Gluten-free vegan spaghetti bolognese

One of our favorite things to eat is spaghetti bolognese. This healthy vegan and gluten-free spaghetti bolognese is a perfect family midweek meal. Kid-friendly and delicious and anyone can make it. This is my younger daughters favorite thing to eat and she can actually cook a great one all by herself.

Vegan glutenfree spaghetti bolognese

Spaghetti bolognese was actually one of the first things I tried to “veganize”, and I was so surprised how easy it was. The lentils are a fantastic meat-replacer and they are much lighter in the stomach as well. I have tried making it with fake meat but we all prefer the lentils.

This week I’m trying to eat gluten-free. I want to know if this helps me with some digestion issues. Nothing serious, but I really want to know if I can feel a little bit better. I’m very new to all this and I have to say it has been a journey exploring all the substitutions for all the wonderful gluten I usually love to eat. However, everything I’ve tried to make this week has not disappointed yet. I do love my carbs but this Spaghetti was surprisingly good as you can read in the recipe section.

If you have any recommendations for gluten-free products that I need to try or know of anything I should definitely stay clear from, please let me know. I would love to hear from you. Being a total newbie in this gluten-free world can be hard.

Healthy vegan gluten-free spaghetti bolognese

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Pasta lover? Why not try this fresh and green pesto pasta. You could even try it with gluten-free pasta.

Fresh and green vegan green pesto pasta

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Easy vegan and gluten-free falafels

For a few days now, I’ve had falafels on my mind and being on a bit of a health kick I wanted to make easy vegan and gluten-free falafels.

Easy vegan and gluten-free falafels

The other day I had to run errands in Watford. I got there just before lunch and after my appointment, I took a little walk around the town center. I’ve been to Watford once before last year and back then the Intu shopping center was under construction and not the nicest. However, the renovations are now over and what a great area for shopping, walking around and getting your things done. I really like the town center especially the street market.

At one of the street market stalls, I saw a vegan label. It was a place that sold falafels. They had wraps, salads, and some more options. Now, I have to admit I can be a bit scared of buying food from street food seller. I tend to be a bit afraid of germs and lack of hygiene, thinking about a 60-minute bus ride home, I wasn’t really keen on having any digestion issues if you know what I mean. But, they looked nice and clean so I decided to have a falafel wrap.

Without a doubt, this wrap was one of the best I’ve ever tried. Firstly, it was filled with loads of veggies. Secondly, the falafels were very flavourful, soft and fluffy. And lastly, the hummus was great and the garlic tahini sauce something I will be dreaming about for quite a while.

I wanted to recreate the falafel wrap at home so I had my best go at the falafels. I decided to make a recipe for easy vegan and gluten-free falafels. They are actually quite easy to make, and pretty quick too. I just chucked everything in the food processor and let it do all the hard work for me.

Falafel wraps

Easy vegan and gluten-free falafels

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Are you a fan of chickpeas? Why not try my spicy chickpea patties next time?

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Gluten- and sugarfree Brownies

Gluten- and sugarfree brownies

Glutenfree and sugarfree Brownies that will rock your world. They also contain a secret ingredient that makes them so much healthier than traditional brownies. Can you guess what it is? If you guessed Black beans you’re absolutely right.

These amazing glutenfree and sugarfree brownies are great when you are trying to be a little bit more healthy but still want a little treat to make your day a bit brighter. They are easy to make and take under 30 minutes from start to finish.

How surprising is it that black beans can be used in such a creative way. They also happen to be very healthy for you. According to Medical news today they are rich in protein and fiber, iron, calcium, magnesium, copper, and zinc. All of which contribute to strengthening your bones. Black beans can also help lowering blood pressure, they are naturally low in sodium and contain potassion, calcium, and magnesium, of which have been found to help decrease blood pressure. Studies have also shown that consuming food high in fiber can help to regulate blood sugar. And if that is not enough for you to join the black bean wagon. Studies have also shown that black beans are healthy for your digestion, help ward off heart disease and may help you battling your weight. However, I always urge you to do your own research and find out more about what you’re eating. Don’t just take my word for it.

Gluten- and sugarfree Brownies

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Not in the mood for something healthy, try these amazing raspberry cupcakes. They one of my all-time favorites.

Raspberry cupcakes. Vanilla raspberry cupcakes and raspberry buttercream

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Minimalism for beginners

How to become a minimalist?

How to become a minimalist
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Anyone can become a minimalist, all you need is a desire to have more with less. Follow these simple steps to start your journey right now. Living a minimalist life has great benefits. It gives me more time, space and freedom and also has a good effect on my finances. Living with less allows me to shape my life towards my goals, happiness, and fulfillment.

What is minimalism?

Lets first establish what minimalism is. It’s not about living in an empty apartment with no belongings around you. It’s rather making conscious decisions about what adds value to your life and what makes you happy. And then try your best to eliminate the extra’s, the burden, the clutter, the stress and the things keeping you from enjoying your life.

For many, the journey towards minimalism starts with decluttering your home, your mind and downsizing your consumption habits. Also, practicing being more mindful about what you bring to your home and into your life.

It’s also important to remember that Minimalism doesn’t come with a rule book everyone has to follow. Instead, each and everyone has to find their own path in minimalism. This is your journey and only you can know why and how you want to live your life.

Establish your why

How to become a minimalist and why
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The most important step when entering the journey towards minimalism is knowing why you want to be a minimalist. You may also want to set some goals for the coming journey. Making a big lifestyle change can be challenging, especially in the beginning. So writing down your why and your goals might help you establish a clear view of what you want to accomplish by living with less. Whether it’s about creating more space, having more time to do the things you love, saving more money or living an organized and uncluttered life. If you have this clear for yourself, even written down it will help you establish why you want to do this and also how you want to do it.

First steps in decluttering

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This may feel daunting at first. Thinking about all the drawers filled with stuff, all the closets and don’t even get me started on storage space. But I’m not here to scare you off, remember we are only doing this in small steps.

There are a lot of methods out there for decluttering. For example, the Chaos method, the KonMari method, The Minimalist game, the Closet hanger method, Swedish death cleaning and so many others. You don’t need to decide what method you want to use right away. But it could be a good idea to set aside some time to learn about these methods and decide if any of them appeal to you.

Many people use a combination of methods and some even invent their own method of decluttering in the process. I, for example, found out that I like to use a mix of KonMari and the Chaos. But I’ve made my own little tweaks to those both when I declutter. But I will tell you more about my method later.

Start somewhere fun and easy

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It’s always easier to complete tasks that are fun. It makes time pass quicker and it also keeps you motivated to keep on going. To get you motivated on your journey, it’s a good idea to start decluttering something that is easy and fun in your home. That way you will get excited and inspired about what you’re doing. For example, if your favorite thing is knitting and you have a lot of yarn around your home, start with decluttering and organizing your yarn and knitting accessories. When you see how well you did and how fun and easy it was to declutter and organize your knitting stuff it will keep you motivated to continue on your journey.

Change your buying habits

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Now that you’ve started your minimalism journey it’s important to implement those lifestyle habits as soon as possible. It’s no use decluttering if you keep on bringing home new items to declutter. So think about what you buy, why and what you want to do with those items. Are they something you intend on keeping or are they just a short fix that you will probably end up decluttering soon anyway.

Some people even go as far as to implement a shopping ban on themselves while they de-clutter their home. That is to prevent exactly what I described, bringing home even more stuff to declutter while you are learning the robes of decluttering and organizing. Of course, this is something only you can decide on, but it doesn’t hurt to at least think about what we want to accomplish with our minimalism journey. So as you start letting go of things that you are taking from your home it’s a good idea to also take a look at what you are bringing in.

I hope this will get you started with your minimalism journey. Next time I will talk about different ways of decluttering and also tell you about my way of decluttering.

Hawaiian inspired sweet and spicy Oumph skewers

In this recipe, I want to share with you my Hawaiian inspired sweet and spicy Oumph skewers. They turned out just perfectly sweet and spicy and can be enjoyed on their own, in tacos or in a salad.

Hawaiian sweet and spicy oumph skewers.

Nothing feels more like summer than having a BBQ party. I love meeting up with friends, cooking great food on the barbeque and eating together and then maybe afterward enjoy playing board games into the night. I think this is one of the biggest things I miss about Iceland.

We have such good friends back there and long summer nights with friends are some of my happiest memories. The jokes, the laughs, the stories… and everything added to the big bank of memories.

Hopefully, we will soon be able to have similar parties here in London. In the meantime, we will still have our BBQ parties as a family of four.

Sweet and spicy Oumph skewers

I hope you will like the recipe as much as we did. We enjoyed the Oumph skewers two days in a row, first on their own with some potato salad and veggie skewers. And, on the second day, we had them with a giant bowl of salad with roasted sweet potato and a special green dressing.

Fresh green salad

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Need the perfect dessert to go with your BBQ Oumph? Why not try my raspberry cupcakes?

Raspberry cupcakes

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Vegan chickpea crépes with spinach and mushroom filling

Chickpea crépes

Recently I’ve been obsessing over these vegan chickpea crépes with spinach and mushroom filling. They are perfect for a weekend brunch or as a light lunch when working from home on weekdays. They are incredibly easy to make and taste absolutely delicious.

Before I went vegan I loved going to a café in Iceland that sold crépes with ham, cheese, rice, and mustard mayo sauce. They were my favorite treat. Now I occasionally make my own crépes which are very tasty but maybe not the healthiest choice. I needed to find a way to enjoy crépes without having to feel guilty for eating unhealthy. Then I came across chickpea crépes.

These vegan chickpea crépes are a perfect choice if you want to be a little bit healthier. They are made from chickpea flour and water and are just as delicious as the traditional ones but much healthier as they are made from chickpea flour.

Chickpea flour also called gram flour is naturally gluten-free and high in protein, iron, and fiber. It’s basically just ground up chickpeas. It’s a fantastic choice when it comes to making gluten-free options or to increase the protein ratio in your dishes.

How to make vegan chickpea crépes

Vegan olive and garlic flatbread

I hope you will like the recipe as much as I did. This was a total game changer for me when I tried it the first time. The crépes are best eating them while still warm. But you could still enjoy them the next day. Just pop them in the toaster or heat them on a pan and they will still be very nice.

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