Vegetable Bruschetta with Egg(s)

Have you ever tried mushroom bruschetta with fried egg? So simple and delicious. An excellent go to quick metabolic balance meal! 

What you need:
1 serving egg (usually 1-2 eggs)
1 serving mushrooms (vegetable)
onions
vegetable broth
sourdough rye bread
Spices: paprika, caraway seeds, pepper, garlic

What to do
Stir fry mushrooms and onions until nicely cooked and soft, deglaze with some vegetable stock, season; simmer till the liquid is reduced to half. Top rye bread with ghee, spice with garlic, spices to taste and roast in the oven. Fry the egg(s). Serve by placing mushrooms on the toasted bread and the eggs on top. Season to taste. Enjoy!

Tip: Instead of mushrooms, you can also use other vegetables, e.g., zucchini, tomatoes, or bell pepper.

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Curly Kale with Spicy Mango

Today we’re going to get you warmed up with some spicy mango and curly kale! 

What you’ll need:
1 serving vegetables (curly kale, the white part of leek, button mushrooms)
1 serving diced mango
Spices: sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, 1 clove of garlic, 1 chili pepper (to taste), 2cm (about 1″) fresh ginger root, 2 whole green cardamom pods, some coconut oil, 50 ml vegetable stock

What to do: clean, wash and coarsely chop the cabbage. Halve leek, wash and finely chop. Clean mushrooms with kitchen towel and cut in quarters. Halve the chili pepper lengthwise and remove seeds, cut into fine cubes. Peel garlic and ginger and dice finely. 

Heat the oil and gently sauté garlic, ginger and leek until translucent, add chili and cracked cardamom pods. Add mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes. Add the chopped cabbage and cook for another 3 minutes. Deglaze with vegetable stock and simmer for 5 minutes, season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Add half a serving of diced fresh mango (you can enjoy the rest of the mango as a dessert). Bring to the boil again and season to taste. Serve with the protein of your choice, e.g. legumes, fish, tofu. Enjoy!

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Shiitake Mushrooms on Eggplant

These eggplant schnitzels with shiitake mushrooms are absolutely yummy!

What you’ll need:
1 serving eggplant
1 serving shiitake mushrooms
Spices: sea salt, freshly ground pepper
Herbs: 1 TBsp. chopped parsley or for those who love coriander also 1/4 TBsp. of coriander
Olive oil to sauté

What to do:
Wash eggplant and take off the two ends. Cut eggplant lengthwise into 3 cm thick slices. Salt and leave to stand for about 10 minutes for the water to be drawn out.
In the meantime, wipe the mushrooms with a piece of kitchen towel (do not wash) and slice finely. Rinse eggplant slices with cold water and squeeze them flat with your hands.
Fry in olive oil and keep warm.
Gently sauté the mushrooms in the oil and season to taste.
Arrange eggplant slices on a plate with mushrooms and parsley. Yummy!

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Black Friday Bean Soup

This warming bean soup fits wonderfully well when it’s cold and rainy – it really will warm your hearts! 

What you’ll need:
1 serving vegetables from your plan (such as green beans, carrots, leek)
300 ml vegetable stock
some savory herb and paprika powder
1 tsp. of chopped lovage, some parsley, chives
salt & pepper

Preparation:
Wash and roughly chop your chosen vegetables and place in a large pan, add the vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Add savory and paprika powder and simmer for 10 minutes. Add your favorite (already cooked) protein beans, e.g., black beans, chickpeas, adzuki beans or even lentils.
Wash lovage, parsley and chives, spin dry and finely chop. Add to the soup, season to taste with salt and pepper and simmer for 2-3 mins. Enjoy with some fresh rye sourdough bread!

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Fennel – Salad

This off-white colored vegetable is a great source of healthy carbs and fiber. And did you know that fennel has twice as much vitamin C than oranges!!! The amount of carotene (the precursor to Vitamin A) is also remarkable: with only one portion of fennel, we can cover our daily requirements. Fennel also has various B vitamins as well as the minerals potassium, calcium and phosphorus plus a great iron content. The essential oils athenol and fenchone have a beneficial, calming effect on the mucous membranes of the digestive tract and the lungs.

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This salad is a delicious source of vitamins!

Ingredients & Preparation for for four: wash, clean and cut two large fennel into strips. Arrange on plates. Peel two oranges, and arrange the orange segments on the fennel. Sprinkle with olive oil and wight balsamic vinegar to taste. Garnish with black olives and fennel greenery as desired.

Ceviche

We all know Sushi but have you tried Ceviche? The Peruvian national dish has been becoming more popular lately. It is basically just a simple fish fillet served with fruit or vegetables. It’s just the way we at Metabolic Balance like to eat!

Unlike with Japanese sushi, with Ceviche the fish is not really eaten raw. Marinated in lemon and lime juice, the protein is broken down and denatured, which basically leads to a natural cooking effect. Together with crunchy fresh vegetables or fruit, the dish tastes wonderfully light – avocados, onions or peppers go particularly well.

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Belgium Endive Boats with Tofu Bacon on Balsamic Reduction

Today`s recipe is just yummy!

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Ingredients:
1 portion smoked tofu
1 portion vegetables (chicory, arugula, red onion)
Herbs & Spices: fresh rosemary, freshly ground pepper, salt
vegetable stock, balsamic vinegar, oil

Preparation: Carefully remove the single chicory leaves, which will be our “boats”. Wash them as well as the arugula. Peel the red onion and cut into fine cubes. In a small pan, heat 2 TBsp. of olive oil together with a twig of rosemary and gently fry the onion cubes until golden yellow. Now add approx. 10 TBsp. balsamic vinegar and reduce over low heat until the vinegar has a creamy consistency. Season with a pinch of pepper and vegetable stock and keep warm.
While the vinegar is reducing, cut the smoked tofu into very small cubes and add a TBsp. of oil to another pan. When the oil is hot, toss another sprig of rosemary in for about 1 minute and then add the smoked tofu cubes. Fry the tofu at high heat for about 5 minutes until it gets a bacon aroma. Now arrange 4-5 chicory boats on the plate, fill them with some arugula leaves and drizzle with the reduction. Finally sprinkle the smoked tofu bacon generously over the top.

Enjoy!

Fennel – Soy Bean – Soup

So what do you think about fennel? We just love it! It tastes so good in this soybean soup.

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Ingredients:
1 serving of soybeans (and soy sprouts)
1 handful of savory
1 serving of fennel
Spices: 1 tsp. of chopped lovage, fresh parsley, wild chive, salt & pepper

Preparation: soak soybeans overnight in water. Rinse, place in a large saucepan and add fresh water. Add savory to the water and cook the soybeans until soft (see package instructions).
Wash and clean the fennel, if necessary remove the outer leaves, cut into small cubes.  Add to the soybeans and simmer for another 10 minutes or until soft.
Wash lovage, parsley and chives, spin dry and chop finely. Season the soybeans with salt, pepper and your chopped herbs.

Enjoy!

Happy Halloween

Today it’s time to say “Trick or Treat” again. Have a spooky Halloween night with some creepy fun! To make Halloween a real treat, we recommend these pumpkin fries with blood orange dip.

Ingredients:
1 serving vegetables (pumpkin, avocado)
1 serving blood orange
olive oil
Spices: sea salt, paprika, curry, freshly ground pepper, freshly chopped rosemary, fresh parsley

Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 250°C (480°F) for the pumpkin fries. Wash pumpkin, cut in half, remove seeds. Quarter the pumpkin and cut into fries shape. 

Season the fries with sea salt, rosemary, paprika and curry powder and mix with a tablespoon of oil. Place the fries on a baking tray covered with baking paper and bake on the top shelf for approx. 18 minutes until the fries are lightly browned. 

Blood orange dip:
Wash the blood orange in hot water and dry. Puree the avocado pulp with some freshly grated orange peel and orange juice.
Season to taste with salt, pepper and freshly chopped parsley.

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Pork Fillet Skillet

A recipe for Phase 3: pork fillet on spinach with pomegranate

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Ingredients:
1 serving pork fillet
1 serving fresh spinach
1 TBsp. pomegranate seeds
Spices: salt, pepper, vegetable broth, nutmeg

Preparation:
Remove the seeds from the pomegranate peel. Wash pork fillet, cut into finger-thick slices, dry well with paper towel, season with salt and pepper. Sauté in a frying pan and continue cooking over medium heat. Clean, wash and drain the spinach. Steam the spinach briefly in hot vegetable stock. Season with nutmeg and pepper, sprinkle pomegranate seeds on top and serve with the pork fillet.

Enjoy!