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                                               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 it 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 it with anything.. 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 " salads " 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

If the temperature reaches over 80 F, that means way too hot for me.. I don't want to cook or eat heavy stuff, than watermelon becomes my best friend. There are many ways to enjoy these nature beauties; my all time favorite will be watermelon salad with avocado, cucumber, tomato and lots of greens.  Recently I'm seeing lots of watermelon pizza on social media, but all of them sweet version with berries and other fruits.. I wanted to create something for everyone, something savory, something sweet; and here is what I did; I cut horizontally 1/2 " thick slices, then topped with my signature mascarpone + coconut cream + strain yogurt ( labneh ) + drop of honey + grated ginger + lemon zest mixture, and finished with avocado, thinly sliced roasted beets, lime infused radish slices, pistachios and fresh berries + cherries.. Really there is no recipe, just be creative, whatever you like go for it, there is no right or wrong in this recipe.. Anddd I have to tell you, you'll be surprised with this amazing flavor combination and super summery light taste.. This is how I summer..

Check "veggie dishes " section..

                                                                SMOKED SALMON VEGGIE FRITTATA
                                                                Makes 8 Servings
                                                                196 Calories Per Serving

Either expecting guest for brunch or just a casual backyard picnic for two; this frittata will perfectly fit in any occasions, deliver so much flavor and taste to the table.. Best of all super easy to put together and there is no rule for ingredients.. This one was made in spring which I used fresh shelled fava beans, asparagus, leeks, spring onion and fingerling potatoes.. You can switch ingredients to whatever season offers freshly. If you have any leftovers ( doubt about it !! ), they stay well in the fridge, and can be eaten warm or cold on next day.. Healthy, nutritious ( loaded with veggies, eggs and wild caught smoked salmon ) and satisfying.. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed..

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

                                                    SLOW ROASTED BALSAMIC TOMATO GALETTE
                                                    Makes 8 Servings
                                                    301 Calories Per Serving

When I’m having lots of tomatoes and fresh herbs from garden, everybody – friends, neighbor, family – knows, it’s time for caramelized tomato galette.. This is one of my signature bake good; I saw my foodie friends were fighting over for last pieces, I witnessed endless finger licking and almost begging for more, and whenever I asked to my friends what they want for pastry, answer is always the same.. Yessss this is soooo good, best of the best, cream de la cream.. Mix variety of tomatoes –usually I used heirloom varieties with sungolds, green zebra and San Marzano- are first seasoned with just a drop of olive oil, aged balsamic vinegar, garlic, and sprinkled generously with fresh herbs, then slowly roasted about 1 to 1 ½ hours in the oven until started to caramelized until flavor of tomatoes intensified like sweet candy, and finally these delicious tomato gel wrapped into most flavorful -almost gluten free -crust.. So addictive, delicious, healthy and insanely flavorful..You should try this before tomato seasons ends, guaranteed you'll be obsessed with this flavor, too..

For recipe please see " bakery " section..                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                  GF CREPE BREAKFAST ENCHILADAS

                                                             Makes 4 Enchiladas                                                                                                                                                                            430 Calories Per Enchiladas                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             I love Mexican food, but of course not the restaurant style ones, not the cheesy cheese or sauce loaded, sloppy tortilla wrapped ones.. I'm talking about real ones, like homemade, healthy but at the same time super flavorful meals.. Like this gluten free breakfast enchiladas.. They are made with quinoa crepes and stuffed with creamy roasted red pepper hummus, couple tablespoons of quinoa + French green lentil + chick pea mixture - hello to lots of quality protein and fiber -  caramelized onion, balsamic roasted carrots, yellow squash, and feta crumbles.. Yesss why not to get all the season's goodies in one plate plus your daily needs protein + fiber.. If you're working out really hard, you need to get the right food to feed your body and mind.. Clean food, pure food, real food.. This enchiladas can be super energizing breakfast, lunch or dinner, you'll decide when ? Insanely delish, after the first bite you'll start happy dancing around the table, every bite will carry different flavors and taste and directly take you to the taste heaven !!   
For recipe please see " veggie dishes " section..


                                                                 GF STONE FRUIT SUMMER CAKE
                                                                 Makes 8 Servings                                                                                                                                                                              338 Calories Per Slice                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               What makes this cake superb delicious and decadent ? Let me give you a hint; almond + cherry +plum +white peach +fresh ginger infused honey syrup = tons of flavors.. Gluten free -almond flour and brown rice flour mixture- batter wrap around season's stars sweet fruits, dough is not overly sweet, just provides the perfect complement to the fruits natural sweetness, and fruits give extra softness + moisture into the dough almost create like halva kind a taste.. Other best thing about this cake, you can switch one type of fruit for another.. Ohhh did I mention this cake is healthy  -as can be - guilt free, super light, delicious ( dangerously ) and has only 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup honey ( rest of the sweetness comes from fruits ) and freshly ground almond flour.. Ridiculously tasty, addictive and satisfying.. Summer weekends can not get any sweeter than this..                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
For recipe please see " sweets " section..                                                                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                CHILLED FRESH CORN KITCHEN SINK SOUP                                                                                                                             Makes 6 Servings                                                                                                                                                                               196 Calories Per Serving                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Every summer, every Saturday religiously I find myself at the farmers market waiting for organic fresh corns to appear. Only two vendors are carrying them, when they show up on their stand, I get too excited and usually buy too many of them- along with everything else-.. No complain, I can use fresh corn in every possible way, in bread, soup, salad, pasta etc.. After getting all the veggies from market, I make a quick weekly meal plan in my head.. Plan is always cook them in two days- when they are still super tender -, and combine them with grains and sea foods in a creative way.. Other big rule in my kitchen, no waste is accepted in fresh produce !! Even smaller amount of veggies or any left overs, always combine into another dish, they got a new life in new recipe.. Like this amazing tasty corn soup.. It has everything you need, sweet juicy fresh corn, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potato, jalapeno, balsamic roasted carrots and onion.. Sweet + spicy, creamy, luxuriously silky smooth, nutritious and healthy. I don't mind hot and humid summer days anymore, as long as this delicious chilled soup in my hands.. Isn't amazing how much nutrition you can get under 200 calories !!  Pure happiness !!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               For recipe please see " soups " section..                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              OVEN BAKED BUCKWHEAT STUFFED PEPPERS                                                                                                                       Makes 9 Peppers                                                                                                                                                                               126 Calories Per Stuffed Pepper                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 OK we're in September already, as summer comes to close, we know we are not going to have fresh juicy tomatoes, corns, beans etc, but we can console ourselves with a whole new crop of my favorite season.. Fall.. What a lovely time, so calm, crisp, quite and beautiful with stunning colors.. Anddd colorful peppers, pumpkins, chestnut, apples, all kind of possibilities.. Today I want to share super delicious, healthy and colorful fall recipe which I've made several times with different ingredients- brown rice, millet, lentil, beans-.. These days I'm trying to use buckwheat little bit more than usual into our diet.. So, these delicious tender peppers stuffed with buckwheat, tomatoes, onion, pine nuts, currants and tons of herbs and greens, finished with roasted garlic tomatoes on their top for killer taste.. Super juicy, tasty, healthy and nutritious.. Just give it a try this amazing dish ones and than you'll thank me later.. LOOK AT THEIR CALORIES !!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           For recipe please see " veggie dishes " section..                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

                                                    CARAMELIZED PEACH & JALAPENO CORN BREAD                                                                                                                   Makes 15 Servings                                                                                                                                                                             109 Calories Per Serving       

We’re having the most beautiful organic corn season this year.. I certainly take advantage of this, and make every possible version of corn dishes.. But over all, we’re insanely obsessed with these moist, sweet and spicy corn bread without any doubt.. It’s a winner, ultimate comfort food.. Who doesn’t love corn bread anyway ? You can guess the flavors from ingredients, classic moist corn bread is twisted with fresh corn + minced broccoli florets + grated zucchini mixture - of course made with just the right amount of oil ( only 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil ) and sugar-, and then topped with jalapeno and caramelized peach slices for killer taste.. You can drizzle honey on top before serving if desired.. I don’t know how you can describe the heaven with words, but this is truly flavor heaven.. Hurry, you have to have it before corn season ends..     

For recipe please see " bakery " section...


                                                                  PASTA-LESS VEGGIE LASAGNA                                                                                                                                                   Makes 6 Servings                                                                                                                                                                               405 Calories Per Serving                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             I always try to control myself about how much eating carb-loaded things like bread and pasta; eventhough I always make them at home in healthy-ish way.. Of course I'm not talking about cutting the carb completely, all I'm saying just control + aware of it.. Here is a great recipe for step up into your low carb -not diet- lifestyle, it's not just a super delicious opportunity for cutting the carb, also great way to boost your veggie intake-my another obsession-.. I used thinly sliced roasted zucchini and eggplant instead of lasagna sheets, and layered them with other veggies - fresh corn, bell peppers, chard leaves - don't forget your greens !!, heirloom tomato slices and just a right amount of cheese mixture.. This little noodle to veggie replacement can create lower carb + healthy lasagna, but still is the most comforting + crowd pleasing food on your dinner table.. I guaranteed you won't miss the pasta at all.. There is always a better + healthier way to enjoy your food, you just need to switch your mind into that..

For recipe please see " veggie dishes " section..


                                           MASCARPONE CREAM & PISTACHIO PASTE SANDWICH BUTTON COOKIES                                                                        Makes 40 Cookies                                                                                                                                                                              110 Calories Per Cookies                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                These are not regular sandwich cookies, NO not even compare with the Oreos.. They are far better than any sandwich cookies you'll ever tasted in your life.. Mascarpone & coconut cream frosting and pistachio paste smashed in between two bite sized lightly sweet sugar cookies, than their edges covered with ground pistachios. Wait we're not done here, there is a secret ingredients to this magical pairing of frosting and cookies; cardamom.. It gives extra delightful flavor into these cute as a button cookies.. One bite or two bites, it's up to you; but for sure they make you happy and dreamy..

For recipe please see "sweets " section..

                                                         CARROT, PUMPKIN AND LEMONGRASS SOUP
                                                         Makes 6 Servings
                                                         157 Calories Per Serving

Pumpkin, pumpkin, and more pumpkins.. How many pumpkin recipes are too many ? You know I'm obsessed with all organic veggies and greens, but pumpkins have special place in my heart and tummy.. I won't preach you about how pumpkins are good source of fiber, cancer fighter, immune booster etc., but also they are very low on calories, and it can keep you feeling full for a long time.. This soup is one of our house favorite, sweet + sour, spicy + fruity, crunchy + silky smooth, most importantly so versatile, easy, delicious and beyond comforting.. I know pumpkin season is over, but I'm way behind my posts, and so sorry not sparing time for updating my page regularly.. Right now I don't care about season; and I don't want to keep this amazing recipe just for myself , I want to share with everyone + keep it in my page forever. This is sooooo good, if you have a chance give it a try, guaranteed you'll come back for more..

For recipe please see " soups " section..

                               Makes 10 Slices
                               363 Calories Per Slice

I have only 4 words for you ! HEAVEN. IN. A. PLATE. I've wanted to bake something super special for my birthday.. As you know well; the best past of being food blogger is that you always eat exciting and delicious food, and you become picky eater in a very good way.. Of course worst part will be waiting for tasting until the food photographed the way you like..Overall I found main attraction of food blogging is that functions as a form of what I call " creative production ", a sense of creativity, reflection of an art form.. Like this amazing cheesecake, whole thing was finished in my mind even before start whisking; but nervous thing you'll never know how the finish product looks like.. Luckily it turned out pretty awesome in every way, beyond my imagination.. I've made crust with rolled oat, cashew, and dried cherries; then filling with labneh -drained yogurt -, little bit of cottage cheese, cashew and touch of honey.. After baked, top was covered with fresh blood orange segments, and homemade blood orange gel - which is just blood orange juice and corn starch -, andddddd fun part was the meringue decoration - of course meringue was naturally colored with beet juices and spirulina powder -.. What a strong statement, but it was the best thing I've ever tasted, my best of the best desert recipe ever.. No kidding.. I wonder what am I going to bake for my hubby's birthday ?

Self love is the most important practice that I'm trying for a long time.. Do something nice, special just for yourself is the ultimate way to achieve satisfying, meaningful and joy filled life.. Just a little bit different than every day care.. So if you want to make just one thing for yourself, let it be this cheesecake.. Because you totally deserve it, and if you don't taste this heaven I'll feel so sorry for you..

For recipe please see " sweets " section..

                                                                  HOMEMADE OVEN BAKED SPINACH RAVIOLI
                                                                  Makes 8 Servings
                                                                  401 Calories Per Serving

I should've called this dish "spinach in & out baked ravioli ".. That means, ravioli dough is made with spinach & filled with spinach, Brussel sprout and ricotta+parmesan mixture, baked with just a touch of coconut cream + more pureed spinach, then enjoyed with fresh arugula.. That means you will end up eating lots of greens in and out with your comfort food.. If someone ask me the question " can you describe the happiness ? " answer is so easy " yes, definitely green".. Simple ingredients, simple flavors, but result is so complicated.. It's that good..

For recipe please see " pasta dishes " section..

                                                                          ZUCCHINI ROSE TARTLETS
                                                                          Makes 9 Tartlets
                                                                          250 Calories Per Tartlet

These adorable mini tartlets are going to be your favorite party appetizer immediately after you'll get the first bite.. Super easy & fun to make them, all you need is simple tart dough - you can use puff pastry instead, but I really don't recommend this, because of their chemical taste, butter amount and preservatives- cheese mixture,and sliced zucchini.. Best part of the recipe will be rolling and shaping them.. They are perfect for Easter brunch table especially if serve with eatable flower goat + ricotta rings, smoked salmon, avocado, cucumber and pickled beet + quail eggs, like me.. Endless possibilities.. 

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

                                           CAULIFLOWER PUMPKIN STUFFED SUPER SOFT PRETZEL
                                           Makes 8 Pretzels
                                           354 Calories Per Pretzel

Is anyone obsessed with soft stuffed pretzel like me ? Seriously these uber soft pretzel can be appetizer / snack for game days, or delicious enough to serve with a big bowl of salad and veggies & be called supper.. These comforting soft pillows are made with mixture of oat + einkorn and brown rice flour - so basically gluten free friendly- and than stuffed with cauliflower, broccoli & roasted pumpkin puree and just a touch of cheese.. Result was unbelievably addictive, filling and super tasty.. If you just get a bite from them, you'll never ever touch the store bought pretzel again.. Ohh, did I mention how easy+ fun to make them ? Just give yourself a foodie gift, and make time for kneading, rolling and stuffing; I guaranteed you'll be so happy at the end..

For recipe please see " bakery " section..

                                                   HOMEMADE PURPLE SWEET POTATO GNOCCHI
                                                   Makes 6 Servings Casserole, Makes 109 Gnocchi (11 Calories Each One)
                                                   190 Calories Per Serving

You can make many different flavor gnocchi at home; such as spinach, ricotta, pumpkin or potato.. I LOVE purple sweet potatoes, not just for their vibrant beautiful color but their taste - very distinctive than other sweet potatoes, not overly sweet actually perfectly balanced sour taste makes them ideal candidate- Gnocchi is always pretty much blank canvas for anything, whatever you season or mix into it, really shines.. For slightly sweet flavor from gorgeous purple goodness amazingly paired with beans, pickled quail eggs + shallots, carrots and spinach sourness ..Whenever you have gnocchi in your hands, all you need is just one pan, 30 minutes, no fuss-no mess; toss everything together and get the most comforting, delicious, satisfying dinner on the table in no time.. How delightful is this ? You can freeze left over gnocchi first lightly freezing them on the baking sheet, then into plastic freezer-safe bag for next enjoyment..


For recipe please see " pasta dishes " section..

                                                           NO BAKE CHIA & SEED BAR
                                                           Makes 9 Squares
                                                           300 Calories Per Square

I never understand why they called supermarket bars as energy bars, they won't make you more energetic, faster or stronger than any other foods.. Actually they can make sugar crash just after eating, because basically store bought bars are just candy bars, which are loaded with sugar  -if you're lucky because most of them filled with high fructose corn syrup-, saturated fat and many unknown preservatives.. But you know homemade bars are exceptions.. I love making my own bars with real ingredients; lots of fiber, whole grains, seeds and no fat no sugar stuff, than I can grab couple of them without thinking, go out and exercise as long as I want... I don't know how many favorite bar recipes I have, but if they are showing up here; that means they are super good.. So give them a chance, try it, you'll be addicted.. You can keep them in the fridge in air tight container.. Super easy, delicious, filling & perfect solution for afternoon cravings..

For recipe please see " breakfast and brunch " ..

                                           WHOLE WHEAT PITA POCKETS WITH QUINOA FALAFELS
                                           Makes 8 Pita Pockets
                                           545 Calories Per Pocket

I love veggie & protein loaded sandwiches for weekday lunches or suppers..Sometimes I use just roasted sweet potato slices as a bread, and stack all the veggies and greens top on each other; but this time I've made whole wheat pita breads and filled them with quinoa + garbanzo bean falafels, vegan carrot cheese sauce, roasted peppers & sweet potatoes, pickled beet & shallots, steamed broccoli, crispy tofu bites and for more protein drizzled with tahini lemon sauce.. Ohhhh forgot the best part; they topped with crispy spicy garbanzo beans for crunchy texture and more protein !! How delicious way to feed your body and mind.. As you know protein intake is really important to keep our energy level steady and also key element to support our training goals !! If you are closely watching your protein intake like me, than you should definitely try these super yummy and loaded pockets..

For recipe please check " veggie dishes "..

                                      CAULIFLOWER, PURPLE SWEET POTATO & MUSHROOM SOUP
                                      Makes 8 Servings
                                      250 Calories Per Serving

We're in the middle of April, but weather is not accommodating; it seems very far from spring.. So soups are still my best friend, especially homemade cream of mushroom kind a soup nowadays.. Actually I'm falling love with this amazing soup, because this is the real deal, not like the soup you taste before.. It made with whole head of cauliflower and my obsession - purple sweet potatoes; pureed than topped with garlic sautéed carrots, mushrooms, roasted pine nuts, spicy crunchy buckwheats & beans, colorful microgreens and eatable petals.. That way at least we can pretend like we're in spring, right ? Nutritious one bowl serves everything you need deliciously, elegantly plus super creamy without any cream, insanely tasty without any fat, loaded with all the goodies your body craves, and WAIT, best of all, this big magic bowl has only 250 calories !! Now, tell me what's not to love about this soup ?

For recipe please see " soups "..

                                                              TURMERIC & SPICE TONIC
                                                              Makes Small Jar

Weather is changing drastically every day; one day is sunny and warm, next day is chilly and snowy.. These unstable days an important part of my self-care routine is drinking lots of turmeric tonic with mix spices.. Warm, satisfying drink will provide everything your body needs to deal with season changes.. I usually make a big batch of mixture, keep in the air tight jar, and I can have this miracle broth anytime I need it, on the way go or home.. You need to have two important component into this mixture for getting maximum health benefit from curcumin ( curcumin is powerful anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric ); black pepper and fat ( coconut oil is the best ).. Black pepper & coconut oil help absorbtion and bioavailability of curcumin.. So easy to prepare, very pleasant to drink - especially if you mix with warm milk -, besides this amazing tea, miracle powder easily can mix  into any cereal breakfast, pancake or waffle batter.. I'm not even mentioning how many health benefits you can get with this mixture..

For recipe please check " homemade drinks " section..

                                          RAINBOW SPRING ROLL WITH BROWN RICE WRAPPERS
                                          Makes 12 Rolls
                                          134 Calories Per Roll With Sauce

When the temperature rises above 60 F degrees, my brain automatically switches into lighter and easier meals.. These nutrient packed colorful rainbow spring rolls are perfect for lazy days or on the go meal for outdoor activities.. Although they are best when eaten fresh, but you can still take them with you.. Important point is storage ,they need to stay moist all the time, for this reason, I usually drizzle lime juice in & out; over the top of the ingredients and over the top of the rolls & cover them individually tightly with plastic wrap -.. Little tip for the prettiest rolls, when you're rolling, make a pile of veggies and greens close to you, then fold wrapping paper over them, roll and close two edges by folding towards the center, put colorful ingredients-the stuff you want to see from the top - (flowers, avocado, shrimp etc ) little further, and keep rolling..Because I'm avoiding any white rice products, I used brown rice paper for wrapping, but rest of the rolls -veggie and green fillings- you're pretty much free to choose whatever you prefer.. Only one thing must remain the same, delightful sweet and spicy peanut sauce.. Just simply elevates all the flavors, and makes everything tastes better in somehow.. So fresh, delicious, crunchy, super healthy, easy, vegan, gluten-free, only 134 calories and they packed with everything your body needs.. What else you can expect from your lunch ?

For recipe please check " veggie dishes "..

                                                        SOURDOUGH SPRING BREAKFAST FLAT BREAD
                                                        Makes 6 Flat Breads
                                                        533 Calories Per Flat Bread

You know I'm a super picky eater !! Even though I'm a serious pizza lover, I don't remember when was the last time I ate pizza at the restaurant.. But I remember one thing well, my husband always was teasing & betting with me; if I ordered a pizza, I would start complaining about it right after the first bite.. One of the reason -plus organic ingredients, no preserves + additives, no commercial yeast blah blah blah, I'm not going there- why I'd like to make my own pizza at home; if I don't like something, I can fix it ..This sourdough flatbread needs a little bit of work and requires lots of patience; but at the end it will pay off everything.. Sourdough pizza dough is made with awesome healthy mixture of barley flour, spelt flour, whole wheat and all purpose flour.. Toppings wise you can use whatever you like, but I personally preferred to use all the spring delicacies; farmer's market treasures asparagus, watercress, ramps, wild mushrooms and green pesto.. It's super delish by itself, but when topped with the runny pullet eggs, I'm on cloud nine.. You know if you top with eggs, everything tastes better ! Mind blowingly delicious, healthy and addictive.. You need this amazing taste in your life, not just for your taste buds, definitely necessary for sanity, too..

For recipe please see " breakfast and brunch "..

                                                            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; 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

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 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

Recipe coming soon !!
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