Lettuce wraps

Lettuce wraps option 2

I recently made a video for lettuce wraps!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUsazFiwCAk

but the recipe below is a variety on this recipe!

I use sesame oil to stir fry it as it gives a delicious flavor to the vegetables.

Love, Lonneke

Lettuce wraps option 2
easy butter head lettuce wraps

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Recipe type: lunch/dinner

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Ingredients
  • butterhead lettuce
  • carrots
  • onions
  • zucchini
  • salt
  • pepper
  • pine nuts
  • sesame oil
  • hot & sour sauce

Instructions
  1. Chop all vegetables until they are all really small cubes.
  2. Stir fry all vegetables in a bit of sesame oil with , pine nuts salt & pepper.
  3. Wash the lettuce, and dry off.
  4. Fill the lettuce leaves with vegetables.
  5. Wrap it up.
  6. Dip in hot & sour sauce.
  7. Enjoy!

Sesame oil
Sesame oil

Hot & Sour sauce
Hot & Sour sauce

Lettuce wraps

Yummy!
Yummy!

 

 


Steak Kebabs

 

I know we focus mostly on vegetarian and/or vegan foods on OrganiceYourLife.com, but here's a nice recipe for the Summer with meat-- steak kebabs!  Of course always go for organic, humanly raised meat.

These steak kebabs you can serve with fruits or green salad on the side.  Marinate chunks of steak (organic NY strip steak, filet mignon or sirloin) with Worchester sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, black pepper, salt, cilantro, and minced garlic for two hours or preferably overnight.  Soak four wooden skewers in water.  Thread the beef chunks and vegetables that you like, such as peppers, portabella mushrooms, tomatoes, eggplants, onions, etc. evenly onto the skewers.  Broil in your oven for about 10-12 minutes depending on how you like your steak done.  Turn the skewers on each side every 3-4 minutes. It's really tasty and easy! Maybe something for the 4th of July?

For those who don't eat meat: you can try it with other food items like seitan or tofu!


Foodware Amsterdam

When I lived in Amsterdam I lived close to a great take out place called:

Foodware Amsterdam.

Foodware Amsterdam outside

They have great dishes that they prepare everyday in the Foodware kitchen, that you can put together to make a nutritious dinner.

Foodware Amsterdam food

I love the fishcakes here, that I pair with noodles and mixed beans.

Foodware-Fishcakes & Noodles

Also, their soups are great: I love the tomato-pepper soup and the tomato coconut soup!

So when I had to shoot in Amsterdam last week, I went to pick up food there.

They have a few locations,  but the one I go to located on the Looiersgracht12, Amsterdam.

If you want to eat there that is also possible.

So if you live in Amsterdam, or are there on a trip, try it out!

www.foodware.nl

 


The Bamboo Steamer

I have purchased the bamboo steamer few months ago, but never used it till couple of days ago. And WOW! I love it!

What a great kitchen tool! You can steam any kind of veggie. Just pick your favorite. It is so incredibly easy, fast and delicious! It literally takes 3-5 minutes to be ready to eat healthy, nutritious meal.

Last night I made a steamed sweet potatoes and zucchini. Look at this! How beautiful and yummy this looks!

All you have to do is to place your steamer over the pan with a boiling water. Place your already sliced  veggies inside the bamboo steamer. Cover the lid. just like this:

Wait 5 minutes. Ready!

Transfer your veggies on the plate. Add olive oil and sea salt.

You can purchase the bamboo steamer for $14.95 at http://www.williams-sonoma.com/

Bom appetite!

LOVE, VAL


Mexican food for dinner!

My sister loves Mexican food, and I do too!

Do you know Mexican food has an image of being unhealthy, but do you know you can make it as healthy as you want it to be?

What did we make?

- Corn on the cob. You just need sweet corn on the cob, and boil it for a few minutes until it is soft enough to eat.

- Tortillas. We used organic tortillas, which we filled up with good stuff. We added:

* sliced iceberg lettuce.

*Black beans (organic, from a can that we warmed up a bit)

*sliced peppers, cucumbers, celery, tomatoes.

*sliced avocado

* a bit of organic sour cream. (the more you use,  the "unhealthier" you make your dish!)

* A bit of sliced organic cheese. ( again, the more you use, the  more calories in your dish!)

- We also stir fried brown rice with black beans.

- And my sister added grilled organic chicken.

Simple and yummy!

 


My quick healthy delicious dinner

I was starving, it was raining out. I didn't have much at home.

I remembered I had some ezekiel sprouted grain penne pasta.


This kind of pasta is my favorite, this sprouted pasta really healthy for you because sprouting is the only way to release all of the vital nutrients stored within whole grains. The sprouting process starts by germinating whole grains in pure filtered water. This activates beneficial enzymes, which causes sprouting and releases the nutrients within the whole grain that would otherwise lay inactive.

I still had some tomatoes from the farmers market, garlic, and some organic tomato puree in the fridge.
I boiled the pasta in some salted water, in another pan i sauteed the garlic and the tomatoes, added the tomato puree some salt and pepper and red pepper flakes. I drained the pasta and tossed it through the sauce.


I put a handful of arugula salad through it on the end to give it a little spice and crunch :)

delicious, quick and super healthy!


Bok Choy Salad Recipe with Rosemary-Lemon dressing

Hello, my dear OYL readers! Today I'm sharing another delicious  salad recipe. This time I use Bok Choy as a base of the salad.

But what makes this salad very special is a dressing! I use lots of fresh rosemary for this recipe, making it very fragrant and super yumm!

Bok Choy, also known as Chinese Cabbage, contains glucosinolates, a component that helps fight cancer.

Bok Choy is a great source of vitamins A, C and K. One cup of shredded raw Bok Choy  contains half of your daily requirement  for each of these nutrients. Pretty cool, hah?!

Rosemary is exceptionally  rich in B-complex, as well as Vitamin A and iron. And Rosemary is very hood for your brain!  "Since rosemary contains rosmarinic acid as well as other essential antioxidants, it helps to prevent the breakdown of an important neurotransmitter responsible for helping with brain function".
So, lets get started!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 head  Bok Choy
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 tomato

Dressing:

  • few  fresh rosemary*** leafs
  • juice 1/2 lemon
  • 2TS Butternut squash oil* (substitute to Olive Oil/Hemp Oil or Flax Seed oil)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • pinch of Sea Salt

Directions:

Chop Bok Choy, bell pepper and tomato. Place it in a large bowl. In a blender** or food processor place all 'dressing' ingredients and blend well. Pour salad dressing over the veggies. Sprinkle 1 TS of ground flax seeds (it's optional , but I always try to add flax seeds whenever I can). Mix well. Ready!

 

* For those who lives in New York, you can find Butternut Squash Oil at "The Filling Station" in Chelase Market. It is one of my favorite places to shop for innovative oils.

**I use my super cool TRIBEST BPA-free portable blender. It's much smaller then regular blender, so it is perfect for traveling. Aslo I like to grind my flax seeds and cacao nibs in it. And, ofcours, I use it to preper dressings for salads like today.

 

*** If you are pregnant or breast feeding, do not use rosemary.