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Buckwheat pasta with courgette and white beans

Buckwheat pasta with white beans and courgette

Last Sunday, I decided to start this year’s outdoor running season (I use a treadmill during the winter), and of course, I ended up overdoing it. Apparently,  even the combination of regular treadmill running and strength training focussing on your thighs and buttocks isn’t enough to prepare you for running up several hills in the course of one 35 minute run. Especially if it’s pretty damn windy. Since I still felt pretty spent a couple of hours later, I decided for a lunch rich in protein and carbs to help me refuel my energy so I wouldn’t just spend the rest of the day channel surfing on my sofa.

I always have a couple cans of beans or lentils in my pantry – while it is usually cheaper to cook them yourself, it often takes hours (literally) to cook them, so if you want a quick lunch or dinner, go for the canned ones. I also had an previously unopened package of buckwheat pasta that I still needed to give a try, so I decided on a quick buckwheat pasta dish with white beans and courgette, seasoned with lime juice and a little sage. This recipe takes you just about 10 to 12 minutes to prepare, and the result is a really delicious and energizing dish with a great combination of flavours – you will be surprised how well white beans, sage and lime juice work together! And the best part: After lunch I finally stopped felling worn out! This might become a regular post-workout dish for me. Continue reading

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Oven-baked courgette fries with tyme and lemon pepper

Courgette zucchini fries

To be honest, I am no fan of the whole low-to-no carb hype going on right now – carbs aren’t generally bad for you, in fact, you brain runs mostly on carbs, and you don’t really want to cut of your brains power supply, right? But what I do like about low-carb recipes, is that they offer a nice way to even out some of your culinary sins, like a huge piece of pie in your coffee break. Low-carb recipes are also a good ways to eat more greens, since the ‘carbs’ are often replaced with vegetables or fruits.

I actually created this recipe one evening when we had a small birthday celebration at uni in the afternoon and I had two servings of plum pie because it was just sooooooo delicious. So, instead of making a quick courgette-pasta dash that I had originally planned for this evening, I decided to skip the pasta and born was the idea of courgette fries! Make sure to use small zucchini, since they contain less water and therefore make the fries crispier. Admittedly, they will never get as crispy as deep-fried potato fries, but what they miss in texture you won’t miss in flavour! Continue reading

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