Black Bean Chocolate Truffles

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Mike often jokes about how I like to sneak in legumes (peas, lentils, beans) into whatever weʼre eating and I shouldnʼt even attempt to claim thatʼs not true. I love legumes and think theyʼre awesome. (I would even go as far as to saying the world would be a better place if people ate more of them, but Iʼll keep that to myself.) Imagine my joy when I realized you can bake with them, too. Weʼve made a bunch of recipes for legume-based sweet treats since then (such as these Black Bean Brownies, Lemon Blondie Bars, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Blondies, Chocolate Dipped Chickpea Peanut Butter Energy Balls), and now itʼs time for a new one.

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Christmas Kale Salad with Saffron Dressing

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To many, including us, Christmas and cooking go hand in hand. But as much as we love the food prepping and all of that, we appreciate dishes that come together quickly and without much fuss, but still carry that quintessential holiday spirit and all the flavors we associate with it. This is one of those dishes for us: a raw kale salad, with thin strips of red cabbage, soft raisins, crunchy nuts, crispy apple slices and a lovely saffron dressing.

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Mama Birgitta’s Hazelnut Cookies

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Mike and I think the “everything in moderation” food approach is quite genius. No, we shouldn’t eat cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. But it certainly can’t hurt to have one every so often. We don’t think sugar, in moderation, can do significant damage to our bodies. Nor do we think flour belongs to that category either. In other words, cookies can safely be a part of any balanced diet – and especially if you also make sure to move around every now and then. We eat cookies happily, and Mike does in fact go by the nickname “the cookie monster” in the family. We often enjoy making sweets that are more wholesome and nutrient-dense (such as these Black Bean Brownies, for example), but sometimes, it’s nice to just let go a little. Have the cookies you just loved as a kid and just embrace that. Yes, it’s all butter and sugar and flour… but that’s okey too, sometimes. Do you agree? We’re real people too, who can also down an entire cookie jar in one sitting if need be.

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Saffron Caramel Popcorn

Mike pointed something out to me the other day – something fairly obvious but, you know, nothing I had really given much thought before. Popcorn is just a whole grain popped to deliciousness. Ha! In search for less refined and processed products, and maybe especially in the snacks department, popcorn is… a whole food. Pure and simple. It’s brilliant! It’s also one of our favorite snacks in front of a movie. And now, finally, we have them here in a Christmas edition (which might not qualify for a particularly healthy snack, but what can you do?). I love caramel flavor. Always has, always will. Salted caramel ice cream is my go-to during the warmer half of the year, and as I kid, I’d go for caramel sauce over chocolate sauce any day. Yes, it can be overly sweet. But boy, it’s good. And one of the good things about making your own caramel-flavored food items is that you can sweeten it to your liking. You get all the same flavors but just a little less of that tongue-rolling sweetness shock.

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Christmas Vegan Meatballs – Two Ways

With less than a week until Christmas, how’s your menu planning going? This year, we’re not hosting Christmas but instead bringing some items to my stepsister’s house. Last year, we had 15 people at our house (which is quite roomy for us but certainly a little tight when the whole crew comes over) and it was our first ever Christmas that we hosted. Needless to say, we went completely over the top with everything. Number of dishes (way too many). Amount of each dish (way too much). Number of “classics” no one even likes (at least a handful). We ate Christmas leftovers for a week and learned a big lesson. So. This year, we’re not planning a whole spread. We’ve instead handpicked a few of our favorites (such as these Ginger-y Brussels Sprouts with Hazelnuts and this Slow Cooked Green Kale) that we’ll bring, and when it’s time for us to host again (maybe next year?), we – hopefully – won’t repeat the mistakes of last year. But enough about that. How are you celebrating the holidays? At home, at someone else’s, by doing something by yourself? If you’re cooking, what are your go-to’s, your favorites, your classics?

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Eight Edible Christmas Gifts

As wonderful as I think Christmas is (and – ehm – as good of a gift giver I think I am), it does come with an awful lot of pressure. Pressure to have a big, loving family. Pressure to eat glorious looking and social media-worthy food. Pressure to be happy, in love, dressed in red. And to give the perfect gifts. Unique ones to those who already have everything. What everyone else plays with to your little nieces and nephews. Expensive ones to those you want to impress upon or show some extra love (or so we think). It’s certainly a tough time to stay true to your anti-consumerism philosophy, if you have one of those (hint: I do). It’s also a tough time for the environment and this planet, as we’re tapping into already non-existing reserves as if there – truly – is no tomorrow. But I love Christmas. I can’t help it. I love it with all my heart and can’t pretend otherwise. I love traditions, I love the typical spices and flavors, I love winter, I love family gatherings, I love watching bad Christmas movies, I love Christmas music. And I love giving gifts. So what to do? Are there mindful and meaningful ways to enjoy something as wonderful as this time of year without wrecking havoc somewhere else? Yes! Of course there is! I was thinking we could try to look into the whole gift giving thing today – an area where many of us feel forced to over-spend, where we buy things no one will ever use and where hefty price tag often trumps wholehearted giving.

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Gingersnap Energy Balls

Wherever you look, you see pictures of and recipes for bliss balls, energy balls, raw balls, raw bites etc. etc. There are so many names for (sort of) the same thing I feel utterly lost in what to use. In fact, there’s a quite lovely saying in Swedish that goes “Kärt barn har många namn”, which unfortunately lacks an English counterpart. However, it could be translated along the lines of “a highly loved child will have many different names”. It means that loving parents often have many nicknames for their beloved children, so whenever the expression is used, it’s supposed to show that there are various labels for the same (popular and well liked) thing. Given the first sentence, I think you know where I’m getting with this. There are many names for the energy-packed, naturally sweetened balls we see a lot of – and I’m not sure I know a) what I prefer calling them and b) if there’s any sort of difference between the names. Regardless, here’s another snack ball (oh boy, another name) – flavored in the spirit of Christmas and almost dangerously delicious.

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Slow Cooked Green Kale

Slow cooked might not sound like the most appealing cooking method when you have a million things on your plate leading up to Christmas – there’s the decorations to put up, the Christmas cards to send out, the gifts to wrap… and the food to cook. I love Christmas with all my heart. Endlessly. But I’ve definitely come to learn that prioritizing tasks and letting go of all these ideas of how things should be the month of December a lot more like what I dream of and a lot less of what I fear. I want it to be a time full of lit candles, sweet treats, warming drinks and music. I want it to be about coming together, embracing the cold weather, wrapping up the year that’s been. And I want it to be about cooking and eating delicious food, at the expense of nothing and no one (except maybe your waistline but that’s ok too!). With that said, prioritize what matters to you. And know that even though this recipe is called “slow cooked”, it’s not going to require your attention for all that many minutes in total. Give it a spot on your stovetop and it’ll mostly take care of itself.

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Saffron Buns

There’s no other pastry, baked good or sweet treat that feels as quintessentially Swedish Christmas as the traditional saffron bun – at least in our opinion. They’re not only really pretty, with their golden yellow color and characteristic shape, but they’re delicious too. As in, you can eat at least a few in one sitting. Growing up here means every beginning of December, you bake a round of these at home. That’s just a fact. There will most likely be Christmas music playing in the background. There will most likely be dough eating to the point of bellies hurting. And it’ll be glorious. I LOVED the saffron bun baking day when I was little. I still do. SO much.

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Ginger-y Brussels Sprouts with Hazelnuts

Falling in love with Brussels sprouts seems a lengthy task for some. Many have traumatizing experiences from the past, where the poor sprouts have been cooked beyond recognition and turned into a cabbage-y flavored mush. Others have never dared trying them. Some can’t get past the bitter flavor (and that’s fair – we can’t all love the same thing). But trust me when I say – the day we have a kid (!), I’ll do my very best to put him/her in Brussels sprouts training right away. We LOVE Brussels sprouts. They’re so versatile, almost comically nutritious and available locally grown here in the north. We didn’t attempt growing our own this season, but it’s on our list for next year.

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