Sprouted Fig (The Smoothie Lover)
November 27, 2014
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Fresh superfood Christmas Salad with red cabbage, pomegranate, apples, oranges, cranberries and nuts.

Frisk superfood jule salat med rødkål, granatæble, æbler, appelsiner, tranebær og massere af nødder.

Fresh superfood Christmas Salad with red cabbage, pomegranate, apples, oranges, cranberries and nuts.

First of all Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends out there!

I hope you’ll all have a lovely day. I can’t help but being a little jealous. Thanksgiving sounds like a wonderful thing but not until this year did I realise what a big thing it actually is. My Instagram and Snapchat is packed with lovely pictures of people heading home from college or relaxing in a Christmas-decorated living room. I could definitely use a day with my family (and delicious food – I wouldn’t mid that either (;

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Normalt ville jeg skrive det samme på engelsk og dansk, men jeg synes ikke det giver meget mening lige her. I dag er det nemlig amerikanernes helt store helligdag: Thanksgiving. Jeg kan ikke lade være med at være en lille smule jaloux. Thanksgiving lyder som en rigtig hyggelig ting, men det er ikke før i år at jeg har fundet ud af, hvor stor en ting det egentlig er. Specielt min søde exchange søster har fortalt mig om det, og min Instagram og Snapchat er fyldt med billeder af folk fra den exchange, jeg lavede med en skole i USA sidste år og søde mennesker fra blog-verdenen, der er på vej hjem fra college eller sidder i en hyggelig og varm stue. En dag med familien (og lækker mad (; ) lyder helt fint for mig.

 

Fresh superfood Christmas Salad with red cabbage, pomegranate, apples, oranges, cranberries and nuts. Fresh superfood Christmas Salad with red cabbage, pomegranate, apples, oranges, cranberries and nuts. Fresh superfood Christmas Salad with red cabbage, pomegranate, apples, oranges, cranberries and nuts.

 

I hope you’ll all forgive me for jumping on to Christmas already. With no Thanksgiving Christmas is definitely the thing I look forward to mostly right now.

In Denmark there is no fresh salad on a traditional Christmas table. I think it is a relic from the old days where you didn’t get fresh produce during winter. Anyway, I can’t live without my salad. And to be honest I don’t really love the Danish Christmas food. I hate to admit it. But potatoes (people who read my blog on regular basis knows I don’t like those), duck, gravy and warm pickled red cabbage just aren’t my kind of food. So I’ve developed this insanely delicious fresh salad with red cabbage, fruit and a ton of nuts and dried fruits.

My absolute favourite Christmas and winter salad. I just realised I’ve actually mentioned it before.

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Er det for tidligt at starte på julen? Nej vel…

Har du nogensinde tænkt over at der faktisk ikke er nogle friske grøntsager på et traditionelt dansk julebord? Jeg tror det er et form for levn fra gamle dage, da man ikke kunne få frisk frugt og grønt om vinteren. Jeg kan simpelthen ikke leve uden frisk salat. Og jeg hader at skulle indrømme det, men jeg er faktisk ikke den store fan af julemad. Kartofler (hvis du læser min blog ofte ved du, jeg ikke bryder mig om dem), and, flæskesteg, brun sovs og varm rødkålssalat er bare ikke mit yndlingsmad. Så gennem årene har jeg udviklet denne super lækre salat med frisk rødkål, frugt og uendeligt mange nødder og tørrede bær. Lidt råkostagtigt, men super lækkert. Kald det retro.

Min yndlings vinter- og julesalat. Jeg fandt lige ud af jeg faktisk har snakket om den her salat før.

 

Fresh superfood Christmas Salad with red cabbage, pomegranate, apples, oranges, cranberries and nuts. Fresh superfood Christmas Salad with red cabbage, pomegranate, apples, oranges, cranberries and nuts. Fresh superfood Christmas Salad with red cabbage, pomegranate, apples, oranges, cranberries and nuts. Fresh superfood Christmas Salad with red cabbage, pomegranate, apples, oranges, cranberries and nuts.

 

…But I do loooooove the Danish Christmas dessert – Risalamande (check out my healthy version of it right here). And all the snacks and clementines!

Hey! This salad’s got pomegranate – oh how I love those small gems. I just had to point that out. Sorry.

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…Men jeg eeeeeeeeelsker risalamande (prøv min opskrift på sund risalamande her). Og alle snacks’ne og klementiner

Hey! Der er granatæble i den her salat. Jeg elsker de små røde brillanter. Ja, jeg blev lige nødt til at pointe det ud…

 

Fresh Christmas Salad // Frisk julesalat

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Fresh superfood Christmas Salad with red cabbage, pomegranate, apples, oranges, cranberries and nuts.

Ingredients

  • ¼ head of red cabbage
  • 1 orange
  • 1 apple
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 25 g. pecans (1 big handful)
  • 25 g. hazelnuts (1 handful)
  • 2 tbsp. dried cranberries
  • 4 small dried figs

Instructions

  1. Cut the cabbage into fine strips and cube the orange and apple. Take out the pits from the pomegranate
  2. Chop the nuts coarsely and cut the figs into smaller pieces.
  3. Mix everything together in a large bowl and serve.
  4. The salad is good the day after, but definitely best when freshly made.

Notes

Feel free to add in all the nuts and dried fruits your heart desires. It'll only make it better (;

http://sproutedfig.com/fresh-christmas-salad-frisk-julesalat/

October 14, 2014

A super delicious and nourishing salad with pomegranate, roasted squash, maple caramelized pecans and tahini dressing

En super lækker og sund salat med granatæble, bagt squash, ahorn karamelliserede pekan nødder og tahini dressing

Autumn salad with pomegranate, roasted squash, maple caramelized pecans and tahini dressing

 

Summerhouse. Rain. Tea. A good book. Big knits. Cooking.

Six things that are essential ingredients in the perfect cosy relaxing day. Today was such a lovely day, thanks to autumn holiday. I’ve pretty much spend the day dancing around in the summer house kitchen making delicious food while wearing one of my big knits, photograph the outcome and listening to Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows (yep, I’m such a geek, 4th time reading that series). Everything while it was raining cats and dogs outside.

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Sommerhus. Regn. Te. En god bog. Store striktrøjer. Madlavning.

Seks ting, der tilsammen udgør ingredienserne i den perfekte hygge- og afslapningsdag. Og lige netop sådan en dag har det været i dag takket være efterårsferie. Jeg har stort set brugt hele dagen på at tulle rundt i sommerhus-køkkenet og lave lækker mad iført en af mine store dejlige striktrøjer, fotografere resultatet mens jeg lyttede til Stephen Fry læse op af Harry Potter og dødsregalierne. Alt imens det stod ned i stænger udenfor. Skønt!

 

Autumn salad with pomegranate, roasted squash, maple caramelized pecans and tahini dressing Autumn salad with pomegranate, roasted squash, maple caramelized pecans and tahini dressing Autumn salad with pomegranate, roasted squash, maple caramelized pecans and tahini dressing Autumn salad with pomegranate, roasted squash, maple caramelized pecans and tahini dressing

 

Autumn produce is definitely some of my favourites. I mean, I love the asparagus of spring and the first rhubarb in the summer, but there is something about mushrooms, squash, beets, nuts and apples. I had to make a salad with all of my favourite things.

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Efterårsafgrøder er helt sikkert nogle af mine yndlings råvarer. Jeg mener, jeg elsker forårets første asparges og sommerens rabarber, men der er bare noget over svampe, græskar, grønkål, rodfrugter, nødder og æbler. Jeg måtte bare lave en salat med alle mine yndlingsefterårsting!

 

Autumn salad with pomegranate, roasted squash, maple caramelized pecans and tahini dressing Autumn salad with pomegranate, roasted squash, maple caramelized pecans and tahini dressing Autumn salad with pomegranate, roasted squash, maple caramelized pecans and tahini dressing Autumn salad with pomegranate, roasted squash, maple caramelized pecans and tahini dressing Autumn salad with pomegranate, roasted squash, maple caramelized pecans and tahini dressing

 

I found the most beautiful muscat squash at the grocery store this morning, and with Harry Potter in my ears and the ain pouring down outside, this salad came to life. Definitely one of my favourites.

Oh, and for dinner I made this delicious mushroom pasta dish (yep, one of the seldom times where I eat pasta) and this delicious salad – both made by two of my favourite bloggers.

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Jeg fandt det smukkeste Muscat de Provence græskar oppe ved grønthandleren i formiddag og med Harry Potter i årene og regnen væltende ned uden for trissede jeg rundt i køkkenet og kreerede denne salat. Helt sikkert min nye yndlings.

Oh, og til familien lavede jeg denne skønne svampe pastaret (jep, en af de sjældne gange jeg spiser pasta) og denne lækre salat – lavet af to af mine yndlingsbloggere.

 

 

Autumn Salad

Yield: 4 servings

A super delicious and nourishing salad with pomegranate, roasted squash, maple caramelized pecans and tahini dressing

Ingredients

  • ¼ muscat squash (900 g.) (or other squash)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 80 g. pecans
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp. tahini
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 pomegranate
  • ½ head savoy cabbage

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C / 390° F. Split the squash in quarters and scoop out the seeds. Cut into wedges and place them on a baking sheet with non stick paper. Mix the olive oil and honey together and brush the squash wedges with it. Bake in the oven for approx. 20 minutes – or until tender.
  2. Heat up a small pan. Lower to medium heat and add on the pecans. Pour the maple syryp over the nuts immediately after and caramelize the pecans. Make sure to stir very often. Pour out onto a piece of non-stick paper when almost all liquid is evaporated.
  3. Make the dressing: stir together tahini, honey and lemon juice. Then thin with water (you might want to add a little more).
  4. Chop the cabbage finely and take out the seeds from the pomegranate.
  5. To assemble: place cabbage on the bottom of a big bowl. Then add the squash. Sprinkle on pomegranate and pecans and drizzle with dressing.
http://sproutedfig.com/autumn-salad/

April 29, 2014

Oatmeal with healthy caramelized apples || The Smoothie Lover

Sorry for the silence here on the blog. The last two and a half week I’ve been practicing for musical and performing the show. But by now it’s over. It’s kind of a strange feeling. I’ve been together with the musical team every single day for the last 18 days, and suddenly – BAM – it’s over. It has been an amazing experience and I’ve had so much fun. Everyone from the team is so kind and spending two and a half week singing and dancing is just wonderful. It was also quite hard though – I had to think of school work at the same time. And running.

Oatmeal with healthy caramelized apples || The Smoothie Lover

At the general rehearsal we had a photographer taking some wonderful photos of the show. When I asked if I could use some of those he had posted on Facebook, the photographer offered to mail me them, so I could get them in a god quality. So nice of him.

Here are some of the amazing photos. Thank you Jacob for some amazing pictures!

I do not claim any of the photos to be mine. All of the photos are taken by Jacob Warrer, JW-Foto.

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 Because of al the musical I haven’t really had time for cooking. I have made a lot of delicious breakfasts during the spring break though. For instance this lovely oatmeal with healthy caramelized apples. Delicious and easy.

Sorry for not commenting on all of your lovely blogs lately. I look so much forward to read your amazing posts again!

Oatmeal with healthy caramelized apples || The Smoothie Lover

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Oatmeal w/ healthy caramelized apples
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup milk of choice
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 apple
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. water
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan mix oats, water, milk and salt. Bring to the boil and simmer for approx. 7 minutes.
  2. Slice the apple. Melt the coconut oil on a pan and add on the apples. Fry until the apples are soft. Mix together the honey and water and pour over the apples. Let the water evaporate.
  3. Pour the oatmeal into a bowl and top with apples. Serve right away.

 

January 28, 2014

Delicious porridge with a yoghurt swirl and blueberries, pomegranate, blood orange, pumpkin seeds and argan nut butter

Buckwheat Breakfast Porridge w/ super foods topping. Healthy and delicious. @JosefineTM

We’ve finally gotten real winter here in Denmark. It’s incredibly cold and we here are tons of snow. It might sound quite silly, but I had almost forgotten how cold snow is. And when it is cold, the best things are tea, soup and warm porridge. This morning my first block was cancelled, so I decided to dedicate the morning for cooking and taking photos – something I haven’t hat time for (or sunlight for) the last week.

Usually I like cooking in the weekends, but this weekend I wasn’t at home at any time. Instead I spend the weekend with the wonderful musical team. We went by bus to a town half an hour away. Here we spend the entire weekend dancing, singing and acting. The entire weekend. Wonderful! The best things I know. It just makes it even better that everyone on the team is so nice and kind and funny. Oh, how I love musical!

(Ps. I’ve gotten a solo vers in a song – SAY WHAAAT?! I’m so happy)

Buckwheat Breakfast Porridge w/ super foods topping. Healthy and delicious. @JosefineTMBuckwheat Breakfast Porridge w/ super foods topping. Healthy and delicious. @JosefineTM

Well, back to the lovely porridge. This porridge is super delicious and very healthy – and pretty easy to make.

Buckwheat – Many people think buckwheat is a grain, but it is actually a fruit seed. This means it contains no protein gluten and can therefore be consumed by people sensible to gluten. Additionally it helps lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. (source)

Pomegranate – Helps prevent high blood pressure, heart diseases and some kinds of cancer. (source)

Blueberries – These little blue wonders are incredibly high in antioxidants. Additionally they help improve the memory. (source)

Blood oranges – I read this wonderful blog post over at Hello Healthy Eating a little over a week ago and since I think I’ve consumed twice as many oranges as I usually do. Oranges really are a super food.

Argan nut butter – I bought a glass of this tasty nut butter when I went to Morocco last autumn, but you can get it outside Morocco as well. Or just use any other nut butter you like! The nuts contain phytosterols which means they reduce inflammation an helps lowing the cholesterol. (source)

Buckwheat Breakfast Porridge w/ super foods topping. Healthy and delicious. @JosefineTMBuckwheat Breakfast Porridge w/ super foods topping. Healthy and delicious. @JosefineTM

Top with anything you want. But this is a great combination. You can sub any nut butter for the argan nut butter.

Enjoy!

Buckwheat Breakfast Porridge w/ super foods topping
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (120mL) buckwheat* (you can use whole, flour or grinned - see notes)
  • 1 cup (240mL) water
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp. natural sweetener of choice (I used walnut syrup)
  • 1 cup (240mL) plain low fat greek yoghurt
  • ½ pomegranate
  • 1 blood orange
Instructions
  1. Bring the water to the boil. Add a little bit of salt and the buckwheat. See notes for how to cook it depending on which kind you use*.
  2. Once the porridge is done stir in the sweetener. Swirl in yoghurt.
  3. Top with pomegranate, blood orange slices, blueberries, nut butter and pumpkin seeds. Serve right away!
Notes
* How to cook buckwheat depending on which type you use:
Whole buckwheat: Boil for 7 minutes. Turn of the heat and let the porridge sit and absorb the water for another 7 minutes.
Grinned buckwheat: Boil for 7 to 10 minutes over low heat stirring occasionally.
Buckwheat flour: Add one more cup of water (240mL) and boil for 10 to 12 minutes over low heat stirring occasionally.

** Not peanut butter - otherwise you'll ruin the "super-food'ish" about this recipe

Buckwheat Breakfast Porridge w/ super foods topping. Healthy and delicious. @JosefineTM

January 22, 2014

Chia Pudding w/ maple syrup, roasted almonds & dried figs | The Smoothie Lover

I’m going to Singapore! Arrrgh…

Three of my great friends and I participated in the Alympiad (which is the math-olypiad) on my high school and guess what? We won! (Well, we won over the other teams at our high school – not the entire contest.) Isn’t it amazing?! So now we are going to participate in another contest in Singapore. Crazy! I can’t believe it. I’m so happy!

We didn’t know until yesterday, where the headmaster announced it at the assembly for the school. So we had to stand in front of the entire school – amaze painted on our faces.

Let’s celebrate!

With chia pudding!

Chia Pudding w/ maple syrup, roasted almonds & dried figs | The Smoothie LoverChia Pudding w/ maple syrup, roasted almonds & dried figs | The Smoothie Lover

FIY: The finaly in the Alympiad is in Holland – there is another team from our school going there. But I’d much rather go to Singapore!

At first I wanted to make a raw cake. But it failed miserably. The crust went fine – something like these snack bites I made a while ago. But then I wanted to make coconut whipped cream for topping. Two words: I failed. The can had been shaken or something like that. Anyways – it didn’t work.

Good thing I made these lovely chia puddings yesterday then.

Chia Pudding w/ maple syrup, roasted almonds & dried figs | The Smoothie LoverChia Pudding w/ maple syrup, roasted almonds & dried figs | The Smoothie Lover

Benefits of chia seeds:

A good source of fibers – one serving (28 g – approx. 2 tbsp) chia seeds contain 11 grams of fibers. That’s a third of the recommended daily intake.

A good source of calcium – which means stronger bones and teeth.

Lot’s of protein – one serving contains 10 percent of the recommended daily intake. That’s quite a lot considering one serving is pretty small.

Source

Chia Pudding w/ maple syrup, roasted almonds & dried figs | The Smoothie Lover

Enjoy!

Chia Pudding w/ maple syrup, roasted almonds & dried figs
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (120mL) milk of choice - unsweetened
  • ½ cup (120mL) yoghurt - I used greek
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup (+1 tbsp. for garnish)
  • A tiny bit of salt
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. almonds
  • 4 small dried figs
Instructions
  1. In a bowl mix together milk, yoghurt, maple syrup and salt. Stir in the chia seeds. Pour into two jars or bowls and refrigerate over night (at least 8 hours).
  2. Slice the almonds and roast on a hot dry frying pan until golden. Cut figs into quarters.
  3. Garnish the puddings with almond slices, dried figs and 1 tbsp. maple syrup (in total). Serve right away.