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                                            VEGGIE DELIGHT SALAD WITH SHREDDED KALE
                                            Make 4 Servings
                                            233 Calories Per Serving

This big bowl of salad is made part of marinated shredded kale, part of panzanella and part of raw vegetables, egg & onion pickles..All of my favorites get together and create wonderful taste and flavor; crunchy, sweet, and earthy..You can dress your salad with slightly sweet tahini sauce or lemony Dijon vinegarette..Also you can pick season's vegetables and make spring, fall or winter panzanella, whatever you will like to have..This can be a delicious light dinner on it's on or perfect side on seafood dishes.. Either way is so healthy, flavorful and heavenly tasty..

LOOK AT THE CALORIES !!

For recipe please see "salads" section..




                                                                     BEST BREAKFAST WAFFLE
                                                                     Makes 9 Waffles
                                                                    
141 Calories Per Waffle

Ahhh,how much I love easy Sunday morning, especially if we're treating ourself with breakfast in bed.. Breakfast in bed is an easy and perfect way to spoil yourself & make someone feel special instantly without too much effort; besides there is nothing more luxurious than a waking up to tray of insanely delicious food and drinks to relax you rest of the day.. Usually it does take a little planning to put together breakfast in bed, but waffle mix I use couldn't be easier to make, no need to plan ahead; just whisk up a batch before sitting on a breakfast, that's all.. I usually keep this dry mixture in the jar, and if we're not having extra guest- use only half of the mixture for us which makes 9 waffles..This time I layered waffles with mascarpone & coconut cream, fresh berries, kumquats, walnuts and bee pollen -of course this can be changed easily- , but at the end these waffles will be the best thing you'll ever tried, and you need them in your life.. Just saying.. By the way waffle mixture makes excellent gift for Christmas, like filling the foodie baskets..

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



                                         
                                              APPLE & WALNUT STUFFED PUMPKIN CINNAMON ROLLS

                                              Makes 22 Cinnamon Rolls
                                              201 Calories Per Roll

IT'S FALL; why not to get the season's best together in one roll ? While apples and pumpkins are in their peak season, I was dying to use them together in my baking goods. This is how pumpkin pie spiced apples and walnut stuffed pumpkin dough cinnamon rolls were born.. YES, I used homemade pumpkin puree into the dough-which makes incredibly soft dough-,  rolled them and stuffed with shredded apples, walnut, and pumpkin pie spices. For nutritional value, I used mix flour ( spelt, whole wheat and all purpose flour ), but if you want to go with pure white flour option, I would recommend to use bread flour instead of regular all purpose ( your dough will be far more softer than any others ) Gooey, soft, slightly sweet, loaded with full of season's flavors, and irresistible.. I called these rolls " autumn heaven ".. Ohh, they are taste best when they're warm..

For recipe please see " sweets " section..




               QUINOA - MUSHROOM STUFFED PABLANO PEPPERS ON CAULIFLOWER-PUMPKIN HUMMUS
               Makes 4 Servings ( 2 Peppers With Puree and Sauce )
               327 Calories Per Serving

My motto for creating filling and satisfying plant-based meal is always combine several foods together in a harmony that are high in fiber and protein to keep you going all day, plus creating great texture + flavor in every bites... Like this one, instead of having just quinoa,  stuff them into pablano peppers ( tons of vitamin and fiber ),throw in some mushrooms, and serve on cauliflower-pumpkin puree..That way you'll get your daily protein, vegetables and greens in one dish.. Before pablano peppers season's end, hurry to farmers market and get some beautiful peppers.. Healthy, filling, comforting and flavorful.. Perfect way to celebrate the fall season..

LOOK AT THE CALORIES !!

For recipe please see " veggie dishes " section..




                                             MIX WHOLE GRAIN SEED LOADED SOURDOUGH BREAD
                                             Makes 1
Loaf ( About 18 Slices )
                                            193 Calories Per Slice

I've been baking bread for quit awhile, and I can say this is the best bread I've ever made. I used homemade sourdough starter ( my wild yeast was almost 5 years old, decided to start all over again, first 2 days fed with pineapple juice ( real one, no sugar added ), then continued to feeding with just organic whole wheat flour and drinking water. End up with liveliest healthy sourdough starter ever; recipe follows ), quinoa + spelt flour besides whole wheat, sunflower & pumpkin and poppy seeds..Why is sourdough ( wild yeast ) is better for your health than quick risen commercial yeast ? The longer fermentation time of sourdough bread breaks down protein into amino acids and make more digestive bread.. Sourdough bread is basically a fermented food and like others it's good for your health; helps creating happy+ healthy intestinal flora.. It has a low glycemic impact on your metabolism ( good for diabetics ! ), plus better storage life, and unique sour flavor.. The only thing you really need is time for slow fermentation, it's about 3 days.. Rest is easy and joyful.. You need this bread in your life, so delicious, wholesome and tastes out of this world; makes you start dancing around the dinner table, guaranteed..

For recipe please see " bakery " section..




                                                                   CHRISTMAS PAVLOVA
                                                                   Makes 1 Wreath Shape Pavlova ( About 8 Servings )
                                                                   284 Calories Per Serving

We are living in magical time of the year again..'Tis the season for baking, sharing and giving.. I believe we all agree, nothing brings family and friends together quite like a delicious home cooked meal.. But this Christmas Pavlova is beyond everything else, special, exciting, fun- totally conversation piece and mind blowingly tasty as well.. You don't believe how simple to make; basic meringue shell is filled with mascarpone cheese + coconut cream +grated fresh ginger + vanilla bean and 1 to 2 tablespoons good quality honey, and garnished with cranberry sauce, sugar coated cranberries, persimmon slices and pomegranates seeds, that's all.. Simple but elegant yet, super light but delivers lots of flavor, and so pretty for decorating your party table.. Bake a difference this holiday season, and serve this decadent sweet for love ones.. This will be the real gift for anyone who loves food..

For recipe please see " sweets " section..




                                                BUTTERNUT SQUASH COCONUT SOUP WITH QUINOA
                                                Makes 6 Servings
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I don't know did I tell you before, but 12 years ago I wasn't cooking that much, rather preferred to sit down a restaurant( even though we were very picky to where to eat) and enjoyed to have someone bring me food without thinking or worrying too much.. Than I discovered a different way of entertaining & spending quality time with my hubby; started to enjoy fun process to picking our own fresh produces- best available, variety and organic-, peaceful moments to chopping, mixing together with long conversations; warm fuzzy feelings to kneading, than became obsess to what goes into my body, our bodies.. Right now eating out is a big challenge for us, either we can not easily find the wonderful taste combinations that we're experiencing everyday at home or we're disappointed with freshness of ingredients- of course I'm not talking about organic, it would be a wild dream-,or not pleased by butter-sugar content etc..No one can argue; what and how you eat actually show who you are; like your lifestyle, your home, your taste for everything, your point of view..If you have "eating healthy" in your new year's resolution list, you can start the same journey easily; like this amazing flavored soup, it's easy to make and provides everything you need daily.. Butternut squash soup can go whole bunch of different direction, very forgiving.. Personally I hate repeating recipes, always look for new flavors, crave for different combinations.. This time soup is made with butternut squash, fennel, celeriac, onion, garlic, ginger, turnip, apple and coconut milk - little bit of Thai twist - then topped with quinoa, crunchy garlic sourdough croutons, pumpkin seeds, hot pepper sauce and microgreens.. Sweet & spicy, earthy & fruity; only one way I can describe this cozy, comfort-y soup; just out of this world, period..

For recipe please see " soups " section..




                                                    BUDAE JJGAE- KOREAN ARMY BASE STEW MY WAY
                                                Makes 6 Servings
                                                451 Calories Per Serving

This amazing stew was invented after the Korean war, when the American army was stationed near to Seoul. Inspiration came from the ingredients, whatever was available that time at the American base - such as canned beans, spam, sausages and ham- mixed with Korean ingredients-such as Kimchi, dried kelp, mushrooms and hot pepper paste- and created a Korean style stew with American taste. Now, I can hear you, no I didn't use any of them in my stew-no ham, sausages, spam, sliced cheese or beef broth- instead I've made my stew with garbanzo beans, mix mushrooms, homemade Kimchi (super easy to make, and convenient to have it on hand for future sandwiches etc.), fresh mozzarella cheese and delicious homemade seaweed-mushroom broth.. Lots of flavors, lots of nutrients and one piping hot comforting stew for pleased to whole family.. I can not describe the taste with words, you have to try this.. So DELICIOUS..

For recipe please check " pasta dishes " section..




                                                       STEAMED BULGUR-SEMOLINA EMPANADAS
                                                       Makes 10 Empanadas
                                                       203 Calories Per Empanada

OK, I admit these are not your granny's empanadas, or anything else we know as a snack, appetizer or street food on daily basis. Maybe I named them wrong, but for sure they are good combination of taste, flavor and health.There are major differences between empanadas and these stuffed keftedes; opposed to empanadas flaky dough, they covered with smooth and chewy shell, and they are not baked or deep fried, instead -which seldom cooking method for empanadas- they steamed.. Their delicious dough is made with semolina, fine coarse bulgur and couple tablespoons flour, and then carefully stuffed with lentil & mushroom fillings for their deadly taste. Ohh, how can I forget the mention big contribution to delightful bites; served with pumpkin seed pesto and hot pepper sauce. Whatever you called or named them, at the end I'm sure you'll agree with me, this is madness ! They are super delicious, healthy and addictive.. 


For recipe please see " rice dishes " section..




                                                                 I CAN NOT BELIEVE IT'S SALAD
                                                                 Makes 2 Servings
                                                                 364 Calories Per Serving

You know me, when I create the recipe; I like to spend some time on details, work hard to perfect every angles, play with different ingredients and flavors, and most of the times many components marry together to create just one meal.. But this time I don't need to think hard, all I want to do go easy and still have super healthy & immune booster food on the table without spending hours in the kitchen.. Easy but still tasty, nutritious.. Ohh, flavors.. Amazing flavors.. If salad sound is boring for you; think one more time.. Last think you can say about this salad would be " boring ".. Freshness of the tender greens mixed with maple syrup caramelized pumpkin slices, boiled quail eggs, avocado ( hello to healthy fat ), juicy apples and crunchy mix variety radishes ( hello to high vitamin C content and anti- cancer properties ).. Garnish wise feel free yourself; I used goji berries, pumpkin seeds and tangy goat cheese crumbles, but as I sad possibilities are endless.. I was planning to dress this salad with tahini sauce but when I got the first bite for taste, changed my mind and went with " less is more".. Oppose to butter's name it was truly unbelievable..

For recipe please see " salads " section..




                                    MOIST PUMPKIN - ORANGE CAKE WITH PUMPKIN FROSTING
                                    Makes 10 Servings
                                    409 Calories Per Serving

As a food blogger, recipe developer and tester, our life is little different than others.. I always search for something different, more refine, more healthy, and usually there is no time or desire to go back & re-make the same recipe again. But this super moist cake has a different place in my hearth, this recipe is a keeper, and for sure winner.. I've been baking this cake for years whenever I need something special for my guest, it's foolproof, every time it turns out perfect and delicious, and I think it's time to share it.. Cake is super moist, light and airy, -because of pumpkin puree and orange juice addition, and plus more orange juice for moistening the layers- and mascarpone-pumpkin frosting is literally icing on the cake, top of everything, so light, so creamy and full of flavor.. As usual not too sweet, but lots of citrusy pumpkiny creamy flavors will satisfy your sweet tooth for sure..Trust me, you can not get any better than this.. Just saying..

For recipe please see " sweets " section..




                                                              SOURDOUGH PITA SANDWICHES
                                                              Makes 8 Sandwiches
                                                              Calories

I've made these killer pita pockets for super bowl weekend.. Idea was while having fun with party food, getting daily nutrition deliciously at the same time. As you know I'm not using any commercial yeast for last few years, when working with sourdough the only problem is time, it needs time for slow fermentation which I didn't have this weekend. I decided to increase sourdough starter amount, and decrease the bulk fermentation time-and hoping sourdough will act like commercial yeast- It did..It worked like a magic, dough was ready in 2 hours.. As usual I mixed barley, whole wheat and all purpose flour for extra nutritional value, then I spread thick layer of hummus on both sides, filled with red bell pepper, jalapenos, crispy pan fried tofu ( if you coat tofu slices with corn starch before cooking, result will be so different than usual ), avocado, and cauliflower+quinoa balls.. Ahhh, of course topped with lots of crispy chick peas, tender radishes and greens.. I can not find the words to describe their taste, combination of flavors.. So good, so filling, so healthy (even they are party food ), so satisfying !! Game was amazing, but no doubt these pita sandwiches were winner !!

For recipe please see " veggie dishes " section..




                                                                         KUGELHOPF
                                                                         Makes 14 Slices
                                                                        160 Calories Per Slice

Kugelhopf ?? Is it a bread or cake ?? It's just a perfect combination of both; not too sweet slices can be either excellent coffee cake or breakfast bread, but for sure both way will be delicious.. If you like brioche or panettone, than you'll be crazy for this one.. Super airy, light and unbelievably flavorful.. Soft spongy cake-y yeasted bread is originated in Germany and Austria; and traditionally made in speacial earthenware mold, but you can use 6 to 8 cups capacity bundt cake mold instead..Now only one thing I can say about this delicacy, stop whatever you're doing right now, rush to the kitchen and make this.. You'll thank me later..

For recipe please see " sweets " section..




                                                     CUSTARD CREAM & CHOCOLATE CAKE BITES
                                                     Makes 10 Cakes
                                                     243 Calories Per Cake

I grew up with an excellent baker..My mom.. Every single day, she was spending hours for baking impressive cakes and cookies just for making us happy..This wonderful women 82 years old right now.. NO, she is not baking like used to be.. Maybe just for special occasions.. But still an amazing baker in our heart.. Last year when she was visiting us, it's the first time she told me she is missing something so badly; mini two bites cakes - she called " princess cakes"- that she was eating in her high school years with friends whenever they went to bakery.. Can you believe this, my mom can't bake or find these cakes any more; but dreaming everyday to taste them again.. It became the most important task for me to find these delicacy's recipe.. But must be exactly same in and out, other than she has disappointed.. If you consider she kept this secret all those years for herself, until last year.. It must be really good, NO must be excellent.. So I've been searching this secret for over a year with no success.. Suddenly magic happened when I was reading completely different article- not even food related- it was mentioning about these mini cakes.. It wasn't any recipe, but information was good enough for me to try.. This is how these wonderful soft pillow-y custard cream stuffed cakes born.. First of all my mom was completely right about them, mind blowingly flavorful, addictive and decadent.. And second, definitely unforgeable - plus how many cakes have a story behind them ?-This recipe is secure right now, and waiting approval from master..

You will have left over corners from cake and custard cream.. You can just layer them in a glass or bowl, and enjoy like pudding..

For recipe please see " sweets " section..




                                                        MAGICAL BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE BOWL
                                                        Makes 2 Servings
                                                        470 Calories Per Serving

I've been asked this question so many times: what's your morning routine ? It's really hard for me to answer this, because I like variety, I really don't have morning routines except having nutritious, healthy, anti-oxidant loaded, refreshing all in one kind a breakfast and oolong tea.. I like changing and playing with different ingredients, but some parts must stay the same : using spices ( turmeric and cinnamon are essentials ), bee pollens, goji berries, seeds ( especially chia and flax ), and lots of fresh fruits.. Couple weeks ago, I just made this smoothie bowl for breakfast; and after first spoon; we just looked at each other and asked " why we 're not having this every morning ?".. Let me tell you the ingredients, than you'll tell me the taste.. Flavor combination speaks itself; pumpkin puree + rolled oat + almond butter smoothie is served with quinoa, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, goji berries, bee pollen and fresh fruits.. So nutritious and filling, but so delicious as well..

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




                                                               BEST VEGGIE POTSTICKER
                                                               Makes 24 Potstickers
                                                               75 Calories Per Potsticker

Rooster year started deliciously.. It's our house tradition; we never celebrate Chinese New Year without  homemade dumplings.. Nowadays you can find wrappers in any supermarket; but homemade ones are far tastier than any of them..They're time consuming, but when you taste them, they will take you in another place, happy place.. They are well worth the effort.. If we're lucky enough to have extras; I always freeze them for future enjoyment.. OK, this year I filled them with Brussel sprouts shreds, red bell pepper, carrot, tofu and broccoli florets.. You know there is no rules for filling, vegetarian ones usually fill with cabbage mainly; but again whatever you like to taste, you can use it as a filler.. I served them with two different dipping sauces; one is slightly sweet peanut butter sauce, other is soy sauce base spicy dipping.. How they tasted ? Well, you'll never know if you're not going to make them.. And you'll miss big; because they are amazing, I can not stop eating them..

For recipe please see " pasta dishes " section..



 
                                                              KUNG PAO SHRIMP TACOS
                                                              Makes 10 Tacos
                                                              163 Calories Per Taco

I can not easily pull myself out from Asian flavors, and crave these flavor packed dishes very often.. Especially stir fry sauces, and spices.. ESPECIALLY this best of the best Kung Pao sauce which goes with everything - it's really all about the sauce- ; take any dishes from OK to outstanding.. Kung Pao's spicy, garlic-y, sweet, and nutty flavor combination is so unique, complex and irresistible; it makes a good base for any protein choices -chicken, beef, tofu, shrimp -.. I combined Kung Pao's delightful flavor with shrimps, pickled quail eggs, beet, shallots, radishes and greens.. Andddd end up addictive, mind blowingly flavorful kind a street food that fancy enough for your weekend gatherings + taste 100 times better than any experience you had in restaurants before.. This recipe provides more sauce than you need for tacos, you can keep it in the fridge -2 weeks in the fridge or you can freeze it for longer period- for future stir fries or noodle dishes..

For recipe please see " sea food " section..




                                                              SPINACH BREAKFAST DONUTS
                                                              Makes 12 Donuts
                                                              167 Calories Per Donut

These oven baked green goodies are our house favorite nowadays.. I totally fall in love with them, because they're super easy to make; everything goes into high speed blender( I don't recommend using food processor for this, because we need really smooth batter ), blend it until smooth and mix with the rest of the ingredients.. That's all.. Second reason why I love to make them; they are healthy as can be.. Oven baked, loaded with spinach which naturally dyes the donuts without any unnecessary coloring ( I never used any coloring in my kitchen )- and you know how I obsess about mixing veggies into just about everything we eat-, they made with only 3 tablespoons coconut oil + 3 tablespoons honey, anddd glazed with matcha -green tea powder.. The last reason; because they are unbelievable delicious, satisfying and irresistible.. Do I need to say any other reason to convince you to try them ?


For recipe please see " sweets " section..




                                      LOADED BAKED SWEET POTATOES WITH SPICY CHICKPEAS
                                      Makes 2 Servings
                                      468 Calories Per Serving

These veggie loaded baked sweet potatoes are amazing by itself; but if you drizzle them with whipped yogurt + mustard & goat cheese mixture and topped with crispy spiced roasted garbanzo beans.. That's ridiculously delicious.. They have everything you're looking for; super easy to make, soft + crunchy, sweet + sour, healthy + super yummy.. You can easily play with the stuffing ingredients, but please don't even think about to skip the whipped yogurt + goat mixture and crunchy goodness.. So good, comforting and filling..

For recipe please see " veggie dishes " section..




                                                                   TOURTE MILANESE
                                                                   Makes 10 Slices
                                                                   316 Calories Per Slice

I'm trying to design our buffet style Easter brunch menu, and looking for something different, something colorful + egg-y, something exciting but extremely tasty as well.. Quiche, omelette, egg benedict, devil eggs.. Sounds not interesting to me, then tourte Milanese came into my mind.. It fit perfectly every criteria I was looking for, plus I can prep and cook the entire tourte a day before and just bring it to a room temperature or lightly warm it up in the oven before serving.. Of course my version is a vegetarian (without ham + heavy on the veggies but easy on the cheese ) has layers of veggies and endless flavors; scramble eggs, spinach + kale + dandelion greens, sauteed garlic mushrooms, roasted red bell peppers and just a touch of cheese.. ANDD the best part; all the ingredients wrap into beautiful homemade pie / puff pastry blanket.. Either for celebration or just for weekend brunch, this is an absolute conversation piece; it won't be just an eye candy, when you get the first bite it will put a big smile on your face..

For recipe please see " bakery " section..




                                                                                HOT CROSS BUN
                                                                          Makes 17 Buns
                                                                          277 Calories Each Bun

Easter is around the corner, that means hot cross bun season !! These aromatic buns are Easter tradition, typically served on Good Friday, the Friday before Easter Sunday.. According the old English tale that hot cross bun baked in Good Friday will stay fresh throughout the following Easter.. Even some bakers believed if they keep one bun and hang somewhere in the kitchen on Good Friday that would bring all the luck- meant; all the yeast dough will rise successfully that year - I'm not sure about their magical power, but one thing for sure they are super delicious, either plain or toasted with cheese.. These soft pillows are spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice and orange zest; and sweetened naturally with currants, orange juice and honey... If you've never tried baking them before, you should hop in this recipe.. Guaranteed you won't be regret..

For recipe please see " bakery " section..




                                                             BAO STEAM BUNS WITH CURRY FISH BALLS
                                                             Makes 8 Servings
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Who doesn't like street food ? Especially if freshly baked puff steam buns stuffed with curried juicy, delicious, spicy salmon balls, and lots of fresh vegetables + greens.. Sounds yummy !! Making your own Chinese steam buns at home easier than you think; it's a fool proof yeast dough; roll into rounds, fold it over and steam as is.. It's that easy.. No filling necessary until they hit the table; than everyone can fill their buns whatever they like.. Typically stuff with the similar vegetables - whatever ingredients used in famous Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches - radishes, pickled onion, cabbages, scallion, and cilantro.. I stretched my imagination, stuffed them with curried salmon balls - which is the BEST thing ever - , more curry sauce for moistening the buns - REALLY recipe is all about this homemade curry sauce that you can use it in everything, with this recipe you'll have more sauce than you need, of course you can freeze it for later use-, and rest is pickled veggies and greens.. It is messy - what a beautiful mess -, juicy and unbelievably delicious.. Of course finger licking is required.. Perfect for weekend gatherings and game days or anytime you need insanely delish comfort food..

For recipe please see " sea food " section..




                                                                COLORFUL SUSHI DONUTS
                                                                Makes 9 Donuts
                                                                267 Calories Per Donut

These colorful, playful and joyful sushi donuts are on my to do list for awhile; but for my hubby's birthday dinner when I asked him " what he wants for celebration ", he responded me without any hesitation " donuts, but not just regular donuts something special, something twisted ".. He was thinking challenged me with this " twisted " part, but immediately after "donut " demand, menu was already set in my mind.. With a big smile on my face.. We LOVE & EAT sushi in anytime, breakfast, lunch or dinner, we don't have any problem with it.. How about sushi donuts ?? Believe me you can not get any better than this.. If you prepare garnish ingredients in advance - some parts pickled or infused with yuzu - you can put together sushi donuts in no time.. Because of their shape, I compacted everything - all the components of sushi -  stuffed either inside or outside of the rings.. Served them on individual cut nori sheets, stuffed them with avocado + wasabi paste, and garnished with grated beet infused fresh ginger.. Taste ?? Out of this world .. Super refreshing, satisfying and amazingly delicious.. Ohh, of coarse unforgettable too..

For recipe please see " sea food " section..




                                                                     CRANBERRY COBBLER
                                                                     Makes 3 - 6 " Skillet, 6 Servings
                                                                     316 Calories Per Serving

This is the easiest and healthiest fruit cobbler recipe ever !! No of course it's not made with 1 or 2 sticks of butter, or cups of sugar; but still had tons of flavor and texture.. You can use any ripe fruit for this recipe - usually peach is the number one candidate -, I picked cranberries and pomegranate jewels; because of I had frozen cranberries from the holiday season + craved some sweet and sour taste together..Andddd peaches are not in their season..Two different texture and flavor parts make this dessert special; juicy fruity bottom part and sugar cookie / pie crust top come together deliciously.. Especially if you serve them in individual pans, and top with dollop of mascarpone cream or vanilla ice cream, believe me you will reach the Nirvana.. They're amazing for any family gatherings, casual week nights or Easter brunch.. After you taste this heavenly juicy cobbler, you can easily find the occasions.. 

For recipe please see " sweets " section..




                                                         RICOTTA & KALE STUFFED CREPE MANICOTTI
                                                         Makes 8 Manicotti
                                                         245 Calories Per Manicotti

This delightful baked rolls will be my last Easter brunch succession..Rigid tubular pasta -Italian way - or very thin crepes - American way -, stuffed with variety of things, but lots of cheese - , covered with tomato sauce and baked.. This what manicotti is.. Basically baked pasta dish turns into enchilada kind a dish in here.. I actually like crepe version better, because of the lightness, because of homemade crepes healthier than manicotti shells.. I also enhanced their lightness with staying easy on the cheese, but really heavy on the greens-you know my green obsession-; filled these paper thin crepes with lots of kale, spinach, ricotta and fresh mozzarella, than baked in homemade tomato & pepper sauce until cheese is melted.. Ridiculously delicious all in one kind a dish.. You can make stuffed crepes in advance and whenever you need just cover them with sauce + pop in the oven.. How cool is that ?

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




                                      RUTABAGA-SUNCHOKE & NAVY BEAN HUMMUS WITH SUNCHOKE CHIPS
                                   Makes 8 Servings
                                   135 Calories Per Serving Without Chips

I love all kind of vegetables but roots have special place in my heart.. I use them in almost every soups, sides, sauces and even in sweets.. If you are looking something light and healthy for weekday lunches -especially on the go - hummus is the answer.. Good hummus=chickpea is not a rule in my kitchen.. I can make this healthy / low calorie appetizer with almost anything.. Lentils, beans, roots, avocados.. This time, I used white navy beans, sunchokes, and rutabaga + tahini, garlic, lemon juice and pepper sauce.. Super flavorful, creamy, smooth spread was amazing by itself but when I served it with sunchoke + rutabaga chips and fresh radishes, ohhhhhhh... It was real heaven.. I simply doubled their flavor and intensely tasted in every bites..You know it's super easy to make big batch of hummus in no time; and you know it will be 100 times better than the store bought ones, you know there won't be any chemicals, preservatives or non-pronounceable ingredients, and you know it's vegan, gluten free + loaded with quality protein beyond just flavors .. So what are waiting for ?

For recipe please see " veggie dishes " section..




                                                                BIANG BIANG NOODLES
                                                                Makes 4 Servings
                                                                370 Calories Per Serving

Chinese Biang Biang noodles ( Biang is describing the sound when noodles are smashing against the counter- NO, I didn't hear that sound, maybe "slap slap " but definitely not " biang biang " )  wide -also known as belt noodles- thick, chewy, hand pulled noodles are really fun to make, and super tasty to eat kind a dish.. You don't need to pasta machine or any rolling skills to make them.. Noodle dough is soft, elastic, and easily stretchable.. When you are cooking fresh noodles, be aware, they can cook only 1 1/2 minutes. Traditionally they mix with hot chili oil, I was easy on this; but if you can handle the heat go for more.. Besides hot chili oil; I mixed noodles with my delightful Thai yellow curry sauce, sautéed leeks and blanched broccolini for extra flavor.. I confidently say, this one was the best filling, satisfying and addictive noodles I've ever had, and now I'm still dreaming about it.. I have to warn you, if you ever dare to try this dish, than you'll be hook to the flavors.. SO GOOD !!

For recipe please see " pasta dishes " section..




                                                                  RED BEET & MILLET CAKES
                                                                  Makes 10 Patties
                                                                  130 Calories Each Patty

Spring is finally sprung here in Midwest.. Garden is thriving, trees are blooming, my birds are chirping.. Spring is always a happy time.. When the season is changed, my eating habit is slightly shifting from beans, legumes to vegetables and tender greens.. Ahhhh, I can't wait to have my salad greens, herbs and eatable flowers; when you grow them organically you know nothing can beat their freshness and taste.. Anyway back to the post, and talk about this flavorful lunch dish.. Generally I love incorporating millet in everything I cook, but these days I'm obsess about this little grain; because I'm trying to eat gluten-free at least 4 days a week.. I've made many millet cakes in last decades, but this one is special.. Millet's earthy flavor perfectly combined with mixture of red beet, spring onion, garlic, lots of green mixture ( YES 6 cups of green; spinach, radish greens, and mustard green ), blue + goat cheese mixture and my favorite spice- turmeric.. This delicious patties can serve on tender green bed with radishes and lemony tahini sauce -don't skip this, even just tablespoon drizzle can make all the difference- Delicate flavor combination is insanely addictive, and delicious.. Of course I'm not mentioning how healthy it is.. This is why it's one of my top " on the go lunch " meal..

For recipe please see " rice dishes " section..




                                                      MATCHA + TURMERIC GRANOLA BAR
                                                      Makes 8 Matcha +8 Turmeric Bar
                                                      288 Calories For Matcha Bar, 295 Calories For Turmeric Bar

Now it's official, we have a spring fever.. Nobody wants to stay inside, we all are trying to find an excuses to spend some time outside either for gardening, running, shopping.. Whatever the reason .. I'm totally with you guys; for me warmer weather means=hiking, biking, sailing, running, any kind of outdoor activities.. I LOVE outdoor workouts, but I have only one little problem in this picture; what I am going to eat when I need extra kick ? Eating healthy can be the biggest challenge during outdoor activities if my backpack is empty.. For this reason I always prepare + pack energy providing protein bars, easy eatable sandwiches etc, than I can purely enjoy me time.. These granola bars are simply the best - believe me, if not it wouldn't be here - they are not overly sweet but satisfying.. One is made with rolled oat, puffed kamut and matcha, other is quinoa, dried fruits, nuts and my fav -turmeric.. I really can not pick which one is better; they have different texture and flavor; soft vs crunchy, chewy vs tender.. Like yin & yang..One thing common for both, eating healthy+life is easy with them, every bites make you happy + energize with lots of different flavors.. They are not just fueling your body, at the same time leaving amazing flavors and taste behind.. How wonderful ?

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




                                                                WHOLE WHEAT CONCHAS
                                                                Makes 9 Conchas
                                                                321 Calories Per Concha

Our Cinco de Mayo tradition; eating delicious Mexican food ( for me good excuse for trying different recipes ), music( mariachis are must have ), margaritas ( we barely drink alcohol, but hey it's a celebration ) and some quality time with friends.. I'm celebrating this for whole week with pure authentic Mexican flavors; but I have to warn you, these are not your grannies conchas.. Definitely not.. Normally conchas -also known as Mexican sweet bread- are loaded with butter-sometimes even margarine- and sugar, but these soft pillows are made in health conscious kitchen with just a right amount of butter-sugar content, and natural spice coloring ( turmeric, matcha and blueberry ).. Even though they are short on butter + sugar, still insanely delicious and tasty especially when they freshly baked and warm.. Perfect pair with cup of tea or coffee, and piece of cheese.. Yes, please try them with aged cheddar cheese; this is game changer.. Sweet and salty combination enhance the flavors, and make you come back for another one, and another one...

For recipe please see " sweets " section..




                                                        BUCKWHEAT HUEVOS RANCHEROS
                                                        Makes 4 Servings
                                                        448 Calories Per Serving

If you are like me, and like getting all the essential needs in one pan deliciously, then I have a great recipe for you ! If I don't have anything in my mind for lunch or dinner; then I can prepare and put this meal on the table in no time -but don't forget my fridge is always pack with cooked beans and grains- All I need to do, just combine the flavors + nutrition in a harmony, and of course finish / crown with soft runny eggs.. For me, if any dish topped with soft eggs, it puts me automatically on cloud nine !! This time I combined gluten-free buckwheat groats, black bean, onion + garlic sautéed spinach, whipped feta + yogurt crema, avocado, lots of greens and homemade salsa together. It is so good, nutritious, filling, and best of all it's easy to play with ingredients kind a dish, pretty much recipe is a blank canvas, you can use chick peas, lentils, beans, all kind of wheat, or go with gluten free amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat.. Options are endless.. I'm telling you, whatever your version is going to be; guaranteed, this super healthy meal would satisfy the whole family..

For recipe please see " rice dishes " section..




                                                   GF STRAWBERRY RHUBARB CURD TARTLETTE
                                                   Makes 6-4" + 2 Big Elliptical Tartlette
                                                   225 Calories in 4" Tartlette


So CUTE !! So DELICIOUS !! These adorable mini tartlets are filled with season's delicacies; rhubarb, strawberries, goji berries and lemon juice. It's a classic curd recipe but of course a healthy version one; made with only 2 tablespoons butter and 1/2 cup sugar in all.. For the crust, I made gluten free tart shells with oat, almond, buckwheat, coconut and banana flour.. They're not just eye candy, unbelievably tasty, refreshing, and surprising.. Let me tell you the whole story.. What will happen when you taste them.. If you remember the movie " Ratatouille ", when food critic journalist got the first bite from his meal, he closed his eyes,  no talking, no reaction, pure silence.. Than he mumbled, cried, got another bite, another one, and he said this taste took him to his childhood days..These tartlets have that kind of taste and flavor.. Kind a out of this world taste.. Super delicate flavors will instantly flash back you to the your mama's kitchen, for sure.. You have to have this taste in your life before you die.. Bucket taste list #1..

For recipe please see " sweets " section..




                                                    GALAXY RAVIOLI WITH RAINBOW VEGGIES
                                                    Makes 4 Servings
                                                    Calories

Here is my secret for making delicious homemade pasta- yes, I'm talking from scratch- every time; just relax, enjoy and have your favorite music on the radio. Making your own fresh pasta is fun, easy - believe me it's taking a bit of time but totally worth the effort - extremely rewarding and strangely most satisfying action you can take in the kitchen.. Sometimes make me thinking, I can trade fresh pasta making with my meditation session.. Other important fact, you'll eat fresh pasta whenever you crave; that means pasta is not going to be quick dinner fix- this will protect you from extra carbs and eating more pasta -; instead you will have very special, fine dining kind a dinner just for occasionally. Of course I'm not mentioning the taste, flavors, nutrition.. This time I challenged myself, push the boundaries; how can I add more veggies, flavors and nutrition in one plate ? I've made three colors ravioli dough - spinach, beet and turmeric - and filled with garlic mushrooms, dandelion greens, mascarpone and cheddar cheese..These plates had only 4 raviolis, but loaded with all other healthy goodies, like carrots, beets, quail eggs, radishes, sunchoke, rutabaga and labneh yogurt balls.. How amazing is this ? Taste is so unique, mind blowingly flavorful, comforting, and  I bet you never had something like that before.. I put extra fresh pasta picture with the recipe, what a beautiful colors.. Make sure eat your colors..

For recipe please see " pasta dishes " section..




                                                      SPICY SALMON POKE BOWL
                                                      Makes 4 Servings
                                                      465 Calories Per Serving

Poke bowl is basically bite size marinated fish salad over a bed of rice, popular in Hawaii, now is a food craze all over the States. The best part, it's really easy to prepare at home and it can satisfy your sushi cravings anytime. I usually make marinated lightly cooked version for winter and sushi kind raw version for summer; either way it's healthy, refreshing, light and mind blowingly delicious. I'm addicting these spicy, tangy, sweet and crunchy bowls, they are that good.. Believe me you need them in your life, you have to try this..


For recipe please see " sea food " section..




                                               UNICORN FROSTED GF CHOCOLATE & STRAWBERRY CAKE
                                               Makes 8 Servings
                                               504 Calories Per Serving

I'm celebrating the berry season with this gluten free healthy chocolate cake that is crowned with mascarpone & coconut whipped frosting.. I said healthy, because not overly sweet as usual, just minimally sweetened, and made with only 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil.. If you're lucky enough to pick your own strawberries, this cake will taste thousand times better.. I baked it in two 6 inches cake pans, and layered them with meringue frosting, fresh berry mixture and pineapple chunks, then covered with my foolproof honey sweetened mascarpone + coconut whipped frosting which colored naturally by matcha, goji berry powder and red beet powder.. This frosting never disappoints me; always light, delicious, and same consistency with cream cheese and butter frosting - of course without all the unnecessary calories - Easy, healthy, insanely delicious and perfect for summer entertaining.. Hands down, this will be the best gluten free cake you'll ever taste.. Not just gluten free, most importantly guilt free.. 

For recipe please see " sweets " section..




                                                                  HUMMUS & RAW BEET SALAD
                                                                  Makes 4 Servings
                                                                  493 Calories Per Serving

Clean eating 101; you should eat pure, clean, real ( I called grown up ) food -preferably organic and fresh - , and most importantly have to have healthy, protein loaded snacks in between meals for muscle tones and energy levels.. If you're looking for healthy sources of protein in your diet -especially plant based diet -; hummus is a perfect candidate. Easy, loaded with quality / digestible protein and super delicious as long as if made with real ingredients.. Hummus is not just a snack in our diet, I can use it as a base for salads, veggies, pastas and pretty much use with everything.. I like to play with ingredients too, sometimes I use chickpeas, sometimes beans, lentils, beets or any roasted veggies.. For example, last week I've made simple hummus with baby Lima beans then I topped with slow roasted tomatoes and roasted zucchini & asparagus.. It was divine.. Anyway back to this post; for this amazing salad, I used classic chickpea hummus as a bed on one side, and topped with quinoa, whipped labneh + feta mixture, chopped walnuts and spicy + crunchy garbanzo beans, on other side I layered grated carrots, red + yellow beets, avocado and more protein source quail eggs on top of each other.. Of coarse finished with fresh tender greens and eatable flowers.. All the interesting flavors combined beautifully together, and created most delicious, filling salad ever.. OK people, what are you waiting for; go head and make a big batch of creamy silky goodness, and keep it in the fridge for creative dishes..

For recipe please see " veggie dishes " section..




                                                                GF STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
                                                                Makes 8 Servings
                                                                566 Calories Per Serving

In our home strawberry shortcake has been always a classic sweet for 4th of July.. Of course every year I always change the recipe a bit; sometimes I use sweet juicy peaches, sometimes berries; but always strawberries are the winner.. This year I challenged myself with gluten free dough, and it turned out pretty awesome- worth to be posted- , lightly sweet biscuits layered with light refreshing mascarpone, yogurt and coconut cream frosting, fresh delicious strawberries and drizzled with homemade strawberry + rhubarb compote.. No words can describe this heavenly taste, I think few years from now I'll stick with this recipe.. Please make yourself a big favorite, and skip the store bought biscuits or whipped cream loaded tasteless premade ones..You'll be surprised how easy to make this absolute crowd pleaser treat !! 

For recipe please see " sweets " section..




                                                                          WATERMELON PIZZA
                                                                          Makes 4 Servings
                                                                          Calories

Recipe coming soon !!
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