Walnuts add some crunchiness and healthy fats, with a taste that goes perfectly with the Grana Padano cheese and balsamic. I would recommend to buy wild rocket if possible, as it tends to be the tastier and greenest. My favorite choice is the one sold at […]
There is nothing more sexy than chocolate, and when Valentine comes I love the idea of making some chocolates myself. These raw chocolate & goji berries heart are brimming with health benefits and perfect for sweet Valentine surprise. Both raw chocolate and goji berries are […]
A delicious and easy salad made late in the evening with what is leftover in my fridge. The demonstration that you don’t need fancy ingredients to eat healthy & delicious food. Ready in 5 min Ingredients (serve 1) 2 celery stalks a handful of mixed […]
A gorgeous and nutrients rich vegan cous-cous recipe, ready in only 10 min. Great for lunch, dinner or lunch box.
- 1 avocado
- a handful of spinach leaves
- 1/2 Romano pepper
- 1/2 chickpeas can (drained)
- a pinch of dried oregano
- 2-3 spring onions
- a dash of lemon juice
- a sprinkle of extra-virgin olive oil
- sea salt to taste
For the cous-cous
- a cup of wholemeal cous-cous
- a dash of zaatar
- a dash of turmeric
- a dash of sumac
Gluten-free option ( 20 min cooking time)
- a cup of millet cous-cous
- a dash of zaatar
- a dash of turmeric
- a dash of sumac
- Place the spices in a cup, add some boiling water from the kettle, and use this water to prepare the cous-cous according to the packet instructions.
- While you waiting for the cous-cous to be ready, wash and chopped all the vegetables, place then in a bowl and add the drained chickpeas.
- Season with the olive oil and lemon juice, stir well and add a 2-3 tablespoon of the cous-cous, mix and serve!
Food prepping is one the secret of a healthy diet. When you are busy or strapped for time, it is easy to give in to ready made and highly palatable foods. Having some food ready for those long and busy days, when you too tired […]
Everybody seems to be a bit diary intolerant these days, including me. Whether this depends on the farming conditions ( from antibiotic load, cattle stress hormones, grains feeding) or not, it is difficult to say, but if you feel that cow’s milk is a bit […]
More of a dessert, than a breakfast bowl, due to the deliciously natural sweetness of the persimmon. The contrast with the walnuts and the creaminess of the natural yogurt is great, while the banana add some body.
To me it is perfect like that, with no need for honey or maple syrup. Make sure though, to pick a ripe persimmon and a very good quality natural yogurt (mine was Yeo Valley, one of my favorites) for creaminess and sweetness.
Persimmon is rich in anti-oxidants that help fight oxidative stress, banana is rich in potassium , magnesium and a good source of vitamin B6, while walnuts provide healthy fats that are good for the brain.
Ingredients (serves 2)
- 1 persimmon
- 1 small banana
- 1 small natural yogurt ( 125 gr)
- 4-5 walnuts, crumbled
Simply slice the persimmon and the banana, put them in a serving bowl, add a dollop of yogurt for a each person and the crumbled walnuts. Enjoy!
This pasta, is absolutely delicious and gluten-free. The pesto is incredibly quick to make and full of goodness. The pasta I have used is Bio-Fair and it has been a wonderful surprise, for its taste, and consistency. I have never really liked gluten-free pasta, but I can certainly […]
Just in time for your New Year detox, here is a NO cook salmon rainbow salad ready for those days when you have no time. but want to stock up on nutrients. Ready in 5 min. Ready in 5 min Ingredients (serves 2) 2 fillet […]
A very much needed liver friendly post- Christmas salad. Green leaves that are part of the Brassica family like rocket mizuna, mustard greens, are rich in indoles which are believed to help the liver in the detoxification process.
Raw red cabbage and radish (two vegetables still part of the Brassica family), provide vitamin C and additional phytonutrients called anthocyanins that act like a powerful anti-oxidans.
Mustards seeds not only are rich a host of different nutrients, but they are believed to help with digestion too.
The orange, mustard & olive oil vinaigrette is one of my favorites and perfectly counteracts the slight bitterness of some of the vegetables. The extra-virgin olive oil contains polyphenols and vitamin E to add on the anti-oxidants.
Ingredients (serves 2 people)
- 1 packet of green salad leaves (rocket, mizuna, baby kale, sorrel, mustard or collard green, cos lettuce)
- 1/4 raw red cabbage
- 8-10 radishes
- 2 clementine (1 x for the salad & 1 x for the vinaigrette)
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- a teaspoon of mustard seeds or wholegrain mustard
- A dash of lemon juice
- Simply place the salad leaves in a bowl, add the cabbage and radish finely sliced, and small chunks of orange.
- Prepare the vinaigrette mixing the olive oil, mustard, orange and lemons juice. Serve with some turkey leftover and a 1/5 slice of sourdough rye bread.
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Most of us tend to start a new diet or detox on Monday, and most of us usually struggle to carry through and abandon their plans of a healthier diet mid-week. Could it be that the timing is just wrong? The answer is yes. Starting […]
This delicious gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate pancakes are perfect for a special breakfast or for moments when you need a special sweet treat. Easy to make a perfect with a drizzle of maple syrup and some strawberries. Ready in 10 min Ingredients 2 medium eggs […]
Since the start of this blog I have been fascinated more and more by the Middle Eastern cuisine. Similar in a way to the Italian one, mostly for its use of olive oil and fresh vegetables, it create complexity with the use of intriguing spices and contrasting flavors.
This recipe is vaguely inspired by the Persian cuisine, by the use of pomegranate, and orange. The quinoa, is flavored with both saffron and turmeric, and presents a very fresh and light taste, thanks to the citrus juice and the pomegranate.
Ideal as an accompaniment to meats like lamb, or vegetables like grilled asparagus, this is also lovely as a breakfast bowl.
Ready in 15 min
- a bowl of quinoa
- 1 orange
- 1 pomegranate
- a dash of saffron
- a dash of turmeric
- cumin seeds ( optional)
- Cook the quinoa according to the packet instruction, ( usually 2 parts of water for 1 part of quinoa), adding the saffron to the water, and the turmeric half way through.
- When ready, transfer in a bowl, add half of the orange juice, the pomegranate to taste and the remaining orange, peeled and cut in small chunks. Enjoy!
This is a staple of my witnter menu. Filling and comforting, this pasta dish is great to use up left over broccoli. I often have it on its own, combining it with a freshly squeezed orange or clementine juice, and some walnuts for extra proteins […]
A healthier take on the typical English breakfast, great for a weekend brunch. The bacon has been substituted with the yummy Serrano ham, and the eggs are accompanied by some deliciously green garlic and chili spinach. The idea is also not to fry, but gently […]
Lots of green and purple goodness and vegan proteins with this easy 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 bring lots of fibers for gut health, whilst purple sprouts will provides folates and vitamin K. This dish will also provides all the essential aminoacids ( great for vegans), and some quantity of vitamin A, vitamins B, manganese, potassio and zinc.
Really easy and quick to make!
Ready in 10-12 min
Ingredients (3-4 people)
- a packet of purple broccoli
- a packet of fine green beans
- 10-12 cherry tomatoes
- 6-8 radishes
- 100 grams of quinoa
- 1 lime
- extra-virgin olive oil
- sea salt to taste
- Light steam the broccoli and green beans ( 4-5 min) so that they are still crunchy, wash and finely slice the radish and cut the cherry tomatoes in half and put in a salad bowl.
- Add the quinoa, cooked according to the packet instructions, the vegetable finely chopped, the juice of one lime and a bit of olive oil. Stir and serve!
It’s getting colder out there, and when the winter comes, so it is the need for stodgy and warming food. Just be smart about, keep those sugars levels in check, add vegetables, and respect the proportions of a good balanced meal. Today I had this […]
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 […]
It’s that time of the year again, when the first colds and flu of the season start to appear. Our lifestyle and nutrition can have an influence on our immune system and the way we responds to minor illnesses. Have you ever noticed how we always seems to catch colds and bugs, when we are run down, stressed or overworked? Diet plays a role too, and here are some nutritional and lifestyle advice to support our immune system this winter.
Vitamin C is one of the most important nutrients to support our immune system, but somehow a bit overlooked these days. Kiwis, oranges, pineapples, lemons, berries, raw bell peppers, raw red cabbage, are some of the foods that we can eat this winter to make sure that we stock up in vitamin C.
It is important to notice that Vitamin C is a “water-soluble” vitamin, which means that our body cannot store it and we excrete the amount we don’t use through urine. For this reason it is important to eat Vitamin C rich foods on a daily basis. Vitamin C is also a heat sensitive vitamin, which means that it can be destroyed through cooking, so during the winter months when we naturally relish more cooked foods, it is important to make sure to incorporate this important nutrient in our diet.
Zinc is also a essential element for our immune system. Pumpkins seeds and seafood are some of zinc richest foods, especially oysters. Red meat, poultry, beans and mushrooms are also a good source. You ca try scatter some pumpkins seeds on your soups or breakfast bowl for an easy zinc boost. ( head over to my blog for some easy soups and low sugar gluten-free breakfast bowl)
Gut friendly bacteria. Our guts are the home of trillions of bacteria which play an important role in modulating an immune response, so looking after our gut health is good too. If you recently have had anti-biotics or have been stressed out, you might want to include some pro-biotics rich foods like yogurt or kefir in your diet.
Exercise. Physical activity is important for a healthy body, but when we feel run down or feel that a cold is coming up, pumping iron at the gym, might not be the best choice. More soothing and restorative activities like yoga or Pilates, might be more indicated.They keep us moving, but they also have a calming effect on the nervous system switching us to the parasympathetic system (the opposite of flight and fight) and stimulating the lymphatic system that help us get rid of toxins, thus tapping into the body natural recovery resources.
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Another recipe perfect for this cold weather. The anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory & decongestant properties of chili, garlic and ginger, combined with the nutritious green powerhouse of kale, make this simple recipe the perfect side to an omega 3 rich fish fillet, like salmon or mackerel, but […]
Roast chicken, is one of the easiest and straightfoward meals, but this versions has a healthier kick and a different flavour, but still very easy and relatively quick to make. I choose to use the tighs instead of a whole chicken, as they easier to […]
This is my to-go soup for the winter months, when colds and sore throats become a sad reality. Rich in soothing properties, it usually manages to help me decongest a runny nose and support my system when I am run down.
I find it perfect after a yoga class too, to add on to the detoxifying power of yoga. Here is a quick reminder of the healing properties of the herbs and spices presents in the soup.
Chili. Decongestant, anti-imflammatory
Ginger. Detoxifying, anti-imflammatory
Extra-virgin olive oil. Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidants
Pumpkin seeds. Nutrients dense, vegetable proteins.
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Pumpkin & turmeric soup
A anti-oxidants & anti-inflammatory rich soup perfect for the winter months to stave off colds.
By: Claudia Armani
- A chunk of pumpkin
- 1 brown onion
- 2-3 garlic cloves
- a small piece of ginger
- a dash of tumeric
- a dash of cumin
- half of Kalo stock (organic)
- A sprinkle of extra-virgin olive oil
- Pumpkins seeds ( optional)
- Some fresh mild chilly for decoration (optional)
- Step 1 Remove the skin of the pumpkin and onion, wash, cut in big chunks and place in a pot with some water the stock cube,the garlic, ginger & cumin.Bring it to boil, then let it simmer.
- Step 2 After 15 min add the turmeric, When ready, blend and serve in a plate with a sprinkle of olive oil.
- Step 3 Add a little of mild chili at the end, after you have tasted the soup, to make sure that it’s not too hot already.
- Step 4 Add some pumpkins seeds and enjoy!
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This are my favorite pancakes, wheat-free, fluffy and a real hit every time I make them. I love the combination of rye and cinnamon, while the yogurt maes them fluffy just enough. They are perfect for sweet treat or for a indulgent weekend breakfast! === […]
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 […]
I love frittatas, they are ready in 10 min, provide a good source of proteins, and allow you to use up all your veggies leftovers. The combination of eggs and cheese is also a winner, and is great to finish off those little bites of leftover cheese too.
My advice is to use only a small quantity of cheese, just enough to add flavor, but not enough to overload the frittata, so to keep those saturated fats at bay, and the frittata light.
This one made with kale and feta, is great. I would suggest to combine it with a fresh side salad, or to complement a soup, for a vegetables rich meal.
Kale & feta frittata
A very easy but tasty eggs frittata, rich in proteins and great to use up kale ad feta cheese leftovers. Have it as starter of as a main with a side salad.
By: Claudia Armani
- Few kale leaves ( lightly steamed 4-5 min)
- 2 eggs
- a few crumbles of feta cheese
- 1 garlic clove
- a dash of chili flakes ( optional)
- A sprinkle of olive oil.
- Step 1 Place the kale leaves in a on stick pan with the garlic cut in two a sprinkle of olive oil and a dash of chili flakes ( optional)
- Step 2 Let the kale warm up in the pan with the garlic and chili,in the meantime whisk 2 eggs ad add the crumbled feta cheese.
- Step 3 Pour the eggs on the kale, and let it cook though. Serve and enjoy!
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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 […]
A delicate yet, delicious pumpkins and sage risotto, just in time for Halloween. Made with olive oil instead of butter, it is light yet full of flavor. Gluten-free. A real, authentic Italian recipe that will impress your guests at a dinner party. MENU IDEAS. […]
A super delicious juice that will satisfy even those that are new to whole juicing thing.
Pineapple, is not only juicy and delicious, but is brimming with nutrients and enzymes, whilst the rainbow chard is a great substitute for spinach and kale, and a super food in its own right.
My favorite green juice
A simple & delicious two ingredients green juice, rich in ant-inflammatory properties and nutrients.
By: Claudia Armani
- 1/2 small pineapple, ( skin and stalk removed)
- 2 large rainbow or Swiss chard leaves ( stalk removed)---
- Step 1 Wash and prepare the pineapple and chard, cut in small pieces and juice. Enjoy!
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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 […]
A delicious and full flavored salad that will leave you wanting for more. This salad is great to have on its own as a starter, or combined with some lean meat. In this case I will propose it with an easy to cook turkey steak. […]
This recipe is the perfect complement to my “Turkey, sage ad Parma Ham rolls” for a dinner that is a perfect for those chilly night in that are coming soon. It is very easy and quick to make, and it perfect for kids and grown ups alike.
This version combines the taste of the traditional mash, with the need of limiting sugars as it is made in equal proportion by cauliflower and potatoes halving the starch content. The sage will fill your kitchen with an inviting aromatic smell, that will make you devour this dish in seconds.
A perfect recipe for a winter night in, when you want something soothing and comforting but with half the calories and sugars than the traditional mash.
By: Claudia Armani
- half of a cauliflower
- 1 big potatoes
- a dash of nutmeg
- few sage leaves
- freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
- Step 1 Clean, wash and steam both the cauliflower and the potato (without the skin) adding 2-3 sage leaves. When soft take them out the steamer and mash either using a blender or a proper potatoes masher.
- Step 2 Add a dash of nutmeg, and lashings of freshly grated Grana Padano cheese adding a little of warm water if the mash feels too thick. Make sure that you add the cheese when the mash is hot, so that it will melt and blend.
- Step 3 Serve!
A quick and easy meal that will make everybody happy in your family. This recipe is perfect for all those evening meals when you want something satisfying but still quick and easy. Aim at putting only a slice of ham, in order not pile on […]
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