Dutch Oven Grain Bread

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The smell of freshly baked bread is hard to beat, and with Mike seriously getting into baking, there’s no shortage of it right now. Few things are more satisfying to stockpile in the freezer and few things make better impromptu lunches, in our opinion. The seed and grain topping makes this bread feel a little special and tastes great, but is by no means necessary. You can also easily make up your own blend based on what you happen to have on hand! Baking the bread in a cast iron dutch oven gives it that “bakery touch” – it makes the bread look extra pretty, it preserves moisture and the crust comes out perfect. However, you can most likely bake it on an oven sheet as well so don’t let the absence of a dutch oven stop you from giving this recipe a try. And note that this is a cold rise bread, meaning it’ll sit in the fridge overnight. We find that cold rises seem easier, because the work is divided over two days and feels less overwhelming. We hope you’ll agree!

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Baked Rutabaga Fries with Tahini-Yogurt Sauce

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Rutabaga, the forgotten root veggie superstar! Did you know rutabaga (or Swede, as it’s also – very fittingly – called) originated as a cross between turnip and cabbage? While more turnip-like looks-wise, if you close your eyes and only focus on the flavor, there’s definitely a subtle hint of regular cabbage coming through, which is so cool. Sometimes though, we have a bit of a hard time coming up with what to make with it, but that problem has been forever solved now – because these fries are downright amazing. The flavor is divine, the consistency the perfect combination between soft and crispy and the change of pace from potatoes indeed very welcome. Spreading the fries out in one layer and making sure to flip them all individually might seem like a big old hassle, but it really only takes a few extra minutes and once you’re seated for dinner, it’ll be well worth the effort. Good luck!

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Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Blondies

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We just couldn’t help ourselves – after we got completely hooked on these Black Bean Brownies we made a few months back, we’ve been eager to experiment with white beans in baking. While brownies are delicious, so are blondies – and all the testing in the kitchen eventually paid off. These peanut butter-chocolate blondies are both decadent and filling, and also give you a nice little boost of nutrients – plus, the recipe comes together quickly and doesn’t require a long list of ingredients either. We can’t get enough of these and hope you’ll like them just as much as we do – and hey, we love hearing about the recipes you try from here so let us know what you’ve made (and hopefully liked)! If you’re on Instagram, using #liveslowrunfar is an easy way to share with us what you’ve been cooking up. Otherwise, the comment section is all yours. That’s all!

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Vegan Morning Glory Muffins

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Muffins! Muffins galore! It’s certainly hard to find a more convenient and to go-friendly sweet treat, as well as one where flavor combinations are more abundant. This will most likely be our last muffin batch that has a fall/winter feel to them for this season, so bear with us – it’ll be all berries and fresh fruit in no time, but for now, just a little more of that warming cinnamon smell and crunchy nuts, ok? These are on the more nutritious and hearty side of the spectrum, with whole grain flours, grated carrots and a fairly anonymous amount of sugar, making them the perfect snack any time, any day of the week. They’ll last for months in the freezer and defrost quickly, no need to hold back on the batch size here. Oh, and they’re entirely plant-based, but that you’ll see as soon as you read the ingredient list. Hope you’ll like these as much as we do!

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Crispy Vegan Oat Waffles

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Once a year, on March 25th, it’s National Waffle Day in Sweden. We eat waffles more often than that (of course), but it’s a fun tradition and we’re not the ones to turn down yet another opportunity to dig into a pile of crispy goodness topped with berries or jam. So we don’t! This entirely plant-based recipe only features ingredients available locally – no oils from far away or exotic flour mixtures here – and if you happen to have some berries on hand from last summer, this would be a great time to dig them out of the freezer. We did, and went for blackberries – but any will obviously do. And instead of heavy cream, we strained oat yogurt – a great plant-based alternative to e.g. Greek yogurt. That’s really all there is to say about this one – except enjoy, of course! And Happy Waffle Day!

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Chocolate Dipped Chickpea Peanut Butter Energy Balls

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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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Bean Dip 3 Ways

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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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Chocolate Winter Squash Muffins

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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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Herby Potato and Rutabaga Gratin

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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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Quick and Crunchy White Bean Salad

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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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