Fig and Goat Cheese Salad with a Mustard-Fig Dressing and Smoked Salmon - Shanghai Heat Special {Part 2}

Yesterday I already talked about the importance of staying hydrated during this hot Shanghai season. But drinking enough is only one part of the game because summer also calls for easy, light but still yummy dinner ideas. I mean there might be people out there who are craving a cheese fondue in summer, but I guess they are the exception.

So it’s all about freshness and not too heavy food here.

Furthermore spending 2 hours in the kitchen to prepare a healthy dinner, while your family and friends are out and about all those nice summer activities, doesn’t sound too appealing either, right?

So why not mixing things up a little and making this classic summer combination with a new twist? Yaiii, healthy and nutritous dinner in less than 15 minutes (I am in).

I teamed up with Field's, the online grocery shop in Shanghai, for this recipe. Because Guava and Aloe Vera are quite hard to get in Shanghai. Furthermore they have a so called "Coco Easy Coconut" which has an integrated opener, Cool huh :)?

For easy shopping, check out this page and you can order all ingredients with a few click.


Fig and Goat Cheese Salad with a Mustard-Fig dressing and smoked salmon

Ingredients:

  • Mixed Baby Greens
  • Baby Red Oak Lettuce
  • Yellow Cherry Tomatoes (Organic)
  • Mixed Microgreens
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Goat's Cheese
  • Fresh Dill
  • Figs

For the dressing:

  •  2 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Rigoni di Asiago Fig Jam
  • 1 Tbsp White Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Pepper and Salt to taste

Instructions:

1.     Wash the salad and tomatoes

2.     Cut the figs in the middle

3.     To prepare the dressing, mix all the dressing ingredients in a seperated bowl. If it’s to thick, add a little bit water

4.     Place the Greens and lettuce in the middle of a plate

5.     Top with Figs, goat cheese, microgreens and salmon

6.     Drizzle the salad with the dressing and sprinkle with chopped dill

7.     Enjoy :)

Low carb and paleo-friendly noodles

If you are a pasta-lover (like me), it is really hard to hold on to a low carb or paleo diet because regular noodles made from wheat-flour are just not on the menu. But how am i supposed to eat a fruity tomato sauce, this yummy broccoli pesto or any other of this lovely, healthy pasta sauces out there?!
And nope, not eating them at all is NOT an option here!

The answer is easier than expected: Make your own veggie noodles.

Making noodles from scratch? Holy moly, I don't have time for that and I guess you have neither :) But this recipe doesn't start with flour, it's simply pure and non processed veggies.

And the best part about it? You can use almost every vegetable (or even fruit) you like and vary in flavors. But for me the easiest and simplest way, due to it's shape, is to use carrots and zucchini. I use this kind of spiralizer to cut them into fine stripes but any other spiralizer, peeler or even knife will do the same job. The use usa of a spiralizer just makes it easier and faster than cutting it by hand. You can find a detailed description here on inspiralized.

Bought this one on amazon a few years ago

After spiralizing, you just need to cook or fry them for a bit according to the following options:

  1. If you made a fresh sauce, you can just directly add the noodles to your sauce and boil them for a few minutes
  2. If you want to use an already prepared pesto or left over sauce, the best way to head everything up is usung a pan.
    1. Heat up the pan
    2. Add your veggies and fry for 3-4 minutes. But take care, for example zucchinis don't need as long as carrots.
    3. Add the sauce and fry for one more minute
  3. Microwave
    1. Put your noodles into a bowl with about 150ml water. The water provides a steaming effect.
    2. Cook on high temperature for about 2,5 minutes.
    3. Add your sauce and cook for 1 more minute

Easy peasy and fast way to cook a healthy meal :)

Need some inspiration? No problem

For more information check out the inspiralized cookbook. It's really inspiring and creative.

Super easy vegan microwave cake – a basic recipe

This is one of my favorite recipes for meal preparation because you can prepare it in the evening, store it in the fridge and then just take it with you to work or school the next morning.  Et voilá, you can have a fresh cake as desert or snack. Just make sure, you use a microwave safe container and don't make your colleagues too jealous by making the office smell like cake ;)

By the way..You will find a mousse au chocolate like, fluffy texture the next day so if you want, you can even eat it raw because it does not contain eggs.

Apple and vanilla microwave cake


Ingredients:

  • 20g chocolate protein (I Used Whey but also works with soy protein to make it vegan)

  • 15g soy or almond flour

  • 8g baking cocoa

  • 7g psyllium husk powder,

  • 5g gluten

  • 1tsp baking powder

  • 10g Xucker, Xylit or sweetener of your choice

  • Some water, milk or nut milk

 

Instructions:

  1. Mix the ingredients with a spoon in your microwave container
  2. Add as much liquid as needed until you have a smooth, brownie-batter like consistency
  3. Add your optional toppings or stir them in
  4. Before eating, place in the microwave for 1,5 minutes
  5. Enjoy

Vanilla, cinnamon and mixed berries