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Refreshing Tzatziki Gazpacho Summer Soup
by Mirela Cojoaca | Gluten-Free, Main, No Added Sugar, Nut-Free, Salads & Bowls, Snack, Vegetarian
Let us celebrate summer with a simple, nutritious, and delicious dish that uses fresh seasonal ingredients that do not need any cooking at all. So, it's not only about eating healthier but also about having more time to enjoy with family and friends during scorching...
Refreshing Watermelon Basil Salad
by Mirela Cojoaca | Dessert, Gluten-Free, Main, No Added Sugar, No Eggs, Nut-Free, Salads & Bowls, Snack, Vegetarian
When I first read about the basil-watermelon combination, it sparked my curiosity, so I had to try it immediately. Do you think I bothered to cut the basil leaves? I just tore a few and spread them over some watermelon. No surprise here: the aromas complemented so...
Zucchini & Kale Green Shakshuka
by Mirela Cojoaca | Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Lactose-Free, Main, No Added Sugar, Nut-Free, Vegetarian
Shakshuka is quite a star. Memorable, posing on the red carpet, wearing posh accessories and vivid colours, spreading exotic aromas and a sense of vibrant health. How does this translate in the food world? It is just simple, humble poached eggs in tomato sauce. I...
Kabocha Squash Stuffed With Brown Rice
by Mirela Cojoaca | Gluten-Free, Lactose-Free, Main, No Added Sugar, No Eggs, Nut-Free, Plant-Based, Vegan
It all started at a local farm on a late October sunny day. They had such a variety of winter squashes that I felt compelled to try them all! A few hours later, I was leaving the farm with quite an assortment of colours and shapes. What I’m using in this recipe is a...
by Mirela Cojoaca | Breakfast, Main, No Added Sugar, Nut-Free, Vegetarian
Who doesn’t like the smell of freshly baked food?! As a kid, I always found ways to steal some bread or cookies despite my mom’s rules of letting them cool once out of the oven and the in vain explanation that they will taste better. Well, soufflés are the exemption,...
Blueberry Chocolate Green Smoothie
by Mirela Cojoaca | Beverage, Breakfast, Chocolate, Gluten-Free, Lactose-Free, No Added Sugar, No Eggs, Plant-Based, Snack, Vegan
Fresh wild blueberries are in season, so it’s perfect timing to incorporate them in a tasty and packed with nutrition smoothie. The reason I like smoothies is that you can hide some mysterious ingredients that are not quite pleasurable to have on their own. However,...
Naturally-Sweet Red Bean Brownies
by Mirela Cojoaca | Chocolate, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Lactose-Free, No Added Sugar, No Eggs, Nut-Free, Plant-Based, Snack, Vegan
I came up with this recipe about six years ago when I invited a very dear friend to my birthday party. As he recently decided to turn vegan and I knew how much he likes sweets, I didn’t want him to feel left out when cake time comes. Since then, I kept playing with...
Baked Rainbow Trout and Asparagus With Tarragon Garlic Sauce
by Mirela Cojoaca | Gluten-Free, Lactose-Free, Main, No Added Sugar, No Eggs, Seafood
Dinner or lunch, fish accounts for a delicious, nutritious and fast to make meal. Any fish is available frozen, but I suggest buying it fresh whenever possible - you will notice the difference. Rainbow trout, sometimes called red band trout, looks very elegant with...
Dark Chocolate Pecan Clusters
by Mirela Cojoaca | Chocolate, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Lactose-Free, No Added Sugar, No Eggs, Plant-Based, Snack, Vegan
For full disclosure, I admit I have a weakness for chocolate. My love for it determined me to find a way to eat it without the guilt of ingesting junk food. Since most of the chocolate on the market is unbearable sweet, I had to come up with a healthier version of the...
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How to Preserve Nutrients in Fresh Fruits and Veggies
Oct 6, 2021 | Blog, Health, Lifestyle, Nutrition
Preserving food was traditionally done to extend access to vegetables and fruits outside their...