Chickpea salad recipe

Chickpea salad


Finally! Here’s the recipe I promised… Not sure if you can really call it a recipe though since all you do is some chopping and blending… But, ohhh it turns out so delicious!

What you need/do:

1 tomato, chopped

1/2 cucumber, chopped

1/2 red onion, chopped

1 can (8,75oz / 250g) garbanzo beans (chickpeas)

a small bunch of cilantro, chopped

1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar

freshly ground pepper

Here’s what you do:

Chop everything and blend into a bowl, pour the seasoned rice vinegar on the salad (it’s important that you use the seasoned rice vinegar!), and let it marinate for about 10-15 minutes. The seasoned rice vinegar is so full of flavor and has less sodium and is so much healthier than regular salad dressings, you won’t even need any oil! How great is that? To me, this is a full meal as it is… But, if you have a husband or growing kids, like I do, you can mix it with pasta and add meat or chicken to it.

If you’re not a fan of cilantro (I’m crazy for cilantro!) you can leave it out completely, or you can trade it in for some parsley or even basil if you like the italian flavors.

Ohhh, and needless to say, it’s delicious with garlic bread! Nom nom…

Easy as pie! Enjoy!


Guacamole recipe

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Ohhh Myyy God, this is one of my all time favorites, I make guacamole at least once a week if not more, it’s just so simple to make and delicious to have around for… well, just about anything from dipping chips and crackers, as a topping on your tacos to a healthy spread on your sandwich or even on your baked potato!

This is what you need/do:

2 avocados, pitted and peeled

1/2 onion chopped

1 tomato, peeled and chopped

1/4 cup cilantro chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

juice from 1/2 lemon

salt (I sometimes use Trocomare seasoned salt)

Mash the avocados and blend all the ingredients together and you have an awesome guacamole that will be a hit at your next party! If you like to spice it up a little, add some chopped chili to it. Serrano chili is good. But for me, the garlic does the trick for the spiciness. Enjoy!


Chili con Carne for dinner tonight!

Picture from Pinterest

Picture from Pinterest

On cold February evenings, like tonight in Sweden, I love me some hot Chili con Carne. Actually this North American dish was inspired by the meat and chile stews of Mexico. I promise you, this version will become a favorite!

Here’s what you need:

1 Lb lean ground beef (c:a 500g)

1 Medium to large onion, chopped

3-4 Cloves garlic, minced or pressed

1 Large green bell pepper, chopped

2 Tablespoons chili powder

1 Teaspoon ground cumin

1 Tablespoon dry oregano leaves

1 Large can (15 oz) pear-shaped tomatoes

1 Can mixed beans

1 Can white beans in tomato sauce

1/4 Cup fresh cilantro (coriander), chopped

Salt to season

Garnishes (suggestions follow), optional

This is what you do:

Crumble beef into a wide frying pan over medium heat, cook just until meat loses pink color. Drain off fat. Add onion, garlic and bell pepper, continue to cook, stirring, until vegetables are soft.

Stir in chili powder, cumin, oregano and tomatoes. Bring to a boil and add beans. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes, stirring often to break up tomatoes. Stir in cilantro and season to taste with salt.

Garnishes. Choose from the following, arranged in separate bowls: 1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese, 5 green onions, sliced, 1 firm-ripe avocado, diced and moistened with lemon juice to prevent discoloring, 1 cup sour cream.

You may also serve the chili with baguette or tortilla chips.

That’s it, a very easy, quick and yummy wednesday evening dinner! Enjoy!


Cooking for Valentine’s Day?

© Lena Jolly Photography 2014

© Lena Jolly Photography 2014

I just wanted to remind you about Valentine’s Day on February 14th, it’s right around the corner! If you don’t have any plans yet, don’t panic! Get the “Thug Kitchen” cook book, here, and show your Valentine your skills in the kitchen! He/She will LOVE you even more! After all, it’s the thought that counts. I can only speak for myself, but I’m pretty sure that everyone appreciates a gift that you’ve put some thought behind and show that you’ve noticed what they like, what their favorite food is…

Get the right mood by cooking up a fabulous dinner for two, set the table with a nice table cloth, candle light, lots of candles everywhere, a dozen velvety red roses and soft music in the background. You can’t go wrong!

Good Luck!

xoxo Lena

Remember Valentine’s Day!

Oh my, Valentine’s Day is around the corner! How will you surprise your Baby? Why not show your love by cooking a delicious asian dinner at home instead of going out to a crowded restaurant?

Perfect for Valentine's Day!

Perfect for Valentine’s Day!










These are perfect for a romantic dinner and a movie at home. And you can order them in my webshop, easy as pie! Show your love and how grateful you are to have your Honey in your life by letting your creativity flow in the kitchen. He/she will LOVE you for it!

Anyway, that’s just my idea of a great Valentine’s Day. Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below. I wish you a gorgeous week!



I just wanted to take the opportunity to remind you to check out my eBook Walking on Air. If you or anyone you know suffer from bunion pain, please get this book! It is very helpful and will show you how to get rid of the pain without surgery. In my opinion, surgery is your very last solution to the problem, since it’s not guaranteed to help and in some cases it will only make the problem worse. So please, check it out!

Ok, so that’s just a quick reminder of the book

Picture from Pinterest!

Picture from Pinterest!

But also, if you have joint pain, it is a good idea to look over your diet. A lot of times joint pain can come from eating the wrong things. Foods to avoid are wheat and sugar. Try to add more avocado, salmon, walnuts, papaya, pineapple, spinach, blueberries, turmeric, ginger and garlic. These foods have all been proven to fight inflammation and boost your immune system.

I think it’s a good idea to start with your diet and reading the eBook Walking on Air, and then go from there.

Have a wonderful thursday!


Taco Tuesday!

Tasty Taco Pizza


What’s for dinner? Since I love both Tacos and Pizza, I’m thinking this yummy Taco-Pizza  must be combining the best of both worlds, and it’s a healthier choice than a regular Pizza too… Yay!

Ok, here’s what you do:

  • Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef and break it up with a fork or a spatula. Let it brown a bit before you add the Taco seasoning and then cook it for another minute.
  • Heat oven to 400F/200C.
  • Toast tortillas (the crust for your Pizza) in oven for a few minutes, then flip them over and let them toast for another few minutes, all together for about 5-10 minutes or until they’re golden brown.
  • Top your tortillas with refried beans and cheese and pop them back into the oven for about 3-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  • To finish them, top them with the ground beef (you can swap the beef for chicken or turkey if you like!), lettuce, tomatoes, onions and some sour cream. You can add some hot sauce to them too if you like to spice them up a bit.

Voila, and you’re done!

Enjoy your tuesday!


Oatmeal and bananas

Sooo yummy!

Sooo yummy!

But not just any oatmeal and bananas, sautéed bananas, and it makes all the difference in the world! This breakfast is soooo good and will keep you going until lunch without a problem.

All you need is:

  • Sliced bananas
  • Heat some coconut oil in a pan and add the sliced bananas
  • Sprinkle with brown sugar
  • And finally serve it over hot oatmeal with milk (I add some chia and/or flax seeds to my oatmeal)

That’s it. Easy peasy. Enjoy your tuesday everyone!



My husband and I celebrated our first Anniversary yesterday, it’s amazing how fast time goes by. While he was at work I cooked dinner, and since I’m married to an Italian man, I cooked pork chops in Madeira sauce and a big pasta plate with Portobello and mushrooms, and then I sprinkled some truffle butter over the pasta dish… It was soooo delicious! And to that, we opened a bottle of rich red wine from Portugal, I know, I wanted Amarone, but couldn’t find one at our local grocery store…

But first to start off the celebration, we toasted with Champagne! We had a bottle of Pol Roger saved from our wedding and thought it would fill it’s purpose well last night. That is my favorite Champagne, hands down. The food was so good that the dessert had to wait until tonight, I kid you not!

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Lingonberry dessert  - © Lena Jolly Photography 2013


This is a swedish dessert made out of lingonberries, and here’s the recipe:

1 package of fillo dough crust, 1 tbl spoon of butter and 1/2 tbl spoon of sugar. And for the filling: 1 dl of heavy whipping cream, 1/2 dl of quark and 1 dl of lingonberries.

Follow the heating instructions on the fillo dough package, melt the butter and “paint” it on the crusts, sprinkle the sugar on the buttered crusts.

Lingonberrycream filling: Whip the cream. Add the quark and the lingonberries. Fill the crusts. You may garnish with some frozen lingonberries and they are ready to serve. Easy peasy!

I love them just like I love my hubby!




Farmers Market

Even if the week has been super busy, including work and what not, I find it amusing going down to the local Farmers Market to walk around for a while, because you always find things that will make you smile. The hurries and must dos of everyday life disappears for a moment and you can enjoy your self for a second… The luxuries of the modern world…

But, here’s what cracked me up today, and in my opinion, they’re too cute to cook!!! LOL



Have a fabulous weekend and enjoy life with your loved ones!