orange and kale muffins

This is a very sweet, delicious muffin with a nice, orange aroma which you can eat while telling yourself that you’re getting your dark, leafy greens in.

Kale is usually the sweetest at this time of the year and it likes the cold weather very much so don’t be afraid to buy it and make something delicious – like these muffins.

Just remember to remove the thick, hard stems of the kale because they tend to stay that hard and that’s not that nice in muffins.

orange and kale muffins

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1/2 cup applesauce (can be replaced with oil)

1/4 cup rapeseed  oil

1/2 cup kale, finely chopped

zest of 1 orange

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

orange and kale muffins

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

In a bowl mix eggs, applesauce, oil, orange zest, sugar and milk until combined and smooth.

It’s ok if not all of the sugar has dissolved.

Add flour mixed with baking powder and salt and mix just to combine.

Add kale and fold it into the mixture.

Fill 12 muffin cases and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Check with a cocktail stick.

orange and kale muffins

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kale & bean soup

Winter is getting closer and everybody starts talking about kale and putting it in recipes, right? They have a point, since kale is in season now and it is the least bitter when grown in cold temperatures.

And, as I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to nutrition, I went ahead and checked that kale has some amazing amounts of vitamin K, A and C. If you make this soup and eat it and then want to feel extra, especially good about doing it, have a look at this link. It explains a lot about the benefits of kale. World’s Healthiest Foods – Kale

The beans aren’t just a filler either, I used lima beans and found some awesome info about them on that website. Have a look for some info on whatever beans you use.

This is a recipe for a hearty, warming autumn soup. Even though it does not contain meat, it leaves your belly satisfied and full.

kale & bean soup

This amount serves 4.

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 onion, finely diced (I use a food processor)

2 cloves of garlic, minced

3 potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 carrot, cut lengthwise and then chopped

1 vegetable stock cube

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 tsp Herbes de Provence

1 tsp marjoram (use oregano if you have no marjoram)

1/2 tsp salt

1 can white beans (lima/haricot/navy, whatever is easiest to get)

2 cups kale, finely chopped

1 1/2 liter water form the kettle

salt & pepper to taste

kale & bean soup

In a pot, heat the olive oil and add onion and garlic. Let cook for a couple of minutes until the onions soften.

Add the cubed potatoes and carrots. Stir to coat with oil and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.

Pour the water in and follow with celery, herbs and bring into a rolling boil. Cook for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are almost ready.

Add kale and drained and rinsed beans and cook for 5 more minutes, just enough for all the flavours to blend.

Check the taste and add more salt if needed. Season with freshly ground pepper.

Delicious served with rolls.

 

 
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banana & kale muffins

This is a recipe for breakfast muffins featuring some yummy kale. They will not be very aerated and light because you have the banana, apple and kale but they are guaranteed to be delicious. I am only using 1/3 cup of sugar for this recipe which makes them sweeter than a slice of bread but definitely less sweet than a cake or a dessert muffin. So if you’d like some dessert muffins, go ahead and increase the sugar to half a cup. Or go with another one of my recipes for muffins. 

banana & kale muffins

Ingredients:
1 mashed banana
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup rapeseed oil
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup milk
1 cup shredded kale (not packed)

banana & kale muffins

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

In a bowl whisk banana, eggs, applesauce, oil, sugar and vanilla extract until fluffy. This mixture will never be too light because the banana is rather heavy.

In a separate bowl mix flour, salt and baking powder.

Add the flour mix to the wet ingredients while stirring with a spatula and alternating with milk.

At the end add kale and mix just to blend.

 

Bake for 25 minutes.

banana & kale muffins
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veggie feast

This is very much a comfort food for me but also a way to eat a lot of vegetables. This is a feast of vegetables in an open-faced pie.

The danger here is for the vegetable juices to run and soak the dough but as long as you do what I did, it shouldn’t happen. And I would eat this dough even when soaked because it’s delicious. You can be a bit adventurous and use different veggies if you like. I know this version tastes good. If you bought kale especially for this recipe and you’re not sure what to do with the rest of it, you can toss it in the freezer and use the same way you would use spinach later.

vegetable feast pie

For the crust:

1 cup warm water

2 Tbsp olive oil

3 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp dried oregano

1 1/2 tsp dried yeast

 

vegetable feast pieFor the filling:

1/2 yellow bell pepper

1 big, curly kale leaf

1 garlic clove

2 Tbsp tomato puree

a handful of broccoli florets

a couple of mushrooms

a small piece of Parmesan cheese

a bigger (around 100g) piece of another cheese (I’m using a Norwegian brand called Jarlsberg)

1 tsp of dried basil

1 tsp dried oregano

 

 

 

 

Start with the crust, mix all of the crust ingredients in a bowl and knead until it forms a dough ball. Leave in a warm place under plastic wrap for 30 minutes.

When you come back after that time, the dough should have risen. Knead it again to get the air out of it and cover the bowl with a plastic wrap again.

Now you can start chopping all the vegetable ingredients. Once you are half way through that process, preheat the oven to 220C/425F, the best program to use is both top and bottom heat.

vegetable feast pie

Once all the vegetables are chopped, take the dough out of the bowl, spray a baking dish with cooking oil, so that the dough doesn’t stick and spread the dough all over the bottom and sides of the dish.

Don’t worry if you’re not very good with dough and there is a hole, just repair it with some leftover dough later.

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Once done spread the tomato puree around the bottom and sprinkle with herbs. Next start layering the vegetables until you run out. Cover with cheese slices.

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Bake for 40 minutes or until cheese browns.

 

vegetable feast pie

 

vegetable feast pie

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