well hello there! after four months of travelling (guys, sydney is the place to be!) i’m finally back home and thus back to a healthy lifestyle and my beloved food blog! truth to be told, coming home is an exciting but also quite hard thing to do and i’m so glad that cooking and being creative in the kitchen seems to really help me to settle back into my “old” life. so, since summer & bbq season has finally arrived i decided to whip up a delicious, healthy treat for tonight’s family dinner and if guys are craving a slice of pure yumminess, i’d strongly advise you to give this vegan mediterranean focaccia a try, asap! 

ingredients

- 500g flour of your choice (i used whole wheat but buckwheat, chickpea or spelt flour would work just fine as well!)
- 1.5 tsp sea salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup warm water
- 20g yeast

those are the ingredients for the basic dough but feel free to add any extras, such as nuts, herbs, seeds or superfoods, you’d like (i chopped some fresh rosemary to give it a nice flavour)!

  •  in a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. add the olive oil as well as the water and kneat the mixture till a smooth dough forms. you might want to add more water if the dough is too dry and more flour if it’s too moist. 
  • cover the dough with a fresh towel and let it sit for about one hour. 
  • preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • prepare the toppings you’d like for your focaccia. i absolutely love the combination of fresh rosemary, onions, olive oil and salt & pepper but you can use pretty much anything you like! tomatoes, olives, cheese, bacon, different vegetables or even fresh pear; there are so many great combos! 
  • roll out the dough, place it on the baking tray and add the toppings to your focaccia. bake it for about half an hour, take it out of the oven and let cool completely or serve your focaccia when it’s still warm. enjoy!

i’m gonna admit it, i’m addicted to homemade granola. but seriously, how could you not love the combination of all those gorgeous flavours?! roasted nuts, crunchy oats, sweet cranberries and just a tad of cinamon turn into a delicious treat that you really can’t say no to! and the best part about it: served with some milk or yoghurt and fresh fruits your granola turns into the perfect healthy and nourishing breakfast. 

homemade honey cinamon granola

- 5 cups rolled oats 
- 2 cups nuts of choice (i love cashews, almonds and pecans)
- 1/2 cup flax seeds 
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 4 tbsp honey (or maple syrup if you prefer)
- 1-2 tbsp ground cinamon
- 1/2 tsp salt

  • preheat oven to 330 degrees F and prepare a lined baking sheet.
  • in a large bowl combine oats, nuts and flax seeds. in a seperate bowl combine coconut oil, honey, cinamon and salt and stir well. now pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients and use a wooden spoon to combine all the ingredients until evenly coated. 
  • pour onto lined baking sheet and bake for about 25 minutes. stir occasionally to make sure that you get this lovely colour and crunch to your granola.
  • remove from the oven and let cool completely. if you like, you now may add dried fruits, chocolate nibs or other goodies to your granola (as you can see i used dried cranberries, noms!). 
  • serve with milk of choice, yoghurt, fresh fruit or enjoy your homemade granola as a delicious snack. but careful, it’s pretty addictive, true story!

starting the week of right with one of my beloved green smoothies! i know, i know this one turned out to be red thanks to the delicious berries i added, but did you see all the spinach i included as well? that’s what makes my smoothies green and extra healthy! after a crazy weekend i’m glad to be fully back on track and to treat my body with some greens and vitamins - rise and shine! 

ingredients
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 banana
- 1 cup green tea
- 1/2 cup frozen berries
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tsp chia seeds 

had a lovely stir fry with cauli rice and veggies for lunch. truth to be told: it was crazy delicious! plus it’s so easy to prepare! just chop up some veggies you like (as you can see i used leek and carrots, pretty much what i found in the fridge today), put them in a wok or a simple frying pan with some coconut oil and fry for a couple of minutes. add the cauliflower rice/quinoa/brown rice/whatsoever and if you like an egg and combine well on high temperature. season this tremendous dish with some soy sauce, sriracha and curry pouder et voila; you’ve got yourself a healthy and superb delicious meal, enjoy! 

ps: you can really use any veggie you like, the more the better! and yes, i topped my stir fry with peanuts, because peanuts. and because peanut butter. ups. #pbaddicted

superb decadent looking fudge brownies! but truth to be told: they’re actually healthy and even good for you. you heard me right, healthy! no flour, no nasty ingredients, just pure goodness! gonna treat myself to one of these beauties after today’s workout, noms!

you can find the recipe right here: http://swallowyoursecrets.blogspot.ch/2014/01/flourless-fudge-brownies.html#more

major breakfast noms! juicy orange slices, some low fat quark plus homemade granola & roasted hazelnut spread.

major breakfast noms! juicy orange slices, some low fat quark plus homemade granola & roasted hazelnut spread.

homemade raspberry froyo, so delicious! you can be reeeally creative when it comes to the ingredients, but here’s what i used and they turend out pretty great:- 1 cup organic, plain yogurt - 1 cup raspberries- 1 tbsp honey- juice of 1 lemon- some vanilla extractcombine all the ingredients and fill the mixture into ice cream moulds. put them in the freezer for a few hours. if you like, you can coat them with chocolate as well: just melt some dark chocolate (or make you’re own, healthy version), coat the froyos with it and let them sit in the freezer for another hour or so. enjoy! 

homemade raspberry froyo, so delicious! you can be reeeally creative when it comes to the ingredients, but here’s what i used and they turend out pretty great:

- 1 cup organic, plain yogurt 
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 tbsp honey
- juice of 1 lemon
- some vanilla extract

combine all the ingredients and fill the mixture into ice cream moulds. put them in the freezer for a few hours. if you like, you can coat them with chocolate as well: just melt some dark chocolate (or make you’re own, healthy version), coat the froyos with it and let them sit in the freezer for another hour or so. enjoy! 

complex carbs!

when you’re trying to lose weight the healthy way or when you’re just trying to live according to a healthier lifestyle, you often hear and read about complex carbs. they’re actually really good for you, they can help you on your health journey plus they’re really, really delicious (you know for example that i’m a huge quinoa lover…). if you’d like to get to know more about complex carbs check out the follwoing page:

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/carbs/simple-vs-complex-carbohydrates.html#b

aand down here you’ll find even more information about this topic and a list of healthy complex carbohydrates, enjoy!

http://www.livestrong.com/article/271263-list-of-healthy-complex-carbohydrates/

here’s to my parents, because they’re now both on tumblr just to follow theyoungkitchen - cutest. thing. ever! 

homemade granola is probably the best thing ever… or at least one of the best things ever (i’m a foodie, don’t judge me!). i love mine with almonds and cranberries, seasoned with some honey, peanut butter and cinamon. aand it tastes best as a delicious breakfast after a nice morning run, served with yogurt and fresh fruit! 

healthy food looking pretty good! this one is oven roasted eggplant drizzled with some olive oil, salt and pepper on tender quinoa seasoned with fresh lemon juice . . 

healthy food looking pretty good! this one is oven roasted eggplant drizzled with some olive oil, salt and pepper on tender quinoa seasoned with fresh lemon juice . . 

2013, what a year! 365 days full of ups and downs (luckily way more ups than downs!), joy and unforgettable moments! about six months ago i created this blog and i’m so happy i did! i love writing posts, taking pictures and creating new recipes and ways of living a healthy, happy and delicious life! hope you had a great year guys and all the best for 2014! xx @theyoungkitchen ❄️

2013, what a year! 365 days full of ups and downs (luckily way more ups than downs!), joy and unforgettable moments! about six months ago i created this blog and i’m so happy i did! i love writing posts, taking pictures and creating new recipes and ways of living a healthy, happy and delicious life! hope you had a great year guys and all the best for 2014! xx @theyoungkitchen ❄️

i get way too much happiness from good food!

elizabeth olsen
homemade almond milk is probably the best thing ever! so nutritious, healthy and easy to make! try the recipe from the #thewholepantryapp - i promise, you’re gonna love it!❄️

homemade almond milk is probably the best thing ever! so nutritious, healthy and easy to make! try the recipe from the #thewholepantryapp - i promise, you’re gonna love it!❄️

tonight’s delicious dinner: zoodles! zucchini spaghetti with a spicy tomato sauce and topped with crushed walnuts • such a nice, healthy, vegan dish!🍁

tonight’s delicious dinner: zoodles! zucchini spaghetti with a spicy tomato sauce and topped with crushed walnuts • such a nice, healthy, vegan dish!🍁