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Polenta with mushrooms & crushed walnuts

Polenta with mushrooms & crushed walnuts

A gluten-free and vegan autumnal recipe, delicious, super easy to make and ready in 15 minutes! It is perfect for those chilly nights in, when you want something comforting but don’t feel like cooking, and it is a great addition for dinner party, for those […]

Chickpeas & kale turmeric stew

Chickpeas & kale turmeric stew

When we reach the colder season it is natural to start craving warmer and more cooked meals. This turmeric chickpeas & kale stew is comforting enough but extremely easy and quick to make. Rich in soothing spices, this stew is a perfect vegan meal choice […]

10 ideas to super-charge your salad

10 ideas to super-charge your salad

Springtime is now here, and with the warm weather comes the need to detox from the heavier and mostly cooked winter meals and favor more raw and fresh ingredients.

Raw vegetables maintain intact heat sensitive vitains like Vitamin C, and have a enzymes that can aid your digestive system. 

This is a simple and easy way to instantly add more nutrients and health benefits to your salads even ready made shop bought ones. You can also add some raw vegetables to your cous-cous and quinoa salads. My next blog post will be about spicing up your salads with some different healthy seasonings, so stay tuned!

 

Peppers. Rich in Vitamin C, peppers add a distinctive taste, fibers and more filling power.

Spring onions. Great in both Mediterranean and Asian style salads, they instantly add flavour to any meal.

Baby cucumber. Sweeter than the regular one, you can find it in shops the sell Middle Eastern foods. Rich in potassium, some vitamin B and rich in anti-inflammatories.

Radish. A little powerhouse of nutrients, it helps the liver and stimulate the digestive system. Rdishes comes in many colors, so I would really suggest you to try different colors, especially the dark purple ones.

Celery. Try it  finely sliced to add shop prepared salad, to add crunchiness, texture and nutrients. Rich in fibers and detox friendly.

Broad beans. Rich in proteins, they are a great addition to any green salads, Try them with a baby potatoes, green beans and cos lettuce salad for a nice change.

Fennel. Delicate and rich in fibers, it add a unique taste to any salad. Great with fish, and combined with grapefruit and rocket.

Rocket. A real super-green, nutrients rich, salad leaf with a strong taste. A great alternative to spinach and kale with its lower oxalate content.

Strawberries. Amazing with simple rocket or baby spinach salads and some balsamic seasoning.

Grapefruit. Try them with fennel, or in a green salad to add variety and spice up your diet. Graet for a summer salad.

Remember a variety of colorful raw, vegetables and fruits is essential to bring not only vitamins and minerals to your diet, but also a incredible range of phytonutrients, which can be considered nature’s own medicines.

 

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Potatoes gnocchi sundried tomatoes, olives & rocket pesto

Potatoes gnocchi sundried tomatoes, olives & rocket pesto

A  super quick but comforting recipe ready in less than 10 min, these potatoes gnocchi with sundried tomatoes, olives and rocket pesto are vegan and gluten, ideal for when you need to indulge a bit but have only little time! Pestos are are really easy […]

Green beans, purple sprouts and radish quinoa salad

Green beans, purple sprouts and radish quinoa salad

Lots of green and purple goodness and vegan proteins with this easy Purple sprouts, green beans and radish quinoa salad quinoa salad, great for a light lunch, side or healthy luchbox, and great for the whole family. Radish is great to help liver detox, green beans […]

Spinach and cherry tomatoes quinoa “risotto”

Spinach and cherry tomatoes quinoa “risotto”

Sometimes the best recipes are the ones that are not planned, but made out of convenience and lack of ingredients. I made this “quinotto” on a day that I was really craving something healthy but cooked, and I had nothing left in my cupboard apart from cherry tomatoes and spinach.

This recipe is gluten-free, great for a light home lunch, lunchbox or as an accompaniment to some fish.”An easy and gluten-free alternative to quinoa salad great for the winter months, ready in 10 min ”

Cherry tomatoes & spinach quinoa risotto

November 26, 2017
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: Easy

This recipe is gluten-free, great for a light home lunch, lunchbox or as an accompaniment to some fish.”An easy and gluten-free alternative to quinoa salad great for the winter months

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Ingredients
  • Quinoa 40 grams
  • a handful of cherry tomatoes
  • a handful of spinach leaves
  • a sprinkle of olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • a dash of chili pepper flakes
Directions
  • Step 1 Place the quinoa in a pan to cook. In the meantime sprinkle some olive oil in a non stick pan, with garlic ad chili pepper. Allow the spices to release flavor heating the oil at low temperature for a couple of minutes
  • Step 2 .Add the washed and cut in half cherry tomatoes, ad the spinach leaves roughly chopped up.
  • Step 3 Let them sweat in the pan for 5 min. When the quinoa is ready add it to the pan ad mix it well. Serve and enjoy!

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Courgettes, watercress & rocket soup

Courgettes, watercress & rocket soup

I love soups. They can be made in advance, frozen and they are a great and delicious way to keep weight under control and to cleanse our systems in a natural way. Luscious and green, this creamy soup is great for the summer too, helping […]

Carrots & basil soup

Carrots & basil soup

A nice late summer soup, great for kids and grown ups alike. Perfect to use up all you veggies leftover and gently cleanse your body. Great as a healthy starter, or for a lighter dinner. _ More comforting soups recipes Peas, courgettes & mint soup […]

Courgettes and peppers salad

Courgettes and peppers salad

A lovely and extremely versatile recipe, this courgettes and  yellow peppers salad can be used in a number of different ways. It can be made in advance and frozen, making it even more convenient and a time saver. Delicious, rich in fibers and a nice variation from the usual side dishes. Great with fish, as a starter or as an option for cold buffet.

Courgettes & pepper summer salad

August 5, 2017
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: Easy

An easy and convenient summer salad, rich in fibers and great as accompaniment to fish, as a starter or cold buffet.

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Ingredients
  • 2-3 courgettes
  • 2 yellow peppers
  • a bunch of fresh parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • A dash of balsamic
  • Sea saltt to taste
Directions
  • Step 1 Wash the vegetables. Cut the courgettes and the pepper, put them in a roasting tin with some olive oil, sea salt and 2 garlic cloves. let them roast in the oven for 25 min.
  • Step 2 When they are ready let them cool down and place them in a bowl. Add the chopped parsley, sprinkly with olive oil, a dash of balsamic, a pinch of salt and serve. Yummy!

Courgettes & peppers summer salad
Courgettes & peppers summer salad

Peas, courgette, rocket & mint soup

Peas, courgette, rocket & mint soup

An homage to the English garden and weather, with this summer soup. It is super easy to do, perfect for the whole family. You can make it advance and freeze it and use it as a starter or main meal. It is packed with gut […]

Baby kale, radicchio & black olives salad

Baby kale, radicchio & black olives salad

I love this Baby kale, radicchio & black olives salad, for its stronger taste and unusual combination. Perfect with fish like sea bream or lean meat like turkey, it has purple, green and red leaves, for a greater variety of nutrients. Baby kale has a […]

Celery, carrots and fennel seeds soup

Celery, carrots and fennel seeds soup

A very delicate, cleansing soup, great even for the summer months. The fennel seeds help to get rid of bloating, so this soup is great if you need to show off a flat tummy in summery clothes! If you have overindulged, maybe eaten too many ice creams and drank a little too many al fresco beers, you could try having this soup in the evening either as a starter or main meal.

Ingredients

  • 4-5 celery stalks
  • 4-5 carrots
  • 8-10 asparagus
  • 1 medium brown onion
  • half a teaspoon of fennel seeds
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 organic stock cube ( Kalo)
  • Grana padano cheese ( optional)

Wash and roughly cut the vegetables and put them in pot with some water. Add the stock and fennel seeds, and let it simmer for 30min. When ready, blend until the soup reach a creamy consistency and put back on the stove for 2-3 min. Serve with a sprinkle of good quality olive oil and some grana padano cheese shavings. Enjoy!

Healthy tips. Celery is very rich in fibers, that can help digestive system, especially the colon, helpful for a  gentle cleanse and detox. For more healthy and low calories summer soup recipes see also our “Peas, courgette & mint soup.”

Turmeric cous-cous salad

Turmeric cous-cous salad

Perfect for a meat-free lunchbox, ready in minutes and packed with vegetable proteins and nutrients. Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients. Most of them are only spices that you can keep in your cupboard and use again to give flavor to […]