quinoa stuffed bell peppers

It is a known fact I love to use the oven for cooking! So here I have another delicious recipe for you to try. I am sure you will love it!

quinoa stuffed bell peppers
Stuffed bell peppers from the oven are so delicious!

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Recipe type: dinner
Serves: 2

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Ingredients
  • 1 Bell pepper
  • Handful of Raisins
  • Quinoa
  • Sliced King Oyster mushrooms (or any other kind you like, like chanterelle)
  • Collard greens (or kale)
  • Crushed almonds
  • Olive oil
  • truffle oil (optional, I use oil of real truffles and not truffle flavored oil)
  • Salt & pepper
  • 2 slices of cheese (optional)

Instructions
  1. Cook the quinoa as recipe indicates on the label. (usually 10 minutes on medium heat until the quinoa becomes clear and you can see the seed softened)
  2. Drain quinoa & mix with raisins and put aside
  3. Slice the bell pepper in half and clean inside and remove seeds.
  4. Fill bell pepper with quinoa mix
  5. In a pan stir fry the King Oyster mushrooms with olive oil until soft.
  6. Drizzle a bit of truffle oil on them at the end.
  7. Take mushrooms out and put aside
  8. In a pan stir fry the collard greens in a bit of oil and mix with crushed almonds.
  9. In a casserole place mushrooms & collard greens on bottom.
  10. Place the stuffed bell peppers on top
  11. For a nice topping add a slice of cheese.
  12. Put in oven on 350F until the pepper has become soft and cheese melted (for about 30-40 minutes.)
  13. Enjoy!

Notes
If you want to make it totally vegan, you can use vegan cheese, or no cheese and just add a mix of olive oil and breadcrumbs on top of bell peppers so it gets a goldenbrown crust in oven.

quinoa stuffed bell peppersLove, Lonneke


Quinoa with vegetables recipe

quinoa with vegetables

Great recipe for lunch or light dinner! (eating heavier in the middle of the day and lighter at night is better for your digestion anyway!)

Shopping list for 1 (buy organic and local when possible)

-Quinoa

-2 tomatoes

- 1cucumber

- handful of cashews

-  handful of dried apricots

- a bit of parsley

-salt/pepper

-extra virgin olive oil

Costs of my dish: Less than €5 per person. the quinoa you find between €2 and €3.69 per package depending on the brand, which I use to serve 4 people. The vegetables are about 2 euros for all the pieces together, organic cashews by Horizon €3,09  for 150g (only a handful you need). Dried organic apricots by Horizon € 2,40 for 250 g ( only a handful you need) All foods are available at regular supermarkets, although I prefer buying them at specialized organic food stores.

How to make:

Rinse the quinoa with water. Boil for 15 minutes in a stockpot with water and a pinch of salt.  Take of fire, drain and cool of with cold water. drain again.

Wash and cut in pieces (organic) tomatoes, cucumbers and onions. Mix into the quinoa with a bit of olive oil, salt, pepper.

Top off with cut dried apricots, cashews and parsley and you are ready!

You can add any vegetable, seed or fruit you like. Avocado tastes great with it too!

If you start cooking the quinoa and in mean time prepare the other food, you really only need about 16 minutes to make this meal! Woohoo!

 

Love Lonneke

 


Risotto and Cocottes!

I always say, that when you cook: the eye wants something too!

So you should not only cook for the taste and smell, but it should also look good.

This time I used these french mini cocottes (so cute!) and a coffee cup to present my food.

It looked amazing!

I bought my at a shop where they get products from third world countries and that way the people who make it make an income, so that is another good thing to do! The name of the store in Holland is called : "De Wereld Winkel" (The World Store).

I made Risotto with mushrooms, and in the cocotte, I added grilled Eggplant and mozzarella, pesto and tomatoes and a touch of basil. I put it in the oven with the lid on it, and checked on it a few times, until the mozzarella melted and the other veggies were cooked well.

(I grilled the sliced eggplant with olive oil, salt and pepper for a minute in a skillet.)

The risotto is also easy to make:

You need:

  • risotto rice,(2 handful per person)
  • 2 bouillon cubes
  • water
  • grilled and sliced mushrooms
  • dried parsley.
  •  small cubes of  cooked carrots (or other vegetables you like)
  • olive oil
  • a bit of parmesan cheese

How to make:

  • You heat up the risotto in a pan with a bit of olive oil, and then add a bit of water and the bouillon cubes. Lower heat. Add more water when the water "dries up" and stir until the risotto is done. (about 30-45min).
  • Add the veggies, mushrooms and salt/pepper to your liking. Taste it and add more until you love your risotto :)
  • Last thing: Add parmesan and mix it together.
  • serve in a coffee cup!

I added some toasted bread.....

Try it for yourself :)


Clear Pea Soup with thyme

My Pea Soup Recipe.

Ingredients for 2:

* 4 Handfuls of green peas (frozen)

Green Peas

* 3pieces of celery

Celery

*  handful celeriac leaves

celeriac leaves

* 3 Green onions

green onion

* Vegetable stock (cube or half a liter)

* Olive oil (table spoon)

spoon of olive oil

*Fresh Thyme

thyme

*stockpot with 6 cups of water.

* Salt

*Pepper

How to make it

Cut the veggies in piece and add to stockpot. Boil water and turn low. Add salt, pepper and the olive oil to your liking. Add the fresh thyme. Simmer low for 45 minutes. Remove thyme when serving.

Enjoy!

P.s. I added a slice of multigrain bread with red pepper harissa spread and 2 slices of smoked mozzarella with pepper on top, yum!


Brasilian Carol & hair dresser Marco Antonio

As a model you need to take care of your hair!

Hello Guys! So happy to be sharing my first post to you all!

As a model I get to work a lot for hair campaigns ( I've been blonde, light brown, dark brown, reddish...)  - so I take extra care about it in my daily routine.
We heard a lot about homemade hair care... many of them really work, some only help a little, but great improvements takes BIG actions! Let's face it , nowadays we got very effective hair treatments/products at the local supermarket and we can use that to make really smart creations at home combining some of them with organic ingredients.

To show you I am really into haircare for my work, look at a few of my advertising campaigns below:

Carol for Wella
Carol for Wella
Carol for Garnier
Carol for Garnier
Carol for Nutrihair
Carol for Nutrihair

My good friend and amazing Brasilian hair dresser Marco Antônio Di Biaggi  (he is the Twitter KING with around 200k followers, nobody beats him ) , gave me some tips that I would like to share with you:

Marco Antonio & I at his salon.
Marco Antonio & I at his salon.

The "must have" product in my opinion and also in Marco's - is the Argan Oil. A variety of brands make this Morrocan oil their main ingredient to help noursering damaged hair. As rich and powerful as the Argan Oil, is the coconut oil, the quinoa oil and the grape seed oil. Hair products containing these ingredients can be find in stores such as AéSOP, Lush and Whole Foods Market.

So here it goes my first tip: Take your regular moisturising/ hydrating treatment mask you're used to and add 3 to 5 drops of the Argan Oil to a little amount on the palm of your hand, apply on your hair as usual and leave it for 15-20 minutes washing away later then. Marco Antônio says that for better results you may start the treatment with previous cleaned hair.

As a brasilian girl, I LOVE coconut water! I've tried combining the power of the coconut oil and the coconut water itself and I found very satisfying results. So just leave 5 drops of the coconut oil acting on the lenght of your hair for 20 minutes and then wash it away with coconut water from the coconut. WARNING! Do not use those coconut water sold in boxes!! The idea is to be totally organic and this water contains a bunch of other ingredients such as added sweteners or preservatives which doesn't any good for the hair.

Today's final tip is to complement two strenghts : Olive oil and raw honey. Olive oil is good for conditioning and dandruff control, and the honey attracts and holds moisture - perfect for damaged and dry hair. Mix it up 1/2 cup of honey and 1/4 cup of olive oil , then warm it in a microwave for 15 seconds. Apply a small amount of the mixture on damp hair down to its ends. Cover the hair with a towel and have it for 30 minutes. Finalize giving it a nice shampooing, rince and dry. You will feel the difference from the very first touch!

Carol & friend  at a photo shoot with her hair done
Me with a friend at a photo shoot with my hair done.

I use these recipes every once in a while and look how beautiful and healthy my hair looks!!

Thanks Marco Antônio for the tips!

Kisses, Carol

Healthy hair for every day!

Lettuce wraps

Lettuce wraps option 2

I recently made a video for lettuce wraps, (see below)

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but these are my option number 2!

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!

 

 


5 Foods That I Eat Every Day

1. Cucumber

I juice it every morning with other vegetables. It is so hydrating for the skin. Cucumber will make your skin look young and fresh.

2.Kale

I use kale in my salads as a green base; I add other veggies as well. Or I use it in my green smoothies (banana, apple 1 cup of water and kale). The other way to use kale is to juice it with other veggies and fruits. Kale contains lots of fiber, vitamins K and C, calcium.

3.Himalayan Pink Salt

Your body needs 1 teaspoon a day of a high quality salt. I love Pink salt, it is full of minerals and it makes everything tastes better! I add a pinch of Pink Salt at the very end, so I don’t destroy vitamins and minerals in a cooking process.

4. Olive Oil

Our bodies need a good fat to keep us healthy and slim. Choose Organic Cold Press Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Toss it in your salad instead of mayonnaise or any other commercial dressings. I use 2 – 4 Tablespoons a day.

5.Lemon.

Every morning I squeeze a fresh lemon in a glass of water for an extra detox. Contains Vitamin C for immune system, but the best quality of a lemon is that it keeps our body alkaline.

This is not the only food that I eat! Those 5 foods I include in my diet every single day TOGETHER with other whole foods: fruits, veggies, nuts, fish, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, dark chocolate, green tea, organic coffee and last but not least – pure clean water!

LOVE, VAL