Classic Butternut Squash Soup | Vellutata di Zucca Tradizionale

Classic Butternut Squash Soup :

Butternut Squash is my favourite veggie, I like to have it roasted, steamed, on my quinoa or mashed as a side of my veggie burgers. This is a very classic and simple recipe that I usually prepare when I have friends coming over for dinner, normally they prefer a squash or pumpkin soup to a boring green broccoli soup. Butternut Squash has a sweet taste so kids love it too, it’s seriously the best option for those people that are not fan of classic veggies. The health benefits of this veggie are several, firstly it has no fats and very low calories. It contains also many vitamins and minerals such as :vitamin  A, vitamin C vitamin E, calcium, iron, copper and zinc. Butternut squash is the plant with the highest content of vitamin A which helps to maintain the integrity of skin and mucus and it’s a very powerful anti-oxidant.

   

Apricot Energy Balls | Palline Energetiche all’Albicocca

Apricot Energy Balls

This energy bites are perfect when you are in need of a pick me up or simply if you want to taste something sweet but totally guilt free. I always make 6-12 of them during the weekend and I keep it in the fridge for about a week, trust me this bites are real lifesaver. I try to keep this recipe as simple as possible but still healthy and full of goodness. I used bee pollen because of its super good taste and its health benefits. It is in fact rich in proteins, amino acids, vitamins and folic acid. The large amount of protein in bee pollen provides you with a high boost of immediate energy, and its antibiotic-type properties can really help your body to fight viruses.

Broccoli and Lentil Burgers | Polpette di Broccoli e Lenticchie

Broccoli and Lentil Burger :

This is a quick healthy and vegan alternative to the classic beef burger. I made it with broccoli but you can also use courgette, carrots or cauliflower. I like to serve this dish with some sliced avocado and a little bit of tahini on top. I used lentils because they have many health benefits, its high level of soluble fiber can help to reduce cholesterol, improve the digestive system and lower the risk to develop heart diseases. In addition lentils contains a super high level of protein and  very low calories, therefore this dish represents a super light and fulfilling meal.

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.