Beets and Cheese

Yesterday we wrote about the nutritional benefits of beets, so today we have a simple recipe for you that highlights this great vegetable.

Ingredients:
1 serving of beets
1 serving of soft cheese
1 Tbsp. onions
1 garlic clove
Vegetable stock
1 piece of fresh ginger

Preparation:
Dice the onions finely and sauté in vegetable stock. Coarsely grate or dice the beets. Finely chop the garlic and ginger (quantity to taste) and add to the onions together with the beets. Cook briefly and mix well with the onions. Cut the cheese into slices. Set the stove to its lowest setting or turn it off and spread the cheese over the vegetables in thin slices. Allow the cheese to melt, then enjoy!

Soybean and Fennel

As promised here is our favorite fennel recipe – this soybean soup with fennel is packed full of delicious herbs.

Ingredients:
1 serving of soybeans
1 serving of fennel
Fresh herbs (parsley, chives, oregano, thyme)
Salt and pepper 

Preparation:
Soak the soybeans in water overnight. Rinse them the next day, add fresh water, and cook the soybeans according to the package instructions.
Wash and clean the fennel (if necessary remove the outer leaves), cut into small cubes, and then roast the fennel in a pan for a few minutes. Then add the fennel to the soybeans and simmer everything for another 10 minutes. Wash the herbs and then chop finely. Season soybeans with salt, pepper and the herbs and enjoy. Depending on how thin or thick your soup is you can also serve it over some rye bread!

Pizza à la Metabolic Balance

Pizza is a universal food that has been adapted many times and today we wanted to share the Metabolic Balance adaptation.

Ingredients: 
1 serving of vegetables (chard, bell peppers, etc.)
½ tomato
1 Tbsp. chopped onion
1 serving of egg
1 Tbsp. water
1 tsp. marjoram/oregano
1 tsp. chopped chives
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Clean, wash and cut the vegetables into thin strips. Wash the tomato and cut it into small cubes. Whisk the eggs, water, marjoram, salt and chives well with a fork. Cook the onion in a pan then add the chard. After 2-3 minutes add the small cubes of tomatoes. Heat up another pan and distribute the whisked egg evenly in it. Fry the egg like a pancake at medium heat. After 2-3 minutes turn gently and cook on the other side. Place the egg “crust” on a plate and distribute the vegetables and any other toppings evenly over top. Enjoy!

Omelette with Porcini Mushrooms

Omelettes are easy to make and easily adapted for many tastes and meal plans. This recipe uses mushrooms but feel free to substitute with other proteins sources and vegetables!

Ingredients:
2 eggs
150 g or 1 serving of porcini mushrooms
1 Tbsp. chopped onion
1 Tbsp. chopped chives
Salt and pepper

Preparation:

Clean the mushrooms and then thinly slice. Roast the onions and mushrooms in a very hot pan for a few minutes, and season with salt and pepper. Whisk the eggs, season with salt and pepper, and then pour them over the mushrooms and onions. Cook the omelette on both sides and
finally garnish with the chives.

Tip: For extra flavor try adding aromatic herbs such as rosemary or chili for some extra heat.

Stuffed Artichokes

This delicious recipe uses artichokes which are packed full of vitamins and are great for your health!

Ingredients:
1 serving of boiled ham
1 serving of vegetables (artichokes and mushrooms)
1 lemon
Olive oil
Chopped parsley
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Remove the stem and scaly leaves from the artichoke. Cut off about 1/4 inch from the top of the artichoke. Then place the artichoke immediately in lemon water. Cut the ham and mushrooms into small cubes and roast in oil, season with salt and pepper. Remove from the pan and add the parsley. Then fill artichoke with the ham and mushroom mixture. Place the artichoke in a saucepan with a little oil. Leave to cook covered over low heat for about 35-45 minutes, occasionally pour a little water over the filling so that it does not dry out. Enjoy!

Pinto Bean “Meatballs”

Today we have a great recipe for pinto bean “meatballs”. These are packed full of protein and can be served with a salad or with pasta.

Ingredients:
1 serving of pinto beans
1 serving of vegetables (parsnip, zucchini, cabbage turnip, red onion)
Caraway
1 garlic clove
Curry powder
Vegetable broth
Marjoram
Thyme
Rapeseed oil
1 slice of crispbread

Preparation:
Soak the beans overnight, drain, add fresh water and then cook for 1 hour. Wash the vegetables, clean and grate 1/3 finely and cut the rest into strips to eat as a side. Sauté the onion cubes with garlic, add the grated vegetables and cook until soft. Finally add the herbs and then take off the heat to cool. Blend the crispbread into flour in a food processor. Drain the beans and save some broth, then puree the beans with some broth into a smooth consistency. Add the steamed vegetables and puree everything together. Season as needed and then depending on the consistency, add the crispbread flour until the mixture sticks together. Form small balls and then bake until crisp on the outside. Enjoy!

Vegetarian Sandwich Spread

This vegetarian sandwich spread is easy to make but packed full of flavor!

Ingredients:
1 serving of seeds (pumpkin and sunflower seeds)
1 tbsp pumpkin seed oil
1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
Vegetable broth
1⁄4 teaspoon dried oregano and thyme
Chives or cress
2 slices of rye bread

Preparation:
Roast the seeds in a dry pan and allow to cool. Add the seeds along with the other ingredients to blender and puree until smooth. If the mixture is too dry, add some water. Spread the mixture on bread and garnish with cress or chives. Enjoy!

Tip: This spread also tastes great as a dip with fresh vegetables such as tomato, cucumber, radishes, peppers and kohlrabi. For more variety you can also experiment by adding different spices!

Meat Patties with Zucchini Puree

This recipe is easy to prepare, packed full of flavor, and can be adapted for many plans!

Ingredients:
1 serving of ground meat
Chopped onion
1 serving of vegetables (we recommend zucchini)
Paprika
Vegetable broth
Chili powder
Fresh herbs (parsley, basil, etc.)
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Mix the ground meat with chopped onions, salt, pepper, chili powder, and paprika. Take the mixture and form small patties. Cook the patties for a few minutes on each side in a pan over medium heat. Wash the zucchini and cut it into small pieces and simmer in a saucepan with vegetable broth until soft. Add the cooked zucchini to a blender along with fresh herbs such as basil and blend until smooth. Season the puree with salt and pepper and serve with the meat patties. Enjoy!

Asian Chicken Stir Fry

One of the easiest recipes to throw together if you are busy or are on the go is a stir fry.

Simply take chicken breast strips and cook with broccoli, onions, carrots and mix with a sauce of consisting of of oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin and a touch of sesame seeds.
The great thing about a stir fry is that it can easily be adapted based on your preferences and plan. You can play around with different vegetables, proteins, and spices, depending on what ingredients are on your Metabolic Balance plan.
For example, for phase 2 leave out the sesame seeds and use the lemon juice only if lemons are on your plan. If lemons are not part of your plan you can add some lemon zest.

Grilled Eggplant

Today we have another delicious summer recipe: grilled eggplant. Simple to prepare, this is an ideal dish for sharing.

Cut the eggplants in half, score the flesh, and then cook on the grill or in the oven until the eggplant is nice and soft. While the eggplant is cooking, take yogurt (according to your plan) and season with salt and pepper and any other spices (cumin, red pepper flakes etc.). Remove the eggplant from the grill and serve with the yogurt and fresh herbs (mint, parsley etc.). This recipe also works great with other vegetables such as zucchini and bell peppers.

Tip: Sprinkle the eggplant with salt and allow to sit on a paper towel for 10-15 minutes. This removes some of the water and allows for faster cooking.