Healthy and tasty the new year in à la Culy (yes, those two things go together)

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At Culy everything revolves around good food and daily enjoyment. We see you thinking: how on earth can this be combined with a healthy lifestyle? Well, as far as we’re concerned, that’s perfectly possible, in our Culy way that is.

We give our best tips.

Healthy and delicious in the new year

Learn to do exciting things with vegetables

Many people still find it a challenge: knowing how to prepare vegetables in such a way that they become as exciting and desirable as a piece of meat or fish. Yet it really isn’t high math to grill a cauliflower as a whole. Or to make steaks from red cabbage . Or to replace the beef in wellington with beets. Or to double-bake sweet potatoes , à la Momofuku.

This year we received a lot of great tips from brilliant vegetable chef Niven Kunz. For example, he tipped us surprising ways to prepare tomato , pumpkin and cauliflower . From cauliflower with harissa dip to tomato tartare and hasselback squash: you are guaranteed to find inspiration here.

Hasselback pumpkin recipe

Stock your pantry smartly

2021 was not the year of Shelf Love for nothing : that nice cookbook that Ottolenghi came up with together with his team. The book is peppered with pantry recipes, conveniently arranged by ingredient. The creed? With a good pantry you have already done half the work.

Continuing with this, we find a well-stocked pantry also the ideal booster for a healthy lifestyle. Because those who purchase smart and healthy are less inclined to opt for unhealthier fast food alternatives. So what do we have in our pantry?

A few cans of tomatoes (the ones from San Marzano of course!), Asian seasonings (Sriracha! Sesame oil! Mirin ! Hoisin ! Soy sauce! Shichimi togarashi !) and different kinds of noodles, nuts, pasta and grains. We always have fresh ginger, peppers and spring onions in the fridge: these ingredients last a long time and often make the difference in Asian dishes. Oh and garlic! And olive oil! We’d almost forget these two, but please don’t ever be frugal with them.

Then noodles with pulled oats

The chopper is your best friend

A whole new world opened up for us when we gifted ourselves such a handy chopper. Not only did that turn out to be a great shortcut for chopping nuts and onion, it’s also a handy way to chop vegetables so fine that you can easily hide them in all kinds of sauces and dishes.

Can we have some celery and carrot left? Chop them with a good amount of onion and garlic and use this mixture as a base for pasta sauce (a soffritto , if you like). A combination of finely chopped carrot, broccoli, peanuts, ginger, garlic and spring onions is delicious for noodle sauces. Fry in a layer of oil, add seasonings and… who said that you are actually eating a lot of vegetables?

vegan mushroom lasagna

Work with acids

Lemon is Anna Jones’ favorite ingredient (“I use it like salt and pepper”, she said in our interview with her) and acids are also a common seasoning in the trending California cuisine . Also think: it’s not for nothing that ceviche has been wildly popular for quite some time. The citrus-cooked fish is simply too divine to be a passing trend. You read that right, so mayonnaise and butter sauce are not always necessary – you can also take your dishes to a higher level with acids.

How do you apply that technique? First: by always having lime, lemon and possibly orange in stock (here comes that pantry again!). Lime, for example, is delicious with tacos, Asian noodle dishes or Indonesian, lemon is great with fish and pasta. Fresh orange juice can then be used to flavor pumpkin puree or meat, instead of butter. And by covering crunchy vegetables such as red onion, radish or cucumber in a layer of rice vinegar, they can be brined in no time into a crunchy topping for dishes.

shrimp ceviche with popcorn

Use your common sense

And finally, use your common sense. We firmly believe that healthy and tasty does not have to be difficult. Eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, supplement with healthy fats and grains, and don’t overdo it with sweets and alcohol. By the way, don’t impose too many restrictions on yourself: a healthy diet certainly also means that you leave room for exceptions. And above all: that you can enjoy what you eat 100 percent.

We believe that beautiful products with a story are more than worth exceptions. Ice cream from Tudy’s Kitchen , for example, or from Top Craft . A giant bowl of Ramen Kingdom ramen , or that one special star meal you’ve been craving for months. Combine these kinds of things with the habit of regularly putting tasty vegetable meals on the table and you have – in our opinion – the perfect Culy balance.

Ice cream from Tudy's Kitchen

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