Vegetable soup with mini meatball recipe | budget-proof challenge


Vegetable soup is easy to make, very filling, versatile and tasty. You can use your leftover vegetables if you like, or follow my recipe! If you want to make it even better you add mini meatballs. I’ve made these many times, and will include my recipe for those here as well.

When we were younger my brother and I, selfless brats that we were, always wanted to go to grandmas house because of the soup she often made. Even though she always claimed it was nothing special we absolutely loved it. It was extremely simple with only a few ingredients, yet I was never really able to recreate the flavour… Until I bought some fresh Celery leaves. The smell immediately told me that this was the “secret” ingredient my previous soups lacked!

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Eggs poached in tomato stew | budget-proof challenge


Okay, so today I tried this recipe that is originally called “shakshuka”, but because I sort of adapted the recipe I decided to call it a tomato stew. Basically what you do is you make this great soup like stew with tomatoes and bell pepper, add a bunch of herbs and then you crack some eggs and cook them in the sauce. Trust me: it’s a recipe for success!

I get my inspiration from so many things. I check Instagram and Bloglovin’ multiple times a day: I keep my eyes open when I’m outside and I try to mesmerize restaurants menus for god knows I might want to recreate one of the dishes one day. When I decided what to cook this week, I had this image in my head of a dish with tomatoes and eggs in the pan… I literally googled “tomato stew eggs” and was able to find what I was looking for.

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Gluten free healthy pizza with tomatoes and mozzarella | budget-proof challenge

Healthy and gluten free spinach pizza crust. Topped with mozarella, pesto and tomatoes | Stay Alive and Cooking

Okay now tell me: how often do you hear the words “pizza” “healthy” “tasty” and even “gluten free” in the same sentence? Not that often, right? Well do I have some good news for you today… And all that for only 1,50 per person!

I’ll admit it’s not exactly the same as a regular pizza but it’s got cheese and it’s crunchy so it’s kinda the same. And the best part: it’s really tasty when you are expecting a healthy pizza! So what more do you want. Seriously. Printable recipe down belooow!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, this Month I’m challenging myself by cooking budget-proof recipes every day. This can be anything, so let me know if you have any suggestions!

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All day breakfast: pancakes


I don’t know about you guys but I’m a huge fan of breakfast. And hello, what’s better than pancakes! This time we actually ate these as dinner but who cares. All day breakfast is a thing, right?

Pancakes is one of the most versatile breakfast dishes I know. You can make plain pancakes, sweet pancakes, savoury pancakes, sweet and savoury together… I’ll include our recipe down below together with some great variations.

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Cheesy nachos for dinner!


So you know how parents tell you all your life that chips are not for dinner? Well, they lied. There is a perfectly acceptable way to have chips for dinner that includes many vegetables and is still very tasty. It’s called nachos!

Of course, even though it has vegetables and stuff it’s not as healthy but it’s so tasty parents will have to look the other way for this dish 😉 Recipe at the bottom of the post, look for my new recipe layout!

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Homemade gnocchi (at least, I tried)


Homemade gnocchi. I had this perfect image in my head of these delicious little (potato) pasta pieces in a simple, but tasty sauce made with cooked cherry tomatoes, pesto, some sour cream, and rocket lettuce on top… When my boyfriend would come home he would find me there, cooking with the grace and technique of a real Italian woman (minus the looks, I still have quite some years to go!), serving him this made-from-scratch dish that was so good it was like we were back in Rome.

What I did not picture was him coming home, finding me with my hands literally tied together by “should it be this sticky?” dough, looking extremely desperate and covered in flour. My usual welcome home greeting at the door was replaced by faint calls for help from the kitchen. Not according to plan. Miracles happen though, because it ended up tasting quite great! Will explain more later in this post. 

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Beef stew: worth the wait

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Hi there! Today I decided to share with you a delicious meaty dish that is easy enough for a student to cook, makes a big portion for a relatively low amount of money and doesn’t take a lot of work; just waiting time. Also: I’ve implemented my new recipe template! Yay! Tell me what you think… 🙂

I remember when I was younger I would hear people talk about “pulled meats” in disgust. However, when I tried my moms variety of beef stew with loads of butter and this smooth meat I fell in love instantly. Because you need to be at home for around 4 hours at least, we didn’t eat it often enough in my opinion. Now that I live on my own I like to cook this beautiful beef stew when I’m spending a day inside studying or whatever. The smell that fills my house right now is mouthwatering!

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Mashed potatoes: a sidedish taken to the next level


When I was younger, we’d only eat mashed potatoes in a “hotchpot”, which is supposed to be a mash of vegetables and potatoes. If I ate at someone else’s house we’d often get mashed potatoes out of a package, which contains no love at all. Naturally I began seeing mashed potatoes as this boring side dish or component of a meal.

Until I started living on my own. I made mashed potatoes a little while ago, decided to give it some extra love and BAM! it was by far one of the best things I had ever tasted. It was creamy, flavourful, delicious and so comforting it was like a hug in a pan. The boyfriend kept on laughing because I was eating it straight out of the pan with an expression of pure love on my face….

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One batter, four cake variations

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It’s a dreadful and rainy day today, which can only mean one thing: baking day! I felt like trying something new but was not entirely sure what, so I started thinking until I had some ideas. I decided to try all four ideas at once, and create four different cakes with only one base batter.

I’m at my parents’ place in the middle of nowhere so I can’t run to the store to get supplies if we don’t have what I need. Okay, to be fair it’s only 15 minutes by bike but that’s way too far when it’s raining! So I had to work with what we had. I found apples and cinnamon, instant coffee, dark chocolate and oranges, pecans and honey. Not too bad.

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Mushroom quiche with eggplant, bacon and courgette

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Hey all! New week, new recipe inspirations 😉 Today I share a great recipe for a mushroom quiche, which came from a little gambling and trying stuff out. And it worked!

I know from experience that quiches can be great for dinner or lunch if you get the balance right. All you need is some puff pastry (or dough), eggs, sour cream and vegetables. Easy, right?! I’ll be showing you my version along with some improvement points. For the recipe, scroll down!

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