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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: Pre-boil the bones and rinse them before starting…

Delight in a satisfying bowl of textures and flavours with our Barley Risotto, featuring succulent barley paired with crispy mushrooms and spinach. This hearty dish promises a fulfilling dining experience. Barley risotto with mushroom and spinach is an excellent alternative to the traditional arborio rice risotto. This hearty dish combines nutty barley, crunchy mushrooms, and vibrant spinach for a comforting and flavorful experience. It could be served as a side dish and a full vegetarian main! Barley instead of Arborio? Those two grains are similar in texture, although the barley is higher in fibre and lower in calories. In other words, eating your risotto with barley instead of rice is a bit healthier. The cooking process is precisely the same as with regular risotto. The excellent news is that barley is used in many diets and has many health benefits (Check here if you want to learn more). Crisp Mushrooms As…

Healthy Chicken Florentine is a delicate and ancestral dish from France, a simply grilled chicken breast served on a spinach bed with unctuous Mornay sauce and extra grilled pine nuts to bring in a welcomed nutty and crunch touch. Healthy Chicken Florentine is such a simple and comforting meal. The term florentine is French to say from Florence, Italy. This dish was brought by Italian Catherine de Médicis and her love for spinach over in France when she married Henri II. The dish is usually; a protein (can be chicken, pork, egg, etc.) on a bed of spinach and topped with Mornay sauce (a cheezy Bechamel). Being a calorie bomb, this sauce… I didn’t make the protein swim in like most recipes for Chicken Florentine out there. I’ve simply added a bit to prevent the meal from getting too heavy, and frankly, it’s sufficient! Nutty Note I’ve added a few grilled…

Inspired by the traditional German White Asparagus with ham and hollandaise sauce meal, this buckwheat crepe will help highlight this mysterious white veggie enveloped in a simple ham slice, salted butter and crunchy baby spinach. It’s the season again for those early spring veggies! Many don’t know how to prepare them; they are a delicacy in many European countries, especially in Germany. It’s more tender and delicate than its green peer but also needs a bit more effort to prepare. Don’t be intimidated by them; they are succulent, elegant and delicate in taste and texture, a true pleasure for the mouth. This White Asparagus Buckwheat Crepe will highlight this mysterious veggie and make your crepe reach another level! A German Delicacy In South Germany, they have the “Spargelzeit,” or the asparagus period from late April to early June, where they open little shacks by the road where they sell white…

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. Simple! Some versions mix regular flour with milk, like a typical white crepe. A true Galette Bretonne should be…