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Aron

Aron

Writer & co-founder of Just Us. A young videographer and web-designer that loves to travel, spend time with his wife and go on adventures around the world. 

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Easy & healthy homemade Red Thai Curry

Have I told you that I love recipes that are easy and quick? Well I do! Infanct I love it so much I decided to dedicate all my Tuesdays to share with you how easy it can be to eat clean & healthy without sacrificing a whole evening or a couple of hours of your day.

We felt that Tasty Tuesdays was a fitting name for this food adventure and we would love for you to join us on it! Last week we made beautiful Guacamole Potatoes, be sure to try them, they are awesome!

Today we are making vegan Red Thai Curry! We both like thai food, but honestly, we’ve only once cooked a thai dish before, and I remember it took forever and had so many ingredients that it really felt overwhelming. BUT I am so glad Dagbjört suggested that we give thai recipes another chance, because this one is really simple and super tasty to say the least. We have literally been making it every day since Friday! Haha it’s just that good! Also, after we started with Tasty Tuesdays, I have discovered that cooking with my wife is not only rewarding food wise but also for our relationship. It’s a quality time I now don’t want to miss out on! 

We decided to use Quinoa in stead of rice, it’s healthy, a great protein source and also very delicious and easy to make.

Red Thai Curry

Total time to make: 30-40 minutes - Serves about 4 people

ingredients

• 2 cans coconut milk (the full version, not the skinny one)
• 2 tbsp Coconut oil
• 3-4 tablespoons red thai curry paste
• 3 tbsp Soy sauce
• 1 cup / 220 g quinoa
• 1 white onion
• 4 cloves garlic
• 1/2 cup / 110 gchopped ginger
• 2 bell peppers (we used 1 red and 1 green)
• 1/2 broccoli head
• 3 medium sized carrots
• 400 g / 16 oz mushrooms
• A handful or two of spinach
• 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
• Salt & Pepper
• Chilli

Here we go!


Before we start, I want to point out that in the guidelines below we cut and fried the vegetables in 3 parts, but it’s also possible to cut everything beforehand and fry it all together in the same pan. We did it this way as we felt we had more control to get the perfect texture and crunchiness of all the different vegetables.

1. Start by putting 1 cup quinoa  and 2 cups of water into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Once its boiling, reduce the heat and cover and let it simmer until most of the water has been absorbed. Usually it takes about 15-20 minutes for it to be ready. When ready, take it of the stove and cover it to keep it warm.

2. Fine cut the 4 garlic cloves and the ginger. Cut the white onion into strips or just as you want to have it! Throw it all into a frying pan along with 1 tablespoon coconut oil and fry it at medium-high heat until the onion is clear or transparent.

3. Now throw the ready garlic, onion and ginger in a large cold pot. (We don’t put it on the stove before we have fried all the vegetables)

4. Cut the carrots into thin slices and the broccoli into small peaces (not to small, I like having them the size of my thumb). Now throw it on the pan along with half a tablespoon coconut oil and fry until carrots are soft and crunchy. Once they are ready throw them into the pot with the onion, garlic and ginger.

5. Now we cut the bell peppers into small-medium sized slices and throw them in the pan along with half a tablespoon of coconut oil. While the peppers shimmer on the pan, cut the mushrooms and put them in with the bell peppers. Fry until the mushrooms get a bit soft and nice. Once they are ready, throw them and the peppers into the pot with the rest.

6. Place the pot with all the fried vegetables on the stove on medium heat. Add the coconut milk and the red thai curry paste and mix well. Season with salt, pepper and chilli by tasting.

7. While we are waiting for the curry mix to come to a boil, we chop a handful of spinach and half a cup cilantro. We then add it when the mix has started boiling and mix with the rest. As soon as we have reached a boil, the Red thai curry is ready.

Now we feast!

  

After making this once, I found it incredibly easy to make a again, and again……and again, even with out the recipe in front of me. So don’t be surprised if you won’t be eating anything else than Red thai curry for the rest of the week! Trust me, we won’t judge you!

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Guacamole Potatoes!

Tasty Tuesday is upon us once again! Now if you missed out last week, we made Garlic Roasted Mushrooms which were amazing! You should definitely try them, they are like music is to the ears, except they are vegetables….for your mouth!

Tasty Tuesdays are all about easy, delicious and fun recipes, and today is no exception!
Today we are making beautiful and yummy Guacamole Potatoes with apple topping!

Guacamole Potatoes


Prep time: 15 minutes - Cook time: 30 minutes - Total time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

• 4 medium-large sized Potatoes
• 2 avocados
• 1 clove minced garlic
• 1/2 cup / 110 g corn kernels
• 1/2 cup / 110 g pinto beans
• 1/2 cup / 110 g chopped tomato
• 1/4 cup / 60 g diced red onion
• Juice of 1/2 a lemon
• 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 apple to cut into thin slices/sticks for garnish on top
• Cilantro leaves for garnish
• Olive oil
• Salt
• Pepper
• Paprika
• Garlic powder
• Cayenne pepper (optional for those who like it spicy)

Don’t let the ingredient list scare you, this is a super easy recipe!


1. Preheat the oven to 200 ºC / 400 ºF.
2. Cut the potatoes in half, then use a spoon or knife to scoop out some of the potato leaving a thin border (if you are hungry, leave a thicker boarder)
3. Put 2 tablespoons of Olive oil in a bowl and add 1/2 teaspoon of cumin, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Mix it all together.
4. Dip the potatoes in the seasoned oil and place in a backing dish. Put the baking dish in the oven and leave for 30 minutes or longer if needed. They should be soft enough for a fork to get easily through them.
5. Now we start on the Guacamole! Put the avocado into a medium sized bowl and mash it with a fork until smooth and soft. Add 1/2 cup (110 g) corn kernels, 1/2 cup (110 g) pinto beans, 1/2 cup (110 g) chopped tomato, 1/4 cup (60 g) diced red onion, 1 clove minced garlic, juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and mix all together. Add cayenne pepper to make it spicy. (I recommend tasting and adding some more seasoning if you think it’s lacking spices)
6. Scoop the guacamole onto each potato cup.
7. Add the sliced apple sticks on top and garnish with cilantro leaves.


How easy was that! These potato charmers taste just as good as they look and they are so much fun to make! Now it’s your turn to try them and let us know how you liked them!


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9 Habits that lead to a healthy lifestyle

Living a healthy lifestyle is all about making good choices and making healthy habits! It’s sounds easy and it can be! These are some of the habits that I have found that make me happy and also lead to the most successful days…..when I actually follow through! Great habits are useless unless you apply them to your life!

 

Wake up early

To start your day early, you need to go to bed early. Basically, the success of your morning depends on when you go to sleep. Most successful people have it in common that they wake up early and use the morning wisely to prepare themselves for the upcoming day. I feel that my life is much more balanced and in routine when I use my mornings wisely! Leading to my next habit.

Hot water with lemon

Before having anything else, start by drinking a glass of hot water with a bit of fresh squeezed lemon in it, it’s a miracle drink to say the least! I recently read an article in the local newspaper, here in Iceland, where a doctor said that if he could give people one advice, it would be to start the day with a glass of hot water with lemon. So, what does it do? It prepares your digestive system for the upcoming foods, helps your liver to detox and stimulates weight loss! It can also help with acne and other skin problems, reduce inflammation and some say they it gives you a rush of energy. Try it for a week, you won’t be disappointed!

Healthy breakfast

Breakfast is the first meal of the day, and it is where your body will fetch it’s energy from, amongst your sleep of course, for the next hours. The cleaner you eat, the better! I love to start my mornings with a smoothie, packed with fruits, vegetables, seeds and healthy oils that give me all the nutritions I need for the upcoming day!

 

Meditate

It’s not only your body that needs nourishment, but also your mind and spirit! Meditation is a great way to do so! It calms your mind, helps you have better control of your thoughts and nourishes your spirit! I often start my day on reading and then meditating and processing the good words I just read!

Start on the hardest task

I’m a natural procrastinator and have a history of leaving the hardest & most boring tasks to last. I can not underline the importance this has made for me when I actually start the day on solving the hardest task, whether it being a project at work, doing the dishes or writing a blog post! The whole day gets so much easier! You feel productive and successful and it gives you a positive confidence boost to take on the next task.

Clean up after yourself, right away

My procrastination skills often play a big role here, but I have found out that I am so much happier in a clean and tidy environment. Your first instinct may not always be to clean up right away, but it pays of!

Exercise

If you want to be healthy, exercise is a vital part. Find a sport or some exercise you enjoy. It can be zumba, running, trampoline or swimming, the important thing is that you enjoy it! I recently started to train kick box, and I love it! I am excited to go to training and it motivates me to eat healthy and get a good night sleep!

Seek advise from people you trust

We’re only human, and we don’t have all the answers ourselves! Seeking advice and help from others is one of the best things you can do in my opinion. To learn of the mistakes of others so you don’t have to do them yourself is priceless. We also have great experience with letting people we trust speak into our lives as we often don’t see ourselves and circumstances in they way we should or in the right perspective. As long as we are willing to learn we will continue to grow and mature!

Make new healthy habits, step by step

What we think generates what we do, what we do generates our habits and our habits ultimately make our lifestyle! Healthy habits lead to a healthy lifestyle! But it’s important to realize that you don’t make habits over night, and you most likely won’t be able to change all your habits straight away. Start small, and then step by step apply more healthy habits to your life. By trying to change everything at once can be to much. It may actually lead to no change at all, as you are more likely to get discouraged when you don’t succeed  everywhere and that often leads to giving up entirely. By taking time and making changes over a longer period of time, you are  making it easier for your changes to transform into habits and your habits into your new healthy lifestyle!

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Delicious Garlic Buttered Mushrooms

I’ts Tuesday again and you know what that means! It’s tasty time!
Last week we made Cucumber Avocado Rolls, be sure to try them, they are simply delicious!
This Tuesday on the other hand we will be making....drumroll please....Super simple, Garlic Buttered Mushrooms!

Garlic Buttered Mushrooms!


Total time: 30 minutes - serves about 2-4 people as a side dish.

Here’s what you need:

Ingredients

  • 30 g / 1/4 cup butter (vegan butter tastes just as good)
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 4-500 g / 16 oz mushrooms

  

1. Start by fine cutting the garlic and trimming the ends of the mushrooms. While doing that, preheat the stove to 200 ºC / 400 ºF. (Don’t forget to wash the mushrooms before trimming)
2. Now add the butter and garlic to a small dish/bowl and microwave it for about 30 seconds, until it’s all melted.
3. Place the mushrooms, cap side down, in a baking dish and evenly poor the garlic butter over the mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Let it roast for 25-30 minutes or until tender.

  

There you have it! A super easy side dish that won’t disappoint! 

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