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Fried eggplant

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Fried eggplant is one of my favorite side dishes to meals! Slice the eggplant and fry the slices in olive oil. You have to use quite a bit of oil since they soak up the oil very quickly. Add a touch of salt and fry until the slices get soft and get a nice color. Enjoy! :)

Real Food Basics Week 24 - Eggplant (Aubergine)

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Eggplant, or aubergine as it's called in most of the world, is one of few fruits that you should never eat raw (yes it's actually a fruit, not a vegetable!). Because of it's unique skin, eggplant is one produce that is not as important to buy organic. Eggplant is often called "poor man's meat" because when cooked well it has a little similar taste to meat. My favorite meat & eggplant...
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Thai soup

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​I think I may use coconut milk every time I make a soup! Both in creamy soups and broth soups; coconut milk just makes every soup taste amazing!! But one of my all time favorite soups to make which also just happens to be one of the very quickest meals you can make, is Thai soup! What you need: ​water frozen stir-fry vegetable mix cooked chicken coconut milk curry seasoning salt & pepper...
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Coconut chips - Healthy snack

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Coconut chips (RAW or roasted) are a great snack to have with you if you get hungry on the go. You can either eat them as is, or make your own mix by adding some nuts or seeds together with the coconut chips. My favorite mixture is coconut chips, cashew nuts, almonds, and a little bit of dried unsweetened mango. YUM! :)

Real Food Basics Week 23 - Coconut

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Coconuts are by far one of my favorite foods!! So healthy, so good, and so filling. I love that you can use every part of the coconut, both the flesh as coconut chips or grated coconut, coconut butter (ground up shredded coconut), coconut flour (ground from dried, defatted coconut meat), coconut water, and coconut milk. You can use coconut for both breakfast, lunch, dinner, sna...
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Oven-baked red onions

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​I love to bake red onions in the oven, often together with root vegetables like carrots, parsnips, turnips, and sometimes sweet potato. Cut up red onion into bigger pieces (I often do quarters) and place on a baking sheet or in an oven form. Drizzle on some olive oil or melted coconut oil, stir it around to disperse the oil, and add some salt and herbs or seasonings of your choice. Bake in t...
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Real Food Basics Week 22 - Red Onion

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Red onions are my favorite onion during springtime. They have a bit more gentle taste than yellow onions and are therefore not as strong when eaten raw. I love to add red onions to all kinds of salads, as well as also sauteing them or adding them to soups, just like yellow onions. Red onions contain a lot of antioxidants and nutrients, so I make sure to use onions as often as possible! Sometimes r...
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Sugar free lemonade

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What you need: ​ 100 ml  lemon juice ( approx  2-3 lemons)  600 ml water 0.8 ml stevia extract or liquid stevia to taste How to make it: Freshly squeeze the lemons or buy already squeezed lemon juice without additives. Mix the lemon juice with water and desired amount of stevia extract. Use a little at a time and taste until you get the perfect amount of sweetness.&nb...
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Real Food Basics Week 21 - Lemons

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LEMONS!!! Even though lemons are sour to taste, the are actually alkalizing to the body and they also gently help the body to detox. Lemons contain a lot of vitamin C so also help boost the immune system. I drink lemon water on a regular basis and love making stevia sweetened lemonade on a sunny day! Lemon goes really well with both salmon, as decoration, and in desserts; sugar...
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Quinoa Tabbouleh

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 I've always loved tabbouleh because of all the fresh mint and parsley! Here's a gluten free version with quinoa instead of bulgur. What you need: ​quinoa tomatoes cucumber fresh mint leaves fresh parsley green onion / spring onion olive oil apple cider vinegar lemon juice garlic salt & pepper How to make it: ​Cook the quinoa and let cool. Cut up the tomatoes, cucumbers, and gre...
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Chimichurri sauce

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Have you ever tried chimichurri sauce on a steak or grilled chicken? It's amazing beyond words!! This is a simple and quick way to make a chimichurri sauce. What you need: ​ parsley garlic cloves olive oil wine vinegar (red or white) lemon juice red onion oregano salt & pepper How to make it: ​ ​Chop up a bunch of parsley in a food processor. Add some garlic cloves (around 2-3 garlic cloves pe...
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Real Food Basics Week 20 - Parsley

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Parsley is one of many healthy herbs that can be used in a multitude of ways!! Parsley originated from southern Europe around the Mediterranean Sea. Maybe that's why it goes so well with garlic? ;) Parsley contains a really impressive amount of vitamin K (over 500% of daily recommended value), and also contains a good amount of vitamin C and A. Parsley has a mild detoxing effect on ...
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Egg salad with green onions

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Green onions are delicious in all kinds of salads!! Like in this egg salad... What you need: ​hard boiled eggs tomatoes green onions chives red onion salt & pepper mayonnaise (made with avocado, olive, or coconut oil) - or Greek yogurt How to make it: ​ ​Chop up all the ingredients. Blend together the ingredients with a little mayonnaise or Greek yogurt.  Season with salt and pepper....
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Roasted green onions

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What you need: 1 bunch green or spring onions olive oil sea salt and pepper How to do it: ​Preheat oven to 200ºC/400ºF. Place onions on a baking pan.  Drizzle some olive oil and make sure they each get covered in oil (use your hands). Season with salt and pepper. Roast onions for about 20 minutes, until they get golden brown.

Real Food Basics Week 19 - Green Onions

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Green onions, also called scallions, are one of the green stars of spring! Once they become more mature they form a larger white onion bulb at the bottom and are then called spring onion. Different ways of eating green onions: Sliced raw in salads. Sliced in soups. With other herbs in salad dressings. Baked or grilled. You can  freeze sliced up  green onion and then add de...
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Greek Salad

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Olives are an important ingredient in Greek salads. I like to make Greek inspired salads with dark leafy greens (in this case spinach), cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese, and olives. I then drizzle on some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and maybe add a dash or herb salt. Now add your protein of choice to the salad and you have yourself a complete meal! My favorite proteins for thi...
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Tapenade

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Tapenade is a Provençal dish made of finely chopped or puréed olives, capers, and olive oil. I also like to add garlic when I make tapenade. :) What you need: ​ pitted olives (about 400g/14oz) capers (about 1 tbsp) olive oil garlic (optional, about 1-2 cloves) Put the olives, capers and garlic into a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add a little drizzle of olive oil ...
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Real Food Basics Week 18 - Olives

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Olives are high in antioxidants and healthy fat that's really good for the body. If you ever try an olive oil that kind of burns your throat a bit, that's a sign that it has a high amount of antioxidants in it, so that's only a good thing! Olive oil is my go to for salads, creating a quick salad dressing with simply olive oil, apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar, and seasonings....
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Spinach & artichoke dip

Spinach & artichoke dip
If you've boiled or steamed an artichoke and eaten the leaves, you'll be left with the heart, at the center of the artichoke. Probably the most common way to use artichoke heart is in spinach and artichoke dip. Now you can buy artichoke hearts in some stores, but they're usually in sunflower oil or other unhealthy oils, so I personally avoid buying ready made artichoke hearts. But if you can't buy...
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Steamed artichoke

Steamed artichoke
​This is really the main way I learned how to eat artichokes growing up. Once you're done eating all the leaves, you can save the artichoke heart and make a really easy and delicious spinach artichoke dip with it. Wash the artichoke and cut off the stems. You can either steam, boil or bake an artichoke. I prefer to boil or steam it since it keeps it more moist. Just put the artichoke and stems in ...
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Real Food Basics Week 17 - Artichoke

Real Food Basics Week 17 - Artichoke
Artichokes bring back child hood memories for me as I remember loving to "pick" the leaves of the artichoke and get to dip them in melted butter. Now, since I grew up in the "scared of fat" and "fat free" era, butter was not a part of my every day life. So that made eating artichokes even more exciting for me, because I got to dip something in BUTTER!! Fast forward over 20 years, and research now ...
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Chocolate mousse with avocado

Chocolate mousse with avocado
Chocolate mousse has got to be one of my favorites, because it's so simple to make and so delicious to eat! But we all know that too much sugar is one of the biggest problems in today's society, causing a huge rise in sickness and disease. A lot of people are even addicted to sugar, which is not so strange since sugar has been shown to even be more addictive than cocaine ! I used to be addicted to...
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Stuffed avocado halves

Stuffed avocado halves
Avocado halves are really easy to fill to create a nice meal, snack, or appetizer. Here I added shrimp to the creamy radish & carrot slaw I shared with you last week, and filled the avocado halves with that, and it was incredibly good!! Click here to find out how to make the creamy radish & carrot slaw.

Guacamole

Guacamole
Guacamole is so simple to make! And the really nice thing is that you don't need to follow a recipe exactly in order to make good guacamole. All you need are the right ingredients, and then use the quantities you like. What you need: avocados tomatoes yellow onion garlic powder salt & pepper cumin lemon juice cilantro (fresh coriander) Quickest way is just putting everything in a food processo...
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Avocado with cottage cheese

Avocado with cottage cheese
This has been one of my favorite snacks or light go to meals for years! It's both quick to make and really delicious. Add some herb salt or garlic salt on top, and it's ready! One avocado half can be eaten as a snack or eat both halves as a quick lunch when you're busy. The fiber and healthy fats in the avocado and the protein in the cottage cheese will help keep you full for a long time, without ...
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Real Food Basics Week 16 - Avocados

Real Food Basics Week 16 - Avocados
Avocado is actually a fruit. But instead of being high in sugar and carbohydrates, it's high in healthy fats and fiber that are really important for a healthy immune system and metabolism. Did you know that avocado contains even more potassium than bananas? And the fats in avocado are good both for both heart health, skin, and hair. Avocado oil is the vegetable/seed oil with the highest smoking po...
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Creamy radish & carrot slaw

Creamy radish & carrot slaw
This is an AWESOME way to use a lot of radishes! And even if you don't like radishes, TRY this!! I think you'll like it even if you don't usually like radishes. What you need: shredded radishes shredded carrots fresh dill & chives salt & pepper mayonnaise* (or Greek yogurt) How to do it: Mix the shredded radishes and shredded carrots. Squeeze any excess juice out of the shredded carrots so...
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Radishes in salads

Radishes in salads
One of the easiest and most common ways to eat radishes are simply cutting them up and adding them to a salad. The combinations are endless, so just use what you have at home. In this example I used butter lettuce because that was the only type of lettuce I had at home. Then I added tomatoes, radishes, and feta cheese. You can add any other vegetables to it as well of course, like cucumber, bell p...
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Real Food Basics Week 15 - Radishes

Real Food Basics Week 15 - Radishes
Radishes are both a bit sweet and have a unique spiciness to them that not a lot of vegetables have, but a lot of people who do like radishes don't buy them regularly because they don't know how to really eat them or use them in cooking. Radishes are a part of the Brassicaceae family ​, same family as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. All the vegetables in this family ar...
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The New Web - Businesses Connecting with Customers

The New Web - Businesses Connecting with Customers
I believe the web is a lot simpler than we are making it out to be. The whole concept of building a website is less about the website and more about the space you create for connection. I've been a web designer/developer and programmer for almost 20 years. The past 10 years I have been a consultant to web and advertising agencies. I've gotten to see a lot of websites and a lot of businesses. I see...
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Asparagus with creamy balsamic & pine nuts

Asparagus with creamy balsamic & pine nuts
This is my absolute favorite way of eating asparagus! It's more expensive because of the pine nuts, but that also makes it a perfect dish for special occasions. You can of course skip the pine nuts or replace them with sunflower seeds for a cheaper version of the dish. Enjoy! What you need: Asparagus Olive oil Sea salt Balsamic vinegar Pine nuts What you do: Break off the hard/white ends of the as...
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Asparagus with olive oil & lemon

Asparagus with olive oil & lemon
You can also cook asparagus by blanching it in hot water for about 2 min on the stove! What you need: asparagus olive oil lemon juice salt Rinse the asparagus and cut into smaller pieces. Put in a pot with boiling water and let simmer for 2 minutes. Strain and toss with olive oil, a dash of lemon juice, and sea salt. Optional: Sprinkle Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast over the asparagus for an...
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Ovenbaked asparagus

Ovenbaked asparagus
It's really easy to cook asparagus in the oven and only takes 10-15 min! What you need: asparagus coconut oil or olive oil salt What to do: Start by rinsing the asparagus and breaking off the hard white ends of each stalk. Place in an oven safe form and drizzle olive oil (or melted coconut oil) on top. Season with salt and any other seasonings you want. (Garlic + Salt = The Perfect Combo!!) Bake i...
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Real Food Basics Week 14 - Asparagus

Real Food Basics Week 14 - Asparagus
For me, asparagus has always felt like a more "fancy" vegetable since we mainly ate it on special occasions when I was growing up. Maybe because it wasn't as widely available or because it was a more expensive vegetable in Sweden at the time. So even though I eat more asparagus now than in my childhood, it still makes me feel that the dinner becomes extra fancy for some reason. Asparagus looks kin...
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Asian Green Beans

Asian Green Beans
This combination is AMAZING!!! When I made this the first time, my dad kept telling me how incredibly good it was! What you need: Green beans Yellow onion Coconut oil or butter Mushrooms Tamari sauce How to make it: Cut the onion in half and then slice thinly. Cut the mushrooms into smaller pieces. Fry the onion and mushrooms in coconut oil or butter. Add some tamari sauce (soy sauce without wheat...
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Green beans with garlic

Green beans with garlic
This is probably the most common way I make green beans at home. What you need: Green beans Yellow onion Coconut oil or butter Garlic & salt Start by frying up chopped onion in coconut oil or butter on the stove. Add some salt and a few crushed/pressed cloves of garlic, or use garlic powder. Add the frozen green beans and cook on medium temperature until done. Don't over-cook them as they then...
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Real Food Basics Week 13 - Green Beans (Haricot Verts)

Real Food Basics Week 13 - Green Beans (Haricot Verts)
Green beans can be used in a multitude of ways. Steam whole and have as a side. Make a healthier green bean casserole ( like this one ), or cut them up and put into a vegetable soup! Personally, I prefer to steam the fresh ones and fry the frozen ones, as steaming frozen green beans usually ends up in them getting mushy and over-cooked. Green beans work with a lot of different flavorings! Try usin...
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Simple Quinoa Salad with Peas

Simple Quinoa Salad with Peas
​This salad is very simple to make and is also perfect to bring to a potluck or picnic! You can either use olive oil and vinegar or make a creamy dressing with yogurt or mayo as a base. And you can of course add any other ingredients you like as well or take any away. Use this as a base and inspiration to make your own creation! :)

Mashed peas with mint

Mashed peas with mint
Mashing peas might not be the first thing you think about when considering how to cook peas in a new way, but it is REALLY good!! The combination of lemon juice and mint together with peas give it a fun and fresh flavor that works perfect together with lamb or steak. We've also had it with white fish and even that was a great combination so it's a very versatile side dish. :) What you need: Peas M...
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Real Food Basics Week 12 - Green Peas

Real Food Basics Week 12 - Green Peas
Green Peas are often easily liked by people of all ages. Steamed peas are seen on the dinner table at lots of families with small children as the parents know that it's something that their children will have an easy time enjoying. Maybe it's the slightly sweet, not too strong flavor, or maybe it's the fact that green peas are really fun for a toddler to eat with their hands or try to pick up with...
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Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted Chickpeas
Roasted chickpeas are a fun snack that's lower in carbohydrates and higher in protein than popcorn and many other common salty and crispy snacks. Try making roasted chickpeas for your next movie night or bring with you as a quick snack on the go! What you need: Chickpeas Olive oil or coconut oil salt & spices Here is how to roast chickpeas on the stove: Dry the chickpeas with a towel to get ri...
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Homemade Hummus in 5 min

Homemade Hummus in 5 min
What you need: 1 can chickpeas (400 grams/15oz) 3 garlic cloves 1 tbsp lemon juice 4 tbsp tahini (sesame paste) 50 ml (approx. 1/4 cup) water salt, cumin & black pepper to taste olive oil How you make it: Mix the drained chickpeas in a food processor with lemon juice, garlic, water, and salt. Add tahini and spices. (If you can't find tahini you can use whole sesame seeds, it just won't be as s...
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Real Food Basics Week 11 - Chickpeas

Real Food Basics Week 11 - Chickpeas
Chickpeas are a good source of protein and fiber, and can help control blood sugar, improve digestion, and protect against heart disease. If you have IBS or other intestinal problems however, you want to be careful with eating chickpeas. Also, chickpeas are not a part of a paleo diet since paleo excludes all legumes, including chickpeas. There are lots of people though who eat paleo-inspired, but ...
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Oven-baked celery root & Jerusalem artichoke

Oven-baked celery root & Jerusalem artichoke
​Wash and peel celery root & Jerusalem artichokes. Cut up in smaller sizes; either in cubes or like fries. Drizzle some olive oil on top and mix together to disperse the oil evenly over the root vegetables. Roast in the oven on 200 ° C/400 ° F for about 20 min - until root vegetables are cooked through and have a little crispy surface. Add salt, herbs, garlic, or any type of seasoning you want...
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Fried Celery Root

Fried Celery Root
A fun way of cooking celery root is cutting it up into thin slices, dipping the pieces in egg (whipped up with a fork), and then frying the pieces on the stove until they're cooked through (get soft). I know it may sound weird, but it's really good and doesn't take long at all to make!!

Real Food Basics Week 10 - Celery Root

Real Food Basics Week 10 - Celery Root
​Celery root is another fun root vegetable that a lot of people have never tried, simply because it may look a bit intimidating at the grocery store! And while it's definitely not the prettiest of vegetables, remember it's the inside that counts, right?! ;) Celery root has a fun flavor that combines really well with other root vegetables in stews, mashes, and baked in the oven. It's really easy to...
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Mashed Jerusalem Artichokes

Mashed Jerusalem Artichokes
Like mashed potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes work great as a mashed side to many meals, but without all the fast carbohydrates that mashed potatoes give you. Mashed Jerusalem artichokes goes extremely well with a hearty stew, so you gotta try that! You can either mash the Jerusalem artichokes with or without skin. The skin is very nutritious so leaving that on is a great idea, but the mash will be a...
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Creamy Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

Creamy Jerusalem Artichoke Soup
​Creamy soups are SO easy to make!! When making a creamy soup with Jerusalem artichokes, we usually like combining it with cauliflower and onion, to give it more of a smooth flavor. You could also combine it with carrots or any other root vegetable as well, but cauliflower and Jerusalem artichoke is my favorite combination so far. My favorite flavoring for creamy soups is coconut milk and curry se...
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Real Food Basics Week 9 - Jerusalem Artichoke

Real Food Basics Week 9 - Jerusalem Artichoke
Jerusalem artichokes are really high in inulin, a prebiotic fiber that helps reduce constipation, curb appetite, help prevent colon cancer, and improve immunity. Both probiotic fiber and prebiotic fibers are needed for good gut health, and Jerusalem artichokes (also called sunchokes) are a great souce of the important prebiotic fibers that we can easily get too little of in today's society. Jerusa...
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Rutabaga Gratin

Rutabaga Gratin
​I had rutabaga gratin on my to-do list of things to make, but it took me a few years to actually get around to making it the first time, because I thought it would take a lot of time. Well, I was so wrong!! It's both simple to make AND everyone loved the way it tasted!! So now I try to make it once in a while for an extra fun meal that doesn't require much more time to prepare. What you need: rut...
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Ovenbaked Rutabaga fries

Ovenbaked Rutabaga fries
​Rutabaga fries are both delicious AND nutritious!  Wash and peel the rutabagas. Cut up into preferred sizes - I usually cut them into "fries". Drizzle some olive oil on top and mix together to disperse the oil evenly over the rutabagas. Place rutabaga fries on an oven sheet and roast in the oven on 200 ° C/400 ° F for about 20 min - until the rutabagas are cooked through and have&n...
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Mashed Rutabaga (Swedish Turnip)

Mashed Rutabaga (Swedish Turnip)
​Mashed rutabaga is almost as common as mashed potatoes in Sweden. At least it used to be when I grew up. Rutabagas are a great alternative to potatoes in many ways, as they contain much less carbohydrates than potatoes, and more nutrition as well.  Wash rutabagas and peel off the skin with a potato peeler. Cut rutabagas into medium sized squares and boil on the stove until soft enough to mas...
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Real Food Basics Week 8 - Rutabaga (Swedish Turnip)

Real Food Basics Week 8 - Rutabaga (Swedish Turnip)
This is a root vegetable with many names. Rutabaga is the most common name in North America, but it's also called Swedish turnip, or even just Swede. In Swedish it's "kålrot", meaning "cabbage/kale root". Rutabaga is a cross between cabbage and turnip, and it's thought to be originated from Sweden. The most common way of eating rutabagas in Sweden is "rotmos" ("root mash"); rutabaga mashed with bu...
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Cabbage & Carrot Salad

Cabbage & Carrot Salad
Cabbage salad is very convenient to make in large batches and keep in the fridge. Sometimes I make it with only cabbage and sometimes I add grated carrots.  What you need: white cabbage carrots (optional) olive oil apple cider vinegar salt pepper caraway (optional) Start by thinly slicing or shredding cabbage, either by hand or in a food processor. Add some grated carrots if you want, and mix...
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Stir fry with cabbage & salmon

Stir fry with cabbage & salmon
​Frying up thinly sliced white cabbage together with a source of protein is one of my favorite type of meals when I don't have a lot of time for cooking. I start by frying up thinly sliced cabbage. A lot of times I also add a chopped onion for both flavor and added nutrition, but only cabbage works as well. Then I add pieces of either salmon, chicken, or shrimp and stir it together. Add salt and p...
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Real Food Basics Week 7 - White Cabbage

Real Food Basics Week 7 - White Cabbage
​White Cabbage is one of the most versatile vegetables I know. Just like cauliflower, white cabbage can be used as a great substitute to fast carbohydrates for most meals. It's very low in carbohydrates and is instead high in fiber and nutrients, especially Vitamin C. White cabbage is also a member of the Brassica oleracea vegetable family, just like Brussels sprouts , kale , and red cabbage that ...
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Beet Salad with Goat Cheese

Beet Salad with Goat Cheese
When I boil red beets, I usually boil some extra so I can use it in...SALADS!! You have got to make this simple salad, it is SO GOOD!!...even just posting this video makes me want to make it again this week! What you need: Spinach Arugula Red Beets Red Onion Pomegranate Seeds What to do: Boil red beets in water with salt for about 20 min, until tender when pierced with a fork or tooth pi...
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Roasted Beets with Feta

Roasted Beets with Feta
Roasted red beets are so delicious! Most of the times we mix different root vegetables, like red beets, parsnips, carrots, and rutabagas with onion and roast together with olive oil and sea salt in the oven for about 15-20 min on 200 ° C/400 ° F. But sometimes we roast red beets by themselves, and then towards the end we add chunks of feta cheese to let them start melting in the oven. And it is SU...
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Real Food Basics Week 6 - Red Beets

Real Food Basics Week 6 - Red Beets
Beets are high in antioxidants and disease-fighting phytonutrients which act as cancer-preventive and are anti-inflammatory to the body. Beets are also, like carrots, high in the antioxidant lutein which promotes overall eye health and help protect the eyes from macular degeneration and cataracts. But believe it or not, it's actually the beet greens that have the highest amount of antioxidants, so...
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Super Simple Apple Cake

Super Simple Apple Cake
This is my husband's favorite apple cake! Super simple and delicious! We got really cold temperatures a few weeks ago (-0.4°F/-18°C) so it froze the rest of the stored apples from my parents apple trees this fall, even though the apples were in a glassed in balcony, covered in newspaper/mattress/blankets which usually works. So I can't even count the number of times my husband has made this apple ...
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Real Food Basics Week 5 - Apples

Real Food Basics Week 5 - Apples
​Apples are probably one of the most common fruits you can think of, but not everywhere. My parent's just came back from Sri Lanka where we're a part of funding an after school program on the eastern part of the island. My parents now went to meet with the teacher and some of the students that have been going through the program, and one question my mom asked the children was what their favorite f...
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From Sugar Addict to Sugar Free

From Sugar Addict to Sugar Free
​ I used to be addicted to sugar. This is my story. Click here to join the BETA launch of my new course "Less Sugar!" Have you ever struggled with sugar cravings? Have you ever wanted to cut down on sugar or cut out sugar completely in your diet, but felt like it was impossible? I've been there, and I'm here to tell you that it IS possible!!  My personal journey from struggle to freedom has g...
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The ULTIMATE Warm Cabbage Salad

The ULTIMATE Warm Cabbage Salad
Remember the story I shared with you about how I used to not like Brussels sprouts until just a few years ago? That my sister had made a dish for Christmas with Brussels sprouts in it and dared me to try it, even though she knew I REALLY didn't like Brussels Sprouts, and for the first time in my life I actually LIKED Brussels sprouts!! ...well, this is it!! This is THE salad I was tellin...
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Red Cabbage Salad

Red Cabbage Salad
My family always makes this salad during winter time in Sweden, as both red cabbage, pomegranate seeds, and oranges are in season during winter! The parsley adds great flavor and color to the already beautiful and delicious salad, and it keeps in the fridge for a few days so I usually make a large batch! :)

Red Cabbage & Brussels Sprout "Rice"

Red Cabbage & Brussels Sprout "Rice"
Have you ever heard of cauliflower "rice"? Since cauliflower has such a neutral flavor and is white, it really is a GREAT rice replacement in so many ways. Well, this is kind of similar to that, but with red cabbage & Brussels sprouts instead! It's not white and it doesn't taste like rice, but it has a great flavor combination and you can eat it instead of rice in meals. By eating "vegeta...
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Real Food Basics Week 4 - Red Cabbage

Real Food Basics Week 4 - Red Cabbage
Red cabbage is a wonderful vegetable that's a lot easier to use in cooking than many believe! So what can you do with this big head of cabbage you may have seen in your local grocery store but been hesitant to buy?  You can slice it up and eat it in a raw salad.  You can fry sliced red cabbage by itself or together in a stir fry.  You can add some in a soup You can chop it up really...
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Creamy Kale Soup

Creamy Kale Soup
This soup brings back wonderful childhood memories for me, probably because my mom usually made a soup with nettles that tastes very similar to this kale soup. It's usually eaten with boiled egg halves, to add some extra protein to the meal. Here's what you need to make the soup: 600 grams (21 oz) fresh or frozen kale 1 yellow onion 1 liter (1 quart) water salt & pepper to taste garlic (option...
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Kale Chips

Kale Chips
Have you ever tried kale chips? They're salty, crunchy, and also kind of melt in your mouth. Perfectly healthy chips that are also easy to make! You can season with only sea salt, or you can add different fun seasonings to "spicen" things up. Cut away the stems and then cut leaves into bite sized pieces. Place all the leaves in a bowl with water and wash thoroughly, even if they're organic. Rememb...
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Green Drinks & Smoothies

Green Drinks & Smoothies
You can use kale for making a delicious green drink or smoothie! One of my personal favorites is water, kale, lemon, and ginger . Mix in a high speed blender and drink! I usually don't strain the drink to make it a juice, since you then miss the important fibers, but you also can strain it or make it in a juice press, if you prefer drinking it as a juice. You can also add kale in any type of smoot...
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Sautéed Kale - Simple & Delicious!

Sautéed Kale - Simple & Delicious!
One simple and delicious way of eating kale is sautéing it with onion. Fits perfectly with fried eggs as breakfast! You can also add mushrooms and other vegetables to the mix and either eat it as a side to a meal, or as a delicious omelette filling! Kale is such a versatile vegetable and it works great with a multitude of seasonings. Try seasoning sautéed kale with garlic, curry seasoning, or an h...
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Real Food Basics Week 3 - Kale

Real Food Basics Week 3 - Kale
Kale is a part of the cancer-fighting cruciferous vegetable family (just like Brussels Sprouts - #RealFoodBasics week 1 ) and is rich in both iron, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, as well as lutein and many other nutrients. Just remember that kale is one of the most important vegetables to BUY ORGANIC as conventional kale contains some of the highest amounts of pesticides in the world. If you can...
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Bean Salad with Pomegranate Seeds

Bean Salad with Pomegranate Seeds
Do you think beans can sometimes be boring? Not this amazing bean salad. It's a perfect side dish to really any type of meal - try it and be amazed!! ​ :) What you need: Red Lentils Kidney Beans Chick Peas Pomegranate Seeds Parsley Lemon Juice Olive Oil Herb Salt Cumin This is just a suggestion. Use whatever amounts of these ingredients as you wish, or change up the ingredients depending on what y...
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Pomegranate Seeds + Desserts = YUM!

Pomegranate Seeds + Desserts = YUM!
Pomegranate seeds go great as topping on desserts!  Because YES, you can still enjoy desserts even if you've decided to quit sugar. You just choose better ingredients to make the desserts with, and there's a lot of options! :) One quick and easy dessert I made last weekend, completely without recipe, was an amazing chocolate pudding topped with pomegranate seeds. Here's how I made it: I ...
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Panna cotta with coconut milk

Panna cotta with coconut milk
I made this amazing dairy free & sugar free panna cotta for New Year's Eve 2016. Here's the simple recipe I use when I make panna cotta, and then I sometimes add different flavorings, like licorice powder, cardamon, cinnamon, vanilla extract, lime juice, mango puree, etc. The variations are endless! :) Here's the basic recipe: 1/2 tsp gelatin powder 200 ml coconut milk (full fat) 1 tbsp xylito...
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Avocado & Pomegranate salad

Avocado & Pomegranate salad
​Pomegranate seeds are great in both warm and cold salads and this is one of my all time favorite salads that I'm sharing with you here. The combination of all these delicious vegetables with salty feta and sweet pomegranate seeds is amazing! You can eat this salad as a side dish to a meal or as a snack. You can also eat this as the main dish by just adding some extra protein like beans, eggs...
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Breakfast Ideas with Pomegranate Seeds

Breakfast Ideas with Pomegranate Seeds
Pomegranate seeds are great as topping on yogurt or chia pudding for breakfast or as a snack. Yogurt Try coconut flakes, cinnamon, and chopped walnuts as a great healthy alternative to the sugary cereal you find in stores today. Sprinkling some pomegranate seeds on top adds a bit of a sweet touch to the yogurt, without spiking your blood sugar too much. I recommend you always choose full fat yogur...
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Real Food Basics Week 2 - Pomegranate Seeds

Real Food Basics Week 2 - Pomegranate Seeds
​Pomegranate seeds are juicy and sweet seeds from the pomegranate fruit that contain very high levels of polyphenols (anti-oxidants). Anti-oxidants help cleanse your body from free radicals, which can cause cell damage that leads to many chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and even the process of aging. So it's important for your health to choose foods that contain a lot of a...
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Omelette with Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

Omelette with Sautéed Brussels Sprouts
An omelette with Brussels sprouts?! It may sound a bit strange and you may have never thought of putting Brussels sprouts in an omelette before, but I think you'll be surprised at how good it is! I cut the Brussels sprouts in half, sliced them up thinly, and then sautéed with diced onion, butter (or coconut oil), and garlic salt. I would have totally added mushrooms into the mix, but just used wha...
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Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts
My favorite way of eating Brussels Sprouts is oven roasted! You can add onion, parsnips, bell pepper, carrots, or other vegetables as well. Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts are super delicious and easy to make! :) This video is a part of my series #RealFoodBasics where I focus on a new vegetable or fruit each week of 2017, and give you inspiration for how you can use it in cooking. My hope is that th...
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Real Food Basics Week 1 - Brussels Sprouts

Real Food Basics Week 1 - Brussels Sprouts
Brussels Sprouts are one of my top go to vegetables during winter time...and to think I didn't start liking them until very recently! I even had nightmares about Brussels Sprouts growing up!! (no joke, haha!) The problem was I had only ever tasted overcooked boiled Brussels Sprouts, with NO butter and NO salt or other seasoning. Brussels Sprouts were ALWAYS on the Christmas table each year, and I ...
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#RealFoodBasics

#RealFoodBasics
This week I'm starting a series that I call #RealFoodBasics where I will focus on a new vegetable or fruit each week of 2017, and give you inspiration for how you can use it in cooking. My hope is that this series will empower you to cook more without the need of a recipe. Recipes are great, but a lot of people don't feel confident to buy groceries and later cook up a meal without having a recipe ...
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Breakfast

Breakfast
Learning to balance blood sugar is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Breakfast is the first thing you eat during the day, and what you choose to eat for breakfast can affect your body and mind the rest of the day. A breakfast with high sugar and fast carbohydrate will send your blood sugar soaring and then quickly crashing, causing sugar cravings, mood swings, and lack o...
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Ice chocolate with nuts

Ice chocolate with nuts
What you need: 200 grams (7 oz) sugar free dark chocolate 100 grams (3.5 oz) coconut oil Chopped nuts Unsweetened dried cranberries (optional) What to do: Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a water bath. Chop the nuts and stir into the chocolate mixture. Pour the mixture into molds and let cool. If you live where it's warmer, store these in the fridge since they melt quicker than normal chocola...
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Ice Chocolate

Ice Chocolate
"Ice chocolate" is a traditional Swedish Christmas candy with 2 simple ingredients! The base is melted chocolate and coconut oil that you mix together and then let cool in small forms (a ice cube tray works too!). You can use cold pressed coconut oil or deodorized coconut oil, depending on if you want the coconut flavor or not. This candy is a fun and yummy way of getting more coconut oil into you...
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Chili Hot Chocolate

Chili Hot Chocolate
Before we quit eating sugar in 2007, my husband and I used to LOVE getting Mayan Mochas at Chuao Chocolatier in San Diego. This hot chocolate hits the same spot, but without feeling terrible from eating lots of sugar. Try it and let me know what you think! :) What you need: 500 ml milk or milk alternative (for example almond milk or coconut milk) 1/3 chili fruit, thinly sliced 2 tbsp xylitol (birc...
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Macha Tea Latte

Macha Tea Latte
What you need: 1.5 tsp matcha tea powder 1 tbsp hot water - not boiling 250 ml milk/almond milk (or 125 ml water and 125 ml full fat coconut milk) Sweetener (optional): xylitol or stevia extract after taste What to do: Put matcha tea powder in a cup. Pour the hot water and whisk until no lumps are left. The result should be smooth and foamy. (I use a small electric milk foamer to whisk it together...
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Scrambled eggs with broccoli

Scrambled eggs with broccoli
This is my favorite breakfast at the moment. Ummm…broccoli for breakfast?? YES, it's amazing!! Here's what you do… What you need: Broccoli (fresh) Eggs Coconut oil Salt & pepper Cut up the fresh broccoli and cook in a frying pan for about 5 min with a good amount of coconut oil. The broccoli will start absorbing the coconut oil quickly, so add a little extra. Remember, coconut oil is one of th...
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Strawberry Popsicles

Strawberry Popsicles
My sister made these awesome cream popsicles for her daughter's birthday party. She made two different ones - one with dairy and one without dairy. The light one is a strawberry ice cream and the darker one is a dairy free raspberry and strawberry ice cream with coconut milk instead of dairy. She sweetened the popsicles with xylitol and stevia extract . You can really use any sugar free ice cream ...
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Best sugar free ice cream EVER!!

Best sugar free ice cream EVER!!
OK. Seriously… My dad who always only likes vanilla ice cream (with a passion), said this was EVEN BETTER than vanilla. Say whaaat?! And my mom said it was the best ice cream she'd ever tasted…OK, enough bragging, haha, let's get to the recipe! ;) We used our normal sugar free vanilla ice cream recipe (which is like the best sugar free ice cream recipe in the world!) and then added…wait for it…car...
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Roasted Almonds

Roasted Almonds
OMG, these are amazing!!! Lots of flavor with a hint of salty and sweet. These roasted almonds are a great snack on the go, after working out or as dessert. Change up the seasonings and the variations are endless! For this batch we used blanched almonds but usually we use normal almonds with peel. Either way, both turn out great! We seasoned the almonds with a Garam Masala seasoning and then added...
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Simple Healthy Living!

Simple Healthy Living!
The easiest way to start living healthier is by simply eating more REAL food!! I know it can feel like it's easier said than done, but it really is that simple! The more real food you eat, the healthier you eat. Period. So what's real food? Well, it's not fast food, processed foods, sodas, and candy. It's vegetables, berries, eggs, fish, meat, beans, etc. Then you can of course start talking about...
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