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                                                            BASQUE BURNT RHUBARB CHEESECAKE
                                                            Makes 10 Slices
                                                            264 Calories Per Slice

Healthy eating is a long journey.. I started this amazing plant based /low fat low sugar/ healthy journey when I was in mid 20's; every year I focused and made little changes one bite at a time. During this adventurous time, I noticed, while I was busy for perfecting every aspect of healthy eating,  at the same time I was discovering a whole new world + different tastes..Actually this journey was an education/training for my taste buds and mind set.. It was super fun and still is..Do you know anything can become a habit after 21 days of consistent repeating ? Healthy eating habit is just a game that you are playing with your brain and stomach.. For starting this, all you need is; switching your mind set to a healthy eating,  choosing right  cooking methods, learning to control your cravings, focusing and trying to eat more organic + non GMO veggies and greens in every possible opportunities.. There are no boundaries or restrictions, you can eat pretty much anything you like, BUT...You know there is always BUT...As long as you stay in the safe / healthy line..Like this Basque style cheesecake, I was planning to make this sweet for this year Cinco de Mayo celebration, but in my world there is no way that I can eat or taste this amazing cheesecake with its on original recipe because traditionally is made with lots of cream cheese and heavy cream.. Hello to high cholesterol, high blood sugar, atherosclerosis etc..I needed to make couple changes -gladly I did -, and used drained plain yogurt ( labneh ) instead of heavy amount of cheese and cream, and added lots of rhubarb for extra flavor and joy.. There is always a better / healthier way of cooking and baking if you are looking for..We enjoyed every bite of it without feeling guilty.. Taste ?? Ohhhhh boy, out of this world, in between flan / halva and custardy cream brulee kind a thing..  It served everything I was craving for, healthy-ish kind a cheesecake with organic ingredients, low on sugar, low on fat and amazingly delish !  How healthy eating should be.. Small changes here and there in recipe add up that can make a big difference at the end..This one is already on my fav list now, and guaranteed it will be on yours too..

For recipe please see " sweets " section..

                                                          CHILLED BEET CITRUS GAZPACHO
                                                          Makes 6 Servings
                                                          88 Calories Per Serving

This kitchen is a " no discrimination, equal opportunity " kitchen.. That means, I don't pick any vegetables superior than others.. All of them can get pretty much equal TLC in my kitchen.. BUT BEETS.. I really love them.. Either raw, steamed or roasted but definitely not boiled ones-unless you're making a soup + using all the cooking water -, because you'll lose all the vitamins into boiling water.. My days usually start with overnight oat + fruit bowl with my magical spice mixture  ( turmeric, carob powder, cinnamon, chia seeds, goji berries, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, flax seeds ) and beet powder, continue with beet + green juice, and crown with Buddha bowl which include homemade beet + cabbage + carrot sauerkraut and pickled beets.. But there is always a room for more beets..Nowadays I'm just adding little bit more into my diet with this delicious chilled beet soup.. So easy, healthy, unbelievably delicious, refreshing and filling.. Now I'm wondering how can I use more beets in a creative / different way for this summer ? I have a strong feeling, we all are going to have beet-iful summer with beet-licious meals..


For recipe please see " soups " section..

                                                   PAO DE QUEIJO ( BRAZILIAN CHEESE BREAD )

                                                   Makes 1" - 30 Balls
                                                   41 Calories Per Ball

I'm very excited to share this recipe with you guys ! Because if you try this recipe the only thing that you can say " OMG this is the best cheese puff I've ever eaten "..These little cheesy, gooey, soft  & chewy and flavorful puffs actually shouldn't be considered as bread. They are typical Brazilian snack which is traditionally served with coffee in the afternoon.. For me they are good for anytime, but definitely irresistible with soup and salad, and left overs - if any - perfect for mini sandwiches.. They're made with tapioca flour -so completely gluten free.-. Delicious + addictive treat for gluten free eaters.. Plus no worries about their rising, super easy and forgiving recipe suits for every level of skills even for rookie bakers.. They are best - unbelievably crispy on the outside and soft + chewy inside - when eaten warm, if you think you can not handle 30 of them in one day - I don't think this will be a problem, if you just taste them once - then you can freeze the bread dough before baking, and have them oven warm anytime you'll dream about.. OK, get yourself some tapioca flour and good quality parmesan cheese A.S.A.P for tasting this heaven..You need this in your life..What are you waiting for ? You're welcome !!

For recipe please see " bakery " section..

                                                                  CAULIFLOWER BBQ WINGS
                                                                  Makes 4 Servings
                                                                  173 Calories Per Serving

Over the years one thing I've noticed more than anything else is people struggling to eat enough veggies especially cauliflower in their diet.. I saw many people actually don't like cauliflower.. I really don't understand how does this happen ?? They certainly don't know what they are missing.. Missing 77 % of daily recommended vitamin C, plus lots of other vitamins and low amount of protein but 9 essential amino acids. YES you read it right.. In order to get more veggies especially cauliflower into your diet, you need to be creative; either geniusly sneak them into other foods or disguise them in some / fun / delicious way, than you + your family don't know what they are eating.. If you want to become a cauliflower maniac than you came to right address.. I'm sharing two different healthy / oven baked recipes in under one post.. Two different mind blowing sweet & spicy sauces..But I have to warn you, addiction is real.. Immediately you'll start dreaming about this, waiting anxiously their peak season, and when they show up at the market vendors you'll buy them all.. These wings can be perfect appetizer, finger food or part of a power bowl with grains and other goodies.. Forget the game day, they are going to be your BFF for everyday.. So addictive, so delicious..

For recipe please see " veggie dishes "..

                                                                          BEST APPLE CAKE
                                                                          Makes 12 Muffins
                                                                          156 Calories Per Muffin

I pick a tough line at calling something " the best ".. Let's be honest, usually " the best " doesn't really exist in baker's life; because either you have a bad day, or using different brand of flour, baking powder, or simply recipe doesn't turn out the way that you expect. Also most of the time " the best " doesn't mean complicated, or requires fancy ingredients and hours of labor in the kitchen.. This apple cakes are perfect example for " the best ", because they are in every way.. Simple, requires just basic ingredients which every pantry has them, and most importantly insanely delicious - every time you'll try, it will be the same result -..Super moist, not overly sweet with pure apple taste, healthy and easy.. Just delightful grab & go breakfast treat or afternoon tea companion.. Give it a try, guaranteed you'll call them " best of the best "..

For recipe please see " sweets " ..

                                                                VEGGIE ZOODLE NOODLE BOWLS
                                                                Makes 6 Servings
                                                                368 Calories Per Bowl 

Red & yellow beets, purple sweet potato, carrot, radicchio and red bell pepper zoodle noodle bowls.. Ahhhhh, all those veggies are never looked so colorful, delicious and nutritious.. I mixed 3/4 veggie zoodle and 1/4 rice noodle in a wok ( so basically it's a veggie dish not a noodle; but hey at the same time you're getting some carb ) with homemade red Thai curry paste and 1/4 cup can coconut milk - thick one not the drinkable one -, and topped with best of the best sweet and sour sauce which makes all the difference at the end with other goodies - soft boiled egg, roasted peanuts, sprouted radishes, spicy crunchy chick peas and fresh microgreens - Amazing sweet and sour sauce is made with tahini ( it can be any nut butter instead ), lime juice, soy sauce, hot jalapeno sauce and touch of honey.. Simple but loaded with flavors,  you're getting ten different veggies in just one bowl and only 368 calories.. Fast, nutritious, ridiculously delicious and super filling dinner for weeknights..

For recipe please see " veggie dishes "..

                                                  SEEDED OLIVE & ROSEMARY SOURDOUGH BREAD
                                                  Makes 1 Loaf, About 15 Slices
                                                  159 Calories Per Slice

Growing up in a Mediterranean country, olive was an important ingredient in our house; now years later I find myself stacking all kinds of olives in my fridge any giving time.. Sometimes I throw them into the salad, sometimes use for pizza topping, and sometimes make delicious sourdough bread with other aromatics..This nutritious loaf is slowly fermented - takes about 2 days -, like other fermented foods it will help digestion and creating healthy intestinal flora.. As I always said, stop eating commercial yeast products; just with a little effort your digestion system will be happier than ever.. This nutritious yet delicious bread has everything you need; healthy mixture of flour, seeds, grains, fresh herbs and most importantly flavorful olives.. I know baking my own version is always better than store bough ones; but I didn't know it would go "out of this world" kind a taste.. I usually make one loaf of freshly baked bread for whole week, but whenever make this one, it only last for couple days.. This is truly our house favorite.. You'll thank me later when you have a toasted piece of heaven in the morning with your coffee or tea..

For recipe please see " bakery "..

                                          ROASTED CAULIFLOWER, BROCCOLI AND STONE FRUIT SALAD
                                          Makes 4 Servings
                                          327 Calories Per Serving With Tahini Sauce

My salad obsession is in full swing these days.. But, I recently fell in LOVE with this salad ! OK, basically in love with any salad recipe that includes season fruits, lots of vegetables, legumes and greens.. And, of course if crowns with healthy seasoning, like tahini sauce or sunflower/ pumpkin seed crema.. Let's see what goes into this salad; sweet and spicy roasted cauliflower and broccoli florets are perfectly paired with season's stone fruits - peaches, plums + cherries - and fresh figs, and mixed with spice roasted chick peas, slow roasted cherry tomatoes, and wild watercress, purslane and tons of fresh herbs. Then finished it off with heavenly sweet and sour tahini dressing.. Ohhhh la la, no matter how hot your summer is, you'll definitely enjoy this killer combination.. Flavorful, loaded with different textures, filling and not just good for your body super satisfying & addictive for your taste buds, too !

For recipe please see " salads "..

                                                           COCONUT MILK & FRUIT JELLY SUMMER DRINK
                                                           Makes 6 Servings
                                                           176 Calories Per Serving

Here is a super pick me up recipe for steamy hot summer days ! Inspiration for this vegan drink comes from my childhood days.. My mom used to make this drink almost every other day during summer - without flowers & herbs and of course it was way too sweet than my version -; but also it's a typical drink that found in Southeast Asia especially Malaysia.. Refreshing cooling dessert requires only couple ingredients, slightly sweetened coconut milk, homemade fruit and vegetables jellies ( I've made rhubarb-raspberry jelly, carrot-ginger-turmeric jelly, matcha green tea jelly and blueberry jelly with just a touch of honey ), eatable flower petals and fresh herbs..You're welcome to add some adzuki beans and sweet rice for extra flavor and texture.. So good, so light and super yummy..

For recipe please see " sweets "..

                                                             ALMOND PEACH BASQUE CAKE
                                                             Makes 10 Slices
                                                             653 Calories Per Slice

You know, there are a lot of different ways to do the same thing, just as long as these variety of ways to get you the same end point.. Which is why it's always fun for me to try new recipes or maybe the one that I'm very familiar with like this Basque cake but made in an unfamiliar way.. It's a challenge to do this, and it's more fun with that way..Traditionally custard filled Basque cake is made with lots of butter and sugar, of course my version has to be healthier than this.. But without sacrificing taste and deliciousness.. I want it all, create same taste and flavors without having unnecessary coronary procedure.. Let's talk about this summery cake.. This cake has insanely combination of layers; cake batter is mainly made with almond flour, layered with delicious custard cream and almond paste, and topped with season's fav peaches & almond slivers. So when you get a bite from this cake, you'll have many different flavors in your mouth..Ohhhh what a flavor combinations.. Fruity, almond-y, creamy and mind blowingly tasty.. You can not get any better than this, you should definitely give it a try.. I'll guarantied it will be your best summer friend forever..

For recipe please see " sweets "..

                                                                 SPROUTED MUNG BEAN SALAD WITH ROASTED VEGGIES
                                                            Makes 4 Servings
                                                            264 Calories Per Serving With Tahini Dressing

This salad is all about sprouted beans, rest of the ingredients are just filler.. My version gives you an idea, there are no rules, veggie wise feel free to play around with what you have in the fridge.. Story starts by soaking mung beans in water into sprouting jar overnight.. Next morning you need to rinse and drain them, and let their jar sit upside down for 2 days, while rinsing with cold water every 12 hours intervals.. After 2 days, your sprouts will be ready, it's that easy.. When they're ready, you can put together your salad in no time; of course if you have some veggies and greens on hand.. Sprouted beans are not just super good for your immune and digestive system, at the same time their crunchiness, freshness and nutty flavor is kind of addictive.. As they can spoil easily you have only couple days to store them in the fridge; but you can easily use them in rolls, sandwiches, bake goods, soups etc.. Did I mention, 1 cup bean sprouts have only 32 calories ! I'd always like to combine my salads with lots of raw and roasted veggies, greens and protein source legumes.. I mixed sprouted mung beans with slow roasted garlicy juicy tomatoes, sumac & cumin roasted sweet potatoes + carrots, radishes, roasted beets, peaches, mix variety herb and greens, crispy spicy chick peas and lemony tahini dressing.. Sounds divine or what ?  If this is not going to be complete nutritious meal, what else it would be ? 


For recipe please see " salads "..

                                                          PURPLE SWEET POTATO ICE CREAM
                                                          Makes 6 Servings
                                                          236 Calories Per Serving

My purple sweet potato obsession continues in ice cream form.. There is nothing wrong with eating orange sweet potatoes; all have the same health benefits- high in fiber, blood sugar regulator, and loaded with vitamins- , but you know you should eat different colored vegetables for extra benefits especially more antioxidants.. Also their taste differ from other kinds - dryer, richer and less sweet - which allows me to play with them in every possible way.. I prefer to use orange version in savory dishes, and purple one in sweets for balancing their taste.. In summer months usually I make purple sweet potato nice cream - because I always have roasted potatoes on hand and only takes 10 minutes to put together as a nice cream -, but this time I'll share milk pudding version no churn kind a ice cream recipe.. Do not panic, it's still quick, easy and delicious as well..My nice creams have no sugar added, this ice cream also has very little honey, if you have a sweeter tooth than me, you can just add little bit more honey or sugar.. So guilt free, so refreshing and at same time nutritious.. How good is that?

For recipe please see " sweets "

                                 Makes 6 Servings
                                 443 Calories Per Serving

If you're still thinking why bother to make pasta at home, while we have all the countless supermarket varieties out there.. One thing I assure you, when you start making your own pasta from scratch, you'll never ever want to go back ! Because it's not only super satisfying and meditating process; at the same time it's pure, nutritious, organic and completely your own creation with whatever flavor and flour you chose.. Like me, if you want to increase your omega 3 fatty acid intake, you'll make flax meal pasta or matcha or beet or endless possibilities.. Actually this recipe was all about amazing slowly roasted eggplant and blistered tomato sauce; but I have to admit mind blowingly tasty spelt, flax meal and matcha raviolis take this dish to another level.. Comfort zone level.. I filled these little pillows with mushroom, broccoli, big bunch of kale ( why not to eat lots of green without noticing ) and hand dipped ricotta cheese, than cooked them in boiling water for 10 minutes, and tossed raviolis & let them soaked into heavenly eggplant sauce until coated completely.. I know many people are having hard time to figure it out how to cook eggplant.. It's so simple, all you need to do before doing anything; peel the eggplants like zebras, slice thickly and soak them in salty water at least for 30 minutes. This will help to take their bitterness out.. Your soaking water may turn into dark blackish color, just fine, rinse and pat dry them and cook however you like.. This recipe I diced & roasted eggplant with thick sliced juicy garden tomatoes and lots of fresh & dried herbs until they caramelized almost like a candy.. Ohhh la la summer meals can not get any better than this.. Tastes real ravioli, tastes out of this world good.. If you try, you'll understand what I'm talking about and no doubt you'll find the homemade raviolis worth the effort..

For recipe please see " pasta dishes "..

                                                PARIS - BREST WITH WILD BERRY MASCARPONE CREAM
                                                Makes 5 Servings
                                                519 Calories Per Serving

Beside famous Tour de France; every four years France holds another bike race Paris to Brest. This race story goes to early 1900's; when race started a pastry chef Louis Durand decided to make a cake that made with choux pastry shaped like a ring - looked like a bike wheel - and filled with praline flavor cream to celebrate and honor the race.. Choux pastry is actually exactly same as profiterole or éclair dough, cook on the stove top first than after egg addition bake on the oven -first on high heat than on reduced heat- until crispy outside but hollow and spongy inside.. I made individual pastries -still in ring shape - for easy serving, and used my own profiterole recipe for the dough - with less butter- and filled with wild berry mascarpone cream for killer taste.. Since I have many volunteer wild thimbleberry bushes all over my backyard, I'm trying to incorporate this delightful gift into every smoothies, ice creams and sweets.. Super light, unbelievably tasty and satisfying ! Perfect summer entertaining companion..I"m having hard time to understand why rest of the world ignore this dessert  & is not as popular as in France ?

For recipe please see " sweets "..


                                          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 8 Servings

Recipe coming soon !!

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