Incredibly refreshing and almost calorie free.
Zingy lemon and fragrant basil work wonderfully together, creating a refreshing harmony that, at least for a short time, brings relief from the summer heat. But I think it is equally capable to bring back a trace of summer to cold, dull winters day. Luckily it is easily done “a la minute” whenever you are in the mood for it. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!
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With all the fancy trimmings.
It all started with a wonderful, oppulent piece of boar shoulder and the question “what are we going to do with it?” Chantal wanted something with dried plums and I had more of an Asian approach in mind. Luckily both fit nicely together, as plum sauce is a staple of Chinese cooking. We freestyled this recipe, tuned it up with some nice sides and toppings and can proudly attest: gorgeous! Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.
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A surprisingly fresh, sweet treat.
The series of desserts with veggies is not finished yet. To summ it up, we already had two pumpkin pies, a root veggie cake, pumpkin poppy crumble and eggplant brownies. These are all earthy, warm, rich flavours which make you feel good in the colder months. But what about sweet, green peas and a bit of white chocolate? Maybe served cold with a spoon of ice cream on the side? I can definitely see this extravagant blondie version as a dessert for a dinner in summer and the colour is simply stunning.
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Sweet. Sour. Butter. Love.
Last year during Halloween we posted a quite unusual crumble version, namely the Pumpkin Poppy Crumble. We promised to come back with even more crumble recipes and, finally, here we are. There is nothing more seasonal now in late spring than delicious sweet strawberries and a pretty sour pink rhubarb. Add some elderflower scent and crunchy oats to it and I am in heaven.
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Awesome comfort food without blowing your calories.
Oh boy, do I like those meatballs! They feel like cheating with comfort food, but actually have amazing macros, easily fitting into any diet. You can prepare a huge batch of them with little effort and they keep well in the fridge. Give them a try, I am sure you will love them!
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Dark chocolate meets veggies.
If you are a long-time reader of the Beary Strong blog you know that I love baking and always try to find a way to make some desserts a bit less heavy on the calorie account. I would not define them as “healthy” as I do not like do divide food in good or bad. Norb do I think they will subsitute a proper meal: sweets should always be an enjoyable treat but not the major component of your diet. I am also always searching for new interesting flavour pairings and since our experiment with the root veggie cake I was intrigued to build even more unconventional vegetable-based sweets. This is how the eggplant brownies were born.
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Protein rich Greek comfort food.
Right now proper comforting food is important to keep morale high. To help you make gains without blasting through your calorie budget, we created another healthy, protein rich version of a widely known comfort food. One of our clients (and a good friend) inspired us to give moussaka a try. We are very proud of the result, so give it a try, I am sure you will like it!
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Italian comfort food to brighten up your days.
I think it is time for even more Italian comfort food. Today we go with ossobuco, a dish that is somehow magical for me. I still can’t quite understand why such humble ingredients taste so incredibly good together. The version I made is a little easier to prepare than the original and doesn’t compromise on taste. Give it a try!
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Corn bread the Italian way
Currently Milan is under quarantine: the SARS-CoV-2 has paralyzsed the city and I do not think I will see my home town for a long time. Fortunately my parents are here in Austria and my mother has baked one of the most traditional but less known sweets from Milan: pan de mej, a hybrid between corn bread and corn cookies. I can not visit her and therefore she gave me the recipe to bring a little bit of our city to Vienna. The recipe is a winner: it is incredibly easy and it turned out delicious. Soft, not too sweet and an incredible corn flavour. Give these cookies a try, I am sure you will like them!
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Comfort food for everyday life.
Lasagne is the king of comfort food. A real treat and for everybody tracking macros, a nightmare to fit into a diet. Our mission was to change this, add protein and lots of veggies without losing too much of the typical, cheesy lasagne feeling. And we are proud to say we managed to pull this off! Enjoy the Lifter’s Lasagne!
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