Brown Rice Artichoke Risotto With Berbere

January 7, 2013

Brown Rice Risotto with Berbere
I recently discovered berbere, an Ethiopian spice blend. It’s made of chili peppers, garlic, ginger, dried basil, korarima, rue, white and black pepper and fenugreek.
Berbere has a deep red color, a fragrant aroma and tastes so (so) [so] {so} ⁅so⁆ ❲so❳ good.
Plus, it’s not that hard to find: Whole Foods carries it and I’m sure any spice/specialty store sell it as well. If you’re looking to add new flavors to your meals you should definitely give it a try.


Tea: OverSteep To Increase Health Benefits

This is not a post explaining how to prepare tea properly. It’s not my job, I’m not qualified to do it, and if I’ll do it, I’ll probably end up giving the worst advice possible.
However, if you’re an avid tea drinker (like myself) who enjoys this beverage daily - with no respect whatsoever for the legit ways to brew it - you might want to hear me out.

Oversteeping cup of tea

Top Four Reasons Why Diets Fail

January 6, 2013

Losing weight is one of the top resolutions made every year, yet few achieve successful weight-loss and maintenance. Why almost all get sidetracked? According to researchers at Loyola University dieting is a skill that requires practice and good instruction. Chances are that you’re going to fall over and feel frustrated, but if you stick to the original plan you’ll eventually succeed; and the more you do it, the easier it will get.
Researchers have also identified what they believe are the top four reasons why dieters fail.

Top Four Reasons Why Diets Fail

Vegan Pistachio Almond Thins

January 1, 2013

Vegan Pistachio Almond Thins
I have this thing for pistachios. I don’t even know how to define it. Love? No, it’s more than just love. Obsession? Kind of, not exactly on point though.
Let’s put it this way: if pistachios were a girl I would probably become a crazy stalker. Watching through binoculars, stealing mail, sending notes, following everywhere, calling work and making trouble, etc. You know, all those creepy things stalkers do.
Luckily (for my own sake) pistachios are "just" a nut that can be bought almost in every shop. No stalking necessary.

Let's Talk About New Year's Resolutions...

December 30, 2012

2013 is about to begin, it's time to set goals for the coming year.

Light Turkey Meatballs With Spicy Tomato Sauce

December 28, 2012

Light Turkey Meatballs With Spicy Tomato Sauce
I like to label some foods “Once I start, I can’t stop”. Since I was a kid, orange flavored Tic Tac make it to the top of this list. One mint after the other, until I completely empty the transparent box. It takes me about as much time as walking two NYC’s blocks to get that job done. That’s why I seldom buy them.Oh, while we’re at it. Do you know that Tic Tac box lids have a crevice made to catch exactly one mint? A friend of mine told that yesterday.
Not that I care. Personally, I like to shake the box until either 1 mint or better 10 come out. That’s just the type of life I’ve led up until now, and no amount of common sense will persuade me otherwise.

The Amazing Health Benefits Of Rooibos Tea

December 27, 2012

The herbal tea made from rooibos has been a popular drink in Southern Africa for generations. The plant, Aspalathus linearis, is a broom-like member of the legume family of plants growing in the Western Cape province.
What is generally referred to as rooibos tea is in fact an infusion made from the oxidised leaves of the rooibos plant. Technically it’s not even a close relative of tea.
rooibos has gained popularity in Western countries thanks to its amazing health benefits.
Its strong and pungent taste can be off putting for some. Nonetheless, its reputation has steadily continued to climb, especially among health-conscious consumers (like us!).

Three-Vegetable Wheel

December 26, 2012

I’m going to keep things short today because I’m soon off to watch The Hobbit movie. I can’t wait.
When it comes to fantasy movies I’m a real dork. Even more so if there’s Tolkien involved.
Considering the time constraint I thought that this dish would be perfect.
An all-time
favorite in my family, this recipe is a compelling combination of a short list of ingredients that don't sound particularly exciting on the page, but come together into something more than the sum of their parts.
Fennel, cabbage, spinach, bread crumbs, parsley, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and a light drizzle of olive oil. That's it, really. Lightly boiled and then popped into the oven for a few minutes. Dead simple.
The real magic of this recipe lies not only in the fact that it’s vegan and low in calories, but mostly that even hard-core veggie haters will fall in love with it. It does happen. I’ve seen it with my own eyes. It’s the real deal.

Cardoon Flan

December 20, 2012

If you’re looking for an easy and healthy recipe to impress your guests, one that will make you look like a gourmet chef, you might want to hear me out.
This cardoon flan has all the features necessary to make you stand out among your peers and rightfully own you a spot among three-stars chefs.
The fact that it’s made with a not so common vegetable - cardoon - already implies a certain level of food-sophistication on your part. The presentation it’s certainly a show stopper, and when it comes to taste, well, the delicate yet rich flavor is made to impress. Lastly, I should add that it’s gluten-free and low in calories.
I know what you’re thinking right now: I’m overselling this. I’m really not. If I am, it’s just because I really want you to give this recipe a try.

Vegan Pumpkin Chili

December 17, 2012

Vegan Pumpkin Chili

Watching the NY Giants being routed 34-0 is painful. Especially considering that it was since 1996 that we didn’t get a regular-season shutout. Really upsetting.
Let’s be honest, Atlanta was very, very good, and we were very, very bad. An all-day disaster.
When I’m in a bad-football-mood I resort to comfort food and good friends. I thus invited my football clique to stay over for dinner and decided to make some tasty old-fashioned chili.
As I was about to start, I realized I didn’t have any ground beef at home. That gave me a good excuse to cook a vegan chili with pumpkin.
It was a huge success. Good food, good drinks, good laughs, there’s nothing else I’d rather have. We did consoled ourselves from the tragic game.
There were no vegans last night, yet no one complained about the absence of meat. I had the impression that some of them didn’t even noticed it.
Just to say that this dish is winner (unlike the Giants).