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Primal Salmon Lasagna

Still January, still hanging in there with your new years resolution? Didn’t give up yet? Or did you follow my advice and went paleo 🙂 ? hope so!!

Here’s a great one! I was in the mood for lasagna… So I obviously turned to salmon, spinach and zucchini. I was nerding around Pinterest for a while to get some inspiration as to how I should create this divine meal. I mainly looked at  http://www.p3crossfit.com/2011/03/paleo-lasagna/http://www.dirtykitchensecrets.com/creamy-salmon-tarragon-lasagna/ and http://www.besthealthmag.ca/node/20360 … then came up with my own version! The pictures are horrible, but whatever, the taste is amazing!

Instead of pasta, use sliced zucchini and leek. Instead of bechamel sauce, heat up some spinach and mascarpone cheese, add salt, pepper and nutmeg. This is your creme. Instead of ground beef, use salmon. Layer as you would with a regular lasagna. Top it off with some cheese, and throw it in the oven! Loved it ❤

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Paleo Morning Pancakes

Oh welp – like everybody else on Pinterest, I’ve now been hit by the spreading disease: the love for these paleo pancakes. They have become so popular, even non-paleo peeps are munching on them in the morning. They are SO easy and I’ve very quickly become super addicted to them in the morning – especially post morning-workouts!

You need: 1 banana, 2 eggs. Butter for the pan. THAT’S IT! But then of course, you can add more fun stuff if you want. I add cinnamon, hemp seeds,chia seeds and my organic chocolate-taste protein powder. Non of these extras are necessary, you can just go with the banana and the eggs, or you can use your imagination and experiment. But don’t spoil it by adding any kind of grain or sugar. Pretty please 🙂

Oh, and I put a tiny but of organic agave syrup on top… just a bit! Ummm nom nom nom.

Paleo pancake

Paleo pancake

 

January-wellbeing

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe new years eve. We’re now in mid-January, and I’m sure a lot of people had some new years resolutions that are now slowly starting to fade… but why? Because they were unrealistic? Too hard to actually fulfill? Why not go for something realistic and easy. The Primal lifestyle! A year ago, in the beginning of January 2012, I decided to try the Primal lifestyle. I haven’t gone back since. So, happy one-year primal anniversary to me 🙂 Here are some more food (and other) snaps from the past few weeks.

PS want to try the Primal lifestyle? Go to http://www.marksdailyapple.com for more info. You won’t regret it.

Fish cakes of cod and a simple salad for lunch

Fish cakes of cod and a simple salad for lunchHome-made Chai Latte. Made of chai tea, organic honey, hazelnut milk and cinnamon. Yum!Home-made Chai Latte. Made of chai tea, organic honey, hazelnut milk and cinnamon. Yum!Primal salmon spinach lasagna (no pasta). Delishhh!Primal salmon spinach lasagna (no pasta). Delishhh!Butternut squash - oven-baked with onion and spicesButternut squash – oven-baked with onion and spicesA classic - tomato mozzarella saladA classic – tomato mozzarella saladRoasted brussel sprout with broccoli and pine nutsRoasted brussel sprout with broccoli and pine nutsI have a serious love-affair going on with these babies - my Vibram FiveFingers <3I have a serious love-affair going on with these babies – my Vibram FiveFingers ❤

Some Primal food inspiration…

I get this question so much: “What do you EAT then?!”. When I tell friends, coworkers, strangers that I generally try and stay away from grains, sugar, processed food and meat (except for fish), I usually get skeptical face expressions or just wide open eyes in response 🙂 But that’s okay. I try and shed some light on this topic on this blog (sort of why I started it), and this post serves as some general inspiration for your day-to-day life as a Primal eater.

A typical food-day for me looks something like this:

Breakfast: 2 eggs (scrambled, boiled or fried), 1 tomato and half a bell pepper

or

Protein shake of whey protein powder, frozen fruits and berries, a bit of Stevia and some water
or
Paleo bread (no grains or sugar) with almond butter and hemp seeds

Always: vitamins! I take a multiple, a vitamin C, a Magnesium, and an Iron. Help that immune system out!

Lunch: Fish (salmon, cod, herring or shrimp) and a bunch of vegetables, either oven-baked or as a salad (often includes tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumber, olives, carrots, beets, onion, etc.)

Dinner: I cook a wide variation of foods for dinner (you can see a lot of examples on this blog). Typically some kind of oven-baked fish and vegetables. Sometimes I cook soup. Sometimes I cook vegetarian dishes from India or Thailand. Other times I try and make traditional dishes in a Primal style (examples are on this blog: pizza, pasta, Swedish sausage stew, shakshuka, etc.)

Snacks: Fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, protein shakes, dark chocolate

Pictures below for some visual inspiration 🙂Cauliflower soup. Boyfriend-made :)

Cauliflower soup. Boyfriend-made 🙂
Fish meatballs (made of cod, onion, red bell pepper, chili paste, salt and pepper) with zucchini pasta and homemade tomato sauce

Fish meatballs (made of cod, onion, red bell pepper, chili paste, salt and pepper) with zucchini pasta and homemade tomato sauce. Topped with a bit of Parmesan.

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Cooking the tomato sauce. Just added the zucchini pasta at the end to heat it up.

Cooking the tomato sauce. Just added the zucchini pasta at the end to heat it up.

Fish meatballs (probably my favorite thing in the world)

Fish meatballs (probably my favorite thing in the world)

Here we go again with the zucchini pasta and tomato sauce... this time with some oven-baked cod topped with bell peppers, tomato and garlic.

Here we go again with the zucchini pasta and tomato sauce… this time with some oven-baked cod topped with bell peppers, tomato and garlic.

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Scrambled eggs with red onion and yellow bell pepper. Water and vitamins on the side.

 

Oven-baked cod (again), fried vegetables on the side

Oven-baked cod (again), fried vegetables on the side

Primal Pizza

Hey folks! Happy December and welcome back. Here in Denmark, snow has covered the streets and fields. It’s a beautiful landscape. I switch between different Christmas activities to make every day in December even cozier than usual. I light candles, bake paleo muffins and make Christmas goodies of raisins, hazelnut, a bunch of spices and then hemp seeds and carob powder. Nothing like this season! On top of it all, it is currently the time of the European Championship in Handball, oh yes, a loved sport here in Scandinavia, and thankfully, Denmark has a very good women’s team. Last night, we lost to Serbia, but that’s okay. Hopefully we will win against Norway tomorrow. Anyways, it’s almost part of Christmas to watch the Women’s European Championships… makes for some pretty nerve-wracking AND cozy nights 🙂

Christmas food in Denmark is greeeaatt, but after just a few holiday parties, you feel sloppy and fat (just gonna say it as it is!). So I stick to the Primal lifestyle when I’m not at holiday parties which makes it easy to quickly feel “clean” and energized again. Here is one of my new favorite Primal dishes: the pizza. Ooooh yes, I’ve tried making it before in different variations, but it has never turned out this good, so this is the pizza recipe I’m sticking to from now on. Not let’s talk pizza: we all know that it is all about the crust. Aaaall about it. That’s why it’s tough as a Primal or Paleo lover, because the crust usually turns good because of a lot of starch. Not here! I’ve tried this recipe twice now, using two different style toppings, so you can try whatever you like. The key is the crust!

The first time I made it, I topped it off with slices of pear, Gorgonzola cheese and ruccula. The second time I used slices zucchini, onion, tomato and gorgonzola cheese. So good, either way!

Thank you to  http://swisspaleo.ch/the-holy-grail-a-good-paleo-pizza/ for this wonderful crust recipe. I owe you!

You need:

Yeast Mixture

  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast

Dry Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (90 grams) almond flour
  • 3 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 2/3 cup (80 grams) Psyllium seed shells (in Denmark: HUSK)
  • pinch of sea salt

Wet ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Preparation:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 F (220 C).
  2. Place the yeast ingredients in a small bowl and mix. Let it sit for 4-5 minutes until it gets all foamy.
  3. Place the dry ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk together.
  4. Add the yeast and the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix with a hand mixer.
  5. Scoop your dough out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and use a spatula to spread it evenly into a circle.
  6. Bake for 9-10 minutes. Remove from the oven, carefully flip the crust over with a spatula, top with your favorite toppings and then bake for 5-10 minutes more.

Now GO PIZZA CRAZY 😉

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Paleo Breakfast “Muffins”

I love to plan things, what can I say, I’m a planner! I especially love to plan things that will make my day easier. So for instance, making breakfast beforehand is an excellent tool to 1. making sure you eat breakfast, and 2. making sure what you eat for breakfast is healthy, yummy and will give you tons of energy.

So I make these babies. I’ll usually throw ’em together on a Sunday night so that I have breakfast until Thursday (unless my better half eats all of them!).

All you need is about 6 eggs and then the kind of toppings you want. If you are not a vegetarian, you can throw in some ham or bacon. I just chop up whatever vegetables I have (usually onion, scallions, tomato and bell peppers). So, whisk the eggs with the some fresh grounded pepper. Chop up your toppings, and put eggs and toppings in a muffin tray for the oven. Bake for about 15 minutes, and you have your easy and delicious breakf

Left-overs for breakfast (scrambled eggs)

Last night, I made this amazing dish: Zucchini pasta with garlic sauce and crayfish (I didn’t take many pics, unfortunately, so I will post the recipe next time I make it). There were leftovers, but not much. So on this beautiful cold Saturday morning, I decided to spoil myself (home alone) with some eggs’n’leftovers. You can do this with basically any leftover you might have in the fridge.

I sauteed some frozen spinach, fresh red bell pepper and the leftovers in some olive oil on a pan. When the spinach had defrosted, I added 3 eggs (whisked). Scramble and serve! Fantastic for a weekend morning.