How To Make Your Own Nut Butter

kitchen May 05, 2019

Okay, making your own nut butter is insanely easy and you know what's so awesome with making your own?

You can make it exactly the way you want!

Want it without extra fatty oils? Skip it! Addicted to anything chocolate, add cacao. Or maybe cinnamon, pumpkin spice, salt, vanilla? So many options!! Can you tell I am excited?

The best part is that it only takes like 5-10 minutes for most nuts.

All you need is nuts and a food processor. I would imagine it would work with a high power blender as well but I don't have one so can't tell you for sure. But you learn by trying, right?

Note, almonds are a bit drier than peanuts and hazelnuts so it will take longer in the food processor. It will come to a point where you think nothing is going to happen and your food processor looks like it may or may not blow up, push through that and before you know it, you will see it turning creamy. It can take as much as 25 minutes. You might find yourself having to scrape down the sides as well in the...

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Everyone's Favorite Pad Thai (Recipe)

kitchen Apr 28, 2019

(svensk version, klicka här)

This is the Pad Thai recipe that will make all of your friends and family brag about you. Seriously. I first posted this recipe on another blog over a year ago and people are still tagging me in it over on Instagram.

I've always LOVED Pad Thai but whenever I ordered it, it made me feel heavy and greasy. I decided to play around with it and now this recipe is one of my absolute favorites. My best friend doesn't even want to order pad thai at restaurants anymore because it disappoint compared to this one, hehe...

This recipe uses fresh ingredients, little extra veggies and much less sodium! 

I've been doing a little sneak releases of this baby over on the gram with hundreds of dm's asking about the recipe, but I almost felt it was too good to share ( I want it all to myself)... but it's also too good NOT to share. So I guess I'll be nice...

ingredients

10oz rice noodles
1/2 pack of firm tofu (or another choice of protein)
2 tbsp oil (I use canola or...

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Golden Turmeric- Smoothie Recipe

kitchen Apr 14, 2019

It’s fresh, light, citrusy, and packed with anti-inflammatory properties. I actually made this because I am soooo sore from yesterdays yoga practice and both ginger and turmeric can help reduce that.

Ingredients

1 orange
1 banana, preferably frozen
1-2 inch fresh ginger
1 tsp turmeric powder (or if you have fresh, add that)
1 cup water
1 cup coconut milk
* optional, add two dates.

For the coconut milk, I always keep some in the fridge so that the thick part and the coconut water separates and then I take more of the thick part to make the smoothie creamier. Makes sense? It was almost a little confusing for me too.

Just mix it all and add ice if you want.

Let me know in the comments if you tried it!

Xo,

Mandy

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A Little Slice of Hawaii- A├žai Bowl Recipe

kitchen Apr 08, 2019

I made this açai bowl one day when I couldn't stop daydreaming about Hawaii, probably because my hibiscus plant was in full bloom.

INGREDIENTS

1 Pineapple

1 Açaí frozen pack

1/2 frozen banana

Frozen berries

Banana

Coconut milk

Granola

Raw honey or Agave

Edible flowers (optional)

HOW TO

Place the pineapple in the refrigerator upside down for at least 30 minutes to draw the juice away from the bottom. Cut the pineapple in half and gut out the fruit, save to be used as a topping. Make the açaí by mixing the frozen pack, the 1/2 banana and the berries in the mixer. Add a small amount of coconut milk and look if you need to add more. Always adding a little so you don’t get it watered down. Once finished; hopefully, it’s nice, smooth and creamy, add it to your pineapple bowl and then add your toppings as suggested above or of choice! Sprinkle on top with honey or agave for a sweeter taste. 

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Kumquat Kale Salad With Parmesan

kitchen Apr 07, 2019

The whole reason this Kumquat Kale Salad came to life was because one of my neighbors has this giant kumquat tree and I wanted to figure out a way to cook with them. It was driving me insane with how much was being wasted and there’s just so many kumquats a girl can eat just on their own. I’m honestly thinking of making some sort of kumquat marmalade, what do you guys think?

Any other kumquat tips are highly appreciated! 

With that said, if you don’t live in Southern California, kumquats might not be as easy for you to find so feel free to opt out or add anything else, like oranges or tangerines. 

The magic is really in the Orange Tahini dressing, everything else is just a bonus.

This is delicious on its own but could also work as a side dish or just adding some protein in it (salmon, chicken, quinoa etc.)

For the past few days, I’ve been incorporating it into several meals.

If anything you are definitely going to want to save this recipe for...

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How To Make Your Own Nut Milk

kitchen Apr 07, 2019

Okay I have a confession to make, this is actually a section from one of my (and my girl Noelle’s) ebooks, 30 Day Body Project ll - Smoothies.

But there was just no way I couldn’t share this with all of you because…
ONE, it’s ridiculously easy….
TWO, it’s way more delicious than store bought and no weird preservatives or other ingredients…
THREE, you don’t need to buy any more plastic or single use waste if you do this on your own.

This is especially for my busy mamas and broke college students because it takes literally just a couple of minutes and you save money by making your own.

1. Get in a habit of stocking up on nuts

Whichever nut you prefer, play around with it and don’t be afraid to mix them up. Buy in bulk. It’s way cheaper to buy in bulk instead of those little prepackaged plastic bags.
Want to make it cheaper? Mix your nuts with a grain like rice.

2. Soak your nuts.

Make it a routine to keep soaked nuts in your...

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Lavender & Raspberry Chia Puddings Recipe

kitchen Feb 24, 2019

Over on Instagram today, I started talking about the amount of junk food I used to eat and that I used to think it was the easy way because let's face it, it's very very accessible. 
I've been having conversations with my family and friends lately about this, that we have turned into such an instant gratification and no effort -culture and many of us have stopped appreciating the beauty of simplicity and progress. Or we might appreciate it, but we don't like doing the job ourselves.

Being from Sweden, a land that is known as farmland, and as a land of simplicity and minimalism; I've started to find my way back to my roots again.

I now almost exclusively buy fresh produce and barely anything that comes packaged, and for being someone who hated cooking before, now it's all I do.

And my reason for hating cooking was not for any other reason than the fact that I was lazy/too tired/too busy/it was too messy/too much effort/it doesn't taste good when I do it- excuses I was...

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Gazpacho Andaluz

kitchen Feb 10, 2019

I LOVE this (cold) soup so much. 
It's refreshing and healthy but feels like comfort food even though it's jammed packed with antioxidants. Native to southern Spain's Andalusia, it has a smell that takes me right back to childhood memories of growing up in Europe. 

There are different variations to this specialty, but this is how I've been making it. I think the most important part, is the quality of your produce, especially your tomatoes.
You want to find ripe and firm tomatoes that smell like they came fresh from the vine. 
When you pick out a loaf of bread, pick out one with a crusty exterior and soft juicy inside.

The soup

2 slices of sourdough or country bread, crust removed and soaked in water, then squeezed dry

2 small cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped 

1 small yellow onion, chopped (or half of a regular sized onion)

2 gloves of garlic, minced

2 1/2 lbs of tomatoes, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
(I peel these tomatoes together with the...

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