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Stuffed zuchinni

16 Mar

When you find zuchinnis that are round and small, the first thing that came to my head is ‘stuff them.’ 

Sometimes, vegetables get a little boring when you always have the same old same old, wether its a pepper overload or a spinach obbsession or my own ‘guilty’ pleasure that i definitly overconsume – carrots. So if there’s any opportunity to find new veggies which i can enjoy and create lovely recipes for your guys, its always a good day! Especially when these zuchinni stuffed bowls can be a great lunch idea or even served for friends if you want to impress them with something snazzy and jazzy!

Still continuing with my 50 day vegan journey, I got creative when making my stuffing, making sure it still is a good protein source to make this a fully balanced meal that will keep you full and satisfied! 

Daily dose of advice: for all you vegetarians and vegans out there, it has proved extremly helpful to keep some pre-boiled beans and legumes in the freezer and take out a few hours before to use

Ingredients:

5 Zuchinnis

1/2 cup cooked Wild rice

1/4 cup Raisins

1/2 cup Chickpeas 

Handful Pine nuts

Start off by removing the core of the zuchinni. *save the core for later

Boil the rice and once ready mix in the raisins, pine nuts and chickpeas. Stuff the zuchinnis with the mixture and boil until the zuchinnis feel slightly softer. You can either add the zuchinni core in the boiling water to eat as a sauce, or include it in your rice mixture. 







Quinoa and pom-seed vegan sushi

5 Mar



Quinoa sushi. 

It’s the food that gets everyone debating two completly different exxtremes, is it the healthiest lunch substitute to get you through the day, with the amazing benefits of the seaweed as well as the fish inside the sushi, or is it one of the most fattening and empty nutrient food full of too much rice- more than you really need. 

Well i have a solution to this never ending debate, quinoa sushi, something i have been wanting to try for a long tike now but have never had the motivation (dare i say?) to. But with a vegan diet making its appearqnce, there’s inoy so much you can add to your sushi when the seafood is eliminated and to protein it up as well as yummy it up it was time for a quinoa meditterenian sushi.

Ingredients:

Seaweed

Cooked quinoa

Smoked/ grilled aubergines

Pomegranate seeds

Start off with cooking the quboa with a little bit more water than usual to create the sticky texture. To smoke the aubergines, place them whole on a stove directly followed by boiling them normaly, they will be very easy to peepl and you will get the smoky flavour. Add the aubergine and sprinkle some pom seeds, roll your sushi and keep in fridge for about 2 hours before cutting.

Enjoy with some soya sauce.

Vegan orange and ginger veggie winter blast!

20 Feb

My fellow healthaholics,

I am back, after an extremely long overdue post. This year – final year in high school – really has been a true roller-coaster and although it’s truly scary to know that every decision i make will ultimately be effecting my life path, and not forgetting the extreme stress, all-nighter and never-ending deadlines – it is absolutely exciting to know that everything we have worked for is finally going to pay off, and this one feeling is big enough to overcome all the negatives of final year.

I may write a few cheesy posts about my experiences this year but for now I owe you all a good healthy recipe and I’ll start the -hopefully one of many- posts of this season with a orange and ginger soya madness bowl!

Today was one of the coldest days here in cyprus – it was one of the first times it had ever snowed in my town (you can imagine the spams of facebook statuses) so a nice warm-salad really suited the atmosphere. Perfect for all those people who either -like me – eat too much soup and want a bit of a change; or those who happen to just not like soup and prefer something a little more crunchy or chewy.

Ingredients:
Purple cabbage grated
Green cabbage grated
Leek – chopped
Spinach
Grated carrots
Ginger (as much as you can handle)
Cayenne pepper (same as above)
1 tablespoon pine nuts
1 teaspoon tahini
2 tablespoons soya sauce
2 slices of orange
1/2 seaweed paper

Add cabbage, carrots and leek and orange in a pan with a little bit of water. When the vegetables soften a little, add the spinach and spices.

In a separate bowl mix the tahini and soya sauce.
Chop seaweed.
Remove vegetables from heat and mix in the seaweed, pine nuts and the tahini dressing.
Enjoy with chopsticks 🙂

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AUTMEAL – the perfect oatmeal for the season

26 Nov

Another one of those oatmeal posts have made their appearance. Especially with the new wintery/autumn season.

I present to you the cinnamon-tangerine oatmeal.

It’s that mixture of smells that combines the strong aroma of the herbs as well as the tangerine which makes you want to snuggle up and count the days down for christmas.

Ingredients:
40g oats (i use a mixture of jumbo oats and barley)
1 grated carrot
Zest of tangerine
Tangerine (optional) for decoration.
3 walnuts chopped
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
3 chopped dates

Start by cooking your oats in water, and adding the carrots and orange zest and herbs. As water is absorbed, add the chopped dates and mix.

Pour in a bowl and top off with crushed walnuts and tangerine.

**instead of grating the tangerine zest; i finely chopped pieces, giving that extra chewiness just like candy. Exactly what you want to perfect your morning oatmeal.

Tuna apple nutty salad

23 Nov

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Healthy fat overdose. Check
Apple a day. Check
Crunch factor. Check
Juiciness. Check.

If there was a “most all rounded” salad competition, i think this one would win.
The, what may seem to be like a strange mixture of ingredients, really complement each other to make this salad be exactly what you need when you’re indecisive and in need of something that is also….everything.

Its a great quick recipe to prepare, especially since tuna is available nearly in everyone’s cupboards, for that urgent meal you must prepare but also enjoy.

I usually link tuna to thise boring meals, a normal tuna salad sandwhich with corn, or simple tuna with some toast and eggs. And while these are good healthy choices to introduce in your family, the trick with leading a healthy lifestyle is consistency, and consistency will not magically remain if you’re eating un-exciting meals. Food is naturally a factor contributing to kur enjoyment and something people find interesting, therefore, make it just that…INTERESTING!

Ingredients:
Sweet onions
100gr tuna
1/2 avocado
Shredded cabbage
Chopped lettuce
1 cucumber
Parsley
Chopped red apple
Lemon juice
Lemon zest
Chopped lemon pieces (if you want that extra tinge)
Cashew nuts
Olive oil

You know what i’m going to say next. A simple recipe calls for simple instructions:

MIX EVERYTHING TOGETHER. And wa-la! 🙂

Grape-y nutty salad with crumbled anari cheese

10 Oct

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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:

Lettuce
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!

Anari cheese and soya salad

27 Sep

As much as I absolutely ADORE huge salad bowls, sometimes its nice to just keep it small, simple but dense.

I feel like sometimes having a smaller varety of veggies in a meal makes your digestion more comfortable and allows you to really appreciate what you’re eating rather than just a jumble of flavours and textures.

The nice thing about smaller plates is the denser flavours, each ‘bitefull’ may have an explosion of the flavour you wanted to put through and that makes one satisfied more quickly.

So here’s the recipe for this 2 minuet anari salad:

Ingredients:
1/2 cup roquet leaves
60gr unsalted anari cheese
1 tablespoon low-sodium soya sauce
Chopped tomato

Mix your leaves with the soya sauce to give it a softer texture and break up the anari on top, add the tomatoes and You can even drizzle with some olive oil.

I enjoyed it with a piece of toasted rye bread which was just the perfect balance between my protein, fats and carbohydrates for a meal!

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Summer holidays and a big bowl of rice

13 Sep

A new post was long overdue and after the summer holidays are officially over, i think its time to go back on track and share my – what i hope to be – inspirational and creative ways to healthify your kitchen.

My aim is to show that eating healthy really doesn’t have to be boring and is definitely easy and super simple. With a busy timetable like my own, school and mountains of studying everyday i need the most efficient and fast foods that still fill me up with the energy i need to get on with all my activities.

So, i will celebrate the re-appearance of my blog with this huge rice and veggie bowl.

The taste of brown rice makes it very tempting to eat with the least amount of other ingredients, and sometimes its easier for your stomach to digest without an extra load of chicken or meat. A mountainfull of your favourate veggies is all you need to mix with your rice, as well as my favourate secret to cooking anything….spices and herbs –> dill!!! Mix it all together after boiling and enjoy in a big bowl.

Yes a big bowl of rice is listed under a healthy meal, just make sure you always choose the whole wheat and pair it up with those nutritious vegetables that can only do you good. This is a perfect meal to have especially before a long workout or run, to fuel your body with a long source of energy.

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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!

Ingredients:
Yellow Pepper
Baby spinach
Balsamic vinegar
Carrot
Cucumber
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!

Ingredients:
2 eggs
2 carrots grated
Slice smoked salmon
30g light Philadelphia cheese
1 slice whole wheat toast
Capers
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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