Picnic with Sting…

What an absolutely lovely evening we had last night and non of my swedish friends disappointed as we always have a cracking time when we hang together, nor did Sting or the Blackhawks!!!

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But before we made it up to Ravinia I had to prepare our dinner that turned out to be an unbelievable yummy low-carb wrap with homemade coleslaw…a summer picnic winner!

Low-carb Bread Wrap

4 Eggs

0.75 dl/ 0.3 cups Almond flower

0.5 dl / 0.2 Psyllium husk

1 dl / 0.4 cups small curd Cottage Cheese

Salt

Mix all the ingredients together in a mixer and let “rest” so the psyllium can swell. Set the oven on 200C/400F and place the paste between two sheets of parchment paper and bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes.

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Homemade Coleslaw

Cabbage

Red onion

Garlic

Mayonnaise (recipe https://mrsmalin.com/2013/04/29/alabama-drumsticks-so-easy-and-fool-proof/ )

Dijon mustard

Vinegar

Salt and pepper

I filled my wraps with a high quality roast beef, cucumber, tomatoes, cheese, olives, sun dried tomatoes and off course the homemade coleslaw

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Grilled Chicken with a coconut almond crust with Saut√©ed vegetables with a touch of Asia

This is a dinner I made a few days ago when I still had groceries in the fridge ūüôā

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2 Chicken breast

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/2 almond flour

1/2 cup coconut flakes

Chopped Rosemary

Salt and pepper

Sautéed Vegetables

  Kale

Broccoli

Spinach

Green Beans

Leek

Garlic

Virgin Coconut oil

Cocktail Tomatoes

Fresh Mint

 Chili flakes

Salt and pepper

Start by placing the chicken between two sheets of plastic wrap and beat the chicken flat. Batter the egg lightly, on a plate mix the almond flour coconut flakes, rosemary, salt and pepper. Dip the chicken in the egg and then into the almond/coconut mix.

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Grill the chicken (or fry it in a pan) till it is thoroughly cooked. Meanwhile sauté the vegetables in a pan and using the coconut oil that not only gives the vegetables a delicious flavor it is also very healthy for you. When the vegetables are soft-ish add the tomato and garnish with the mint.

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Enjoy!

 

Low Carb Pasta Bolognese with Cinnamon!!!

Ever since we got a new grill I have hardly been cooking at all on the stove but yesterday I did a Pasta Bolognese that was just heavenly, heavenly, heavenly….

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1 pound/ 500 grams minced beef

1 Onion

3 or more chopped garlic clove

Mushrooms

1 small can of tomato paste

splash of Bong Kalv fond or Better than bullion

Paprika powder

salt and pepper

Cinnamon

Water

Splash of cream

How to: Fry the minced beef  together with the onion, garlic and the mushroom add the rest of the ingredients and let it simmer for 10-20 minutes (depending of how mush time you have). I did not use to many different spices as the cinnamon was so dominated in the dish. I served my Bolognese with Shirataki fettuccine and an arugula salad.

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I normally don’t eat too much dairy and if I do I prefer to use goat milk products but I have not found goat cream. Does anyone know what store would sell it in the Chicago area, I would love to get my hands on it ūüôā

 

Grilled steelhead with a super salad and Garlic Romesco

Steelhead or rainbow trout is a fish that I recently started to cook with, it is very similar to salmon in both texture and taste but it is cheaper than salmon. Yesterday I had come a cross a great recipe with grilled salmon and a bean salad. I made a few modifications and we ended up with a very fresh and delicious dinner that was loaded with vitamins and nutritions.

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1 steelhead

1-2 teaspoons of cumin

salt and blackpepper

Salad

fresh Green Beans

broccoli

leek

kale

mushrooms

cocktail tomatoes

Arugula

Red onion (optional)

Feta Goat cheese (optional)

Dressing

1 tablespoon Olive Oil

1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar

1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard

1 clove of garlic

salt and pepper

Garlic Romesco

1/2 cup or 1 dl Almond flour

1-2 chopped garlic cloves

1-2 tablespoon Red wine Vinegar

2-3 tablespoons Olive Oil

Chili

Salt and pepper

How to: Star with mixing all the ingredients for the garlic romesco sauce together and place it in the fridge until it is time to serve the dinner.

 Rinse the steelhead and ry it off with a paper towel, sprinkle the cumin, salt and pepper and grill it until the meat is thoroughly cooked.

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Meanwhile sauté the all the vegetables except the arugula and garlic and just before it is time to serve up on the place mix the warm vegetables with the arugula, red onion and the feta cheese.

 

Let’s go Hawks

As well as having my ass or rather my legs kicked at yesterday workout it was Freddie’s birthday and two of his biggest passions is Manchester United and Chicago Blackhawks¬†and¬†yesterday was the very last game between Detroit Red Wings and the hawks. I knew he really wanted to go but we had no sitter and no tickets so meanwhile he was doing his magic I brought the kids over to my friend Annika so they could play. The kids were happily playing as me and Annika was sitting in the sun chatting away like we do when Freddie calls me and tells me “If we not going I am going to regret this for the rest of my life”. I asked Annika if the kids can stay over and she was kind enough to take them in for the evening and for this we are forever grateful…THANK YOU! (Knut was a little bit bummed that he was not going but we convinced him with a sleepover in the middle of the week).

We had not yet had dinner and I refused to eat anything that they serve at the United Center so before we left I was shoveling down some cold leftover grilled chicken…anything not to eat that C**p..lol

Stuck in traffic we were trying to find the best way to get Madison and it is amazing how I already biked the same distance faster than what we were going. Anyhow we made it just in time before they dropped the puck and what a game. The atmosphere was unreal I don’t think I never experienced anything like it before and I guess I don’t need to say anymore as this is a memory for life!

Lets go Hawks!!! 

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Quesadillas and a margarita…you gotta love the summer!

I guess you figured out by know that I love my food and sometimes my old favorites comes sneaking up on me! This is when I try to come up with substitute for things I try to stay away from like gluten and dairy. So yesterday when Freddie suggested that we should make quesadillas on the grill my mouth stated watering and my brain started working and this is what I came up with…

dinner

Tortilla bread

2 Egg

less than 1/2 cup (1 dl) psyllium husk (whole flakes)

1 cup (2 dl) water

salt

pepper

cayenne pepper

garlic powder

Mix all the ingredients in a mixer and let it stand for 5-10 minutes so the husk swells. Spread out the batter in-between 2 sheets of parchment paper, use your hands to get it evenly spread and place it in the oven for about 5-10 minutes app. 350F/200C.

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I filled the tortilla with Gouda Cheese (goat cheese has no lactose in it), shrimps, tomatoes, shiitake mushrooms, salt and pepper.

I grilled my quesadillas for a few minutes on each side and served it with a margarita light (no sugar or calories)…I guess if you are choosing from two evil, go for the less evil because this really made my day ūüėČ

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Mustard marinated Chicken with Asparagus

I had the best helper in the kitchen today when we made dinner but after steering for too long in the pasta pot Mira’s arm got tired and what is not better to get loose on the trampoline instead…lol

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1 kg /2 pounds Chicken

1 tablespoon mustard

1 tablespoon Agave nectar

1 tablespoon Apple cider Vinegar

Salt and pepper

How to: Mix all the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl and let marinate the chicken for about 30 minutes. Grill the Chicken on the grill until thoroughly cooked (I added the asparagus when I flipped the chicken around).

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Serve the Chicken on a bed of spinach and tomatoes then sprinkle some chimichurri on top…Enjoy ūüôā

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Let’s grill out and cheer for the Blackhawks!!!

The weather is lovely, Blackhawks is playing so what is more appropriate than flipping some burgers on the BBQ and enjoy the game…

burger

Patties

500 grams/ 1 lbs Minced beef

garlic powder

paprika powder

Salt and Pepper

Weber Chicago Steak Spice

 

Lettuce

Chimichurri 

Guacamole

1 avocado

¬Ĺ chopped tomato

2 tablespoon chopped red onion

¬Ĺ Lime juice

Cilantro

Salt and Pepper

Red Chili Flakes

How to: Mix all the ingredients together and make patties, throw them on the BBQ until they are done and season with the Weber spice.

Mix the ingredients for the guacamole, serve the burgers in a lettuce wrap with the guacamole and the chimichurri….Let’s go Hawks!!!!!

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Grilled steelhead with roasted vegetables and tarragon and avocado mix

I mentioned I have eaten food I don’t normally eat and although I have tried to stay away from gluten I have had dairy and now I am paying for it. So it is time to get back to basic and cut out all starch, sugar, gluten and dairy so today I made grilled steelhead with a “guacamole” inspired by b√©arnaise.

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1 steelhead

Vegetable oil

Lemon pepper and salt

Lemon

Roasted vegetables

Brussel sprouts

Red Bell Pepper

Red Onion

Cauliflower

Asparagus

Garlic

Spinach

Salt and Pepper

Avocado Mix

1 Avocado

1 Lemon

Garlic

Red Onion

Tomato

Fresh Tarragon

Salt, pepper and chili flakes

How to: Brush the fish with the vegetable oil and sprinkle salt and pepper and grill the fish each side for about 8 minutes.

Cut the vegetables and chop the garlic and sprinkle the garlic over the vegetables and mix the oil and salt and pepper.

Mash the avocado and squeeze the lemon juice over, mix with garlic, tomato, red onion, chopped tarragon, salt, pepper and chili flakes and serve the salmon with a slice of lemon…

Enjoy!

Turkey Burger with an almond bun

So you never thought you could eat a juicy burger in a¬†bun¬†when eating clean…I stumbled over the easiest recipe and it was both low-carb and lean…simply very healthy.

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Turkey Burger

1 pound/500 gram minced Turkey

1 tablespoon tomato pure

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Salt and Pepper

Grill Seasoning for the grilling

Almond bun

1 egg white

1dl/less than 1/2 a cup almond flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon of virgin coconut oil

pinch of salt

Guacamole

1 avocado

2 tomatoes

1/3 red onion

¬Ĺ limejuice

1 garlic clove

Chopped cilantro

Salt and pepper

How to: Start by mixing all the ingredients and form them into patties and grill them on the grill until they are thoroughly cooked and season with the “grill spice”

Mix all the ingredients for the almond bun in a small bowl, place the bowl in the microwave at full effect for 1 1/2 -2 minutes. When it is done split the bun into two halves.

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I served this with the guacamole (this time I had bought freshly it freshly made from whole foods) and I added the coleslaw leftover from our sunday dinner…The best compliment I can get is when the kids turn around to me and say; “Mom this was really good” because Knut and Mira finished their burgers in seconds!

Coleslaw recipe:

https://mrsmalin.com/2013/04/29/alabama-drumsticks-so-easy-and-fool-proof/