Summer Salad

One of the easiest dishes to throw together in the summer is a salad packed full of fresh vegetables and herbs. Simply chop up whatever vegetables are on your plan (cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, radishes, etc.), add a feta (if on your plan), fresh herbs, and some toasted rye bread croutons. Mix with your dressing of choice and enjoy.

Tip: To really allow flavors to develop, mix everything except the croutons together and stick the salad in the fridge for a few hours. When you are ready to serve the salad, mix in the croutons and enjoy!

Caprese Salad

One of the best things about the start of summer is all of the beautiful fresh produce that comes to markets and stores. One of our favorite dishes to make with fresh produce is a Caprese salad. Slice a few ripe and juicy tomatoes and layer with fresh herbs such as basil or even an herb based pesto. Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and some balsamic vinegar!

This recipe can also be modified and adapted with different vegetables and ingredients to fit almost any plan.

Lentil Salad with Raspberries

Ingredients (1 serving):
1 serving of Beluga lentils
1 serving of vegetables according to your plan (e. g. 1/2 tomato, cucumber, artichoke hearts, iceberg lettuce)
1 tbsp. of chopped shallots 
1/2 chopped garlic clove
1 serving of fresh raspberries
2 tbsp. of fresh basil
1/2 tsp. of fresh lemon thyme
1/2 tsp. of vegetable stock
3 tbsp. of olive oil
2 tbsp. of apple vinegar
1 pinch of cayenne pepper 
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Boil the Beluga lentils until al dente and then rinse with cold water. Cut the vegetables of your choice into bite-sized pieces. To make the dressing, mix the spices and herbs the oil and vinegar. Add the lentils, vegetables, and raspberries in a bowl and then pour over the dressing. Mix thoroughly and enjoy! 

By the way: Raspberries do not only taste great, they are also rich in fiber and stimulate digestion.

Light Spring Salad

This salad is fresh and delicious, perfect for phase 2. You can easily adjust this recipe to make it oil free by removing the avocado and making a dressing without it. This way you can enjoy the salad even in the first 14 days!

Ingredients:
1 serving of baby spinach
1 serving of chickpeas (if using dried make sure to soak overnight)
1 serving of bell pepper
25 g avocado
Apple cider vinegar
Fresh herbs (Basil, rosemary, chives all work great here)
Salt and pepper


Preparation:
Core the bell pepper and then cut into small, bite-sized pieces. Remove the pit of the avocado and then add it to a blender along with apple cider vinegar, water, and your herbs of choice. Blend until smooth and add water if the mixture is too thick. Then season with salt and pepper and set aside. In a bowl, add the baby spinach, chickpeas, and bell pepper. Pour the dressing over top and enjoy!

Endive, Papaya Salad with Mung Beans

If you are not familiar with mung beans, this delicious recipe is perfect to try!

Ingredients:
1 serving of mung beans
1 serving of endive 
1 portion of papaya 
1 serving of wholemeal rye bread
Vinegar
Salt, pepper

Preparation:
Soak the mung beans overnight, drain the soaking water and cook the beans in fresh water for approximately 30 minutes, then drain. Clean the endive, cutting out the hard middle stalk in a wedge shape, then cut into strips. Season the strips with salt, pepper, and vinegar. Peel the papaya, remove the seeds, dice and mix with the endive. Add the mung beans and enjoy as it is or with wholegrain rye bread.

Shiitake Mushroom Salad

Delicious salads are an essential part of all Metabolic Balance nutrition plans. Have you ever enjoyed a warm salad? How about this Asian inspired green cabbage salad with shiitake mushrooms? (This recipe is suitable from phase 2)

Ingredients for 1 portion:
1 serving shiitake mushrooms
1 serving vegetables (e.g., green cabbage, bell pepper)
1 clove of garlic
Spices: salt, pepper, tamari (wheat free soy sauce), apple cider vinegar, your choice of fresh herbs

Preparation:
Remove the stalk from the white cabbage and cut the cabbage into pieces. Halve the bell pepper, remove seeds and cut into strips. Clean the mushrooms with damp kitchen towel and slice. Peel the garlic and finely chop.
If in phase 2 w/o oil, heat 3 tablespoons of vegetable broth in non-stick wok. (When you are allowed to add oil you could use 3 coconut oil or ghee.) Add cabbage and sauté for 3-4 mins. Add bell pepper, shiitake mushrooms and garlic. Brown everything gently.

Salad Dressing: mix salt, pepper, apple cider vinegar, tamari and fresh herbs for the dressing and add pepper to taste. Add your dressing to the vegetables and enjoy while still warm. Enjoy your meal!

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How to Use Lavender

Are you ready for something a bit different? We love the use of lavender in the kitchen!

The famed French aromatic spice ‘Herbs de Provence’ has at its heart lavender and without lavender it simply wouldn’t be the same. Combined with the other herbs growing wild in Provence, such as thyme, rosemary, oregano, marjoram and savory, lavender gives a very special addition to so many vegetable and meat dishes. We love lavender added to sheep’s cheese when marinated in oil. MB 02-03 - Lavendel

Even award-winning cuisine has discovered the use of lavender in lamb dishes or desserts getting a slightly tart flavor from the delicate flowers. 

We suggest you try a lavender vinegar for crisp summer salads. Simply add a handful of lavender flowers to 750 ml white wine vinegar and leave in a cool, dark place for about two weeks. You can then strain the vinegar and pour into smaller, dark colored bottles.

Delicious!

Mozzarella on Sourdough Rye Bread

Inspired by yesterday’s post about vegetables au gratin, when we talked about re-balancing … our gusto went to make fresh mozzarella cheese melted over cubed sourdough rye bread.

Ingredients:
1 slices of sourdough whole grain rye bread (25g)
1 portion of fresh mozzarella cheese (buffalo or cow)
Spices: salt, pepper, paprika, nutmeg, fresh or dried marjoram / oregano

Preparation:IMG_6224
Since it is easier to eat after the cheese is wonderfully melted, it makes it easier to eat if you cube the sourdough rye bread. Place on a low-rim bowl, put in toaster oven and toast for 4-7 min. Take bowl out and turn bread over to have it nicely toasted also on the other side, repeat. Take bowl out, place the sliced mozzarella slices on top of the sourdough bread cubes. Spice to taste and toast for 7-15 min.IMG_6225

 

As I side and vegetable portion we made a nice mixed salad.IMG_6227

 

Fruity Oyster Mushrooms with Rye Bread Cubes

Feel like having mushrooms today? So there’s this fruity mushroom salad with bread cubes:
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If you’d like to prepare it, you need the following ingredients:
1 serving oyster mushrooms
1 serving lettuce, any kind that’s on your plan
1 serving papaya
1 tsp of apple cider or balsamic vinegar
spices: salt, pepper, garlic
wholemeal rye bread

Preparation:
Clean, wash and dry lettuce. Peel the garlic and chop finely. Slice mushrooms according to size. Peel the papaya, remove the seeds with a spoon. Cut the fruit into slightly larger cubes. Heat a pan and sauté the mushrooms and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Arrange the mushrooms, lettuce and papaya cubes on a plate, sprinkle with vinegar, salt and pepper lightly. Cut the bread into cubes, season and roast in a coated pan and arrange on top of the salad. Enjoy your meal!

Creamy & Fruity: Avocado-Mango-Feta-Delight

This avocado mango feta combination is a real culinary delight!

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Ingredients:
1 serving sheep’s feta cheese
1 serving vegetables (1/2 avocado, field salad, 2 cocktail tomatoes, 1 tsp. diced shallot)
1 portion mango
Spices: 1/2 red chili pepper, pepper from the mill, sea salt, 1 TBsp. olive oil, apple vinegar,
Herbs: 1 TBsp. chopped parsley or coriander

Preparation:
Clean, wash and drain the salad. Cut the cheese, avocado and mango into small cubes.
Wash and quarter tomatoes. Wash the chili pepper, remove the seeds and chop finely.
Mix parsley, shallot, chili, vinegar, salt, pepper and oil to a salad dressing. Put some cheese aside and for your protein appetizer. Mix all other ingredients with the dressing. Enjoy your meal!