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So lately there has been an influx of vegetarian and vegan products in the grocery stores here, something I’m happy about! There is a lot of vegan products that I can’t use because I’m allergic to Soy products, but recently there has been a lot of new products based on pea protein and other things that are completely soy free. A store chain here in Norway called Coop has released a whole lot of different things like beet burgers, mushroom burgers, corn sliders and what I had for dinner the other day, seasoned taco stuffing made from pea protein. They also have campaigns for meat free Mondays where they share recipes you could try and I really love this change. I’m not fully vegan but I go meat free as often as I can, gradually cutting down on my consumption when I find replacements that are soy free.

Here’s what I had, it totally looks meat, doesn’t it? My dad thought it was, stole a few pieces from the leftovers I brought them and was weirded out by the texture. It does taste great though and it worked well with tortillas, vegan cheese and iceberg lettuce. I usually have a lot more mixed in with my tacos but I couldn’t be bothered to go to the store to buy even more. Sometimes simple meals are the best meals. Do you ever choose vegan options over regular options? If you don’t then you should try it! You’ll feel better about choosing a more healthy lifestyle, just make sure to do it right.

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“Soy free” “0% meat or fish” “A source of protein, gluten free, sustainable”

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All you gotta do is fry it in some oil or butter for a few minutes.

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Day 3. Your favorite Christmas recipe/food

This is actually what we eat on the 25th, or, we used to eat it, before my grandmother just recently passed away. Every year on the 25th the whole family would gather at her place for dinner.

What we had was a whole trout, baked in the oven with dill, sliced lemons and loads of butter and spices. It was a lovely way to calm our stomachs down after a heavy Christmas dinner the night before. We had potatoes and pickled cucumber slices and heavy cream as side dishes. This pretty much sounds like a typical Norwegian meal, haha.

What you would need:

  • A whole trout (or two, depending on how many you are serving)
  • One whole lemon
  • Some dill
  • Any kind of butter, i would recommend herb butter if you can get your hands on that
  • Any spices you love to have with fish
  • Whatever you would like as side dishes.

All you need to do is to slice the fish open (it should have been cleaned out at the fisherman’s store) and fill it with the lemon, dill, butter and spices. This is generally an easy dinner to make, and it’s not that expensive either if you’re lucky enough to find a place that sells good trout. It’s kinda funny how they always advice us to eat more fish, then charge ridiculous prices for it. Anyways, this was not supposed to be a discussion about economics!

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What is your favorite Christmas recipe?

I’m all for making deliciously healthy pizzas, but sometimes i just want a quick fix, and then it doesn’t really matter what i put on it. I usually like putting veggies on it, like broccoli and spinach and so on but this time i decided to just go for fake cheese and pepperoni. The reason why i don’t use ‘real’ cheese is simply because dairy products and i don’t get along at all no matter how ‘lactose free’ they claim to be.

What i used:

  • Santa Maria Pizza Tortilla (you can use normal wheat tortillas too but they get crispy way too fast)
  • Peppes pizza sauce (tomato sauce from a pizza restaurant chain here in Norway)
  • Wilmersburger Pizzaschmelz (‘cheese’ made from coconut oil and other stuff)
  • Pepperoni

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After you’ve put what you want on your tortilla, all you need to do is bake it in the oven, it says to put it in on 250 degrees celsius but i found that to be too warm so i did 225. After 5 to 8 minutes the cheese should be melted and the tortilla should be slightly crispy around the edges.

It’s not the most filling meal with just one but it keeps me going for quite a while. The tortillas come in a pack of 4 so i could make two at a time if i want.

Do you ever make tiny pizzas for fun? 

‘Homemade’ whole grain  pizzas are my favorite! Ever since i began making them myself, I can’t even eat frozen pizza at all anymore. And since i can’t have dairy, it’s a whole lot easier to make them myself than to try to find a brand i can eat.

Below you will find my favorite combination of toppings.

Here’s what you will need:

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A third of an onion, preferably in whole rings. You can chop it up in tiny little cubes too if you want, i just like the rings better.

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Cut up cherry tomatoes (or any other tomatoes you like) and sliced mushrooms. I have no idea how many i used of each, i just cut up more after i started placing the toppings because somehow i never cut enough no matter how many i use.

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A pizza sauce of your choice, i love this basil and oregano tomato sauce.

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Thinly sliced ham, or any other kind of meat that you like. I like using normal or cured ham, depending on what taste i want. Pepperonis work too!

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A ‘healthy’ dough! I used a store bought flour  mix that only contains like 25% wheat flour, the rest is a mix of rye and oats i think. It only needs to be mixed with lukewarm water.

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After mixing it, leave it to rest for 10 minutes, it makes it easier to roll it out.

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After the 10 minutes are up, roll it out however thick you want it. I prefer it to be a bit more on the thinner side. If you want a more fluffy dough, leave it to rest at this point for 30 minutes.

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After it’s done resting (if you choose that step), start spreading the sauce and the toppings on the pizza. I’m sure you’re noticing that there’s no cheese, i would get a horrible stomach ache if i used any. I’ve found replacements but my local grocery store is always out of it so  i have just learned to live without it! After i’m done putting everything on there (i added some leftover broccoli that i had in the fridge), i put it in the oven on around 200 degrees Celsius for fifteen minutes. That is 392 degrees Fahrenheit.

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I kind of forgot it in the oven for a bit too long so some of the ham was overcooked so i replaced it with some fresh slices, it would have looked a bit more golden and cooked if that didn’t happen!

So this is the healthiest pizza i have made at least, usually i love topping it with bacon and all sorts of unhealthy crap.

What is your favorite kind of pizza? 

I found a recipe for a vegan sandwich online quite some time ago, i cannot quite remember where but it has been a part of my life since. I have omitted it a slight bit but it is still true to its origins.

Here is what you will need to recreate my version of it:

  • Bread of your choice, anything goes. I use white bread because my digestive system cannot handle ‘heavy’ food.
  • Some tomato sauce or other condiment to ‘glue’ the spinach onto the bread.
  • Fresh and newly washed spinach.
  • Some paprika, or bell peppers as its called.
  • Squash, preferably slightly thick slices.
  • Half of an avocado
  • Some spices and vegan butter to cook the veggies in. You can use oil too if you prefer that.

Since squash pretty much adapts to whatever flavor you add to it, the sandwich can end up tasting totally different every time you use it. You can also choose different kind of sauces to use between the bread and the spinach, i tend to use a slightly spicy tomato sauce.

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All you need to do is put some spinach onto the bread, toss the squash and the bell pepper into the frying pan along with some salt and pepper and any other spice you would wish to add.

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Once they are done cooking you arrange them on top of the spinach, i like to put down the squash first, then the bell pepper and then i scoop some avocado on top of it. If you want it to look fancy you can slice up the avocado instead. I’m really just too lazy to make it look pretty.

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You can choose to eat it with just the bottom slices of bread or add a second to the top. Usually i let the bread fry a bit in the leftover juices from the veggies but i forgot this time. And since i only use half of the avocado, i like to sprinkle the other half with some salt and eat it with the sandwiches.

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So there you go! This doesn’t take long to make, it really just depends on how well cooked you want your veggies to be!

Do you have any sandwich recipes that you love? Feel free to share them with me. They don’t have to be vegan, i just try to eat vegan often to keep my body in balance.

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