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                                          NEW POTATO & BROCCOLI STUFFED OVEN BAKED EMPANADAS
                                          Makes 12 Empanadas
                                          177 Calories Per Empanada

I LOVE empanadas for breakfast, lunch, dinner or basically anytime.. Because they are simply irresistible ! For dough, I've used my own oven baked empanada dough recipe, stuffed them with delicious new potatoes, broccoli, & lots of fresh and dried herbs, and served with minced salsa & mix herbs pesto.. I usually make double batches, freeze them before baking and wait until "it's empanada time again ".. This time all I need to do take them out straight from freezer to the oven, and enjoy them as an appetizer, snack or meal.. You can try these popular South American stuffed breads with endless filling combinations ( savory or sweet ), and once you try them you'll understand why I'm obsessed with them & you will love as much as the taste and how easy this recipe as well !

For recipe please see " bakery "..

Makes 7 Wraps
                                  429 Calories Per Wrap With Veggies

OK, I don't want to put too much pressure on your shoulder.. YES, these wraps take time, but may I recommend pouring glass of rose and putting your favorite podcast on while preparing / chopping all the fresh veggies and making epic tasted homemade tortillas & think about whole process is kind a relaxation, kind a self care practice, kind a fun.. Let start with the base for the wraps; you can use pitas, tortillas or collard greens as a wrapper.. I wouldn't go with store bought ones, but it's an option.. You'll be surprise how easy to make these crazy tasty tortillas at home in no time.. Just few ingredients, no mixer requirement, no rising, no kneading, no preserves, no unknown ingredients.. Now time for oven roasted sesame coated sweet potato + garbanzo bean falafels and filler veggies ( you are free to choose whatever you have or like as a filler ).. These tasty falafels create energy boosting vegetarian snack - either cold or hot - and can be prepare ahead of time.. Than all you need is just assemble the whole thing, you can spread homemade pesto or hummus on tortillas and built up greens, roasted and raw veggies, falafel patties, spicy chick peas, tangy yogurt tahini sauce and of course edible flowers.. I wish they were as easy as it sounds, than I would have them twice a week for sure.. But you know it worth it, you know it tastes incredible, you know you don't want to miss it.. Decision is yours..

For recipe please see " veggie dishes "..

                                                    CARROT CAKE CHEESECAKE SUCCULENT GARDEN 
                                                    Makes 10 Slices
                                                    764 Calories Per Slice

Making birthdays special for the people you love is really hard job ! For my husband's birthday, I wanted to create something different to make his special day memorable for months.. As you remember I've made girly rose covered blood orange cheesecake for myself, this time I wanted to take my piping skill in other direction.. More masculine, more colorful, but still comforting and delicious.. How about succulents instead of roses ? I know he is crazy about carrot cake cheesecake which is made with layering my very own carrot-walnut cake with light labneh cheesecake.. I have to tell you this layered cheesecake is heaven by itself.. I covered this amazing cake with lightest matcha frosting, and decorate the whole thing with cashew cream frosting.. You know butter loaded buttercream or food coloring will never be an option for frosting ! This was the biggest challenge for above all; for the right texture & thickness for crisp piping, I've made different creams; cashew cream, and coconut + mascarpone cream, and used matcha, spirulina - sea weed powder -, ground turmeric and beet powder for coloring ! This decadent cake looked almost too pretty to eat, I said almost because we ate the whole cake without any problem.. I totally did something out of this world kind a flavor combinations, it can surprise your mind and taste buds like nothing you've ever tasted before.. SO GOOD !! Eat your terrarium people, you'll fall in love with this !!

For recipe please see " sweets "..

                                                COLD BREW PEACH, GINGER & HERB ICED GREEN TEA
                                                Makes 2 Pitchers

Is there any better way to cool down in hot steamy summer days than with a icy cold glass of iced tea ? No, I don't think there is not.. Especially this fruit packed & flavor loaded cold brew version which is so easy to make + it will be the healthiest drink you can have.. Typically the store bought iced teas are loaded with tons of sugar -  even worst with high fructose corn syrup - and artificial flavors.. This homemade one is all natural; no sugar added ( because peaches are in their high season, so juicy and sweet, no extra sweetener is needed ) and loaded with peach, orange, lemon, ground turmeric + beet, fresh mint & thyme.. I used green tea to make this delicious drink, but you can use any of your favorite teas; black, green or white.. Now, lets talk about the secret, what makes this iced tea is so irresistible and addictive.. It's all about the cold brew.. Cold brew simply means to brew your drink in cold water, instead of boiling one.. Of course you can make your iced tea with boiling water- it will be much faster - but flavor will be different, little bitter than cold version.. Making cold brew version gives opportunity to allow the flavors in the tea to fully come out and shine since the tea leaves sit in the cold water for over 6 hours.. Next day you'll find yourself sitting outside, enjoying the sunny weather and sipping on a refreshing tasting, amazing iced tea.. How divine ??

For recipe please see " homemade drinks "..

                                                                          BEST APPLE COBBLER
                                                                          Makes 6 Servings
                                                                          299 Calories Per Serving

Ahhhh,  fall again, my favorite season ! Besides comfortable temperature and beautiful color, for us fall means picking our own pumpkins and apples from our favorite organic farm.. It's 3 hours drive from our house; but when we finish the day with bushels and baskets of apples and pumpkins, it's totally worth it ! If apple picking is on your fall to - do list, now is the perfect time for this.. You'll be glad to do that when your kitchen fills with applesauce, apple pies and cobblers.. Now talk about BEST apple cobbler recipe.. Cobbler is a simple recipe, can be made in a single pan without any fuss.. First you need to pick tart apples like Granny Smith, then mix this not overly sweet filling with cinnamon, lemon zest, vanilla extract and just a touch of coconut sugar; and top with most amazing crust dough - which is on the healthier side than the others with only 4 tablespoons of butter-  Addictive, mind blowingly delicious, and everyone's favorite, and I have no doubt about this amazing tasty apple cobbler is sure to be your fall + family favorite, too..

For recipe please see " sweets "

                                                                        SNOW SKIN MOONCAKES
                                                                  Makes 16 Mooncakes

Have you ever heard of mooncakes before ? If not, you should definitely try one of these; because right now is the perfect timing for tasting.. Mooncakes - there are 2 types of them; baked and non-baked snow skin version - typically given as a gift during the Chinese mid-Autumn festival (according to the Chinese lunar calendar, it will be a Sep 24th. this year). Although mooncakes are made and sold by Chinese bakeries, I promised to my dearest Chinese friend to make gourmet/ healthier version of snow skin mooncakes. After my friend laughing so hard; rolled her eyes and said " you can not make them at home, they are so hard to make that's why you can only find them in bakeries ", and of course this one was enough courage for me to attempt.. NO, they are not hard to make them; but  YES there are many hidden little details and techniques involved.. I'll try to explain all the tricks as much as I can.. Snow skin mooncakes are similar to mochi ice cream, as both have glutinous rice crust and have to be kept frozen.. My version mooncake's outer skin naturally dyed with ground turmeric, matcha and hibiscus; and filled with slightly sweet red bean paste and custard.. I would never imagine how tasty and addictive they are.. They're not just an eye candy; so satisfying, delicious and refreshing as well.. And if someone ask you " what is one thing you've done that you never dreamed yourself doing ? ", answer will be easy " mooncake "..

For recipe please see " sweets "..

                                                             SWEET & SPICY VEGAN MEATBALLS
                                                             Makes 20 Meatballs
                                                             59 Calories Per Meatball With Teriyaki Sauce

Hands down, I've made the best vegan sweet and spicy meatballs ! Whether you have vegans or meat eaters in your house; these meatballs will satisfy them all, they are truly crowd pleaser.. If you check the ingredients list, you'll see many different items, but believe me they combine beautifully and deliciously at the end.. I designed them around your daily protein intake needs, added firm tofu, red beans, and buckwheat groats, and crowned with lots of fresh greens, almonds and mushrooms.. Making these super tasty meatballs are easy; story starts with sauteing onion, garlic and mushrooms, then transfer them into food processor with rest of the ingredients and just push the pulse button.. That's it, you'll have the most delicious, addictive and sophisticated meatballs ever.. And please don't forget the yummiest teriyaki sauce, makes them sticky, sweet & spicy and for sure 100 times tasty.. I served them onto bed of pureed eggplant & celeriac mixture with garlic roasted tomatoes and fresh greens. Of course you can serve them with pasta, rice, veggies or just by themselves.. It doesn't matter how you serve them, you'll have the nom nom nom moment until the last bite..

For recipe please see " veggie dishes "..

                                                     PUMPKIN & ZUCCHINI RED CURRY WANTON SOUP
                                                     Makes 6 Servings
                                                     351 Calories Per Serving

We're living in a very special time of the year, transition time, summer to fall.. It's a strange time of the year; when you wear a cozy sweater out in the morning, it's suddenly turns out 75 F by midday.. When you crave to eat soul warming hot piping soup, but still nasturtium blooms crazy in the veggie garden.. When half of you wants to stay in with warm blanket and hot cup of tea, but another half you wants to soak into afternoon sun.. OK it's fall, but still fells like summer, Indian summer.. My favorite time of the year, but also change of season is a common time for catching cold and flu.. I'm adjusting & helping my body and immune system in this transition through the season with this delicious comforting wanton soup that has everything your body needs; lots of vegetables, greens, aromatics, legumes, nutritious curry broth and homemade wantons.. I'm ready to enjoy the season.. What about you ? Are you ready for lots of apples, cozy blankets, warm mugs and treats ?

For recipe please see " soups "..

                                                             APPLE & SQUASH POWER SALAD
                                                             Makes 4 Servings
                                                             376 Calories Per Serving

There is no better way to celebrate the season than having this fall scream salad.. It's pretty simple mix of all the fresh produces that fall has to offer joined into one big bowl, and created unbelievably tasty, nutritious meal.. I fall in love with this combination of veggie heaven .. Earthy red kuri squash, crispy sweet apples, edamame, yellow and red beet, quinoa + black lentil, shredded & massaged kale + arugula, quick pickled shallots and feta crumbles tossed with sweet and spicy roasted pepitas and most delicious honey & mustard vinaigrette.. Do I need to say more ? Healthy, delicious, simple and nutritious ( loaded with quality proteins ) Ohhhh by the way, if you have any leftovers - doubly - it tastes amazing the next day.. What are you waiting for ? Now is the time for it, let's fall in love with this salad..

For recipe please see under " salads "

                                                      PUMPKIN CUSTARD APPLE MERINGUE ROSE TART
                                                      Makes 10 Slices
                                                      313 Calories Per Serving

How absolutely gorgeous is this tart ? If you are looking for a special treat for your dinner party or cozy brunch, this delicious and decadent apple rose tart is sure to please your guest and will be a conversation piece for the event.. I love my all pies and tarts, because they are designed around health concerns & nutrition: but especially I love this apple meringue tart, because that is not overly sweet -like my other desserts -, and allowing the apples to be really shine..Biscuit-y but definitely not buttery tart shell is blind baked first, than filled with the most delicious pumpkin custard, and decorated with homemade almond paste, meringue drops, and naturally sweet apple slices that are rolled up in a beautiful rose shapes.. As I always say; you don't need to sacrifice from your sweet tooth, if you are careful about how much butter, sugar and flour you're putting in your system.. It's not going to be enough if your treat just looks beautiful, or tastes delicious, it has to be more than that.. I'm not interested with just eye candies; I need to feed my body & soul at the same time respectfully.. Than I enjoy more !! Ohh by the way this tart is a killer !! So delicious, so satisfying, so addictive..

For recipe please see under " sweets "..

                                                          SLOW ROASTED TOMATO & PEPPER SOUP
                                                          Makes 6 Serving
                                                          123 Calories Per Serving

At the mid-October, tomatoes are no longer the stars of the Farmers Market; but I still want to taste their wonderful flavors in every possible way before they disappeared..Caprese salad, bruschetta, stuffed tomatoes, just you'll name it.. But hearty, creamy and rich tomato soup is always on my "must have fall dishes " list.. Especially making this simple soup - really simple, requires only few ingredients - with slowly roasted juicy mix variety tomatoes, peppers, fresh herbs, garlic, shallot and alllll their juices creates even richer and slightly sweeter & smokier taste than the old fashion version.. Incredible color, taste, full of flavor, amazing naturally thickened texture and satisfaction.. If you drizzle yogurt or coconut cream on top and serve soup with grilled cheese toast, and more fresh herbs,it will be just heaven.. Vegan, gluten free, but has everything you crave for.. Just saying !!


For recipe please see under " soups "..

                                                       CHESTNUT CREAM STUFFED CHOCOLATE CAKE
                                                       Makes 14 Cakes
                                                       220 Calories Per Sandwich Cake

Eating healthier doesn't mean you're going to give up all the food you love or you'll have to eat boring meals in every single day.. Only making simple substitution in your baking recipes; you can bump up the nutrition and lower the fat and sugar content without sacrificing any flavor.. For example; unsweetened homemade apple sauce can be used as a replace partial or full amount of butter or nicely exchange a place with sugar in 1:1 ratio in any baking recipe.. Milk instead of heavy cream, avocado instead of butter, pumpkin puree instead of butter + sugar, plain yogurt instead of sour cream, and list goes on.. I always welcome occasional treats if made with care.. This way eating healthier can become a real life style not just a seasonal diet.. Every year we eager to celebrate the apple season; and end the season with jars of unsweetened apple sauce.. I can use this precious puree in every bake goods because applesauce gives nice moisture and texture into cakes and breads..OK, lets talk about this amazing chestnut + mascarpone cream stuffed  chocolate ganache sandwich cakes which is made with only 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil + just a right amount of sugar and honey.. Andd loaded with guess what ? Applesauce.. Super moist, not overly sweet but decadent, not oily but still rich and addictive, fun project for kids but still delicious for grown ups.. Lets celebrate the Halloween with this not so scary, actually cute spiders !! Give yourself + kids something good to eat kind a treat with just a little trick !!

For recipe please see under " sweets "..

                                                                        SPAETZLE WITH FALL VEGGIES
                                                                  Makes 4 Servings
                                                                  462 Calories Per Serving

Spaetzle is a famous & special kind of tender German egg noodle that will take only minutes to make but for sure it will make you think about it rest of the time!! You don't need to get a special tool - spaetzle maker- for this recipe; you can use large holes colander instead.. Spaetzle noodles can be dress up just like any other pasta dishes with sauces and veggies, also it can be served plain but why not to get more out of your pasta - all the benefits and nutrition from veggies-.. Combining lots of fall veggies will not just make your spaetzle taste better, they will make it healthier too.. So, my version of spaetzle became addictive wholesome meal; delicious tender noodles joined in the party with coconut milk + pumpkin puree mixture, then combined with Brussel sprouts, chanterelle mushrooms, leek and broccoli florets.. Soft, super tasty, comfort-y, and healthy.. If you haven't tried spaetzle before, then better be ready + prepare your taste buds for this amazing treat..I can not think of better fall meal than this for crispy cool nights !!

For recipe please see under " pasta dishes "..

                                               APPLE & CHESTNUT STUFFED PUMPKIN PANCAKES
                                               Makes 9 Pancakes
                                               180 Calories Per Pancake

These homemade apple sauce, pureed chestnut and cream cheese stuffed pancakes are one of the best breakfast we have had for a while.. What is the big deal about them ? Pancakes are pancakes, right ? No, not all of them are equal.. These fluffy pillows are exceptions; light, soft, flavorful and have all the fall tastes you are craving for.. All the homemade purees and sauces are not just provide the moisture and softness desired, but also a wonderful fall flavors..Homemade pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice flavored batter is combined with season's stars apple sauce, pureed chestnut and Neufchatel cheese, and created the most delicious, decadent breakfast ever ! They are sooooo good for anytime, but especially for Thanksgiving brunch.. You'll be surprised how simple pancakes turn out into mind blowing tasty and addictive meal !! Enjoy !!

For recipe please see under " breakfast and brunch " ..

                                            SKILLET BEAN ENCHILADA WITH ROASTED TOMATILLO SAUCE
                                            Makes 6 Servings
                                            341 Calories Per Serving

Fresh tomatillos are pretty rare + hard to find produce, I don't see them very often elsewhere.. End of the season, when I found them at the farmer's market - yes of course at organic vendor -, I've just started to dream about this healthy Mexican inspire one pan meal with homemade smoky tomatillo sauce.. You know, everything made in one pan means easy preparing, cooking and cleaning.. This simple but nutritious yet meal is loaded with good for you ingredients; tomatillos, green tomatoes, poblano peppers, bell peppers, Brussel sprout, broccoli, lots of greens  - in this case I used tatsoi green for variety eating - and beans.. Then topped with other goodies; like avocados, olives, pickled onions, fresh herb, and lime juice.. Whether you are new to the healthy life style or don't know how to incorporate more veggies and greens into your diet; than this amazing tasty one pan enchilada is just for you !! Super healthy, simple, flavorful weeknight meal - and also makes "die for taste" leftovers for the next day..

For recipe please see under " veggie dishes "..

                                                               SOURDOUGH BANANA WALNUT BREAD
Makes 1 - 9" Loaf, About 11 Slices
                                                               245 Calories Per Slice

Before everything gets crazy for Thanksgiving preparation, I've just wanted to post this amazing recipe !! Either you have sourdough starter or not - you can simply add apple sauce instead -; you should definitely give it a try this one.. Just for yourself, just for your sanity.. But I have to warn you, it's a seriously dangerous one, and you'll want to eat the whole loaf by yourself, especially accompanied by cup of tea or coffee.. It would be perfect for Thanksgiving brunch.. Or any morning.. Moist. delicious, rich, super tasty, and healthy - made with all the goodies you need; honey instead of sugar, ancient grain flour and just 2 tablespoons of coconut oil- .. I'm not sure what else to say about it.. The only down side for this recipe is time; you have to be patient for caramelized flavor and sweetness, you need ripen bananas.. I think we can wait for "out of this world " kind a taste..

For recipe please see under " bakery "..

                                                                       VEGETARIAN PASTELON
                                                                       Makes 8 Servings
                                                                       355 Calories Per Serving

OK, Thanksgiving is over, I hope you had a wonderful time with your family while eating healthy pure food.. Now it's time for holiday parties, sweet treats and rich meals.. No need to fear during the happiest season of all.. Here are couple tricks you can use during holiday season which I always do;

-Don't give yourself an excuse to have -every- treats every single day,
-Always a good idea is to " pre-eat " something high on protein, vegetable and fiber, before go to party, so you can keep your focus on company 
-You don't need to eat everything because just people offer to you; you can politely refuse it while making a complement on dish
-Always take your "safe meal" with you when you're going to the house party         
-Instead of pilling your plate with everything from buffet, just pick few foods that give you true satisfaction,
-Most importantly, just put all the negative feelings aside after eating unhealthy foods, give yourself permission to enjoy the couple indulgence guilt-free; but make sure get back on track with your normal eating routine the very next day,

Here is an excellent recipe for your busy days - although ingredients list may seems long, but I'm sure you have most of them in your pantry - Pastelon is a Puerto Rican lasagna, is traditionally made with layers of thinly sliced plantains, ground beef and cheese.. Of course not in my plant based world.. I've just twisted the original recipe  ( actually every family has their own version of Pastelon ) here and there, and made vegetarian version with layers of ripe plantains ( it's important to have very ripen plantains with yellow peel that is mostly covered with black spots ), red bean, mushroom, quinoa, black lentil, firm tofu, olives, almond and just 1/4 cup of grated cheddar.. I can not say how the meat version tastes, but all I can say my vegetarian version is die for.. Sweet and sour, soft and crunchy, satisfying and filling for long hours..Perfect dish for family
gatherings or big parties.. Anddd stay tune for lots of healthy Christmas recipes..

For recipe please see under " veggie dishes "..

                                                VEGAN MUSHROOM, RED BEAN & BEET WELLINGTON
                                                Makes 10 Slices
                                                373 Calories Per Slice

This is it ! Ultimate Christmas dish for health nuts, vegans or not ! This flavorful Wellington will definitely good enough to convince you to try vegan diet for the new year ! What a beautiful twist from classic beef Wellington; juicy mushrooms, beet and beans are take the center stage in this amazing dish; center loaf is made with lots of veggies and all combination of Christmas flavors; chestnut, apricot, dried cranberries, sage, cinnamon, nutmeg etc.., than covered with more mushrooms and herbs.. Finally delicious veggie log brushed with yellow mustard + cranberry sauce, herbs , and wrapped into flakey, addictive homemade puff pastry ( kind a ), and turned into amazing conversation dish on the table. I know it will be little time consuming + ingredients list is scary long, but you should make time for your health..'Tis the season, give it a try, you'd be surprised how much you'll love the taste, combination of flavors, and at the same time feel really good about yourself !

For recipe please see under " veggie dishes "..

                                                                    BEST HEALTHY BROWNIES
                                                                    Makes 16 Squares
                                                                    201 Calories Per Square

When I say healthy I meant healthy ! These irresistible squares are gluten free, oil free and low in calories..Nowwwww, I want yo to close your eyes and think about the most decadent, rich, moist and chocolate-y brownies ever, but at the same time it must be healthy- you can never have too much chocolate or butter in a brownie kind a idea is wrong right now, you can just use right amount of chocolate and no butter at all in this recipe, and you'll get all the flavors you are looking for-..Dream came true because these super soft, melt in your mouth brownies are unbelievably good for you; made with almond flour, almond butter, dried dates, applesauce and only 4 ounces of chocolate.. Super simple ingredients join together in a bowl, and turn into most delicious brownies ever ! This is my top secret recipe, never disappoint me, either you have people to impress or you just need a brownie in your life !!

For recipe please see under " sweets "..

                                                         WHOLE BUTTERNUT SQUASH VEGGIE ROAST
                                                         Makes 6 Servings
                                                         282 Calories Per Serving

I know everyone has different level of pressure when we're getting close to the big day.. Last minute shopping, packaging, cooking, baking, hosting, decorating...Plus regular rush, I have so many holiday recipes with so little time ! I'm trying my best to post as many of them as possible before weekend.. If you're looking for new ideas for this year's holiday table, here is a great one.. Gluten + oil free Christmas roast is an amazing colorful and tasty alternative to traditional one, also brings all the Chrismassy flavors while being elegant and of course healthy.. Whole butternut squash is stuffed with buckwheat and millet rice - which flavors enriched with chestnut, onion, dried cranberries, pine nuts and lots of herbs -, garlic-y sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onion, roasted red bell peppers, big bunch of spinach and homemade cranberry-orange sauce - you're getting this recipe too -. I served this roast with maple syrup + balsamic roasted veggies on side, which you'll find all the details in the recipe..No question, this satisfying and filling roast will be " wow factor " for your holiday table for sure..

For recipe please see under " veggie dishes "..

                                                   GARLIC & CHEESE PULL APART CHRISTMAS TREE BREAD
                                                   Makes 17 Buns
                                                   154 Calories Per Bun

If you're looking for something special for your holiday table, no more to search, that's it !! I have a crowd pleaser, festive, party perfect pull apart cheese stuffed garlic-y Christmas tree bread recipe.. I used my old Tangzhong recipe as a base, adapted a bit here and there; first I stuffed these buns with triple cheese mixture, than when they were still hot right after came out of oven, brushed + polished their top with parmesan, garlic & olive oil mixture.. I served these unbelievably tasty pillows with hot pepper sauce, but pesto would do the same job as well.. Shape is not important, you can make any shape you'll like.. But taste.. Uber soft rolls are addictive, fully satisfying, so delicious and everyone loves pulling apart to get another bite with lots of ohhh's and ahhh's.. Fun way to serve your favorite dip as a party appetizers, or taking it to a pot luck party or game day gatherings or simply just for spoiling someone you loved.. You don't need any reason to have it, just get it.. You won't be disappointed..

For recipe please see under " bakery " section..

                                                       BIRCH BARK YULE LOG WITH EDIBLE PINE CONES

                                                       Makes 10-12 Slices
                                                       296 Calories Per Slice

When I was a kid, my mom was always made Yule log during the holiday season.. Many years later now, I still have the same tradition in my house, but every year has a few updates.. It's not complicated or hard to make as it looks.. If you can bake a simple sponge cake, than you can pull off this amazing dessert in no time, I promise.. Once the cake is baked and still warm, it's easily rolled up in a towel, which helps to prevent cracking.. Unroll cake when it's cooled, spread the most delicious custard cream onto surface, and roll up again.. Cut small pieces from each ends + add to create small side branches on the side of the log.. To achieve the birch bark effect, melted white chocolate is spread thinly onto parchment paper, then rolled up and refrigerated. When unrolled the paper, chocolate cracks naturally and turns into realistic birch bark.. Cool effect.. Then you can decorate your log with crumbled spinach cake or ground pistachio + sugar mixture for creating moss effect, fresh rosemary branches for pine effect and sugar coated cranberries and frozen berries for natural effect.. Use your imagination for decorating your log.. This year I added edible almond paste pinecones around the cake, which was a big hit.. So fun to make and eat for sure.. So festive, so addictive, sooooooo delicious..

For recipe please see under " sweets "..

                                                                            APPLE WAFFLES
                                                                            Makes 9 Waffles
                                                                            118 Calories Per Waffle

I love open faced sandwiches for light lunches, especially if made with lots of veggies, proteins and greens that sit on a delicious homemade apple pie spiced apple sauce waffle.. You can serve them with caramelized apple and coconut cream for amazing breakfast or top them whatever you like as a sandwich.. Either way they are loaded with tons of flavor..Super easy to make, right amount of crunch outside but soft inside texture is going to make you come back for more.. Another feel good about yourself kind a recipe for you and your family, hello to new year resolutions.. YES, even the kids are going to be crazy about these waffle sandwiches.. 

For recipe please see under " breakfast and brunch "..

                                                              TARHANA SOUP WITH WINTER VEGGIES
                                                              Makes 6 Servings
                                                              157 Calories Per Serving

I have a super nutritious and delicious traditional Turkish soup mixture recipe that represent Turkey like pizza for Italy.. Although there are many other versions of tarhana soup in Persia, Greece, and Middle Eastern, but Turkish one is very unique with addition of lots of veggies and legumes.. Also different regions of Turkey are having their own unique ingredients and taste,too.. Traditionally tarhana powder / grains prepare in autumn by mixing plain yogurt, flour and grated vegetables like tomato, pepper and onion into a thick paste, than left to ferment for several days onto kitchen cloth.. When it's dry divide up into smaller pieces and crumble into soup powder for winter days.. Probably tarhana is the oldest instant soup mixture that we know, and truly labor of love for sure.. When mixture is on hand soup is easy to make, just mixing small amount of tarhana powder with boiling water, tomato sauce and spices. My version of recipe is completely unique by enriching traditional recipe with addition of variety source of proteins like; garbanzo bean, white bean, red and green lentil, bulgur, rice, semolina, farro, plus greens like; fresh parsley, dill, mint, and celery.. It's not just a soup mixture with grains and legumes, it's also fermented food which boost the immune system + good bacteria in your digestive tract, help weight loss, better skin, IBS.. If you're going to make your own dry tarhana mixture, you'll end up with lots of jars of heaven, which make excellent gift for family and friends.. This gut friendly fermented food is super nutritious, delicious, filling, protein + vitamin loaded, and probiotic.. What else we can expect from one bowl of soup ?

For recipe please see under " soups "...

                                                            DATE, COCONUT & OAT TRUFFLES
                                                            Makes 17 Truffles
                                                            69 Calories Per Truffle

Hey truffle lovers, these homemade truffles are quick, easy and super healthy, and just in time in your hands before Valentine"s Day !!  They're not loaded with chocolate, heavy cream, butter or calorie bomb ingredients like traditional ones.. They are naturally sweetened with dates, and loaded with other goodies, such as rolled oat, coconut flakes, walnuts.. I'm making+keeping these amazing treats around the house as a quick sweet fix; then I can reach and grab couple of them anytime - usually along with cup of hot tea - especially when the late afternoon sweet craving hits..Making these deeply indulgent truffles couldn't be easier than this.. Simply just mixing all the ingredients in a food processor, shaping them into small balls, than coating with beet powder, carob powder, cinnamon, melted dark & white chocolate, and voila you'll have the most delicious and guilt free truffles you'll ever eat.. ENJOY !!

For recipe please see under " sweets "..

                                                       GENERAL TSO STIR FRY TOFU & VEGGIES
                                                       Makes 4 Servings
                                                       311 Calories Per Serving

Happy Chinese New Year to you all !! I want to celebrate pig year with this amazing dish.. Veggie & tofu stir fry is an ultimate comfort food especially when you're making at home for avoiding tons of calories, MSG and other additives without sacrificing flavors.. Actually this one is million times better than any takeout.. Trust me, you will never ever go near by any restaurants after tasting this perfectly balanced sweet, savory and spicy heaven.. Making extra crispy tofu with minimum amount of oil ( of course without deep frying ) is crucial part of the recipe.. When this crispy tofu join with other veggies + simple but delicious stir fry sauce; together they will turn out into unforgettable vegan dish.. Ohhh, did I mention you'll get 20+ grams protein with per serving, and whole thing comes together just in 30 minutes ? Extremely flavorful, addictive, comforting and nutritious.. Maybe just one word can describe better than others, INSANE..

For recipe please see under " veggie dishes "..

                                          ORANGE & TURMERIC CAKE WITH PERSIMMON JELLO & MERINGUE
                                          Makes 10 Slices
                                          417 Calories Per Slice

I think these days everyone knows that stay in and cook a cozy dinner on Valentine's Day is much better option than eating out !! At least for me and for my friends..If you want to make this Valentine's Day unforgettable and very special for your sweetheart, just skip the noisy, overcrowd and careless restaurants and cook up some romance at home.. I will give you some menu and dessert ideas from now on 'till big day..This super moist, flavorful and decadent cake could be an excellent candidate for your special night.. I would say "almost a gluten free cake " because is made with almond flour, tapioca flour and einkorn flour ( easy digestible gluten ), and on healthier  side kind a cake with only 1/4 cup grapeseed oil.. Cake by itself has amazing taste, but when I layered it with meringue + mascarpone + coconut cream + lots of fruit, than topped with persimmon slices +  persimmon jello, and decorated with lemon infused pear slices, pomegranate jewels, and more meringues; OMG !! You wouldn't believe your taste buds !! Great way to crown and ending happily for your fancy dinner.. Just give it a try, you'll thank me later..

For recipe please see under  " sweets " ..

                                                                               ROMANTIC DINNER FOR TWO
                                                                         Makes 2 Servings

I hope you have some special plans for this week..I have to admit I'm not the one who celebrate the Valentine's Day-commercially-, but however I'm the one so excited to host an amazing romantic dinner for two for hubby and me.. Some years for our friends and family.. I've always found our best date night's were when we have cooked for each other at home.. There is something so magical about taking extra time and effort to cook your own creation from scratch in the comfort of your own kitchen.. Like sharing household duties, we share the kitchen duties, too.. Usually under my guidance, we prep veggies together with lots of fun; cooking is completely my department, but dishes are always his.. We call it marriage.. Every year we surprise and spoil each other with unexpecting menus and treats.. But if you're looking for foolproof romantic dinner for two; you can not beat pasta especially when serves in a fancy way.. It's simple to make -although I use homemade tortellini -, but still sophisticated with amazing depth of flavor from roasted and pureed veggies.. This delightful pasta is served on pureed butternut squash and beet bed, garnished with roasted beet, radishes, Brussel sprouts and feta crumbles.. Ohhhh, best part is finished with poached egg on top..Either you're celebrating the V Day or just spoiling yourself and your other half; this is the recipe for success.. Super delicious, flavorful and colorful..

For recipe please see under " pasta dishes "..

                                                                        TWO WAYS CRUFFIN
                                                                        Makes 12 Cruffins
                                                                        188 Calories Per Cruffin

Miracle happens when croissant meets a muffin; cruffin is born deliciously.. It's a very popular hybrid pastry from 2016, basically croissant dough bake in a muffin pan; pastry shape looks like a muffin but tastes like a croissant.. If you have never tried one of these before, here is a chance, run a kitchen and give it a try.. Making these insanely delish pastries are fairly easier than classic croissant; zero folding, absolutely no chilling in between and end up with flakey almost shuttering cruffins.. I've made two amazing version of them; one is plain with homemade wild berry jam, other is palmier shape pistachio + almond frangipane kind.. Both are dangerously delicious, addictive, satisfying, and kind a healthy with only 3 tablespoons butter for all.. I don't know what else to say about them ! Soooooo good !! Go and try..

For recipe please see under " bakery "..

                                                           WHOLE ROASTED SPICY CAULIFLOWER STEAK
                                                           Makes 4 Serving
                                                           90 Calories Per Serving

Here I'm again with ridiculously easy but insanely delicious vegan dish.. Well, if you've never tried whole roasted cauliflower yet, definitely you should soon, because you don't know what are you missing out.. If you think cauliflower has blunt unremarkable taste, think again.. Gorgeously crusted on the outside, tenderly on the inside cauliflower steaks are high on the food fashion now.. You can roast the whole head of cauliflower in many ways; like rubbing with just olive oil, salt + pepper, lemon zest + juice mixture, or mixture of Middle Eastern spices, or you can use bunch of different flavor boosters from pesto to marinara sauce.. Endless taste opportunities are available for this recipe.. For conversational effect, carve whole head at the table, just like a roast.. Especially if you have someone in your life who is struggling to eat enough cauliflower, this recipe is for them.. You won't believe your eyes how whole head of cauliflower will disappear in few minutes from plates.. I usually serve it with grain such as quinoa, millet or buckwheat groats, and variety of veggies, such as radishes, avocado, pickled beet and braised red cabbage etc.. Either way plain or veggies on the side, just delicious, out of this world kind a taste, healthy and nutritious.. You need to taste this one, trust me..


For recipe please see under " veggie dishes "..

                                                                  FELLAH KOEFTE TTEOKBOKKI
                                                                  Makes 4 Servings
                                                                  429 Calories Per Serving

Tteokbokki is one of the most popular Korean street food in Korea, and traditionally made with sticky chewy rice cakes and seaweed broth.. You know, fermented food, probiotics and seaweeds are rising stars on culinary evolution, and I love them all equally.. Sea vegetables are rich in essential minerals, trace minerals, chlorophyll, iodine, fiber and lots of protein..If you are new to seaweed game, and feeling like eating mud from bottom of the pond, I suggest starting out with less challenging mild ones like kombu or arame.. I'd like to incorporate them into meals in every possible way.. What mostly I love about tteokbokki is umami rich, heart warming, nutritious kombu broth.. This stock is the most important part of the dish.. Since store bought rice cakes could not be an option ( I'm not really big fan of them ) in my kitchen, I've just wanted to combine Middle eastern fellah koefte with this delicious broth.. Actually my version is a great combination of tteokbokki + Chinese glutinous rice dumpling.. Best of the best flavor combinations are in one bowl.. You can have just one bowl and get them all kind a meal.. Kombu broth and koeftes can be made ahead of time-preferably the day before-, and next day you can put together soup in no time.. You can serve this amazing soup with mushrooms, boiled eggs, radishes and baby bok choy.. Perfect for protecting your body from cold winter days.. Filling, satisfying, comforting, healthy and addictive..

For recipe please see under " rice dishes "

                                                         MOROCCAN SNAKE CAKE WITH HOMEMADE PHYLLO

                                                         Makes 8 Servings
                                                         461 Calories Per Slice

Traditionally this amazing snake shape cake is made up layers of phyllo dough wrapped around a sweet almond paste filling, then topped with almonds and dusted generously with powdered sugar. But today I have a savory / veggie loaded version of mine, that is made with homemade phyllo layers stuffed around wild rice, French lentil, leek, carrots, onion, spinach and feta crumbles.. Do not scare from the sounds of homemade phyllo.. No, it is not hard to make, actually quite a bit fun to achieve homemade version with organic ingredients; also wonderful way to wrap up delicious veggies, legumes and rice to create unforgettable dinner with layers of flavors + texture while crunchy on the outside but soft in the middle.. Ohhh, when you cut the cake, you'll get a nice colorful slice from different fillers on each rolls; black from lentil and wild rice, orange from carrots and leek, green from spinach..This is super yummy, nourishing and satisfying - because tastes out of this world -.. Go ahead and try it, you'll be crazy about it.. Just saying..

For recipe please see under " bakery " ..

                                          JIGGLY FLUFFY JAPANESE CHEESECAKE WITH BLOOD ORANGE 
                                          Makes 2 - 6" Cake, About 12 Servings

Meet our new favorite delightful dessert nowadays.. Easy, fluffy, jiggly, melt in your mouth kind a lightness.. Cream cheese and egg yolk batter gently folded into meringue which creates souffle like sponge cake + cheesecake texture and taste that jiggles and amazingly fluffy.. Believe me this is not your granny's cheesecake, not the cheesecake you know - dense and tangy -, nothing like you've ever tried before.. Most importantly it's on the healthier side a cake, not loaded with butter or cream cheese, and lower on the calories.. Couple details are important for the execution.. Cheese, eggs and butter must be at room temperature, but also remember cold eggs are easier to separate.. So separate eggs immediately after taking out from fridge, then let them sit on the counter while you're preparing the pans..In my opinion springform cake pans are not suitable for this one, like most of the other recipes call.. I used 6 inches round 2 cake pans that lightly buttered all over and lined with parchment paper on bottom.. Also water bath is crucial for baking.. Prevent surface cracking and cake deflation; decrease the temperature gradually during baking, and at the end let cakes sit in the oven for 30 minutes while the oven door is just slightly open.. Ahhhhh, if the cakes spend a night in the fridge before serving, taste will be out of this world.. This is a must try recipe.. Trust me, addictive, light, not overly sweet and satisfying in every way.. Especially if enriched by blood orange icing and caramelized blood orange slices on top.. If you just get a bite, second serving is guarantee !! Just pure pleasure !!

For recipe please see under " sweets "..

                                                              BEST FALAFEL BUDDHA BOWL
                                                              Makes 4 Servings
                                                              558 Calories Per Bowl

You know how much I love " one bowl has everything " kind a meal, of course with all the colors in it.. Little bit of purple, red, green, orange.. Little bit of everything, all the nutrition you'll need, all the taste you're craving for..Whatever you call it, Buddha bowl, energy bowl or veggie bowl; there is one thing for sure, they are runner's best friend.. You can make hundreds of different variation of Buddha bowls, but this time mine is loaded with purple carrot bulgur, quick pickled onion, tomato, cucumber, feta, shredded purple cabbage, sprouted mung beans, best chickpea falafels and tahini sauce that's sooooo good you'll want to put it on everything.. All kind of vegetables, fiber and protein rich bulgur, chickpeas and mung beans are not just delicious + extremely satisfying, at the same time super filling, and nutritious.. If you haven't yet started taking advantage of this " one bowl " trend, you're missing out big.. They are quick, uber healthy, and provide all the nutrition for your hard work out or busy day.. What else do we need ? Just give this bowl a chance, you'll be addictive..

For recipe please see under " veggie dishes "..

                                                                   CAULIFLOWER CRUST PIZZA
                                                                   Makes 2 - 12" Pizza, 12 Slices
                                                                   27 Calories Per Slice Of Crust

Few years back then after cauliflower became a real star on the food scene; I believe we all are obsessed eating moooore cauliflower every single day; of course with a creative twist.. Today I have the best crispy, tasty, low carb, nutritious cauliflower crust pizza recipe for you that you can make it again and again years to come.. Topping are the easiest part, you can top this delicious crust with whatever your heart desires or your fridge requires..No guilt, no carb, no gluten; but loaded with all the goodies, fiber and protein.. If you're struggling to get your recommended daily veggie servings, than try this recipe A.S.A.P.. You'll be surprised how pizza craving can be healthy + good for you !! There are always healthy alternatives to satisfy your taste buds, just change the way you think !!

For recipe please see under "veggie dishes "..

                                                        RICOTTA GNOCCHI CITRUS BEET SALAD
                                                        Makes 4 Servings
                                                        458 Calories Per Serving

This refreshing and light salad recipe is perfect for summer cookout and easy family dinner, and also best way to use season's delicious veggies, greens and fruits in one meal.. Instead of traditional gnocchi, I've made fluffy ricotta gnocchi which elevated the companion ingredients taste to a new level of sophistication rather than being main ingredient itself .. I've made this amazing salad in early spring, used all kind of citrus together, such as blood orange, grapefruit, mandarin; but pretty much you can use any kind of fruit, whatever available in season.. Yellow and red beets, fruits, nuts, tender mini greens, edible flowers and heavenly ricotta gnocchi create juicy, tasty, filling and exciting -definitely not boring -meal for whole family..

For recipe please see under " salads "...

                                                    SWEET POTATO PITAS WITH VEGAN MEATBALLS

                                                    Makes 6 Pitas, 36 Meatballs
                                                    480 Calories Per Serving With Toppings

There is nothing more delicious than amazingly flavor vegan sweet potato pitas with nutrient packed toppings..These stuffed pitas are our favorite vegan recipe which repeats weekly in our kitchen, of course with different toppings..Here I share you my favorite serving idea for the pitas with super moist and insanely delish vegan meatballs that are made with red beans and quinoa, healthy coleslaw with yogurt and kale + avocado pesto with only 1 teaspoon oil.. You can serve them with endless vegetarian options, like spicy cauliflower wings, falafels, smashed avocados, beans and spicy chick peas... It's easy, healthy, summer-y, light, but packed with all the goodies you need.. Ahhhh, I love summer cooking..

For recipe please see " veggie dishes "..

                                                                        SWEDISH PRINCESS CAKE
                                                                  Makes 6 Cakes

One of the most traditional dessert in Sweden is this insanely delicious dome shape cake that consist of alternating layers of sponge cake, raspberry jam, light cream, thick custard cream and covered with a thick layer of marzipan -of course mine is homemade one-.. This recipe is our house specialty; stunning cake wins everyone's heart at the first bite.. It's eaten during all of the Swedish national holidays, but here in U. S we don't need to find any excuse to eat this amazing cake.. Sooooooo delicious, light, and satisfying, the only problem will be just you can't get enough of it..

For recipe please see under " sweets "..

                                                                         CREAMY CAULIFLOWER DIP
                                                                   Makes 2 - 5 Inches Baking Dish- About 6 Servings
                                                                   96 Calories Per Serving

If you think my cauliflower obsession is faded away, you're so wrong.. I will continue to show you that you can make million different meals with this amazing vegetable..OK, we're officially in tailgating season, that means dip season, and there are only few crowd pleaser appetizer than this hot and creamy dish that you can make in no time. This healthy ( no mayo ) but delicious dip is a absolute winner, and shows no matter how restrictive your diet is you can still make something "out of this world" delicious but healthy meal which everyone will go crazy ..Cauliflower has a creamy texture on its own, but the addition of yogurt, mustard and only 1/2 cup of grated gruyere cheese make this dip incredibly rich, smooth and flavorful.. Just go and try it, you will eat it with spoon, and thank me later !!


For recipe please see under " veggie dishes "..

                                                                   GARBANZO BEAN COOKIE DOUGH TRUFFLES
                                                                   Makes 20 Truffles
                                                                   126 Calories Per Truffle

I have a super healthy Halloween treat recipe for you guys.. I know from my friends who can't let their kids trick or treat, because of store bought candies, because of allergies, because of this & that.. I love Halloween, and I really scare to lose this tradition..Every year I try to give away something different, but definitely healthy yet treat to my neighbor's kids instead of artificially flavored and colored candies.. Last year, I've made chocolate covered pumpkin praline bars for them.. One of the little girl was so skeptical about the chocolate bar when she heard the " pumpkin " part, I could read all her thoughts in her eyes, but she was so sweet + agreed to try with a small bite.. After got a bite looked up at my face with a big smile, and replied " can I have another one for later ".. This was the reward moment for me and I will never forget.. I know, they can understand and appreciate your hard work.. After all they are the generation of vegan, generation of plant based food movement, and generation of better health.. These unbelievably tasty truffles are great way to treat your neighbors kids or yourself.. Promise you won't taste the garbanzo beans, you'll have just pure creamy cookie dough taste with slightly sweet touch.. While enjoying this moment, you'll get garbanzo beans, oat flour, honey and peanut butter with every bites.. How good is that ?

For recipe please see under " sweets "..

                                                         CRISPY OVEN BAKED TOFU NUGGETS

                                                         Makes 8 Nuggets

Recipe coming soon !!
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