Mango Poke

IMG_1702_polarrA few months ago I was in the Netherlands for the birthday party of my grandparents. It’s always a busy time when I’m in the Netherlands, because I visit so many people and I like to catch up with everyone. One of the things that was on my list of things to go to was my bother’s new workplace. He started working in a really nice place called Pokespot in Groningen. I went with my sister in law and we had lunch here. You can custom make your own bowl by ticking ingredients on a little menu. This is what I did. I chose all the things I love. Funny enough, when I turned over menu, there was a ready made bowl available with almost exactly all the things I just ticked. The food was so good, I definitely recommend going there when you are in Groningen! I loved it soooo much though, that I decided to recreate the bowl at home. I finally did and I want to share this with you, because I think it’s so delicious, you should try it.

5345773A-EA3E-4BF5-B8C1-5AB3395360EBMANGO POKE 

Makes: 2 bowls 

200gr sushi rice (uncooked)
1 small avocado (chopped)
1/2 mango (chopped)
8 cherry tomatoes (halved)
1 cup edamame beans (frozen)
1/3 cup coconut shreds
1 spring onion (chopped)
2 nori sheets (chopped/cut)
1 tsp sesame seeds (optional)

100 gr tempeh (sliced)

1 tbs sesame seed oil
1 tbs soy sauce
1/2 tbs maple syrup
1/2 lime (juice)
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/8 tsp garlic powder
pinch of salt 

4 tbs sesame seed oil
2 tbs soy sauce
1 lime (juice)
1/4 tsp garlic powder 

-Cook the sushi rice as described on the package.
-Mix all the ingredients for the marinade together and pour it over the tempeh. Make sure all the tempeh is covered. Set aside (you can also do this the day before, so the tempeh really absorbs the flavours even better).
-In the meantime: Put the coconut shreds in a frying pan (without the oil) on a medium/high fire and roast them for 1-2 minutes, until they turn slightly brown. Keep stirring it at all times, because it easily burns.
-Put the edamame beans in a bowl with boiling water. Make sure that all the beans are under the water. Set aside.
-In the meantime, make the sauce: Mix all the ingredients together.
-Fry the tempeh (with a little bit of oil) on a medium/high fire until they turn a little brown. About 1-2 minutes each side.
-Take the edamame beans out of the water.
-Divide the rice over 2 bowls and also divide everything else over the 2 bowls.
-Divide the sauce over the bowls just before serving.

Did you eat a pokebowl before or have you ever try to make one yourself? It’s so easy and super satisfying. I hope you will try to make this and that you will enjoy it of course. Please let me know when you do. You can let me know by commenting down below or you can tag me on Instagram with @freedomevermore. Thank you! X


Spicy Magic

Last year a friend came over and he made me this. I loved it so much, but I don’t know exactly how he made it. So I tried to recreate it and this is it. I think it comes very close. I love this so much, because you can use it for everything. I put it over rice (this is so good!), pasta, salads, dip in my toast.. it’s good with everything really. I really love the taste of sesame (I’m quite obsessed with sesame oil), so to have whole toasted sesame seeds in this, just makes it perfect to me. It’s called Spicy Magic, but you decide how spicy. You can even leave the chilli flakes out if you’re not the type who enjoys chillis. Or you can add an extra tbs if you love the burn! I always add 2-3 tbs myself. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.


Serves: a lot! 

500 ml extra virgin olive oil
3-4 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup sesame seed
1-3 tbs chilli flakes 

-Fry the garlic and the sesame seeds in a bit of oil until you can slightly see the garlic change colour (about 1 min. pay attention, because the garlic can quickly go too brown!).
-Add the rest of the oil and the chilli flakes.
-Turn down the heat to very low and leave it for about 10-15 min. Make sure to stir once in a while. It’s ok for slow, small bubbles to appear, but do not let it fully cook.
-Store it in a glass jar, in the fridge. 

Are you the spicy type? Or will you leave the chilli flakes out? Please let me know where you are going to use it for. Tag me on Instagram or use the hashtag #planetmanel. 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.

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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

Rice over Lentils

13405102_1168776779833090_300747973_oAnother cheat recipe! Always handy after a busy day, when you don’t feel like cooking that day or if you’re working out and you need a quick healthy meal. If you’d eat it with brown rice, this one should be a good one before or after a good sweaty work out. Because of the high protein levels in lentils and the carbs in rice. If you know you’re going to be in a rush, you can even make the rice in advance, so you only have to warm it up. Amy’s Kitchen is a lovely brand, as the vegetables in the soup are organic and there is no sugar or other crap. Not all the soups are vegan btw, so make sure you check the ingredient list before buying. This lentil version is definitely my favourite, but the ‘Rustic Italian Vegetable’ one is also a very nice one. Not sure if that will be nice with rice as I’ve never tried it, but you can also eat only the soup of course and serve some pita bread on the side. Yum!


13405609_1168776756499759_1530811103_oServes: 2-3

1 can of ‘Amy’s Kitchen’ lentil soup
3 cups of rice (cooked)
1/2 avocado (optional)

-Warm the soup. Make sure it doesn’t boil.
-Make the rice as described on the package.
-Cut the avocado.
-Serve together.

Was this easy or what? Are you going to try this? Please let me know or show me by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you!

Rice Rice Baby

13234773_1151392901571478_1787961460_oFried rice is always a winner. It’s easy to make and it tastes so good, that you always want more. Normally fried rice is made with egg, but I used tofu instead. If you’d ask me, I think it’s even tastier.
For the rice I used a mixture of white and black rice, but you can use any rice you like. You can add more or other vegetables, but I chose red bell pepper and peas. I think these 2 go so well with fried rice and also just because it looks so nice with the beautiful dark purple coloured rice. Now who’s in for some colourful goodness?!

Serves: 2

13225110_1151392908238144_896471349_o1 cup rice (cooked)
75 gr tofu
1/2 bell pepper (chopped)
1/2 cup peas
1/2 onion (chopped)
2 tbsp  peanuts (chopped)
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1/8 tsp turmeric
salt/pepper (to taste)
olive oil
spring onion

13234896_1151392851571483_1810266245_o-Cook the rice as described on the pack.
-Crumble the tofu together with a bit of olive oil and the turmeric and salt in a frying pan and fry this for about 5 min on high fire.
-Add the onion and fry again for about 5-10 minutes.
-Add the bell pepper, the spring onion, the peanuts, the soy sauce, the sesame oil and the coriander and fry for about 2 minutes.
-Mix in the rice and put salt and pepper to taste. Fry for about 5 minutes.
-Serve and sprinkle some extra peanuts and spring onion on top.

Are you going to try this recipe? Fried rice, a little different.. Please let me know or show me by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X