This upcoming week is quite an exciting one as it is my birthday week! I’ve already had an amazing party this weekend and look forward to eating a little bit more healthy during the up-and-coming week. A lot of these recipe are low on carbs and focus on combining either protein with vegetables or vegetables with carbs. A principle by the Belgian food craze Pascale Naessens that I am starting to follow. I try to watch this principle as often as possible and I do feel a lot better (and not over-eaten) when I’m eating like this. All these recipes apart from monday’s raw salmon with courgette pasta are vegetarian just as with the previous “Next Week’s Dinner #1 and #2” that I created for you. I’m soooo looking forward to eating all of this.
MONDAY // Raw Salmon with Zucchini Pasta: Ever since I had the amazing salmon-tartar made by the “Koken Op Hakken” girls at a Bordeaux summer picnic, I’ve been craving dishes incorporating raw salmon. This recipe by Pascale Naessens herself fits that craving perfectly. It also seems like the perfect light dinner after a heavy weekend like this one. If you’re looking for a great wine to drink with it, I would recommend the light red from Château Le Grand Verdus which contrasts the fattiness of the salmon beautifully.
TUESDAY // Curried Roasted Eggplant with Smoked Cardemom and Coconut Milk: I love the smell of coconut milk in spicy dishes and that’s why this dish is going to be perfect for my actual birthday. My family is coming to Antwerp and I look forward to having dinner with them!
WEDNESDAY // Lemony Zucchini Carbonara with Chili: I might stay up a little too late on my birthday so I’m planning to have a quick and easy feast for the day after. This dish proves that you don’t need meat to have an amazing carbonara. Just make sure to that you have some high quality parmesan cheese and don’t keep the sauce on the stove as you add the eggs otherwise your dish might be ruined. If you want to reduce the carbs in this dish, you can just have zucchini pasta.
THURSDAY// Quinoa Crusted Eggplant And Zucchini: In stead of having a heavy cheese sauce and white pasta, this dish gives you the lasagna satisfaction without all the calories and carbs. There are carbs in this dish but quinoa is considered as a very healthy carb (and is actually very high in protein).
FRIDAY // Zucchini Noodle Shakshuka with Feta: Shakshuka seems to be a very trendy dish these days. I’ve never actually made it and I’m very curious about it. But then again I can’t imagine that any egg dish will dissapoint so I look forward to trying it.
SATURDAY // Risotto with Tomatoes and Burrata Mozzarella and Pesto: I have to admit that I have developed a little bit of a buffalo mozzarella addiction. I’ve had a love for the cheese for quite a while but since I ate the buffalo mozzarella margarita pizza at Orso Pizzeria (find photo and review here) in Antwerp I have gone off the deep-end. This recipe is actually made with burrata mozarella (which is a made of mozarella and cream) but I imagine making it with pure buffalo mozzarella.
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