Squash Lasagna Recipe

Hey my loves,

Recently I have been trying out a few recipes that I always wanted to try, one of them being a Squash Lasagna. Yes, you read that right a lasagne with squash. When I looked at the ingredients I thought to myself, “Well, you like everything individually, why shouldn’t you like it together?”. And I was right. While this recipe does take a lot longer than a normal lasagne it was tasty, when I tried it the night I made it I wasn’t sure about it, but the second day I was convinced – it is delicious.

INGREDIENTS

FILLING

  • 1,5 kg red kuri squash
  • 2 onions
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tub of créme fraîche
  • olive oil
  • salt, pepper, garlic & herbs

BÉCHAMEL SAUCE

  • 50 g butter
  • 50 g flour
  • 750 ml milk of your choice
  • salt & pepper

ADDITIONAL

  • 200g lasagna plates
  • 200g shredded cheese

INSTRUCTION

  1. Peel and cut your squash. The smaller the pieces the faster your squash will cook through in the pan.
  2. Peel and slice your onions and garlic into small pieces.
  3. Heat up a pan or pot with some olive oil.
  4. Add your onion and garlic into the pan and let them golden. Then add the squash.
  5. Cook the squash for a little bit before you add your seasonings (around 10 minutes).
  6. Add your two cans of crushed tomatoes. I added some extra seasonings here.
  7. Cook the tomato-squash mixture until the squash has soften a lot (around another 15-20 minutes).
  8. Add your tub of créme fraîche and season again. Squash can take a lot of seasoning.
  9. While your filling is cooking, preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  10. In a pot melt the butter and then add the flour. Combine these to until the mixture has a light golden tint.
  11. Add your milk to the butter-flour mixture and whisk it together until there are no clumps left. Bring the mixture to a boil and it should thicken up.
  12. In an oven form start with a spoonful of filling, then add your lasagna plates. On top of those add the filling and the béchamel sauce and a little bit of shredded cheese. Continue this step until you run out of filling and sauce.
  13. Bake the lasagna for 40 minutes in the oven. Enjoy!

It was super delicious but I probably would cook it again if I had friends over because it takes a lot of time. But it is so worth it. Have you tried a new recipe? Let me know, I would love to know.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Food Festival

Hey my loves,

yesterday I went to a Food Festival in my hometown with some friends, and what was expected to be just like a two hour or something trip turned into almost six full hours. We laughed so much and had such good food and I thought I would share them with you.

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I shared all the food with one of my friends and except for one everything was SOOOO good. We also had some Nachos with cheese, which to be fair were alright but looked and tasted like the ones you can buy and not the homemade kind and the cheese sauce was super runny almost watery. We also bought some Fudge, I haven’t eaten it yet, but I went for Mango Yoghurt and something with raspberry chocolate, I think.

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We started off with this delicious looking ‘Pulled Pork Cheese Burger’. IT WAS AMAZING! I could have eaten tons of them. I just love pulled pork and with the sauce they made it. It was delicious.

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After the Nachos, which like I said weren’t great, we went for this ‘Tres Chicos’ which is basically BBQ pulled pork with three potatoes and sour cream. The pork was amazing, just like the one from the burger, and I even enjoyed the potatoes (I’m not the biggest fan of potatoes). It was really good!

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And of course, what can’t be missing on a festival like this? Right, DESSERT. I went with this black charcoal vanilla ice cream with sprinkles in a red cone and one of my other friend hat peanut butter and jelly ice cream which apparently was amazing too.

I do have to say though, eaten black ice cream in public is so weird, it stained my tongue, my lips and a little my teeth, but all was good after I wiped it off and had some water to drink. But it was a delicious and very filling ice cream! I felt so L.A., lol xD!

Do you like going to Food Festivals? Let me know in the comments below.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

XoXo,
Jasmin.

3 Salad Ideas for a BBQ Party

Hey my loves,

first of all sorry for no new entries last week but I just have been super busy with Uni and life that I haven’t got around to writing entries. I will update you on a few things shortly but for now know that I’m really sorry and that I actually missed blogging a lot, even though it was just for a week.

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Today I am sharing three delicious salads with you which are not only amazing for a BBQ party or picnic but also great for everyday. All recipe measurements are for a group of 6, but you will definitely have some leftover! I hope you enjoy this entry!

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

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What you will need:

  • 500g Pasta (preferably wholemeal)
  • 1/2 tin of Kidney beans
  • 1/2 tin of corn
  • 1/2 of a big cucumber
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 150g feta cheese
  • 1 small onion

For the dressing:

  • 3tbsp. olive oil
  • 3tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. agave sirup
  • 1- 1 1/2 tbsp. water
  • salt & pepper
  • pinch of parsley

Instructions:

  1. Boil your pasta according to the instructions on the package. Let the pasta cool off.
  2. Wash your kidney beans, corn and the rest of the vegetables.
  3. Dice up the cucumber, bell pepper, onion and the feta cheese to mouth-size pieces.
  4. Toss everything together in a big bowl.
  5. Mix together the ingredients of your salad dressing.
  6. Drizzle the dressing over your salad and mix thoroughly.

Bacon Potato Salad

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What you will need:

  • 1 kg of small potatoes
  • 500g bacon
  • 3-4 big onions
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. hot paprika
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. chili powder

Instructions:

  1. Peel your potatoes and cook them in water for about 20-30 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes.
  2. While the potatoes cool off cut the onions into strips.
  3. Put your coconut oil into a frying pan over medium heat and add your bacon strips.
  4. Saute and brown your bacon. When it’s all crispy transfer it onto a dish with kitchen roll to get rid of any excess oil.
  5. To your pan add the brown sugar and your onions and sauté them. When they’re done transfer them to the dish as well.
  6. I then decided to give my potatoes a quick turn in the frying pan. I also added the rest of the spices.
  7. Last but not least add all your ingredients in a large bowl and mix them thoroughly. Enjoy!

My Go-To Couscous Salad

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What you will need:

  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 tsp. vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • pinch of parley
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 150 g feta cheese
  • 1/2 tin of kidney beans
  • 1/2 tin of corn
  • 1-2 handful of lettuce
  • 1-2 handful of lamb’s lettuce

For the dressing I used the same as for the pasta salad.

Instructions:

  1. Cook your couscous as the instruction on the package say and add the vegetable broth, paprika and parsley to the water.
  2. Dice up your vegetables, lettuces and feta cheese.
  3. After the couscous has cooled down add everything in a big bowl and mix the salad with the dressing thoroughly.

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If you recreate these salads then let me know! I hope you enjoyed this entry and if you did make sure to give it a thumbs up!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

What I Eat In A Day – Summer Edition 2016

Hey my loves,

it’s time for another ‘What I eat in a day’ post… I haven’t done one for a while so I thought I would share with you what I’ve been eating recently! I’m currently on a vegetarian diet just to see if I look and feel any different without eating meat, if you like me to I could write about my experience, just let me know in the comments.

Alright, let’s dive into the food:

Breakfast – Berry Muesli with fresh Raspberries

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This breakfast is so filling and tastes absolutely amazing! The berry muesli consist of wholegrain oat flakes, mix of dried berries (raisins, strawberries, raspberries & currants), whole wheat flakes, dried apple, roasted buckwheat and sunflower seeds. I used vanilla soy milk and some fresh berries to complete my breakfast.

Lunch – Cheese, Egg & Avocado Sandwich

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What you will need:

2 slices of toast

1/2 of an avocado

a few cocktail tomatoes

1 egg

1 slice of cheese

1 lettuce wrap

salt & pepper

ketchup

I love this for lunch. It’s filling, tasty and gives me enough energy to last ’til Dinner. You throw your bread in the toast while frying an egg in a pan on medium heat, season it with salt and pepper and then you start to layer it all on top of the bread. You will start with a spread of avocado, I mushed mine together with a bit of s&p and a squeeze of lemon juice, then the lettuce follows. On top of that goes the sliced tomatoes and the egg. Then add your cheese and spread some ketchup on the second slice of bread and top it of! And last but not least enjoy this heavenly sandwich for Lunch or Dinner.

Dinner – Cheese Tortellini Salad with fresh Vegetables

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What you will need:

handful of arugula

handful of lamb’s lettuce

handful of lettuce

handful of cheese tortellini (boiled and cooled)

2-3 sliced radushes

1/4 of a bell pepper

some crumbled feta cheese

Dressing: oil, balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper, agave syrup

Just throw the ingredients together and top it of with the dressing and enjoy this healthy and filling salad! You can obviously add or change up your vegetables and greens! That’s just what I had leftover in my fridge! I love making a salad with added tortellini or even sometimes with a bit of quinoa! It definitely adds something else to your salad!

I hope you enjoyed this entry! If you did make sure to give it a thumbs up! I would really appreciate it! What are your go-to recipes for summer? Tell me in the comments.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

What I eat In a Day – February 2016

Hey my loves,

today I am sharing yet another “What I Eat in a Day” with you! Here is my last one: What I Eat in a Day – Healthy Edition

Breakfast

Avocado on Protein Bread with Cherry Tomatoes

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This is one of my favorite breakfast. It’s filling and definitely something healthy and nutritious to start your morning with. Here’s what you need:

  • protein bread (or wholemeal toast)
  • 1/2 of an Avocado
  • 6 Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1/2 of a lemon
  • Salt and Pepper

I like to toast my bread it makes the whole thing a lot crunchier. Then I spread half of an avocado on my bread with a fork, I used a bit of half the lemon to squeeze over the avocado and then layered my halved tomatoes. I like to season my avocado on bread with some salt & pepper.

Lunch

Corn Salad with Vegetables, Quinoa Salad and Chicken

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I had a late Lunch that day so I was quite hungry, so instead of just a salad I added some store-bought quinoa salad and chicken. I don’t know about you, but I love corn salad it’s one of my favorite salads. So here’s everything you will need:

For the Corn Salad with Vegetables:

  • 1-2 handful of Corn Salad
  • 1/4  cucumber
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/4 red bell pepper
  • 1/4 feta cheese

For the Dressing:

  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinega
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • a drizzle of honey
  • salt & pepper

Just mix everything in a small bowl and enjoy it!

For the Quinoa Salad and Chicken:

  • 1 chicken breast
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground garlic

Quinoa Salad (store-bought) Ingredients as listed on the package:

  • Quinoa
  • chick peas
  • tomatoes
  • lenses
  • brandy vinegar
  • dried dates
  • rapeseed oil
  • tomato paste
  • parsley
  • Salt
  • Spices
  • Chili
  • Mint
  • Garlic

To be quite honest I didn’t like the Quinoa Salad, but I haven’t found out why, it just had one taste in it that I just did not enjoy. But I still wanted to share this with you!

Dinner

Homemade Spaghetti Bolognese

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This is my go-to recipe for a homemade recipe of Spaghetti Bolognese. Here ist what you will need:

  • 200 g Minced Meat
  • 2 tsp. Olive Oil
  • a portion of Spaghetti
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground garlic
  • 1/4 green bell pepper
  • 1/4 red bell pepper
  • 2 small red onions

The Sauce:

  • 200 ml sieved tomates
  • 50 ml cream
  • parsley
  • oregano
  • basil

Instructions:

  1. Place a pot with enough water in it to cover your spaghetti on the stove. Heat it up, salt it and then put your spaghetti in and cook them for about 8-10 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, place a pan on your stove. Drizzle olive oil in it and cook your minced meat on high. Then spice the meat with salt, pepper, paprika and ground garlic and lastly add the cut red onions to it.
  3. Fry everything until the red onions start to get glassy, then add your cut vegetables. Cook them about 5-8 minutes on medium.
  4. Add the sieved tomatoes and herbs. Stir it in and let it cook for 2 minutes. Then add your cream and cook on low for another 5 minutes.
  5. Lastly add your cooked spaghetti into the pan and combine everything! Enjoy!

Do you have a go-to recipe for your Spaghetti Bolognese? Tell me in the comments or link me your recipe. I always love to try out new ways to cook my favorite dishes.

So that’s it for my “What I eat in a Day” today, I hope you enjoyed this entry and if you did make sure to give it thumbs up I would really appreciate it!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

10 Things I do to destress

Hey my loves,

today I am sharing with you 10 of my destress methods, when I feel tense and stressed. Stress isn’t good for your mind, nor your body, so I try not to let it get it in my head too much, but you know, sometimes the world doesn’t move like you want  or you just have to much on your plate. So here are 10 things I do when I’m stressed and need a timeout:

Read a book

I’m a book sucker. I love reading and it’s one of the things I love most doing to destress. Other than watching a movie I really feel involved in the story line and my imagination just runs wild when I read. Simply put, you just don’t have time to think about your life, because you’re imagining this world created by an author. Here are 5 books I would recommend for you, that I absolutely loved:

At the beginning of this year I also took some time to write down book titles that I wanted to read. I thought I would share them with you! Have you read any of them? Let me know in the comments and tell me what you thought about them! Here are my Top 5 “Want to Read” books:

Listen to music

Music can just be as addicting as a good book. So of course this is on my list of things to destress. A good song can change your mood in seconds. Sometimes when I feel extremely stressed I pick one song (whatever one comes to my mind) and dance to it, you can literally feel the stress fading away. My playlist changes monthly, so here is what I’ve been listening to these past couple of weeks:

Coloring

If you’ve seen my January Favorites 2016 you know that a Coloring Book for Adults has been a favorite of mine. And it is a great way to destress! There are so many great options out there so everyone can find something they’re going to like. Here are 5 options of a coloring book:

Take a bath

I love a good hot bath! I usually go bathing once a week, mostly on Sundays! It’s so relaxing and you get to just lay there and do nothing or read a book! When I get the chance I use my favorite Lush bath bomb (Pink Bath Bomb) but anything that makes bubbles I love, there are even relaxing scents in the bath section in a drugstore near by! I love it!

Do Yoga

So, this has been added quite recently to be honest, but I’ve been doing Yoga for about 2 weeks now, and it’s strangely very calming. I follow the instructions of Adrienne, she has her own YouTube Channel called Yoga with Adrienne and I love her, she has a very calm voice and her Yoga for Beginners Video is the one I’m doing most of the time, but when I’m stressed I follow the instructions of this video:

Turn my phone off

Yes, that’s a thing! You can actually turn your phone off and trust me when I say it’s the most relaxing thing EVER! We’re so used to be connected with the outside world, that we don’t actually experience it anymore, so to turn your phone off, whether it’s for an hour or a whole day, changes a lot! I don’t do this regularly, but when I feel anxious and stressed, I turn my phone off and don’t use any device that connects to the internet! I just take a book, or a coloring book, and read or color in. It’s super de-stressing and the urge to look at your phone every 5 minutes is gone very soon! Trust me.

Go on a walk

Fresh air and exercise is probably one of the best things you can do when you feel claustrophobic and stressed! It clears your mind so much and I absolutely love to go on walks! Sometimes I go alone and sometimes I ring a friend up and walk with her. Nature is a very calming thing and to see something else than just the screen of a computer or whatever it is you do daily is a good way to destress!

Watch YouTube Videos

Now this might seems to be a bit out there, but it works for me. I love watching videos, my favorite kind are Vlogs or funny compilation videos. To have a sneak in somebody else’s life, especially when they are productive and positive turns my mood around in an instance and I want to do stuff. And to watch a funny compilation videos I mean who doesn’t do that, right? Laughing is, and always has been, the best medicine for everything. Who do you like to watch? I’m always on the look for new YouTubers to watch. Tell me in the comments.

Baking

I love baking more than cooking. Not just because I think I am a better baker than cook, but mostly because the result is much prettier. I love trying new things and explore the world of sweets and healthier options of my favorite things and I find it very relaxing to put together the ingredients and create something with my hands. Over the last couple of months I created a lot of new things and shared them with you, so if you want to give baking a go as a destress method, here are three of my baking recipes:

Hanging out with friends

Last but not least, hanging out with my friends. I love my friends, hence why they are my friends, but when I’m with them I always feel better and forget the world a bit, while we’re goofing around. This is probably THE BEST WAY to destress, hanging out with your friends, talking with them, laughing until you’re crying, watching a movie or try out the fun filters on SnapChat (by the way if you want to follow me there, my username is: xoxojasmin91).

I hope I could give you a good overview on the things I do when I need to destress! Let me know in the comments, what your ideas are!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

 

What I eat in a day – Healthy Edition – 2016

Hey my loves,

today I am sharing with you what I ate one day last week. It has been a full week of eating healthy now and I already feel a lot more energized. So here they are!

Breakfast

Baked Oatmeal with Yogurt, Almonds, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Blueberries & Banana

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Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup steel-cut oatmeal
  • 60g almonds
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. fine salt
  • 90 to 185g berries (I used blueberries)
  • 475ml milk
  • 80ml honey (I used agave syrup, but you could also use maple syrup)
  • 1 large egg
  • 45g unsalted melted and cooled butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions:
  1. Mix together your dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another.
  2. Line a baking dish with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 180C.
  3. Stir in the berries and almonds. Fill the mixture into your baking dish and bake for 55 to 60 min.
  4. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

In the fridge it can last up to 5 days. And it’s very delicious and I think you can verify your mixture however you like.

lunch

Cucumber Black bean Corn Tomato Salad

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Ingredients (for 2 servings)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 diced cucumber
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup feta cheese
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 lime
  • salt & pepper
Instruction:
  1. Dice the bell pepper and cucumber, half the cherry tomatoes and cut up the feta cheese and onion.
  2. Squeeze the lime and add salt and pepper. Mix together! Enjoy!

Dinner

Teriyaki Chicken with Quinoa

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Ingredients (for 4-6 servings):
  • 2-3 chicken breasts, chopped
  • 2 handful of fresh broccoli
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4-5 carrots, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. Olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 cup quinoa
For the Teriyaki Sauce:
  • 2 tbsp. ginger, chopped
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 3-4 tsp. cornstarch (or flour)
  • 1/4 cup honey (or agave syrup)
Instructions:
  1. In a bowl mix the sauce ingredients.
  2. In a saute pan, over medium to high heat, add the olive oil and the chicken. Let it cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side.
  3. Cook your quinoa according to the instructions on the packing.
  4. Add the broccoli and carrots and stir occasionally for 10-12 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  5. Add the sauce to the mixture in the saute pan and stir until it thickens.
  6. Enjoy!

I hope you like this sort of entry. I’m planning on doing them once, maybe twice a month! Let me know in the comments!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin