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Healthier Chicken Pot Pie with Phyllo Crust is a light and flaky alternative to the classic dish. This lactose-free version is made with chicken, leeks, carrots, peas and aromatic herbs. If you love the comfort of a classic chicken pot pie but want a healthier twist with no dairy involved but as much smoothness, this Chicken Pot Pie with Phyllo Crust recipe is for you! This gives a twist to the traditional pot pie, using phyllo dough instead of the usual buttery crust. The result is a light, flaky, crusted chicken, leek, carrots and peas-filled pot pie suitable for lactose intolerance and lower in fat. Why Phyllo? The fat content varies significantly among pie crust, puff pastry, and phyllo dough, primarily due to the ingredients and preparation methods used. Here’s a approximation: Using phyllo dough as a substitute for traditional pie crust or puff pastry significantly reduces the fat content,…

Zucchini Meatballs are a delicious vegetarian twist on the classic. They’re packed with flavour and made with grated zucchini, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, and herbs. Serve them with pasta, in a sub, or on their own for a tasty and nutritious meal! Zucchini Meatballs are as fulfilling as the original version and are only made of zucchini, breadcrumbs, garlic, and onions. They are baked in the oven and barely use any oil for an extra healthy bite. I saw this recipe in many places online, but most of them only contain zucchini. For this particular recipe, I’ve done vegetarian meatballs with extra onion, garlic, and flat-leaf parsley for extra flavour. Zucchini’s Water Zucchinis are often underrated; their taste is mild because they contain so much water, which is 95% of the veggie, and their texture is soft and mushy as soon as you cook them. For this recipe, we’ll cook the…

Want to try something new? Something smooth and fun? Try this Avocado Hot Dog this summer with old-fashioned mustard and sprouts for a crunch to upgrade your BBQ classic! Summer is here, and we have yummy new recipes for BBQ season! Who doesn’t like a good hot dog? This version is a little greener than usual. There is no ketchup here, which is filled with sugar anyway—pure candy. I’ve exchanged it for honey mustard. A delicious Frankfurt-style sausage is slowly grilled to perfection, lying on a bed of crunchy sprouts. This Avocado Hot Dog is the way to go: a classical dish turned gourmet! Type of Bread Baguettes are great for hot dogs! I always use baguettes since there aren’t many healthy choices in hot dog bread varieties where I live. I would rather have a soft type of baguette without too many conservants and enhancers than a fluffy eternal…

Want to upgrade your Caesar salad? Caesar Salad with Chicken and Caperberry is the way! It is a simple homemade dressing with no anchovies involved with all the classical ingredients plus caperberries. Delicious! Caesar Salad with Chicken and Caperberry is a healthier version of the traditional one. It doesn’t contain as much dressing, nor too much olive oil. I cut on the bacon bits and removed the anchovies to keep it light and vegetarian. While researching the recipe, I learned they were not in the original Caesar salad. The creator, Caesar Cardini, an Italian restaurateur living in San Diego and Mexico, apparently didn’t like anchovies. So, this time, I’ve exchanged all those “side” ingredients and added caperberries instead. It contrasts perfectly with the creamy dressing and gives the salad the extra savoury it needs; without saying… it’s way lighter! The Secret Ingredient Another fact about Caesar Salad, which I didn’t know, is that the…

Crunchy Coconut Chicken Noodles features a velvety coconut sauce infused with zesty lime and a hint of Thai pepper, served over egg noodles alongside shaved carrots, bell peppers, tender chicken, and fresh cilantro, all garnished with a delightful crunchy pistachio topping. Crunchy Coconut Chicken Noodles is highly influenced by Thai cuisine. There are many typical elements, like lemongrass and coconut milk, but no ginger or strong curry. No peanut butter, *Satay, or hoisin sauce either. I really wanted to highlight the coconut flavour, often overpowered by other sauces or ingredients. I also wanted to counterbalance all that coconut sweetness with freshness and no better ingredients than lime and lemongrass! Pistachio Yum I love pistachios! I would put them in every dish if I could! And though I needed some crunch texture to make this Coconut Chicken Noodles dish whole, I’ve used fancy pistachios instead of the obvious peanuts! A pure…

Glühwein (German Mulled Wine) is a great hot beverage to have outdoors on a cold evening with good friends. Spiced to perfect and sweeter than wine, this concoction is heart-warming around the Holiday season. Glühwein is a warm and spiced wine is made to be taken outside, at the Christmas market, but it could also just be outside after a winter activity or to welcome guests over with this heartwarming drink. My husband is German, and his whole family enjoys every year going to the Christmas market while sipping on that comforting spiced-up wine. It makes you forget about the cold, and dipping your nose into the cup (yes, they drink this in a cup) makes you think of those perfect Christmas memories. The Spices The secret to a good gluhwein finds itself in the spices. I suggest some mix here, with lots of cardamom, but you could modify it slightly to…

Pho Bo with Spinach and Shiitake is similar to authentic Vietnamese soup but with some extra crunchy spinach and shiitake mushrooms to give it a little twist. It is an aromatic soup served with hot bone broth, rice noodles and loads of veggies. Pho Vietnamese soups are a delicious, delicate and unique dish, but adding a few extras like spinach and shiitakes makes it a touch more special. The traditional pho bo soup contains a few pieces of thinly sliced beef swimming in a clear but aromatic broth with noodles and scallions. This Pho Bo with Spinach and Shiitake version is slightly simplified but has extra veggies and no cilantro. The Broth The tricky part of this soup is keeping the broth clear, see-through, and not blurry, although fully packed in flavour. Here are fun critical steps to a straightforward yet powerful broth: The Noodles The right noodles for Vietnamese Pho…

The popular Hugo Spritz is a beloved cocktail cherished for its delicate aroma and festive side. Crafted from elderflower syrup, sparkling wine, mint and lime, this enchanting concoction is served over ice with a hint of sparkling water. Hugo Spritz is a popular European drink made of a simple mix of sparkling wine and water, elderflower syrup, mint, and a slice of lime served on the rocks. It’s so simple, no need to take the shaker out, and it’s a delicate and festive cocktail that suits any occasion. Originally made with Italian Prosecco sparkling wine, this version uses Spanish Cava for a bubblier touch. Origin of the Hugo Spritz This cocktail originated in 2005 from a German living in the Alps who wanted to find a light, festive new aperitif for his guests, a summerish, not-too-strong cocktail. Originally, the drink was called Otto and made from Lemonbalm essence. Being a…

This vivid burgundy Beet Pasta is made with pesto or a paste of blended beet, feta, olive oil, and pistachios. To add some texture, add crunchy arugula, crumbled feta, and pistachios to top it and give it a lovely contrasting colour! Sensational for the eyes and palate! Beet Pasta is elegant but quite a different type of pasta, a spot-on dish to impress on Valentine’s Day. I’ve used a Kamut fusilli pasta to keep it healthier, but any whole wheat or high-fibre type would do here; the ruby red paste will cover all traces of brown pasta. It can be served as a main dish or side and eaten warm or cold. Type of Pasta I’ve made this beet pasta recipe with kamut fusilli, the ancestor of modern wheat, or should I say, it’s the way wheat would be today without our interference (no GMO, etc). First, kamut is a…

Here is an exquisite selection of the Best Winter Soups to elevate your winter dining experience. As the frosty winds and chilly evenings set in, these soul-soothing main meal soups are the perfect companions to warm your heart and fill your kitchen with delightful aromas. From comforting classics to inventive twists, join us in exploring a collection from around the world that promises to make this winter season a culinary delight. Get ready to cozy up and savor the goodness of winter in every comforting spoonful! The list is separated into subdivisions: The Pasta-Noodles Soups 1. Spicy Potsticker Soup from Lord Byron’s Kitchen Get frozen potstickers, wontons, or dumplings from your local store. For a delicious and healthy Spicy Potsticker Soup, cook them in a savory broth with green onions, garlic, ginger, and carrots. It is a fast, easy winter soup; the heat will bring extra warmth. 2. Creamy Turkey…