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Grape-y nutty salad with crumbled anari cheese

10 Oct


Ah fruits and cheese are just the perfect combination, being a huge fan of wine, i absolutely adore enjoying the sweetness of fruit complemented with cheeses, the only problem – its absolutely addictive and you can just never get yourself to stop the never-ending combinations!

So what did I do? I decided to focus on one combination, to keep your taste buds sane and not confised, that way you dont keep changing flavours in your mouth and go in a jumble trying to figure out which is your favourite. Turning a cheese and grape platter into a salad also causes you to feel full and turns it into more of a meal feeling rather than what you think is a ‘snack’ which without realizing turns into a huge overconsumption of cheese-crackers and fruit.

Here’s how you can enjoy a cheese-platter salad:

Rocula lettuce
Crumbled anar cheese
Chopped grapes
Pine nuts

On the side: I toasted a small piece of rye bread and crumbled it on top as crouton-y crunch!


Summer tuna salad

19 Jul

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Tuna salads are usually very traditional, mixed with lots of parsley, onions and a whole lot of mayonnaise and if you know whats good for you, this really doesn’t fit into that category. Apart from the mayonnaise which adds a lot of extra fat and unneeded calories to your salad, you may eventually get bored of having the same boring ingredients, so always try something new and more colourful!
I made this salad the night before we were going on vacation, our fridge was empty and there was nothing fresh in the house, i needed a quick and cheap fix which i can easily mix up after a quick trip to the grocery store, only a few ingredients chopped up and mixed in a bowl and there you have it!

Yellow Pepper
Baby spinach
Balsamic vinegar
100 gr tuna in water
Cayenne pepper

Salmon and carrot omelet

13 Jul

The great things about omelets is that they hardly need any preparation, on those lazy days where you really dont have time or energy to cook a proper meal but still want something that will keep you full and give you energy, go for omelets. They are brilliant for people like me (and the rest of the world I think) who like versatility in their meals, you can have an omelet everyday and still not get bored because of the never ending list of ingredients you can add to it!

This turned out to be one of my favourate combinations, it also looks very pretty and ORANGE, and when there’s colour in your dish its ALWAYS a bonus!

2 eggs
2 carrots grated
Slice smoked salmon
30g light Philadelphia cheese
1 slice whole wheat toast
Baby spinach
1 teaspoon olive oil

Heat the olive oil in a pan and add the grated carrots followed by the two eggs. When cooked flip and lower the heat.

Place on a plate and sprinkle chopped salmon pieces and philadelphia

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Lemon and thyme fish

14 Jun

Fish is a great addition to a diet to add a variety of different sources of protein, it is full of healthy fats and also a great source of omega 3 (which ladies….prevents stretch marks!!)

You also have a HUGE variety of different fish which you can choose from making it so much less repetitive to have it as a meal at least three times per week.

This is a very easy way to bake your fish in the oven, while giving it as much flavour from fresh ingredients. I loved the simplicity of this dish as well as how every thing you added is completely natural and beneficial for your body!

1 lemon
White fish of choice
2 teaspoons olive oil
Handful thyme

Place an aluminum foil on your baking tray and add a layer of chopped lemon at the bottom, Add handful (or more) of spinach and mushrooms and place more lemon pieces on top. Place your fish on top, rub with some lemon, 1 teaspoon olive oil and fresh thyme. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil. And place in the oven for around 40 minuets.

Enjoy with a side of brown or wild rice and some cayenne pepper.

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Crunchy Vegetable crisps – the healthy way

13 Jun

Snacking on a bag of crunchy and crispy potato chips is probably the loophole to many people’s healthy journeys. Its also one of the most unnecessarily fatty food with so much oil that it literally makes those potatoes seem like a completely different ingredient, and thats not to mention the tonne of extra flavouring colours sugar and salt that have been added to purposefully lure our taste buds to take “just one more crisp” until we reach the end of the bag.

Its time to say no to crisps. To put things in our bodies that we will enjoy JUST AS MUCH except for that horrible bloated and greasy feeling after.

Crispy. Check. Full of flavour. Check. Good for your body. Check. I introduce to you my zuchinni and egg plant VEGGIE CRISPS! And yes they were a 5 minuet spontaneous recipe which was very sucessful, youll probably have the ingredients at home to make it RIGHT NOW!

1 large zuchinni
1 large egg plant
2 teaspoons olive oil
Himalayan salt

Chop the egg plants in thin strips and zucchini in circles. (Get creative with chopping, cut in the way which you will possibly enjoy more just make sure they are the same thickness/size) – make each piece around 1-2mm thick

Drizzle 2 teaspoons olive oil and a pinch of himalayan salt and spread on a baking sheet. Keep in oven for 35 minuets on high heat. Keep checking and flip the vegetables half way.

You can sinply munch on these little peices of heaven or get a little more creative by drizzling some “dressing” to boost that flavour.

Crispy veggies
Cooked spinach (1/2 cup)
1/2 chopped tomato
1 tablespoon tahini
1/2 lemon (juice)

Place the cooked spinach on the base of your plate followed by the vegetables and tomato, drizzle with the tahini and lemon. Add a pinch of himalayan salt and enjoy this mini “salad”

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Bulgur wheat salad with vegetables and feta cheese

4 Jun

The great nutritious benefits of bulgur wheat are way undermined, i personally think it doesn’t get enough “media attention” (can we actually call it that?) being such a great substitute to processed carbohydrates such as white rice or pastas, you can include bulgur in so many different dishes, hot or cold, in salads, and even turn it into a sweet twist with some raisins and fruit.

It tastes absolutely delicious and really does keep you full, our body needs its carbohydrates for energy especially active people if you like to cycle or go jogging. Instead of substituting your rice which you have been “frightened” of because of what you have read online, that definitlly, 100% does not mean all carbs are bad!!!!! And bulgur wheat is a great ingredient to add to your diet.

4 tbsp raw bulgur wheat
1 tomato chopped
1/2 onion chopped
4 mushrooms
1/2 egg plant
40gr feta cheese
2 tsp olive oil

Chop the onions and add to a pan with the olive oil, add in the tomato. Add bulgur and water and leave to boil.

In a pan add chopped egg plant and mushrooms on low heat for 10 minuets until tender.

When bulgur is ready mix in the mushrooms and egg plant, mix in the feta and start combining on low heat.

Pour on top of your salad and season with some cayenne pepper.

You have your carbs, your protein, your veggies, and your healthy fats! And most importantly it tastes absolutely amazing and allows you to have a plate full of food. Thats what makes a delicious and nutritious meal 😉 No need to have one piece of lettuce and cucumber on an empty plate to be categorized as “healthy.”

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Crunchy summer salad

29 May

The more variety and mixture of different ingredients and tastes you get out of your salad the more super and awesome and exciting it gets as each spoonful is a new exciting experience in your mouth. Maybe i should stop being so emotive when describing food and eating but fresh salads are the best and i cant seem to express my enthusiasm any other way! Especially with summer approaching and so many fruits and vegetables to choose from – each day can be a new experiment in your huge salad bowl!

Grated cabbage
Grated carrots
Grated cucumber
Baby spinach
30gr crumbled goat cheese
8 crushed hazlenuts
3 chopped dried figs
1/2 chopped date
1 tsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp honey

Yes. I know. Yumyumyum!

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Summer watermelon smoothie

27 May

When you see watermelons making their appearance in all the grocery stores, and farmer’s markets you know that summer is slowly making its way!

Huge, red, juice watermelons are shouting my name every corner of my city as you pass by and see small vans piling with them and cute old men waiting in the sun.

There’s nothing better than cutting into that huge luscious fruit and cheekily enjoying a few bites straight away.

Now, let’s to the recipe…

2 cups chopped watermelon
1 carrot
Ice cubes
Handful fresh mint

You know the procedure! Place in the blender and blend blend blend!!

Add more lemon/mint to suit your taste! It really is the most refreshing juice to take with you for a trip to the beach.

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Super healthy – Sweet Honey and tahini toasties!

22 May

This combination of the one of the best sources of unsaturated fats is a great crispy breakfast idea for all those nut butters out there.

Tahini is sesame oil, with a very strong but delicious flavour, this means you need only small amounts in your meals to get a huge taste and really change your dish!

The reason i choose to use rye bread is because of its delicious taste, rather than the mild normal bread you get extra strong flavour in each bite, it also has a super amount of fiber, higher than any bread!! I would call it a superfood!

Two slices of rye bread – toasted
1 tablespoon greek yoghurt
2 teaspoons tahini
1 teaspoon honey
Cinammon (to taste) – my theory the more the better 😀

Mix the honey, cinnamon and tahini and add a hint of water if it need to smoothen the consistency, spread on your toast!

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Italian style lentil bruschetta

20 May

When it comes to italian cuisine, the mere smell of things makes you hungry and when youre trying to remake an italianndish you really have to make sure you’ve included all the vital ingredients, cooked them just right to get the perfect consistency, temperature and balance to be able to say “perfecto!”

Lentils are a great natural food, perfect for vegans and vegatarians, full of so many benificial minerals for our body as well as the ease of eating them without feeling bloated, they provide us with both carbohydrates and proteins so are the perfect fuel for a balanced meal!

1 cup cooked lentils
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 chopped onion
1 tomato
1 cucumber
2 cups lettuce
Black pepper
1 slice brown bread (of choice)

1. Boil lentils of choice (i used mix) leave to cool
2 add 1 teaspoons olive oil to a non-stick pan, and add the chopped onions followed by the chopped basil and cilantro, thyme, black pepper, sea salt.
Mix in the cooked lentils and leave to cool.
Mix in with salad: fresh basil, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber.

1 piece of toast as a side, to dip into the “bruschetta” salad,

Optional: drizzle with some olive oil

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