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Avocado & tahini dressing is a creamy and nutty dressing going very well with any salad or colourful 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 a lunch on the go and low carbs. Avocado & tahini dressing goes perfectly with any of these bowls, wether it’s with raw fish; Poke bowl or veggies; Buddha bowl or simply Random bowl like the one in the picture. This dressing with light up a meal, guaranteed! Holy Tahini Yep, tahini is holy! Well, this sesame seed paste got A+ on the health side. It’s got all the benefits someone would dream of, from reducing inflammation to being a great antioxidant. This seed might be minuscule but it’s got a whole lot of power, lots of…

Catalan Romesco Sauce is a polyvalent Catalan sauce that goes well with any grilled poultry, fish, egg or vegetable. Its main ingredients are roasted tomatoes, garlic, hazelnut, almond, a red pepper pulp with a touch of paprika. A perfect condiment for BBQ season! A Catalan ritual The orange and nutty sauce originates from Tarragona, about an hour south of Barcelona, Spain. The chances are… if you come visit and try any restaurant in 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 papas bravas with some aioli. The Catalan rural houses often have a grilling spot in their backyard where in the winter month they do calçotadas. The equivalent of a Sunday brunch… for Catalans though, the ritual consist of grilling special green onions they call calçots which resemble leeks (but taste nothing…

A sweet yet salty flavour with a smooth nonetheless 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 vigorously into’. The whole word have 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, no potatoes. It’s…

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 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 outdated…

Barcelona’s got a lovely variety of tapas, from the pinchos, to some lovely iberic ham plates to the basque style tapas holding up by a wooden stick, here are the best places to try tapas in this gastronomic city! Tapas originate in the South of Spain, more precisely Andalusia. Although in Barcelona, Catalonia, tapas came later on… around about 30-40 years ago. However, it picked up at an incredibly fast pace. Today, being one of the few cities in Spain where you can find the biggest variety of Tapas ranging from traditional to molecular! Here are my “10 must-try Tapas places” to experience on your next trip to Gaudi’s city! Some require a reservation a few weeks in advance and others require you to turn up and don’t take reservations. I’ll give you the lowdown below.  1. Cal Pep Plaça de les Olles, 8, El Born district   This small,…

Easy Vegan Banana Oatmeal Cookies are made with a splash of maple syrup, walnuts and coconut oil. Great snack for a busy morning on the go or the kid’s lunch box. Ultra easy and moist Vegan Banana Oatmeal Cookies done in no time, perfect life saver on a busy day or to fill up your kid’s belly at school. Plus, who doesn’t like cookies? Easy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies with Bananas is a fun recipe to do with the kids, a great way to make the kids learn to cook, impossible to miss! It’s also a good way to get rid of those old bananas that nobody wants to touch on the counter. The darker the banana, the tastier the cookie! Maple syrup vs. other sweeteners Ok, I must say… coming from the land of Maple syrup; Canada, I’m not unbiased here but I’ll try anyway. Maple syrup is known to…

A “must have” for every fridge, an irresistible sweet and sour homemade canned zucchini relish that goes perfectly with eggs, cheeses, burgers and much more.   Canned Zucchini Relish is so simple to make and quite frankly it’s a “must” to accompany any type of meat, burgers, cheeses or hot dogs! Relishes are a religion where I’m from, people make their own homemade versions once a year and sous-vide them before winter comes, to make reserves for the cold months to come. If you open the fridge of a Canadian, the chances are, you’ll see a version of a homemade relish or two in there. There are some more popular than others, like the beloved “ketchup aux fruits” (fruits relish) which is basically a mix of onion, pepper, apples and pears. Grandma recipe This recipe is from ages ago, a real old handwritten recipe my grandma left me, which she…

Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas is a fast and easy meal to make on a busy week day, a lightly spiced and smoky dish with a touch of cheese served with diced avocado and sour cream. Searching for an easy way to make the kids and yourself happy on a busy weekday night? Or maybe you have some leftovers of last sunday’s roasted chicken feast? Chicken Quesadillas is the way to go! A quick and easy recipe filled with flavor and approved by kids, what else can you ask for?! Served with a done in no time diced avocado with a squeeze of lime and sour cream to smooth things up a bit. Chipotle peppers in adobo Chipotle peppers are mildly spicy and sold in a can that contains a sensational “adobo” or marinade making the perfect seasonning for the chicken. No worries about the heat, this pepper is mild and has…

Healthy Corn Chowder with aged cheddar as topping is a great way to use those leftovers of corn or do something different with it. This creamy and cheesy soup with saline herbs will close up the summer on a high note! Corn season is finally here and what better way to celebrate the season then an healthy corn chowder with a topping of aged cheddar. The days are getting slowly colder and shorter and we all need to comfort ourselves up with some hot soup. Where I’m from, Quebec, Canada, everyone knows that the “best” corns are from that small town called Neuville situated in between Quebec city and Montreal. Pretty much everyone I know, if they pass by, have to stop by to get at least one mega bag that contains 60 corns for about 20$ CAD. https://youtu.be/nSJf9OtXZMA Once home, we would eat corn until food coma follows, whether…

Grilled Fish Fillet on a sweet Coconut Rice, topped with a fresh salsa tropical with a touch of heat to bring you right under the tropics sun! A decade ago…  I was travelling with my now husband and my little black cocker throughout South America and we ended up in beautiful Cartagena, Colombia. I believe one of my top places in the world! We loved it there, and after living for a year in Peru everything seemed so different on the other side of the continent. Starting with the first meal we’ve got… coconut rice and grilled fish! Sooo simple and sooo unforgettable. Although in Colombia they make a “sofrito” (a reduction until paste) with the coconut milk first to give it extra taste and a brownish color, here I’ve skipped this step to simply cook the rice in coconut milk. The coconut flavor is all there though, plus it’s…

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