easy backpacker recipes – healthy summer soup

easy backpacker recipes healthy summer soupYou must have heard of the cold Spanish tomato soup called ‘gazpacho’, but less known is its thicker Andalusian brother ‘salmorejo’, usually topped with cured ham and egg. Combine with a glass of chilled white wine, and Spain suddenly becomes very close. The best thing is that it is super easy to make, and moreover a great way to use up your bread left overs. Because the soup tastes best when it is super cold, we recommend to make the soup on a lazy afternoon or the night before so it can really chill down in the fridge.

PS! As this soup is super super healthy, this recipe is no summer exclusive. Indulge you winter immune system with this shot of power food!

INGREDIENTS (serves 4)
ripe tomatoes, 1 kg
garlic, 2 toes
Stale white bread, 200 gr, soaked for 10 min in water
Quality olive oil, 10 tbsp Continue reading

Amsterdam Hot Spots

tips AmsterdamBike rides along the beautiful canals, interesting museums, a vibrant night life, countless festivals, the unique King’s Day celebration (27 April), picnics and strolls in the Vondelpark, what’s not to love about Amsterdam? Another plus is that it’s one of the easiest cities to travel to and in. Most of the city’s hot spots can be reached within 15 minutes by bike and Amsterdam Central Station is only 15 minutes by train from the national airport, Schiphol. And with our Amsterdam hot spot tips, you will get the best out of your stay!  Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – Bulgur salad recipe

easy backpacker recipe - bulgur salad recipe

Bulgur is a grain that is often used in the Turkish and mediterranean cuisine. It’s high in iron and fibers which makes it a healthier choice then couscous. Fresh fruits, bulgur and milk/yoghurt form an excellent breakfast, so cook some extra for the morning after.

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
1 Cup bulgur
1 Red onion, cut in quarters
2 Sweet potatoes, chopped in 2 cm chunks
1/2 Baby pumpkin, chopped in 2 cm chunks Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – Stuffed and roasted sweet potatoes recipe

sweet potatoes recipe

This is a very easy stuffed and roasted sweet potatoes recipe that requests not much more then the time waiting for your potatoes to be roasted. Once roasted, you can top the potatoes with whatever you have in the fridge. We topped them with feta, black olives and avo. Hummus works great as well! You can eat the potatoes warm for dinner and keep the leftovers in the fridge for lunch the day after as it works great on a sandwich or in a salad as well!

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
4 Sweet potatoes
2 Tbsp olive oil

Topping (for example)
1/2 Avocado, sliced
20 Black olives
Juice of 1 lime Continue reading

Easy backpacker recipes – pasta recipe

pasta recipe for travelers

Less is more is a golden pasta rule in Italy. Three ingredients – pasta, oil and garlic – are sufficient to prepare a delicious plate of pasta. Here’s a super easy, super cheap and super yummy pasta recipe that uses ingredients you will find all over the world.

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
250 gr pasta (spaghetti/linguini)
40 gr capers
Hand full fresh grated parmesan
2 tbsp olive oil Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – chicken stew recipe

chicken stew backpackers This is one of our favourite easy backpacker recipes at the Amstel. It might take a bit more (preparation) time and the list of ingredients may be a bit longer, but this chicken stew serves as great comfort food during a lazy hostel night, accompanied with a nice glass of wine. Moreover, the recipe is very easy to make for a large group of people, so get all your hostel friends together to share some good food! Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – oven fish recipe

backpacker hostel recipeAny country not too far from the sea has a great fish market. You can’t sleep in because these markets normally start very early and will be gone around noon. But we assure you an unforgettable ‘local’ experience! So get up early, go to the market and ask for a local, white fish.  Good fish doesn’t need much condiments to taste great: a bit of pepper, salt, juice of one lemon and a bit of olive oil can be enough. In this dish we added orange and fennel, that really lever the taste of the fish. Simple, easy, light and ready in 20 min.

Ingredients (serves 2)
2 sea bass filets
Olive oil
1 fennel, cut in half and then in slices Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – polenta recipe

simple polenta recipe backpackersIn Italy, originally, the polenta was spread out over the table before the sauce was poured on top of it. The whole family ate the polenta of the table with only a spoon. Unless you like cleaning it yourself spot*less*ly, don’t try this at the Amstel. But fortunately, this easy backpacker recipe tastes just as good on plate!

Ingredients (serves 2)

For the sauce
1
 cup vegetable oil
1
 medium eggplant, cut into 3/4-inch dice
2 
teaspoons tomato paste Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – shakshuka recipe

chakchouka recipeShakshouka means “a mixture” in Arabic slang. It is likely that it was first known as chakchouka, a Berber word meaning a vegetable ragout, although according to a cookbook about Jerusalem cuisine, the name is derived from the Hebrew verb leshakshek, “to shake.” This dish is very popular in North Africa (and a common Tunisian surname) and can be eaten any time of the day. The ingredients and spices vary, some add beans or artichoke hearts or crumble feta on top. We served this easy backpacker recipe with salty full fat yoghurt and some lemon hummus.

Ingredients (serves 2)
Olive oil
1 ts cumin
2 ts sugar
1ts cayenne powder Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – gado gado recipe

backpacker recipeGado-gado in Indonesian literary means “mix-mix” since it is made of rich mixture of vegetables such as potatoes, string beans, bean sprouts, spinach, corn or cabbage, all mixed in a peanut sauce dressing. You can optionally add tofu or tempeh and hard-boiled eggs and top it with cassava chips. This easy backpacker recipe is ready in 20 minutes and a rich but healthy dish.

Ingredients for the satay sauce (serves 2)
2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped
2 ts sambal olek (or ½ a red pepper, finely chopped)
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