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Friday recipe: Wild mushrooms with tomatoes and basil

You can always find mushrooms in my fridge; i add them to pasta, quinoa, salads, omelettes, sauces, pies, i even use them in recipes instead of bacon!

Wild mushrooms are my favorite. Whatever your favorite (crimini, enoki, oyster, portobello, shiitake or white button) all mushrooms are loaded with essential nutrients.

shiitake-mushrooms-Mushrooms are the only fruit or vegetable source of vitamin D. Like humans, mushrooms produce vitamin D when in sunlight.

-Mushrooms may enhance the body’s immunity system against microbes.

-They are high in antioxidants , specially crimini and portobello mushrooms.

-They contain loads of vitamin B and selenium.

Wild mushroom with tomatoes and basil:

2 tablespoons extra virgin oil, 1 medium onion chopped, 3-4 garlic cloves minced, 1 pound fresh porcini or other wild mushrooms, cleaned, trimmed, and thickly sliced, salt, 1/4 cup dry white wine, 1 pound tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped (or 1 can tomatoes drained and chopped), pinch sugar, freshly ground pepper, 1 tablespoon slivered fresh basil.

-Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and add the onion. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add half the garlic, stir, then add the mushrooms. Turn up the heat and cook the mushrooms until they begin to brown. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Cook, stirring often, until the mushrooms begin to soften and exude their juices, about 5 min.

Add the wine and turn the heat to high. Cook until the liquid glazes the mushrooms, about 5-10 min. Add the tomatoes, remaining garlic, sugar, and a little more salt. Reduce the heat and cook, stirring often , until the tomatoes have cooked down, about 15 min.

Stir in some pepper and the basil and remove from fire. Serve warm. delicious!

*image via google

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Detox time!

Finally back home! I’m not saying i didn’t enjoy my time abroad, but after a while we all want our own bed and our own food!

I had an amazing culinary experience in the south of France..Make that multi amazing culinary experiences! I admit i went over the top with food and wine, but hey, how many times am i going to experience that?!

Amazing raviolini and creme sauce with floer decorations!

Amazing raviolini and creme sauce with flower decorations!

The best cheese cake ever!

The best cheese cake ever!


Even coffee comes with a side dish of sweets! It's called cafe gourmand mmm

Even coffee comes with a side dish of sweets! It’s called “Cafe Gourmand” mmm

These are just a fraction of what i ate!! Yes, i love food, and i enjoy it. So i enjoyed it 🙂 I didn’t even go on the scale to see the damage done, because i have no regrets!

But now it’s time for detox! And by detox i don’t mean a week of juice cleanse (i just can’t do it!). By detox i mean eating all the foods my body is used to normally; plenty of vegetables and fruits, breakfast of yogurt and berries, snacks of nuts and fruits. No pasta, meat or creamy food. Just simple wholesome meals that will bring my insides to what they were!

My whole diet is very simple and easy. It’s ok to indulge like i did, but it’s always a pleasure to come back to my normal discipline. Because the Mediterranean diet is not strict, and is full of options! When you get used to it you will see how easy it is to adjust what you eat to your way of life.

A trip to the grocery store filled up my fridge with what i’m used to (see here ), and i’m excited to start cooking again!

Today we will have a simple lentil salad (recipe ), with some grilled zucchini with pesto sauce…Heaven!

What do you do when you over eat on a trip?


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Sunday quote


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Left over Pasta sauce?



The beauty of the Mediterranean diet is its versatility.

Imagine you cooked a big pot of pasta sauce and have a jar full in your freezer. What to do with it other than eat the same dish twice?

Pasta sauces, like tomato sauce, pesto sauce, or any kind of sauce really, would work well in any dish.

I use a lot of my pesto sauce in salads, even with grilled meat, over potatoes, grilled peppers or mushrooms…

As for the tomato sauce, use it over hot cooked white beans, a plate of brown or white rice, add some blanched asparagus, and there you have it, a new healthy dish ready in minutes!

There are no limits to what you can do with pasta sauce!

What about you, what do you do with your leftover sauce?

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