Falafel Tacos with Tomato Salsa

Healthy, delicious and filling tacos stuffed with baked falafel balls and topped with a tangy, homemade tomato salsa make a delightful summer meal. These happen to be vegan too!

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I don’t know about you, but in Bangkok, I’ve never been able to find a restaurant which offers healthy, vegetarian tacos. Most of the ones sold here are made with a deep-fried oily taco shells, meaty fillings like shredded beef or chicken breast and topped with an incredible amount of cheese. I love the idea of tacos; they can be stuffed with the most delicious things and can be made to suit your preferences. Biting into a good taco, and all the flavors just burst in your mouth. It’s a fiesta!

I’ve been meaning to make my very first healthy tacos for a while, but it’s very typical of me to be forgetful. Anyways, the other day I received a vegan cookbook as a birthday present, ‘But I Could Never Go Vegan!’ by the amazing and very talented Kristy Turner (Click here to check out her fabulous blog!). It may have been one of the best presents I’ve ever gotten. The cookbook is absolutely inspirational. All the recipes are mouthwatering, creative and beautiful. When I saw Kristy’s recipe for falafel tacos with a sriracha tahini sauce, I was instantly inspired to create my own version.  Continue reading

Avocado Strawberry Salad with Jam Vinaigrette

This quick salad features a homemade strawberry jam balsamic vinaigrette, fresh strawberries, avocado and romaine lettuce with a dash of ground black pepper. Light, simple and healthy. 

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I’ve been going through a rough patch recently. Although I’ve been accepted to medical school in Germany, there are still so many things that need to be done and many obstacles that must be overcome. First, there’s the visa problem. In order to get a student visa for studies in Germany, it’s necessary for me to open a bank account in Germany and deposit a given amount of money there. That doesn’t sound very hard, but the bank has rejected my account opening TWICE already. I sent documents there again to apply a third time. I am worried and stressed out like crazy.

Without the bank account, I cannot get a student visa. Without a student visa, I cannot fly to Germany to register myself at the university. I hope I am able to get there before the university’s deadline, which is the 30th of September. This whole thing is just making me so frustrated, I barely get any time to think about anything else, let alone, come up with new, fancy recipe ideas.

So this is why I’m sharing this salad with you today. Continue reading

Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce

This is a delicious, quick and basic go-to recipe for pasta with tomato sauce. Made with a few simple ingredients, this dish makes a great midweek meal.

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My mother hates canned food. Sometimes I come home with a can of pineapple rings in syrup or champignon mushrooms, and she instantly freaks out about it (sorry mom!). She always says that everything that is canned can be made from scratch, and that canned foods have a lot of nasties in them. I know that may be true, but I argue that it takes much more time and effort to prepare something homemade. She knows that’s true as well.

Our argument mostly ends there, until I bring home another something in a can.

Luckily, I don’t make pineapple upside-down cake or pizza with champignon mushrooms very often, so the only canned-food-argument-trigger is tomato sauce. I’ve always made my tomato sauce with canned diced tomatoes. One day my mom asked me to make tomato sauce from scratch, after a while of hesitating, I simply substituted the canned diced tomatoes with freshly peeled and chopped ones. The homemade tomato sauce, I must say, tasted better.

Mom says: ‘I told you so.’ Continue reading

Waffles with Blueberry Cinnamon Compote

Crisp on the outside, feathery light on the inside and topped with warm, delicious blueberry compote, these waffles will be your new favorite breakfast to have on Sunday mornings.

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What would you rather have on a lazy Sunday morning: pancakes or waffles?

Impossible question, I know.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a stack of fluffy pancakes with fruits every now and then, like these vanilla pancakes with roasted strawberries (hmm yummy!), but I personally prefer waffles on lazy mornings because they’re much quicker to whip up. You just need to preheat your waffle iron, make a simple batter in the meantime and you’re only a few minutes from having the best Sunday morning breakfast ever. 

No, scratch that.

Make it even better by preparing a simple berry compote to top your waffles.  Continue reading

Apple Upside-Down Cake

This is a healthier spin on a classic dessert, but it does not dissapoint. Soft and airy cinnamon vegan cake with sweet thin apple slices and sprinkles of icing sugar, this cake is a family favorite! 

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Today is my birthday (yay!), but it is also Mother’s Day in Thailand. I woke up early and happy this morning, determined to make a nice dessert for my whole family, especially my mom. I know she loves apple crumble cake. So I searched the fridge and was happy to find a bag of apples. We didn’t have any butter, and I almost gave up the idea of making an apple cake for my mom, but then I decided to make one without any crumble. 

Now what’s a better way to top my cake than with soft, caramelized apple slices? I’d made pineapple upside-down cake before, so I experimented with apples today. I peeled two apples and chopped them into thin slices. Then I combined my apple slices with a tablespoon of brown sugar, and set that aside while I made my vegan cinnamon cake. Continue reading

Pancakes with Roasted Strawberries

Light and fluffy vegan pancakes topped with sweet oven-roasted strawberries make a great indulgent breakfast.

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My family and I went on a trip in Europe about 3 years ago. My dad rented a nice car, studied maps and drove us around Germany, Austria and Switzerland. On our way to a small town in Germany, we drove past a huge strawberry farm. My sister and I had never picked our own fruits before, so we just had to beg our dad to stop the car. We were so excited!

We chose a big box for our strawberries and spent at least an hour there, picking the juiciest, and sweetest-looking strawberries. Once we were back in the car, we tried a few and oh man, they were nothing like the ones in Thailand. They were so sweet, juicy, a tiny bit sour, and just absolutely mouthwatering. Continue reading

Acai Bowl

Sweet, tangy and cool, an acai berry bowl makes a great breakfast that satisfies even the strongest sweet cravings. It will make you feel amazing about your breakfast choice. 

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I love eating sweet things. Donuts, cookies, chocolate, oh yes chocolate. I’m a fat kid at heart, but aren’t we all? When I’m craving something sweet, it’s almost impossible to satisfy my cravings unless I stuff myself with a mouthful of cookie, dipped in chocolate.

But I also like being healthy whenever I can. It just makes me feel amazing, both mentally and physically, like when I’m out with my family and have a huge bowl of salad, while my mom bites off from a slice of pizza. It feels good to know that you’re taking care of your body and nourishing it right.

A combination of those two things however, sweet and healthy, can be almost impossible to find.

An acai bowl is the answer. Continue reading

Basic Oatmeal

This simple, basic oatmeal recipe makes the perfect satisfying breakfast. 

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Oatmeal. This word probably makes a few of you squirm, but the truth is (no matter how many times you’ve heard this already), it’s super duper good for you! Oats have a great amount of protein, fiber, minerals and vitamins. Having oats for breakfast will keep you feeling full and satisfied until lunch. It really did the trick for me on school mornings. I would have a huge bowl of oatmeal with my favorite fruits for breakfast very often; that way my stomach wouldn’t make loud (ugly) noises in class. 

I have a bowl oatmeal really often in winter in Thailand. Now here’s a thing about me, I get cold really easily. Winter in Thailand doesn’t get cooler than 15 degrees Celsius and I already feel like freezing. I wear about 1000 layers of clothing while all my friends walk around in a t-shirt.

How am I going to survive in Germany?

I am 100% counting on warm oatmeal and a cup of tea.  Continue reading

Apple Gingerbread Smoothie

Thick and flavorful smoothie filled with lots of autumn-inspired spices. Takes less than 10 minutes to make and is absolutely delicious.

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This is my first blog post ever (yay!) so I thought to myself what’s a better way to introduce myself to you than to start off with something that I probably have almost everyday: a smoothie. Smoothies are one of my favorite things to have for breakfast because firstly, Thailand is so scorching hot all the time and a cool refreshment in the morning really gives me a great energy kick, and secondly, healthy smoothies are so easy to make and they only use up less than 10 minutes of your valuable hectic morning time.

However, if you were the tiniest bit alike to someone like me, a newly graduated high school student who spends her days watching ‘Desperate Housewives’, waiting for universities to reply and taking long naps, you would not only have time to throw stuff into a blender, but also to make a pretty smoothie bowl. I think the reason people are in love with the idea of smoothie bowls is because they’re really fun to decorate and can end up so lovely that you almost (only almost!) wouldn’t want to dig in. Hey, if the smoothie you made doesn’t make you want to instantly slurp the whole thing up, then something’s wrong. Continue reading