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Friday recipe: Beet and yogurt salad

This is a Turkish dish i found a couple of month ago and had to try it. I love the taste of beets, and i usually just make a salad of boiled beets, parsley, garlic and olive oil.

This is a bit different, it takes more time since the beets have to be roasted and marinated, but you can still roast them 4 to 5 days ahead. It is worth it!

Beet vegetableBeet and yogurt salad:

4 medium beets, roasted-1 1/2 tablespoon cider vinegar or wine vinegar-1 teaspoon sugar-2 tablespoons olive oil-salt and freshly ground pepper-2 cloves garlic pureed-1/2 cup drained yogurt until thick and creamy-2 to 3 tablespoons minced fresh dill.

-Heat the oven to 425 F. Cut the greens of the beets, leaving about 1/2 inch of the stems attached. Scrub the beets and place in a baking dish. Add about 1/4 inch water, cover tightly with foil, and roast till the beets are tender, 35 to 40 mn.

-Peel the roasted beets, preferably while still warm. Cut in half lengthwise, then slice crosswise into half moons. Stir together the vinegar, sugar, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss with the warm beets and marinate for 2 to 3 hours at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

-Mix together the garlic and yogurt. Stir in half the dill and salt and pepper to taste. Drain the beets and stir some of the marinade into the yogurt (to taste). Toss the yogurt with the beets. Sprinkle on the remaining dill and serve.

This dish is perfect for those hot summer nights! Enjoy!

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7 best foods for your body!

If you ask most women about what they use as beauty products, they will usually come up with with at least five or six products, right? (Or more!).

Let’s have a look at how you can find products that boost your beauty, at a lower price and right there in your kitchen. (The last one will be surprising!)

greentea11-Green tea: green tea contains a fantastic mix of antioxidants that help keep your eyes healthy. This powerful tea also protects your eyes against sun damage.

salmon_wide-99a4215134a578926fa1dd5a3a106b9a2c6795ef-s6-c302-Salmon: salmon works miracles for your skin. The omega 3 in the salmon maintain your skin elasticity and works hard at keeping your cell membranes healthy. Trout, mackerel or sardines will also do wonders to your skin and will give you a glowing, younger complexion.

bowls-with-brown-and-white-eggs3-Eggs: eggs are great for your hair. Not only are eggs good for you when eaten, they can also be used as a healthy, organic hair mask; apply one beaten egg to your hair, leave for 10 mn, then rinse with cool water.

Curly-kale-0014-Curly Kale: Kale, like other green and leafy vegetables, is rich in iron, which is great for gleaming and strong nails. (A lack of iron in your diet will leave you with brittle and weak nails).

1351060770bevut5-Tomatoes: high in lycopene, tomatoes protect you from sunburn. To get a youthful skin that is better protected from the sun, add tomatoes to your diet.

brown_rice_1-e12653049834096-Brown rice: This powerhouse whole grain is great for weight management because it is a low fat source of energy. And being high in fiber, it will keep you feeling full for a longer time.

chewing-gum39727-Gum: chewing gum after meals removes trapped food and reduces plaque. Gum is good at preventing tooth decay because it helps you produce salvia, which neutralizes the acids that cause tooth decay . ( Use the sugar free ones).

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Monday question

Desktop97Today’s question is for all of you who eat a lot of meat. (By a lot i mean more than 4 times a week). Do you have it because it’s easier and quicker to cook, because you like it? And do you think you can reduce your amount by say, half?

I used to be a meat eater, then i stopped for a few years, then back again (you can read about it here ), and now i barely eat it, it is not a major food for me anymore. If you have a look at the Mediterranean food pyramid you will notice that meat is eaten in very small quantities, while veggies, fruits and legumes are the main food source.

Will you be able to make a change in your diet that is so radical?

 

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Friday recipe: Ricotta frittata with zucchini

I find that making a frittata is one of the easiest dishes there is. Add a salad to the menu and you have a gorgeous meal! (and a bottle of vino too!).

During the summer season I always try to make easy recipes, the heat plus the slow pace of summer doesn’t allow you to stay in the kitchen for hours. (Though my mother still cooks for 12 people every Sunday, rain or shine -she placed an air conditioner in her kitchen!)

Today I am going to share a frittata recipe that hopefully you will try and love!

This frittata is not the same, but i wanted to give you an idea of how it looks like!

This frittata is not the same, but i wanted to give you an idea of how it looks like!

Ricotta frittata with zucchini:

(Try to find fresh good quality ricotta in an Italian market)

6 large eggs, salt and freshly ground pepper, 1 cup fresh ricotta cheese, 1 clove garlic minced, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh marjoram, parsley or mint, 1 medium zucchini finely chopped, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.

-In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, salt, pepper, ricotta, garlic, and herbs.

-Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a pan, add the zucchini. cook, stirring often until tender, about 8 minutes. Season to taste with salt.

-Add the remaining spoon of olive oil to the pan, turn up the heat and add the egg mixture. Jiggle and tilt the pan to distribute the zucchini through the eggs, and lift the edges of the mixture so that the eggs can rum underneath.

-Reduce the heat and cover. Cook for 10 minutes or until set.

-You can run the pan under the broiler until the top is browned if you want.

– Slide the frittata onto a platter, serve hot, cool or at room temperature.

Enjoy!

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Cinnamon and honey: The power combo!

As I said before, I am a firm believer in home remedies. Got that from my mom; she even had her gallstone removed the natural way, assisted by a professional in Chinese medicine! It took her all night, but at the end it was successful. One of the main reasons she did this is that she is scared from anesthesia and its side effects. How many of you have phobias regarding medicine, right? Just thinking of waiting for hours in a clinic makes me want to change my mind!

Today I am going to share with you a drink that my husband began taking for the pain in his arm. He tried sprays, cremes, medication, nothing worked.

So I suggested he takes what my mother has been taking for a few months to cure her arthritis: one cup of warm water with a spoon of cinnamon powder and two spoons of honey. Yes that’s right, the combination of cinnamon and honey does wonders:

Cinnamon and Honey

 

-Arthritis: if taken regularly, even chronic arthritis can be cured.

-Bladder infection: it destroys the germs in the bladder.

-Cholesterol: it reduces your cholesterol levels.

-Heart disease: honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins, and saves you from heart attacks.

-Stomach ache: clears stomach ulcers from the root.

-Immune system: strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks.

-Longevity: taken regularly, it arrests the ravages of old age.

-Weight loss: taken morning and evening, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person! And it doesn’t allow the fat to accumulate in the body.

This combination helps as well in fighting fatigue, bad breath, skin infections, toothaches, colds and flu.

My mother swears by it, and my husband already feels better. Not wanting to be left out, I too began 3 days ago!

So every morning on an empty stomach: 1 cup warm water, 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder, 2 teaspoons honey.

Do you have any home remedies you would like to share with us?

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Monday question

Desktop97Hello again to another Monday and another question!

First off i want to begin by wishing all Canadians a Happy Canada day! I love your country and its people!

My question for today is about curing yourself. When you feel tired or sick, do you go straight to the doctor or try curing yourself with natural remedies?

Coming from a house where my mother used to put slices of potatoes on our forehead to diminish the fever, i am all for curing myself! I research, call my mom, and ask around for natural cures. If i don’t get the desired effect, then i resort to doctors. Why? Because i hate taking medication, and though i find that the natural way is a bit slower than medicine, it doesn’t have any side effects.

What about you?

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Friday recipe: Gnocchi with blue cheese

I have never been known to resist a pasta dish or a gnocchi dish, so when a friend of ours invited us for supper a couple of days ago suggesting gnocchi on the menu, i was more than happy!

Gnocchi (NYO-Kee) are various thick dumplings that may be made from semolina, ordinary wheat flour, flour and eggs, potato and flour, breadcrumbs, or similar ingredients (that’s the Wikipedia definition, the ones i usually have are made from potatoes).

gnocchi-pasta-foodIn Italy they are usually eaten as a first course. They are generally home-made, but you can easily find them in speciality stores.

So to get back to our host, he is Italian by the way, and he told me that he loved easy recipes! Well my kind of guy!! The dish was extremely easy, delicious and perfect as a main course!

Gnocchi with blue cheese:

1 pack of gnocchi, 2 tomatoes cut in cubes, 1/2 cup of blue cheese (no salt because of the blue cheese), 1 spoon of butter.

-Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the blue cheese and mix till you have a creamy mixture.

-Cook the gnocchi; when the gnocchi float to the top of the boiling water, they’re done.

-Add the blue cheese sauce to the gnocchi, add the tomatoes and serve. You can add some basil leaves if you like.

Believe me when i tell you , DELICIOUS!! Thank you Alessandro for a perfect dish!

PS: remember, this is a heavy dish, don’t go making it everyday! If you find it too heavy as a main course, have it as an entree, in a small portion.

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