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Originating from the mountainous regions of Peru, Chicha Morada is a traditional alcohol-free beverage crafted from purple corn, pineapple peel, cinnamon and cloves. This delightful concoction is highly customizable, going from healthy to sweet. Despite its roots in Latin America, it is a delicious drink that deserves recognition worldwide. Chicha Morada holds a higher level of popularity in Peru than Coca-Cola. While it’s available in various forms, such as bottled, powdered, or gel, nothing compares to authentic homemade juice. Crafting it at home is surprisingly easy; the most challenging part may be sourcing dry purple corn (maíz morado), typically found at your local Latino market. If not available locally, you can likely find it online, ensuring it’s from Peru as they have the unique entirely purple cob. Particularly favoured among children, there’s also an adult version called Chicha de Jora, which includes alcohol, offering a different twist for the grown-ups.…

Gravlax (Cured Salmon) is an exquisite and fragrant method for reacquainting yourself with salmon, essentially fish that has been cured. This makes it a superb choice for elevating a salad, pairing it with rye bread, or even savouring on its own as a sophisticated appetizer. Gravlax (Cured Salmon) is a Scandinavian fisherman’s way of making fatty fish since the Middle Ages. They hid the fish in sand on the beach and let it marinate/ferment for a few days. Nowadays, fermentation is omitted, and the fish can be cured from 12 to a few days. The Dry Marinade This dish is a plan-ahead one because it takes about 24 hours to marinate. I usually do it in 48 hours, changing the side of the fish midway. The longer it marinates, the firmer the meat will become and saltier. It’s alright to stop the marinating after 12 hours; you’ll get a softer-tasting…

Quinoa and Bean Salad is a full-filling side dish for any fish or poultry! Its lovely ruby colour comes from balsamic vinegar and beet juice with a nice crunchy red quinoa, red pepper, arugula and aromatics. Quinoa and bean salad is a great summer side dish. It could also be used the next day with some extra crumbled feta on top for lunch or a picnic. This white bean salad is adaptable and great tasting, whether cold or lukewarm. Ensure the arugula and feta lay on top of the salad, if you bring it around, not to deteriorate them. Reinventing the Bean My husband showed me this type of bean salad… See… I have a thing with beans and lentils… the texture bothers me, and this way, when not cooked and soaking in a broth of some kind, I love them! It’s a whole other ingredient when served this way!…

A homemade Marinara Sauce served in a lightly roasted Round Zucchini topped with a smooth Bechamel and served on olive oil spaghetti to have a different twist to your next pasta dish. When the season comes again for those lovely little round zucchini/courgette, I’m the first one in line to buy them! They are fantastic; you just fill them up with any kind of fillings and set them on top of rice, quinoa or in this case pasta, so adaptable! For this Marinara Stuffed Round Zucchini, I thought it would make a nice little bomb of flavour to have the Marinara sauce hidden in the roasted zucchini. It’s a kinda ‘Ratatouille’ type of sauce in the end. The format is different, but the idea is the same, and the only difference is… I’ve added a thick béchamel on top to make it extra smooth. Homemade Marinara Sauce For this recipe, I’ve done…

Easy Vegan Banana Oatmeal Cookies are made with a splash of maple syrup, walnuts and coconut oil—an excellent snack for a busy morning on the go or the kid’s lunch box. Ultra easy and moist Vegan Banana Oatmeal Cookies are done in no time, the perfect lifesaver 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, and impossible to miss! It’s also an excellent way to eliminate 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…

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, making 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 a snack. Since I’ve used the famous buckwheat flour, these beetroot and quinoa burgers are gluten-free. Depending on what you intend to do with them, you have to do different shapes. To Serve with Serve them with various vegetables on the table, and everyone does their mix. You can add excellent tzatziki, mayo or an avocado-tahini sauce (check my recipe here). A few recommended sidekicks would be;  avocado, goat…

Avocado coleslaw with cilantro and lime perfectly combines classical mayo slaw with Mexican guacamole. A healthier and yummier version of coleslaw! Super fast and easy recipe to make in the food processor, plus ultra healthy. This green avocado coleslaw with lime and cilantro side dish is perfect for anything grilled on the BBQ! The recipe is a standard coleslaw with extra fresh cilantro, lime and creamy avocado. So simple! The Mayo Upgrade A healthy and creamy avocado coleslaw 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 avocados lowers your LDL or bad cholesterol. This avocado dressing is an excellent alternative to the classic mayo coleslaw; it adds this bright Mexican flavour. How can you resist? Forget about this old, outdated version of coleslaw and make this version your new…

Caesar Salad with Chicken and Caperberries is an healthier version from the traditional one. It doesn’t contain as much sauce, nor too much olive oil. Also, I’ve cut on the bacon bits, back in Canada, some people could crucify me for this…sorry. And finally, I took off the anchovies, which I learned while researching for the recipe, was not in the original Caesar Salad. Actually the creator, Caesar Cardini, an Italian restaurateur living in San Diego and also working in Mexico, apparently didn’t like anchovies at all. So, this time, I’ve exchanged all those “side” ingredients and add caperberries instead.  It contrast perfectly the creamy dressing and give the salad that extra touch of savory it needs, without saying… it’s way healthier than bacon… Another fact about Caesar Salad, which I didn’t know is, that the original recipe contains Worcestershire sauce. Surprising to learn that; an Italian living in the USA, working in Mexico, add a British ingredient…

Cauliflower Mornay is basically a cheesy béchamel sauce covering cooked cauliflower with some aromatics to give it un ‘Je ne sais quoi’. So simple and impossible to miss, a great way to make the kids eat their veggies. What is Mornay? First of all, a Mornay sauce is basically the same as a béchamel sauce but with cheese to it, making this lovely golden gratin finish on top! A perfect sauce to make your kids fall in love with any type of veggies. Cauliflower Mornay comes without using a crazy amount of cheese or butter. Yes, you’ve heard me, it’s mostly milk in there! There is a spoon or two of butter, some flour and cheese amount is up to you again, if you prefer a lighter meal go lower… but in the end, compared to the famous Hollandaise this Mornay sauce is a tad healthier. A great sidekick to…

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