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Quinoa ball

Let’s say the truth, kids don’t like quinoa, at least mine but because it is very healthy they have to eat it.

I did try so many recipe and this is our favorite, hopefully will be yours too.

Ingredients:

300 grams quinoa

100 grams carrots cut in small dice

100 grams zucchini cut in small dice

100 grams cornbread mixture or regular breadcrumbs

1 teaspoon fresh parsley or frozen

100 ml oil

Salt

Pepper

A sprinkle of love

 

Method:

First thing you need to wash the quinoa, pour it in 2 cups of boiling water and cook it for 15/20 minutes.

Let it cool down; in the meantime let’s cook the veggies.

In a frying pan put the carrots first add a glass of water and cook them for about 10 minutes and then add the zucchini, a sprinkle of salt , 2 tablespoon of oil and cook them until they are tender.

Let it cool down.

Now it’s time to make our ball so mix the veggie with the quinoa add 2 tablespoon of oil, parsley, salt and pepper and mix with your hand. This part I think is very stress relief.

Take a small piece of mixture, put it in your hand and give it a circle shape.

If does not stick together add some cornbread mix.

Cook them now in the oven for 15/20 minutes.

Buon appetito.

quinoa ball

Detox Soup with oriental spice

We are soup lover so I m always looking for new recipe.

A while ago I discover this wonderful blog called  http://blog.giallozafferano.it/msp/  that has a lot of Weight Watchers recipe and I fall in love so today I wanna share one of her recipe that I tried today, Monday after the big Easter Dinner.

We had so much food that today we need to detox our body.

This soup is very easy to make and the vegetable in it are very purifying and full of vitamins and fiber also it has just 3 Weight Watchers point.

You just need few ingredients like carrots, onion, potato, leek and few spice like paprika, cumin, cinnamon and very important Turmeric  that will help you will help detoxify the stomach and intestines and facilitate the elimination of fat.

So let’s do it,let’s flush away some bad fat

 

Ingredients for 4 people

2-3 potato

2-3 carrots

1 leek

1 onion

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon cinnamon

a sprinkle of love

Suggestion:if you have kids used just half teaspoon for every spicy like I did for the first time but next time I will use all teaspoon because they loved it.

 

Method:

Clean your vegetable,peel your carrots and potatoes, cut off the green part of your leek and take off just the white part and cut everything in small pieces.

Put everything in a big pot and add the spices.

Pour the water in covering the vegetable.

Turn the heat on high and let it cook until it starts to boil and then lower down and let it cook for almost an hour until the vegetable are cooked.

Now with your immersion blender mix everything until is nice and creamy.

Add some salt and voila’ dinner is ready

Buon Appetito

 

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Carrots and Apple Healthy Sponge Cake

 

This cake is very delicious, light and healthy, the combination of apples and cinnamon will make your house smell divine.

My kids love it and sometimes I make it for breakfast, also it does stay for a few day on the counter,  you will just need to cover it with a kitchen towel.

Also I highly suggest to make it with your children,it can be a great activity at the end of the day kids love to stay around mommy.

Ingredients:

  • 100 grams flour for cake
  • 100 grams whole wheat flour
  • 125 ml vegetable oil
  • 100 grams brown sugar
  • 175 grams apple chopped up
  • 175 grams carrots shredded
  • 75  grams nuts I used almond chopped
  • 2    eggs
  • 2   tablespoon honey
  • 2   teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • a sprinkle of love (don’t ever forget that)

 

Method:

  • In a bowl whisk   eggs and sugar, honey, oil and then add the apples, carrots and nuts.
  • In a separate bowl sift flours, baking soda,  salt and cinnamon.
  • Add the flours mixture to the first bowl and mix for a bit.
  • In a cake pan spread some butter, put the parchment paper around and pour the mixture.
  • Bake in the oven for 45 minutes at 350
  • Buon Appetito

healthy sponge cake

 

 

Lentils and quinoa salad

Lentils bring back memories of my childhood, growing up in Italy, one of our weekly family dinners was pasta with lentils, lentil salad or lentils saute.

Today I want to share with you a modern version of my Mom’s lentil salad adding quinoa.

This salad is an explosion of wellness, if you are a lentils lover you will fall in love with it;  with quinoa, zucchini,  carrots and olives it can be a main dish served by itself as a gluten free meal or with a nice homemade bread.

Ingredients:

80 grams quinoa

100 grams of dry lentils

1 clove of garlic

1 bay leaf

half zucchini

1 carrot

1 tomato

2 spoons black olives without pits

half onion cut finely

salt

extra virgin olive oil

a sprinkle of love

Method:

Rinse your quinoa and put it in a pan with water. Let it cook for 20/25 minutes (read the instruction on the back of your quinoa package). When is done let it cool down.

In a separate pan with water, garlic and bay leaf boil your lentils.

With dry lentils sit in water overnight then boil for just 5-7 minutes.

In a bowl put your diced tomatoes, your shredded zucchini and shredded carrot, your olives cut in quarters and the onion cut in a very small pieces.

When the quinoa and the lentils are cooked and cooled down put them with the veggies in the bowl and dress them with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.

Put your salad in the fridge until is time to serve.

Buon appetito

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Roasted Kale chips

 

Kale is very popular these days. It’s full of vitamins and minerals and it’s considered a super food. I try to buy it often because the benefits of this vegetable are amazing: boost your immune system, detoxifies, makes your skin and nails healthier and more. This is my kids favorite recipe.

 

Ingredients:

  • A bunch of chopped kale
  • 3 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of white balsamic vinegar (if don’t have that use white vinegar mixed with 1 tablespoon of sugar)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • A sprinkle of love (DO NOT ever forget that)

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350
  2. Put the kale in a  bowl and season with salt and oil. Give it a good mix with your clean hands.
  3. Put it now into an oven tray lined with baking paper and bake for 15 minutes . I suggest to check the kale because it can burn very easily.
  4. Enjoy and stay healthy!
  5. Buon Appetito

 

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Kale and Carrots roasted

 

Kale is very popular these days. It’s full of vitamins and minerals and it’s considered a super food. I try to buy it every week because the benefits of this vegetable are amazing: boots your immune system, detoxifies,make your skin and nails healthier and more. Of course, the flavor is not one of the best (for me), but with this recipe I made my kids eat kale without a big fuss. I hope you enjoy it.

Ingredients:
A bunch of kale chopped
10 carrots
5 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon of white balsamic vinegar (if don’t have that use white vinager mixed with 1 tablespoon of sugar)
1 pinch of salt
A sprinkle of love (DO NOT ever forget that)

Method:
Pre-heat the oven to 350
Clean your carrots. Cut them in half length ways and place them in the bowl with the vinegar. Add the chopped kale to the bowl and season with salt and oil. Give it a good mix with your clean hands.
Put the vegetable into an oven tray lined with baking paper and bake for 40 minutes or until the carrots are ready. I suggest to check the kale because it can burn very easily. (The kale is sometimes ready before the carrots)
Enjoy and stay healthy!

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