Go Vegan?!

Hi guys,

Sorry that I have been quite inactive lately, but I had a lot to study and wasn’t feeling good overall.
But now I’m back and I want to talk about a special topic that has found greater importance to me.

I have been a vegetarian now for nearly 5 years (mostly for animal protection reasons and a little for health reasons as well) and I never ever want to go back to eating meat again. Also, all these 5 years I thought that being or becoming vegan would be too extreme and I also thought one must be crazy to go vegan. I imagined that there would be no food left to eat for vegans at all because of the many restrictions.

But lately I have been following Andrea @earthyandy and Ellen @ellenfisher.
And they really put my world upside down. I read and listened to both of their stories and how their bodies have healed and could at many points sympathize with what they experienced.
I felt exhausted and sick through the last few months, even though I am not eating unhealthy.
And I grew tired of it. And I also got more curious about Andys and Ellens lifestyle.

I have browsed their Instagrams, websites and YouTube channels to get more information on how they got so healthy, happy and humbled.
And I found a lot that leaves me thinking that I do not want to be just a vegetarian anymore. I wanna do more. Not just for me, but also for all the beautiful animals on our earth, that are slaughtered brutally every day.
That fact for sure can change and I want to start with my own life to make a difference and encourage others to do so as well.

I am incredibly thankful that they opened my eyes and encouraged me to change.
If you are also on this journey I would love you to comment, so that we can connect.
Also, feel free to check out the channels of Ellen and Andy and some others, that inspired me this far below.

Take care,
Lena

Ellen: https://www.youtube.com/user/MangoIslandMamma1

Andrea: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAawEwNoiqlwH9Ybc51q3kQ 

Hannah (Ellens Sister): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnajip8HMfIDmZrew82QlSw

Alyse: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzLQ_5hu5fuVSEHkMGEq7Vg

Nisha: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJU7b85vzVmngc-rInEyLEQ/featured

 

 

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Pumpkin Broccoli Roasted Alfredo Pasta

Pumpkin Broccoli Roasted Alfredo Pasta

 

Autumn means Orange comes back in every form.
Mother Nature gave us Carrots, Sweet Potatoes and my personal favourite – Pumpkin to upgrade our kitchen Game in this lovely season.

Where I live, it recently got so cold, that we needed to switch on the heating made some tea and a hot-water bottle but it wasn’t getting better.

So we decided on this delish and easy Fall Recipe which made our bodies and hearts warmer.

If you love Alfredo Pasta, or pasta in general – you will absolutely love this one.
It is the perfect dish for a dinner with friends or also perfect to eat while you are binge watching series (We currently started re-waching Friends – clear recommendation)

So what are you waiting for? LETS GET COOKING.

Pumpkin Broccoli Roasted Alfredo Pasta
Total Time:
40 mins
Recipe type: Main Meal
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
• 1 medium pumpkin (I used Hokkaido)
• 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
• 3 tablespoons olive oil
Pumpkin Broccoli Roasted Alfredo Pasta• Salt and pepper to taste
• 1/4 cup butter
• 2 cloves garlic
• 2 tablespoons white whole wheat flour
• 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
• 1 1/2 cups milk
• 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
• 12 oz cooked penne pasta
• 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley (optional)

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C. Place quartered pumpkin with the broccoli on a greased baking sheet. Season with enough salt and pepper and drizzle over the olive oil. Leave veggies in the oven for 25 minutes.
2. Blend the pumpkin until smooth and set aside.
3. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter then saute garlic in butter until brown (1-2 minutes). Whisk flour into butter, then slowly whisk in cream and milk until smooth. Bring sauce to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until thickened. Also put in the Parmesan.
4. Return to saucepan and stir cooked pasta and roasted broccoli into sauce.
5. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle parsley or any other herbs on top.
6. Enjoy!

Date Night/How to make your Bathroom a Spa

Date Night/How to make your Bathroom a Spa

Thursday Night is DATE NIGHT.
Every week on Thursday, my husband and I do a date night, where we spend quality time together eg. going out for dinner, a movie night.
Because Autumn has just started and it was my turn this week, I wanted to do a Spa Night with a necessary bath makeover.

Whether you want to have an unforgettable Date Night or your bathroom just needs a little remodeling, read these tips and get decorating!

• Clear your counters

First things first: Put everything of your counters, organize everything that is messy and really important. Wipe down with an all purpose spray or whatever you like to use for cleaning.

•  Choose the necessities

Then put what you want to be on display back on the counter, and organize, so that it looks neat and tidy.
I went for Q-tips, cotton pads, our toothbrushes and soap.
All of them where put  in decor glasses but you can use any storage possibility you like.
You can also add flowers in a vase, to make it look even prettier.

• Organize

Put everything into drawers or use dividers and boxes for open spaces and take your time to organize. Put important things, which you use on a everyday basis, together and somewhere, where they are easy to get.
Also throw away products which are already expired or which you never or hardly ever use. If you haven’t used them the last three years you won’t use them now.

•  Add some Greens

Buy some plants or use the ones you are already having at home for an instant bathroom upgrade. Choose the right plants, according to the light situation in your bathroom. (e.g. Aloe Vera is a good option when there is no natural light in your  bathroom)
I highly recommend hanging one plant, because it looks really beautiful and also doesn’t take away space that you could use for other things.

• CANDLES, CANDLES, CANDLES

I can’t stress this enough: Candles are so important when it comes to creating a relaxing atmosphere. They put every room in a nice light and they really aren’t expensive. Place some right at the edge of your bathtub or on your sink. Be careful that the flame doesn’t come near a wooden piece of furniture.

• The last touch

Roll your towels like they do in a Spa and also provide a nice bath scrub, or a bathing salt.
For an extra romantic atmosphere, spread some rose petals over the water.
Be sure to also put on some nice music you find relaxing.

• Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Mexican Mixed Veggies w/ Avocado Salsa

Mexican Food is the BEST.
Doesn’t matter how many new recipes I try, I always come back to the Mexican Cuisine.
No wonder – they use some of the tastiest veggies and spices one could find and the meals aren’t taking long to prepare.

Easy Mexican Mixed Veggies w/ Avocado Salsa

Also the recipes often just contain the basics such as tomatoes, cucumbers, beans etc. But once prepared they are not just full of flavor, but also candy for your eye.
Especially now at the beginning of autumn, the colors just reflect my happy feelings for this special season and another big plus is that Mexican Food always keeps you WARM, which happens to also be important once it gets colder.

Easy Mexican Mixed Veggies w/ Avocado Salsa

So why not go on and try this simple recipe?
You don’t even have to wash too many dishes because everything is prepared on one sheet.

Easy Mexican Mixed Veggies w/ Avocado Salsa

LET’S GET COOKING!

Total Time:
40 mins
Recipe type: Main Meal
Serves: 4

 

Ingredients:mexican

 

 

For the Veggies:
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 medium red onion
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup kidney beans
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp. rosemary
  • 5 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey
For the Avocado Salsa
  • 2 avocados
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
 Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F/220°C.
  2. Cut all vegetables and put them into a baking dish.
  3. In a bowl mix together all of the spices.
  4. Drizzle the spices over the veggies as well as the olive oil and the honey.
  5. Stir and then put into the oven for 25 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile cut up the avocado and put into a blender with the remaining ingredients.
  7. Put the Avocado Salsa either next to the veggies or drizzle over.
  8. Enjoy!

Fast Cheesy Quesadillas w/ Garlicky Sour-cream Dip

Who doesn’t love a good Quesadilla?
It’s an amazing choice whether you really just need a break from studying and a quick meal or if you just want to cook something that does your body well. These quesadillas are optimal for sharing with friends and family. Go on and share this taste explosion.

Fast Cheesy, Quesadillas, with Garlicky, Sour-cream Dip
Intrestingly many people think that Quesadillas need a long time to prepare or are
not for beginners.
To be honest, I was one of those people before I really started getting into cooking.
Now this recipe is one of my favorites, because it’s excellent when you are on the go and want to prepare something delicious yet healthy.
When you are looking for this fast/delish/healthy combination, don’t be looking no
more.

If you are not convinced yet, let me tell you there is CHEESE.
MELTED MOZARELLA CHEESE.

Fast Cheesy Quesadillas with Garlicky Sour-cream Dip

 

 

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Fast Cheesy Quesadillas with Garlicky Sour-cream Dip

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins

Fast Cheesy, Quesadillas, with Garlicky, Sour-cream Dip

Total Time:
30 mins
Recipe type: Main Meal
Serves: 2
Ingredients:
For the Quesadillas:
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup kidney beans (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8 tortillas (I used tomato wheat tortillas)
  • 2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese (you can also freshly grate 2 mozzarella’s)
  • 6 tbsp. olive oil
For the Sour cream Dip:
  • 1/2 cup sour-cream
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • handful of herbs of your choice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 clove of garlic
 Instructions
  1. Cut the Zucchini into thin strips. Also cut the tomato and the onion.
  2. Mix the cut vegetables and the corn and beans and put them into a pan. Season with salt and pepper, brush with 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Cook 10 minutes over medium heat and stir from time to time.
  3. Meanwhile take a bowl and put in the sour-cream, plain yoghurt, spices and herbs and the cut garlic. Stir and then put aside.
  4. Vegetables should be ready by now. Take them out of the pan and into a bowl.
  5. Top four of the tortillas with enough of the veggies and mozzarella cheese to cover them. Top with the remaining four tortillas. Grill on a nonstick pan with 1 tbsp. olive oil until crisp on the bottom, about 3-4 minutes over medium heat. Flip and cook until cheese is melted and the second side is crisp.
  6. Serve with the Sour-cream dip and an optional salsa.
  7. Enjoy!