Banana chia oatmeal pudding

Banana chia seeds oatmeal pudding | in my Red Kitchen #healthy #breakfast #oatmeal #banana

I told you before that I like to go hiking every week in the Santa Monica Mountains. “Hiking” is nothing more than walking up and down the mountains as a workout. ‘My’ trail is a paved path that leads to a boy scouts camp. It takes me 45 minutes to walk there, so every week I spend 1.5 hours on hiking.

I love it! I enjoy the nature, it’s peace and views over the city and sea. And it’s also cheaper than going to a gym ;-)

But… that nature also has a downside. A few weeks ago while I was back on the way down, I saw Continue reading

Mexican shredded beef salad

Mexican brisket salad, can I eat this every day? | in my Red Kitchen #brisket #salad #Mexican My friend Simone from Simone’s Kitchen is a lucky girl! After she asked me to write a recipe for her blog during her vacation, I had so much inspiration that I came up with two recipes. I didn’t know which one I had to give it to her, so I sent her both recipes.

Last week you could already read about the Guacamole with beet and apple, but this week we’re giving you the recipe for a Mexican shredded beef salad.
And oh boy, this one came out delicious! For a while now this recipe was on my ‘to make’ list that I keep in my phone.

Mexican brisket salad, can I eat this every day? | in my Red Kitchen #brisket #salad #Mexican

That is actually a list that is getting bigger rather than shorter, so hold on tight! There’s a lot of goodies coming because I want to make everything of course ;-)
I got the idea for the Mexican shredded beef salad in a modern dinner here in LA. We have been there twice and I ordered their brisket salad both times. I am always a huge fan of trying something new but I can not guarantee that the next time I’m there I’m not ordering the brisket salad ;-)

So buy a piece of brisket and go visit Simone’s Kitchen for my recipe for Mexican shredded beef salad.


Roasted Brussels sprouts with almonds

Roasted Brussels sprouts with parmesan cheese and almonds, perfect side dish for the holidays! | in my Red Kitchen

Brussels sprouts. Something I didn’t like when I was young, I should believe my mother. But I can’t remember that I ever ate Brussels sprouts when I was little so I honestly wouldn’t know it.

Maybe it’s just a thing you know, kids don’t like Brussels sprouts. Brussels sprouts are ‘yuck’ so kids don’t eat it.

But now I know better. You too? Because Continue reading

Guacamole with beet and apple

Guacamole with beet and apple | in my Red Kitchen #guacamole #Mexican #beets #apple

Today you can find a new recipe by me on the blog of Simone, Simone’s Kitchen.

Simone herself is vacationing for a month with her ​​lazy ass in Indonesia and she asked me to write a guestblog for during her absence. No I’m kidding. Not about the guest blog but about her lazy ass. Simone is one of the hardest working people I know, and I often think, ‘How does she do it ?’.
Muchos respectos for Simone and I hope they are enjoying their vacation immensely!!

You should follow her Facebook page, I already saw some nice pictures from Indonesia passing by.

And after that you should go to Simone’s Kitchen for my recipe for Guacamole with beet and apple!

A surprising combination that is oh so yummy. And also perfect for Fall, right?

Guacamole with beet and apple | in my Red Kitchen #guacamole #Mexican #beets #apple



Chickpea soup with spinach

Chickpea soup with spinach. Is it winter yet? | in my Red Kitchen #chickpea #soup #fall #winter #spinach #spinachsoup

- Click here for this recipe in Dutch -> Kikkererwtensoep met spinazie -

You know it’s fall when you’re craving chickpea soup with spinach! This soup is one of my favorites as it has two of my favorites: chickpeas and spinach!

6-year old Ellen would have never thought that spinach would be one of 32-year old Ellen’s favorites ;-) I hated spinach, as well as lots Continue reading

Slow cooker pasta meat sauce

Slow cooker pasta sauce, it's the pasta sauce from my dreams! | in my Red Kitchen #pastasauce #slowcooker #slowcookerpasta #pasta

I love my Crock-Pot and for a long time now I was trying to make the perfect slow cooker pasta meat sauce. I really love a good pasta sauce, with lots of flavor and lots of meat. You don’t need lots of herbs, just use good canned tomatoes and let the sauce simmer for a long time.

Even though I’m at home all the time, I love Continue reading

Cheesecake with Dutch stroopwafels

My contribution to the LA Cake Club: a Stroopwafel cheesecake! | in my Red Kitchen #stroopwafel #cheesecake #Dutch #caramel #treat

Oh boy … you must think I’m a little schizophrenic. Or at least a little crazy. A bit bipolar with here and there an identity crisis.

For a month I lived without sugar (except for the natural sugars in fruit) and refined carbohydrates, and so I ate super healthy. As pure and whole as possible, just to get some healthy eating habits again. And you could see that on in my Red Kitchen. All the recipes that I shared for the past 1.5 month were sugar and refined carbohydrates free.

And now I’m here again, with a cheesecake with Dutch stroopwafels.
Yeah… a stroopwafel CHEESECAKE. Oh dear… Millions of calories and lots of cream, sugar and butter. And typical Dutch ‘stroopwafels’, caramel waffles a.k.a. the BEST cookies in the whole world. And yes, you can buy those cookies at the American supermarket. Trader Joe’s sells them, and of course Cost Plus World Market too. And look how beautiful this cheesecake came out. Can you blame me?

Okay, time for some explanation Continue reading

Curried roasted carrots with egg

Curried roasted carrots with eggs, a perfect brunch dish! | in my Red Kitchen #carrots #recipe #eggs #paleo #curry - Click here for this recipe in Dutch -> Geroosterde kerrie wortelen met ei -

For the past six weeks P was working a lot. Or was it seven weeks? I completely lost all sense of time, I have no idea… He worked regularly until around midnight, and even on weekends he had to be at the office.

Sporadically he came home around dinner time if he was lucky, and a few times they gave the whole crew a day off on Sunday to take a break or because they were expecting a tough week. Just a few more of those days to go for him… the deadline is today. Or next Monday, they’re not quite sure yet ;-)
P and I got totally confused by the days. Today is Friday or Wednesday? That’s what happens if you work over the weekend.

Fortunately it is a fun project he’s working on. That’s making up a bit for the fact that he worked 185 hours in the past two weeks Yep, 185 hours, that’s not Continue reading

Food Truck Tuesday – Chinese chicken rice bowl

Chinese chicken & rice bowl; quick, easy and full of flavor! | in my Red Kitchen #chiciken #chinesechicken #chicken #hoisin #recipe #rice #stirfry #foodtruck #FoodTruckTuesday

- Click here for this recipe in Dutch -> Chinese kip en rijst bowl -

Can you believe it’s already October? Jeez time flies when you’re having fun. And again it’s the first Tuesday of the month and that means Food Truck Tuesday of course! Time for another recipe, made with Food Truck inspiration.

I love bowls. Big bowls, small bowls, bowls in a cute color or bowls with a hip print. They are all more than welcome in my kitchen. I have more bowls than I have plates and they come in all sizes. I like to serve side dishes or garnishes in small bowls, and preferably ‘mix and match’. We eat our dinner often in deep plates, or large Asian bowls. Definitely always if we are using chopsticks, but also if we’re enjoying a tv-dinner because we’re in the Continue reading

Zucchini noodles with crispy chickpeas

Zucchini noodles with crispy chickpeas, vegetarian and low carb! | in my Red Kitchen #glutenfree #vegetarian #lowcarb #carbfree #zoodles - Click here for this recipe in Dutch -> Courgette noodles met krokante kikkererwten -

Can’t stop won’t stop… I’m really into zoodles right now, or zucchini in noodle form. A súper healthy alternative to spaghetti or noodles, because duh, it’s green and it’s a vegetable! Is there anything more healthier to eat?

Well then… Just sayin’…
P is currently working super hard, the last two weeks he’s came home around midnight on weekdays. They’re serving dinner at work, so I just eat at home all by myself. I don’t mind, time to eat things I like which he hates. Blue cheese for example, it’s very tasty to melt that in a skillet and add zucchini noodles. I could eat that every day!

What is also nice of a husband who’s working overtime, Continue reading