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Turn the famous Vietnamese appetizer into a full ‘make-your-own’ spring roll dinner event! Add shrimp, bean sprouts, cucumber, carrot, lettuce, mint, mango and rice vermicelli to the table and let your guests roll their own spring rolls. Are you one of those people who can never get enough of those spring rolls at the restaurant? Well, I am! And since I never want it to end, I make a fun ‘do-it-yourself’ Spring Rolls Dinner with them. You just need to prepare all the ingredients, add a bowl of water next to the table, a wet towel to roll them and voilà! A Full Meal Called summer rolls in Vietnam… well, spring or summer, it’s all good to me. We were on a “Junk” boat in Halong bay when they taught us how to roll them. It’s really easy, the only problem with those rolls is the preparation… cutting everything into thin little…

Chicken, Feta & Broccoli Pasta Salad is the ultimate pasta salad without any mayo! A simple, yet addictive pasta salad made with al dente broccoli, chicken bits, red bell pepper, onion and feta drizzled with olive oil! This Chicken, Feta & Broccoli Pasta Salad is an addictive meal, a “wake up in the middle of the night for a bite” meal… a “you have more than me” meal. This is a recipe from way back in the days when I used to sleep over at my friend’s house and her mom knew I was coming. Then, she would make me that pasta salad. I could simply not get enough, it looks somehow like a boring and simple pasta salad but there is something in it, that makes it impossible to stop… With the years, I transformed it to my taste a bit, I’ve added feta cheese, and fresh basil leaves. The Golden…

Highlighting the zucchini at its best! Zucchini Carpaccio is thin slices of zucchini complimented with cherry tomatoes, shaved parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil. Simply divine! I’ve first tried, Zucchini Carpaccio, not in Italy, but in Spain! In a small Catalan village called Montblanc, right next to Barcelona. Such a simple, elegant and delicate appetizer. I would never have imagined that raw zucchini could taste something… Was my first try at raw zucchini… and I’ve got pleasantly surprised! First of all, there is a really nice crunch to it and it’s got a super delicate taste that allows the extra-virgin olive oil to shine through. Cut Finely is the Secret It’s such a light and beautiful appetizer. All you’ll need is a mandoline or a talent to cut really fine slices. You would think the protagonist’s food here is the zucchini, but it’s also the olive oil! So bring out…

These baked beetroot and quinoa burgers are gluten-free to make them ultra-healthy. The earthy patties are made with chickpeas, onion, garlic, strawberries, pistachios and an egg. Those red fritters will go in any bun perfectly. Red beetroot, red quinoa, red pepper and why not a few strawberries to make it extra red and tasty? Those red patties are a great alternative to falafel or meat. They go where you like them to go, whether it’s a veggie burger, a wrap, a salad or just a snack by itself. These beetroot and quinoa burgers are also gluten-free since I’ve used the famous buckwheat flour. You simply have to do different shapes, depending on what you intend to do with them. To Serve with Serve them with a bunch of different vegetables on the table, and everyone does their own mix. You can add nice tzatziki, mayo or an avocado-tahini sauce (check my…

Buckwheat crepes with mushroom filling are crunchy, gluten-free, savoury thin crepes filled with the best seasonal mushrooms, smooth thyme-aromatized bechamel and baby spinach. You can find all kinds of filling with these gluten-free savoury crepes. A popular one would be ham and cheese with an egg on top. For this one, I’ve used lovely seasonal mushrooms. To go with the mushrooms what better sidekick than thyme to aromatize the smooth bechamel it swims in? Plus, to give it a little crunch, a few baby spinach. Buckwheat Crepes with Mushroom Filling will become one of your favourite low-carb recipes! Galette or Crepe? Buckwheat Crepes are also known as Galettes Bretonnes in France. They are made of water and buckwheat flour which is gluten-free. Sometimes, an egg is added to make it crunchier. Really simple! Some other versions also mix in a bit of normal flour with milk, like a normal white…

Orleans Island is a calm and peaceful place filled with nature, deer, maple trees, agriculture of all kinds and lots of history. The island was discovered by Jacques Cartier, back in 1535. The land and its microclimate make the island ultra-fertile and a great place to cultivate. Situated right next to Quebec city, it makes it a great get away place for the weekend. Since it’s quite a seasonal place, in the early spring, the island wakes up slowly with the ‘Cabanes a sucre’ (sugar shacks) season. Join the earthy brunch of a sugar shack with its live music and maple syrup on everything! Finishing always with a tire sure neige which is the maple toffee made on snow. In the early summertime, it’s the berries season (except blueberry which is at the end of summer). Then the sweet corn in August and fall, it’s apple and pumpkin season. The island has so many of those “pick…

Avocado & tahini dressing is an unctuous and yummy sauce going very well with any salad or bowl. A healthy oil-free dressing with yogurt, lemon and maple syrup. Don’t we all love a good fresh bowl of veggies, maybe add some nuts and cheese and voila! Ultra healthy way to eat lunch on the go and low carbs. Avocado & tahini dressing goes perfectly with any bowl; whether it’s a Poke, Buddha or Freestyle bowl like the one in the picture. This dressing will light up any meal, guaranteed! Holy Tahini Yep, tahini is holy! Well, this sesame seed paste got an A+ on the health side. It’s got all the benefits someone would dream of, from reducing inflammation to a great antioxidant. This seed might be minuscule but it’s got a whole lot of power, lots of proteins and vitamins. So, basically, yeah, it’s pretty holy… we should all…

Catalan Romesco Sauce is a Spanish dip that goes with any grilled poultry, fish, egg or vegetable. Made of roasted tomatoes, garlic, hazelnut, almond and a red pepper with a touch of paprika. A perfect condiment for BBQ season! A Catalan ritual This nutty sauce originates from Tarragona, about an hour south of Barcelona, Spain. The chances are… if you visit and try any restaurant on the outskirts of the city you’ll end up with romesco sauce on your plate. It’s generally eaten with grilled meat, fish or veggies but also on their famous patatas bravas with some aioli. The Catalan rural houses often have a grilling spot in their backyard where in winter months they do Calçotadas. The equivalent of a Sunday brunch… Catalans have this ritual consisting in grilling these special long onions, called calçots. Usually, served with some barbecued meat and veggies while sipping on good wine all afternoon…

A sweet yet salty flavour with a smooth but crunchy bite, try these surprising Gluten-free Pumpkin Croquettes with feta this fall. Croquettes or croquetas comes from the French word: ‘croquer’. Which means ‘to bite into’. The whole world has different recipes, often with potatoes, with meat and brown sauce or made with a thick béchamel and some other ingredients… There’s a whole world of croquettes and today, a new one is born; The pumpkin croquettes with feta! Air Fryer to the Rescue! These beauties could be fried, but for our health’s sake, I didn’t use the frying pan… I’ve used my air-fryer instead! If you don’t have one, no problem, simply pop them in the oven and the coating will cook beautifully in there too. A tapas like no other for Halloween! These Gluten-free pumpkin and Feta Croquettes are mainly made the Spanish way, with no potatoes. Its filling is…

Avocado coleslaw with cilantro and lime is a perfect hybrid between classical mayo creamy coleslaw and Mexican beloved guacamole. Super fast and easy recipe to make in the food processor, plus ultra healthy. This avocado coleslaw with lime and cilantro side dish is perfect for anything grilled on the BBQ! The recipe is basically a standard coleslaw with a little extra fresh cilantro/coriander, lime and creamy avocado. So simple! Healthier than mayo A healthy and creamy avocado coleslaw Well everyone likes a creamy mayo coleslaw… but your heart, not so much. This Coleslaw contains none of the saturated fat from mayo, only the ‘good type of fat’ from the avocados. Which is recommended to lower your LDL or bad cholesterol. This avocado dressing is a great alternative to the classic mayo coleslaw, plus it’s got this sunny Mexican flavour added to it. How can you resist? Forget about this old…

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