Dutch Balls

Do you have the balls to make these Dutch Balls? Haha.. I’m not sure if Dutch people are the most courageous, but we are known for being direct. I think that counts! These snack balls are made with a Dutch spice called ‘speculaas’. Speculaas is actually a mixture of different spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg. All these spices together is called ‘speculaas’. You might know this as in Dutch biscuits. Or in the ‘pepernoten’ we eat when it’s ‘Sinterklaas’. It’s a super nice spice and I thought why not make snack balls with it? This way it’s healthy too! If you can’t get your hands on the ‘speculaas spices’, you can always make this yourself:

-Mix 2 tbs cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 cloves, 1/4 cardamon, 1/4 white pepper, 1/4 coriander seed, 1/4 ginger, 1/4 aniseed. (all ground)

DUTCH BALLS

Makes: 12-15

-1 cup oats
-1 cup soft dates
-2 tbs coconut oil (melted)
-2 tbs almonds
-1/2 tbs speculaas spices
-pinch of salt
-4 tbs desiccated coconut

-Put everything (apart from the coconut) in the food processor and blend until it’s sticky.
-Make balls of the dough and roll them through the coconut.

Do you know the Dutch speculaas spices? Are you going to try to make this recipe? Please let me know when you’ve tried them. You can do this in a comment below. You can also tag me or use #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

Very Berry

img_7240Are you somebody who is in a rush a lot of mornings? Is breakfast always something what is skipped because of that? Everybody knows it’s bad to skip your breakfast. So you should always eat something, but it’s tricky sometimes.. everybody knows that too! So with this on-the-go-breakfast, you only have to put all the ingredients in the blender and then you put it in a to go cup. Then you can drink it on your way to work, whilst being on the train or bus for example. You could make it the evening before, but there is a possibility that it’ll be quite thick the next day. To make it go faster, but without it ending up being to thick, try putting all the ingredients (but the milk and water) in a container the evening before. This way you don’t have to measure anything the next day and your breakfast will be ready within 2 minutes. Good luck and enjoy!

img_7255VERY BERRY

Serves: 1

-300 ml oat milk
-6 soft dates
-1 cup mixed berries
-1 banana
-3 tbs oats
-1 tsp chia seed
-1 tsp lemon juice

-Put all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.

If you are somebody who’s always in a hurry in the mornings, this might be the perfect recipe for you. Please let me know when you’ve tried it. You can do this in a comment below.. or you can tag me or use #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

Veggie Bowl

img_9302Some people find it hard to get a salad together. What vegetables do you use? What tastes nice combined with what? I actually think that all veggies can go together. This is why I like to make colourful salads. Eat the rainbow! It’s also important to make a salad filling. So what I always do is: I cut up lots of yummy, colourful (mostly) raw veggies, add beans, avocado and mix it up. Most of the time I like to eat salads like this for lunch. In fact, this is basically my lunch every day. I love it and I can really enjoy digging into a huge bowl of crunchy yummy tasting veggies, mixed up with a simple dressing. I just love vegetables. I know, I’m a lucky vegan! To just give you an idea of what my salads look like and to help you make your own, I’m giving you an example today. I hope you like it just as much as I do!

img_9310VEGGIE BOWL

Serves: 1

veggies
-1/2 cup black beans
-1 (big) handful lettuce (any)
-1 (big handful spinach
-1/4 cucumber (sliced)
-1/4 bell pepper (sliced)
-1 cup red cabbage (chopped)
-1 (large) tomato (chopped)
-1/2 avocado (chopped)
-1 spring onion (chopped)
dressing
-1 tbs sesame seeds oil
-1 tbs lemon juice
-1 tsp balsamic vinegar
-1/2 tsp chilli flakes
-salt/pepper (to taste)

-Mix all veggies in a bowl.
-Put the ingredients for the dressing in a shaker and shake well.
-Pour over the dressing and mix up well, until everything is nicely covered.

Are you just as lucky as me and do you love vegetables a lot? What do you normally have for lunch? Or are you going to try this recipe now? Please let me know when you’ve tried it. You can do this in a comment below.. or you can tag me or use #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

Oatastic

img_8153Today a super super easy recipe, but also a very helpful and healthy recipe! Sounds good right? Easy, because it only has 4 ingredients (and one of them is water). Helpful, because you can use it in so many things. Like overnight porridge, smoothies, over cereal, with granola or to make granola, in tea or coffee and anything you can think of needing milk. Healthy, because it includes oats, it only has a tiny bit of agave nectar and a pinch of salt. The only thing you need, what is maybe not that common, is a nut milk bag (or you can also use a cheese cloth). You can easily order those from Amazon, so please don’t let this scare you away. Because it’s super fun and nice to make.

img_8151RAW OAT MILK

-1 cup oats
-4 cups water
-1/2 tsp agave nectar
-Pinch of salt

-Put the water, the agave nectar and the salt with the oats and let it soak for 3 min.
-Blend, for 2 minutes. Strain with a nut bag.

Are you going to try this simple oat milk recipe? Where would you use it in? Please let me know when you’ve tried them. You can do this in a comment below.. or you can tag me or use #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

Just Kale It

img_6929I loveeeee kale! I love kale in smoothies, I love kale in juice, I love kale in my stir fry, I love kale in my soup and I love kale as crisps. I’m a huge kale lover! I even feel like I should write kale with a capital -K. I’m not even joking, as I already did this automatically for 4 times now, writing this. I should obviously get one of those ‘KALE’ jumpers.. I’ll put one in my Amazon shopping basket! This is a super yummy kale recipe, I’d say it’s great comfort food. It’s fairly healthy too (apart from the cream cheese). So even if you’re not a big fan of kale, then I think you should give this recipe a try. Kale is super healthy and this way it might become your favourite too.

img_6931JUST KALE IT

Serves: 2

-2 cups rice (cooked)
-200 gr kale (chopped)
-4 big mushrooms (chopped)
-1/2 red onion (chipped)
-1/2 avocado (smashed)
-1/3 cup cream cheese

-1 clove garlic (smashed)
-1 tbs nutritional yeast
-1/2 tsp coriander
-salt/pepper (to taste)

img_6930-Fry the onion with a little olive oil and salt.
-Fry the mushrooms with the onion for just 1 minute on a high fire.
-Add the garlic and the kale and mix well.
-Lower the fire all the way and put the lid on the pan for 5 minutes.
-Mix the avocado with the cream cheese until smooth.
-Then, on a high fire, keep stirring until the kale start to get dark brown edges.
-Add the coriander and mix in the rice for 2 minutes and then switch of the fire.
-Add nutritional yeast, the avocado mixture and the rice and keep mixing for only 1 minute.
-Add salt/pepper to taste.

Are you a kale lover? Or do you think you might like kale in this combination? Please let me know when you’ve tried them. You can do this in a comment below.. or you can tag me or use #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

BF Bombs

img_6174Easy breakfast, with only 5 ingredients. Al you need is a food processor and less than 10 minutes. So it’s easy to make this on a Sunday evening to provide you with home-made ‘BF Bombs’ for the next few mornings. They’re very handy to take away and have them on your way to work. Just have the with a green smoothie and you will have a perfectly healthy breakfast. Kids love them too, what is good, as it’s a quick and no-mess breakfast, what gives them lots of energy for their busy school mornings. You can also put them in their lunchbox for example. It’s not like you can only have ‘BF Bombs’ for breakfast btw.. Personally I really like to eat them in the afternoon, around 16:00, with a big cup of tea. It keeps me going until dinner time. So let’s get started..

img_6173BF BOMBS

Serves: 12-15

1 cup oats
1 cup soft dates
2 tbs coconut oil
1 tbs cocoa powder
3 tbs sesame seeds

-Put all the ingredients in the food processor, except for the sesame seeds.
-Roll little balls through the sesame seeds until they’re covered.
-Then put them in the fridge for 2-3 hours (depending on size) or overnight.

Are you going to make these so you always have a healthy take away breakfast? Or would you, just like me, rather eat them as a snack? Please let me know when you’ve tried them. You can do this in a comment below.. or you can tag me or use #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

Taco Feast

img_7507What to cook when friends are coming over? I’m sure that if it doesn’t have to be too formal, a Taco Feast will be just what you’re looking for. Make it a complete Mexican themed evening if you like! By making everything separate and serving it in nice looking bowls, everybody can make their own taco. It might even be a nice idea to let everybody make and bring something. Especially when you’re with a big group. Also.. are taco’s not the best? They’re super messy to eat, but they taste so goodddd.. I don’t even eat them that often, but if I do I am really enjoying it and I always tell myself to eat it again soon. So tell your friends to bring their sombrero’s and go Mexican this weekend!

img_7509TACO FEAST

Serves: 4

-8 tortilla wraps
mince
-300 gr mince
-1 onion
-1 clove garlic
-1 tbs olive oil
-1 tsp oregano
-1/2 tsp smoked paprika
-1/2 tsp chili flakes
-1/2 tsp cumin
-salt/pepper (to taste)
salsa
-2 cups tomatoes (chopped)
-1/4 onion (chopped)
-1/2 clove garlic (minced)
-bunch of coriander leafs (chopped)
-1 tsp lime juice
-salt (to taste)
img_7510guacamole
-2 avocado’s (smashed)
-1/4 red bell pepper (chopped)
-2 cloves garlic (minced)
-2 tsp lemon juice
-salt/pepper (to taste)
salad
-1/2 iceberg lettuce (chopped)
-1/4 cucumber (chopped)
-4 babycorns (chopped)
-1 tbs olive oil
-salt (to taste)
extra
-2 cups black beans
-corn cobs
-jalapeño peppers

-Preheat the oven at 180C (for the taco’s).
-For the mince: Fry the onion in the olive oil for about 4 minutes on a medium fire. Mix in the garlic for another minute.
-Add the mince (I used the mince form Fry’s) and fry on a high fire, until hot and until it’s a slightly darker colour.
img_7508-Mix in all the spices and fry for another 2 minutes. Add salt to taste.
-For the salsa: Mix all the ingredients of the salsa in a bowl. If you like a sauce consistency better, you could also put it all in the food processor or blender.
-For the guacamole: Mix all the guacamole ingredients together and add salt/pepper to taste.
-Mix up the salad ingredients.
-Make the tortilla’s wet and then hang them, upside down, over the oven rack, so that they form a taco shell. Take them out of the oven after 5-8 minutes, when they’re a little darker. Let them cool down, so they get crispy.
-Put everything in nice looking bowls and let everybody make their own taco.

Do you like Mexican food? I’m sure you at least like taco’s, especially when you can make them yourself. Please let me know when you’ve tried it. You can do this in a comment below.. or you can tag me or use #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

Green Booster

img_6788In this world there are people who don’t like bananas. I can’t imagine that myself, but it’s reality. Also, some people might be allergic to banana or they find a smoothie with banana too filling and you want to have something a little lighter. That last reason makes sense to me, I have moments like that. So that’s why I created this healthy green smoothie. It’s actually a little bit in between a smoothie and a juice. The spinach and the kale do make it a little thick, but I think it’s more like a juice. It’s one of my favourite healthy things to drink. It’s super healthy and great to start your day with. It also works really well to drink this just 20-30 min before a meal. This way you get a lot of greens even before eating something + you’re already a bit full and won’t overeat that fast.

img_6789GREEN BOOSTER

Serves: 1

-400 ml apple juice
-handful spinach
-handful kale
-2 cm ginger (10gr)
-1 tsp wheat grass
-1 tsp spirulina

-Put everything in the blender and blend until nice and smooth.

Would you try this healthy smoothie? Please let me know! You can let me know in the comments below, but even better.. you could show me by tagging me or by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

Yay for King’s Day!

As I’m Dutch myself, I’d like to give King’s Day some credit from over here. Everything in the Netherlands will be orange today! Today the Dutch people are celebrating the birthday of king Willem-Alexander. As we used to have a queen for very long (King Willem-Alexander is the 1st male monarch in 123 year!), it used to be Queen’s Day. The first Queen’s day was held on 31 of August 1885, in honour of the birth of Queen Wilhelmina. What means it’s a long going tradition. Later on, the date changed to 30th of April, the queens birthday. The next queen, Queen Beatrix, kept that date in honour of her mother and I’m sure part of the reason is also that her own birthday is on the 31 of January. Way too cold! Basically everybody in the Netherlands is celebrating this day. What means it’s probably the biggest birthday party in the world. People dress up, mainly in orange, but also in the colours of the flag: red, white and blue. As the lion represents the Netherlands, this is also a symbol you most probably will spot this day. But the most important rule seems to be: the crazier, the better! There are flea markets and activities everywhere, spread over the country, but especially Amsterdam is going totally crazy! Around 250.000-300.000 are traveling to Amsterdam, from all over the Netherlands and the rest of the world, to be part of it. Because for a long time the date used to be April the 30th, there are still a lot of tourists who come to Amsterdam, all dressed up, 3 days late! Poor them! Anyway,, I’ll not be in the Netherlands this time to celebrate, but especially for King’s Day I created 2 healthy (orange) recipes.. lunch and dinner if you like. Oh and if you are going: Enjoy!

RAWR

Can be eaten all raw (leave the bread out and use raw sesame oil). It might seems strange in combination with the strawberries, but I promise you it’s tasty.

Serves: 2

1 courgette
1 cucumber
2 carrots
6 strawberries
1 avocado (smashed)
1 clove garlic (minced)
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbs sesame oil
salt/pepper (to taste)
fresh basil leaves
1 tbsp mixed seeds
2 pita breads

-Use a spiralizer for the courgette, cucumber and the carrots.
-Mix the avocado with the garlic, the lemon juice and sesame oil.
-Mix everything together and add salt/pepper.
-Shape the strawberries and the basil leaves into tulips and use them as decoration.
-Sprinkle the seeds over the salad and serve with warm pita bread.


KING’S MEAL

Super healthy and loaded with protein. Apart from eating this on King’s Day (to restore energy), this is a perfect meal for after a good work out.

Serves: 2

200 gr red lentil pasta (uncooked)
1 cup butter beans (cooked)
3 hands spinach
1/2 onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1/3 chili pepper (chopped)
3 tbs houmous
1 tbs olive oil
salt/pepper (to taste)

-Cook the pasta as described on the pack.
-Put the olive oil, the onion, the garlic and the chilli pepper in a frying pan and fry them until the onion gets brown edges.
-Add the beans and the spinach. Switch off the heat, just before the spinach all slunk.
-Mix in the houmous and then carefully mix in the pasta.
-Add salt and pepper.

Are you in the Netherlands today to celebrate King’s Day? Are you going to make these recipes? I’d love to see some pictures (of the food and of today..)! You can show them to me by tagging me in the picture or by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. I look forward to it! Thank you! X

Oatshew

img_6691A creamy, filling and delicious breakfast for champions. This breakfast is super nutritious and full of goodness. I often eat this after my work out. It’s full of proteins, fibres and good fats. Great for my body to release some new energy and to heal my muscles. As I most of the time work out in the evenings, I soak the cashews and seeds overnight. I blend it the next morning and then add the oats and the coconut. This way it’s ready for me when I come back in the evening. I don’t always add fruit, sometimes just peanut butter is nice enough. Only just sometimes I like to add some berries. Especially blueberries are a favourite. Give this recipe a try, especially when you’re a very busy and active person.

img_6698OATSHEW

Serves: 1

1 cup almond milk
1/3 cup cashews
1 tbsp linseeds
1 tsp chia seeds
1/2 cup oats
1 tbs dried coconut
1 tbs peanut butter
1 tbs pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp agave nectar
fruit

-Soak the cashews, the linseeds and the chia seeds for at least 3 hours in the almond milk.
-Then blend it with the agave nectar, until it’s smooth.
-Add the oats and the desiccated coconut and put it in the fridge for 3 hours or overnight.
-Give it a good mix and put the fruit, the peanut butter and the pumpkin seeds on top before serving.

Are you a very active person? Do you work out a lot or do you make long days? Make sure to try this, it’s great! Oh and I’d love to see some pictures! You can show them to me by tagging me in the picture or by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. I look forward to it! Thank you! X