Tag: gluten-free

Rice and quinoa spaghetti with raw spinach pesto

Rice and quinoa spaghetti with raw spinach pesto

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 […]

Salmon, chard, beetroot & heritage tomatoes salad.

Salmon, chard, beetroot & heritage tomatoes salad.

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 […]

Post-Christmas detox salad

Post-Christmas detox salad

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

Method

  • 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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Buckwheat & banana chocolate pancakes (gluten-free, dairy-free)

Buckwheat & banana chocolate pancakes (gluten-free, dairy-free)

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 […]

Pomegranate & orange quinoa salad

Pomegranate & orange quinoa salad

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 […]

Purple & green quinoa salad

Purple & green quinoa salad

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

Method

  • 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!

 

Celeriac & thyme mash

Celeriac & thyme mash

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 […]

Spinach and cherry tomatoes “quinotto”

Spinach and cherry tomatoes “quinotto”

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 […]

Thyme and shallots roast chicken with celeriac chips

Thyme and shallots roast chicken with celeriac chips

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 prepare and quicker to cook. Shallots add lots of flavour, while the celeriac chips, add a nutty taste and much less sugars than potatoes. You can also serve it with our “Cauliflower and sage mash”  as an healthier alternative to white potatoes.

Thyme and shallots roast chicken with celeriac chips

November 11, 2017
: 2-3
: easy

A delicious and low sugar alternative to the usual roast chicken dinner.

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Ingredients
  • a packet of chicken thighs
  • a small celeriac
  • 8-10 shallots
  • some thyme
  • half a lemon
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt to taste
Directions
  • Step 1 Prepare the vegetables, cut the celeriac in big chunks and put them in the roasting dish together with the shallots.
  • Step 2 Season the chicken putting some small pieces of garlic and a bit of thyme inside the thighs, rub the the meat with some sea salt, and put them in the dish.
  • Step 3 Add some 2-3 lemon slices cut in half, sprinkle with some olive oil and cook for nearly an hour at 180/200 degrees according to the type of oven. Enjoy!

 

Anti-oxidants rich, pumpkin & turmeric soup

Anti-oxidants rich, pumpkin & turmeric soup

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 […]

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 […]

Kale & feta frittata

Kale & feta frittata

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

November 3, 2017
: 1
: Easy

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.

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Ingredients
  • 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.
Directions
  • 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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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 […]

Pumpkin & sage risotto

Pumpkin & sage risotto

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. […]

My favorite green juice

My favorite green juice

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

October 21, 2017
: 1
: Easy

A simple & delicious two ingredients green juice, rich in ant-inflammatory properties and nutrients.

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 small pineapple, ( skin and stalk removed)
  • 2 large rainbow or Swiss chard leaves ( stalk removed)---
Directions
  • Step 1 Wash and prepare the pineapple and chard, cut in small pieces and juice. Enjoy!

Liked this one? Check out my other simple juices…..

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 […]

Romano peppers & pecorino cheese salad

Romano peppers & pecorino cheese salad

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. […]

Cauliflower & sage mash

Cauliflower & sage mash

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.

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Cauliflower mash

September 25, 2017
: 2
: easy

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.

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Ingredients
  • half of a cauliflower
  • 1 big potatoes
  • a dash of nutmeg
  • few sage leaves
  • freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
Directions
  • 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!

Turkey, sage and Parma ham rolls

Turkey, sage and Parma ham rolls

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 […]

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.   _ Looking for other soup ideas? Check out my […]

Green apple, cucumber & lime juice

Green apple, cucumber & lime juice

A refreshing and easy  low sugar green juice for the summer, great for a mild detox and rich in potassium, vitamins B, C and anti-inflammatory and low in sugar.

Green apple & cucumber juice

August 28, 2017
: 1
: easy

A refreshing a low sugar and green juice for the summer

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Ingredients
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • a piece of organic cucumber ( 2 inches)
  • a small quantity of ginger
  • a dash of lime juice
Directions
  • Step 1 Cut the cucumber, ginger and apple into pieces ( remove the skin of the apple and ginger first), and juice.
  • Step 2 Add the lime juice and serve!

Salmon with lime and chili “salsa”

Salmon with lime and chili “salsa”

I made this recipe for lunch, with the little leftover vegetables that I had in the fridge. I was craving something zesty and fresh and this chili and lime “salsa” was absolutely perfect. The celery, cucumber, lime and chili are a perfect combination for a […]

Gluten-free turmeric quinoa porridge

Gluten-free turmeric quinoa porridge

I am always o the lookout for low sugar and possibly gluten free breakfast ideas, and if you read my    “4 common  mistakes healthy people do” you might know that many of the pre-prepared cereals or muesli option on the market, (yes even some […]

Quinoa tabbouleh

Quinoa tabbouleh

A summer variation on the classic Middle Eastern dish. Gluten-free and packed with deliciously healthy fresh vegetables, this quinoa tabbouleh recipe is perfect as an accompaniment of meats, ideal for a packed lunch, or great o its own as a starter or healthy snack.

I often prepare this recipe when I teach around lunchtime and in the evenings, so I have something healthy and most of all nutritious, to snack on when I am back home. Quinoa is a “superfood” which means that is one of those foods that exceptionally packed with nutrients, including a complete essential amino-acids count.

Rocket, tomatoes and cucumber are ingredients that are so easy to find, and I am sure many of you will have some leftovers to use up.

Quinoa tabbouleh

August 13, 2017
: easy

Perfect for a healthy lunch box to bring to the office, or as accompaniment to some meats, this gluten-free variation on the famous Mediterranean recipe, will keep light and full for long.

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Ingredients
  • a bowl of quinoa
  • a handful of rocket leaves
  • 1 medium tomato
  • half of a cucumber
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • a dash of lemon
  • sea salt to taste
Directions
  • Step 1 Finely cut the rocket leaves, wash and cut the tomato and two third of the cucumber in small pieces, and put them in a bowl with a bit of sea salt.
  • Step 2 For the dressing: put the left over cucumber in a blender with a little water and a dash of lemon juice.
  • Step 3 When the quinoa is cooked, put it in the bowl with the rest of the vegetables, pour the dressing and add a little of olive oil. Stir and eat!

For more quick, easy and delicious gluten-free recipes you can check out my Zataar & turmeric rice.

 

 

 

 

Lemon & mint smoked haddock with black olives

Lemon & mint smoked haddock with black olives

I love smoked haddock, for its great taste and versatility. This  tasty recipe for the summer brings a hint of Mediterranean flavor to it with mint and lemon. The millet flour is gluten-free and delicate perfect for not overpowering the haddock taste. I din’t manage […]

Rocket, walnuts & grana padano cheese salad

Rocket, walnuts & grana padano cheese salad

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 […]

Courgettes & pepper summer salad

Courgettes & pepper summer salad

A lovely and extremely versatile recipe, that 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
: 2
: 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, the final result!Yummy!

 

 

 

 

 

Zataar & turmeric rice

Zataar & turmeric rice

This zaatar & turmeric rice recipe is super easy and quick to do. Gluten-free and full of Mediterranean flavors, this super easy & quick recipe is ideal as a base for lunch boxes and as a gluten-free alternative to cous-cous or for those days when […]

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 and black olives salad

Baby kale and black olives salad

I love this kale 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 milder taste than the ordinary one, and does not need to be “massaged”. I would recommend though to add the olive oil and lemon to its leaves and make sure it really spread through the salad ( it can be done with your bare hands) to make sure that the kale soften a bit.

If you are struggling to find the radicchio in London, you can head to any branch of Wholefoods, or visits the beautiful and well stocked Natoora on Pavillion Road in Chelsea.

Ingredients

  • Half a packet of baby kale 45 gr
  • 4-5 radicchio rosso leaves
  • 4-5 black pitted olives
  • few thin slices of cucumber for garnish
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • A dash of lemon juice
  • Sea salt to taste

Simply wash and prepare all the leaves, chop them roughly and put them in salad bowl with the olives cut in half. Add the seasoning as described above and enjoy!

Potatoes and herbs frittata

Potatoes and herbs frittata

A very tasty and speedy frittata, filling,  and great to use up left overs. For this recipe I used a non-stick 20cm pan, ( I found an excellent one in Wilko), the doses are for one person as a main meal, or for two if this […]

Sea bream with capers vinagrette & Italian rainbow salad

Sea bream with capers vinagrette & Italian rainbow salad

This delicious sea-bream and Italian rainbow salad is really easy and quick to make. It is great to use up some cos, romaine and spinach leftovers, whilst the crunchiness of the Romano pepper make it more interesting and filling. Rainbow salads, which means salads that […]