Spring Recipes
Healthy blueberry smoothie
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Healthy Blueberry Smoothie

A while ago I posted a recipe for the first smoothie I ever made, with persimmon as the main ingredient. Since then, I’ve been wanting to come up with another smoothie recipe, and decided to go for a very basic, no-fuss smoothie: a healthy blueberry smoothie! It has now become my favorite smoothie to drink after a serious workout. Not only do they taste delicious, but they are also high in anti oxidants and can boost up your immune system and prevent infections. They also help in reducing belly fat and risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. And if that’s not amazing enough, they also slow down visual loss, are good for your brain, prevent certain cancers and make you happy as a clam, since they are also good anti depressants. Long live blueberries!

  
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Couscous with Mango Curry And Turmeric Meatballs
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Couscous with Mango Curry And Turmeric Meatballs

Don’t be fooled by the title of this recipe, it’s not as complicated as it sounds! You don’t need any special skills to pull off this recipe, but it’ll look pretty impressive to your friends or family when you tell them what it’s called. I created this recipe a year ago, but made a couple of changes to it along the way, to the meatballs for example. I used to simply cook ’em in a pan, but this past year I’ve worked on perfecting the perfect meatball recipe, and I’ve found that when you put them in the oven, their texture becomes a lot different, as they turn out very soft on the inside: to die for!

Another thing I changed in this recipe, is substituting mango chutney for a real mango. I used to use mango chutney, but it just made the overal taste of the sauce a bit too sweet to my taste. So I replaced the chutney with the real thing and it tasted so much better! It’s still sweet though, but it’s way more balanced now than it was before.

  
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Easy avocado spread

Most people will only know avocados as the “green stuff you use to make guacamole”, which really is such a shame as it can be used in so many other recipes, other than just a dip for chips. You can cut it up and use it in a salad, or turn it into a lovely spread and put it on a sandwich, burger or wraps. Not only does it taste delicious, but it’s also very healthy! If you would like to lose weight, improve your skin and lower your risk of many life-threatening diseases, avocados are the way to go!

  
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Homemade curry chicken salad for sandwiches
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Homemade chicken curry spread

Anyone who’s ever lived or visited Belgium, knows that there is one type of lunch we are mad for: ‘Smoskes’, which is a Flemish term for a roll or a piece of French baguette topped with various types of salads or spreads. The bun of the ‘Smoske’ is first spread with mayonnaise and then topped with vegetables (usually lettuce, tomatoes, sliced carrot and cucumbers) and sliced ​​hard-boiled egg. The traditional ‘Smos’ consists of veggies, mayo and ham and/or cheese, but one of my personal favorite toppings is something quite different: chicken curry. I’ve made these chicken sandwiches a couple of times at home before, but I’ve found it hard to find a store that sells delicious chicken curry spread, so I just decided to make it myself.. and boy did it pay off!

  
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St. Patrick's day Guinness cupcakes with Baileys cream cheese frosting
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St. Patrick’s day Guinness cupcakes with Baileys cream cheese frosting

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit! Happy St. Patrick’s day to my favorite kind of people on this earth: The Irish! Anyone who knows me, knows that i’ve always had a massive soft spot for Ireland in my heart. Not only are they just the friendliest, happiest people with the most sexy accent in the world, but their cities and landscapes are simply stunning. It’ll come as no surprise that for many years now, i’ve been celebrating St. Patrick’s day along with them in my favorite pub in Antwerp: The Irish Times pub. This year, I decided to make the party even better, by baking some Guinness cupcakes with a very Irish frosting!

  
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Stir-fried steak with noodles and bok choy
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Stir-fried steak with noodles and bok choy

When I first started cooking, one of the first things I started using, was a wok. It allowed me to focus all of my attention to just one item on the stove, instead of 3 or 4 different ones, which is ideal for a beginner. All I had to do was add meat and veggies in one big wok and then boil some noodles, rice or pasta in a separate one perfect! Over time, my love for stir-fried dishes never went away but I did managed to go for a bit more complex stir-fry dishes, like this steak recipe. Today’s recipe is one that i’ve made numerous times these past few years and is based on a recipe (Rib Eye Stir Fry) by Jamie Oliver, which was featured in his 30 minute meals. I’ve changed a couple of things to the original recipe, cause I wasn’t a fan of some of the ingredients, or simply couldn’t find them.

  
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Spinach and ricotta lasagna with mozzarella
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Spinach and ricotta lasagna with mozzarella

If I had to pick one favorite cuisine, it would definitely be Italian. The possibilities here are just endless! You can go for capellini, fusilli, spaghetti, ravioli, tortellini, and so on, and there are hundreds of sauces you can make to go along with it. But when it comes down to lasagna, most people only know just the one kind: lasagna bolognaise. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some lasagna bolognaise, but there are just so many other kinds of lasagna you can make! Now, making lasagna does require a lot of time to prepare, so make sure you make it on a day you have a lot of free time and free up at 1 – 2 hours.

  
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Persimmon yoghurt smoothie
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Persimmon yoghurt smoothie

A while ago, someone introduced me to a fruit called Persimmon, which is a fruit with a taste kind of similar to a mango or an apricot. I really liked the taste of it so I went and bought a few, and when I had one left, I decided to use it for my very first yoghurt smoothie! I’ve never made smoothies before, so it was kind of a risky test but I was very pleased with the result. I’ll definitely be making a lot more smoothies in the future!

  
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Beetroot mousse with smoked trout and green apple
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Beetroot mousse with smoked trout and green apple

The second appetizer I have in store for you guys, is a delicious beetrootmousse with smoked trout and granny smith apple. I’ve made this appetizer for my family and my colleagues and received nothing but compliments. The combination of the sweetness and softness of the mousse with the sour crunchy apple makes a perfect match for that delicious trout!

  
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Smoked salmon roll-ups with brown shrimp, sour cream and fish eggs
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Smoked salmon roll-ups with brown shrimp, sour cream and fish eggs

As we all know, this time of year is filled with family gatherings.. and lots of stressed out people trying to find out great courses to serve their loved ones. To make things easer, I’ve come up with a few easy to make appetizers that will surely impress your family! The first appetizers are these smoked salmon roll-ups, you don’t need a lot of ingredients to make it, and it’s done in no time!

  
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