Spiced Biscotti | Biscotti alle Spezie

Spiced Biscotti:

I know that after the Festive Season we all don’t feel like eating sweets, but this biscotti are so delicious that I really have to share the recipe with you guys. Now, that the holidays are over, and I have to go to school everyday, having my spiced cookies in the morning makes me feel positive and happy. I have recently moved to Berkeley, in California, which is the reason why I haven’t posted many recipes lately. Now, that I finally have a flat where to stay and a kitchen where to express my creativity,  I’m ready to share many new exciting and delicious recipes with you guys.

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Pumpkin and Walnut Focaccia | Focaccia Dolce al profumo di Zucca e Noci

Pumpkin and Walnut Focaccia:

Breakfast is my favourite meal, I love to start my day with a freshly squeezed lemon juice, a good workout, followed by a nourishing and sweet breakfast. At the moment I’m back home, in Italy, and I’m baking almost everyday a big variety of cakes and breads for my friends and family. This Pumpkin Focaccia is perfect for a sweet but healthy breakfast, because pumpkin is naturally rich in antioxidants vitamins such as: vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin C.

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Pear & Chocolate Cake | Torta alle Pere e Cioccolato

Chocolate and Pear Cake:

I love to cook and eat seasonal fruits and vegetables, which is the reason why today I want to share with you the recipe for a very indulgent yet guilt-free cake, made with pears and very dark chocolate. Even if my favourite dessert is my healthy and plant-based crumble, this cake is very satisfying yet light and easy to digest. Dark chocolate is a very good source of fiber and important minerals, such as: iron, magnesium, manganese and zinc.

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Pear and Apple Crumble | Crumble di Pere e Mele

Pear and Apple Crumble:

I love crumbles, especially because they are very healthy and easy to prepare. I like to change the base of the crumble with seasonal fruits, in the Summer time I normally use peaches and apricots while in Autumn I like to prepare it with apples and pears. Pears and apples are both very high in pectin, a water soluble fiber, that can help the body to lower glucose levels and blood pressure. Pectin can also help to fight constipation and regulate the bowel movement, in addition, apples and pears are naturally rich in vitamins and minerals.

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Broccoli, Courgette and Mint Soup | Vellutata di Broccoli, Zucchine e Menta

Broccoli, Courgette and Mint Soup:

I am a very big fan of soups, whenever I have guests coming over for dinner I serve a nourishing and tasty soup as a starter followed by my healthy version of a classic Greek salad or by my signature veggie frittata. This green soup is very easy to prepare and I personally love to add fresh mint leaves to make it more tasty and delicious. Broccoli are a very good source of vitamin K and A, that combined can help the body to keep the vitamin D metabolism in balance. In addition broccoli are very high in vitamin C, that can really help to fight skin damage caused by pollution and sun exposure. I like to serve this soup with a delicious cashew cream which makes it even more rich and tasty.

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A Very Veggie Frittata | Frittata alle Verdure

A Very Veggie Frittata:

I just discovered the best trick to make a perfect and delicious frittata: cook it in the oven!!!! I love to prepare a good frittata because it literally takes ten minutes to make it, and because eggs are a really good source of protein, that can really make you feel fuller for longer. I like to add veggies in my frittata to make it even more nourishing and satisfying. For this recipe I used baby spinach, red peppers and leeks. I personally try to add leeks almost in every dish because like garlic and onions they belong to a vegetable family called: Allium vegetables and they are anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. Leeks are also naturally rich in vitamin B, vitamin K and manganese.

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My favourite Chia Parafait | Il Mio Pudding di Chia Preferito

My Favourite Chia Parfait :

I love Chia pudding because it keeps me full for 4-5 hours which is perfect when I need a nourishing breakfast and I know I will have to keep on going until lunch time. The recipe I’m sharing with you today is quite easy and you can prepare in the evening and leave it in the fridge overnight. For this recipe I used a good amount of cinnamon that can really help to balance blood sugar levels, it is also loaded with antioxidants and it helps the body to fight infections and repair tissue damages.

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Meri’s Nocciolata | La Nocciolata di Meri

Meri’s Nocciolata :

I have been working on this recipe for the past few weeks and now, that I am finally happy with the result, I’m going to share it with you. My Nocciolata is a lighter and healthier version of the classic Nutella and it is super delicious on its own or spread it on gluten-free toast and crackers. The main ingredient of my Nocciolata are organic hazelnuts, which are a great source of vitamin E and B and minerals such as: iron, calcium and potassium.

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Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup | Zuppa di Zucca e Patata Americana

Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup:

Autumn is probably one of my favourite season , mainly because I love how quickly the leaves turn red, orange and yellow. In Autumn I like to take long walks in the park and buy organic vegetables from the local farmer’s market. My favourite fruits and vegetables of this season, are : butternut squash, sweet potato and apples. The recipe I’m sharing with you today has a very high content of vitamins, such as: vitamin A, vitamin B and vitamin C. Butternut squash and sweet potatoes are also a good source of magnesium and potassium.

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Quinoa and Pistachio Burgers | Polpette di Quinoa e Pistacchi

Quinoa and Pistachio Burgers:

I create this recipe by accident when I had 6 friends coming over for dinner. I wanted to prepare a quinoa salad with a vegan pesto made with pistachio nuts and basil leaves, but the quinoa was extremely sticky so I thought to turn it into burger patties. I love quinoa especially because it is a very good source of plant-based protein, vitamin B and magnesium. This super grain is also free from gluten, therefore it’s perfect if you have a sensibility to gluten or if you just want to avoid it.

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