Cucumber and mango salad

Looking for some freshness? I know you do!

It is true that tropical vibes are picking up steam when it comes to fashion and interior design, but this old-new trend is hitting the kitchen as well… and the good news is that it is easy to incorporate into your everyday diet to overcome summer heat!

So, if you ask me to suggest an easy recipe with few ingredients, this cucumber and mangoes salad always comes first on my mind… Because nothing put us in the mood for summer than a fresh radiant salad inspired by natural beauty!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1 ripe mango
  • coriander

THE DRESSING:

  • 3 tablespoons apple vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoons of ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of black or white pepper

INSTRUCTIONS: 

  1. Cube mango and cucumber.
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Broccoli & spinach omelette

My sister is the living proof that you can make any kid eat greens. She used to hate broccoli and spinach, thinking that they had no taste… But luckily the big sister (me) doesn’t take no for an answer! One thing I knew for sure, making your own food increases the chances to like it! So, I simply challenged her to cook an omelette using broccoli and spinach… no surprise, she couldn’t help but savor the dish she made.

Now forget about your usual omelette, this recipe is the perfect protein packed meal that totally delivers on flavor! Once you try the Broccoli & spinach version of omelette, you won’t slip back to your old habits… And the good news is that broccoli and spinach sit high atop the list of nutrient-packed vegetables.

IF YOU ASK ME, this is the appropriate dish for any meal!

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Ingredients:

  • Broccoli
  • 2 eggs
  • Spinach
  • milk
  • 1 tsp blue cheese
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Steam or Boil broccoli and spinach,
  2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Stir in cooked broccoli,spinach and blue cheese.
  3. Heat olive oil over medium heat; pour in the mixture. Cook for 7 to 10 minutes.

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Energy balls

You know Ramadan is around the corner when you walk into a supermarket and see dates on sale alongside with unbelievable deals and special offers on food and drinks.

As part of the ” Ramadan rush”, some of us might get completely blown away and fooled by the multiple choices in front of us, but always remember that Ramadan is meant to be a spiritual test of self-discipline to remind believers of their own blessings as well as of the needs of other human beings.

In fact, Ramadan’s Ftour is not about the amount of dishes that one is serving on the Ftour table but the quality of food… Less is better! It’s important not to go overboard when eating during Ramadan, one should figure out how to feature good food with high nutritional value in small budget recipes!

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If you ask me, I always make sure to brake my fast with light dishes…

  • First, one cup of water,
  • Dates or energy balls,
  • A soup or Harira
  • One side dish

During summertime, I sometimes swap soups for rich salads! But one thing is sure, energy balls are essential for an energy boost and thus a healthy treat! These are the perfect fuel for your fast and the good news is that they are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals and thus, perfect for a fasting body…

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Ingredients: 

Date balls: 

  • 1/2 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup almonds + nuts
  • 2 tsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp Cocoa
  • 1 tbs figs powder
  • Honey ( optional)

Toppings:

  • Dark Chocolate, coconut powder or pistachios!

Instructions: 

  1. Combine date balls ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Roll balls using your hands, and chill in the fridge for a couple of minutes.
  3. Dip the rolls in melted dark chocolate and top with coconut powder or pistachios crumbs.

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Tropical Kebab

Some of you might say isn’t it too soon to celebrate summer? but hey, life is too short to wait for summer season to have fresh colorful food to boost your mood!

When I think about summer, I think about juicy barbecues with sauces, side dishes and lots of greens! but the fact is, I’ve eaten so many dry and burned Skewers in my lifetime that any salad could make it up for it, which makes me think that skewers, Kebabs, or anything on a stick are often executed in a way that leaves them dry!

So what’s the trick to the perfect skewers?

 

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It all starts with the marinade… With all the possibilities and choices that we have, some of us might stick to salt! You know, there is nothing wrong with that; matter of fact science has proven that marinades are primarily a surface treatment in which only the salt penetrates deep since it reacts chemically with the water in the meat. But it is no longer a reason to avoid the process of marinating meat when we know its secrets:

  • Tenderizing: it is the process of making the meat softer, Acids are often used for their ability to tenderize. Some might use baking soda, vinegar, Yogurt, Tomato Based Sauces or fresh fruit juices like Figs, Pineapple, Kiwis, Papaya as they contain vegetable enzymes that dissolve protein and connective tissues.
  • Spicing: Spices & Herbs are used for flavor, like black pepper, thyme and rosemary. They can definitely make wonderful aromas and surprise your guests!
  • Balancing: A marinade should not be TOO SWEET or TOO SALTY or TOO ACID… One should always find that balance. For example, If you’re marinating in pineapple juice, add soy sauce to balance the sweetness and tartness.
  • Gashing the food: Cute slices into the surface of your meat so that the marinate could enter!
  • Longer is better:  this is certainly one of the myths when it comes to making perfect skewers, the truth is that meat shouldn’t be allowed to marinate for longer than two hours since the acidity will then begin to toughen it. The only exception would be using oil instead of an acid ingredient!

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  • Ingredients: 

The marinade :

  • ¼ cup fresh pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp Ginger powder
  • 1/2 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • Rosemary

The skewers:

  • Turkey cubes
  • 2 Bell peppers cut into cubes
  • 1 big Onions cut into cubes
  • ½ small pineapple peeled, cored and cut into cubes

 

  • Instructions: 
  1. Mix together the turkey and the marinade ingredients. Chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Thread turkey and vegetables on skewers.
  3. Grill, over medium heat, for 8 to 10 minutes or until turkey is cooked through.

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No bake Granola cups

How much do we know about dark chocolate?

Labeling dark chocolate might be slightly difficult but we do agree that any regular person is practically able to tell that chocolate is good by its taste; the bitter it is the more tasty! But to understand what makes good dark chocolate, it is very important to dig deeper into its origins and figure out its benefits!

“Food of the Gods” , History reports that chocolate was first consumed by native Americans as a beverage rather than it’s actual form ( treat)… In some parts of Central America, it is recorded that cocoa beans were the local currency until recently (the last century).

It is a real treasure growing inside the fruit on cacao trees, the beans are first fermented, dried then cleaned and roasted. The fermentation and roasting process gives a complexity to its flavor! The cocoa shell embraces the cocoa nib which holds two components : cocoa butter and cocoa cake that becomes cocoa powder. What affects the quality of dark chocolate is the its composition: the higher the percentage of cocoa butter remaining, the more flavorful the cocoa powder tastes.

Besides being super satisfying and hard to overdo, pure dark chocolate can positively affect our health since it is:

  • Loaded with fibers and minerals ( Iron, Magnesium, Copper,…),
  • Rich in antioxidants,
  • a key ingredient to lower blood pressure,
  • stimulant as it contains substances like caffeine and theobromine.

But, since real dark chocolate isn’t always simple to identify by the look of it; making a choice is often hard… Especially, if we are facing so many options! Luckily, I might help you with that. Here’s what to look for in a good quality dark chocolate:

  • A high cocoa percentage (70% and more)
  • Pure flavorings and natural ingredients
  • Less ingredients (cocoa, cacao butter, vanilla and a little sugar)

Now, that we are more familiar with Dark chocolate how about a recipe featuring dark chocolate?

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Just head to the nearest supermarket and buy dark chocolate, because you won’t resist the temptation to make these no bake granola cups… NO BAKING NEEDED, guys!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate
  • 1 tbs Peanut butter
  • 1 cup Granola
  • 1 tbs Dried fruits
  • 1/3 Butter or coconut oil

Instructions:

  1. Mix granola, peanut butter, dried fruits ( dates, raisin, almonds or nuts…) all with melted butter or coconut oil ( for a healthier version).
  2. Press the mixture down into the mini muffin cups. Using your thumb, press down the middle of each cup making a mini cup out of the granola mixture.
  3. Fill the cups with melted chocolate!
  4. Store in the fridge for, at least, 1 hour!

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Beetroot smoothie

Tricking your brain to eat healthy food is hard, but once you master the basics to do so… It becomes a fun game!

We all have been involved in a situation in which our brain is claiming food high in sugar, fat or salt; Maybe an intensive desire to eat ice cream, french fries or chips. Most of us have fought and struggled so hard to stay away from their phones avoiding a late midnight delivery… And some of us were violently obliged to eat veggies when they were a kid, dragging up bad memories associated with veggies.

But the truth is you don’t need to force yourself to eat healthy food, but rather be convinced by the following facts:

  1. Food cravings last 3 to 5 minutes, studies say!
  2. Staying up at night makes you want to eat more… More effort, more food!
  3. There’s a good chance that at least a few of your childhood memories never actually happened!

So, knowing these facts how are you going to deal with it?

  1. keep yourself busy, whenever you feel like having a snack loaded with sugar… You’ll forget the feeling few seconds later…
  2. Be an early bird rather than a night owl! But if falling asleep early doesn’t come easy for you, try taking a warm bath or develop a pre-bed routine.
  3. Shake off your memories, press restart… Explore food the way you like it, add your favorite spices to your least favorite vedgetable and never be afraid to cook for yourself ( that way you won’t be able to refuse your handmade food).

If someone told me before that I would be drinking smoothies without added sugar, then I would have naver taken it seriously! But look at me now…

I am going to share with you one of my biggest secrets to fool my brain… The trick to beat your mind when it comes to sweet flavors is to simply replace sugar with other substitutes:

  • Honey: Higher in fructose (more sweet) than glucose. You can use a smaller amount of honey without sacrificing sweetness.
  • Maple Syrup: It is a 100% natural sweetener!
  • Dried fruits powder ( figs+ dates)
  • Fresh fruits!

NB: These ingredients can result in weight gain if overused.

You might also mix flavors to elaborate a unique taste to cover the lack of sweetness… Add your favorite spice and enjoy! A hint of cinnamon, unsweetned cocoa or a drizzle of coconut powder might be enough to make it up for you.

Check out this beetroot smoothie to start your healthy food-life:

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Ingredients: 

  • Beetroot
  • Carrots
  • Orange juice
  • Dried figs

Instructions: 

Just mix it all and enjoy!

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Hasselback Zucchini

Staying inspired and motivated to do something is often hard. After a long day at work or school, the temptation to go back home and do nothing gets the best of us, and it is totally relatable!

But once you start thinking about the amount of money you can actually save, how happy your tummy would be, how fit and healthy you can become, how your friends would be impressed or ultimatly  how you could keep yourself alive… Next time, you’ll think twice before making a cooking decision.

But you know, cooking is more like a YOGA session… It might be hard to believe, but cooking focuses your mind down to the task at hand, providing relief from worries and other problems… It is a sort of a bubble, isolated yet all connected to the universe.

“when there is a will there is a way”

Having the needed motivation would make it easier for you to look for recipes, take the big step to the grocery store, get the right gear, aquire knowledge and eventually COOK!

You see, it is all up to you… Anyone can cook only if one beleives in the power of cooking and the state of mind it provides. So take the first step my friend, and remember… “There is always time for things we prioritize”

As part of my easy recipes that includes veggies, hasselback zuchinnis are the real deal! These are cousin related to hasselback potatoes but might steal their show 😉

The idea consist on partially cutting zucchinis or courgette in a way that keeps it all together forming a beautiful hasselback.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 zucchinis
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • Edam Cheese
  • Bay leaves
  • Thym
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the tomato sauce: Preheat a pan, add olive oil, tomato juice, tomato paste, sat, pepper and bay leaves. Cook on low heat for 15 minutes.
  2. Using a sharp knife, make crosswise cuts in each zucchini, about 1 cm from the bottom. Season with salt & pepper and brush it with melted butter or olive oil
  3. Pour the tomato sauce into the baking sheet, lay out zucchinis and bake for 20 minutes.
  4. When ready, grate cheese and enjoy!

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Homemade Burger

We tend to falsely label food for so many reasons (the cultural background or the general opinion), but we never think about understanding its origins nor finding ways to change a food reputation and build a better version of it. When someone says junk food, our toughts will instantly take us into a burger fantasy; almost unreal big size juicy burgers with tempting toppings and colorful ingredients…

…But WHY BURGERS ARE REPUTED TO BE BAD FOR HEALTH?

Long story short, Burgers can be high in sodium and additives, dietary cholesterol and saturated fat. Besides, Pink slime- which is a meat product that is treated with ammonia to kill bacteria-  is used as a low-cost ground beef filler. Studies have proven that its consumption might be linked to heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

Luckily, you can still enjoy a good quality burger if you made it yourself using fresh ingredients. Thus, you will be vigilent when it comes to fats and eventually know the source of the food you eat…

That is why I am introducing you to my simple burger recipe, the burgen buns recipe will be published later in a special post!

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Adding avocado paste will give a fresh taste to your burger and balance the savors! If you can’t find Jben or ricotta cheese, greek yogurt might be a good subtitute.

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Freshness of Avocadoes and tomatoes, the acidity of pickles and the satisfying savourness of meat topped with the irresistible melted cheddar cheese is always a winner!

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Ingredients: for 4 burgers

  • 750g ground beef
  • Burger buns (horizontally cut in half)
  • 1 big tomatoes
  • 200g cheddar slices.
  • Pickles
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 tsp Jben (or riccota)
  • Salt & pepper + parsley
  • 1 tsp olive oil

 

Instructions: 

  1. Add spices and chopped parsley to your meat. Shape ground beef in the size of your buns. Drizzle olive oil in a preheatd pan then, cook both sides for 7 min each on a medium heat.
  2. Top the cooked ground beef with cheddar slices.
  3. Prepare “Avocado + Jben” paste, then spread it on the lower slice of the burger bun. Add a tomatoe slice, meat, pickles.
  4. Cover with the second half of the burger bread and enjoy!

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Spinach Smoothie

Being healthy is more than just having good food and exercising, it is a way of living…

Before staring to convert into healthiness, I prepared myself for it… My mind had to accept many things about being healthy and part of it was that it was not only a matter of watching my diet. In fact,  it is a sort of triangle that links the mental , physical and emotional health all together…

The first question that one should answer is: why having a healthy lifestyle? Following a trend is not especially what you should look for as an answer, because if you are not mentally convinced then it wouldn’t work out as it should be…

On a personal note, I started this way of living because I wanted to maintain a sort of balance. At the end, it is not about following a schedule or a set of rules… It is mainly about letting go, being free to choose, assuming one’s actions, following instincts and learning good habits without forcing oneself to…It takes time, but when you finally get there it feels like a triumph.

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A cheat meal can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle!

Making exceptions doesn’t mean breaking up with a healthy lifestyle… After all it is part of your own pack of choices. For example, I do allow myself to eat cakes, snacks loaded with sugar… I do eat at McDonald’s sometimes and I definitely skip meals when I feel like doing so. I do not count my calories or the number of pushups that I need to do to cover up an excess of sugar in my blood. Because a ZEN attitude is enough to make it up for you, a good laugh with friends arund food is more treasured and the irony is that you know that a cheat meal can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle… Ths is why the mental part matters as well!

But, this is not an excuse to have a cheat meal every single day … Throught your journey, you will learn to enjoy food without disregarding the taste, to subtitute junk food with healthy… Honey instead of sugar, baking instead of frying, fuit snacks instead of biscuits, Ricotta or Jben instead of cream cheese!

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There are so many options to enjoy good food and so here is my own version of a healthy smoothie featuring spinach and a hint of sugar flavour ( thanks to dried figs).

Ingredients:

  • A bunch of spinach
  • 2 small Apples
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1 tbs dried figs powder
  • Vanilla extract

What I love about smoothies is that there is noo complication to make it. Only one way to go, mix all the ingredients in a blender ( start with the liquids first) and enjoy!

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Muesli

When it comes to oatmeal, you can’t really count the tons of recipes you can make with; from cookies, to granola and muesli! So as you might know, my birthday was the 21 February and I was lucky enough to receive a Gordon Ramsay’s book which included a simple recipe of Muesly.

I just love how simple yet rich Museli is! loaded with fiber and vitamins, it is a great way to benefit from a balanced meal and start your day on the right foot! So I decided, to share with you this easy recipe made with ( basically) 3 ingredients.

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Muesli is a sort of nutty combination that you can prepare the night before and have it for breakfast at home maybe pack it for work or school. Kids would totally love it, especially if you teach them how to make it themseves!

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Inspired from Chef Gordon Ramsay

CHEAP, QUICK, EASY: this is what we love right?

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup Oatmeal
  • Berries (bluberries, raspberries…)
  • Milk
  • Dried fruits ( almonds, raisins…)

Instructions:

The Gordon Ramsay’s version doesn’t include boiling the milk, but I do.

  1.  So start off with mixing oatmeal, milk, almonds and raisins then bowl the mixture.
  2. Let it cool, then store in a airtight container.
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