Toasted wraps with shawarma and avocado | budget-proof challenge

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This weekend we spent our time in our lovely apartment in Breda. As the boyfriend is always home quite late during the weekdays I’m usually the one who cooks, so this Sunday we decided to switch roles. He decided to prepare toasted wraps with shawarma, avocado and lettuce with some garlic sauce, and it was really good! And that for only €2,90 a person…

Usually we just pop the wraps in the microwave for 30 seconds but we were told that you have to pan fry them so they get nice and crisp. Definitely a good tip! Also, we usually eat wraps with chicken but swapping this for shawarma was a good idea. The avocado adds this creaminess that nearly replaces the sauce you’d normally add, and it’s sooo tasty!

By the way: I’ve been quite addicted to Instagram lately! Love looking at the pictures everyone posts and of course I enjoy seeing your comments to the pictures I post myself. Feel free to follow me: stayaliveandcooking.

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Simple dinner casserole with leek, bell pepper, minced meat and potato | budget-proof challenge

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Fridays are for leftovers. I always buy a lot of vegetables, which sometimes means half my fridge is filled with pieces of cucumber/carrot/eggplant/zucchini and half full bags of lettuce or spinach… Luckily I know many ways to use these!

You can for example make a great omelet by simply adding some eggs and spices, or include all those vegetables in a really delicious pasta sauce. Today however, I will show you how to make a simple dinner casserole. And of course I’m still busy with the budget proof challenge, so this dish costs only €1,95 a person!

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Puff pastry breadsticks | budget-proof challenge

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I love a good soup. There are so many options, I like to prepare a different soup every week! However, sometimes it’s not enough as a dinner so you’ll have to add something like a piece of bread or… breadsticks!

I’ve got this great and simple recipe that I prepared in a few minutes with some puff pastry, cheese and sesame seeds. We ate these together with the vegetable soup recipe I posted yesterday. How easy is that?!

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Vegetable soup with mini meatball recipe | budget-proof challenge

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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

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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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Life update: Facing my fears

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So today (Wednesday) I feel like writing because it’s my first day back to school. I’m following classes from 12-17 and I’m extremely nervous! You might be thinking “gee woman, I thought facing your fears meant wrestling a bear or jumping out of a burning air plane!” Well, you thought wrong.

Don’t worry: this is not a post full of complaints and sob stories.

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

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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

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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!

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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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It’s time for a challenge!

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As you all know, I am a student, and as you’ve probably already found out I am in love with food. Being a student means you’ve got limited budget and have to find creative ways to spend this, but I’m not particularly good at this. I spend so much money on food! This doesn’t have to be a bad thing, I mean hey many people spend a lot on their hobbies too.. haha! But I’d like to see if I can cook budget proof recipes for an entire month.

One of the things I thought of to improve my website is taking on some challenges. I’ve posted a poll asking what challenges you’d like me to try (find it here) for upcoming months/weeks/whatever. Cooking budget proof but tasty recipes will be my first challenge for March!

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