I spend a fair amount of time planning, preparing and cooking and I think the more love you give the better the outcome and sometimes leftover just gets better with time. But be warned, they may have joined the dark forces if they start moving around on their own in the fridge 😉
So even we had a lot going on this afternoon we still had a lot of love on our plates from the Sunday leftover Lasagna.
1 lb Minced Beef
1 Yellow Onion
1-2 Garlic Clove
6 oz Tomato Paste
6 oz Water
Soy Sauce (by taste)
1 tbsp Kale Fond or Beef Bullion
Salt and Pepper
Directions: Cook the minced beef, add the chopped onion, garlic and mushroom and fry together for an additional couple of minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes and meanwhile prepare the lasagna plates.
Homemade non wheat lasagna plates
1/4 cup Farmers Cheese
2 tbsp Psyllium Husk
Direction: Add everything together in a bowl and whisk it together and let it stand for 5 minutes until its a think paste. Between two sheets of parchment spread the paste evenly and bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes at 350-400 F. (My never know the exact temperature in my oven that is why I have approximately time and temp)
Mix cheese, cream and sour cream.
In a ovenproof dish layer the mince sauce, the cheese mix and the lasagna plate x2.
Bake in the oven until the lasagna is thoroughly warm and the cheese as melted.
Yesterday was Knuts “end of the year” hockey party, the kids vs. the parents and as much I wanted to go I knew it was not happening as we were expecting dinner guests. So Knut and Freddie went along bringing their skates and stick and I told them to get home at 6.30 because I was taught a good host should be home when the guests arrive. I know sometimes its hard to leave a good party so I thought I give Freddie a call and sure enough he is not picking up. I call again and get straight to voicemail so after some angry faced texts messages the two of them rocks up 15 minutes after Laura and her family arrived. I am not the one to hold grudges so after a peck on the cheek we were good to enjoy the Asian Ceviche before we got to the Teriyaki salmon served with a pinot noir… but most of all, enjoying the company of very good friends.
Make the teriyaki marinade by whisking together the soy sauce, water, sesame oil, minced garlic, grated ginger, nectar, white wine vinegar.
Cut the salmon filet into four equal sized portions and place in a large zip top bag. Pour the marinade over top, remove as much air as possible and close up the bag. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, mixing the bag occasionally to redistribute the marinade.
Grill it but make sure not to over cook it.
In a small bowl, mix together the sriracha hot sauce and mayonnaise. Serve the fish with a dollop of sriracha mayo on top!
I served this with oven garlic roasted vegetables.
1 tablespoon sesame oil
Chop mango, avocado and onion and mix together with the prawns.
Squeeze the lime juice and blend together with sesame oil, chili and cilantro and keep cool until serving.
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.
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.
Earlier this week I went to Costco and could not believe my eyes when I saw they already brought out the Christmas decoration and what I thought was even more weird was that there were people putting the stuff in their carts!
Anyhow at my house the summer is far from over so last night me and Freddie had a “Pizza Date Night” on the patio before Laura and her crew came to join us for a glass of wine.
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
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!
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!
Last christmas I got a book called perfect pairings by Evan Goldstein. I love wine but I don’t know too much about it but last night I picked up the book and started to flip through it when I thought I would carefully make my choice of wine to compliment the food…
Goldstein mentions that Merlot goes well with grilled food as well as citrus and green vegetables, tomatoes and garlic and fresh herbs.
So I went to Fresh Food Market and picket out a nice cut of filet mignon and a bottle of Merlot from Chateau St Jean and started to prepare our dinner.
Moroccan Salsa (recipe by Jonas Brossen) 2 servings
Mix the ingredient together and store in a cool place until serving.
I love my meat medium raw and Freddie grilled the it to perfection so when it was time to eat I served the meat and the salsa on a bed of Arugula and roasted fennel, red onion and asparagus topped of with a balsamic glaze.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂