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Mini low carb cauliflower spinach tarts is my latest experiment. I’m searching for alternative ways to eat my favorite foods with less carbohydrates (white rice, bread, pasta, etc.). Searching the web for low-carb recipes, it’s filled with cauliflowers; cauliflower rice, cauliflower pizza crust, cauliflower this and that, so I’ve decided to try my luck at mini spinach tarts with a crust of cauliflower, of course… Since it works apparently well as a pizza base, it should work fine for mini tarts as well… and it did! The texture isn’t the one of a crispy flaky pastry but it does hold well the tarts, even if it’s filled with a moist filling. I was surprised by the result, it’s true; cauliflower is a great alternative to carbs filled ingredients like white flour. Those mini tarts can be a low-carb diet lunch, dinner, snack or even appetizer. There is still some carbs in it,…

A simple and tasty mix of cucumber, green pepper, garlic, onion and mint to cool you down on a hot summer day. Cucumber-Mint Gazpacho is the perfect refreshing soup on a sunny day! A great appetizer to any summer meal, you can serve it as a simple soup or in a pitcher with glasses as tapas, with some extra ice cubes if it’s on a sunny day. This cold soup, is a modern variation of the famous Spanish tomato cold soup called gazpacho (gazpacho recipe here). It contains all the same secondary ingredients, the only missing one here is the tomato, which is replaced by lots of cucumber and also a touch of mint, to make it extra fresh. Actually the original gazpacho dates back from the Roman times and wasn’t made with tomatoes since those got imported afterwards from the New world. The original gazpacho, called ajo blanco, was made out of almond, garlic, water and…

This vegetarian paella is filled with mediterranean vegetables; zucchinis, onion, garlic, bell pepper and the famous smokey paprika from Spain (pimentón de la Vera). Paella is a great dish, you can make it with whatever you feel like, the base though usually stays the same, the sofrito, which is fried onion in olive oil and garlic and the pulp from a tomato, you let it reduce and this is the main base for any paella. In Spain, they say 1 out of 100 paellas are made with saffron… because of it’s price, instead they use paprika, coloring powder or the paste of dried capsicums (ñora, choricero and piquillo). Those four dried peppers are the base to the famous paprika (pimentón), the ñora and choricero are sweet and quite similar in taste, the Mediterranean coast uses more the ñora, which is rounder, while the west uses the choricero, a long and sweet pepper. The Piquillo is a mildly spicy one, and…

Cilantro & Lime Couscous is a fresh side dish made with zucchini, tomatoes, onions, cilantro and garlic. Perfect for the hot summer days, or to serve with anything. Served cold, this Cilantro lime Couscous salad is a great summer side dish. A great side kicks to any seafood, quiche or even on its own, a light main dish lunch. Plus, it’s a “done under 15 minutes” recipe and tastes fantastic, although the longest you let it in the fridge… the better the flavours will become. Usually, I do the couscous last second but I always make too much. This way I get some tasty leftovers for lunch the next day. This is one of those meals that gets better over time. Tabbouleh Little Cousin This tabbouleh cousin doesn’t use parsley but cilantro. Also, I’ve added a touch of lime because cilantro without lime… it’s like a burger without its bun. I’ve also…

The 4 elements salad, as the title say; is a general rule to my salads; the dressing and it’s conception have the 4 elements, which is in my opinion makes the ultimate salads. The rule for the salad itself is; a nutty touch, a juicy touch, a colorful touch and, the last but not the least, a salty creamy smooth touch. In this case more precisely the color element is the crunchy yellow pepper, then the usual tomatoes for the juicy part , some walnuts to get those proteins and crunch factor, and a delicious herb crusted goat cheese for the creamy and salty end. The dressing is also a “4 elements rule”, which are oil, vinegar, sweetener and emulsifier (mustard). With the “4 elements rule” you’ll never fail a salad dressing again. Often those supermarkets premade salad dressing aren’t an healthy choice, packed with sodium, too fatty or filled with stabilizers and additives of all kinds, which are related…

Shiitake and broccoli ramen soup is so tasty and filled with vitamins, the broth is mainly a miso paste, a touch of ginger, garlic and a little chilli. The meaty shiitakes mushrooms are giving all their flavor to the broth, you won’t believe there isn’t meat in this soup. It’s so simple and tasty and easily done, a under 30 minutes recipe. Let’s talk umami, the fifth taste, which is not a clear one, most people don’t even know about it, yet they love it. For example, tomatoes, parmesan, red meat, fermented veggies and shiitake are filled with it. Umami is such a mysterious taste, not as easy to define as its colleagues; saltiness, sourness, sweetness and bitterness. The 5th taste is actually all around us, and especially in this recipe, it’s fully present. You won’t get closer to this flavor then with a shiitake ramen soup. Shiitakes are a great umami…

Zucchini vegballs pasta is a great vegetarian version of the famous meatballs spag, even fills you up as much as the meat version. The zucchini balls are made in the oven, so extra healthy, barely any oil used for an ultra healthy vegetarian dish. I saw this recipe in many places online, most of them only contains zucchini, for this particular recipe I’ve done the vegballs with extra onion, garlic and flat leaf parsley for extra flavor. Zucchini’s water Zucchinis are often underestimated, because they contain so much water and get soft and mushy as soon as your cook them. Also zucchini doesn’t have the boldest of flavors… again because it’s filled with water. So… for this recipe, we’ll cook the grated zucchini and onion at first, to release most of the water they contain so this way it’s going to concentrate the flavor. All there is left to do is making…

Greek falafel pitas is a tasty, yet healthy bite for this summer. If… you are reasonable on the feta cheese, of course… I love to make meals with a bunch of veggies precut on the table, a creamy healthy dip and pitas, or fajitas bread and let people chose for themselves their fillings. Pita breads have a tendency to dry quite fast, resulting impossible to open them up to fill them, if this happen to you, simply add a little wet and clean kitchen towel over it without it touching the bread directly, let it work it’s magic 30-40 minutes, then they will open up again. Also possible to make them by yourself, although not the easiest… talking from experience here. For this recipe, I’ve simply bought some. Those falafels, a.k.a. wanna be falafel, aren’t the typical kind with the usual cumin, coriander, mint, etc. I’ve made them greek, so I’ve add…

Savoury Broccoli cupcakes with a goat cheese frosting are a new style of tapas, or a brunch side dish even a great snack. In other words, quite polivalent and succulent bites! The broccoli cake is quite similar to a quiche, although i’ve used a chickpea flour to make it gluten free and a bit nuttier. The frosting or icing is a goat cheese foam made with the help of a syphon. If you don’t own one, simply add a little piece of goat cheese on top or simply skip it, those broccoli muffins are great on their own too. A savory cupcake isn’t a bad idea, I mean the usual cupcake are such a fun bite, why not make it a savory fun bite? It’s quite easy to make and also gluten free and healthy. Be careful, if it’s intended for a party, and you want to make the cheese frosting, you’ll have…

Indian spinach (Saag) is a great vegetarian dish, if you are looking for some new ideas to make light, vegetarian meals this is the way to go. Indian food has a great varieties of vegetarian dishes, always loaded with flavours, sometimes really hot, other times mild. This spinach dish is a mild spiced one and terribly easy to do. If you are feeling lazy after a long day of work, this is a rapid and healthy recipe to make. Often you’ll see Saag dishes blended into a paste, but if you eat it with rice, I prefer to keep the leaves whole. This week, I felt like cooking indian and eating lots of veggies and they know best how to cook vegetarian. I have to admit though… it’s not always easy to reproduce those authentic Indian recipes, some ingredients aren’t quite the same in my part of the world… or simply nonexistent. But to start…

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