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What I ate today… Monday 5th of August 2013



Who might have expected that during maternity leave you have little time? Well, definitely not I.

Waiting for the baby, I decided to start a new category of my posts mentioning “what I ate today”…. Basically I want to share with you what is on my dish.

People who know me, know that I am very slim and I have never been overweight.

I hope that sharing with you my healthy lifestyle, you can get some inspiration and perhaps loose a bit of weight… Who knows…

So starting today, I ate the following:


A sandwich with butter, ham, cucumber, salad and half of cottage cheese with a cup of green tea.



Green grapes and one peach.

green grapes1 peaches for a snack


A sandwich with butter, ham, cucumber and salad. Again half of cottage cheese and a glass of water.

second breakfast


I went to the beach so I kept it simple and easy. A sandwich with butter and cheese, bottle of water.



Macaroni with broccoli, Hollandaise sauce, slices smoked salmon, cranberries and caraway (Persian cumin). All that together with a cup of cultured buttermilk. Then I ate two plums.

macaroni with brocoli and smoked salmon in Hollandaise sauce plum


Macaroni with fried plums, yoghurt and brown sugar. A glass of water.

macaroni with fried plums youghurt and brown sugar

During the day I drank water, black lavender tea and raspberry leaf tea.

Good night:)


Anna *OnMyDish.wordpress.com*

Macaroni with spinach and Greek cheese



Again green dish:)

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Spinach is healthy. It contains lots of vitamins and minerals.

Do you remember the cartoon character “Popeye the Sailor Man”? 🙂 After consuming spinach he was physically stronger:)

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As a child I didn’t like spinach. I think most kids hate it:)

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I am older now and more aware of my culinary preferences/tastes. In fact during these 20 years I start to like spinach, especially spinach a la crème!


Once I feel like eating something special and super easy to cook I decide for macaroni with spinach and Greek cheese.

This is the simplest dish ever.

Ingredients (for 2 people):

–          250g macaroni

–          1 pack of spinach a la crème

–          1 pack Greek (feta) cheese

–          2 garlic cloves

–          Salt to taste


  1. Boil macaroni according to package, drain.
  2. Cook spinach a la crème, add Greek cheese. Cook unit cheese melts.
  3. Press garlic and stir. Cook for about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Mix macaroni with spinach-cheese. Serve.
  5. Voila:)

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I told you it’s super quick and so healthy!!!! I also think it looks very interesting.

Not every day you eat a GREEN DISH.  Will you become a “spinach monster” afterwards??? 🙂

spinach soft toy [5]

Check it out:)






Source of pictures:

[1] http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/5/51078/1007265-popeye.jpg

[2] http://veryculinary.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/Eat_Spinach_Art_500x332.jpg

[3] http://lh5.ggpht.com/-uBYhzHaDIfc/UYOxV9ZyTJI/AAAAAAAApbY/F4XpHd6e35Y/spinach_thumb.png?imgmax=800

[4] http://media.treehugger.com/assets/images/2011/10/spinach-dd-02.jpg

[5] http://images.bouf.com/product/9/7/4/974/974-261-261-1-la-maison-de-lola-ms-spinach-handmade-houndstooth-soft-toy.jpg



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Macaroni with prawns, zucchini and green asparagus



This is very simple and quick dish. It’s now asparagus season. In the Netherlands you only see white asparagus. I was lucky to do some shopping in Germany and to buy green version of asparagus. I love these ones. Their biggest advantage is that you do not need to peel them 🙂

This dish could be served with salmon but my freezer was out of salmon, therefore I used prawns. Still good combination… As this is the simplest way of macaroni, with no other sauce than olive oil, juice from cooking vegetables and prawns, it’s in my opinion very healthy and low caloric. You may want to limit olive oil to one spoon, to make it even less caloric. For the ones that do not count calories and cannot imagine eating macaroni without cheese, I would suggest to add parmesan cheese.

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Ingredients (for 2 people):

– ca. 200g macaroni

– 1 bunch green asparagus

– 1/2 zucchini

– 1/2 leek

– ca. 200g prawns

– 2tbsp. olive oil extra virgin

– 3 garlic cloves

– Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the macaroni according to packet instructions; drain.
  2. Meantime cut leek and zucchini into thin strips. Cook/fry on olive oil for about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add cut into 3-4cm green asparagus. You may want to remove the hard ends first, and peel of the skin from the thickest parts. Add together with prawns to zucchini and leek, cook for next 5 minutes.
  4. Add chopped garlic, season with salt and pepper. Cook for next 2 minutes.
  5. Transfer cooked vegetables and prawns to a bowl with drained macaroni.
  6. Add 1tbsp of olive oil and salt/pepper to taste if needed. Mix and serve immediately.
  7. You may want to top with parmesan cheese.

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Enjoy your meal,

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Chicken-orange from wok



I like experimenting but I am not a person who goes to shop every time I miss an ingredient for a particular dish. Instead, I prefer to look for alternatives and be surprised with still a good result:) Originally I would rather use rice macaroni but yeah… why shall I stress myself about one missing component of a meal?

macaroni with chicken and orange

Ingredients (for 2 people):

–          Macaroni

–          2 x chicken breast

–          2tbsp. soya sauce

–          2tbsp. oyster sauce

–          1tbsp. sesame oil

–          2tbsp. sherry

–          1tbsp. brown sugar

–          1x fennel

–          1x orange

–          1x onion

–          2x chives, white part

–          1x garlic clove

–          1tsp. lemon grass powder

–          1tsp. ginger powder



  1. Boil macaroni.
  2. Heat oil in wok, add cubes of chicken breast, lemon grass and ginger powder, fry for couple minutes.
  3. Add sliced fennel and onion, fry for the next couple minutes.
  4. Add all sauces, sherry and brown sugar, pressed garlic clove and fry for around 3 minutes.
  5. Transfer macaroni to serving plate, top with chicken and sauce.
  6. You can sprinkle a bit or orange juice on the top if you want. Coat with orange and sliced chives.

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Macaroni with piccante salami and endive



Viva España!!!

Somehow this dish reminds me of Spain which perfectly matches the place where I am now.

Some time ago on my dish was: macaroni with piccante salami and endive

It is delicious for a warm evening in salad but also for a colder day in warm meal. Hmm, for the ones who have never eaten endive; it is slightly bitter vegetable. There are different ways of its preparation: baking, steaming, cooking, served raw. This time I decided to cook it and get a bit of Spanish accent.

Ingredients (for 2 people):

– Ca. 250g macaroni

– 125g salami, peeled off

– 1 onion

– Glass of milk

– Juice of ½ lemon

– 1tbsp. flour

– ½ endive

– ½ jar of dried tomatoes in olive oil

– ½ tsp. chili


  1. Cook macaroni.
  2. Cut salami and fry for several minutes to melt the fat.
  3. Add chopped onion and tomatoes, fry for couple minutes.
  4. Slice endive. To neutralise the specific bitter taste, scald in boiling water for couple minutes. Drain and flood with fresh, cold water. Add to a frying-pan.
  5. Mix milk, flour and lemon in separate container, add to frying-pan for thickening the sauce.
  6. Add chili and cook for couple of minutes.
  7. Drain macaroni, serve.

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Super simple summer salad



The title says “summer” salad. You may ask… where is the summer? Well, definitely not in the Netherlands:) Surprisingly for about 4 hours, we had yesterday around 17 degrees and the sun. What a special day!

One of the organic vegetables from the Odin package, were broad beans. These are very popular in Poland. In the Netherlands it is very difficult to find a place where you can buy them. The peak season starts in the end of June and lasts until mid-September. I decided to give to my dish a bit of seasonal tint.

This recipe could not be easier. Moreover, it is healthy.

Yesterday with a little bit of sun, I felt really special. If it is cold outside, eat it as a side dish with a fried/boiled piece of meat. It will make your dish complete and summery.

Ingredients (for 2 people):

– 250g macaroni

– 1 red onion

– ½ salads bowl broad bean

– 200g sliced ham

– Fresh parsley

– 2 sour cucumbers

– Salt and pepper for seasoning

– 1tbsp. olive oil

*I forgot to add olives but they are on the picture:) With or without, the salad is absolutely great. If you decide to add olives, use about ½ of the package.



  1. Remove the beans from their pods. Cook to loosen their exterior coating and then remove the coating skin.
  2. Cook macaroni.
  3. Slice onion, chop parsley and cucumber, and then mix with macaroni and ham. Season with salt, pepper; spread olive oil on top.
  4. Top with broad bean.


By the way, do you like broad beans?

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Chinese macaroni with shrimps and spam in curry sour crème sauce


Hi there,


Before going on holidays I always try to empty my fridge. This time I made an incredible mix of all ingredients I had. Once I’ve been invited to a dinner by my Chinese colleague. It was really shocking to me that their food can also be so mild. I always though Chinese is spicy and involves a lot of oil processing, especially stir frying in wok. Another thing that really surprised me was the combination of meat and fish. At my culture I’ve never met with such a combination, at least not in one dish. I really liked the idea and tried to use it this time in my kitchen.

Same of you may think that my ingredients look a bit crazy and do not match at all but believe me the taste was great.

On my dish was: Chinese macaroni with shrimps and spam in curry sour crème sauce

Ingredients (for 2 people):
– 200g Chinese macaroni
– 1 zucchini
– 20pcs shrimps
– 1/2 onion
– 100g of Spam (a canned precooked meat product, called in Polish: “mielonka”)
– 1cm ginger
– 1/2 jar of pickled maize
– 1 falafel (it looked like made with rise not chickpeas)
– a bit of chili pepper
– 1tsp. curry
– 50ml crème 15%
– oil to fry

1. Boil macaroni
2. Cut spam/”mielonka” intro small cubes
3. Chop zucchini
4. Chop onion
4. Fry under the lid shrimps, spam/”mielonka”, onion and zucchini until soft consistence (to save time fry all ingredients at same time; if you have more time you can do it in phases and process ingredients separately).
5. Once your ingredients will be almost done, add grated ginger, all spices and crème and fry for 5 minutes (you may noticed I didn’t use any salt; I did it on purpose because spam/”mielonka” is salty by itself).
6. Top macaroni with curry sour crème sauce

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