Chai Tea – Spices from India 

Chai has been gaining in popularity for several years now. The classic Indian spiced chai tea, sometimes also called yogi tea, does not actually contain any tea at all. Instead, it’s a spice mix of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves and black pepper. These spices are said to have a warming effect in Ayurveda, the classical Indian art of healing. Originally, the spices were briefly crushed in a mortar and pestle before adding to a pot of water and being brought to the boil. Milk and sugar were added, it was heated again and allowed to steep for a few minutes. Then the brewed “tea” was poured through a sieve and served. 

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Today Chai Tea is offered loose, in tea bags and even as powder. From it, the famous Indian Chai can easily be prepared with milk and little fuss. Here’s an easy way: simply froth hot milk and mix with the chai spice blend. You’re allowed to drink milky chai tea from phase 2 if  you have milk on your food list – but please, enjoy it only with your meal and do not use any other protein source for that meal.

Delicious Winter Salad

Even though it’s cold outside, we don’t always have to have a warm meal – how about lamb’s lettuce with walnuts for a delicious winter salad!

You’ll need:
35 g lamb’s lettuce
25 g coarsely chopped walnuts
1 shallot
Spices: salt, freshly ground black pepper,
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp. oil (flax seed or walnut oil)

Preparation:
Clean, wash and drain lamb’s lettuce. Mix vinegar, oil, salt and pepper in a blender. Add the walnuts to the lamb’s lettuce, add the dressing and serve with your protein! Yummy!

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Apple-Vanilla-Sesame-Dessert

It’s Christmas time and you want to have a something sweet at the end of your meal. What should you have??? How about trying this delicious, simple apple, vanilla and sesame dessert.  

You’ll need:
1 apple
½ tsp coconut oil,
vanilla pulp scrapped from the pod
sesame seeds

Preparation:
Cut the apple into slices.
Heat coconut oil in a pan, add apple slices and add in the vanilla. Sauté the apple slices until soft and have a lovely golden brown color. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top and serve. 

Such a yummy dessert – and 99% “on plan”!

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Perfect for the Holiday Season: Venison with Red Cabbage

Ingredients:
1 serving venison fillet
red cabbage
Spices: ½ TBsp olive oil, cinnamon, salt, ground pepper, balsamic vinegar, 1 bay leaf, 2 juniper berries.

Preparation:
Wash the venison fillet, dry with kitchen towel and season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat a pan without fat and place the venison fillet in the pan, when slightly browned turn and fry for 2 minutes. Then place in the oven for about 20 minutes at 100°C (215°F), keep warm and allow to rest.
Clean the red cabbage and cut into fine stripes. Sauté the red cabbage in olive oil, season to taste (cinnamon, salt, pepper, juniper berries, bay leaf) and deglaze with a splash of balsamic vinegar. Add some water and simmer gently.
Serve the venison with the red cabbage, drizzle the liquid from cooking the red cabbage over the food on the plate. Enjoy!

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Gingerbread Chocolate Pralines

With the third candle now lit on our Advent Wreath – we wish you and your loved ones a wonderful third Advent and Holiday Season. To celebrate we invite you to share this little treat:

Gingerbread Chocolate Pralines: (for approx. 12-15 little balls, multiply the recipe for a bigger batch)

Ingredients:
60g walnuts
100g dates (without stones)
30g cacao
1 tsp. gingerbread spice (and/or cinnamon, clove to taste)

Preparation:
Crush the walnuts in a food processor and add the cocoa. Add dates and spices to taste and combine well. Form the mixture into small bite size balls. Allow to cool before you are ready to enjoy this yummy treat. Simple and delicious! Happy Holidays!

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Cashew-Mango-Coconut Balls

Would you like some more exotic treats this Holiday Season? Try these cashew-mango-coconut balls to transport yourself to an exotic vacation spot!

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You’ll need:
70g dried mangoes (soak for approx. 30 min)
70g cashews (if possible, also soak beforehand)
35g grated coconut
additional grated coconut to cover the outside of the balls

Preparation:
Soak dried mango and drain well. Combine the cashew nuts, mango and grated coconut in a processor until you have a uniform mix. Form little balls and roll them in additional coconut flakes. Enjoy!

Tips:
Coconut coated treats look like mini snowballs. Thus, you can easily create yummy wintry treats. These ball-type treats are also easy and perfect for all cooking abilities. They’re great to make with kids. Create your own version with different combinations of spices, nuts and fruits. Those wintry snow-balls make lovely and yummy home-made gifts. 

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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