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Quarantine Chickpeas Easter Salad

QUARANTINE CHICKPEAS EASTER SALAD

Hmmm, wondering what to do for upcoming Easter Breakโ€ฆ Where should I go? Or maybe I just skip all the travel hustle and stay at home? OK, that was a bit of a black humor there, but in times like these you do need a good dose to remain sane ๐Ÿ™‚

In a way, last 3 weeks have been a true eye opener. Spending more time at home, and being โ€œtightโ€ to a beautiful place where I live, made me appreciate everyday little things and my surroundings even more. Distracted by everyday obligations and a hectic tempo imposed solely by ourselves, we had simply forgotten to enjoy all those precious and genuinely fulfilling moments which come for free. I sincerely hope that you have re-discovered at least 3 little joys for a fuller and happier life, which you will continue to nourish once life pace goes back to โ€œnormalโ€. Being a bit cynical with the term normal, but that is the topic for another post. Been pondering and self-reflecting a lot lately, so got a bit side tracked))

Let me come back to those tiny precious joys. For me, one of the most relevant ones, was to remember how a good quality exciting meals can be prepared from the basic cupboard ingredients. Nutrition and creativity should certainly remain our prime focus in the kitchen. It is fun to experiment with exotic ingredients occasionally, but Peruvian strawberries, quinoa, jackfruit, kombucha, or Wakame algae are not prerequisite for a healthy fit body & taste buds indulgence!

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Banana & oats mash

BACK TO CHILDHOOD BANANA & OATS MASH

Remember those sweet childhood days when your mum would make you a soothing and heart-warming DIY meal? The one which would cast all of your worries away and lighten up your heart after just first bite? With a big loving smile on her face, she would look at you emptying the plate, and reward you with a soft kiss or a cuddle of joy after the last biteโ€ฆ

There is no other feeling in the World that could beat mamaโ€™s TLC! I am sure that these loving memories are giving you beautiful chills down the spine right nowโ€ฆ

Three eventful decades later, on a grey and rainy Sunday morning, this exact flashback took me over. A bit sentimental and fragile, I felt a need for something heart-warming & soothing, something that would make me move mountains again. One glimpse around the kitchen was enough for creation of this ultimate โ€œmamaโ€™s TLCโ€ style meal. It is truly miraculous what kind of effect one ripe banana, an apple and some oats can have on your body, mind & soul. A true quick fix mood booster guaranteed ๐Ÿ™‚

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Rocket carrot and feta spread

ROCKET, CARROT & FETA SPREAD WITH THE KICK

What exactly happens when you have few spare rocket leaves & carrots in the fridge, and are sooo sick of making yet another salad? And then you spot a block of feta cheese in the corner, waiving at you to remind you of an expiry date due in couple of days? Well, this is the moment when a new cool spread idea of epic proportions starts kicking in! ๐Ÿ™‚ Are you ready for the โ€œitโ€ spread recipe of this spring/summer season?

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The ultimate vegetarian carbonara

THE ULTIMATE VEGETARIAN CARBONARA

Now hereโ€™s a savory treat both veggie & meat lovers wonโ€™t be able to get their hands off! May I proudly present you with Your Highness of Italian cuisine โ€“ the one and only โ€“ Carbonara! Well, it is time to find out what makes this meal so special and unique ๐Ÿ™‚

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Gnocchi with pumpkin & leek mousse

GNOCCHI WITH PUMPKIN & LEEK MOUSSE

It makes so much fun to spice our daily menus up with one untypical main ingredient. On this occasion, I decided to pair one of the Italian cuisine favorites, gnocchi, with our good old winter friend, butternut squash. Well, that was a true love at first sight, and I will tell you why.

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Superhero omelette

SUPERHERO OMELETTE

Feeling a bit nauseous just by a thought of a busy and ultra-demanding day ahead? You are about to start one of those days when only superhero powers would get you through? Hey, chill down and relax! I have a perfect quick fix energy solution to make you fly all the way with a very big smile on your face. Trust me, no day is a tough day when you start it with my superhero omelette! Continue reading

Roasted sweet potatoes

PERFECTLY ROASTED SWEET POTATOES

At first glance, this might seem as a no brainer recipe, but trust me, there is a secret to perfectly roasted sweet potatoes! Follow my instructions carefully, and in no time you will start indulging in a perfectly crispy, yet meaty & highly flavoursome dish. Continue reading