Sweet beets with salty feta and a crunch

Great company for a lovely piece of organic chicken

I bought a bunch of lovely fresh beets yesterday, and wanted to use them today. I came up with this side-dish, or ‘warm salad’ if you like. It was quite delicious with lots of different tastes and textures, and the best thing about it: both my kids now love beetroot 🙂

Beets, feta, chicken passion_for_limeIngredients:

  • Boilded red quinoa
  • beets, cut into chunks, baked in an oven with olive oil, salt and pepper on 180’C until tender and sweet
  • feta cheese
  • pistachios
  • lots of chopped flat-leaf parsley (I forgot to mix it in before I took this picture).


  • olive oil
  • good quality balsamic vinegar
  • a few drops of honey, maple- or agave sirup
  • salt and pepper

The dressing should be thick, sweet and salty.

Mix everything together and serve with chicken, or by itself as a vegetarian lunch or dinner.



Green chicken

Chicken with herbs and lime zest

A few weeks ago, one of my followers asked me to make something for her. She said she was into eating healthy, but because of allergies etc., she had a lot of restrictions in her diet. She does not eat dairy, gluten, tomatoes, pork or red meat.

So, with her in mind, I started planning todays dinner. I ended up with this: Chicken breast with a lovely herby ‘sauce’, my potatoe wedges with aioli (this time I made two versions: one with added lime zest and the other with a lovely spice mix for patatas bravas, and fried green beans.

This was a big hit- especially with my husband! We love chili in our house, so the sauce was quite spicy, with a strong taste of lovely lime and coriander- the queen of herbs! 😉

chicken challengeIngredients:

  • Chicken breast- the best you can find, skin on
  • a couple of handfuls of coriander
  • a small handful of oregano
  • zest of one lime
  • green chili- to your own liking
  • approx. 1 dl olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • green beans
  • ingredients for aioli and potato wedges if making 🙂

Green chicken

How to:

If making potato wedges, put them in the oven now.

The chicken breast I used were about 300 grams each. Let them reach room temperature. Season with salt and pepper each on side. Fry in olive oil in a frying-pan on low to medium heat for 15 minutes, then turn and fry for 10 minutes on the other side.

In the meantime, make the ‘sauce’: mix the coriander, oregano, lime zest, chili, olive oil, salt and pepper with a hand-held blender.

Put the sauce in a small plate that fits the chicken breast. When the chicken breast is done, put them in a single layer on top of the sauce and leave to rest for ten minutes. The chicken will be even tastier when left to rest on marinade, sauce or even just chopped herbs and garlic.

Just before serving, fry the green beans in the frying pan with all the lovely juices from the chicken. Cut the chicken in pieces and pour the juices and marinade over. Serve with potato wedges, aioli and the lime for squeezing over the chicken.

Gluten and dairy freeEnjoy!

Spicy meatballs in tomato sauce

Small spicy meatballs in a tasty tomato sauce

This makes a large portion of meatballs, but I always freeze half the quantity. The first half we had for dinner a few weeks ago, with pasta and lots of grated parmesan. Today, I didn’t feel like cooking, so I took the pre-made meatballs out of the freezer in the morning, and reheated them in the oven in the afternoon, mixing in big chunks of mozzarella and lots of basil leaves. I made an easy rucola salad- mixing it with lemon-scented olive oil and Maldon salt and pepper, and heated up some frozen baguettes. Easy, tasty, delicious!

Spicy meatballsMeatballs

  • 1 kg minced meat
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 Tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1,5 tsp salt + pepper
  • 1 tsp dried paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, ground in a pestle and mortar
  • chopped oregano, rosemary and thyme, or dried if you don’t have fresh.

Mix all the ingredients, then mix in the meat. Make small meatballs with wet fingers, then brown them all over in a frying pan with olive oil (a few at the time). When browned, put in the pre-cooked tomato sauce and cook until ready.

Tomato sauce

  • 1 clove of garlic, gently fried in olive oil
  • about 1 kg tomato passata, or whole cherry tomatoes from a box or tin, organic if possible
  • a pinch of chilli
  • salt and pepper
  • a pinch of sugar
  • a couple of teaspoons of balsamic vinagre
  • some organic vegetable stock, I use the one from Renee Voltair

Let all the ingredients boil carefully with a lid on for an hour or so (you might need to add a bit of water so it doesn’t dry out). Then add:

  • fresh oregano
  • fresh basil
  • a swirl of good olive oil

Taste the tomato sauce and check for seasoning.

Add the meatballs.

Serve with rice, pasta, potato wedges, as tapas or in a baguette.

spicy sandwich