Month: August 2019

Vegan loaded macaroni and cheese

Vegan loaded macaroni and cheese

Vegan loaded macaroni and cheese that will knock your socks off. This ultimate smoky cheesy American classic is now one of my favorites. I didn’t grow up eating macaroni and cheese, mind you, I grew up on a tiny island in the middle of the…

Courgette noodle stirfry with crispy tofu

Courgette noodle stirfry with crispy tofu

Courgette noodle stirfry with crispy tofu. Delicious low carb meal you will love! Yes, I know, I know… one more courgette stirfry. But this is the foodie version. It’s low carb and it’s delicious. As per requested I have been in collaborating Vikan Magazine in…

Vegan stroganoff with Cauliflower and Parsnip Mash

Vegan stroganoff with Cauliflower and Parsnip Mash

Low carb vegan stroganoff with cauliflower and parsnip mash. Perfect dish for the ones who are trying to cut the carbs. This healthy and filling recipe contains only 335 calories per portion and net carbs of 12.7

Whether you enjoy eating a low carb diet or just need a recipe for a creamy vegan stroganoff, this recipe will certainly get your heart rate going. The creamy coconut sauce with a hint of mushroom flavor will play with your tastebuds in a gentle way while you enjoy eating a healthy low carb meal.

What on earth is Oumph?

Oumph is a protein-rich food made from soya beans. It is high in protein and fiber, and a good source of iron and folic acid. Oumph is also very low in calories which makes it a good choice for those who choose to eat low carb or ketogenic diets.

We are big fans of Oumph and usually have a pack (or three) in the freezer. It’s incredibly versatile, especially if you buy the chunks. They are not flavored and you can flavor them in every way you’d like. I have a great recipe for Hawaiian inspired Oumph where I used Oumph chunks. In fact, you can use Oumph in so many ways. It’s great for stirfries, on pizza and, or for casseroles like stroganoff.

Vegan stroganoff with Cauliflower and Parsnip Mash

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Looking for more low carb recipes? Why not try my low carb vegan Koftas?

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Vegan alfredo pasta

Vegan alfredo pasta

Vegan alfredo pasta, rich creamy sauce with a hint of garlic and lemon. What more could you ask for in terms of pasta sauce? This is the perfect weekday dinner as it is so quick and easy to prepare. This amazing pasta is one of…

Carrot and sweet potato soup

Carrot and sweet potato soup

This carrot and sweet potato soup is the ultimate fall comfort food. It’s creamy, naturally sweet and the flavor of the vegetables is balanced by the warm spices. It’s super quick to prepare and one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever made. Warm and cozy…

Vegan Coronation Chick*n salad

Vegan Coronation Chick*n salad

If you love curry and a little bit of mango chutney, you are going to love this coronation chicken salad. So delicious and hard to stop eating!

Highly popular and found in almost all grocery stores, this historical recipe has now been veganized.

Vegan coronation chicken salad

The historical dish

Coronation chicken or “Poulet Reine Elizabeth” was created in 1953 when renowned florist Constance Spry and cordon bleu chef Rosemary Hume catered for a banquet to celebrate the coronation of Elizabeth II.

It became widely popular across Britain as it was published widely so it could be enjoyed at street parties.

Perfect as a lunch or to bring to a potluck

Whether your making a delicious lunch or hoping to impress with your culinary skills at a potluck this Vegan Coronation Chick*n salad will not let you down. It’s creamy, spicy and a little bit tangy from the combination of mango chutney and greek yogurt.

Vegan Coronation Chick*n salad

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Vegan raspberry cupcakes

Vegan raspberry cupcakes

Vegan Raspberry Cupcakes with fresh raspberries and topped with raspberry buttercream made from fresh raspberry reduction. I love using fresh fruit in my baking, not only for the intense fruity flavor but also for the gorgeous color it naturally gives anything it touches. These vegan…

Vegan white chocolate chip and honeycomb cookies

Vegan white chocolate chip and honeycomb cookies

Perfect vegan white chocolate chip and honeycomb cookies made completely from scratch. Crispy on the edges and soft and gooey on the inside. The white chocolate chips make them extra creamy and the vegan honeycomb turns into succulent caramel when it melts into the cookie…

4 ways to declutter your home

4 ways to declutter your home

Different methods of decluttering

Four ways to declutter your home and take control of your life. If you’re feeling lost in all your clutter these methods might help.

If you’ve just started your minimalism journey and have started researching different methods of decluttering you’ve probably found out that there are many different ways to do this.

Starting this journey is intimidating enough, deciding what method to use may even make things more complicating. To get this ball rolling, let’s start with learning a little bit about a few different methods of decluttering. These four ways to declutter have been the biggest help in my journey!

4 ways to declutter like a boss
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Four ways to declutter and take control of your life

Let me introduce you to a few popular methods used when decluttering. These are some of the most known methods and highly popular in the minimalism community.

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1. KonMari

Recently a Netflix hit, Mari Kondo and her method called ‘KonMari’ has everybody buzzing about minimalism. Her method first became popular when her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up came out. The book has been sold in over four million copies so it’s no surprise that this method is so well known.

The basics of the KonMari method is that instead of deciding what to get rid of, you choose what to keep. Mari Kondo encourages people to categorize their belongings and then gather all their belongings in each category at a time and go through them. Each and every item. For example, get every pair of shoes you own. Hold them, maybe try them on and while doing so ask yourself this: “Does this (pair of shoes) spark joy in my heart?”

Pros

I like the basics of this method. The focus on positive feelings towards your belongings. You choose what brings you joy, what makes you feel good and declutter the rest. This method emphasizes the positive outcome of decluttering, in the end, you only have things you actually care about and enjoy in your environment. 

Cons

The KonMari method is time- consuming and requires sorting through an entire household of stuff. You may need to bring out stuff from more than one or two locations of your house. For example, if you keep shoes in your foyer, your bedroom, and your storage you will have to go and collect all your shoes from all of the locations and then you can begin sorting through them. This has the potential of completely uprooting your home. Also, using this same question about every household item “Does this spark joy?” may seem a bit extreme. My colander doesn’t exactly spark joy being only that, a colander, but it’s a very useful thing and I want to keep it despite not sparking any joy in my heart.

4 ways to declutter
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2. The four-box method

This method is according to many is the most flexible way to declutter. It gives you plenty of time and space to declutter at your own pace. 

The basis of this method is setting up four boxes somewhere in your apartment and label them: Put away, Give away, Throw away and Undecided. Now you simply can pick up clutter in a room and place it in one of the four boxes and then as each box fills up you can process the items in it according to the name on the box. 

Pros

This method allows you some thinking space with the undecided box. You can simply put an item in the box and think about what you want to do with it and process it later. Not using categories also allows you to declutter anywhere in your house when you want to. For instance, if you find an item in your kitchen drawer you never use and you are technically decluttering the bathroom, there’s nothing stopping you from taking that item and put it in the box. 

Cons

Having the undecided box is very nice but it can become a problem if you start putting everything in it. It could be good for people who have difficulty making decisions to come up with some kind of rule regarding the undecided box. For example, if something has stayed in the undecided box for a week/month it has to be categorized to another box.

4 Ways to declutter your home
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3. The Minimalist Game

The Minimalist Game was introduced by Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields Millburn, better known as The Minimalists. In this method, the aim is to make decluttering a little bit more fun and make a game out of it. It’s highly popular and hundreds and even thousands of people join in the game every month. To make things even more interesting many use social media to hold themselves accountable by using the hashtag #minsgame to post pictures of what they are decluttering. 

The basics of this method are that the number of things you declutter corresponds to the day of the month. One item on the first day, two on the second and so forth. By the end of the month, you will have removed over 496 items from your home if you follow the game to the end. You can even make things more interesting by challenging a friend or family member and see who keeps going for longer. 

Pros

This is a pretty easy way to declutter. It doesn’t require as much heartful thinking as the KonMari method seems to do. By the end of the month, you will be rid of almost 500 items and you can keep on playing as many months as you like. Another positive aspect of this method is that it starts slowly and builds up over time. This allows you to build confidence in your decision making and your journey. 

Cons

A big downside to this method is that you have to stay consistent every day or you will fall behind. Just like with a computer game the difficulty level rises each day and it can be difficult to keep up unless you are keeping up with the pace. The game also gets more difficult towards the end and might feel a little bit overwhelming, if you are not organized. Imagine coming home after a hard day at work and you still have to find 27 items to declutter that day. The possibility of making quick and not so thought out decisions increases and you might find yourself decluttering things that later on you regret, all in the name of keeping up with the game.

decluttering your home
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4. The Closet Hanger Method

This method was apparently made famous by none other than Oprah. It’s a good way to help you decide what to declutter from your closet. This method works best for clothes stored on hangers in a closet. 

The basics of this method are to, for example, on the first day of a month, take all your hangers and face them all in the same direction. When you use an item of clothing throughout the month you place them back in the closet with the hanger facing the other way. That way you know what items you use on a regular basis and what you don’t use at all. 

Pros

This method is very easy to implement and takes almost no time to get started. It’s also very straightforward and you will notice straight away what you are not using from your closet. 

Cons

This method works best for clothes kept on hangers and doesn’t work as well for folded pieces in a drawer or on a shelf. It could also be challenging to come up with a way to use this method in other areas such as your kitchen or living room. And lastly, this method doesn’t allow room for items like seasonal clothing or clothes you use infrequently.

4 ways to declutter your home
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Time to get started

Now you know a little bit more about minimalism. You know what minimalism is, and a few ways to declutter. It’s time to choose a method and start your minimalism journey.