Beef Burritos

So the other day, we decided to start with this meal prep thing.

We began with making beef burritos. In my closest store we don’t have any extra large tortillas, so these are great for a small dinner (or even breakfast – if you feel like it).

This is what we used to make 16 burritos 🌯.

  • 3 Bell peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 1kg minced beef
  • 1,5 cans Black beans
  • 2 small corn cans
  • 2 cups of rice
  • Mexican spice mix

First cut the bell peppers and onion into stripes, put them on a baking tray and put some oil and Mexican spice mix on there.

That has to be fried in your oven for about 20 minutes at about 180C.

Once the veggies are in the oven you can boil up two cups of rice in four cups of water. (Cook for ten minutes and then let it sit and soak for another 10 minutes)

Now you can get the mixed beef, I put some salt and Mexican spice mix on there as well.

Once everything is done you just have to fill your burritos with the cooked and canned food and roll them up.

I wrap them in aluminum foil and freeze them.

When we want to eat them we let them defrost and heat them in the microwave so that the center gets hot, after that you can fry it in a pan as well to get the outside all nice and crunchy. 😍

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Meal plan and prep

There have been so many times that I wanted to do a meal plan and prep the food before to make our lives easier. And each time I just don’t stick to the plan or prep the food, which makes life even harder instead of easier.

This year I decided to break this habit of mine. We’ll see how that one goes. 😅😂

Currently, I’m still in the process of finding recipes that I would like to try and trying to write a meal plan for a few weeks, that we can actually reuse after. Please tell me I’m not the only one struggling with this?!

We were thinking of having a vegetarian/vegan week now and then, plus a vegetarian/vegan day in each week, so that we get our vegetable intake.

Would you like me to share some meal plan ideas once I actually have some?

Rouladen

I hope all of you had a great time for new years and that you have recovered by now, because I want to share a recipe with you!

This is one of the best things you can do with meat, at least in my opinion!

You’ll need:

  • 4 Beef Rouladen (Very thin cut pieces of steak)
  • 4 table spoons mustard
  • 4 – 8 slices of bacon
  • 4 gherkins, sliced
  • 2 onions, cubed
  • 3 table spoons oil for the pan
  • 100ml red wine
  • 500 ml beef broth
  • String or skewers

This is what you do:

Put salt and pepper on both sides of the meat. Take 1 piece of meat and coat it with 1 table spoon of mustard. Then put 1 or 2 slices of bacon on your beef, top that with slices of gherkins and onions, all evenly distributed. After that you roll it up and either fixate it with some string or little skewers. Now you just have to do the same for the other 3 pieces of Rouladen. 😄

Once they are all rolled and ready, you can heat the Oil in a deep pan/pot and fry the prepared Rouladen in there from all sides on high heat. Then throw in the remaining onion, that you didn’t use for the filling.

When that is fried up nicely you can pour in the wine and beef broth. The Rouladen need to be almost covered in liquid. Let it boil up once and then put it on medium heat with closed lid for 1 hour.

After that hour turn the Rouladen and leave the lid open, let them stew there for another hour.

Aaaand that is all. 😂

You can thicken the sauce and put some more spices in, but it usually has enough taste from the Rouladen in there.

Chocolate dome with vanilla cream and cherry-kiwi-puree core

I hope that every one of you had some amazing Christmas days, even if it wasn’t as big as we are used to!

For my Christmas dinner I made a dessert, that I’m quite proud of!

It was a chocolate dome with a vegan vanilla cream filling with a core of cherry-kiwi-compote.

To create the chocolate half sphere, you’ll need a silicone or three-piece mould and your favourite dairy free chocolate.

Melt the chocolate (in your microwave or in a water bath), layer it in your form (not too thick though, you still want to be able to break it with a spoon later) and let it cool in your fridge.

Whilst the chocolate is cooling, you can start preparing the vegan vanilla cream.

You’ll need 4 egg yolks, 60gram sugar, 250ml of your favourite dairy free milk, 200 ml vegan whipped cream (mine was from “Schlagfix”), 3 white gelatin sheets and a teaspoon of vanilla essence.

Soften your gelatine in cold water for 5 minutes. In a pod add milk, sugar, vanilla essence and bring to boil. Put the egg yolks in a bowl and add the vanilla milk, whip until creamy. Then add the softened gelatine sheets to this mixture. Let it cool down and add the whipped cream to it. Then it needs to rest for like two hours.

If you want you can already fill it in your chocolate half spheres at this point, or just leave it in a bowl to rest in the fridge.

The last thing you will need is the cherry-kiwi-puree.

I used half a glass of cherries and two fresh kiwis (without the skin obviously). To make sure that the vanilla cream wouldn’t get ruined by the kiwi acid, I boiled the cherries and kiwis before puréeing them. Once that cooled down a bit, I used a silicon mould with very small half spheres to freeze the purée.

After everything cooled and chilled enough, you just have to assemble it. Fill the chocolate with the vanilla cream and use two of the frozen purée half spheres and put them in the middle. Then arrange on a plate, and you’re done. Easy as that. 😂

Christmas Dinner in Germany

It’s my favourite time of year – Christmas!!! ✨✨✨

The most traditional Christmas Eve dish in Germany is Potato Salad with Sausages, and on the other two days of christmas getting together with the family and enjoying a big meal together.

(I know celebrating will be strange this year without (as much) family and that sucks, but let’s still make the best of it with my special christmas day dinner)

This may not sound very traditional, but this year I’ll be making

I really hope that everything works out according to plan. 😅

I’ll link the recipes in this post as soon as I have published them!

It’s been a while

Dear readers,

I know it has been quite some time since you heard from me last. A lot has happened since then!

We moved to Germany, we got engaged and are getting married in February 2021 if the Corona situation is letting us.

I have tried many new recipes and will be happy to share my favourites with you again!

Talk to you very soon!!!

The slowest, quick dinner ever!

Okay by now you might have figured out, that I totally love our slow cooker!

I seriously don’t know how I managed before having one, especially now that we upgraded from the 1,5 liter slow cooker to the big 6,5 liter slow cooker. I know it was a big jump and we could have taken the 3,5 liter first, but I grew up with the motto “Think big or go home” so I went straight for the 6,5 liter slow cooker. 😂

Don’t think that I regret this, quite the opposite is true. I love my slow cooker. Whenever I cook with it I can usually freeze 2-4 portions and it’s saving so much time for me!

So the other day I had my aunt and uncle coming over from Germany to stay with us for a few days, as the builders just finished their repair work, there was a lot to clean and tidy up again. Which is where the slow cooker comes in handy again, as I don’t need to check on it every five minutes. I even sometimes forget that the slow cooker is on until I can smell the food. 😍

As my family was arriving in the evening I wanted to have a quick dinner ready for us, without standing in the kitchen for 30 minutes or more first.

This is what I did:

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You just need 1 red onion (sliced), 5 potatoes (I use red potatoes as I like the taste and texture of them the most) ,7 carrots, 3-4 chicken breasts and two cups of chicken or vegetable broth. This time I used vegetable broth, but it’s really up to you and your taste buts. 😉

Place the vegetables on the bottom and put the chicken breasts on top of it. Pour over the broth of your choice and let it sit on low for 6-7 hours, make sure that the chicken is completely done before serving!

 

The last apple solution: Small and easy Apple Crumble

The other day I tidied up our fridge and I found an apple. That poor apple still looked okay, but neither me or Alex were in the mood to eat it like that.

The day after that I was on the phone with my mum going through some recipe books that I got from her and there it was. A recipe for Apple Crumble!

In that moment I knew what to do with my sad little apple and went on to work straight after the phone call ended.

So if you have sad apples in your house that no one wants to eat, don’t throw them out – make a nice apple crumble instead!

Little Lemon Bites

I admit, this Blog is supposed to have a lot of healthy recipes as well, but baking is just way to much fun to stop!

This time I made my Little Lemon Bites with colorful sprinkles.

You can find the full recipe at the end of this post, but the recipe asks for Buttermilk, so how convenient is it that I already wrote you a post about how to make Dairy-free Buttermilk yourself! 😂

In Germany we call this shape of Cake a “Gugelhupf“, so in this case I used a Mini-Gugelhupf silicon form, to get this shape, but really any mini cake form will do.

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The struggle is real

I need to be honest with you here, I absolutely looooove everything that has to do with dairy: Cheese, Yogurt, Pastry, Milk, etc.
When I was still living with my mum who “only” has a lactose intolerance I still got everything I wanted, after that living with my Dad I didn’t even need to think about dairy  problems at all!
Now I’m living together with Alex who is allergic to dairy. This means when I make food and I want to eat cheese or any other dairy product for that matter, that I’m preparing his meal first to avoid any contamination of dairy. Because even the slightest bit can cause an allergic reaction.
At the beginning I still bought normal milk and cheese and all the stuff I would usually eat, but making sure that it doesn’t get in touch with the food Alex is eating can be quite exhausting. So by now whenever I’m grocery shopping I check the ingredients label first to make sure that there is no dairy involved.
Thinking about it, I also reduced my dairy intake drastically. Mostly I try to cook and bake without dairy, but every now and then I have a french friend over, who is bringing the good cheese from France and we’ll cook a nice cheese dinner with it. 😂
There is also a very positive part to this, as my chocolate actually stays my chocolate and I don’t need to worry about it being eaten whilst I’m out of the house. 🍫😂
Overall it really isn’t too bad, it can just be super exhausting to always check the ingredients and I know that Alex hates that allergy too, so I’m trying to make life a little bit easier with cooking and baking food that he usually wouldn’t be able to eat.