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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Holiday Season Treat

With Holiday Season in full swing, it’s definitely time for our yummy sweet ideas (only from phase 3 at the earliest of course!).  How about these chocolate mountains, for starters? 

What you’ll need:
120g walnuts
65g cacao
1 pinch of sea salt
220g dates

What to do:
Crush the walnuts in a blender. Add the cacao and a pinch of salt and mix until everything is well mixed and completely chocolate-ty brown. Wash, dab-dry the dates, then remove the seeds. Add the date halves one by one and mix again. The mixture should now be well mixed and stick together when pressed gently. Finally, press the mixture flat into a form, chill until serving and cut when cold into nice little squares or servings. Enjoy!

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Pointed Cabbage

The tender cone of the Pointed cabbage: it’s small, fine and loosely wound – with these unique characteristics, the pointed cabbage has secured itself a special position in the cabbage family!  

As it’s naturally tender, it cooks quickly and does not need to be blanched even when using for stuffed cabbage. It also is a great addition when finely sliced into hearty and fruity-sweet salads. Make sure that it’s very fresh when you buy it, as the pointed cabbage doesn’t really have a long shelf life. Like the other members of the cabbage family, pointed cabbage is full of healthy nutrients, including vitamins C, B1, B2, potassium and beta-carotene. 

Our Top Tip: due to heat and cooking water, many nutrients can be lost. Therefore, simply finely cut some raw leaves and mix them under your other cooked vegetables.

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How do you like pointed cabbage?  Share your favorite recipes and tips with us (add to comments)! 

Pumpkin Season – Yummy Casserole

Yes – it’s still pumpkin season, so here’s a hearty and warming pumpkin-apple casserole to enjoy. This is even a Thanksgiving-worthy Recipe!

You will need:
1 egg
1 serving of pumpkin
1 apple
Spices: cinnamon, caraway seeds, salt & pepper, chili, curry powder, some fiery paprika powder, fresh parsley
75 ml vegetable stock

Preparation:
Wash pumpkin, remove seeds and cut into 2 cm (3/4″) thick slices and halve them again. Wash apple, remove the seeds and cut into thin slices. If you’re allowed to use oil, grease a small fireproof casserole dish with some oil, otherwise layer pumpkin and apple slices without the oil. Season everything well with the spices. Add the vegetable stock and cook in the oven at 175°C (350°F) for about 20 minutes. After 20 minutes whip the egg, season to taste and add chopped parsley. Add a little water to the egg and pour it over the pumpkin and apple slices. Bake again for 20 minutes. Enjoy!

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Healthy Food Makes Me Look & Feel Great!

Many happy and satisfied clients keep telling us how great they feel after changing their diets with Metabolic Balance. They love that they can really see the difference as well as feeling it! A particularly common side effect of getting healthy is clearer and smoother skin. It’s this healthy glow and radiance that others see too and shows that it’s not just about the smaller number you see on the scales as to why it so wonderful to eat healthy food. We love hearing every single success story that is sent to us.

Thus, we’d like to say a big thank you to all MB’ers – You’re great!

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Chickpea / Garbanzo-Beans

The humble chickpea is definitely something that needs to be a regular dinner guest! As a member of the legume family they are highly valuable due to their excellent protein content. It’s due to their wonderful protein that they are sometimes called “the chicken of the vegetable kingdom”!

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The high proportion of essential amino acids in chickpeas together with with five percent fat makes them highly nutritious. Their are rich in potassium and magnesium (great for heart and muscle health), phosphorus and calcium (valuable for bone health) and iron. In addition, chickpeas contain vitamins A and B as well as traces of vitamin C and E.

Chickpeas are not only fabulous in stews or curries – they are also a delicious substitute for snacking especially when you might be tempted to look for a sweet or two. Here’s a quick snack-tip: Drain a can of chickpeas (check that the can only has water and salt and no added sugar). Distribute on kitchen towel to allow to dry. Gently fry, the dried chickpeas in a dry non-stick pan. Delicious!

Exotic Vegetable Stir-Fry

Fab for the autumn blues: This exotic vegetable stir-fry sweetens the grey season:

You need:
1 serving of vegetables (we take cauliflower and carrots)
1 serving yogurt
1 serving of fruit
1 TBsp. freshly chopped chives
Spices: cumin, turmeric, coriander, pepper, cinnamon, salt
coconut oil for frying

Preparation: Wash and clean the cauliflower and divide into florets. Peel the carrots and cut into fine strips. Steam the cauliflower in some salted water with turmeric for about 7 minutes (firm to the bite). Heat coconut oil in a pan, fry the carrots and cooked cauliflower, then keep warm. Stir the cumin, coriander, pepper and cinnamon into the frying fat and add the chopped fruit. Allow to cool briefly and stir in the yogurt, season to taste and add the chives. Put aside some yogurt (your first protein bite) and enjoy!

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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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