Chokladdoppade energibollar med kikärtor och jordnötssmör

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Wait, chickpea balls? Seemingly covered in chocolate? Calm down. It’s not as crazy as it might sound. Mike suggested a while back we could try making an energy ball using chickpeas as the main ingredient, his mind obviously thinking of ways to make these types of snacks nutrient dense and perfectly acceptable to munch on whenever. An overall balanced diet usually provides us with all the macro nutrients we need, thus no need for the protein-packed this or protein-packed that even for us mostly plant-based folks, but listen to the micro nutrient bonanza in these balls: heaps and heaps worth of folic acid, vitamins E and K plus B1, B3 and B6, selenium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, calcium, potassium and magnesium.

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3 varianter på bönröra

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Bean dips. Bean spreads. Hummuses. Staples of our fridge. Easiest things to make and best hanger-rescues there are. I could just keep going: they are cheap, packed with nutrients, easy to adapt based on season. Yesterday, we finished an entire tub as a mid-morning snack (actually, it was the butternut squash version you’ll see below that we dug into – it might very well be our favorite bean spread ever). Best afternoon-pick-me-up is a slice of bread, a thick layer of bean spread and a crispy vegetable on top. If we’re feeling fancy, we’ll go all in with a sprinkle of sesame seeds as well. Ah, the small things in life. Throw in some spring sun, which would mean snacking takes place while sitting on our deck, and we couldn’t ask for more! Appreciating those glorious moments in the day-to-day is key to contentment, we think. Taking the time to stop for a second, take in your surroundings, look up from the screens, notice the weather and the seasonal changes… to us, those are all crucial aspects of a life in harmony. And apparently, bean spreads can be a great help along the way!

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Choklad- och pumpamuffins

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This past summer, we made about a gazillion of these Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, using up the zucchinis that had grown waaaayyy too big for “normal” eating. We (obviously) ate a lot of muffins then, preferably when soaking up the sun somewhere, but we could also put many in the freezer for later. We literally just finished the last ones from the summer – which can serve as an indication of exactly how many we actually made – and so, it was time to make new muffins. Because really, isn’t it just unbeatable to have chocolate muffins in the freezer that you can defrost in no time and fend off any blood sugar dips with? It is to us, at least. But with no zucchinis on hand now, during the winter, what to do? Introducing: winter squash. With essentially endless storage possibilities, winter squashes can be used throughout the whole dark and cold season, all the way until the garden is back to former glory. By making a puree using butternut squash, you’ll end up with the most moist, borderline sticky, muffins ever. No dry crumbs here, be sure of it. I was, after all, raised by my mother – a fan of all things sweet and dessert-like, and with a strong preference for stickiness and gooeyness.

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Örtig potatis- och kålrotsgratäng

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We buy potatoes in a 5 kg (10 lbs) bag from the store. It’s the best. We store it our pantry, and can dip in there whenever we feel up for a quick and easy, yet filling, dinner. Boiled or roasted potatoes with veggie patties and a dipping sauce on the side is a hit any day of the week, and we’ve come to like it as the meal we eat the night before a long run. Definitely proudly fueled by potatoes, over here! Eating “regular” potatoes has been an ingrained part of my life since, well, forever – here in Sweden, most people have it at least a few times a week. But with the wave of low carb diets and whatnot that swept in some years ago, potatoes have gotten themselves a bad rap (and an unbelievably unfair such). Sweet potatoes are being adored left and right, thought of as something much “healthier” (oh we’re so sick of that word!) and overall ranked as a wiser dietary choice than regular spuds. Poor regular potatoes! We won’t give in to the potato-discriminators by giving space for a side-by-side comparison, but let’s just get a few things cleared out. Regular potatoes contain a touch more protein than sweet ones, but the latter has a little more fiber. They’re fairly equal as far as caloric value, and they contain a range of vitamins and minerals (although different ones) respectively. If sweet potatoes can be called a “superfood”, then regular potatoes can too – but we’d prefer it if we just eat nourishing food without labeling everything something. Ok?

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Snabblagad bönsallad med crunch

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In all honesty, this wasn’t meant to become a share-worthy recipe. We were making dinner a few weeks ago, and the scene was really a whole mishmash of leftovers, summer veggies pulled from the freezer and some potatoes from the pantry. We were lacking sufficient protein, so I decided to whip up a side salad with beans as the main ingredient, while Mike was managing the rest of the pots and pans. The outcome exceeded our expectations, reminded us of a dish we used to cook often back in New York, and left us if not hungry for more that day, as least interested in making it again. So we did. And then a third time. And after that, we deemed it recipe-worthy, so… here it is.

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Zucchinibiffar

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Ah, the loyal zucchini plant. It relentlessly produces shiny, green fruits at a mind-boggling rate, surprising us with new ones in the morning that we could have sworn weren’t there the night before. Some may run out of things to make with them, but so far, that hasn’t happened to us. There’s nothing better than heating up some of these patties on a chilly winter’s day, reminiscing the summer, and hey – making a giant batch for the freezer on a rainy August afternoon isn’t too bad of an activity. With that said, you don’t have to use 8 lbs/4 kg of zucchinis (our record batch) when you take these on. This recipe yields somewhere around 10-12 patties, and we think you’ll be hard pressed to find any leftovers. If you do, though – know that they do hold up very well in the freezer. As for the cheese, something a little bit aged is preferred, and use whatever onions you have on hand – white, red, yellow, leeks, scallions, it’s your pick. Same goes for the herbs – we’ve tried and tested parsley, dill, basil and oregano and they all offer a quite lovely injection of summer flavors. That’s it – go make these!

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