Beetroot soup with ginger, lemon and chili

It seems like everyone is escaping this never-ending winter and traveling south. At the same time we are receiving letters regarding strep throat, infections and stuffy noses so what else can you do than trying to stay healthy by eating food that boosts your immune system. Not only is beetroot good for defeat colds but it also enhance physical activities because it improves the oxygen uptake…so I guess more beetroot for the people!

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3 big beetroot
1 yellow onion (i used a red onion)
2 chopped garlic cloves
1 tablespoon Ginger
Chili Flakes (depends how spicy you like it)
6dl /3 cups water
3 tablespoons beef fond or 2 cubes vegetable stock
salt and pepper
1 lemon (juice and peel)
Sour cream
Direction: Chop the beetroot, onion, garlic and grate the ginger. Fry the beetroot and the onion for a couple of minutes before adding the ginger, chili and garlic and sauté for another couple of minutes.
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Add water, bouillon, season with salt and pepper. Let it simmer for 15 minutes, mix the soup until it is smooth and serve with a splash of sour cream.

Original recipe by Linnea Sward

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Another low calorie soup…with chèvre!

After my cracking spinning class this morning I thought this day would be though but fasting has gone great and now we have just finished a delicious Spinach and Asparagus soup topped off with a splash chèvre creme…all under 500 calories/serving

Soup 2 servings (263 calories/serving)

1/2 teaspoon truffle Oil  30 calories

100 grams Asparagus 29 calories

50 grams Spinach 12 calories

40 gram chopped Shallot 16 calories

1 chopped Garlic Clove 4 calories

Chopped Chili

3-5 dl water

1/2 dl dry white wine 35 calories

1 bay leaf

Thyme

1/4 cup Green Lentils 140 calories

Chicken Bouillon

Salt and Pepper

2 tablespoons Sour Cream 60 calories

Salt and Pepper

 Chèvre Creme

2 tablespoon Sour Creme 60 calories

50 gram Chèvre 140 calories

Salt and Pepper

Fry the shallot, garlic, asparagus and spinach together with the truffle oil. Add water, wine, bouillon, bay leaf, thyme, green lentils and bring to a boil for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile mix sour creme and chèvre together and season with pepper.

Mix the soup smooth with a hand mixer and add sour cream and serve with the chèvre cream.

Enjoy!

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Vegetable Lobster Bisque…less than 500 calories

We are now 8 weeks into the 5:2 diet and I’m sitting in my kitchen eating a nice bowl of Kefir filled with Chai, buckwheat and hemp cereal just completed my fist “fast” of the week. I’m looking back at the first few times we had we fasted and how hard we thought it was. Now we don’t really think about the next time we can eat or having anxiety about the one who is coming up and to summaries it, we feel great!

So when I asked Freddie yesterday what he wanted to eat, he picked soup again! How many different soup can you make with a tomato base??? Anyhow I thought I try a “Lobster Bisque” but without the lobster but asparagus instead.

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1 Can of Tomato Sauce

1/2 Chopped Yellow Onion

1 Chopped Garlic Clove

1/4 Chopped Red Bell Pepper

10-12 Chopped Asparagus

1/2 cup Green Lentils

Water

1 Tablespoon Hummer Fond or Lobster Sauce

a splash of Worcestershire Sauce

a splash of Balsamic Vinegar

1 tablespoon dried Thyme

2 Bay Leaf

1 tablespoon Paprika Powder

Cayenne Pepper

2 tablespoon Sour Cream (If you want to make it lactose free, leave out)

1 bag zero noodles

Fry the vegetables (I don’t use any oil or butter as I have a pan I don’t need it). Add the tomato sauce and the rest of the ingredients (except the sour cream and the zero noodles) and bring to a boil for 10-15 minutes. Use you mixer to make the soup smooth, add the noodles and sour cream.

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Put another shrimp in the soup!

I knew last night when I went to bed that my second day fast this week was going to be a tough one. I’m not sure if it is mentally because I already had that mind-set that way, well what I do know was that it has been a challenge today!

I started out this morning with a rocking spinning class and even though my legs were very sore and tired from yesterdays workout I killed it today. I was really focusing on the strokes, the power, the time and calories burned, that way I can really give it all!

After class it has just been one thing after another and I think when we finally sat down to have dinner it was 7pm and I made another version of the famous “tomato soup”. I’m thinking about becoming a professional Tomato Soup Maker…lol

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Anyhow, the soup turned out to be another perfect recipe that goes hand in hand with the 5:2 diet and has less than 500 calories!

This makes 2 servings (approx. 325 calories)

1 Can of diced tomatoes

4 tablespoons Salsa

2 dl water (I used more to make it less thick)

Bouillon

1 Chopped Garlic clove

1/2 chopped yellow onion

1/4 cup Green Lentils

1 bag  Zero Noodles (I use scissors to chop them in smaller pieces)

200 grams Shrimps

2 tablespoons Sour cream

10 grams of Mexican cheese

Fry the garlic and onion together (no oil or butter) and mix water, tomatoes, bouillon, salsa, lentils and bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Use a mixer to make the soup smooth add the sour cream and the noodles and re heart. Add the shrimps and the cheese, sprinkle on some Chili Flakes and enjoy!

Grilled Salmon and a funny spinning class

I am so glad this day is finally coming to its end because it has just been one of those days when everything is not going your way! Mira has started first grade this week and it is very exciting but also includes very long days and much more academic work compared to what she did in K. She can’t understand why there is no playtime in the classroom like it was last year in kindergarten and all frustration is released at home (like it should) or this morning before the bus arrived and another round when she came home.

Anyhow I had a funny incident on Tuesday when I did a spinning class over at lifetime. Without offending anyone I do believe the Americans are a little more prude than the swedes 😉 As we were spinning away to a pretty good rhythm of a song I thought I recognized words but couldn’t make any sense of them but all of a sudden I released they were singing in swedish! I did not really except any lyrics in swedish being played in a more or less public spinning class and certainly not that type of lyrics they where singing. It was about running around and shagging and I burst out laughing trying to do an interval at the same time trying to breathe! I had to go up to the instructor and ask about the song and I was pretty sure I heard right as it was “Basshunter” but the instructor had no clue what they were singing about as she only thought it was a good spinning song…lol.

Today is also my second day for my fast of the week and I did not have much time on making dinner so I needed a “quick fix” so I threw together grilled salmon with a touch of tomatoes and it was filling and delish…So here we go…

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I used a pice of salmon that was 270 grams (181 cal/100 grams) 488 calories.

salt

lemon pepper

chili flakes

I threw it on the grill and meanwhile I made a “tomato mix”

1/2 cup of crushed tomato

chopped tarragon

splash of lobster stock

salt and pepper

 

Lean Meat Bolognese and very tried legs

So not working out with my girls is a new experience as I am ending up workout mostly on my own. I miss them tremendously (but I still will see them like I use too) but I think I am so focused of making good classes that will challenge them as well as they are well thought-out workouts so it is actually ok just being me and pushing myself like I always do.

Yesterday I went to workout over at lifetime to try out tomorrows session and because I am timing everything I do I don’t have time to chat to the lad next to me who is waiting for his muscles to recover! Not that I am ever so chatty when workout, just ask the girls. I finished another total body workout and even when the focus laid on the upper body walking down to the kitchen this morning was a struggle not to mention the spinning class!

The rest of the day I spent studying resistant training and by the time I picked up the kids from school I was starving. Today is my #2day i.e. my fasting day and I am sticking to my 500 calories so it was very convenient that I had already made a delicious low-carb, low-calorie Bolognese yesterday, just as recommended when following the 5:2 diet. ( I do eat as normal the other 5 days, way over 500 cal)

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And here it comes…

200 grams makes 283.5 calories

2 lb./907 grams Minced Turkey (or chicken)

6 oz/175 grams Tomato past

3.5 /100 grams Chopped Onion

Garlic Clove

Water

Chanterelle Bullion

Paprika Powder

Thyme

Juniper Berries

2 tablespoons Sour cream

Salt and Pepper

How to:

Fry the Turkey together with garlic and the chopped onion. Add the tomato paste, chanterelle bullion, water together with the spices and herbs and let it simmer for 20 minutes or so.

      Mix the sour cream and serve with zero noodles it only has 15 calories/serving.

I sprinkled some feta cheese on top to reach my 500 calories.

Enjoy because Mira certainly did as she brought it to school for lunch and she is a picky eater 😉

 

 

5:2 Grilled Chicken with lentils and feta

So it’s been a while since I posted any recipes but I guess things has just been crazy lately. But tonight I made my 5:2 diet dinner with 500 calories and I was surprised how much food I actually ended up eating. This is my fifth week doing this and it supposedly it has a lot of health benefits (www.thefastdiet.co.uk). And with that being said I do feel great but I will admit that the first two weeks I was constantly thinking about food on my fasting days and could not wait until it was over but I don’t anymore…

chicken lentils

1 portion

Grilled chicken (479 calories)

250 gram Chicken breast 187.5 cal

salt

Pepper

cayenne pepper

Garlic powder

Tomato Lentil sauce

1/4 cup green lentils 140 cal

4 oz / 114 grams tomato sauce 12 cal

5 fresh chopped basil leaves 4 cal

salt

pepper

Chili flakes

Feta Salad 

30 grams arugula 12 cal

100 gram cucumber 12 cal

2 slices of red onion 12 cal

10 cocktail tomatoes 30 cal

28 grams Feta cheese 70 cal

1/2 tablespoon Champagne vinegar 2.5 cal

 How to: This is dead easy, season the chicken and grill it on the bbq. Boil the lentils for 5 minutes, rinse and add them into the tomato sauce. Season the sauce and let it heat up serve your dinner with the salad and feta cheese!