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Broccoli and pasta bake with Valsoia CondiSoia da Cucina
Apr05

Broccoli and pasta bake with Valsoia CondiSoia da Cucina

Ingredients: Broccoli florets Pasta trecolori Valsoia CondiSoia da Cucina Vegan cheese Breadcrumbs Egg substitute Onion and mushrooms Preparation: Boil broccoli until tender. In a frying pan, fry the onions until transparent and add the mushrooms. When broccoli is tender add to frying pan. Prepare the vegan cheese sauce, with Valsoia CondiSoia da Cucina cream and different types of cheese. Warm cream in a pan. Grate the cheese and add...

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Still the right weather for soup.
Apr02

Still the right weather for soup.

I had already stated here that I love soup. All types and variations , and I never tire of eating soup. Except when the weather gets warm. Then, it’s not an option. I usually prefer eating my vegetables raw in Summer, mostly in salads. I also make an effort to add more vegetables to other dishes, like pasta, rice or noodles. Very easy to grill some vegetables and add to these or make up a stir fry. But since the warm weather...

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Time for Kwarezimal.
Mar16

Time for Kwarezimal.

I strive to eat as healthily as possible, however that doesn’t mean that I do not indulge in a treat occasionally. Since I became vegan, these are usually things I bake myself. This week I made some kwarezimal to enjoy with my afternoon cup of tea. Since this sweet was traditionally made during Lent, it does not contain any eggs or fats so it is practically vegan. All I do is replace the honey for the glaze. Try this, it is very...

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The ultimate Avocado Toast
Mar02

The ultimate Avocado Toast

Avocado: a remarkable fruit! Disclaimer: I am an avocado addict. I love avocados and have loved them for many many years. I will happily eat an avocado a day for breakfast or chopped up in my lunch, so I might be a little biased when I say: Avocados are the best!  There are, however, many reasons that everyone should share my same love for avocados. Flavour-wise avocados will not blow you away, their flavour is delicate and mild, but...

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Vegetable Fritters “pulpetti”
Feb27

Vegetable Fritters “pulpetti”

When I was a girl, my mum used to try to make me and my siblings eat vegetables as often as possible.  My favourite vegetables then were raw chickpeas and broad beans, when in season, straight from the pod. We peeled them, ate them and left a mess. Nowadays, I always say that if my mother had known I would become vegetarian, and later vegan, she wouldn’t have stressed so much.  One of my mum’s  vegetable meals I do...

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Another Winter Warmer
Feb14

Another Winter Warmer

Another one of my cold weather staples is chilli. If you love spicy, hearty food, this is a perfect meal for cold winter evenings. For vegetarians, vegans and people who are cutting down on their meat consumption, beans and pulses are an essential part of the diet. They provide protein and fibre. This dish provides plenty of these and vegetables too. It is easy and quick to put together. Just leave  enough time to simmer  to get a...

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Farmhouse Minestrone
Feb12

Farmhouse Minestrone

This farmhouse minestrone is filled with seasonal veggies. It is incredibly hearty and filling. Farmhouse title really suits because I grew all the veggies and herbs that I used myself! It’s wise that we use local vegetables while they are so tender as we have had abundant beneficial rainy winter. A personal word about the local vegetables. First of all nothing can beat its freshness. I cut these veg while they still had the morning...

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One Pot Wonder – Golden Lentil Daal (a quick one pot meal)
Feb05

One Pot Wonder – Golden Lentil Daal (a quick one pot meal)

Living life in the fast lane Let’s talk about the struggle of putting delicious, healthy meals on the table while also juggling everything else on your plate (pun intended). Most of us today live a packed, fast-paced life, and we have some much going on all the time. At some point, we start feeling the pressure of keeping up with our social lives, families, friends, and pets….getting the right amount of exercise, being...

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Hot meals for cold weather
Feb04

Hot meals for cold weather

This type of weather calls for warm, hearty, nourishing comfort foods. Stews, chillies and curries instantly come to mind. Pots of delicious vegetables, nicely spiced and served piping hot. I am very partial to Indian food, so recently started experimenting with curries. Vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, peas and broccoli are great in curries. As are dried varieties of beans, chickpeas and pulses such as lentils. It...

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Oodles of Noodles
Jan23

Oodles of Noodles

I am sure we have all experienced this situation at some time : We get back home after a busy day at work and the easiest thing to make for dinner is to grab some instant noodles. I also think that most of us have consciously, or otherwise, promised ourselves to try and eat more healthily, especially by trying to include more vegetables in our daily meals. This does not mean that we have to cook very elaborate meals everyday. Quick...

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Peanut butter and banana porridge
Jan16

Peanut butter and banana porridge

Bringing breakfast back I’m sure we have all heard the old saying ‘Eat breakfast like a King, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper’ at some point in our lives, but as our lives get more hectic and our social lives are more focused around dinners, we tend to end up skimping, or, even worse, completely skipping the most important meal of the day – Breakfast! While I am not a nutritionist or dietician, I...

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Protein packed, vegan meatballs
Jan11

Protein packed, vegan meatballs

Plants and Protein ‘But… if you don’t eat meat, where do you get your protein from?’ This is a question I got asked all the time when I first started moving towards a plant-based diet. This was around 7 years ago and I did not have all the answers.  Going plant-based was new to me, something I was doing because it made me feel good and it felt like the natural way to go as I started exploring clean living....

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Risotto, endless variations on a theme.
Jan09

Risotto, endless variations on a theme.

I love risotto, but until some time ago I only ate it in restaurants as I always thought it was very difficult to cook. Traditionally the rice to use in your risotto would be arborio or carnaroli. When I used these types of rice I found that it took a long time to cook, and sometimes ended with it still being too firm for my liking.  So I started experimenting with parboiled rice. This rice cooks quicker, so it was easier for me to...

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Soup, Glorious soup.
Jan03

Soup, Glorious soup.

If I had to be totally honest, winter is not my favourite time of year. I am more a summer person. But one thing I love about this season is that I can spend hours in the kitchen cooking my favourite comfort foods. I absolutely love soups. Any type of soup, and I am always experimenting with different vegetables, grains and legumes. The following is a soup you can serve at a nice dinner party, make into a main everyday meal or have...

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Festive lunches
Dec23

Festive lunches

It is practically a few days until Christmas. I love organizing a nice festive lunch for our families, one is on Christmas Day and the other on New Year’s Day.  I find that planning in advance and not letting anything to chance is the secret to enjoying this occasion without unnecessary stress. When I start planning the meal, I keep in mind any guests’ dislikes or dietary requirements. If your guests are family, this...

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