Meri’s Warm Winter Bowl |Il Piatto Invernale di Meri

Meri’s Warm Winter Bowl:

The weather is getting colder here in Berkeley, and I am in constant need of nourishing and cozy meals. Everyday I am looking for different and fast recipes to prepare during my lunch breaks and this winter bowl is just perfect because you can cook the ingredients the night before and enjoy it the day after for lunch or dinner. This recipe is not only super delicious, but very rich in protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

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Minty Quinoa Salad | Insalata di Quinoa e Menta Fresca

MInty Quinoa Salad:

You probably know that I love quinoa and that I like to mix it with fresh seasonal veggies. This time I decided to make a Summery version of a simple quinoa salad, with fennel and mint. Fennel is a very good source of iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and vitamin K which can really improve bone health. If you suffer from digestive problems fennel is really good because of its high fiber content that helps to fight constipation and promotes regularity.

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The Easiest Lentil Salad | Insalata di Lenticchie Facile e Veloce

The Easiest Lentil Salad :

This is one of my favourite fast and easy recipe. I normally prepare it when I travel and I don’t want to eat airplane food, which is full of preservatives and not very tasty. Lentils are very rich in soluble fiber that can really help to improve the digestive system and to lower cholesterol levels. In addition lentils are also a very good alternative to animal products, as they are a very good source of plant-based proteins.

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Spring Salad | Insalata Primaverile

Spring Greek Salad :

Last week I have been really busy with my final exams that I had no time to elaborate new creative recipes. I had to prepare very fast and easy meals while studying, and I decided to share with you one of my favourite quick salad, which is super easy to make yet so yummy. I used organic and healthy ingredients like butternut squash, which is very good for you because it is low in calories but it contains a large amount of dietary fiber. It is a good source of potassium and vitamin B6, which helps to boost the immune system.

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Butter Bean Salad with Creamy Spinach Dressing / Insalata di Fagioli Bianchi con Crema di Spinaci

Butter Bean Salad with Creamy Spinach Dressing :

Yesterday I was wandering around Borough Market with my friend Isabela and I bought a few veggies without thinking too much about it, which is very rare because usually I do my grocery shopping with a very detailed list. I came home with a lot of spinach, pomegranates, tomatoes, carrots, avocados and walnuts. I simply combined a few ingredients together et voila my salad was ready, it took me ten minutes or less to prepare it , therefore this one is the perfect meal to prepare when you don’t have too much time our you are just too lazy to cook. I used spinach because it contains a lot of potassium and iron, that can really help you to stay active and feel energised, but most importantly potassium can really  help to lower blood pressure. Spinach is also a very good source of vitamin A and vitamin C. Vitamin A keeps your hair soft and healthy, while vitamin C helps your body to build and maintain collagen.

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Kale Crips | Chips di Cavolo Riccio

Kale Crisps :

This is a perfect potato chips substitute, I usually love to eat it as a snack or simply as a side, you can also serve it as a healthier aperitif, maybe with a fresh juice. I like to use a lot of cinnamon for this recipe, trust me on this one: the combination of the sweet taste of cinnamon with the bitterer kale is just amazing, plus cinnamon is really good for you, because it’s rich in anti-oxidants and helps to reduce blood sugar levels.

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Kale and Avo Salad | Insalata di Cavolo e Avocado

Kale and AvoSalad

I will start by saying that I truly love kale, is when of my favorite recipe and it is super healthy, kale is in fact considered a super food. It contains many vitamin A, C and K and many minerals, such as : potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus.

This salad is super fast and delicious, you can have it as a side or as main course if you want to have a lighter but still nutritious lunch. Read More