. Now, mix all together in a bowl your spinach salad, baked veggies, cooked pasta and fold in the dressing! Have some cut avocado for healthy fat and the helios Leon pepper will be the perfect finishing touch!

I hope you enjoy the rainbow colored salad as much as I do. Being glutenfree and dairyfree it will help you to lower your inflammation, and with lots of good fiber and healthy fats in it it will help out your digestive system.

Here are the products from Helios I used, click on the links below!

https://www.helios.no/produkter/krydder/helios-sitronpepper/

https://www.helios.no/produkter/pasta-ris-og-gryn/helios-glutenfri-pasta-fusilli/

With love & care, Melanie x

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Red curry noodle soup

Thai inspired dish that is plant based and gluten-free!

When it’s cold and grey outside, it’s nice to warm your body and soul with a delicious soup. And moreover, when it’s Thai inspired reminding you of the tropics and warmer places! It’s truly an escape and the perfect solution when it’s difficult to travel abroad these days.

Make yours and get into the Thai spirit at home!

Ingredients

• 2 portobello mushrooms

• 1/2 onion

• 2 garlic gloves

• Shredded ginger

• 2 tbs red curry paste

• 2 tbs Helios peanut butter

• 2 tbs tamari soy sauce

• 200 dl boiled water with 1/2 vegetable broth

• 250 ml Helios coconut milk

• Broccoli

• Rice noodles

• Lemon juice, coriander, salt, pepper & chili flakse to taste

Instructions

1. Prepare the rice noodles in a boiling pot for 8 minutes.

2. Then in another pot fry the cut portobello mushrooms with some coconut oil and sauté until golden brown.

3. Add the chopped garlic, onion and shredded ginger, and sauté for about 3 minutes.

4. Add the red curry paste, tamari and peanut butter. Stir and cook to enhance the flavor to work together. Then let the cooking cool off a bit with the vegetable broth. After pour in the coconut milk and let it simmer together with the broccoli petals.

5. Squeeze some lemon juice and flavor it with Helios chili flakes to your liking.

6. In a bowl, have your cooked rice noodles together with the soup and top it off with some coriander and enjoy!

Click on the links below to check out their products to make this recipe.

https://www.helios.no/produkter/glass-og-hermetikk/helios-kokosmelk/

https://www.helios.no/produkter/palegg/helios-peanottsmor-fint-usalt/

With love & care, Melanie x

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Tasty spaghetti

Avocado coriander pesto, rucola, pine nuts, zucchini & mushrooms

I love when you can just cook spontaneously and creatively out of what you’ve got left of ingredients in the kitchen. And so this happened, a tasty spaghetti I didn’t think of making before getting my hands on it. More so, I enjoy cooking when you don’t know how it will turn out and you just need to stay present in the process of making it. Luckily, the end result turned out to be a nice surprise full of flavors in harmony together. We all know how wrong it can go, and that’s not the right timing for it when you are hungry. Anyways, that was not the case and I can happily share this recipe with you!

It’s gluten-free, plant based and healthy. Quick to make when hungry and don’t know what to cook, this is certainly the right dish for you.

Ingredients

• Glutenfree spaghetti

• Mushrooms

• Zucchini

• Avocado

• Pine nuts

• Ruccula

• Garlic

• Chili flakes & oregano

• Lemon juice

• Olive oil

• Coriander

• Nutritional yeast

• Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

1. In the oven on 220 degrees, have your sliced zucchini on a baking sheet with oregano and oil. Bake until they are golden brown and soft, around 20-30 minutes.

2. Boil water in a pot before adding your spaghetti. Cook around 8-11 minutes as it’s gluten-free unless you want it al dente!

3. In a pan, add some oil and fry your cut mushrooms until they are soft and well cooked. Ps: save the saucy juiciness left in the pan from cooking these mushrooms. This enhance the flavor to your dish in the end.

4. In a food processor, add half an avocado, a handful of coriander, one garlic glove, around 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast, juice of half a lemon, taste to salt and pepper, and blend well!

5. In a bowl, add rucola salad, your gluten-free spaghetti, the avocado and coriander sauce, the oven baked zucchini, the mushrooms, then pour the sauce from the pan for extra flavor and mix it all together! For a finishing touch toss some roasted pine nuts and give it a punch with chili flakes.

Voila, enjoy and swirl your tasty spaghetti into your mouth.

With love & care, Melanie x

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Easy peasy tomato pasta

Feeling uninspired, too tired or making other excuses? What you are sure of is you want to make something quick, tasty yet healthy. But what you can only think of might be throwing a frozen pizza in the oven.. Can I be right? Well, I will save you from making that move and inspire you to do the contrary. Here is a really simple dish that will only take some minutes of your time.

Ingredients

• Portobello mushroom

• Tomato sauce in a jar or can

• Pasta being either glutenfree or of durum wheat/whole wheat which are healthier options for you

• To taste, salt & pepper, capers & basil if you have and like that

Instructions

1. In a pot, boil hot water and cook your pasta for about 8-11 minutes.

2. With a heated pan, add 1 tsp of coconut oil and have your chopped portobello mushrooms. Sauté them so they become juicy! In the same pan pour in the tomato sauce and heat it up. This cooking process will take you about 10 minutes, so get on with it while your pasta is cooking;) Extra points if you add spices like oregano btw! Your body and tastebuds will thank you for it.

3. With your cooked pasta set, mix it together in the pan with the mushrooms and tomato sauce. A tip is to use some of the starchy cooking water since it will emulsify the pasta sauce. So don’t drain all the pasta in a colander over the sink! Fold the pasta and 1-3 tbs of the starchy cooking water depending on the thickness of how you like your pasta sauce to be. Cook for about 3-5 minutes on medium high heat.

Voila, get yourself ready to dig in and top it off with some capers and basil for extra flavor.

I hope you found inspiration to avoid the temptation of a frozen pizza and chose the healthier option I offered to you.

It’s far more tasty and rewarding, I promise.

With love & care, Melanie x

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Avocado pesto with sun dried tomatoes pasta

Too good to be true

I love pasta but want to make sure it’s a healthier version when eating it as sometimes it can make me bloated or actually feeling tired after the meal. This pasta is semi whole wheat durum pasta which is a better option than white flour pasta. Other options that are great are either gluten-free to find or spelt pasta!

But let’s talk about the more interesting part, how to make this pasta! Yet, first I’ll just need to point out how super simple it is to make it! Tasty and vegan friendly, it’s a winner guys.

Ingredients

Avocado pesto:

• Handful of fresh basil

• Half an avocado

• One garlic glove

• One pack of roasted pine nuts

• Juice of half a lemon

• 6 tbs olive oil

• Pinch of salt

• Semi whole wheat durum pasta

• Sun dried tomatoes

• Rucola

• Capers

Instructions

• Boil the pasta first and while it’s cooking make the avocado pesto. Put all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until you’ve achieved a smooth texture.

• Add 2 tbs of the avocado pesto and mix it together with the cooked pasta. This yields for 1 person.

• Then chop some sun dried tomatoes, some capers and top it with rucola. With a finishing touch, add some salt and pepper to your liking.

Hope you like it and enjoyyyy:)

With love & care, Melanie x

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Cashew pesto pasta

Heavenly creaminess I’ll tell ya

This recipe is super easy, and it’s so tasty! Absolutely love the creaminess from the cashew cream pesto. It also got a touch of greens like broccoli and spinach, to ensure you are getting all the nutrients your body needs. I would definitely say it’s comfort food and you will be mind blown that it’s healthy. It’s another win when this is made glutenfree and dairyfree. Make it and tell me what you think! I hope you love it as much as I do.

Oh and you might wonder how the cashews becomes creamy? Well, that’s fixed when you soak them in water for 4 hours, or simply put them in hot water and the waiting process is shorter. That’s how they become soft:) Another thing, is that when you soak them, you reduce the phytic acid they contain and you digest the nuts much easier!

Ingredients

• 2 dl soaked cashews

• 1 ripe avocado

• 1 garlic glove

• 4 tbs olive oil

• Juice of 1 lemon

• 3 tbs water

• 1 handful basil

• Pinch of salt

• Broccoli

• Handful of spinach

• Pine nuts

• Capers

• Gluten-free pasta

Instructions

1. Boil your gluten-free pasta for about 6-7 minutes.

2. Meanwhile make your cashew cream pesto! In a blender, add your soaked cashews, avocado, garlic glove, olive oil, water, lemon juice, basil and pinch of salt.

3. In a heated pan, drizzle some oil and take a handful of washed spinach plus some cut broccoli to fry. Cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat till the spinach is sautéed.

4. When your pasta is done, drain the pasta and add it to the pan. Use 3-4 tbs to your liking of the cashew cream pesto and mix all together on low heat for 3-5 minutes.

5. Toss some roasted pine nuts and capers with it and enjoy!

Step 2: while the pasta is boiling, blend all the ingredients to make this cashew cream pesto.
Step 3: this is how the fried broccoli and sautéed spinach looks like. Drain the pasta and add it into the pan.
Step 4: mixing everything with the cashew cream pesto on low heat.

With love & care, Melanie x

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Lett Oslo

Salad bowls!

I love the concept behind “Lett Oslo”. It’s a food chain in Norway which serves easy, healthy and sustainable food to you. They are aware of health, environment and wholesome foods. With a nurturing meal, good vibes and promising values mentioned above, there is no doubt that this is the way to eat and live. So I definitely recommend you to go and eat here while in Oslo or for my fellow Norwegians, eat here and you’ll invest in your well being!

I chose a salad bowl called “grønnkålpesto”, which is kale, pomegranate, avocado, hummus, cabbage and sweet potato with pesto sauce. Simple, yet tasty and satisfying, leaving you full and energized for what’s ahead of you next.

The other salad bowl my lovely childhood friend chose, was the seasonal salad with burrata! The cheese is made from Lillestrøm, a city outside Oslo. That means that the food is sustainable and short traveled since there is no need of importing it from Italy! It’s locally produced and this is awesome. Absolutely love it. I also like that “Lett Oslo” offers both vegan, vegetarian and dishes with chicken or fish.

I ate at their café located at Frogner, but there are 5 more to go to around Oslo:) More about them you’ll find here:

https://www.lettoslo.no

With love and care, Melanie x

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Italian toast

It’s so delicious…

This toast gives me Italian vibes, with the pesto sauce, oven baked aubergine, cherry tomatoes and drizzle of balsamico di Modena glaze on top!

It’s with whole grain bread, a healthier version with more fiber, and is vegan! Even though it’s not with cheese, an essential part of Italian cuisine, it’s still completes the satisfaction of a tasty and delicious toast to be served. You’ll get it when you take your first bite, trust me:)

Ingredients

• Aubergine

• Cherry tomatoes

• Whole grain bread

• Balsamico di modena glaze

Pesto sauce

• 1/2 garlic

• 1/2 avocado

• 1/2 lemon juice

• 1 handful basil

• 1 pack roasted pine nuts

• 4 tbs olive oil

• Salt to taste

Instructions

1. In a food processor mix throughly all the ingredients for the pesto. Remember that you’ll need to roast the pine nuts if they are raw. Simply roast them on a heated pan on medium heat until they get golden brown.

2. Put the oven on 220 degrees and on a baking sheet spread your thinly sliced aubergine. Bake for 20-30 minutes till you see them a bit brown.

3. When the aubergine is ready, toast some whole grain bread.

4. Spread your pesto on, put the baked aubergine slices on top, cut some cherry tomatoes into halves and drizzle the balsamico glaze to finish!

Enjoy!

With love and care, Melanie x