Switching to Matcha

I love to wake up in the morning, grab a cup and have a hot comforting beverage. Usually this was a cup of coffee. Especially since I travelled to Melbourne and spent so much time at little coffee shops. But lately I came across the effects of caffeine and also the health benefits of Matcha. The caffeine in Matcha and coffee has a different effect. While coffee wakes you up really fast, it also looses this energetic effect after a short time and can make you feel nervous. Matcha makes you feel energetic for the whole day without the side effects of feeling axious or nervous. So I wanted to give the Matcha latte a shot! Especially since I´ve read about the enormous health benefits too. I switched from coffee to Matcha about a week or so. So its kind of a recent experience. But I have to tell that I feel more energetic the whole day, more concentrated and if I feel a bit extra tired I just drink two Matcha latte´s ;-). Also I really enjoy the taste. One more benefit is the tolerance. If you have a sensitive stomach Matcha could be the answer. Since it has a high tolerance it is perfect for everyone with a sensitive stomach while coffee can cause digestion problems. Especially in the morning that helps me. Plus the Matcha is known for its antibacterial effects and prevents bad breath. There are tons of published health benefits of Matcha if you just search for it on the internet so I couldn´t resist to switch from coffee to Matcha for a little experiment.

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I used to drink Matcha once at a coffee shop and just remembered that I didn´t really like it then. The flavour was so strong. But the positive thing is if you´re preparing it by yourself you can adapt the quantaties just as you like. And I have to say that it tastes amazing and I don´t miss my cup of coffee at all until today. Usually I drank one to three cup of coffees per day. I just felt the need after a few hours to need an energetic kick so I had to drink a few coffees per day. I´ll definitely keep my Matcha morning ritual. I even convinced friends, family and my man to try Matcha. The health benefits are really convincing and so is the taste :-). My recipe is down below. Im still at the beginning with my Matcha experiement so Im sure I will improve the recipe a little bit. But for now this is my favourite way to drink it. If you have some recipe ideas let me know!!

Matcha latte with almond milk

Ingredients:

-1 tsp Matcha powder

-150 ml almond milk

-50 ml warm water

-1 matcha whisk

Directions:

-First put a teaspoon Matcha powder in a small bowl. Add the warm water and start whisk with your bamboo matcha whisk until it´s creamy.

-Heat up the almond milk. Optional use a milk frother.

-Add the Matcha in a mug, pour in the hot almond milk, stir well. And enjoy!

PS.: You can also use a blender if you don´t have a bamboo whisk but I actually haven´t tried that yet. Of course you can also use any milk you want. I love almond milk, coconut milk or oat milk.

For more recipes please visit my instagram page which is linked here. I post everyday-always with recipe and healthy foods :-).

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Traveling and blogging ♥

This is more of a personal post this time. Still so exciting and grateful to share this with you!

These are some of my thoughts of traveling and living life with a few photos of my travels this year and my plans ♥

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Do you know when you have big plans but then you´re just living in the moment and almost forget about it? This describes me and my blog pretty good right now:-).

I really loved this year! I´ve never traveled so much in my life and made so many big (and good) decisions. But I also haven´t posted any blog posts here because I was just traveling, eating, studying and documented my journey (mainly food pictures because I was just eating obviously haha) on instagram. My plan was to take even more time for my blog, sharing some recipes as always, adding lifestyle topics and sharing some traveling experiences. So I just wanted to share some of my experiences and some of my (non-food-) photos with you now ♥

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First of all: Traveling is so addictive! I always loved traveling but now I feel like nothing is more important than discovering the world, different cultures and food (despite of family, love and health of course ;-)).

My time in Melbourne was the best time Ì´ve ever had. Everything was so new but I immediately fell in love with the city and the country!

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Before that I really loved being home and living in the same place for a while. Now I just feel like I could live in all these beautiful places and cities all over the world.

It just felt so good to grab a cup of coffee in the morning at Code Black Coffee, one of my all-time favourite Cafés in Melbourne, to enjoy the music and the vibe there. Then just grab my phone, a bag and my laptop and driving to the university with the tram and studying and writing about topics I really love.

Then I often had a second coffee on my way back home and just loved to walk trough the streets of this amazing city -always filled with people, music and the smell of food.

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I really have to say that I enjoyed living in the moment! Drinking coffee, trying out different places, having a great time with my boyfriend, meeting new people, writing & cooking – some of my favourite things to do!

I also started doing yoga which I´ve never tried before and actually never thought that I would ever do but I have to say that there is nothing better (despite the good coffee in Melbourne maybe).

This year I traveled more than ever before. I traveled to Greece, different places in Australia and to New Zealand- I have to admit that Im not a huge fan of flying but its always so worth it!

Now Im just a bit addicted to seeing the whole world!

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The nature in new Zealand was so impressive, the sea and fruits in Greece were amazing, Melbourne became one of my favourite cities ever and Sydney was just beautiful with its lovely weather and beaches.

What I just wanted to say is that plans are amazing. I definitely wanted to share my journey here but was just so busy with enjoying life and studying that I didnt have enough time. Plans are great but life can be even better! So if you have great plans-there is nothing better than doing it if it makes you happy but if life happens then just live and enjoy it! My big goal for 2017 is that it will be at least as amazing as this year with many good decisions, many plans, a lot of blogging and instagram and a lot of life between that (and of course my marriage:-))!

 

If you came so far thank you so much for reading! Let me know what you think about this post and if you would like to see more of this personal or traveling kind of blog posts♥

Pumpkin lasagna

This my creamy plantbased pumpkin lasagna-recipe. Perfect for this time of the year!

It´s so filling and definitely something for the colder winter months. And so delicious!! Hope you love it as much as my family, friends and I do :-).

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Ingredients:

-700g chopped pumpkin
-100g spring onions
-500g tomato puree
-2 gloves of garlic, chopped
-2 onions, chopped
-300ml vegetable stock
-fresh thyme
-2 tbsp. mustard
-vegan margarine
-400ml plant milk (soy milk)
-200ml soy cream
-500g lasagne sheets
-2 tbsp. flour

 

Method:

1. For the tomato-pumpkin-sauce✨: First cook the chopped spring onions, onions, pumpkin and garlic in a big pan (therefore you can use olive oil). Cook for about 7 minutes. Then add 150ml of the vegetable stock and the whole 500g tomato puree and cook everything for 10 minutes. Then spice the sauce with salt, pepper and the fresh thyme.

2. For the creamy sauce✨: Heat 2 tbsp. of vegan margarine, 2 tbsp. flour and the rest of the vegetable stock (150ml) in a pot. Then add the 400ml plant milk and spice it with salt and pepper. Stir & cook everything for about 15 minutes till creamy.

3. For the vegan cream✨: Just stir the cold soy cream with 2 tbsp. mustard. Now add half of the vegan cream to the creamy sauce (step 2). Then preheat your oven (200 degrees).

4. Prepare your oven dish and start with a thin layer of the creamy sauce. Then addd a layer of lasagna sheets. After that add a layer of the tomato-pumpkin-sauce, then again the creamy sauce and a layer of lasagna sheets. Repeat this till nothing is left. At the end just finish with a layer of tomato-pumpkin-sauce and add the rest of the vegan cream on top.
5. Bake the lasagna for about 30 minutes at 200 degrees (Celsius), decorate with the fresh thyme and enjoy :-).

❀ Choc cookies & ice cream sandwich ❀

This is a double chocolate cookie recipe if you´re craving some chocolate. And the perfect cookie for an ice cream sandwich!

I have to admit that these are not as healthy as my other recipes because they contain a lot of chocolate and also some sugar. But if you just eat them as a treat and not regurlarly then I think its totally okay to eat them:-). They definitely taste delicious!

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What you need (for about 20 cookies):

  • 150 g dark vegan chocolate
  • 120 g vegan margarine
  • 60 g cane sugar
  • 50 g sugar
  • 2 tsp. apple puree
  • 1 tsp. vanilla powder
  • a bit of salt
  • 130 g flour
  • 4 tbsp. cacao powder
  • 1 tsp. baking flour
  • 70 g dark vegan chocolate, chopped

What you need for the ice cream:

  • 2 -3 chopped, frozen bananas

First you have to melt the chocolate. Then put the vegan margarine, the cane sugar and the sugar in a bowl and stir everything. Now you can add the apple puree, the vanilla powder and the salt and blend it until its one mass. After that you have to add the flour, the cacao powder and the baking powder and blend it again. Then add the melted chocolate and the chopped chocolate to the dough and stir the mass. After that put the dough in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.

Then preheat your oven on 200 degrees. Form little cookies from the dough and put them in the preheated oven for about 8 minutes.

Now you can just enjoy your chocolate cookies or create some ice cream for them as you see in the photo below. Recipe for that is directly under the photo:-).

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If you want to create some ice cream sandwiches, you just have to make some ice cream. Therefore just freeze 3 chopped bananas (put the bananas in the freezer for at least 6 hours) and put them frozen in your blender and blend them. It is so easy, tastes delicious and is also healthy:-). You can also add some frozen berries in the blender. Now just take two cookies and put some ice cream in between. And enjoy your delicious ice cream sandwich!

Have a wonderful sweet day!

Love, Jane

 

❊Veggie sushi recipe❊

I love sushi and that is the reason why I would love to show you how you can easily make this maki rolls! It makes so much fun to make them and even more to eat them afterwards. It takes some time to prepare these little rolls but its really worth it. And its also great to impress your family, partner or friends. I hope you have some fun preparing and eating your own healthy veggie sushi!

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What you need for about 3-4 people:

  • 500g sushi rice
  • 5 nori sheets
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 (yellow) paprika
  • 1 carrot
  • white rice vinegar
  • 1 bamboo sushi-mat
  • soy sauce
  • sugar & salt

How to create your own sushi rolls:

First you have to wash the sushi rice till the water gets clear. Then put the rice in a big pot and add 750 ml water to it. Heat it until it boils, then reduce the heat and cover it for about 20 minutes till the water is completely absorbed. Then remove the pot from heat and let it stand for 10 minutes.

Now you can add some white rice vinegar (about 50ml) and add some sugar and salt to the sushi rice. Add this while the rice is still warm. After that the rice has to cool down before you use it for the sushi.

In the meantime you can take all your favourite vegetables and chop them in long pieces as you can see on the photo below.

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Now take your sushi-mat and cover it with a transparent sheet. So you can unse this one several times. Take one nori sheet and cut it in two pieces.

Lay one nori sheet on top of the bamboo mat and wet your hands. Then put some sushi rice on it. Press evenly with the hand. Make sure you have a thin layer of rice-shouldn´t be higher than 1 cm- and make sure you have a 1 cm free spare at the end of the nori sheet (without rice). You will need this to close it in the end. Now you can arrange your veggies. You should try to put just a few veggies on the rice, so that you are still able to close the roll in the end (I had that problem quite often if I put too much on it. I think I was too hungry making them :-)). Now you can arrange for example the cucumber and the paprika  in a line down the center of the rice.

Use your finger press on the veggies while rolling the mat with the nori sheet. Wrapping should be tightly. Press on both sides and top and down of the suhi roll and make sure the sushi roll is closed in the end.

Now take a sharp and wet knife and cut the roll in 4 to 6 little pieces. Repeat with the other ingredients and vegetables.

You just need some soy sauce now and can start eating your little veggie rolls!!

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I really hope you enjoy these little rolls and have a wonderful sunny day!

Love, your Jane

♥ Pizza Quattro ♥

I love pizza so much! And here is a special one with four different delicious toppings. You can decide wheter you want one topping for the whole pizza or you just want them all :-)!

What you need for one pizza…

…for the dough:

♥ 450 g flour
♥ 1 package dry yeast
♥ 1 tbsp. oil
♥ 250 ml water
♥ 1 tsp. sugar & salt

…for the sauce:

♥ 1 jar of sun-dried tomatoes
♥ a handful fresh oregano
♥ 2 cups of fresh chopped small tomatoes
♥ one clove of garlic
♥  salt and pepper

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And now you will just see my list of ingredients for the four different toppings below :-). It´s really worth it to make a “Pizza Quattro” because it looks so good and there is such a great variety on your plate. And the best thing is: Maybe you just discover your favourite topping!

What you need…

…for the pineapple- topping:

♥ 1 third of a fresh pineapple, chopped in small pieces
♥ vegan cheese (optional)
♥ red onion

…for the brocolli- topping:

♥ half of a broccoli
♥ a handful of peas
♥ red onion
♥ vegan cheese (optional)

…for the gyros-coleslaw- topping:

♥ vegan gyros (I used the brand wheaty)
♥ vegan mayonnaise
♥ a handful coleslaw
♥ vegan cheese (optional)

…for the spinach – topping:

♥ a handful mushrooms
♥ a handful peas
♥ spinach
♥ red onion

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First you should prepare the dough. Therefore you kneat the flour, yeast, sugar, salt, oil and water till it is one mass. Let it rise for at least 30 minutes.

In the meantime you can prepare the tomato- sauce. Here you just need to put all the mentioned ingredients (see “sauce”) in a pot and let it cook for about 20 minutes till the moist is gone. Then take your mixer and blend everything.

Don´t forget to prepare your toppings such as cooking the brocolli, cooking the spinach and peas or chopping the pineappleand the mushrooms.

Afterwards you just have to add the sauce and the different toppings on your pizza. You can use my recipe as you see above or just be creative :-).

Then put it in your preheated oven for 20 minutes at 220 degrees.

I hope you´ll have a lot of fun with your Pizza Quattro! You can also just use one topping for the whole pizza as you can see in the photo below (this is the gyros-coleslaw-pizza by the way:-)).

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Enjoy your pizza!!

Love, Jane

 

 

 

✿ Creamy apple soup with cress ✿

That is my all time favourite soup. I am really excited to share it with you and I hope you´ll love it too. This soup is spicy, so creamy and also healthy! Who said eating healthy means to give up taste? That is the best example that you can combine both. My friends and family love this recipe and nothing feels better than to cook an awesome meal and see some happy loved ones afterwards!

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Ingredients (for 5 people):

  • 600 g apples
  • 300 g potatoes
  • 150 g onions
  • 6 gloves of garlic
  • 400 ml soy cream
  • 750 ml vegetable stock
  • 2 packs fresh cress
  • olive oil

First you have to chop the onions and garlic in little pieces. Then you have to chop the potatoes and apples in bigger (mouth size) pieces.

Now you can preheat your pot with a bit of olive oil and add the onions and garlic. Let it roast gently and add then the potatoes and apples to them. Let it all roast and don´t let it browned. Then you can add the vegetable stock and let it cook for about 20 minutes till the potatoes and apples are done. Now it´s time to add the soy cream. Afterwards you have to mash everything. Therefore I use a immersion blender.

Spice everything with salt and pepper and add one pack of the cress to the soup. The other pack of cress is just for the decoration as a topping. Add it after you have your creamy apple soup on your plate.

Now you can just enjoy your warm delicious soup!

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Have a perfect day and I hope you have some fun while cooking it! I´m looking forward to show you some of my new healthy recipes soon.

Love, Jane

 

❋Sweet soft banana bread🍌❋

This is my all time favourite banana bread! And as a banana addict I couldn´t wait to share the recipe with you! It is so soft and tastes heavenly. In addition to that it can be made so quickly and is so easy. So its also perfect when you´re invited or just as a dessert for you, your family or friends.

You can eat it as breakfast or as a dessert to a warm tea or coffee. Just enjoy it the way you like it:-)!

What you need (for 2-3 people):

  • 2 mashed ripe bananas
  • 55 g vegan margarine
  • 270 g flour
  • 80 g cane sugar
  • 10 g vanilla sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 80 ml soy milk

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First stir the warm vegan margarine with the cane and vanilla sugar in a bowl. Then add the mashed (ripe!) bananas, the flour, the baking powder and the soy milk and blend everything with a mixer.

Put the dough in a loaf pan and preheat your oven at 150 degrees.

Let the dough bake for about 50 minutes.

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I hope you´ll enjoy your banana bread as much as I do!

Lots of love, Jane

❋ Coconut curry recipe ❋

This creamy coconut-curry recipe with chickpeas is the perfect lunch when it´s a bit cold outside or you´re just craving curry. I love how it makes you warm up inside and it´s so filling! You only need about 30 minutes to create this delicious lunch. In addition to that you can easily prepare larger amounts of this to have some food for the week or to cook for your family and friends. And they will love it!

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Ingredients (for 4 people):

  • 200 g cooked chickpeas
  • 250 ml coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp harissa (really spicy)
  • 500 g potatoes
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 3-4 tbsp curry
  • 180g corn
  • 300 ml tomato sauce
  • 300-400g basmati/brown rice
  • 1/2 fresh pineapple, chopped
  • 1/2 chopped zucchini
  • fresh tomatoes & peas (optional)

Method:

First you chop the potatoes, carrots, pineapple and zucchini in small parts with equal size. After that the chooped potatoes and carrots have to cook in salt water for about 10 minutes.

In the meantime you can prepare the brown or basmati rice.

Now heat oil in your pan and add the potatoes, carrots, pineapple, corn, chickpeas and zucchini. If you want you can also add some peas or fresh tomatoes as well. After you briefly browned it you can add the tomato sauce and the coconut milk. Let it cook for 10 minutes.

In the end it just needs some spice (1 tsp. harissa or less if you don´t want it too spicy, 3-4 tbsp. curry and some salt and pepper) and let it cook for another 5 minutes.

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That is the prepared coconut-curry-lunch which is really my favourite at the moment! I hope you enjoy it and I hope to share further recipes with you soon!

Lots of love, Jane

❊ Homemade pizza bread ❊

This pizza bread is the perfect little snack. It tastes heavenly like all the fresh ingredients you add to the recipe and is so fluffy. If you´re having a craving for pizza or fresh bread you will love that recipe even more. You can easily increase the quantity of the ingredients and make some delicious little pizza breads for the whole family. You just need about 15 minutes to prepare the little pizzas and it´s so easy. It tastes amazing direct out of the oven, but if you let it cool down at room temperature it´s just as delicious!

What you need for two people…

…for the dough:

  • 500g flour
  • 4 tbsp. (or 2 packs) dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 150 ml warm water

…for the topping:

  • 3-4 gloves of garlic
  • 3 tbsp. fresh chopped rosemary
  • 5 tbsp. fresh chopped oregano
  • 5 tbsp. (or more) olive oil
  • 4-5 dried chopped tomatoes
  • salt, pepper & chili spice

First you put the flour, the dry yeast, the salt and 150 ml warm water in a bowl and stir it till it is one mass. Now cover the bowl and let it rise for approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour.

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In the meantime you can prepare the topping. Therefore you just have to stir the chopped garlic, rosemary, oregano and the dried tomatoes with the olive oil in one bowl. Then you can add some salt, pepper and chili spice. Obviously you can just use any ingredient you want as topping. I also like some fresh basil, onions or some spiced tofu.

Now preheat your oven on about 250 degrees.

Take one cake springform pan and put some baking paper in it (as you can see on the photo above). Then take a handful of the dough and put it in the springform pan. A good advice is to use some flour for this, because the dough gets quite sticky:). Take only as much from the dough as you need to cover the base of the springform pan. Then add the topping on the dough.

Now let it bake for about 12 minutes in the oven. When it´s done you can make the same with the rest of the dough.

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I hope you´ll enjoy the pizza breads as much as I do! You can also be creative and use different toppings with your favourite ingredients.

Enjoy your little pizza breads and have a wonderful day!

Love, Jane